Are You Ready To Clock The Gallop?

Neil Andrews & Nico Kritsiotis team up

Renowned broadcaster Neil Andrews has joined forces with popular media personality Nico Kritsiotis in a groundbreaking initiative to reignite the passion for the sport of Horse Racing in South Africa.

Local fans have been deprived of racing over the past 2 months but to make up for lost ground Andrews and Kritsiotis have joined forces to launch the brand “Clocking the Gallop”.

Neil Andrews

Available across all social media platforms, it will have its own YouTube Channel, Twitter & Facebook page & Instagram.

Their first projects are ready to fly out of the starting gates.

On the back of Thursday afternoon’s NHA announcement that racing will resume on 1 June, Chief Executive Vee Moodley will feature as their special guest on the first edition of “Locked & Loaded”.

The show will go out on the Horse Racing “Clocking the Gallop” YouTube Channel at 8pm on Friday evening.

Next to market will be the series “Vodacom Durban July – All Time Greats”.

Beginning on Saturday evening at 8pm the series will explore the unique history of one of our nation’s most iconic sporting treasures, an annual spectacle that has been uninterrupted for 123 years.

The object of the series is to narrow down all the July winners into a Final Field of 20 runners that will then ‘race’ against each other in a fantasy race on Saturday July 4th at a time to be confirmed.

At the appropriate times the public will be encouraged to participate by sending their votes through to the email [email protected]

Neil elaborates: “We live in extraordinary times and the impact of Covid19 has been unprecedented but where there’s a will there’s a way and Vodacom & Gold Circle are to be highly commended in moving the great race from the first Saturday in July to the last, Saturday the 25th July.

Their initiative got me thinking, why not use the window created to enhance the build up to this year’s event by paying homage to the Vodacom Durban July’s Roll of Honour.

The tapestry of the July features most of South Africa’s equine greats and this is a golden opportunity to encourage both passionate and intellectual debate around past races. Who won, who carried what weight, who was lucky, who wasn’t.”

Nico Kritsiotis

Nico is quick to add: “We are so excited. Already we have received such a positive response to the project from a diversity of industry players.We have assembled some esteemed guests for our first couple of episodes,the list includes Bloodstock Agent Robin Bruss who bred two-time winner and defending Champion Do it Again, acclaimed International Handicapper & former Vice President of Singapore Turf Club, Mike Wanklin, Aidan Lithgow, the creative mastermind behind the spectacular series “Legends of the Turf” and two Equus Award winning Journalists in the form of the brilliant Robyn Louw and the ‘History Man’ himself Charles Faull. But this is just the start, the intention is to invite many of the human heroes onto our shows. We want to hear their stories and in so doing involve as wide a range of the public as possible, from the die-hard punter to the once-a-year R50 a flutter fan.”

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