The dancing is always a hit and the vigorous Zulu Dancers of South Africa always draw much applause.
The dancing is always a hit and the vigorous Zulu Dancers of South Africa always draw much applause.

Champions Day at Turffontein on Saturday, 25 April is fast approaching and at last week’s launch event the eagerly awaited Champions Day Charity Draw was held shortly after the release of the final field for the Grade 1 SA Derby.

The draw paired each horse running in the Derby with one of the 11 communities who will be showcased on the big day in the popular on course Intercontinental Village. The communities will in turn each be representing a charity and a media partner. The Derby runners will earn money for the charity partners based on their finishing positions.

The HQ team was delighted to be paired up with one of our favourite charities, the Highveld Horse Care Unit. Along with Racing; It’s a Rush, we’ll be cheering on the sidelines as one of the field favourites, Amsterdam, charges to the finish line!

Strong presence

Three other entities that will have a strong presence on the day, Ferrari, SOJO and Racing It’s A Rush, will also each be representing a charity and media partner and were also included in the draw. There was much anticipation ahead of the draw and the representatives of the Ivory Coast were delighted when they drew the likely SA Derby favourite French Navy.

Below is the full list of Intercontinental Village communities and other entities that were included in the draw together with the charity and media partner they will be representing and the horse that will be running for them.

Community Charity Racehorse
China Hong Ning Chinese Aged Home Prince of Orange
France Animal Anti-Cruelty League Dante’s Legacy
India Felicity’s School Karraar
Israel Humanitarian Distributiom Centre of SA Diesel Jet
Italy The Italian Aid Association Sun of Africa
Ivory Coast Mary’s Community Centre French Nacy
Lebanon St Charbel Helping Hand World Organisation Al Couture
Portugal Lusito Association for the Mentally Handicapped Deputy Jud
Rwanda Women On The Journey Ertijaal
Scotland Touch Of Care Cool Chardonay
South Africa St. Laurence’s Children’s Haven Scent
Ferrari Reach For A Dream Save the Rhino
Racing It’s A Rush Highveld Horse Care Unit Amsterdam
SOJO SOJO Business and Tourism Legal Eagle


The money donated to charity will be allocated as follows: R45,000 for the charity partner of the SA Derby winner, R30,000 for the charity partner of the SA Derby runner up, R15,000 for the charity partner of the third placed horse, R10,000 for fourth place and R5,000 for any other finishing position.


The 11 different communities in the Intercontinental Village will be showcasing their cultures through food stalls, craft, costumes and on stage dancing. The dancing is always a hit and the vigorous Zulu Dancers of South Africa always draw much applause. All of the on-stage performances, ranging from the ancient Chinese culture dance to Scottish Highland dance, is always much appreciated by the festive audiences. The food, such as espetada and pregos from Portugal and chicken satay, prawn tempura and curry and rice from India, is invariably delicious and adds to the rich vibe in the Village.

Racing too

There is also much to look forward to on Champions Day from a racing point of view as the meeting features five Grade 1 events and four Grade 2s, including the Grade 1 R2 million SA Derby and Grade 1 R1 million SA Oaks, which form the respective last legs of the SA Triple Crown and the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara.

The Intercontinental Village will not be the only sideshow entertainment on offer as there will also be trackside stalls and music, a mechanical bull, slides, a rock wall and a jumping castle and there will also be fine fare and excellent viewing facilities available in the various rooms in the huge Turffontein grandstand.

Gates open at 11h00, entry and parking is FREE. For more information about the day call 011 681 1702.