Can Punters Take Zim Racing Seriously?

NHA will act but it's back to the dark ages - and should punters have any confidence?

Last Sunday’s Borrowdale Park racemeeting was held without a photo-finish camera and an investigation has been opened to establish what caused the failure and whether proper procedures were adopted read more

Vaal Sand Goes

The board ratified the recommendation last week
Vaal tracks

Phumelela is to replace the problematic sand track at the Vaal with a turf surface in what is strategically the first step towards the installation of a synthetic racing surface in Johannesburg. read more

Jockey Room Incident Under Investigation

Matter will be dealt with promptly, says NHA

The National Horseracing Authority have confirmed that an inquiry will be held into an incident that occurred in the jockeys’ room after the running of the fourth race at Flamingo Park on Monday read more

Owner’s Blood Boils

I have no issue with the jockeys receiving a share, but grooms and trainers...

What do owners get when their horses don’t win? Do the grooms and trainers chip in towards my losses? Don’t I already pay monthly for my horse to be trained? Should the grooms not be paid by the trainers out of the training fee? read more

Cape Awards – The Nominees

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The Cape Racing & Breeding Awards will be held at the Lanzerac Hotel on 7 August 2015. The function is hosted jointly by the Racing Association and the Cape Breeders Club. The move of Super Saturday to the first day of the new season has caused some delay with the finalisation of the awards in […] read more

Classy Kingsbarns

New sire’s Mesopotamian legacy

Kingsbarns sports more than a powerful male line. He is a direct descendant of former champion Mesopotamia, whose descendants have prevailed in many of the world’s greatest races. read more

The Betting – Fresh On The Day

Ante-post on major feature races only

Michael Weare confirmed that Betting World: “with due respect for the concerns of fellow bookmakers but in the best interest of punters will continue to price up at least 24hrs prior to each racemeeting.” read more


Rare People Doing Rare Things

A Visit To Abington Place

If it is true that when horses, or those who ride or train them, do rare things, they make the people who were present that day feel good, then Mike de Kock’s Abington Place yard in Newmarket is a centre for rare excellence. read more

Prinsloo & Zackey Dominate

Champion apprentice title in the bag
Lord Victorious wins Kimberley Nursery

Trainer Tienie Prinsloo and leading apprentice Craig Zackey dominated the Monday afternoon meeting at Flamingo Park, when they also teamed up to produce the thrilling winner of the R100 000 Kimberley Nursery read more

Spies Rules In Zimbabwe

All the Zim Awards winners
Corne Spies Award

Vaal-based trainer Corne Spies lifted the Zimbabwe Champion Trainer title at Borrowdale Park on Sunday but will not be continuing with his satellite base North of the Limpopo. read more

SA Jock Now A Hall Of Famer

Happy Birthday Derreck - and congratulations!
Derreck David

South African jockey Derreck David was inducted into the Mauritius Racing Hall Of Fame on Saturday after he steered Gharbee to a fluent win in the final race read more

Big Money – Big Racing

Make a note! Glorious Goodwood starts on Tuesday
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Total prize money on offer for the week now totals £4.5 million, with Qatar once again demonstrating their passion and support for British racing read more

Rocking And Rolling

New Sire Off The Mark: Rock Of Rochelle
Rock Of Rochelle

The consistent Weiho Marwing-trained 2yo filly Rock Of Laudium gave her sire Rock Of Rochelle his first winner when she won a cracker over a mile at Turffontein on Sunday read more

Spies’ Sand Storm

Andrew Fortune will be the drawcard in Northern Cape dustbowl today

Trainer Corne Spies is the undisputed king of the Kimberley Nursery. Today he bids for an extraordinary fifth win in the R100 000 sand baby feature in six years and plays a very decent three card hand read more

Postponed On Schedule

Golden Horn withdrawal takes some shine off race

Postponed edged a thrilling finish to hold off Eagle Top in the Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday read more

Bass Breaks Open The Bubbly

Lanner Falcon's great feature double
Lanner Falcon wins Champagne Stakes

Mike Bass maintained his purple patch of feature form when the Trippi filly Lanner Falcon pulverised her opposition to score a smart win in the R250 000 Gr3 Champagne Stakes on a gloriously sunny Cape winter’s Saturday afternoon at Kenilworth read more

Zim: Back To Basics

Hello From Harare
Super Trouper - chance to end season on a high

This may be the very last time we see a race run over 1400m at Borrowdale Park. In the latest racing programme the Zimbabwe Challenge, traditionally run over 1400m, is now shown at 1450m, which involves racing around the home turn, and rumour has it there are other plans for part of our Borrowdale straight. read more


Rare People Doing Rare Things

A Visit To Abington Place

If it is true that when horses, or those who ride or train them, do rare things, they make the people who were present that day feel good, then Mike de Kock’s Abington Place yard in Newmarket is a centre for rare excellence. read more


A Winning Streak…Check!

The racing was quiet - but plenty happening on the social front - but what about the jogging?

I had an incredible steak with Marsh, Guy and Kerry Shirtliff and a few other Saffers on Sunday evening – simply incredible! I have also joined the African Society – a social group that convenes bi-monthly for events. Next month a Braai is being held and I am extremely excited to meet the group read more


My Heart Of Gold

The fnal push - Gold Cup and the Racing Masters - and I'm 'home James'

Personally, I think it will be a good idea to get together with the top guys to discuss what can maybe be done a little differently to try and improve things – Joey Ramsden read more


Aussie Abroad

Gai Waterhouse on her Ascot experience

Aussie’s foremost lady trainer, Gai Waterhouse, shares her observations and experiences at this year’s Royal meeting read more


Health Fads And Shaw Things

I have decided to break the mould and become the racy, athletic type

The hype around War Affair was warranted – he came into the Derby off the back of a flawless prep and looked to have the race at his mercy read more


Gavin Lerena

SA Horseracing's Hottest Property
Gavin Lerena

“South Africa produces some of the world’s best jockeys. And up until three months ago any one of the eight top jocks on the log were major opponents. Sure, it may well have come down to a two-horse race between myself and S’manga Khumalo now. And I am honoured and privileged, whatever happens. But I don’t intend resting on my laurels just yet.” read more


Ashlee Hammond

Where there’s love for the horse, there’s always a way
Ashlee Hammond

Three out of the last four Summerhill School of Management Excellence Graduates have gone on to finish top of their class at the English National Stud. We meet the latest star student, Ashlee Hammond read more