First run in 1921, the Gold Cup is South Africa’s most prestigious staying race, and at 3 200m, is indeed Africa’s premier marathon for long-distance runners.
The race starts at the 400m mark in the short Greyville straight, which sees some earnest jockeying for position as the runners pass the winning post for the first time before turning sharply right and heading towards the Drill Hall. Normally many runners are under pressure before the turn into the home straight and it takes a special type of horse and jockey to win the event.
One of the greatest Gold Cup riders of all time was Charlie Barends, who won the event seven times. He partnered favourite Chez Monty, who in 1950 became the first horse to win the race two years running. It was the incredible Felix Coetzee, however, who broke Barends’ long standing record in 2012 when he won his eighth Gold Cup on In Writing.
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