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

Met Gallops – We Are None The Wiser!

Brett Crawford Futura shares on the rise as Met D-Day looms
Legislate at the 2015 Met Gallops

We have watched the gallops on Thursday morning and we know where they are drawn. But has the sun broken through the ominous dark cloud hovering over original J&B Met favourite Legislate? 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

Gr1 Glory For Master Mike

Australian bred 3yo filly slams Gr1 winners
alboran sea (1)

A magical mix of bureaucracy and some typical De Kock genius strategy combined to give the daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar a terrific second career Gr1 victory and she looks to have the world at her feet – in more ways than one! read more

Agh…We Love The Met Anyway

Gallops a non event and big horse 50/50
J&B Met

The charismatic legend of Andrew Fortune sitting on that expensive couch in an outfit that looked like he came straight from cleaning his garage , made the show worthwhile read more

2015 J&B Met Gallops Gallery

All the runners for the 2015 J&B Met
2015 J&B Met Gallops - Tellina, Louis The King, Killua Castle

The contenders for the 2015 J&B Met strutted their stuff at the pubic gallops at Kenilworth on Thursday, 22 January. The Sporting Post was on hand to capture the action. read more

World’s Best? Another View

Let's not let our enthusiasm run away with us.

To say Just A Way is the World’s Best Racehorse and his contemporary Epiphaneia is the world’ s second-best racehorse makes an assumption which could be debated read more

Summer Of Speed

Cape's big sprint set to produce the fireworks
Fly By Night wins_compressed

The nationally representative field sets a serious poser for punters with a muddling interprovincial form mix guaranteed to add spice to the cocktail. read more

Speed – Always In Fashion

Cape Flying Championship boasts a glittering honour roll of stars
The Iron Horse - Sentinel

In a 46 year history, the greatest ‘Cape Flyer’ is surely the ‘Iron Horse’ Sentinel, who won the race for three years in succession from 1973. 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


The Year That Was

2014 in review

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Yet those who DO, are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it! What do you remember of 2014? 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


James Goodman

As Good As It Gets
James Goodman

James Goodman’s life reads like The Big Book of Boys’ Adventures – world traveller, racehorse trainer, golf player and raconteur. Condensing him onto the written page is plainly impossible, but we’ve had a go and apologise in advance for all the bits we’ve left out (and perhaps all the bits we should have). 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