What is likely to become the marquee event at this venue in year’s to come piqued the interest of trainers and racing lovers alike given that it makes provision for a field of 28-runners, the most seen on a South African racetrack
That there is a stake of R750,000 on offer and the fact that runners finishing from first to 15th will earn a cheque, provided a full field of 28 plus two reserve runners are carded, has added enough of an incentive.
Big race fields will be the order of the day with three other races set to host 28-runner fields with the R250,000 Grand Heritage Consolation Handicap offering those who failed to make the final field in the main event afforded another opportunity at a lucrative stake.
The other two races where 28-runners is a possibility will both be run over 1200m and will ensure that the Grand Jackpot will be one of the bets to consider on the day.
“This is a new venture which came about at a workshop held a few months ago when trying to find an alternative to the now defunct Emerald Cup and Supreme Cup,” Clyde Basel, Phumelela Racing Executive, said of the new event on the calendar.
“We felt the need to launch something different to capture the attention of the racing public and it seems to have been well received. We’re hoping that we will be able to achieve 28-horse fields as that will help us pay out the stake money down to 15th for The Grand Heritage”
“Since it’s our first event there is an element of trial and error but we are hoping to learn going forward.”
As far as the raceday experience is concerned, it promises to be a fantastic day out for the entire family with children’s entertainment, a variety of food stalls and a beer garden on offer. A big screen will also be going up to ensure that rugby fans don’t miss the action and another highlight of the day will be the appearance of Vin Deysel, a popular radio personality and DJ.
“We encourage friends and families to attend The Grand Heritage raceday. The rush and excitement of day at the races will be complimented by good food and entertainment,” Racing. It’s a Rush brand manager, Jenna Adams, said with regards to the experience that awaits.
As an incentive to punters, the TAB win and place pool will be boosted by R60 000 and six places will be paid out in The Grand Heritage. A quartet carryover of R250,000 is estimated to swell to R1,3-million for the main event.
There will also be a number of other carryovers into the day’s proceedings, including in the Grand Jackpot, but punters are advised to watch the press for details closer to raceday.
Gates open at 10am, entrance and parking is free!