Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival


The Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival is host to all of South Australia’s premier thoroughbred races each April through to May with gallopers often coming off runs in Sydney from earlier in the season or looking to head to Brisbane for winter events shortly after.

During April lead-up races into the South Australian Racing Carnival’s major events take place including the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) for The Goodwood types and the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) for South Australian Derby hopefuls.

Officially the Adelaide Festival of Racing runs across three weekends in May with the Group 1 meetings kicking off early in the month with Robert Sangster Stakes Day. That is one of three elite level race days held at Morphettville Racecourse, across which four Group 1 races take place, the last of which is the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) for the sprinters.

The Adelaide Racing Carnival attracts not only the top local hopefuls but also plenty of interstate talent as proven in 2012 when the world’s best mare Black Caviar took out the Robert Sangster Stakes – The Goodwood double. Plenty of top betting opportunities exist for punters across the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival race days, a breakdown of the major Group 1 Morphettville meetings found below.


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Adelaide Racing Carnival Key Races

Robert Sangster Stakes

The Robert Sangster Stakes is the key sprint race for fillies & mares held in Adelaide each year, the weight-for-age feature offering $1 million in prize money and boasting a winners’ list featuring the likes of Black Caviar (2012) and Miracles Of Life (2015).

  • Track: Morphettville
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $641,150
  • Sponsor: TAB
  • First Run: 1983
  • Reigning Champion: Instant Celebrity (2021)

Australasian Oaks

Also known as the Schweppes Oaks and held on Robert Sangster Stakes Day, this Group 1 feature for three-year-old staying fillies offers half a million in prize money and may lead into a SA Derby run the following weekend for the best performers.

  • Track: Morphettville
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Prize: $321,150
  • Sponsor: Schweppes
  • First Run: 1982
  • Reigning Champion: Hungry Heart (2021)

South Australian Derby

The South Australian Derby attracts the season’s top three-year-old stayers including some fillies taking on the colts & geldings on the back of a Schweppes Oaks run. Local and interstate raiders make-up the capacity 16-starter field including graduates out of the ATC Derby from April and those looking at heading to Brisbane the next month for the Queensland Derby.

  • Track: Morphettville
  • Distance: 2500m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $600,000
  • First Prize: $384,000
  • Sponsor: TAB
  • First Run: 1860
  • Reigning Champion: Explosive Jack (2021)

The Goodwood

The Goodwood rounds out Group 1 racing in Adelaide for the festival and runs towards the end of May. Sprinters may come off a lead-up at Morphettville in a race like the Robert Sangster Stakes for the female gallopers – a double achieved by Black Caviar (2012) and Platelet (2013) in recent years, or be first-up off a Sydney lead-up during ‘The Championships’.

  • Track: Morphettville
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Prize: $640,000
  • Sponsor: Furphy
  • First Run: 1881
  • Reigning Champion: Savatoxl (2021)


Date: Saturday May 4, 2019

Racecourse: Morphettville Racecourse

Feature Races –

The first two elite level Adelaide races run on a Saturday in early May, the action headlined by the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) for the fillies and mares that now offers $1 million in prize money. Four-year-old mares have dominated the Robert Sangster Stakes over the past few decades and Black Caviar (2012) is the most notable winner. The other Group 1 on the card is the Australasian Oaks for the three-year-old fillies that traditionally come via a run in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) at the track in late April.


Date: Saturday May 11, 2019

Racecourse: Morphettville Racecourse

Feature Races:

  • Group 1 $600,000 South Australian Derby (2500m)
  • Group 3 $175,000 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)
  • Listed $150,000 Adelaide Guineas (1600m)

The only Group 1 race on the SA Derby Day card is the staying feature for three-year-olds worth over half-a-million dollars. Locals have a top strike-rate in the South Australian Derby, while the last filly to beat home the boys in the 2500m showdown was the Grant Williams-trained Perth raider Delicacy (2015) who came off an Australian Oaks win.


Date: Saturday May 16, 2020

Track: Morphettville Racecourse

Feature Races:

  • Group 1 $1 million The Goodwood (1200m)
  • Group 3 $250,000 RA Lee Stakes (1600m)
  • Group 3 $200,000 National Stakes (1200m)
  • Group 3 $175,000 SA Fillies Classic (2500m)
  • Group 3 $175,000 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m)

The Goodwood is the fourth and final Group 1 race of Adelaide’s Autumn Racing Carnival and is a set weights plus penalties sprint open to horses aged three-years-old and above. It was originally run as a handicap and known as The Goodwood Handicap. Mares have a dominant record in the race over the past decade and the Robert Sangster Stakes – The Goodwood double has been recently achieved by Platelet (2013) and Black Caviar (2012). The meeting’s key support race is the RA Lee Stakes for milers offering $250,000 in prize money.