Battle Of The Jets

Jet Aglow back to her best
Sean Cormack keeps Jet Aglow galloping to win a good race (Pic: Bay Media)

Two progeny of our ill-fated multiple champion sire Jet Master appropriately filled the top two positions in a race named in his honour at Kenilworth on Cape Guineas Saturday read more

Met Village First

The Met is just around the corner
Liezel van der Westhuizen

Racing. It’s a Rush Public Village ticket holders will get in on all the action as the village is located on the Kenilworth Racecourse winning straight read more

Royal Entertainment for LQP

Elegance and sophistication guaranteed
Capetown Noir

The entertainment line-up for the Cape’s most prestigious horseracing and social calendar event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP) 2015, will feature UK queen of dance, DJ Lora read more

Joey Goes To War!

International career beckons for Dynasty's champion son
Act Of War wins the Cape Guineas_compressed

Day of glory for Joey Ramsden and owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste as Dynasty colt Act Of War reaffirms his status as the SA champion 3yo. The world is his oyster and there cannot be a more exciting horse on the African continent right now! read more

Rampant Ramsden

Markus Jooste and his top trainer are unstoppable
Coltrane wins Cape Summer Stayers

A muddling pace and a tearaway pacemaker…but fitness seals the day as Joey Ramsden produces the big race goods again – albeit with a 25 to 1 shot! read more

A Classic Clash Today

SA's best 3yo's meet today for the Gr1 Cape Guineas at Kenilworth
Cape Guineas 2014

A classic to sort the national needle out for once and for all. The R1 million Grand Parade Gr1 Cape Guineas at Kenilworth today has all the ingredients of a sellout. Local champion Act Of War squares up to KZN’s jet-setting Aussie, Harry’s Son and Trippi’s wealthy undefeated Zambezi River, from Gauteng read more

Striker: Act Of War Better Than Harry’s Son

Some may call it gamesmanship - but plenty of logic in Strydom's decision
R7 ACT OF WAR_fin (2)

Strydom’s immediate reaction after riding his 5 000th winner on Act Of War in last month’s Selangor Cup was that the colt was “probably better” than Harry’s Son and he still believes that all the advantages lie with the Joey Ramsden-trained hope in Saturday’s big race read more

Most memorable Cape Guineas

Who are your Cape Guineas greats?
1998 Gr1 Cape Guineas

Guineas winners include the legends Hawaii, Politician, Colorado King and Empress Club – to name a few. Sarah Whitelaw lists her personal selection of Guineas highlights over the past two decades read more

Go For The Power

Elley's classy Dynasty gelding could be the key in Guineas supporting feature
R6 DYNASTIC POWER_fin_compressed

Wavin’ Flag represents the genuine class staying ability in the race but caution should be exercised as one can only speculate as to when his stop-start tough travel programme will catch up with him read more

Schofield And Aussie Battler Team Up

Will the numbers be written in the stars?
Glyn Schofield win on Zoutend

While the Schofield-Berry link will generate plenty of headlines in the coming weeks, so, too, will the feel-good story of trainer Kevin Moses, the self-confessed ‘’little Aussie battler’’ who continues to produce winners with limited runners read more

A Case Of Pace

A slow tempo brings the good horses back to the lesser ones
John Moore

Able Friend’s effort in the Hong Kong Mile was stunning but it was made possible after Gold-Fun set a true brisk pace. There was plenty of debate on the local front after Dynamic’s time in winning the Premier Trophy was substantially slower than Jet Supreme in the Victress read more

Field Sizes A Concern

Dwindling horse population a real factor

“Central to our ability to meet targets is the size of the horse population set against the number of races run. The industry’s strategy in recent years has been to expand the fixture list and race programme in order to optimise income, but it would be anomalous for this to continue when set against a flat or declining horse population.” read more

Champion Trainer Banned

Oertel has spearheaded the resurgent Al Asayl racing operation
Ernst Oertel

Dual UAE champion trainer Ernst Oertel is facing a ban of four months after it was discovered that two of his horses had been administered a banned substance. read more


All That Glitters

A dynamic mother-daughter team are taking the jewellery world by storm

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. Dawn Smorenburg found that a bad fall brought unexpected benefits and along with equally talented daughter Lauren, is taking the jewelery world by storm read more


Oh, For A Change Of Luck!

'Mike De Kock's speech after the race touched my heart'

I read this morning that Anton Marcus has ruled himself out of riding Act of War in the Guineas. My first phone call will be to racing manager, Derek Brugman, for his opinion and some form of cunning plan. Derek is never, ever short of one and usually one step ahead of the rest of us. I don’t see too many problems ahead read more


Three Singles To Adventure

As always, Avontuur delivers a top day out

Pippa and the Avontuur team always ensure a top class outing, so thank you for a thoroughly engrossing day’s racing. Pippa for president ! Or better yet, head of marketing. read more


Fillies Guineas – Fastest Mile Ever?

This could be the fastest mile ever run at Kenilworth, particularly if there is no head wind! For once, there does look to be an awful lot of pace in the race. However, every time I say that they go an absolute crawl and I end up with egg on my face. read more


Christmas With Cally

Need some Christmas shopping inspiration? We've got the solution

Cally Hotson and her Horses In Art home boutique have been in business for 10 years and are hosting a Christmas Pop-Up Shop on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December to celebrate. read more


Craig Carey

Doing it for the love of the game
Craig Carey

Breeder and CTS Director Craig Carey has embarked on an exciting new phase in his professional life and talks about his life amongst horses and the excitement around Saturday’s Cape Guineas favourite. He also provides us with a sneak peek at Ridgemont Stud, an interesting new force in the Cape breeding ranks read more


Bernard Fayd’herbe

Bernie - Mostly Cooler Than Ice!
Bernard Fayd'herbe

I don’t mind it, you know. I enjoy the horses, that’s my passion. And as a jockey, you live to find those big horses. It’s not a mission to get up in the morning 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

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