Flemington Racecourse is one of four metropolitan tracks in Melbourne and is owned and operated by the Victoria Racing Club. Flemington, a.k.a. Headquarters, is the oldest racetrack in Australia and has been home to some of the biggest races on the Australian calendar since racing began there in 1840. The most famous of these races is the Group 1 Melbourne Cup which is run at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November every year.
Flemington horse racing tips
There are many meetings held at Flemington each year and our expert horse racing tips are usually released in the days leading up to the meetings.
FLEMINGTON HORSE RACING NEWS
Flemington is one of best racecourses in Australia and we are constantly covering the latest horse racing news from this track.
FLEMINGTON ADDRESS & HOW TO GET THERE
Flemington Racecourse is located at 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington, about 6.5km west of the Melbourne CBD.
Racecourse Road leads to the racetrack if coming from the CBD. The Princes Highway also runs along the side of the course and is the route to take if coming from the south-west.
The No. 57 tram can be taken to Flemington Racecourse/Racecourse Road. This stops close to the entrance of Flemington Racecourse.
On race days, a train can be taken directly to the racetrack. Flemington is also accessible by bus; Routes 472 or 404 will take you there.
FLEMINGTON RACETRACK SPECIFICATIONS & DETAILS
The course proper of Flemington has a circumference of 2312m with a 450m straight.
Flemington is the only racetrack in Victoria to provide straight track racing. There is a 1200m chute where straight races are run between 1000m-1200m. This chute also provides the starting point for the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200m. There is also a short chute which provides the start to 1400m races.
The Flemington course is a turf track. There are additional turf, sand, dirt, and synthetic horse racing tracks on the inner of the course proper which are used for training purposes by Flemington-based trainers.
MAJOR RACES HELD AT FLEMINGTON
Flemington is home to the Melbourne Cup Carnival. This carnival takes place in the Spring and consists of four race days within a week. It consists of multiple Group 1 racing events which attract some of the best horses in Australia and abroad.
The most famous of these Group 1 events is the $7,750,000 Melbourne Cup (3200m). There is no bigger event on the Australian racing calendar than this event, the race that stops the nation.
The Melbourne Cup was first run in 1861 where it was won by New South Wales galloper Archer. Some of the biggest names of the Australian turf have also won this race including Phar Lap, Think Big, Let’s Elope, Subzero, Saintly, Might And Power, and Makybe Diva who won the race a record three times.
The race was first won by an international visitor in 1993 by the Dermot Weld-trained Vintage Crop. Weld also came back in 2002 to win the race again with Media Puzzle.
Another historical Melbourne Cup victory was that of Prince of Penzance in 2015 who won at 100-1 for jockey Michelle Payne who became the first female jockey to win the great race.
Other major Group 1 events run during the Melbourne Cup Carnival include the Victoria Derby (2500m), Victoria Oaks (2500m), Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), Cantala Stakes (1600m), Myer Classic (1600m), and Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
Flemington is also one of three hosts of the $5,000,000 All-Star Mile which is run in Melbourne every Autumn.
HOW TO BET ON FLEMINGTON RACES
Australia’s top online bookmakers are the best way to wager on Victorian Racing.
All betting sites offer markets for Flemington races on race day and on the days leading up to Saturday meetings. Futures markets will also be available for some of the major races. Many of these sites in Australia also have bookie sign up codes available to their customers.
Flemington Racecourse has TAB facilities, as well as a Bookmaking Ring, where a number of bookmakers are set up for race days.
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FLEMINGTON RACE DATES
The majority of Flemington race meetings fall on a Saturday. There are several exceptions to this though, with meetings held on New Years Day and ANZAC Day each year.
Melbourne Cup Day is held on the first Tuesday of November, with Oaks Day always on the following Thursday. Flemington also hosts a Rapid Racing twilight meeting which is run on a Friday during Summer.
FLEMINGTON HORSE RACING TRAINERS
Flemington has a state-of-the-art training facility which homes stables for some of the best-known trainers in Australia including Danny O’Brien, Michael Moroney, James Cummings, Matthew Ellerton, Peter & Paul Snowden, Anthony & Sam Freedman, Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes, and Chris Waller.