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The Summer Cup, proudly brought to you by TAB Betting World, held true to its name as Johannesburg experienced one of the warmest days so far this year, but it wasn’t just the weather that was sizzling hot! Turffontein Racecourse was transformed into a visual wonderland filled with pops of colour, floral accents and glamorous outfits to compliment the Summer Chic theme!
The theme was expertly interpreted by hospitality providers and race goers alike – with floral accents, bold colours, patterns, fascinators and detailed headwear creating a summer sensation against the backdrop of white marquees.
Aptly named the #PeoplesRace, the half time entertainment from the headline act, Freshly Ground, had everyone in the packed grandstands foot tapping and hand clapping. It was a sensory delight for race-goers, turning what is usually the front parade ring, into a sea of colour and movement with dancers, choirs and school children seamlessly choreographed and adorned with bright and colourful costumes. The giant ferris wheel, which has become something of a landmark at Turffontein on Summer Cup Day, turned consistently in the distance providing adults and children alike with aerial views over the racecourse.
If the on-course entertainment wasn’t enough to get race-goers’ hearts racing, it was a day where some outsiders were finding their way to the winners’ enclosure. Trainer Sean Tarry and jockey Gavin Lerena dominated the number one box with 4 and 3 winners respectively – the biggest surprise for punters being the 33/1 shot Shango who came home victorious in the Grade 2 TAB/ Bettingworld Dingaans.
The main event, and most anticipated race on the race card – the Gauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup (Grade 1) proudly brought to you by Bidvest – was hotly contested, but it was the Tarry trained Zillzaal who found a second gear on the home straight to maintain the lead he secured early on in the race. The son of Silvano was steered to victory by 5th year apprentice jockey, Denis Schwartz, providing his first ever Grade 1 winner.
The day also provided a record breaking Pick 6 pool of over R20 million, of which the final dividend paid in excess of R5 million.
As the sun set on another successful day’s racing, the attention of race-goers turned to the after party, with DJ’s and musicians finishing off the day in fine style as we say farewell to November and the Summer Cup until next year!
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