Flemington Racecourse is arguably Australia’s most famous racecourse and we provide expert Flemington betting tips for the racing action throughout the year.

Flemington is steeped in tradition and is home of Australia’s most iconic race - the Melbourne Cup.

The track bursts to life during the autumn and spring racing carnivals when the nation’s keenest racing fans descend upon the famous racecourse to some of the world's biggest Group 1 races.

Among the feature races staged at Flemington are the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby, Crown Oaks, Emirates Stakes, Longines Mile, Darley Classic, Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup.

Latest Flemington Betting Tips and Advice

We provide expert betting tips for Flemington races throughout the year with comprehensive guides to all Group 1 races including the Melbourne Cup.

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Free expert tips for racing at Flemington.


Where To Bet On Flemington Races

Bookmakers LadbrokesCrownBetSportsbet and bet365 are the best places to bet on Flemington as they stream every race live online. They also offer some of the best odds on Flemington racing throughout the year. Or take advantage of the top 5 bookmaker deals below.

For the best way to make a profit at Flemington races, read our guide on "How to make money betting online".

Flemington Races Live Stream

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Flemington Group 1 Races

Some of Australia's biggest races take place at Flemington, not least the Melbourne Cup - the feature racing on the entire Spring Carnival. 

Star horses from across the world head to Flemington during both the Spring and Autumn Carnivals chasing some of the biggest prizemoney on offer

For Flemington betting tips for all Group 1 races, click on the link for the comprehensive guide.

Flemington Racecourse Track

Flemington is a spacious track with one of the longest straights in Australia at 450m which gives all horses an equal chance with luck in running.

Flemington also has a 1200 metre straight track for racing which is commonly referred to as "The Straight Six" course.

The run to first turn in the Melbourne Cup is 888m, ensuring that no horse has their chances hampered during the opening half-a-mile.

Flemington Racecourse History

Steeped in tradition and home of Australia’s most iconic race, the Melbourne Cup, Flemington is arguably Australia’s most famous racecourse.

Crowds in excess of 100,000 people are a common occurrence during Flemington’s biggest race days where the Victorian Racing Club provides an entertaining environment for all.

The racecourse was first built in the 1850s and made its way onto the National Heritage List in 2006.

Flemington was originally named the Melbourne Racecourse on Crown Land after the Governor of New South Wales in 1848 formally declared 352 acres as a public racecourse and set up a six-member trust to oversee the racecourse.

The Victoria Racing Club Act passed by the government in 1871, made the club the trustees of the racecourse.

The Gold Rush era brought great wealth to Melbourne and Flemington soon grew in popularity, attracting vibrant crowds by the thousands.

Races were initially run in autumn, however, in 1854 the Victoria Turf Club decided to hold spring meetings due to favourable weather conditions - this eventually led to the hosting of the Melbourne Cup.

How To Get To Flemington Racecourse

Flemington is located 6km northwest of the CBD. It is recommended that racegoers enter Flemington via the Dynon Road - Kensington Road - Hobsons Road route.

Car Parking

Public car parks
Limited FREE public car parking is available in the centre car park. Racegoers should enter off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance.

VRC Members' car parks
Members' parking in the Unreserved Car Park must enter via Flemington Drive off Epsom Road.

Reserved dining car parks
Racegoers should refer to directions provided with making their bookings.


Flemington bound trains will depart Flinders Street Station (platform 8 & 9), stopping at Southern Cross Station (platform 14) and North Melbourne Station (platform 6), then express to Flemington. 


Catch the No. 57 tram from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders streets. Trams stop at Flemington Drive off Epsom Road. Visit Public Transport Victoria's website for tram schedule.


Catch the Route 472 from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee Ponds and alight on Fisher Parade, near the Riverbank entrance. Catch the Route 404 from Footscray or Moonee Ponds and alight on Smithfield Road.


Flemington stages some of the key races during both the Melbourne Spring Carnival and Melbourne Autumn Carnival.

The Melbourne Spring Carnival begins in October and runs through to November and features some of the best racing across the globe. With huge crowd, international runners taking on the pick of the domestic equine stars and rich prize money on offer, it is easy to see why the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is regarded as Australia's biggest and best.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival, which is headlined by the most prestigious race taking place during the Festival, is the central focus during the Melbourne Spring Carnival but there is an abundance of Group 1 and elite racing either side of the Flemington Carnival. 

The build up to the Melbourrne Spring Carnival begins in late July or early August each year with the staging of several Group races - including the Group 1 Underwood StakesSir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Manikato Stakes - as horses return from winter spells. But the six-week Spring Carnival does not officially get underway until the beginning of October with Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington the curtain-raiser at the start of October each year

The Turnbull Stakes, staged over 2000m, is the fourth Group 1 race of the season in Melbourne and has gone to Makybe Diva amongst others in the past. 

A week later, the carnival moves on to Caulfield, which stages a mouthwatering card on Caulfield Guineas Day. Top of the bill is the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) as the best three-year-olds clash with the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and theToorak Handicap (1600m) two other Grade 1 races on the card. 

The Thousand Guineas, a Group 1 contest over 1600m, is the fillies' version of the Caulfield Guineas and takes place in the middle of October, while just days later the carnival remains at Caulfield for Caulfield Cup Day. 

The Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) is a key race in its own right - it is the third richest race of the season carrying a total prize fund of $2.5million - but significantly it offers plenty of clues for the Melbourne Cup. You will find most bookmakers offering betting doubles on the race with the Melbourne Cup.

Following on from the Caulfield Cup, the action moves to Seymour for the Seymour Cup and to Geelong for the Geelong Cup before Moonee Valley takes on the baton at the end of October when the Cox Plate takes place. The Group 1 race over 2040m is the second richest race of the season with a total prize fund of $3million and is another huge betting heat ahead of the Melbourne Cup.

Bendigo hosts the Bendigo Cup in the midweek after before the Melbourne Cup Carnival begins at Flemington. The anticipation is all for the Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation and won a record three times by Makybe Diva when claiming a hat-trick between 2003-2005, on the first Tuesday in November, but the $6million Group 1 contest has plenty of support at Flemington.

The Flemington action begins with the Group 1 Victoria Derby over 2500m for star three-year-olds on the last Saturday in October or first one in November depending how the calender falls, with the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Myer Classic (1600m) other Group 1 races on the same card. 

The Melbourne Cup follows three days later and then on Thursday it is the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m), the female equivalent of the Victoria Derby, which takes centre stage on Ladies Day.

The final day of Flemington’s Carnival, and the penultimate raceday of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, is staged on the Saturday with the Emirates Stakes (1600m), one of two Group 1 races on the day, the other being the Darley Classic(1200m).

The curtain comes down on the Melbourne Spring Carnival at Sandown where the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) tops the bill.

Melbourne Spring Carnival and Autumn Carnival Tips

Our experts preview all of the big action from both carnivals with tips, videos guides and much, much more.


Melbourne Autumn Carnival Guide and Key Races

The Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival kicks off annually in January and culminates at the end of March with the running of the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield.

There are a total of 33 Group races throughout the autumn carnival with nine of those races carrying Group 1 status.

Although the carnival officially starts in January with the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, the first of the big Group 1 races, the $400,000 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) is held at Caulfield Racecourse in early February.

The carnival then shifts to Flemington for the running of the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) where weight-for-age sprinters battle for a share in $500,000 in prizemoney; the race also serves as the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

The following week, Caulfield takes centre stage with the running of the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes(1200m), a set-weights race for two-year-old fillies, colts and geldings.

Blue Diamond Stakes Day is complemented by six other Group races, including the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

To continue the Group 1 action, the carnival shifts back to Flemington for the next two Saturdays with the running of the time-honoured Australian Guineas (1600m) where three-year-olds battle for a slice of racing history. 

In early March, the richest day of the carnival is highlighted by the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000) and the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).

The final Group 1 race of the carnival, the William Reid Stakes (1200m), is held at Moonee Valley Racecourse toward the end of March and is accompanied by the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m).

To culminate an exciting carnival of racing, Caulfield plays host to the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) and the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m)

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