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Flemington Racecourse

Home Track of the Melbourne Cup

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Flemington Racecourse ... home of the Melbourne Cup

Flemington Racecourse ... home of the Melbourne Cup

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Fleminton Racecourse, six kilometres northwest of Melbourne city centre, is the home track of the Melbourne Cup, Australia's richest and biggest horse racing event.

It is bounded on the south and west by the Maribyrnong River, on the southeast by the Princes Highway and on the northeast by Epsom Rd.

Racing at Flemington

The racecourse comprises some 320 acres (130 hectares). The main racetrack itself is 2312 metres in circumference with a straight of 450 metres. Additionally there is a straight track for 1000 to 2000-metre racing.

Flemington Racecourse is home to a number of major Australian horse races throughout the year.

Racing on the Flemington track is counter-clockwise.

The start of the 3200-metre Melbourne Cup is on the other side of the finish line with horses thus passing the finish line once before completing a full circuit of the track.

Phar Lap and Makybe Diva

A true-to-life bronze statue of legendary Australian racehorse Phar Lap stands on the raceourse grounds. A similar statue is to honor Makybe Diva, winner of three consecutive Melbourne Cup races.

Flemington Racecourse is on the National Heritage List.

Getting to Flemington

There is limited parking on Flemington Racecourse so many racegoers prefer to travel by public transport on racedays.

By train: Frequent trains run to and from Flemington Racecourse. Special race trains leave Flinders St Station, stopping at Southern Cross and North Melbourne stations, on the way to Flemington.

By tram: The No 57 tram from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders Sts stop at Flemington Drive off Epsom Rd.

By ferry: Ferry services operate from Melbourne city centre to Flemington along the Maribyrning River.

By bus: During the Melbourne Cup racing carnival, there's a free shuttle bus between Waterfront City (at Docklands) and Flemington.

Some of these public transport options may not be available outside of racedays.

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