Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
1 Oct 2019
6:13 pm

Let’s polish Kimberley’s diamond in the rough

Mike Moon

Flamingo Park's weekly race meetings incurred losses of R23.5 million per annum – leaving a rather, ahem, Big Hole in the balance sheet.

Red Special at Flamingo Park.

KwaZulu-Natal is still known as "The Last Outpost" because of its British Empire heritage and its inhabitants' erstwhile habit of cocking a snook at the Nat government of apartheid infamy. Now the province looks like it might get a little outpost of its own – a patch of veld in the Northern Cape that hosts Flamingo Park racecourse. South Africa's horse-racing community was recently stunned by the bombshell that Kimberley racing would cease in November and the old track closed. Racing operator Phumelela, headquartered in Joburg, said Flamingo Park's weekly race meetings incurred it losses of R23.5-million per annum –...