Moonee Valley is home to Australia’s premier weight-for-age race, the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
Horse racing is held at night from late September to April, with the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) being the only Australian Group 1 races to take place under lights.
In 1883, William Samuel Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan and developed what is now known as Moonee Valley Racecourse. Expansion of the racecourse facilities occurred in the 1960s and were funded by compensation for land acquired for the construction of the adjacent Tullamarine Freeway.
Group 1 races:
William Reid Stakes (1200m) $400,000 - March
AJ Moir Stakes (1200m) $450,000 - September
Manikato Stakes (1200m) $1,000,000 - October
WS Cox Plate (2040m) $3,000,000 – October
Moonee Valley is a fairly consistent track with a sand base that compacts to become firm and drainage is very good after a downpour. The track is constructed of the StrathAyr Turf System, having a lower layer of sand and an upper rootzone layer reinforced with mesh elements. The unique, tight turning cambered circuit favours horses that are trained on small tracks such as Mornington, while horses trained on large open tracks such as Flemington can find it a difficult track to master. The short straight favours on pace runners although it is possible for horses to make ground from the rear, providing they make a well-timed run.
Length of straight – 173m
Address: Gate 1 McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Phone: (03) 9373 2222
How To Get There
Located about 7kms from the Melbourne CBD via Mt Alexander Rd, parking is available on course. Melways reference 29 A7.
The Craigieburn line train departs from Flinders Street station. Disembark at Moonee Ponds station. The course is a 10-minute walk down Puckle Street, across Moonee Ponds junction to Dean Street, and turn left into McPherson Street for main entrance.
Terminals are located at the Moonee Ponds Junction (off Puckle St and Pascoe Vale, Mt Alexander and Ascot Vale Roads). Tram No. 59 from Elizabeth St arrives directly at the Junction terminal. From there it is a 200m walk to the Stand Turnstile entrance on McPherson St.