Thoroughbred Racing SA

Thoroughbred Racing SA

Thoroughbred Racing SA is the controlling body for horseracing in South Australia.

It represents, promotes and supports the State's thoroughbred racing industry.

Thoroughbred Racing SA is assisted in this role by its two members groups;

  • South Australian Racing Clubs Council (SARCC) which presents the State's 24 provincial and country clubs
  • South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) which controls the Adelaide metropolitan races

Thoroughbred Racing SA also regularly consult with owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and bookmakers to monitor the current status of the industry and develop long term plans.

Thoroughbred Racing is a vital part of South Australia's social and economic fabric.

Race meetings are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every year, from Mount Gambier in the south east to Roxby Downs in the far north.. 



Bonnetts Saddlery Apprentice Series - November 2015

Gary Slack presenting Emily Finnegan with her winnings after she did an excellent job riding 'Its No Joke' and wearing Bonnetts colours in round 3 of the Bonnetts Saddlery Apprentice Series which took place at Strathalbyn.

Greg Slack congratulating Zac Spain on winning round 4 in the Bonnetts Saddlery Apprentice Series in Murray Bridge, 2015.

Greg Slack congratulating Emily Finnegan on her efforts winnning 3 of 4 races, becoming the overall winner, with 19 points, of the Bonnetts Saddlery Apprentice Series.

Must have been the lucky colours she was wearing..Congratulations Emily !


Emily Finnegan                 19

Zac Spain                         12

Ashley Doyle                     9

Eran Boyd                         8

Raymond Vigar                 8

Krystal Bishop                   6

Kate Brooks                      5

Jemma Frew                     4

Dylan Caboche                 3

Tara O’Donnell                  3

Matthew Poon                   3

Grace Willoughby             3

Chelsea Jokic                   2

Caitlin Jones                     2

Samantha Rowley            2

Siggy Carr                        1

Ryan Hurdle                     1




9 - 10 - 2015

Matthew Poon’s Winning Debut

Congratulations to Matthew Poon who rode a winner at his first race ride last Saturday at the Jamestown Cup race meeting.

Matthew’s winner was the John Dunn trained SUTANOC which made a rails run from back in the field to record a relatively comfortable victory.

He also rode a second and third placing from his six rides at the meeting which was a wonderful show of support from owners and trainers.

Matthew, who is twenty one years old was sent to the TRSA Apprentice Academy by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to further his training for a two year period.

Thoroughbred Racing SA then placed Matthew with Morphettville trainer Richard Jolly.

Matthew arrived in Adelaide in mid-June and in that time he has shown a nice level of natural ability along with a tremendous work ethic and a genuine passion

to be as successful as can be. He is also extremely popular with his fellow apprentices and has been readily accepted into the Apprentice Academy.

It is a great start to what will be no doubt be an extremely successful career in the saddle.


Jemma Frew’s Successful Return

Jemma Frew made a great comeback to race riding when she rode LITTLE AUDREY to victory in the Jamestown Cup. She rode a bold front running race on the

Nicole Bruggemann trained mare who defeated the fast finishing AL CHICAGO with BEWARE OF THESTORM in third place.

After riding three winners in a short riding career, Jemma had a three year break during which time she and her husband Jordan, a jockey and former leading apprentice had two children,

Riley and Leila.

In what became a very successful weekend for Jemma, she then travelled to Port Lincoln the following day and rode SHISO to victory. This was a great win for the family as

SHISO is trained by Jemma’s masters and in-laws. Kevin and Heather.

With two wins from five rides over two days, it hasn’t taken Jemma very long at all to work her way back into the system and hopefully there are many more wins for the

hard working apprentice in the not too distant future.

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