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Scottsville History

Scottsville Racecourse is located in the historic town of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal and has its own extensive and time-honored history of racing distinction extending over 100 years.

Even though earlier racing days are poorly documented, it is recorded that the track was maintained in the antiquated method of being plowed by oxen, and, in an effort to disperse divots, men that owned old belt-propelled motorbikes were urged to ride on the track. However, it is known that the initial race met on Michaelmas Day, 29 September.

South African racing history was made in 1962, when the Pietermaritzburg Turf Club hosted the Gilbey's Stakes. This was the first sponsored race in South Africa, but was quickly followed the following year with the Smirnoff Plate. Both races come to an end in 1996, but were swiftly scooped up by the Golden Horse Casino, and are now known as the Golden Horse Sprint.

In 1968, eager to stay ahead of the pack, the club once again pioneered, and introduced the inaugural International Jockeys Invitation Stakes. It was the first international jockeys' race in South Africa and was formerly sponsored by Bull Brand. The meet was remarkably popular, and is still referred to as the Bull Brand ? in spite of the conclusion of the sponsorship deal.

Forging ahead, in 1969, Scottsville established mid-week racing. Not content with leading the way with innovative races, the Pietermaritzburg Turf Club was one of the main players with regards to the introduction and development of fillies' races. They launched the South African Fillies Guineas, The Oaks and South African Fillies Sprint. The Guineas and the Oaks have subsequently moved to Greyville and Clairwood Racecourse's respectively, but the meets continue to represent the fairer sex in three of the country's most esteemed races.

In 1988 on Smirnoff Plate day, Scottsville was once again the first to line up three grade 1 events on the same day, and then in 1999, following their trends in inaugural feats, they become the first to hold four grade 1 sprint races on one afternoon.

Scottsville Contact Info

Phone: +33 345 3405

Fax: +33 394 1141

Website: www.goldcircle.co.za

Email: info@goldcircle.co.za

Physical Address: 45 New England Road
Scottsville 3201

Postal Address: PO Box 101064
Scottsville KwaZulu Natal

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