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Tuesday, October 10, 2006



The NatWest Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket plays host to the October Meeting culminating in Champions’ Day this Saturday and is also the venue for Racing South Africa’s 2006 UK Trade Mission.

South Africa is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world. As the South African racehorse has become an internationally recognized competitor, thanks to the successes of Ipi Tombe, Crimson Palace, Irridescence and many others, so South Africa has become the racing destination of choice for many foreign-based racing enthusiasts.

In fact, some 25% of all horses in training in Cape Town are paid for by UK-based owners, not surprising when one considers that the entry level is nearly one fifth of the cost in the UK.

The last official delegation from South Africa to visit the UK encouraging Britons to participate in the ownership of horses in South Africa was in the early 1990's.

A delegation led by Mick Goss, of Summerhill Stud, hosted prominent racing personalities at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket. As a consequence of that initiative, the likes of the Maktoum family, Alex and The Hon. Gillian Foster, and David and Diane Nagle, to name a few, were amongst the first to support the South African racing industry.

More than a decade on, Racing South Africa and representatives of its stakeholders, the Western Province Owners & Trainers Association, Gold Circle Racing, the Racing Association and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, return to the hallowed grounds of UK’s racing headquarters, Newmarket Racecourse, this week.

Racing South Africa has secured a sponsorship package at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse from 12 to 14 October, 2006, the weekend of the Gr.1 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes. The package includes sponsorship of the Racing South Africa Houghton Stakes, a conditions race for two-year-olds run over one mile on Friday, 13 October, as well as use of the Members Lawn marquee, which is capable of accommodating 150 people, on the same day.

Investec Bank, L’Ormarins, Avontuur Estate and Graham Beck Wines have kindly supported this promotion, which will demonstrate the hospitality for which South Africans are renowned.

As a further promotion, the “Racing South Africa 2007 Bloodstock Draw” offers attendees a chance of winning a R50,000 Sales Voucher redeemable at any Bloodstock South Africa or Equimark Equestrian Sales auction in 2007. The winner of the draw will also be eligible for a weekend for two at the luxury Fancourt Golf Estate in the Southern Cape, kindly sponsored by Mrs Sabine Plattner of La Plaisance Stud.

Additionally, a trade stand will be located within the Members’ Courtyard on both the Thursday and the Saturday.

Friday’s programme is as follows:

Official opening 12h50

Race One:13h30

The Racing South Africa Houghton Stakes: 14h35

Presentations to winning connections: Parade Ring: 14h45

Racing South Africa 2007 Bloodstock Draw: 17h15

Cheese and Wine Member’s Lawn Marquee: to 18h00

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