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, around 38,000 is the maximum capacity at the venue.

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

Location
Address
 
Capacity
38,000  
Highest Crowd since 2003
38,035 - 27/10/18: 2018 Cox Plate  
Lights
Yes  
Arena Roof
No  
Video Screen
Yes  
Opened
1883
Former/Other Names
The Valley
Ticket Agent
 
Sports Played
Horse Racing  
Home Teams
 
Annual Events
Cox Plate
Last Event
26/10/19: 2019 Cox Plate  
Next Event
Official Website
Directions
From the Melbourne CBD, follow Citylink north and exit at Moreland Rd, then turn left into Pascoe Vale Rd and left into Wilson Street. Refer to Melways map reference 28 K5.
Transport
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.
Parking
There is ample parking in the centre of the racetrack. Access is via Dean St (Gate No. 6) or Wilson St (Gate No.7).
Accommodation
See nearby Moonee Valley Racecourse hotels and more. VIEW ACCOMMODATION
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