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

Jump For Joy At Vaal

A big day for sports horse lovers at Vaal today

The August Stakes raceday today features the innovative “Racing To Jump” initiative, a show jumping competition contested by 90 horses, many of them retired race horses 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
Wylie Hall

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


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

Newsflash: Striker – NHA Opens Enquiry

Freak incident and drama as top rider appears to not see challenger on the rail
Piere Strydom

The National Horseracing Authority of South Africa have advised that an inquiry has been opened into the riding of Dublin Rebel by multiple champion jockey Piere Strydom in the third race at Turffontein today read more

Sand Racing – In A Hole?

Does it mean that there is a boom coming for Flamingo Park?

Sand racing’s glory years in this country will be remembered as somewhere between September 2005, when the now retired Guilermo Figueroa rode the Oppenheimers’ Hilti to win the Gr2 Emerald Cup for trainer Mike De Kock and September 2015, when Africa’s richest race on sand will be run for the last time read more

Howells’ Ferrari Heads For Cape

Summer Of Champions for Querari's smart daughter, Cosmic Light
Cosmic Light wins Sville Handicap

Ashburton trainer Duncan Howells breathed a sigh of relief at Scottsville on Wednesday after his Gr2 The Debutante winner Cosmic Light produced a workmanlike performance on her seasonal debut to maintain her unblemished record read more

What Makes Tarry Tick?

The top trainer talks about his team, his family, his relationship with Chris Van Niekerk and future plans
Sean Tarry - Willow Magic and Halve The Deficit carry his flag

“I had never been paid on the button before Chris Van Niekerk arrived…” read more

Cartier Awards – Latest

Cartier Racing Awards - points standings published
Solow - 4th Gr1 this season

The 25th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 10 read more

The Duke Retains Royal Run

The winners list grows
Duke Of Marmalade

The Kevin Prendergast trained Jefferson Davis showed his appreciation of a step up in trip, when bolting up to win by five lengths in a nursery at Killarney – on Drakenstein’s Stallion Day read more

Just About Over The Moon

Gr3 Final Fling Stakes winner Cat And The Moon goes for a stakes hat-trick
Cat And The Moon Winter Oaks

The Justin Snaith PE satellite yard approach the final meeting of the first month of the new racing season without a winner in the Eastern Cape but send out a powerful coupling in the R150 000 Listed Jockey Club Stakes at Fairview on Friday read more


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


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


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


Thoughts From The Lady Trainer

Gai Waterhouse attends the Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale

For anyone with the smallest interest in horse racing, it is plain to see the dominance of Japanese stayers on the international stage. With neither Rob nor I afraid of a challenge or a calculated gamble, we set off to see with our own eyes what Japan is doing better than the rest of the world. read more


Vaughan Koster

Family Recipe
Vaughan Koster (pic: hamishNIVENPhotography)

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


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