The script was written; Marinaresco obliges

SOME of life’s scripts are really written, like the fitting end to the career of gentleman trainer Mike Bass, gloriously capped by three-year-old Marinaresco, the winner of Sunday's Gr1 Mike and Carol Bass Champions Cup over 1800m at Greyville. Three-year-old...

De Kock wins fourth Gold Cup with Enaad

BACK in 2002, when Highland Night beat Mike de Kock’s Badger’s Coast a short-head in the then Gr 1 Gold Cup at Greyville, De Kock was thinking that SA’s top race for stayers carried a bit of a voodoo...

Querari Falcon gives her stallion a first Gr1

TRAINER Mike Azzie and owners Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren know all about the ups and downs of racing – they’ve had an unpleasant time of it recently with unwanted press reports and questionable objections going against them. But there’s...

Frankelwatch: A debut winner in Japan

FRANKEL’s magnificent start to his stud career continues. It’s early days, but he has already bettered the record of first non-stakes winners in their first crop of both his sire, Galileo, and of one of Europe’s most consistent sires,...

Minding could take on colts after 6th Gr1 win

TRAINER Aidan O'Brien suggested that that Minding was ready to take on male opposition after his star filly won her sixth Group 1 race landing the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, Saturday. “The great thing about Minding is that she...

Jeff Lloyd bags Queensland title

SOUTH African Jeff Lloyd received one of his biggest receptions of the season after making his premiership win official aboard Rebel Miss at Doomben on Saturday. But it wasn’t a delirious group of owners or pocket-filled punters, it was his...

Sire Seeking The Gold is euthanized

TOP sire Seeking the Gold has died at the age of 31. He was euthanized on 28 July from infirmities of old age, according to Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, USA. The brilliant son of Mr. Prospector, out of the Buckpasser...

Visionaire, a stallion to think about

LAMMERSKRAAL Stud’s red hot new sire Visionaire was represented by yet another eye catching debut winner when his 2yo son The Thinker, trainer by Johan Janse Van Vuuren, won first time out at the Vaal on Thursday. Bred by Summerhill...

Super Sunday advice from Team G

TRAINER Gavin van Zyl said his smart three-year-old Judpot gelding Rocketball had “come out of the July bouncing” and he hoped the blinkers would do the trick in the Gr 1 Mike & Carol Bass Champions Stakes over 1800m...

One Oratorio at CTS August Sale

A single colt by in-demand stallion Oratorio will be sold at the CTS August Two-Year-Old Sale at Durbanville next Saturday.  His name is Vittorio (Lot 46), and he was raised by Paul and Lindi Garlicki at Connemara Stud, an...