Hawks win Rider Cup after objection

IN a closely contested Rider Cup Interprovincial at Scottsville on Sunday, the Highveld Hawks sneaked home via an objection in the last leg to edge out the Cape Eagles. The final points tally was Hawks 139 points, Eagles 133 and...

NRB changes conditions to help KZN trainers

AFTER a unanimous call from trainers in KwaZulu-Natal, the National Racing Bureau has issued a notice in respect of changes to certain categories of race on the KZN Race Programme. “The local guys just aren’t getting runs and are getting...

Lloyd heads chase for Brisbane title

JOCKEY Jeff Lloyd edged further ahead in the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership on a day when Australia’s controversial whip rules were in the spotlight again. The 55-year-old former South African, who collapsed after suffering a stroke in 2012 and doubted whether...

Memories of SA Invitation Stakes

SUNDAY’s Interprovincial Rider Cup at Scottsville is light years away in status from the erstwhile SA Invitation Stakes held along the same lines and at the same venue, but all this meeting needs is a strong sponsor. We hope that...

Mubtaahij, close third at Belmont

MUBTAAHIJ, the 2-1 favourite for Saturday’s Gr2 Suburban Handicap over 2000m at Belmont Park, finished third to Effinex in a scratched-reduced field of seven older horses. Mubtaahij, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. angled in sharply to what appeared to be...

Brian Finch, man with bruised shoulders

JUDGED by his social media time lines, retired Capetonian racing fanatic Brian Finch has made it his mission to see the Seven Wonders Of The World, and any number of other wonderful things like the Flower Show at Hampton...

Miss Frankel will go into training soon

MISS Frankel will be the first offspring of the legendary racehorse Frankel to race in South Africa. The striking chestnut filly, who is still playing around the paddocks at Avontuur Stud near Somerset-West, will turn two in August. She will...
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Comments from three top stables

HERE's some help for punters playing at Turffontein today. Andrew Bon compiled this interview package featuring Adam Azzie (for Mike Azzie), Clayton Matthee (for Mike de Kock) and Tim Woodruff (for Geoff Woodruff). They talk about their runners at this...

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...