Opinion

Silence Is Golden

He is back - and the peace is shattered!

We start off with a couple of nice horses at Durbanville today and climax on the weekend with some smashing runners, horses we feel will be some of our nicer 3 year olds… read more

RTR Cup: Plenty Of Interest!

Mike De Kock's Right Approach gelding Greatist Hits is amongst the 36 entries

Thirty six entries were received at first entry stage for the R3,85 million Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Cup to be run over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday 1 November. read more

Striker Just 22 Away

Last steps on the road to 5000 winners
Piere Strydom

With a magic milestone of 5000 winners only weeks away, Piere Strydom rode a cracking double at the Vaal on Tuesday and punters will be watching his 9 hometown rides at Fairview this Sunday with interest read more

Bookies Pay Out On Champ

British Champion Jockey title in bag
Richard Hughes

“It was an uphill battle from the start. I started Guineas weekend a month behind everyone else and Ryan already had twenty-something winners on the board. I said to myself that it’s not mine this year but I’ll work as hard as I can anyway.” read more

Food, yes. Sex & Drugs, no

Cape Jockeys 'not the brightest bunch'
Soul Agent, Andrew Fortune is helping his son

“I look at the TV and see who is riding winners. My God – and they haven’t got half the talent I’ve got. Do you want me to give up everything? I gave up drugs and I gave up sex but I love my food.” read more

2,5 Million Good Reasons!

CTS Johannesburg RTR Gallops at Turffontein
Cape Thoroughbred Sales

An enthusiastic crowd of around sixty people were greeted by good weather & track conditions and some very impressive gallops. read more

Training Revolution?

Monty Roberts likes it
The monorail that has ignited debate

The training facilities of the vast countryside contrast starkly with a space-age mile-long monorail facility. How will traditionalists view this innovation that famed Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts has given the thumbs-up to? read more

Vaal Today: Tiger In The Tank

Azz-man's Panjo could be ready to win again
MikeAzzie

Trainer Mike Azzie is always a serious factor on the Vaal sand and has only has one runner at the Vaal today in the hardknocking Tiger Ridge gelding, Panjo read more

Shea’s Double Bounce

Boost for Ready To Run Cup log-topper Rich Girl
Kevin Shea

Top jockey Kevin Shea bounced back after injury with a smoothly taken double at Greyville on Sunday. He has big plans for the Highveld feature season and after 37 years in the saddle remains one of our very best riders read more

It’s Your Last Chance

Gallops - Turffontein 10am Monday 20 October
Cape Thoroughbred Sales

The CTS Johannesburg Ready to Run Sale represents your very last chance to buy a horse to run in the 2015 R2.5m Ready To Run race read more

De Kock Hat-Trick Sends Warning

Majmu and One Fine Day for Avontuur Cape Fillies Guineas
One Fine Day wins

This might be Mike De Kock’s first season in close on a decade without the mantle of SA Champion trainer, but his three winners at Turffontein on Saturday signalled big things for the season ahead read more

Spring Rolls In, GoPro’s Out

Aussie Chief Steward on Chinese racemeeting and the banning of GoPro cameras
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Chinese racing seems to cater for a measure of chaos but there is plenty of potential and the spring rolls are world-class read more

A Noble Mission!

Reformed character emerges from shadows
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Noble Mission emulated his illustrious full brother Frankel when landing an emotional victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday read more

Gallops Inspire Confidence

Prospective buyers impressed with CTS RTR Gallops at Summerhill
Cape Thoroughbred Sales

Despite cool and blustery conditions, the CTS Johannesburg Ready to Run gallops provided more reasons than the R2.5m in prize money to be at the Inanda Club in just under two weeks read more

Opinion

Silence Is Golden

He is back - and the peace is shattered!

We start off with a couple of nice horses at Durbanville today and climax on the weekend with some smashing runners, horses we feel will be some of our nicer 3 year olds… read more

Opinion

RIP Jimmy Lithgow

Racing Has Lost A Legend

Jimmy saw so much colour and humour in everything, that life will always be a little brighter and cheerier for having had him in it. And therefore so will I. read more

Opinion

The Greatest Game Played Outdoors

Daily Racing Form doyen George Bernet visits South Africa

To be a good turf writer, you have to keep your passion for the game. If you can do that, well, I always say I’ve never worked a day in my life. Racing is still the greatest game played outdoors.” read more

Opinion

Four Day Festival Fun

A bird's eye view of Cape Town's first four day racing festival

Kenilworth Racing’s inaugural four day racing festival went with a bang. There was plenty of excitement on gallops day, the sales yards were kept buzzing with viewings on Friday, Durbanville’s Saturday card offered good racing and some ‘Instant Grass’ and the CTS 2014 Ready To Run sale posted good figures read more

Opinion

Friends, Romans, Countrymen

Legends Of The Turf Needs Your Help

Racing history is full of champion horses and colourful characters. Legends of the Turf will be filming reconstructions of some of the pivotal moments in our racing history and are appealing for racing fans to come down and join in the fun read more

Profile

Fareed Anthony

Racing's quiet pioneer
Fareed Anthony

“I’ve always enjoyed my racing and I’m lucky that I’ve never got stale or sour. Even when I don’t have lots of rides, I’ll still hang around the jockey room for the day – I just enjoy being there. There’s nothing else I’d rather do.” read more

Profile

Hans Ebert

Getting to know the RacingBitch
Racing Bitch

As my hero John Lennon said, “When at school, the teachers asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said, Happy. They said, I didn’t understand the question. I said, you don’t understand life.” If you’re happy, it means all the pieces fit, and you can build from here on how to be, well, more happy. 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

Sands of Time

Sands of Time – July 1994

1994 Gr1 Mainstay International

Bacio rewards Garth Puller by winning the Durbanville Oaks and Gary Alexander saddles 6 on a card. The mood in the Cape is as black as the weather and the Winter Series has to be rearranged to accommodate the tracks. A big day for Stanley Greeff in the EC Paddock Stakes and Dions renews sponsorship of EP Derby. Flaming Rock bows out with a 2nd in the Mainstay. read more