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...

J&B out of Met, new sponsor pending

A new sponsor for the J&B Met will be announced after Diageo SA, formally known as Brandhouse, and local distributor of J&B whiskey, has announced that it will no longer continue its sponsorship of one of South Africa’s flagship...

Watershed Friday as CTS sells top broodmares and fillies

FRIDAY is a watershed day for the Cape Thoroughbred Sales Company (CTS), who are staging its first Mare and Fillies For Stud Select Sale at Highlands Farm. Never before, has South Africa hosted a Select Sale of fillies and mares...

Piere Strydom’s 50th full of surprises!

TUESDAY, 7 June, was never going to be an ordinary day for multiple Champion Jockey Piere Strydom. He woke up having turned 50 years of age and with duties to be done at the Vaal Classic Turf Course it...

James Maphiri: Of Memories and Hope

FIGHTER and doyen of black horse racing broadcasting James Maphiri (69), still has plenty of energy to fight Parkinson’s, 14 years after he was diagnosed with the first signs of the disease. Popularly known as “Jimmy Bo-Horse’’ in racing...

“Johnny G” retires after sparkling career in the irons

POPULAR jockey Johnny Geroudis has decided to hang up his boots. The 46-year-old suffered an eye injury in 2015 and after much frustration, several consultations and an operation to his left eye, “Johnny G” called it a day this...

Quality and Quantity at Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale

THE Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale is one of the most popular and fastest growing thoroughbred auctions on the South African calendar. Over the past few years, despite facing a tough economic struggle, the KZN Yearling Sale has grown in both...

Support Fencing Master for a R1-million bonus

HEMEL ’n Aarde Stud’s new stallion Fencing Master has arrived from quarantine and stallion manager David Allan of David Allan Bloodlines has announced a R1-million bonus in support of the stallion, who is owned by UK-based Colin Bird. In the...

American Pharaoh winning bet tickets selling on E-Bay

WHEN American Pharaoh won the third leg of the 2015 Triple Crown at Belmont Park, more than 94,000 gamblers placed $2 win bets on him to win, and more than 90,000 of them left their winning tickets uncashed. A large...