When Wonder Struck!

Sean Tarry’s Rafeef colt Thunderstruck rounded off a testing campaign for the Randjesfontein raiders when he dug deep in the soft falling rain to hold on for honours in the Khaya Stables Gr2 Diadem Stakes

Vercingetorix Filly Plays Them On The Break

Double Grand Slam registered her maiden stakes victory in classy style on Saturday and now looks a serious contender for feature honours in Durban from May to July

This Aussie’s Okay!

With the carryover of R500 000 producing a nett R3 215 219 Pick 6 pool on the final day of the Cape Summer Of Champions Season, Royal Aussie righted the ship for punters

Marshall Rules The World

It was a particularly special race for the veteran trainer as his Captain Al champion One World celebrated a maiden graded stakes success in the process

Rachel – Pride Of SA In Riyadh!

South African trailblazer Rachel Venniker saved her best until last in Round 4, on the turf over 2100m, with a positive ride on Cliffs Of Fury (GB)

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Classic Cape Crawl

In a typical example of the frustrating ‘Cape Crawl’, the 1800m race turned into a sprint for home with the tote favourite Rainbow Lorikeet (5-2) holding off a determined challenge from UK visitor Daniel Muscutt on Summer Lily (7-2) in a time of 115,44 secs

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Handicapping in South Africa

The ideal racing program must consist of a balanced combination of Merit Rating races (real handicaps) and Conditions races (Maiden and Plate/Race Figure races

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NHA Feature Ratings – Our Brickbats & Bouquets

Last weekend’s feature results certainly fired shots ahead of the season. But did they hit the ratings target and why fiddle with handicap ratings in black type races?  All that happens is one or two horses get favoured against the majority of battlers

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