McAvaney flags South Australia’s Carnival date change
Bruce McAvaney, one of South Australia’s strongest racing advocates, has flagged an alteration to the dates of Adelaide’s Group 1 races.
On Saturday, while a part of the racing.com broadcast, the iconic presenter suggested his home state’s most prestigious races should move from their current May timeslot to a time of the year that is more conducive to attracting people trackside.
“I’d shift it to either March, February, or late November,” McAvaney said of the Autumn Carnival.
“I’d have a big shift. It’s too cold in Adelaide at this time of the year to get big crowds.
“They’ve got some wonderful horses here over the last three weeks and some terrific racing, but I’d do a big shift.”
There was no crowd at Saturday’s The Goodwood meeting due to the strict biosecurity protocols that have been in place for two months, but the Adelaide carnival has battled in the past when an AFL match has also been programmed on the same day as a race meeting.
The state’s four G1 races are all run in May. The Sangster Stakes and Australasian Oaks are run on the first Saturday in May, the SA Derby the following week with The Goodwood on the third Saturday of the month.
SA racing’s two biggest-drawing race meetings are Oakbank, which is held at Easter, and Adelaide Cup Day on the second Monday in March, which is a public holiday in South Australia.