Seeing Double

Pick 6 knockout as lesser fancied stablemate scores

Sean Tarry produced his second successive feature exacta on the trot at Turffontein on Saturday when the Dynasty filly Smiling Blue Eyes showed good improvement read more

Mike’s Marinaresco Magic Moment

Better than Pocket Power says thrilled jockey

The high quality Silvano gelding Marinaresco put his best foot forward to set up a magical moment in a fairytale farewell for veteran trainer Mike Bass as the curtain came down on the 2015 SA Champions Season at Greyville on Sunday read more

Bass’ Galloping Goldmine

Drakenstein owned and bred filly on track for a scintillating Champions Season

Star Trippi filly Inara came out firing on all cylinders and notched an outstanding fourth career Gr1 victory with a workmanlike win in Saturday’s slow-run R1 million Laurie Jaffee Empress Club Stakes read more

Drakenstein Domination!

Arabian Winter to the fore as light blue dominates

Milnerton based Mike Bass took three runners to the Eastern Cape for the Friday meeting and after Limpopo River had been beaten into second in her maiden effort earlier on, the veteran didn’t miss with his next two producing a welcome feature double read more

Falcon Swoops From The Blue

1-2 for Mike Bass as jockey claims the credit

It is often said that jockeys are the worst judges. But that maxim came slightly unstuck at Kenilworth on Sunday when Mike Bass’ retained rider Grant van Niekerk produced the Trippi mare Lanner Falcon with a sustained late run… read more

Crash, Boom, Bass

Grant Van Niekerk rode a hat-trick of winners - including a double for Mike Bass

Despite enjoying some of the most beautiful coastline in Africa, life’s not always a beach for Port Elizabeth-based owners and trainers. And when Mike Bass comes to town on a cherry-picking escapade with a decent big centre stakes performer, it’s pay-pay read more

Here’s To You Mrs Robinson

Third-time lucky in Premier Trophy - 40 to 1 Met odds slashed

There was a measure of veiled irony in the reality that a horse named Paterfamilias – latin for ‘father of the family’ – won on the occasion of a watershed announcement by the Bass family at Kenilworth on Saturday read more

Regional Awards – Common Sense?

What should be the yardstick?

The question of the determination of champion status for trainers and jockeys in the regional awards were discussed by Paul Lafferty and James Goodman on Monday evening’s Winning Ways show read more

Stakes Win For The Falcon

Mike Bass 4yo shows her field a clean pair of heels

Lanner Falcon has always had plenty of ability, but has bumped some really good sorts – like when she chased the smart In The Fast Lane home in the Gr1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas of her year. read more

Strydom: My Met Day Frustrations

'I just gave Van Niekerk a few nervous moments as he was celebrating prematurely!'

“This is the only race that really annoyed me. I was shouting from the 2000m marker to tell my colleague to step on it and not let the leader enjoy such a soft and easy lead. It was a poor display of riding.” read more

The Big Thaw

Van Niekerk gives Striker some cheek in Gr1 humdinger

“When I saw Cold As Ice two lengths in front I knew she would be hard to beat. As we went past the post together, Piere Strydom said I think you just ran second. But I knew I had won – I have been riding at Kenilworth long enough.” read more

Cape Jockey Championship?

Van Niekerk rode more winners - but Fourie lifts the title

‘When you are a young rider starting out like Grant is, titles count for a lot on your CV. This is particularly so when you look for an opportunity to ride abroad. That is what overseas jurisdictions look for’ read more


Van Niekerk’s Big Six

11 winners in 3 meetings for the young jockey

It has not always been a bed of roses for Van Niekerk though and the youngster has learnt the hard way . He has incurred suspensions for dangerous riding, dropping his hands and also a weight bag mix up at various times in a short career that has had its ups and downs read more