Moonee Valley Racecourse

The Moonee Valley Racecourse (also referred to as The Valley), is the historic home of one of Australia's most prestigious horse races, the W.S. Cox Plate. It's considered one of Melbourne's most appealing spectator racecourse, offering an exciting, up-close and personal entertainment experience like no other. Established in 1883, Moonee Valley has enjoyed a rich and vibrant history of thoroughbred horse racing at its unique amphitheatre track and was the first Australian metropolitan track to conduct night racing.

Moonee Valley Racing Club is committed to maintaining high standards of excellence in racing and customer service. Each race meeting offers premium racing, entertainment and enjoyment throughout the year and during the Spring Racing Carnival. Our aim is to engage and excite our members and visitors about day and night racing at Moonee Valley. The record attendance at the Valley is 50,670 for the 1960 Cox Plate while the largest attendance for a night meeting is 32,342 on opening night in 1998. These days, the maximum capacity is around 30,000 at the venue, although it has been further reduced in recent years due to sections of the hill being blocked off to make way for a residential development.

There is a masterplan to completely redevelop The Valley to transform it into a world-class multi-sport venue and the world’s best night racing venue. It'll feature a spectacular new grandstand, re-oriented racetrack and redeveloped infield activated for community and major event use. Some of the existing land will be developed to help fund the project.

Moonee Valley Racecourse Details

Highest Crowd since 2003
38,035 - 27/10/18: 2018 Cox Plate  
Arena Roof
Video Screen
Former/Other Names
The Valley
Sports Played
Horse Racing  
Annual Events
Cox Plate
Last Event
Sat 28 Oct 2023: 2023 Cox Plate  
Next Event
Official Website
Train: Craigieburn line from Flinders Street Station, stops at Moonee Ponds Station. MVRC is a 10 minute walk down Puckle Street. Tram: No. 59 tram from Elizabeth Street arrives directly at Moonee Ponds junction. MVRC main entrance is a 200m walk. A taxi rank is located on McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds.
There is ample parking in the centre of the racetrack. Access is via Dean St (Gate No. 6) or Wilson St (Gate No.7).
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