World Sport Betting Gold Cup Media Release

 No: GC2005

27 Aug 2020

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Written By : Dave Macleod

Lockdown racing season set to end on a high note at World Sports Betting Gold Cup

Durban - The Champions’ Season draws to a close this Saturday with a packed programme of behind-closed-doors horse racing that culminates with the 100th running of the World Sports Betting Gold Cup as the racing industry reflects its successful return to competition under the lockdown regulations.

The iconic 3200m horse racing marathon was first staged in 1921 with a stake of £2000 and as a century of unique endurance racing at Hollywoodbets Greyville has evolved it has developed a global reputation as an event that rewards stamina and fitness over end-sprint speed.

2018 winner It’s My Turn will start the outright favourite to reclaim the title with the Track & Ball Derby winner Marchingontogether also attracting support from the punters.

The race has become iconic as the runners pass the finish post twice and traditionally attracts a big crowd as it opens the event to local charities to raise funds. The Covid-19 lockdown has put paid to that but the racing community will see it as an opportunity to reflect on the sport being the first to negotiate a path back to competition during the pandemic lockdown.

“In my the same way as the Vodacom Durban July felt surreal without a single spectator in the stands, the World Sport Betting Gold Cup will be raced in front of empty stands, but for the racing industry is a huge relief to have been able to stage the key elements of the Champions Season in KwaZulu-Natal this year,” said Steve Marshall, Gold Circle’s Event and Marketing Executive.

“It is a pivotal time of year for the national racing industry as most of the major players in the industry relocate to this province during the autumn and winter for the Champions’ Season, and there are a lot of jobs, directly and indirectly, involved in the industry.”

“Being able to stage the Vodacom Durban July was a big success, and the World Sports Betting Gold Cup day with its four Grade One events on the card will be just as significant, albeit without the punters on course but watching on television and online at home,” he added.

The packed programme of races includes four Grade One events in the World Sport Betting Champions Cup, the World Sport Betting Mercury Sprint, the Premiers Champions Stakes and the Thekwini Stakes proving racing fans with a card packed with established stars of the track and emerging talent.

These events will play an important role in the closing stages of the evaluation by the Equus Awards judges, particularly with Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge set to go head-to-head in the Champions Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The World Sports Betting Gold Cup raceday takes place at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday 29 August.

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It's My Turn winning in 2018 under Anton Marcus. The son of Dynasty will start as the hot favourite in the 100th running of the World Sport Betting Gold Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Candiese Lenferna/
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It's My Turn will be back hoping to repeat his 2018 triumph when he starts as favourite for the World Sport Betting Gold Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday. Candiese Lenferna/
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