Located at Grant Street, Cranbourne, Victoria, the Cranbourne Racecourse is popular for Sunday racing in Victoria. The track is run by Cranbourne Turf Club and holds 22 Sunday race meets every season. Located South East Melbourne and off the South Highway Gippsland, the Cranbourne Racecourse is 42 kilometres.
The Cranbourne Racecourse has facilities perfectly suitable for gatherings and meetings, social and corporate functions.
Racing at the Cranbourne dates back to April 1867, when a two day event took place on the 22nd and 23rd of that month. Manikato, a champion of the turf, won a race for the first time at the Cranbourne Racecourse at the age of two in 1978. The horse won more cups in the same year including the Caulfield Guineas and The Blue Diamond Stakes.
The Cranbourne Racecourse has carved out a unique image as a talent developer in the entire Victoria. The Racecourse has the largest training facilities in the Southern Hemisphere and horses trained there have gone all the way to win big events throughout Victoria.
Every year, Cranbourne hosts a special race day for gallops, trots and dogs. The day features a total of 23 races with trots and gallops doing eight each and dogs going for seven. The race day constitutes an excellent event for family adventure, leisure and relaxation. The track's feature event is the Cranbourne Cup, which takes place in mid-October every year.
The circumference of the Cranbourne Racecourse is 1700 metres while its final straight is 300 metres long. Towards the first turns of all starting positions, the track has long runs. From the 600m mark to the winning end the track has a climb. The track has a perfect irrigation and drainage system. Additionally, the track is well grassed with a loam soil type. Thus, the track is suitable for perfect racing conditions throughout the year.