The horse racing industry in South Africa caters for the responsible gambler who loves the thrill and excitement of prime horses in grueling sprints and the promise of big cash payouts if a bet is placed and the correct outcome of the race is predicted. The horse racing industry hosts many races that not only cater for horse betting but also gives established and upcoming fashion designers a stage on which to showcase their world-class masterpieces. Horse racing in South African is entertainment galore.
Horse racing has a rich and long history in South African sports. There were horse racing events in South Africa as far back as the 1800’s and horse betting has always been a big feature of a day at the races. As with any industry that controls many small and large amounts of cash, a governing body is necessary to see to it that the conduct of all key players is ethical and Saftote requires that all betting transactions are honest and within the bounds of legal betting practice. The horse racing industry is South Africa is governed by the National Horse Racing Authority, formerly known as the Jockey Club of South Africa. The controlling bodies are Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Ltd, and Gold Circle and they oversee provincial horse racing activities.
One of the oldest horse races in South Africa is the Vodacom July held annually in the beautiful city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. The Vodacom July was first held in 1897 and continues to please many that attend the race, especially those that place bets on the outcomes of the races as they stand a chance to win handsome cash bonuses. Johannesburg’s Summer Cup is a race not to be missed and the Turffontein Racecourse toward the south of the city hosts it. The premier horse racing event in Cape Town is the J & B Met, also a glamorous, star-studded affair.
Horse race bets can be placed in person at the racecourse or betting outlets and also online. Many online betting companies welcome bets on horse races.