Facing The Music

'I can however confirm the offer of the retainer simply was not big enough'

Apparently there is one member of the band who likes girls with glasses. My younger daughter, Big Zee, seems particularly excited at this prospect as she wears specs read more

Strydom: ‘Why No Consultation?’

Shock as doors closed on veterans
2014 Vodacom Durban July jockeys

The White Paper on Employment Opportunity’ was said by Minister Alec Irwin to be a radical but ‘mathematically workable’ solution to ensure distribution parity and enhance opportunity. It would ultimately level the employment demographic and pressure on the upper quadrant read more

Mauritius Starts Saturday

Notes from the island
Champs de Mars

Horseracing on the island is 203 years old this year but typical modern day afflictions, coupled with a poor image and perceptions of corruption, have seen the sport come under severe pressure in recent years read more

What A Strike!

One of the last active sons of Mr Prospector died last week
Smart Strike

Smart Strike, one of the last major sons of Mr P still active in the breeding shed, was euthanized last week after suffering from laminitis read more

Stewart’s Promising Afternoon

Polly into 8 to 10 at Durbanville today
Mike Stewart - could have a good one today at Durbanville

“She wasn’t striding out on the grass but she would work beautifully on the sand on the beach. Then one day I worked her at low tide (when the sand was firm) and I saw she wasn’t striding properly. The next morning I took the shoes off and she strode out nicely once more” read more

Only Fools And Horses

Tactics will come into play in staying contest

The parlous level of stakes in Cape racing is no April Fool’s Joke. It is no laughing matter at all when we race a Durbanville MR 86 Handicap for R11 000 less than a Turffontein Maiden Plate 24 hours earlier read more



Villains or victims of bad publicity?

Bookmakers. Everyone has an opinion. So what exactly are bookmakers all about and more importantly, do they contribute anything towards the running of the sport? read more

Another Valor Winner

Fast daughter of Visionaire remains undefeated

‘She looks to be a particularly speedy type and we plan to exploit her precocity and speed while she has an edge over her contemporaries’ – Barry Irwin read more

Do Us A Favour!

Spies' profitable Sunday raid a wake-up call for KZN trainers?
Sarve wins KZN Stakes

Three feature winners in 24 hours had a rampant Spies all smiles and he quipped: “Now I know what Sean Tarry felt like on Saturday!” read more

Carry On Flying

She looks on track for the Gr1 Scottsville sprint gold in May
Carry On Alice wins Man O War

Flashing the toe back on home turf after an eight week break, Carry On Alice was never in danger of being overhauled and went all the way to beat the late-flying Doing It For Dan read more

Bankable’s First Winner

St John Gray filly improves to win well
Bankable under Ryan Moore wins the 6f Mahab Al Shimaal, Meydan, Dubai.

Summerhill’s ill-fated stallion Bankable produced his first winner at Turffontein on Classic Day Saturday and ironically on a day that once saw him strut his talents on the world stage in Dubai read more

Dubawi’s Day Of Glory

Amber Orchid grabs well deserved stakes credit
Amber Orchid stays on powerfully to win the Jacaranda Handicap (JC Photos)

After Amber Orchid had raised the Dubawi flag at Turffontein, the spotlight shifted to Meydan where his son Mubtaahij earned a ticket to the Kentucky Derby followed by Prince Bishop’s sensational Dubai World Cup victory read more

Admiral Tarry On The Attack

2015 Triple Crown lies in tatters as KZN challenger fails to deliver
French Navy wins SA Classic

There looks to be no stopping the Sean Tarry express for the SA Champion trainer title this season. A glorious Gr1 double in their quartet of feature victories demonstrated the yard’s superiority in terms of equine firepower this term. And a week of drama and wartalk ended with some dented ego’s and tarnished reputations too read more

A Call Answered!

Gr1 finish fought out by two ‘restricted sales race’ winners
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Sheer cucumber cool brilliance from the saddle and a gutsy never-say-die equine athlete with the heart of a lioness kept the 2015 Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara flame flickering at Turffontein on Saturday read more



Villains or victims of bad publicity?

Bookmakers. Everyone has an opinion. So what exactly are bookmakers all about and more importantly, do they contribute anything towards the running of the sport? read more


Not In My Direction

Little has been seen in our local papers about the big cobalt scandal

Apart from seeing them and having a good time, they are also bringing their children along for the One Direction concert. I have to say that is the one thing I am definitely not jealous of… read more


Variety Club

South Africa’s best

Shakespeare wrote “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” In Variety Club’s case, he definitely seems to fall in the first category. read more


Singapore Suits Me-Literally!

Pepper's Point - All The Way From Singapore

I decided a new suit was in order for the big day and Barend Vorster kindly referred me to his tailor. The original quote increased – no doubt my suit used up more material than Barend’s… read more


Angus Gold

Racing Manager extraordinaire
Angus Gold

I’m the liaison between the trainers and Sheikh Hamdan. I look after the horses in training in Europe, South Africa and Australia – that’s the main job. It also involves a bit of buying, selling the bad ones, trying to get horses to Dubai for Sheikh Hamdan and trying to make it as successful as we can for him read more


Adrian Todd

CTS – Where Everyone Is A VIP
Adrian Todd

As the old saying goes, ‘a good horse can come from anywhere’ and with the CTS team seeming to possess an unlimited number of cards up their sleeves, it seems there will always be a few new places to look. read more

Sands of Time

Sands of Time – April 1995

1995 Gr3 African Breeders Stakes

Highveld amalgamation falls flat, Aussie imports continue to win features and Ormond Ferraris saddles the first four past the post in the SA Derby – for the second time. Aldora has a successful dispersal, Gosforth Park’s juvenile races play havoc with the form book and Shoe Express annihilates the Rupert Ellis Brown field, while Breeders Cup registration fees are postponed. read more

Sands of Time

Sands Of Time – March 1995

1995 Gr1 Administrators Cup

National Emblem continues to impress, rain plays havoc, Harry’s Charm is touted as ‘the new Special Preview’, records broken at the National Sales and Aussie horses come out on top as Cape raider wins Gauteng feature read more

Sands of Time

Sands Of Time – February 1995

1995 Computaform Sprint - Tracy's Element

Racing loses two breeding mainstays – Hennie de Jager and Transvaal stallion Hobnob, while Clairwood secures a new sponsor. Special Preview is touched off in the Keith Hepburn Stakes, while Bert Abercrombie continues his association with Harry Hotspur to win the Southern Cross Stakes. SAA won’t help Flobayou, leaving Tracy’s Element to win the Computaform Sprint, Dancing Danzig proves her mettle, and Scoop The Kitty wins the Cape Summer Handicap. There’s an upset in the Vaal Bookmakers’ Handicap and Race Master wins the First National 1600, while Winning Purple provides one of the few highlights of the KZN winter season. read more

Sands of Time

Sands of Time – January 1995

1995 Gr1 J&B Met

January sees Gauteng stakes go up, Empress Club retires, Cape Sales are a success and Bushmanland takes the 1995 Cape Argus Guineas. Flobayou notches his 9th career win, Zim racing suffers a devastating loss, Shepherd’s Moon walks the Paddock Stakes and Newmarket gets a new betting hall. Millard jnr saddles the first two past the post in the J&B Met and clever riding wins the J&B Reserve Stayers. read more