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Moonee Valley Racecourse

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Aerial view of Moonee Valley Racecourse, looking west
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A horse race underway

Moonee Valley Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Melbourne, Australia which hosts both Thoroughbred horse races and harness racing events.

Sometimes called "Money Valley", it is six km from the Melbourne CBD, in the suburb of Moonee Ponds, in the City of Moonee Valley. It is the home of the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

The track is rectangular, with a circumference of 1805 m and a finishing straight of 173 m which is the shortest in Australia. The track is constructed of the StrathAyr Turf System, having a lower layer of sand and an upper rootzone layer reinforced with mesh elements. Racing takes place in an anti-clockwise direction, as it does on all Victorian tracks. A 965 m harness racing track located inside the turf track was the the main metropolitan track for harness racing in Victoria for a number of years (In 2009, the new Tabcorp Park track located in Melton took over this role).

Moonee Valley Racecourse hosts Australasia's weight-for-age horse-racing championship, the W.S. Cox Plate in late October. The race is run over a distance of 2040 metres, and is open to three-year-olds and over.

The Moonee Valley grandstands have 12 function rooms, which on non-racedays, can cater for up to 1200 people.

Transport

The racecourse can be reached via the No. 59 tram route from Elizabeth Street in Melbourne city centre. Moonee Ponds railway station is a 10 minute walk from the racecourse and is located on the Craigieburn railway line.

Races

Group races run at Moonee Valley Racecourse include:

Grp Race Name Age Sex Weight Distance Date
1 Manikato Stakes Open Open wfa 1200 September
1 W S Cox Plate 3YO+ Open wfa 2040 October
1 William Reid Stakes/Australia Stakes Open Open wfa 1200 March
2 Alister Clark Stakes 3YO Open sw 1600 March
2 A J Moir Stakes/Schweppes Stakes Open Open wfa 1200 October
2 Jayco Crystal Mile Open Open hcp 1600 October
2 Sunline Stakes 3YO+ F&M wfa 1600 March
2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes Open Open wfa 1600 September
2 Cathay Pacific Gold Cup 3YO+ Open sw+p 2500 October
2 Hollylodge Classic 3YO Fillies sw 1500 March
2 Bill Stutt Stakes 3YO Open sw 1600 September
2 Norman Carlyon Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1200 January
2 AAMI Vase 3YO Open sw 2040 October
2 W H Stocks Stakes 4YO+ Mares wfa 1600 September
3 Ian McEwen Trophy Open Open wfa 1000 August
3 Champagne Stakes 3YO Fillies sw 1200 October
3 Red Anchor Stakes 3YO Open sw+p 1200 October
3 Inglis Mile 4YO+ Mares hcp 1600 October

References

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