FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE: TIPS, BETTING ADVICE & TRACK GUIDE
Flemington Racecourse has been in operation since March 1840 and is the main metropolitan racetrack for Victorian thoroughbred racing.
It is approximately a 20-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD which makes it an ideal location for racegoers to attend.
Home of the iconic Melbourne Cup (3200m), which is known as “the race that stops a nation,” Flemington Racecourse hosts the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is comprised of the following days:
• Derby Day – Saturday
• Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday
• Oaks Day – Thursday
• Stakes Day – Saturday
Flemington Racecourse has a circumference of 2,312m with the home straight being 450m long. Sprint races held between 1000m and 1200m take place down the famous Flemington straight.
Races contested over the 1200m distance are known as taking place down “The Straight Six.”
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FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE LIVE STREAM
A couple of bookmakers offer livestreams of Flemington horse racing.
The first is Sportsbet who have a Watch Live icon that will appear on their website and app. In order to watch livestream of Flemington racing:
1. Go to sportsbet.com.au or their app
2. Click on ‘Racing’ in the left-hand menu
3. Select Flemington from the list of ‘Racing’ meetings
4. Click the play icon or ‘Watch Live’ icon for the specific Flemington race that you wish to view
The second bookmaker offering livestreaming of Flemington thoroughbred racing is the TAB. Here’s how you can watch Flemington horse racing with the TAB.
1. Go to tab.com.au or their app
2. Log in to your account or create a new one here
3. Click the ‘Video icon in the top right corner of the main menu
4. Sky Racing 1 coverage will be the default shown with options to view Sky Racing 2 or Sky Thoroughbred Central. Sky Racing 1 is the channel that will broadcast Flemington racing
FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE HISTORY
Dating back to 1840 when the first horse race was held at Flemington Racecourse, the prestigious racetrack has become the home of Victorian thoroughbred racing.
In November 2006, Flemington Racecourse was listed on the Australian National Heritage list.
Flemington Racecourse boasts a capacity of more than 120,000 spectators with multiple grandstands and state-of-the-art facilities.
Australia’s most iconic race, the Melbourne Cup was first held at Flemington in 1861 with 17 horses competing. Archer was victorious in the event and would return to make it back-to-back wins in 1862.
More than 250,000 racegoers attend the Melbourne Cup Carnival every year with more than 415,000 in attendance across the four days back in 2006.
NEW FLEMINGTON GRANDSTAND
The Club Stand opened in 2018 offering a superior event experience with excellent hospitality, entertainment and racing.
Some of the highlights of The Club Stand include The Roof Garden which has house bars, betting facilities, food outlets, a DJ booth and views of the Flemington racetrack and the city.
The Members’ Bar grants direct access to the Members’ Lawn and betting ring.
Elevated viewing podiums and outdoor seating across three levels are some of the highlights of the Seating Deck.
FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE GROUP 1 RACES
Flemington Racecourse hosts 14 Group 1 races each year highlighted by the Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday in November.
Other key Group 1 races are the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) which is the first Group 1 held at Flemington for the new racing season.
The Victoria Derby (2500m) for three-year-olds is another classic race along with the VRC Oaks (2500m) for three-year-old fillies.
During the autumn, the Australian Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds is a highlight as is the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight and the Australian Cup (2000m) for middle distance and stayers.
|Makybe Diva Stakes||1600m|
|Coolmore Stud Stakes||1200m|
|Empire Rose Stakes||1600m|
|ZKennedy Cantala Stakes||1600m|
|VRC Kennedy Oaks||2500m|
|Darley Sprint Classic||1200m|
|Black Caviar Lightning Stakes||1000m|
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.
FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE EVENTS
HOW TO GET TO FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE FROM MELBOURNE CBD?
You will want to catch a train on the Craigieburn line that arrives at Newmarket Station. From Newmarket Station you can then walk 10 minutes (provided the weather is nice) or take the No. 57 tram to Flemington Drive which is Stop 30.
There are a couple of options when catching a bus to Flemington Racecourse.
• Take Route 472 bus from Footscray, Moonee Ponds or Williamstown to Fisher Parade. Use the Riverbank entrance at Flemington Racecourse.
• Take Route 404 bus from Footscray or Moonee Ponds. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Stables Drive Entrance.
• Depart from Melbourne
• Head south on Elizabeth St towards Bourke St – 68m
• Turn right onto Bourke St – 240m
• Turn right onto Queen St -240m
• Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto Lonsdale St – 450m
• Turn right onto King St/State Route 60 – 1.3km
• Turn right onto Curzon St/State Route 60 – 250m
• Continue straight to stay on Curzon St/State Route 60
• Continue to follow State Route 60 – 700m
• Turn left towards Flemington Rd – 71 m
• Slight left onto Flemington Rd – 1.1 km
• Turn left onto Racecourse Rd/State Route 83 – 1.5km
• Continue straight onto Racecourse Rd – 300m
• At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Epsom Rd – 280 m
• Arrive at Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington VIC 3031