NEW summer CUP!

HORSERACING and tote betting company Phumelela is proud to announce that Sansui, a world leader in consumer electronics, is to sponsor the R2million Summer Cup to be run over 2000m at Turffontein racecourse in Johannesburg on November 27.

HORSERACING and tote betting company Phumelela is proud to announce that Sansui, a world leader in consumer electronics, is to sponsor the R2million Summer Cup to be run over 2000m at Turffontein racecourse in Johannesburg on November 27.

The race, one of the "Big 4" on the South African racing calendar - along with the Vodacom Durban July, the J&B Met and Champions Day - will be titled the Sansui Summer Cup.

"This is fantastic news for horseracing and I am very excited," said Phumelela's sales executive Clyde Basel.

"To get a sponsor of Sansui's calibre is a huge win for horseracing and together with Prime Media Sport, we at Phumelela are looking forward to turning the Sansui Summer Cup into a mega social and horseracing event."

JSE-listed Phumelela recently entered into a partnership with Primedia Sport to market and promote the sport of thoroughbred horseracing, in terms of which Primedia Sport is responsible for the marketing and promotion of the Summer Cup and the sale and provision of hospitality on race day.

The Summer Cup is nearly as old as Johannesburg itself and has a rich and fascinating history. It was first run in 1887, a year after the dusty mining camp that was to become Johannesburg sprang up on the farm Turffontein, following the discovery of gold.

The list of past winners reads like a who's who of racing and includes Pamphlet (1917), Lenin (1940), Cuff Link (1963), Caradoc (1966), Home Guard (1970) and, of course, Java and Elevation.

In more recent years trainer Mike de Kock, whose exploits in Dubai, Hong Kong and the UK have made him a big name in international racing circles, has made the race his own and his charge Rudra gave him a record seventh victory in the event last year.

De Kock has nominated six runners for this year's race, including grade 1 SA Classic winner Forest Path, who went on to finish third in the Durban July.

A total of 37 nominations were received at the initial entry stage - with second entries due on October 12 and final entries on November 2. The draw and final field announcement will take place on November 18.

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