THE KZN Breeders’ Day at Clairwood on Sunday is an exciting and unique concept that provides well deserved incentives for loyal racehorse owners.
Supporting the R1 million KZN Breeders’ Million Mile are six races carrying a stake of R200 000 each but restricted to horses that qualify as KZN-breds.
The KZN Breeders’ Club embarked on their most ambitious project yet when brainstorming a concept to revive interest and reward participation in the grand scheme of purchasing horses bred in KwaZulu Natal.
The meeting is strategically placed a week before the KZN Yearling Sale but had to be moved from Greyville to Clairwood to protect the racing surface at Greyville for next week’s Durban July.
Mike de Kock said on Sunday morning that the change of venue will affect the results anticipated had the races been stages at Greyville. “The meeting should never have been scheduled for Greyville a week before the July in the first place. We were informed of the move via sms after declaration stage. Initially we left out runners that would have been suited to Clairwood and accepted with those more suited to Greyville, like Festival Of Fire for example. Naturally the draw bias at Greyville won’t come into play at all now.”
Mike commented on the state of the tracks: “The track at Clairwood is just as bad, if not worse than Greyville. I’d venture to say that all the KZN racetracks are in the worst condition I’ve seen them to be in the last 20 years. What we have here is another monumental comedy of errors handled in their customary high-handed fashion by Gold Circle.”