Dreaming Of Dollars

Laird says his charge will be 90% fit - but can he stop One Man's Dream

“He has had one grass gallop and I would rate him 90% ready.” So says Gauteng trainer Alec Laird of his progressive and highly thought of Var gelding Dollar Dazzler who returns from a six month rest at the Vaal on Tuesday Read More

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen

Legends Of The Turf Needs Your Help

Aidan Lithgow

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

The Double Whammy Bonus!

Excitement building at Durbanville as countdown begins in earnest

Brutal Force at the ready to run gallops last year

There are a number of horses that were purchased at this year’s CTS Premier and March book 2 sale entered in this year’s sale that effectively means as well as being eligible to run in the R2.5m Lanzerac Ready to Run race in 2015, they’re also paid up and eligible for the CTS US$1mil race in January 2016. A double whammy of note! Read More

Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

Summerhill Stud-bred daughter of Carpocrates too strong for her younger rival

Tomorrow's Miss gets the better of Mystic Express (JC Photos)

The 28 year old Chambers is not one of the high-profile glamour boys and the Ellisras Primary School old boy came into race riding through the back door as it were. After studying engineering, he applied to become a special apprentice at the relatively late age of 23. Read More

Not A Race – It’s A Monument

Big day on Sunday

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The Gr1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the world’s richest turf race. It will be broadcast live on Tellytrack on Sunday with full Saftote betting facilities available Read More

Globally Proven Stallion’s Foals Catch The Eye

They are a smashing bunch!

River Jetez and her Oratorio foal in the paddocks

A highlight around his first SA crop include the quality of the foals out of maiden mares like Gr 1 winner Bambina Stripes and Varsity Queen, who is a full sister to Schiffer. “We often find that first foals out of maiden mares are smaller and more delicate than later crops, but in Oratorio’s case these new moms have thrown exceptional foals,” Read More

Millard Secret Revealed

Former Paddy Kruyer galloper looks set for international career

Tony Millard holding trophy

Victorious in his one and only start up the Kenilworth straight in late April, 2013 – and as the form around that dominant win has continued to stack up, the four-year-old missed an entire season as he bided his time waiting for quarantine clearance in Mauritius Read More

Tommy Guns ‘Em Down

Sail From Seattle gelding is King of the Emerald

Bang! Bang!

One swallow doesn’t make a summer. Punters learnt the tough lesson of placing too much emphasis on one blot on the copybook as the smart Sail From Seattle gelding Tommy Gun was left to run wild at 16 to 1 when bolting home to score a terrific victory in the R1 million Gr2 Emerald Cup at the Vaal on Saturday
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Dubai Guy Not Shy

Great first try on the sand for the Right Approach gelding

Marco Van Rensburg rode a cool race on Guy From Dubai (JC Photos)

A big day seldom passes without a Mike De Kock winner and our former champion trainer left it very late at the Vaal on Saturday Read More

Jock’s Appeal Fails

Long list of contraventions

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“The board is of the opinion this pressure constituted improper riding, specifically that it was deliberate and placed another jockey in danger.” Read More

Right Now Darling!

First stakes win for daughter of Announce

Chase Maujean keeps Winter Darling at it to beat Tiger Quest (JC Photos)

The winning jockey when asked about his herculean comeback effort, observed rather modestly afterwards that he ‘simply kept her balanced and didn’t stop riding!” Read More

The Trip Lets Rip

Sand speed star sizzles

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There is little doubt that Trip Tease rates right at the top of the class on the sand 1000m and there aren’t too many horses we could think of that could go with him. Sure, the year younger Precursor ran the Sophomore 1000 in 0,18 secs faster earlier on but Trip Tease carried 2,5kgs more and was never pressed for an effort by Deon Sampson.
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A Precursor To Better Things

Easy win for son of Captain Al

Precursor streaks clear to win well (JC Photos)

Rumoured to be unbeatable on the day, the Captain Al colt Precursor led all the way to win the R125 000 Sophomore 1000 with ease at the Vaal on Saturday Read More

CTS Stakes Boost

Major incentive on eve of CTS Cape Sale

Adrian Todd

In an exciting and timely announcement for the South African racing and breeding industries, CTS has today announced the prize money of their ready to run races in both Cape town and Johannesburg for 2015 Read More

Azz Cat Strikes

'Pressure ride', admits Striker

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“They have to apply this new stalls loading system with a measure of proactivity. When you have an odds-on favourite loading first and other horses are messing around it is not good for the punters. It irks me too that I school my horses properly and others don’t school theirs,” says the ever vocal Azzman Read More

CTS Graduates Flying High

Impressive dominance of Heritage Day meeting!

Vaughan Marshall has an outside shout with his charge

The National Heritage Day racemeeting at Durbanville on Wednesday turned out to be one to remember with six out of the eight winners being Cape Thoroughbred Sales graduates Read More

Who Thinks What

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

Emerald Glory

Alimony - The Emerald Cup War Horse

He was the most amazing character who never gave me a day’s trouble. He was an absolute angel of a horse. Read More

The Pain Of It

Champion suffers colic

I suppose it is the time of year but our stable has had a number of colics recently which, I have to say, is extremely rare for us. All have been small and nothing too bad, apart from our KZN Older Champion Male. He managed to get a serious bout of it on the night he won his award Read More

Fast Horses, Slow Media

Is Racing Tapping Into The Power Of Social Media

Twitter has the ability to drive so many areas of the industry. From wagering with market moves and the appearance of a horse in the paddock, to attracting new owners and race goers or even syndicating horses, absolutely anyone can become a commentator. Read More

Phumelela – The Right Medicine?

The Operator needs to turn a current obligation into an embraced opportunity

I have asked if racing is busy dying but if you speak to a younger generation it alarmingly appears that it’s already dead as far as they are concerned.A ring fenced operation tasked with growing the customer and fan base is required with a separate budget and a clear objective of delivering measurable outcomes. Read More

Profiles

Douglas Whyte

The Durban Demon

Expectations are very high. With the stake money and punting being as high as it is, they want the best and they expect you to be the best. That’s what drives me. To be the best. Read More

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Come Race And Party On The Equator!

Believe it or not, horseracing in the Republic of Kenya is 110 years old in 2015. The beautiful country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa will host visitors from across the globe – Tom Fraser tells us why… 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 – 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 – 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

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