Charity Mile
Charity Mile runs at Turffontein and attracts the biggest celebrities and horse racing personalities. (Getty Images)

Charity Mile Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The Charity Mile is unlike any other race in the world. Each runner is paired up with a celebrity and their chosen charity.

It creates a great atmosphere on track and also puts horse racing out to the general public.

With South Africa's biggest celebrity names associates with the race, it's also a big betting race. Our bookmakers will have all the latest odds for the Charity Mile.

Charity Mile history

The Charity Mile, formerly the November Handicap, traces back to 1963 when it was run as the Lion Export Stakes at Germiston Racecourse (subsequently renamed Gosforth Park and closed as a racing venue in 2001).

In 1971 it was run as the Germiston December Handicap, but since then has taken place in November with its traditional date since 1999 being the first Saturday of the month.

The richest 1600m handicap in South Africa, the race is one of the most popular events on the racing calendar and the list of past winners contains many famous horses including Foveros (1981), Wolf Power (1982 and 1983) and Jungle Rock (1986).

The race’s association with charity goes back to 2006, when Phumelela launched the concept of a race linked to charity.

This was to be a normal race except each horse would race on behalf of a charity with the finishing positions of the runners determining the amount won by each charity.

The concept was launched at short notice in March 2006 and the first “Charity Mile” was a minor MR 65 Handicap at Turffontein won by Salt Lake City.

It was such a rousing success that Phumelela decided to link the concept to a major race and so was born the November Handicap Charity Mile, which was run under that title for the first time in 2006.

Charity Mile Betting Tips

We will have Charity Mile betting tips available when the field is released.

Bookmakers always offer a wide-open market due to the popularity of the race.

Charity Mile Free Bets

Bookmakers often have free bets on offer for the Charity Mile, which is a popular thoroughbred race in South Africa.

Check out our recommened bookmakers for the latest offers.

Live Streaming

Bettors can live stream the Charity Mile at Bet365. They show most big South African races and all you need is an account and a bet on the race.

Turffontein Track Info

Turffontein is one of the more popular racecourses in South Africa. Below is the information about both track surfaces.

Turf. 2700m oval track. Races up to 1160m straight course; beyond 1160m clockwise round turn with 800m run-in.

Track rises 12m from 1600m to 800m marks, making it most testing circuit in SA.

Low-number draws favoured over 1400m and to a lesser extent over 1600m.

Turffontein inside track info:

Turf. 2500m near oval circuit inside Standside Track with which it shares a common pull-up area.

 All races run clockwise round the turn with run-in of slightly less than 500m. Track rises 10m from the 1400m to the 500m marks.

Low-number draws preferable over 1450m and 1600m.

Charity Mile Field

We will have an updated Charity Mile field when bookmakers release their odds. The field is made up of some of the best thoroughbreds in South Africa.

Charity Mile Day Feature Races

The Charity Mile is one of eight premier races on the card.

  • R1,000,000 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile 1600m Grade 2
  • R250,000 Graham Beck Stakes 1400m Grade 3
  • R250,000 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes 1400m Grade 3
  • R250,000 Yellowwood Handicap 1800m Grade 3
  • R150,000 Golden Loom Handicap 1000m Listed
  • R150,000 Java Handicap 2400m Listed
  • R500,000 Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Cup 1400m
  • R1,000,000 Monaco Million Maiden Sprint 1160m

Charity Mile past winners

2018Coral Fever
2017Hat Puntano
2016New Predator
2015Bouclette Top
2013Royal Zulu Warrior
2011Pierre Jourdan
2009Seattle Ice