Greg Blank (right), with Andrew Bon.

Blank tells his Vardy story

VARDY’s party-owner Greg Blank has always been known to have discovered the Fountain Of Youth – he drinks from it in Camps Bay these days following his departure from Johannesburg. When we picked up the number ‘41’ in a televised...
Kilindini (Corne Orffer) winning the Gr1 Cape Guineas. (Wayne Marks).

Kilindini: Varsfontein’s latest star export

THE Kalmanson family’s Varsfontein Stud deservedly ranks among South African breeders’ royalty, having raised international stars Spook Express, Perfect Promise, Irridesence and more recently Yulong Prince (Surcharge), on the plains of their fine Paarl establishment. Perfect Promise (Caesour), was the...
Western Province Grooms School.

Grooms School in dire need of funding

THE Western Province Grooms School, managed by former jockey Craig Du Plooy and reported on in Turf Talk last month, is in danger of having to close its doors. WP Grooms School Chairman Adrian Todd said today: “Du Plooy’s...
Vardy in full cry. (Wayne Marks)

Vardy’s brilliance unmatched in Queen’s Plate

VARDY (17-2) literally has the world at his feet after his commanding victory in Saturday’s Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth. On the way he is winning, and since he has previously won very well over 1800m, there...
Queen Supreme with her connections. (Wayne Marks).

Queen Supreme is ruler of the Paddock

QUEEN Supreme missed three weeks of work in the run-up to the Gr1 Cartier Paddock Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth, but she won this top race for fillies and mares in effortless fashion. Trainer Mike de Kock, no stranger to...

Turffontein Saturday – Tarry, Woodruff, De Kock

HERE is Andrew Bon's interview package for Turffontein, Saturday and he talks to Sean Tarry, Geoff Woodruff and Mathew de Kock. https://youtu.be/NeTrFW-5r08  
Gavin Lerena unsaddles Celtic Sea.

Celtic Sea too good in Sceptre Stakes

CELTIC Sea (1-1 favourite) scored a dominant win under Gavin Lerena in the Grade 2 Sceptre Stakes at Kenilworth on Friday. The opening day of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate festival is Ladies Day, and as expected Grade 1 winners Celtic...

Set for a right royal racing weekend

THE continent’s oldest race day, the Queen’s Plate, will be staged for the 159th time on Saturday, having first been run back in 1861 in honour of Queen Victoria, who had gifted the South African Turf Club with a...
Justin Snaith.

Snaith’s says Do It Again is “waking up”

DO It Again won last year’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate but his Vodacom Durban July performances suggest he could be a better horse over further than a mile, writes MICHAEL CLOWER. Will this be a factor in Saturday's renewal of the...
North America (Richard Mullen), with trainer Satish Seemar.

Dubai’s top milers clash at Meydan

THE most anticipated race of the Dubai Carnival season thus far is upon UAE racing fans: Muntazah vs. North America in the Group 2 $350,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 on Thursday at Meydan Racecourse. The two Dubawi-sired dominators—and Dubai’s best milers—met...