Flamingo Park Racecourse formerly located in Kimberley was a horse racing track in the Northern Cape province controlled by Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited. Phumelela was responsible for racing in the Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Gauteng.
Due to horse racing being a very popular sport in South Africa, it was ideal to have a track in this area where punters could place bets and watch their favourite horses racing.
The track consisted of a 2,000m sand oval with a 1,000m straight course, but this has recently closed down. Flamingo Park Racecourse staged its last meeting on Monday 9 December.
As explained by Phumelela Racing Executive Patrick Davis: “The decision is based purely on commercial factors. A financial analysis conducted on Kimberley Racing in isolation from the other racecourses, indicated it was losing around R23.5 million a year. It has the lowest TAB turnover of any of local race meeting at around R3 million. It is also one of the least cost-effective meetings to stage as we have to bring in people like stipes, judges etc from other centres.”