Sandown Racecourse is located 25 kilometres from the city centre of Melbourne in the suburb of Springvale. Sandown is operated by the Melbourne Racing Club. The Melbourne Racing Club controls both Sandown and Caulfield racecourses and holds more than 60 races between the two tracks each year.
Since a major renovation of the track in 1999, the racetrack reinvented itself and its signature race; the Sandown Classic. Previously known as the Sandown Cup, the Sandown Classic was changed from handicap conditions to weight-for-age. The Sandown Classic is run in November every year over a distance of 2,400 metres. Worth $400,000 the race is run on the same day as the Group 2 Sandown Guineas and the Group 3 Sandown Stakes.
Sandown Racecourse is also known as Sportingbet Park, with the sponsorship name effective from January 1 2012. Previously the racecourse has been called Betfair Park.
Racing first began at Sandown in 1965 and is now home to two race tracks, Sandown Hillside and Sandown Lakeside. A Quarantine Centre was built on track in 1997, which is now used to house international and visiting horses.
The Sandown Hillside track uses the outer home turn and outside 30m width of the home straight. It has a circumference of 2,087 metres and a final straight of 491 metres in length. The track has a grass surface and races are run in an anti-clockwise direction. The feature races at Sandown, including the Zipping Classic and Sandown Guineas, are traditionally held on the Sandown Hillside Track.
The Sandown Lakeside track uses the inner home turn and the full 45m wide home straight. Lakeside has a circumference of 1,857 metres and a final straight distance of 407 metres. The Lakeside track also have a grass surface and runs in an anti-clockwise direction.