Boost for sizzling racing season

The Western Cape's Sizzling Summer Season has received a further boost with the news that the Grade 2 Green Point Stakes, run at weight-for-age over 1600m at Kenilworth Racecourse on November 22 , will now be sponsored by the Ocean Basket Group.

The Western Cape's Sizzling Summer Season has received a further boost with the news that the Grade 2 Green Point Stakes, run at weight-for-age over 1600m at Kenilworth Racecourse on November 22 , will now be sponsored by the Ocean Basket Group.

In announcing the sponsorship racing director Graeme Hawkins said that Gold Circle was extremely privileged to welcome a well-known brand name that was instantly recognizable to consumers. He looked forward to a long and mutually beneficial association.

"The managing director of the Ocean Basket Group, George Nichas, is a passionate horseracing supporter and Gold Circle welcomes the decision by the group to sponsor a longstanding race such as the Green Point Stakes," Hawkins said. "The Ocean Basket chain has become a household name in recent years and is known to be a family eatery that offers good value for money, while priding itself on quality and excellent service."

To be known as the Ocean Basket Green Point Stakes, the race will be run for an increased stake of R300000 this year and has been won by some outstanding horses in its long history.

Current South African Horse of the Year Pocket Power was the latest addition to the honour roll by winning the 2007 running of the race.

Hawkins said the Sizzling Summer Season was shaping up to be the best racing season in many years and racegoers had plenty to look forward to.

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