From its humble beginnings as an agricultural parcel of land called 'Feehan's Farm' the Moonee Valley Racecourse is known today as one of the top notch specialist tracks in Australia. Because of its characteristic 1,805-meter circumference and the shortest recorded straight among all Australian racecourses at a mere 173 meters, the track can often be a difficult course to tackle for horses and jockeys. These features imply a great chance of victory for the frontrunner and on pace runners dashing down the short straight. The picturesque, rectangular course also offers a breathtaking view of the landscape and a close up of the action for the keyed up aficionados in the grandstand. Another plus for this racecourse is its convenient location and accessibility from Melbourne's CBD, which is only 7 kilometers away.
The Moonee Valley Racecourse is administered by the widely-acclaimed Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) which made racing history when it initiated night races in Victoria, organised the legendary W.S. Cox Plate which immortalized its founder and first club secretary, and many other prominent racing events. This club is also known for holding numerous meetings annually, across 33 days and nights. The historical first of these meetings was on September 15, 1883 at the property of a landowner named John Feehan. The property was then bought by the founder of MVRC William Samuel Cox, to establish the racetrack.
Aside from being home to one of the greatest racing clubs, the Moonee Valley Racecourse is also home to one of the most heralded racing events in Australia, and the renowned weight-for-age horse-racing championship, the W.S. Cox Plate. This famous race was started in 1922 and was the brainchild of the MVRC in honor of the club's founding father. In 1999, the race garnered due recognition from the racing community when it was considered part of the World Series of Racing. Other major races at Moonee Valley include The Australia Stakes and the Manikato Stakes which brings thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world.