Ladbrokes Gold Cup 2012

Excitement is mounting as the grand finale to the horseracing season will soon take place at the Ladbrokes Gold Cup 2012. The Socialite finds out more…

28 July marks the last major race meeting of the 2011/2012 racing season and the climax of Champions Season with a spectacular day of racing and music.

Come and spend the day watching a spectacular racing line-up and be entertained by great local music at the Ladbrokes Gold Cup 2012 hosted at the Greyville Race Course in Durban later this month.

Horses and bands will share the turf at this year’s Super Saturday at the end of July, when Ladbrokes brings local music talent and a R1million jackpot to the oldest horse racing event in the country. Horse racing and music enthusiasts will rub shoulders with A-listers and the who’s who of the racing industry.  The inaugural sponsored Gold Cup race (the seventh of twelve races) has high stakes and punters are already predicting their favourites. 

“As the new title sponsor of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup 2012, we promise to rock the racecourse and bring the excitement and energy associated with horse racing to the season’s finale” says general manager for, Anli Kotzé.

The online bookmaker, which launched in August 2011 in South Africa, is rebranding the Ladbrokes Gold Cup to be remembered as the annual ‘wrap party’ of the horse racing season.


The event, billed as “Race like a Rock Star”, will see famous South African rock band Shadow Club as a headline act and the country’s finest DJs, musicians, and dancers keeping the crowd entertained throughout the day. Other artists involved include:

Veranda Panda

Catlike Thieves

Brass Rock

Drumkit Majola

BBoy Stretch & BBoy Law

Access to the concert will be free for all who attend the horse racing event, but lucky guests can win access to the Ladbrokes VIP marquee. Gates will open at 10am sharp to public, with tickets selling at R30 per person. First race starts at 12.25 and last race will be 19.45 with the Ladbrokes Gold Cup main race at 16.20. In true surf city style, entertainment will continue straight into the night with a fireworks display to end off the spectacular day.

“Ladbrokes’ Gold Cup sponsorship is a stepping stone to increasing our visibility in South Africa, and to demonstrate our support for the horse racing discipline. We are looking forward to giving the event a fantastic makeover and it becoming a premier event in Durban’s social calendar,” continues Kotzé.

The Super Saturday’s charity aspect of the meeting will remain. Gold Circle who has for many years worked with Durban charities, will continue to support non-profit organisations in raising funds for their various causes.

“Like Gold Circle, Ladbrokes is steeped in horse racing history, a perfect recipe for a partnership that will ensure the continued enhancement of the spectacular Ladbrokes Gold Cup and the strengthening of its position as South Africa’s premier staying event.” says Gold Circle’s event marketing manager, Ken Tweddell.

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