Champions Day at Turffontein on April 25 will have its usual multi-cultural flavour as one of the day’s biggest attractions is the Intercontinental Village, in which 11 different communities are showcased by food stalls, craft, costumes and live on stage performances.
The Intercontinental Village adds a rich vibe to one of Johannesburg’s most festive occasions. The atmosphere in the village reaches a crescendo during one of the main races of the day, the R2 million Gr 1 SA Derby, because each community is represented by one of the horses in this big race and in turn the community represents both a charity and a media partner. The communities have already been paired with their respective charities and media partners and a draw to be held Wednesday, 15 April will decide which horses will run for them. Three other entities that will have a strong presence on the day, Ferrari, SOJO and Racing It’s a Rush, will also be attached to a charity and a media partner and will have a horse running for them too. The 11 countries and entities together with their respective charities are listed below:
|1||China||Hong Ning Chinese Aged Home|
|2||Ferrari||Reach for a Dream|
|3||France||Animal Anti-Cruelty League|
|5||Israel||Women of the World|
|6||Italy||The Italian Aid Association|
|7||Ivory Coast||Mary’s Community Centre|
|8||Lebanon||ST Charbel Helping Hand World Organisation|
|9||Portugal||Lusito Association for the Mentally Handicapped|
|10||Racing. It’s a Rush||Highveld Horse Care unit|
|11||Rwanda||Women on the Journey|
|12||Scotland||Touch of Care|
|13||SOJO||SOJO Business & Tourism|
|14||South Africa||St. Laurence’s Children’s Haven|
The charity draw on Wednesday follows the announcement of the final field for the SA Derby and is being looked forward to, especially by the charities, with much excitement. The horse that every charity would likely want to draw would be the Gr 1 SA Classic winner French Navy, so charities will be on tenterhooks in anticipation of his name being drawn. The event will add to the Champions Day build up.
Champions Day is one of the top racemeetings on the South African calendar and there is much to look forward to from a racing purist and a social point of view. The meeting features five Gr1 events, the R2 million SA Derby, the R2 million President’s Champions Challenge, the R1 million Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks, the R1 million Computaform Sprint and the R1 million SA Nursery, as well as four Gr 2s.
The SA Derby and SA Oaks are the respective last legs of the SA Triple Crown and the Wilgerbosdrft Triple Tiara. The SA Oaks will be a particularly exciting race as the Sean Tarry-trained filly, Siren’s Call, bids to become the third horse in history to land the Triple Tiara. If she does it she will also land a R1 million bonus for her connections. On the social side there will not only be the Intercontinental Village to enjoy, but also 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.