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4Racing would like to provide all stakeholders with more details for the upcoming season. They are proud to maintain their position as leaders in this regard, offering the largest stakes pot in the country,
attracting top talent and ensuring thrilling racing for all.

“In our continuing efforts to enrich the ownership experience, we are proud to announce more details pertaining to our winter period racing as well as the start of the Trainer and Raider incentives during the May – September period,” said Gabriel Soma, 4Racing Head of Operations.

Although the stakes pot increased by 8%, for the year, 4Racing have allocated a higher percentage during this May – September (winter) period, as they were working off a low base. The stakes for the winter period have been increased by 11,5% (R4 million) – increasing the total available stakes from R34 million to R38 million. This is a positive stride for all involved and lays a good foundation for next year.

The above increase does not compromise the funds available for the summer period, which is already starting off a much higher base, leaving a decent amount for this period.

4Racing are confident they have created a balanced program for the May to September period to cater for all Highveld horses. “Additionally, we will offer, on average, two race meetings per month to cater for horses rated 66 and below,” said Gabriel Soma.

‘In further exciting news, we have amended the feature race program to add interest to the winter months.
We will be implementing an inaugural three-year-old winter series- comprising the Secretariat Stakes on 12 May, the Egoli Mile on 9 June (Jubilee Stakes Day) and the Sea Cottage Stakes on 7 July. Any horse able to win all three legs of the series will take home a
R500k bonus. The trainer and raider incentives will kick off on the 1 May 2024.”

“We include an illustration of the overall increase from 2023 to 2024, with majority of the divisions receiving a decent percentage increase,” he concluded.

MINOR RACE STAKES DISTRIBUTION
Turffontein ~ Vaal (2023 vs 2024)
HANDICAPS
Merit Rating
Bonchmark
2023 2024 %
Increase
Open 100 105,000 110,000 5%
Open 96 / Div 1 100,000 110,000 10%
Open 92 / 3YO 92,000 105,000 14%
Open 88 85,000 100,000 18%
Open 84 82,500 92,500 12%
Open 80 / Div 2 80,000 85,000 6%
Onn 76 / Div 3 75,000 82,500 10%
Open 72 70,000 80,000 14%
Open 68 70,000 75,000 7%
F&M 96 95,000 100,000 5%
F&M 92 / Div 1 90,000 100,000 11%
F&M 88 / 3YO 85,000 95,000 12%
F&M 84 80,000 90,000 13%
F&M 80 77,500 85,000 10%
F8M 76 / Div 2 75,000 80,000 7%
F8M 72 70,000 75,000 7%
E&M 68 70,000 75,000 7%
F&M 64 70,000 70,000 0%
PLATES (Open)
Pinnacle 120,000 120,000 0%
Middle 90,000 110,000 22%
Progress 85,000 90,000 6%
Graduation 80,000 85,000 6%
Classified 70,000 82,500 18%
Novice 70,000 80,000 14%
Maiden / 3yo 75,000 90,000 20%
Maiden Hcp / Work Riders 75,000 75,000 0%
Juvenile 90,000 100,000 11%
Maiden Juvenile 80,000 90,000 13%
PLATES (F&M)
Pinnacle 100,000 110,000 10%
Middle 90,000 100,000 11%
Progress 85,000 85,000 0%
Graduation 80,000 85,000 6%
Novice 70,000 80,000 14%
Classified 70,000 80,000 14%
Maiden / 3yo 75,000 90,000 20%
Maiden Hcp / Work Riders 75,000 75,000 0%
Juvenile 90,000 100,000 11%
Maiden Juvenile 80,000 90,000 13%