Kenilworth Racecourse is located in Cape Town, the capital city of the Western Cape, South Africa. In this lively hub of activity, the racecourse itself is the oldest in the entire country, having been established in 1881.

Kenilworth has an impressive reputation even before the horses make their way onto the track. The course is well known for being an important conservation area, having been established in 1985. The nature reserve is home to a lovely array of vegetation, some of which can only be seen in this region alone, truly making this one of the most unique racecourses in the world.

However, it is not just the nature reserve that makes this such a unique place to come and experience the sport. The course is unusual in that it has three tracks. The first being winter track which is 2700m in circumference with a 600m run-in, the summer track of 2800m with a 600m run-in and a completely separate 1200m straight.

Kenilworth hosts a number of renowned events throughout the year, and the summer horseracing season is when the premier fixtures take place. Some of these include L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate – one of the world’s top five race days – as well as the Cape Town Met, which is renowned for its fashion and is one of the most beloved events of the season.

Kenilworth Racecourse also offers great hospitality with its stylish venues featuring lounge settings, first-class bars and food vendors – all against the iconic backdrop of Table Mountain. The course is an ideal venue all year round for all types of indoor and outdoor functions, including weddings, staff parties, conferences, banquets, launches, seminars and cocktail parties. There is even an in-house catering team.

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Situated in Cape Town’s beautiful suburb of Durbanville amid wine estates and nature reserves, Durbanville Racecourse is one of only two racecourses in the Western Cape. The course offers a relaxed environment that is less formal than most others in the country.

Entry into the general public areas of the course is typically free.

Durbanville Racecourse tends to produce course specialists. It is a left-handed 2000m near oval course, with a run-in of 600m and no straight course. The home straight is a downward slope almost until the finish, and as a result there is a tendency for pacemakers to go too fast too early on in the race.

On the other hand horses that race from off the pace need a good turn of acceleration to excel. When it comes to the draw, low numbers generally have the advantage in just about any race on the course.

A day at the races in Durbanville is a wonderful way to enjoy being outside in the natural greenery Cape Town is renowned for. The racecourse is noted for neighbouring the Durbanville Nature Reserve, a 6-hectare piece of protected land that is host to about 130 species of plants, three of which exist only in Cape Town and 10 that are threatened with extinction.

Aside from horseracing events like the Kuda Matchem Stakes and the Diana Stakes, Durbanville Racecourse is also available for private functions such as weddings and conferences. The main function venue seats up to 120 guests and has a braai area, a fully stocked bar and kitchen facilities.

The course’s excellent drainage makes it ideal for winter sport. When the warmer months come, racegoers switch over to the Kenilworth Racecourse in the southern suburbs.

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