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Your Maiden Can Race For A Million

Novel idea for Charity Mile day

A R1-million race for maidens will add lots of spice to the Peermont Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile race meeting at Turffontein on Saturday 3 November.

Princess Charlene seen with Craig Zackey

The inaugural Monaco Million Maiden Sprint over 1160m is an amazing opportunity for the owners of any horse yet to win and who has run at least once.

The winner of the race banks half of the R1-million prize with R175,000 for second, R100,000 for third and progressively less for the next seven finishers. The 10th runner home gets R10,000.

Africa’s richest race for maidens is being sponsored by Prince Albert II, the reigning monarch of Monaco, and several businessmen in the principality, and is the brainchild of Mike Wittstock, whose daughter Charlene is married to the prince.

Wittstock and the Racing Association have worked together to put the race in place. It replaces the two R250,000 Maiden Plates, both sponsored by Princess Charlene, formerly run on Charity Mile day. Those races now form part of the programme for the Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes race meeting at Turffontein and were run for the first time on their new date this year.

At the request of the sponsors, the Monaco Million has unique entry conditions and aims to give as many owners of maidens as possible a crack at sharing in the big payday.

The field of 20 runners will be determined by a ballot and trainers may enter as many of their maiden runners as they wish. But each trainer is allowed only one runner so once a stable entry gets into the field, the trainer’s other entries are ineligible.

“It’s exciting, it’s different, it gives everybody a chance of winning and adds to the appeal of the day,” said Racing Association CEO Larry Weinstein, adding that Bob Yearham, Peermont Group Gaming & VIP Operations Executive, was delighted to have the new event included in the race day.

Larry Wainstein

Larry Wainstein – innovating

The nomination fee for the race is R1,725 and these monies will be donated to charity. The declaration fee is R9,200.

Entries close at 11:00 on Monday 22 October and the lucky draw for a place in the field will be held on Wednesday 24 October. Female runners get a 2.5kg sex allowance.


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2 comments on “Your Maiden Can Race For A Million

  1. Brett Maselle says:

    It is a lovely initiative.

    However, given the past conduct of the RA, I would like to know the following:-

    a)exactly which charity/ies will receive the nomination fee?

    b)will the full nomination fee go to charity? If not, what deductions will be made and who will receive the deductions?

    c) when will the charities receive their donations?

    d) why is the declaration fee determined at such an amount?

    e) exactly who determined the amount of the declaration fee?

    f) is the RA receiving a benefit from the declaration fee? if so, how much will it receive?

    g) to whom and how much of the declaration fee will each recipient receive?

    Put simply, the RA is a not for profit company. It has no competitors.There should be no reason why it cannot disclose to horse racing details about where all the money goes. If they want to make a song and dance about this great race then they can also be transparent.

    Everything is not as simple as it may seem.

    I ask the Sporting Post to see whether the RA and Mr Wittstock will be kind enough to make full disclosure to us. After all this is supposed to be about charity and not making profits or receiving benefits.

  2. Susan Rowett says:

    Please also clarify whether the stake will be excluded from breeding stats as being a restricted race – in that the final field is determined by criteria other than just the horse itself.

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