Port Elizabeth – Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth will be buzzing with excitement over the two-day Algoa Cup weekend when racing will be staged on Friday 27 October and Sunday 29 October.
Out-of-towners wanting to fly in for the weekend, and indeed any local who enjoys a day at the races can anticipate a fun-filled weekend.
Port Elizabeth’s biggest raceday of the year on the Sunday is headlined byΩ the R350,000 Algoa Cup over 2000m. Entries include last year’s winner Nebula and Stonehenge, who won the race two years ago.
There’s a nine-race programme in prospect but plenty of non-racing fare will keep the whole family entertained throughout the afternoon.
Lance du Plessis from Algoa FM will broadcast his show live from the racecourse from 9am to noon when the racing action begins.
Between races guests can enjoy the versatile sounds of Legato, a popular five-man acapella group, and the energetic Psyko Souljahz dancers. Fashionistas have not been left out, with two lucky draw giveaways being planned for the day.
A scrumptious lunch will be served in the HB Christian Room for just R350 per person, but those who would prefer the great outdoors on what promises to be a glorious afternoon will have a selection of fast-food choices, Slush Puppie, Chubby’s, Chip n Dip and Foongs Asian Food. For something more substantial there is always Groundfloor Coffee and Pizzas.
An extensive kids zone to keep the children occupied while their parents enjoy the more adult entertainment offers a number of activities, including zipline, funland, sports obstacle and racetrack inflatables, a fun-for-all slide, a large train, sumo suits with a boxing ring and face painting.
The weekend kicks off with an eight-race Friday programme that includes the R150,000 Racing Association Stakes (Listed) over 1600m for three-year-olds and the R110,000 Cradock Place Stakes over 1200m. Call 076-480-3739 for hospitality.
On the Saturday trainer Dorrie Sham and her husband Mark will be hosting an outing to The Greek, a Jeffreys Bay restaurant, and part of the proceeds will go to the EC Horse Care Unit. Anybody interested should call Sham on 082-572-0505.
The EC Horse Unit will also be the beneficiary of any money made at a yard sale and brunch at the Grass Roof Restaurant, off Seaview Road. For more information, call 041-366-1594.
For more information visit www.itsarush.co.za or telephone 076-480-3739.