A day at the races in South Africa spells daring fashions, fast horses and thrilling betting. The long history of horse racing in South Africa dates back as far as the 1800’s. Because the horse racing industry is such a lucrative business, it was necessary to establish a governing body to ensure that horse racing entertainment is an enjoyable affair and neither the bookmakers, stallhorse owners not the bettor take advantage of the system to increase winnings illegally. Previously known as the Jockey Club of South Africa, the National Horse Racing Authority oversees activities of the horse racing industry in South Africa and the controlling bodies are Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited, and Gold Circle. Phumelela Gaming controls racing in the following provinces: Northern Cape, Free State, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Gold Circle runs Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal horse racing.
Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, the three biggest cities in South Africa are home to the biggest races on the horse racing calendar. The major races in South African horse racing are Summer Cup held at the Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg, the mother city of Cape Town is home to the J & B Met and Durban’s horse racing highlight is the Vodacom July held for the first time in 1897.
Besides providing fashion designers a platform to showcase their talents and loads of entertainment planned for the day, the best part of any horse race is the prospect of winning handsome jackpots and cash incentives for accurately predicting the outcomes of races. Betting on horses has long been a popular way to take full advantage of horse racing entertainment. 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. Some online betting companies are specifically dedicated to calculating the odds and accepting bets on horse races, be it proposition or parlay bets, placing a wager on many races simultaneously for a higher pay-out if the prediction are all correct.