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Cape Racing’s Summer Season of Champions: A Fusion of Heritage, Elegance, Excitement, and Innovation

Cape Town – Cape Racing’s Summer Season of Champions is almost here! The seven-feature race extravaganza promises a rebirth of the elegance and glamour of a bygone era, coupled with the thrill and excitement that horse racing delivers.

The Racing Renaissance will usher in the first phase of a new look Hollywoodbets Kenilworth, which is undergoing massive renovations over the next few years, with the vision of becoming a ground-breaking lifestyle destination that will be a first for the African continent.

Donovan Everitt, the Chief Operating Officer of Cape Racing, says: “Cape Racing is thrilled to introduce the 2023/2024 Cape Summer Season of Champions, aptly themed ‘The Racing Renaissance’. The Cape Summer Season of Champions is the start of a new era of lifestyle experiences at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth, with much more still to come.”

“Our commitment to innovation is evident in this first phase, as visitors will see with the state-of-the-art digital screens that are being installed throughout the building and on the course – including one of the largest outdoor screens in the country – and upgraded sound throughout the venue, designed to uplift the event and racing experiences, and creating a world-class audiovisual experience that has never been seen before.”

“Stay tuned for more innovation as we gear up to introduce an exciting Sports and Entertainment Experience with our Sportstainment offering during phase two in the upcoming year.”

Cape Racing Chairman Greg Bortz expands on the vision for the iconic venue: “Developments are underway for a 365-day-a-year, 24/7 lifestyle and entertainment complex, where the sport and stakeholders will benefit, as well as the local community.”

“The focus will be on a secure and convenient lifestyle centre of excellence, structured around horseracing and providing culinary, sporting and entertainment experiences, conferencing, and event facilities in the near future. Cape Turf Club members will enjoy privileges and access beyond racing events and benefit from all on offer. The Cape Summer Season of Champions is just a prelude to a new era in the industry.”

With most of the Season’s events free and open to the public, the series provides the perfect family-friendly entertainment. Highlights on the Summer Season of Champions include the L’Ormarins King’s Plate on January 6th and the World Sports Betting Cape Town Met – Cape Splendour on January 27th, both of which will be ticketed events. But the season offers plenty of other options to enjoy all the action at no cost, so mark your calendars for the following:

26 November – Cape Punters Cup: Join us as we jump out the gates into a new era of racing that blends tradition and innovation with the start of the Cape Summer Season of Champions. Prepare for an adrenaline rush as horse racing takes centre stage and delivers excitement like never before. Highlights include Food Trucks, Kids Zone, Live Music, and Horse Racing. FREE ENTRY

02 December – World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas: Celebrate the grace and power of thoroughbred horses as we embrace the spirit of elegance and speed at the first Grade 1 race of the season with the World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas. Indulge your taste buds with a delectable array of culinary delights, from gourmet treats to local flavours. The event is family-friendly, with a dedicated kids’ area to ensure that even the youngest guests have a blast. Highlights: Food Trucks, Kids Zone, Live Music, Horse Racing. FREE ENTRY

10 December – Cape Merchants: Cape Town Festival of Beer celebrates local and global brewing heritage and craft. Featuring more than 200 beers, this is the premier celebration of all things beer and will be the biggest yet. Experience the horse racing of the Cape Merchants Race while enjoying local brews and live music—highlights: Food Trucks, Kids Zone, Live Music, Horse Racing, and 60+ Local Breweries. Entry is free to the racecourse for those wanting to watch the races. Tickets will be required for the festival. FREE ENTRY TO THE RACECOURSE

16 December – Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas: Immerse yourself in Cape Town’s rich cultural heritage at the Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas Day, where the essence of the Mother City comes alive through thrilling Grade 1 horse racing, performances by the Kaapse Klopse, traditional Cape Town cuisine and a colourful festival that’s perfect for the whole family. Highlights: Food Trucks, Kids Zone, Live Music, Horse Racing, Kaapse Klopse. FREE ENTRY

06 January – L’Ormarins King’s Plate: Showcase your elegant blue and white outfits and capture those stylish L’Ormarins King’s Plate moments that epitomise the 163rd LKP race day that ends with a stylish party. Highlights: Food, Live Music, Horse Racing, Best Dressed competition with amazing prizes.
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27 January – World Sports Betting Cape Town Met: The 2024 edition of the World Sports Betting Cape Town MET is themed “Cape Splendour”, which encapsulates the breath-taking beauty and unique charm of Cape Town and celebrates its natural wonders, cultural heritage, and vibrant spirit. This will be a bigger, better Cape Town Met with a red carpet to show off those spectacular outfits; dress in your best Cape Town flair, drawing inspiration from the city’s landscapes, colours, and history. Highlights: Gourmet Food & Food Trucks, Picnics, VIP Hospitality, Live Music, Horse Racing, Best Dressed Competition, Betting into the World Pool.

24 February – SplashOut Cape Town Seafood & Jazz Racing Festival: Welcome to an exciting fusion of Grade 1 horse racing, entertainment, and indulgence at the Splash Out Cape Derby: Seafood & Jazz Festival! Set against the illustrious Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Racecourse backdrop, this event promises soulful jazz melodies, a delectable seafood feast, heart-pounding horse racing, and endless entertainment for the entire family. Highlights: Gourmet Food & Food Trucks, Live Music, Horse Racing. FREE ENTRY.

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