First World Cup Thrill For Top SA Owner

Pride and love for their horses

“This run has come a bit soon for Pylon, but he’s come on for his first run, he’s a happy horse and I hope he gives us something to shout about. It will be wonderful to see his number in the frame.” read more

Uneasy Rests The Head

Striker warns about the odds against Harry's Son
Ertijaal winning the Sea Cottage Srakes

An element of circumspection may be the prudent option – rather than a straight blind plunge on Lafferty’s champion Australian-bred first leg winner. read more

Hot Stuff

The race will tell how good Justin Snaith's Australian bred son of leading sire Lonhro is
Frosted Honey wins at Turffontein on 2015-02-19

The Protea Stakes has had its share of upsets – and sometimes by runners who subsequently failed to frank the form read more

Home And Dry

Entisaar seems likely to start a short priced favourite and cannot be opposed
Entisaar wins Listed Ruffian Stakes at Turffontein on 2015-03-07

Mike de Kock’s Australian filly Entisaar is bound to be odds-on to score her second black type win read more

Saluting A Legend

This race inevitably produces a thriller and it will be a tight contest yet again.
Louis The King wins Summer Cup_compressed

SASCOC Triple Crown champion Louis The King returns to the arena of his greatest triumphs when he starts in Saturday’s R1 million HF Oppenheimer Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes. It won’t be a cakewalk though for Geoff Woodruff’s star. read more

SA Interest At Rosehill

Big Gr1 day includes SA connections in Oaks Trial
David Payne

A Cape-based stallion; some big name owners and breeders; a former champion jockey turned champion trainer and a top former KZN based jockey – it all adds up to a more than sentimental interest for us in a big Gr1 raceday Down Under read more

DWC: Cummings and De Kock Speak

"Via Africa not straightforward to train" - De Kock
Mike De threatens to campaign actively

“Pylon can’t be talked about in same breath as Soft Falling Rain and Variety Club…” – Just one of the opinions coming out of Andrew Bon’s fascinating reports read more

No More Excuses – NRB

Trainers warned as automatic cut-off implemented

It often only takes one high profile ‘failure’ to jack a system up. Errant trainers may find themselves having to answer to their owners after stringent measures have now been put in place for declarations read more

Tarry Does The Talking

'My runner will keep finding and quickening and placed more handily, he could turn the tables.'
Sean Tarry

He has “healthy respect” for Durban raider Same Jurisdiction, who is rated five points, or 2.50 lengths, better than Siren’s Call and looks set for a “massive showing”, as well as Smart Call, “who will probably improve with the step up in distance” read more

Mubtaahij Ready For Derby

Mubtaahij is the highest-rated horse in the 10-horse field for the UAE Derby

Mubtaahij, Maftool, and My Johnny Be Good were among the 429 horses made eligible to the U.S. Triple Crown series during the early nomination period 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


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


Paying More – For Nothing!

Joey Ramsden on Champions Season, Cape racing, the sale - and a certain import levy

The arrival on my desk of an increase in the levy for the import of horses completely knocked me out.Thankfully Ricardo was on hand with some smelling salts to revive me 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 – 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

Sands of Time

Sands Of Time – December 1994

1994 Queen's Plate

Sports betting not a success in the Cape, Mark Watters struck off, spiralling debt forces the TBA to implement credit control measures, Gauteng clubs move closer to amalgamation. Shepherd’s Moon wins the Cape Fillies Guineas, Muis Roberts launches his autobiography in South Africa and Rusty Pelican wins the Premium Stakes. Wally Segal retires. Fields for the Cape season start to shape up and Crimson Waves wins the Queen’s Plate. read more