Callan Murray to be sponsored by Avontuur

AVONTUUR Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh announced today that 19-year-old Callan Murray from Johannesburg will be sporting Avontuur branding from tomorrow when he participates in the Vaal race day, becoming the fourth jockey to be sponsored by the Western Cape...
Dominic Zaki, new career in racing.

Dominic Zaki joins Tellytrack

FORMER leading trainer Dominic Zaki (47), has joined the team at Tellytrack in the capacity of Editorial Director.  Zaki’s role at the station will be the day-to-day product, he has been charged with ensuring that the right information is...

The highs and lows of racing: Asmussen family back on top

HERE’s the latest story of deep lows and great highs, so often evident in racing. Midway through 2014, US trainer Steve Asmussen was Public Enemy Number One after being accused of mistreating horses. He hit rock bottom. In September 2015...

Doug Whyte is booked for Abashiri in Durban July

TRAINER Mike Azzie has confirmed that he has booked former Hong Kong Champion Jockey Douglas Whyte for 2016 Triple Crown winner Abashiri in the Gr1 Vodacom Durban  (R4,25-million) over 2200m on Saturday, 2 July. In what has been a hard...

Lammerskraal brings high energy to CTS Sale

THE philosopher Thomas Aquinas once stated, “If the highest aim of a Captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” At Lammerskraal Stud, new owner Pieter Graaff has not only aimed to maintain the stud’s...

Klawervlei’s coup: A son of Tapit

KLAWERVLEI Stud has acquired Coup De Grace, the first son of US sire star Tapit to stand in South Africa. He is set to take up stud duties at Klawervlei in 2016 and is owned in partnership with Highlands...

All the best runners aimed at Durban July Day

WITH 180 entries received for the six feature races supporting the R4.25-million, Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on July 2, one might believe there is not a single top horse from anywhere in the country that...

Royal Ascot 2016 is upon us

THERE is no finer week of Flat racing anywhere in the world than the five-day Royal Ascot extravaganza, a celebration of high-class horse racing that sees the best of Europe tackling raiders from around the world. In recent years, those...

Turf Talk: Fresh coffee in Racing’s Village

WELCOME to Turf Talk, our new website dedicated to horse racing and breeding and being launched today, Friday, 10 June 2016. So who is Turf Talk and what are we about? Are there not enough racing websites to satisfy the...

Former Clerk of Scales Mark Rushton dies

MUCH admired Mark Rushton, the former Clerk Of Scales at Highveld Racecourses, has died of a suspected heart attack, aged 70. Rushton, you will remember, was the always impeccably dressed and eloquent gentleman jockeys nick-named ‘Mr Belvedere’ after the erstwhile...