DERBY DAY @ JOBURG’S PRAWN FESTIVAL
Watch the movie Secretariat and you will understand what winning the Triple Crown symbolises.
For those just starting to experience the exciting world of horseracing, the Triple Crown consists of 3 races, in quick succession for 3 year old horses only. It is considered to be one of the greatest accomplishments in Thoroughbred horseracing and one of the hardest to achieve. Besides being labelled a Triple Crown winner, it certainly doesn’t hurt earning the R2-million bonus. Only Champion’s can do this and it is for this reason that the Triple Crown has only been won 3 times by Horse Chestnut, Louis The King and Abashiri in its 20 years of being run in South Africa.
A Triple Crown winner symbolises a true athlete- combining speed, stamina, courage and determination. A Champion!
What we refer to as the “first leg” was the Gauteng Guineas. This was run on Saturday, 2nd February over 1600m. National Park, a visitor from PE for lady trainer Yvette Bremner won this leg comfortably, beating the Mike de Kock stable Champion, Hawwaam. But exactly 1 month later, on the 2nd March, Hawwaam proved to be too good for his competition and cruised across the line in the S A Classic over 1800m.
He now takes his place, unfortunately jumping from the #13 gate in the 3rd and final leg- the S A Derby on Saturday over 2450m.
Saturday comprises 9 features, with a total of 12 races on the day. First race is off at 13h00 and the last at 19h35 so this means that you will witness many of South Africa’s finest Equine athletes on the racecourse.
Undoubtedly, Joburg’s favourite miler- the fantastic Legal Eagle wears the #1 saddle cloth in the Grade 1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes. For those not in the know- a Grade 1 race is comparative to a world title event- only the best, highest rated horses are in the line-up.
Now what is a race day without food, live entertainment and prize giveaways? You will be spoilt for choice with Joburg’s annual Prawn Festival and there are not too many places where you can get 12 Queen prawn’s, chips, rice and a sauce for just R125. The Beer Garden (open to 18 years and older) offers a variety of prawn and seafood dishes, as well as other meals. By just purchasing your Prawn voucher, you will immediately be in the draw to win one of 10 Neon IQ Tablets, 6 Sansui 40’ LED TV’s, 2 Skyworth 40E6 FHD Android TV’s, 1 Hisense 40” TV, 1 Hisense Refrigerator, 1 Hisense Microwave, 1 Blue Tooth Boom Box, an electric grill, a toaster and a small phones.
Gates open at 11am sharp and entrance is free, so make sure you all get to Turffontein on Saturday, 30th March to enjoy a family day out with the Joburg skyline as a backdrop on a beautiful autumn day.