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Flemington Racecourse is a major racecourse located in Melbourne and is renowned for hosting the country’s richest race, the Melbourne Cup, each November. The course has a capacity of over 120,000 and boasts three separate grandstands.

Among the feature races staged at Flemington are the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby, Crown Oaks, Emirates Stakes, Longines Mile, Darley Classic, Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup.

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Flemington Racecourse History

Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson. 

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s. 

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington Racecourse Group 1 Races

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November. 

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November. 

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history. 

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.

Flemington Racecourse Track and Facilities

Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic. 

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000. 

The building features a bronze statue of 1930 Melbourne Cup winner Phar Lap, a horse that captured the imagination of the Australian public following his rich exploits during a 51-race career. 

A further $26 million was spent on renovations from 2000 until 2004, making Flemington one of the country’s grandest settings for hospitality.

It is not only the fine horse racing that dominates Flemington’s tradition, but the course’s liking for fashion and a social experience also sees the setting boast a wealthy past. 

The emphasis on dressing with the best attire adds further lust to the course’s history. From Royal family to celebrities, Flemington has welcomed some of history’s leading profiles, further enhancing its claim as the greatest racecourse in Australia.
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