It is welcome news for local racing that Gold Circle have taken the initiative and gone onto the front foot in anticipation of getting local racing back on track on Monday 1 June.
KZN trainers have shown their ravenous appetite and raised their hands with a show of approval with an unprecedented 376 entries, including Glen Kotzen’s Gr1 winner Eyes Wide Open and Dean Kannemeyer’s popular big earning 2yo of last term African Warrior, amongst the runners weighted for the eight-race polytrack meeting at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday evening that that we will be dropping to level 3 lockdown status was confirmed to be applicable countrywide by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize today.
The draft provisions expected to be gazetted tomorrow, are anticipated to include a provision for permitting professional non contact sports and Gold Circle are continuing with their core business – and hosting the opening meeting behind closed doors under strict protocols.
A Gold Circle spokesman said that the company had made a decision to commence the administrative processes in advance of the racemeeting, including entries and weights, rather than waste valuable time and risk losing the long-awaited slot.
- Pic of African Warrior – Candiese Lenferna