Word on the street is that the Sound Experience at this year’s Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup is not to be missed. It all goes down at Turffontein Racecourse on November 26.
It has been confirmed that award-winning hip-hop kingpin Kwesta will headline “The People’s Race”, along with Major League DJ’s, new school rapper Yanga and Nadia Nakia. Twins on Decks will also feature on the line-up, alongside a number of other acts.
“With the inclusion of the Sound Experience this year, we are setting out to make the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup the single annual event to look forward to in Johannesburg for years to come,” says Sound Experience organiser Russell Scott.
“This year we infuse fashion, food and music with the ambience and elegance of the world horse racing,” he added.
This is an event aimed at everyone, from the avid race-goer and music lovers, to the next generation of race-goer and those who like to be seen at all the major events in the City of Gold.
Tickets are available at Computicket from R75.
Gates will open at 11am on the day.For more information, visit www.itsarush.co.za.
Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup draw paints clearer picture of upcoming race
With mere days to go until the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup, things got a bit more real for the connections of the respective runners in the 20-horse field with the recent barrier draw.
In front of an audience that included sponsors, owners, trainers, jockeys, celebs and the media the mechanism, which used the Johannesburg skyline as a backdrop, helped paint a much clearer picture for the 2000m contest at Turffontein Racecourse on November 26.
“Every year we get better at this as SANSUI from a sponsorship point of view. We’e got a lot of history with Phumelela and we’re very excited to once again be part of this,” said Chris Dirks, Group Executive Merchandise and Marketing for SANSUi licence holders, JD Group.
“We are glad to be here and to partner with a prestigious horseracing event like this. Our aim is to grow it into one of the best events in Gauteng. Spread the word and tell people that it’s happening and they should get their tickets,” Hans Kekana, speaking on behalf of Gauteng Tourism, said.
It’s a case of deja vu for The Conglomerate with the winner of this year’s Vodacom Durban July having to once again overcome a wide berth, the Joey Ramsden inmate with Piere Strydom up, having drawn 15.
But there was reason to smile for the combination of Geoff Woodruff and Anton Marcus as their charge Deo Juvente managed to land a plum draw of eight. Top weight Mac De Lago will jump from starting stall three while St Tropez, the second of the Ramsden runners, claimed pole position.
Tasked with picking one of the respective blocks for his ride in the race, apprentice Lyle Hewitson ended up with stall 14 for Romany Prince. Rather than rue his position, the young jockey opted to rather look forward to once again competing in a Grade One contest.
“It starts to become real when you end up getting to this point. Just seeing the promo videos for the big day is enough to give you goosebumps and I’m privileged to have a ride in the big race and really looking forward to it,” said Hewitson. A full field of 20 are set to face the starter for the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup on November 26 as Turffontein Racecourse gears up to once again play host to this R2-million Grade One contest.
It is perhaps ironic that trainer Geoff Woodruff, seeking a fourth straight victory in this 2000m race, has four horses standing their ground with Deo Juvente, who caught the eye earlier this month in the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (Gr 2), and defending champion Master Sabina both carrying 56kg.
Anton Marcus has gone for the ride on Deo Juvente and Gavin Lerena reunites with Master Sabina.
The two other charges from the Woodruff stable are Master Switch, with Anthony Delpech up, and Master ’N Commander who has yet to have a jockey declared.
The Weiho Marwing charge, Mac De Lago, sits at the top of the handicap and will shoulder 60kg with Punta Arenas carded to carry 58kg, with Durban-based trainer Dennis Drier opting to raid with this seasoned campaigner.
At the bottom of the weights, Bankable Teddy, Irish Pride, St Tropez and Mogok Master will all carry 52kgs.
There are three horses standing their ground from the yard of defending champion trainer Sean Tarry with all of Stonehenge, Liege and Samurai Blade lining up on the big day. S’manga Khumalo has taken the ride on Liege.