Murray Bridge racecourse at Gifford Hill officially opens

The Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le, has officially opened the new Murray Bridge racecourse at Gifford Hill.

Hundreds flocked to the course for its second-ever race day, which has won praise from local horse racing trainers John Hickmott, Karen Byrnes and Kevin Frew.

Mr Hickmott described the track as "bloody outstanding", while Ms Byrnes said everyone in the industry was "rapt" with it.

Mr Frew said the fact the racecourse's development had taken so many years had been a blessing in disguise, as its surface had settled well.

"At that first meeting the best horses were winning," he said.

"At the old Murray Bridge track you could set something that was a frontrunner, or half way through the day you'd know what the bias was and try to have your horse ridden to suit, but the other day there was no bias."

Trainer Tony McEvoy maintained his astounding hold on the new track on the day, adding three more wins to the six he had claimed at its debut race day last month.