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Programme Will Accomodate Kimberley Horses

Phumelela pull plug on sand track

Flamingo Park Racecourse, and the adjacent training centre in Kimberley, will be closed at the end of July.

Phumelela had intended to continue racing at Flamingo Park until at least at the end of this year after Gold Circle and other sponsors offered to contribute towards the costs of staging race meetings there in 2020.

Covid-19 lockdown regulations, however, have thwarted staging racing at Flamingo Park since March and it is uncertain when racing will be able to resume there.

In addition, the massive financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on horseracing has resulted in Gold Circle announcing that it will not be able to offer financial assistance beyond 2020.

Consequently, Phumelela has decided to close the venue next month and several resident trainers are planning to relocate to other racing centres.

Flamingo Park was a valuable venue in terms of giving opportunities to horses not able to compete at other centres and races to enable such horses to remain competitive will now be added to the racing programmes at the four remaining racing centres.

  • Media release by Phumelela Gaming & Leisure Ltd on Thursday 18 June 2020

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4 comments on “Programme Will Accomodate Kimberley Horses

  1. Emmie Lensley says:

    We understand this unfortunately has to be the end of the road gor Flamingo Park.

    It is still sad for us as we had such good times there and also feel sorry for the many people who now have no jobs.

    I believe in time SA racing will be strong aggain and hope that South Africa will then have at least one sand track buildt.

    There are many horses that love running on sand and sadly many will now not have an oppertunity to perform on sand.

    I wish all Flamingo Park’s people God Speed and many blessings. You are strong and will make it.

  2. theunisj says:

    Well said and I think we all feel the same

  3. Boete says:

    had some good fun had a few betting coupe With Kom and ex trainer John fox

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Boete
      Plse use your name and surname
      Thanks

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