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There's nothing like a day at the races
Glitz, glamour and glory are key attractors at horse racing events in our capital cities, but what about the country towns? Surely there couldn't be the same amount of fun at a small town in rural South Australia. But guess what, there is, plus more.

A day at the country races, Fashions on the field, Balaklava Cup, Strathalbyn Cup, Innamincka Cup, Gawler Cup, Horse Racing, Quorn Cup, Hawker Cup
Port Lincoln


Country towns, renowned for their hospitality and innovation, put on horse racing events like no others. Fashions on the field, catered marquees and local bookmakers all feature strongly in a country environment devoid of corporatism and priced at a level to suit the majority.

A day at the country races, Fashions on the field, Balaklava Cup, Strathalbyn Cup, Innamincka Cup, Gawler Cup, Horse Racing, Quorn Cup, Hawker Cup
Murray Bridge


In addition to the attractions one would expect at all racing carnivals, visitors to country races can expect to see some real racing on tracks that may be green or brown, long or short, wet or dry or up and down slopes. Often featuring many country horses and jockeys where winning means entry in to some of the richer city events, the competition is intense and favouritism is often more a factor of the horse's colours rather than their pedigree.

A day at the country races, Fashions on the field, Balaklava Cup, Strathalbyn Cup, Innamincka Cup, Gawler Cup, Horse Racing, Quorn Cup, Hawker Cup
Jamestown


Meanwhile off the track, the activities are plentiful with dedicated kids areas, innovative and challenging adult games, live country music, and of course plenty to eat and drink throughout the whole day.



Fashion competitions are always competitive and adding to that competitive spirit of glamour is a prize for the best dressed on the day. All visitors are encouraged to dress to impress for a chance to secure an automatic entry into the State Final of Fashion at the Races held at Schweppes Oaks Day at Morphettville each May.

A day at the country races, Fashions on the field, Balaklava Cup, Strathalbyn Cup, Innamincka Cup, Gawler Cup, Horse Racing, Quorn Cup, Hawker Cup
Roxby Downs


And for those looking for that inside edge on the races, why not take the opportunity to have a chat with the jockeys and see the horses in the marshalling yards before and after the races. Who knows, you may just get the feel that pink is to be the winning colour of the day. Or was that blue ?

A day at the country races, Fashions on the field, Balaklava Cup, Strathalbyn Cup, Innamincka Cup, Gawler Cup, Horse Racing, Quorn Cup, Hawker Cup
Roxby Downs


Horse Racing SA in conjunction with the local horse racing clubs have put together a huge program in 2016 with no less than 25 "Cup Carnivals" occurring at various country locations throughout SA. The full Cup program for 2016, complete with weblinks to each of the local websites, is detailed below :

Lock Cup (14 Feb)
Penong Cup (12 Mar)
Kimba Cup (20 Mar)
Penola Cup (27 Mar)
Hawker Cup (21 May)
Quorn Cup (4 Jun)
Balaklava Cup (7 Sept)
Gawler Cup (25 Sep)

A day at the country races, Fashions on the field, Balaklava Cup, Strathalbyn Cup, Innamincka Cup, Gawler Cup, Horse Racing, Quorn Cup, Hawker Cup
Millicent


Horse racing occurs at many country towns throughout the year, but Cup Days are special. For a number of venues, Cup Day is the only day of racing in town, and definitely the only day to spoil yourself, get dressed up and place a punt or two. So whether you are looking to flutter, be fluttered at or just have a flutter, why not get yourself down to one of these great towns for either a day trip, a weekend or as part of an extended holiday and enjoy country hospitality at its very best.

Images courtesy of Thoroughbred Horse Racing SA
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Why? Fashions, Fun and Fillies
When: Jan - Dec 2016
Where: Country South Australia
Cost: Varies, but generally great value
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