- The Cape Stingers upstage the Gauteng Gijimaz on night two of SA’s new Global Team Horse Racing series (GTH)
- KwaZulu Royals to ride against the Cape Stingers at Hollywoodbets Greyville this coming Friday
- Three teams competing for R3.5-million in new series’ stakes
- Just one more meeting to go before September 2’s spectacular series finale
CROWDS of Durban locals and families lined the track at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Friday evening to cheer on the Gauteng Gijimaz and the Cape Stingers in a gripping second night of South Africa’s new Global Team Horse Racing series (GTH).
Team KwaZulu Royals remain in the top spot on the series’ leader board after Friday’s race meeting.
Live races will be held at Hollywoodbets Greyville racecourse on Friday evenings for another two weeks.
This Friday, August 19, the KwaZulu Royals take on the Cape Stingers in the last event before the Grand Finale on the 2 September. The KwaZulu Royals and Cape Stingers will be giving it all they’ve got to get more points on the board.
Gates open from 17h00. Races start at 18h00 and are due to finish by 20h30.
Highlights from night two
Following night two of the series last Friday, Neil Tovey’s horse, Bella Siccome came first with jockey Sean Veale in Race 8 securing the Cape Stingers the top spot in the competition. Sean Veale was also awarded Night Rider for the night.
Friday’s winning team won by 30 points overall, beating the Gauteng Gijimaz‘s 415 points. The leader board heading into week three this Friday evening is as follows:
KwaZulu Royals – 2 points
Cape Stingers – 2 points
Gauteng Gijimaz – 0 points
GTH Marketing Manager, Angus Campbell, said the race events have been full of excitement. “It has been a thrill to watch. The race goers love the format, and many have said that this is the most fun they’ve had at the racecourse in years! We’ve attracted some top local jockeys and trainers to the field, and the horses have put on some exhilarating performances,” he said.
GTH will grow the sport of horse racing in globally by treating a new generation of fans to a more action-filled, condensed racing experience.
Neil Andrews, popular Super Saturday anchor on Super Sport, is one of the racing presenters for GTH. Neil says, “I am a dyed-in-the-wool racing fan and I’m super excited at how the GTH Series has unfolded. The racing has been top class, fans have been shouting their teams home, and the fast paced nature of the GTH races has really shaken things up. It’s been wonderful to be a part of this first series and I truly believe it will grow rapidly”.
“It’s not only about seeing your horse cross the line first in only one race. It’s a build-up,” Campbell added.
Excited and confident for her team’s first event, Cape Stingers Manager Michelle Rix, added: “It’s a different atmosphere on course, discussing tactics with owners in the parade ring is different, it’s not the usual, “Don’t get caught wide”, “Come off the fence”, or “Get early gate speed”, it’s a different format! Our horses are leaving for the race and we’re already having to discuss the next race. GTH is great for racing and for people who don’t understand racing”.
For a recap of the GTH scoring system, watch this easy-to-follow video:
Tickets are available online at TIXSA and at the gate. General access is R100. Children under 14 years go free.
GTH race meetings are also being broadcast live on DSTV’s Action channel (209) and on GTH Facebook page.
GTH has partnered with the Riverside Hotel where they will be running respective competitions for a VIP experience for the 2nd of September. Follow GTHRacingZA and Riverside Hotel social media pages for more info.
For more information about the series, visit https://www.gthracing.co.za.