The Royal Ascot Goat Races were Friday launched at Speke Apartments in Kampala with a promise to relive its past glory. The event, which was last held in 2012, will be happening on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at its customary venue of Speke Resort, Munyonyo.
“The Goat Races were easily the most popular event on Uganda’s social calendar for all the time they were held, so we wanted to bring that amazing experience back with fun-filled activities everyone can participate in,” said Sheena Ruparelia, the event coordinator, at the relaunch press conference.
“Our focus is on the races and activities around that, but there will be hospitality tents available, a food court with up to 10 types of cuisines; a beer garden, cocktail and champagne bars, sport games, silent disco areas, and chill-out lounges,” she added.
“We are excited about the return of the Goat Races, which we consider the social event any fun-loving person would look forward to the most in Uganda. We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the Goat Races because no fun event of this kind is complete without Tusker Malt. We want guys to really make the most of it,” said Grace Namutebi, Brand Manager, Premium Beers at Uganda Breweries.
The goat races will entail six races over the course of the day, with each race featuring 10 goats. Anyone can sponsor a race, or buy a goat to participate in a race. The proceeds generated from the races will then go to a selected charity.
Tickets to the Goat Races will go for Shs50,000, with early bird offers, and special discount days also planned, where one can get a ticket for as low as Shs30,000.
Continuing with their social responsibility tradition, the goat races will once again give back to society, with Totos Tag Rugby and Outreach programme being this year’s beneficiaries. Under the programme 250 children train at the Kyadondo Rugby Club every weekend.
Toto’s Tag Rugby has been instrumental in rugby development in the country. Five of the national Rugby Cranes players representing Uganda at the Rugby 7s World Cup in San Francisco were nurtured by the programme.
Pearl Dairy, Sanyu FM and Kampala Casino are the other confirmed partners.