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Flemington is Australia's oldest operating racecourse, located north of the Melbourne CBD, next to the Maribyrnong river. Home of the most famous two mile handicap in the world - the Melbourne Cup.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington features four days of Group One racing in one week. For more info about racing at Flemington, visit the official website melbournecup.com.
Flemington Racecourse Map & Barriers Guide:
About Flemington racetrack: With a sweeping turn into the wide home straight, the circumference of the course is 2312 metres. Fields can be large, averaging 8 - 15 runners per race. The maximum number of runners is 24.
GoingStick: Since 2016 the track reports from Flemington have been based on information from the GoingStick, which measures the penetration resistance of the surface to a depth of 100mm and the shear strength of the rootzone in a way that mimics the action of a galloping horse. The penetration and shear measurements are taken three times at various waypoints around the course. The GoingStick then creates a mean value from the measurements which creates a value of going based on a 15 point index. An average reading of 3.0-6.9 indicate softer ground, 7.0-8.9 is good ground and anything above 9 is considered firm. The most common average rating for Flemington is 9.5, shear rating 12.
Flemington Barriers Starting Positions:
1000, 1100m & 1200m starts: Barrier stalls are located in the centre of the course in a chute off the home straight, horses have a straight run to the winning post. Outside barriers have a slight advantage in large fields, runners often head to the outside rail when the inside rail is positioned out 8 metres or more.
1400m: Starts in a chute at the back of the course. Runners race on an angled turn until they reach the home straight. Inside barriers have a slight advantage.
1600m: Barriers are located in a small chute off the course proper. Runners are on a curved turn until they reach the home straight. Inside barriers have an advantage, particularly in large fields and when the rail is out.
1800m: Barriers are located on the course proper, there is a short run to the first turn, inside barriers have a slight advantage.
2000m: Starts on the course proper at the back of the course, straight run of around 600m before the first corner, barriers are of little importance.
2500m: Starts on the course proper in front of the grandstand in the home straight. Barriers are of no importance.
3200m: Melbourne Cup start. Barrier stalls are located just after the 1000m start, offering runners a straight run of 900m before the first corner. Barriers are not of great importance due to the distance involved, although in a maximum field of 24 drawing a gate between 2 and 12 is usually preferred.
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