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Greyville Sunday Meeting Saved

'Team effort' lauded by Gold Circle management

Lightning played havoc at the Greyville meeting on Sunday. But with Gold Circle technical and track staff working frantically behind the scenes, the meeting was eventually concluded, albeit nearly two hours after scheduled close.

The storm struck shortly after the first race.

Racing was halted because of lightning and was further delayed as the course was hit by torrential rain.

Compounding problems, the outside broadcast van was struck by lightning.

This resulted in a blown sound desk which affected the communications unit.

The outside sound broadcast to Tellytrack was also affected including the feed to the big, on-course TV screens, grandstand speakers, internal television monitors and a number of television cameras. Other technical installations also suffered extensive damage.

Because of the loss of the communications unit, Gold Circle was not able to inform on-course patrons of the issues and apologises for any inconvenience.

Gold Circle Racing Executive, Raf Sheik, thanked staff for pulling together to ensure that the meeting was concluded.

“It was all hands on deck for both our technical staff, who managed to patch things up, and track staff who had to cope with a flooded track. It was a team effort and management is proud of their efforts which saved the race meeting.”

  • Press release published by Gold Circle on 4 February 2019

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7 comments on “Greyville Sunday Meeting Saved

  1. Lorraine de Klerk says:

    Well done to everyone for keeping things going – turned out to be a good day for us and quite fun watching the ‘silent movie’ as the horses came down the straight. Missing the commentary shows how we rely on it – had to think and watch carefully. Grass track looking amazing by the way.

  2. Casey Clarke says:

    Race in far worse conditions elsewhere….pat yourself on your back well done!

  3. Wayne Fouche says:

    There was an announcement that the Greyville track was “rain affected”. Is this the standard when racing on the poly? Could someone please help? Mr. Editor?


  4. Johnny Earle says:

    Well done to staff members, owners, trainers and jockeys for saving the meeting…i would like to see more racing on the grass track, cant they alternate every 2 weeks

  5. Louis Goosen says:

    So true Lorraine. It was a direct lightning strike which knocked everything out. They really put huge efforts in, to complete the meeting.

    The weather could turn it around and throw egg in my face at some time, but I have never seen our KZN tracks in better shape. Over the last 20 months, gradual and consistent improvement has been the order of the day.

    There is no doubt that huge efforts have been made and are ongoing and the GC track staff should take a bow.

  6. Louis Goosen says:


    They are prepping the Turf for the Season of Champions. The process takes about 7 weeks, weather dependant. The timing is for completion at end Summer, for the Winter Feature Season. During this time, the Scottsville Turf kicks in, to run alongside the Poly.

  7. Peter Dembitzer says:

    This delay was an act of god, but does not excuse natal racing for never completing a meeting on time with the major problem being shoe loss the worst in the country by miles Why? I have been racing for more than 50 years and have never seen an epidemic like this. It doesn’t happen overseas. Shoddy workmanship.
    Racing in general in Gauteng (at least they have decent horses) and Natal is unmarketable with the repeated cancellations and delay.
    Owned horses in my youth but today owner’s get a raw deal.

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