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:
Animal Anti Cruelty League
International Horse Racing Magazine
Louis The King
Fortune Kunene Primary After Care Centre
Izanokhanyo Community Based Project
Jongimfundo Primary After Care Centre
Khangezile Primary After Care Centre
Maphanzela Primary After Care Centre
Nageng Primary After Care Centre
Amanda du Pont
National Horse Trust
Sarah Kate Scott
Peermont Education Trust – Lesedi Programme
Peermont School Support Programme
As You Like
Reahile Primary After Care Centre
San Michele Home
Jonathan Boynton Lee
Phil Mphela Blog
Thembakazi Primary After Care Centre
Umkhathize Primary After Care Centre
Welamlambo Primary After Care Centre
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.