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Adelaide Cup Stays In March But Future Plan For May
Thoroughbred Racing SA & the South Australian Jockey Club confirmed the 2012 Adelaide Cup will be held on the public holiday on Monday 12 March. SAJC executive officer Brenton Wilkinson noted: "The Board of the SAJC has restated its belief that the Adelaide Cup should be held in May. However given the proximity of the 2012 event, next year's Adelaide Cup will proceed in March as scheduled to enable the SAJC & Thoroughbred Racing SA to work through the issues involved in setting the optimum date for future events." TRSA chief executive Jim Watters added the 2 organisations will continue to "work together on the timing of the Adelaide Cup after 2012" emphasising: "TRSA undertook an assessment with regard to the best placement of the Adelaide Cup on the Australian racing calendar. The clear view of trainers both in South Australia & interstate was that the event would be better placed in May & this formed the basis for our original request to move the public holiday & Adelaide Cup back to May. The Board of TRSA believes there is an important nexus between the Adelaide Cup public holiday & the Adelaide Cup itself. To that end, we will continue our efforts with the State Government to ensure the 2 continue to be aligned into the future." Thoroughbred Racing SA also announced it will "still proceed with plans to introduce a new carnival for South Australian racing, to be held over the last 2 weeks of April & 1st two weeks of May, effective from 2012. Watters explained: "While South Australia has a number of major races, we believe we lack a defined Racing Carnival in the State. This is the window of opportunity we have identified in the national racing calendar where we can create a carnival & make South Australian racing the centre of attention for that period. Obviously, our preference - and that of the SAJC - would be to have the Adelaide Cup as the culmination of that carnival & we will continue to work towards that outcome."