2 blockbuster feature seasons
Phumelela stages dozens of feature races annually, including several of the richest races on the continent, but most are concentrated in two feature-race seasons – the Spring-Summer Feature Race Season and the Summer-Autumn Feature Race Season.
Phumelela Spring-Summer Feature Race Season (September – November)
The big-race action in the new racing season annually kicks off on the Highveld with Africa’s richest race on sand, the R600,000 Emerald Cup over 1400m at the Vaal towards the end of September.
The Emerald Cup is the highlight of the Emerald Spring Festival, sponsored by the Emerald Casino-Resort.
The highlights of the season come at Turffontein Racecourse in November. The Charity Mile, sponsored by Peermont Emperors Palace since 2009, gets the month off to a flying start on the first Saturday of the month, when famous horses and famous faces join forces to make charity a big winner on an amazing afternoon’s racing.
And then on the last Saturday in November comes one of South Africa’s mega racing occasions, the R2-million Sansui Summer Cup and several other feature races including the Dingaans, the first real test of the season for three-year-olds.
Phumelela Summer-Autumn Feature Race Season (February – April)
Phumelela’s Triple Crown for all three-year-olds and Triple Tiara for three-year-old fillies are the highlights of three months of glorious racing and span the three major racedays of the season.
The Triple Crown carries an astounding R6.5 million in prize money, including a R2-million bonus for a horse winning all three legs. The Triple Tiara offers a R1-million bonus for capturing all three races in the series.
The final legs of the Triple Crown and Triple Tiara both take place on Champions Day on the last Saturday in April. This is the richest raceday on the continent and other mega events on the day include the R2-million Champions Challenge over 2000m.