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The race that stops SA court, parliament

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Rick Goodman

The race that stops a nation has lived up to its name in South Australia, with a trial adjourned and parliamentary question time rescheduled because of the Melbourne Cup.

Jurors in a long-running fraud trial in the District Court were let off at lunch time so they wouldn't be distracted by the race and miss crucial evidence.

""It's a question of concentration," Judge Barry Beazley told the court in Adelaide on Tuesday.

"It's very, very important."

He said some judges don't adjourn their courts at all for the Cup, while others only take a break only while the race is on.

But he decided it was in everyone's interests to call it a day and start fresh on Wednesday, given the trial was at a crucial point with the defendant on the stand.

"The best thing may well be to adjourn now until tomorrow morning," Judge Beazley said.

Meanwhile at Parliament House, question time was shifted so it didn't clash with the $6.2 million race.

Premier Jay Weatherill said the move was to ensure MPs would attend and remove any suggestions the government was avoiding scrutiny.

But he said by holding it earlier, he was instead accused of adjourning parliament to let his colleagues watch the big race.

"So it does show you, it's very difficult to win in this game," Mr Weatherill said.

The premier tipped Almoonqith to win, although he struggled to pronounce the six-year-old horse's name.

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