98 Years On – A Splash Of History!

Countdown to Saturday

Proudly sponsored for the first time by SplashOut Print Branding and Media, the Gr1 Cape Derby is a timeless classic and brings the curtain down on the Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Summer Festival of Racing in grand style on Saturday.

Announcing the big-race sponsorship, Eugene Naidu, General Manager of SplashOut, said that the prestigious association with one of South Africa’s great racing events was a defining moment in the evolution of publication company, Winning Media.

“Winning Media was established in 2015 and our existing involvement in horseracing has now been taken to the next level. The Cape Derby sponsorship is a proud moment for our team and dovetails seamlessly with our rebranding as SplashOut Print Branding and Media, as we shoot for the stars in our bid to bolster our service offering to meet the dynamic demands of the ever-changing digital space. In creating a physical branding solution aimed at surpassing our clients’ needs, we aim to be champions in our own space, and adding our name to an iconic race like the SplashOut Gr1 Cape Derby underscores our philosophy of always striving for excellence,” he added.

SplashOut offers a wide range of signage, branding and printing solutions, and has been successful in the provision of signage for racecourses across South Africa, notably Hollywoodbets Greyville, Scottsville, Kenilworth and Durbanville. The company also provided all the branding material for the Hollywoodbets Durban July.

Sea Cottage

Sea Cottage

With a glittering honour roll that boasts future stallions, Equus Champions, and some giants of the SA turf, including household names of the ilk of Colorado King, Sea Cottage, Mazarin, Politician, and more recently champions like Dynasty, Jay Peg, Capetown Noir, Legislate and Golden Ducat, the SplashOut Gr1 Cape Derby is set to continue a proud tradition dating back some 98 years, when the race was first run over 1800m as the Western Province Derby.

The richest race staged in South Africa during its formative years, the classic was renamed the Cape of Good Hope Derby in 1946 and run over 2400m.

The 1947 renewal was a royal occasion as the historic Southern Suburbs venue hosted King George who presented the King’s Cup to the winner Menlo, trained by Syd Garrett and ridden to victory by Stanley Amos, who was a turf hero right up to his retirement from the saddle at the age of 65.

R1 500 000 2000m 16:15 Ref-315
1st R890625, 2nd R285000, 3rd R142500, 4th R71250, 5th R35625, RCIS R75000
For 3-year-oldsNo Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 1 Nevada King 60 87 A Gavin Lerena Justin Snaith
2 2 Charles Dickens 60 132 A Aldo Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
3 3 Cosmic Event 60 86 A Jason Gates Justin Snaith
4 4 At My Command 60 114 A Keagan de Melo Brett Crawford
5 5 Grinkov 60 102 T A Luyolo Mxothwa Glen Kotzen
6 6 Mucho Dinero 60 87 A Grant van Niekerk Justin Snaith
7 7 Triple Time 60 104 BA Bernard Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
8 8 Without Question 60 99 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe Justin Snaith
9 9 See It Again 60 104 A Piere Strydom Michael Roberts
10 10 Itsrainingwilliam Scratched 60 106 A  ——————– Justin Snaith
11 11 Rockpool 60 101 A Richard Fourie Justin Snaith

On Saturday the smashing Charles Dickens will bid to write his name into the history books with a performance that could well endorse his reputation as one of the best we have seen in this country since the great Horse Chestnut.

Comareen, Cape of Good Hope Derby 1994

Comareen and Michael Roberts gallop home strongly to win the 1994 Cape of Good Hope Derby Futurity Stakes

And former multiple champion jockey Michael Roberts, who won the Cape Derby on Comareen in 1994, bids to saddle See It Again to victory. This could also be Piere Strydom’s swansong Cape Derby ride.

“We are aiming to raise the bar again and make Saturday, 25 February, the memorable culmination of a sensational summer with the SplashOut Gr1 Cape Derby headlining an enthralling day of top-notch horseracing action, at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth. We hope racing fans will turn out to enjoy the breath-taking spectacle and the magic trackside moments as a new generation of champions strut their stuff,” concluded Eugene Naidu.

The Pick 6 pool on Saturday will be boosted by a carryover of R500 000 and is expected to reach R3 million!

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