Thursday 14 June
The Glenelg tram line partial closure that was scheduled for 15-17 June has been postponed until further notice due to inclement weather.
Friday 2nd March
The style stakes have never been higher at South Australia’s most popular race day, The UBET Adelaide Cup on Monday 12 March, as Morphettville hosts its very first Fashions on the Field competition.
Normally presented by Myer Fashions on the Field, changes to its nationwide competition means Morphettville gets to host its very own unique Fashions on the Field event for the firsttime.
Expert judges on the day include Chris Kontos – Creative Director of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, Kate Whiting – Face of the Adelaide Cup Campaign, Anna Vlach – Fashion Editor at the Advertiser, and Michelle Greene – Thoroughbred Racing South Australia Industry Marketing Manager, all searching for Adelaide Cup’s most stylish racegoers.
The total prize pool on the day is worth an impressive $8,700, with four categories for the most stylish women and man.
The winner on the day will take home $1000 cash, Rado Coupole stainless steel women’s watch from Graham’s Jewellers (RRP $1600), a Discovery Package for two at Hentley Farm Restaurant and a Magnum of Beauty Shiraz (RRP $750) along with Quay Australia Sunglasses and a $300 Tatiana Light Voucher. There will also be many more great quality prizes up for grabs for 1st and 2nd runners up.
Another first for Adelaide Cup will be the chance for the gents to compete for the title of best dressed male. The winner will take home two Audi Club tickets, Hill of Grace booking and $300 TAB card for round 11 (Crows V GWS) courtesy of Audi Solitaire, Gucci G Chorno Chronograph Mens watch from Graham’s Jewellers (RRP $1930), Hentley Farm Beast Shiraz (RRP $350) and Quay Australia Sunglasses.
Expert judge Chris Kontos said he was looking forward to seeing what Adelaide racegoers have to offer in the style stakes.
“Fashions on the field is a real showcase for those passionate about fashion racewear as it offers a chance to be bold, take risks and really inject some interesting personality into an outfit.
“We do hope to see some creativity and risk-taking from both the ladies and gents come Adelaide Cup Day.”
Ladies and gentlemen dressing to impress are encouraged to enter on the day. Registration will be open from 11.00am – 1.00pm on the Derby Lawns. The event will commence at approximately 1.10pm.
Judging criteria will be based on originality and confidence, appropriateness of outfit for the UBET Adelaide Cup, attention to detail with accessories, the ability to embrace current fashion trends, grooming and deportment.
Morphettville Adelaide Cup Day Fashions on the Field Prizes:
For any further enquiries, please contact: Caroline Plant, Michels Warren PR on 0431 287 093
Friday 15th DecemberThe South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) is proud to announce that its premium dining pavilion will now be known as the Robert and Fay Gerard Pavilion, in recognition of long-time patron Robert Gerard AO and his wife, Fay.Mr Gerard has been a member of the SAJC for many years and is one of only two patrons of the Club.SAJC Chair Bodelle Francis said renaming the pavilion will ensure the Gerards become a visible part of Morphettville’s history.“Mr and Mrs Gerard have supported the Club for a number of years, and are a beloved part of the SAJC.“This is a way for us to pay tribute to Mr Gerard’s ongoing patronage and support, and to recognise his long-standing relationship with and commitment to the Club.
“We are very pleased to be formally recognising his contribution, to have his name recorded as part of the Club’s history and future.”The new name will be unveiled by Mr Gerard at tonight’s Twilight Races, where hundreds of racegoers will already be enjoying everything the Gerard Pavilion has to offer.For any further enquiries, please contact: Alexandra Green, Michels Warren 0418 608 038
Thursday 30th November
Bodelle Francis has been re-elected unopposed tonight as Chair of the SAJC Board for the next 12 months.
Bob Holton and Tony Newman were also returned unopposed as Deputy Chairman and Deputy Vice Chairman respectively.
Adam Glenn and Paul Kristoris were officially confirmed to the SAJC Board at last night’s AGM following the annual Members’ vote held last month.
For any further enquiries, please contact: Phil Martin, Michels Warren 0418 817 876
Sunday 19th November
On behalf of everyone at the SAJC, the Board and management would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of dual Olympic gold medallist Gillian Rolton OAM.
We have had the privilege of partnering with Gillian to support the Adelaide International 3-Day Event, the ongoing success of which endures as a living legacy to her passion for equine sport and her State.
She was a true champion and great South Australian.
Three directors will be officially elected to the SAJC Board at this year’s Annual General Meeting following the annual election of Members’ Representatives.
There were six candidates for three positions, with incumbent Chair Bodelle Francis receiving the majority of the votes followed by Adam Glenn and Paul Kristoris.
Mr Glenn is a current Board member of the South Australian Racehorse Owners Association (SAROA), while Mr Kristoris has previously served on the SAJC Board as well as being a past Chairman of SAROA.
The returning officers will report the results to the club’s AGM on 29 November.
The SAJC has been working on a 'Master Plan' for Morphettville for a number of years now, to allow the Club to transform some of the underutilised areas of our property. Our club has had a proud history at Morphettville, with our first meet being held in 1876 and we are excited to be embarking on the next chapter of our history.
As part of this process, we are seeking approval from the Government to allow the Club to re-zone this land so that it can be developed into a vibrant residential, retail and community facility, creating economic stimulus for the area whilst still allowing us to do what we love, racing. We've come up with a concept which shows one interpretation of what this development might look like and the next step in this process of the Development Plan Amendment is allowing the from members, stakeholders and the nearby community to have their say.
This consultation process will run from Tuesday 5th September until Friday 3rd November and is critical to ensuring we get the best outcomes for the club, the community and the economy.
SAJC and DPTI will run a series of information sessions for members, industry stakeholders and the community. For more information on this DPA and how to have your say, visit www.sa.gov.au/planning/ministerialdpas.
A members information session will be held prior to the races on Saturday 16th September and a representative from DPTI will be present to provide further information on the process.
A copy of the media release can be found here.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) is delighted to announce that Grant Mayer has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Mayer brings a wealth of experience in sports administration across a wide range of codes including NRL (Wests Tigers, Manly Sea Eagles), AFL (Greater Western Sydney), Rugby League (Catalans Dragons in France) and in the A-League where he is currently the CEO of Adelaide United.
SAJC Chair Bodelle Francis said the club was delighted to have secured his services.
“We were very impressed with the quality of applicants, not only from within racing but also from business and sports administration backgrounds,” she said.
“The club is at an important time in its history, and the Board took the view that we needed someone who could bring a fresh approach while also having considerable experience in running a large, member-based organisation.
“We believe we have that in Grant and we’re excited about the skills he will bring to our organisation.”
Mr Mayer will commence in the role in late October.
“I feel very fortunate to have been given the responsibility of such a large and important organisation as the SAJC,” he said.
“I believe my experience puts me in a good place to be able to lead the club into the next important stage of its 140-year history.”
The SAJC Board yesterday accepted CEO Brenton Wilkinson decision to leave the organisation after more than 14 years’ service. Mr Wilkinson has decided to seek new opportunities with his resignation being effective 31 March. SAJC Chair Bodelle Francis has paid tribute to Brenton in a Media Release from SAJC available to read here.
SAJC are delighted to share the positive news for SA Racing and Morphettville Racecourse following today’s announcement from the State Government of a multi-million dollar prizemoney boost for the Adelaide Racing Carnival. For the full story please read the official Media Release from Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) here.
This Saturday at Morphettville Racecourse, to coincide with BMW Caulfield Cup day in Melbourne, is ladies day. This is the first of three themed Saturdays in October where Morphettville will deliver new hospitality precincts to racegoers as they enjoy a day at the races.
The headline event of the eight race program at Morphettville is race seven, the Listed Durbridge Stakes. This race was named in honour of former champion racehorse ‘Durbridge’ who just last month was inducted into the South Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
The Durbridge Stakes run at weight for age over 1200 metres has attracted a field of twelve runners. In early markets with UBET, Casino Wizard trained at Mount Gambier by Lee Creek shares favouritism with Gordon Richard’s talented three year old Benz at $4.
However it is the $3Million BMW Caulfield Cup at Caulfield which will capture the nation’s attention on Saturday. Amongst the runners in the Cup is Go Dreaming which will provide his trainer Strathalbyn based Grant Kluske and his owners a thrill of a lifetime. Purchased by Kluske and his owners as a tried horse for $9000, he has returned over $300,000 and now lines up in one of Australia’s most prestigious races on Saturday.
The rank outsider of the field at 100/1, Go Dreaming will look to emulate the likes of Prince Of Penzance and Leicester City in the past twelve months to deliver a stunning sporting upset result.
The first race at Morphettville on Saturday is at 1.03pm, with gates open from 11am.
For any further enquiries, please contact:
CEO / South Australian Jockey Club
A fresh take on Spring Racing arrives at Morphettville Racecourse this October with a series of race days featuring distinct theming and new hospitality precincts to deliver South Australians an unforgettable trackside party.
Morphettville will host feature race days over three Saturdays in October to coincide with Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, with Caulfield Cup Day – 15 October; Cox Plate – 22 October; and Victoria Derby Day – 29 October; culminating with the race that stops the nation - Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, 1 November.
South Australian Jockey Club CEO, Brenton Wilkinson, said spring 2016 will deliver local race-goers all the glamour of spring racing action without having to travelling across the border. “This year expect a new look at Morphettville with race day themes incorporated into the styling of hospitality precincts and flowing across everything, right through to the fashions worn,” he said.
Caulfield Cup Day is ladies day where spring fashion – romantic, feminine looks and delicate fabrics - will be at the forefront. Cox Plate is gentlemen’s day at Morphettville – where the men will return to the heyday of racing when dapper style filled the racecourse stands. Victoria Derby Day is the day to indulge in the sophisticated side of racing, with black and white fashion the brief for the day.
Melbourne Cup sits as the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and thousands will descend on Morphettville to enjoy a glamorous, champagne-filled day, where race-goers are invited to dress to impress. The action on-track is just as exciting with a full program of thoroughbred racing at Morphettville each day, as well as the races from Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival streamed live around the course.
Mr Wilkinson said whether race-goers are after a glamorous party wearing their racing best or a laid back lawn party, there will be an area to suit everyone at Morphettville. “The Spring Carnival Fiesta precinct will be launched this season, while Festival Gardens – the place to be seen during autumn’s racing carnival and the Punters’ Lounge - the perfect space for a gents’ day out - will return for spring after their popular launch in May.”
The trackside Spring Carnival Fiesta is front and centre on Morphettville’s Champagne Lawns. Groups of 10 or more can reserve a table, chairs and an umbrella with food and beverage stalls, and betting facilities at race-goers’ fingertips. The area is ideal for group celebrations, whether it’s a football break-up or a bride-to-be’s hens party.
“The Spring Carnival Fiesta will provide a party atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in all of the racing action and enjoy the spring weather. It’s perfectly designed for large social groups or special occasions,” Mr Wilkinson said.
The Festival Gardens precinct is set to host Adelaide’s style and social set, with the exclusive area hosting an unrivalled view of the Mounting Yard and Winning Post, as well as a premium bar and menu offering.
Other key and revitalized hospitality precincts are The Deck - perched above the Mounting Yard to offer one of the best views of the track, and The Vines, featuring exclusive, trackside pagodas close to the racing action with glamorous surrounds. Mr Wilkinson said this year would see the launch of after-race parties where live bands and DJs would play through until sunset under the betting ring.
Fashion stakes will be higher than ever at this year’s spring races, with a qualifying round for the prized 2016-2017 Fashion at the Races competition being held on Melbourne Cup Day. There is cash and incredible prizes up for grabs on the day, with winner also qualifying for the state final in August 2017.
Local model and artist Olivia Rogers has been named the face of Spring Racing in Adelaide. “The races are such a unique experience unlike anything else you can do in Adelaide,” she said.
“There is a party atmosphere where you can socialise with friends and enjoy top food and beverages, coupled with the excitement of thoroughbred racing, which is truly spectacular. “With new themes, events and hospitality precincts, it feels like a whole new Morphettville.”
For further information on race days visit www.morphettville.com.au, and to keep up-to-date follow Morphettville Facebook page www.facebook.com/morphettvilleracecourse
For any further enquiries, please contact:
Lauren Bobrige FULLER Brand & Communication 0433 422 254 / firstname.lastname@example.org
With one of the most popular events on South Australia’s racing calendar – Irish Race Day – arriving at Morphettville Racecourse this Saturday (August 27) race-goers are gearing up to paint the track green.
It wouldn’t be a day of celebrating the Irish without a touch of green and Guinness pints to knock back while enjoying spectacular Thoroughbred racing. Racegoers are encouraged to incorporate green into their race day outfit, the colour eminent with all things Ireland.
Irish Race Day features some of Morphettville’s best hospitality offerings. Race-goers are invited to gather in the Derby Pavilion to celebrate in the Taste of Guinness area, where they’ll enjoy traditional Irish fare and a pint of Guinness or two, in a fantastic indoor/outdoor area. Hospitality packages can be purchased up until Friday afternoon, otherwise patrons can enter this area on the day with a General Admission ticket.
On the track, trainers, jockeys and punters alike will be hoping for a dose of Irish luck with the eight-race program commencing just after 12.30pm.
The Australia v Ireland Jockey Challenge is a feature of the race day, which will see the Australian side of Martin Kelly, Steven Pateman, Paul Hamblin and Shane Jackson, go head-to-head with the Irish team - Katie Walsh, Ian McCarthy, Luke Dempsey and Tom Ryan, in a hurdle and steeplechase event. The Australia v Ireland Jockey Challenge plays out during three races held over two race days, which kicked off with a high-weight flat race at Murray Bridge on Wednesday (August 24).
In addition to the racing action there will be plenty of trackside excitement with live music from popular Irish band, The Borderers, and performances from Wasabi and The Timbers throughout the day.
To celebrate the theme of the day, all Irish Passport holders will receive free entry to Morphettville, upon presentation of the photo ID page in their Irish passports. For more information, please visit www.morphettville.com.au
EVENT DETAILS WHEN: Saturday 27 August 2016 Gates open at 10.30am WHERE: Morphettville Racecourse - Morphett Road, Morphettville SA ADMISSION: General Admission Tickets: $10 Commonwealth Concession & DVA: $5 Children under 18: Free For any further enquiries, please contact: Lauren Bobrige FULLER Brand & Communication 0433 422 254 / email@example.com
Saturday August 6th 2016 will mark the official opening of the Jockey Memorial Garden at Morphettville. This memorial garden has been made possible by contributions from South Australian Jockey Club, the South Australian Jockeys Association, Thoroughbred Racing South Australia and UBET in recognition of the 880 Australian jockeys have tragically lost their lives as a result of their occupation, and 89 of these riders in South Australia.
“The South Australian Jockey Club is pleased to be associated with the South Australian Jockeys Association, Thoroughbred Racing South Australia and UBET in the creation of the Jockey Memorial Garden at Morphettville Racecourse” said SAJC Chief Executive Officer Brenton Wilkinson.
“The Memorial is the first initiative in a long term plan to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to racing, in addition to Morphettville’s statues honouring racing legends Bart Cummings and Colin Hayes”.
The Memorial was designed with contributions from local business Tillett Memorials, while the stone is constructed from the same South Australian black marble used for the Colin Hayes and Bart Cummings Statues at each of Morphettville Racecourse’s entrances.
The official opening on Saturday, August 6th will take place one hour prior to the first race at Morphettville, and will be attended by Thoroughbred Racing SA Chair Frances Nelson QC, Thoroughbred Racing SA CEO Jim Watters, SAJC CEO Brenton Wilkinson, Lee-Anne & Jodah Montgomerie, Darren, Yvonne and Corey Forrest, Michelle La Vars, Cheree Gask and Scott Leckey.
The official Memorial Garden Opening coincides with the national Jockey Celebration Day (JCD), which celebrates the achievements of former and current jockeys, commemorates those who have lost their lives and raises awareness and funds for the National Jockeys’ Trust (NJT) to help support injured or ill jockeys and their families.
Jockey Celebration Day activities around Australia include races named in honour of Jockey Celebration Day, a Minute Silence and Blessing of the Track. NJT jockey colours will be worn by the top weight in each race at all metropolitan race meetings on Saturday 6th August.
The National Jockeys Trust has named Ambassadors in each state for the 2016 Jockey Celebration Day. South Australia’s ambassadors are Peter and Lee-Anne Montgomerie, who lost their daughter Simone Montgomerie in a race fall on Darwin Cup Day 2013. Peter is the brainchild for Cycling for Simone, a 3000km 26-day bike ride to commemorate Simone’s life and raise money for the National Jockeys Trust.
Complete listing of Jockey Celebration Day race meetings around Australia on Saturday 6 August include:
· Flemington Racecourse, Bairnsdale (VIC);
· Royal Randwick, Newcastle, Kempsey, Louth (NSW);
· Eagle Farm, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Bowen, Corfield, Gladstone, Mareeba, Tambo, Warwick (QLD);
· Morphettville, Roxby Downs (SA);
· Belmont, Wyndham (WA);
· Katherine (NT)
· Devonport (TAS) will celebrate on Sunday 7th August
· Canberra (ACT) celebrated on Friday 29th July
For any further enquiries, please contact:
Brenton Wilkinson CEO / South Australian Jockey Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya Fullarton National Jockeys Trust email@example.com
NJT Ambassadors: Additional information can be provided. NJT Ambassadors are available for interviews Interviews: Jockeys and representatives from the Australian Jockeys Association will be available for interviews
This Saturday, the 2015/16 metropolitan racing season comes to a conclusion with an eight-race program at Morphettville.
The highlight of Saturday's meet is race seven, the listed $100,000 UBET Lightning Stakes.
The UBET Lightning Stakes is a race for two and three year olds run under set weight conditions over 1050 metres. Saturday's race has attracted a final field of sixteen with a strong Victorian representation. It promises to be one of the better races of recent times.
Meanwhile the metropolitan jockeys premiership remains in the balance ahead of the final meeting for the season. Jason Holder holds a two-win lead over Matthew Neilson in a battle that has gone right down to the wire. Holder has a full book of eight rides on Saturday whilst Neilson has six engagements.
The two other Premierships have been long decided. In the trainer’s category, Phillip Stokes has had another marvellous season and sits on forty-nine wins, twenty clear of his nearest rival. The jockeys apprentice award is safely in the keeping of Caitlin Jones who also sits third overall on the jockeys table behind Holder and Neilson.
Saturday's eight race card of racing commences at 12:30pm with gates open at 10:30am
Indulge in delicious, fresh local produce from the Adelaide Hills at our Food & Wine Match day, this Saturday 23 July 2016. Enjoy lunch in the Winning Post Restaurant with Adelaide Hills delicacies including Braised Pork Belly with Lenswood apple chutney, Grazing Platter, Beef & Brisket with Beerenberg tomato chutney, Baked Chicken Breast with Udder Delights Fetta & B.D Farms Paris Creek Yoghurt Mousse, paired with local wines.
For bookings in the Winning Post Restaurant, please contact our Sales and Hospitality Department on 8295 0199.
The Official Jockeys Memorial Garden will formally open to the public at Morphettville Racecourse on the annual Jockey Celebration Day, August 6 2016. The Memorial Garden has been supported by the Australian Jockeys Association, Thoroughbred Racing South Australia, the South Australia Jockey Club, the South Australian Jockey Association and UBET in order to honour fallen riders. With design contributions from Tillett Memorials, the stone is constructed from the same South Australian Black Marble used for the Colin Hayes and Bart Cummings statues at each of Morphettville’s entrances.
Sourced from racing archives, newspapers and families of fallen riders, the Australian Jockey Association has sourced 878 names from around Australia, including 89 from South Australia, to honour on the memorial. The Memorial is the first initiative in a long term plan to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to racing.
The Memorial will officially open to the public 1 hour prior to Race 1 on Saturday, August 6 2016, and all are invited to attend. The ceremony will conclude shortly before the first race. All riders, officials, members, jockeys current and retired and family and friends are invited to attend the opening ceremony.
Celebrate the Queen's birthday long weekend with a taste of Britain at Morphettville this Saturday. Indulge in an English inspired menu in the Winning Post Restaurant including Shepherd's Pie, Pigeon Breast with Brussel Sprouts, Monkfish with Hand Cut Chips, Beef Ribs with Yorkshire Pudding, Herb Crusted Lamb Rack with Mint Jelly & Bubble & Squeak, and Bread & Butter Pudding with warm anglaise.
Those who are not in the restaurant, fear not as we are also offering a range of British favourites in the Diva Bar and Phar Lap Cafe.
Celebrare i sapori d'Italia!
Celebrate the flavours of Italy this Saturday at #Morphettville. Indulge in an Italian inspired menu in the Winning Post Restaurant including house made potato gnocchi, salumi board, bruschetta, proscuitto wrapped rabbit legs, ocean trout, crab and leek ravioli, slow braised beef shin, tiramisu, Aperol Spritz's and more.
Those who are not in the restaurant, fear not as we are also offering a range of Italian delicacies in the Diva bar.
The UBET Adelaide Festival of Racing concludes on Saturday at Morphettville with the highlight on the day the running of the Group 1 $500,000 Darley Goodwood.
Run under set weights and penalties over 1200 metres the Darley Goodwood has attracted a full field of twenty runners.
The top two in the market with UBET are the Victorian sprinters Black Heart Bart and Supido, and their trainers are both chasing a second Group 1 victory of the carnival.
Former West Australian galloper Black Heart Bart is having a second tilt at The Darley Goodwood after running fourth last year. Since then he has been transferred to champion trainer Darren Weir. Weir, who claimed the Group 1 UBET S.A. Derby last weekend with Howard Be Thy Name, will also saddle up another recent stable acquisition in Sooboog in Saturday’s Goodwood, giving him a strong two pronged attack on the race he has won previously with Platelet in 2013.
Supido’s trainer Mick Kent is looking to add to his Group 1 Schweppes Oaks success with Abbey Marie a fortnight ago. The highly talented sprinter Supido arrives with a run of six consecutive victories alongside his name.
David Hayes and Tom Dabernig will remarkably line up five runners in Saturday’s race including Faatinah, to be ridden by Dylan Dunn. Dylan will be riding against his father, 15 times Group 1 winning Jockey Dwayne Dunn, who will be aboard Under the Louvre for Caulfield Trainer Robert Smerdon.
Weights for The Darley Goodwood are headed by last year’s winner Flamberge, who will carry 59kgs.
The Darley Goodwood will be race seven on Saturday’s program and will be run at 4:20pm.
Over next three weeks at Morphettville the South Australian Jockey Club will stage the UBET Adelaide Festival of Racing. Over $4 million in prize money will be on offer and South Australia's four Group 1 Races will be run.This Saturday 7 May is Schweppes Oaks day and it will be the fairer sex that headlines the program. Two Group 1s will be run on Saturday, the Schweppes Oaks and UBET Classic, both worth $400,000, and both have attracted capacity fields.The Schweppes Oaks (Australasian Oaks) will be Race 6 at 3:20pm. A race for three year old fillies over 2000 metres it is run under set weight conditions. Sixteen plus four emergencies accepted for the Schweppes Oaks and the likely favourite Silent Sedition drew perfectly in gate seven.Only three locals will line up in the Group 1 feature, Comprende for Phillip Stokes, whilst the Leon Macdonald - Andrew Gluyas stable will have two runners in C’est Beau La Vie and Beluga Blue.Race 7 at 4:00pm is the UBET Classic. This race is restricted to fillies and mares, run under weight for age conditions over 1200 metres. Phillip Stokes will again fly the flag for South Australia in the UBET Classic with a recent addition to his stable Runway Star, whilst Tony McEvoy has both Miss Seton Sands and Don’t Doubt Mamma in the final field of twenty.The opening race on Schweppes Oaks day will be at 12:30pm, with gates opening at 10:30am as the UBET Adelaide Festival of Racing begins.
The South Australian Jockey Club will host an outstanding eight race card of racing at Morphettville on Saturday with the second half of the program featuring Black Type events.Firstly the two year old fillies will do battle in Race 5, the Listed $100,000 MAC Grow Up Dequetteville Stakes. Run at set weights over 1050 metres, it is a strong race with eleven fillies accepting to run of which eight are already race winners.
Race Six on Saturday is the $120,000 Group 3 Hughes Chauffeured Limousines R N Irwin Stakes. Run under weight for age conditions over 1100 metres, the Irwin has also attracted a final field of eleven at acceptance time.It is then the turn of the three year old fillies to push their claims for a start in the $400,000 Group 1 Schweppes Oaks at Morphettville on Saturday May 7, when they contest Race Seven, the $120,000 Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (Auraria Stakes). The Schweppervescance Stakes is run over 1800 metres under set weights and penalties and has attracted a capacity field of twenty plus two emergencies. The first three across the line are guaranteed a spot in the Schweppes Oaks on May 7.
The day at Morphettville winds up with the listed $100,000 Projection Graphics Redelva Stakes. This race is restricted to three year olds and is run over 1100 metres under the set weights and penalty conditions. Weights for the twelve horse Redelva are headed up by Phillip Stokes’ talented filly Miss Gunpowder, who drew ideally in barrier one.
The opening race on Saturday’s eight race program is set down for 12:28pm, with gates opening at 11:30am
Published: Wednesday, 6 April 2016
The South Australian UBET Adelaide Festival of Racing is only a month away and Saturday at Morphettville we get a taste of what is to come with two Black Type Races highlighting a strong eight race program.
The first of the feature races on Saturday is Race Six the Farmers Union Iced Coffee Manihi Classic. The $100,000 Listed Race to be run over 1100 metres, attracted a field of nineteen at acceptance time.
Ken Sweeney’s grand galloper Riziz heads the weights with 59.5kgs, and his task was made even tougher after drawing barrier eighteen.
Tony McEvoy’s talented mare The Messina Nymph is chasing back to back wins in the Farmers Union Iced Coffee Manihi Classic but she too drew poorly in gate fifteen. Six interstate gallopers are amongst the nineteen acceptors.
Race Seven is the other Listed Race on the card, the Mittys Laelia Stakes for three year old fillies. This race is run over 1600 metres under set weights and penalties and has attracted a capacity field of eighteen with two emergencies.
The fillies in this race will be eyeing off further glory in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks at Morphettville on Saturday May 7. Interstate representation is even stronger in the Mittys Laelia Stakes with eleven fillies crossing the border to make up the final field of eighteen.
Racing at Morphettville on Saturday commences at 12-03pm, with gates opening at 10.
Published: 15th, March 2016
The 2016 UBET Adelaide Cup Day has been one of the most successful in recent years with a big crowd, first-class racing, fashion parades and social venues adding plenty of colour and excitement.
More than 13,000 racing fans, socialites and punters made their way through Morphettville Racecourse’s historic gates for South Australia’s premier racing event, and were treated to excitement both on and off the track.
The crowd was the largest in recent history, aided by the popularity of hospitality packages, which sold-out before the weekend arrived.
On the track, Purple Smile proved too strong in the feature race, the $400,000 UBET Adelaide Cup, beating home a class field to claim the trophy for trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig.
On the other side of the rails, highlights included pop-up social venue The Starting Gate and the Victoria Racing Club Myer Fashions on the Field competition, which attracted more than 60 participants vying for the 10 day trip of a lifetime to the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival where they will represent South Australia in the National Final of Myer Fashions on the Field competition. Courtney Moore was crowned the winner.
South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) Chief Executive Officer Brenton Wilkinson said the large attendance demonstrated that the UBET Adelaide Cup and Thoroughbred horse racing continues to have strong interest and support among the South Australian public.
“There are not many events on South Australia’s entertainment calendar that match the glamour and excitement of a day at the races. The races offer a chance to dress up, catch up with friends and be entertained by first-class racing and the array of events around the track,” he said.
“The popularity of today’s event and the fact that all hospitality packages including the Fashion and Fillies, The Deck, Winning Post Restaurant and the Champions Balcony sold out days before the Cup shows that this event holds a special place in the hearts of South Australians.
“This year we introduced a number of new initiatives including the launch of the official drink of the UBET Adelaide Cup – The Sparkling Rose.
“Red is the official colour of the Adelaide Cup and it’s great to see race-goers have incorporated the colour as well as the official flower – the red rose – in their outfits.
“Among all the glitz and glamour, we have also raised funds for South Australia’s disadvantaged youth with sales from red rose lapels donated to Young Variety, as well as donation tins located around the track.
“The UBET Adelaide Cup is the start of an exciting time for racing at Morphettvillle. The UBET Adelaide Racing Carnival in May will continue the celebration of high quality of racing and social activities. Across three Saturday’s in May, Adelaide’s Festival of Racing with feature Group 1 Racing on the track and a myriad of exciting new trackside initiatives.
• Crowd attendance: 13,200• Myer Fashions on the Field entrants: 63• Winner of Myer Fashions on the Field: Courtney Moore
Published: 4th, March 2016
First acceptances were today lodged for the $400,000 Group 2 UBET Adelaide Cup to be run at Morphettville on Monday 14 March.
From the initial nominations of fifty one, twenty five remained at acceptance time this morning. Final acceptances will be taken on Wednesday 9 March at 9am after which the barrier draw will then be conducted.
The UBET Adelaide Cup allows for a final field of twenty with the provision to draw four emergencies.
The weights were today released for the Group 2 $400,000 UBET Adelaide Cup to be run at Morphettville on Monday March 14. Prior to the weights being issued a further two horses were late nominated for the Cup before deadline time, bringing the total to fifty one nominations compared with thirty nine last year.
The powerful Darren Weir stable has the two at the top of the weights with Signoff allocated 59kgs and Real Love 55.5kgs. Of the local gallopers only three were handicapped above the minimum of 53kgs, with Richard Jolly’s S.A. Derby winner Kushadasi receiving 54.5kgs, whilst Gamblin’ Guru for Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas, and Go Dreaming for Grant Kluske both handed 54kgs.
First acceptances for the UBET Adelaide Cup will be at 9am this Thursday 3 March.
UBET Adelaide Cup Weights
A total of forty nine horses were today nominated for South Australia’s premier staying event the UBET Adelaide Cup. The $400,000 Group 2 feature will be run over 3200 metres at Morphettville on Monday March 14. Twenty eight of the nominations are from interstate with some of the most powerful stables in the land presenting entrants. Included amongst those trainers are Gai Waterhouse, Chris Waller, Darren Weir and the training partnership of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Twenty one locals make up the remaining entrants as they pursue a start and chase the UBET Adelaide Cup dream for their connections. The all important weights for the $400,000 UBET Adelaide Cup will be released on Tuesday March 1 following the 10am deadline for late nominations.
UBET Adelaide Cup Nominations
In a major coup for South Australia’s horse racing industry, Morphettville Racecourse has been selected to showcase the majesty of Arabian horses and deliver racegoers a taste of Middle Eastern culture on Saturday, 12 March 2016.
South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) Chief Executive Officer, Brenton Wilkinson, said Morphettville Racecourse was chosen by the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) committee to host two Arabian horse races at the 12 March race meet to complement Shadwell Stud Australasia’s sponsorship.
“Preparations are taking place for another successful Adelaide Cup and the excitement surrounding horse racing in South Australia will only be heightened by Arabian horses gracing the track two days before the Cup,” he said.
“The family friendly event is a platform to promote the sport of Arabian horse racing in South Australia and showcase Middle Eastern culture, and it promises to be an exciting lead-up event to Adelaide’s premier racing event - the 2016 UBET Adelaide Cup on 14 March.”
The two Arabian races will be staged as part of a full day of Thoroughbred racing sponsored by Shadwell Stud Australasia.
The international racing and breeding operation has a long association with Thoroughbred racing in South Australia, dating back 30 years when AT TALAQ trained by Colin Hayes at Lindsay Park Stud in Angaston, won the 1986 Melbourne Cup,
“The event is a great way to acknowledge the long-standing relationship between Shadwell and the Hayes family, both who have played such an important part of Thoroughbred racing in South Australia over the last 30 years,” Mr Wilkinson said.
The Arabian horse races have been made possible through the support of the DIAR program whose patron is His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. HH Sheikh Hamdan is a member of the ruling family of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Finance and the Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
He was one of the pioneers in bringing European bred Thoroughbreds to race successfully in the Southern Hemisphere, and is one of the most prominent and successful owners and breeders of Arabian racehorses in the world.
“The Arabian horse racing industry is small but growing in Australia, with many drawn to the athleticism of the horses, as well as the excitement of the racing,” Mr Wilkinson said.
“Arabian horses are generally smaller than Thoroughbreds, but can carry large weights and have gentle temperaments, opening the door for a broader range of people to get involved in the sport as jockeys.”
Director of Shadwell Stud Australasia, Mark Kelly, reiterated the significance of Shadwell's support of the race day in South Australia and their connection with the DIAR program.
“We are excited that the connection between Shadwell Stud Australasia and South Australia can be further developed through the sponsorship of a card of Thoroughbred racing in the lead up to the Adelaide Cup,” Mr Kelly said.
“We have invested heavily in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in South Australia for 30 years and this is a great opportunity to commemorate our significant achievements during that time. “
All the Thoroughbred races on 12 March will be named after horses that have won Group One races in Australia in the famous nominated colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan.
“It fits really nicely that HH Sheikh Hamdan is also the patron of DIAR and that this event provides the opportunity to educate more people about the Arabian breed, the sport of Arabian horse racing and the Arabic culture which underpins it.”
Mr Wilkinson said an all South Australian jockey line-up will feature in the Arabian races - the Shadwell Arabian Stallions Plate valued at $30,000 and the UAE Arabian Plate worth $20,000.
The races will be called by Victoria Shaw, Australia’s only professional female race caller.
Along with the Thoroughbred racing and two showcase Arabian races, other events on the day will include a ‘Cultural Marquee’ where race-goers will be given the opportunity to learn about the United Arab Emirates.
“Race-goers can sample Middle Eastern food and drinks, and experience the art of henna tattoo – all for free,” Mr Wilkinson said. “A face painter and pony rides will provide entertainment for the younger members in the crowd.”
In the lead-up to the March race meet Adelaide primary schools will be involved in an exciting community art project ‘The Arabian Rainbow Competition’.
The competition allows students to paint a life-sized fibre glass sculpture of an Arabian horse. It is hoped the project will provide school children to learn more about the Arabic culture while nurturing their creative and artistic instincts.
The finished sculptures will be display at Morphettville Racecourse on 12 March and will be judged by the committee of the DIAR, led by His Excellency Mirza Al Sayegh. The winning school will receive a cash prize of $3000, $2000 for second place and $1500 for third place.
With Adelaide’s premier horse racing event – the 2016 UBET Adelaide Cup - just around the corner, race fans, fashionistas and socialites are gearing up to paint the day red.
With thousands of race-goers expected at Morphettville Racecourse on Monday, 14 March 2016, punters are being encouraged to embrace the official colour of the day by adding a touch of red to their outfits.
South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) Chief Executive Officer Brenton Wilkinson said the colour has shared a long association with the SAJC and Morphettville Racecourse, and last year the red-rose was named the official flower of the event.
“The very first race at Morphettville Racecourse in September 1875 was won by a horse named ‘Red Gauntlet’, owned by the Honourable Thomas Elder, who was a key figure in establishing the racecourse,” he said.
“Red roses have been a prominent feature of the gardens at Morphettville Racecourse throughout its history.
“This year race-goers can purchase a red rose lapel on Cup day, and we are also encouraging fans and fashionistas to feature the flower in their fascinators, corsages or lapel accessories.”
Fashion stakes will be higher than ever at the 2016 UBET Adelaide Cup, with the ever-popular Myer Fashions on the Field taking place and South Australian fashion designer Cristina Tridente, of couture + love + madness, showcasing her ‘Lady Camellia’ collection to the public for the first time in the Fashion and Fillies Pavilion.
Cristina has cemented her spot as a leading designer in Australian’s fashion scene, with A-list celebrities wearing her luxurious designs that feature exotic silks, hand beading and sequins.
The Lady Camellia collection boasts a feminine selection of designs, featuring red, pink, and white fabrics, and includes lace and floral patterns.
This year’s Cup day will also feature a ‘Mad March’ feel, with roving street performers such as jugglers and stilt walkers, as well as food vans situated around the racecourse.
Other key features include the return of hugely popular pop-up precinct The Starting Gate and a nine-race program with the feature race, the 2016 UBET Adelaide Cup worth $400,000 in prize-money.
The Starting Gate, which sold-out last year, will again be the place to be seen, offering race-goers an exclusive and stylish precinct to relax, take in the atmosphere, and enjoy food, cocktails and live music. This year it will feature the Clique Beauty Bar with complimentary makeup touchups offered by Media Makeup and hair styling by EVO hair and Cloud Nine.
Fashionistas have the opportunity to enter Victoria Racing Club’s Myer Fashions on the Field South Australian State Final. The winner on the day will receive a 10-day trip of a lifetime to the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival where they will represent South Australia in the Myer Fashions on the Field National Final at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day. The prize is valued at $10,000, plus a $1,000 Myer Shopping Spree, $1,000 Review Gift Card and $700 Antler Luggage Pack.
General Admission tickets to the 2016 UBET Adelaide Cup are $25 for adults, $15 for children between 14-17 years of age and the event is free for children 13 and under.
Tickets to The Starting Gate precinct can be pre-purchased online for $50, a saving of $10 off the price on the day.
There is also an array of hospitality packages to satisfy all race-goers.
Thanks to the Motor Accident Commission (MAC), all SAJC Members and pre-purchased ticket holders attending will receive FREE public transport on all Adelaide Metro Networks to and from Morphettville.
Round up your friends and head to Morphettville Racecourse on UBET Adelaide Cup Day for a party you won’t forget.
UBET is throwing its weight behind the South Australian racing industry, announcing a new, exclusive partnership with the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC).
The deal, effective from 1 February 2016, will see UBET (formerly SA TAB) take naming rights to several Group races, including Group 1s – the UBET Classic and UBET SA Derby - building on its existing sponsorship of the UBET Adelaide Cup and UBET Adelaide Carnival.
Significantly, the partnership positions UBET as the exclusive betting partner of the SAJC, with the wagering operator to take complete branding ownership of the starting gates, barrier attendants and use of UBET saddle cloths and strapper bibs throughout the year, as well as revamping the on-course wagering spaces.
UBET General Manager South Australia, Tony Flanegan, said he was thrilled to be making a significant investment in the state, supporting the future of the racing industry.
“The partnership with SAJC further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the South Australian racing industry, building on our existing sponsorship with SAJC as well as sponsorships with TRSA, and both Greyhound SA and Harness SA,” Mr Flanegan said.
“We’ve had a wonderful relationship with the SAJC for many years, so it’s pleasing to have the opportunity to build on that.”
SAJC CEO Brenton Wilkinson said he was delighted that UBET was continuing its support.
“We are thrilled with this addition to our already substantial sponsorship package with UBET and look forward to developing the current business partnership to the benefit of both organisations”.
Mr Flanegan said 2016 was an exciting time for the South Australian arm of the business.
“It’s an exciting time for our SA business. In addition to this new agreement, we also look forward to moving into our second year working with Port Adelaide Football Club.
“From a retail perspective, we recently opened the first of our next generation retail outlets in the state, with more to come in 2016.
“The new concept will help attract a new audience, while providing our existing customer with a superior experience. So far the results have been encouraging, with refurbished stores across the country outperforming the network average.”
In terms of the businesses broader impact, in 2014/15, Tatts Group, UBET’s parent company and Australia’s largest non-casino gambling group directly and indirectly supported over 1000 full-time jobs across South Australia. In addition to this, the Group’s total and indirect annual economic contribution to the SA economy was over $270 million.
UBET and SAJC - In addition to an existing sponsorship of the Adelaide Cup and Autumn Carnival, the new partnership includes:
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with a Chinese inspired feast in the Winning Post Restaurant Enjoy our delicious Chinese New Year menu featuring authentic dishes such as succulent Peking Duck, sizzling Szechuan Beef and a delectable mango pudding!
Those who are not in the restaurant, fear not as we are also offering a range of Chinese delicacies in the Diva and Phar Lap bars. Be tempted by our delicious entrée basket, filled with a fresh wantons, and spring rolls or try our amazing selection of wok seared dishes.
We’re doing more than just throwing a shrimp on the ‘barbie’ to celebrate the Australia Day weekend, we’re going all out with an Australian inspired menu all throughout the course!
The Winning Post Restaurant will be serving some tantalising dishes including a blue swimmer crab cake topped with barbequed Spencer Gulf prawns, macadamia crusted Northern Territory Barramundi and a deconstructed lamington.
Racegoers in Diva can also enjoy the celebration as menu offerings on the day include buckets of prawns, beer basted lamb ribs and a slow cooked lamb burger.
Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA), the governing body for thoroughbred racing in South Australia, has announced the abandonment of tomorrow’s meeting at Morphettville (Saturday December 19th) due to the ongoing hot weather conditions.
TRSA CEO Jim Watters said the decision was made following lengthy consultation by the Chairman of Stewards over the past three days with the Bureau of Meteorology, the SAJC and TRSA’s chief veterinarian.
“As with every race day, the health and safety of participants is our number one priority and we have therefore decided it is in the best interests of the horses, jockeys and our staff to cancel tomorrow’s racing,” Mr Watters said.
“We have been monitoring things very closely with the Bureau and while there has not been a significant change in forecast, the accumulation of the hot weather conditions over the past week and a forecast likely increase in humidity levels for tomorrow, which can affect thermal comfort levels, have been factors in our decision making.”
Mr Watters said today’s program of racing at Morphettville (Friday December 18th) would continue as planned at this stage.
“Having regard for today’s forecast indicators, which are that better thermal comfort levels are likely when compared with tomorrow, we will continue to monitor local conditions throughout the day in line with our Heat Policy,” he said.
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Horses, not reindeers, will deliver a sleigh full of money and gifts to the victims and volunteers of the Pinery Bushfire at this year’s Boxing Day Family Races at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday, 26 December 2015.
In what will become an annual tradition, the SAJC is encouraging race-goers to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts at Morphettville to be passed on to worthy recipients. In 2015, all donated gifts will be given to the official collection campaign for the Pinery Bushfire appeal being managed by St Vincent de Paul.
Gates open at 11am and there will be gift collection points around the Morphettville Racecourse.
The fun doesn’t have to end when the curtains are drawn on the 2015 Credit Union Christmas Pageant, with a huge Family Fun Day to be held at Morphettville Racecourse from 11.30am on pageant day, this Saturday 14 November.
Entertainment will include free kids rides, amusements and entertainment from 11.30am – 4.30pm, plus a special appearance from Santa – who will be available for FREE photos with the kids between 1pm and 3pm.
There's also a nine race program of LIVE racing for the adults to enjoy while the kids are well and truly occupied.
Today marks just one week until Adelaide's biggest Melbourne Cup party is held at Morphettville Racecourse, on Tuesday 3 November.
With the event expected to draw thousands of racegoers, this year’s Melbourne Cup Day at Morphettville is looking to be one of the best. Featuring a live eight race program, full coverage of all of the Flemington racing action on 250 screens around the course and plenty of off-track entertainment, it will be the closest experience for South Australians to the main event in Melbourne.
Fashion at The Races is once again looking for South Australia's most stylish racegoer. The winner on the day will automatically qualify for the Fashion at The Races SA State Final at Morphettville on Saturday 7 May, and have the opportunity to win a luxury racing holiday to Asia valued at $25,000. Interested fashionistas can pre-register for this event online, or register on the day between 12 - 1pm at the Fashion at The Races stage in Champagne Gardens. The event will commence at 1:05pm.
No need to stress about transport, the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is offering all South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) members and pre-purchased ticket holders free public transport on all Adelaide Metro networks to and from Morphettville Racecourse on this day.
Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at Morphettville and enjoy traditional American cuisine in the Winning Post Restaurant on Saturday 28 November. Choose from an American inspired menu including Mac and Cheese, Southern Chicken Salad, baked Turkey, grilled New York sirloin, Chocolate Brownie and Pecan Pie. For bookings, please call 8295 0199.
The South Australian Jockey Club’s (SAJC) race meeting at Morphettville this Saturday 17 October, coincides with one of the great race days on the Australian turf calendar, with the $3 million dollar Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup to be run at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.
At Morphettville this Saturday, the eight race card of racing is highlighted by the Listed $100,000 Programmed Durbridge Stakes. To be run over 1200 metres, and under weight for age conditions, this feature race at Morphettville has attracted a field of seven.
Off the track, strong crowds are expected as hospitality packages have been significant demand throughout the entire Spring Racing Carnival, with many function areas on course already sold out. This Saturday sees the NOVA Deck launched for the first time at Morphettville, and there will also be DJ entertainment on the general admission lawns during the afternoon, and at the conclusion of the races in Diva Lounge.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 1.02pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and Children under 18 are free.
Don’t Let Them Start Without You.
Spring racing fever will hit Caulfield Guineas Day at Morphettville on Saturday 10 October when the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy makes a special appearance at the track.
The $175,000, 18-carat gold ‘Cup’ will be joined on its visit to Morphettville by legendary jockey Michael Clarke, who partnered with South Australian trainer Colin Hayes to ride to victory in the 1986 Melbourne Cup.
The trophy will be on show in the Moët & Chandon Pavilion Lower Level between 1 - 3pm, with the public encouraged to come along and get up close and personal with one of Australia’s most famous sporting prizes. Special guest, champion jockey Michael Clarke who partnered with the legendary trainer Colin Hayes to ride At Talaq to victory in the 1986 Melbourne Cup, will feature in an interview with Terry McAuliffe at 1.25pm on the day.
For those interested in the spring fashion just as much as the racing, for the first time at Morphettville, the SAJC is excited to present a Millinery Showcase. There will be a range of South Australian Milliners featured, including Adorn Collection, Studio Hats and Marsh Millinery, who will be providing fashionable displays and spring racing style tips to the racegoers. The first 25 fashionistas to enter the Millinery Showcase at 12pm will also receive a complimentary gift bag!
The Millinery showcase will be held trackside in the Moët & Chandon Pavilion Lower Level, from 12 - 4pm, and is open to all SAJC Members and race day ticket holders to attend.
On the track, there will be an eight race program of live racing for patrons to enjoy on the day too.
The arrival of Spring signals the return of Group 1 racing action, and this Saturday 12 September, sees two Group 1 races run around Australia. In Melbourne, there will be significant local interest in the $400,000 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, with Happy Trails and Alpine Eagle vying for their first Group 1 win this Spring, whilst at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney the $1,000,000 Golden Rose Stakes is the feature race on the program.
An eight race card at Morphettville this Saturday is highlighted by the Listed $100,000 Goldin Farms Morphettville Guineas. This feature race has attracted a final field of twelve, including five Victorians, with all looking to stake their claim as emerging Group 1 contenders this Spring.
The Goldin Farms Morphettville Guineas will be Race 7 at 4.23pm on Saturday, and will be run over 1600 metres, under set weight conditions.
Also at Morphettville this Saturday, the National Jockeys Trust Series (NJT) will conclude, with the winning jockey and trainer celebrated during a presentation after the running of the National Jockeys Trust Series Final in Race 4.
To coincide with the annual grape harvest festival, Fiesta de la Vendimia, which is held in Spain this month, Morphettville will be celebrating the flavours of Spain in the Winning Post Restaurant this Saturday. Patrons can indulge in a Spanish inspired menu with a glass of Sangria or Sherry upon arrival, plus racegoers in Diva, will also enjoy a taste of Spain with menu offerings including empanadas, a tapas plate and churros.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.33pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10 and Children under 18 are free.
Celebración comida española!
Celebrate the flavours of Spain in the Winning Post Restaurant on Saturday 12 September.
Indulge in our Spanish inspired menu featuring a tapas plate filled with delectable Spanish bites, a rib eye served with tortilla de patatas and sherry glaze and for dessert a crème catalina (a Spanish themed crème brulee with orange and cinnamon), plus enjoy a glass of Sangria or Sherry upon arrival.
Racegoers in Diva can also enjoy the Spanish food celebration as menu offerings on the day include empanadas, a tapas plate and churros. Sangria will also be served for $7 a glass.
The SAJC will pay tribute to the legendary Bart Cummings AM during tomorrow’s race day at Morphettville.
The tribute will occur between Races 2 & 3, commencing at approximately 1.22pm. This will include a video presentation on the super screen followed by a minute’s silence.
A race named in Bart’s honour will run at 1.48pm on the day, with Jockeys to wear black armbands in his memory.
The SAJC will also have a floral tribute, in Cummings’ racing colours, placed at the Bart Cummings bust at Morphettville on Saturday. If any patrons wish to leave their own floral tributes at Morphettville on the day, they are welcome to leave these at Bart Cummings’ bronze bust which is located at the entrance named in his honour.
Vale James Bartholomew “Bart” Cummings AM
1927 - 2015
Experience the luck of the Irish and follow the rainbow to Morphettville Racecourse this Saturday 29 August, as the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) hosts Irish Race Day.
To celebrate the theme of the day, all Irish Passport holders will receive free entry to Morphettville, upon presentation of the photo ID page in their Irish passports.
In addition to all of the racing action, there will be plenty of excitement happening trackside, with live music from popular Irish Band, The Borderers, and performances from the Celtic Reflections Irish Dance Troupe throughout the day. For those keen to continue the party after the races, enjoy the entertainment from DJ VIP in the Diva Lounge.
If you’ve ever dreamt of finding a ‘Pot of Gold’ at the end of a rainbow, if you’re at Morphettville this Irish Race Day, you might just get lucky with the Guinness Pot of Gold competition! Follow the clues on the SAJC’s social media pages in the lead up to the event and if you’re the first person to find the Guinness Pot of Gold hidden on course at Morphettville on Irish Race Day, you’ll win $500!
The gates open at 10.30am, with the first of the eight race program commencing at 12.33pm.
There will be an eight race program at Morphettville this Saturday 22 August, highlighted by the running of the Listed $100,000 William Hill Penny Edition Stakes.
The feature race sees the return to racing of Tony McEvoy’s boom four year old Alpine Eagle, and his appearance will generate a lot of interest around the country.
Alpine Eagle will have eight rivals on Saturday, including other Melbourne spring hopefuls Go Indy Go and Dylanson, who will run from barriers 9 and 5 respectively.
Grant Young will be hoping his in form galloper Red Eclipse can emulate his Spring Stakes success from Morphettville a fortnight ago, after drawing barrier 3 for this Saturday’s feature.
The William Hill Penny Edition Stakes is Race 7 at 4.18pm on Saturday’s program, and will be run over 1400 metres on the Morphettville Parks circuit, under weight for age conditions.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.33pm.
South Australia’s first Black Type race for the new season will be run at Morphettville this Saturday 8 August, with the staging of the $120,000 Group 3 David Coles AM Spring Stakes. Attracting a field of twelve runners, the headline act is unquestionably the appearance of Paul Beshara’s marvellous galloper Happy Trails.
The Group 3 David Coles AM Spring Stakes will be run under standard Weight For Age Conditions over 1200 metres, and is Race 7 on the day’s program, to be run at 4.08pm.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.23pm.
Adult general admission tickets are $10 and Children under 18 are free.
As this weekend's AFL home game is on Friday night between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond, it is the perfect opportunity to spend a Saturday afternoon at the races at Morphettville.
Therefore, this Saturday 8 August, we are offering FREE general admission entry to Morphettville for all Adelaide Football Club and Richmond Football Club Members, upon presentation of their 2015 AFC or RFC Membership cards.
Gates open at 10.30am for the eight race program, with the first race at 12.23pm.
Don't Let Them Start Without You.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) will host the commencement of the 2015/16 racing season, which coincides with the Horses Birthday, at Morphettville this Saturday 1 August.
To celebrate this event, the first 200 patrons through the entrance gates at Morphettville this Saturday 1 August, will receive a delicious cupcake to enjoy. Diners in the Winning Post Restaurant on the day, will also enjoy a themed menu, including heirloom carrot soup, hay smoked lamb loin and apple and oat crumble. All guests in Winning Post will also receive a take home party favour to enjoy.
A variation of these dishes will also be available for purchase in the Diva Lounge on the day too.
In addition to the eight race program on Saturday, there will also be two exhibition gallops occurring on the main track at Morphettville, featuring some quality local hopes including Happy Trails, Go Indy Go and Big Memory, preparing to stake their claim for success during the forthcoming Spring Carnival.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.18pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10 and Children under 18 are free.
The final meeting for the metropolitan racing season will be held at Morphettville this Saturday 25 July, with a strong eight race program kicking off at 12.12pm.
The highlight on the card is Race 7, the Listed $100,000 Lightning Stakes which will be run over 1050 metres, under set weight conditions.
The feature race, for two and three year olds, to be run at 3.58pm on Saturday, has attracted a final field of fourteen, including four Victorians. One of that quartet, the Mark Kavanagh prepared Wild Rain, is likely to be pressing for favouritism after drawing ideally in barrier two.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.12pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10 and Children under 18 are free.
The SAJC is pleased to offer all SANFL Club Members, FREE entry to Morphettville this Saturday 25 July, upon presentation of their relevant SANFL Membership Card at the entrance gates this weekend. Gates to Morphettville open at 10.30am on Saturday.
On Sunday 26 July, all SAJC Members will receive FREE entry to the SANFL game of their choice, upon presentation of their SAJC Membership Card at the entrance gate to any of the below games:
"Célébrer toutes les choses Françaises!"
Celebrate all things French at Morphettville on Saturday 18 July.
Indulge in our menu inspired by the flavours of France featuring a twice cooked cheese soufflé, Chateau Briand style beef fillet, raspberry crème brulee and a French cheese plate featuring Brique d'argental, Brezain (Smoked Raclette) and Fourme d'Ambert.
Racegoers in Diva can enjoy confit duck sliders with artichoke and mustard aioli served with fat chips.
For bookings please call our Sales and Hospitality Department on 8295 0199.
The South Australian Racehorse Owners Association (SAROA) are hosting their annual Horse's Birthday Function at Morphettville on Friday 31 July.
For $95 per person, enjoy a three course luncheon, complimentary drink upon arrival, interviews with the Principal of Swettenham Stud, Adam Sangster, SA's leading apprentice jockey Caitlin Jones; and an auction featuring Adrian Hancock from Magic Millions.
Part proceeds support the National Jockey's Trust.
For all bookings and enquiries please contact Richard Stafford on 0432 664 824 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings and payments must be received by Friday 24 July.
Please be advised that there will be no racing at Morphettville this Saturday 11 July with the metropolitan race meeting to be held at Gawler Racecourse.The Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club have extended reciprocal rights to all SAJC Members for this race meeting, with SAJC Members and their guest, receiving FREE entry to Gawler Racecourse, upon presentation of their current SAJC Membership cards at the entrance gates on the day.Hospitality packages are also available for purchase on the day and for more information please click hereFor Members who are not able to travel to Gawler, the existing Sports Bar facilities at The Junction will be open. The TAB will be available and vision of all races will be shown during the afternoon.
SAJC CEO Brenton Wilkinson would like to extend his sincerest thanks to everyone who generously donated to his fundraising for the 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Your donations helped Brenton raise over $15,000 for this very worthwhile cause. Despite a chilly night and a little rain, he got through unscathed and is feeling surprisingly good today!
Here are a few photos from last nights SA Sleepout held in Victoria Square.
As Port Power have a rare weekend off football as they enjoy the 'bye' this round, the SAJC is offering all Port Adelaide AFL Members, FREE entry to enjoy a day at the races at Morphettville tomorrow, Saturday 27 June, upon presentation of their 2015 PAFC Membership Cards.
Gates open at 10.30am for the nine race program, with the first race commencing at 11.20am.
After this Thursday night's AFL game between the Adelaide Crows and Hawthorn, there is a rare weekend without AFL football in Adelaide, therefore it is the perfect opportunity to spend a Saturday afternoon at the races at Morphettville.
Therefore, this Saturday 20 June we are offering FREE general admission entry to Morphettville for all Adelaide Football Club and Hawthorn Football Club Members, upon presentation of their 2015 AFC or HFC Membership cards.
Gates open at 10.30am for the eight race program, with the first race commencing at 11.57am.
Each year as part of their fundraising program, the St Vincent de Paul Society conducts the “Vinnies CEO Sleepout”. In Australia over the last ten years they have raised $24 million, and in SA last year the total was $608,000.
SAJC CEO, Brenton Wilkinson has accepted an invitation to participate in the South Australian 2015 Sleepout which will be held on Thursday night 25 June in Victoria Square where he will be allowed a sleeping bag, a pillow and a cardboard sheet. Any rain may make this a very long night for Brenton!
SAJC Staff have been getting behind Brenton's campaign with a number of fundraisers and we would also love your support in raising funds for this very worthy cause. Brenton is currently 4th on the SA CEO's fundraising list having raised over $10,000.
There is still time to contribute, so to make a donation to Brenton's fundraising campaign, please click here
Celebrate all things British at Morphettville this Saturday 13 June. Choose from an English inspired menu in the Winning Post Restaurant with offerings including a Ploughman's plate, beef wellington and bread and butter pudding.
Racegoers in Diva can enjoy a traditional Pommy classic of fish and chips with mushy peas and vinegar. All British passport holders will also receive FREE entry to Morphettville upon presentation of their UK passport at either entrance gate. For bookings please contact our Sales and Hospitality Department on 8295 0199.
Some of Australia's best horses and trainers will descend on Morphettville this Saturday 16 May, for the running of South Australia's richest sprint event, the $500,000 Group 1 Darley Goodwood.
Seventeen runners have accepted for the 1200 metre sprint, one of South Australia's oldest races and the feature of the 8-race program.
Run under Set Weights and Penalties, Group 1 winners Hucklebuck, Lucky Hussler and Smokin' Joey head the weights with 58.5kgs.
The Darley Goodwood is the final Group 1 race of the UBET Adelaide Racing Carnival, and there will be a total prize money pool of more than $1 million on offer during the day.
The who's who of Australian racing will also be in attendance during the day, including Black Caviar's trainer Peter Moody and Takeover Target's Joe Janiak, who will both be special guests at the Champions Balcony lunch.
A capacity field of sixteen, will by vying for top honours in the prestigious Group 1 $500,000 William Hill South Australian Derby at Morphettville Racecourse this Saturday 9 May for Derby Day.
First run in 1860, the South Australian Derby is South Australia's oldest, classic race, with this 2500 metre race for three year olds to be run under Set Weight Conditions. The feature event at Saturday's William Hill Derby Day at Morphettville, will be Race 7 on the program and will be run at 3.53pm.
South Australia's fashion elite will be showcasing their winning looks at the State Final of the 2014/15 Fashion at The Races competition. There will be a qualifying heat on the day providing fashionistas with one last chance to reach the State final of the competition, with the ultimate winner on the day driving away as South Australia's best dressed racegoer in a brand new Alfa Romeo Mito, valued at $24,500.
This Saturday will also feature fun for families with free children's rides and amusements, including bouncy castles and face painting, on offer from 12 noon - 5pm.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is offering all South Australian Jockey Club Members and pre-purchased ticket holders attending this event, free public transport on all Adelaide Metro networks, to and from Morphettville.
There will be over $1 million dollars in prize money on offer this Saturday at Morphettville, with the racing action highlighted by the running of two Group 1 events, the Schweppes Oaks and the William Hill Classic. The Schweppes Oaks has drawn a capacity field of sixteen fillies competing for a share of the $400,000 prize money, and will be Race 5 on the day to be run at 2.38pm. The second of the feature races is the Group 1 $400,000 William Hill Classic for fillies and mares, and will be Race 7 at 3.58pm.
This Saturday will also see an exhibition gallop featuring Phillip Stokes' Group 1 winning Hucklebuck, as he continues his preparation and aims towards further Group 1 glory in the Darley Goodwood at Morphettville on Saturday 16 May.
Off the track, Australian Cricket Coach Darren Lehmann will be a special guest, appearing at the Champions Balcony Luncheon to talk about the team's recent World Cup win, and to chat with Triple M's Mark Ricciuto and Chris Dittmar on all things cricket, racing and footy. Whilst, the search for South Australia's most stylish racegoer will continue with a heat of the statewide Fashion at The Races competition to be held on the day, with the winner progressing through to next week's State Final at Morphettville.
The gates open at 11am on Saturday - general admission tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for Commonwealth Concession and children 18 and under are free. The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is offering all South Australian Jockey Club members and pre-purchased ticket holders free public transport on all Adelaide Metro networks, to and from Morphettville.
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli at Morphettville this Saturday, 25 April.
There will be a short ANZAC commemorative ceremony held in the Mounting Yard between Race 1 and Race 2 on the day, and the ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be broadcast live from Gallipoli from 12pm on selected screens around the racecourse.
In honour of their significant contribution and sacrifice, all current and ex-servicemen and women will receive FREE entry to Morphettville on the day. The first 500 racegoers through the gates will also receive a complimentary ANZAC biscuit.
Racegoers at Morphettville on Saturday will be treated to an excellent eight race card of racing, which includes three Black Type events. In honour of the occasion, the top weight horses in each race will be wearing the specially designed ANZAC Appeal silks.
The gates open at 11am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.37pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and Children under 18 are free.
Lest We Forget.
Thoroughbred Racing SA has been working closely with authorities following the discovery of the remains of a number of horses found in a conservation park south of Adelaide.
This Saturday, 18 April sees a strong eight race card of racing at Morphettville, with half of the program being run at Black Type level.
The first of the features is Race 4, the Listed Dequetteville Stakes, which will be run under set weight conditions for two year old fillies.
The Listed races continue in Race 5 with the Projection Graphics Redelva Stakes. This event is run under set weights and penalties, and the first three placegetters will be exempt from the ballot on the Group 2 William Hill Stakes (Registered as Euclase Stakes) at Morphettville on Saturday 9 May.
A field of nine are set to do battle in the next of the feature events, with Race 6 the weight for age Group 3 Hughes Chauffeured Limousines R N Irwin Stakes.
The final Black Type Race on the card is the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (Registered as Auraria Stakes) in Race 7.
The gates open at 11am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.32pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and Children under 18 are free.
After a break over Easter, this Saturday, 11 April sees a return to Adelaide's home of racing at Morphettville. The eight race program on the day will be highlighted by the running of two Black Type races, the Group 3 William Hill SA Sires Produce Stakes, and the Listed Marsh Port Adelaide Guineas.
The first of the feature events is for two year olds, with the $115,000 Group 3 William Hill SA Sires Produce Stakes in Race 2.
The other Black Type event on the card is the $80,000 Listed Marsh Port Adelaide Guineas in Race 7.
The gates open at 11am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.42pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15 and Children under 18 are free.
This Saturday, 28 March sees three Black Type races on the eight race program at Morphettville, a strong indicator we are closing in on the forthcoming UBET Adelaide Racing Carnival.
The first of the feature events is Race 3 the $115,000 Group 3 Campolina Stud Breeders' Stakes for two year olds, which will to be run over 1200 metres.
There will also be strong interest in the $80,000 Listed Farmers Union Iced Coffee Manihi Classic which will run over 1100 metres, and is Race 6 on the card.
The final race at Morphettville on Saturday sees the running of the third feature race of the day, $80,000 Listed Mittys Laelia Stakes. To be run over 1600 metres for three year old fillies, a capacity line up of eighteen, plus three emergencies emphasise the importance of this race for fillies eyeing off the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks, to be run at Morphettville on Saturday 2 May.
The gates open at 11am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 12.35pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15.
The 2015 TattsBet Adelaide Cup has been rated a successful event, with large crowds, quality racing and new social venues adding plenty of colour and excitement to the day.
More than 10,500 racing fans, socialites and punters made their way through Morphettville Racecourse's historic gates for South Australia's premier racing event, and were treated to exciting action both on and off the track. The large crowd, which was higher than crowds in recent history, was anticipated and aided the success of the day, with all hospitality packages selling out the week prior to the event.
On the track, Tanby proved too strong in the feature race, the Group 2 $400,000 TattsBet Adelaide Cup, beating home a class field to claim the trophy for trainer Mick Cerchi.
A large crowd is expected at Morphettville on Monday for the 145th running of the TattsBet Adelaide Cup, with plenty of action and excitement on offer both on and off the track.
On the track, the highlight event of the nine-race program, the $400,000 Group 2 TattsBet Adelaide Cup, is expected to be hotly contested between the final field of fifteen runners, with Victorian favourite Taiyoo to face tough competition from eight local hopes in the race.
Off-the track, the action will be just as exciting, with multiple hospitality and entertainment options expected to draw thousands of racing fans, socialites and fashionistas to enjoy the day's festivities.
10am Gates Open12.20pm First race at Morphettville1.05pm Myer Fashions on the Field heats2.10pm Myer Fashions on the Field SA State Final2.30pm Media call - SAJC CEO Brenton Wilkinson (Pavilion Gardens)3.41pm Introduction of Jockeys competing in TattsBet Adelaide Cup (Mounting Yard)3.53pm Australian National Anthem to be performed by Cat Southern (Mounting Yard)4pm 2015 TattsBet Adelaide Cup5.20pm Last race at Morphettville
This morning at Morphettville, the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) hosted the barrier draw for the $400,000 Group 2 TattsBet Adelaide Cup, to be run at Morphettville next Monday 9 March.
A final field of fifteen runners accepted for the 2015 race, featuring eight locals and seven gallopers from interstate.
This year's barrier draw featured featured local sports stars and media identities including Brad Crouch (Adelaide Crows), Jackson Trengove, Alipate Carlisle & John Butcher (Port Power), Emily Beaton & Maddy Proud (Adelaide Thunderbirds), Chadd Sayers (Adelaide Strikers), Megan Jones (Olympic Silver Medallist - Equestrian), Lucy Bowden (Australian Triathlete), Bruce Abernethy (Channel 7), Amos Gill & Dani Pola (Hit 107), and Stephen Rowe & Mark Bickley (FiveAA) selecting a horse in the barrier draw and then representing them in a footrace to the Winning Post in the 2015 TattsBet Adelaide Cup media challenge. Amos Gill representing Lucky Lucky Lucky narrowly edged out Megan Jones, who was partnered with Gossip Guru, in the light hearted precursor to Monday's feature event at Morphettville.
The 2015 TattsBet Adelaide Cup will be Race 7 on the nine race program at Morphettville on Monday 9 March, and will be run at 4.00pm.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) together with Moët Hennessy Australia, is excited to announce the naming rights to one of the feature pavilions at Morphettville, which will now be known as the Moët & Chandon Pavilion.
The SAJC would also like to acknowledge Robert Gerard and the long-term relationship with Tapestry Wines, and thank them for their valued support over the past decade.
The new signage on the Moët & Chandon Pavilion at Morphettville will be in place from this Saturday 28 February 2015.
First acceptances closed this morning for the $400,000 Group 2 TattsBet Adelaide Cup to be run at Morphettville on Monday 9 March, with 21 horses now remaining from the original 39 nominations.
Notable absentees were Phillip Stokes' Eclair Samba and Averau for the Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison stable, with both horses going amiss over the past few days.
Darren Weir's stable has the highest representation, accepting with all three of his team. His trio are current TattsBet Adelaide Cup favourite Taiyoo, the field's top weight Akzar and Zanteco.
Local hopes represent a third of the acceptors from leading stables including Tony McEvoy, Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas and Lloyd Kennewell.
Final acceptances for the TattsBet Adelaide Cup are at 9am Wednesday 4 March, after which the barrier draw will then be conducted.
An outstanding program is on offer as racing returns to Morphettville this Saturday 28 February, and is highlighted by the running of the Group 3 James Boag's Lord Reims Stakes. To be run over 2600 metres, at the time of acceptances, there is a field of ten in contention for the Lord Reims, a race where the first three runners across the line are exempt from the ballot for the Group 2 $400,000 TattsBet Adelaide Cup, to be run at Morphettville on Monday 9 March.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, the first 100 racegoers through the gates at Morphettville this Saturday will receive a complimentary fortune cookie. The Winning Post Restaurant will also have a Chinese inspired three course menu featuring San Choy Bau, Peking Duck Pancakes, Soft Shell Crab and Mango Pudding, available for guests.
The gates open at 11am on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 1.05pm and the Group 3 James Boag's Premium Lord Reim Stakes at 4.50pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15.
Today, the weights were released for the $400,000 Group 2 TattsBet Adelaide Cup to be run at Morphettville on Monday 9 March.
The powerful Darren Weir stable has the top two horses in both the weights and the betting with TattsBet for this feature event. Weir's in form galloper Taiyoo was allotted the top weight of 59kg, just half a kilogram more than his stablemate Akzar with 58.5kg. Akzar currently at $4.50 odds, holds a marginal call over Taiyoo with TattsBet who is rated a $4.80 chance. Both horses are also nominated for this Saturday's James Boags Premium Lord Reims Stakes at Morphettville.
Of the thirty nine horses nominated for the 2015 Adelaide Cup, only seven were handicapped above the minimum weight of 53kg.
First acceptances for the 2015 TattsBet Adelaide Cup will be announced on Thursday 26 February at 9am.
To view the complete list of nominations for the 2015 TattsBet Adelaide Cup, please click here
What better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year than a day at the races in one of the premium locations at Morphettville. This Saturday 28 February enjoy a range of Chinese inspired cuisine in the Winning Post Restaurant at Morphettville including San Choy Bau, Peking Duck Pancakes, Soft Shell Crab, Mango Pudding and more.
Located on the second floor of the Members grandstand and overlooking the Winning Post, you won't miss any of the racing action with superb views of the entire racecourse, whilst enjoying a delicious lunch.
Plus, be one of the first 100 racegoers through the gates at Morphettville and receive a fortune cookie to celebrate Chinese New Year.
For bookings in the Winning Post Restaurant, please call 8295 0199.
For the first time in its 145-year history, the premier day on South Australia's racing calendar, the TattsBet Adelaide Cup, will have its own flower.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) has named the 'red rose' the official flower of the TattsBet Adelaide Cup, with race-goers encouraged to embrace the flower on race-day outfits.
SAJC's Chief Executive Officer Brenton Wilkinson said both the rose and the colour red shared a long association with the SAJC and Morphettville Racecourse, so it was fitting that SA's premier race was linked to the red rose.
"The very first race at Morphettville Racecourse in September 1875 was won by a horse named 'Red Gauntlet', owned by the Honourable Thomas Elder, who was a key figure in establishing the racecourse," he said.
"It is one of the reasons for red being the primary colour in the branding of the SAJC and Morphettville Racecourse.
"At the same time roses, in particular red roses, have been a prominent feature of the gardens at Morphettville Racecourse throughout its history.
"With TattsBet Adelaide Cup Day being the premier event at Morphettville, the red rose was an obvious choice when considering a flower to represent the day.
Racegoers are encouraged to build the red rose into fascinators, corsages or lapel accessories on the day.
For more information please click here
Nominations closed today for the $400,000 Group 2 TattsBet Adelaide Cup to be run at Morphettville on Monday 9 March 2015.
A total of 39 runners have been entered for the feature race, consisting of 12 locals including representation from Tony McEvoy, Phillip Stokes, Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas, whilst the 27 interstate performers include nominees from the leading stables of Darren Weir, Chris Waller, Peter Moody, Gai Waterhouse and John O'Shea.
The trainer with the most nominations is Victorian Robbie Laing who submitted four horses for the event that he won in 2004 with Pantani.
The weights for this race will be released on Tuesday 24 February with first acceptances due on Thursday 26 February at 9am.
To view the complete list of nominations, please click here
Following a full review of the past two jumps racing seasons at Morphettville and meetings between Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) and the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC), TRSA has finalised the 2015 jumps racing program. Six jumps races will be held at Morphettville over four Saturdays during 2015.
The number of jumps races scheduled at Morphettville has been reduced from nine to six to be run over four Saturdays instead of the seven previously. This is designed to strengthen the grassroots jumps racing program at the provincial tracks for local participants.
Racing at Morphettville this Saturday, 14 February returns to the main track with a fabulous eight race program, evidence that the TattsBet Adelaide Cup and Adelaide Racing Carnival is just around the corner.
The highlight of the day is Race 7, the $80,000 Listed Holdfast Insurance Birthday Cup. To be run over 2032 metres, this race has attracted a field of eleven including two visitors from across the border. Lee and Anthony Freedman are sending their last start Flemington winner Inishowen, whilst Peter Moody has accepted with Anfitriona, a winner of three of her fourteen starts.
To celebrate Valentine's Day this Saturday, the first 100 racegoers through the gates at Morphettville will receive a complimentary heart shaped chocolate!
If you are interested in enjoying a premium experience on the day, consider the indulgent three course luncheon on offer in the Winning Post Restaurant on the day including your choice of Entrée, Main and Dessert featuring 'Huon' Whisky Cured Smoked Salmon, Half Lobster Thermidor with micro leaf salad, Grilled 'Angus Pure' Beef Fillet with a melange of mushrooms and Callebaut Dark Chocolate Tartlet. Secure your table now on 8295 0111.
The gates open at 11am and there is an eight race program on offer, with the first race commencing at 1.05pm.
At Morphettville this Saturday 7 February, there will be an exhibition gallop, featuring one of South Australia’s best gallopers Happy Trails and Tony McEvoy’s high quality import Mouro.
Happy Trails is one of the great stories of South Australian racing in recent times. An $11,000 yearling purchase, he is already a winner of over $2.8 million in stake earnings.
To be ridden by Dom Tourneur on Saturday, this will be South Australian racegoers last opportunity to catch a glimpse of Happy Trails before trainer Paul Beshara embarks on another raid interstate to both Melbourne and Sydney chasing further Group 1 success with his superstar.
His galloping companion on Saturday Mouro will be ridden by Matthew Neilson, and whilst he is yet to reach Happy Trails dizzy heights on the racetrack to date, he is a horse McEvoy has great confidence in, and is sure to be on a Group 1 path as well.
The track gallop this Saturday will occur between races 3 & 4 at approximately 2.30pm, where Happy Trails and Mouro will be working over 1200 metres and running home over the last 400 metres.
There is an eight race program at Morphettville on Saturday, with the first race commencing at 1.05pm. Gates open at 11am and Adult tickets are $15.
Together with Thoroughbred Racing South Australia, we are excited to launch our new advertising campaign, which showcases the colour and excitement of a day at the races at Morphettville from a unique perspective – through the eyes of a thoroughbred racehorse. The campaign, created by Adelaide agency Nation, is designed to reinvigorate our Morphettville brand and reaffirm our position as South Australia’s home of racing. It will feature across television, radio, outdoor, online, website, and on course at Morphettville from Tuesday 27 January.
The SAJC advise that over the weekend we have facilitated the use of the Morphettville Water Walker and our pool for horses to receive treatment for relief of injury from the bushfires. This area is open 24 hours a day at the moment and being supervised by Pharlap Horse Rescue on behalf of the Water Walker’s owner Tom Curnow.
The Morphettville Water Walker, corner of Bray St & Morphett Road has also been set up as a distribution centre to take ANIMAL related donations. More medical supplies (electrolytes, betadine, bandages, Manuka honey) are desperately needed, aswell as natural fauna eg teats and bottles. The distribution centre will be open from 9:30am daily - please don't come earlier due to public liability to pool & horses in the morning on site before then.
We have also facilitated the use of the stabling at Magic Millions for horses to be stabled in one location for ease of attendance by vets and/or the veterinary assistants day and/or night. Magic Millions Adelaide Sales Complex at 1 Park Terrace, Morphettville is available for any horses affected by the Adelaide Hills bushfire emergency. There is over 400 stables at the complex. Access via Park Terrace (by travelling around the perimeter of the Morphettville Racecourse off Anzac Highway).
Our thoughts are with those in affected areas and we hope the our brave CFS volunteers can bring the fires under control.
The festive spirit continues until Boxing Day at Morphettville, as the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) hosts the Adelaide Galvanising Boxing Day Family Races this Friday 26 December. The feature event on the eight race program is Race 7, the Listed $80,000 Adelaide Galvanising Christmas Handicap, which will be run over 1400 metres on the Morphettville Parks track.
This will be the final race meeting on the main Morphettville track until early February, as this track undergoes major renovation. To allow sufficient time for regrowth to occur in time for next year's Adelaide Cup and Adelaide Racing Carnival, all racing from Saturday 27 December will be on the Parks circuit, with the regrowth monitored weekly in conjunction with the Stewards.
In addition to all of the racing action on offer at Morphettville this Friday, there will also be a great afternoon of family entertainment on offer with FREE Children's rides and amusements from 12 - 5pm.
There will be an eight race program at Morphettville on the day, with the first race commencing at 12.40pm. The gates open at 11am - general admission tickets are $15 and Children under 18 are free.
Last night, the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) held their first Board Meeting since the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 November 2014.
In line with the SAJC's Constitution, at this meeting all board positions were declared vacant, and nominations were then called for the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Deputy Vice Chairman.
Vice Chairman Chris Sargent, advised the Board that he would step down from this position due to work commitments. Nominations for the three positions were then received for Tony Newman, Allan Burchard and Bodelle Francis, who were elected unopposed.
Chairman, Tony Newman, Vice Chairman, Allan Burchard, and Deputy Vice Chairman, Bodelle Francis, are all looking forward to continuing their service to the Club and an exciting year ahead.
The SAJC Board and Management, congratulate Tony, Allan and Bodelle on their election to these positions.
There is just one more sleep until Adelaide's Biggest Christmas Party at Morphettville Racecourse!
Morphettville is the place to be tomorrow for a great afternoon of live racing action at Adelaide's only Twilight thoroughbred race meeting this year. As the sun sets, guests can relax on the lawns in the Corona Fiesta Bar or Kirin Cider Bar and enjoy all of the entertainment on offer, including live band All About Her, performing for the general admission crowd in the Champagne Gardens area.
Thanks to the Motor Accident Commission (MAC), there will also be free public transport on all Adelaide Metro Networks, to and from Morphettville for all SAJC Members and pre-purchased ticket holders attending the Christmas Twilight Races. Trams will be stopping at the racecourse providing racegoers direct access to the Bart Cummings entrance at Morphettville.
There is an eight race program on the card, with the first race commencing at 3.12pm. The SAJC is also pleased to welcome 2008 Melbourne Cup winning jockey Blake Shinn to Morphettville to ride at this event.
There is just two weeks to go until Adelaide's Biggest Christmas Party! The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) celebrates the festive season trackside at Morphettville Racecourse on Friday 19 December, with the Christmas Twilight Races.
Morphettville is the place to be for a great afternoon of live racing action at Adelaide's only Twilight thoroughbred race meeting this year. As the sun sets, guests can relax on the lawns and enjoy all of the entertainment on offer, including live band All About Her, performing for the general admission crowd in the Champagne Gardens area.
There will be an eight race program at Morphettville on the day, with the first race commencing at 3.12pm. The gates open at 2pm - general admission tickets are $15 and Children under 18 are free.
The 39th Annual General Meeting of the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) was held at Morphettville Racecourse last night, Thursday 27 November, and the Club is pleased to announce that at this meeting Bodelle Francis, Allan Burchard, Steve Kelton, Greg Stewart and Paul Kristoris were elected by the Members to fill the five vacant positions on the SAJC Board. Bodelle, Allan, Steve and Greg were all re-elected for a further three years, whilst the Club welcomes Paul Kristoris to the SAJC Board for the first time. Paul Kristoris has been an SAJC Member since 2001, and has long enjoyed a passion for owning, racing and breeding thoroughbreds. Paul is the Executive Chairman of Leader Computers, a national IT manufacturer and distributor, and he brings a wealth of business experience to the Club. Paul is the current Chairman of SARIG (South Australian Racing Industry Group) and his industry affiliations include past Chairman of SAROA (South Australian Racehorse Owners Association) and the South Adelaide Football Club. The first meeting of the new Board will be held on Thursday 18 December, whereby in accordance with the SAJC’s Constitution, all board positions will be declared vacant, and nominations will be called for the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Deputy Vice Chairman. As a new Member of the SAJC Board, Paul Kristoris must obtain accreditation from both the Independent Gambling Authority (IGA) and Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commisioner (OLGC), before he can actively participate in this role.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC), together with HH Sheikh Mohammed's global thoroughbred breeding operation Darley, is excited to announce the expansion of their long-term partnership and the naming rights sponsorship to one of the feature events of the TattsBet Adelaide Racing Carnival at Morphettville.
The Group 1 Goodwood, will now be known as the Darley Goodwood for a three year term. The next running of the Darley Goodwood will be at Morphettville in May 2015.
There is just 1 week to go until the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) hosts Adelaide's biggest Melbourne Cup Party which will be highlighted by an after race concert by Guy Sebastian at Morphettville Racecourse on Tuesday, 4 November 2014.
As Adelaide's premier racing destination, Morphettville will have a fantastic day of live racing and entertainment on offer, and with over 250 screens throughout the course, it is the best place for all of the local and interstate racing action and information.
General admission tickets are only $25. Patrons are encouraged to avoid hassles on the day and pre-purchase their tickets. All tickets purchased to Adelaide's Biggest Melbourne Cup Party at Morphettville include entry to Guy's after race concert, so patrons are welcome to come either for the entire day or just the after race entertainment.
The gates open at 9am on Tuesday, with the first race at Morphettville at 11.30am and the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup shown live at 2.30pm.
This Saturday 17 October, sees the running of one of the great races of the Australian turf at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup.
Locally at Morphettville an eight race card is highlighted with the running of the $80,000 Listed Dominant Durbridge Stakes to be run over 1200 metres, under weight for age conditions.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday - with the feature race at Morphettville, the Listed Dominant Durbridge Stakes to be run at 4.40pm, and the Caulfield Cup to be shown live from Caulfield at 5.10pm. Adult General Admission Tickets are $15 with Children under 18 FREE.
The Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing around Australia this Saturday, with a particular focus on three year olds, with the running of three Group 1's for this age group.
At Morphettville this Saturday, the South Australian Jockey Club hosts an eight race program, which is also highlighted by a race for the three year olds. The $80,000 Listed Hill Smith Stakes, to be run over 1800 metres, features four Victorians out of the ten acceptors but they will have stiff opposition from the locals in particular, Miracle The Second, Jim's Journey and Turbo Street.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday - with the feature race at Morphettville, the Hill Smith Stakes to be run at 3.17pm. Adult General Admission Tickets are $15 with Children under 18 FREE.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC ) is proud to announce that Morphettville was selected to make the Australia Post – “AUSTRALIAN RACECOURSES STAMP ISSUE”.
Australia Post customers will be racing toward a photo-finish to collect a new stamp issue featuring major metropolitan horseracing courses. Eagle Farm (Queensland), Royal Randwick (New South Wales), Morphettville (South Australia) and Flemington (Victoria) feature on the stamps.
The Australian metropolitan racecourses, on which the lion's share of Group 1 races are run, include:
The stamp issue's associated products include a first day cover, stamp pack, maxicard set of four, booklet of 10 x 70c self-adhesive stamps and a designed gutter strip of 10 x 70c stamps.
It wil be available from Tuesday 7th October 2014 at participating Australia Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.
This Saturday, 20 September sees the spring racing carnival continue to build with Black type racing at Morphettville and Group 1 action both in Melbourne and Sydney.
At Caulfield, the Group 1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes will take centre stage, whilst at Randwick in Sydney top billing falls with the Group 1 George Main Stakes.
Locally, two Black Type Races - Penang Trophy and Sportingbet W H Wylie Handicap - are part of a strong eight race card at Morphettville, which kicks off with the Guy Sebastian at Morphettville 4/11 Handicap at 12.38pm. General Admission tickets to Adelaide's Biggest Melbourne Cup Party featuring an after race concert by Guy Sebastian are now available online for just $25 per person.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday - with the feature Penang Trophy to be run at 3.42pm and the Sportingbet W H Wylie Handicap is at 4.22pm. Adult General Admission Tickets are $10 with Children under 18 FREE.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) hosts a big program of racing this Saturday at Morphettville, with the main event on the nine race card, the Listed $80,000 Express Colour Printing Morphettville Guineas.
In addition to the racing action, the SAJC also invites patrons to enjoy a special Anzac Centenary Event to commemorate the raising of South Australia's First Contingent of troops for the Great War. A 1914 first Australian Imperial Force (AIF) training camp will be recreated at Morphettville to showcase how the troops trained at this venue 100 years ago.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday - the first race is at 11.55am, with the feature Express Colour Printing Morphettville Guineas to be run as Race 7 at 3.42pm.
Entry to the races at Morphettville this Saturday 13 September is FREE for all patrons.
This Saturday 13 September 2014, the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) invites patrons to Morphettville to enjoy a special free event to commemorate the raising of South Australia’s First Contingent of troops for the Great War.
This event will be the curtain raiser for next year’s ANZAC Centenary in South Australia.
A 1914 first Australian Imperial Force (AIF) training camp will be recreated at Morphettville to prepare a body of troops for a ceremony at Glenelg the following day. Re-Enact SA, along with other living history groups including light horse units and vehicles from the Veteran Car Club of South Australia, will take part in the re-creation. This re-enactment allows patrons to witness exactly how the troops trained at this venue 100 years ago. Demonstrations on the day will include training drills, signals, medical, rations and field operations, along with static displays and bayonet fighting.
In addition to this commemorative event, this Saturday at Morphettville also offers a great afternoon of live racing and the SAJC will be offering FREE entry for all patrons on this day.
If you want to experience the luck of the Irish, Morphettville Racecourse is the place to be this Saturday 30 August, as the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) hosts Irish Race Day.
To celebrate the theme of the day, Irish Passport holders will receive free entry to Morphettville on Saturday, upon presentation of the photo ID page in their Irish passports.
In addition to all of the racing action, there will be plenty of excitement happening trackside, with live entertainment from Irish Band The Shambolics, and the running of the Guinness Gallop, whereby six lucky contestants will compete in a short foot race around the Mounting Yard whilst holding a cup of Guinness.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday - Adult general admission is $15 and Children under 18 are free.
The feature event on the eight race program at Morphettville this Saturday 23 August, is the Listed $80,000 Sportingbet Penny Edition Stakes.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday - the first race is at 12.38pm, with the feature Sportingbet Penny Edition Stakes to be run as Race 7 at 4.22pm. Adult general admission is $10 and Children under 18 are free.
This Saturday 9 August, sees Black Type racing return to Morphettville, as the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) host an eight race program, highlighted by the running of the recently named David R Coles AM Spring Stakes.
It was announced last month that this Group 3 race was to be renamed to honour the significant contribution to thoroughbred racing industry by former SAJC Chairman, and pre-eminent Bloodstock agent and consultant, David Coles AM. Mr Coles was inducted into the South Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2013.
The gates open at 10.30am on Saturday - the first race is at 12.28pm, with the feature David R Coles AM Spring Stakes to be run as Race 7 at 4.12pm. Adult general admission is $10 and Children under 18 are free.
The Club is very pleased to introduce a new SAJC logo, featuring a modern design that also maintains a sense of pride and a link to tradition through its ornate and crafted lettering. Designed by Adelaide agency On Creative, the stylish look brings a new sense of energy to the brand to connect with the Club’s existing loyal following, as well as appealing to a new audience. The Club initials are featured in detailed weaves intertwined around the upwards facing horseshoe, symbolising good luck, whilst also acknowledging the history of the Club through the year of its establishment in 1873. SAJC Chief Executive Brenton Wilkinson said “we are very happy to finally reveal our new logo, which has a touch of nostalgia having been designed with careful consideration of the Club’s historic logos from last century, whilst also complementing our Morphettville branding which we introduced last year”.
The SAJC is excited to announce the launch of our new-look website at www.sajc.com.auFeaturing a clean and contemporary design, created by locally based Karmabunny Web Design, it provides ease of navigation for information regarding the Club and race day events at Morphettville, booking tickets online, membership, conferencing and private functions, as well as connecting with the Club on social media. In this digital age, it is also compatible with mobile devices, and in response to consumer feedback, it will allow the Club to better communicate with both Members and the wider community. The new-look website is live from Monday 4 August 2014.
For all general enquiries, call Morphettville directly on (08) 8295 0111
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