About Flemington Racecourse

The most recognisable racecourse in Australia, Flemington hosts the Melbourne Cup and many more top Group 1 races.

Located in Melbourne, Victoria, Flemington is the home of racing in Australia and the Melbourne Spring/Cup Carnival is one of the biggest in the world.

Home of 14 Group 1’s and counting, Flemington is a sizable track which hosts the 3200m Melbourne Cup in front of over 100,000 fans and racegoers every year.

Steeped in history, Flemington sits at the top of all racetracks in Australia and it’s a truly amazing venue for showcasing the world’s best thoroughbreds. 

Flemington Racecourse History

Opened in 1840, Flemington is one of Australia’s oldest racing venues in the mainstream. 

It sits on Crown Land and was originally leased by the Victoria Turf Club before merging with the Victoria Jockey Club to form the Victoria Racing Club.

10 years following the first Melbourne Cup in 1861, the Victoria Racing Club was given legal control over the Flemington Racecourse and it’s still owned by them to this day.

It’s the only track in Australia that hosts a 1200m sprint down the straight, known as the “straight-six” and it’s circumference spans 2.3km - one of the largest tracks.

With a crowd capacity of 130,000, many meetings held throughout the Melbourne Spring Carnival have reached maximum levels.

The 2006 Victoria Derby meeting saw an attendance of 129,089 and the 2003 Melbourne Cup went close with 122,736.

Home of many of Australia’s biggest Group 1 races, Flemington is also gifted with the latest technology and advancements. In 2000, the grandstand got a $45 million facelift.

Flemington was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2006.

Flemington Racecourse Races

Flemington is the mecca of Group 1 racing in Australia, hosting 14 Group 1 races with many of those coming during the spring.

The biggest race is the Melbourne Cup, which runs on the first Tuesday in November. It’s run during Melbourne Cup Week, which includes the Derby, Oaks and many top-quality races.

Punters shouldn’t forget about the Melbourne Autumn Carnival, which features the Australian Cup, Newmarket Handicap and Lightning Stakes.

Flemington Group 1 Schedule:


15th Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 
29th Australian Guineas


7th Newmarket Handicap 
7th Australian Cup
14th All-Star Mile 


14th Makybe Diva Stakes


5th Turnbull Stakes


2nd Victoria Derby 
2nd Coolmore Stud Stakes 
2nd Cantala Stakes 
2nd Empire Rose Stakes 
5th Melbourne Cup 
7th VRC Oaks 
9th Mackinnon Stakes 
9th VRC Sprint Classic

Flemington Racecourse Odds

Odds for all races held at Flemington can be found at either BetEasy, bet365 or Ladbrokes.

Because of the important nature of races held at Flemington, bookmakers typically set their odds early, especially for the Group 1 races.

Specials for the likes of the Melbourne Cup and All-Star Mile will open early with bookmakers.

Melbourne Cup markets and odds are open 365 days a year.

Flemington Racecourse Bookmaker Promotions

Bookmakers run promotions on all Flemington meetings, in particular the Melbourne Cup Carnival races.

Look out for our latest Flemington bookmaker promotions, which includes some terrific Melbourne Spring Carnival and Melbourne Cup Carnival deals.

Flemington Racecourse Live Streaming

There are many ways to livestream racing from Flemington.

Live streaming horse racing is becoming more and more popular. It pays to know where to find all the best horse racing live streams.

Thankfully, if you sign up to our recommended bookmakers you don’t have to worry.

BetEasy and Ladbrokes offer free live streaming services, all you need to do is have a positive account balance.

BetEasy is the preferred Flemington livestream provider.

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