Located just 8km from the Melbourne CBD, Caulfield Racecourse is one of Australia’s best-known horse racing tracks with a history dating back to 1859. It has a triangular shaped layout, featuring three straights (30m wide). The total circumference is 2080m and the finishing straight is 367m long.
Among the 12 Group 1 races contested at Caulfield are the Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Guineas, Thousand Guineas, Blue Diamond Stakes, CF Orr Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Underwood Stakes and Futurity Stakes.
Some interstate and overseas horses struggle to handle Caulfield with all turns featuring a camber of up to 4%. A number of times, runners have been known to ‘wobble around the home bend’. However, major works in 1996, and again in 2005, have somewhat alleviated that problem.
One of the track’s showpieces is the totally glassed-in Rupert Clarke Stand which provides the prefect view of the racecourse commonly known as “the Heath” because it originally included rough bush, heath, and sand hills.