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4Racing – Rethink On Eastern Cape

National roadshow will not apply

Following a media release on Friday and after further consultation with Eastern Cape racing stakeholders, 4Racing has agreed that whilst the fixtures, feature race stakes and total stakes pot for the region remain unchanged, minor race stakes will be paid at the same consistent level all year round, as opposed to an in and out of season basis.

Piere Strydom guides True Master to a smooth East Cape Derby winThe main reason for this change is the fact that the Eastern Cape will remain a secondary racing centre – providing a much needed outlet for slightly weaker horses.

As such, the national roadshow applicable to the three major regions, whereby the best horses will be encouraged to follow the seasonal feature races and stakes, will not apply to the Eastern Cape.

The 40 annual feature races (made up of Listed and Non Black Type races) in the region will take place all year round.

Eastern Cape Racing will effectively still have two ‘mini feature race seasons’ – one from February to May, culminating in East Cape Derby day – and the other from August to October, culminating in Algoa Cup day.

Please see the schedule below of these minor race stakes levels in the Eastern Cape region.

Race Type All Year Round
A Div R90 000
B Div R85 000
C Div R80 000
D Div R67 000
E Div R63 000
Pinnacle R90 000
Conditions R80 000
Progress (Incl Special) R80 000
Graduation R75 000
Novice R70 000
Maiden R65 000
Maiden Juvenile R65 000
Juvenile R70 000
  • Media release by 4Racing on Monday 22 November 2021

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15 comments on “4Racing – Rethink On Eastern Cape

  1. Neill says:

    Eastern Cape racing may be viewed as a secondary racing centre, but in terms of average tote turnover for midweek meetings, it is hardly the Cinderella of SA racing.
    Probably due to good-sized fields which punters find attractive (with reference to the generally dismal fields that Cape Racing had on offer this past winter).


    Bravo Neill, this Saturday’s Kenilworth card must be close to the saddest I’ve ever witnessed since 1978.

    And it will be 4 days away from Sunny December.

  3. Neill says:

    Hi William, yes you’re going to battle to find a R30000 quartet in Saturday’s CT racecard. Congrats on catching that one last week, taking the 5 bottomweights in the main race worked out well ..


    Just imagine how boring it is to check out 59 horses over eight races.

    What’s the motivation, the bar or trying out their new decor and couches ?

  5. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hi William, I just hope there is No scratchings… Almost Cape season, or it is… I’ve said this before. I know CT stables many top horses. However there must be a lot of lower MR horses as well.

    Maybe I am wrong.


    You are not wrong Cecil, by no means at all.

    I believe Cape Town racing is unsalvageable, even with the imminent arrival of the management agreement between Cape Racing & 4Racing.

    There isn’t a Cape Racing anymore, even with the bragging rights of top breeders & stud farms in the near vicinity.

    So what if we, here in Kenilworth area, have the most beautiful piece of racing real estate…our meetings ‘drum up’ less excitement than a special offer on a new range @ at Tupperware party.

  7. Michael JacobsMGJ says:

    If all the Cape trainers raced their horses in Cape Town, this would be a thriving racing centre, but alas, many Cape trainers have satellite yards in other centres.

    Cape Racing has to ask itself what is the reason that this happens and address accordingly. Also, the small owners and trainers have been sidelined and the punters have been chased away. On the big days the Cape Flats punter is banned from the racecourse, so that punter has decided if my money and my face is not good enough for Met Day and queen’s plate day, then it is not good enough for the rest of the year! Like the Indian community in KZN, the Cape Flats community in Cape Town is an avid horse racing base, but the elitist, exclusionary and arrogant racing hierarchy of the Cape has ruined this market, probably forever.

    Cape racing needs a shake-up, and new couches and decor is not going to cut it.

  8. Dudley De Jongh says:

    For one or other reason Cape Town racing is lacking behind in prize money.Compare the first race at Vaal 30/11 a Maiden for workriders for a stake of R90000 to race 4 at Kenilworth 1/12/21 for a stake of R83000 with horses that have won and ran places in the July and Met.Does not make sense.Can someone please inform me,


    Because Cape Town racing is generally dead, Dudley.

    I think they are lucky to be on the same level as the Transvaal.

    PE racing, through the year, has put on much more of a show for punters.

    I think the Cape Racing stakes level should be down-graded.

  10. Dudley de Jongh says:

    Thanks William.But is the lower stakes not one of the reasons Cape racing is dead.Smaller owners and trainers cannot afford to race.for those stakes.


    Good morning Dudley, yes that would be one of the reasons NOW.

    But on the other hand, a few of the issues here, over time, in CT are for instance :

    The betting/cultural differences relating to demographics. Natal, with the Indian community is, was & will always be superior. The Indian communities racing passion and betting power is unmatched.

    They are followed by the loyal/passion, however you want to categorize it, of Transvaal/Gauteng’s Lebanese, Greek & Portuguese communities. That is complemented by the disposable income (in Aparthied period and now) of the Black community.

    Then follows us here in CT. The Coloured community have always been the mainstay of daily horse-racing betting turnover.

    CT racing will never admit it, but for many years they have taken the Coloured patronage for granted and/or neglected the supporters they (TOTE) had.

    We have many other things to do here, so naturally, The Coloured community got ‘Gatvol’ and said voetsek, let’s go to the beach or dobbel Klaverjas.

    That’s just one reason why Cape Racing is all but buried, Dudley.

    I’m just going to put the kettle on and then I’ll post another reason about the Cape’s so-called hierarchy’s ‘please feel sorry for us’ arguments.

  12. Dudley de Jongh says:

    William,Thanksfor the information.Much appreciated.

  13. Adrian Holloway says:

    Hi Mr Milkovitch…I always wait for your report on another cecent quartet coup…also my favourite bet…but Ive never really cracked it the way you do but today things changed and I caught Fvw 4 quartet 33% of a R106 000 dividend…not too shabby hey Nige????????????


    Former & current CT racing administrators argue that the Cape Province is entitled to a bigger chunk of the stakes pot as we house the best stud farms and that our region is the source of most champions.

    They contend that betting volumes can’t be the overriding formula applied to the stakes pot split. Their reasoning, noble as it may be, doesn’t balance up the Profit & Loss account of Cape Racing and for that matter, the balance sheet.

    If magnificent pieces of stud farm real-estate & Sales results are so valued by Cape Racing then a separate/additional contribution to the Cape stakes pot should be forthcoming from the Cape Elite Stud farms. That type of injection/scheme into the Cape Stakes pot should inspire more owners to return to the game and/or incentivize new owners.

    Dudley, yes the stakes on offer is crucial, but Cape racing administrators have been historically slapgat and are followers, not innovators.

    Our locals here have latched onto that trend and have simply deserted (AWOLed) horse-racing.


    Crikey Mr. Holloway, that’s bloody brilliant !

    Keep going but be selective…just do the difficult races.

    By the way, as my Mom used to say ” Just William” no Milkovitch lol

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