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Racing into The New Year

As the sun sets on 2019 and rises on the start of a brand new decade, it also brings with it the thrilling end to the Johannesburg horse racing season. With a number of feature race days taking place in the first quarter of the new year, you’ll be spoilt for choice on which to attend. Whether it’s for the horses, the fashion or the vast array of entertainment on offer, there is something for everyone at Turffontein Racecourse, so be sure to diarise these dates:


Classic Day – Family Day

For those unfamiliar with the Triple Crown Series, it is a series of three races run in quick succession for SA’s best three-year old horses – the Triple Crown for colts and geldings and the Triple Tiara for fillies. It is a series which requires strength, stamina and heart and winning just one of these races is considered an achievement – whilst winning all three is a massive accolade which has only been achieved a handful of times.

Classics Day, on the 7th of March 2020, sees the second leg of the Triple Crown (the SA Classic) and the Triple Tiara series (the SA Fillies Classic), both over 1800m, hosted at Turffontein Racecourse. With kids entertainment, lucky draws, cash prizes, a beer garden and live entertainment, Classics Day is a day for the whole family to enjoy. Entrance on to the racecourse is free so don your best attire and head to Turffontein to experience the thrill of the race.

Date:   7 March 2020

Venue: Turffontein Racecourse


SA Derby Day – JHB Prawn Festival

The third and final leg of the SA Triple Crown and Triple Tiara for 3-year old’s takes place on the 4th of April on Derby Day at Turffontein Racecourse. Apart from the 2450m Grade 1 SA Derby being worth R2 million itself, there is an additional R2 million bonus should the same horse win all three legs of the Triple Crown. This amazing feat has only been accomplished three times in Triple Crown history – by Horse Chestnut (1999), Louis the King (2014) and Abashiri (2016) – and twice by the fillies in the Triple Tiara by Igugu (2011) and Cherry on the Top (2013).

Derby Day also plays host to the Joburg Prawn Festival with a variety of delicious prawn dishes being served up on-course. So whether your passion lies with the incredible equine athletes lining up in the starting stalls or for the gastronomic delights on sale, be sure to make your way to Turffontein Racecourse on 4 April to grab your piece of the action. Gates open at 11h00 and entrance on to the racecourse is free.

Date: 4 April 2020

Venue: Turffontein Racecourse


Royal Raceday

It’s called the Royal Raceday for a reason as it is hosted annually in honour of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco and her foundation. The headline race on the day is the Grade 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes for fillies and mares over 1600m with total stakes of R1 million. There are also two maiden plates on the day (races for horses which have never won before), sponsored by Princess Charlene of Monaco, with impressive total race stakes of R250 000 each. Whilst Maiden plates are usually the lower valued races, these two races have become synonymous with the Princess’ support for those considered the ‘underdog’.

The Princess has personally attended the race day in previous years and considering her passion for children, the race day will see a number of schoolchildren in attendance, with kiddies entertainment at the forefront. Apart from jumping castles and play areas, there will be live farrier demonstrations, puppet and magic shows as well as plenty of photo opportunities for moms and dads. Entrance on to the racecourse and kids entertainment is free so bring the whole family for a day of fun and festivities.

Date: 18th April 2020

Venue: Turffontein Racecourse


Champions Day – Gins ‘n Roses Festival

Champions Day marks the end of the Johannesburg horse racing season and you can see it out in fine style at the Gins ‘n Roses Festival taking place at Turffontein Racecourse on the 2nd of May. Much as its name suggests, it’s one of the richest race days on the calendar with no less than seven feature races on the card, so you can be sure to witness some of South Africa’s finest equine athletes fighting it out in thrilling finishes.

Apart from the action on-course, race goers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment and hospitality with a multitude of gin variations from pop up bars, gourmet catering and live DJ’s playing long into the night at the Gin’s & Roses Marquee. Ticket information will be released closer to race day so keep an eye out on the Racing It’s a Rush social media profiles for more information.

Date: 2nd May 2020

Venue: Turffontein Racecourse



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