Vaal Racecourse

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Vaal Racecourse

Vaal Racecourse is a horse-racing track in south of Johannesburg, South Africa. It opened in 1946, at the heart of the Vaal Triangle.

History of Vaal Racecourse

1944 – Vaal Racecourse had its original license. However, proceedings were ceased due to objections related to inadequate controls from the Jockey Club of South Africa.

1946 – Only in February 1946 was the racecourse successfully registered, and the Vaal Racing Club was founded shortly after.

1970’s – In the early 1970s, the Trans Vaal (Vaal Triangle) Owners and Trainers Associations purchased the property entailing the Vereeniging Turf Club and Vaal Racing Club. After the acquisition, the management continued to arrange mid-week daytime horse racing at the racecourse.

1988 – Vaal Racing Club and Vereeniging Turf Club merged and founded the Vaal Turf Club.

2001 – The inauguration of Sand Track in Vaal Racecourse.

Renowned Facts

The racecourse touts the third-highest totalizer turnover in South Africa. It has the longest straight in South Africa, measuring 1,600m. It is home to the 750,000-rand Grand Heritage. It is also known for its friendly atmosphere and slightly more countrified. It comes from the Vaal River, which runs past the track. The racetrack is run by Phumelela Gaming & Leisure (Ltd).

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎The sand track
    • It measures 2 800 meters oval and 1 000 meters straight course.
    • Beyond the 1 000 meters clockwise around the turn, there is a 1 000 meter run-in.
  • 🐎The Turf track
    • It measures around 3,000 meters in circumference oval.
    • It has 1 600 meters straight course.
    • Races beyond 1 600 meters are run clockwise around the turn with a 1,000-meter run-in.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Venues
    • Aside from horse racing, it also hosts conference and events venues, with six venues offering seating between 50 and 360 guests.
    • The property features large lawns, delightful on-site picnic areas, and children’s entertainment facilities.

Major Events & Races

Major Races

      • 🐴Emerald Cup – Runs at the end of September.
      • 🐴Hampton Handicap
      • 🐴Highveld Sand Challenge
      • 🐴The Storm Bird Stakes
      • 🐴The Ruffian Stakes

Graded Races

  • Grade II
      • 🐴Heritage Cup
  • Grade III
      • 🐴Autumn Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • Situated in the heart of the Vaal Triangle, a mere minutes away from Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, and Johannesburg.
  • Free Admission.
  • No Dress Code.


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Vaal Racecourse

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