Adelaide Cup to return to Autumn Carnival

By: Mark Mazzaglia
July 24th, 2012

A change in public holiday dates by the South Australian Government will see the Adelaide Cup return to the Autumn Racing Carnival in 2014.

The proposed move of the Queen’s Birthday public holiday from June to May will see the Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup (3200m) once again fit nicely into Adelaide’s May Autumn Carnival.

Leading Adelaide trainer Tony McEvoy is very pleased with the Government’s decision which will see the Cup run in the second week of May.

“That’s fantastic news,” McEvoy said.

“To have the Government on board working with racing to get the Adelaide Cup back in May is a huge bonus for local racing,” he added.

“We need the cup in May as a part of our carnival.”

“Getting things back to the way they were will be a huge bonus for our carnival and racing as a whole in this state.”

South Australian Jockey Club chief executive Brenton Wilkinson was fully supportive of the news and will work with the Government to once again promote the Adelaide Cup as one of the highlights of the Autumn Carnival.

“We are looking forward to working with government through this process to achieve the Adelaide Cup being the finale of a reformed May Autumn Racing Carnival in 2014,” Wilkinson said.

“It also gives us the opportunity to attract Melbourne Cup aspirants searching for races that will help their quest for cup qualification while it will also help bring interstate trainers to Adelaide for the entire carnival.”

“Thoroughbred Racing SA and the SAJC have been working together to lobby the State Government to assist us in moving the Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup back to May.”

Thoroughbred Racing SouthAustralia chair Frances Nelson said that with $3.5m in prizemoney for the Autumn Racing Carnival would see the carnival the richest sporting event in South Australia with the Adelaide Cup the culmination of the carnival.

The 2012 Autumn Carnival was boosted with the appearance of super mare Black Caviar  which attracted a crowd of 30,000 plus on two occasions as trainer Peter Moody chose two Group 1 races at Morphettville as the launching pad for the historic Royal Ascot victory.

Black Caviar made sure the ‘house full’ sign was up when the unbeaten champ took her winning sequence to twenty with an easy win in the $400,000 Sportingbet Classic (1200m) at Morphettville on April 28.

Then the mighty mare repeated the dose in front of a packed house in winning the $500,000 The Distinctive Homes Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 12 before going to England to stretch her unbeaten record to twenty-two in the Group 1 £500,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 23.

Locally trained Rialya took out this year’s Adelaide Cup from the courageous Drunken Sailor who went down in a close photo under the heavy impost of 59.5kg at the end of the 3200m.

The 2013 Adelaide Cup will remain in March and for the last time will fit in amongst the Adelaide Festival and the Clipsal 500 Supercar race.

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