History of Flemington & Melbourne Cup

Flemington, Australia's greatest racecourse, is situated 6km northwest of the Melbourne CBD, by the Maribyrnong River. On racedays, the course is accessible by car, tram, special race trains or rivercraft.

With capacity up to 120,000 people, it is famous for its four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

In 2015, this magnificient week of racing will comprise of:

  • AAMI Victoria Derby Day Saturday 31 October 2015
  • Emirates Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 3 November 2015
  • Crown Oaks Day Thursday 5 November 2015
  • Emirates Stakes Day Saturday 7 November 2015. 
Key Flemington Racecourse facts  
Course Proper fully grassed, anti-clockwise, fully re-constructed in 2007
Circumference 2312 metres
Length of straight 450 metres
Width of straight 30 metres
Run to first turn (Melbourne Cup) 888 metres


History of the Melbourne Cup Carnival

Through tears and triumphs, 'the race that stops a nation™' has cemented its position as a revered sporting, social and cultural event, which plays a significant role in defining Australia's national identity.

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