MOONEE VALLEY TIPS, BETTING ADVICE AND RACECOURSE GUIDE
Moonee Valley Racecourse, situated in Melbourne, is one of Australia’s premier racecourses and is renowned for hosting the weight-for-age championship in the shape of the Group 1 Cox Plate each October.
The Cox Plate is one of the gems of the Melbourne Spring Carnival and is one of four Group 1 races staged at Moonee Valley along with the Manikato Stakes, Moir Stakes and William Reid Stakes.
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MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE HISTORY
Horse racing action has taken place at Moonee Valley Racecourse since 1883 including the memorable Cox Plate victories of Dulcify, Kingston Town, Surround and Sunline.
A record crowd of over 50,000, meanwhile, witnessed the ‘race of the century’ in 1986 between Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star,
The Cox Plate is the showpiece event at Moonee Valley each year. Named after course founder William Samuel Cox, the prestigious Cox Plate was first run in 1922 and has since developed into one of the world’s biggest international thoroughbred races.
Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan and developed what is now known as Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Since the Cox Plate was founded in 1922, Cox Plate day has developed into a celebration of sport and fashion as Australia’s most profile inpiduals descend upon Moonee Valley to showcase the latest style each October.
It is now widely-viewed as one of the biggest social experiences in the sporting calendar each year and routinely attracts a stellar capacity crowd.
The racetrack is home to the Moonee Valley Racing Club and is situated just six kilometres from Melbourne City Centre.
MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE GROUP 1 RACES
Moonee Valley hosts a total of four Group 1 races during the season, including three sprint races contested at a distance of 1200m.
The Manikato Stakes, Moir Stakes and William Reid Stakes all see speedy types clash at Moonee Valley, while the jewel of the crown is the Cox Plate, one third of Australia’s triple crown.
MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE TRACK AND FACILITIES
Established in 1883, Moonee Valley Racecourse boasts a unique rectangle-shaped track with a circumference of just over 1800m.
Moonee Valley is widely-recognised for its short home-straight of only 173m, making it the shortest of every course in Australia.
The unique, tight turning cambered circuit favours horses that are trained on small tracks such as Mornington, while horses trained on large open tracks such as Flemington can find it a difficult track to master.
The short straight favours on pace runners although it is possible for horses to make ground from the rear, providing they make a well-timed run.
With a capacity of over 40,000, Moonee Valley Racecourse continues to grow as a leading sporting and entertainment venue.
In 2009, plans were announced by the Moonee Valley Racing Club for a redevelopment of the racecourse which would see the grandstand repositioned in order to cater for new commercial and residential development.
The plans were then enhanced further in 2011 to include four multi-storey residential developments to provide over 2000 apartments and townhouses.
Aside from the racecourse, Moonee Valley boasts an abundance of history. The Moonee Ponds is a unique suburb that has a vibrant social environment which is utilised effectively by thousands upon thousands of keen racing fans each year.
Being situated closely to Melbourne City Centre saw Moonee Valley granted a boost in population as well as new businesses throughout the late 20th century, and the area has continued to excel since.