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 must do when in Melbourne - visit the home of Australian Horse racing - huge grandstand, great horses, easy access to Bookies or TAB's, plenty of food and drinks places - all in all a great day out....  more »
  • Flemington Racecourse is a delight especially during the Spring Racing season and Melbourne Cup Week. The rose display is magnificent.... if you can get close enough to see them. The crowds seem to ge...  more »
  • Nothing gives you the feeling of racing at Flemingto with the big events like The Melbourne Cup and fantastic group A racing you can witness. Fleminton has it all atmoshere , great food great watering...  more »
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  • What can I say about Flemington racecourse? If u live in Melbourne then u know that every November its the event that stops the nation. Its where the Melbourne cup is held every year. People pile in from all over the world to be apart of this eventful day. Its almost the best month of the year. Don't worry ladies, there's even a special day for us gals to get all dressed up & show off our best clothing design. Not to mention that its a good time of year to have a lil bet on the horses. Good luck & enjoy.
  • We were there for the Melbourne Cup day. One of the biggest race days in the world. The atmosphere was great, but dress fancy everyone goes all out for this day. Great fun.
  • I take my dog for walks around the outside of the race course there is a river where you got exercise equipment and beautiful walk ways nice for a peaceful walk
  • Gorgeous race course with the most beautiful garden beds of roses...we are so lucky the people before us had such vision.Will be improved when new grandstand completed.
  • Went to a music festival here. Nice and spacious. Bit of a mission to get in and out of though

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