Horseracing in South Africa

South Africa is home to eight different racetracks – Kenilworth and Durbanville in the Western Cape, Turffontein and the Vaal in Gauteng, Greyville and Scottsville – which are based in KwaZulu-Natal, the Northern Cape racetrack of Flamingo Park, and Fairview in the Eastern Cape.

Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape are the main racing centers and all South Africa’s Grade One races are held in these three centers, focused on turf tracks. Greyville, which hosts a number of meetings at night, and Fairview, also sport polytrack courses, with the polytrack having first been introduced to Durban in 2014. Flamingo Park and Fairview tracks also offer sand racing.

The Breeders Grade 1 trophy, made especially for the TBA by South African Sculptor Bruce Little, and awarded to the breeder of each South African-bred Grade 1 winner.


Gr.1 Race Schedule 2020

Date  RacecourseRace DistanceStake (R 000)
JAN11KenilworthL'Ormarins Queen's PlateG11600m1 500
   Paddock StakesG11800m1 000
FEB1KenilworthSun Met celebrated with GH MUMMG12000m3 000
   Majorca StakesG11600m1 000
   Cape Flying ChampionshipG11000m1 000
FEB22KenilworthCape DerbyG12000m1 000
MARCH7TurffonteinS A ClassicG11800m1 500
   Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies ClassicG11800m1 000
APRIL4TurffonteinSA DerbyG12450m1500
   H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut StakesG11600m1000
 18TurffonteinHSH Princess Charlene Empress Club StakesG11600m1 000
MAY2TurffonteinPremier's Champions ChallengeG12000m3 000
   Computaform SprintG11000m1 000
MAY30GreyvilleDaily News 2000G12000m2 000
   Woolavington 2000G12000m1 000
JUNE6ScottsvilleGolden Horse SprintG11200m1000
   SA Fillies SprintG11200m750
   Gold Horse Medallion G11200m750
   Allan Robertson ChampionshipG11200m750
JUNE13GreyvilleRising Sun Gold ChallengeG11600m1 000
JULY4GreyvilleVodacom Durban JulyG12200m4 250
   Garden Province StakesG11600m1000
JULY25GreyvilleChampions Cup G11800m1 000
   Mercury SprintG11200m1 000
   Premiers Champion StakesG11600m750
   Thekwini StakesG11600m750
November 28TurffonteinSummer CupG12000m2000
December12KenilworthCape Fillies GuineasG11600m1 000
 19KenilworthCape GuineasG11600m1 000