No Fruit, This Fellow

Great win for Cape raider

Brutal Force wins Merchants

Joey Ramsden’s fiercely competitive streak and his willingness to brave the trading of blows in the big league paid handsome dividends at Turffontein on Saturday when the superb chestnut hulk of Brutal Force danced across the Turffontein 1160m to score a sensational R450 000 Gr2 Merchants victory. read more

New CTS Sale

CTS have confirmed the schedule for their 2016 Select Mare Sale

Adrian Todd

Historically, Ireland is a renowned provider of exceptional thoroughbreds, including a source of fine imported mares and the batch of 2015 from the “Emerald Isle” will certainly attract attention read more

Blowing In The Wind

Captured Wind wins at Turffontein 2014-02-11

Corne Spies’ smashing Sail From Seattle colt Captured Wind has earned tags like ‘miracle horse’ and ‘survivor’ that he carries around with his handsome good looks and terrific ability read more

Smart Stuff

Duo dominate in small field

Smart Call

Trainer Alec Laird took his next step towards a bid for Paddock Stakes glory when the Ideal World filly Smart Call came home strongly to win the R400 000 Gr2 Ipi Tombe Challenge read more

Dingaans Thriller

Where do the likes of Hard Day's Night, Seventh Plain and Budapest fit in?

Noah From Goa wins Dingaan

‘Even in wheelchairs, Anthony (Delpech) and Weichong (Marwing) could ride most of the guys in the jockey room to sleep’ read more

Close Your Eyes – Dream Big!

Investec Day Of Dreams takes shape

One Million Dollars!

The now renamed CTS Cape Dream (formerly CTS Million Dollar) will be run at Kenilworth on 23 January 2016 – a day that includes the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes and the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby read more

Commentator Swap Continued

Investec to repeat unique feature

Rouvaun Smit

I am truly honoured to again be chosen as the voice to represent South Africa at Epsom. But more importantly, we are all looking forward to welcoming Richard Hoiles back to the Mother City to call the Investec Cape Derby again. read more

A Rare Blend – Indeed

Early bird special – Book a ticket before 9 December - get your 2nd ticket free!


In honour of the brand, its unique heritage and its valued legacy, the theme for the 2016 J&B™ Met is “A Rare Blend” read more

Kwinta’s Too Quick

Top ride by Marco van Rensburg for Stan Ferreira

Kwinta wns Magnolia

The powerful and imposing Kahal filly Kwinta produced the speed and a resolute finishing effort to record her first stakes win when outpointing a quality field read more

SAJA Keeping Pace With The Times

Five year plan developed

Healthy jockey

The SA Jockey and Equine Research Institute will soon provide expert support services to our apprentice jockeys at the South African Jockey Academy read more

JJ’s Sister – A Rare Gift

Future superstar filly?

JJ The Jet Plane cost just R70 000

A concerted team effort has seen Dr Marianne Thomson’s Ambiance Stud receive a half sister to globe-trotting sprint star, J J The Jet Plane read more

Some Good Punting

Singapore on Sunday 29 November

As such we might stick with CLUTHA LAD who we specked at very long odds last Sunday (Pic by Singapore Turf Club)

While the season starts to wind down, there looks some nice punting races on Sunday and it will pay to be paying attention especially late in the 11 race card. read more

Last Season’s 2yo’s: Not Too Good?

Sales Races: 'Nothing wrong with chasing the money'

Muwaary wins Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes

“I think the jury’s out on last season’s top two-year-old colts and fillies, who may not be as good as we have been thinking they are. Rabada, Seventh Plain and our own Entisaar have all failed to win their first three-year-old starts. There are more, including Lauderdale, Chestnuts N Pearls, Melliflora…”
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Marshall’s Rocket Of A Double

Chestnut’s Rocket has always been an above average sort

Chestnuts Rocket wins November Stakes

The Cape raiding combination of jockey MJ Byleveld and trainer Vaughan Marshall were on the mark with a 100% strike double at Fairview on Friday read more

Trainer Survives Suspension Of Licence

Irregular and false entries in horse passports

National Horseracing Authority

The Inquiry Board after hearing evidence in mitigation, wholly suspended the cancellation of Mr Janse van Rensburg’s license and suspended R20 000 of the R60 000 fine imposed for a period of 5 years read more

Magic Carpet Ride

This is a really tough little race

Persian Rug

The withdrawal of Starling Stakes winner Madame Dubois has thrown the R275 000 Gr3 Fillies Mile wide open read more

Soak Up The Sun

Summer Cup Day extravaganza

Power King - July winner is a nominee

The top yards appear to hold all the aces in Saturday’s R2 million Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup. Trainer Geoff Woodruff goes for his third successive victory in the Gauteng flagship feature, but he will have to thwart a serious challenge from some of his big name colleagues read more

R5 Million – In Less Than A Minute!

Banker Trip To Heaven - or include three others?

Trip To Heaven

With over R5 million up for grabs in the Turffontein Pick 6, it is a daunting thought that we are either in or out in less than a minute in the first leg. read more

Our Own Slice Of Summer In Zim Today

Hello From Harare - and a bit of disappointment after the initial excitement

Super Trouper - chance to end season on a high

A good day of racing is promised at Borrowdale Park today – and, yes, I do know that the R2 000 000 Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup is on at Turffontein read more

Go For Broke…With Azzman and Superman

Summer Cup Day temperatures set to soar

Abashiri - bad draw and fitness in doubt

The Gr2 Dingaans is a stomping ground for some great horses and there must be something hot amongst this lot read more


Who Thinks What?

SP readers’ comments digest



Good or bad?


Soft Leads – Jocks Playing Games

Joey Ramsden looks at a week of highs and lows


Thanks For Telling Us

Health warning - don't ever trust what you read on the label


Not Shabby, Mr Shaw!

So the final Group 1 of the season is over and we are fast approaching Christmas


Focus On The Customer!

Operators need to hire passionate and creative people for the job

Sands of Time – November 1995

Cape Horse of the Year - Flobayou

1 – 7 November Global Warming The 4 November Germiston November Handicap looked a walkover for National Emblem. However, there is no such thing as a racing certainty and in the event, Stuart Pettigrew’s front-running Golden Globe caused a 40/1 upset. Rene Bonham got his charge over smartly from his wide draw and simply led […] read more

Sands of Time – October 1995

1995 Gr1 IGN Gold Bowl - The Monk

We turn the clock back 20 years to look at what happened in SA Racing during October 1995. read more


Anne Upton

Anne Upton

A Slice of Racing History


Callan Murray

Callan Murray (pic: JC Photographics)

Stepping Up