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Adelaide Cup in Australia

Quick Facts

Adelaide Cup is a state holiday and a horse racing event in South Australia.

Local names

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Adelaide CupEnglish
Adelaide CupGerman

Adelaide Cup 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Adelaide Cup 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015
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Adelaide Cup is a state holiday in South Australia that falls on the second Monday of March. This horse racing event has been the heart of South Australia’s sporting and social life since it was first run in 1864.

Horse Racing

Adelaide Cup is a day for horse racing.

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What do people do?

Adelaide Cup is one of the biggest events of the year for many people in South Australia. It is a social event in Adelaide that attracts horse racing enthusiasts and socialites alike. Those involved in the horse racing industry, including horse owners, trainers and jockeys, participate for prize money that is awarded to winning horses on the day. Many people bet on their favorite horse in hope of taking their winnings home. The first race generally starts between 11.45am and 12.30pm. There are usually eight races throughout the day that are 40 minutes apart.

Many people who attend the event dress up in their best outfits, watch or are chosen to take part in fashion shows, listen to live music, and socialize with celebrity guests on the field. Marquees are set up near the tracks where special guests can indulge in gourmet food and drinks. Those who do not attend the race track to watch the event may choose to watch it from their televisions at home.

Adelaide Cup is part of a long weekend so it is also a time for many people to plan a short vacation or camping trip to other parts of the state or other states within Australia. In previous times, some people chose celebrate Volunteer’s Day instead of the Adelaide Cup in South Australia.

Public life

Adelaide Cup is a state holiday in South Australia. State government offices, schools and many businesses in South Australia are closed on the second Monday of March.

Background

Horse racing in Adelaide began in 1838 and the inaugural Adelaide Cup was run on the Thebarton Course on April 21, 1864. From this point onwards, the Adelaide Cup was an observance that became part of the state’s annual racing schedule. A wartime ban on racing was introduced in 1942 but the ban was lifted in 1944 and the Adelaide Cup was run again. Adelaide Cup received its public holiday status in 1973 and became officially known as the SKYCITY Adelaide Cup in 2005.

Previously held on the third Monday of May, the Adelaide Cup date was changed in 2006 due to rainy weather that often coincided with the racing date in previous years. The newly proposed date needed to fit with the Australian national racing calendar. The South Australian government’s decision to move the date to a warmer time of the year (in the southern hemisphere), which would improve financial returns, was a success. The Adelaide Cup date was fixed to be annually held on the second Monday of March from 2006 onwards.

Adelaide Cup Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonMay 211990Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 201991Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 181992Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 171993Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 161994Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 151995Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 201996Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 191997Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 181998Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 171999Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 152000Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 212001Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 202002Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 192003Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 172004Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMay 162005Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 132006Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 122007Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 102008Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 92009Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 82010Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 142011Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 122012Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 112013Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 102014Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 92015Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 142016Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 132017Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 122018Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 112019Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia
MonMar 92020Adelaide CupState HolidaySouth Australia

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