PHUMELELA has imported a bank of state-of-the-art starting stalls from Australia for use at Fairview Racecourse in the Eastern Cape.

According to Phumelela’s horseracing executive Patrick Davis, it had become necessary to replace the old bank of starting stalls at Fairview. After due investigation, it was decided to buy SIMTRACK starting stalls, which are in use at Randwick in Australia, Longchamp and Chantilly in France and at several other racecourses around the world.


Recall Effective Security Services is to sponsor one of South Africa’s oldest feature races, the East Cape Derby for three-year-olds to be run over 2400m at Arlington in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 15 May.

The Derby will be the highlight of a two-day racing festival in Port Elizabeth. The festival kicks off with a race meeting at Fairview on Friday 13 May, when the Dahlia Plate powered by Die Son over 1200m will head the programme. Die Son is the official media partner of the festival, which wraps up with the East Cape Derby meeting two days later.


PHUMELELA is pleased to announce its association with Samsung through the sponsorship of the R1.5-million SA Derby by Samsung Business.

The SA Derby powered by Samsung Business will be run on Champions Day at Turffontein on Saturday 30 April. The race is the final and toughest leg of the SASCOC SA Triple Crown for three-year-olds and is run over the marathon distance of 2450m.


HORSERACING and tote betting company Phumelela plans to install a state-of-the-art synthetic racetrack at Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth, which will deliver major benefits to horses and the environment.

The installation of a synthetic racetrack at Fairview will render Port Elizabeth’s other racecourse Arlington redundant because unlike turf tracks any number of race meetings can be held on a synthetic surface.


NEARLY R40 million was bet into Phumelela TAB’s global tote pools on the Dubai World Cup race meeting at Meydan Racecourse last Saturday.

Dozens of tote hubs in some 15 countries bet into the pools with Dubai bets in the participating countries being instantly transmitted to the Phumelela TAB computerised tote betting system in Johannesburg.


FORMER New Zealand cricket captain Ken Rutherford has been appointed to head up the Marketing, Communications, Publishing and Telemedia functions at Phumelela Gold Enterprises (PGE).

Rutherford will start in his position as Media Executive for PGE on Monday and will have an office at both Turffontein Racecourse and the Tellytrack studios in Rivonia. He will report directly to Phumelela’s Group Chief Executive Officer Rian du Plessis.

Rutherford has been a life-long horseracing enthusiast – even during his cricket career, which also saw him captain the Highveld Lions in the late 1990s.


Phumelela Gold Enterprises (PGE) is delighted to announce that it has signed a reciprocal deal with UK-based pool-betting operator Sportech, which will enable customers of each company to bet into the other’s soccer pools. This commingling of selected soccer pools is set to lead to the two companies combining pools on other sports.
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