Our Race Tracks
Morphettville Racecourse has 2 race tracks
The Parks Track
The much-anticipated second turf track at Morphettville is now complete. The first meeting was run on Wednesday 17th June 2009, and was officially opened by Minister Michael Wright on 1st August.
The new track, known as 'The Parks', will enable the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) to conduct up to 70 race meetings a year. The Parks track has a circumference of 2100 metres and a width of 25 metres with the finishing straight 305 metres long. The number of starters per race can accommodate 14 runner run over distances between 1000 and 2400 metres, while hurdle and steeple races can be run over 3000 and 3350 metres respectively.
We specifically designed the new track to incorporate a chute that allows us to run races over the classic 1400 metre distance for sires' produce and other group and listed races. Previously, those races were restricted to Victoria Park and Cheltenham Park - hence why we've chosen 'The Parks' as the name.
Brenton Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of the SAJC
The investment in the second track and training facility improvements were made possible by $5 million in State Government funding. This was further supplemented by $2.2 million from the SAJC.
Length of straight: 320m
Width of track: 25m
Length of straight: 340m
New Winning Post
New world first hydraulic winning post.
Due to the movement of races from Victoria Park and Cheltenham Park to Morphettville in 2009, the SAJC required a first class second surface to maintain the 65 race meetings now scheduled. The $150,000 retractable winning post with hydraulics enables the SAJC the flexibility to alternate the running of races with minimal damage to both tracks especially with races taking place mid week and increased racing through the winter months. Minister Michael Wright officially launched the new track developments on Saturday 1st August 2009.