The 2019 TAB Adelaide Cup, one of Australia’s great staying races, will be broadcast live on Racing.com on Monday.
First run in 1864, the $400,000 3200m handicap race at Morphettville has been won by many stars of the turf, including 1987 Caulfield Cup winner Lord Reims on three occasions (1987, 1988, 1989).
Six horses have won the Adelaide and Melbourne Cup double, including Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductees Malua (1884), Rain Lover (1968) and Subzero (1992), along with Just A Dash (1981), Hyperno (1978 Adelaide Cup, 1979 Melbourne Cup) and King Ingoda (1922 Melbourne Cup, 1923 Adelaide Cup).
This year’s Adelaide Cup has drawn together a capacity field of 20 starters with one emergency, including the history making Tasmanian stayer Eastender.
Trained by Barry Campbell and ridden by Craig Newitt, Eastender is the only horse to have won Tasmania’s three big Cups at Devonport, Hobart and Launceston, all achieved this season.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Bondeiger, ridden by James Winks, will be attempting to become the 23rd horse to have won the Lord Reims Stakes and Adelaide Cup double in the one season, the most recent being Apache King in 2001.
Beginning at 12.00pm AEDT, the Racing.com coverage will be hosted by legendary broadcaster Bruce McAvaney, with James Jordan doing the form for all nine races and Adam McGrath interviewing trainers throughout the day.
Dean Pettit will be on horseback interviewing the winning jockeys and Terry McAuliffe will call all of the races.
Journalist James Tzaferis will provide news updates and Shane Anderson will host a special 30 minute edition of After The Last from the track at 6.30pm AEDT.
The Victorian meeting at Sportsbet-Ballarat will be hosted by Grace Ramage, with form analyst Nic Ashman providing tips for the eight race card.
Racing.com is broadcast on free-to-air channels 78, 68, Foxtel 529 and streamed on Racing.com web and apps.