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Cape Loses A Meeting

Eastern Cape trainers step in

Cape  trainers were not able to fill a meeting carded for Kenilworth on Wednesday 22 January and the Eastern Cape has again come to the rescue, taking the meeting over at short notice.

The Cape racing population has reduced dramatically over the past year for a variety of reasons but it is puzzling that the local trainers and the programmers are seemingly not putting their heads together to find a solution. Or is the programme not the issue?

Beyond the recent high profile feature meetings, the subscription to the Cape meetings has been generally poor.

Tuesday’s eight race meeting boasted just 55 runners, while only 80 are carded for this Saturday’s eight  race Kenilworth card.

The lost meeting included eight events, amongst them an MR 86 Handicap, a R90 000 Progress Plate and four maiden races.

The Fairview replacement meeting is here

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16 comments on “Cape Loses A Meeting

  1. Pops says:

    Saturday’s nine race Kenilworth card.???On the 18th January 2020???Are you sure?

  2. Editor says:

    Last showed as 9 on the Gallop site
    But only 8 – correct, Pops!

  3. Pops says:

    Phew,that’s a relief.Just thought these old lying eyes were playing up again.


    Pops likes The Eagles music

  5. Cecil Pienaar says:

    The Friendly, Windy City to the rescue…. Good guys

    I hope this is just a once off loss for CT, not a good start so early in the new year.
    80 horses, 8 races for this Sat day is not bad. Believe some bad weather predicted,
    hope is doesn’t interrupt.

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    William, Pops what i do find interesting is we’re in the middle of CT’s Season – yet a mid week meeting cannot be filled. Horses are coming off long lay offs straight into big races on Saturdays. Yes, maybe there isn’t the correct races for these horses, but isn’t it time that people incl trainers address this. The Top horses are the minority, the big yards with overseas owners can afford it, but not the battling smaller ones. Maybe GHJ has a point – 6 trainers etc…

    In my 1ste taal – Party mense moet hulle vingers in hulle G*tte trek, anders gaan hulle hul G*tte sien.

    I am sorry to say but Racing is run/planned, No different from the Useless Council where i pay rates..

  7. Editor says:

    Fairview found 87 horses for 8 races in short time
    Meeting attached to base of editorial


    Well Cecil, the overtone from the meeting in Cape Town hosted by the Co-Chairman’s of Kenilworth Racing confirms this trend.

    Robert specifically said, even if this small fields trend persists in Cape Town, his not overly concerned with ‘it’ (this trend) because Phumelela and the racing industry will fold if Cape Racing folds.

    He pointed out that Cape racing value/contribution cannot be measured purely by our (Cape) poor turnovers.

    He said Cape Town has the best stud farms and over time has had the majority of SA’s best horses.

    …all this with Phumelela present.

    And I am not proud of this quagmire Cape racing is in but it’s the blunt truth.

    In the late 70’s when the M5 freeway was under construction, on the far side of Kenilworth, we used to run past a small section there called DonkerGat, when training on Tuesday nites.

    DonkerGat lives on @ Kenilworth

  9. Pops says:

    Cecil.was it not this time last year that KR/Phumelela was offering trainers R 1 000 if they had a runner in a race so as to help save a Cape race meeting?
    So were is the carrot this year?

  10. Tony Mincione says:

    It’s a bit of a mystery that EC can pick up these meetings while WC can’t make it happen.

    It can’t be the horse population, because WC has fielded about 850 individuals this season and EC about 750. It can’t be number of races because WC and PE are within about 20 races of each other at about 600, so that’s a two meetings or so over a year, and while WC has had a few extra meetings now it is at peek season. It can’t be big yards vs smaller, because both big yards in EC have each fielded the same as WC’s biggest yard.

    You might say that there are more young horses in WC, but those races hardly exist anymore. It really is a puzzle. And one that needs to be solved smartly. Racing can’t survive it’s own loadshedding, and neither can it afford to lose any centre’s full participation.

    It’s fun to write these comments if you have the answer ready, but it’s not fun when you really don’t understand something. The Wisdom Of Crowds tells us between us we do know. Post your intuitions here.

  11. Jay August says:

    1) Why does CT have the highest ratio of 3yo’s to older horses – 1.2 to 1. On the Highveld the ratio is 0.64 to 1 and in PE it is 0.36 to 1?

    2) Why does CT have the second lowest average lifetime starts per 3yo horse (behind KZN)?

    3) Why does CT have the lowest average lifetime starts for older horses?

    4) What happens to the 3yo’s that do not remain in training in CT?

  12. Concern for Flamingo says:

    I think that Flamingo Park could have filled it as well
    We in the NC must always suck the hind tit. We asked the operator a month ago to give us an extra meeting the reply from the top was it will not happen. As we stood for nearly a month without any racing i thought that we could be next in line for an extra race meeting but no pump PE full rather they had 9 meetings in Dec while we were looking on. We hear the shit story we are lucky to be open well sir the cost to feed a horse,grooms pay and everything else is the same if not more for the owners and trainers of the Big Hole. So the next time just sit for a moment and give us some support as well.

  13. Nash says:

    Yes guys thier should be a balance in the sport not survival of the fittest in racing the punter the trainer the owner the Jockey everyone who ever play thier role in racing is connected so I echo Mnr P Steyn sentiment in saying racing as done nothing for him, these are the stalwarts who set it up nicely for the future and what the future as done for them. Niks, Nothing,

  14. Nash says:

    So in saying that canceling a meeting is also a financial constraints on the smaller yards make a race day for the veteran trainers rather than canceling give them some hope and chance to survive in the competitive kaap

  15. Johann Liebenberg says:

    I agree with Concern for Flamingo post. We have noted on a number of occasions that we need alternative race days to ensure a healthy income stream. Surely we can see meetings on Wednesday and Fridays at Flamingo and at least one Saturday per quarter. We have a 12 month life line thrown at us but with no plan of action to turn things around. Not saying that we give up Monday meetings totally what I am suggesting is race one week Monday next meeting on Wednesday and next meeting on Friday in a calendar month. Especially in a time where smaller fields are expected in the bigger centers. Give Flamingo a fighting chance, you have committed for the next 12 months you might as well give it a full go, nothing to loose and everything to gain.

  16. Graham HJ says:

    Absolutely nothing has changed. Its all about the super uber feature extravaganzas. The great agenda is still in play 666. The surreal circumstances of Flamingo potentially filling in for Kenilworth when Flamingo was about to be shut down a few weeks ago leaves me breathless in the malaise of SA racing…….where are the young guns ??? normal service has been resumed…..during the Cape feature season ? The slowest car crash ever just keeps going and everyone has a grand stand seat ( when its open ) How is the midweek P6 doing ?……This whole SA racing thing reminds me of how socialism destroys whole countries by the very people that run it, from the inside……on purpose.

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