THE Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile has become a highlight on the horseracing calendar.
This is not only for the connections of the finest equine athletes who line up in the starting stalls, but for a number of charities who have their hopes resting on the result.
Sixteen charities are each paired with a horse and a celebrity to battle it out for a share of R1 million.
The winning charity receives a cheque for R150 000, second place R100 000 and the remaining 14 charities receiving proportionate amounts of the total depending on their allocated horses’ overall placement.
Bob Yearham, Chief Operating Officer: Gaming, believes that it’s the common goal of giving back to those less fortunate that makes this race so special:
“As always, the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile is one of the most exciting events on our social calendar. Nothing beats a day at the races and it never fails to be a fun and exciting day – but we mustn’t forget that it also raises money for worthy causes. We have 16 star-studded celebrities pairing up with 16 chosen charities, and race 16 horses to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.”
Charities for the 2019 edition of the race includes the likes of the Highveld Horse Care Unit, National Horse Trust, Welamlambo Primary School, Peermont Education Trust, Lesedi Scarce Skills Programme and the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, amongst others.
Last year’s winner was the Robbie Sage-trained gelding, Coral Fever, giving charity Khangezile Primary and celebrity Pallance Dladla the bragging rights in the winners enclosure.
This year’s race is guaranteed to be another battle of the best, so whether your eye is on the horses, the celebs or the fashion, rest assured that there is something for everyone at Turffontein Racecourse on the 2nd of November.
The race day happens to fall on the same date as the Rugby World Cup final, which is all the more reason to attend according to commentator, Clyde Basel:
“We are looking forward to hosting Joburg’s Beer Fest on Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile day, with coverage of the Rugby World Cup final which starts at 11am. Gates open at 10am with some great specials on offer in the Beer Fest area. I encourage all racing and rugby fans to come and enjoy the day/night race meeting with us”.
Entries close : 11h00 Monday 14 October 2019
Supplementary Entries Close : 11h00 Friday 18 October 2019
Weights : Friday 18 October 2019
Declarations by : 11h00 Tuesday 22 October 2019
Draws announced at an event on Wednesday 23 October 2019
It’s a race day for a good reason – where horses, trainers, jockeys, celebrities, charities and media partners gather on-course with a common purpose. Witness the excitement live, get behind your favourite charity or celebrity and help cheer their charges home.
Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Venue: Turffontein Racecourse, 1 Turf Club Street, Turffontein
Time: Gates open at 10h00