Pakenham Racecourse is located at Racecourse Road Pakenham 3810 VICTORIA.
Pakenham Racecourse is within an hour's drive from Melbourne on the city fringe, Pakenham provides a country atmosphere within reach of the city, without the metropolitan price tag. It has a regular train service to the Pakenham Station which is an easy two minute walk to the track.
The Pakenham Racecourse is operated by the Pakenham Racing Club and was founded in 1875.
Since its inception, the Club has on many occasions upgraded its facilities and improved racing standards.
More than one hundred trainers and owner trainers prepare their horses at Pakenham Racecourse. Most have only small teams, the bigger district trainers being permitted to train at the training complex at Cranbourne.
Most successful trainer has been Ray Webster, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1943 with Dark Felt and the Caulfield Cup in 1944 with Counsel. Nethergold, another of his team, ran second in the 1959 Melbourne Cup.
He won many races during his long career, and upon retirement was honoured by the V.R.C. in being allowed to retain his badge.
The Pakenham Racing Club operates its own seven-days-a-week hospitality and Entertainment venue called the Cardinia Club.
Pakenham Racecourse is a popular spot for various picnic parties, and the Pakenham Picnic Racing Club conducts two meetings annually on the course. The New Year's Day fixture is one of the biggest amateur meetings in Victoria.
PAKENHAM RACING CLUB
PO Box 141,
Ph. (03) 5941 1207
Fax (03) 5941 3133
Pakenham Cup is the feature race held at the Pakenham Racecourse. Prize money is over $100,000 and is held in March each year.
To become a member at the club: Full Membership - $50 per year plus $1 joining fee ($20 extra for additional Guest Pass) The Full Membership comes with one (1) Members Badge, and no additional Guest Passes. However, if you do want an additional Guest Pass you can purchase one (1) with your Membership for only $20.
Pakenham Racecourse has a track circumference of 1,400 metres and a home straight being 300 metres long. It has 2 good long straights, well grassed and irrigated. Inside barriers are an advantage for most starts due to the 2 long sweeping turns.