Flemington Racecourse, Home of the Melbourne Cup
Smart Cleaning Solutions CEO Nicholas Pastras is writing a series of articles about the City of Melbourne, and in this instalment, he talks about Australia’s most famous horse race and racecourse (The Melbourne Cup & Flemington).
Flemington Racecourse is the home of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and is the home of Australia’s richest and most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup which is so culturally significant to Australians it is sometimes reffered to as “the race that stops a nation.”
The race track is pear shaped, and has a massive six-furlong (1,200 m) straight and a circumference of 2.312 kilometres (1.437 mi) and a final straight of 450 metres (490 yd) for races over 1.2 kilometres (1,300 yd).
The Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup is the world's richest handicap race and the world's richest 3200 metre horse race and was first run in 1861. In 2017 the race was sponsored by Emirates, and paid $6,250,000 to the winning horse Rekindling.
Flemington is the premier racecourse in Melbourne, and is most active during spring when it is a premier venue in the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. The facilities are fantastic, the racecourse can accommodate 120,000 people and it has a series of bars and restaurants that serve the floods of Melbournians and tourists that flock to the racecourse in spring for the Spring Racing Carnival, which attracts visitors and competitors from all around the world.
Fashion is a big part of the attraction of Flemington and the Spring Racing Carnival and people often buy designer outfits and hats to wear to Flemington during the carnival. The course contains three grandstands and the biggest ever attendance at Flemington was on Victoria Derby Day in 2006, when an incredible 129,069 people saw Efficient win the Victoria Derby.
In 2017 Channel 7’s coverage of the Melbourne Cup was streamed to an Australian and global audience on Twitter and reaching a remarkable 1.6 million global total unique viewers, with #MelbourneCup trending in 12 countries and 124 cities around the globe, reaching the #1 trending term in — Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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