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The Races Quarterly South Australia

Winter 2010

Fashion Wrap the winner’s circle

Roxby Downs


off the beaten brushing shoulders

with living legends

Balaklava Cup

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Contents what’s inside


4. News From the Races Welcome to our latest issue of TRQ. Racing is a unique sport, defined as much by what happens off the track as on it. It is also a sport that serves up a year round calendar of events. In this issue, we’ll showcase the very best this racing season has to offer. From outback racing adventures in Roxby Downs to cosmopolitan infused Celtic traditions on Irish Day, we’ll take you to tracks around the state with news and special tips for making sure you get the most out of thoroughbred racing. We also talk with Living Legends CEO Dr Andrew Clarke and explore this impressive establishment, home to some of Australia’s greatest ever race horses. From Port Lincoln to the Adelaide Cup, we look back at the highlights of autumn racing and hear from leading fashion designer Liza Emanuele on what to wear this winter. And don’t miss out on your chance to win... Happy reading.

Anna Falkiner Marketing Manager, Thoroughbred Racing SA

7. Win Great Prizes What’s your favourite day at the races in South Australia? 8. Irish Race Day Allan Scott Park 10. Roxby Downs Outback Cup 14. Balaklava Cup Spring racing kick-off 16. Autumn Social Scene Around the tracks 20. Liza Emanuele What to wear this season 22. Calendar of Events 2010/2011 season 24. Brushing shoulders with the best Dr Andrew Clarke 26. Did you know? With Sam Hayes


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nefrowmsthe races Fashion from the races


ompetition was fierce at South Australian race tracks this season not just between the horses. Keen fashionistas were out in force at city and country meets around the state, fighting it out in frills, feathers and frocks for the best dressed crown. The blokes, too, showed stripes and hats are the new black and were eager for a piece of the fashion pie. Streaky Bay winners Rachael Carmody,

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Andrew Ross and Wendy McEvoy were stars of the West Coast. White was the colour of choice for Clare Bynes and a judges favourite at the Clare races, while Johnny Haysman crushed his competition in a shorter than usual creation. Laura Bassett stunned at the state’s most prestigious event, the Adelaide Cup, while Aleksandra Spasojevic and Louise Panas were worthy 1st and 2nd Runners Up respectively. Angela Purvis

shined on Super Sunday, taking home a $500 Liza Emanuele voucher, as did Chris Tomlinson, scoring $500 from Tailors of Distinction. Mt Gambier winners included Bobbi Edwards and fashion couple winners Gary and Tracy Douglass.

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The Nova Breakfast Crew

Super Sunday

Fitzy, Claire & Jules


itzy, Claire and Jules were front and centre at this year’s Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup. The Nova Breakfast Crew had Derby Lawns Straight jumping in sync to the passing hooves.

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This year’s Cup included the Nova Stables which combined the breakfast crew’s party expertise with the thrill of thoroughbred racing and a variety of racing themed games and activities.

Guests enjoyed beer, bubbly and some culinary favourites to the tunes of DJs Track Team and Loot & Plunder. Claire made use of the stylist with a race-ready manicure and wind-proof do. Fitzy liked the trackside DJs that gave him a great vantage point during races, while Jules thought the fish and chips were a well thought-out addition after a few beers. The Nova Stables kept the girls feeling pretty, the boys well-fed and the racing enthusiasts entertained.


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Charity punt off at Super Sunday


ver wondered if an AFL footballer could out-punt a Melbourne Cup jockey? Jason Porplyzia proved it is possible at magnificent Allan Scott Park for this year’s Super Sunday. The Adelaide Crows star forward and racing legend John Letts were both given $1000 to bet for the day with winnings going to their chosen charities. Porplyzia came up trumps donating $1,027 to the Adelaide Crows Foundation while Letts was gracious in defeat, calling it

quits with a generous $190 cheque for Living Legends. Crows and Port Power members received free entry to the Super Sunday festivities that included a showcase of high-end fashion, local wine and delicious food, washed down with some glorious Autumn weather.

he won exactly a year earlier and the last win of his stellar racing career. Takeover Target also led this year’s gallant victor, Velocitea back to the winner’s circle.

The appearance of Takeover Target was a major crowd pleaser. The retired champion paraded in the mounting yards and led the Group One Goodwood field onto the track. It was the same race

Gawler transformation set to WOW the crowds The $13 million transformation of the historic site will see the first Cup event in more than a year run on a realigned and resurfaced track, with racegoers enjoying all the action trackside in a new 1500m2 multi-purpose function facility.


xcitement is building as the Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club prepares to open its new state-of-the-art facility and welcome thousands of people to the track for the running of the 2010 Gawler Cup (September 18).

The Terrace Function Centre will be the place to be on racedays, with floor to ceiling glass doors ensuring a prime view of the track – not to mention a backdrop of the nearby hills. Perhaps even more exciting are the venue’s capabilities as a private function hub – providing the perfect, picturesque place for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions with all the luxurious trimmings to make any event spectacular.

And it’s not just the venue that’s state-of-the-art. Renowned local chef Glen Carr will provide his culinary expertise through catering company Dine. Glen, who was the head chef at award winning restaurant Auge and more recently The Lane Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, prides himself on providing an experience that will exceed your expectations. To book your place on Gawler Cup Day or find out more about The Terrace for your special event contact Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club Event Coordinator Linda on (08) 8522 2801 or email

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The Dunes Port Hughes

Irish Race Day


uinness and green hats are no longer exclusive to St Paddy’s Day. Come August 21, Allan Scott Park is the place to be seen in Adelaide for The Dunes Port Hughes Irish Race Day. It is a unique event with plenty of entertainment, fun and racing to get you ticking. Keep up to date with what might be happening on course, as there may be a few surprises.

up the atmosphere of the day, get in quick to reserve a spot at the ‘Irish Party’ in the stylish Panasonic Pavilion for a day of fantastic food and drinks, and a DJ. Alternatively, join the action of the ‘Celtic Celebration’ offering a gourmet lunch and live entertainment. Organise a group of friends for a great day at the races.

If you’re after comfort, then check out the list of packages available. Whether you’re a fan of wining and dining or just after the very best track views, there’s a package to suit. To really soak

There’s nothing like the luck of the irish.

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Located in the heart of the city a short distance from some of Adelaide’s best dining spots, the Rendezvous Allegra Hotel is the ideal place to cosy up on a cool night surrounded by high-end European style. If ocean views are more your scene, then why not head five minutes west of Morphettville to a charming seaside hotel in the famous beachside address of Glenelg. Click here for more information.

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how to get there A fast and simple option is the Adelaide Metro Tram Service, departing every 20 minutes from North Terrace, Adelaide and stopping right outside the entrance gates. Alternatively you may choose to let the limousine driver do all the work whilst you sit back and celebrate Irish style.

ireland vs Australia Since 1986, four jockeys from each country have battled it out over a series of races to earn bragging rights for another year. The challenges have taken place in Australia every year since 1987 and every second year in Ireland. Some of Ireland’s best National Hunt riders such as Jason Titley have headed Down Under over the years to test our turf. With Ireland claiming wins in 2008 and 2009, the Aussies have their work cut out.


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Roxby Downs

Outback Cup


he OneSteel Roxby Downs Outback Cup is off the beaten track, located in the remote yet bustling mining town of Roxby Downs, but is unquestionably worth the trek. The most remote event on the racing calendar, the Roxby Cup offers first class horse racing against the backdrop of the vast, ochre sands of the Australian outback. The event is infused with sophistication and comfort, boasting a family friendly, outback atmosphere with all the style and excitement that racing is famous for. And despite its remoteness, the Roxby Cup still manages

to attract around 2,000 visitors a year - a number that has continued to grow since the club’s first race in 1994. Besides the unique race setting, guests can expect an impressive range of entertainment options. Alliance is offering fashion enthusiasts the chance to battle it out for a share of the $2,000 ‘Fashions on the Field’ prize pool, Alliance Airlines vouchers and the title of “Ms and Mr Outback”. A BBQ area and country cake stalls are available for those just wanting to take it easy, while party-goers will be keen on the public and members bars. Families can also rest assured there are plenty distractions for the little ones. Rides, show bags, a

magician show, face painting and competitions will give Mum and Dad a chance to catch the races. And don’t forget it’s tradition on the day to finish off with a beer at the Community Club or Roxby Downs Tavern. So for a pleasant surprise this August, head north – and keep going.

There’s nothing like coming out on top.

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The Myall Grove Holiday Park is only 1km from the race course and a cut above your standard holiday park. Have it all done for you at their motel, take the caravan or gather some friends and choose between a two, three or four bedroom villa. You’ll have all the creature comforts of home including Foxtel access and tranquil BBQ areas.

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how to get there If you’re making the trip from Adelaide or interstate, jump on the Alliance Airlines website, for air tickets. Greyhound Trackside Travel will take care of the rest. Bus services will run from the Airport, Olympic Dam and Roxby between 11am and 1pm and drop you at the gates. Return trips will run between 4 and 6.30pm.

What else to do Only 30km out of Roxby, Andamooka is quite literally a little gem. This tiny opal mining town offers visitors the chance to fossick for their own piece of the unique jewel or buy them directly from the miners in their showrooms. Alternatively, take a town walking tour through the early miners’ Heritage Cottages in the town centre.


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“Firstly, I’d like to thank God...


Catering was horrendously inadequate.

of the many thousands of members of the

The severe lack of water and nourishment

supporting cast.

was unbearable for most.

However, I would like to spend just a few

Then there was the weather.

moments talking about those who have

Little comfort was forthcoming from the

gone before me.

insipid, infrequent rays of sunshine.

Not just those wondrous individuals who

And even less from the bone-chilling and

have taken the short walk to the podium on

frost-laden nights.

over one hundred previous occasions.

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But those who didn’t make it.

it through.

A horde of hopefuls tried out for this role.

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Only a select few made the grade.

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Balaklava Cup

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t’s no wonder 12,000 people take the day off on a Wednesday each September. The Balaklava Cup is the largest country race meet in Australia with a party atmosphere that proves why. Located 100km north of Adelaide close to the picturesque wine producing Clare Valley, the small town of Balaklava comes alive as city folk retreat to the country for some much needed celebrating. Experience the hospitality of historic Balaklava Racing Club topped off by divine local wines, glorious spring weather and of course superior racing. The annual ‘Fashions on the Field’ is always a highlight. Enjoy the day in style with five-star dining

in one of the lavish trackside marquees with your choice of private beer garden, silver service and much more. For the young at heart the Y Room features live bands, DJ and a bar. Or if low-key is more your

taste, why not kick back at the many public bars and scenic picnic spots. With a classy field of horses and a warm country welcome, Balaklava has something for everyone.



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where to stay Why not make it a long weekend and settle in at the nearby Clare Country Club. Unwind by the pool, test your golf swing or explore the charming surrounding wineries. For something smaller, check in to one of the many great bed and breakfasts throughout the region. Click here for more information.

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how to get there Car pooling with mates is probably your best bet. It takes just over 60 minutes cruising to Balaklava via Mallala. As you enter Balaklava continue on Gwy Tce, take a left at the end followed by second left onto Racecourse Rd. Another great option is to rent a bus with friends from Adelaide.


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social scene around the tracks Adelaide Cup

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he cooler weather is well and truly upon us but that’s no excuse to dress down for a day at the races, says local fashionista Liza Emanuele. Whether it’s the buzzing corporate atmosphere of the mid-winter Balaklava Cup or the start of spring at the state’s most remote race meeting in Roxby Downs, Liza says there’s an outfit for every occasion and it doesn’t involve spending a fortune. “Women are looking for value for money options that take their summer and spring wardrobes through autumn and winter,” Liza said.

“Layering is key this season – you can still wear your party dress to the races but layer it with stockings, scarves and jackets.” Jackets and coats are the most important part of the season – and they’re a must for the races. “A real trophy jacket that looks perfect with a pair of jeans but can be worn during the week with black pants or out to the races with a fun dress is a must – jackets like these transcend the seasons and make summer and spring dresses functional again. “A spring/summer inspired dress teamed with thick opaque stockings and boots or high

platforms creates the perfect look for a day at the races. “Top this off with a luxurious jacket, a scarf and fedora and you’ve completed your outfit for the unique Roxby Downs Cup.” When it comes to the vibrant atmosphere of the Balaklava Cup, Liza says one of this season’s hottest looks will also be popular trackside with red the statement colour of the season. “This winter I’ve really taken inspiration from the military, with epaulettes and metal detailing,” Liza said. “It’s a look that can be worn during the day or at night and

fashion “ Layering is key this

season – you can still wear your party dress to the races but layer it with stockings, scarves and jackets.”

lends itself well towards both the winter and spring racing events– it’s androgynous but sexy. “The colour red is a sure way to stand out at a race meeting while remaining classy – particularly when teamed with stripes.” As for headwear, Liza says keep it simple. “Don’t waste too much money on a hat you wear once,” she said. “Buy something you can wear everyday and add it to your racewear outfit – you can’t go wrong.” To read more fashion tips from Liza visit

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2010-2011 events MAY






Hawker Cup

Quorn Cup

Port Augusta Cup

Hawker Racing Club | Sat 29th May 2010

Quorn Jockey Club | Sat 12th Jun 2010

Port Augusta Racing Club | Sun 11th Jul 2010





Roxby Downs Cup

Irish Race Day

Roxby Downs and Districts Racing Club | Sat 14th Aug 2010

SA Jockey Club | Allan Scott Park Morphettville | Sat 21st Aug 2010




Balaklava Cup

Gawler Cup

Jamestown Cup

Balaklava Racing Club | Wed 1st Sep 2010

Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club | Sun 12th Sep 2010

Jamestown Racing Club | Sat 2nd Oct 2010

13. Murray Bridge Racing Club | Wed 13th Oct 2010

Spring Carnival in Adelaide (VRC Derby Day) South Australian Jockey Club | Sat 30th Oct 2010



(Caulfield Cup)

(Cox Plate)

South Australian Jockey Club | Sat 16th Oct 2010

South Australian Jockey Club | Sat 23rd Oct 2010

Spring Carnival in Adelaide

Murray Bridge Gold Cup




Spring Carnival in Adelaide



Spring Carnival in Adelaide

Spring Carnival in Adelaide (Oaks Day)

Kalangadoo Cup

South Australian Jockey Club | Tue 2nd Nov 2010

South Australian Jockey Club | Thu 4th Nov 2010

Penola Racing Club | Sun 14th Nov 2010

(Melbourne Cup Day)




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Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day

Clare Cup

Mount Gambier Twilight Races

Strathalbyn Racing Club | Sun 21st Nov 2010

Clare Valley Racing Club | Sun 28th Nov 2010

Mount Gambier Racing Club | Fri 3rd Dec 2010

5. T&R Cup Murray Bridge Racing Club | Sun 5th Dec 2010


12. Bordertown Cup

Oakbank Twilight

Bordertown Racing Club | Sun 12th Dec 2010

Oakbank Racing Club | Fri 10th Dec 2010

2011 Januar





Christmas Twilight Adelaide

Boxing Day Family Races

Ceduna Cup

South Australian Jockey Club | Sun 26th Dec 2010

Ceduna Racing Club | Sat 15th Jan 2011

South Australian Jockey Club | Fri 17th Dec 2010




Strathalbyn Cup Day

Naracoorte Cup

Kangaroo Island Cup

Strathalbyn Racing Club | Sun 16th Jan 2011

Naracoorte Racing Club | Sun 13th Feb 2011

Kangaroo Island Racing Club | Sun 20th Feb 2011



Port Lincoln Cup Port Lincoln Racing Club | Fri 4th Mar 2011

14. Adelaide Cup SA Jockey Club | Allan Scott Park, Morphettville | Mon 14th Mar 2011


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Brushing shoulders

with the best


ver remember seeing racing greats like Rogan Josh or Doriemus win the Melbourne Cup? Perhaps you were too young to really care, but now wish you had.

the legends are housed to give them a pat and take some photos.

A trip to Living Legends should solve that.

Others might want to make a day of it and wander the historic grounds or bike through the park – all for a tiny donation.

CEO Dr Andrew Clarke is on a mission to “bring horses back to the people”. The not-for-profit charitable organisation is bringing retired champion race horses out of the woodwork and back into public domain. Living Legends is home to some of Australia’s greatest ever race horses. With an imposing list including Might and Power, Fields of Omagh, Better Loosen Up, Brew and later this year, Takeover Target, it’s no wonder people are keen to greet them in the flesh.

“We provide people with the opportunity to meet the horses and see that thoroughbreds aren’t all hot-wired and crazy,” Andrew said.

Living Legends relies solely on corporate and private donations from people who “like what they do”. “Just today we had a private individual come in and give us $500,” Andrew said. It’s a small price to pay to maintain this picturesque gem and keep some of the biggest names in Australian sport out in the public arena.

Living Legends sits on a 170 acre government-leased property right next to Melbourne Airport. It is part of the 700 hectare Woodlands Historic Park. The living legends reside on the traditional farming area of the property which also includes a historic homestead and stables. Including Andrew there are now five permanent employees plus a number of casuals.

The owners of two-time Cox Plate champion Fields of Omagh kick-started the organisation. They wanted to give fans access to the horse when it retired. It so happened that the Victorian Government called for expressions of interest on the property at the same time. Might and Power’s owner also liked the idea of his horse being around people and jumped on board.

Living Legends is involved in many programs with school kids and kids with disabilities; “kids that have never patted a horse before in their life”.

“Might and Power is never happier than when he’s got kids around him,” Andrew said.

Visitors to Living Legends should beeline for the paddocks where

Living Legends is partly modelled on the Home of Rest for Horses in

“Once we had him you just develop that momentum.”

the UK. Established in the 1800s, the Home of Rest has in recent times used earnings to rebuild university Vet hospitals across the UK and invest in research. Over thirty years ago Andrew was the first student to ever have his PhD sponsored by the Home of Rest. Since then he has travelled the world working as a professor in equine studies and leading research efforts in horse health. Andrew’s expertise has continued to come in handy during his four years at Living Legends. They have already hosted several seminars and workshops on horse health, but aim to expand this side of the business. “Like the Home of Rest in the UK, we hope to be able to fund research and education when Living Legends is fully operational, but that’s still a little way down the line,” Andrew said. “There’s a genuine hunger out there for people to learn more about the handling and management of horses.”


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“ There’s a genuine hunger out there for people to learn more about the handling and management of horses.”


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What are the different breeds of race horses found in Australia? The Thoroughbred is the breed of horse we use to race horses in Australia and around the world. The ancestry of the Thoroughbred dates back to three ‘foundation’ sires; the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian and the Byerley Turk. Do you know what the record price for a yearling is in Australia? The Australian record price for a yearling is $3 million. The record Southern Hemisphere price for a yearling is NZ$3.6

million and the world’s highest priced yearling is $16 million, selling in Kentucky and was later named The Green Monkey. Ironically, The Green Monkey never won a race! At meets like the Kentucky Derby in the US I’ve noticed different track surfaces. How many different surfaces are there and how are Australian horses affected by this when racing abroad? In Australia we race predominantly on turf. Artificial (sand based) track surfaces are now starting to be used here in a small capacity, with

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most major racing states in Australia having one. In the US it is slightly different, with dirt racing having a much larger focus. The majority of Australian horses that travel overseas tend to concentrate on the turf races in countries such as England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and the USA. Horses can’t race until they’re at least two. At what age are they able to begin training? That’s right. The more precocious horses can be broken-in and educated anywhere from about 15 months onwards and then race as two year-olds.

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