Moonee Valley Racecourse

Moonee Valley Racecourse is located at McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds VICTORIA.

Moonee Valley Racecourse had it's first meeting on 15 September 1883 at Feehan's Farm, the property of John F. Feehan.

The land was purchased for the purpose of establishing a racetrack by William Samuel Cox, who was to become the first Secretary of the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

In 1922, in recognition of the founder of the club, the Moonee Valley Racing Club inaugurated, what was to become, Australasia 's weight-for-age horse-racing championship, the W.S. Cox Plate. Since 1999 the race has been included in the World Series of Racing.

The Moonee Valley Racecourse is located in the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds approx. six kilometres from Melbourne's CBD and approx 15 minute drive from Tullamarine Airport.

The address of the track is Gate 1 McPherson St, Moonee Ponds Victoria 3039. Ph 1300 797 959.

Transport to Moonee Valley Racecourse:

  • To Drive take Mt Alexander Rd, parking is available on course. Melways reference 29 A7
  • Take Route 59 tram from Elizabeth Street in Melbourne city centre.
  • Moonee Ponds railway station is a ten minute walk from the racecourse and is located on the Craigieburn railway line
  • Buses are departing from Flemington Racecourse and Visy Park to Moonee Valley Racecourse from 10.30am through to 2.30pm and from Moonee Valley Racecourse to Melbourne's Crown Casino, Flemington Racecourse and Visy Park from 4.00pm through to 7.15pm.

Racecourse Details:

Moonee Valley Racecourse has a circumference of 1,805 metres and the home straight is 173 metres long. It is the shortest straight in Australia. This alone makes the Racecourse a huge advantage for front runners and on pace runners turning into the straight. It is definitely a specialist track. Racing is run in an anti-clockwise direction, same as all Victorian tracks.

The 3 big races run at Moonee Valley Racecourse are the William Reid Stakes, the Manikato Stakes and the weight for age WS Cox Plate.

Moonee Valley Night Racing is held from late September to April, with the Manikato Stakes race meeting starting it all off.

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


PO Box 245,
Moonee Ponds,
Victoria 3039
PH: 03 9373 2222, Ph 1300 797 959
Fax - 03 9370 4816
Email: [email protected]

The Moonee Valley Racing Club has 33 day and night meetings throughout the year held at the Valley.

Feature race meetings at Moonee Valley include the Aami Vase | Alister Clark Stakes | Bill Stutt Stakes | Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes | McEwen Stakes | Inglis Mile | Manikato Stakes | Cox Plate and more....

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Manikato Stakes Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Ian McEwen Stakes
WS Cox Plate WH Stocks Stakes JRA Cup
William Reid Stakes Bill Stutt Stakes Champagne Stakes
  Schweppes Stakes Inglis Mile
  Moonee Valley Cup Red Anchor Stakes
  Crystal Mile  
  Aami Vase  
  Australia Stakes  
  Alister Clark Stakes  
  Moonee Valley Oaks  
  Sunline Stakes  

Moonee Valley Racecourse Barrier Guide

  • 1000 metres: This starts is in a chute at the back of the course which cuts diagonally across the field to link up with the course proper at the 600 metre mark. The runners then have to negotiate a sweeping turn into the straight run home. Inside barriers are of slight importance.
  • 1200 metres: Starts in a chute at the back of the course and provides a straight run for 300 metres to the first of 2 turns. Inside barriers are an advantage.
  • 1600 metres: Starts on the course proper and gives runners almost 400 metres to the first corner making barrier draws less important.
  • 2040 metres: Starts at the top of the home straight with a run of 200 metres before the first turn making wide barrier draws a great disadvantage.
  • 2600 metres: This barrier starts from a chute near the 800 metres. There is a straight run of about 400 metres to the first turn. Inside barriers are a slight advantage
  • 3000 metres: Starts in a chute at the back of the course. Barriers are of no importance due to the distance of the race
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