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A high-quality nine-race programme, headlined by the R500 000 Gr2 Cape Punters Cup, heralds the launch of the Cape Summer Festival Of Champions and marks Cape Racing’s highly anticipated return to a new-look Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Sunday, 26 November.

With South Africa’s premier classic, the Gr1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas, just over three weeks away, the Gr2 Cape Punters Cup hosts a field of ten promising sophomores, all with aspirations of a starting berth in the big one on 16 December.

The clash between Sean Tarry’s exciting Tail Of The Comet and Vaughan Marshall’s Gr3 Cape Classic winner Questioning, could provide an early insight on Sunday into the likely roll of the honours dice, as the summer unfolds.

There are five high class feature events on the 26 November programme, with the day starting at 12h20 as the gates fly open in the R200 000 The Futurity Plate, the opening 800m scurry of the Cape season. 

In the R225 000 City Of Cape Town Listed Sophomore Sprint, Dean Kannemeyer’s Gr2 winner Outlaw King carries top weight as he makes his season debut. 

The son of Rafeef bids to match strides with the likes of the Azzies’ Gr2 Betway Joburg Spring Challenge third-placer Ready To Charge, and Candice Bass-Robinson’s powerful quartet, headed by Jerusalema Rain, a one-time conqueror of top 3yo Sandringham Summit!

Besides the blue-blooded horseflesh in action on the track, visitors can expect to experience an electrifying transformation at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth, as Cape Racing takes Sportstainment to a whole new level! 

The Cape’s most celebrated and historic racing playground is a work in progress, but already boasts upgraded facilities and a whole new racing experience, as stakeholders enjoy another chapter in the Racing Renaissance Cape Summer Season of Champions.

Become part of the sports betting action of horseracing, amplified by newly installed big screens, revamped grandstands, and upgraded lounges, with food and beverage offerings to suit every taste.

“We are thrilled to present the Cape Punters Cup as the inaugural event at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth as we launch phase 1 of our exciting upgrades and renovations. The upgrades have been meticulously designed to elevate the overall experience for our patrons, and we are confident that the combination of exciting horseracing, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment will make this a standout day for all,” says Cape Racing’s COO Donovan Everitt. 

The Cape Summer Season of Champions continues at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday 2 December when the Gr1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas headlines another terrific afternoon of horseracing.

The third Festival meeting on Sunday 10 December, features the Gr2 Cape Merchants, followed by another action-packed day on Saturday 16 December, which will see the running of the Gr1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas, the Gr3 Ridgemont Peninsula Handicap, and the Gr3 Hollywoodbets Victress Stakes.

Day Five of the Festival includes South Africa’s premier weight-for-age mile, the Gr1 L’Ormarins King’s Plate and the career-defining fairer sex clash, the Gr1 Cartier Paddock Stakes on Saturday 6 January.

Another racing and social highlight is the Gr1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met scheduled for Festival Day Six, 27 January 2024. The platform of champions runs alongside the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship, the Gr1 Majorca Stakes, the Gr3 Western Cape Stayers, the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes, and the Listed Olympic Duel Stakes.

The Gr1 SplashOut Cape Derby Seafood and Jazz Festival concludes the Seven-Day Festival on Saturday 24 February, supported by the Gr2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes, the Gr3 Vasco Prix Du Cap, the Gr3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery, and the Listed Jet Master Stakes.

An invitation is extended to families to join in the fun on Sunday, with a dynamic kids’ zone featuring obstacle courses, inflatables, games, and more. 

Prepare to be entertained with a line-up of buskers and live music entertainment.

As a special treat all visitors on Sunday will be treated to a complimentary hot dog and cool drink, setting the tone for a day of fun, excitement and enjoyment. 

Feel the thrill, witness the speed, and be a part of the racing magic, with lucky draws and giveaways up for grabs. 

Don’t miss out on this memorable day at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Sunday 26 November!