sands of time

Stanley Greeff

20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – May 1993

Regions of the Cape horse racing industry are to be placed under one controlling body… The British Jockey Club is considering the introduction of random dope testing for jockeys… Frankie Dettori is cautioned by British police for possessing a small amount of cocaine… Michael Roberts survives an objection to win the Irish 2000 Guineas…

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Godfrey Gird

20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – March 1993

Natal raceclubs re-introduce breakfast racing… Empress’ earnings pass the R3 million… Natal Tote reduces the Pick Six betting unit from 50 to 10 cent… Selwyn Lipschitz brings off a clever gamble… Computaform launches Computab…

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20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – March 1993

The Cape Province reconstitutes the Cape Racing Board… Godfrey Gird is back in business when Derek Holt forks out R2.7 million at the public auction of Oaklands… Natal raceclubs re-introduce breakfast racing… Empress Club’s victory in the Gr1 First National 1600 borders on the arrogant… The Natal Tote reduces the Pick Six betting unit from 50 cent to 10 cent…

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20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – January 1993

Empress Club, at odds of 6/10, starts as the shortest priced favourite in the history of the Met… Plans to set up a quarantine station for racehorses on Robben Island are at an early stage, says a Jockey Club spokesman…. In the Cape, a six-month probe by Deloitte and Touche results in the recommendation that Cape racing should be privatised…. Transvaal Provincial authorities introduce a new control board…

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Flaming Rock

20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – December 1992

The Ready-to-Run sale, held at Kenilworth, averages a modest R6.000 for 39 lots; Goldmark is voted Cape Horse of the Year; the Gr1 Cape Guineas is a triumph for Hassen Adams’ Damascus Stud; Tote betting in Japan reaches $29 billion for 1992; Empress Club wins the Queen’s Plate by 3 lengths and is confidently expected to start at odds-on for the J&B Met. Admits one bookmaker: “I wish I had nothing to do with the race”.

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20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – November 1992

Michael Roberts officially wins the British champion jockey title as the curtain falls on the current season.The Cape Turf Club drops a bombshell when its scheduled summer campaign is moved from Milnerton to Kenilworth. The unit of betting in the Pick Six is reduced from 50c to 10c in the Cape, and couplings are abolished from all forms of Tote betting. Zimbabwe racing celebrates its centenary, with invited guests from around the world….

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20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – October 1992

Doug Whyte rides five winners on the card at Scottsville, including four legs of the Pick Six; Clairwood Turf Club announces reductions in stakes for over half of its feature races for 1993. Michael Roberts becomes only the fifth rider in British history to ride 200 winners in a season. “See how they run”, a new TV magazine on racing sees the light of day.

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20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – September 1992

At Turffontein, bookmakers get an unexpected bonus when the on-course Tote breaks down; described as a “top-level meeting between controllers and administrators of racing”, the Jockey Club and ARCSA co-host a gathering of JC Head Executive members and chairmen and senior racing executives of all raceclubs in South Africa; the Durban Turf Club at Greyville opens the full extent of its Member’s facilities to owners and trainers; ARCSA chairman Ken Palmer expects a contract to be signed “within 3 weeks” with the British company SIS to beam SA racing into UK betting shops every Saturday of the year; ….

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20 Years Ago: Sands Of Time – August 1992

South African champion Jeff Lloyd wins his very first start in England, “Tip-Of-the-Month” award goes to the M-Net team of Ramsay and Harrison, the Natal Mercury holds an emotional plea for the establishment of a national stud, in the Cape the TAB launches the “Mystery Bet”, ….

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