South Australia's Morphettville racecourse is the major metropolitan race track in Adelaide and is located in the suburb of Morphettville, around 5 kilometres from the city centre. It's home to the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC).
The SAJC incoporated a second turf track into the Morphettville course, named 'The Parks', and the first meeting was held on Wednesday June 17th, 2009. The second track enables the club to hold up to 70 race meetings each year.
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 closed venues.
The South Australian Jockey Club, or SAJC, administer city racing in Adelaide and have been doing so since 1856.
Under Sir John Morphett's leadership, the SAJC held Morphettville's first meeting in 1875. The first ever race was won by "Red Gauntlet" owned by Hon. Thomas Elder, who was a prime mover in the creation of Morphettville racecourse.
Morphettville hosts its major carnival from March to May each year and highlighted by the big Goodwood Day meeting in May. Feature races during the autumn carnival include the Group 1 Goodwood and Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes.
The Group 3 Spring Stakes is held in August at Morphettville and is the only group race held in Adelaide during the spring.
Below are the main races of the Adelaide autumng racing carnival at Morphettville.
Australasian Oaks (2000m) - Group 1 - 3yo Fillies Set Weights
Goodwood - Group 1 - Open SW+P
Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) - Group 1 - Fillies & Mares Set Weights
South Australian Derby (2500m) - Group 1 - 3yo Set Weights
Adelaide Cup (3200M) - Group 2 - Open Handicap
Queen Of The South (1600m) - Group 2 - Fillies & Mares SW+P
South Australian Oaks (2500m) - Group 2 - 3yo Fillies Set Weights
Eucalse Stakes - Group 2 - 3yo Open set weights over 1200m
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 gives all horses the chance to win, whether leading, racing on the pace, or coming from behind.
Circumference: 2,339 metres
Straight: 334 metres
SA Jockey Club
PO Box 2646
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: 08 8295 0111
Website: South Australian Jockey Club
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.
Check schedules 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.