Food, yes. Sex & Drugs, no

Cape Jockeys 'not the brightest bunch'
Soul Agent, Andrew Fortune is helping his son

“I look at the TV and see who is riding winners. My God – and they haven’t got half the talent I’ve got. Do you want me to give up everything? I gave up drugs and I gave up sex but I love my food.” read more

2,5 Million Good Reasons!

CTS Johannesburg RTR Gallops at Turffontein
Cape Thoroughbred Sales

An enthusiastic crowd of around sixty people were greeted by good weather & track conditions and some very impressive gallops. read more

Training Revolution?

Monty Roberts likes it
The monorail that has ignited debate

The training facilities of the vast countryside contrast starkly with a space-age mile-long monorail facility. How will traditionalists view this innovation that famed Horse Whisperer Mony Roberts has given the thumbs-up to? read more

Shea’s Double Bounce

Boost for Ready To Run Cup log-topper Rich Girl
Kevin Shea

Top jockey Kevin Shea bounced back after injury with a smoothly taken double at Greyville on Sunday. He has big plans for the Highveld feature season and after 37 years in the saddle remains one of our very best riders read more

It’s Your Last Chance

Gallops - Turffontein 10am Monday 20 October
Cape Thoroughbred Sales

The CTS Johannesburg Ready to Run Sale represents your very last chance to buy a horse to run in the 2015 R2.5m Ready To Run race read more

De Kock Hat-Trick Sends Warning

Majmu and One Fine Day for Avontuur Cape Fillies Guineas
One Fine Day wins

This might be Mike De Kock’s first season in close on a decade without the mantle of SA Champion trainer, but his three winners at Turffontein on Saturday signalled big things for the season ahead read more

Spring Rolls In, GoPro’s Out

Aussie Chief Steward on Chinese racemeeting and the banning of GoPro cameras
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Chinese racing seems to cater for a measure of chaos but there is plenty of potential and the spring rolls are world-class read more

A Noble Mission!

Reformed character emerges from shadows
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Noble Mission emulated his illustrious full brother Frankel when landing an emotional victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday read more

Gallops Inspire Confidence

Prospective buyers impressed with CTS RTR Gallops at Summerhill
Cape Thoroughbred Sales

Despite cool and blustery conditions, the CTS Johannesburg Ready to Run gallops provided more reasons than the R2.5m in prize money to be at the Inanda Club in just under two weeks read more

‘Lifting The Game’

In the wake of Friday's Summerhill Ready To Run Gallops...
Mick Goss

Some complain that trainers will put their horses under too much pressure, others that races of this nature distort the national statistics. To hell with it. We’ve done our best to lift the game to where it’s never been before… read more

Japan’s First Caulfield Cup

And now for the Melbourne Cup!
Zc Purton salutes as Admire Rakti gets there

“I went to Japan to specifically get a ride in the Melbourne Cup because I knew they were starting to come back,” Purton said. “It has worked out well but it is not over yet. We still have the big one to go.” read more

Gambling With Graft

Confidence shaken as regulator comes in for flak
Popular. The casinos remain a popular outlet for gambling in SA

The board was able to devote just 5 percent of its budget to its core function, monitoring compliance with gambling legislation. They also blew R1.47 million on a trip for its staff to attend a conference in Norway
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CTS World First

Innovation the order of the day
Cape Thoroughbred Sales

CTS will guarantee a Jackpot of R50 Million at next April’s CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale read more

Try A Cool Mint

Low-key but competitive racing on non-feature weekend
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The Riverton Stud-bred Judpot gelding Sovereign Mint could prove to be one of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale’s bargain buys at a cost of just R100 000 and faces his next test today read more

Jimmy – A Golden Era

The Late Jimmy Lithgow's July memories sketch his colourful character
Jimmy Lithgow. Fancies Pylon

‘The late Laurie Jaffee was waxing on, rather pompously, about how he had helped Shirley’s late brother, Stanley Methven, with finance, to set up Rainbow Chickens, the organisation which ultimately provided Shirley Pfeiffer with her fortune’ read more

Opinion

The Greatest Game Played Outdoors

Daily Racing Form doyen George Bernet visits South Africa

To be a good turf writer, you have to keep your passion for the game. If you can do that, well, I always say I’ve never worked a day in my life. Racing is still the greatest game played outdoors.” read more

Opinion

Four Day Festival Fun

A bird's eye view of Cape Town's first four day racing festival

Kenilworth Racing’s inaugural four day racing festival went with a bang. There was plenty of excitement on gallops day, the sales yards were kept buzzing with viewings on Friday, Durbanville’s Saturday card offered good racing and some ‘Instant Grass’ and the CTS 2014 Ready To Run sale posted good figures read more

Opinion

Friends, Romans, Countrymen

Legends Of The Turf Needs Your Help

Racing history is full of champion horses and colourful characters. Legends of the Turf will be filming reconstructions of some of the pivotal moments in our racing history and are appealing for racing fans to come down and join in the fun read more

Opinion

Emerald Glory

Alimony - The Emerald Cup War Horse

He was the most amazing character who never gave me a day’s trouble. He was an absolute angel of a horse. read more

Opinion

The Pain Of It

Champion suffers colic

I suppose it is the time of year but our stable has had a number of colics recently which, I have to say, is extremely rare for us. All have been small and nothing too bad, apart from our KZN Older Champion Male. He managed to get a serious bout of it on the night he won his award read more

Profile

Hans Ebert

Getting to know the RacingBitch
Racing Bitch

As my hero John Lennon said, “When at school, the teachers asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said, Happy. They said, I didn’t understand the question. I said, you don’t understand life.” If you’re happy, it means all the pieces fit, and you can build from here on how to be, well, more happy. read more

Profile

Ryan Munger

A good sportsman, bright scholar and with his head screwed on right -and he can ride!
Talented Ryan Munger rides Panjo

He is leading his colleagues a merry dance at the top of the SA Champion Apprentice log with double the amount of winners of his closest rival. Ryan Munger is one of the brightest young talents in our riding ranks and is all set and ready to take on the world this season 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

Sands of Time

Sands of Time – July 1994

1994 Gr1 Mainstay International

Bacio rewards Garth Puller by winning the Durbanville Oaks and Gary Alexander saddles 6 on a card. The mood in the Cape is as black as the weather and the Winter Series has to be rearranged to accommodate the tracks. A big day for Stanley Greeff in the EC Paddock Stakes and Dions renews sponsorship of EP Derby. Flaming Rock bows out with a 2nd in the Mainstay. read more