Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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From the local front, breaking news, current news and maybe some old news too if we miss the boat!

Solid Speed retires from racing

SOLID Speed, one of the best-fancied runners in last Saturday’s Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, has been retired from racing. The five-year-old gelding pulled up with a bloody nose and trainer Dean Kannemeyer told Tab News: “He ruptured blood vessels in...

Fayd’Herbe to ride in Mauritius from Saturday

JOCKEY Bernard Fayd’Herbe leaves for Mauritius on Wednesday to start his riding contract with the stable of Gilbert Rousset on the island. Bernard has agreed to an “open contract”, which means he can ride in Mauritius as long as he...

The Turf Talk Time Machine # 1

LET's make Wednesday, 'Let's Go To The Archives' day, for some memories and maybe even a few laughs. Down there is a lovely photo of a group of trainers domiciled in the old Transvaal, taken in the foyer at the...

Resentful Van Vuuren is to leave racing

LEADING racehorse owner Adriaan van Vuuren, whose orange-and-black silks were made famous by Triple Crown winner Abashiri, has written on Facebook that he and wife Rika will be leaving the sport of horseracing. Van Vuuren says that he and his...

A lesson in marketing from Backworth Stud

MARKETERS take a bow! This unique advertising banner was created by Ian Todd and Keith Russon’s Backworth Stud prior to last weekend’s KZN Yearling Sale and not surprisingly drew plenty of attention. It’s unusual, colourful and imaginative and shows the...

Basking in glory is one of Durban July’s rewards

BARRING visiting Zimbabwean Brian Makwabarara, there wasn't an expert in South Africa who gave The Conglomerate a realistic winning chance in Saturday's Vodacom Durban July. Trainer Joey Ramsden kept the faith, and for him the win was satisfying in any...

X-rays reveal swelling, Abashiri to rest

A second round of X-rays taken of the injured star Abashiri’s near-fore fetlock on Monday morning revealed inflammation in the soft tissue of the fetlock joint capsule. The injury is not life-threatening and Abashiri will require an extended period of...

Kotzen’s filly has the final say

TRAINER Glen Kotzen’s runners are often prominent on Vodacom Durban July Day and his Woodhill Racing Team struck again on Saturday when Final Judgement kept going gamely to win the Gr2 R600,000 Golden Slipper over 1400m from Dawn Calling...

Abashiri injured, rushed to clinic

TRIPLE Crown winner Abashiri was rushed to a veterinary hospital after the Vodacom Durban July on Saturday afternoon, very lame near fore. A while after Mike Azzies’s runner had returned to the unsaddling enclosure following his unplaced run in the...

KZN Yearling Sale records highest ever turnover

A Silvano colt from the extended family of Horse Chestnut (Lot 162) topped the parade on the second day of the 2016 KZN Yearling Sale, staged at Sibaya for BloodStock SA. Named “Well Connected”, he certainly is,  being a daughter...

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David Allan visits Central Asia

TURF Talk columnist David Allan was ambassador of Great British Racing International at the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan recently where 80 countries compete in 37 sports including several versions of horse racing to a huge international audience. He filed...