Summer Cup Day: Joburg’s greatest race and six other feature races

Track Overview



The Track


Turf. 2700m oval track. Races up to 1160m straight course; beyond 1160m clockwise round turn with 800m run-in. Track rises 12m from 1600m to 800m marks, making it most testing circuit in SA.

Draw: Low-number draws favoured over 1400m and to a lesser extent over 1600m.



Turf. 2500m near oval circuit inside Standside Track with which it shares a common pull-up area. All races run clockwise round the turn with run-in of slightly less than 500m. Track rises 10m from the 1400m to the 500m marks.

Draw: Low-number draws preferable over 1450m and 1600m.

Track Info

The Summer Cup  is fought out on the standside track at Turffontein and it’s the toughest 2000m race on the continent. The horses run straight for the first 600m, giving those with high-number draws a chance to avoid being caught wide on the turn. The real test begins when the runners go into the bend at the 1400m with a steep 12m climb to the entrance to the home straight at the 800m mark. Then it’s straight all the way to the finishing post, giving horses who like to come from off the pace ample opportunity to get to the leaders. The R2-million Grade 1 race is a great test of speed and stamina. Don’t miss the action!


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