THREE South Australian listed races have changed dates in order to enhance the SA feature race program.
Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) has today announced the changes to the Tokyo City Cup, the Morphettville Guineas and the Durbridge Stakes.
The Tokyo City Cup, a set weights and penalties race over 1800m, has been moved from its traditional mid-to-late September date to Saturday, October 31.
“It’s currently programmed just three days after the Balaklava Cup, which is a 1600m race,” said TRSA handicapper Rhett Cook.
“The shift to this date makes the Tokyo City Cup two weeks after the Murray Bridge Cup, which is also a mile race, and allows a proper gap and progression for South Australian horses.”
The three-year-old Morphettville Guineas (set weights, 1600m) has been shifted from September to Monday, March 8. The move delivers a feature three-year-old race on Adelaide Cup Day.
“We feel this will be a very worthwhile addition to the Cup day program,” Mr Cook said.
“There’s something missing not having a three-year-old feature on our biggest day, and we’re sure this move will help attract some additional high-quality runners.”
The weight-for-age Durbridge Stakes has undergone two major changes.
The Durbridge Stakes has been moved from October to January 30 and its distance has been reduced from 1200m to 1100m.
“This move will allow horses looking at targeting Melbourne autumn features an ideal start point in South Australia,” Mr Cook explained.
“The proposed date is two weeks before the Group 1 Lightning Stakes, at Flemington, over 1000m.”
Tokyo City Cup: Saturday, October 31
Morphettville Guineas: Monday, March 8
Durbridge Stakes: Saturday, January 30
For further information please contact Paul Mitchell, TRSA Content, Media and Communications Manager, on email@example.com or 0439 478 705.