The mane event: KI race day thrives

After a long and tumultuous planning lead-up, the Sealink Kangaroo Island Cup has been celebrated as a shining success.

The event, held from Thursday and throughout the weekend, reached sold out crowds while managing to adhere to strict COVID-SAFE restrictions.

Kangaroo Island Racing secretary Greg Miller said it was a relief to look back at how the smoothly the events ran.

"You never know quite how it is going to go until you get there; how people are going to react or whether they listen to you," he said.

"Everyone was well behaved."

The long lunch, fashion on the fields and the cocktail bar were crowd favourites.

Trained by David Page, the aptly named 'Cash Some Splash' won the KI Cup as the sold out crowd of 2500 people cheered. Organisers said that, despite the restricted ticket-sales, the event was only marginally down on last year's record-breaking betting and bar turnover.

Kangaroo Island Racing recently received the Kangaroo Island Council's award for Event of the Year and Thoroughbred Racing SA's Most Outstanding Achievement Award by a Club Award.