10 Tips for Biding Time Until Racing Recommences

As horse racing in South Africa remains closed indefinitely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, racing enthusiasts country-wide will be itching to get back on course. To bide the time during lockdown, we’ve looked for 10 ways to keep racing fans entertained, inspired and informed:

1. New to racing and keen to brush up on your betting skills before you head to the races? Visit Tab Online and find out more about the bet types available and how to place them

2. Reminisce about the recent Western Cape season and visit Chase Liebenberg Design & Photography for photos and sketches of some of SA’s best racehorses.

3. Take a trip down memory lane and follow Legends of the Turf – a web series paying tribute to the legends of South African racing. Produced by Aidan Lithgow, racing enthusiasts can stream and episode for R49 or the entire box set (17 episodes) for just R499.

4. For the racing enthusiasts who have always wanted to role-play as a trainer, here’s your opportunity. Download the Derby Quest app (for ios or Android) which is a 3D racing game giving you the opportunity to become trainer and jockey for the day!

5. Whilst we all sit in lockdown, follow South African jockey Lyle Hewitson who is riding the crest of a wave in Japan. Follow his page: Fans of Lyle Hewitson for photos and updates

6. For news, views and reviews of all things horses (across multiple disciplines, not just racing) as well as awesome competitions, check out Equestrian Life SA magazine – an online Equestrian and Lifestyle platform for some lockdown leisure reading!

7. Consider purchasing vouchers from Checkers or Takealot to send to the staff at Highveld Horse Care Unit to enable them to purchase much needed groceries as they work throughout lockdown protecting vulnerable horses and donkeys. These equines, especially working horses and donkeys used to pull carts in townships, are equally vulnerable during Covid-19 as owners have lost their incomes and means to provide.

8. Brush up on your horse racing knowledge. Visit the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa (TBA) to find out the history of racing and interesting facts worth knowing

9. Keep an eye on the South African Jockeys Academy to see the next generation of apprentices as they’re put through their paces.

10. Throwback to way back and test your racing knowledge by following Vintage South African Horse Racing for racing trivia and photos of legendary racing greats.

For further information follow Racing. It’s A Rush on social media


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