Jockey Craig Williams inspects the race track

The track conditions at Flemington are vital to the outcome of the races.

We aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the track conditions and weather at Flemington:

Undertaken by the Flemington racecourse manager, penetrometer readings are conducted daily in the week leading up to a Flemington raceday.

A penetrometer reading takes approximately 1.5 hours and is conducted in three different parts of the track to ensure an accurate rating. The penetrometer provides accurate information to prepare for upcoming racedays.

What is a penetrometer?

Originally developed in France, the penetrometer is a metal instrument used by racecourse officials to measure the track’s resistance to penetration by galloping thoroughbreds.

Replaced by the traditional 'going stick', the penetrometer was first used by Victorian metropolitan clubs in the mid-1980s to establish an official 'track rating' for the benefit of punters, trainers, jockeys, owners, media and officials.

For more information, phone the Customer Service Centre on 1300 727 575 or email