Mauritian Magician weaves his magic in the Far East

Karis Teetan talks about his time in Hong Kong

“There’s only two of us here who can ride the bottom weight. Joao can only ride one horse in the race so it gives me a chance and when I get the chance, I do my best and give it my all” Read More

Karis Teetan wins the HK Gr2 Chairman's Trophy

Karis Teetan wins the HK Gr2 Chairman's Trophy

Hope On The Horizon – Experts Speak

Is there victory in sight in the war against the scourge which is known as African Horse Sickness?

Ian Sanne

The export of horses provides South Africa with a foreign exchange income of R250-million per annum but trade is currently hampered by quarantine requirements and set backs. Collaborative Workshop looks at solutions. Read More

Champions Day – Trainer Comments

Geoff Woodruff discusses his runners

Geoff Woodruff

“He sits at the back, he looks after himself and he doesn’t pull. Robbie has felt, even as far back as the Guineas, that he wants further. That may or may not be correct, but he feels very confident.” Geoff Woodruff shares his thoughts on his Champions Day card Read More

Past And Present Future

2014 and Mauritzfontein turns a new leaf

Bridget Oppenheimer

Remember the Kimberley Gold Rush? Fortunes were made and famous names emerged in the decades that followed. Barney Barnato, Cecil John Rhodes, and Ernest (later Sir) Oppenheimer. Read More

Come Watch A Champion

Gr2 SA Fillies Nursery at Turffontein on Saturday

Majmu wins the Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes at Turffontein 2014-03-29

Past results of the Fillies Nursery fully justify its current grading and much lower prize money than the colts’ Gr1 equivalent. Read More

Our Favourite Daughter

Gr2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday

Orator's Daughter wins the Gr3 Acacia Handicap at Turffontein 2014-03-01

Come Champions Day Fayd’herbe is replaced by Anton Marcus who partners the grey daughter of Oratorio in the Gr2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes. Read More

Singapore Racing – Friday

Friday 25 April

With three Group races scheduled for Sunday, it’s safe to say that Friday nights racing at Kranji is more of an entree than a main course. Read More

Bank On Banaadeer

Gr1 SA Nursery at Turffontein on Saturday

Banaadeer wins the Listed Storm Bird Stakes at Turffontein 2014-03-08

The SA Nursery is the first and only Gr1 event for 2yo’s on the Highveld. The race has a chequered history in the new millennium. Traditionally contested up the Turffontein straight, the distance was changed from 1160m to 1400m in 2002, and run around the bend – a stiff task for young 2yo’s, with the effect of the draw an added factor. Read More

Quick.Very Quick

Gr1 Computaform Sprint at Turffontein on Saturday

Via Africa wins the Listed KZN Stakes at Scottsville 14-03-30

There are six progeny of Avontuur’s super sire amongst the thirteen speedsters that line up in Saturday’s R1 million Gr1 Computaform Sprint to be run over the Turffontein 1000m. While a recordbreaking Var quartet finish is on the cards, the weight for age race is very competitive and there are many with chances Read More

Racing On Paper

Gr2 Camellia Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday

Welwitschia wins at Vaal 03-12-11

8 of the runners here contested the Gr3 Sycamore Sprint over today’s course and distance. There is a significant difference though… Read More

Uneasy Rests The Head

Gr1 SA Derby at Turffontein on Saturday

Louis The King wins the Gr2 Gauteng Fillies at Turffontein 2014-03-01

It seems rather simple really. If Louis The King stays the 2450m of the R2 million Gr1 SA Derby at Turffontein on Saturday then he will make history and win the R7-million SASCOC Triple Crown Read More

China – Opportunity Knocks

Thoroughbred Export


Britain has recently struck a trade deal with China enabling them to ship thoroughbreds freely between the two countries. One can only imagine the enormous numbers of horses China would require to sustain a racing industry in its infancy. Read More

National Yearling Sale 2014


The Horse Will Tell You

Will he be king? Only Louis has the answer

“People who’ve watched him race can make up their own minds. He sits at the back, he looks after himself and he doesn’t pull. Robbie has felt, even as far back as the Guineas, that he wants further. That may or may not be correct, but he feels very confident.” Read More

Once upon a time in the West

Facts or fairy tales for 2014 Kentucky Derby?

California breds rarely win the Kentucky Derby, cheap homebreds almost never and horses trained at Los Alamitos? But the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Read More

When opportunity knocks

Andrew Nienaber discusses Dubai, dreams come true and where to next

“If someone asked me if I could ride I wanted to be able to say yes” Some people make their own luck, and Andrew Nienaber does not let opportunity slip through his fingers Read More



Caroline Simpson

Caroline Simpson has been with the TBA for 25 years and it is difficult to imagine a sale without her Read More


Pippa Mickleburgh

Some people are just born with a calling and a unique destiny to achieve success. Avontuur General Manager Pippa Mickleburgh is one of those exceptional human beings. In twenty five years at the helm of the home of fine wines and fast horses, South African horseracing’s very own ‘Lady Var’ has consistently raised the bar. Read More

Sands of Time

Sands of Time: April 1994

Joe Soma and Special Preview

March 27 – April 2 UK Sales company Tattersall changes its catalogue format. The new style is hardly radical, as it merely bring the company in line with the format used by most other sales companies in the world (including the TBA). The change of format is seen as a loss those by those who […] Read More

Sands Of Time: March 1994

1994 National Year;ing Sale - American Voyager

February 27 – March 5 Turf club officials in Zimbabwe confirm that South African Jockey Club officials are in the country, but decline to comment on the reason. This after The Herald (Zim’s daily newspaper) reports the presence in Harare of JC “roving banker” George Morrison and Dr (vet) Duncan MacDonald. Rumour has it that […] Read More

Sands Of Time: February 1994

Kundalini, Dingaans Turffontein 1994

JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 5 The average price at Goodwood, venue for the first yearling sale of the season, increases by 10% – following the world-wide trend of a recovery in bloodstock prices. Optimism must be held in check, though, as the 1994 average of R17.700 is merely on par with that of 1992 and […] Read More

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