New trends to put the rush back into horse racing


Words: Tarryne Rautenbach

Sunshine, thundering hooves, fabulous hats, flutes of fizz and a 20-1 flutter. A day at the races in Johannesburg during the middle of a gorgeous summer is always glamourous and fun. The nation's racing operators recognise the Sport of Kings needs to keep abreast of the times to attract a new generation. So they're providing modern punters with what they want; pop-up gourmet food stalls, craft beer, fashion, and live musical entertainment from SA's best performers.

What makes this experience unlike any other day out is the occasion, the glorious Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup at the historic Turffontein Racecourse. This prestigious equestrian and fashion affair is the City of Gold’s foremost horse race, with a legacy of entertaining the crowds and equine fans for over 128 years.

Serving up gourmet dishes from a number of the city’s best food trucks, beer on tap, delicious wine and a host of summer cocktails - the Summer Garden will keep guests entertained from morning till night, when the official Sound Experience after-party kicks off as the sun begins to set.

Enjoying a prime location right next to the parade ring, race goers can admire the horses close up, chat to owners and trainers, and, for those who have never experienced a day at the races; there are race guides and betting assistants for beginners.

Taryn Rautenbach, from Megapro Holdings (Pty) Ltd, the event organisers of the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup says, “We are continually adapting and targeting a new market for racing and want to give a new audience a chance to enjoy the sport which we are all so passionate about. The Summer Garden and the Sound Experience after-party are some of the exciting additions to the most established and iconic race on the Johannesburg calendar.”

The wide range of entertainment, and the late November date, makes the experience perfect for corporates looking to enjoy an awesome year-end.

Rautenbach sums it up as follows, “Get dressed up and come and feel the rush of a day at the races and what promises to be an exceptional after party at the Sound Experience in the city that never sleeps. The theme of this year’s race day is “More Jozi”. Think the Sport of Kings, glam and bling. Interpret this as you like and see you at the races!”

Whether you’re looking for a party for your year-end, or would simply enjoy being part of Jozi’s biggest horse racing event make sure you don’t miss the 2015 Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup – the More Jozi horse race featuring Mi Casa, Cassper Nyovest, Muzart and Goldfish!

Date: Saturday 28 November 2015
Time: 11am – 11pm
Venue: 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein Racecourse, Johannesburg
Line-up: Mi Casa, Cassper Nyovest, Goldfish and Muzart