As the end of the year gallops towards us, all eyes turn to Johannesburg, where we celebrate one of South Africa’s biggest events on the horseracing calendar…
This year’s Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup will take place on 25 November at the historic Turffontein Racecourse. The annual event is not only the province’s oldest and largest horse race, but also the finale of a year of thrilling horse racing events, and combines the finest in horse racing with a fun, family-oriented day out. It brings together Joburg’s communities to watch jockeys and trainers compete for the R2 million prize, as well as bragging rights until the next time. If you are still not convinced, here are six reasons to encourage you to attend:
- The Historic Turffontein Racecourse
Turffontein Racecourse was founded in 1887, just a year after the gold mining camp that was to become Johannesburg sprang up, and it still boasts its elegant original buildings in red brick with white fascias, matching red tiled roofs and long verandas. With its immaculately landscaped gardens and prime views of the iconic Egoli skyline, it is a real gem just 10 minutes from the city centre.
- A horse race with serious history
Like the racecourse itself, The Summer Cup has a rich and fascinating history. It was first run in 1887 and the list of past winners reads like a who’s who of racing. It includes Pamphlet (1917), Lenin (1940), Cuff Link (1963), Caradoc (1966), Home Guard (1970) and, of course, Java and Elevation, who both pulled remarkable hat tricks in the famous race. Lenin won the event three years running from 1956 and Elevation repeated his feat from 1972 to 1974.
- Grand finale of the racing calendar
As the last major horse race on the 2017 calendar, it is the climax of a thrilling line-up of prestigious events and offers a great way to celebrate the upcoming summer holidays. For bookings, email Sansui Summer Cup.
- Local talent
From roving fashion shows to carnival-style buskers, local bands and one-man musical wonders, the Turffontein Racecourse will be transformed into a stunning display of fresh South African talent. A highlight of this year’s race is the field band of over one hundred disadvantaged youths, who are improving their chances of a better future through music and movement. Entertainment will wind around the racecourse throughout the day leading up to the grand performance before the main race.
- Family fun
One of the few horse races in the country that children can enjoy, the event offers a fun and secure environment for kids with a world-class carnival boasting everything from a large-scale Ferris wheel to interactive games and wacky performers. Kids can admire the horses in the parade ring and on the track, and enjoy mechanical rides, face painting and festival food.
- Endless hospitality offering
For the first time ever, Gauteng’s largest day at the races will be powered by the people. Carefully selected ‘social pioneers’ will sell and celebrate their own race which, for the public, means there will be hospitality options ranging from a Bollywood tent to the beautifully curated Summer Garden.
Source and images: SANSUI Summer Cup.