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  • World's Best Confirmed for History-Making Adelaide Race

    Posted by Marketing Department

    The man widely recognised as one of the best jockeys in the world – Brazilian-born João Moreira – is coming to Adelaide after being confirmed today for the Schweppes Oaks Day on Saturday 6 May at Morphettville.

    Moreira will ride in South Australia’s first ever million-dollar race – the $1 million Group 1 UBET Classic (Robert Sangster Stakes) – on the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Sheidel, the horse upon which he won this year’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

    Nicknamed the ‘Magic Man,’ Moreira is regarded as one of the world’s best jockeys and has an astonishing record in the saddle. This season alone in Hong Kong, he has notched up 135 winners from 526 rides at a 26% strike rate.

    “To have a jockey of Moreira’s calibre riding here is a great coup for Adelaide and for Morphettville,” said SAJC Chair Bodelle Francis.

    “Not only that, but to have him riding in our first million-dollar race is exactly the kind of high-profile name we believe our Festival of Racing now has the ability to attract.”

    For the first time in its history, South Australia will have two races worth $1 million – the UBET Classic and the Darley Goodwood to be run on 20 May – following a $6 million two-year funding commitment provided by the State Government.

    “To have the ‘Magic Man’ here will bring a new level of excitement and interest from around Australia and internationally, which is exactly what we wanted to achieve with the Government’s support,” said TRSA CEO Jim Watters.

    “We had always highlighted that taking the carnival to this level would boost tourism and visitation to Adelaide.

    “Since announcing the prizemoney increase earlier this year, we have been working hard to ensure that owners and trainers throughout Australia and NZ are aware of the massive prize money increases and opportunities here this autumn.”

    After moving from his homeland Brazil to Singapore in 2009, Moreira built an outstanding career in Singapore where he was named their Champion Jockey four years straight from 2010-2013. Some of his outstanding achievements in Singapore included breaking the Singapore record for most wins in a season, with 206 winners in 2012. He also rode eight winners from eight rides at Kranji in 2013.    

    In 2013 he moved to Hong Kong and has since cemented himself as one of the world’s finest jockeys. He has been crowned the Hong Kong Champion Jockey two years running and, in doing so, has also set the record for most wins in a season with 168 in 2015-16. A number he may be able to improve on this season.

    In March, Moreira set a new Hong Kong record when he rode eight winners in one meeting at Sha Tin.

     

  • Malaguerra Likely to Tackle the Goodwood

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Dual Group 1 winning sprinter Malaguerra will be given every chance to line up in next month’s Group 1 Darley Goodwood according to Manny Gelagotis.

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  • Fillies Final Hit-Out Before Group 1 Oaks

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Some of Australia's classiest fillies will line up in Saturday's Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes as they have their final hit-out before the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks on 6 May.

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  • Battle of the Sexes in the Group 3 Irwin

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Punters will have the chance to see some serious Group 1 contenders strut their stuff before the two $1 Million races in the Adelaide Festival of Racing.

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  • The Brother of Winx to Step out in the Listed Redelva

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    The brother of wonder-mare Winx, El Divino headlines the list of acceptances for the Listed Redelva Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.

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  • First Class Field Assembles for the Listed Oakbank Stakes

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    A quality field of sprinters, much loved jumpers and a touch of royalty headline a sensational day of racing at Oakbank.

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  • Can Evenmoreaction get the chocolates at Penola again?

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    The Katnook Estate Wines Penola Cup on Easter Sunday is shaping to be a great race and a very important leg of the Limestone Coast Cups Series.

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  • Bart Returns to Reclaim His Crown

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Darren Weir has confirmed that Black Heart Bart will return to Adelaide to defend his Group 1 Darley Goodwood title in May.

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  • Saturday Wrap - April 8

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    An exciting day of racing at Morphettville on Saturday showed that there are plenty of quality horses to follow from all three Listed Races.

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  • Savvy Placement from Across the Tasman

    Posted by Arlen Kaesler

    Can New Zealander Savvy Dreams be the next Kiwi raider to take home a Group 1?

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