De Kock expects better from Bold Rex

FORMER South African handicapper Bold Rex, who turned in three disappointing performances at Meydan in Dubai at his first Carnival last year, is expected to improve for Mike de Kock and partners at the second meeting of the 2019...

Don’t judge Legal Eagle on Queen’s Plate run

TRAINER Sean Tarry believes that Legal Eagle should not be written off as being past his best. The seven-year-old star remains in contention for a fourth attempt at the Sun Met, in which his record shows two seconds and...

Marcus will ride Rainbow Bridge in Met

JOCKEY Anton Marcus will be riding Rainbow Bridge in the 2019 Sun Met, following trainer Eric Sands' decision to replace Bernard Fayd'Herbe after Saturday's Gr1 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate. Colin Gordon, speaking on behalf of Rainbow Bridge's connections, said: "Rainbow Bridge...

Sun Met weights

TRAINER Mike de Kock withdrew five of his six Sun Met entries when supplementary entries closed and weights for the famous race were announced on Monday. Noble Secret is the lone De Kock horse still standing for the R5-million contest...

Gaynor Rupert interview

IN the aftermath of anoter succesful L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival, we publish today our Turf Talk Newsletter interview with Gaynor Rupert. The L'Ormarins Queen's Plate is now firmly established as a racing and social highlight, and it’s catching on as...

Hawwaam can handle a fight

THAT 1-4 favourite Hawwaam only won the Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes at Turffontein Sunday by a hard-fought head was of no concern to his connections and shouldn’t be a worry to his supporters in the run-up to the 2019...

Relive the Queen’s Plate!

RELIVE the wonderful Gr1 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate from a few angles with ANDREW BON, including a post-race interview with Richard Fourie. https://youtu.be/sWd5yV6E11Q RE

Snaith and his team Do It Again!

WHEN Justin Snaith noted earlier this week that Do It Again was “as well as he’s ever been”, bookmakers shortened his odds from 5’s and 9-2 into 4-1, remembering Snaith’s quote in the week of the 2017 Durban July...

Twist Of Fate draws clear

TWIST Of Fate (17-4 favourite) paid an early compliment to his three-year-old counterpart Soqrat when he drew away smartly to win the Gr3 BMW Politician Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day. Soqrat, the Queen’s Plate runner,...

Scenes from LQP, Day One

ANDREW Bon's roving camera captured some of the best scenes from the 2019 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Festival, including social, fashion and racing. https://youtu.be/KU9ASMoBCsk