The TBA, chaired by Adv Altus Joubert, has for some time now been committed to the vision for the five Grade 1 races for Fillies and Mares in South Africa to carry a purse of R1 million. The five events are:
1) The Empress Club Stakes (Turffontein)
2) The Paddock Stakes (Kenilworth)
3) The Majorca Stakes (Kenilworth)
4) The SA Fillies Sprint (Scottsville)
5) The Garden Province Stakes (Greyville)
The primary objective of the TBA’s vision would be to reduce the number of top fillies and mares leaving South Africa to race and breed overseas.
It is envisaged that significantly higher stakes for the mentioned races will go some way in persuading owners and breeders to leave their quality female runners in South Africa; not only to compete for a share of the prize money, but also for the increased status and the possibility of series-based bonuses. These fillies and mares will in time become breeding stock on South African stud farms and so improve the quality of the breed. The Paddock Stakes, sponsored by the TBA, will become the first R1 million race for fillies and mares when it is contested on the 5th January 2008 at Kenilworth Racecourse.
The lead taken by the TBA has recently been followed by Phumelela, who announced that all Gr1 events under its jurisdiction will in future carry a purse of R1 million. It follows that the Empress Club Stakes will become in R1 million race. Two down; three to go.
The 5th January will also see the running of the R1-Million Cape Guineas, sponsored by BloodStock SA.
Extract from Gold Circle