Rabada Just Too Hot

He also enjoyed the distinction of being a first Gr1 winner for his beautifully bred sire
Rabada wins Gatecrasher Stakes

The Summerhill Stud-bred Brave Tin Soldier colt Rabada maintained his unbeaten record and registered his third straight win with a gutsy showing to go all the way in the R600 000 Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes at Greyville on Saturday read more

Shot…The Sheriff!

Lammerskraal Stud’s resident sire Go Deputy rounds off a good season on a high
Gogetthesheriff wins the Friendly City Stakes

Trained by Jacques Strydom, the winner showed his versatility with a variation on his usual racing style. He tracked the pacesetting Blaze Of Fire the whole way around and then bounced clear down the outside at the 300m under ‘super sub’ Raymond Danielson read more

Boland Var Shows Way In Singapore

Quicksilver by name...Quicksilver by nature!
Quicksilver 310715

“We would also like to say well done to Boland Stud where we bought him, Avontuur Stud who stands the stallion Var and the stud manager Pippa Mickleburgh. They have been very kind to us and we would like to share this win with them.” read more

The Duke – A Ladies’ Man Alright!

Star Of Seville is set to line up in the Gr1 Qatar Nassau Stakes on Saturday
Jamie Spencer and Big Orange

Drakenstein’s soaring star sire Duke Of Marmalade was in the headlines again this week with a mixed sex winning stakes double on Glorious Goodwood Ladies’ Day read more

Today: Super Saturday Stars

New season launches with a flourish - Pick 6 C/Over 1.5 Million. Race 4 @ 14h05. Estimated Pool R 6 Million
Super Saturday Track & Ball Derby

The KZN rain gods may well have thrown horseracing a curved ball, with Super Saturday now kickstarting our brand new season on Saturday – but life goes on! read more

Belle To Wear Bracelet

Jet Belle goes for the double
Jet Belle will be ridden by Anton Marcus

Trainer Glen Kotzen will be holding thumbs that his versatile mare Jet Belle will make her 2,5kg weight advantage over her thirteen opponents count where it matters in today’s R350 000 Gr2 Gold Bracelet read more

The Big Freeze – Or Snaith Boat Race?

Snaith duo stand out - but others warrant respect
Snaith Racing cartoon (1)

Ice Machine ran a cracker in the July when looking dangerous and only fading late. Over 400m shorter, and with Anton Marcus back in the irons, is it stretching the imagination that he could lower the powerful Snaith colours in Saturday’s R1 million Gr1 Champions Cup? read more

Wall To Wall

Another chapter could well be written in this good luck story
Persian Rug

Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Chestnuts N Pearls looks the natural choices in the R600 000 Gr1 Thekwini Stakes. But she will have to get past the unbeaten Mike De Kock-trained Ideal World filly Persian Rug, who faces her toughest test to date when she steps into the major league at Greyville today read more

Azzman Soldiers On

The Azzie yard has enjoyed a season of mixed fortunes
Rabada - made it 3 from 3

It takes a top 2yo to win the R600 000 Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes and Mike Azzie’s unbeaten Gatecrasher Stakes winner Rabada fits the profile. He looks an exciting sort and stands out in an otherwise competitive race at Greyville today read more

Prohibited Substances Amendments

Cobalt catches attention
National Horseracing Authority

At a meeting of the National Board of the National Horseracing Authority of South Africa held on 30 July 2015, it was agreed that the Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances would be amended by the addition of Carbon Dioxide and Cobalt read more

Fortune Not Riding – Who Cares?

He is just lengths better than most of his colleagues
Andrew Fortune - not riding

Jockey Andrew Fortune is a genius in the saddle and one of the greatest jockeys this country has ever produced. So when he is not riding, extra care should be taken to inform punters. read more

Equus Awards: Clarity

Super Saturday to be considered
Equus Awards

The big races at the postponed Super Saturday meeting which takes place on August 1 at Greyville this weekend will count towards the Equus Award decision making process read more

O – What A Day!

A special highlight of the stallion day was the appearance of Miss Frankel
Pippa and Miss Frankel

The stallion parade was followed by a select viewing of some of Oratorio’s first crop of South African sired weanlings. They included siblings to such high class performers as Contador, Schiffer and Varuna, and caught favourable comments from many a knowing judge. read more

It’s Not Only In Africa…

Betting Chaos at Ascot

Tens of thousands of racegoers and many more punters in Britain and abroad will have been left with the strong and abiding impression that the stewards presiding over one of the most valuable and prestigious cards of the year were incompetent read more

CTS August 2yo Sale In Spotlight

99 lots on offer - but plenty of quality at sale
Greys Inn

Durbanville racecourse will host the inaugural CTS August 2yo Sale on Saturday 8 August. The one day sale, which is scheduled to kick off at 17h00 hosts a small but select catalogue read more

Flying Solow

"For a jockey, he is the best. I think he is the best horse in my career."- Maxime Guyon
Solow - 4th Gr1 this season

It was Solow’s fourth top-level win this season after triumphs in the Dubai Turf, Prix d’Ispahan and Queen Anne Stakes and he dominated the news on Day 2 of Glorious Goodwood. Thursday is Ladies’ Day and is headed by the Gr2 Qatar Goodwood Cup read more


Rare People Doing Rare Things

A Visit To Abington Place

If it is true that when horses, or those who ride or train them, do rare things, they make the people who were present that day feel good, then Mike de Kock’s Abington Place yard in Newmarket is a centre for rare excellence. read more


A Winning Streak…Check!

The racing was quiet - but plenty happening on the social front - but what about the jogging?

I had an incredible steak with Marsh, Guy and Kerry Shirtliff and a few other Saffers on Sunday evening – simply incredible! I have also joined the African Society – a social group that convenes bi-monthly for events. Next month a Braai is being held and I am extremely excited to meet the group read more


My Heart Of Gold

The fnal push - Gold Cup and the Racing Masters - and I'm 'home James'

Personally, I think it will be a good idea to get together with the top guys to discuss what can maybe be done a little differently to try and improve things – Joey Ramsden read more


Aussie Abroad

Gai Waterhouse on her Ascot experience

Aussie’s foremost lady trainer, Gai Waterhouse, shares her observations and experiences at this year’s Royal meeting read more


Health Fads And Shaw Things

I have decided to break the mould and become the racy, athletic type

The hype around War Affair was warranted – he came into the Derby off the back of a flawless prep and looked to have the race at his mercy read more


Neil Morrice

Man On A Mission
Neil Morrice

Behind the affable exterior is a committed, dedicated professional with a ferocious work ethic read more


Gavin Lerena

SA Horseracing's Hottest Property
Gavin Lerena

“South Africa produces some of the world’s best jockeys. And up until three months ago any one of the eight top jocks on the log were major opponents. Sure, it may well have come down to a two-horse race between myself and S’manga Khumalo now. And I am honoured and privileged, whatever happens. But I don’t intend resting on my laurels just yet.” read more