The R600,000 World Sports Betting Eastern Cape Poly Challenge kicks off on Monday in Port Elizabeth with the running of the first leg over 1200m on the Fairview Polytrack.
The Challenge comprises three legs over three distances. The first, on Monday, is over 1200m and the other two races take place on Friday 13 April – over 1400m – with the final leg taking place on Friday 11 May over 1600m.
Each of these Non-Black Type races carries prize money of R100,000. A bonus of R250,000 will be paid to owner/s of a horse who can win all three legs of the Eastern Cape Poly Challenge.
A consolation bonus of R50,000 will be paid in the event of no winner with the provision that the horse will have run in all three legs. Points allocated for the consolation are: 1st 10, 2nd 6, 3rd 4, 4th 3, 5th 2 and 6th 1. If ownership changes across the series, the bonus will be shared proportionately.
As far as the bonus is concerned, 5% will be paid to winning trainer, 5% to the winning jockey and 0.5% to the winning groom. If the trainer, jockey or groom changes across the series, the bonus will be shared proportionately.
Horses who have participated in both Leg 1 and Leg 2 of the Challenge will not be subject to the payment of Entry and Declaration fees in Leg 3.
Should a horse win all three races, a prestigious trophy will be given to the owner in further recognition of this magnificent achievement. Miniatures will also be presented to the successful trainer, jockey and breeder.
Twelve have accepted on Monday, headed by PE star sprinter Juan Two Three with Greg Cheyne up. The Var gelding has won eight of twelve starts at Fairview, but hasn’t been seen since winning this race by over four lengths a year ago. Miracle Bureau, Spring Steel and Vous Et Var are other noteworthy acceptors.