The Desert Reigns!

The Second Empire gelding just gets better and better
Desert Swirl wins Woolavington_compressed

The East Cape Derby winner Desert Swirl showed that he stays all day, much like an unwelcome relative, when he powered through late to nab his well-travelled companion, Gothic. read more

Irish Triumph In Australia

"He had the best trainer in the world and the best jockey in the world."
Ryan Moore holds the Cox Plate_compressed

“We would like to take him to Royal Ascot. He is a wonderful traveller. This is the fifth country he has raced in.” read more

Battle Of The Summer

Bring on the big guns - Ramsden throws down gauntlet to upcountry challenge
Act Of War wins Cape Classic_compressed

Besides the fact that the Dynasty colt Act Of War has won 4 from 5 and enjoyed a profitable Cape winter, what must really be exciting his trainer is the Gr1 collateral shown by the beaten Mljet in the KZN Champions Season read more

Inspirational Anton

Four winners for in-form Anton Marcus at Greyville
Bold Inspiration is punched out by Anton Marcus

The Charles Laird-trained Sansui Summer Cup entrant Bold Inspiration produced a workmanlike performance to win the R135 000 Listed Michaelmas Handicap at Greyville on Friday evening read more

A Dozen For Our Favourite Cousin

Striking 5000 ounces of pure gold for one of the living legends of the saddle
Piere strydom

Piere Strydom sets out at Turffontein today to chip away at his 12 winners short of a magical 5000 winners – a remarkable feat he will share with only one other jockey in South African horseracing history read more

Ready For War Today!

Can Ramsden and Marcus repeat their Red Ray 2013 Cape Classic success today?
R7 ACT OF WAR_fin (2)

A L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate champion and a Vodacom Durban July winner are just two of the equine luminaries that stand tall on the star-studded Gr3 Cape Classic honour roll in recent years, read more

Putting The Lights Out

Easy for Kotzen's Cape raider on day one of PE Festival Of Racing
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The well-performed In The Fast Lane’s half-brother Light The Lights races to an effortless victory in PE feature on an otherwise generally tough day for the visiting yards read more

Schofield To Follow Purton

Young jockey has a great chance to achieve Cox Plate double
Chad Schofield works Sweynesse this week

Chad Schofield will ride Sweynesse in Australia’s richest weight-for-age race on Saturday. His riding tactics will be totally different to what he successfully employed in the Cox Plate last year when he led throughout on the then-maiden Shamus Award to record a shock win read more

Warm And Fuzzy To Prevail In Cox?

There will be no greater tale if he wins — and no greater payout!
The Cleaner wins_compressed

“Obviously this is a big ask, but all the ratings don’t measure a horse’s heart and desire to win, and that can’t be underestimated in a race that has seen the bubble of so many emerging stars burst.” read more

Fairview Back To Turf!

Charity, Whisky, Cigars and Crazy White Boys
Shine Like A Star_Listed East Cape Nursery_f140404_w

Three smart Cape challengers add needle to a fascinating contest and punters will be pleased to see racing returning to the turf after an extended spell on the poly read more

Not Bad Chad!

Things looking up for the young Schofield
Chad Schofield

Schofield returned to the saddle on Caulfield Cup day after serving a controversial improper riding suspension but he has a chance to atone aboard Godolphin three-year-old Sweynesse in the Cox Plate. read more

Government Nails Trainer

Dispute over procedure
Philip Fenton_compressed

Nitrotain is a drug mentioned in a guilty plea of a KZN trainer charged by the NHA recently and it also features on a criminal charge sheet for Irish trainer Philip Fenton read more

First Leg of Work Riders’ Challenge

Chamu Mabaya aims for another work riders’ title
Chamu Mabaya

You have to make good things happen in this life. Going to James Maree’s school and getting my licence to ride work has changed my life completely. There are quite a few grooms who have natural talent. They should go to Mr Maree’s school and, once there, work hard and develop their skills. read more

Phumelela Fights Order

Phumelela and Bookies Tellytrack squabble drags on

On 9 October the Gauteng Gambling Board issued an interim order to the effect that Phumelela is required to make the Tellytrack channel available to all bookmakers at the 2013 price plus an inflation adjustment read more


Memories Of Jimmy

John Freeman pays a fond tribute to the late Jimmy Lithgow

Jimmy was an old-school gentleman, charming, witty and very much part of the fabric of racing for as long as I can remember read more


Memories Of Jimmy

John Freeman pays a fond tribute to the late Jimmy Lithgow

Jimmy was an old-school gentleman, charming, witty and very much part of the fabric of racing for as long as I can remember read more


Silence Is Golden

He is back - and the peace is shattered!

We start off with a couple of nice horses at Durbanville today and climax on the weekend with some smashing runners, horses we feel will be some of our nicer 3 year olds… read more


RIP Jimmy Lithgow

Racing Has Lost A Legend

Jimmy saw so much colour and humour in everything, that life will always be a little brighter and cheerier for having had him in it. And therefore so will I. read more


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


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


Fareed Anthony

Racing's quiet pioneer
Fareed Anthony

“I’ve always enjoyed my racing and I’m lucky that I’ve never got stale or sour. Even when I don’t have lots of rides, I’ll still hang around the jockey room for the day – I just enjoy being there. There’s nothing else I’d rather do.” read more


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

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