Whilst the nation stops for the Melbourne Cup every November, the highlight of the South Australian racing calendar is the Adelaide Cup. This outstanding day of racing takes place on the second Monday of March, this year on the 9th of March, which is a public holiday for the state of South Australia, ensuring that the people of South Australia are able to stop and enjoy the race! Run at Morphettville Racecourse in South Australia, the Adelaide Cup is the feature race of the Adelaide Cup Carnival that is held during the autumn.
Adelaide Cup Race Details
- Date: 9th March 2015
- Track Location: Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide
- Distance: 3200m
- Race Conditions: Open Handicap
- Stakes: $400 000
The Adelaide Cup is one of the last quality group races run over the traditional cup distance of 3200m, like the Melbourne Cup.
The field for the Adelaide Cup is typically made up of the leading local gallopers and some interstate horses seeking a two mile run, and the race always produces a competitive field of contenders.
While the Adelaide Cup shares the same distance as the Melbourne Cup a horse has not won the Adelaide Cup / Melbourne Cup double since Subzero in 1992. \
General admission includes entry to the beer garden with many food and beverage outlets. All pre-purchased ticket holders attending the Adelaide Cup, receive free public transport on all Adelaide Metro Networks to and from Morphettville. General admission only $25.
Tickets and packages - http://www.sajc.com.au/tickets/tattsbet_adelaide_cup
Adelaide Cup History
Conducted by the South Australian Jockey Club the Adelaide Cup is one of Australia's oldest races, first won by Falcon in 1864.
Starting as a principal race run over 13 furlongs, the track distance was increased to 16 furlongs in 1945 until 1973 when Australia's adoption of the metric system saw the Adelaide Cup run over 3200m.
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Whilst the public holiday on the 9th March coincides nicely with the Adelaide Cup (The holiday is properly known as the March Public Holiday), also running at the same time (until 15th March) is the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The Adelaide Fringe Festival is quite different to a conventional arts festival as it is open access which means that anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event is able to register and be part of Australia's largest arts event. The result is one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world, renowned for fresh ideas, spontaneity and fun.
Artists from all over Australia and from all around the world participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design.
Adelaide Fringe literally takes over the entire city with over 900 events staged in pop up venues in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and empty buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafes and town halls.
Fringe tickets and info - http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix
So if you have some spare time over the March Public Holiday weekend be sure to check out the Adelaide Cup or the Adelaide Fringe Festival, both are bound to provide great entertainment!
Note MiniJumbuk office and factory will be closed on Monday 9th March, however our factory outlet will be open from 11am to 4pm.