A Case Of Pace

A slow tempo brings the good horses back to the lesser ones
John Moore

Able Friend’s effort in the Hong Kong Mile was stunning but it was made possible after Gold-Fun set a true brisk pace. There was plenty of debate on the local front after Dynamic’s time in winning the Premier Trophy was substantially slower than Jet Supreme in the Victress read more

Striker: Act Of War Better Than Harry’s Son

Some may call it gamesmanship - but plenty of logic in Strydom's decision
R7 ACT OF WAR_fin (2)

Strydom’s immediate reaction after riding his 5 000th winner on Act Of War in last month’s Selangor Cup was that the colt was “probably better” than Harry’s Son and he still believes that all the advantages lie with the Joey Ramsden-trained hope in Saturday’s big race read more

Go For The Power

Elley's classy Dynasty gelding could be the key in Guineas supporting feature
R6 DYNASTIC POWER_fin_compressed

Wavin’ Flag represents the genuine class staying ability in the race but caution should be exercised as one can only speculate as to when his stop-start tough travel programme will catch up with him read more

Most memorable Cape Guineas

Who are your Cape Guineas greats?
1998 Gr1 Cape Guineas

Guineas winners include the legends Hawaii, Politician, Colorado King and Empress Club – to name a few. Sarah Whitelaw lists her personal selection of Guineas highlights over the past two decades read more

Field Sizes A Concern

Dwindling horse population a real factor

“Central to our ability to meet targets is the size of the horse population set against the number of races run. The industry’s strategy in recent years has been to expand the fixture list and race programme in order to optimise income, but it would be anomalous for this to continue when set against a flat or declining horse population.” read more

Champion Trainer Banned

Oertel has spearheaded the resurgent Al Asayl racing operation
Ernst Oertel

Dual UAE champion trainer Ernst Oertel is facing a ban of four months after it was discovered that two of his horses had been administered a banned substance. read more

Star In Limelight Again

Turf star's life after racing
Kauto Star and Laura Collett will be at Olympia

Kauto Star will be back in the limelight for the first time since he retired from racing when he appears on the opening night of the London International Horse Show read more

NHA Rules Amended

Effective from Monday 22 December 2014
National Horseracing Authority

Amendments to the Rules were approved by The National Board of the National Horseracing Authority of South Africa at its meeting held on 10th December 2014. read more

Striker’s Straight Talk

A fascinating chat to Piere Strydom

“Have you ever been offered money to make sure a horse doesn’t win?” – Piere Strydom gets asked some serious questions about riding, golf, money and more read more

Super Trouper Marches On

Hello From Harare

At the line only 0.15 of a length separated the first three horses and full marks to Brendon McNaughton for keeping his cool when he had both Karl Zechner and Denicious Smith breathing fire right behind him read more

English Jock Crowned Tops

Ryan Moore crowned Longines World's Best Jockey
Ryan Moore, winner of the inaugural Longines World’s Best Jockey Award 2014, was presented with a Conquest Classic Moonphase chronograph from the hands of Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing.

Ryan Moore scored 94 points to win the inaugural Longines World’s Best Jockey series, ahead of Christophe Soumillon and Joseph O’Brien read more

Designs On Glory

Four winners for Doug Whyte
Designs On Rome wins the 2014 Gr1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup

Designs on Rome edged a thrilling victory on Sunday in the $3.23 million 2000m Hong Kong Cup as crowd of more than 70 000 turn out at one of the world’s richest race meetings. read more


All That Glitters

A dynamic mother-daughter team are taking the jewellery world by storm

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. Dawn Smorenburg found that a bad fall brought unexpected benefits and along with equally talented daughter Lauren, is taking the jewelery world by storm read more


Oh, For A Change Of Luck!

'Mike De Kock's speech after the race touched my heart'

I read this morning that Anton Marcus has ruled himself out of riding Act of War in the Guineas. My first phone call will be to racing manager, Derek Brugman, for his opinion and some form of cunning plan. Derek is never, ever short of one and usually one step ahead of the rest of us. I don’t see too many problems ahead read more


Three Singles To Adventure

As always, Avontuur delivers a top day out

Pippa and the Avontuur team always ensure a top class outing, so thank you for a thoroughly engrossing day’s racing. Pippa for president ! Or better yet, head of marketing. read more


Fillies Guineas – Fastest Mile Ever?

This could be the fastest mile ever run at Kenilworth, particularly if there is no head wind! For once, there does look to be an awful lot of pace in the race. However, every time I say that they go an absolute crawl and I end up with egg on my face. read more


Christmas With Cally

Need some Christmas shopping inspiration? We've got the solution

Cally Hotson and her Horses In Art home boutique have been in business for 10 years and are hosting a Christmas Pop-Up Shop on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December to celebrate. read more


Craig Carey

Doing it for the love of the game
Craig Carey

Breeder and CTS Director Craig Carey has embarked on an exciting new phase in his professional life and talks about his life amongst horses and the excitement around Saturday’s Cape Guineas favourite. He also provides us with a sneak peek at Ridgemont Stud, an interesting new force in the Cape breeding ranks read more


Bernard Fayd’herbe

Bernie - Mostly Cooler Than Ice!
Bernard Fayd'herbe

I don’t mind it, you know. I enjoy the horses, that’s my passion. And as a jockey, you live to find those big horses. It’s not a mission to get up in the morning 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

Sands of Time

Sands Of Time – October 1994

1994 Gr1 Gold Bowl

Japanese jockey causes upset in the 1994 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, first barrier trials held at Milnerton, Russian Fox passes away, Surfing Home wins the Gold Bowl and Special Preview makes a winning comeback. read more

Sands of Time

Sands of Time – September 1994

1994 Gr2 Premier's Handicap

Transvaal clubs amalgamate, Inland Revenue accords racehorses tax status, Surfing Home wins Premier’s Handicap, James Goodman wins KZN Guineas, Guy Rixon passes away and Fort Wood commences his first season at stud. read more