Matchem Stakes 2017
There is every indication that summer is fast-approaching Cape Town. And what that means for the sport of horseracing is that things start coming to life. The ball gets rolling on the lush lawns at Durbanville Racecourse on 7 October with the running of the World Sports Betting Matchem Stakes.
The setting itself lends itself to being more of a casual day out and this year the Matchem Stakes raceday coincides with the chance to be crowned as a culinary king or queen with the Potjiekos Competition.
There’s also a share of R30 000 up for grabs. Let that digest for a moment.
The winner of the Potjiekos Competition on raceday will walk away with a whopping R15 000 with R10 000 for the runner-up and R5000 for the third place competitor.
Entry forms for the competition are available at the Boer & Butcher and entry is R100 per pot.
The day also sees the annual Jockeys’ Chase take place as part of the proceedings with the horsemen swopping their riding boots for running shoes. This year the format has been changed to a 200m relay and the jocks will be taking part in order to raise funds for the Cart Horse Protection Association.
Last year, the Matchem Stakes was claimed by one of the Cape’s equine heroes with Captain America taking the laurels. Historically, this race has been a key part in the preparations for horses looking at taking out some of the bigger prizes during the Summer of Champions.
The World Sports Betting Diana Stakes (Gr 3) will also form part of the day.
Families are enocouraged to make their way to the country course for a fun day out and those not wanting to take part in the Potjie Competition, will also be able to take advantage of the bring and braai facilities or alternatively they can purchase braai packs on course. A braai combo for two will be on offer for R99.
There’ll also be a screening of the Rugby Championship encounter between the Springboks and New Zealand on course as well as a live broadcast by Bok Radio as well as great drink specials at the bars.