Let’s Make Merry

Gr3 Acacia Handicap - not an easy race
Be Mine Tonight wins at Turffontein on 2015-02-12

Favourites have won the Acacia Handicap 6 out of the last 10 times, which might imply that the race is anything but a black type handicap. read more

Coming Of Age

It looks a terrific spectacle of a chess game-type race in the making.
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The R1 million Betting World Gr2 Gauteng Guineas may not end up the straight shootout between Harry’s Son and Unparalleled that it appears at first glance. Both have proven vincible. Unparalleled looks to have had the better prep. But his wide draw is going to give his connections a few tactical headaches read more

Tarry’s Trophy Territory

The top yard has kicked into overdrive with a powerful string
Sirenis Call wins CTS B2K2

While he has a real smasher on his hands in Mambo In Seattle’s daughter Same Jurisdiction, history is not really on the side of Ashburton-based Duncan Howells as he marches into Sean Tarry territory at Turffontein on Saturday read more

SA Flying The Flag In Dubai

A number of South Africans were on course to support Mike de Kock’s runners
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There was joy and happiness in the winner’s enclosure after Flying The Flag did exactly that for South Africa in the Al Naboodah Construction Group Trophy read more

A Licence To Print The Stuff!

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No Zim racing this weekend, but there will be two feature races at the next Borrowdale Park race meeting on Sunday March 8 – the US$ 12 000 Zimoco Ipi Tombe Stakes and the US$ 7 500 Silver Slipper read more

Muzi On The Button

Summerhil Stud bred Duty Dance scores nice win
Duty Dance strides clear under Muzi Yeni (JC Photos)

The Winning Form-sponsored Yeni used his mount’s galloping weight in the 1200m event and stalked the blitzing favourite Anger out front until the 400m where he made his match winning move read more

Hawaii Hat-Trick For The Fever?

In the face of strong opposition, it looks very tough
Sabadell wins wolf power

Sean Tarry deserves full credit for keeping Whiteline Fever going. The 7yo son of Right Approach goes for a hat-trick of Hawaii Stakes wins on Saturday…but Justin Snaith won’t be getting sentimental about historic bids and the like read more

Opinion

Yogas Govender

New Beginnings

Yogas Govender is almost universally well-liked and was probably summed up best on the podium of the 2013 J&B Met when Stan Elley called him “one of the nicest people in racing.” read more

New Partnership For TBA

Sun International needs no introduction
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“We believe that this partnership will be of mutual benefit to both parties and further enhance the high-class accommodation experience that our buyers have come to expect.” read more

Spirited Bidding At Summer Ready To Run

Stallion knocked down to Gauteng trainer
Mick Goss

With visitors from as far afield as Mauritius, Mogadishu, France and Cyprus, the 2015 Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale held at the School Of Equine Management Excellence at the magnificent Summerhill Stud, produced a satisfactory outcome read more

Opinion

Ramsden’s Up And Off Down Under

It is good to get away and see all the other types of horses in the world.

I am off to Australia to the Melbourne Premier Sale on Wednesday to have a look and see what is going on over there. Do we call it the real world? read more

The Fight To Be Champion

In Black And White
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The two different worlds of the veteran champion and the up-and-coming super talented youngster fighting for supremacy at the top of the South African national jockey log is the stuff of movie scripts read more

Opinion

Yogas Govender

New Beginnings

Yogas Govender is almost universally well-liked and was probably summed up best on the podium of the 2013 J&B Met when Stan Elley called him “one of the nicest people in racing.” read more

Opinion

Ramsden’s Up And Off Down Under

It is good to get away and see all the other types of horses in the world.

I am off to Australia to the Melbourne Premier Sale on Wednesday to have a look and see what is going on over there. Do we call it the real world? read more

Opinion

New Spots For Old Leopards

BSA Ups Their Game

The sales environment is evolving in a hurry and BSA have joined the fray with their rejuvenated Cape Summer Yearling Sale at the gorgeous Val de Vie estate. The Sporting Post went along to take a look. read more

Opinion

Enough To Make One Cry

I think what sums him up was his pathetic chuckle after the whole debacle

If that is the best we can conjure up, then the country is pretty close to a crisis and we should not be sleeping well at night, suggests Joey Ramsden read more

Opinion

Amo Amas Amat

Robyn Louw chats to aspiring young jockey, Lyle Hewitson

I’ve always been in love with horses and now the racing bug has bit, and I’m sure it’s there to stay. It’s hard to explain, I just feel it’s all I want to do. read more

Profile

Mary Slack

The fountainhead of wealth is the mare who foals a filly
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Mary Slack is the daughter of Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer. She is also the force behind Wilgerbosdrift Stud, Dynasty and the SA Triple Tiara. The Sporting Post gets to know her a little better. read more

Profile

Kevin Shea

Young at heart - despite the wear and tear
Kevin Shea -an armchair ride

The 52 year old Kevin Shea, aka ‘Shezy’, looks, and behaves, more like a 32 year old but concedes that he is experiencing some serious ‘wear and tear’ after a race-riding career spanning 37 years 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

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