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99 Years of Gold

the gold cup

A Proud History

First run in 1921 for a stake of just 2000 pounds, the Gold Cup is an equine marathon that boasts a proud history and captures the public imagination on a wide scale. The race suffers no fools when it comes to fitness and stamina.

T
he Gold Cup is Africa’s premier marathon for long-distance runners. The race is run over 3200m and starts at the 400m mark in the short Greyville straight. There’s much jockeying for position as the runners pass the winning post for the first time before turning sharply right and heading towards the Drill Hall. Normally many runners are under pressure before the turn into the home straight and it takes a special type of horse and jockey to win the event. One of the greatest Gold Cup riders of all time was Charlie Barends, who won the event seven times. He partnered favourite Chez Monty, who in 1950 became the first horse to win the race two years running. Felix Coetzee broke Barends’ long-standing record in 2012, when he won his eighth Gold Cup on In Writing.

GOLD CUP

Previous Race Winners

DATE:
2020
WINNER:
Paths of Victory
JOCKEY:
S'manga Khumalo
TRAINER:
G. Van Zyl
DATE:
2019
WINNER:
Dynasty's Blossom
JOCKEY:
Nooresh Juglall
TRAINER:
J. Ramsden
DATE:
2018
WINNER:
It's My Turn
JOCKEY:
Anton Marcus
TRAINER:
D. Kannemeyer
DATE:
2017
WINNER:
Hermoso Mundo
JOCKEY:
Weichong Marwing
TRAINER:
W.H Marwing
DATE:
2016
WINNER:
Enaad (Aus)
JOCKEY:
S'Manga Khumalo
TRAINER:
M.F De Kock
DATE:
2015
WINNER:
Wild One
JOCKEY:
Anthony Delpech
TRAINER:
M.F De Kock
DATE:
2014
WINNER:
Wavin Flag
JOCKEY:
Glen Hatt
TRAINER:
B. Crawford
DATE:
2013
WINNER:
Jeppe's Reef
JOCKEY:
Robbie Fradd
TRAINER:
M.W Bass
DATE:
2012
WINNER:
In Writing
JOCKEY:
Felix Coetzee
TRAINER:
D. Kannemeyer
DATE:
2011
WINNER:
Aslan
JOCKEY:
Gavin Lerena
TRAINER:
S.G Tarry
DATE:
2010
WINNER:
Ancestral Fore
JOCKEY:
Kevin Shea
TRAINER:
M.F De Kock
DATE:
2009
WINNER:
Mokaro
JOCKEY:
Richard Fourie
TRAINER:
S.H Page
Moments in Gold Cup
History
1987 Game Gold Cup - AQUANAUT
1987 Game Gold Cup
1990 Natal Newspapers Gold Cup - ILLUSTRADOR
1998 NWJ Gold Cup - BELLA BIANCA
1996 IGN Gold Cup - FESTIVE FOREVER

speed . middle distance . stamina

The Gold Cup, a grand and golden finale to the Champion’s Season takes place at Greyville Racecourse every July. The 100th running taking place in August this year due to Covid-19.

This is where the country’s leading thoroughbred marathon, the R400 000 World Sports Betting Gold Cup, heads a comprehensive programme of events. The 10-race meeting boasts no less than four Grade 1 events including the Grade 1 R425 000 World Sports Betting Champions Cup over 1 800m and the top weight-for-age speed event, the Grade 1 R425 000 World Sports Betting Mercury Sprint over 1 200m.The other two Grade 1 events are the R325 000 Premiers Champion Stakes and the R325 000 Thekwini Stakes, the final clashes over 1600m for the country’s top two-year-olds. The Grade 2 R 150 000 Kuda Gold Bracelet and the R150 000 Prosport International Debutante presented by Gagasi FM are for fillies and mares at weight-for-age with penalties while the R150 000 Epol Umkhomazi Stakes race is set weights over 1 200m for the juveniles.


With this combination of races, we have given the Gold Cup Event the fitting strapline Speed. Middle Distance. Stamina.
Encompassing all aspects of this Prestigious Day.