Featuring some of Australia’s best horse racing, the UBET Adelaide Racing Carnival kicks off this Saturday 2 May at Morphettville Racecourse, with the glamour and excitement of Schweppes Oaks Day, traditionally known as Ladies Day.
There will be over $1 million dollars in prize money on offer on the day 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.
The quality on the eight race program at Morphettville on Saturday, featuring two Group 1’s and four Black Type races, is further evidenced by the presence of some of the best jockeys and trainers in the country. The SAJC will welcome seven of the top thirteen riders currently in the Australian Jockey Premiership, and the top five trainers in the Australian Trainer Premiership, will also have representation at Morphettville on Saturday.
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. The exhibition gallop will take place between Race 1 and 2 at approximately 12.20pm on Saturday ,and Hucklebuck will be accompanied by galloping companion Scarlet Moretta when he works over 1200 metres.
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.
For those keen to enjoy a dance after the last race, popular DJ Joyous Funk’n’Soul will be appearing in Diva Lounge for the after race party.
The SAJC’s Chief Executive Officer Brenton Wilkinson said Schweppes Oaks Day was always a very special day on the racing calendar for its mix of high fashion and top racing.
“With two Group 1 Races featuring some of the best horses from around Australia, as well as the style and glamour that comes with Ladies Day, Schweppes Oaks Day offers a great day of entertainment,” he said.
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.
For more information and to book online, go to www.morphettville.com.au