Horse racing will resume in South Africa from Monday 1 June – throwing a lifeline to a multibillion-rand industry in a state of near-collapse.
Sha Tin a ray of sunshine amid dark clouds and rain
The biggest horse race of the weekend is a significant event in more ways than one.
The authority responsible for maintaining Epsom Downs on Tuesday gave its backing to the staging of the Derby and the Oaks after the coronavirus delayed this year’s running of the English classic horseraces.
South African horse racing was ‘days away’ from being obliterated – before the game’s doyenne Mary Slack stepped in with a R100 million rescue package on Friday.
Major horse racing operator Phumelela is likely to apply for business rescue status ‘within a few days’ – plunging the troubled South African industry into chaos.
False start to racing’s return
The planned resumption of horse racing in SA didn’t happen. The Cape Town meeting scheduled for Friday had to be abandoned after the government failed to respond to the game’s entreaties for a green light.
Kiplingcotes Derby falls to virus – but Greyville holds aloft torch for racing world

Racing News British horseracing launches £22m virus aid package

The British Horseracing Authority announced Friday a £22 million ($27.5 million) aid package in response to the financial impact of the coronavirus.

Durban July could still run this year

Premium Durban July could still run this year

The SA horseracing industry has unveiled its battle plan for the year ahead, but it all depends on the lockdown starting to ease from the start of May.

Racing News Horseracing imposes more coronavirus restrictions

After due consideration, the South African horseracing industry has decided to further restrict the individuals who may attend race meetings.

Racing News Happy days are here again

Good news for horse racing fans: the eagerly awaited Legends of the Turf video series is at last available for online viewing.

Met winners and losers as One World keeps spinning

Premium Met winners and losers as One World keeps spinning

On a day crammed with happy winners, One World spun above them all in glory.

Racing News Racing Association CEO Larry Wainstein resigns

In a statement on Tuesday, the Racing Association (RA) said their CEO Larry Wainstein would be retiring on 31 January to focus on personal business interests.

Racing News Spirit of Sea Cottage on the Highveld

The big race on Saturday 25 January is the Grade 3 Sea Cottage Stakes over 1800m at Turffontein.

Hawwaam king-designate of the Queen’s

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Hawwaam will command most of the public attention for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth on 11 January.

Kenilworth Racing seizes control of its destiny

Premium Kenilworth Racing seizes control of its destiny

Dramatic new plans to stop the decline in Western Cape racing were unveiled at a meeting at Kenilworth Racecourse on Monday night.

Here comes SA’s biggest race

Premium Here comes SA’s biggest race

Saturday’s Grand Heritage at the Vaal offers racing fans something different.

Racing News Barahin strolls Charity Mile

Barahin overpowered the opposition to win the Grade 2 Peermont Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein easily.

Pick 6 pool likely to top R10 million at today’s Charity Mile meeting

Premium Pick 6 pool likely to top R10 million at today’s Charity Mile meeting

There’ll be a decent crowd, with 16 celebrities representing the 16 charities whose allotted runners will battle it out for R1 million in welfare cash giveaways.

Racing News The Charity Mile is back to race for a reason

Sixteen charities are each paired with a racehorse and a celebrity to battle it out for a share of R1 million.


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