Moonee Valley Racetrack
The legendary Ladbrokes Cox Plate and also the Ladbrokes Friday Night Lights, are staged hereat Moonee Valley Racecourse. The MVRC is a welcoming and inclusive Club that hosts up to 25 racedays annually. The MVRC, in addition to horse racing, hosts corporate gatherings, runs various entertainment venues, and has its own catering sector.
Moonee Valley is a narrow track with a circumference of about 1,805 metres and a straight of only 173 metres. Consequently, the course is most suited to horses that can either lead or obtain a useful place in a race because it will take a superhuman effort to win if you’re too far back turning for home.
The Tracks History
Moonee Valley Racetrack was founded in 1883 by William Samuel (W.S.) Cox purchased a farm belonging to John F. Feehan the previous year to build a racetrack. Moonee Valley is distinct from other Melbourne racecourses because it is a freehold ground controlled by a private club. The racecourse’s facilities were expanded in the 1960s, thanks to compensation for land purchased for constructing the adjacent Tullamarine Freeway. In addition, harness racing was brought to the Valley from the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in the 1970s.
Moonee Valley Races
Most Famous Race Held At Moonee Valley
The famous Ladbrokes Cox Plate is a Group 1 Weight-For-Age event for horses aged three and above, run over The Valley’s famed 2040m and worth $5 million in total prize money. The W.S. Cox Plate, also known as the Weight-For-Age Championship of Australasia, brings together the most incredible middle-distance horses in Australia and New Zealand and has recently attracted the top middle-distance horses in the world.
In 2018, Winx won her fourth Cox Plate. The W.S. Cox Plate can consistently produce and showcase the most outstanding horses in Australian racing history. There has never been an undeserved race winner in its 100 runnings.
Phar Lap, Tulloch, Kingston Town, Octagonal, Makybe Diva, So You Think, and Winx are just a few of our great race’s champions, and every winner in the race’s history may be found on the wall of The Valley’s Octagonal Lounge.
The Cox Plate is a spectacle like no other, with the best horses in the world competing pound for pound in front of The Valley’s amphitheatre, and the deafening scream of the fans when the gates slam back is worth coming to witness in and of itself.
The Last Five Winning Horses
2022 – Anamoe
2021- Anamoe/Verry Elleegant (tie)
2020- Russian Camelot
2019- Lys Gracieux
Parking with General Admission: On-site public parking is available in the racecourse’s centre, accessible by Gate 7 at Wilson Street or Pattison Street/Dean Street.
Members’ Parking: McPherson Street parking is now closed. Instead, members can park in a designated location in the racecourse infield, accessed through Gate 7 at Wilson Street or Pattison Street/Dean Street.
Parking for People with Disabilities: Disability parking will be available at the Centre Car Park, accessed via Dean Street or Wilson Street. When you arrive, please notify the parking attendants that you require disability parking.
Address: Moonee Valley Racing Club, PO Box 245, Moonee Ponds, Vic 3039, Australia
Ph: +61 3 9373 2242
Fax: +61 3 9370 0017
Website: Moonee Valley Racing Club Website
Directions To The Track
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