Emperors Palace unveils the barrier draw and celeb list for the Charity Mile

OWNERS, trainers and a bevy of celebrities representing their charities were on tenterhooks at the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (PEPCM) Barrier Draw function earlier today at Emperors Palace.

The final field of 16 horses for the Gr 2 R600 000 event was announced at the function and this was followed by a ceremony to determine the barrier draws for the race as well as the celebrity and charity that each runner will be representing.

The PEPCM race will run on November 1 at Turffontein and the finishing positions of the horses in the PEPCM will determine what portion of R550 000 will go to each of the 16 represented charities. A climax from the event was talk of increasing the charity total to R1 million in next year’s PEPCM.

Tension ran high as trainers were similarly keen to see their horses landing a favourable draw, while the charity representatives were obviously hoping for a fancied horse. In respect of the latter, the Triple Crown hero Louis The King was sure to be the one that would draw the biggest celebratory cheer, despite being drawn at 17 and in the end it was the Fortune Kunene Primary Aftercare Centre that was randomly selected to be represented by the great Geoff Woodruff-trained horse.

 

Below is a breakdown of how the barrier draw unraveled:

 

Horse Name

Barrier Draw

Charity Partner

Celeb Partner

Media Partner

 

1

Tellina 7

Animal Anti Cruelty League

Felix Coetzee

International Horse Racing Magazine

 

2

Louis The King

17

Fortune  Kunene Primary After Care Centre

Clive Maistry

Comaro Chronicles

 

3

No Worries

19

Izanokhanyo Community Based Project

Pearl Thusi

Daily Sun

 

4

Tommy Gun

13

Jongimfundo Primary After Care Centre

Hayley Owen

Citizen

 

5

Killua Castle

3

Khangezile Primary After Care Centre

Maps Maponyane

Phakaaathi Soccer

 

6

Midnight Run

16

Maphanzela Primary After Care Centre

Carol Tshabalala

Destiny

 

7

Rake’s Chestnut

10

Nageng Primary After Care Centre

Amanda du Pont

Soweto TV

 

8

Bezanova

12

National Horse Trust

Sarah Kate Scott

Mix FM

 

9

Jet Jamboree

9

Peermont Education Trust – Lesedi Programme

Paul Buckby

Sports Focus

 

10

Lockheed Jetstar

2

Peermont School Support Programme

Kojo Baffoe

Destiny Man

 

11

As You Like

18

Reahile Primary After Care Centre

Alex Caige

Alberton Record

 

12

Tiger’s Retreat

14

San Michele Home

Alfred Ntombela

Kasie FM

 

13

Brooks-Club

15

Star Schools

Jonathan Boynton Lee

Phil Mphela Blog

 

14

Glorious Jet

8

Thembakazi Primary After Care Centre

Brian Mitchell

Tame Times

 

15

Sovereign Mint

4

Umkhathize Primary After Care Centre

Fiona Nay

Southern Courier

 

16

Bouclette Top

11

Welamlambo Primary After Care Centre

Neil Andrews

HQ Magazine

 

 

RESERVE RUNNERS:

 

17

Winter Star

5

18

The Hangman

6

 

19

Santa Carolina

1

The PEPCM is a very exciting occasion for both the representatives and benefactors of the charities involved. The charity represented by the winning horse will receive R100 000, but none of the charities will go home empty handed as even those represented respectively by the last five finishers will receive R20,000 each.

On the day each runner in the PEPCM will be publically represented by a celebrity and a media partner.The tradition not only adds a lot of glitz and glamour, but also gives the public a chance to rub shoulders with their favourite stars who they normally only see on TV screens.

This eagerly anticipated race meeting also features the R3, 85 million Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Cup, the Gr 3 Graham Beck Stakes, the Gr 3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes as well as the two richest Maiden Plates in South Africa worth R250 000 each. Racing. It’s A Rush will help drive this charitable cause right up until race day on November 1 at Turffontein Racecourse.

 

The gates for the race meeting open at 11h00 and entry is FREE. There will be a children’s play area on course and adding to the entertainment will be a live tribute show to the Bee Gees. To book a table call Agnes on 011 681 1702.

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