Combining the R1-million Asian Racing Federation Commemorative Cape Derby and four other feature races with the Cape Town Prawn Festival will make the race meeting at Kenilworth on Saturday 22 February next year one of the highlights of the Cape season.
The raceday forms part of the programme for the 38th Asian Racing Conference, which will be held in Cape Town from 18 to 23 February next year. It is the second time South Africa has been selected to host the conference.
The Grade 1 Cape Derby for three-year-olds over 2000m has a long and illustrious history.
First run in 1925, it has been won by a host of famous horses down the decades, including Colorado King (1963), Sea Cottage (1966), Bold Tropic (1979) and in more recent times champion racehorse and stallion Dynasty (2003) and Jay Peg (2007), who went on to win three international Grade 1 races.
The supporting programme to the Derby includes the Grade 2 Diadem Stakes over 1200m and the Grade 3 Cape of Good Hope Nursery for juveniles.