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Disappointment For Cape Racing Public

'Essentially racing behind closed doors'

No racing public will be permitted to attend the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival in January at Kenilworth.

The Sporting Post received inquiries from stakeholders and members of the racing public after publishing details of the LQP Festival packages earlier on Wednesday.

2019 – the supporters were there in numbers

In a response to our written enquiry, Cape Racing confirmed that Trainers have access to the Trainers room or alternatively they can sit in the Pocket Power Room where there is an a la carte offering. This is the norm for all meetings.

But the public will have to pay for a hospitality package if they wish to race.

The response from the operator reads that with regards access to the course, 100% people need to be in hospitality areas, as it is essentially racing behind closed doors. On course access is restricted to owners, trainers, sponsors and their guests.

The LQP Festival web page states that due to government legislation regarding alcohol consumption at sporting events, as well as rising COVID cases, they will only be hosting hospitality in the Kenilworth Building and initially opening it only to Owners, Trainers and their guests, as well as sponsors.

So the public can stand in a queue.

There will be no public on the course downstairs.

“So our custom and money is good enough for the run of the mill meetings, but we can go and sit in a tote for the two days? That’s a fail of insight by the sponsor and the operator, in my opinion. And surely the safest option in these covid times is to rather put tables and chairs on the lawns, open a sector to the public and keep folk in the fresh air? Now they are forcing us indoors,” said a reader who was one of those to phone our offices.

Regular Sporting Post reader Michael Jacobs asked on our comments platform – ‘So where does Joe Public, the regular punter who attends every meeting go? Are we allowed oncourse or are we banned for the weekend?’

The cheapest package on Friday is R400, while Saturday will set you back R600.

For those who have the budget, here are the hospitality options.

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12 comments on “Disappointment For Cape Racing Public

  1. Neill de Bruyn says:

    These covid regulations look a bit draconian at times.
    What if the Operator had a “no alcohol beyond this point” policy in place, although costly security wise. If people’s behaviour change as a result of alcohol then surely it can happen indoors or outdoors.
    Hello Bheki Cele… .

  2. Cecil Pienaar says:

    PS – ” We still urge those annoying pain the behinds, aka as Punters, to please still invest) play as per normal, even more if possible” Thank You, Cape Racing

  3. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    Ha ha ha !!! I say nothing……they have said it all…….

  4. Peter Nolan says:

    We are being encouraged to support racing– we are being told by the experts that it’s also good to spend time in the fresh air.

    In the most recent address to the nation by the President, outdoor and open-air spaces are labelled as safer alternatives to enclosed spaces.

    So who decided that one of the Cape’s only and most well established racing festivals will see the upper crust inhabiting the pricy indoor establishments, while the public, who travel by public transport and enjoy the racing, are excluded?

    Imagine if the larneys rather said – tables and chairs outside – social distancing – and let’s make more space for more to enjoy it and involve the people – the ordinary people that racing is supposedly trying to win back.

    No wonder there is nothing about the Met – no hype – almost a month to go and nothing.

    But wait – we are expected to come back and stand in queues for the prawn festival. Then we are good enough.

    Bad taste 4Racing. Bad PR. Bad customer relations.

    Racing is clearly rowing against the tide – take a leaf out of what the new Mayor of Cape Town is doing

    As restaurants brave the impact of the fourth wave, the City of Cape Town has launched an ‘open streets for safer dining’ initiative which aims to increase open dining spaces for selected restaurants in the Mother City.

    In an official press statement, the Mayor of Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis, explains that the initiative will kick off next week: “Starting on 18 December, Cape Town will close certain streets to vehicles and open them for pedestrians and diners only, so allowing restaurants to use the street space for more safe, outdoor seating. Whilst we cannot help every restaurant, we hope this innovation will make a positive difference in the lives of many hospitality workers.”

    With many locals and tourists being cautious during the fourth wave, the open-air dining initiative promotes safer experiences while helping to support the local restaurant industry.

    Which universe is racing living in?

  5. B steele says:

    Mr Jacobs will not like this.He must be fuming

  6. Dudley De Jongh says:

    So Racing has now become for the elitist only,stuff the commoners(punters).

  7. Steven Moodley says:

    Consider the small punter.
    Consider the economy
    Consider whether u want to increase the tote turnovers before u make this a larni affair soon very soon people will start boycotting horseracing
    WAJE UP P R O ‘S

  8. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Nee, ek sal nooit ophou Perde speel en kyk nie. My vrou het baie gedreig en se –
    ‘Jy moet ophou geld mors op die perde, of ek gaan die kinders vat en waai’
    Well my boys are all adults and on their own, but the old girl is still here ????
    Sy verstaan nou dat ek perde n jaar voor haar ontmoet het… (’77/78)

    To Cape Racing – Objection ! too far for me, but the loyal locals should have be allowed. Sies vir julle, dis n Skande.

    Lekker Dag Mnr Ed, almal ( Pieta is stil, seker besig met daai branna’s xmas koek )

  9. Frankie Zackey says:

    Frankie Zackey…Cecil if it’s not for us the punters hyping up the main events way before they are even run,,I wonder how the actual race days itself would unfold (Poorly) ???? They must never forget that it’s us the punter what’s driving these big days to be so successful,, Anyway I’ll like to wish everyone in the horseracing industry a blessed Christmas and a fantastic New Year,, and I hope the punters punt many winner’s in 2022 ????????????????????????Cheers ????

  10. Pieta Louw says:

    Hey Cecil,

    Lees elke dag.
    Ja, ek is die kersfees sjef die jaar……roasted Lamb knuckles in Dijon mustard.

    Ons met vir Michael vra vir n lekker PA voor die einde van die jaar, die pap is dun.


  11. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hello Frankie, Merry Xmas to you and family as well. You right, our beloved Sport needs the Punter, big time. What this sport does need after passionate people yourself, and many on this platform is to attract new blood soonest- before we, old diehards eventually ‘move on’. Take care hope you making backs at The Vaal today

    Klink lekker Pieta, Geseende Kersfees. Ons sal wel hoor van Michael LQP en Met tyd. Dink hy is baie besig die tyd van die jaar in The Fruit en Veg Dept ????

  12. Pieta Louw says:

    Dankie Cecil.

    Iets wat my pla met hierdie LQP storie…????????

    Hoekom hou hulle dan nie die 2 dae meeting op die plaas naby Franschoek nie?…..Dan is al die “elite” mos bymekaar?….daar is tot plek vir helicopters om te land…

    Die WesKaap is oop vir toeriste van ooral….internationale vlugte op pad…..die Waterfront gaan gepak wees…..

    Die stands by Kenilworth leeg?…….no thought of distancing people….?……those that can still remember how to get there…..

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