Moonee Valley Racecourse is located six kilometres out of the Melbourne CBD in the suburb of Moonee Ponds. Home to the Moonee Valley Racing Club, the racecourse first became functional in 1883. Moonee Valley racecourse was founded by William Samuel Cox.
Moonee Valley Racecourse has a circumference of 1,805 metres and a home straight that is 173 metres long. The home straight at Moonee Valley racecourse is the shortest in Australia. The track surface is made up of the StrathAyr Turf system, which has a lower layer of sand and an upper grass layer that is reinforced with mesh elements. Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse takes place in an anti-clockwise direction and is the only Melbourne track to offer night racing.
Moonee Valley Racecourse is home to Australia’s third richest race; the Cox Plate. Named after the track’s founding father William Samuel Cox, the Cox Plate is worth in excess of $3 million, making it the richest weight-for-age race in Australia. The Cox Plate is run at Moonee Valley Racecourse each year in October and is contested over a distance of 2,040 metres. Other great races that take place at Moonee Valley Racecourse are the Manikato Stakes and the William Reid Stakes.
Moonee Valley Racecourse is more than just a site for horse racing, with the grandstand containing 12 function rooms which can cater for many types of functions and events.