Moonee Valley Racecourse & Track Info
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We’ve got all the Moonee Valley Racecourse track info you need. Home of the Cox Plate, Moonee Valley is one of the major Racecourses in Melbourne and it is massively important to Australian horse racing.
Featuring huge Group 1 events in Melbourne and preps for the Melbourne Cup, Moonee Valley Racecourse is pivotal, and we have track details, contact info and more besides to share.
Moonee Valley Racing Club
Known as the MVRC, the Moonee Valley Racing Club has been around since 1883. It was founded by William Samuel Cox who now gives his name to the Club’s feature race, the WS Cox Plate (click to learn more about the WS Cox Plate race). Organising racing at Moonee Valley, the MVRC is one of three such organisations in and around Melbourne alongside the Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club.
Moonee Valley Race Carnivals
The Cox Plate at Moonee Valley is a highlight, with two major carnivals taking place each year.
Autumn Racing Carnival at Moonee Valley
The Australia Stakes (Group 2) is part of the January action, along with the Alister Clark Stakes and the Group 1 William Reid Stakes which are also featured during the Autumn Carnival.
Spring Racing Carnival at Moonee Valley
Highlighted by Cox Plate Day, the early betting final for which causes major excitement on its own. The Manikato Stakes and the Feehan Stakes are also major events to take place at Moonee Valley from October onwards.
Moonee Valley Racecourse Track Details
Moonee Valley is known for being tight. The track is only 1.805 meters long with a straight after the final bend of just 173 meters. This suits those with agility and/or those who like to keep up with the early pace.
Moonee Valley is left-handed, with a separate starting chute moving diagonally through the in-field for races over 1.000, 800 and 600 metres.
Moonee Valley Racecourse Track Contact Details
You can contact the Moonee Valley Racing Club at PO Box 245, Moonee Ponds, Victoria 3039.
The telephone number is +61 3 9373 2242, or you can email via the official website, thevalley.com.au.
Moonee Valley Race Track Directions
There a number of ways to get to Moonee Valley. Shuttle buses are provided, leaving from Flemington Racecourse and Visy Park to the track.
If going by train, you can climb aboard at Flinders Street and jump off at Moonee Ponds Station. From there, the track is just a 10-minute walk away. By tram, the no.59 from Elizabeth Street will take you to Moonee Ponds.
If you’re driving to Moonee Valley, things are simple as the track is only a few minutes from the center of Melbourne. Follow Elizabeth Street and Flemington Road, then head left to Mt Alexander Road. Follow on from there to Moonee Ponds junction and the racecourse is clearly signposted.
The most important Moonee Valley racecourse track questions answered.
What is the track like at Moonee Valley?
Moonee Valley is tight but fair. It’s left-handed, the Moonee Valley Racecourse track layout meaning the barrier draw and position sense from jockeys are both crucial.
How long is the Moonee Valley race track?
The track at Moonee Valley Racecourse is only 1805 meters around. The straight is just 173 meters, while the 100-metre start takes the runners diagonally through the main round track.
What happened at Moonee Valley in 2020?
In August 2020, Moonee Valley Racecourse track stewards had to end racing prematurely. The track was deemed unsafe after unusually heavy rain fell.
Learn more about other famous racecourses and tracks in Melbourne
For more information about the other racecourses in Melbourne, read the pages below.