The Gr1 Gauteng Summer Cup is no longer on the Asian Pattern Committee’s hit list for a status downgrade – for the moment, anyway.
In June, NHRA CEO Vee Moodley warned that the status of the Golden Horse Sprint and the Summer Cup were under review and that the operators had been informed to take suitable action to lift the quality of the fields.
The R2 million Summer Cup is our first Gr1 of the season and is run over 2000m at Turffontein on 30 November.
Phumelela Racing Executive Patrick Davis told the Sporting Post that they have decided not to change the conditions away from that of a handicap.
“The stake remains at R2m and we will do all we can to encourage out of town participation to boost the race. We will continue to contribute towards the travel costs of raiders as has been the case in the past.”
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The first Summer Cup entries close at 11h00 on Wednesday 25 September.
The NHRA Handicappers will publish a series of Logs from 27 September.
Second entries close at 11h00 on Monday 4 November on which dates the weights are published.
The final chance for entries closes at 11h00 on Monday 18 November.
Declarations are due by 11h00 on Tuesday 19 November. The final field will be announced the same day.
Draws will be done on Wednesday 20 November.
Phumelela Gaming & Leisure reserves the right to have an input into the compilation of the Logs and in determining the Final Field.