With a 4am start for most involved on track work mornings, it is only the most passionate horse enthusiast you will find tending to their equine friends at Morphettville Racecourse every Tuesday. She Shopped had the privilege of joining horses, trainers, stable hands, jockeys, stewards and support crew for an exclusive behind the scenes look at how these magnificent creatures are cared for and trained as part of our tour with Thoroughbred Racing SA. Our conclusion? It’s a horse’s life for us thanks.
The Official Track Work Supervisor, Banjo, tells us that there is anywhere between 250-300 horses in attendance at a morning trackwork.
To accommodate the needs of their stunning hooved friends, an army of equine experts tends to their physical (and emotional) needs with brushing, aqua aerobics (well perhaps more recovery than aerobics, but we were getting into the music), an early morning gallop or leisurely trot, and of course oodles of loving nose nuzzles and pats during a hand feed. And yes, we stole a few kisses too for good measure.
The Kings and Queens of Thoroughbred Racing SA enjoy their morning pamper as much as the dedicated staff enjoy giving it (and those early starts aren’t for the faint hearted). To see these magnificent animals in action, check out the full line up of events that The Races SA has on offer. Ones for the diary coming up; Quorn Cup (August 25th), Irish Race Day (September 1st), Balaklava Cup (September 12th), Mindarie-Halidon Cup (September 16th) and Jamestown Cup (September 29th).
With 25 Race Clubs around South Australia, and an average of three thoroughbred racing meetings per week, you don’t have to wait for a major race meet to enjoy a day trackside.
So, for a fabulous day filled with fun, fashion and fillies, check out the wide range of fantastic events on offer this racing season with The Races SA.