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Kenilworth – Early Start & End

A super Saturday menu of racing action starts at 05h00

This coming Saturday’s race meeting at Kenilworth will start and end early in order to enable the first four races to be included on the PMU (French tote) betting menu.

The first race at Kenilworth will start at 11h15 with 30-minute intervals between the first four races. The last of the eight races at the track will be run 15h30.

French tote betting turnovers on South African races in such instances are huge and starting and ending the meeting early will earn significant revenue for the horseracing and tote betting operators in this country.

There will be an abundance of five-star action for horseracing fans to bet on before and after the Kenilworth meeting.

The eLAN Gold Cup race meeting at Greyville also takes place on Saturday with a 12-race programme, beginning at noon and ending at 19h40.

There’s also racing from Mauritius, Borrowdale Park in Zimbabwe and Ascot in England. The Ascot fixture includes the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes, the premier race for older horses on the English horseracing calendar.

The Gold Cup will be run at 16h20 and the King George 20 minutes later.

The day kicks off just after 05h00 with flat racing from five Australian racecourses.

  • Press release published by Phumelela Gaming & Leisure on Sunday 21 July 2019

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12 comments on “Kenilworth – Early Start & End

  1. Russell Parkinson says:

    When will people learn the difference between the Royal Ascot meeting and a normal Ascot meeting ?

  2. Michael Jacobs says:

    There is an Ascot in Australia so it makes sense to use the Royal prefix to differentiate the two. There are more important things to worry about in racing

  3. Russell Parkinson says:

    It makes absolutely no sense using the Royal prefix – a simple Ascot (UK) vs Ascot (Aus) would be more accurate. Poor reporting so why try to defend it ?

    1. Editor says:

      Reproduced from the Phumelela press release – and since rectified


    Further to that, Royal Ascot week in the UK is quite different to all other race days @ the Berkshire track.

    All other fixtures are simply called Ascot (UK)


    as Mr. Parkinson states

  6. Michael Jacobs says:

    I’m quite ok with Royal Ascot. As I said there are more important things to worry about in racing than being petty about venue descriptions.

  7. Pieta says:

    I take it after the 4th we will revert to african time…….

  8. Mac Naidoo says:

    It says Ascot in England so why the fuss

  9. Michael Jacobs says:

    They will say Ascot in England because that’s the original Ascot, to them Ascot in Australia is irrelevant. We can stick to Royal Ascot, then we know it’s the English venue. There are more important things to worry about in racing

    1. karel says:

      None are so blind as those who will not see. There is only one Royal Ascot, and that’s five days in June. Using Royal Ascot at any other time is just plain (….).
      This is important, despite what you may think.

  10. Lou Syfer says:

    I am amazed that nobody has mentioned our own Ascot on Vaal.

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