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Mike Robinson.

Robinson, Bass-Robinson comments for Kenilworth

HERE are runner comments for today's Kenilworth meeting, taken from the websites of trainers Mike Robinson and Candice Bass-Robinson. MIKE ROBINSON RACE 2  off at 13:35 MDN  1400m 9. SUDDEN STAR (CORNE’ OFFER – 59kgs) Drawn 7/10 and improved very nicely since his...
Vardy with Greg Blank (left) and Adam Marcus. (Photo: Wayne Marks).

Adam Marcus on his Sun Met runners

TRAINER Adam Marcus finds himself holding the trump cards for his home city of Cape Town's biggest race, the Sun Met, a scenario which would have seemed unimaginable a couple of seasons ago, and he is thrilled with the...

Superstitions in racing: “Good luck to you!”

SUPERSTITIONS are “a widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck," writes KATHRYN RALPHS in Part 1 of a column published in the Turf Talk Newsletter. There is a lot of work...

Where have all our owners gone?

OUR base of racehorse owners in South Africa has markedly declined, and I’d like to establish why, writes JOHN FREEMAN. When I became an owner over 45 years ago everyone wore their Owners badges willingly and with immense pride. Twenty...
Rainbow Bridge, last year's winner.

Sun Met field and draws

FOURTEEN runners will line-up for the Sun Met over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday 1 February. With the exception of Soqrat, all the highest merit-rated middle-distance horses in the country will line up for this Grade 1 race carrying prize...
Piet Steyn (left), Grant Behr and Karen Norman in the winner's enclosure.

Small trainers keep the industry intact

AMONG all the niggling problems in SA racing, here is arguably the biggest one: We’re in grave and immediate danger of becoming a small niche industry with perhaps the 10 leading owners and trainers racing against each other in...
Gabby Gaudet on the Keeneland podium.

First female announcer at Keeneland

KEENELAND has sold thousands of Thoroughbreds at its auctions but this week, with Lot 121 at the Keeneland January Sale, Lot 1021 crossed a historic boundary: It was the first one announced in the sales ring by a woman. Racing...

Turffontein trainer interviews

ANDREW BON's interview package today features interviews with Gavin Lerena, Gary Alexander, Tony Peter and Clinton Binda. https://youtu.be/kZ6VT1j-d5U
Salestopper, Lot 99, by Silvano.

Silver linings to lower figures at CPYS

WHILE the figures from the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale were down on figures posted in recent years, there were some silver linings giving hope for the future. Five passed the magic million mark and the top lot fetched...
Action at CTICC.

All roads lead to CPYS 2020

ALL roads lead to the Cape Town International Convention Centre this Thursday - that's the message from Cape Thoroughbred Sales CEO, Wehann Smith, as the company prepares to host their 10th Cape Premier Yearling Sale, writes DAVID MOLLETT. Commenting on...