Newsflash: Strydom Slams Start Rules

Top jockey speaks his mind and lashes out at 'ridiculous rules'

The irony is that bad results and failed favourites costs the punter money – it costs Phumelela money – and it’s bad for the game. If we had lost lengths at the start there would have been a big story and fingers are always pointed at the jockey read more

One Small Step

A small, but significant step forward in the fight against AHS
Horse Doping Needleman

The Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry addressed Parliament on AHS, its impact on our exports and local economy as well as the risks it poses to a bid for the Olympic Games. read more

Inglis Day 2 Pace Continues

The popularity of the Blue Riband session in particular shows there is a real niche for the classic types of horses

The Redoute’s Choice x Possessed colt (Lot 258) will head in to the stable of Champion South African trainer Mike de Kock after being secured by Form Bloodstock from the Arrowfield Stud draft. read more

You Can Think What You Like

Be warned - Big Brother is watching you

New rules spells out to persons involved in the racing industry that comments on such mediums as Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter are not regarded as private conversations between individuals. South Africa could be next… read more

De Kock Eyes Dubai Gold

Four winners for Hanagan
Soft Falling Rain

The 2810m turf feature is the official prep for the Dubai World Cup day Dubai Gold Cup and in winning Almoonqith stamped himself as a possible candidate, Hanagan saying that, “it would be discussed with Sheikh Hamdan.” read more

Quality Over Quantity

An exciting addition to the ranks of South African stud farms

Engelize and Ernst Du Preez’s Favour Stud is one of the youngest and most innovative stud farms in South Africa. read more

Everyday Lettuce

There are 3105 names that cannot be used again by any IFHA signatory.
The original Rising Fast

It may not be as bad as the South African owners who named a horse Black Caviar while the original, the great Australian mare, was still racing – and as such, her name was yet to be protected read more

Derby Prospect Puts Hand Up

Son of Antonius Pius outstays them
A delighted Marco Van Rensburg drives Cool Chardonnay up to beat Henry Higgins (Pic - JC Photos)

Weiho Marwing looks to have a decent Derby prospect on his hands after the Antonius Pius gelding Cool Chardonnay stayed on best to beat a seasoned field of older stayers read more

Striker’s Glorious Guineas Double

Australian-bred Harry's Son endorses Equus panel vote and sets up great KZN win
Harry's Son

Champion jockey Piere Strydom’s old-fashioned loyalty may have cost him at times in his illustrious career in the saddle, but Saturday was not to be one of those days! read more

One Hot Lady

Daughter of Jet Master runs another cracker to score first stakes win
Whatalady wins Arcadia

The Stan Ferreira-trained Jet Master filly Whatalady showed that she is going places fast when upping her game yet again to score her fourth win on the trot read more

No Stopping Tarry!

Another boost for Elusive Fort as Tarry makes merry in Fillies Guineas
Sir Call wins Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas

Elusive Fort’s daughter Siren’s Call threw down the Triple Tiara gauntlet to Mike De Kock’s outstanding Redoute’s Choice filly Majmu, and a few others, when she stamped her authority in sensational fashion with a courageous win read more

True Blue Yoshie

Twelfth win for Milkwood's champion
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There can be few more game and talented fillies around than the Milkwood Stud bred and owned Yoshie, who scored a smooth victory in the R150 000 Listed Lady’s Pendant run over the turf 1200m at Fairview on Friday read more


Yogas Govender

New Beginnings

Yogas Govender is almost universally well-liked and was probably summed up best on the podium of the 2013 J&B Met when Stan Elley called him “one of the nicest people in racing.” read more


Ramsden’s Up And Off Down Under

It is good to get away and see all the other types of horses in the world.

I am off to Australia to the Melbourne Premier Sale on Wednesday to have a look and see what is going on over there. Do we call it the real world? read more


New Spots For Old Leopards

BSA Ups Their Game

The sales environment is evolving in a hurry and BSA have joined the fray with their rejuvenated Cape Summer Yearling Sale at the gorgeous Val de Vie estate. The Sporting Post went along to take a look. read more


Enough To Make One Cry

I think what sums him up was his pathetic chuckle after the whole debacle

If that is the best we can conjure up, then the country is pretty close to a crisis and we should not be sleeping well at night, suggests Joey Ramsden read more


Mary Slack

The fountainhead of wealth is the mare who foals a filly
Mary Slack

Mary Slack is the daughter of Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer. She is also the force behind Wilgerbosdrift Stud, Dynasty and the SA Triple Tiara. The Sporting Post gets to know her a little better. read more


Kevin Shea

Young at heart - despite the wear and tear
Kevin Shea -an armchair ride

The 52 year old Kevin Shea, aka ‘Shezy’, looks, and behaves, more like a 32 year old but concedes that he is experiencing some serious ‘wear and tear’ after a race-riding career spanning 37 years read more

Sands of Time

Sands Of Time – February 1995

1995 Computaform Sprint - Tracy's Element

Racing loses two breeding mainstays – Hennie de Jager and Transvaal stallion Hobnob, while Clairwood secures a new sponsor. Special Preview is touched off in the Keith Hepburn Stakes, while Bert Abercrombie continues his association with Harry Hotspur to win the Southern Cross Stakes. SAA won’t help Flobayou, leaving Tracy’s Element to win the Computaform Sprint, Dancing Danzig proves her mettle, and Scoop The Kitty wins the Cape Summer Handicap. There’s an upset in the Vaal Bookmakers’ Handicap and Race Master wins the First National 1600, while Winning Purple provides one of the few highlights of the KZN winter season. read more

Sands of Time

Sands of Time – January 1995

1995 Gr1 J&B Met

January sees Gauteng stakes go up, Empress Club retires, Cape Sales are a success and Bushmanland takes the 1995 Cape Argus Guineas. Flobayou notches his 9th career win, Zim racing suffers a devastating loss, Shepherd’s Moon walks the Paddock Stakes and Newmarket gets a new betting hall. Millard jnr saddles the first two past the post in the J&B Met and clever riding wins the J&B Reserve Stayers. read more

Sands of Time

Sands Of Time – December 1994

1994 Queen's Plate

Sports betting not a success in the Cape, Mark Watters struck off, spiralling debt forces the TBA to implement credit control measures, Gauteng clubs move closer to amalgamation. Shepherd’s Moon wins the Cape Fillies Guineas, Muis Roberts launches his autobiography in South Africa and Rusty Pelican wins the Premium Stakes. Wally Segal retires. Fields for the Cape season start to shape up and Crimson Waves wins the Queen’s Plate. read more

Sands of Time

Sands of Time – November 1994

Vincent O'Brien

Vincent O’Brien retires, Quick Wit wins the November Handicap & Flobayou wins the Merchants. Britain implements random drug testing on jockeys, the HRA changes betting units, Stanley Greeff becomes our winning-most trainer and Western Rocket wins the Computaform Stakes. There’s disappointment in the Dingaans, Tobie van Booma wins the Mauritian jockey championship, and another son of Model Man hits the spotlight. read more