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Groom’s Schools – Where Are They?

April 28, 2017

Editor: Point taken James. Thank reply

Groom’s Schools – Where Are They?

April 28, 2017

James George: 'The would be grooms’ natural instinct is to fight with the animal' Now if that comment is not offensive,insulting,personal or false, it most definitely falls under unsubstantiated. reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 28, 2017

Judith: 28.04.2017 - Fairview: SAMISH BAY falls, Lyle Hewitson walks away (which is fantastic and he wins the next race) but what happened to Samish Bay? It looked an awful fall, but utter silence on this lovely creature's fate. Did she survive? Is there an unwritten rule that prevents announcers from filling us in on her reply

Amanda Bids CTS Farewell

April 28, 2017

Vivian: To the racing fraternity..it appears that you have not heard of the death of a very prominent owner. Dr Colin HYams. David ferraris life was saved by this doctor and Ormand trained for him for many years. He was the doctor on course at the Vaal for many years and a legend in his field in the South all his life!! At least an obituary. Funeral was reply

Groom’s Schools – Where Are They?

April 28, 2017

Ebisu Farm: ""Training racehorses is one of the most difficult jobs there is"". You certainly cannot be serious Sir or do you mean difficult for the reply

Groom’s Schools – Where Are They?

April 27, 2017

Sharon Patterson: I would like to get a Grooms' School going at Randjesfontein (NRTC) - where there are in excess of 1200 horses being trained. People are coming in from the rural areas to work with with these huge, powerful, expensive, nervous animals. They need to be shown how to work with the horses, so as to lessen the risk of injury to both the grooms and the animals! xx edited xx There needs to be instruction given not only to the Jockeys and Work Riders but to all reply

Good Examples and Horrible Warnings

April 27, 2017

Patrick: We saved the horses: reply

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April 27, 2017

Patrick: We saved the horses: reply

Power Of None?

April 26, 2017

James George: What is meant by,Anton Marcus was forced to object? Was he instructed to object by the Stipe, who called for a race review? What would happen if both Flamboyant and Vulcar were owned by Joe Public. Joe and the trainer had equal shares in the only ticket in the R3 million Pick 6. This ticket was on Flamboyant.They wouldn't want any one connected to object. And we heard about everyone being pros with integrity when it was pointed out years ago that the rule that stated that if a jockey did not weigh in, that horse would be declared a non runner subject to refunds.could be manipulated Could the connections be forced to object when the stipes cannot?.. reply

Amanda Bids CTS Farewell

April 26, 2017

Extravagantlyhorseracing: All the best Amanda. Will be missed and the term replacement demeans the contribution made to the organization made by Amanda. 'Replacements' for pillars invariably lead to reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 26, 2017

glynis: You are so right Sharon. Gone are the 'horsemen' who know how to ride horses and 'think' ahead and have horse sense. That nobody noticed that the rails were in the direct path of the two horses drawn on the inside when the stalls were put in place makes me realise that nobody has a clue what to 'look for' and nor do they have an understanding of what their job reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 26, 2017

Tony Proudlock: Not only haven't they given a damn about the horse but Phumelela and Gold Circle have cared very little about the actual sport of racing. What used to be the "sport of kings" has now sunk into a morass of mediocrity. In the halcyon days when the game was run by clubs directed by Stewards, there was very tangible competition amongst them all. The clarion call was to put on a better raceday show than all the rest. And it worked in terms of attendance, turnover, fields and the whole experience. Racing was a real pleasure! Isn't it time that our present operators put some serious effort into " working" the product like it was in the old reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 26, 2017

James George: The Starter is mentioned.What is his job?Just to push the button?Did he not notice what was going on?He was the final official that should have checked to make sure all was reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 26, 2017

Brett Maselle: As I interpret the song which is referred to by Ms Louw, it deals with a woman hankering over a life she thought she would have had and the man who would have given her that happy ending (i.e make it happen for her). It is a fitting song for those who lament over the current state of horse racing. We got involved in horse racing believing in good things. We believed, among others, that there is integrity in the sport, those in positions of power would do their jobs and do so without any influence from others and that we would grow with the sport of horse racing. We were reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 26, 2017

Jess K: Great article, Robyn. This sad state of affairs in horseracing has been in decline for years now. The problem is that Phumelela cares less for the horse and the industry as it strives for maximum profit. Thus expenses are curtailed, funding dried up and the NHA and others deprived of doing their job as the competent people are retrenched, retired and their numbers cut. So its maximum income v minimum expense. Sell race tracks, tamper with the stakes agreement, have puppets in place in the RA, NHA, Racing Trust to do their bidding, consciously or subconciously and to turn that blind eye. Hell, their CEO even states that they don't fall under the jurisdiction of the NHA. Now they bemoan the fact local racing is not making enough money for them, It is because of local racing that they even have a betting license ! The only way that things can improve for the industry/sport is for stakeholders who represent horseracing to form a Group and take it to Government, DTI and Gambling Board. Phumelela were given a monopoly in 1999 for 10 years, that is now 8 years overdue and In the meantime they have plundered horseracing and its assets, downgraded its appeal and credibility, enriched itself and expanded its license. They must be held accountable or lose their betting license in totality. Will anything ever be done to improve the situation ? Doubtful ! Many have left, given up, been discredited or just regard this as a hobby not worth stressing about. In the meantime a few...click here to view the rest of this comment... reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 26, 2017

Ernest: Great article! The fact that a senior jockey, Anthony Delpech was the only jockey to notice the rail was incorrect, justifies your comment that long standing horsemen are people who can be relied on to help manage racing, because of their knowledge of the game, and are enthusiastic and dedicated to the sport of racing. The time has come for proper implementation of the rules, when it comes to disciplinary hearings, warnings, final warnings and dismissals. No more slap on the back and"Dont let it happen again".my mate! Jockeys and trainers are hammered all the time with fines, suspensions etc.by the stipes. Time to put the boot on the other foot. This was a serious error on the part of those concerned!!! One of those horses or jockeys could have been seriously injured or killed, if the starter had pushed the reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 26, 2017

Extravagantlyhorseracing: When we find the cowboys please ask them if they have the stopwatches reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 26, 2017

Sharon Patterson: A lot of the Senior (knowledgeable) people have been pensioned off by the Powers that be! And a lot have been enticed Overseas. Maybe the pensioned off 'horsey' people who are left in South Africa should be brought as Consultants to teach those now running the show how it should be done? The is so much knowledge being wasted in this country! ie ex Racing Club Managers, Stipendiary Stewards, Trainers, Jockeys, reply

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

April 25, 2017

Gail Sandra Amyot: Where do I begin? Don't bother..........for one who is beyond paasionate about the aforementioned horse (and racing by the way) I have probably watched TT twice this year !! English, French, H Kong, UAE., Singaporean, Australian, NZ, Ireland and every racecourse in the USA and the UK ( where they use their whips like windmills and make you feel ill) anything but RSA! If you wish to enjoy the pride of the connections and the ACTUAL horses you need to imbibe Red Bull, or sleep all afternoon, because those of us who earn an honest living cannot stay up until midnight, night after night to remain current. Please do not reply that there is an app I can buy/ subscribe to - because I know - but " it didnt use to be like this " to quote someone!! Larry Wainstein is always thanking the public for their attendance and support - well there was a big following out there who hung on every word uttered by Neil Andrews and now Andrew Bon and his marvellous filmed interviews. Not everyone can get to the course, but do when we can. Lookout for us - we are the bemused looking ones loving being there, but who do not know a single horse, rider or what is going on. By the way Robyn Louw - great article - this is my response to where have all the horses gone ......long time reply

Retiring The Racehorse

April 25, 2017

heletta Marais: It also cost almost the same amount to keep that retired racehorse in good nick for the next person who takes over the responsibility for your retired racehorse. However they might not gain any financial profit other than the welfare of the horse. Breeding and racing is an industry and should take care of their reply