Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
3 Jul 2020
12:22 pm

Fast and furious – with a Last Chance Saloon shootout to boot

Mike Moon

This weekend promises plenty for the racing fanatics, with Pietermaritzburg's festival of fast and plenty of Durban races, ahead of the Durban July.

Kasimir is one of the speedsters who will be kicking up dust this weekend. File Picture: Wayne Marks

The thrills keep coming in a coronavirus-congested season. This weekend Scottsville’s annual speed day runs alongside the UK’s venerable Epsom Derby and Oaks, while bullets will fly in Durban July Last Chance Saloon gunfights. The “festival of fast” in Pietermaritzburg is one of the great events of South African racing, with a Jackpot of Grade 1 sprints attracting most of the fastest horses in the land and the cream of its two-year-old emerging stars. Dennis Drier’s name immediately comes to mind when this fixture is mentioned. The Summerveld trainer has won 10 of these 1200m sprints over the years, including...