The students are back in town! The inaugural running of Saturday’s Magnum Mile at Kenilworth Racecourse took top billing on a popular UCT Rag Race Day.
The Rondebosch varsity students returned to Kenilworth for the first time in 12 years and the day raised funds for their charity arm, SHAWCO (Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation). The theme of the day was ‘Great Gatsby Flair’ and just furlongs away from the centre stage, fillies of another kind vied for the Best Dressed Award in the fashion stakes. The charity element was equally important on the day, with the sponsors all contributing to SHAWCO, the student-run NGO based at UCT.
The Varsity Paddock hospitality hosted world-class acts such as Gangs of Ballet,
DJ Ready D and Dean Fuel creating a sensational atmosphere throughout the day. The day ended with a fun dash over 150m, where 35 student colts raced clad only in their undies.
The winner collected a prize of R1000 and it was a pity that recent jockey dash winner Aldo Domeyer and Tellytrack’s Grant Knowles were not in the final field to raise the competition levels. Maybe next year. (Pics courtesy of Hamish Niven Photography)