South Australia Committed to Jumps Racing / South Australia / 23 Feb, 2010

South Australian Racing is committed to jumps racing and has assured its supporters the famous Oakbank Easter carnival will continue this year and well beyond.

While Racing Victoria Limited committed to jumps racing this season, and next season if the number of falls and fatalities in 2010 can be kept to a minimum, SA Racing intends to press on regardless, with the help of the Victorian jumps industry.

"South Australia is not going to give in," Philip Bentley, chairman of Thoroughbred Racing SA, said.

"We are going to be reliant on Victorian interests to keep the show going. Unfortunately this year there are no Victorian jumps races on before Oakbank. I find it appalling that there are no jumps races (in Victoria) until April."

In the recently announced re-vamped Victorian jumps program, the first three of 64 races in the state will be held at Warrnambool on April 6, the day after the Great Eastern Steeplechase and Yalumba Classic Hurdle are run at Oakbank.

To ensure horses are sufficiently prepared, Oakbank Racing Club chairman John Glatz said the club would hold extra trials, both flat and jumps, on March 1 in addition to the jumps trials on March 29.

Each year over 110,000 people flock to the Adelaide Hills town for the two-day Oakbank carnival.