A complete guide for every racegoer to plan the perfect raceday.

Flemington Racecourse holds 23 racedays each year – including the exciting Melbourne Cup Carnival in November and the Flemington Festival of Racing in Autumn. Each raceday offers something unique, from competitive first-class racing, high fashion and fine food.

What should I wear? Is there a dress code?

VRC Members and guests entering the Members' Enclosure at Flemington are required to adhere to the Members' Enclosure dress regulations, to find out more click here.

Dining Enclosures and Corporate Hospitality areas also require visitors to adhere to a dress code, to find out more click here.

There's no formal dress code for General Admission, however racegoers are encouraged to dress for a smart occasion. Each day also has its own dress theme, to find out more click here.

What time do the races start?
  • AAMI Victoria Derby Day: First Race 11:45am - Last Race: 5:20pm
  • Emirates Melbourne Cup Day: First Race 11:00am - Last Race 5:20pm
  • Kennedy Oaks Day: First Race 12:15pm - Last Race 5:45pm
  • Emirates Stakes Day: First Race 12:15pm - Last Race 5:45pm
For further information on race conditions and the fields click here.
What time do the restaurants and marquees open?
The restaurants and marquees open one hour before the first race so you can mingle and chat before the main event.
What can I bring to Flemington?

What you can bring into Flemington depends on which areas your ticket allows you entry to. Make sure you read our terms & conditions for the ticket you have purchased carefully before arriving to Flemington. 

No alcohol can be brought through the turnstiles into the racecourse. The only exception is within Members' Reserved Car Parks - The Domain, The Nursery and The Rails (conditions apply). Alcohol can be purchased in all dining facilities and at retail bar outlets located in both the Members and public areas of the racecourse. Bag checks will be conducted by security at points of entry.

Anything that is considered dangerous including glasswear and knives will also not be permitted.

Can I leave the racecourse and come back in?
Of course you can. Just make sure you scan your ticket to exit at the turnstiles as you leave the racecourse.
Where do I find information on the day?
If you have a question on the day just find one of our staff (they're the ones dressed in all pink). They'll be at all the turnstiles and throughout the racecourse to help with whatever questions you have.
How do I find my way around the racecourse?

Enhance your raceday experience by downloading the Flemington Raceday Guide mobile app for iPhone or Android before you arrive on-course. It’s the perfect partner for your race day, helping you:

  • Welcome to Flemington – Explore the best of what's on offer at Flemington, including on-course experiences, events, locations and social updated.
  • Find Your Way Around – Search the location map to find bars, dining and entertainment, betting facilities and amenities across the racecourse. Ensure you connect to wifi for greater accuracy.
  • Plan your day – Select events from What's On and add to you planner to organise your day.
  • Racing Form & Field – View races, field information, including betting odds. You can even save your favourite runners in each race. 
  • View Transport Times – See the train and tram times from Flemington Racecourse
  • More - Plan your day at Flemington by viewing live transport times. Connect to Flemington FREE Wifi and watch up to 4 channels of live videos and highlights.

You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Where can I buy a racebook?

You can pick up a racebook from the main turnstiles and around the course. It will tell you everything you need to know about the races, including the times of each race, details about the horses, trainers and jockeys, plus a map of the course and heaps more.

Racebooks can be purchased the day prior from select newsagencies within the Melbourne CBD and from the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) offices.

They can also be purchased from Federation Square on the day of the respective racemeeting and at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade.

Why do I need a wristband?

Proof-of-age wristbands will be required for all people purchasing alcohol. Wristbanding marquees will be located at turnstile and bar entry points. Proof-of-age ID must be presented. Presentation of misleading identification is an offence and offending racegoers will be removed from the racecourse. Racegoers must be 18 years of age or older to purchase alcohol. Alcohol must not be purchased on behalf of underage patrons.

Access to corporate enclosures and marquees will only be granted to those guests wearing the applicable wristband for that area.  

Where can I see the horses?
If you’re new to racing and to Flemington, here are some tips to help you find the best places to see the horses and see them race. 
  • Parade Ring: Racegoers can view horses at rest in their stall, being saddled up for their race, and briefly being paraded before entering tunnel to the Mounting Yard.
  • Mounting Yard: Racegoers can view horses being paraded at length in saddlecloth order, both before and after being mounted by riders, before they are then taken onto the track and to the starting barriers.
Many options on course give you spectacular views of the track, including reserved grandstand seating, restaurants, corporate marquees, private boxes and enclosures.

What else can I do and see?

The Park 

If you want a break from the action on the track head to The Park. It’s a relatively new part of Flemington (it was introduced last year) and it’s specially designed for socialising, people watching, relaxing and more. With live entertainment, bars, food and fashion it’s easy to spend your whole day there. To view the 2017 line up of bands, food and bars click here.

Myer Fahsions on the Field

If what you love about the races most is the glamour and style, don't miss the Myer Fashions on the Field. Located in The Park, it showcases the brightest and best fashion has to offer.

Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field

Melbourne Cup Carnival's 'family day' celebrates Flemington's youngest racecourse, with competition categories for boys, girls and families.

Is there WIFI at Flemington?

Yes! There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the course so you can Snap, Instagram, Tweet and Facebook everything that happens during the day. To access the Wi-Fi just connect to ‘Flemington Free Wi-Fi’ and accept the terms and conditions.

Where are ATMs and EFTPOS facilities at Flemington?

ATMs are situated at various locations on course for both the public and Members.

Public areas:

  • Outside Flemington Heritage Centre, Betting Ring East (ATM)
  • Grandstand Ground (Eftpos/ATM)
  • Outside The Precinct Fence Line (ATM)
  • Outside Elms Trackside Fence (ATM)

Members’ areas:

  • Western entry, Nursery Enclosure Car Park (ATM)
  • Nursery Enclosure Central at Rotunda (Eftpos)
  • Rails Enclosure East (ATM)
  • Birdcage Enclosure (ATM)
  • Hill Stand 1st Floor (Eftpos)
  • The Grandstand Forum (Level 1) East (ATM)
  • The Grandstand Forum (Level 1) West (2 x ATMs)
  • The Grandstand View (Level 4) West (ATM)
  • Tote Windows, opposite Champagne Bar (Eftpos)
  • Members Car Park, outside Phar Lap Marquee (ATM)
Is there a cloakroom on course?

Public and Members' cloakrooms are available for cloaking of items on all racedays of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There is no charge for this service.

Public cloakrooms:

  • Northeast corner of Betting Ring
  • Hill Stand, Ground Level (Melbourne Cup Carnival only)
  • Terrace Restaurant (Guests only)

Members’ cloakrooms:

  • Committee Room (Committee Guests only)
  • The Grandstand, Forum Level, east end, opposite lifts
  • The Grandstand, Forum level, west end, opposite escalators
  • Chairman’s Club (Guests only)

Please make sure that you collect your cloaked items at the conclusion of the raceday. Unclaimed items will be available for collection between 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday from Flemington Racecourse Operations Reception. Unclaimed items will be stored for a period of 30 days only after which time they will be discarded. Contact Customer Service on 1300 727 575 with any queries.

Are there any lockers on course?

There are no lockers at Flemington, however we do have cloakrooms. Southern Cross Station located in the CBD on Spencer Street will have lockers available on the day if you need them.

Can I smoke cigarettes or cigars at Flemington, and where can I buy them on course?

Smoking is not permitted within occupied building areas, or any indoor areas, including all marquees. 

You can purchase cigarettes and cigars on-course from selected bars.

Public areas:

  • Betting Ring Central – Bernborough Club Bar
  • Undercroft Central

Members’ areas:

  • The Grandstand Forum – Forum Bar
  • Hill Stand Level 1 – Hill Bar 

Flemington supports creating a smoke-free experience for diners. Flemington’s grandstands, including balconies and seating decks, are smoke-free zones. Smoking is still permitted on the lawns, outdoor walkways, and Mounting Yard provided there is a distance of 14 metres from a food stall or food vendor, in line with Victorian tobacco reforms.

I have a small child, what facilities are available on course?

Parenting facilities are available in both the public and Members’ areas.

Public areas:

  • Feeding area and Ladies toilet at eastern end of Betting Ring
  • Parenting facilities and ladies toilet at western end of Betting Ring

Members’ areas:

  • The Forum , Level 1 of The Grandstand, western foyer
  • Parenting facilities, 1st floor Hill Stand (Parents Room)
How do I placing a bet at on course?
There are several ways you can place a bet at Flemington:
  • with a bookmaker
  • through TAB on course and online (Tabaret and 'The Tote').

Bookmakers can be found in a variety of locations on course. We recommend that you check the racebook for their locations, names and stand numbers.

Betting with a bookmaker

Win   When you back a horse to Win, you win if your horse finishes first.
Place When you back a horse for a Place, you win if your horse finishes first, second or third. There is no collect for third place if there are less than eight runners (except late scratchings). If there is less than three runners, there is no place betting.
Each Way 
 When you back a horse Each Way, you collect if your horse wins or runs a place. For Each Way betting bookmakers pay 1/4 of the win odds for a place if there are eight or more runners and 1/3 of the win odds if there are between three and seven runners. There is no collect for third place if there are less than eight runners (except late scratchings) where deductions could apply. If there is fewer than three runners, there is no place.
Win/Place 
Bookmakers also offer Win/Place betting which is displayed similarly to TAB approximate dividends for each runner in a race. Win/Place betting is the fixed odds displayed on the bookmaker's board, for example $3 Win, $1.60 Place, therefore a bet of $10 Win and $10 Place would return $46 if the horse won the race or $16 if the horse finished second or third in a race of eight or more starters. The Each Way rules do not apply to bookmakers betting Win/Place.
 Concession 
When you back a horse Concession, you win if your horse finishes first, and the amount you bet is returned in full if your horse finishes second or third. However, there is no collect for third place if there are less than eight runners (except late scratchings). Concession betting requires a field of at least three runners.
 Four Place 
 To win a Four Place bet, you select a horse in four separate races to run a place.
 Multiple Doubles 
 To win a Multiple Doubles bet, you select two horses and multiply the odds on offer, and both horses must win.

Don't forget to carefully check your tickets before leaving the bookmaker's stand and do not discard tickets until correct weight has been declared.

In the event of a late scratching/s your ticket may be subject to deductions ordered by the Stewards.

Betting with the TAB at the track

Win   When you back a horse to Win, you win if your horse finishes first.
Place When you back a horse for a Place, you win if your horse finishes first, second or third. There is no collect for third place if there are less than eight runners (except late scratchings). If there is less than three runners, there is no place betting.
Quinella
To win in Quinella wagering, you must pick the two horses finishing first and second in either order. Operates on all races.
Exacta 
To win in Exacta wagering, you must pick the two horses finishing first and second in exact order.
 Trifecta 
To win the Trifecta, you must pick the three horses finishing first, second and third in judges' order.
  First 4 
To win the First 4, you must pick the four horses finishing first, second, third and fourth in judges' order.
 Daily Double 
 To win a Daily Double bet, you must pick the winners of two designated races.
 Running Double 
 To win a Running Double, you must pick the winners of two consecutive races.
 All-Up (win) 
 To win an All-Up win bet, you must pick two or more winners at the same venue.
 All-Up (place)
  To win an All-Up place bet, you must pick two or more placegetters at the same venue.
 Quaddie 
 To win a Quaddie, you must pick the winners of four designated races. 

The official Emirates Melbourne Cup betting provider is Tabcorp and TAB.

The TAB provides totalisator betting (often referred to as 'The Tote') for all races and has many bet types to choose from. Totalisator betting means that all punters are betting into a pool, and the pool is divided among all the successful bets. This is why the dividend/price for your runner changes up until the race jumps.

What accessibility facilities are on course?

Flemington racecourse offers a range of facilities during Melbourne Cup Carnival for those with limited mobility and special needs.

Please contact Customer Service for further information.

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