Flemington Racecourse is located in Melbourne, close to the banks of the Maribyrnong River. The racecourse has hosted horse racing since 1840, and the course can accommodate a variety of racing formats including flat racing, steeplechases and hurdles races.
The Flemington Racecourse track is a pear shaped course with a 2.3km circumference that loops around into a 1200 m straight. Races on the course are traditionally run in an anti-clockwise direction. Distances of up to 3200m are accommodated on the Flemington course.
The racetrack at Flemington was designed to be spacious, with its 30 meter width preventing starting position from having an undue influence on the race result.
Flemington Racecourse can accommodate up to 120,000 spectators on three grandstands, making it one of the highest capacity spectator sports venues on the planet. The racecourse is serviced by its own railway station.
The home of Victorian racing
The Victoria Racing Club is headquartered at Flemington Racecourse, and has managed the racecourse since 1864. A number of Australia’s top trainers operate stables at or around the course, and it was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2006.