All eyes were on the celebrity draw for this year’s Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, held at The Palace of Dreams on Wednesday afternoon, 25 October.
As is customary for this unique event, one of the key fixtures during the Highveld horseracing season (Summer In The City) where celebrities, charities and racing personalities alike join together to find out how the final field will line up at Turffontein Racecourse on 4 November.
With Neil Andrews, a regular at this event and tasked with the role of MC it was all systems go as the celebs in attendance, charity representatives and some of the media partners involved, picked their horses by randomly choosing from a selection of 16 oversized casino chips. Each chip correlates to the number of a runner in the race.
And while Andrews, a renowned sports broadcaster and friend of racing, had some inkling as to which horses he was hoping to be paired with, it was his advice to his fellow celebrities that determined their reaction when drawing.
Television presenter, Kim Jayde Robinson was obviously delighted to have drawn the defending champion in this race, New Predator with the horse back for another winning attempt. He will once again be partnered by jockey Gavin Lerena.
Last year the jockey ended up enjoying an extra special day given that his relative, the professional boxer Kevin Lerena, was the celebrity assigned.
This year however, the world champion pugilist, Lerena has been paired with the exciting import Hat Puntano from the stable of Mike and Adam Azzie. In attendance to witness the draw were champion trainers Sean Tarry and Mike de Kock.
While the racing action will be fierce, the beneficiaries can rest assured that they will each walk away with a share of the R1-million up for grabs. The funds will be allocated based on the finishing positions of the horses in the race.
Tickets to the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile are available from Webtickets from just R30 which includes a R30 betting voucher for adults and R20 for children which includes a goodie bag. There are also a host of hospitality options available and bookings can be made by calling 011 681 1508.
With the horses and their various partners now confirmed there’s only one more thing to do and that’s to find the right outfit for race day on 4 November.
|1||Hat Puntano||Animal Anti-Cruelty League||Kevin Lerena||Get It South|
|2||New Predator||Peermont Hotel School||Kim Jayde Robinson||Joburg Style|
|3||French Navy||R.P Maphanzela Primary||Batsile Ramasodi||Taxi Times|
|4||Mac De Lago||Star Schools||Breyton Paulse||Boksburg Advertiser|
|5||Bella Sonata||National Horse Trust||Neil Andrews||Mix FM|
|6||Finchatton||Khangezile Primary||Kamo Modisakeng||Germiston City News|
|7||Hermoso Mundo||Thembimfundo Primary||Thuso Mbedu||Phakaaathi|
|8||Tahini||Nageng Primary||Carol Tshabalala||The Citizen|
|9||Irish Pride||Welamlambo Primary||Thandy Matlaila||Alberton Record|
|10||Tilbury Fort||Peermont Education Trust – University Programme||Mrs SA – Hlengiwe Twala||Bella Mag|
|11||Bezanova||Grade R Programme||Chris Forrest||Benoni City Times|
|12||Classify||Scarce Skills Programme||Abigail Visagie||Tame Times|
|13||Go Direct||Reahile Primary||Katlego Maboe||Southern Courier|
|14||Forest Fox||Highveld Horse Care Unit||Alex Caige||48 HoursHH|
|15||Top Shot||San Michele Home||Liteboho Molise||Comaro Chronicle|
|16||Kilrain||Fortune Kunene Primary||Rami Chuene||Hello Joburg|
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