NHA Out Of Control?

Where does the buck stop with NHA, asks Paul Lafferty
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Lack of accountability and arbitrary hiking of tariffs – and they are punishing the people who are contributing most. Worst still is that they don’t bother to inform owners – they just put up the notice on their website read more

Show Me The Money

Big value stakes – bonanza or blunder?
Largest racing conference in the world

Hiking the stake for the President’s Champions Challenge means we will be racing for over R10 million in prize money on Champions Day. Fantastic or foolish? read more

Opinion

A Bed Of Roses

Petrolhead Pepper eyes the Grand Prix , some great music - and the horseracing, of course!

Two of the best horses in Singapore are set to lock horns in what looks to be one of the races of the season this coming Sunday read more

Strydom: Date Set

Champion jockey's Turffontein ride under spotlight
National Horseracing Authority

The National Horseracing Authority has confirmed that an Inquiry will be held on Wednesday 9 September 2015, into Jockey Piere Strydom’s riding of the horse Dublin Rebel read more

When In Rome…

Do as the Miskins do!
Roman Carnival wins August Stakes

The Windrush gelding Roman Carnival is one of the fastest improving horses in training and set himself up for a major paydate on the Vaal sand at the end of September, when skating home an easy winner of Saturday’s R250 000 Gr3 August Stakes read more

Zackey’s Warrior Of War

Mirage Drive could follow up on shock last win
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There is no substitute for experience and Tyrone Zackey’s hardknocking 9yo Mirage Drive steps out for his 60th racetrack appearance at the Vaal on Thursday. The son of Kahal rattled the rafters at Turffontein last Saturday when turning a grass gallop into an exotic bet knockout – and he could follow up read more

Saddle Switch

Pendleton won sprint gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008
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Two-time Olympic track cycling champion Victoria Pendleton will race at Ripon on Monday after being granted an amateur riders’ licence by the British Horseracing Authority. read more

Pharoah Dethroned

Champion likely to be retired
Travers Keen Ice

A 16-1 shot who had not won for Donegal Racing since breaking his maiden last September, Keen Ice was on an eight-race losing streak while American Pharoah had not lost during the span read more

Gee Whizz Jo!

Tiger Ridge filly flies home after break
Jo Malone wins Sandy Beach

South Africa’s 2014/15 Zimbabwe champion trainer Corne Spies is a master of the sand and he produced the 4yo Jo Malone in a galloping mood after an eight week rest to score a runaway victory in the R125 000 Sandy Beach Stakes read more

Striker: ‘I’m Sorry’

“I regard this incident as the biggest mistake of my riding career'
Piere Strydom feels he has a decent chance

‘Over the years the vast majority of my winners have come without punishing the horse. I have real feeling for the horses I ride and I prefer not to hit a horse when I don’t have to. Part of my thinking in this regard is that when a horse has done enough to win, I will not force the horse unnecessarily’ read more

Mansour Moves To Cape

Derek Brugman initiates move of crack lightweight
Donavan Mansour

Donavan Mansour is moving from Johannesburg to Cape Town and he rides at Kenilworth today for the first time since his apprenticeship days read more

The Sweet Scent Of Victory

Sham galloper back to best on polytrack
Strong Scent wins Listed Jockey Club Stakes

Whatever anybody may think, PE racing makes no friends with these sideshows, and the locals can be thankful that punters (and some owners), are forgiving creatures by their very nature read more

Our Hall Of Fame

Wylie Hall impresses on introduction to breeders and fans at his new home
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Some of the Western Cape’s leading breeders rocked up to view Cheveley Stud’s well bred young sire Wylie Hall at his stallion day on Thursday read more

Opinion

Fashion Statements

Three representatives of Singapore have travelled to Korea

This past weekend and the upcoming one are pretty low-key in terms of quality and big fields at the turf club, and although times are quiet locally, internationally there is big news to report read more

Opinion

Fashion Statements

Three representatives of Singapore have travelled to Korea

This past weekend and the upcoming one are pretty low-key in terms of quality and big fields at the turf club, and although times are quiet locally, internationally there is big news to report read more

Opinion

Spilt Milk And Rusty Golf Clubs

Joey Ramsden threatens to pull out his rusty golf clubs

There are no sales for a couple of weeks so we can get on with the business of training the horses. We are all in the middle of vaccines and trying to work our way around them. It is not easy but we seem to be winning and I am looking forward to pulling out some of the better horses in the next few weeks read more

Opinion

First World Racing

I was very saddened to hear that Mike Bass has fallen ill

I attend track work on Tuesday and Wednesdays. By Tuesday the nominations have come out so I have an idea of which horses to look out for and record the vision as well as hand time the final workouts on the various tracks read more

Opinion

Spalato Looks Special!

A breathtaking specimen in the flesh

Superstar Spalato made his long awaited return to racing after an injury enforced layoff and some minor setbacks which hampered his prep this year read more

Profile

Vaughan Koster

Family Recipe
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Vaughan has firm ideas on horses and how they should be raised and is not afraid to put his money where his mouth is – or to take it on the chin when things don’t go his way. read more

Profile

Ronnie Sheehan

The Old Guard
Ronnie Sheehan (credit: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Racing’s old guard have seen a lot of things come and go and marvelled at surviving the lot, knowing that a good life is measured by simple things – a good woman, a good friend, a good horse and a good dog. read more