Morphettville Racecourse

Morphettville Racecourse is located at Morphett Road Morphettville South Australia.

In 1875 Morphettville Racecourse held it’s first race meeting thanks to Sir John Morphett. Morphettville now has 2 race tracks, Morphettville Parks Track and Allan Scott Park Morphettville Track.

Morphettville Racecourse is situated in the suburb of Morphettville, a few kilometres from Glenelg beach and approx 8 kilometres from the city of Adelaide.

Entry to Morphettville Racecourse is via Morphett Road or the Tramway entrance off Anzac Hwy. Taxi ranks can be found inside the Members' Car Park and on Morphett Road outside the course.

Transport To Morphettville Racecourse:

The Glenelg Tram stops at the northern end of the racecourse just off Anzac Hwy, stop 12. The tram runs all day and well into the evening. The tram commences at Glenelg and travels via the racecourse, then into Adelaide and along Port Road and then back again.

There is plenty of car parking at Morphettville, locations being:

1. Morphettville Junction car park just off Anzac Hwy, enter the racecourse over the tram line and

2. Morphett Road opposite the Members' entrance on the western side of Morphett Road.

Racecourse Details:

  • The new Parks Track has a circumference of 2100 metres and a width of 25 metres with a 5% chamber on the turns and a finishing straight of 320 metres long. It provides a fair chance for all runners.
  • The number of starters per race can accommodate 14 runner run over distances between 1000 and 2400 metres, while hurdle and steeple races can be run over 3000 and 3350 metres respectively. The first meeting held for the new course was on Wednesday June 17th, 2009.
  • Since the closing of Cheltenham and Victoria Park Racecourses The Parks Racecourse was designed with a 1400 metre chute that allowed the running of Listed and Group races previously held at those tracks.
  • The Main Racecourse, Allan Scott Morphettville Racecourse has a circumference of 2,339 metres with a 334 metre home straight. The track is 32 metres wide and has wide turns, a camber of 4% which gives back runners every chance of winning. Overall it is an excellent fair open race course giving all horses an even chance of winning.

A world first retractable winning post with hydraulics was installed at the track in 2009. This enabled the Jockey Club flexibility to interchange the running of events with the least amount of damage to either of the tracks especially now due to races being run during mid week and more racing than ever in the winter months. 

The South Australian Jockey Club, which dates back to 1856, is South Australia's premier racing club, playing host to magnificent racing action throughout the year at Morphettville Racecourse. The club has a membership of around 2000, and employs 75 full-time and more than 400 casual staff.

Morphettville Racecourse, headquarters of the South Australian Jockey Club, Adelaide South Australia was resurfaced in 2002 and some now say the best racecourse in the southern hemisphere.

The South Australian Jockey Club can now conduct approx 70 racing meetings in the year now it has the two racecourses. Morphettville's major racing carnival each year is run in March and April, with races such as the Adelaide Cup, South Australian Derby and Goodwood Handicap being run.

Contact: Morphettville Racecourse

Allan Scott Park Morphettville,
Morphett Road,
Morphettville SA
Postal address:
PO Box 707,
SA 5043
Ph. (08) 8295 0111
Fax (08) 8295 0136
Email: [email protected]

Find below all the Group Races held at Morphettville Racecourse during the season.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Australasian Oaks Adelaide Cup SA Oaks
The Goodwood Queen Of The South Stakes Lord Reims Stakes
Robert Sangster Stakes Yallambee Classic D.C. McKay Stakes
South Australian Derby   RA Lee Stakes
    Breeders Stakes
    Sires Produce Stakes
    Spring Stakes
    The Jansz
    R.N. Irwin Stakes
    Chairmans Stakes
    Auraria Stakes

Barrier Guide for Morphettville Racecourse

  • 1000 metres: This start is located on the side of the track. This provides runners with a straight run of about 400 metres to the home turn. Inside barriers have a slight advantage.
  • 1050 metres: Similar to the 1000 metre start. Barriers have a slight advantage.

  • 1100 metres: Similar to the 1000 metres start. There is a straight run of about 500 metres to the home turn. Barriers have a slight advantage.
  • 1200 metres: This start is located at the end of the chute off the course proper and provides a straight run of about 600 metres before the bend. Inside barriers have a slight advantage.
  • 1600 metres: This barrier starts on the course proper in the back section of the course. It provides runners with a run of 300 metres before the first turn. Inside barriers have the advantage.
  • 1800 metres: This start is located in a chute off the course proper in the back section of the course. It provides runners a straight run for 500 metres to the first turn. Barriers are only a slight advantage.
  • 2000 metres: This barrier starts in a chute off the course proper. It gives runners only 150 metres before the first turn into the back straight. Inside barriers have a considerable advantage.
  • 2400 metres: This start can be found on the course proper in the home straight. Runners are on a slight angle from the start and have a straight run of only 150 metres to the back straight. Barrier draws are a slight advantage.
  • 3200 metres: Adelaide Cup Start. The start is located near the home turn. Because of the distance of the race barrier draws are usually not so important.
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