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Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, Victoria, Australia
The Victoria Racing Club’s Flemington Racecourse is the most famous race course in Australia and has had race meetings run each year since 1840. The track is a short distance from the city centre of Melbourne and has a circumference of 2,312 metres and a straight of 450.
Racing is held over distances between 1,000 metres to 3,200. Races of 1,000 metres and 1,200 are started from a chute and are run down the famous Flemington straight. For some distances between 1,400 metres and 2,500 there can be an advantage for horses drawn in an inside barrier.
Flemington holds numerous racing meetings every year with the most famous being the Spring Racing Carnival which hosts the “The Melbourne Cup”, the most prestigious race in Australia, which is held on the first Tuesday in November. The four-day carnival also has other feature races like the Victoria Derby, The VRC Oaks and the Emirates Stakes.
Other main races at Flemington throughout the year include the Turnbull Stakes in the spring, and the Lightning Stakes. and Newmarket Handicap in the autumn.
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