McAvaney to lead Adelaide Cup coverage –

Legendary sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney (Image: VRC)

Legendary sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney (Image: VRC)

The Adelaide Cup has long been one of Australia’s most significant staying races and it will be broadcast live on for the first time in 2018, with the coverage hosted by legendary Seven Network broadcaster Bruce McAvaney.

Run at South Australia’s premier race course, Morphettville, the UBET Adelaide Cup is a Group 2 contest that offers $400,000 in prizemoney.

The 3200m staying feature has been won by some outstanding horses since being staged for the first time in 1864, with an honour roll that includes Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee Malua, and Melbourne Cup winners King Ingoda, Rain Lover, Hyperno, Just A Dash and Subzero.

Tommy Woodcock’s popular stayer Reckless won the Adelaide Cup in 1977, sitting alongside other Cup wins in Sydney and Brisbane, before his narrow defeat in the Melbourne Cup.

Other great stayers to have won the Adelaide Cup include Moss Kingdom, who added it to his resume after winning the 1984 Perth Cup, and Mr Lomondy, who won the race in 1986 before winning the Caulfield Cup later that year.

Lord Reims, the 1987 Caulfield Cup winner, is the only horse to have won the Adelaide Cup on three successive occasions, winning from 1987 to 1989. Our Pompeii went back to back in 1993 and 1994.

This year’s field is lead by top weight Benzini, winner of the 2016 Brisbane Cup, and he will have to carry 59kg.

Other runners include last year’s runner up Double Bluff, Hobart Cup winner Pretty Punk and Pakenham Cup winner Like A Carousel.

Champion South Australian jockey Clare Lindop, winner of the race in 2006 aboard Exalted Time, will ride in her final Adelaide Cup when partnering veteran stayer Tunes after announcing her intention to retire in the coming months.

The powerful Lindsay Park training operation of David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, fresh from winning two Group 1 races at Flemington on Saturday, will saddle up three runners in the race – Fanatic, Al Haram and Raindrops On Roses.

Other feature races on the program include the $200,000 Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic over 1200m, the $100,000 Listed CS Hayes Memorial Cup over 1600m, and the $100,000 Listed Quayclean Matrice Stakes over 1200m.

Bruce McAvaney, a proud South Australian, will anchor the coverage from Morphettville, working alongside the South Australian racing team of Adam McGrath and James Jordan throughout the day.

Dean Pettit will interview winning jockeys after each race on horseback while Grace Ramage will have plenty of news and colour interviews from around Morphettville.

The coverage of the Adelaide Cup, complemented by the Victorian meeting at Ballarat, will commence at 11.45am AEDT, 11.15am ACDT, across Free-To-Air channels 78 and 68, Foxtel 529 and digital, which will also have editorial updates from the track.

It will be supported by the social media channels on Twitter (@racing), Facebook (@racingdotcom) and Instagram (@racingdotcom).

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