PUBLISHED: 25 April 2019


We are thrilled to announce that Track & Ball Gaming are again sponsoring this year’s Charity Turf Challenge which kicks off on “The Independent On Saturday” Drill Hall Stakes Day, Friday 3 May, and finishes on Saturday 27 July headlined by the Gr.3 eLan Gold Cup with a supporting cast of top races featuring four Gr.1 events.  

As you already know, the Charity Turf Challenge is an exciting competition that offers fans of the sport of horseracing a unique opportunity to test their skill – after all, racing is the “Intelligent Bet”!

So, what’s CHANGED this year?

  • In these trying economic times, we’ve decided to “spread the love” with prize money (same quantum as in previous years) being paid out to 7th place:
    • 1st – R75 000
    • 2nd – R25 000
    • 3rd – R15 000
    • 4th – R10 000
    • 5th – R7 500
    • 6th – R5 000
    • 7th – R2 500
  • The stand-alone prize for the entry that earns the most points on Vodacom Durban July Day will be pitched at R10 000
  • An extra bonus race (worth 5 points to the winner): Gr.3 Track & Ball Derby on 22 June
  • A new charitable beneficiary: Coastal Horse Care Unit

For those who are trying the competition for the first time, the aim of the Charity Turf Challenge is to select a team of 12 horses you feel are most likely to score points during the official period of the Champions Season. A list of all the Graded races will be provided and whilst the emphasis remains on these feature races run in KZN, ALL winners throughout the country will be eligible to earn points. Don’t forget Turffontein’s big day on 4 May counts, so make sure you pay attention to the big guns, especially those that are likely to feature in the KZN Champions Season as well.

The points breakdown can be found below:

Grade 1 Races: 

1st place              20 points

2nd place             14 points

3rd place              10 points

Grade 2 Races: 

1st place              14 points

2nd place             9 points

3rd place              6 points

Grade 3 Races: 

1st place              9 points

2nd place             5 points

3rd place              3 points

Listed Races:              

1st place              2 points

All other Races:         

1st place              1 point

Bonus Points: the following are eligible for 5 bonus points:

a) Bonus Races – the winners of the following races:

Gr.1 Tsogo Sun Sprint – 1200m (26 May at Scottsville Racecourse)

Gr.1 The Rising Sun Gold Challenge – 1600m (09 June at Greyville Racecourse)

Gr.3 Track & Ball Derby – 2400m (22 June at Scottsville Racecourse) ** NEW**

Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July – 2200m (07 July at Greyville Racecourse)

Gr.3 eLan Gold Cup – 3200m (27 July at Greyville Racecourse)

b) Long Shots – any winner whose official Tote win payout exceeds R15

Points will be scored on the FINAL result (all clear to pay) posted on SAFTOTE.

Racing South Africa, the competition host, will provide a list of horses that are thought to be campaigning in KZN during Champions Season. Only horses from this list are eligible

The final list of horses is expected to be available by Wednesday 17 April. To the best of its knowledge, Racing South Africa will attempt to keep players informed of horses that are NOT participating for whatever reason.

Additional INCENTIVES for racing enthusiasts:

  • FREE BONUS entry for every 5 entries submitted for ONLINE users (sixth entry is free)
  • Track & Ball Gaming, is offering ALL CTC entrants a betting credit worth R200 added to their next deposit (minimum deposit of R50) online. For more information about this promotion, please contact the Track And Ball team directly on: 031 314 1969 or email: or visit the website:
  • TabGold is again kindly sponsoring R10 000 worth of betting vouchers for the ever-popular weekly draw

Watch the press for more details!

Racing South Africa Team

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