My Sum­mer Cup run­neth over

Sunday World - - Sport - Bonginkosi Nkosi

The an­nual G-Bets Sum­mer Cup, also dubbed the “Peo­ple’s Race” is one of the most pres­ti­gious sport­ing events on South African soil, and al­though the best thor­ough­breds in the coun­try will head­line pro­ceed­ings in the R2-mil­lion show­piece, the day will also be ac­com­pa­nied by enough en­ter­tain­ment to sat­isfy you and your en­tire fam­ily.

Make your way to Turf­fontein race­course for the Grade 1 race on Satur­day, 1 De­cem­ber, or you may find your­self suf­fer­ing from what mil­len­ni­als call FOMO – fear of miss­ing out. When doors open at 11:00 the event will do what it’s done since its in­cep­tion in 1897, and that’s to unite peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life.

If you have no trans­porta­tion, fear not, the or­gan­is­ers have got you cov­ered. At a rea­son­able price of R75, the Gen­eral Ac­cess ticket will not only get you into Turf­fontein, it will also af­ford you the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a free shut­tle ser­vice to and from the course. The two pick up spots are Kitch­en­ers in Braam­fontein and Maponya Mall in Soweto.

Buses will run be­tween the two venues and Turf­fontein from 11:00 to 14:00 and re­turn­ing buses from 18:00 to 21:00. The last bus will leave Turf­fontein at 21:00. Make sure you keep an eye on the time!

This year’s theme is Sum­mer Chic, so dress up, you never know who you may bump into at the var­i­ous mar­quees and hospitality ar­eas.

Last year the A-list celebrities in­cluded mul­ti­ple award-win­ning mu­sic group Mi Casa, tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties Thembi Seete, Khanyi Mbau and Isidingo ac­tress Tema Se­bo­pedi.

Tak­ing place right be­fore the Sum­mer Cup will be the half-time show that was of­fi­cially launched last year. This time around the spectacle will fea­ture an eclec­tic line-up, head­lined by elec­tronic mu­sic band Good Luck, whose lat­est ra­dio sin­gle Chas­ing Dreams is in heavy ro­ta­tion.

The trio will be joined by drum ma­jorettes, a mas­sive field band, a choir and dancers. But that’s not where the fun stops!

While you struc­ture your per­mu­ta­tions and visit the totes, in the hopes of catch­ing the Pick 6, which is es­ti­mated to reach a life chang­ing R7.5 mil­lion, the kids can ex­pe­ri­ence the world-class car­ni­val, com­plete with a gi­ant fer­ris wheel, me­chan­i­cal rides, a jump­ing cas­tle, face painters, mimes, clowns, and much, much more.

Ac­cess for chil­dren 18 and un­der is only R20. Be sure to pre-pur­chase Fam­ily Zone tick­ets for just R100. This se­cure fam­ily-only area is per­fectly sit­u­ated right near the car­ni­val and Stand­side track fin­ish line, there­fore you kill two birds with one stone – the kids are kept oc­cu­pied all day long while you fo­cus on the rac­ing.

Also check out the many ex­trav­a­gant mar­quees and hospitality ar­eas, where fash­ion shows and mu­si­cal per­for­mances will abound.

Other ar­eas worth vis­it­ing are the Fun­mas­ters Pic­nic (R150) and Sum­mer Garden (R295).

Get­ting ready for a day at the races. Jockey Piere Stry­dom is al­ways pop­u­lar – with pun­tersand princesses. He rides Sabina’s Dy­nasty on Satur­day.

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