Off The Mat – At Last!

Daughter of Ideal World back to best in Turffontein feature

Persian Rug has been a frustrating filly for her connections and punters. The obviously talented daughter of Ideal World once had everybody thinking that she was looking for ground to show her best read more

Marwing Magic In Drill Hall

Lacklustre favourite Legislate disappoints as top rider shows them how

Trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren drew first blood for the Gauteng attack with his impressive Australian-bred 3yo New Predator showing no respect for his elders when scoring an easy win read more

Fiery Filly Aims For Met

'I am going to watch the replay now, just to make double sure.' - Jessica Slack

The Alec Laird trained Smart Call will take her place in the Gr1 J&B Met after making a sensational local debut to score a superb win in the R1 million Maine Chance Farms Gr1 Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday read more

Smart Stuff

Duo dominate in small field

Trainer Alec Laird took his next step towards a bid for Paddock Stakes glory when the Ideal World filly Smart Call came home strongly to win the R400 000 Gr2 Ipi Tombe Challenge read more

Marwing’s Drum Solo

Timely return to form for Alec Laird's gelding

A top-class display of pacesetting race-riding by Weichong Marwing would have given Alec Laird’s Argentinian-bred BoucletteTop a major confidence booster for the Highveld Season as he went all the way in first-time blinkers read more

Dynasty’s Daughter Impressive

Entertaining day at Turffontein and some outstanding performances

Cape based Highlands Stud produced three winners , including an outstanding debut win by a Cape Premier Yearling Sale debutante who looks to have plenty to come. Four winners for seasoned rider Weichong Marwing and doubles for trainers Sean Tarry and Ormond Ferraris passed by almost unnoticed read more

Recordbreaker Debut Today

Jumps in the 12h35 at Kenilworth today but may need the run, cautions trainer Joey Ramsden

The full brother to Red Ray was bought by Markus Jooste for R1.5 million at last year’s CTS Premier Yearling Sale and was then put into the Durbanville Ready To Run Sale in order to qualify him for the R2 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes. Watch him at 12h35 today on Tellytrack (Dstv 239) read more

Underdogs Bite Back

A few Group Race shocks at Turffontein on 25 February

In what must surely be a world record for the De Kock yard in a Group race, punter’s woes continued when the champion trainer produced a 100-1 shot to win the R1 million Gr2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas run over 1600m. read more

Fast On The Draw

Turffontein Night 15 November

The Sansui Summer Cup draw somewhat overshadowed the track proceedings at Turffontein on 15 November. That said, Mike De Kock produced another ace from up his sleeve with the Elusive Quality colt Merhee winning like he is something special and booking his berth in The Dingaans. It was a night of mixed fortunes for De […] read more

Joey-The Merchant of Menace

Kenilworth - 13 November

Trainer Joey Ramsden cast a grey cloud over the afternoon at Kenilworth on 13 November when he produced a long-priced shocker in the R300 000 Gr2 Betting World Merchants. Owned by staunch Ramsden UK-based patrons, Gisela Burg and Martin Wickens, the powerful grey Indigo Magic gelding Shades Of Indigo flew through late under a forceful Glen […] read more

De Kock turns on the heat

Turffontein 8 October

The sleeping giant awakes. Champion trainer Mike De Kock shook Turffontein to its foundations on 8 October with five brilliant winners, including a Gr3 double,  from his eight runners.  Punters may want to consider a strategy of just backing selected horses from this yard. Their strike rate and consistency is quite astounding-no matter where and […] read more

Flirting with fire?

Turffontein 9 August

Jockey Weichong Marwing is back! He shared riding honours on 9 August at Turffontein with Marthinus Mienie and Gavin Lerena. The last -mentioned though may want to take a word of advice from his experienced colleagues when it comes to the dangerous habit of dropping hands before the line… read more