Drier’s Mercury runners are doing well

DENNIS Drier's yard reports that the respective last runs of their Gr 1 Mercury Sprint contenders, Barbosa and Triptique, could be ignored and they had both been doing well at Summerveld. Barbosa did not raise a gallop in the Gr...

A good start essential for Trip To Heaven

CHAMPION trainer Sean Tarry is pleased with his Gr 1 Mercury Sprint contender Trip To Heaven at Summerveld and revealed the scratching of Carry On Alice was the result of a decision not to “gamble” from a wide draw. Tarry...

BSA stimulates weak demand for fillies

BLOODSTOCK SA have announced that graduates of the 2016 National Two Year Old Sale will automatically qualify for two, new R1-million races to be held next year. Both races will be contested over 1400m, with one being open to fillies...

O’Brien to stay on song in Irish Oaks

THE prospect of an Aidan O’Brien one-horse race in Saturday’s  Darley  Irish  Oaks  appears  to  have  been  avoided  with  news  earlier  this  week  that  two  British-trained  runners  have  been added to the line-up for the 2400m Classic contest. With O’Brien’s...

Good things come from the UK

HIGHLANDS Farm’s resident sire Great Britain (headline photo) had another impressive juvenile winner at the Vaal on Tuesday to take his winning streak to four in the past few days. Great Britain’s latest winner was 2yo filly Hashtag Strat, who...

Super Saturday entries

MIKE de Kock is throwing the kitchen sink at the R1.25-million eLan Gold Cup over 3200m at Greyville on Saturday 30 July with five entries, including the foursome who filled the first four places in the Gold Vase over...

The Turf Talk Time Machine # 2

THE Turf Talk Time Machine takes us back to 1988 today, with a photo taken of former TBA Chairman Laurence Allem and his wife, Lizette. Laurence was a very successful breeder, trading under “Allem Brothers” – and when we phoned...

Durban July Photo Album

ALMOST two weeks have gone by since the running of the 2016 Vodacom Durban July and we're already looking forward to the 2017 renewal! Photo journalist Liesl King sent us some of her snaps from this year's Graded features on...

Remembering Ruffian

Thursday, 7 July marked the 41st anniversary of the death of arguably one of the greatest fillies of the modern racing era, Ruffian, writes LISA BARRETT. Her efforts at the track were so brilliant that she was ranked by...

National Two-Year-Old Sale brings value

THE National Two Year Old Sale is without question one of the best value of money thoroughbred auctions in South Africa. This year's sale, scheduled for 18 and 19 August, has traditionally provided buyers with the opportunity to acquire outstanding...