Pakenham Racecourse is a hugely important venue in the infrastructure of Racing Victoria and without it the entire industry wouldn’t be as strong as it is today.
The course fills a vital stop gap between the metro level of racing and the genuine bush circuits giving both horse and trainer a chance to race and pick up prize money at a provincial level.
The town of Pakenham is located to the south east of Melbourne, along the Princess highway past Dandenong and Berwick.
The Pakenham Racing Club runs the course and they are committed to a professional approach to everything they do.
This includes creating the best on track facilities they can as well as approaching behind the scenes tasks and organisational duties with the best possible attitude.
The results are plain to see on race days and Pakenham Racecourse has become a venue admired by many.
The history of the course dates back to 1875 making it one of the oldest circuits still in operation in the country.
Now days the course holds around a dozen meetings every year with five of them considered feature events.
The biggest race on the calendar though is without a doubt the Pakenham Cup hosted at the end of March which boasts a $100,000 prize pool and attracts top horses from right across Victoria.
Pakenham Racecourse itself is grass covered with a total circumference of 1400m and a final straight measuring 300m.