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More than Australia’s greatest racecourse, it’s Flemington’s Racecourse

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The flats beside the Saltwater (Maribyrnong) River have been home to horse racing since 1840 and the Melbourne Cup has been run there since 1861. In 1886 Flemington Racecourse was the site of Australia’s first cinematographic newsreel and in 1965 the place of international scandal when model Jean Shrimpton caused the Miniskirt Affair. From Epsom Road you can see the beautiful former Convalescent Jockeys’ Lodge, built in 1897 to assist injured jockeys, and the famous rose gardens.

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