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2017 Royal Adelaide Show

1-10 Sep

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Off the Track

Again a highlight of the show was the Off the Track classes this year held on the second Friday.  Plenty of off the track horses had already been in action but for the Off the Track classes they horses are shown under their race names even if they have had a different name registered for other equestrian sports. Winner of the TRSA Champion Racehorse to Show horse Hunter was M Harding's Fitness Fanatic by Keeper from Intrim who was sold in New Zealand as a yearling.  He had 54 race starts for 5 wins and 11 placings starting his career in Sydney where he won as a 2yo at Newcastle.  He went on to win 3 more races as a 3yo and then raced in Queensland then Darwin & Alice Springs before he was retired. 

Cross Constance actually won a hack class earlier in the show under his show name of DD True Colours and for the Off the track classes won his class then was judged Champion TRSA Racehorse to Show Horse Hack.  Cross Constance had 78 starts for 7 wins and 12 placings and was placed as a 2yo at Kembla Grange before winning as a 3yo in Victoria.  As an autumn 3yo he won three in a row at Great Western RC (non tab) then Colac and Werribee.  He then won as a spring 4yo at Ararat before racing in South Australia where he was second in the Jamestown Cup before winning at Morphettville.  He later campaigned in Alice Springs and then back to SA.  In 2015 he started a career over hurdles and while he was very keen at his early starts (only horse in the picture for most of the first lap in his first Oakbank Hurdle against star horses Urban Explorer, Thubiaan and Underground Fighter) he was later placed during the Easter carnival at Oakbank and then moved onto the steeple fences in 2016 before being retired.

Some of the other ex racehorses featured in this pictorial are Waratone now a showjumper who was second in the Adelaide Cup at his last start.  Call Me Coco who started her career as a 2yo and was later placed twice before retiring.  Taittinger who raced as Black Hassler for one start at Ballina who won earlier in the show as did DP Amazing who raced as Chesta Piniton starting his career in Perth as a 2yo and winning races at Carnarvon, Broome and Laverton and later racing in Esperance Bay and Kalgoorlie.  Inafrenzy had 15 starts and was placed as a 2yo in Victoria before winning as a 3yo where he was also midfield in the 3yo feature the Sandown Guineas.

Bernadi won as a late 3yo at Geelong and actually raced against Cross Constance in later races in SA.  Southwestone trialled as a 2yo before racing as a 3yo.  Sparingly raced he was retired as a 6yo.  Grey Parishon had 29 starts for 5 wins and 2 placings winning 2 races as a 3yo going to  also win at Seymour and Caulfield.  Poitier had 31 starts for 4 wins and 6 placings.  He debuted in a Blue Diamond Prelude behind star 2yo Sepoy before later winning as a 3yo at Mornington.  As an older horse he won at Seymour and later two in a row at Mornington and Morphettville in SA.  Only retired in November 2016 he won his Novice hack earlier in the week prior to the off the track classes.

Burnout won as a 2yo at Caulfield then won as a 3yo in Sydney before going on to race in Queensland and later in South Australia.  Berenger won as a 2yo in Victoria and was in the race field with Burnout in the Gibson Carmicheal Stakes a race for 2yos at Flemington. Won 3 more races as a 3 & 4yo.  Honourable Kind had 54 starts for 6 wins and 13 places and was placed as a 2yo and raced in South Australia winning at Morphettville.

The two star ex racehorses were Sirmione and Precedence both had raced out of the Bart Cummings stable.  Sirmione had 38 starts for 4 wins and 9 placings.  He won a Listed race in Queensland as a 2yo before going onto the big Melbourne 3yo races in the spring but really found his best form the following winter winning the Grand Prix before running second in the Qld Derby.  As a 4yo he won the Mackinnon Stakes during the Melbourne Cup carnival and then won the Australian Cup the following Autumn.  When he was retired he took up a second career in the show ring. Precedence had a longer career with 69 race starts for 10 wins and 10 placings and started his success winning as a late season 3yo.  He was then placed second in the VRC St Leger and went on to win the Manion Cup in Sydney and the 2010 JRA Cup and Moonee Valley Cup.  In 2013 he won his second Moonee Valley Cup and went on to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes during the Cup Carnival.  He also ran in the Melbourne Cup 4 times in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.


Flyball is a sport where a team of dogs take part in a relay race.  There is a team of four and the dogs race over 4 hurdles then retrieve a ball and then return over the 4 hurdles.  The winning team is the fastest to complete the course without faults.  Several local obedience clubs offer Flyball training in Adelaide with the two that were involved at the Royal this year being Dover Gardens Kennel and Obedience Club and Para District Obedience Dog Club


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