The Royal Ascot Goat races, certainly Uganda’s most popular social event will take place at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Saturday October 12, 2019. Africa Tembelea caught up with the event organiser, Rajiv Ruparelia who shared some insights on what makes the Goat Race so Meeeeh-gical.
The goat races consist of 10 goats per race and are 8 races in total. The first, second and third place winners receive cash.
The goats come dressed in T-shirts with numbers inscribed on them. The goat owners actually bet loads of money on which goat is going to win the race.
Spectators can also bet on goats through a preliminary parade around the track and a bettors’ guide that describes each goat, spectators can gauge possible winners.
A goat race sponsor entitles one to naming of the race, branding around the track and on event screens, prize giveaways, tickers to enter the owners tent and free entrance to the event. You can also buy a goat to participate in any one or all the races. Each goat prize is determined by the price of the race you can name your goat, and entitled to tickets to the owner’s tent.
Goat prices range between Shs500, 000 to Shs1 million. Race prices on the hand range between Shs5 million to Shs10 million.
Gates to the Royal Ascot goats’ races event will open at 8am where several goat fathers will model with their smartly dressed and branded goats with different names participating in each category and proceeding throughout the day.
The royal Goat race event is ultimately the fun show for everyone in Uganda. It’s one way of giving back to the needy under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Proceeds collected from the tote will go to a charity selected by Ruparelia Foundation executive committee.
There is a wide variety of food such as pizza, seafood, and traditional Ugandan food and drink outlets spiced by entertainment for both adults and children – its indeed the perfect family day out. Make sure to come with an empty stomach.
Similar to the Royal Ascot horse races, there is as much emphasis on dress, in particular unusual hats with prizes awarded to the best dressed couple, man, woman, and child, as well as to the person wearing the most extravagant hat and best goat name.
The goat race event is a great place to meet a lot of like-minded people at one time, so take advantage of that. The first-hand connections you make are incredibly valuable.
Tickets to the Goat Races are going go for Shs50,000, with early bird offers at Shs30,000. VIP, which entitles you access to the owners’ hospitality tent costs Shs350,000 for early Bird and Shs400,000 at the gate. The tickets can be bought through the organizers website on www.thegoatraces.com and at designated Ruparelia group centers.
There is also a special weekend package for event goers who will want to avoid the traffic gridlock. A deluxe package with two tickets to the event goes for $149 while an executive suite goes for $400. It comes with two tickets to the event and entrance to the owners’ tent.
The 2019 Royal Ascot Goat Races are powered by a number of sponsors, among whom are; the Ruparelia Foundation, Sanyu FM, Gold Star Insurance Company, the Tusker Malt beer, Robbialac brand of Crown Berger Uganda Ltd and Silk events.
The Royal Ascot Goat Race in Kampala, began in 1993. When Entebbe Sailing Club considered fund-raising ideas, they adopted the idea of a goat race which started out on the grounds of the Kampala Rugby Club with 400 people in attendance. By 1998, it outgrew this facility and was moved to Speke Resort Munyonyo, in 1999 and grossed ten million Uganda shillings and attracted over 7,000 people in 2005.
Along with size, the goat race also grew in scale. It quickly evolved into a whole day event modelled on the Royal Ascot horse races in Ascot England and a total purse of more than 30 million UGX is awarded to the winning goat’s owners.