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Posted 2023-03-16 16:57:36  
Greyville Feature Races get Major Boost, Scottsville No Increases Announced

Gold Circle and Hollywoodbets are pleased to announce that Champions Season 2023 will boast more than R29-million in prize money for the Feature race programme, which comprises 13 Grade 1 races, 12 Grade 2 races and a host of Grade 3 and Listed events. In addition, an amount of R24-million will be paid out for the minor races during this period.

Speaking on behalf of Gold Circle, CEO, Michel Nairac said “At this time, when horse racing is facing many challenges, we are delighted that the status of our Champions Season has not only been retained, but it has also been enhanced. Of course, this would not have been possible without the generous support of our loyal headline sponsor and partner, Hollywoodbets. All stakeholders are indebted to Hollywoodbets for their continued backing and belief.”

With all the Covid protocols and regulations now firmly behind us, racegoers can look forward to a Champions Season of high-quality horse racing, with visitors descending on KwaZulu-Natal from all around the country. Annually, the Champions Season which brings the racing year to a glorious conclusion, attracts the best horses, jockeys, and trainers to compete in the “National Championship” of South African horse racing.

The R5-million Hollywoodbets Durban July remains the most sought-after and valuable prize. However, there are significant increases for the following important Graded races:-

1. Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge (Grade 1) from R1,25-million to R1,75-million
2. Daily News 2000 (Grade 1) from R1-million to R1,50-million
3. HKJC Champions Cup (Grade 1) from R1-million to R1,25-million
4. Garden Province Stakes (Grade 1) from R1-million to R1,25-million
5. Woolavington 2000 (Grade 1) from R750 000 to R1-million
6. The Gold Cup 3200m (Grade 3) from R750 000 to R1-million
7. Premiers Champion Stakes 2yo’s (Grade 1) from R500 000 to R700 000
8. Thekwini Stakes 2yo fillies (Grade 1) from R500 000 to R700 000

In addition, the following Grade 2 races have had their stake increased from R400 000 to R500 000:-

1. World Sport Betting Guineas
2. Independent on Saturday Drill Hall Stakes
3. Post Merchants

And the following Grade 2 races:-

1. World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas from R350 000 to R450 000
2. World Sports Betting 1900 from R350 000 to R400 000.

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