New Sire Off The Mark: Ashaawes

Ashaawes has his first crop of two-year-olds racing this season and was credited with a first winner when colt Donnie Brasco scored easily on debut over 1200m at the Vaal (turf) on Thursday.

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New Sire Off The Mark: Ravishing

SA-bred Ravishing has his first crop of two-year-olds racing this season and was credited with his first winner when filly Little Chikikita made a successful debut over 1100m at Borrowdale Park in Zimbabwe on Sunday.

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Jet Master – RIP

ROBYN LOUW: It breaks my heart that I should be writing ‘happily ever after’ and instead I’m sitting here trying to write his obituary

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See How They Run

On the grand scale of things, the annual Ready-to-Run sale for 2yo’s is as good as it gets.
For two years in a row, the sale has produced Equus champions. Sale graduates have an opportunity to compete for a prize of R2 million early in their 3yo career – the third richest race in the land and there only are 185 tickets in the draw.

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New Sire Off The Mark: Tobe Or Nottobe

Tobe Or Nottobe’s first crop recently turned three and the SA-bred stallion was credited with his first winner when gelding Tobeastar scored over 1200m at Kenilworth on Wednesday 31st August.

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Where Eagles Soar

NATIONAL 2YO SALE: If any reminder was needed about the significance of National 2yo Sale graduates, then The Apache provided a timely reminder last Sunday at Greyville. Sold in August 2009 for R80k, just under the overall sale average for colts, the son of Mogok stands every chance to collect Equus Champion 3yo Colt honours. That’s apart from the multiple Gr1 winner’s current earnings, which stand at a solid R1.6 million. And he’s not alone.

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Spinning the Wheel

Back to its traditional date in Vodacom July week, the KZN yearling sale has a new home, the Suncoast Casino, on the Durban beach front. All you need is an eye for a Horse (with capital H) and a bit of Luck (the spin of the wheel), as the connections of the most recent eye-catchers Seal and Variometer will readily admit.

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Noordhoek Flyer to Gary Player Stud

Pivotal-stallion Noordhoek Flyer – first season in 2011

Leading Western Cape-based trainer Dean Kannemeyer’s dual Guineas winner Noordhoek Flyer has been retired to stud. He will stand in 2011 at the Gary Player Stud Farm in Colesberg. Shares are available at R60k. His initial service fee is R10k, which looks like a cracking deal considering the horse’s conformation, race record and pedigree.

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