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Pakenham Racing Club

Steeped in history, the Pakenham Racing Club was formed in 1875. Renowned for being a progressive race club, Pakenham has been at the forefront of many advances in racing including; the first race meeting in Australia where decimal currency was used and a fact which is unknown to many that colour TV was experimented at a Pakenham race meeting on 15 June 1967. Officially colour TV came to Victoria on March the 1st 1975. The Pakenham Racing Club operates two 7-days-a-week hospitality & Entertainment venues - the Cardinia Club & Pakenham Sports Club A new chapter in will commence in 2014 when the club relocates, following the 2014 Pakenham Cup, to a new world class venue on 608 acres in Tynong.

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P. (03) 5940 6600

F. (03) 5940 6649


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Pakenham Racing Club

The Pakenham Racing Club was founded in 1875. Since its inception, the Club has on many occasions upgraded facilities and improved racing standards.

More than one hundred trainers and owner trainers prepare their horses at Pakenham. Most have only small teams, the bigger district trainers being permitted to train at the training complex at Cranbourne.

The most successful trainer has been Ray Webster, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1943 with Dark Felt and the Caulfield Cup in 1944 with Counsel. Nethergold, another of his team, ran second in the 1959 Melbourne Cup. He won many races during his long career, and upon retirement was honoured by the V.R.C. in being allowed to retain his badge.

The Pakenham Racing Club operates its own seven-days-a-week hospitality and Entertainment venue called the Cardinia Club.

Travel & Accommodation

ADDRESS 71 Racecourse Road, Pakenham
BUS The Pakenham Racing Club runs a free shuttle bus for all race meetings from the station to the main gate.
CAR Pakenham Racing Club is conveniently located a stone's throw away from the Monash Freeway, making it a 45 minute journey by car from the Melbourne CBD. Free car parking is available at the Pakenham Racing Club.

Pakenham train station is located directly opposite the back straight of the racecourse (approx 400m from the main gate). 
Centrally located in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, on the fringe of central and south Gippsland, Pakenham offers easy access to some of Victoria’s finest tourism attractions. 

Some 60 km from Melbourne’s CBD, Pakenham is close to a diversity of nature based experiences and historical features such as mountain ash forests, bush and parklands to its north, while a comfortable drive south takes you to mangrove-fringed seashores. 

The nearby Dandenong Ranges offer the famous Puffing Billy Railway, Bunyip State Park, Gumbuya Park, Warrook Cattle Farm and walking trails meandering through magnificent natural bush. 

Pakenham is home to a quality retail centre and is host to a diversity of tourism support services, including accommodation facilities, art and craft and retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and hotels. 

This is also alpaca territory. Just a few kilometres out of town you will find one of Australia's largest herds on the Mariah Hill Alpaca Ranch, which is centred on an 1842 station homestead that is open to the public. The complex includes a wallaby pen, nursery, cafe and barbecue-equipped picnic corner. Ten kilometres to the north of Pakenham, the Truleen Downs Alpaca Stud also offers guided tours. 
(03) 9796 1044 (Cnr Princes Highway & Brunt Road, Beaconsfield) 

Quest Service Apartments - 
(03) 9796 6944 (498 Princes Highway Narre Warren VIC 3805)
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Membership for the New Pakenham Racing Club is in the final stages of completion. Watch this space for updates of membership categories and offerings!

CEO - Michael Hodge 

Gaming Operations Manager - Brad Ford

CFO - Paul Scanlon

Finance/Payroll - Jake Dwyer

General Manager of Racing - Mark Graham

Events Manager - Hayley Conn

Tracks & Facilities Manager - Brendan Short

Track Work Supervisor - Warren Hunt


Racing Office (All racing, event, function & membership enquiries) 03 5940 6600 



Pakenham Racing Club

Phone: (03) 5940 6600

Fax: (03) 5940 6649


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