South African Racing Tips
Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in South Africa, with some races dating back to the start of the 19th century. FreeTips.com is here to provide you with previews, predictions and best bets for the biggest events on the South African calendar.
Our tipsters will analyse betting odds, market moves and key pieces of form to come up with their best bets in the major Group One races during the flat season in South Africa.
Get tips for the Durban July, the Sun Met and the South African Derby for free here with FreeTips.com
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Durban July Betting Guide & Tips
Usually held on the first Saturday of July, the Durban July is South Africa's most historic horse race.
First staged in 1897, this Group One handicap offers horses and connections the chance to get their hands on a whopping first price of 4.25m Rand.
Greyville racecourse hosts the Durban July Festival every year. In recent times, the social aspect of the meeting has become just important to South Africans as the on-track action, earning the Durban July Festival parallels with Royal Ascot.
Sun Met Betting Guide & Tips
The Sun Met is the richest race on the South African calendar, offering a bountiful prize pot of 5m Rand.
Run over 1m 2f, South Africa's finest horses often travel to Kenilworth racecourse at the beginning of February to take part in the Sun Met.
A capacity crown of 50,000 fans will be crammed into the famous Cape Town Venue, to find out which horse will join the illustrious list of winners.
South African Derby Betting Guide & Tips
The South African Derby is the continent's own version of the Epsom Derby. The race is only open to three-year-old thoroughbreds, and 1m 4f of turf will have to be crossed.
Turffontein Racecourse, situated in Johannesburg, first staged the South African Derby in 1907. The race is often run at the end of April, and 2m Rand's worth of prize money is on offer.
Mike De Kock's Horse Chestnut is the most famous winner of the South African Derby, having won the race during his stunning unbeaten season in 1999.
South African Racing FAQs
What racecourses are in South Africa?
Turffontein, Kenilworth and Greyville are the three main racecourses in South Africa. Other racecourses include Vaal, Scottsville, Fairview and Durbanville.
What are the biggest races in South Africa?
The Sun Met is the biggest in terms of prize money. The Durban July is the most historic and important race.
Where can I bet on South African horse racing?
Almost all bookmakers offer markets on South African horse racing. You will find competitive odds at the likes of bet365 and Unibet, who have the most comprehensive coverage.
Can I stream South African racing live?
Yes. All of the major meetings and most of the midweek races are streamed live by bookmakers. You can view the latest live streaming guide on this site.