NMIT Kyneton Park

NMIT Kyneton Park is located in the town of Kyneton about an hour north west of Melbourne along the Calder Freeway. It’s situated at the foothills of Mount Macedon, a famous region for Australian horse racing.

The town is on the way to Bendigo and to the east of Seymour making the area north of Melbourne a gold mine for trainers with a wide huge range of options to run their horses.

Kyneton Park itself runs around 14 meetings a year with half a dozen classed as event days.

The feature event is without a doubt the Kyneton Cup which is worth $100,000 and run over a 2000m trip.

It’s held on the Wednesday directly following the Melbourne Cup and is one of the biggest days on the country Victorian calendar.

The facility caters for a huge number of trainers with around 60 working out of Kyneton. Between them they have well over 100 horses and are responsible for nearly 2000 starters across Victoria every year.

The racecourse is run by the Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club.

The Hanging Rock component of the club actually have their own circuit, Hanging Rock Racecourse.

It’s one of the most spectacular courses in the country and only races twice a year, New Years an Australia Day.

Drainage issues forced the cancellation of both meets in the 2011/2012 season however racing Victoria pledged to restore it to full working order.

Back at Kyneton Park though everything is in top shape with starts from the 1100m, 1200m, 1450m, 1850m, 2200m and 2800m.

The track is just over a mile in circumference with a home straight measuring 250m.