Flemington Races

Flemington Races


Flemington Racecourse is run by the Victorian Racecourse and is one of the most well-known racecourses in Australia.

It’s home to a number of the most prestigious Australian Races on offer, including the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby, Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup.

The Flemington Racecourse is also the oldest of all metropolitan horse racing tracks in Australia, whilst also home to the ‘Race That Stops The Nation’ The Melbourne Cup.

The Course has been up and running since 1980, and is only a short distance from the Melbourne CBD. It has a circumference of 2,312 metres and a straight of 450.

In 1999 the course made history with major renovations, and also included a new race, the Sandown Classic. This was changed from a handicap event to a weight-for-age… as well as an increase in prize money.

Flemington Races are held at distances from 1,000 metres to 3,200. The 1,000 to 1,200 metre events are started from a chute and run down the famous Flemington straight.

Then, for distances above 1,400m, an inner barrier advantage begins, with anti-clockwise turns making it difficult to get nearer to the rails and gain advantage early.

Flemington Racecourse Details:

Address: 400 Epson Road
 Flemington, Victoria, 3031
Phone Number: 1300 727 575
Website: https://mrc.racing.com/
Circumference: 2087 metres
Direction: Anti-Clockwise
Track Type: Flat

Key Flemington Racecourse Races

The Melbourne Cup is the Number 1 Race the Country and is run in the middle of Spring Racing Carnival. However, Flemington Races also host a number of other prestigious events.

Check out other Key Flemington Racecourse Details Below:

Race NameDistanceGroup LevelPrize Money
Melbourne Cup3200mGroup 1$5,000,000
Victoria Derby2500mGroup 1$2,000,000
Kennedy Oaks2500mGroup 1$1,000,000
Mackinnon Stakes2000mGroup 1$2,000,000
Newmarket Handicap1200mGroup 1$1,250,000
Australian Cup2000mGroup 1$1,500,000
Black Caviar Lightning Stakes1000mGroup 1$750,000

Flemington Racing Tips     

Flemington Racecourse Barrier and Starting Positions

1000m, 1100m and 1200m Barriers are all located in the very centre of Flemington Racecourse, in a chute directly off of the home straight. Here, there’s a straight run down the famous Flemington Straight, to the winning post.

Outer barriers obviously have a slight disadvantage in larger fields. Often, jockeys prefer to sneak over to the outside rail when the inside rail is positioned out 8 metres or more.

1400m Barriers begin in a chute at the very back of Flemington Racecourse. Runners are positioned on an continuous angled turn until the home straight. Inside barriers have a slight advantage on the turn here.

1600m Barriers are situated in a little chute off of the course proper. Like the 1400m, runners are on a continuous curve until they reach the Flemington Straight. Inside barriers have more of an advantage than the 1400m, especially in large fields when the rail is out.

1800m Barriers are placed on the course proper, with only a short, snappy turn until the first curve. Inside gates will also have a slight advance here.

2000m Barriers begin like the 1800m on the course proper, with a straight run of around 600m until the angled section of the course. Barriers have less of an importance at this distance.

2500m Barriers begin on the course proper in front of the Flemington Straight and grandstand, barriers are of no importance here most typically.

3200m Melbourne Cup. Barriers are situated just outside of the 1000m start, with a straight 900m run before hitting the first corner.

Barriers 2 – 12 are definitely preferred for this race, although it’s anyone’s game due to the distance. Barrier 18 has never had a Melbourne Cup winner, so if you draw that gate, you’re well out of luck.

Flemington Races Results

Race NameWinning HorsePrize MoneyOdds
VRC Sprint ClassicBivouac$1,500,000$3.20
Matriarch StakesAffair To Remember$300,000$7.00
Seppelt Mackinnon StakesArcadia Queen$2,000,000$2.45
MCCC Country FinalDo You Reckon$500,000$26.00
Kennedy  OaksPersonal$1,000,000$6.00
Red Roses StakesWritten Beauty$200,000$1.80
Maribyrnong PlateFinance Tycoon$200,000$10.00
Desirable SteaksNo Restriction$175,000$41.00
Melbourne CupTwilight Payment$7,430,000$26.00
HKJ Club StakesRich Hips$200,000$21.00
Carbine Club StakesCrosshaven$250,000$3.50
Wakeful StakesVictoria Quay$300,000$7.00
Linlithgow StakesKemalpasa$300,000$4.60
Hotham HandicapAshrun$200,000$5.50
Empire Rose StakesShout The Bar$1,000,000$31.00
Coolmore Stud StakesSeptember Run$1,500,000$4.00
Victoria DerbyJohnny Get Angry$2,000,000$21.00
Kennedy CantalaYulong Prince$1,500,000$10.00
Begonia Belle StakesFiesta$200,000$5.50
Makybe Diva StakesFierce Impact$750,000$4.00
Danehill StakesDoubtland$200,000$7.00
Aurie’s Star HandicapHome Of The Brave$160,000$5.00
TBV Thoroughbred BreedersMinhaaj$160,000$3.10
Sires ProduceLunar Fox$200,000$26.00
Matron StakesPaint The Town Two$160,000$26.00
Newmarket HandicapBivouac$1,250,000$5.50
Kewney StakesRubisaki$200,000$3.00
Frances Tressady StakesSylvia’s Mother$160,000$2.40
Shaftesbury AvenueBlazejowski$160,000$3.20
Australian GuineasAlligator Blood$1,000,000$2.70
Blamey StakesFifty Stars$200,000$2.60
CS Hayes StakesAlligator Blood$160,000$1.80
Black Caviar LightningGytrash$750,000$21.00
The VanityBonvicini$160,000$26.00

Getting to the Track

There are a multitude of venues which lie within the Flemington Racecourse. These rooms are events are particularly apparent during the Spring Carnival.

Some of the best venues at the Flemington Races include the Chairman’s Club, The Gallery, Hill Stand Corporate Suites, Panorama Restaurant, The Peak, and Saintly Place Restaurant.

Most of these venues will offer you a panoramic view of the racecourse, as well as VIP amenities.


The nearest Train Station to Flemington Races, is the Flemington Racecourse Station – which lies on the Flemington Racecourse Line.

The station is right at the gates to the Flemington Racecourse – which means no pesky walking! Check out the Victoria Public Transport Site to plan your journey to the Flemington Races on the train.


The Flemington Races is stop 29 on the 57 train (City/Elizabeth Street to West Bariyrnong). Just check out the Victoria Public Transport site if you want to head to the Flemington Races by tram.


You’d most likely want to catch public transport if you’re heading out for a day at the Flemington Races. The Course is only 5kms North West of the Melbourne CBD, with limited, and very expensive parking. That’s not to mention the traffic you’ll experience en route there! Especially during Spring Carnival.


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