INVESTEC will be partnering with Cape Thoroughbred Sales to bring the Investec Day of Dreams to life for the first time on Saturday, 23 January 2016. Important changes have been made to the Cape Summer of Champions season schedule as a result.
Both the G1 R1 million Klawervlei Majorca Stakes and the G1 R1 million Investec Cape Derby are being moved a week forward from their usual berths on J&B Met Day. They will now be held on Saturday 23 January, on the same card as the Cape Thoroughbred Sales’ Investec Cape Dream (previously known as the CTS Million Dollar race) – Africa’s richest thoroughbred race.
This will be the inaugural year of the three year partnership between Investec and Cape Thoroughbred Sales andAdrian Todd, COO of CTS, commented: “It is a first for racing on the African continent to see a partnership like this. Not only will this day see the excitement of three great races, it will welcome and house Africa’s richest horse race, the Investec Cape Dream. For the first time in South African thoroughbred history, owners can race for the very handsome stake of one million US dollars.”
Janet Larsen of Invstec and Adrian Todd of CTS.
The latest news from pioneering bloodstock company, CTS, is that the event will remain in the Western Cape. Adrian Todd confirmed that decision, “An ongoing event of this magnitude needs a permanent home. So, from next year, graduates that qualify for the 1200m race for sprinters and the 1600m contest for milers, will compete in races staged in Cape Town at the Investec Day of Dreams.”
The G1 Investec Cape Derby is a traditional three-year-old classic of real importance to the breed, while the G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes also possesses exalted status among the country’s weight for age fillies and mares events.
“The day will be a sophisticated and vibrant event,” confirmed Investec SA’s Head Of Marketing, Janet Larsen.
Significantly, the Investec Day of Dreams coincides with the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale, on 21 and 22 January, where discerning buyers from around the world gather to purchase future champions at a unique inner-city sale staged with panache at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The UK’s Investec Derby Festival is one of the highlights of the British summer season. High fashion and high stakes, it features the Investec Derby which takes place at the unique, challenging Epsom Downs race course in Surrey, UK, in June each year. Investec has been sponsor of the Investec Derby since 2009.