Sandown Racecourse

Sandown Racecourse

Sandown is one of four metropolitan tracks in Melbourne and is owned and operated by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC). Opened in 1965, Sandown Racecourse is one the more highly used tracks in Australia, let alone Victoria, with upwards of 40 meetings held at the track each year. Racing is held on the inside track (Lakeside) and outside track (Hillside) throughout the racing season, in a bid to help wear and tear on either tracks. Sandown currently plays host to the Underwood Stakes in September and with the upcoming redevelopment of Caulfield, Sandown is set to host an additional four Group 1 races in February, 2023.

Sandown horse racing news

Home to plenty of meeting throughout a season, is constantly covering all the horse racing news at Sandown.

Nelson perplexed by Grand National run
Sunday’s Grand National Hurdle (4200m) at Sandown was billed as a match race between topweights Saunter Boy and Kiwi raider ...
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Satono Aladdin colt remains unbeaten
Smart three-year-old Grand Impact kept his perfect record intact when he delivered a commanding front-running performance on the Lakeside track ...
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Mr Maestro on classic path in Melbourne
An early decision to send Mr Maestro to Australia will give the gifted three-year-old every opportunity to stamp himself as ...
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The Cossack
Champion jumps trainer Paul Nelson will be in Australia rather than Christchurch this weekend as he watches his star hurdler ...
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Regardsmaree wins at Sandown
The Listed Anniversary Vase has gone the way of the Nick Ryan-trained Regardsmaree who followed up his win in the ...
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Foujita San wins at Sandown
Jye McNeil said Foujita San gave him a "really nice feel" after a dominant 5.75-length at Sandown on Wednesday. The ...
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Sandown horse racing tips

With plenty of horse racing throughout the year, present horse racing tips for every meeting held at Sandown Racecourse.

Today's horse racing tips & best bets | August 10, 2022
Five horse racing meetings are scheduled around Australia today. See the top tips, best odds and quaddie selections for free ...
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Sandown racing tips
Racing returns to Sandown on Wednesday with eight races programmed for the Hillside circuit on a predicted Soft 5 surface ...
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Today's horse racing tips & best bets | August 7, 2022
Seven horse racing meetings are scheduled around Australia today. See the top tips, best odds and quaddie selections for free ...
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Sandown racing tips
Eight races are set down for judgement on the Lakeside track at Sandown on Sunday afternoon for Grand National Hurdle ...
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Today's horse racing tips & best bets | July 27, 2022
Six horse racing meetings are scheduled around Australia today. See the top tips, best odds and quaddie selections for free ...
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Sandown racing tips
A competitive eight race program will grace us at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday afternoon with gallopers racing on a predicted ...
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Sandown Racecourse address & how to get there

Sandown Racecourse is located at 591-659 Princes Highway, Springvale VIC 3171 and is approximately 30km from Melbourne CBD.

If you are heading to the races from the city, north or west of Melbourne it is best to follow the Monash Highway and come via Springvale Rd in Springvale. From the east, stick to the Monash Highway and take the Heatherton Rd exit and arrive via Lightwood Rd.

A majority of punters will catch public transport to Sandown Racecourse, with the train station approximately 200m from the main entrance to the track. The Cranbourne/Pakenham line from Flinders Street is the most efficient way to get to Sandown, with the journey just a 35 minute one on the train.

Sandown Racecourse Map

Sandown racetrack specifications & details

The Sandown Racecourse Hillside track has a circumference of 2,097 metres and straight of 491 metres, whilst the Lakeside track has a circumference of 1,891 metres and straight of 407 metres. Both tracks are made of turf and direction of travel for all races is anti-clockwise.

There is a 1000m chute, where races held over 1000m have an approximate 400m straight run into the only bend of the race, before sprinters navigate approximately 600m down the Sandown straight.

Sandown Racecourse Stats Distances

Major races held at Sandown

As of 2021, the Group 1 Underwood Stakes is held on the final Sunday in September each year following the AFL Grand Final. The meeting also plays host to the Group 3 Sandown Stakes and two Listed events, the Jim Moloney Stakes & Testa Rossa Stakes.

For the 2022-23 racing season, Caulfield Racecourse will essentially be out of action following Caulfield Cup Day and Sandown Racecourse will be picking up most of their feature race meetings until the completion of Caulfield’s redevelopment.

Sandown will play host to the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes on February 11, 2023. A fortnight later, the track will be lit up by some of the best two-year-olds in the Blue Diamond Stakes, whilst the time-honoured Oakleigh Plate and Futurity Stakes will also be held on February 25, 2023.

How to bet on Sandown races

Australia’s top online betting sites are the best ways to place your betting wagers on racing at Sandown.

All of the best online bookmakers offer markets on race day and in the days leading up to the racing at Sandown, with tote and fixed price betting available once markets are released.

A majority of bookmakers in Australia also have bookie sign up codes available to their customers.

Sandown Racecourse, like all major horse racing tracks, has TAB facilities, as well as a Bookmaking Ring, where a number of bookmakers are set up for race days.

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Sandown race dates

The majority of Sandown race meetings fall on a Wednesday. There are several exceptions to this though, with Underwood Stakes Day traditionally held on a Sunday. Approximately 12 meetings of the 42 in the 2022/23 season will be held on a Saturday or Sunday.

Sandown Racecourse holds upwards of 40 meetings each year and forms a strong part of the 80 race meetings conducted each year by the Melbourne Racing Club.

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