Sandown Racecourse is the only metropolitan track to be built in the 20th century and was opened in June 1965 before a crowd of 55,000.
In October 2001, the Melbourne Racing Club commenced the redevelopment of Sandown Racecourse. The widening of the existing track created two turf tracks - Lakeside and Hillside.
The course using the outer home turn and outside 30 metres in the main straight was named Sandown Hillside, and the course comprising the reconfigured inner home turn and full 45 metres wide straight was named Sandown Lakeside.
Sandown is situated approximately 25 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD on the Princes Highway in the suburb of Springvale in the City of Greater Dandenong.