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South African Racing Q&A


Click here to view a documentary on South African racing

1. These yearlings are born later than American yearlings. Why is that?
-Since South Africa is in the southern Hemisphere, these horse turn two years-old on July 1st, 2012. Therefore one could expect them to debut toward the end of 2012 or early 2013 if all goes well.

2. Where will they be pre-trained (call broken in the States) prior to shipping to Dean Kannemayer?
-These two colts will learn their early lessons under Mark and Nicola Coppez of Balmoral Stud. Click here to learn more about the operation.

3. What are the main racing venues in South Africa?
Turffontein in Johannesburg, Greyville Turf Club in Durban, and Kenilworth Race Course in Cape Town.

4. True or false? Most racing in South Africa is on the turf.
True. There are only a handful of sand surfaces.

5. True or false? The average number of starts for a racehorse in South Africa is 25.
True. Much higher than the average in the United States.

6. True or false? The training costs per horse are higher in South Africa than they are in the United States.
False. It’s quite a bit cheaper to keep a horse in training in South Africa –for most horses, it costs less than a thousand dollars a month.

7. What are the premier races on the South African racing calendar?
There are three major races that stand out above the rest, one in each of the three biggest cities in the country. Turfontein in Johannesburg hosts The Summer Cup, while Cape Town's star attraction is The J & B Met. Durban's primary event is The Vodacom July, which was first run in 1897 at its present home, Greyville.

8. Click here to read a history of South Africa racing.

9. How will I stay up to date on a horse I own in South Africa?
WPT will maintain regular contact with our trainers aboard. The quality of video over there is strong and we expect to provide you with top level visual and communications, just like we do with our American based runners.

10. Will these horses ever have a chance to come to America?
Yes, if they are good enough, we intend to ship them back to the US late in their three year-old year. South African horses have done very well racing on American soil in the past.