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City set for horse racing ‘festival’

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Participants will be treated to RA bonus races in a number of maiden plates as well as monetary prizes

Picture: AP Photo/Richard Drew

THE FLAMINGO Park Race Day, one of the highlights on the Kimberley horse racing calendar, will coincide with the start of the new horse racing season when it takes place tomorrow.

The day is headed by the R200 000 RA Flamingo Mile, with the supporting features, the R135 000 Betting World Sprint over 1 000 metres and the R100 000 RA Diamond Stayers over 2 200 metres.

These features attract the best racehorses from Kimberley as well as a number of riders from other provinces.

Participants will be treated to RA bonus races in a number of maiden plates as well as monetary prizes to grooms for the best turned out horses.

A host of children’s activities will be on offer at the track during “a fantastic day out for the whole family”.

The racing festival will commence with the Racing Association’s Northern Cape Awards tonight at the Flamingo Casino. These awards will honour the sport’s regional stakeholders who have excelled throughout the season.

Trophies will be awarded in various categories including Northern Cape Champion two-year-old filly, Champion two-year-old colt, Champion three-year-old filly, Champion three-year-old colt, Champion Older Horse, Champion Sprinter, Champion Jockey, Champion Trainer, Champion Owner and Northern Cape Champion Horse of the Season. Runners participating in the RA Flamingo Mile will be “auctioned off”.