The Grand Heritage: The wait is almost over


The wait is almost over. On Saturday, 30 September 28 horses will charge down the 1475m strip of turf at the Vaal Racecourse in this year’s running of The Grand Heritage sponsored by World Sports Betting.


It’s a day that sees nine thrilling races lined up, the highlight of course being the unique spectacle of The Grand Heritage itself but there is also lots to look forward to off the track as well.


For starters, the Bring and Braai area is set to prove popular among racegoers on the day and you’re encouraged to pack the coolerbox with meat, salads and snacks and head out. The fires will be lit  and waiting and all beverages will be available on course in both the beer tent and the various bars.


Racegoers are advised that no glass or alcohol may be brought onto the premises.


The Grand Heritage is a day for the whole family to enjoy with kids entertainment lined up to keep them occupied while the racing action takes place. We’re all hoping that the Springboks experience a change in fortunes when they meet Australia later on in the day and racegoers can view the action on the big screen.


Another highlight on the annual marquee day for the Vaal Racecourse is the Groom’s Race which has become something of a tradition. It sees the staff of trainers based at the Vaal battle it out after the day’s racing for a share of R20 000.


The winning groom will pocket R12 500 for his efforts with R4 000 for second, R2 000 for third, R1 000 for fourth and R500 for the fifth placed finisher.


Tickets to The Grand Heritage sponsored by World Sports Betting will be available at the gate for R10 with the proceeds going towards a donation to the local Rotary Clubs.


“We decided to bring the Rotary in as our partner this year due to a long standing partnership between the organisation and World Sports Betting but also simply because of the honest good work that they do in the communities they serve,” Ryno Du Plessis, marketing manager for the headline sponsor, said.


“For this year’s Grand Heritage, we dedicated 100% of the gate proceeds to the Rotary club with funds being distributed between a couple of Vaal based chapters.


“We invite all Vaal residents and anyone who is looking for something fun to do, to come down to the Vaal on 30 Sep, have a great day out and support a good cause while they are at it!”

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