Day Of The Generals

Ramsden and De Kock - bumping heads and minds on J&B Met Day!
Ertijaal wins Sea Cottage Stakes_compressed

It doesn’t get much better that two top yards clashing in one of South Africa’s great classic races. It is the clash of the unbeaten lightly-raced Aussie versus the established local star going for seven in a row. Sound like a one-sided affair? Don’t be fooled… read more


J&B Met Memories In The Mix

In 2005 Alastor won for Sean Tarry – to quote a household name in Jockey Garth Puller: “When the bookies saw the age of the horse, they priced him 25-1.When they saw the age of the jockey,they doubled it to 50-1!” read more


Big Bucks In Buffalo

Sean Tarry and I are great friends and competitors

We are now dealing with proper breeding stock, sired by proper sires, which makes it that much more difficult to choose and also that much more expensive, says Joey Ramsden read more

The Hottest Doll At The Met

“I am not sure that she even needs to stay the mile to win this.” - trainer
Cold As Ice wins Ken Sat

As the J&B Met day countdown begins…no comparisons to Variety Club, but this flyer’s cruising speed could have them all running for cover early on read more

Force Of Nature

Hats off to magic Piere Strydom - Ramsden red hot too
brutal force (5)

There is just no stopping Joey Ramsden and his top owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste and the combination were to the fore in yet another Cape feature after a glorious and memorable summer read more

My Bid? You Being Serious?

It’s a very big room and not always easy to keep track of what the auctioneer is doing
Andy Warhol's Mao To Be Auctioned At Christies

I once stuck my hand up at R500 000 only to find my bid-spotter telling me “its your bid at R800 000”! Oops, how did that happen?, asks John Freeman read more

Cape Thoroughbred Sales Sensation

A review of the 5th annual CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale
Top price on Day 2

I confess I was not entirely convinced by the big brash sale to begin with, but it seems air-conditioning and a decent plate of sushi do work at horse sales after all! read more


J&B Met 2015 – A Golden Opportunity

The extraordinary story of 1965 Met winner, Speciality

Justice had been served since, after winning the Gold Cup in 1962, Speciality had run close seconds in the July, the Queen’s Plate and the Met in which he ran 5th 2 ½ lengths behind The Giant in 1964. It was as one paper put it, “Third Time Lucky”. read more

Happy Birthday To A Legend

Can he finally win the Met on Saturday?

A legend celebrates his 58th birthday on the eve of yet another bid to win the Met. The ice-cool Karl Neisius says he has no immediate retirement plans – scoffing at danger and suggesting that one could fall off a horse just as easy as falling down stairs read more

Oratorio Off To A Flyer

Mourinho is one of 42 stakes winners for his sire, whose offspring earned over $39 million
Classy galloper Mourinho

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s world class young sire Oratorio made the perfect start to 2015 with a Gr2 winner in Australia read more

A Winning Met Quartet?

Find your golden thread and start boxing clever!
JB Met gen 2

Finding the winning Met quartet with your personal golden thread, combines a measure of skill with some luck. We are looking for some suggestions read more

Tellytrack Undermining Our Racing?

Hello From Harare

While trainer Gokhan Terzi and SA Apprentice Wesley Marwing teamed up for an excellent afternoon, the same could not be said about the Tellytrack coverage – they seem to hate Borrowdale Park! read more

Betting -The Good Old Days

'Betting World are using the excuse that for 14 or more horses in the race they give 4 places'

A reader poses a few betting maths questions and suggests that In a game that seriously needs to hold on to its existing followers, and attract newcomers, poor payouts are not helping. read more


J&B Met 2015 – A Golden Opportunity

The extraordinary story of 1965 Met winner, Speciality

Justice had been served since, after winning the Gold Cup in 1962, Speciality had run close seconds in the July, the Queen’s Plate and the Met in which he ran 5th 2 ½ lengths behind The Giant in 1964. It was as one paper put it, “Third Time Lucky”. read more


Reliving The Legends

The Sporting Post goes on set with the Legends team

These are GREAT stories. They are funny and tragic and inspiring and dramatic. These are our stories and this is our heritage and perhaps what makes it all the more special is that it is our people, and our horses, bringing them back to life for a whole new audience to enjoy. read more


Racing Past Sell-By Date?

Numbers suggest a sport that is very much alive, albeit not well

Racing has to be able to offer life changing prize money on a regular basis, with jackpots that can come close to or rival casino or lottery pools and payouts read more


The Meaning of the AGM

A synopsis of the 133rd NHA AGM

A point that came across very clearly was that lack of sufficient funding was compromising the NHA’s ability to function efficiently and contrary to last year’s assurances, the funding relationship between the NHA and the operators is clearly NOT an easy one. read more


Mike Bass

The Original 'Mighty Mike'
Mike Bass - outside hope

Mike Bass’s secret to training success? It’s a matter of getting horses fit, making sure they don’t hurt themselves and trying to keep them in one piece. read more


Lars Kelp

The Man With An Eye For A Tiger

Call him clever. Call him astute. Call him lucky. The vastly experienced horseman has made a flying start to his association with racing in this country and has proven himself to have a deadly eye for a good horse. 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

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