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Upturn in Cape Town's horse racing industry

Monday, 17 January 2022

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As Kenilworth prepares to host its most prestigious horse-racing event, the annual Cape Met on 29 January, there has been an upturn in the Mother City's horse racing industry.

Peter Wrensch

Peter Wrensch, a racing aficionado with Life Colours and membership of Cape Racing and the NHA (National Horseracing Authority), says, "It has been difficult competing with all sports for the leisure rand and other forms for the gambling rand.

"It has created a monumental task for the new racing promotional teams, but they have inspired confidence.

"It's commendable that the priority is to get faces back on course to enjoy a spectacle in an ambience of a worthy occasion out," continues Wrensch, "Better facilities, broadcast and coverage in a quality environment has attracted favourable comment."

"We are fully supportive of the present initiatives to offer quality entertainment, which showed encouraging signs at the recent Cape Guineas and L'Ormarins Queen's Plate.

"If this improves the supply of racing stock, we can simultaneously focus on the demand side, being the betting market.

"It is no easy task but optimistic in light of the brave team making progress."

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Mark Bass

Mark Bass, the Racing Manager and head of Marketing of the famous Bass Racing, says, "The industry has a reputation of surviving the harshest of times."

Bass is the son of the legendary Mike Bass, one of the country's leading racehorse trainers for almost four decades. He has been at the coalface of the industry for many years.

"Let me start by saying racing is a very resilient sport," said Bass. "It's been through depressions, wars and many highs and lows since then.

"With the recent pandemic, there is no doubt we are sitting at the lower end of the graph, but as trainers in the industry, we are confident that we are now going in the right direction under 4Racing (South African horse racing's new operator).

"We know that 4Racing have not been able to say or do much until getting all the regulatory approvals and their purchase of the racing assets over the line. Having now had the chance to meet people like Fundi Sithebe (4Racing's CEO) and hear about some of the thinking about the future, we are hopeful that better times lie ahead.

"Stakes have also received a much-needed boost and our facilities have been modernized to lure the crowds back at Kenilworth despite the obvious financial pressures.

"There also seems to be a focus on getting the little things right and the on-course experience is much improved," ended off Bass.

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Hollywoodbets Durban July Entries

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

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Hollywoodbets DURBAN JULY

Here are (with links) the Hollywoodbets DURBAN JULY (Grade 1) entries as at 18 May 2022.

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Racing is at Kenilworth

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

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Kenilworth Racecourse

Racing, today, Wednesday, 18 May 2022, is at Kenilworth in the Western Cape.

There are 8 races carded and the first race is off at 13:00.

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Racing is at the Vaal

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

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The stand at the Vaal Racecourse

The first race is off at 12:25, a Juvenile Plate for 2 year old's. The main race, race 7, is off at 15:45. Slight rain is expected.

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Greyville Polytrack Today 16 May 2022

Monday, 16 May 2022

Eight Race card with the main race, race 7 off @ 16:00 over 1000m which is a MR 96 HCP, eight runners with three Gauteng raiders, two of them making their first appearance at Greville on the Polly track.

Of the three raiders the Clinton Binda trained GOLIATH HERON has won twice before at Greyville on Polly and once on the turf track.

Smart 3 year old DANILO DANILOVITCH trained by Paul Matchett has up to now run at Kenilworth, Fairview, Vaal and Turffontein and has won three times in his career, all wins at Kenilworth Turf.

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Racing is at Turffontein on the Inside Track

Sunday, 15 May 2022

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Racing, today, is at Turffontein on the inside track. First race is off at 12:35.

Rain is predicted for today. There will be no lightning or thunder so all races are expected to run.

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DO IT AGAIN does the 1900

Saturday, 14 May 2022

With Anton Marcus in the saddle, Justin Snaith's DO IT AGAIN wins the WSB 1900.

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Racing is at Hollywood Bets Greyville

Saturday, 14 May 2022

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Hollywood Bets Greyville

The big race today is the Grade 2 World Sports Betting 1900 at 14:48.

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Racing is at Fairview - East Cape Derby

Friday, 13 May 2022

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East Cape Derby at Fairview Racecourse

First race is off at 11:40. Two listed races:

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Racing is at the Vaal

Thursday, 12 May 2022

The first race is off at 12:20 in an 8 race card for today at the Vaal.

BiPotRaces 1 to 6
P/ARaces 2 to 8
Pick6Races 3 to 8
Jackpot 1Races 4 to 7
Jackpot 2Races 5 to 8

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Fanie Bronkhorst talks about his runners today

Thursday, 12 May 2022

F Bronkhorst (Fanie) talks to Andrew Bon about his runners today at the Vaal. Horses Fanie has entered are:

PENDRAGONRace 212:55
PINCH HITRace 212:55
GONE IN TIMERace 414:10

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