South Australian racing represents the second tier of competition in Australia but it’s a tier that’s fast gaining ground on the big guns.
While the likes of Melbourne and Sydney may claim ownership of the biggest and richest events in the country South Australian horses regularly feature in the money.
The state has a dedicated horse racing community and many areas across South Australia could be considered racing heartland.
The breeding industry is simply superb and this translates to quality horses both locally and further abroad.
In terms of the racing itself Morphettville Racecourse is where the major action takes place under the guidance on the South Australian Jockey Club.
The Adelaide racing carnival takes place from March through May and this autumn period is where you’ll find the biggest meets.
The Adelaide Cup kicks things off at the beginning of the carnival and then it’s on to the Australasian Oaks and the Robert Sangster Stakes.
At the back end of autumn you’ll find two more feature races in the form of the Australian Derby and the Goodwood, arguably South Australia’s most recognisable event.
Another bonus of horse racing in South Australia is the thriving jumps industry.
The pinnacle of jumps racing belongs to the Oakbank carnival which is run over Easter in the Adelaide Hills and draws huge passionate crowds.
Expect racing in South Australia to continue to thrive thanks to both the people involved and its geographic location.
Trainers in the south are in a unique position where they can either race at home, go east to Melbourne and Sydney or West to Perth will relative ease.
This gives them an abundance of choice to best place their horses and guarantees South Australian racing will keep growing into the future.