Caulfield racecourse is one of Melbourne’s Premier racing tracks and is located eight kilometres south east of the Melbourne CBD on the boundary of the suburbs Caulfield and Caulfield East. Caulfield Racecourse is home of the Melbourne Racing Club and is one of Australia’s best known tracks. Racing first began at Caulfield Racecourse in 1876 and was operated by the Victoria Amateur Turf Club. The first meeting took place at Dowling Forest Racecourse in Ballarat before Caulfield was made the Club’s home in Melbourne soon after.
Between 1995 and 1996 Caulfield racecourse underwent extensive renovations to widen the track and extend the circumference by 43 metres. Caulfield racecourse now has a circumference of 2,080 metre and a home straight that is 367 metres long. The course encompasses sweeping long corners which, along with the reasonably short straight, make it difficult for horses to come from behind to win.
In 2001 the Club began a five year plan to incorporate 20 feature race days per year into Caulfield’s schedule, as well as upgrade the track’s facilities. As part of this plan the Victoria Amateur Racing Club became the Melbourne Racing Club. The Melbourne Racing Club is now in charge of both Sandown Rark and Caulfield Racecourses.
Caulfield Racecourse is home to the Caulfield Cup, as well as many other premier race meets. Some of these include the Caulfield Guineas, Blue Diamond Stakes, C.F. Orr Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Underwood Stakes and the Futurity Stakes. Caulfield Racecourse also hosts many other events, especially during the Autumn and Spring racing Carnival.