Flemington RacecourseFlemington Racecourse
is a Crown property compromising 127 hectares (320 acres). Although owned by the government, the Racecourse is home to the Victoria Racing Club
, which regularly conducts Thoroughbred Horse race meetings there. The race course is shaped not unlike a pear, and boasts a six-furlong (1200 metre) straight known as ‘the Straight Six.’ A $45 million grandstand opened in 2000, and the course amenities include a betting ring and a statue of Phar Lap, Melbourne Cup
winner. The land on which the present course now stands was originally owned by businessman Robert Fleming, and over a century has become one of the most prominent racing venues in Australia, attracting 121,015 people in 2000 to watch Brew win the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s richest horse race. The off-track amenities include a $45 million grandstand opened, a bookmakers’ area, and a statue of Phar Lap, a Melbourne Cup winner.
See also: Australian horse-racing, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival