This year marks the 101st running of the Gold Cup. July saw the Vodacom Durban July proceed, albeit behind closed doors, and with the pandemic still yet to reach its peak in South Africa, the same inevitable decision to run the Gold Cup as a broadcast only event, has been made. In addition to the Gold Cup, the race meeting features four Grade 1 races in the Champions Cup, Mercury Sprint, Premiers Champions Stakes and the Thekwini Stakes, which together form part of a bumper ten feature race card.
Recently this day has capped the South African Champions Season and has often decided the champion racehorses, trainers, jockeys and breeders for the year, however with the new racing year commencing on 1 August, this year’s race day will give stakeholders a kick start to the new season ahead.
“With the Centenary of the Gold Cup, we had plans to attract a big crowd to Hollywoodbets Greyville, however given the current circumstances there was only one decision we could make”, said Mike Makaab, CEO of Prosport International, who are the rights holders of the Gold Cup. He added, “We are fortunate that Gold Circle have already navigated a major race meeting behind closed doors and together we will ensure that we deliver a world class event for broadcast, so that our fans can enjoy the festivities from the safe comfort of their homes this year.”
The Marshalls World of Sport Festival of Racing is truly an amazing day of equine competition catering for the best sprinters, middle distance and staying horses in the country, in a “speed, middle distance and stamina” extravaganza of racing.”
The Marshalls World of Sport Gold Cup, a grand and golden finale to the Champion’s Season takes place at Greyville Racecourse every July. The 101st running taking place on 31 July 2021.
This is where the country’s leading thoroughbred marathon, the R600 000 Marshalls World of Sport Gold Cup, heads a comprehensive programme of events. The 10-race meeting boasts no less than four Grade 1 events including the Grade 1 R600 000 HKJC World Pool Champions Cup over 1 800m and the top weight-for-age speed event, the Grade 1 R500 000 World Sports Betting Mercury Sprint over 1 200m.The other two Grade 1 events are the R400 000 Premiers Champion Stakes and the R400 000 Thekwini Stakes, the final clashes over 1600m for the country’s top two-year-olds. The Grade 2 R 150 000 Kuda Gold Bracelet and the R175 000 Prosport International Debutante presented by Gagasi FM are for fillies and mares at weight-for-age with penalties while the R175 000 Epol Umkhomazi Stakes race is set weights over 1 200m for the juveniles.
With this combination of races, we have given the Gold Cup Event the fitting strapline Speed. Middle Distance. Stamina.
Encompassing all aspects of this Prestigious Day.