Flamingo Park Racecourse
After a multimillion rand refurbishment of the racing surface and the construction of 140 stables in 2005, the Kimberley Racecourse was renamed Flamingo Park.
The Northern Cape Province’s racetrack is one of South Africa’s few sand tracks. Thanks to the refurbishment, Flamingo Park has a dust-free racing surface of international standards.
Flamingo Park’s sand track is renowned for creating course specialists, even horses who have shown little ability on grass tracks elsewhere. This makes Flamingo Park an interesting racecourse to keep your eye on.
A right-handed course with a circumference of just under 2200m and a run-in of 600m, Kimberley is a 1000m straight course which joins the round course 600m from the finish. Races run over 1800m start from a chute extending beyond the back straight.
Punters have noted that the ability to race handy is especially important in Kimberley because of the firm and dusty conditions. The draw is also a particularly important factor here, with high barriers usually favoured over the 1000m straight course, and low numbers having the advantage over just about any distance on the round course.