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The top racing venues worth visiting in Australia

Flemington Race Course

Alongside the array of iconic Australian destinations that visitors aim to experience, such as the Opera House in Sydney and the stunningly beautiful Bondi Beach, taking in some sport during a stay in what is a passionate sporting nation is a must. Cricket, Aussie rules football and rugby are three of the more popular sports in the country, but horse racing offers a great alternative. In fact, it’s a memorable day out on the whole.

Australia certainly has a strong affinity with horse racing and its overall offering, with the Lucky Country having over 360 racecourses to visit across the nation. Of course, if you’re keen to soak up the best atmosphere on offer in a horse racing setting, then it’s probably worth visiting one of the larger venues that host some of the biggest races on the sporting calendar, many of which are based in major cities like Melbourne and Sydney. With some action-packed sporting brilliance to sample, visiting a top racing venue is definitely worthwhile. So, with that in mind, below is a look at some of the top Australian racing venues well worth adding to your holiday itinerary.

Moonee Valley Racecourse

Capable of keeping you entertained well into the evening, Moonee Valley Racecourse is the first Australian racing venue that holds both day and night thoroughbred racing. The venue plays host to some of the most famous races the sport has to offer too, with fans flocking to see the Group 1 Cox Plate in particular. Located in Melbourne, Victoria, the venue can hold up to 40,000 passionate fans during the bigger race days and represents a truly amazing day out for sports fans. In terms of its atmosphere and the general buzz of the fans, Moonee Valley Racecourse is up there with the very best of them.

Flemington Racecourse

Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse is one of the biggest race tracks in the world, let alone Australia. The only course in the country that features straight racing, its 1200m straight has helped produce some truly iconic races over the years, with some of the world’s top horses, jockeys and trainers aiming to reign supreme in the world-famous Melbourne Cup. History has been made at Flemington Racecourse on numerous occasions too, where the likes of Michelle Payne became the first in a long line of successful female jockeys to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015. Payne’s victory is certainly one of the more memorable accomplishments at Flemington, alongside other successes over the years from the likes of Damien Oliver, Kerrin McEvoy and Glen Boss. Flemington Racecourse has hosted some of the sport’s most memorable moments, making it a venue that’s well worth sampling.

Flemington Race Course

Royal Randwick Racecourse

Located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Royal Randwick Racecourse is a remarkable venue. Its upgraded facilities and its thrilling atmosphere make it an attractive day out for thousands of people who flock to the venue annually. One of the most in-demand races people love to see is The Championships - a two-day meeting that is spread out over back-to-back Saturdays and represents a feast of horse racing action for fans of the sport. Other exhilarating races well worth checking out are the Australian Derby, the Doncaster Handicap, the Australian Oaks, alongside a whole lot more. Royal Randwick Racecourse isn’t the biggest racing venue Australia has to offer but its remarkable all-round offering, from its atmosphere to its catering facilities, makes it one of the very best.

Other venues worth visiting include Caulfield Racecourse, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Belmont Racecourse, Ascot Racecourse, Doomben Racecourse, Eagle Farm Racecourse, Morphettville Racecourse, and Warwick Farm Racecourse.

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