Morphettville Races

Morphettville Racetrack

Morphettville Racecourse, which consists of two different tracks, is the major horse racing course for the Australian state of South Australia. It is located in the Adelaide suburb of Morphettville, about 10 kilometres from the city centre, and is the home of the South Australian Jockey Club.

The Track


Morphettville’s main course is a long, level course with a perimeter of 2,307 metres (7,569 ft). The track is 32 metres (105 feet) wide, with wide corners and a camber of 4%. With races taking place mid-week and greater racing during the winter months, a retractable winning post with hydraulics allows the SAJC to alternate race running with minimal damage to both tracks. It is a world first, having been placed in 2009.


The second tune, “The Parks,” debuted in June 2009. The Morphettville Parks track is 2,100 metres (6,900 feet) in circumference and 25 metres (82 feet) wide, with a 5% camber on the corners. A chute running through the centre of the track between the 850 m and 1,550 m points allows for 1250, 1300, and 1400 metre starts.


The Tracks History

The South Australian Jockey Club began using a racecourse (“Thebarton Racecourse” or “The Butchers’ Course”) at present-day Mile End formed on grazing land owned by E. M. Bagot and Gabriel Bennett near the River Torrens from 1859 to 1969, when the course was abandoned due to poor patronage, after years of renting grounds from the Adelaide City Council at the East Parklands (“The Old Adelaide Racecourse,” later known as Victoria Park). Thanks to the generosity of Sir Thomas Elder, the SAJC secured its freehold location at Morphettville (“The Bay of Biscay Course”) after five or six years of existence in name only. They had their maiden meeting there on 3 January 1876. The Adelaide Racing Club, a splinter group, continued to hold races at “The Old Racecourse.”

After Victoria Park and Cheltenham Park withdrew as racing grounds in 2008 and 2009, Adelaide race meetings are now held only at Morphettville.

Morphettville Races

Most Famous Race Held At Morphettville

The Adelaide Cup is a South Australian Jockey Club Group 2 Thoroughbred handicap horse event for three-year-olds and older held on the second Monday of March at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, Australia. The race’s total prize money is A$302,250.

The Last Five Winning Horses

  • 2023 – Rebel Racer
  • 2022 – Daqiansweet Junior
  • 2021 – Good Idea
  • 2020 – King Of Leogrance
  • 2019 – Surprise Baby

Racecourse Parking

Vehicle parking is free on non-feature race days*, unless otherwise specified, and is provided at The Junction (off Anzac Highway). Members who have a parking pass will be given priority parking.

TAB Adelaide Cup Day, Melbourne Cup Day, and other Feature Race Meets are not included.

ATM Locations

  • First Floor – neighbouring Kingston Town Bar
  • First Floor – neighbouring Kingston Town Bar
  • Second Level – next to Phar Lap Bar

TOTE Locations

  • First Floor – 2 Locations
  • Ground Floor – Dive Lounge


  • Next to the Parade Ring
  • Diva Lounge
  • Champagne Gardens (accessible via a breezeway).


  • Ground Level – beneath the breezeway leading to Champagne Gardens
  • The First Floor


  • Ground Floor – Next to the Parade Ring, Ladies and Disabled toilets are located beneath the breezeway to Champagne Gardens.
  • Diva Lounge – Womens restroom



79 Morphett Road
Morphettville SA 5043


(08) 8295 0111


Directions To The Track

Morphett Rd, Morphettville, is located just off the Anzac Highway. Enter via the Morphett Rd or Tramway entrances. Please explore the following public transportation options to and from Morphettville Racecourse for your own safety.

Inside the Members’ Car Park, there is a taxi rank where taxis will pick up and drop off passengers throughout the day. The City-Bay tram runs continuously throughout the day from North Tce and Victoria Square (Adelaide) to Moseley Square (Glenelg). Adelaide Metro buses go to stops near Morphettville Racecourse on Anzac Highway and Morphett Road. For the most up-to-date schedules, go to the Adelaide Metro website.