Spring Racing Season is the busiest time of year at the Morphettville Racecourse and behind-the-scenes, people and horses alike are getting ready.
Six days a week at 4:00am riders, trainers, and horses are up for early morning track work. Overseeing proceedings is Brenton Paterson, affectionately known as ‘Banjo’. As ‘Trackwork Supervisor’ he’s responsible for the safety of riders and up to 300 horses. With two or three race days held in South Australia every week, these equine athletes have to stay in peak condition. When they’re not on the track, a water workout improves stamina with minimal impact to their joints.
Another key player is race-caller Terry McAuliffe who has called races at the Commonwealth Games and Olympics. Terry’s love for the industry began as a child where he grew up with the racecourse literally in his backyard.
Everyone at Morphettville has a job to do and even in the kitchen you’ve got to be fast. During Spring Racing Season, Executive Chef Mark Cooper and his team have to cater for up to 30,000 people! To get the job done Mark brings in extra help and has 90 staff working in 12 kitchens.
Spring Racing may be hectic – but that’s the way everyone likes it!