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Earliest Meeting: 1899
Final Meeting: Continues to operate successfully
The South Australia city of Murray Bridge is located about 47 miles south-east of Adelaide and boasts a population of just under 18,000. The city lies in a prominent position on the Princes Highway linking Adelaide and Melbourne, and was renamed Murray Bridge in 1924 having previously been known initially as Mobilong, and then later as Edward’s Crossing. The city has a successful racecourse which is administered by the Murray Bridge Racing Club, established in 1899. The racecourse is now situated on Maurice Road, holding its inaugural meeting at this venue on 25th July 1914. The principal race is the $100,000 Murray Bridge Gold Cup which was held on 20th October 2017 when Excites Zelady completed an unprecedented treble for trainer Chris Bieg.

Local Patrons Murray Bridge Racing Club
Principal Races Murray Bridge Gold Cup

The photo above, although in the public domain, is shown courtesy of the State Library of South Australia.

2011 The Murray Bridge Gold Cup was won by War End (30/1)
2012 The Murray Bridge Gold Cup was won by Éclair Surprise (9/2)
2013 The Murray Bridge Gold Cup was won by Pelicano (6/1)
2014 The Murray Bridge Gold Cup was won by Excites Zelady (15/2)
2015 The Murray Bridge Gold Cup was won by Excites Zelady (16/1)
2016 The Murray Bridge Gold Cup was won by Sandhill Warrior (15/1)
2017 The Murray Bridge Gold Cup was won by Excites Zelady (25/1)

Course today The racecourse continues to operate successfully today.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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