Morphettville race track is located in the suburb of Morphettville which is about 5 kilometres from the Adelaide city centre and considered the premier metropolitan track in South Australia. It also referred to as "Allan Scott Park" due to the current sponsorship deal with well known transport tycoon Allan Scott. It is home to the South Australian Jockey Club.
A second turf track at Allan Scott Park Morphettville was completed for racing, with the first meeting held on Wednesday June 17th, 2009 and known as ‘The Parks’. The new turf track will enable the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) to hold up to 70 race meetings a year.
The track circumference of "The Parks" is 2100m with a track width of 25m, while the home straight is 320m in length. Flat races will be run over distances from 1000m to 2400m, while hurdles and steeple races will be run over 3000m and 3350m respectively.
With the closing of Victoria Park and Cheltenham Park as race venues, "The Parks" has incorporated a 1400m chute that allows the running of group and listed races previously held at those now defunct tracks.
South Australia Jockey Club
The South Australian Jockey Club is the main race club for metropolitan racing in Adelaide and dates back to 1856.
Under Sir John Morphett's leadership the SAJC held Morphettville's first meeting in 1875 and the first race was won by "Red Gauntlet" owned by Hon.
Thomas Elder, who had been a catylyst in the creation of Morphettville racecourse. The SAJC looks after racing at all Adelaide's three city tracks, including Cheltenham and Victoria Park.
Morphettville Racing Carnivals
Morphettville hosts its major carnival each year during the months of March/April, the highlights being the South Australian Derby and Goodwood Handicap.
Morphettville also hosts a number of Group 3 events in May including the Sires Produce Stakes, and multiple listed stakes races around August/September such as the Spring Stakes, Morphettville Guineas and Tokyo City Cup.
Below are the main races of the Morphettville March/April racing carnival.
Australasian Oaks - Group 1 - 3yo Fillies set weights over 2000m
Goodwood - Group 1 - Open handicap over 1200m
Robert Sangster Stakes - Group 1 - 3yo+ Fillies & Mares set weights over 1200m
South Australian Derby - Group 1 - 3yo Open set weights over 2500m
Adelaide Cup - Group 2 - Open handicap over 3200m
Queen Of The South - Group 2 - 3yo+ Fillies & Mares set weights + pen over 1600m
South Australian Oaks - Group 2 - 3yo Fillies set weights 2500m
Eucalse Stakes - Group 2 - 3yo Open set weights over 1200m
Morphettville Track Details
Morphettville is a spacious track with a course circumference of 2,339 metres and a straight length of 334 metres. It has three chutes, the 1200 metres, 1800 metres and 2000 metres.
The track was redeveloped in 2002 and is a course that gives a chance to horses who race on the pace or prefer to come from behind.
Circumference: 2,339 metres
Straight: 334 metres
Morphettville Parks Contact Details
How to get to Morphettville racecourse
The track is located just off Anzac Highway, Morphett Rd, Morphettville with entry via Morphett Rd entrance or Tramway entrance.
Taxis will pick up and drop off patrons from the member's car park throughout the day, while trams operate from North Tce, and Victoria Square (Adelaide), through to Moseley Square (Glenelg). City buses also provide services to stops adjacent to the track on Anzac Highway and Morphett Road.
Current schedules can be found at the Adelaide Metro website. If you choose to drive yourself then car parking is available at Morphett Road adjacent to the Members' entrance on the opposite side of the road to the racecourse, and also in the centre of the course via Morphett Road.