It is said that the best things in life are free. Well, anybody who has ever gone horse-racing, will undoubtedly testify to that.
And come the weekend of 10 and 11 May, the racing will not only be free, it will also showcase the best on offer in the Eastern Cape when a two-day festival of racing and entertainment will take place at the Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth. Friday sees the running of the highly anticipated final leg of the World Sports Betting Eastern Cape Poly Challenge.
The WSB East Cape Poly Challenge is similar to a Triple Crown event wherein horses compete over 3 races. To win the R250,000 bonus, a horse must win all three legs. But seeing that this is not possible any more, Let’s Play Ball, Breakfast Club and Sao Paulo will compete for the R50,000 consolation prize on offer for the horse that amasses the most points over the three races.
Points were scored as follows: First – 10; Second – 6; Third – 4; Fourth – 3; Fifth – 2; Sixth – 1.
Let’s Play Ball on 10 points, Breakfast Club on 9 and Sao Paulo with 3 points are the only runners in contention and with a R50,000 carrot dangling in front of them, they are sure to give it their all.
Saturday’s feature race is the World Sports Betting East Cape Derby (Listed) over 2400m.
But the World Sports Betting East Cape Derby Raceday is much more than just a raceday. It’s a day of fun and family time – all for free, of course.
Gates open at 11:00 and general entrance to the Fairview racecourse is free.
There are beautiful picnic spots available as well as unreserved seating for the public on the grandstand.
The little ones are in for a special treat as the Kids Fun Zone will offer free sweets, cold drinks, activities and entertainment.
A wide range of entertainment will be on offer between races, including fashion shows,performances by local artists and vehicle displays, to name but a few.
There will also be stacks of prizes and giveaways. Who know, if your horse doesn’t do it for you, you might still walk away a winner.
A limited number of seats are still available in the VIP hospitality venue. At R350 per person guests can enjoy a sumptuous lunch which includes complimentary welcome wines, lucky draws and other giveaways, as well as free table race cards.
Talking about the racing, the World Sports Betting East Cape Derby over 2400m could well be the race of the season at Fairview.
With 25 three-year-olds, entered by the best local trainers as well as raiders from the Mother City, all vying for their share of the R350,00 stakes, expect some fireworks. They are all champions, having recorded a total of 38 victories and 93 places between them.
The final field, to be announced soon, should see the cream of the crop line up in the starting gates on Saturday 11 May.
The racing festival ends with the WSB Fun Athletes Relay Race.
World Sports Betting is putting up a R3 000 prize for the winning team plus a goodie bag for every team member. Plus, all contestants will receive a free soft drink. This event is very popular and a sure crowd pleaser.