Bank On Banaadeer

Gr1 SA Nursery at Turffontein on Saturday

The SA Nursery is the first and only Gr1 event for 2yo’s on the Highveld. The race has a chequered history in the new millennium. Read More

Mike De Kock’s Banaadeer, already a feature winner, should retain his unbeaten record

Banaadeer wins the Listed Storm Bird Stakes at Turffontein 2014-03-08

Quick.Very Quick

Gr1 Computaform Sprint at Turffontein on Saturday

Via Africa wins the Listed KZN Stakes at Scottsville 14-03-30

There are six progeny of Avontuur’s super sire amongst the thirteen speedsters that line up in Saturday’s R1 million Gr1 Computaform Sprint to be run over the Turffontein 1000m. While a recordbreaking Var quartet finish is on the cards, the weight for age race is very competitive and there are many with chances Read More

Racing On Paper

Gr2 Camellia Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday

Welwitschia wins at Vaal 03-12-11

8 of the runners here contested the Gr3 Sycamore Sprint over today’s course and distance. There is a significant difference though… Read More

Uneasy Rests The Head

Gr1 SA Derby at Turffontein on Saturday

Louis The King wins the Gr2 Gauteng Fillies at Turffontein 2014-03-01

It seems rather simple really. If Louis The King stays the 2450m of the R2 million Gr1 SA Derby at Turffontein on Saturday then he will make history and win the R7-million SASCOC Triple Crown Read More

Champions Day – Trainer Comments

Geoff Woodruff discusses his runners

Geoff Woodruff

“He sits at the back, he looks after himself and he doesn’t pull. Robbie has felt, even as far back as the Guineas, that he wants further. That may or may not be correct, but he feels very confident.” Geoff Woodruff shares his thoughts on his Champions Day card Read More

China – Opportunity Knocks

Thoroughbred Export


Britain has recently struck a trade deal with China enabling them to ship thoroughbreds freely between the two countries. One can only imagine the enormous numbers of horses China would require to sustain a racing industry in its infancy. Read More

Bass’ Day Tripper

Listed East Cape Oaks at Fairview on Friday

Shingwedzi wins the Oaks Plate at Fairview 14-04-04

The Cape trainers hold a strong hand in the R150 000 Listed East Cape Oaks to be run over 2000m at Fairview on Friday Read More

Reach For The Stars

Wilgerbosdrift Gr1 SA Oaks at Turffontein on Saturday

Touch The Sky wins the Listed Oaks Trial at Turffontein 2014-04-05

Geoff Woodruff saddles 2 beautifully bred fillies in the Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks, a race that sadly lacks depth beyond the top 3 runners in absence of Athina Read More

De Kock runners for QEII

Sanshaawes and Vercingetorix stretch their legs at Sha Tin

Mike de Kock

Injury sidelines Akeed Mofeed for the Audmars Piguet QEII Cup, the South African contingent settles in and ‘Mauritian Magician’ Karis Teetan gets a surprise call-up Read More

The Champions Clash

Gr1 President’s Champions Challenge

Yorker wins the Gr1 Horse Chestnut at Turffontein 2014-03-29

The R2 million Gr1 President’s Champions Challenge produced the 2013 Vodacom Durban July winner last year. The race looks tailor made for the quality Jet Master gelding Yorker Read More

The Assayer

New Blood: SA stallion ranks - swell for 2014

Ruler Of The World might not quite have lived up to his name, but his sire Galileo certainly deserved that title in the stallion world. Read More

Noble Tune

New Blood: SA stallion ranks - swell for 2014

Noble Tune started as favourite for the G1 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile on the tight Santa Anita track in November 2012. Read More

Potala Palace

New Blood: SA stallion ranks - swell for 2014

Graham Beck’s 27.000 guineas purchase of the Alzao-mare Alignment at the 2006 Tattersalls mare sale was an inspired one. Read More

Where’s That Tiger

New Blood: SA stallion ranks - swell for 2014

Those of us with long memories may remember Mike de Kock’s campaign in Dubai, back in 2006. Read More

National Yearling Sale 2014


The Horse Will Tell You

Will he be king? Only Louis has the answer

“People who’ve watched him race can make up their own minds. He sits at the back, he looks after himself and he doesn’t pull. Robbie has felt, even as far back as the Guineas, that he wants further. That may or may not be correct, but he feels very confident.” Read More

Once upon a time in the West

Facts or fairy tales for 2014 Kentucky Derby?

California breds rarely win the Kentucky Derby, cheap homebreds almost never and horses trained at Los Alamitos? But the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Read More

When opportunity knocks

Andrew Nienaber discusses Dubai, dreams come true and where to next

“If someone asked me if I could ride I wanted to be able to say yes” Some people make their own luck, and Andrew Nienaber does not let opportunity slip through his fingers Read More



Caroline Simpson

Caroline Simpson has been with the TBA for 25 years and it is difficult to imagine a sale without her Read More


Pippa Mickleburgh

Some people are just born with a calling and a unique destiny to achieve success. Avontuur General Manager Pippa Mickleburgh is one of those exceptional human beings. In twenty five years at the helm of the home of fine wines and fast horses, South African horseracing’s very own ‘Lady Var’ has consistently raised the bar. Read More

Sands of Time

Sands of Time: April 1994

Joe Soma and Special Preview

March 27 – April 2 UK Sales company Tattersall changes its catalogue format. The new style is hardly radical, as it merely bring the company in line with the format used by most other sales companies in the world (including the TBA). The change of format is seen as a loss those by those who […] Read More

Sands Of Time: March 1994

1994 National Year;ing Sale - American Voyager

February 27 – March 5 Turf club officials in Zimbabwe confirm that South African Jockey Club officials are in the country, but decline to comment on the reason. This after The Herald (Zim’s daily newspaper) reports the presence in Harare of JC “roving banker” George Morrison and Dr (vet) Duncan MacDonald. Rumour has it that […] Read More

Sands Of Time: February 1994

Kundalini, Dingaans Turffontein 1994

JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 5 The average price at Goodwood, venue for the first yearling sale of the season, increases by 10% – following the world-wide trend of a recovery in bloodstock prices. Optimism must be held in check, though, as the 1994 average of R17.700 is merely on par with that of 1992 and […] Read More

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