DERBY DAY EXCITEMENT
“I LOVE THE SOUND OF THE HORSES!” was the quote of the day by Alfred Pretorius from Els Park in Germiston as the sun began to set on this years, Prawn Festival, featuring the 3rd and final leg of the Triple Crown series at Turffontein Racecourse.
In a world where it’s getting harder for families to enjoy quality time out together, the racetrack has always been a place that welcomes everyone. A magnificent autumn afternoon was enjoyed by young and old- new comers to the course, and the regular diehards. But if you were wanting a luxurious affair where you get dressed up to the nines, it would be the elegant and posh It’s. A Rush Member’s Lounge.
Having taken how one races to a whole new level, there is no doubt that the lounge is the place to be. Celebs and high profile socialites are often seen enjoying the offerings of horseracing- from placing a little wager, to enjoying only the finest beverages, especially the boutique gin house- Victoria Gins.
But the real stars of the show were undoubtedly the equine athletes in all of the 12 races throughout the day. Always giving of their best and providing thrilling finishes.
But it was definitely older jockey, Piere Stydom’s day when he walked away with not one, but 2 of the big races on the day- the races that make up this Derby Day; the Grade 2 Wilgerbosdrift S A Oaks on Return Flight as well as Samurai Warrior in the all exciting Grade 1 S A Derby.
Although this brings the curtain half down on our Joburg season, remember that we have Champions Day on the 4th May with the R4 million Premier’s Champions Challenge being just one of the 7 features to be held.