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On Saturday 20 September, the Natwest Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket is the venue for Racing South Africa’s 2008 promotion of the South African horseracing industry to the hugely knowledgeable racing public in the United Kingdom.

Thanks to the recent exploits of South African racehorses around the world, informed bloodstock investors like Andreas Jacobs, Sabine Plattner, Fieldspring Racing, Gainsborough and Shadwell Studs and more recently Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Dr Jim Hay amongst many others, have made South Africa one of their first choice horseracing destinations!

In fact, it is estimated that 25% of all horses in training in Cape Town are paid for by UK-based owners, not surprising when one considers that the entry level is nearly one fifth of the cost in the UK!

Whereas in the past Barbados was the winter haven for many European racing personalities, South Africa, and in particular the Cape, has taken over this mantle. Therefore, the Racing South Africa promotion aims to grow foreign participation by providing relevant information about our industry and to highlight Sales and Racing events in the forthcoming months and next year.

The last South African promotion at the famous Rowley Mile racecourse was in October 2006 when Racing South Africa sponsored the Houghton Stakes. This time round, Racing South Africa has secured the sponsorship rights to all races on the seven-race card. The aim is also to create a special South African theme day which potentially could become a standing feature of the UK’s racing programme.

This year Racing South Africa has been fortunate to attract a number of prominent co-sponsors including Investec Bank, Phumelela Gold Enterprises, Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa, Racing Association, Mary Slack, Mike de Kock International Racing and Kenilworth Quarantine Station.

In recognition of the exceptional international achievements of Mike de Kock and his team, Racing South Africa is honoured to name the first race of the day after Mike’s International Racing Stables. The full race programme, televised by Racing UK and Tellytrack, is as follows (UK times):

The Western Province Owners & Trainers Association, whose original brainchild this initiative was, has continued to support the event and via Chairman, Rodney Dunn, Lita Futeran, Bruno Mercurio and Hymen Maisel will be on hand to promote racing in the Western Cape.

As a special feature of the day, the legendary race caller, Sir Peter O’Sullevan has agreed to lend his name to the Racing Association’s sponsored race and will be on hand for the handing over of mementos to winning connections. RA CEO, Clyde Basel is expected to call a race on the day. Naturally, he is hoping to avoid a 30-runner field!

As usual, South African wines will be on display in the Member’s Lawn Enclosure thanks to the generous donations of Graham Beck Wines, L’Ormarins, Avontuur, La Brie and Arabella Wine Estates. To add value, Wines of South Africa, the marketing arm of the wine industry has sponsored a wine tasting and renowned wine-maker, Pieter de Waal, will fly in to oversee the tasting.

To add further South African flavour to the day, negotiations are in hand to introduce typical South African cuisine to the menus and the SA Consulate will be present to perform official duties.

The Racing South Africa sponsored day is for the benefit of the South African horseracing industry. As such, we welcome participation by those that wish to promote the industry. For further enquiries, please contact:

Peter Gibson

Mob: +27 83 406 4881

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