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TRQ The Races Quarterly South Australia


Winter 2011

corporate fun

Balaklava Cup

get your glam on

Fashion at The Races

caught on camera around the tracks

outback adventures

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Contents what’s inside Hi and welcome to a new and particularly exciting edition of TRQ. While winter is typically the quieter period of the racing season, we’ve ramped things up this year with the launch of the first statewide search for SA’s most stylish racegoer - Fashion at The Races. We’ll give you all the details on how you can have a chance to win not just the notoriety, but a VW Polo. Balaklava is set to be another stellar success this year – with the fashion stakes set to be high once again and the traditional corporate crowd expected to be even bigger this year. Irish Race Day will insight some friendly rivalry between Australia and Ireland, while Roxby Downs will come alive again as the most remote race meeting on the South Australian racing calendar. On another note, it’s time for me to say goodbye to The Races as I move on from my role and welcome our new Industry Marketing Manager Jane Wellington to the fold. Jane comes to The Races from News Ltd and is looking forward to being a part of all that’s happening in SA racing.

Anna Falkiner Marketing Manager, Thoroughbred Racing SA

4. News From The Races


8. Fashion at The Races Get your glam on 10. Fashion’s front line With Kate Freebairn

12. Roxby Downs Outback Cup The colourful Outback 14. Irish Race Day Do the Aussies have what it takes this year?


16. Balaklava Cup Taking business to The Races! 19. Did you know? With Sam Hayes 20. Autumn Social Scene Have you been caught? 24. Calendar of Events 2011 season



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hey say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so it seemed only natural to celebrate our favourite girls (our Mums of course!) in the SAFM Diamond Lounge at Betfair Derby Day this year. Mum-to-be Hayley Pearson of SAFM 107.1’s Hayley, Craig and Rabbit, led the way in a gorgeous Liza Emanuele number, while Craig and

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Rabbit stepped up to the plate in tailored suits from The Suit Co. Fashion was the name of the day with stunning Finesse Models giving us a taste of winter trends. Almost 150 racegoers enjoyed the indulgent surrounds of the SAFM Diamond Lounge, with prime viewing of the winning post from the Tapestry Pavilion keeping punters on their toes. Continuing the decadent

theme, guests were treated to Jurlique pamper sessions and given the chance to win a $2,000 diamond necklace from Karran’s of Hyde Park. Fashion at The Races Ambassador Kate Freebairn also made an appearance to judge the best dressed on the day – with classic Derby Day black and white proving a winner.



he Races have added two more interactive websites to its suite with the new Clare Valley Racing Club and Balaklava Racing Club sites launching in time for a busy racing season. Clare’s site proved popular in the lead up to its iconic Easter Races, with online ticketing offering early-bird discounts for those who plan their schedules ahead of time. Jump online to check out all that goes on at the picturesque track including information on what else to do when visiting this beautiful wine region.

As for Balaklava, it’s full steam ahead for a busy 2011/2012 racing season with the muchloved Balaklava Cup a feature of the revamped website. It’s your ‘one stop shop’ for planning a great day at the races.

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Action filled Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup


ova’s breakfast team of Matt, Dan and Maz were the life of the party at this year’s Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup.

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As hosts of The Nova Stables, the threesome ran games and entertainment alongside the Nova Casanovas and DJs Track Team and Loot & Plunder.

I think the greatest lesson I learnt at the Adelaide Cup is that wedge heels do serve a purpose on this More than 1800 people packed planet - they are the best The Nova Stables on the shoes to rock at the races. day, with Matt, Dan and Maz Maz making a great first impression at their first ever Adelaide day here... e h t m o r f s c Casino Adelaide Cup day. View pi

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issed Adelaide’s premier social day of racing?

Don’t worry, we caught all the fun and style of this year’s Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup on camera. With crowds topping 16,800 and the fashion stakes higher than ever, you’ll want to make sure you’re part of the fun next year. Among the special guests was style icon Rebecca Judd, who hosted Myer Fashions on the Field.

Take a look at the video yourself to see what all the fuss is about!


In the lead up to the Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup, Matt, Dan & Maz adopted ‘Hercules’ as their mascot. They sent him out on the streets to meet and greet fans and give away tickets to The Nova Stables. Did you spot him in your local ‘neeeeeeeiggghhhhbourhood’?



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Dressed to impress


s the cooler weather settled over Autumn, race day fashion sizzled across South Australia.

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Natural colour palettes proved popular, with the tried and tested black and white formula also impressing the judges.

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ore than 4000 racegoers enjoyed a stellar day trackside at Oakbank for this year’s Little Heroes Foundation Family Picnic Race Day on April 2. The day, which was held for the first time in 2010, raised funds for the iconic local organisation’s worldleading ‘Life After Diagnosis’ Survivorship Program.

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The picnic atmosphere was complemented by plenty of action on the track – with a great field of horses competing in a full program.

“It’s so satisfying to see the crowd enjoying the races in a nice relaxed atmosphere at the same time as supporting the Little Heroes Foundation.”

Oakbank Racing Club Chairman John Glatz said it was excellent to see so many people attend the event to raise funds for a good local cause.

The bean counters are still tallying the donations, but the Club has its fingers crossed for more than $20,000 raised for Little Heroes across the four days of racing at Oakbank.


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outh Australia has produced some glamorous racegoers over the years, but nothing like we’re about to see this season when the fashion stakes reach a whole new level. Fifteen finalists from every corner of SA will become the faces of the inaugural 2011/2012 Fashion at The Races competition, a yearlong, statewide style search featuring South Australian racing’s richest ever fashion prize pool - you could WIN a Volkswagen Polo hatch auto!

Tahlia Gabrielli Mount Gambier Gold Cup Carnival Fashion at The Races Finalist

Winner of Fashions on the Field and now a finalist for Fashion at the Races next year at SA Derby Day.

Fashion at The Races finalists will be selected over 26 South Australian race events throughout the year, culminating at South Australian Derby Day in May 2012 at Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide – where the winner of the Polo will be judged. Thanks to renowned South Australian designer and event partner Liza Emanuele, the runner-up of Fashion at The Races will also go home a winner with a $3000 Liza Emanuele luxury wardrobe and styling session. Fashion at The Races Official Ambassador Kate Freebairn (see page 10) will

judge at SA Derby Day in 2012 together with Liza and celebrity guest judges to be announced later this year. And it’s not just for the ladies - men who take their fashion seriously also have a crack at the major prize! The first Fashion at The Races finalist was selected on May 22 from over 70 entrants in the annual Fashions on the Field competition at this year’s Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup. Nineteenyear-old Tahlia Gabrielli set the bar high and offered a taste of what is to come. “We were excited to launch Fashion at The Races in Mount Gambier – Tahlia and the girls from the South East were among the bestdressed racegoers we’ve ever judged and set a very high standard for the rest of the year,” Thoroughbred Racing South Australia Marketing Manager Anna Falkiner said. “With regional pride and incredible prizes up for grabs, Fashion at The Races will add to the excitement and competitive spirit of even the smallest racing events in South Australia.


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Fashion at The Races Events Dates 2011

Dates 2012

May 2011

January 2012

1 Millicent Cup, at Penola 20 Mount Gambier Gold Cup* 28 Hawker Cup

14 Ceduna Cup 15 Strathalbyn Cup*

June 2011

FEBRUARY 2012 12 Naracoorte Cup 19 Kangaroo Island Cup* 19 Lock Cup

11 Quorn Cup July 2011

MARCH 2012

10 Port Augusta Cup 6 Roxby Downs Outback Cup* 31 Balaklava Cup*

2 18 24 31

September 2011

APRIL 2012

11 Gawler Cup* 18 Mindarie-Halidon Cup

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August 2011

October 2011 1 Jamestown Cup 12 Murray Bridge Gold Cup* November 2011 1

Melbourne Cup Day*, Morphettville Racecourse

Port Lincoln Cup* Kimba Cup, Port Lincoln Streaky Bay Cup Penong Cup Clare Valley Easter Races Penola Cup Oakbank Easter Races*

MAY 2012 5

SA Derby Day*, Morphettville Racecourse Fashion at The Races Final

December 2011 11 Bordertown Cup

*denotes automatic qualifying

to Fashion at The Races final at Derby Day 2012. All other winners will need to progress through finals stages.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to put the best of country style and city glamour on show and a good excuse to a gather a group of friends and cheer each other on - especially with a Polo up for grabs.” In addition to the prizes offered by the provincial and country clubs at various Fashions on the Field competitions around the state, finalists will also be treated to two nights’ accommodation at Oaks Plaza Pier Glenelg and hospitality for two at the SA Derby Day

Fashion at The Races Final next year thanks to the South Australian Jockey Club. And the great part is, if you miss out at one event, you can try again at another one of the 26 events. The winners of some of the larger meetings such as the Mount Gambier Gold Cup will qualify automatically to the Final, while other country Cup Fashion on the Field winners will have to progress to semi-finals.

Entrants to Fashion at The Races must be 18 or over and will be judged on appropriateness of the outfit for the particular event, originality and confidence, attention to detail with accessories, appreciation of current fashion trends, grooming and deportment. For more details about the competition and for a full list of terms and conditions, click here.

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Meet Ten News reporter Kate Freebairn, Official Ambassador of Fashion at The Races.


he’s SA racing’s newest style icon.

With a natural eye for fashion and a look that typifies race day glamour, Ten News reporter Kate Freebairn is the newest member of The Races’ team and the Official Ambassador of Fashion at The Races – the search for South Australia’s best dressed racegoer.

And to say she’s looking forward to her new role would be an understatement. “I always have an eye out for unique styles, which is what Fashion at The Races is all about,” Kate said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what South Australia has to offer.” As Ambassador, Kate will travel to events around the state to help scope the best talent. And with a natural eye for fashion – she knows exactly what to look for when it comes to finding the quintessential race day look. “It’s important to work with the feel of the particular race you’re attending – for example, dressy heels work for a city race day like Adelaide Cup while you’d go for classy boots if you are heading out to the Clare races,” she said.

“If you have a show-stopping hat or fascinator it usually works best to keep your outfit simple – and always make sure the colour of the headpiece works with your dress. Matching your shoes and bag... bonus points!

“And for the guys – a special tie is often all you need to set off a classic suit, but race days are also a perfect opportunity to accessorise – I love hats!.” Having attended race events since she was a child, Kate’s looking forward to getting amongst all the action over the coming months. “I remember my parents taking me to the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival from when I was young – I’d spend the day running around with friends while our parents set up their deck chairs, picnic rugs and bottles of bubbly,” she said. “There is just so much variety in SA racing. Each racing event and experience is different. “I love the glamour and excitement of the big events like the Adelaide Cup at Morphettville, but I also love getting out to the country – country racing has a special charm and attending events with a big group of friends is just so much fun.” As for what Kate will

be wearing – while she always looks the part, she’s particularly looking forward to being dressed by Liza Emanuele – one of South Australia’s most famed fashion exports.

“There’s nothing I like more than getting glammed up for a day at The Races,” she said. “Fashion at The Races will definitely lift the fashion stakes at South Australian race meetings. “After all, who doesn’t want to win a VW Polo?”


“ If you have a show-stopping hat or fascinator it usually works best to keep your outfit simple...” FIND OUT CLICK HERE TO



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ttracting around 2,000 visitors a year, the Roxby Downs Outback Cup brings new meaning to the phrase ‘off the beaten track’. This remote, family friendly event is also high on glamour. With the titles of ‘Ms and Mr Outback’ – and a place in the Fashion at the Races final in Adelaide at stake, the Exact Fashions on the Field competition is a highlight of the week,

awakening the mining town’s stylish side. Culminating in the running of the Roxby Downs Cup on Saturday, August 6, the week-long carnival has something for everyone with free children’s rides, face painting and competitions for the kids. The red dirt track offers a unique experience for racing enthusiasts and in true country style, great food and hospitality are the order of the day.

Get into the spirit with the traditional Calcutta at the Community Club the night before the big race, then head to the track on Saturday to rub shoulders with racing royalty – including #1 ticket holder John Letts. The Roxby Downs Racing Club’s public and members bars are the on-course watering holes and if you’re not a local, it’s also worth knowing the party kicks on after the races at the Community Club and the Roxby Downs Tavern.

There’s nothing like coming out on top.

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Roxby Downs takes racing fashion seriously. Every year, the town holds a fashion parade at the Community Club prior to Cup Day to showcase the latest race wear and offer styling tips to potential Mr and Ms Outback candidates. And now that the fashion stakes are even higher thanks to Fashion at the Races and a prized VW Polo, it’s worthwhile attending to stay on trend. Turn to page 8 to find out more about this exciting competition.

Lake Eyre magic

While you’re exploring the wonders of the outback, continue your travels up north, deep into the heart of the country and discover the majestic Lake Eyre. This year will be bigger than 2009 and 2010, and should be the best year since the lake last filled in 1974-76.

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The winner of Fashion at The Races Roxby Downs will win a weekend in Adelaide to contest the Fashion at The Races final at SA Derby Day.


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IRISH Race Day Saturday September 3 - Cheer on the Aussies!


onning the green and gold is often reserved for soccer and rugby matches but on Irish Race Day at Morphettville Racecourse your countrymen are going to need your support. On Saturday September 3, our Aussie jockeys will take on their Irish rivals as part of a special annual tradition – the Australia versus Ireland Jockey Challenge.

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, with some of Ireland’s best National Hunt riders including Jason Titley taking part. And having lost the last three years by a whisker, it’s time we get behind the Aussies to turn it around.

Do we have the luck of the Irish?...

There’s nothing like the luck of the irish.

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where to stay What better way to enjoy the calming effect of the seaside with the excitement of the city than a night at the Oaks Plaza Pier at Glenelg? Close to Morphettville Racecouorse, the hotel is a perfect home base for the social racegoer or serious punter with 5% discount off the rack rate for all thoroughbred racing fans.Click here for special rates.

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Indulge in all things Irish at the races with themed hospitality options helping to set the tone for a great day out. From the Pot ‘O’ Gold package to the Celtic Celebration, there’s something for every budget. Go all out and be proud of your Irish roots – what’s an Irish Race Day without a splash of green and orange and a four leaf clover or two?

Last year’s Australia versus Ireland Jockey Challenge riders.


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Balaklava Cup



South Australians don’t desert the workplace on a Wednesday without good reason. Each year more people converge on the mid-north farming town of Balaklava for the running of the Balaklava Cup than any other race meeting in country South Australia.

you’ll find over 60 corporate and private marquees to choose from.

Located 100km north of Adelaide on the doorstep to the picturesque Clare Valley, the Balaklava Cup is the place to be seen and the hospitality is second to none –

This day is all about wining, dining and making a statement. Fashions on the Field is a major feature; in 2009 there were over 200 entrants vying for over

$10,000 worth of prizes in the categories of Filly on the Field, Men’s Fashion and Best Hat. This year the Balaklava Cup is also a Fashion at the Races qualifying event, so dress with flare and the pay-offs could be huge.

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Munce to kick off the fun Balaklava Cup fever comes to town a month early with Melbourne Cup winning jockey Chris Munce helping to kick off the fun at the official Balaklava Cup Media Launch on Friday 22 July. Hollywood Syd McDonald will host the annual lunch which is a favourite on the corporate social calendar. Want to join in the festivities with a gourmet lunch at the Lakes Resort? Tickets are available from the Balaklava Racing Club at $100 per head. Click here for more information.

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ore about the races Ever wanted to know m ask? Sam Hayes from but were too afraid to here to help. SA’s Cornerstone Stud is

What happens when one of your horses wins a race? Being a stud farm, we are in the business of breeding and selling our stock. If a horse that we have bred wins a race, we’ll make an effort to congratulate all involved including the owner and trainer. If it is a significant race, the horse and all connections will be highlighted in the racing media. There is no better way to promote a stud than with the success of the progeny you have bred. Where’s your favourite place to watch a race? There’s nothing better than watching a race live at the track, especially when you have a runner. The great thing about going to the races is the interaction you get with clients, colleagues, participants and of course, the horses. If I can’t make it to the track, then there is a very good coverage of the races available via cable TV on Sky Channel and TVN. What makes Black Caviar such a successful horse? Black Caviar has some freakish traits that makes her a ‘once in a lifetime’ horse. Some of these qualities include: a very high-speed, great acceleration, a powerful physique (she weighs well over 500kg which is very large for a mare), a huge length of stride and a strong competitive spirit. Basically said, she is a superior athlete.

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Have you ever seen anything as exciting as Black Caviar race before? She is certainly one of the most exciting horses I’ve seen and will go down in the history books as one of the greats. Makybe Diva captured the imagination of us all when she won a record threestraight Melbourne Cups. Up until now, she was considered the nation’s greatest female galloper of modern times. A lot of people that can remember back as far as the 1950’s will compare Black Caviar to icons such as Vain (previously hailed as Australia’s undisputed sprinting champion) and Tulloch (whom many will say was Australia’s greatest horse). Dulcify was perhaps the best horse to be trained out of Lindsay Park and gave C.S Hayes great excitement and thrill with his recordbreaking win in the Cox Plate. It is quite difficult to compare great racehorses of different eras, which for me says that we should enjoy them all for what they are...and Black Caviar is very special. What is the routine of a trainer on race day? A trainer will do his/her regular work in the morning on race day which involves overseeing track work and management of their stable. From here, a trainer will normally ensure that staff are prepared for the day ahead. Transport for the horses to get to the track is co-ordinated,

equipment is packed and the horses are given a final check over to ensure everything is okay. On a busy race day, it’s a case of all hands on deck with all of the staff assuming their roles to ensure the day runs as smoothly and successfully as possible. The trainer will then head to the racecourse. Their role on race day revolves around horses and clients. Races are generally run every 35-40 minutes which gives them enough time to saddle up/prepare their runners and spend time with their connections. The ‘mounting yard’ is where trainers, jockeys and owners will gather 15 minutes before a race starts to go over race tactics. In a big race, this is where you need your horses to have better nerves than most owners! Post-race, the trainer and owners will head into a private room to view the replay, enjoy some hospitality and analyse the race. If a trainer is lucky enough to have a winner, they will generally be greeted by the media (TV and print) for a short interview after the race.              Once this is done, it’s time to saddle up the next runner and do it all again!

In May 2011, the famous South Australian thoroughbred nursery Lindsay Park Stud began a new chapter with the announcement of its new name, Cornerstone Stud. TRQ resident expert, Sam Hayes, continues to own the Barossa Valley stud in partnership with Darren Thomas, breeding racehorse champions of tomorrow. For more information on Cornerstone Stud, click here.


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2011 events AUGUST



Roxby Downs Outback Cup

Port Augusta Cup

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31. Balaklava Cup Balaklava Racing Club | Wed 31st Aug 2011



Irish Race Day

Gawler Cup

Mindarie-Halidon Cup

South Australian Jockey Club | Sat 3rd Sep 2011

Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club | Sun 11th Sep 2011

Mindarie-Halidon Racing Club | Sun 18th Sep 2011

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Dress to impress at 26 racing events across the year for your chance to WIN!

Roxby Downs & Districts Racing Club | Sat 6th Aug 2011

Port Augusta Racing Club



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Spring Carnival in Adelaide

Jamestown Cup

(Caulfield Guineas Day)

Murray Bridge Gold Cup

Jamestown Racing Club | Sat 1st Oct 2011

South Australian Jockey Club | Sat 8th Oct 2011

Murray Bridge Racing Club | Wed 12th Oct 2011




Spring Carnival in Adelaide

Spring Carnival in Adelaide

Spring Carnival in Adelaide

(Caulfield Cup Day)

(Cox Plate Day)

(VRC Derby Day)

South Australian Jockey Club | Sat 15th Oct 2011

South Australian Jockey Club | Sat 22nd Oct 2011

South Australian Jockey Club | Sat 29th Oct 2011




(Melbourne Cup Day)

Kalangadoo Cup

Langhorne Creek Vignerons Day

Clare Valley Cup

South Australian Jockey Club | Tues 1st Nov 2011

Penola Racing Club | Sun 13th Nov 2011

Strathalbyn Racing Club | Sun 20th Nov 2011

Care Valley Racing Club | Sun 27th Nov 2011



Spring Carnival in Adelaide


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