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...
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Kris Kin: Fallon’s 2003 Epsom Derby win

AMONG all of Kieren Fallon's great rides, his explosive performance on Sir Michael Stoute's Kris Kin in the 2003 Epsom Derby is being hailed as perhaps his most memorable. Fallon (50) retired from race riding yesterday, battling with depression. He...

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...

Kieren Fallon retires, severely depressed

KIEREN Fallon, the six-times British Champion Jockey, has retired from the saddle following mental health problems. Racing Post quotes Turf Club chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick, speaking on Fallon’s behalf on Monday morning, as saying: "Kieren is suffering from...

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...

Godolphin posts 6th Coral-Eclipse success

TRAINER Charlie Appleby's 6-1 chance, Hawkbill, sealed a sixth successive win to beat favourite The Gurkha in the Gr11 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park on Saturday. In his final race before a 30-day ban, jockey William Buick held off Ryan...