Flemington is arguably the most famous racecourse in Australia, hosting the Melbourne Cup on the second Tuesday of November each year.
For the casual punter that might be as far as they look. But there is a rich history behind Flemington which dates all the way back to 1840.
Today, Flemington is the oldest continuing metropolitan racecourse in the country. In fact, it was actually placed on the National Heritage List in 2006.
Over the journey of 150 years, the track has been transformed from literal cow paddocks to what is today a world-class facility.
The track itself also offers a top class training centre for horses with many of Australia’s best trainers operating stables at the venue.
Flemington was originally run by two rival clubs known as the Victoria Turf Club and Victoria Jockey Club. Initially they had separate race meetings at the track, before merging to form the Victoria Racing Club in 1864.
Flemington features a number of major races in Australia alongside the Melbourne Cup, including the Victoria Derby, Victoria Oaks and Emirates Stakes.
It’s often the big racing carnivals that offer the punters the best bang for their buck.
One of the most well-known features of Flemington is that it has one of the longest home straights in Australia. At 450 metres, many punters believe it gives all the runners a better chance at winning because it evens out the ‘luck in running’.
Finding An Edge
Champion Bets Melbourne Analyst Trevor Lawson regularly bets into the races at Flemington and has picked up a fair few nuances over his time. However, contrary to popular belief the long straight doesn’t necessarily make for better punting.
Are there any nuances to Flemington that you notice in your analysis?
Not as much nowadays. Inside holds up more than in the past. Cover is required when there is a north or westerly wind.
Flemington obviously features one of the longest straights in Australia. Does that help level the playing field in terms of luck-in-running?
Yes and no, because they turn from around the 1200 to the 500, the back-markers tend to wait till the corner to make their move which can be detrimental to their chances.
What sort of runner (pace wise) is most suited and why?
Like most tracks those runners that race up on the pace.
Are there any Jockeys or Trainers that you really like at Flemington and why?
Not really they all seem to have runs.
What sort of an impact does the weather have on Flemington?
Winds from the west or north, have an impact on horses that have no cover as it is into their faces from the 800m mark.
Do the big racing carnivals make for improved betting at Flemington?
Yes, big fields and horses coming from all different states provides value for the punter.
What tips would you give for your average punter betting at Flemington?
Check the wind direction. Look for horses on pace if there’s a little wind. If it’s from the north or a westerly, wide barriers can be an advantage.