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  • Steph steps down career pathway, via Explorer Cadetship Program

    An Adelaide teenager is making all the right moves – and drawing praise from one of Sydney’s most successful trainers – while tackling a comprehensive program aimed at preparing young people for a career in thoroughbred racing. Stephanie Barrett-Quinn is currently working at the Randwick stables of Gai Waterhouse and...

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  • Alice warms to Darwin riding stint

    A yearning for career development has prompted jockey Alice Lindsay to swap the chilly South Australian winter for the warmer climes of Darwin. This time next week Alice will be in the Top End starting what she hopes will be a year-long riding stint. “I’ve never been to Darwin, so...

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  • $37,500 boost to complete Kerrin McEvoy statue

    The remaining barrier to the erection of a statue in Streaky Bay honouring champion SA jockey Kerrin McEvoy was eliminated today, following an unexpected State Government handout. Premier Steven Marshall this afternoon announced a $37,500 funding boost for the project, enabling its completion without the need for further community fundraising....

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  • From jockey to co-trainer: Krystal ‘at peace’ with retirement decision

    The grind of losing up to 3kg before each meeting – plus a dose of self-reflection after a horror fall last October saw eight metal plates and 47 screws inserted in her head – was enough to convince Krystal Bishop to retire from race riding at the end of the...

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  • Patrons continue to be welcomed back to SA’s race tracks

    Following on from last week’s announcement around spectator restrictions easing, Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) is happy to advise that all Clubs are now able to open for business at their discretion. For inquiries around attending any South Australian thoroughbred race meeting, please contact each Club direct.  All Club contact details...

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  • Diverse bunch to contest City of Port Augusta Cup

    A smallish but interesting bunch of middle-distance runners will contest Sunday’s City of Port Augusta Cup (2300m). The absence of dirt-track star Fulton Street has opened up the $22,500 race to other runners and ensured a healthier betting contest. Will Clarken’s Handsome Return is hitting dirt for the first time,...

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  • Murray Bridge & Gawler on the importance of reopening

    Members, owners and some spectators are being welcomed back to major SA race meetings at Murray Bridge and Gawler over the next two Saturdays. Tomorrow’s bumper nine-race Murray Bridge meeting, offering a record $456,500 in prize money, will have a capacity of 350 people, while up to 1000 will attend...

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  • Jockey Jacob’s ‘best things’ so far

    The best things about being a jockey. Every jockey’s first winner is special to them, but 16-year-old Jacob Opperman’s breakthrough success had a particularly homely feel.  Back on May 3, Jacob guided L’amarybelle to victory at Bordertown, completing a nice little ‘circle of life’ moment.  “It was for a trainer...

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  • Alsvior simply The Ant’s Pants for in-form Jaensch stable

    Four winners in five days, including a double to one horse, plus the promising comeback of a previously retired mare, mean Sue Jaensch is officially on a roll. The Naracoorte trainer is enjoying a purple patch of form, starting with Just Rolling’s win at Murray Bridge last Wednesday and finishing...

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  • Seeing doubles as highlights flow at Morphettville Parks

    Three doubles, another masterful staying ride, and the middle leg of a country stable’s winning streak highlighted Saturday’s nine-race Morphettville Parks meeting. Apprentice jockey Caitlin Jones teamed up with the Richard and Chantelle Jolly stable to land a double, starting with speedy two-year-old Theresabearinthere, who led throughout to win race...

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  • New pool and first winner: Aimee’s double celebration

    Just over a week after being on hand for the official opening of Gawler’s new equine pool, local trainer Aimee Bush had another reason to celebrate. The 26-year-old attended this month’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in a formal capacity, as an employee of the Darren Magro Racing stable, and was as pleased...

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  • New SA stars to be unearthed in 2020 TAB Spring Bonanza

    Gytrash, Xilong and Garner have already ‘graduated’ and another bunch of stars could be unearthed on South Australian race tracks during the 2020 TAB Spring Bonanza. The initiative comprises seven speciality series to be conducted during October, November and December, with each series culminating in a $100,000 final at Morphettville....

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  • Media Release: Patrons continue to be welcomed back to SA’s race tracks

    Following on from last week’s announcement around spectator restrictions easing, Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) is happy to announce the following updates for the racing week ahead: WHERE, WHEN & HOW MANY (subject to official directions from the state co-ordinator) Bordertown, Sunday, June 28: Bordertown Racing Club will advise in coming...

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  • Kayla’s excited, but mainly grateful about her milestone

    ‘Who to thank’ trumped Kayla Crowther’s feelings of excitement and relief when she achieved the notable feat of outriding her apprentice’s claim at Morphettville last Saturday. Kayla brought up her 80th metropolitan winner on the Phillip Stokes stable’s two-year-old Instant Celebrity, bringing a premature conclusion to her apprenticeship, due to...

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  • Power-filly keeping Port on top everywhere

    Port Adelaide is prospering – on the footy field and the race track. In addition to thumping the Adelaide Crows in the latest Showdown and keeping a perfect start to the season intact against Fremantle on Sunday, Power coach Ken Hinkley and a group of players had dual reason to...

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  • Kayla Crowther landed her 80th career metropolitan

    Kayla Crowther was the most successful jockey at Saturday’s meeting at Morphettville – in more ways than one. Most importantly, Crowther landed her 80th career metropolitan win to achieve the impressive and rare feat of outriding her apprentice’s claim. She got the milestone out of the way in race one,...

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  • Spectators back at Murray Bridge on Wednesday

    Spectators have the chance to get ‘back to the races’ at Murray Bridge this Wednesday. Under the latest coronavirus restrictions, the Gifford Hill-based Murray Bridge race track can cater for 174 member of the general public. To date, around 50 of those positions for this week’s meeting have been taken...

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  • Adelaide runners dominating Melbourne Cup market

    In a nod to the quality of the 2020 Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival, SA race results are the dominant factor in early markets for this year’s Melbourne Cup, according to the TAB. SA Derby winner Russian Camelot is outright favourite for the Melbourne Cup, while Port Adelaide Cup winner Oceanex...

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  • New Gawler pool tipped to attract trainers

    The new equine pool at Gawler is tipped to attract more thoroughbred trainers to the region, industry insiders say. The $495,000 pool was launched last Friday by SA Racing Minister Corey Wingard, whose Liberal State Government set aside $2.5 million for 10 projects across SA, as part of a $24...

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  • Media Release: Patrons welcomed back to SA’s race tracks - gradually

    Patrons will soon be welcomed back to thoroughbred racetracks across South Australia in a staged approach. Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) today announced it would adopt a measured approach to re-admitting on-course patrons, with limits varying for each club given their specific room sizes, taking into account the distancing directions...

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  • It’s Todd’s day… but Anna and a couple others also shine

    Without Anna Jordsjo and the McEvoy stable, it might have been all about Todd Pannell at Murray Bridge on Saturday. Pannell booted home four winners – the first two and the last two – to all but wrap up the 2019/20 metropolitan jockeys premiership, sitting eight wins clear of nearest...

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  • ‘Tighter’ racing a challenge for South African hoop

    “Tighter” racing and an occasional lack of speed – particularly in staying events – are among the major differences South African jockey Karl Zechner has noted since arriving in Australia six months ago. Zechner rode his first city winner at Morphettville last Saturday, and backed it up with another at...

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  • A conversation with… Trainer John Hickmott

    John Hickmott, 76, once operated a real estate business in Wangaratta and was a hobby trainer before taking on the gig full-time and eventually moving to South Australia 30 years ago, settling in Murray Bridge. Since then he has become a prolific trainer, preparing many winners every year across the...

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  • Game-changing Gawler equine pool officially open today

    Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club's game-changing $495,000 equine pool was today officially unveiled by Racing Minister Corey Wingard. The pool was funded via $2.5 million set aside for 10 projects across SA as part of the State Government’s $24 million racing-industry stimulus package, announced last year. The straight-line pool is...

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  • Thoroughbred Racing SA Industry Awards and Hall of Fame Update

    Dear racing community, The Thoroughbred Racing SA Industry Awards and Hall of Fame are held at the end of each racing season to honour the achievements of the state’s top horses, trainers, jockeys, apprentices and associates. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, TRSA has decided against holding Hall of Fame...

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