Murray Bridge Cup News

The final field and barrier draw has been released for the Listed Murray Bridge Cup, which is scheduled to run at Murray Bridge Racecourse this Wednesday October 16, 2013. A total of 20 horses accepted for the 2013 Murray Bridge Cup, however, both Blackie and Detox have since been scratched. Included…

Murray Bridge Cup

The 2017 Murray Bridge Cup is the richest event in South Australian country racing, offering more than $80,000 in prize money.

The 2017 Murray Bridge Cup will be held on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. Murray Bridge Cup

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Held in the spring time, the Murray Bridge Cup is a middle distance test run over 1600 metres under quality handicap conditions.

The Murray Bridge Cup attracts not only the best country runners from South Australia and Victoria but also some quality metropolitan runners who are drawn by the excellent prize money.

Given its timing in the spring, it is generally a sunny day for the Murray Bridge Cup which draws a bumper crowd each year.

Just one hour east of Adelaide, a number of people travel from the city to join the locals for what is a wonderful day’s entertainment.

It can be difficult for punters to choose a winner in the Murray Bridge Cup, often having to weigh up both city and country form when choosing who will cross the line in front.

It is not unusual to see well-known trainers in the Murray Bridge Cup, with the likes of Mark Kavanagh and Tony McEvoy having entrants in recent years.

Many horses who contest the Murray Bridge Cup, typically held in October, go on to compete in the $100,000 Kyneton Cup in Victoria in November.

Other Murray Bridge Cup runners may go on to contest other country cups or to chase success in metropolitan meetings in Adelaide or Melbourne.

Recent winners of the Murray Bridge Cup include War Ends (2011) and Hawks Bay (2010).

Murray Bridge Cup Day

Murray Bridge Cup day provides excellent entertainment, offering excellent hospitality and of course the chance to back a winner! The Murray Bridge Cup is the only black-type event held on the day, but this does not in any way detract from the quality of racing. Quite a few decent horses still make the journey for Murray Bridge Cup day, and it’s not unusual to see some metro runners in the fields.

As the biggest day of the year at the racecourse, Murray Bridge Cup Day draws considerable crowds, and plays a major role in the fundraising efforts of the Murray Bridge Racing Club.

Several marquees and other entertainment packages are on offer for corporate clients and attendees. The Carlton Draught Marquee and Crown Lager Clubroom are a couple of the options available for multiple guests. The Young Punters’ and Collectors’ Marquee is a great spot for the younger crowd, with a live DJ and other excellent entertainment.

Murray Bridge Cup Day fashion has achieved considerable fame over recent years. It now ranks as a heat for the South Australian Fashion at the Races competition, which is decided at Australasian Oaks Day. The winner of the Murray Bridge Cup Day fashion competition goes on to compete against 15 other finalists from around the state. The prize is an Alfa Romeo MiTo (which is not a car, but an Alfa Romeo).