Horse Racing in South Africa

In the last post we touched on the love that they have for horse racing in Australia, and namely the racing excitement that can routinely be witnessed on racecourses such as Flemington. In a parallel made before, there are some that enjoy the best online casinos au, and there others who want a real world gambling or sporting experience. The same applies to all nations; and I’d say that one nation that doesn’t get enough love as far as its passion for horse racing goes, is South Africa.

There are in fact several race course in South Africa, which surely speaks to the popularity of the sport of horse racing in the country. Racing has a history in the country going back 200+ years and there are several tracks that are known to draw in the crowds. It’s not a country I’ve visited, the closet I’ve been is in playing the best online slots south africa, but it’s certainly a country I’d love to go. If I can watch top quality horse racing action while I’m there, all the better.

There’s the 2600m Turffontein, a right handed track with a straight. It’s home of multiple group one races including the prestigious Champion’s Challenge in April, which has impressive prize money of £170,000. There’s also Kenilworth, a  left handed track where stamina often plays a deciding role in victory. The  5,000,000 Rand Sun Met takes place it each year, bringing with it crowds of 50,000+. It’s the richest race in South African racing and attracts the cream of the crop of racing talent.

Another track, which some will have heard of is Greyville. It’s pear shaped and so often the case that if a horse gets to the front of the pack, the other have their work cut out to take the lead. The big money Group race ‘The Durban’ takes place here. The race is steeped in over 100 years of history and so is a much sough after win for jockeys, trainer and owners alike.

Australian Racecourses

Being British, when growing up my knowledge of Australia was rather comically limited to the BBC (at the time) soap Neighbours. That may sound ludicrous in this day and age but the Australian soap opera had the whole country engrossed for a good decade plus. We got to take in the sun, sea and sand. The local coffee shop, and various strange and unlikely happenings you’d expect of a soap opera. All taking place around the location of the show; Erinsborough (a fictional place for what it’s worth!).

Of course one thing that Erinsborough never seemed to have as far as I can recollect was a casino, or even a race course. There was no storyline centred around a night on the best australian pokies, or getting an accumulator up on the races. It’s a shame really as most Aussies I know love a good gamble. And on top of that they do have some beautiful racecourse, and races that draw in the cream of the crop from the horse racing world.

Much like being a high roller casino fan and hoping that big bucks are coming your way, the top names in racing; owners, trainers and jockeys alike all have their eye on the prize in some of the most prestigious Australian races. The Melbourne Cup is certainly the first (and main) one that comes to mind. It’s not just an Australian affair either. The race draws in worldwide audiences and interest.

This thoroughbred race, held over 3200-metre for three year olds+ at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, is known as the richest two miler in the world. Understandably so being that it had a purse of A$8,000,000 in 2020. It was first held way back in 1861, which surely speaks to its history and continued relevance. Australian TV audiences are routinely in the millions, and that’s before racing fans from around the world are factored in too.  Winner of the 2020 Melbourne Cup race was Twilight Payment from Ireland. It’s a race that will have relevance for decades to come, on a course that is a joy to visit.

American Racecourses

Thus far there hasn’t exactly been a heavy focus on American racecourses on the horses and courses site, with instead more of a focus on the UK. It’s hard to deny the popularity of horse racing stateside though, and the thrill of both sport and gambling in general to the American public. Stateside there are plenty of usrealmoneycasinos , of that there can be no doubt. Then of course Las Vegas is known not only in the states, but worldwide too. Away from the casino world though, sports betting in taking off more and more stateside, as more states recognise the freedom to have a ‘flutter’.

In fact for a country priding itself on ‘freedom’ the United States of America has been shockingly behind the curb regarding the freedom to bet and gamble. In part likely due to the monopoly held by Las Vegas in several states there have been laws that place limits on online casinos, sport betting at the like. Thankfully though that is now changing at a fast pace and American citizens are free to take part in this form of entertainment and skill. About time too!

On course betting has always, or rather often been possible stateside, but it’s not like we all have a racecourse on our doorstep. But, nevertheless on that topic what amazing and noteworthy racecourses America does have. Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park, the list goes on.

My personal favourite of these prestigious racecourses just has to be Arlington Park. The course hosted the country’s first ever $1 million stakes race in the 1920’s and is located in Chicago, Illinois. An interesting fact, as that’s not necessarily a location that people would automatically link to horse racing. Stakes races such as the Arlington Million Stakes, Secretariat Stakes, and the American Derby are held there annually.It’s the ‘trusted pair of hands’ of racing as far as holding these events goes.

Of other courses, Churchill Downs too, surrounded by beautiful unspoiled landscapes is another racecourse that isn’t to be missed. You’ll have no doubt seen it grace your TV screens, whether you’re US based or not and it is home to the Kentucky Derby too, the very first leg of the Triple Crown Series (with the other two being the Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.)