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Emerald Stake Soars

Africa's richest race on sand boosted by stakes increase

In A Rush wins the 2013 Emerald Cup

In A Rush wins the 2013 Emerald Cup

Africa’s richest race on sand, the Emerald Cup, will carry a mega stake of R1 million from this year and the conditions of the event have been altered in favour of the higher-rated runners.

The conditions for this year’s Grade 2 race, to be run over 1450m on the Vaal sand track on Saturday 27 September, are similar to those for a Pinnacle Plate with the weights based on bands of merit ratings and a maximum top weight of 62kg.

Runners will be weighted as follows:


Merit rating 115 or more: 62kg

Merit rating 111 to 114: 60kg

Merit rating 107 to 110: 58kg

Merit rating 103 to 106: 56kg

Merit rating 99 to 102: 54kg

Merit rating 95 to 98: 52kg

Merit rating 94 and less: 50kg

The conditions of the Emerald Fillies’ Stakes have also been amended and will be similar to the Emerald Cup from this year.

And as a result of the changes to the conditions of the Emerald Cup and the Emerald Fillies Stakes, the Grade 3 August Stakes and the Sand Beach Stakes (Non-Black Type feature) at the end of August will be run as handicaps and not conditions races going forward.

Phumelela's Patrick Davis

Phumelela’s Patrick Davis

These are the dress rehearsal races for the big day a month later and, as such, the winners will continue to be guaranteed a place in the Emerald Cup and the Emerald Fillies Stakes respectively.

“It’s a positive step forward,” said Phumelela Horseracing Executive Patrick Davis. “The new conditions of the Emerald Cup favour the best horses and better position the race for Grade 1 status. The increase in prize money was a joint decision by the Racing Association and Phumelela, while the changes to the conditions of the various races were decided by the Highveld Race Programming Committee.”

Emerald Cup Day, which is sponsored by the Emerald Resort and Casino, will be a fabulous occasion with seven feature races on the 10-race programme.

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1 comment on “Emerald Stake Soars

  1. mabaker says:

    I am a bit confused here.

    You say this is the richest race on sand in “AFRICA”, where else do they race in Africa other than NGONG or Borrowdale Park?

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