‘Everybody Pays’ – So They Say

"Illegal bookmakers never had it so good," said one professional punter
So they say

The CITIbet model is said to have been copied from betting operations at illegal casinos based on islands off Singapore, where a black-market trading of bets by Asia’s bookmakers on racing was rife. Now the bookmakers simply operate in a virtual trading room read more

Beach Beauty Honoured

The Results of the 2014 KZN Breeders Awards
Beach Beauty wins the 2014 Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes

Beach Beauty, who bowed out of competition after her win in the Garden Province Stakes, swept the boards at the 2014 KZN Breeders Awards, walking away with no less than 3 accolades, including Horse Of The Year honours. read more

Singapore Racing – Today

Singapore on Sunday 23 November
Spalato

A few nice local races on what should be a sunny Singapore Sunday afternoon but all eyes will be on the big screen and SPALATO in Hong Kong. read more

The Day Belongs To Piere Strydom

Star jockey. Top horse. Great trainer.
Act Of War wins the Selangor Cup_compressed

Who can recall when last such genuine heartfelt horseracing related emotion was felt on a scale witnessed at Kenilworth on Saturday? The outstanding Dynasty colt Act Of War had just nominated himself as a likely Cape Guineas favourite with a scintillating victory in the R400 000 Gr2 Selangor Cup but his big moment was simply overshadowed by the great jockey on his back read more

Tarry’s Rich River Of Dreams

Trippi colt retains unbeaten record with impressive performance
Zambezi River wins the Lanzerac RTR Stakes_compressed

Trainer Sean Tarry looks to have a lively Cape Guineas candidate on his hands in the unbeaten Trippi colt Zambezi River who stormed to a rich payday with an impressive late burst to win the second renewal of the Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday read more

Dynasty Star Shines Bright

Top combination on mark again as Snaith's star soars
Legislate wins Green Point_compressed

SA Horse Of The Year Legislate set the temperature standard at boiling point for the Summer Of Champions Season when he burst clear with class and genuine authority to slam his field in the performance of the day at Kenilworth on Saturday read more

This Is One For The Blackbook

Peach of a cool ride by Cheyne as son of Admire Main looks like he is headed the right way
Kalamain strides clear under Greg Cheyne to win the Guineas Plate (Coastal Photos)

Greeff enjoyed a red-letter day with grand total of 4 winners (Dancinginthedesert under Charles Ndlovu dead-heated with Redsailinthesunset to win the seventh race), while Richard Fourie and Justin Snaith enjoyed a double. Grant Van Niekerk also rode two winners. read more

Opinion

Racing – Let’s Get Positive

Can we turn obstacles into opportunity?

There is no miracle cure, and betting operators have to believe strongly in what they are doing and the potential of the sport before they will succeed. Without this you cannot market anything successfully as marketing requires conviction, and lots of it to be effective. read more

Leading Stud Changes Hands

New man will be a 'great asset' to horseracing
Famous faces: Mike and Norma Rattray will not be lost to racing

Lammerskraal, one of South Africa’s leading stud farms, has changed hands in a deal that will fortunately see the owner’s silks continue to win races across the country read more

Opinion

Racing Stripped Bare

We know sex sells. Must we sell it at the races, though?

Taking advantage of young girls and dressing them up like that is sexist, it is demeaning and if nothing else, it just plain ruins the photographs. read more

Declaration Of War

Only seven 3yo's face the starter in the Gr2 Selangor Cup today
Act Of War wins Cape Classic_compressed

Dynasty sired the top four in the Selangor Cup last year and his smart son Act Of War looks a ready first choice this year. But has Joey Ramsden’s colt scared away the opposition? read more

Are You Ready For This?

Snaith has a powerful hand here
Readytogorightnow

With fitness overshadowing any obvious deductions in the R400 000 Gr2 Green Point Stakes, it is perhaps worth noting that each winner over the past five years or so had a pipe-opener going into the WFA mile. But there are exceptions to the rule and that could prove cold comfort for the opposition given the star […] read more

Opinion

Racing – Let’s Get Positive

Can we turn obstacles into opportunity?

There is no miracle cure, and betting operators have to believe strongly in what they are doing and the potential of the sport before they will succeed. Without this you cannot market anything successfully as marketing requires conviction, and lots of it to be effective. read more

Opinion

Racing Stripped Bare

We know sex sells. Must we sell it at the races, though?

Taking advantage of young girls and dressing them up like that is sexist, it is demeaning and if nothing else, it just plain ruins the photographs. read more

Opinion

On A Whinge And A Prayer

Please give me some cheese with my whine

I had mixed emotions when I picked up my cell phone the other morning and saw I had been Whats App’ed and included in a “whinger’s” group about handicapping read more

Opinion

People are stupid, throw rocks at them

The 'racing vs welfare' debate is getting boring

The loss of Admire Rakti and Araldo in the 2014 Melbourne Cup has added fuel to animal welfare debate and despite both parties claiming to have horses’ best interests at heart, we seem more interested in fighting each other, than fighting for the horse. read more

Opinion

Joburg Sales Pack A Punch

With soirees, two sales and a major race day, four days in the City of Gold is a lot to take in

At this stage it’s 2-0 to Joburg, but I’ll be back to try and settle the score again soon. read more

Profile

Piere Strydom

Striking 5000...Will today be the day?
Piere strydom

With seven rides at the Vaal today, legendary jockey Piere Strydom could seal the next chapter of an illustrious career that has rewritten the South African record books. With only two winners to go to his 5000 winner milestone, Striker is officially our greatest rider of all time read more

Profile

Glen Hatt

Resting, not retired!
Glen Hatt rode an unflustered race on Futura

It’s quite a shock to hear that people are thinking ‘he’s going to turn it up.’ I know I’m old, but I’m not THAT old! I’ve got horses I want to win the Met and the July on still! 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