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Flamingo owners confirm closure

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Phumelela Racing has confirmed that the Flamingo Park track will stage its last meeting on Monday, December 9.

CLOSING: Phumelela Racing has confirmed that the Flamingo Park Racecourse will stage its last meeting on December 9.

PHUMELELA Racing has confirmed that the Flamingo Park track will stage its last meeting on Monday, December 9.

“The decision is based purely on commercial factors,” Phumelela Racing Executive, Patrick Davis, said.

“A financial analysis conducted on Kimberley Racing in isolation from the other racecourses, indicated it was losing around
R23.5 million a year. It has the lowest TAB turnover of any local race meetings at around R3 million.

“It is also one of the least cost-effective meetings to stage as we have to bring in people like stipes, judges etc from other centres.”

Davis added that the last race meeting would take place on December 9 after which Flamingo Park would close as a training facility and a racecourse.

Davis and Racing Association CEO, Larry Wainstein, visited Kimberley last week to discuss the move with the Kimberley trainers and their staff, assuring them they would not be left in the lurch.

“Phumelela will support the trainers and all their grooms to relocate to another venue. Over the next month or so we will be in discussions. The options are the Vaal, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town,” Davis said.

“The general consensus is that they will go in different directions.

“As a result of the closure, the 2020 fixture list has been rejuggled to accommodate 20 of the 36 meetings. The plan is that they will be held at either the Vaal or Port Elizabeth and will be programmed with Kimberley-level stakes and race programmes.

“We will also include some kind of protection clause for former Kimberley-based trainers at these extra meetings,” said Davis.