Caulfield Racecourse

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Caulfield Racecourse Reserve
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Location Caulfield, Victoria
Coordinates 37°52′52″S145°02′24″E / 37.881°S 145.040°E / -37.881; 145.040 Coordinates: 37°52′52″S145°02′24″E / 37.881°S 145.040°E / -37.881; 145.040
Owned by Crown land
Screened on Seven Network
Notable races Caulfield Cup
Caulfield Guineas
Blue Diamond Stakes
C F Orr Stakes
Oakleigh Plate
Underwood Stakes
Futurity Stakes

Caulfield Racecourse Reserve is located nine kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs. The Reserve was set aside for three purposes, racing, recreation and a public park. The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Act 2017, established a Trust to plan for the future of the reserve, develop and maintain the reserve. https://www.crrt.org.au/

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The Trust reports publicly on its activities through an Annual Report which is reported to the Victorian Parliament and available on the Trusts Web page. https://www.crrt.org.au/

The Land Management Plan sets a bold vision for the future of the Reserve as a place for everyone is also available on the Trusts Web page

Caulfield Racecourse is one of Melbourne, Australia's best-known horse-racing tracks. Commonly known as "The Heath" by local racegoers, [1] It is home to the Melbourne Racing Club.

The track has a triangular shaped layout, comprising three straights, 30-metre (98 ft) wide, with a total circumference of 2.08-kilometre (1.29 mi) and a finishing straight of 367-metre (1,204 ft). All turns have a 4% to 6% banking. Racing takes place in an anti-clockwise direction. The totally glassed in Rupert Clarke stand provides an uninterrupted view of the racecourse.

Caulfield has about 25 race days each season and hosts some of the Australia's most famous and historic races including the Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Guineas, Blue Diamond Stakes, C F Orr Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Underwood Stakes and Futurity Stakes.

Transport

The reserve is on Melbourne tram route 3 and the journey takes about 35 minutes from the city centre.

Caulfield railway station is less than a hundred metres from the racecourse and is located on the Frankston, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Trains depart every 10 minutes from Flinders Street station in the Melbourne CBD.

Caulfield Racecourse provides disabled carparks opposite the main entrance on Station Street. Lift access to grandstands and disabled toilets are available. There is also a baby change room and first aid facilities.

Reconstruction

After the 1995 Caulfield Cup the track had major reconstruction of the course proper and re-opened in April 1996. [2]

The track was widened to 30-metre (98 ft) around the entire circumference and the straight lengthened by 43-metre (141 ft). The new racing surface has been cambered from the outside running rail with the crown of the track at the outside running rail. The banking on the turn into the home straight is 4 percent, while the other turns have an equivalent banking of 2 percent. [2]

Further to the major works in 1996, the Caulfield track was re-laid in 2005 immediately proceeding the Caulfield Cup Carnival and resumed racing for the Summer Classics Carnival, in February 2006. [2]

Races

The following is a list of Group races which are run at Caulfield Racecourse.

GrpRace nameAgeSexWeightDistanceDate
1 Blue Diamond Stakes 2YOOpensw1200February
1 C F Orr Stakes OpenOpenwfa1400February
1 Caulfield Cup OpenOpenhcp2400October
1 Caulfield Guineas 3YOOpensw1600October
1 Might and Power Stakes 3YO+Openwfa2000October
1 Futurity Stakes OpenOpenwfa1400February
1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes OpenOpenhcp1400September
1 Oakleigh Plate OpenOpenhcp1100February
1 The Thousand Guineas 3YOFilliessw1600October
1 Toorak Handicap OpenOpenhcp1600October
1 Memsie Stakes 3YO+Openwfa1400August
1 Underwood Stakes 3YO+Openwfa1800September
2 Angus Armanasco Stakes 3YOFilliessw1600February
2 Caulfield Autumn Classic 3YOOpensw1800February
2 Caulfield Sprint OpenOpenhcp1100October
2 Herbert Power Stakes OpenOpenqlty2400October
2 J J Liston Stakes 3YO+Openwfa1400August
2 Schillaci Stakes 3YO+Openwfa1000October
2 St George Stakes OpenOpenwfa1800February
2 Tristarc Stakes 4YO+Maressw+p1400October
3 Bletchingly Stakes OpenOpenwfa1100August
3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G 2YOC&Gsw1100February
3 Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies 2YOFilliessw1100February
3 Coongy Handicap OpenOpenhcp2000October
3 Easter Cup OpenOpenhcp2000April
3 Guineas Prelude 3YOC&Gsw+p1400September
3 HDF McNeil Stakes 3YOOpensw+p1100August
3 How Now Stakes 4YO+Maressw+p1200September
3 Hyderabad Stakes 3YO+F&Msw+p1200February
3 Mannerism Stakes 4YO+Maressw+p1400February
3 Moonga Stakes 4YO+Opensw+p1400October
3 Naturalism Stakes OpenOpenhcp2000September
3 Norman Robinson Stakes 3YOOpensw+p2000October
3 Rubiton Stakes OpenOpenwfa1100January
3 T.S. Carlyon Cup OpenOpensw+p1400February
3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes 3YOFilliessw+p1200October
3 Thousand Guineas Prelude 3YOFilliessw+p1400September
3 Victoria Handicap OpenOpenhcp1400April
3 W W Cockram Stakes 4YO+Maressw+p1200August

Examinations

Aside from its use for racing, the Caulfield Racecourse is also used by the VCAA to examine students who are unable to attend examinations at their schools as well as by Open Universities Australia (OUA) and its universities for the end of the study period examinations. The facility is also used for end of semester examinations by universities such as Monash University. The UMAT is also held at Caulfield Racecourse.

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References

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