AFRICA'S PREMIER MARATHON!
History: First run in 1921, the Gold Cup is Africa’s premier marathon for long-distance runners. The race is run over 3200m and starts at the 400m mark in the short Greyville straight. There’s much jockeying for position as the runners pass the winning post for the first time before turning sharply right and heading towards the Drill Hall. Normally many runners are under pressure before the turn into the home straight and it takes a special type of horse and jockey to win the event. One of the greatest Gold Cup riders of all time was Charlie Barends, who won the event seven times. He partnered favourite Chez Monty, who in 1950 became the first horse to win the race two years running. Felix Coetzee broke Barends’ long-standing record in 2012, when he won his eighth Gold Cup on In Writing.
Event details: The final big race meeting of the South African racing season and often decisive in determining the Equus Award winners for the season. The Gold Cup was downgraded to Grade 2 in 2016 and to Grade 3 in 2017 but is still the most important horseracing marathon in the country. Three Grade 1 races and six other feature events are run at the Gold Cup Festival, which was introduced in 2017.
Feature races Saturday 29 July:
R1,000,000 World Sports Betting Champions Cup 1800m Grade 1
R400,000 Gold Bracelet 2000m Grade 2
R150,000 Umngeni Handicap 1000m Polytrack Listed
R150,000 The Darley Arabian 1600m Polytrack Listed
Feature races Sunday 30 July:
R1.25 million eLAN Gold Cup 3200m Grade 3
R600,000 Premiers Champion Stakes 1600m Grade 1
R600,000 Thekwini Stakes 1600m Grade 1
R300,000 Umkhomazi Stakes 1200m Grade 3
R300,000 The Debutante 1200m Grade 3