Search
where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2018-10-09 05:57:21  
Grand Heritage Moved, Splits, Match Race on

The World Sports Betting Grand Heritage scheduled to be run at the Vaal on Saturday will be replaced by the World Sports Betting Grand Series at Turffontein – effectively splitting the field in two with both races offering stakes of R500,000.

Following a track inspection late on Monday, the decision was made that the track will not be race ready come Saturday.

The track inspection was organised by Clyde Basel, Racing Executive for Phumelela, who invited stakeholders to join him at the 2000m mark yesterday.

The delegation walked all the way to the winning post in order to ascertain first-hand the current condition of the track.

After the long walk, the stakeholders involved met for close on two hours after which it was decided to move the Heritage to Turffontein and to run it as two separate races.

“The decision has been taken to move the Grand Heritage and all the other races carded for the Vaal on Saturday, to the Turffontein Inside Track,” Basel said on Monday night.

“All the nominations for Saturday’s races have been reopened, but the original declared Heritage runners will get preferential treatment when it comes to elimination stage.”

According to Basel the two races will now be called the World Sports Betting Grand Series Leg 1 and 2, both being run over 1475m.

The winners of the two races will qualify for a match race early in December at the Vaal to determine who carries the title of Series Champion. “It will give new meaning to the phrase two-horse race,” Basel said last night. The stakes for that race will be announced in due course.

The announcement of the final fields for both the Grand Series races will be broadcast on TellyTrack today.
According to Basel prize monies will be paid up to 10 places in both the Grand Series races.

The Heritage was originally scheduled to be run on 29 September, but was postponed to this coming Saturday due to the track not being race ready.

Basel last night said the stakeholders who joined in the walkabout on the Vaal track yesterday were in agreement that although a marked improvement in the racing surface is evident, the track needs to improve further.

“Our estimate is that the track will need another couple of weeks to return to racing standard.

“Our main concern is for the safety of the horses and the jockeys and therefore a unanimous decision was taken to move the Heritage.

“Our sponsors, World Sports Betting, support the decision and are excited about the match race to come.

“We tried our best to accommodate the Heritage, but we are not prepared to take unnecessary risks and we don’t want to delay the Heritage any further.”

National track Manager Dean Diedericks said: “It’s been a very trying winter for Vaal racecourses but we are slowly but surely overcoming the issues.” 

Rate:
Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • South Africa
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    scottsville to greyville. meeting moves13 hours ago

    Following heavy showers at Scottsville over the weekend with a current penetrometer reading of 31 a...

    View | Add Comment
    rainbow bridge rider weighed in half kilogram over2 days ago

    Bernard Fayd'Herbe weighted half a kilogram over his carded weight in the Green Point Stakes on Sa...

    View | Add Comment
    legal eagle wins a cracking finish3 days ago

      LEGAL EAGLE got the shortest of short head decision in a four way finish as South Africa's b...

    View | Add Comment
    tilbury fort to miss met 5 days ago

    Sean Tarry said he would keep his feet on the ground with G-Bets Summer Cup winner Tilbury Fort and ...

    View | Add Comment
    de sousa's brilliant double seals ijc win5 days ago

    Born in Brazil, but representing Great Britain, Silvestre de Sousa scored points in all four legs ...

    View | Add Comment
    vee moodley resigns from phumelela, takes over nha2018-12-03

    Vee Moodley, Phumelela’s Executive Director, Sports Betting, has resigned following his appoin...

    View | Add Comment
    peter kannemeyer passes2018-12-03

    Former top trainer Peter ‘PK’ Kannemeyer sadly passed away at his Milnerton residence on...

    View | Add Comment
    nafaayes queen of the ipi tombe 2018-12-02

    Young filly Nafaayes and jockey Warren Kennedy made the most of a trifling 51kg weight to grab victo...

    View | Add Comment
    red letter day capped by tilbury fort's summer cup2018-12-01

      The GBets Summer Cup delivered a smashing outcome for the Sean Tarry yard as Tilbury Fort ca...

    View | Add Comment
    comments for gbets summer cup 2018-11-30

    Trainer and jockey comments for the features on Summer Cup day. G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup Grade 1 ...

    View | Add Comment