Being Melbourne’s popular race track, the Flemington Racecourse is known to host the Melbourne Cup. Located near Maribyrnong River, Flemington, Vic, This Horse Race Track has been in existence since 1840. Previously leased to the Victoria Turf Club, the club merged with the Victoria Jockey Club to become Victoria Racing Club in 1864. Prior to the merger, the Melbourne Cup was first staged in 1861. The Victoria Racing Club took legal control of the race track through the Victoria Racing Club Act in 1871.
With 2,312 meters in circumference, Flemington Racecourse is regarded as “the straight 6” because it has a 6-furlong straight. Races are usually run in a counter-clockwise direction. The race track can accommodate at least 120,000 spectators in 3 grandstands.
In 2006, Flemington, Vic, Horse Race Track had 129,089 spectators during the Victoria Racing Club Derby Day. It has undergone a series of renovation with the recent construction of a grandstand in 2000. In 1988, a bronze statue of Phar Lap, a legendary racehorse, was donated to the race track during the bicentennial celebration of Australia. In 1977, the Hill Stand was erected and now houses a mural about the History of Racing by artist Harold Freedman.
The Races Of Flemington Racecourse
Flemington Racecourse is home to the Lightning Stakes, Australian Cip, Newmarket Handicap, MacKinnon Stakes, VRC Oaks, VRC Derby, and the Melbourne Cup. Spectators can reach the race track through the railway station at Flinders Street Station. However, the station only runs on race days.
Also, tram no. 57 stops at the race track’s entrance on Epsom Road. There are different car parks for disabled spectators near the main entrances. There are also shuttle buses available. An elevator is also available to bring spectators to the Members Stand and Prince of Wales Stand. Flemington, Vic, Horse Race Track is located on Epsom Road and can be reached through 1300 727 575. For international callers, they can contact +61 (3) 8378 0747
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