Australia has some of the’most famous World race tracks. It also competes well in terms of numbers ranking behind the United States. This testifies to the popularity of horse racing. Race tracks in Australia are classified into Metropolitan tracks and County tracks with the former found in major cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
This article reviews some of the top race tracks Down Under.
The Flemington race track is arguably the hotbed of Australia’s horse racing. Fabled for its excellent tracks, flawless surface and spectator stage, Flemington has hosted Melbourne cup for close to a century.
On this hallowed tracks, famous wins of fabled horses such as the 1930 Phar Lap triumph brought the nation to a standstill. Besides these famous feats, Flemington is lauded for the long stretch that allows spectators to watch a straight-line race.
Caufield is host to the Melbourne Cup precursor, the Caufield Cup, one of Australias famous races. Caufield has an excellent surface which makes it popular with jockeys and punters alike. Notoriously, Caufield has tricky barriers most famous among them barrier 1 and 3. These barriers have secured the cup five times each. Besides the Cup, Caufield also hosts other races like the Caufield Guineas and the Blue Diamond series.
Situated in Sydney, Randwick is the home of The Championships played over a fortnight every April. Randwick has beautiful surfaces and attracts the best jockeys from Sydney, other Australian Cities and internationally.
Moonee Valley is renowned for summer nocturnal racing under the floodlights. Moonee Valley has excellent viewing stages for spectators. It resembles a vast theatre with spectators treated to great horse racing moments.
Rosehill Garden Track
Rosehill, also located in Sydney, plays host to ten Group 1 races annually. Famous horse to grace the winners’ enclosure includes Sebring, Pierro and Miss Finland.