St Leger is steeped in history

SATURDAY sees the running of Britain’s oldest classic of the Triple Crown races, the St Leger at Doncaster racecourse. First run in 1776, the race is 1-mile, 6 furlongs and 132 yards, or 2,937m, in essence, a staying race....

SA filly gets fair fourth in Gr3 Sceptre

SAME Jurisdiction (14-1, Ryan Moore) caught the eye when moving up smartly in Friday's Gr3 Sceptre Stakes over 1400m at Doncaster. The SA-bred, now in the care of Ed Dunlop, moved up in threatening fashion with about 400m, but showed...

Smart Call has ‘tightened up’, reports Laird

FROM our Friday Newsletter, this report on South Africa's star mare, Smart Call: TRAINER Alec Laird, speaking to Tom Stanley of Racing UK at Abington Place, Newmarket, earlier this week, said that he was looking forward to the start of...

Same Jurisdiction makes UK debut

DRAKENSTEIN Stud Farm’s Same Jurisdiction will make her UK debut in the Gr3 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes over 1400m at Doncaster on Friday, 9 September 2016. The daughter of Mambo In Seattle joins a classy field of 7 fillies, including 2015...

‘Jockey Study’ looks for new health strategies

THE short-term and long-term health consequences for professional jockeys are the subjects a study underway in Great Britain. Named 'The Jockey Study', it is a collaborative venture between Oxford University and the racing industry, including the British Horseracing Authority, Professional...

Goosen, Strydom worth watching at Vaal

AT his age, SA’s own super jockey Piere Strydom would probably rather be staying at home watching movies on a Thursday, but he has been booked for five rides at the Vaal’s Classic track today and this could be...

Melbourne Cup: Sheikh Mo’s pet project

SHEIKH Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global Godolphin operation will be launching its biggest ever assault on the Melbourne spring carnival with as many 10 horses on the short list to travel to Australia. Sheikh Mohammed’s quest to win the...

Galileo gets another exceptional book of mares

CHAMPION sire Galileo attracted another star-studded book of mares at Coolmore this year, as befitting his status as the best stallion in the world. They include the dams of KwaZulu-Natal based sires Crusade, Eightfold Path and Flying The Flag. Mare...

The Turf Talk Time Machine # 10

THE Turf Talk Time Machine delivers photos in colour too! Here’s one from September 2008, taken in the paddock at Newmarket Racecourse on ‘South Africa Day’, staged to promote South African racing and breeding in the UK. On this recent...

Pegasus World Cup could change racing forever

IF the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup, the new and innovative creation from Frank Stronach and the Stronach Group proves successful, it could have the most dramatic impact on horse racing since the creation of the Breeders’ Cup...