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The Grand Heritage is a popular race at Vaal. (Getty Images)

Grand Heritage Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets


Vaal is home to the Grand Heritage Day, which has five feature races headlined by the R750,000 Grand Heritage over 1475m down the Vaal straight track.

Our South African bookmakers offer odds for all Grand Heritage Day races.

Grand Heritage History


The Vaal sand track was opened in 2001 and once a population of sand horses had been established, a major race in the Emerald Cup was introduced in 2005 carrying a stake of R200,000.

The 1450m race was sponsored by Emerald Casino and Resort from its inception until 2014.

A new sponsor, enterprise application software company SAP, was announced in 2015 and the race renamed the Supreme Cup.

 Africa’s richest race on sand was given Grade 2 status in 2007 and the stake was raised to R1 million in 2014.

Soon after the 2015 Supreme Cup, the sand surface was lifted and replaced by grass with the new track being named Vaal Classic.

Africa's richest race on sand has now been replaced by the Non-Black Type R750,000 Grand Heritage, to be run over 1475m on the Vaal straight, with the rail separating the Inside and Outside Tracks being removed to allow for a maximum field size of 28 runners and two reserves.

Four Non-Black Type supporting features are run on the same day.

Grand Heritage Betting Tips


We will have Grand Heritage betting tips available when the field is released.

Bookmakers always offer a wide-open market due to the size of the field.

Grand Heritage Free Bets


Bookmakers often have free bets on offer for the Grand Heritage, 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 Grand Heritage at Bet365. They show most big South African races and all you need is an account and a bet on the race.

Vaal Course Information


With the Grand Heritage being run at Vaal, it pays to know a little more about the track.

Turf. 2800m oval track. Races up to 1000m straight course; beyond 1000m clockwise round turn with 1000m run-in.

Low-number draws favoured over 1200m and 1450m.

Vaal Turf info:

Turf. 3000m oval circuit. Races up to 1600m straight course; beyond 1600m clockwise round turn with 1000m run-in.

Outside and Inside tracks. Outside Track comprises outside half of 1600m straight course only.

Inside Track comprises inside half of 1600m straight course and the turn joins the straight course at the 1000m mark.

Inside Track has longest circumference, run-in and straight course in SA.

For the Grand Heritage, the rail separating the Outside Track and Inside Track down the straight is removed to allow for 28 runners.

Low-number draws slightly favoured in 1700m races.

Grand Heritage Field


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

The Grand Heritage features the biggest field for any race in South Africa.

Grand Heritage Day Feature Races


Grand Heritage hosts five quality races, which are all popular among bettors.

  • R750,000 Grand Heritage NBT 1475m
  • R250,000 Heritage Consolation Handicap NBT 1475m
  • R150,000 Heritage 1200 Handicap NBT 1200m
  • R150,000 Heritage 1200 Fillies & Mares Handicap NBT 1200m
  • R125,000 Sophomore 1000 NBT 1000m

Grand Heritage Past Winners


Year
Winner
2017Forest Fox
2016Irish Pride
2015Deputy Jud
2014Tommy Gun
2013In A Rush
2012Meadow Magic
2011The Mouseketeer
2010Iron Curtain
2009Phunyuka
2008Alimony
2007Narc
2006National Spirit
2005Hilti
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