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Thoroughbred Racing SA

Issue 02. Autumn 2018

FOUR UNDER 40 SA’s industry young guns • FESTIVAL OF RACING Preview SA’s May carnival EASTER RACING Clare & Oakbank take centre stage • TRACKSIDE GLAMOUR What to Pack for the Track



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Our regional centres come alive with world-class cup meets in Strathalbyn (Feb 4) Kangaroo Island (Feb 17) and Port Lincoln (March 2). What better way to explore our fantastic State than off the back of one of these wonderful meets highlighting our State’s extraordinary produce and hospitality. As ‘Mad March’ begins, focus shifts to our major metropolitan track Morphettville, for the running of the UBET Adelaide Cup. Be sure to explore Morphettville’s new look hospitality offerings for what is always one of the highlights on the South Australian event calendar.

Our partnership with continues to shine light on the successes in our industry. The exploits of our trainers and jockeys on the national stage have been well documented, allowing our industry to flourish. Lloyd Kennewell with Viddora’s maiden Group 1 victory in Perth. Jamie Kah’s record-breaking season in the saddle. Will Clarken’s successive Caulfield triumphs over spring with mare Steel Frost.

Over the Easter weekend, we again head provincial, to our Oakbank and Clare Valley Racing Clubs for their marquee events. A reinvigorated Oakbank schedule sees new activations from 23rd Street Distillery, Vale Ale, Sidewood and local winery O’Leary Walker. Pack the family into the car and get trackside for all the action at what truly is one of our nation’s unique racing meets.

Be sure to explore Morphettville’s new look hospitality offering this Autumn.

As the Festival of Racing draws close it is South Australia’s turn to take the limelight on the national racing stage. Over a 3-week period Morphettville comes alive with our State’s best fashion, food, entertainment and quality Group 1 racing. We eagerly await field announcements as our nation’s best thoroughbreds descend upon Morphettville.

Enjoy Issue 2 of The Races Edit and be sure to take time to explore thoroughbred racing’s spectacular Autumn / Winter program of racing.

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Issue 02. Autumn 2018

05 Experience the Excitement 2018 is upon us and a fresh series of racing events to excite the senses!

10 UBET Adelaide Cup Day

12 Backing a Winner on the UBET Adelaide Cup

08 Racing Season Forecast

A Festival of Racing There’s no more suitable state than South Australia – the Festival State – for a celebration of the best thoroughbred racing Australia has to offer.

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Regional Race Days






Oakbank Easter Carnival


Uncork and relax in Langhorne Creek


The Port Lincoln Cup


Here’s why you need to head to the Clare Valley!

43 Your Snaps at #theracessa

44 Jump start your career in racing If you’re looking for a career that’s out of the ordinary – or just want to work with horses - look no further than the horse racing industry – there’s something for everyone.

27 Fashion 27 Stand Out Trackside this Autumn 28

Fashion at The Races 2017 / 2018


SA Racing Street Style


What to Pack for the Track





The 5 People You Meet at The Races

Race Day Calendar

38 Four under Forty As we approach the 2018 UBET Festival of Racing, there is a new wave of young South Australian trainers who are making their mark at racetracks around the state and the country.

42 The Social Scene

The Races Edit is produced by Thoroughbred Racing South Australia Limited.

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It’s time to head to the track in your race day finest and enjoy a day trackside.

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Vega Magic vs Viddora It’s a tantalizing match-up on paper and one that everyone will be hoping eventuates in the $1 million Group 1 Darley Goodwood. Last year’s champ, Vega Magic is set to return to defend his title but there will be plenty of trackside support for the ‘Queen of Adelaide,’ Viddora. After running second in the UBET Classic last year, Viddora has been in fantastic form since the Melbourne Spring Carnival and will well and truly have her eyes set on a hometown Group 1. As for Vega Magic, a back to back win in the Darley Goodwood is no easy feat, as no horse has managed successive wins since Musket Belle back in 1911 and 1912.

Viddora has been in fantastic form since the Melbourne Spring Carnival and will well and truly have her eyes set on a hometown Group 1.


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Another Classic Field set to Assemble in the Sangster



The UBET Classic (Robert Sangster Stakes) is Australia’s premier Weight For Age Group 1 Fillies and Mares sprint race, and the injection of the million dollar purse has made it even more enticing for trainers all around Australia. The early signs ahead of May show that there will be visitors from all points of Australia for the first time, which is exciting for the Carnival. Simon Miller’s Listed winner Ocean Jewel looks set to come across from the west, while Toby Edmonds Group 3 winner and Everest runner Houtzen may make the trip down from sunny Queensland.


Across the border Group 2 winner Super Cash, looks set to return and will be hoping to improve on her tenth place finish in last year’s UBET Classic for Andrew Noblet, while it could be a hometown victory for local trainer Lloyd Kennewell and Viddora if he chooses to run the super mare against her own sex. No matter who runs, it’s set to be another fantastic edition to one of SA’s great races.

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Hot Hoop The ‘Magic Man’ João Moreira was the big name addition to last year’s Carnival when he made his South Australian debut on Oaks Day, and then Craig Williams showed why he is one of Australia’s best when he rode four winners, including the Group 1 Darley Goodwood on the final day of the Carnival. Ben Melham showed his class back in 2013 when he claimed a Group 1 on three different days, claiming the Derby with Escado and bookending the carnival with Sangster and Goodwood victories aboard Platelet. Jamie Kah has shown she is one of the best in the country with 130 winners last season, and her new association means that she will be one to keep an eye on as she looks for her first Group 1 winner. With the influx of Sydney and Brisbane horses tipped for this year, will we see the likes of Bowman, Avdulla, Shinn and Angland make the journey down from Sydney to ride some of the East Coast’s finest?

Champion trainer Darren Weir had a fantastic Festival of Racing last year, claiming four races over the three-week period including the Group 1 SA Derby with Volatile Mix - a race he has now won back-to-back. He also claimed the Group 2 Queen of The South Stakes with Amelie’s Star, who went on to run in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, the Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes with Indian Thunder and the Group 3 R A Lee Stakes with Burning Front. He was also a nose away from claiming the Group 1 Oaks with Kenedna. Will Weir be back in force in 2018?

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With plenty of options for trackside dining and parties...see what suits you?

Adelaide Cup Day MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018 THE MAD MARCH CALENDAR JUST WOULDN’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT ONE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST RACING EVENTS, UBET ADELAIDE CUP DAY. Each year thousands descend on Morphettville Racecourse for the annual running of the Cup, which is entrenched in the history of South Australia. Having first been run back in 1864, the Adelaide Cup has seen many changes throughout the years in its location and date.


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It was first held at the Thebarton racecourse, and in one year at Flemington Racecourse when gambling in SA was temporarily banned in 1885. Throughout the 20th Century history has been made each year, and the Cup is now celebrated in one of South Australia’s most vibrant times of the year. Marking a peak in the Mad March month, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate South Australian racing, as well as enjoying a day full of entertainment, hospitality and festival fun. This year will be no different, with plenty of options for trackside dining and parties. Not sure what’s for you?

IF YOU LIKE... The ultimate Cup Day party

IF YOU LIKE… Plated meals and a crystal clear view of the track You’ll love The Home Straight. Enjoy a three course luncheon prepared by the Executive Chef of the South Australian Jockey Club, as well as a platinum five-hour beverage package. Get the best views of each race as it finishes along the straight from the balcony.

IF YOU LIKE... Being in the middle of the action

Get into The Starting Gate! Back by popular demand The Starting Gate returns to Morphettville for this year’s Adelaide Cup celebrations, with an exciting line-up of food vendors, bars and entertainment. Featuring Club Aperol, the James Boags Bar, as well as tasty eats from Feisty Filomena, Chimmi Churri Grill and Sookii La La, the Clique Beauty Bar for all of your hair and makeup touch-ups, and for the first time, a free Ferris Wheel!

IF YOU LIKE… Cocktail canapés, DJ tunes and dressing to impress

Festival Gardens is the place for you. For the first time ever you can enjoy the stylish Festival Gardens precinct on Adelaide’s biggest race day, and there’s no better day to do it. As the most stylish spot on course, you’ll be clinking glasses with Adelaide’s style and social set as the horses thunder past you just metres away on the track.

Morphettville is set to host plenty of Adelaide’s fashion and social set, including this year’s face of the UBET Adelaide Cup Kate Whiting, the SA finalist from 2017’s season of House Rules on Channel 7. Kate is no stranger to the track, appearing at some of the 2017 Spring Carnival’s biggest days in style.

Book into The Beer Garden! In prime position on the Champagne Lawns, you’ll be steps away from the Mounting Yard and the Winning Post, so you won’t miss a minute of the action. Your ticket includes your food and drinks, so you’ll enjoy a stress free Cup Day, unless your horse is running second that is…

IF YOU LIKE… A delicious buffet you can enjoy all day

Head to the BBQ at the Races! Sample from a delicious barbecue buffet throughout the day, matched with a great value five-hour beverage package. Right in the heart of the track, the Derby Pavilion is a few steps away from The Starting Gate where you can join entertainment throughout the day in between bites to eat, and races!

“Victoria Derby Day at Morphettville last November was the best racing day I’ve had yet! We went with a big group of friends and the Festival Gardens was the perfect spot for those wanting to watch the races. For others, like me, who are there for the atmosphere, it was the perfect day out with friends” said Kate. With a big social media following, Kate is also making statements with her race day style. “The fashion is definitely my favourite part about the races. Once upon a time people might have played it safe here in Adelaide, but I definitely feel like men and women are starting to take more risks as they do in Victoria. Being the last race day of our warm weather it’s a good opportunity to make the most of bright colours and bold patterns. It’s been fun to see girls wearing scarves in various ways rather than the traditional hat or headpiece!” On menswear, Kate definitely agrees that race wear is getting more daring for the guys, who have a unique opportunity to dress up on Cup Day. “Guys have a lot more choice now. Linen has been big, and it’s been great to see guys mixing fabrics and colour with pants and jackets, rather than the traditional suit”. Kate will be on course on Cup Day celebrating one of Adelaide’s most historic events, which is truly part of the fabric of the city. “Morphettville captures everything I love about Adelaide. The fact everything is so close and accessible, our amazing local food and wine, and an opportunity for men and women to support our local fashion labels”. Make sure you’re part of this year’s event!

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Backing A Winner in the UBET Adelaide Cup 2017 Winner Horse: Annus Mirabilis Trainer: Stuart Webb Jockey: Regan Bayliss UBET Price: $10.70

THE ADELAIDE CUP WAS FIRST RUN IN 1864 WHEN A HORSE CALLED FALCON WON THE RACE OVER TWO MILES. Over the past 150 years there have been some amazing horses win the Adelaide Cup including Australian Hall of Famers Malua and Rain Lover, Melbourne Cup winners Hyperno, Just A Dash, King Ingoda and Subzero and three-time Adelaide Cup winner Lord Reims.

Finding a Winner in 2018 Looking back over the last ten years, there have been some solid trends come through previous years, and it turns out that the Cup is one race for the punters who prefer a bit more value!

Last Run No winner of the Adelaide Cup in the last ten years has finished worse than fifth in their previous run before the Cup. 12

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Black Type Form Apart from 2016 winner Purple Smile, the last nine of ten Cup winners have come out of a Group or Listed (Black Type) Race.

Weight The last top-weight to win the Adelaide Cup was Capecover in 2010 who carried only 57kg.


Barrier Barriers three to nine have produced seven winners of the Cup over the past ten years.

Favourites In the past ten years, Zavite (2009) has been the only favourite win the Adelaide Cup. The Cup has been one for the outsiders with the average winning price over the last ten years being $12.40.

State of Origin The interstate visitors have had the upper hand over the South Australians in recent years. The Lloyd Kennewell trained Rialya was the last local horse to taste victory back in 2012.

Horse: Lord Reims 3 wins (1987, 1988, 1989) Trainer: James Scobie 6 wins (1898, 1911, 1912, 1917, 1923, 1930) Jockey: John Letts 3 wins (1968, 1976, 1983)

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The 2018 UBET Adelaide Festival of Racing will also host South Australia’s only $1 Million races, with the Schweppes Oaks and Darley Goodwood races holding the prize money amount, after an exciting first year of this level of prize money in 2017. The history of the SAJC dates back to 1838, when the then named Turf Club of South Australia formed. Race meets were held at various sites in Adelaide, including what we now know as Victoria Park Racecourse and Thebarton. Throughout the 1800s the Turf Club evolved, with the inaugural running of the Adelaide Cup in 1864, a race worth 5000 guineas to the winner, and the first race meeting held at Morphettville on 3rd September, 1875.


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Adelaide’s main metropolitan racecourse has been marked by events that form the fabric of the state’s history, such as the brief transformation of the racecourse to a military camp in 1916, the visit by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1954, moving forward to Black Caviar running at Morphettville on April 28, 2012.

Nearly 30,000 people descended on Morphettville to see Black Caviar win the Group 1 Sportingbet Classic, extending her unbeaten streak to 20 consecutive wins and making her mark in the history of Morphettville Racecourse.

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The upcoming UBET Adelaide Festival of Racing represents another opportunity for Morphettville to write another page in its history books, with what is set to be one of the most exciting carnivals in recent memory. The Festival of Racing has developed over the past few racing seasons to satisfy both the racing-lovers and eventgoers alike.

Morphettville’s offerings have come to combine the best of entertainment, food, wine, fashion, and live racing throughout each day of the Festival.


OAKS DAY SATURDAY 6 MAY Oaks Day is the ladies’ day of the Festival, featuring SAJC’s second qualifying event for the Fashion at The Races Competition. Ladies and gentlemen should dress to impress for the chance to win some great prizes, as well as qualify for the 2017/18 State Final. Elsewhere, there’s plenty of options for the gentlemen too. With bars and food trucks on offer, you can settle in the Grandstand for the first day of the carnival.

Don’t miss the main race of the day which will hold $1 million in prize money.


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The Festival Gardens returns to the Festival of Racing on UBET SA Derby Day, and is the place to be for the social and fashion set.

There are a number of trackside dining options on sale now for those looking to be part of these historic days on course. The Million Dollar Luncheon returns featuring a 4 course luncheon matched with wines from the award-winning The Lane Winery. Get the best views on course from the balcony of the Gerard Pavilion, and enjoy an all-day drinks package for the first day of the Carnival. $1M DARLEY GOODWOOD HANDICAP






SATURDAY 29 MAY A day marked by glamour, and a black and white dress code, UBET SA Derby Day is the day to indulge in the glamour of the Festival. Don your best monochrome fashion and enjoy a variety of hospitality offerings on course, with the SA Derby race marking the highlight of the day’s racing action.

Don your best monochrome fashion and enjoy a variety of hospitality offerings

The Festival of Racing will conclude with perhaps Adelaide’s most prestigious race, the Darley Goodwood Handicap. This $1 Million Race will be enjoyed by thousands on course, with a full day of racing on the track. Off the track, it’s a day for racing enthusiasts to revel in the action of the Festival, with a particularly special offering in the Goodwood Luncheon.

This $1 Million Race will be enjoyed by thousands on course, with a full day of racing on the track.

For the first time this year’s Festival of Racing will feature a trackside dining option especially for the racing enthusiasts in mind. Owners, trainers, members and punters alike will enjoy The Terrace; a private area just steps away from the Parade Ring, the Mounting Yard and the Winning Post, where you can enjoy all day grazing food and a private bar. You’ll be able to enjoy every race and see your horse while still having a nice place to park in between races! The Festival Gardens returns to the Festival of Racing on UBET SA Derby Day, and is the place to be for the social and fashion set. This year the area is moving upstairs, so you’ll be able to enjoy every race of Derby Day from a balcony providing spanning views of the course. Make sure to get in early for this one, as it sold out throughout 2017! To conclude the Festival of Racing on the prestigious Darley Goodwood Day, Racing lovers will enjoy the Goodwood Luncheon, which will feature a live Q&A with a racing industry legend. The day features a 2 course luncheon, afternoon tea and an all-day drinks package to celebrate the Goodwood in style! To view all of the Festival of Racing’s hospitality packages, head to

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THE UBET FESTIVAL OF RACING ATTRACTS SOME OF THE BEST HORSES FROM ALL AROUND AUSTRALIA. These three weeks of racing will see the cream of the crop converge on Adelaide with four fantastic Group One races across the Carnival. To help you find a winner in May, we’ve dissected the statistics from the last few years to show you which stats might help you back a winner.

S 2017 Winner Horse: Egg Tart Trainer: Chris Waller Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy UBET Price: $3.30

Schweppes Australasian Oaks The Australasian Oaks attracts some of Australia’s finest staying fillies. It’s a 2000m race for three-year-old fillies.

The Key Stats: • Seven of the last ten winners of the Oaks won their last start. • The last ten winners all finished in the top four in their last start.

The Key Lead Up Race: • Three of the last six winners have contested the Group 3 Schweppervescence (Auraria) Stakes.

The Key Players: • South Australian trainer, Phillip Stokes has won the race twice, the last in 2013. • Champion jockey Damien Oliver has won the race three times.


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UBET Classic

Darley Goodwood

(Robert Sangster Stakes) The UBET Classic is Australia’s premier Weight For Age race for Fillies and Mares. It’s run over 1200m which has been won by many of Australia’s finest trainers.

The Key Stats: • No favourite has won since Black Caviar in 2012. • Four of the last six winners have been third up in their preparation.

The Key Lead Up Race: • The last ten winners have all come out of a Stakes race. • The last six winners have all run in the top three in their last start.

The Key Players: • Mick Price has won the race a record four times including last year’s edition with Secret Agenda.

2017 Winner Horse: Secret Agenda Trainer: Mick Price Jockey: Damien Oliver UBET Price: $15.70

The Darley Goodwood has been won by some of Australia’s finest modern day sprinters including Takeover Target and Black Caviar. The 1200m race consistently attracts some of Australia’s finest sprinters.

2017 Winner Horse: Volatile Mix Trainer: Darren Weir Jockey: John Allen UBET Price: $25.50


UBET South Australian Derby The UBET South Australian Derby is the State’s oldest race and was first run back in 1860. It’s a 2500m race for three-year-old horses.

The Key Stats: • Five of the last ten favourites have won the race. • Five of the last ten winners won their last start. • Only one winner in the last ten years has finished worse than fourth in their last start. • All Derby winners from the last ten years ran over 2000m in their last start.

The Key Lead Up Race: • Five of the last ten winners have come through a top four run in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes. • Zarita (2008) and Delicacy (2015) are the two horses in the last ten years who won the Australasian Oaks and then went on to win the SA Derby.

The Key Stats: • Only three of the last ten favourites have won the race, they were: Black Heart Bart, Black Caviar and Takeover Target. • The last South Australian trained winner was Zip Zip Array back in 2002 from the David Jolly stable.

The Key Lead Up Race: • Black Caviar and Platelet won the Robert Sangster/Goodwood double in 2012 and 2013 while Velocitea ran second in the Sangster before winning the Goodwood in 2010.

The Key Players: • Trainers Robert Smerdon, Mick Price and Darren Weir have all won the race twice. • Jockey Ben Melham has won the race twice, including back-to-back wins in 2013/14

2017 Winner Horse: Vega Magic Trainer: David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Jockey: Craig Williams UBET Price: $4.00

The Key Players: • Darren Weir and John Allen have combined to win the last two editions of the Derby with Volatile Mix and Howard Be Thy Name. Autumn Racing 2018




WORDS WRITTEN IN 1983 BY COLIN HAYES MIRROR THOSE OF TODAY’S TOURISM ADVOCATES, POLITICIANS AND STATE AMBASSADORS; ‘MASSIVE CROWDS WHICH FLOCK TO THE PICTURESQUE ADELAIDE HILLS COURSE YEAR AFTER YEAR TESTIFY TO THE APPEAL OF THE OAKBANK CARNIVAL’. The Oakbank Racing Club has a history as old as Adelaide’s as a city, with its establishment in 1834 coming 2 years before Colonel William Light selected the site for South Australia’s capital. It was that year that two Scotsmen descended on the area that we know today as the Oakbank Race Racecourse. Straight off the boat from Scotland in 1836, Captain John Hindmarsh’s son James named his father’s newly acquired patch of land after the Oakbank Works Brewery in Glasgow. After initially establishing the site as a brewery, the Onkaparinga Racing Club was formed in the area after other local sites couldn’t prove durable enough for horse racing. After the announcement of the first meeting to be held there, a report in the Advertiser on April 18th 1876 read; “The distance of Oakbank from Adelaide, rather than proving inhibitive, provides a delightful journey through the hills”. These sentiments are still felt today, with tens of thousands of South Australians and interstate visitors flocking to Oakbank every Easter for the annual Carnival. Through the late 1800s through to today, Oakbank has hosted historic Australian racing moments, jockeys and horses. Aside from its proud racing history, Oakbank has a strong tradition of hosting an enjoyable weekend for racegoers to bring their car (in the case of the early 20th Century, horse and carts) into the racecourse, set up a picnic and enjoy the festivities of the Carnival. This year, the Back Paddock returns with plenty of food, bars and entertainment for the Easter weekend. Racegoers can sample from the 23rd Street Gin bar to taste the offerings of the popular distillery based in Renmark, or enjoy a spot of Pimms if that’s your flavour.


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Local wineries O’Leary Walker and Sidewood Estate will be on course with their finelycrafted wines, as well as local brewery Vale Ale, which is something the Beer Boys are no stranger to. The Beer Boys – also known as Daniel and Tom – have built a dedicated following through their Instagram page @beerboysadl by drinking their way through the many different brews from around the world. Whether it’s the small craft brewery varieties, through to the big guns of Australian beer, they’ve seen – and drunk – it all. The Beer Boys will be on track on Easter Saturday to experience the Carnival and maybe have a Vale Ale or 2 as well! We got The Beer Boys’ best advice for the Carnival ahead.

Oakbank’s Easter Carnival will also be attended by Adelaide Crows Legend Tony Modra, so keep an eye out for Mods as you make your way around the track.

What’s on the cards for the Beer Boys at the Oakbank Easter Carnival? Well neither of us are big punters, so we’ll just pick a couple of the best named horses, hope for the best and be sure to have a froth in hand at all times!

Dapper outfits planned? Nothing planned yet! Like most fellas, we like to leave it to the last minute… but thanks to Ash from Adelaide Suits Direct, he always makes sure we are looking as dapper as a couple of Beer Boys can be, so you’ll have to wait and see!

What sort of style advice can you give any guys thinking of attending? Let your girlfriend or your mum dress you, they always know what’s up! No matter the outfit, beers always go!

The Kids Zone will again this year feature a line-up of activities to keep the young ones busy, including Kelly Sports, Speckie Events, Pony Rides, and of course Melba’s Giant Easter Egg Hunt. There are a number of ticket options if you’re looking for a way to spend the day at Oakbank. A general admission ticket gains you entry to the course, where you can bring your own picnic and set yourself up in the middle of the track as punters have for so many decades. If The Back Paddock sounds more like your style, you can purchase a full package featuring 5 hours of assorted drinks, a food voucher, a racebook and admission to the racecourse for $95 with The Back Paddock Reserve.

For more details on the Oakbank Easter Carnival hospitality packages and to book, head to and select the Oakbank page.

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Uncork and relax in Langhorne Creek LANGHORNE CREEK IS A PREMIUM RED GRAPE GROWING AREA WHERE PASSIONATE WINEMAKING FAMILIES HAVE RESIDED FOR SIX GENERATIONS. Beyond the Adelaide Hills lies this unique region, which sits approximately one hour from Adelaide by car, and is between the Adelaide Hills and Lake Alexandrina.

Bleasdale brand ambassador Robbie Potts, whose great, great grandfather Frank founded Bleasdale Vineyards in 1850, has been involved in the event since its inception.

The region is known for producing generous, full flavoured red and white wines, with fine soft tannins; the hero of the region would be the Cabernet Sauvignon. Being a cool maritime climate, but with high degree days during summer, it is cooler than McLaren Vale and the Barossa. Unique for the region as well is the wind that comes off Lake Alexandrina, which carries a cooling effect that directly hits the vines of the region.

“We’ve been partnering with the Strathalbyn Racing Club since the mid-1990s. The events have a relaxed country vibe, but they still feel quite glamorous at the same time. It’s definitely a unique mix and something we enjoy being part of ” Mr Potts said.

If you’re into racing (which we know you are if you’ve come across this magazine), you don’t have to wait for Strathalbyn’s annual food and wine day, Langhorne Creek Cup, to taste the best of the region. The Strathalbyn Racing Club has become a tasting room for the Langhorne Creek, with an array of the best wines available for purchase by the bottle or glass all year round. While on course at any race meet (even Wednesday race meets), you can sample the region’s top wines from labels such as Gipsie Jack, Bleasdale, Bremerton, Lake Breeze, Vineyard Road and Howlin’ Gale.

Racing Calendar at Strathalbyn Sunday 4 February – Strathalbyn Cup Wednesday 21 February – Wednesday Meet Wednesday 28 March - Wednesday Meet Wednesday 2 May - Wednesday Meet Sunday 27 May - Sunday Meet Wednesday 13 June - Wednesday Meet November 2018 (date to be released soon) – 2018 Langhorne Creek Cup

DID YOU KNOW Langhorne Creek has the oldest documented Cabernet vines in the world at the Metala Vineyard in the Lake Plains area. Autumn Racing 2018





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With a special visit from former Adelaide Crows Star, Tony Modra, the 2018 MGA Insurance Brokers Port Lincoln Cup to be held on Friday, 2 March is set to be a highlight of the racing calendar. The Cup celebrations begin on Thursday night, 1 March at the Port Lincoln Hotel, with the annual Calcutta function. The evening is hosted by Triple M’s Chris Dittmar and former Brownlow medallist Mark Ricciuto, and is the perfect way to begin your Port Lincoln Cup experience. On Cup day, start your morning with breakfast on the foreshore at Rogue and Rascal Cafe, then jump on the FREE courtesy bus to the track that leaves from the Makybe Diva statue only a short 2 minute walk from the café. Once you are on track there are plenty of food and beverage options available, or pre-book into one of the race day marquee packages. With an abundance of the region’s famed seafood and wine it truly is the best place to enjoy your day at the races.

Getting there Qantas and Rex fly regularly from Adelaide

Where to stay Port Lincoln Hotel

Book your tickets now For race day marquee bookings and event information, please visit or contact the Port Lincoln Racing Club on (08) 8682 3851 or email:

General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for concession card holders. Children aged under 18 receive free entry.

After the last, jump back on the courtesy bus and head to the Port Lincoln Hotel, where the party continues late into the night.

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Wear a more substantial dress or outfit that won’t let the cold in, something with a high neck, sleeves or longer hemline. As always, the top and bottom rule applies (less covered on top means a longer hem, a shorter hem means more covered on top) for autumn racewear, but also to keep you warm. Pant looks and jumpsuits are also ideal for the cooler days trackside, which can be both functional and fashionable. To really be on point with your style, adopt the autumn/ winter palette with darker and more natural hues, with navy, browns, purples, dark oranges and black. A great coat or jacket is the perfect accessory for any race day, and can often be the statement in your look. You can pair a statement jacket with a pencil skirt and ankle boots to create a sophisticated Fashion at The Races look, or a long wool coat with a shorter dress to keep the look balanced.

WHEN THE LEAVES START TO FALL IT ’S TIME FOR THE HOT DAY GETUPS TO BE PACKED AWAY, AND OUR WINTER WARDROBE TO COME TO THE FORE. Autumn and Winter race days may mean a bit more consideration into outer layers, but they’re just as fun! Cooler weather means layers, but this doesn’t mean boring! The best way to style Autumn/ Winter fashion is with layered textures and colours, think leather, wool and tweed. It’s also the perfect season to add your finishing touches like gloves, brooches and hats.

If there’s ever a time to avoid heels, it’s through the cooler months! No one likes cold toes, so get out your ankle boots – block heel preferable for walking through potentially damp grass – and they will be your most versatile friend this winter racing season. For the men, cold weather certainly doesn’t mean boring either! Stand out from the crowd in a bold jacket, with a salmon, red or bright pattern bound to impress. Accent a navy, grey or black suit with colourful accessories, and for a more wintery feel, tartan or pinstripe.

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Fashion at The Races 2017/18 THE 2017/18 FASHION AT THE RACES COMPETITION HAS COMMENCED FOR ANOTHER SEASON, AND ALREADY THE FASHION STAKES ARE HIGH. Stylish ladies and gentlemen from around South Australia have been a part of the competition at qualifying events around the State, from Balaklava to Mount Gambier and a few spots in between. The competition is certainly not over yet though. Still to come in 2018 are some big events like the Port Lincoln Cup, Oakbank and Clare Easter Races, and Oaks Day at Morphettville. If you’d like to have a chance at the incredible prizes on offer, you’ve got to be in it to win it, so put your best foot forward and be part of the Fashion at The Races Competition. A reminder of the prizes on offer…

QUALIFYING EVENTS Best Dressed: $1,000 cash TAB events/$500 cash Non-TAB events, $200 The Daily Edited Voucher Runner-Up Best Dressed: $200 Media Makeup Voucher Best Millinery: $200 Evo Hair Prize Pack Best Dressed Menswear: $200 M.J. Bale Voucher

STATE FINAL Winner: $5,000 Shopping Spree at BNKR, VIP SA Events Experience: A choice of 4 tickets to an event at the Adelaide Fashion Festival, or 4 tickets to an event at Tasting Australia Runner-Up: $1,000 Evo Prize Pack, $1,000 The Daily Edited Voucher Best Dressed Menswear: $2,000 Shopping Experience at M.J. Bale Rundle Street, $500 Voucher to spend at The Daily Edited People’s Choice: $1,000 Media Makeup Prize Pack


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Already so far this season we’ve seen some fantastic winners crowned, with plenty of well-dressed entrants turning out at the qualifying events around South Australia. Already wrapped up and crowned are winners from big events such as the Gawler Cup, Melbourne Cup Day at Morphettville and the Bordertown Cup. Get to know a few of the state finalists so far…




Bri Scanlon

Rose Ampt

Oksana Caretti




I started coming to the races when: the local Millicent Cup about 6 years ago! I thought it would be a fun day out - have been going religiously since!! My favourite thing I own is: a piece of Millinery that Helen Mary Millinery made for me from my Nanna’s old felt hat. Very sentimental! I love to indulge in: CHOCOLATE! My absolute kryptonite. I love the races because: the atmosphere is fantastic- catching up with friends is always great fun. I love the Fashions and being able to see what everyone comes up with interpreting trends and showing their own styles.

I started coming to The Races: about 5 years ago. Living in a country town, there aren’t many opportunities to dress up so the local Millicent Cup sounded like a great day out! I was in awe seeing all the amazing millinery; from there I pursued courses in making my own pieces. What people might not know about me: I’m a keen home renovator, tackling everything myself including tiling and wallpaper. This year I am looking forward to: relaxing and socialising a bit more now we aren’t planning a wedding!

I couldn’t do a day trackside without: stand out headwear. My kind of day out: seafood lunch followed by walking bare feet through Semaphore and Largs Bay beaches. On my bucket list I want to: master my French and drive through the most beautiful French wine chateaux in a vintage car. I love the Races because: it’s an outlet for my creativity in fashion styling and an opportunity to catch up with friends.

I love The Races because: it’s just such a great excuse to get dressed up and catch up with everyone.

To check out more information on the competition, including fashion and race wear inspiration, interviews with the State finalists and to vote for your favourite to win the People’s Choice, head to

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Those in search of quality entertainment, food, wine, racing and atmosphere, will not be disappointed.

It’s a long weekend Being on Easter Saturday, you don’t have to rush home after a big day out at the races. The long weekend is the perfect time for everyone to soak up all the region has to offer.

Visitors can attend a quality day at the races on Saturday, followed by top-notch food and beautiful wineries on Sunday before making the trip back home on Monday.

You can camp on the track For those looking for more of a music festival feel, limited camp sites are available to purchase for hire for the night! Just park your car, pull out your swag and off you go! If you’re interested in a camp site or parking spot, contact the Clare Valley Racing Club.


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There’s a music festival on the Sunday, too For those spending the entire weekend in Clare, BlenheimFest music festival is a locally supported, privately run, not-for-profit festival, held at Blenheim. The festival showcases talented local musicians and helps to raise funds for New Hope Cambodia. Head to to find out more.

PIMMS is coming to town Now for the second year, one of the newer additions for racegoers is the charming Pimm’s zone for all general admission ticket holders. The area is a fenced off area with live music and will feature freshly poured Pimm’s, offering a relaxed garden party atmosphere.

$1000 cash is up for grabs for the best dressed Fashion will once again take centre stage at the Easter Saturday event. This year it is proudly sponsored by Jim Barry Wines. The winning look will take home a $1,000 cash prize, $200 The Daily Edited voucher and more. The winner will grab a spot in the running to win a $5,000 BNKR shopping spree, which is just part of the State final prize.

Need transport? No worries A shuttle bus service will transport racegoers to the track and then back to the Taminga Hotel at the end of the day. Tickets are $5 return.

Clare Easter Races Date: Saturday, 31 March 2018 Cost: General admission $20 Transport: Shuttle buses will be run to and from The Taminga Hotel, a return ticket is $5 For more information about Clare Easter Races, call the Clare Valley Racing Club on 8842 1033 or email

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One thing is consistent though, that there are plenty of people on course dressing to impress. These are some of our favourite style moments from around the State.

To see more SA Racing street style visit Make sure to tag us in your race day snaps @theracessa

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What to Pack for the Track

POWDER Hopefully it’s a sunny day for your next day trackside, which might cause you to develop a little bit of a glow. Glow can turn into shine very quickly, so a quick powder touch up will do the job.

MINTS Sometimes nothing makes you feel fresher than fresh breath, so a mint will do the job quickly and effectively.

PHONE CHARGER If you can get your hands on a mini-portable charger, you’ll never regret it. There are some really cool portable phone chargers out there that fit neatly into your bag, and guarantee you’ll never run out of juice to post those Race Day Instagrams.

CASH While we all like to think we live in a near cashless society, you’ll always be thankful for having a spare $20 in your clutch. Whether you use it when the ATM line-up is just too long, or for a cheeky bet on the Cup!

WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT WE BRING TO A DAY AT THE RACES, WE ’VE GOT TO BE SELECTIVE. You know it’s going to be a big day of being out in the elements, eating, drinking, cheering and probably a bit of dancing. It’s a lot of activities to cover with what you’ve got in your bag. It’s all about the clutch or the shoulder bag for a race day, so that you have something easy to wear but also super stylish to fit all of your essentials into. But what to pack? To make sure you don’t wear yourself out too quickly throughout the day, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet for you so that you’re never left in the lurch at a race day. Feel free to rip it out for your next event!


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TICKET Don’t forget the most important thing, your tickets to get you into the Racecourse. Bring a printed ticket and your wristband/pass if you have one for your area.

LIPSTICK/LIPGLOSS Between sipping champagnes and satisfying race day hungers, you’ll need a touch up throughout the day. Makeup Forever has an ultra-creamy texture, smooth finish and lasting colour throughout the day.

BANDAIDS There’s not a person alive who enjoys blisters, so pack a couple of band-aids in your bag in case one develops throughout your day. Even if you don’t use them, you might save the day of another in need!

PAIN RELIEF Nothing kills a party like a headache. Pack a couple of headache tablets to ease a sore head that develops.

PEN Having your own pen handy makes filling out betting slips much easier!

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@itsmejack HE ’S A BLOGGER, MEN’S STYLE ICON AND FORMER MELBOURNIAN, MAKING JACK REYNOLDS ONE OF THE HIGHEST AUTHORITIES WHEN IT COMES TO MEN’S RACE WEAR THIS RACING SEASON. The now Adelaide young professional has amassed a growing following on Instagram thanks to his incredible style, ranging from 3 piece suits to casual jeans and t shirt looks. It’s also hard to look past Jack’s distinctive beard, making him an icon in the men’s grooming scene as well. We caught up with Jack to get his best advice for all of the gentlemen hitting the track this year. He gave us his top tips, his top no’s, and takes us through how he has developed his status as a style icon for the guys.

You’ve amassed a following through your style, how did it all start? Funnily enough, I was somewhat forced! Having spent the best part of the last two years living in Melbourne, my housemate was a Marketing Manager and thought I should start an Instagram page as I was living the young professional life. Plus, in her words, “I had the whole beard thing going”. Let’s just say the rest is history.

How would you describe your style? My style is all about being versatile and modern. I try to mix things and be different! For me it’s important to be able to adjust to the latest trends, and that’s why my style has so much breadth to it. I literally go from wearing a suit and tie during the week, to rocking a white tee and denim jacket on the weekend. It constantly changes with the season.

The beard is a distinctive part of your look, what are your top male grooming/beard maintenance tips? Gents, it’s fundamental to plan ahead! Whether it be making a barber appointment the day/week before or even giving yourself enough time in the morning.

Who do you look to for style inspiration? Blake Scott. He’s definitely one of my style icons. I always look to him for style trends on the more formal side of things. Definitely check him out on Instagram for some last minute Race Day tips!

Race wear is a whole style of its own – what is your favourite look for The Races? I think in recent times we’ve seen a move away from traditional suiting to a more ‘mixed and matched’ approach. Don’t get me wrong, a matching suit is totally acceptable and looks amazing! For me personally, I love wearing different patterns and playing with colour pallets during the racing season.

What tips would you give gents for a day trackside? It’s important to remember that a day at the races is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay hydrated, and ensure you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. It’s likely you’ll be wearing that same outfit 11am to late at night (assuming you pick a couple of winners have faith!)

What are your absolute No’s when it comes to guys dressing for the races? • Over accessorising; • White athletic socks; • Wearing anything other than white, black, grey or charcoal on Derby Day; • Doing both buttons up on a two buttoned suit • Finally, not bringing your best quality - your SMILE!

“I think in recent times we’ve seen a move away from traditional suiting to a more ‘mixed and matched’ approach”

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Four Under Forty






2017 was a big year for Will Clarken who claimed three Stakes wins with Split Lip, Mio Dio and Steel Frost all saluting in big races. His new acquisition, Steel Frost was a sensation, winning four races on the trot including two at Caulfield over the Spring Carnival.

How did you get into the game? I am lucky to be from a racing family, so I was around horses from a very early age and had the opportunity to take up an apprenticeship as a jockey in my early teens. My weight soon caught up with me and I then pursued horse breaking and education before getting my trainer’s licence.

What is the biggest lesson you have learnt? Training horses isn’t a perfect science. You need to honestly assess your own performance and be critical of yourself if you have made a mistake with a horse’s preparation or planning it’s racing program. 38

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If you can’t learn from your own mistakes the sport will quickly catch up with you. And, it is an old cliché, but in racing you never stop learning. You have to keep innovating, whether it is improving client liaison, re-modelling your business or changing up the morning track work routine.

Punters thought he couldn’t do it but Chris Bieg’s Excites Zelady defied the odds to claim his third Listed Murray Bridge Gold Cup in 2017. The $27k yearling purchase has now gone on to win over $545k for connections.

Best/favourite win?

How did you get into the game?

One highlight was my first Group winner, Molto Bene who won the 2012 Group 3 Sires Produce Stakes. Tidy Prophet winning the 2016 Pt Lincoln Cup was also a great occasion when a large group of owners chartered a plane to be trackside to watch her win. And a sentimental favourite is Spit Lip winning the 2017 Dequetteville Stakes in my father’s colours.

In 2006 I started working at the local fodder store, Olivers Grain & Garden now Olivers Pets & Plants. Throughout my years working at Olivers I became very interested in the health and nutrition of horses. Working at Olivers gave me great opportunity to meet and become friends with some of the State’s leading trainers and a number of them encouraged me to obtain my trainers licence and buy a yearling, so I did just that. In 2011, I obtained my licence to train and purchased my first yearling in March 2011 and she turned out to be a winner at her first start in November 2011.

Best way to get involved in ownership? Get in contact with a trainer that takes your fancy. It is our job to be open and forthright about the horses we have on offer. There are lots of avenues into the sport, from breeding to yearlings to tried horses, all with different price points.

Best/Favourite win?

A horse of yours to watch in the autumn?

Obviously Steel Frost is my headline act at the moment. Split Lip will be heading towards the Euclase Stakes, but Tatoosh is a horse low in the ratings and has really taken my fancy in the early stages of his preparation.

That’s a very hard question! Excites Zelady has to be my favourite horse. He won the 2014 Murray Bridge Gold Cup on a very sad day, when we lost a very talented young rider and friend in Catlin Forrest. From that day all I wanted to do was win the 2015 Cup and he did just that. So if I had to pick one race, I would say the 2015 Murray Bridge Cup win with Jake Toeroek aboard.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt? The biggest lesson I have learnt in racing is to listen and be able to communicate. You can certainly learn a lot by listening and accepting advice from more senior trainers. I also feel it’s very important to clearly communicate with clients, employees and fellow trainers.

What does it take to make it in the industry? To make it in this industry you need to work hard, be honest, be willing to learn, have a good eye when purchasing yearlings and most importantly keep a level head.

Best way to get involved in ownership? We are always looking to expand the stable and there is no better way than getting together with some friends and family, forming a syndicate and purchasing a share in a racehorse. It may seem like a long wait until they get to the track but I believe the best time to get involved is when the horses are fresh from the yearling sales. I’ve had great success at the March Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sales each year and if you want to be involved, it’s always good to get in touch around that time.

How did you get into the game? I’ve been lucky to be part of a great family business which was started by my dad (Gary) back in the 70’s. He’s still a big part of the stable and a successful trainer himself. Growing up around the stables, I always had an interest in training and after finishing school and a bit of extra study I got my trainers licence in 2003 when I was 21 and had my first winner (Treasure Time) in 2004.



Hard work is the only way to become successful.

What does it take to make it in the industry? It takes lots of listening and you need to make sure you always keep your eyes open. It also takes plenty of hard work and you need to be mentally strong!

Best/Favourite win?

Ryan Balfour recorded a career best 58 wins in 2017 and achieved the remarkable feat of training five metropolitan winners on the one day at Morphettville.

How did you get into the game? Racing is in my blood. My dad (David Balfour) was a jockey and trained both here and overseas. While on my mum’s side, my Grandfather (Tom Neale) trained the 1967 Group 1 Goodwood Handicap winner Picargo.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt?

Strategic Agenda. She has had a freshen up after a good debut run. She will be aiming for some feature two-year-old races with her main target being the Dequetteville Stakes, the race her half-sister, Dashitude won in 2012.

Lloyd Kennewell

Ryan Balfour

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt?

A horse of yours to watch in the Autumn?



That you will never stop learning and to leave the 3.45am alarm out of reach!

I have a few special ones but it’s hard to go past my first Group 1 win with Viddora in the Winterbottom Stakes over in Perth. Get The Nod’s win in the Group 3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield back in 2014 was very special too.

Best way to get involved in ownership? We’re always keen to get new owners into the industry and our stable and the best way is to get in contact with me via my website.

A horse of yours to watch in the Autumn? Other than the obvious in Viddora, follow a horse of mine called Game of War.

What does it take to make it in the industry? Do all that you can to make your horses happy. Give them the best and they’ll give you their best back.

Best/Favourite win? It’s a dead heat between the 2017 Balaklava Cup win with Balf ’s Choice and training the quinella of the 2014 Listed C.S. Hayes Stakes in partnership with my dad.

Best way to get involved in ownership? Approach a local trainer so that you get the best experience of seeing your horse race. Take smaller shares in two or three horses and enjoy every single piece of the experience.

A horse of yours to watch in the Autumn? The Kennewell stable is home to arguably South Australia’s best horse, Viddora. The super speedy mare ran second in two Group 1 races before collecting the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth.

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The 5 People You Meet at The Races

The Purist His race day checklist is something of an art form; race book, form guide and pen (you definitely can’t forget the pen), hat, sunglasses, member’s pass, and for some, a handy pair of binoculars. His day starts with a careful study of the form guide and Racing. com on while they enjoy breakfast. At the race meet, they seek their best vantage point, and set themselves up for the day. Each race is anticipated with excitement, and on some occasions, maybe a trip down to the Mounting Yard to watch their horse parade before the race. They listen with acute accuracy to the race caller, more often than not, recognising Terry McAuliffe’s expert calling and following each second of the race with concentration. The Purists are as much a part of the races as the horses themselves, and if you’re lucky, may even give you a tip or two…

The ‘Winey’ Similar to the foodie, but not to be mistaken as the same thing. Their favourite race meets include Coonawarra Vigneron’s, Clare Easter Races, Strathalbyn and Gawler and Barossa, with the requirements for their top tracks list being proximity to wine regions, and being able to combine their love of wine and racing in one place. They can be seen perusing the wines on offer at each race meets, and might have already taken advantage of nearby wineries before the race day began. Often they’re seen with a picnic basket in hand, chatting to their friends less about the races, and more about their favourite drop.

The Young Guns Can be found with an iPhone in hand, her eagle eye searching for the best Instagram location on track. She clinks her wine glass for a boomerang, or stares out at the track, getting that perfect race day snap. Their outfit is something you might see in a magazine or on the big name Instagram stars, the perfect modern race day look, often matched with a straw hat, or a delicate crown headband. Often not far from these ladies are their male counterparts, always sporting a stylish race day outfit, maybe completed with some R.M. Williams boots. For the more daring gentlemen, the shirt, jacket and pocket square combination. Embarrassment ensues when the bet they placed – carefully studied with a form guide, consideration of past odds and the like – is beaten by their girlfriend, who bet on the horse with the jockey silks colours she liked the most.


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The Racewear Experts The Lucky Newbie We hate them, but we love them as well. Whether it’s research, a gift, or plain dumb luck, you’ll always find the Lucky Newbie floating around the course. It might be the first bet they’ve laid in their life, but they’ll win it. They might bet on the horse that’s name rhymes with a mate of theirs, and they’ll win it. Old, young, men or women, The Lucky Newbie comes in many forms, but regardless is sure to leave the track with a smile on their face after the last!

For these ladies, their race day starts days, or even weeks and months prior. Outfit planning takes time, care, and research, and culminates in what can be easily considered as one of the most beautiful visual aspects of racecourses. They seem to effortlessly carry themselves around the course, with no weather elements affecting them, in a perfectly curated and coordinated race wear look. The fascinators certainly fascinate, and some dare to parade prints and combinations most could only dream of. They’re seen to be in the vicinity of the Fashions on the Field stage, a glass of bubbles in hand, and a Fashion at The Races paddle positioned perfectly with their clutch.

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Jump start your career in racing IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A CAREER THAT ’S OUT OF THE ORDINARY – OR JUST WANT TO WORK WITH HORSES - LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY – THERE ’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. Did you know that over 3500 people are employed in the horse racing industry in South Australia? That works out to be around 1 in 80 people.

TRACKWORK RIDER Course: Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider) RGR30108 – available in SA For those who aren’t familiar with how horses are trained, it’s usually a trackwork rider who rides racehorses on a training track on a daily basis in order to prep them for race days. This career is different to that of a jockey, in that for many track riders this is a part time job and can be combined with being a stablehand or another field altogether. The hours of the job are mornings only and don’t include running in the actual races. Much like jockeys there is a physical requirement to this job. Most trackwork riders are required to weigh less than 65kg and have a small frame, as well as enjoy working with animals. The great news is that UBET Apprentice Academy offers a qualification in trackwork riding, which could lead to employment with trainers. Find out more via

JOCKEY Course: Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) RGR40208 – available in SA

STABLEHAND Course: Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) RGR20108 AND Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand) RGR30208 – available in SA

Strength, balance, dedication – being a jockey is no small feat. The occupation of jockey should not be underestimated.

A stablehand is one of the most important roles in the care and maintenance of horses, both day-to-day and on race day. If you love working directly with animals – this role is for you.

This career is one of a few where there is a large restriction on your weight and a requirement for a high degree of physical fitness. Not only that, if a jockey breaks the rules of racing there are penalties that apply.

The job requires a very early 4am start Monday through to Saturday, however the morning duties are completed by 9.00am which leaves the rest of the day to rest or pursue other hobbies.

In South Australia, you might be surprised that there are actually more female jockeys than males in the apprentice jockey program. Girls began outnumbering boys at pony club level about 10 years ago but it has only started translating to the professional level in recent years.


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Breeding race horses in South Australia is big business with over $20,000,000 spent every single year to produce 1,300 foals. This means, a lot of race horses need trainers to help them become the elite sporting animals that we see on TV! Trainers requires detailed knowledge of pedigree, conformation and animal physiology because you are responsible for the welfare, maintenance and racing performance of the animals. The UBET Apprentice Academy is the place you can embark on you journey to becoming a licensed trainer, however to commence training at the academy, prior industryrelevant experience in the care, welfare and management of horses is very important.

STEWARD Course: Certificate IV in Racing Services (Steward) RGR40608

Often likened to the police of the racecourse, Stewards are well respected members of the racing industry who maintain the integrity of race day operations.

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Course Name: Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer) RGR40108 – available in SA

Stewards are responsible for regulating the racing industry and making it fair for everyone involved.

There are loads of ways to get started in horse racing and a whole range of jobs you may have never thought about, but the UBET Apprentice Academy is a fantastic place to start for anyone in South Australia who is keen to get involved in horse racing.

Morning duties include preparing the horses for track work, feeding, watering and cleaning their stables. The afternoon shift includes putting horses on a walker and the sand roll, whilst watering and cleaning their stable, followed by rugging and feeding them.


To submit your interest to become a jockey, start by filling out the form on the UBET Apprentice Academy landing page on

You will first start out as a Cadet Steward until you gain sufficient experience. To find out how to start this training, get in touch with Thoroughbred Racing SA or head to to find out what courses are offered.

SOMETHING ELSE? There’s plenty of other career pathways in racing. For all available racing positions, job seekers should visit, or

Head to for your hub of information for thoroughbred racing in South Australia.

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Penong Cup April 1

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Streaky Cup

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Adelaide Cup

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Millicent Cup


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