Placing a few bets and backing the winner is what we know of a day at the track … but let's go behind the scenes!
To really appreciate the dedication of horse owners, trainers, jockeys, strappers and the beautiful thoroughbreds they work with, a session of trackwork is a must.
Kevin Harrison is a former jockey and trainer with four generations of racing in his veins. Spend some time around him and you will feel how much love he has for his horses. He was assisted by the South Australian Government to pursue his business venture which shows punters what goes on beyond the barriers in the sport of kings.
Before sunrise, horses, jockeys and trainers are doing their thing at Morphetville Racecourse. Kevin explains that the pre-dawn sessions are necessary to fit in with the day as horses can't feed before they are worked.
Kevin picks guests up from their hotel at 5.30am and while they enjoy a hot coffee in the grandstand he explains a few of the ins and outs of what is going on.
After their workout, the horses enjoy a swim in their $800,000 pool, followed by a good roll in the sand. When they return to the stables with their strappers you can touch them, see what they have for breakfast and watch a farrier checking their shoes and a saddler plying his craft in his shop. You might see the dentist paying a visit bi-annual check-ups ensure there are no sharp edges so the bit is comfortable in their mouth.
A true racing industry breakfast is then served in the cafeteria bacon and egg sandwiches, sausages and onion and chicken wings.
At 9am, Kevin takes visitors to the administration building to meet the stewards, judges and handicappers so you can learn a little about their jobs. If you feel inclined, there is a mechanical horse you can mount to get the feel of really riding.
Apart from his premium tour, Kevin offers afternoon stable visits, a morning visit to the stripping sheds, a tour of the racecourse, stud tours and special race days can be arranged.
Kevin's connections don't start and end at the racecourse he has organised special rates at the Stamford Grand Hotel in Glenelg for people who take his tours during July and August. The hotel has absolute beach frontage, reminiscent of grand European seaside hotels and attracts people across the spectrum of racing. Kevin can take care of your reservations.