Guineas means prawns

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Triple Crown and Triple Tiara fever is rife in Johannesburg as fans anticipate Saturday’s big Guineas meeting at Turffontein – which just happens to coincide with the mouth-watering Joburg Prawn Festival.

The Grade 2 R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas forms the alternate first leg of the Triple Crown, while the Grade 2 R500,000 Wilgerbosdrift Fillies Guineas forms the alternate first leg of the Triple Tiara.

Johannesburg’s historic racecourse will be the destination for racing purists from far and wide, especially considering the hype that Guineas favourite Abashiri is beginning to attract. Could this magnificent, long-striding bay become the third horse in history to land the Triple Crown? Furthermore, could the much-talked-about Fillies Guineas favourite Negroamaro land the Triple Tiara?

The on-course atmosphere will be enhanced by families on a fun day out. The flavour of their day will be influenced by fresh, succulent prawns at a bargain price. For only R85, a half-kilogram of prawns can be purchased – accompanied by chips, rice and a choice of peri-peri, lemon-butter or garlic-butter sauces.

Racing. It’s a Rush are giving away 10 Incredible Connection vouchers on race day, one after each race, worth R 3,000 each. To stand a chance to win a voucher, simply write your full name, ID number, contact details and email address on the back of a losing tote ticket and place it in one of the bins situated on the ground floor in the Prawn Festival Bedouin.

There will also be a host of entertainment opportunities for kids, including a horse carousel, chair-swing carousel, parachute rides, a mechanical bull and a jumping castle with slide.

Racing.Its a Rush has partnered with Uber to assist racegoers with convenient and safe transport to and from the Prawn Festival. First-time users of Uber can sign up with the code PRAWNFEST and get their first ride free, up to the value of R150.

The earlier alternate first leg of the Triple Crown was the Grade 1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas, which was won by the now overseas-bound Noah From Goa. The second leg is the R2-million Grade 1 SA Classic on Saturday 2 April and the final leg is the R2-million Grade 1 SA Derby on Saturday 30 April.

Any horse landing the prestigious Triple Crown secures a R2-million bonus.

The Triple Tiara’s alternate first leg was the Grade 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, won by Silver Mountain, who will not be making the journey to Turffontein from her Cape Town base. The second and third legs, on the same dates as the Triple Crown races, are the Grade 1 R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic and the Grade 1 R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks respectively.

A R1-million bonus will be won by any horse landing the Triple Tiara.

Siren’s Call came within a stride last year of joining Igugu (2011) and Cherry On The Top (2013) as a Triple Tiara winner.

The great Horse Chestnut (1999) and the rags-to-riches fairytale horse Louis The King (2014) have been the only two winners of the Triple Crown to date.

Get to Turffontein Racecourse this Saturday, 27 February, and experience a feast of the senses.

For hospitality bookings call (011) 681 1702. – Racing. It’s A Rush.

 

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