Mornington Racecourse is considered to be a country track in Victoria but in reality it offers the best experiences of both a metropolitan and rural track. For starts it’s located just 45 minutes from Melbourne making it easily reachable for people living in the city. That also tends to mean the standard of racing is high with metro based trainers often sending their horses to Mornington and creating strong fields.
In addition to this though it’s just far enough out of the CBD so racegoers can relax and unwind in the midst of some fantastic country hospitality. When you consider the racecourse is also situated on the breathtaking Mornington Peninsula it’s no surprise to discover it’s won the title of Victoria’s number one country circuit three times.
Mornington Racecourse hosts 20 meetings every year under the banner of the Mornington Race Club. They endeavour to make every race day cater for a slightly different demographic meaning there will always be a day to suit every taste. That being said they also have two feature events every year which are loved by everyone.
The Mornington Cup is held in February while the Gunbower Cup is held at the start of October coinciding with the AFL grand final.
Mornington Racecourse itself is a turf circuit with a total circumference of 1800m.