Flemington is the major horse racing venue in Melbourne. It is located next to the Maribyrnong River, just 8km from the city centre, near Footscray Park. The track itself is shaped a bit like a pear, with a circumference of 2312m and a straight of 450m.
Racing began there in March 1840, with events held over distances ranging from 1000m to 3200m. Races over 1000m and 1200m are started from a chute and run down the famous Flemington straight.
Flemington hosts 13 Group 1 races each year including; the Melbourne Cup, VRC Derby, VRC Oaks, Mackinnon Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup.
Added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2006, Flemington Racecourse boasts an attendance high of 129,089 on VRC Derby Day in 2006 when Efficient won the blue-ribbon, three-year-old staying event.
Famous features at Flemington include; a bronze statue of champion galloper Phar Lap and the Clocktower which is located just off the outside rail at about the 150m mark. Many jockeys wait until reaching the famous stewards’ vantage point to make their winning moves.