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Preston

18th September 2018

Newsflash:Jockeys Injured In Scottsville Fall

No pun was intended with his honest observation of riding

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Naughtynads

18th September 2018

Newsflash: Du Plessis Resigns

Why are all the big fish resigning? Are they afraid something is about to be

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Loyo

18th September 2018

There Is Life After Training Racehorses…

The general standard of SA trainers is very high but unfortunately only the "bigger" trainers get the real support. Fair enough they deserve their success but I like the Hong Kong model...a maximum of 40 horses per trainer...that way everybody gets a chance at

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James

18th September 2018

Farewell To The Rain

What a tragedy. He produced classy beautiful

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Dawid

18th September 2018

Newsflash: Du Plessis Resigns

I know that the Sporting Post will not post unsubstantiated facts. Although he has resigned for personal reasons, the reasons are not given to us. We can only guess. Had Phumelela given us the reasons, we would not be guessing. This is my take on the situation. I hope the Sporting Post allows my comments and anyone else's. Speculation creates debate and makes people think. Phumelela and Rian Du Plessis can stop the speculation by giving reasons. The longer that reasons are not given the more the speculation. When I see personal reasons as a reason, I believe that the truth if said will affect the price of the shares in a negative way and no-one with shares wants the truth to be known.

Here goes-

He is following in the footsteps of his mentor and friend Markus Jooste. His thought process is the same. He is no fool. He calculates everything. He is a number cruncher.

He can see the writing is on the wall for Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Ltd. The Public Protector has already notified Phumelela that it is investigating the corporatisation of horse racing. Rumour has it that Phumelela already knows that the Public Protector will be finding that the Gauteng Govt was wrong in its implementation and process followed for corporatisation. This means that Phumelelas horse racing business is at risk and its share price will be negatively affected. He does not want to be known as the person in charge of Phumelela when it failed. His past employment history tells...(click here to view the rest of this comment)

Mister G

18th September 2018

Newsflash: Du Plessis Resigns

And so the plot thickens !! Makes you think , doesn't it

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B d steele

18th September 2018

Vaal Track – Life Goes On

Could get a whole lot worse than Mr Reid ,step on up to the plate

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Ian Jayes

18th September 2018

Newsflash:Jockeys Injured In Scottsville Fall

In reply to JohnnyG if I am talking rubbish then so did Charlie Barends, Lester Piggot and a host of trainers. Far too many jockeys are falling off going down to the start, at the start and in races and horses are not all breaking down when they do so. I may not have ridden in races, but I do know that when the only contact you have is with the horses mouth, you are not doing yourself or the horse any favours. You cannot defend the indefensible.

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Calvin

18th September 2018

Farewell To The Rain

Thank you for the info.
What a blow and also sad news of a champion close to any anyone's

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Steve Reid

18th September 2018

Vaal Track – Life Goes On

Assumptions are dangerous and probably arise from lack of communication and missed appointments. Because the name is not in the book does not mean all interest is lost. As for the kind words about candidacy, clearly things are worse than even I

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Glen Hatt

18th September 2018

Newsflash:Jockeys Injured In Scottsville Fall

Anything can happen when riding in races and no matter whether you ride short or long, when you clip a horses heels or sadly if a horse goes wrong , there is nothing that a jockey can do to try and rectify the situation. It happens so quick that you have no time to even think what to do!
As a rider that rode short in over 35000 races in my career and having fallen numerous times and luckily not breaking anything I can say with confidence that I would rather sit short on a horse rather than long. I would prefer to be catapulted away from horses than my legs being entangled with the horses when going down in a race.
This is my comment in my personal

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Thom Verresig

18th September 2018

NHA Chief Executive’s Leave Of Absence

Now he resigns.

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Francois van Ghent

18th September 2018

East Cape Grooms Protest Turns Nasty

People throwing stones at horses not supposed to work with horses? They have no love for the animals.... So sad to read

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Gary Jolliffe

18th September 2018

East Cape Grooms Protest Turns Nasty

Best they who are behind disturbance understand that us owners race for pleasure, and that the moment it is no longer a pleasure but a stress, we will pull out. through our pleasure we create huge employment for no more than our leisure and hobby. we do not derive an income from being owners, whereas the grooms do. Stop aggravating owners before jobs are lost. Having said this to the grooms, we must all understand that those driving this s#*t don't give a s#*t about the grooms welfare. So long as they can say "look what we did for the grooms" (those still employed) they will gain votes and popularity with the unemployed masses, and that is what "they" care

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JessK

18th September 2018

Sunday Racing – Is It Necessary?

Just don't give the Operators an excuse to renege on another race day/meeting.
This is music to their ears

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Paul Karam

18th September 2018

East Cape Grooms Protest Turns Nasty

This really saddens me, why can this not get sorted out, lets all try and work together. My heart bleeds for all concerned.............................................Loraine

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bert

18th September 2018

Cape Racing Needs The Small Trainers

Riaans correct those at top only interested in the top trainers top jockeys etc..I understand that if u buy a horse u would like the best trainers to train the horse (the top few are not always the best but they still get best horses why ??)but not everyone can afford their fees etc and besides who knows maybe their is a M De Kock lurking amongst the smaller trainers that dont get descent horses like the top few trainers do
As for the course ,dead,why ??? if I go to course I want a good cheap meal not what the fancy retaurants charge.At the kenilworth /durbanville courses the food is disgusting and very expensive.
The price of a hamburger or boori roll is the same price as a

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Bob Kistnasamy

18th September 2018

Newsflash:Jockeys Injured In Scottsville Fall

Regrettably, we have been having too many of these incidents recently. Unfortunately our top jockeys have been affected and their recovery period extensive.
Speedy recovery to Stuart and Lyle and deepest condolences to the racing fraternity on the loss of our thoroughbreds.

Just as in motor racing, safety measures must be examined, discussed and implemented.
We owe it our horsemen and the beautiful horses they

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Chris Swart

18th September 2018

Newsflash: NHA CEO Resigns

While one empathises with him and his wife, he did do good that was applauded by leading trainers.
For that kudos to him.

What really needs to be investigated is how this was in the public domain for so long and negligently handled and denied.
These are the people that really need to follow the example set by him and do the honourable

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Johan

18th September 2018

Grooms Action Hits Eastern Cape

Owners and trainers take note these grooms really do babysit YOUR horses which gives yourselves the opportunity to earn a living , so please pay them their due . R1000 a week to babysit your investment ?? It will only be fair practice. Get with the program owners and trainers of these fantastic animals called

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