Following the Dubai Racing Club’s sponsorship of All Stars Day, Goldcircle has also announced that The Falcon Sprint and Goldfields Sprint for three-year-old males and females respectively will each carry added stakes of R60 000 and be run over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday 30 September in order to utilise a race sponsorship offered by the USA-based Keeneland Association.
The Keeneland Association will hold a seminar at Turffontein Racecourse on Friday 29 September and has also generously offered a $20 000 grant to be utilised for boosting the prize money of suitable races at the race meeting at Turffontein the next day.
In order to take advantage of the grant, both the Falcon and Goldfields sprints have been moved from 10 October as originally programmed and will be run on Saturday 30 September instead.
The Keeneland Association Falcon Sprint and the Keeneland Association Goldfields Sprint will each carry prize money of R185 000 and nominations for both races will close at 9am on Friday 22 September. Final acceptances will fall due at 10am on Tuesday 26 September.
Two of the minor races originally programmed for the Turffontein meeting on Saturday 30 September – the MR66 Handicap over 1000m (event 5 in the trainers’ brochure) and a Maiden Plate over 1160m (event 9 in the trainers’ brochure) – will now be run on 10 October in order to accommodate the two feature races.
The Falcon and Goldfields are the first feature events for three-year-olds of the season in Johannesburg and provide part of the build-up to the Grade 2 Dingaans and the Steinhoff Fillies Mile at the Steinhoff Summer Cup race meeting on the last Saturday in November.
Keeneland is a combination of a racecourse and a sales company near Lexington in the heart of the famous Kentucky bluegrass region. Keeneland strives to maintain horseracing’s finest traditions and promotes the industry through sales, live racing and simulcast racing. It’s Keeneland Association Contributions Programme has a special interest in projects related to thoroughbred breeding and racing.
“Phumelela is delighted to be hosting the Keeneland Association seminar at Turffontein,” said Robert Garner, general manager marketing and communications at Phumelela. “Keeneland is planning on bringing a team of seven to South Africa, including a breeder, an equine surgeon and an equine internship co-ordinator. The seminar will be aimed at owners, breeders, trainers, racing operators and horseracing writers.”