Racing Venues


Only a few minutes from Johannesburg city centre, there are two grass tracks at Turffontein. The Standside Track is an oval grass track with a 2800m circumference. All races over 800m, 1000m and 1200m are run on the straight course, which joins the oval circuit at about the 800m mark. Races beyond 1200m are run clockwise round the turn. The track rises sharply on the final bend from the 1400m mark to the 800m mark, making it the most testing racecourse in the country. Starting stall draws are on no account in races down the straight. Low numbers are slightly favoured in races round the turn, particularly over 1400m and to a lesser extent over 1600m. The existing track at Turffontein is regarded as the fairest racecourse in South Africa. The Inside Track is inside the existing track. All races are run round the turn, which is cambered and not as steep on the final bend as the existing track. According to a Phumelela spokesman, the draw will not be at all important on the second grass track.


In Midrand, midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, it is easily accessed from the M1 highway. Randjiesfontein is an oval grass track of 2100m in diameter. Races over 1000m are run on a straight course; beyond 1000m races are run clockwise round the turn. There is a 600m run-in. The track rises 8,6m from the 1200m to 600m marks and then 1m from the 600m mark to the finish. Low-number draws are slightly favoured in 1200m races, but the draw is generally of little significance over all other distances.


There are two tracks, a turf track and a sand track, which was opened in late 2001. The grass track is an oval track of some 2900m in circumference. Races up to 1600m are run on a straight course, which joins the oval circuit at the 1000m mark. This is the longest straight in the country. Races beyond 1600m are run clockwise around the turn. High-number starting-stall draws can be favoured in races down the straight, although this changes from time to time. Low numbers are best in races round the turn. A fast track that suits horses who race from a handy position.

Flamingo Park

The track: Sand
2000m oval.
Races up to 1000m straight course; beyond 1000m clockwise round turn with 600m run-in. Draw of little account in straight races; low-number draws favoured over 1200m and to a lesser extent over 1400m and 1600m.


The track: Turf.
2700m near oval.
Races up to 1200m straight course; beyond 1200m clockwise round turn with 800m run-in.
High-number draws best in races down the straight (mostly downhill); low numbers favoured over 1400m and 1600m.