Today, Flemington boasts some of the finest training facilities in Australia including a pro-ride surface, two sand tracks and two grass surfaces. Complete with a swimming facility, it has all the amenities a trainer requires to bring out the best in their runners.

Flemington has always been one of Melbourne's leading racehorse training centres, with special training tracks and facilities. For the first hundred years or more, trainers established their stables in the surrounding neighbourhood and walked their horses to the course each day.

In the 1960s, the first on-course stables, Chicquita Lodge was built by well-known trainer, Tony Lopes and occupied under a long term lease arrangement with the VRC. The stables were later sold back to the VRC paving the way for future occupant and Melbourne Cup winning trainer, John Meagher. Between 1997 and 2003, the VRC constructed an entire village of training stables on the south-eastern section of the racecourse, and these can now accommodate 800 horses. 

Evolution of Flemington training facilities

  • 1960s: Chicquita Lodge built by leading trainer, Tony Lopes. He was the trainer of the mighty Chicquita.
  • 1967: Extension of Smithfield Road area stables (originally built in the 19th century as ‘stripping sheds’ for trainers bringing horses to the track for traing) a.k.a Community Stables 
  • 1988: John Meagher takes over and refurbishes Chicquita Lodge
  • 1991: Plans to build more stables
  • 1998: On-course training facilities increase to 650-horse capacity
  • 1997-2003: The VRC constructs an entire village of training stables on the south-eastern section of Flemington racecourse, which became the Melbourne base for John Hawkes, David Hall, John Sadler and the Lindsay Park stables
  • 2006: Demolition of Smithfield Road stables

Flemington, the best-known and oldest racecourse in Australia, is also the Melbourne home of some of the country’s greatest trainers. Some 550 horses are prepared at the world-famous racecourse to run in major races throughout Australia.

As at February 2015, our Flemington-based trainers are:  

Nigel Blackiston – Blackiston Racing

Phone: (03) 9376 6094
Email: nblackiston@bigpond.com.au
Website: blackistonracing.com.au

Stephen Brown – Stephen Brown Racing

Phone: 0488 187 446
Email: svbrownracing@live.com.au

Mick Cerchi

Phone: (03) 9309 336
Email: flemingtonlodge@bigpond.com

Leon and Troy Corstens – Malua Racing

Phone: (03) 9376 6618
Email: troy@maluaracing.com.au
Website: maluaracing.com.au

Russell Cameron

Phone: (03) 9376 6618 / 0418 843 957
Fax: (03) 9376 8225
Email: russellcameron5@optusnet.com.au
Website: russellcameron.com.au

Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra – Ellerton Zahra Racing

Phone: (03) 9376 3112
Email:  racing@ellertonzahraracing.com.au
Website: ellertonzahraracing.com.au

Lee and Anthony Freedman – Freedman Racing

Phone: (03) 9372 1222
Email: freedman@freedman.com.au
Website: freedman.com.au

Saab Hasan – Hasan Racing Stables

Phone: (03) 9376 3100
Email: saab@hasanracingstables.com
Website: hasanracingstables.com

S.V.Brown Racing

Address: 1 Stables Drive, Flemington VIC 3031
Post box: PO BOX 320, Ascot Vale 3032
Email: svbrownracing@live.com.au
Website: SVBrownRacing.com.au

Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes – Hawkes Racing

Phone: (02) 9637 1244
Email: john@hawkesracing.com.au
Website: hawkesracing.com.au

David Hayes and Tom Dabernig – Lindsay Park

Phone: (03) 9340 7800
Email: susan@lindsaypark.com.au
Website: lindsaypark.com.au

Tom Hughes Jr – Tommy Hughes Racing

Phone: 0413 872 345
Email: tommyhughesracing@gmail.com

Mark Kavanagh – Kavanagh Racing

Phone: (03) 9372 6547
Email:  mark@kavanaghracing.com
Website: kavanaghracing.com

Steve McKinnon

Phone: (03) 9376 6367
Email: steve.mckinnon@bigpond.com

Mike Moroney – Ballymore Stables

Phone: (03) 9372 3558
Email: anthony@ballymorestables.com.au
Website: ballymorestables.com.au

Danny O’Brien – Danny O'Brien Racing

Phone: (03) 9372 2466
Email: danny@dannyobrienracing.com.au
Website: dannyobrienracing.com.au

John O'Shea – Godolphin

Phone: (03) 9946 5900
Email: rsimpson@godolphin.com
Website: godolphin.comdarley.com.au

Steve Richards – Steve Richards Racing

Phone: (03) 9337 9665
Email: stevenrichards@optusnet.com.au
Website: steverichardsracing.com.au

Chris Waller – Chris Waller Racing

Phone: (02) 9637 9652
Email: cwallerracing@bigpond.com
Website: cwallerracing.com

Gai Waterhouse – Gai Waterhouse Racing

Phone: (02) 9662 1488
Email: gai@gaiwaterhouse.com.au
Website: gaiwaterhouse.com.au

For more information, phone the Customer Service Centre on 1300 727 575 or email customerservice@vrc.net.au