By ERIC PHIRI
It has quickly grown since its inception seven years ago into one of South Africa’s premier horseracing events, drawing tens of thousands of spectators, and is unique in that it is the only racing event in the country that is specifically family-oriented.
The actual 1 450m, Grade 2 Emerald Cup race, which with prize money of R600 000 is the richest horse race to be run on sand in Africa, draws the cream of South Africa’s trainers, jockeys and thoroughbreds. This year will be no exception, and punters can look forward to an exciting tussle for top honours.”As a family brand, Roman’s Pizza is a natural fit with the family-oriented nature of the Emerald Cup,” says Roman’s Pizza managing director John Nicolakakis. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage directly with thousands of people in our core target market, and we are delighted to be an Emerald Cup event partner once more.”
Apart from all the thrilling action on the racecourse, Emerald Cup spectators will be treated to live music performances, a children’s entertainment area, guest artists and celebrities, on-course competitions with great prizes, glamorous fashion shows, the popular Mr and Miss Emerald Cup pageant, picnic sites and a beer garden, among other attractions. “The Emerald Cup is sure to deliver exciting racing, fantastic entertainment and, of course, Roman’s Pizza. It will be a great day out for the whole family – you can bet on it,” says Nicolakakis.