Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

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Flemington Racecourse is a major horse racing venue located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is most notable for hosting the Melbourne Cup, which is Australia's richest horse race. The racecourse is situated on low alluvial flats, next to the Maribyrnong River. The area was first used for horse racing in March 1840.OverviewThe Flemington Racecourse site comprises 1.27 square kilometres of Crown land. The course was originally leased to the Victoria Turf Club in 1848, which merged with the Victoria Jockey Club in 1864 to form the Victoria Racing Club. The first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861. In 1871 the Victoria Racing Club Act was passed, giving the VRC legal control over Flemington Racecourse.The racecourse is shaped not unlike a pear, and boasts a six-furlong (1,200 m) straight known as 'the Straight Six.' The track has a circumference of 2.312km and a final straight of 450m for race distances over 1.2km. Races are run in an anti-clockwise direction.The course has a crowd capacity of over 120,000 and contains three grandstands. The biggest ever attendance was on VRC Derby Day in 2006 when 129,089 people saw Efficient win the VRC Derby. The racecourse has undergone a facelift in recent years, with the opening of a new $45 million grandstand in 2000. It also contains a bronze statue of the famous racehorse Phar Lap, which was donated to the Club as part of Australia's bicentenary celebrations in 1988. The Hill Stand, built in 1977, houses the artist Harold Freedman's seven panel mural which traces the History of Racing. The work was commissioned to mark the Australian bicentenary in 1988.
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  • A bucket list item I would recommend that everyone ticks off is a day at the races during the Spring Racing Carnival. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere and colours! Pack a picnic blanket and ...  more »
  • Had a great day on course, cant visit Melbourne without going to the races, especially Flemington, one of the best Racetracks in the world  more »
  • We went to Flemington on Anzac Day and had a wnderful time. A special race day train got us there in plenty of time - and back to the city again. Lots of seating, places to eat and wonderful roses eve...  more »
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