27.7.2020 05:20 am
The result of the July, with second-favourite Belgarion winning, provided very brief respite for punters.
The 2020 Vodacom Durban July race meeting was staged behind closed doors, but even if there had been 50,000 fans in Greyville’s vast grandstands on Saturday there would have been a hushed silence after race 8, the Garden Province Stakes, the supporting feature event.
Joy, relief and determination to save a sinking industry have greeted the news that horse racing is to resume in South Africa from Monday 1 June.
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.
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.
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.
Just assuming that everything is off is not quite true.
The British Horseracing Authority announced Friday a £22 million ($27.5 million) aid package in response to the financial impact of the coronavirus.
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.
After due consideration, the South African horseracing industry has decided to further restrict the individuals who may attend race meetings.
Good news for horse racing fans: the eagerly awaited Legends of the Turf video series is at last available for online viewing.
On a day crammed with happy winners, One World spun above them all in glory.
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.