Mooney valley races 24th October 2009

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Moonee Valley Race Course

Mooney Valley Racing Club is located at Moonee Valley racecourse and had it’s first meeting there in 1883. William Samuel Cox was a racing pioneer. In 1882, he took a seven-year lease for a property nestled in a valley a mere six kilometres north of the city of Melbourne. Originally known as ‘Feehan’s Farm’, entrepreneurial Sam set about transforming the land into a racecourse, on a larger and far grander scale than his first racecourse. He christened it ‘Moonee Valley’.

The race course is located not far from the city of Melbourne.  The race track has a circumference of 1,805 metres and with a very small straight of 173 metres that suits horses that are very close to the lead.The RaceClub holds many racing meetings throughout the year and have pioneered night racing in Victoria


The first meeting on 15 September 1883 had nine horses that faced Mr Doherty, the starter, for the Maiden Plate. Incredibly that first race at Moonee Valley resulted in a dead heat between Eveline and Pyrette. From that day on, racing at Moonee Valley was conducted strictly ‘en regle’, with excellent accommodation for the public and healthy prizemoney for the competitors

For over 100 years, Moonee Valley Racecourse has been a significant part of the vibrant racing scene. Its signature race, the Carlton Draught Cox Plate, is referred to as the “greatest two minutes in sport”, and with winners including Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Might and Power and Sunline, not many argue.

In honour of the founder of Moonee Valley, Sam Cox, the Committee decided to run a weight-for-age race. The race carried prizemoney of 1000 pounds. Because it was strategically placed on the racing calendar between the Caulfield Cup, Victoria Derby and Melbourne Cup, the Carlton Draught Cox Plate immediately became a race of importance and prestige. Now, many regard the Carlton Draught Cox Plate as ‘the greatest two minutes in sport’.

As Australasia’s most prestigious race, the Carlton Draught Cox Plate’s inclusion in the series in 1999 sees it listed with the world’s greatest races including the Dubai World Cup (UAE), Japan Cup (Japan), the Hong Kong International Cup (HK), Arlington Million (USA), Canadian International (Canada) Breeders Cup Turf and Breeders Cup Classic (USA), Irish Champion Stakes (Ireland), Grosser Preis Von Baden (Germany), and the Kind George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot (UK).

Moone Valley Race results

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Mooney valley Race dates

Dates for Racing events MVRC 2009/10 Racing Season

2009 Mooney valley events

Saturday 22 August – Mitchell McKenzie / William Crockett Stakes
Saturday 12 September – Dato’ Tan Chim Nam Stakes / McEwen Stakes
Friday 25 September – Sportingbet Manikato Stakes / Stutt Stakes (Night Meeting)
Wednesday 30 September – Mayoral Charity Raceday
Saturday 24 October – Tatts Cox Plate

2010 Mooney Valley events

Friday 22 January – Australia Stakes
Saturday 13 February – William Reid Stakes Day
Friday 19 February – Night Meeting
Friday 26 February – MVRC Night Cup (Night Meeting)
Monday 8 March – Labour Day
Saturday 29 May – St Stevens Steeple
Saturday 3 July – Macdonald Steeple
Saturday 24 July – Hiskens Steeple

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Tatts Cox plate events Guide

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Moonee Valley Racecourse, Celebrity Room 8.30am to 10.30am
Members: $60 Non Members: $75
Following the track gallops you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast in the Celebrity Room and get the low down on the Tatts Cox Plate from all the top jockeys, trainers and media personalities. You will also see the all important barrier draw for the 2009 Tatts Cox Plate and receive tips and advice from industry experts as they run through the chances of each contender.


Celebrity Room, Moonee Valley Racecourse, 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Members: $130 Non Members: $150
Capturing all the excitement of the build up to Australia’s Weight-For-Age Championship, the Tatts Cox Plate Ball is a black tie event offering the finest food, entertainment, music and fashion. Dress to impress and be ready to rub shoulders with a host of celebrities and the racing industry’s elite.


Celebrity Room, Moonee Valley Racecourse,
11.45am for a 12pm start. Concludes 3.30pm.
Members: $115 Non Members: $130
At the Tatts Cox Plate Luncheon you will hear the final word on the Group 1 $3 million Weight-For-Age Championship. Listen to industry experts as they speculate about who might become the next Tatts Cox Plate Legend. This event is also an ideal way to impress and delight clients and colleagues. If you are a true racing fan, this event is not to be missed.


Celebrity Room, Moonee Valley Racecourse,
11.45am for a 12pm start. Concludes 3.30pm.
Members: $140 Non Members: $160
Melbourne’s GPO Racing In Style Ladies Luncheon is one of the most popular events of the Spring Racing Carnival, with unrivalled fashion credentials. Enjoy fabulous entertainment and a showcase of spring fashion looks from Australia’s most talented designers. This event sells out quickly, so make sure you secure your place early.


McPherson St, Moonee Ponds. 3039. Victoria. Australia

(03) 9373 2222

Ph: +61 3 9373 2242
Fax: +61 3 9370 0017
Website: Moonee Valley Racing Club Website

By train:
Craigieburn line from Flinders Street Station stops at Moonee Ponds Station. Moonee Valley Racecourse is then a 10 minute walk down Puckle Street.

By tram:
No. 59 tram from Elizabeth Street arrives directly at Moonee Ponds junction. Moonee Valley Racecourse main entrance is a 200-metre walk.

Shuttle buses:
Buses depart regularly from Flemington Racecourse and Visy Park to Moonee Valley from 10.30am – 2pm, and from Moonee Valley Racecourse to Crown Casino, Flemington Racecourse and Visy Park from 4.30pm – 7.30pm.

A taxi rank is situated in McPherson Street.

Track Details

Moonee Valley is a tight track with a circumference of only 1,805 metres and a very short straight of only 173 metres. It is a track that suits horses who can lead or take a handy position in a race because if you are too far back turning for home then it will take a herculean effort to be able to win. Moonee Valley has produced many track specialists including one who has a race named after him and is buried at the track, the mighty Manikato.

Circumference: 1,805 metres
Straight: 173 metres
Direction: Anti-Clockwise

Moonee Valley Racing Carnival

Moonee Valley’s main race day is the WS Cox Plate which takes place a week before Victoria Derby day at Flemington. Below are the major races held at Moonee Valley.

WS Cox Plate – Group 1 – Weight-for-age race over 1400m
Manikato Stakes – Group 1 – Weight-for-age race over 1200m
Australia Stakes – Group 1 – Weight-for-age race over 1200m

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