Moonee Valley stages racing throughout the year - including one of Australia's most iconic races - and we provide expert Moonee Valley betting tips for the racing action.

The track is home to Australia’s premier weight-for-age race the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) - one of the big through features during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Horse racing is held at night from late September to April, with the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) being the only Australian Group 1 races to take place under lights.


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One of Australia's biggest races take place at Moonee Valley with the track home to the Cox Plate - one of the big three Group 1s during the Spring Carnival. 

Star performers head to Moonee Valley during both the Spring and Autumn Carnivals to contests the four Group 1 races staged at the track.

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Moonee Valley is a fairly consistent track with a sand base that compacts to become firm and drainage is very good after a downpour. 

The track is constructed of the StrathAyr Turf System, having a lower layer of sand and an upper rootzone layer reinforced with mesh elements. 

The unique, tight turning cambered circuit favours horses that are trained on small tracks such as Mornington, while horses trained on large open tracks such as Flemington can find it a difficult track to master. 

The short straight favours on pace runners although it is possible for horses to make ground from the rear, providing they make a well-timed run.


In 1883, William Samuel Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan and developed what is now known as Moonee Valley Racecourse. 

Expansion of the racecourse facilities occurred in the 1960s and were funded by compensation for land acquired for the construction of the adjacent Tullamarine Freeway. 



Located about 7kms from the Melbourne CBD via Mt Alexander Rd, parking is available on course. Melways reference 29 A7.


The Craigieburn line train departs from Flinders Street station. Disembark at Moonee Ponds station. The course is a 10-minute walk down Puckle Street, across Moonee Ponds junction to Dean Street, and turn left into McPherson Street for main entrance.


Terminals are located at the Moonee Ponds Junction (off Puckle St and Pascoe Vale, Mt Alexander and Ascot Vale Roads). Tram No. 59 from Elizabeth St arrives directly at the Junction terminal. From there it is a 200m walk to the Stand Turnstile entrance on McPherson St.


Moonee Valley 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 the Toorak 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.

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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 1Newmarket 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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