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The horses to watch will be in Kimberley for the Flamingo Park Race

The horses to watch will be in Kimberley for the Flamingo Park Race. File picture

THE CRÈME-de-la-crème of South Africa’s horse racing fraternity is expected to descend upon the city for the Kimberley Flamingo Park Racecourse’s first grand horse racing event.

According to organisers, “the horses to watch” will be in Kimberley for the Flamingo Park Race event, set to take place from August 4 to 5.

“Whether for the thrill of watching exceptional horses compete for glory, the rush of winning a bet on the best horse, the fashion parade or the chance to spot a celebrity, there are many reasons to enjoy one of the oldest sports in South Africa, while embracing Kimberley’s natural environment,” spokesperson Tonie Jere said.

“The Flamingo Park Race event takes place in Kimberley, a city known for many ‘firsts’. Considering the popularity and rich history of the sport in South Africa, Kimberley is the best suited host town, because the racecourse features an authentic dirt track – the only one of its kind in the country,” Jere added.

He said that the event was supported by Phumelela Leisure Gaming and that the crowd would enjoy a great line-up of local talent, accompanied by some of South Africa’s most loved celebrities and fun activities for the whole family.

“More than recreation, the Flamingo Park Race event is introducing ordinary South Africans to the world of racehorses for investment, the training of thoroughbred racehorses and saddling up as a jockey,” he said.

The Northern Cape Tourism Authority and Bosco Sports Management have also come on board in an effort to entice tourists to visit the Diamond City and to create awareness around horse racing.

A skills development programme, through horse grooming within the thoroughbred horse racing industry is available for job seekers while Bosco spokesperson, Zanele Madiba, said that they hoped to drive diversity in South African horse racing.

“We believe that black South Africans should be encouraged to get more involved in horse racing, with respect to the owning and racing of horses. Although many black people are seen betting and working to care for these magnificent creatures, and we clearly have the interest and skills, we need to take more steps to encourage and increase interest in horse ownership,” Madiba stated.

The theme for the 2017 event is “Dress to Win”.