Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival

Ladbrokes Tip: Plenty of interstate visitors from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane feature in the Group 1 winners’ lists for the Adelaide Autumn Carnival

The Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival is host to all of South Australia’s premier thoroughbred races each April – May. Officially the first Group race of the wider autumn season in Adelaide is run in mid-April.

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 $500,000 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.

Robert Sangster Stakes Day

Feature Races – Morphettville Racecourse:

  • $400,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m)
  • $400,000 Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m)
  • $250,000 Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m)
  • $175,000 Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1050m)
  • $120,000 Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m)

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. 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.

South Australian Derby Day

Feature Races – Morphettville Racecourse:

The only Group race on the SA Derby Day card is the staying feature for three-year-olds worth 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. Two Listed races also run on Derby Day in Adelaide including the Adelaide Guineas (1600m).

The Goodwood Day

Feature Races – Morphettville Racecourse:

  • $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m)
  • $120,000 Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m)
  • $120,000 Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m)
  • $120,000 Group 3 National 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 $150,000 in total prize money.