Mubtaahij is favourite for US Gr2

FORMER Mike de Kock-trained Mubtaahij, who is in the care of Kiaran McLaughlin in New York, will make his seasonal debut in the Gr2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday. He will be re-united with jockey Irad Ortiz,...

Monty vs Malan: What’s In a Whisper?

IF you missed our Turf Talk Newsletter containing the Monty Roberts vs Malan du Toit story earlier this week, here it is! ‘HORSE Whispering’, a term generalised for working with problem horses, mainly due to the stunning success of American...

Big Orange ‘juices them’ for Drakenstein

ARTIST and racing enthusiast Darren Birdie tweeted this drawing of Big Orange, in celebration of the five-year-old gelding’s win in Wednesday’s Gr2 Princess Of Wales's Arqana Racing Stakes over 2400m at Newmarket. "He juiced them again!" enthused Birdie. Big Orange,...

‘Newmarket Monopoly’ celebrates historic village

HERE’s an interesting special release: Monopoly with a horseracing theme, distributed to selected shelves in the UK on Wednesday, 7 July. A limited edition package of ‘Newmarket Monopoly’ has been created. This unique version of the famous original is a...

CTS August Catalogue online

CAPE Thoroughbred Sales’ August Two-Year-Old Sale catalogue is now available for viewing online. The one day sale has been scheduled to take place at Durbanville racecourse on Saturday, August 6th, with proceedings set to get underway at 18:00pm. The sale, set...

Solid Speed retires from racing

SOLID Speed, one of the best-fancied runners in last Saturday’s Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, has been retired from racing. The five-year-old gelding pulled up with a bloody nose and trainer Dean Kannemeyer told Tab News: “He ruptured blood vessels in...

Scientists are excited about new AHS vaccine

SCIENTISTS at The Pirbright Institute are confident they have identified a safe and effective vaccination strategy for African horse sickness virus (AHSV) – the battle is now to build a business case persuasive enough to encourage a manufacturer to...

Fayd’Herbe to ride in Mauritius from Saturday

JOCKEY Bernard Fayd’Herbe leaves for Mauritius on Wednesday to start his riding contract with the stable of Gilbert Rousset on the island. Bernard has agreed to an “open contract”, which means he can ride in Mauritius as long as he...

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...