Pharoah Dethroned

Champion likely to be retired
Travers Keen Ice

A 16-1 shot who had not won for Donegal Racing since breaking his maiden last September, Keen Ice was on an eight-race losing streak while American Pharoah had not lost during the span read more

Gee Whizz Jo!

Tiger Ridge filly flies home after break
Jo Malone wins Sandy Beach

South Africa’s 2014/15 Zimbabwe champion trainer Corne Spies is a master of the sand and he produced the 4yo Jo Malone in a galloping mood after an eight week rest to score a runaway victory in the R125 000 Sandy Beach Stakes read more

Striker: ‘I’m Sorry’

“I regard this incident as the biggest mistake of my riding career'
Piere Strydom feels he has a decent chance

‘Over the years the vast majority of my winners have come without punishing the horse. I have real feeling for the horses I ride and I prefer not to hit a horse when I don’t have to. Part of my thinking in this regard is that when a horse has done enough to win, I will not force the horse unnecessarily’ read more

Mansour Moves To Cape

Derek Brugman initiates move of crack lightweight
Donavan Mansour

Donavan Mansour is moving from Johannesburg to Cape Town and he rides at Kenilworth today for the first time since his apprenticeship days read more

The Sweet Scent Of Victory

Sham galloper back to best on polytrack
Strong Scent wins Listed Jockey Club Stakes

Whatever anybody may think, PE racing makes no friends with these sideshows, and the locals can be thankful that punters (and some owners), are forgiving creatures by their very nature read more

Our Hall Of Fame

Wylie Hall impresses on introduction to breeders and fans at his new home
Wylie Hall

Some of the Western Cape’s leading breeders rocked up to view Cheveley Stud’s well bred young sire Wylie Hall at his stallion day on Thursday read more

Opinion

Fashion Statements

Three representatives of Singapore have travelled to Korea

This past weekend and the upcoming one are pretty low-key in terms of quality and big fields at the turf club, and although times are quiet locally, internationally there is big news to report read more

Newsflash: Striker – NHA Opens Enquiry

Freak incident and drama as top rider appears to not see challenger on the rail
Piere Strydom

The National Horseracing Authority of South Africa have advised that an inquiry has been opened into the riding of Dublin Rebel by multiple champion jockey Piere Strydom in the third race at Turffontein today read more

Sand Racing – In A Hole?

Does it mean that there is a boom coming for Flamingo Park?
HILTI

Sand racing’s glory years in this country will be remembered as somewhere between September 2005, when the now retired Guilermo Figueroa rode the Oppenheimers’ Hilti to win the Gr2 Emerald Cup for trainer Mike De Kock and September 2015, when Africa’s richest race on sand will be run for the last time read more

Stars On Sand

Be wary of Bouclette Top today - he has the class and the gate speed
Doing It For Dan_t20150101_web

Trainer Louis Goosen could make it two from two in the Super Supreme Series when he teams up with jockey Piere Strydom and Doing It For Dan in today’s R250 000 Gr3 August Stakes run on the Vaal sand 1200m read more

Jump For Joy At Vaal

A big day for sports horse lovers at Vaal today
Showjumping

The August Stakes raceday today features the innovative “Racing To Jump” initiative, a show jumping competition contested by 90 horses, many of them retired race horses read more

Howells’ Ferrari Heads For Cape

Summer Of Champions for Querari's smart daughter, Cosmic Light
Cosmic Light wins Sville Handicap

Ashburton trainer Duncan Howells breathed a sigh of relief at Scottsville on Wednesday after his Gr2 The Debutante winner Cosmic Light produced a workmanlike performance on her seasonal debut to maintain her unblemished record read more

What Makes Tarry Tick?

The top trainer talks about his team, his family, his relationship with Chris Van Niekerk and future plans
Sean Tarry - Willow Magic and Halve The Deficit carry his flag

“I had never been paid on the button before Chris Van Niekerk arrived…” read more

Opinion

Fashion Statements

Three representatives of Singapore have travelled to Korea

This past weekend and the upcoming one are pretty low-key in terms of quality and big fields at the turf club, and although times are quiet locally, internationally there is big news to report read more

Opinion

Spilt Milk And Rusty Golf Clubs

Joey Ramsden threatens to pull out his rusty golf clubs

There are no sales for a couple of weeks so we can get on with the business of training the horses. We are all in the middle of vaccines and trying to work our way around them. It is not easy but we seem to be winning and I am looking forward to pulling out some of the better horses in the next few weeks read more

Opinion

First World Racing

I was very saddened to hear that Mike Bass has fallen ill

I attend track work on Tuesday and Wednesdays. By Tuesday the nominations have come out so I have an idea of which horses to look out for and record the vision as well as hand time the final workouts on the various tracks read more

Opinion

Spalato Looks Special!

A breathtaking specimen in the flesh

Superstar Spalato made his long awaited return to racing after an injury enforced layoff and some minor setbacks which hampered his prep this year read more

Profile

Vaughan Koster

Family Recipe
Vaughan Koster (pic: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Vaughan has firm ideas on horses and how they should be raised and is not afraid to put his money where his mouth is – or to take it on the chin when things don’t go his way. read more

Profile

Ronnie Sheehan

The Old Guard
Ronnie Sheehan (credit: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Racing’s old guard have seen a lot of things come and go and marvelled at surviving the lot, knowing that a good life is measured by simple things – a good woman, a good friend, a good horse and a good dog. read more