At Morphettville Park in Adelaide, Widden Stud's dual Gr1-winning sire Nicconi (Bianconi-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) added a black-type success when 4YO Australian-bred mare It's Been A Battle (Nicconi-Won My Heart, by Dehere) caused a minor upset at odds of 18-1 when leading wire-to-wire in the $100,000 Listed Matrice Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Stellar Collision & Riziz. A $16,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, It's Been A Battle advanced her record to 5 wins from 9 starts for $138,000 in earnings.
South Australian racing boss John Glatz "pledged that his state would stand behind Victoria as it sought to keep jumps racing viable" reported The Age in Melbourne. Glatz (who is also chairman of the Oakbank Racing Club) "paid tribute to Victorian Racing Minister Denis Napthine, who has been a major supporter of jumps racing" & said Napthine's backing "had been critical during its struggle against voluble protesters seeking to have the sport banned". Glatz declared: "It's been a battle but I think we are getting there with the help of Denis Napthine. We owe him a lot, not just for what he's done for jumps racing but for racing in general."