MOONEE VALLEY TIPS, BETTING ADVICE AND RACECOURSE GUIDE
The Moonee Valley Racecourse was established in 1883 and is home to the Cox Plate.
The Moonee Valley Racecourse is approximately a 22-minute drive from Federation Square.
Moonee Valley is home to a total of five Group 1 races *in order*:
- All Star Mile
- William Reid Stakes
- Moir Stakes
- Manikato Stakes
- Cox Plate
The Moonee Valley Racetrack has a circumference of 1,805m with a 173m straight.
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MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE LIVE STREAM
1. Got to Sportsbet or TAB on mobile or desktop
2. Click on ‘Racing’ in the menu
3. Select Moonee Valley from the list of ‘Racing’ meetings
4. Click the play icon or ‘Watch Live’ icon for the specific Moonee Valley race that you wish to view
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 is home to five Group 1 races, with the biggest of them all being the Cox Plate (2,040m), which is run by horses three years and over, under-weight-for-age conditions. The Cox Plate has a total prize pool $5,000,000.
The William Reid Stakes (1,200m) is the first Group 1 races at Moonee Valley being run in March.
The Moir Stakes (1,000m) and the Manikato Stakes (1,200m) both share a prize pool of $1,000,000 each. The Moir Stakes is run by horses the ages of three years and older, under weight-for-age conditions. The Manikato Stakes is run the day before the Cox Plate is under-set-weight-for-age conditions.
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.
MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE EVENTS
To see the upcoming Moonee Valley Racecourse events, click the link below to visit the Moonee Valley Racecourse website.
MOONEE VALLEY TICKETS
The Moonee Valley Racing website is the best place to view packages and book tickets for upcoming racedays at the Moonee Valley Racecourse.
To view the ticket prices for upcoming Moonee Valley race meetings. Click the link below to find tickets.
HOW TO GET TO MOONEE VALLEY RACECOURSE FROM FEDERATION SQUARE?
There are many different options to travel from Federation Square to Moonee Valley Racecourse. Here are some directions on how to get to the racetrack.
- Walk to Flinders Street Station, Platform 4 (1 min)
- Catch Upfield train line to Royal Park Railway station, Parkville (16 min)
- Walk to Royal Park Station/Royal Park tram stop (1 min)
- Catch Tram route 58 to Belle St/Melville Road
- Get off at stop 35 – Victoria St/Melville Road (9 min)
- Walk 639m to Moonee Valley Racecourse (11 min)
- Depart from Federation Square
- Turn right onto Wurundjeri Way towards Footscray and Docklands (1.6km)
- Turn left onto Wurundjeri Wat towards Footscray (1.3km)
- Turn right onto Footscray Road towards 43 and Footscray (200m)
- Keep left to merge onto 43 towards Cityliink and Bendigo (900m)
- Keep right to merge onto Citylink Tollway (450m)
- Take exit Moreland Road onto Moreland Road (6.1km)
- Keep left towards Essendon (400m)
- Turn left onto Pascoe Vale Road (900m)
- Turn left onto Coats Street (1.6km)
- Drive straight until you reach the destination (250m)
- 1 McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039, Australia