Hollywoodbets Spring Country Series launches At Durbanville Next Week
Saddle Cloth Numbers To Be Aligned With Draws In Western Cape Racing
Hollywoodbets Punters Challenge To Be Attached To All Western Cape Meetings
With a history dating back to 1898 and a rustic tranquillity that makes it one of the most scenic racecourses on the African continent, Hollywoodbets Durbanville Racecourse is set to come alive with top flight horses and excited racegoers as the Hollywoodbets Spring Country Series launches on Wednesday, 7 September.
This innovative series casts the spotlight on the ‘Country Course’ from 7 September to 19 October, and incorporates eight must-attend race meetings, highlighted by the running of the traditional Cape summer season launch-pads of the Hollywoodbets Gr3 Matchem Stakes and Gr3 Diana Stakes on Saturday, 1 October. Both features have long and proud histories and are run over the left-handed 1 400m course.
The intimacy and rural ambience of the course lends itself to a day of maximising the thrills of thoroughbred horseracing with a blend of family-oriented activities, including a Durbanville Wine Route experience, authentic South African experiences, competitions and on-course entertainment second to none.
Adding to the splash of colour, Western Cape horseracing will welcome the introduction of barrier draws aligned with distinctive saddle cloths with effect from the Hollywoodbets Durbanville race meeting on 7 September 2022.
In a change from the top-weight-down, or alphabetical order, horses racing in the Cape will now also be carded according to barrier positions, regardless of the allocated weights. In tandem with the implementation of the draw numbering, uniquely assigned saddle cloth colours will be allocated to specific numbers.
The concept, which is used in some international jurisdictions, was introduced in 2019 in KwaZulu-Natal and serves the purpose of making it simple for both new and established racing fans to follow their selections from the saddle cloth number and standardised saddle cloth colour, through to the starting stalls where the number and colour are clearly displayed. This will make it easier to spot your horse from parade ring, to start line to finishing post.
Reserve runners will no longer be allocated a barrier draw, but should there be a scratching, the reserve will automatically take up the barrier gate of the scratched horse that it replaces.
Punters, from the casual through to big spending high rollers, will be looked after with the introduction of the very popular Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge on all Western Cape race meetings.
The Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge is a free-to-enter tipping competition, requiring players to select one horse in each of the carded races on a race day.
The Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge was also recently launched on all Singapore racemeetings.
The bonus jackpot, payable to the player/s who selects all winners on the day, will commence at R200 000 at the launch racemeeting at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on 7 September, and increases by R5 000 every meeting where the jackpot is not won, to a maximum of R500 000.
Daily prize money of R5 000 for each of the scheduled racemeetings will be shared by the top 20 players on the day’s leaderboard, with the winner banking R2 000, the runner-up R1 000, the third-placer R500, with R250 to fourth, R125 awarded to 5th to 10th finisher, and the balance, inclusive of 20th finisher, receiving R50 each.
It’s really quite simple to follow. Points are awarded in accordance with finishing positions i.e. – in a 12-horse field, the winner will be awarded twelve points, runner-up is eleven points and so on, with the last horse being awarded one point.
The winning selection receives a bonus calculated on the Hollywoodbets starting price. Points are awarded according to the price of the winner only. Finding value winners will thus probably be the tactical key to unlocking the treasure chest of the big cash prizes!
Using an example – if the winner of a 12-horse race starts at 12.5/1 (13.5), then the players selecting that horse will be awarded 25.5 points – being 12 plus an additional 13.5 points for the starting price.
Adding to the enjoyment, thrills and rollercoaster ride, the Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge website allows players to follow the score as the race day unfolds.
Despite the competition being a test of skill, Lady Luck inevitably plays her part. The game is thus plenty of fun and very rewarding to everyone from the shrewdest form-studier, to those learning the racing ropes, and even budding fans enjoying horseracing for the first time.
All that is required to enter is an active Hollywoodbets account. Players have the option to utilise their own name, or to create a non-de-plume. Entries must be logged by no later than five minutes prior to the opening race on the relevant programme.
Become a part of the enjoyment and fun that only horseracing offers, and find out more about the Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge by visiting www.punters.hollywoodbets.net today. Full competition terms and conditions are also available on the website.
The Cape Summer Season will be the national focal point of horseracing from 1 November to 28 February 2023, with high-class feature contests setting the scene for a refreshing return of horse racing to its action-packed best, where the sky is the limit
Victoria Paige Holds The Whiphand
Preview of the Global Team Horse Racing Final At Hollywoodbets Greyville Tomorrow
Andrew Harrison (Gold Circle)
The Global Team Horseracing festival comes to a finale at Hollywoodbets Greyville tonight with the Cape Stingers up against the KwaZulu Royals for trophy honours. Punters are faced with a competitive card with only eight runners in each event but most interest will be in the seventh where some useful fillies and mares line up in the Global Team Horseracing Handicap over 1600m.
Sean Tarry looks to hold the whip hand here with Victoria Paige who was narrowly beaten at long odds in the Off To Stud Handicap last time out and the shorter trip appeared to suit. She also looks to be well in at the weights with her main opposition Monashada and Lyrical Dance given their meeting at level weights in the Gr2 Gold Bracelet.
Kom Naidoo saddles Monashada who has some useful feature race form in top company. She has been trying further but is another that could prefer this shorter trip. Duncan Howells saddles Lyrical Dance who has also been trying further in feature company but could also enjoy this shorter trip. She is smart on her day but looks held at the weights by both Victoria Paige and Monashada although the shorter trip could prove to be a game-breaker for the trio. A dark horse is Dindingew had useful Zimbabwe form where she won eight races before making a modest local debut. She returns from a break from that run and with the stable very much in form she may be one to watch.
The card opener is a tricky affair but Beckoning Beauty loves the poly and carries top weight. Her last two wins have come on the poly but she goes equally well on turf although she got a five-point rise in the handicap for her last win. Miss Magician has been catching up to Beckoning Beauty in the handicap but her best form has also been on the poly. Naidoo saddles two quick fillies in Magicallee and Candy For My Mommy. Magicallee has shown her best recent form on the poly where she shows pace but gets caught out the last bit. Turf may find her out. Candy For My Mommy is quick and has a handy weight. She also goes well on turf.
The lightly raced Kalahari Blue can step up for Johan Janse van Vuuren who shed his maiden at second time of asking when coming off a lengthy break. He meets little of note here. Master Keeku got his just deserts when winning last time out for Yogas Govender. His current form has been firmly franked and he should make a bold bid. Pacific Winter is back on his favoured surface and although he may prefer it a touch shorter the blinkers are back on. Sleek As Silk goes well over course and distance and although taking on males she is lightly raced and should have further improvement to come.
Sean Tarry sends out Expressivity on the third. She takes to the turf but found good market support at second time of asking after making her debut against winners. She is likely to make big improvement. Quanabi goes well over the trip and her best effort has been on the turf. She rates a danger along with Aditi who has been knocking at the door and has a strong money chance.
The fifth could rest between the two lightly raced runners Top Sail and Unique Power.
Top Sail has not been far behind in recent outings and meets little of note while Unique Power has not been far off in the market in his three starts and showed good improvement last run albeit on the poly. He should go close to winning. Geronimo was a beaten even-money shot last run and is a battling maiden but should have a bright chance in this company while Royal Venus takes on males but has shown some ability and has a handy weight which could see her into the money.
The fifth is a tricky handicap. Pedro made steady improvement leading up to his last win and can go in again given the quality of this line-up. Parktown has plenty of ability but is not the easiest ride. He was a close-up second last outing and a repeat can see him home. Beechurst found strong market support last outing but found one better but has obviously come to hand and can go one better.
Alyson Wright holds a strong hand in the sixth with Political Party and Pirate Prince but the former should be one of the better bets on the card. He was a narrowly beaten favourite last run and has come on with each start. He looks ready now from the best of the draw. The filly Devils And Dust takes on males but does show promise. Her two best efforts have been on the poly but this is not a strong field. Street Art raced green on debut and should come on nicely with the experience in an otherwise weak maiden field while Pirate Prince has had two outings for his new stable and did show some improvement last run
In the last, Liketheclappers was a recent maiden winner but was always looking to shirk the issue. He is not the easiest and still green but the stable hold him in high regard. Riccardo has improved with cheek-pieces, goes well this trip and could be dangerous while Coromandel found strong market support last run on the poly and is seldom too far off.
Peter Has High Hopes For Electric Gold/Vanderbilt And Backs Flying The Flag’s Move To Riethuiskraal
Hewitson has eyes on returning championship to South Africa
By Alex Wiltshire (ANZbloodstocknews.com)
Picture: Gavin Lerena rode a double for Corrie Lensley at The Vaal on Tuesday (JC Photos).
Jockey Lerena Gunning For Success In New Season
David Mollett (Business Day)
Interviewed at the recent Equus awards, Lerena said: “I resume riding at the Vaal on August 30 and I’m determined to have a successful season.”
Lovely Soqrat Colt Born At Volmoed
Alec Laird Double
Alec Laird won the first two races at Turffontein Inside today.
He has now had six winners this season at an impressive strike rate of 46.15%.
What was the great jumps jockey John Francombe’s riposte when told by trainer Ginger McCain after a race, “Francome, you’re the worst ******* jockey in the entire world!”
Picture: John Francome in recent times. (Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos))
Fairview Turf Fields
Hollywoodbets Greyville Turf Friday Night Fields
Today’s Question Answer
When John Francombe was told by Ginger McCain after a race, “Francome, you’re the worst ******* jockey in the entire world!”, Francome looked McCain up and down and replied, “Nah … that’s too much of a coincidence.”
Francome first rode a pony called Black Beauty at the age of six. His first riding successes came as a showjumper, and he was a member of the team that won the European Junior Show Jumping Championship for Great Britain.
The John Francome Novices’ Chase at Newbury was named after him in 2017.
He became a successful author of Dick Francis-type horseracing thrillers and was also a much-loved and entertaining presenter on the Channel 4 racing broadcasts.
Picture: John Francome and Borough Hill Lad (Graham Bradley’s Horse Racing Memories FB)