Kenilworth Racecourse

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Kenilworth Racecourse

Kenilworth Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa. It opened in 1985, at the Rosmead Avenue.

History of Kenilworth Racecourse

1881 – The racecourse was established.

1882 – The turf was proclaimed.

1883 – The first race took place and was called the Metropolitan Mile.

1985 – The Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA) was established, a seasonal wetland spanning about 52 hectares in the center of the racecourse’s borders.

2022 – Cape Racing’s Racecourse (the Kenilworth and Durbanville racecourses) was renamed Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Racecourse and Hollywoodbets Durbanville Racecourse. The deal was worth R330 million in July 2022 when Kenilworth Racing was experiencing severe liquidity and cash flow constraints and effectively facing the prospect of ceasing operations at an enormous cost to jobs and with collateral reputational damage to South African racing.

2023 – The ownership of the Hollywoodbets was transferred to the Cape horseracing. Moreover, in addition to the initial loan funding of R64 million, it will inject R200 million for several capital projects to uplift and improve facilities. Hollywoodbets’ ownership will ensure that thousands of jobs in and around the horseracing industry are maintained and secured.

Home and Fame

It is home to the most preserved section of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos in the world. It is also South Africa’s oldest horse racing venue and hosts various prestigious events throughout the year, including the renowned Sun Met (formerly J&B Met).

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Main Track
    • The largest and most popular track at the venue.
    • The left-handed track runs anti-clockwise, and the rails are on the jockey’s left-hand side.
    • It measures 2800 meters in circumference.
  • 🐎Inside Track
    • A unique track that runs parallel to the main track.
    • It is a shorter track that measures 2200 meters in circumference.
  • 🐎Old Course
    • It is 2700m in circumference with a 450m run-in.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Hospitality
    • It features a stylish lounge setting, first-class bars, and food vendors.
  • 🐎Hosting/Hire Events
    • Weddings
    • Staff parties
    • Conferences
    • Banquets
    • Launches
    • Seminars
    • Cocktail parties
    • In-house catering team

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

Kenilworth Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • Kenilworth hosts several renowned events throughout the year.
    • Summer horseracing season is when the premiere fixtures take place.

Major Events

      • 🐴The Summer of Champions

Major Races

      • 🐴The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
      • 🐴The Sun Met

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is located at Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa, only a 20-minute drive from the City Bowl.


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Kenilworth Racecourse

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