World Championship Possibilities

There are too many competing agendas, too much self-interest and self-promotion to put it all aside to work as a global body
Iconic - a good word for Happy Valley

It would be a great spectacle, but sadly, it is as fanciful as racing on the moon. Or perhaps as fanciful as a sustainable racing structure emerging in mainland China anytime soon. read more

Official Errs – Jocks Punished

The Sedgefield Six are slapped with punishment - but the officials have some form of divine immunity
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So let’s just understand this one. An official waves the wrong flag which the jockeys ignore. The jockeys are then punished. Obviously. read more

Do You Punt, Maps?

Twenty Questions For Maps
Maps Maponyane

Does his heart skip a beat when he opens a race-card? How much does he wager a week and how many times a week does he punt? Does he own or has he ever bought a racehorse and paid keep? A reader asks Maps to open up… read more

Look After What You Have!

The Existing Betting Customer Is Racing's Best Hope - an alternative to the new 'Rush' approach
Made To Conquer. The fashionistas were out in force (Kirstie Rutherford)

To land these new potential customers, racing tries to convert them via a red herring. “They need quick action” or “they need simple bets” are two famous horse racing funnel laments; like somehow if the sport runs races every five minutes and allow for an easy to understand spread bet, things will improve read more

RA CEO Critical Of Trainers

Wainstein - 'I am still removing knives from my back'
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He was critical of trainers for not supporting the international races better and pointed out that a number of them didn’t fill read more

Heroine For Hat-Trick?

Can she do it again in Sunday's Japan Cup?
Gnetildonna beats Ofevre in the Japan Cup of 2013

Gentildonna, who has won the last two Japan Cups from stalls seven and 15, will break from gate three when she bids for her hat-trick under Ryan Moore in Sunday’s race read more

Take A Summer Trip

The need for speed - spectacle with no quarter given
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The Trippi colt Trip To Heaven only won his maiden last month, but takes on the likes of Gr1 winner Normanz and Louis Goosen’s lurker, One Man’s Dream. It should be a humdinger 68 secs of pure racing pleasure. read more

Ipi Tombe – A Remarkable Racehorse

Gr2 Ipi Tombe Challenge on Saturday - a sought after prize
Ipi Tombe - 2002 Vodacom Durban July

Ipi Tombe won South Africa’s most famous race, the Vodacom Durban July in 2002 as a 3yo when piloted to a dramatic late burst victory in the hands of Kevin Shea. She won four of her five starts in South Africa read more

A Long Hot Summer

Stayer puzzle will keep Pick 6 punters honest
Jeppe's Reef and Robbie Fradd power clear to win the Gr1 Gold Cup

The 5yo has not set the world alight in the past year and the race has ‘result’ written all over it – as these rare 3200m handicaps often do. read more

Good Girls And A Great Summer

Gr1 winner could be key here
Bilateral

Weiho Marwing’s Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Bilateral naturally catches the eye as the proven professional, but it would be tempting fate to ignore a few lesser exposed gallopers read more

A Bloomin’ Big Summer

Unbeaten Lazer Star - or go very wide
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Women. We love them. But when the postfix ‘F&M’ appears after any race description it can be the nod to go wide. Field and more. How can we forget the 2013 Magnolia experience? read more

Living For Giving

Final field announced on Thursday 27 November
In The Fast Lane

Charity benefits on the big day and 23 fillies have been entered for the prestigious 3yo classic that has produced a host of champions over the years read more

Opinion

Striker’s Got The Power

These sales races have really brightened up the industry and added a whole new dimension and excitement to the game

Justin, riding his elephants in India, must be a very happy man. I had a quick chat with Chris afterwards and he was smiling from ear to ear read more

Laff’s Hot Summer Son

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The Australian bred Harry’s Son looks a deserved recipient of the Equus Champion 2yo award after he ended his sophomore term off by winning the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes and then came out to make it a winning debut as a 3yo in the Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes read more

Opinion

Striker’s Got The Power

These sales races have really brightened up the industry and added a whole new dimension and excitement to the game

Justin, riding his elephants in India, must be a very happy man. I had a quick chat with Chris afterwards and he was smiling from ear to ear read more

Opinion

Racing – Let’s Get Positive

Can we turn obstacles into opportunity?

There is no miracle cure, and betting operators have to believe strongly in what they are doing and the potential of the sport before they will succeed. Without this you cannot market anything successfully as marketing requires conviction, and lots of it to be effective. read more

Opinion

De Kock Bemoans NHA Inexperience

'We just cannot afford to lose this level of experience'

‘Many owners and trainers in South Africa have suffered losses and sometimes even humiliation at the hands of inexperienced Stipes’ read more

Opinion

Racing Stripped Bare

We know sex sells. Must we sell it at the races, though?

Taking advantage of young girls and dressing them up like that is sexist, it is demeaning and if nothing else, it just plain ruins the photographs. read more

Profile

Maps Maponyane

Not Just A Clothes Horse
Maps Maponyane

Meet Maps Maponyane – mood-maker, trend shaker and brand ambassador for Racing, It’s A Rush. read more

Profile

Piere Strydom

Pure Platinum Piere
Piere Strydom rides Banbury

33 years and 5000 winners later, Striker is officially our greatest rider of all time 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

Sands of Time

Sands Of Time – August 1994

Stateway wins the 1994 Gr1 Gold Cup

Gold Cup is won by PE challenger Arthur Miller and 7yo Stateway. Amberpondo wins the Summerveld Stakes and Flobayou makes a winning 4yo debut in the Stewards Cup. Pas de Quoi bows out on a high with a win in the Champion Stakes and the ARCSA Awards are held in the Greyville parade ring on race day. Stanley Greeff achieves a career best of 123 winners for the season, finishing 7th on the national log on stakes. Taban wins the Natal Mercury and Dahlia’s Legacy wins the Golden Slipper. Cape challenger Hainan Dao is a shock winner of the Gold Vase and La Fabulous wins the KZN Breeders Challenge. read more