Turf Club of South Australia formed.
Club folds but racing continues.
Eastern Parklands meeting held (now Victoria Park).
Race meeting held at Glenelg on likely site of Morphettville. South Australian Jockey Club [SAJC] (1) formed.
St.Leger Stakes founded won by "Touchstone".
New SAJC (2) formed. 1860 First SA Derby run at Thebarton and won by "Midnight".
Leading British stallion "Fisherman" imported by Mr Fisher. SAJC (3) formed to become the administrators and controllers of racing in SA.
Inaugural running of Adelaide Cup run on the course at Thebarton. Worth 500 guineas. Mr. CA Dowling's "Falcon" won.
Cowra, sired by Falcon wins first of consecutive Adelaide Cups.
Thebarton course closed. Duke of Edinburgh visits Eastern Parklands course.
Eastern Parklands to be known as Victoria Park.
SAJC (4) formed under the chairmanship of Sir John Morphett.
First meeting held at Morphettville. First race won by "Red Gauntlet" owned by Honourable Thomas Elder, who had been a prime mover in the establishment of the course. (3rd September).
Inaugural Cheltenham Cup/Birthday Cup won by "Lockleys".
Totalisator betting introduced to Adelaide.
Prince Albert and Prince George visit Morphettville. D.O.D. wins the first running of the Goodwood Handicap.
Malua, a great racehorse of his time won the Cup.
Government bans all forms of gambling with the Totalisator Repeal Act. Adelaide Cup ran at Flemington as SAJC had already taken entries for the event which was won by Mr. E Ellis's "Lord Wilton" Racing abandoned for four years.
Adelaide Racing Club formed to control Victoria Park.
Club acquire title rights to own course at Morphettville, 160 acres, the same year Totalisator betting is re-introduced. First cup since 1885 - won by "The Lawyer".
Port Adelaide Racing Club formed.
85 registered colours 121 licensed jockeys.
Eye Glass wins 1st of two Adelaide Cups.
Military forces camped at Morphettville race meetings transferred to Victoria Park.
Duke of Windsor visits Victoria Park.
"The Julius" totalisator installed. A new brick totalisator building was erected.
Members stand built.
School for apprentice jockeys started. Duke and Duchess of York visit Morphettville. They admire the great horse Manfred who was paraded on the course.
The depression reduces attendances. Radio broadcasts introduced.
"Phar Lap" wins first running of Kings Cup at Morphettville.
Betting Control Board licences bookmakers to operate on racecourses and off track betting shops.
Middle grass training track first used.
Fire: One of the Derby stands destroyed.
345 bookmakers registered. March 1st wartime ban on racing.
Peerless Fox wins 1st of consecutive cups.
Photo finish camera introduced. Used in the Cup to separate a desperately close finish. Gay Comedy wins first SA Oaks. Highest ever Cup attendance - 50,000 people to watch Peerless Fox.
Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh visits Morphettville.
Starting Stalls introduced.
The great Tulloch wins The S.J.Pullman Stakes at Cheltenham.
Sometime finishes second in The Adelaide Cup for the second time (never to win).
TAB commences operating in SA.
The great Rain Lover wins the Adelaide Cup. Debhel Boy and Artic Coast finish second and third for the second time.
Aluminium running rail first used at Morphettville.
The Cup was run as the Centenary Cup and was granted a Public holiday for the first time. Tavel won, the first of his Cups, the other came in 1973.
Twilight meeting held at Morphettville to coincide with Perth Cup.
Racing telecast from Morphettville.
All three Adelaide clubs amalgamate to form the SAJC.
Fire: Members stand destroyed. Many irreplaceable records and photos destroyed. All racing transferred to Cheltenham and Victoria Park. New Zealand female jockey, Linda Jones is first woman to ride in Adelaide Cup on board Northfleet, trained by her husband, Alan.
Adelaide Cup run at Victoria Park because of facilities renovation as Morphettville.
New members stand at Morphettville opened.
First Australasian Oaks is won by Rose of Kingston.
Formula I motor car racing was introduced with the inclusion of Victoria Park in the Grand Prix circuit.
The introduction of Sky Channel T.V.
Lord Reims wins a record third Adelaide Cup.
Our Pompeii wins second Adelaide Cup.
“Octagonal” being ridden by Darren Beadman . Photo provided by Rob Sweeney.
South Australian Thoroughbred Racing Authority (SATRA) takeover the control of racing in South Australia..
Fire: Derby Stand at Victoria Park destroyed in fire.
Episode trained by David Hall wins the 3YO fillies Triple Crown. SATRA leave Morphettville for offices in the City.
SATRA return to Morphettville and are re-named Thoroughbred Racing SA after the industry is corporatised. Following excessive rain Adelaide Cup Day is abandoned. The meeting is re-scheduled at Victoria Park. Bohemiath wins.
The Government agree to sell the TAB. The SAJC undertake major redevelopments to the grandstand and course. The inaugural running of the $400,000 Magic Millions Classic - the State's richest race. Won by locally owned, Barossa Broadway.
Morphettville Grandstand is re-developed at a cost of $2 million. Morphettville track undergoes complete re-development, the first since its construction. The cost is $4 million. Wetlands are created in the middle of the track.
New artificial training surface, 'Proride' is installed at Morphettville.
In an Australian racing first, South Australia's premier thoroughbred racing track, Morphettville Racecourse, is renamed 'Allan Scott Park Morphettville' for a five year term, following the generous sponsorship from Scott Group of Companies.
Last ever race meeting at Victoria Park, was held in December.
Last ever race meeting at Cheltenham Park, was held in February.
Due to the movement of races from Victoria Park and Cheltenham Park to Morphettville, the SAJC required a first-class second surface to maintain the 65 race meetings now scheduled. The second track at Morphettville Racecourse opened, and the first race meeting on "The Parks" circuit at Morphettville was held on Wednesday 17th June 2009. An investment of $3.6 million was spent on the new inner track, which has a circumference of 2100 metres, is 25 meters in width and has a home straight 305 meters in length.
A new Winning Post at Morphettville was also constructed, and its hydraulic operating system was the first winning post in the world with this technology. It was opened by Minister Michael Wright on 1st August.
After the conclusion of the sponsorship arrangement with Scott Group of Companies, Allan Scott Park returns to its original name of Morphettville Racecourse.
Black Caviar makes history at Morphettville Racecourse on 28th April when she wins the Group 1 Sportingbet Classic (registered as the Robert Sangster Stakes), extending her unbeaten streak to 20 consecutive wins.
The Champion Mare cemented her place in the record books with her 21st consecutive win, in the Group 1 Distinctive Homes Goodwood at Morphettville Racecourse two weeks later, on 12th May.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) announces the introduction of a new logo for Morphettville. This new Morphettville logo is modern in its presentation, but has hints of nostalgia with the design inspiration driven from the historic SAJC gates, formerly from Cheltenham Racecourse, that are now a proud feature in the Mounting Yard at Morphettville.
History of Jockeys in SA
As well as producing champion horses such as Tobin Bronze, Comic Court, Rain Lover, Pago Pago, Dulcify and Light Fingers, South Australia has also witnessed some of the sport’s finest ever jockeys ply their trade.