In Australia, there is a race track that is known as the horse racing capital of the world. Thousands of spectators come to this place to witness the best thorougbred races Australia has to offer. The racetrack is located at an alluvial plain made by the Maribyrnong River.
The Flemington racetrack has a long and proud history. In March 1840, more than a century ago, it hosted its initial race.
Flemington is also the most popular race track in Australia. It is the home of many stables where renowned horse trainers go about their business.
Following the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2006, the entire track was ripped up and a full restoration was undertaken. Following this work, there were no races held at thetrack until September of 2007.
Having a long straight called the 'Straight Six', which is a 1,200-meter straight, and a pear-shaped track with a 2,312 meters circumference, Flemington is one of the largest tracks in the country. The huge capacity of the race track can accommodate more than a 100,000 spectators in 3 grandstands.
Rivalry between two racing clubs namely; Victoria Jockey Club and Victoria Turf Club made the Flemington racetrack popular for both clubs. They held their own distinct races on this particular track. Their rivalry has ultimately come to an end as they joined forces to become a big club known as the Victoria Racing Club.
Above all, Flemington is still the favorite venue of many horse racers from all parts of the globe.