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Fairview Racecourse

Fairview Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Greenbushes, Gqeberha, South Africa. It opened in 1857, at Draaifontein Road.

History of Fairview Racecourse

1817 – Racing started via British garrisons in Port Elizabeth at a farm by the name of Cradock Place,

1857 – Official meetings started when the Port Elizabeth Turf Club was established. After its founding, the Port Elizabeth Turf Club used the racecourse in Deal Party / New Brighton before relocating to Cape Road.

1882 – The Jockey Club of South Africa was also founded in Port Elizabeth to establish rules for racing.

1883 – The Fairview Estate was transferred in ownership to the Turf Club, thereby securing racing’s home for a further 120 years in the Eastern Cape.

1904 – The Jockey Club of South Africa moves to Johannesburg.

1974 – A new course was acquired at Greenbushes.

1977 – The new course at Greenbushes opened on June 18, 1977, and the Port Elizabeth Turf Club was renamed Fairview Racecourse and shifted to a new location

1999 – Fairview Racecourse became part of Phumelela Gaming & Leisure.

2007 – A brand new stabling complex was completed at Fairview Greenbushes.

2008 – Building additions of a new R20-million stabling complex with space for another 288 horses.

2011 – Addition of State of the art mechanical starting stalls imported from Australia.

2013 – The Polytrack was added, allowing all-weather racing.

2020 – On September 17, Fairview experienced protest from the grooms with the cause of dismissals and Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) payments. The protests resulted in an injury of a man, the death of one horse, and the injury of several other horses. The dispute was reportedly due to a groom who accidentally cut the horse’s ear, who said that it was an accident and that the horse jumped during grooming. However, horse owner Hedley McGrath said that the horse was intentionally stabbed. It then resulted in a seven-month-long dispute. Central to the dispute is that the groom say they were dismissed, while McGrath says they simply went absent without leave.

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