Just A Few Questions…

Ready To Run under the microscope
Igugu – Horse of the Year & Pierre Jourdan – 2nd to Igugu in the July

The Ready to Run concept has boomed to three auctions. Massive sale-race incentives are now part of almost every auction sale worth its salt in South Africa, with (this year, at least) the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale’s 3.85 million Cup-race the front runner. read more

De Kock Can Spoil Laff’s Party

Graham Beck Stakes will provide indicator to 3yo season
Harry's Son

Equus champion Harry’s Son contests the R250 000 Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday and stands out as the only Gr1 winner in the field. But how ready is he and will he hold De Kock’s Jayyed at the weights? read more

Lining up The Stars

Sovereign Mint has the ability to take his next step up the ladder
Sovereign Mint wins Turff Pinnacle 13 Sep_compressed

Match fitness may well be the key to unravelling the outcome of Saturday’s R600 000 Gr2 Charity Mile which heads a tantalising Turffontein feature programme. The race boasts an all-star field, but besides the fact that it is a handicap, some are also using the event as a prep for other targets read more

Crazy About Pika!

David Ferraris wrestles with Pikachu's fervent young fans
All the fuss about Pikachu

Forget McDonald’s birthday parties for kids, now they come to celebrate the equine namesake of a cartoon character they recognise. And even Ferraris’ intimidating gravelly voice couldn’t quieten the cries of “Pika, Pika”. read more

The Grey Ghost And Halloween

Dont forget about Halloween at Greyville tonight
Native Dancer - an outstanding racehorse

Native Dancer has made a contribution to a Halloween tradition with the annual Grey Ghost Handicap at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, run at 2250m on the turf. This race is usually held on Halloween night and is restricted to grey horses only read more

Championship Choice

Choice Carriers Championship set to be a humdinger of a race
Cold As Ice looks a top-class sort in making

Ramsden’s impressive Cold As Ice takes on Diana Stakes winner Double Whammy in Choice Carriers Championship read more

Setting Sale For Success!

The big day has dawned
Cape Thoroughbred Sales

This is the last chance buyers will have to get in the running for the R2.5m Emperors Palace Ready to Cup in 2015 read more

Trainer Suggests NHA Witch-Hunt

A Witch-hunt on the eve of Halloween...scary!

‘I have often been an outspoken critic of the NHA and believe that this amounted to nothing more than a witch hunt. Under the circumstances I honestly believe that a reprimand would be the order of the day and was amazed at the severity of the penalty’ read more

Opportunity Knocks

Gr3 Starling Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday
Last season’s Champion 2yo Filly Majmu has it all to at the weights in the Gr3 Starling Stakes

See what this year’s race has in store for the 3yo classic generation of fillies. If past results of the Starling Stakes are anything to go by, take a wide berth of race favourites. read more

Derreck David Update

Jockey assures fans he is doing OK
Derreck David

It is incredibly frustrating. I was four days away from getting back to racing. But I’ll just take it step by step and leave it in God’s hands. read more

Pine Princess Wins Thriller

Only 3yo in field shows them the way
Pine Princess wins Yellowwwod_compressed

Mike De Kock suggested rather modestly that the daughter of Captain Al has improvement to come and that she probably got a little lucky that her major opposition were burdened by being drawn out in the sticks. read more


Charity Starts At Home

How looking after our horses can help our sport

The recent spate of welfare scandals proves that welfare is a hot topic. Luckily for us, that also means opportunity, if we’re willing to take it. read more

Singapore Racing – Friday

Friday 31 October
Jockey Manoel Nunes drives Snitzel Spirit to the line in Race 2, picture Singapore Turf Club - 04/07/14

Less tricks and more treats would be the order of the day with some good bets to be had on what is an interesting mixed-surface meeting from Singapore. read more

Well done, Chris

Heartwarming story as Lorenzo Marques returns to the track
Chris Snaith

About four months ago, we got a call from the SPCA to say that they’d an issue with one of the horses they rehomed for us . We drove out to the farm to take a look and the horse looked shocking. My father basically got into physical fight with the owners as we were loading him. read more

NHA – Cast your Vote

If you’re in the central provinces that is!
National Horseracing Authority

After 1 year serving as Chairman, Adv Altus Joubert’s seat on the NHA board has come up for re-election. Owner, breeder and racing enthusiast Andy O’Connor is standing against him. NHA members in the central provinces are asked to please vote for your candidate by 15 November. read more


Charity Starts At Home

How looking after our horses can help our sport

The recent spate of welfare scandals proves that welfare is a hot topic. Luckily for us, that also means opportunity, if we’re willing to take it. read more


We Are Ready To Run!

No one said this job was easy. However, it was great to see Act of War winning the Cape Classic in such good style read more


Silence Is Golden

He is back - and the peace is shattered!

We start off with a couple of nice horses at Durbanville today and climax on the weekend with some smashing runners, horses we feel will be some of our nicer 3 year olds… read more


RIP Jimmy Lithgow

Racing Has Lost A Legend

Jimmy saw so much colour and humour in everything, that life will always be a little brighter and cheerier for having had him in it. And therefore so will I. read more


Memories Of Jimmy

John Freeman pays a fond tribute to the late Jimmy Lithgow

Jimmy was an old-school gentleman, charming, witty and very much part of the fabric of racing for as long as I can remember read more


Colin Palm

Often the instructions from the trainer would be to ‘just follow Tiger'!
Colin Palm

There are few men with a better eye for selecting a champion racehorse. Colin Palm, a former jockey and trainer, and present day Bloodstock Consultant, looks back on 61 years in horseracing read more


Fareed Anthony

Racing's quiet pioneer
Fareed Anthony

“I’ve always enjoyed my racing and I’m lucky that I’ve never got stale or sour. Even when I don’t have lots of rides, I’ll still hang around the jockey room for the day – I just enjoy being there. There’s nothing else I’d rather do.” read more

Sands of Time

Sands of Time – November 1994

Vincent O'Brien

Vincent O’Brien retires, Quick Wit wins the November Handicap & Flobayou wins the Merchants. Britain implements random drug testing on jockeys, the HRA changes betting units, Stanley Greeff becomes our winning-most trainer and Western Rocket wins the Computaform Stakes. There’s disappointment in the Dingaans, Tobie van Booma wins the Mauritian jockey championship, and another son of Model Man hits the spotlight. read more

Sands of Time

Sands Of Time – October 1994

1994 Gr1 Gold Bowl

Japanese jockey causes upset in the 1994 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, first barrier trials held at Milnerton, Russian Fox passes away, Surfing Home wins the Gold Bowl and Special Preview makes a winning comeback. 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

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