After enjoying the FIFA world Cup 2018 finals in Russia, Ugandans are preparing for this year’s Royal Ascot Goat Races on August 25 at striking Speke Resort Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria.
On July 13, organisers held the official media launch of the event at Speke Apartments in Kampala. The evening fete attracted journalists and other guests such as artists and musicians including Bebe Cool who entertained guests briefly.
Babe Cool and Elvis Sekyanzi bought their goats for the races at Shs 1 million and Shs2.5 million respectively in an auction presided over by comedian Idringi Salvado, who was the d MC at the same time. Bebe Cool named his goat A Pass while Sekyanzi named his Black, the names that will be tagged on the goats during the races. Other individuals and companies are expected to buy the goats for the races.
The Royal Ascot Goat Races, have been an annual Kampala event since 1993 and Ugandans love it. The money they pay to watch the races goes to charity and for this year it will go to Kyandondo Rugby Club that is helping kids play on weekends. The money caters for the kids’ drinks and snacks.
Spectators can also bet on the goats for a chance to win some cash of their own. Goats do a preview saunter around the track so bettors can gauge potential performance.
Formerly managed by the defunct Crane Bank, the event had rapidly become popular with organisers choosing to model it after the Royal Ascot horse races in England, complete with amazing outfits and hats.
Kampala socialists and families are expected to go the races as previous events had become a favourite spot in the Ugandan sports calendar.
Sheena Ruparelia, one of the orgaisers said best dressed couple and the person wearing the classiest hats, dresses, shots stand to win various prizes. The hospitality tent, according to organisers is ready for hiring.
The day will include action packed competitions with big prizes to be won, food and drink outlets and a wide variety of other entertainment for both adults and children. An aerobatic display, fireworks display and the evening entertainment are expected.
This year’s event is sponsored by companies like Sanyu FM, Silk Events, Speke Resort Munyonyo and Tusker Malt Lager the platinum sponsor.
Watchers are expected to be amazed as goat handlers push a padded horizontal barrier on wheels around the track to keep the goats from grazing, fighting or running backwards during the race.