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Scottsville Racecourse

45 New England Road, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa  [view mapview map]   

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Casino opened:January 1, 1886
Minimum Bet:$1
Self parking:Yes


Hotels: Pietermaritzburg Hotels
Venues: Shows & Events, Comrades House Museum
Attractions: Golden Horse Casino


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Scottsville Racecourse Review

Scottsville Racecourse, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa is home to some of the finest horseracing and pari-mutuel betting available in the country. The racecourse is oval shaped having a circumference of 2,300m and a straight course of 1,200m.

It has become one of the top tourist’s destination in Pietermaritzburg with its racecourse maintained the old-fashioned way of the plough and oxen which is hardly found anymore. Another exciting feature that draws attention is the horse statue situated at the back of racecourse. The 14-meter Pegasus is the largest horse statue in the world proudly greeting visitors into the Golden Horse Casino.

The casino offers a selection of 450 slot machines and 22 tables delivering great gaming action under one roof. The casino can be accessed from the back of the racecourse or direct via a tunnel and then up to the concourse.

On the grandstand, the upstairs features a selection of restaurants and bars serving great food and drink to keep visitors recharged. Other facilities offered include the Comrades House Museum, spacious lodgings and nearby attractions such as the Mandela Capture Monument and more.

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Gaming at Scottsville Racecourse

The Scottsville Racecourse opens its gates to the public every Sunday with the first race kicking-off at 12:30pm and its last race running at 5:00pm. Every Sunday, the racecourse showcases an average of 8 to 9 races offering a wide selection of horse betting options that include straight bets, Trifecta, Quartet, Swinger, Exacta, Pick 6, Place Accumulator and Jackpot.

On average, hitting the jackpot can award more than R300,000. Quartet/Superfecta payouts are usually low during the first races and very high at the last races with payouts ranging from R10,000 to R50,000+.

Bettors can place their bets at various betting points at the grandstand.

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Scottsville Restaurants & Bars

  • Serving: Steak, Italian, Indian, Snacks / Hotdogs, Ice Cream, Vegetarian, Fast Food, International, Grilled , Alcoholic Drinks, Cocktails, Wine, Soup, Salads, Sandwiches, Appetizers, Burgers

Scottsville Racecourse offers a variety of restaurants and bars serving mouthwatering food and drink to get you going. It also features a variety of fast food courts as well as restaurants that specialize in serving Indian, Italian and international cuisine.

  • Price range: Average
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • Attire: Casual

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Shows & Events

Scottsville Racecourse runs a variety of shows and events on its upper grandstand entertaining guests with live music bands, concerts, fashion shows, and so much more.

Comrades House Museum

Comrades House Museum showcases a variety of trophies, art portraits, and various horseracing items from as early as 19th century till to date.

Scottsville Racecourse Attractions & Entertainment

Golden Horse Casino


Scottsville Racecourse is conveniently "attached" to the Golden Horse Casino. The casino offers 450 slot machines and 22 live table games that include blackjack, roulette and more.

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Address: 45 New England Rd, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, South Africa

Phone: +27 33 345 3405


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