Turffontein Racecourse is one of the leading horse racing racetracks in South Africa. The racecourse is considered one of the racetracks that test stamina as horses contend with the climb towards the end. Turffontein was opened in 1887 and has amassed a wealth of history as one of the favorite racetracks in the country. It is located in Turffontein, Gauteng. The racecourse is the responsibility of Johannesburg Turf Club.
The facility at Turffontein has both the inner and outer tracks. Turffontein Racecourse is known for two main race days; Group One Derby and the Summer Cup, which comes in November.
Horseracing has a large following in South Africa and you can count on the right ambience; lots of families, good catering and expert horse racing. A race day may be more fun if you happen to visit Turffontein with a festival running concurrently. At such times, the venue fills to the brim. The adults can enjoy some harmless wagering as they watch their favourite horse jostle it out on the last climb. This is one of the racetracks where races contested from the bend get very exciting.
The grandstand is elevated and strategically positioned to give the fans an unadulterated view of the races. It also affords you the best skyline view of the Johannesburg sky, one you cannot find elsewhere.
The racetrack has undergone many changes over the years, with the most recent refurbishments being moving of the parade ring closer to the racetrack so that fans can see the jockeys upclose as they get ready for the start of the race. Floodlights have also been installed to make it possible to have nighttime racing. When the Summer Cup starts, night racing makes events even more exciting. Race-goers enjoy some live music coupled with snacks or formal meals. The venue also has a kiddie area where children can enjoy themselves when there is daytime racing. Conferencing facilities are also available as well as grounds for concerts and festivals.