Did You Know It’s a Heritage Site?
Yeah, we didn’t know this interesting bit of information either! The Turffontein Racecourse, one of Joburg’s best hidden gems, is in fact, a confirmed heritage site! This track owes its history to the early days of the thriving Gold Rush in 1886, as well as the popularity of horse racing among a new elite crowd and hopeful settlers who moved to Johannesburg to cash in on the newfound wealth in the area. In July 2016, Turffontein Racecourse was declared a heritage site by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. And as for the proof, you can go have a look at the Blue Plaque which is proudly displayed outside the main entrance to the racecourse. How interesting is that?
The Thrill of the Race, Of Course!
Just like any other sport, the thrill, excitement and adrenaline boost of the competition adds to the entire experience that comes along with a day at the races. Other than the entertaining events that the racecourse hosts (which we’ll get into shortly), Turffontein Racecourse is also regarded as a major horse race training centre. Many horses use the facilities daily to prepare for their gallop down the stretch. Turffontein Racecourse boasts two tracks and it also has a straight course which hosts some of the biggest sprint races of the year. Some of the major races to look forward to at the Turffontein Racecourse include the annual Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup, Champions Day, as well as the annual Triple Crown Series.
It’s Where Lady Luck Waits
Feeling lucky? Then why not see if Lady Luck is on your side by placing a few bets on the race horses in hopes you have the winning filly or stallion. There’s nothing more thrilling than placing a bet and scoring a few bucks for winning. Just keep in mind: gambling is addictive, so if you place a bet, do so responsibly! And if you’re a newbie on the horse racing scene and have no idea how the betting works, don’t worry, Turffontein Racecourse has laid it all out for you on their site. Here, they inform you of the various types of bets you can place so that the next time you spend a day at the races, you’ll be sure to impress.
Exciting Events Galore
The Turffontein Racecourse, in partnership with Racing It’s A Rush, always has amazing and adrenaline-filled events taking to the tracks throughout the year! You can expect live horse racing that’ll have you buzzing and on your feet all day, great live entertainment, refreshing drinks at the beer gardens, designated kiddies entertainment areas where the little ones can play to their heart’s content, sometimes even lucky draws on special event days and lots of delicious food. Wondering when the next event is? Check out the upcoming events below:
- SA Derby – 30 March 2019 – 11:00 to 19:00
- HSH Princess Charlene Race Day – 13 April 2019 – 11:00 to 19:00
- Champions Day – 04 May 2019 – 11:00 to 19:00
- Keep an eye out for the 2019 Vodacom Durban July event details!
To keep “on track” with the latest events taking place at the Turffontein Racecourse, visit itsarush.co.za.
Fun Days Out For The Whole Family
Other than the thrills of horse racing, the Turffontein Racecourse also caters to the younger visitors to ensure that they’re also thoroughly entertained while you enjoy the action on the track. The racecourse is child-friendly and offers a play area for the little ones, making it a fun day out for the whole family. Kiddies entertainment is also featured at their events.
Stunning Views Of The City
As if there wasn’t enough reason to visit Turffontein Racecourse, we found another unexpected one – for some of the best skyline views of our beloved Joburg, this is the place to be. The views make for the perfect backdrop to all the excitement, action, adrenaline and entertainment out on the track.
It’s The Whole Package!
The Turffontein Racecourse is literally the whole package. The location is ideal as it’s central and has easy access to the major road networks. It makes the perfect function venue (weddings, launches, year-end parties, cocktail parties, banquets, pageants, exhibitions, board meetings, conferencing and seminars) complete with experienced and focused co-ordinators. And in case you were wondering about parking, there’s TONS of FREE parking!