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 birthday celebration and booked 12 seats in the Saintly Place . Our seats were in a long line and with the excessive crowding it was hopeless trying to interact. Couldn’t move ! Shoulder to shoulder...  more »
  • Whether you are interested in horse racing or not this is well worth seeing. The lay out of the gardens is amazing and the thrill of a major race day will catch hold of you.  more »
  • melbourne cup is a pilgrimage but it's so much easy to get around Flemington on one of the super saturday race days  more »
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  • My first ever day at the races. Lovely staff, from ushers, clerks to caterers. Well done.
  • Singapore Day 2027 celebrations was held here. From what I could see it was a very well maintained place.
  • What's going on? Queueing 20 mins at the bar every time for a drink in the members on a winter race day is ridiculous. Staff were unorganised, slow and flustered. Cup qeek will be fun....
  • Probably my favourite place on the planet. My goal in life is to win a Melbourne Cup - so it goes without saying that i LOVE Flemington. I have been to race tracks all over the world and this place is still the most magical and inspirational race track in the world. Chairmans Lounge - simply superb facilities - id give it 6 stars if I could. Food is world class, one of the best wine lists in Melbourne and the view - we'll see for yourself below !! INSPIRED
  • Very sad to see the members stand go. It's lost its soul. Have a look at the historical photos and that stand was brilliant. Together with the bluestone stand that's been covered by a daggy stand Infront. There are better ways to move with the times

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