KING OF PAIN TAKES GOLD
By: Marcelle Naidoo
There was something for everyone at this year’s 11th Annual Rising Sun Gold Challenge Racing Carnival.
Every year, thousands of people gather to enjoy the festivities of this charitable event. The Rising Sun community newspaper has been hosting it for the past 11 years at the Clairwood Racecourse in Durban. Festivities began at 10 am on Saturday the 7th of June, with entry being free; everyone was welcome at the event. The family friendly atmosphere made certain nobody left disappointed.
The event focuses on a series of horse races and fashion show segments but other forms of entertainment are features as well. This year saw the biggest turnout yet, with people waiting in long lines of traffic just to make their way into the racecourse.
delicious food stalls, vocal performances, different fashion show segments and a special appearance by the Zee TV stars.
There were plenty of prizes up for grabs with the biggest being a brand new car. One of the biggest crowd pleasers was the Car Show which featured an array of vintage Automobiles.
All these festivities led up to the long anticipated final race, tensions ran high as the horses crossed the finish line for the final race of the event. King Of Pain bulleted into first place, just a few inches infront of Beach Beauty followed by Yorker.
Cailin Naidoo, who attended the event for the first time said the part he enjoyed the most was admiring the display of cars “I didn’t know there were so many vintage cars in my area and I am so thrilled to see them”.
The event not only brings people together but creates a platform for young emerging designers. Preantha Padayachee, who was one of the models at the event, was eager to pose for the camera. Denver Pillay who volunteered to help out at the event said, “Due to the Clairwood Racecourse being sold this year, this is the last time the event will be held there.’’
Next year the Rising Sun Gold Challenge Carnival hopes to attract a larger audience at the Greyville Racecourse.
Young and old were keen to hit the dance floor when Chatsworth singing legend Michael John took the stage. Some of the entertainment included vibrant dance performances.