Gareth van Zyl and Athandiwe Mgudlwa have become a force to be reckoned with and the yard’s late charge to retain the KZN Trainers Championship only just failed last season (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
Gareth van Zyl Looking For A Good Start To Cape Town Venture
By Charl Pretorius
Youthful Gareth van Zyl has arrived in Cape Town with a string of 20 horses based at the Milnerton training centre. He will send out his first two runners at Saturday’s Durbanville meeting. It is unusual to see a KwaZulu-Natal trainer in the Cape before the start of summer, but Gareth explained on Monday that his early arrival is part of an important career move.
The 37-year-old, champion of KZN in 2021/2, is pursuing his ambition to be national champion and is in the process of moving his family to the Western Cape. Gareth’s father Gavin, the veteran top jockey turned successful trainer, will be staying on at Summerveld to run what will eventually become Van Zyl racing’s satellite yard.
The Van Zyl’s have 100 horses in their care and Gareth said from Milnerton on Monday: “When you are aiming for the top of the log you can’t have your sights set on just a top 20 finish. We’ll be reshuffling our runners so that we have the best ones competing in the races that offer the best stakes. Having a stable in two centres gives us a chance to move them around for race and track suitability, ultimately to the benefit of owners.”
Gareth said that Cape Racing’s recent series of stakes initiatives played a part in his decision to launch his title attack from two bases. “We haven’t had the quality to take on the best in all the major races yet, but we have bigger buying power now and we were able to step up on quality at this year’s auction sales. I’m excited about our prospects in the new season.”
Gareth has been allocated 33 stables at Milnerton. “We’ve trucked seven older horses and 12 two-year-olds to the Cape, to start. I want the string well settled before the Cape season gets in full swing.”
His first runner is Stars In Heaven, who arrived from in his new home with two good places under his belt and takes on a few promising Cape three-year-olds in race 3 over 1400m. Said Gareth: “He would have been odds-on to win if this was a Maiden Plate in Durban, but the rivals are stronger here. He travelled well, we’d like to see how he shapes and we’re hoping for a stake cheque.”
Moya Waya Liga (race 9), fresh off two Scottsville wins over 1200m, has the inside draw in race 9 over 1250m, a bonus for his hat-trick bid. Gareth noted: “He is in good form, perhaps still ahead of the handicapper and is one you have to respect. He is good enough to win this.”
1st Race: (5) Triptothewoods (1) Ponte Vecchio (8) Lady Renee (2) Head Girl
2nd Race: (1) Firealley (6) Sachdev (2) Linebacker (3) Itsrainingwilliam
3rd Race: (3) Celtic Chief (2) Stars In Heaven (1) Lexican Point (7) Golden Grey
4th Race: (2) Oliver (9) No Apologies (7) All About Ronnie (4) Future Gem
5th Race: (5) Woman’s World (9) Mothership (7) Flamboyant Flyer (1) Dawn Of Gold
6th Race: (6) Tothemoonandback (7) Rule Of Thumb (10) Max The Otter (1) Gentleman Joe
7th Race: (7) Royal Watch (8) Night Ruler (4) Love Is A Rose (3) Sudden Song
8th Race: (9) Champion Warrior (4) Hammie’s Hero (5) Dean Street (2) Dance Variety 9th Race: (7) All About Al (1) Moya Waya Liga (12) Night Tiger (5) Faire Advantage
Tom Hodgson taking in the sights and sounds of the Calgary Stampede (Racing Post).
Budding Auctioneer Tom Hodgson Recalls chance of a lifetime at Calgary Stampede
The UK’s famous racing newspaper the Racing Post interviewed one of South Africa’s best up and coming auctioneers Tom Hodgson, who is a protege of SA’s renowned thoroughbred auctioneer Andrew Miller.
‘It was like having to learn a new language’ – my bid to win an international auctioneer championship
My next auction is in October at the Cape Racing Ready to Run Sale, which I’m really looking forward to. I’m hoping to employ what I’ve taken away from my experience at the competition and hopefully I will continue to grow as an auctioneer.
Lovely foal by Malmoos out of Terra Marianna (Doowaley).
Klawervlei’s First Two Foals Have Arrived
Klawervlei (Meta Page)
FOALING SEASON, a captivating time at Klawervlei!
The finish to this year’s Preakness (Patrick Smith (Getty Images))
1/ST Racing Considering Moving Date of the Preakness
NYRA Not on Board with Move
These developments have led to added support for changing the spacing of the races. Just last month, Tom Rooney, the president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, penned an editorial calling for the races be spread further apart. “The time has come in Thoroughbred racing for our own change, to modernize the timeline of the Triple Crown,” he wrote.
Turf Talk ed: There was mixed reaction to the news in the comments section below the article, although most agreed it would not be able to be called The Triple Crown if the two gaps between the three races were stretched out.
Two of the comments opposed to the move summed it up well:
Comment 1: (Badgerpluto) Absolutely no foundation for saying this will improve horse safety. It has been perfectly safe for horses to run in the Derby and Preakness for more than a century. 1/ST is willing to destroy the Triple Crown in the mistaken belief they’ll do better business on Preakness Day. Stretch the Derby-Preakness gap to four weeks and the public will have lost interest.
Comment 2: (Tinky)
There is a lot to say about this, but I’ll keep it brief.
It is a glaring example of the damage inflicted by the American racing industry’s greatest, historical mistake, namely the failure to create a centralized oversight body, such as those found in every other major sport. How absurd that one of the three ‘owners’ of the Triple Crown races might consider forcing the hands of the others with a unilateral decision! Only in the racing game might something so stupid happen, yet it would be entirely consistent with previous deep, self-inflicted wounds, such as allowing the iconic racetracks Hialeah, Hollywood, and Arlington, to disappear.
The DREAM BREEDERS CLUB plan to have shares in new stallion Eden Roc, who is pictured here after winning the Gr 1 Gold Medallion (Picture: Candiese Lenferna).
Press Release – Exciting New Breeding Club Announced
Friday, 11 August 2023
ETHANICITY Research, a private non-profit racehorse research initiative in SA are sponsoring a first for SA Horseracing, the DREAM BREEDERS CLUB.
ER’s Founding Research Partners, Gregg Clarke and Lloyd Naik, are fanatical horseracing fans with a deep passion for SA Horseracing, in particular the study of pedigrees and bloodlines. Clarke was in the Financial Industry for 20 years before venturing out into private business in 2001 and still involved in today. Naik is and has been a Digital Performance Marketing Manager for the past 14 years. He owns and has shares in racehorses locally and more recently internationally, which has expanded his knowledge in pedigrees significantly. Both have been close to horseracing and been conducting research for some time. Naik participates in punting on a small scale and also owns shares in a racehorse as well as in a Racing Syndicate.
The Founders are adamant that DBC must be formally grounded and professionally administered in order to achieve real benefit for its members and sustainability. There is also a deep desire to assist grow the SA Horseracing industry through the opening up of wider participation, in this case Breeding. DBC must and will be FOR and CONTROLLED BY its members for their enjoyment and benefit alone.
Participation has been kept as affordably low as possible with a R500 once-off Entrance Fee (to fund formalization, initial horse/share acquisitions and create a reserve fund) and R200 per month paid 3 months in advance to ensure the operational expenses are adequately covered from a cash flow funding perspective. The Club will have its own strictly managed Bank account and acceptable Accounting Records will be maintained as a priority.
This dream opportunity is open to anybody, anywhere regardless of their racing or breeding knowledge to step into the world of racehorse breeding and experience its beauty, magnificence and excitement. In fact, DBC is hoping to attract new blood into horseracing and would welcome anybody (Punters, casual Observers and lovers of horseracing etc) sitting on the fringes but hitherto too afraid to step in because of a lack of knowledge and fear of entering something they don’t understand. It has even been (brilliantly!) suggested that a membership would make a wonderful gift to a horse-loving son, daughter, spouse of parent who might derive pleasure from DBC.
Breeding is a journey that is hard to describe in human terms but one that touches and enriches the soul of mankind. By becoming a member of DBC members will get to be intimately close to stud farms, broodmares, the birth of their foals and their joyous development through podcasts and group posts, whilst all the administration is taken care of in the background. Farm Visits will also be arranged periodically.
DBC hopes to grow to the point that it can purchase and place broodmares, or own shares in broodmares, nationally and thereby afford members in different provinces the opportunity for Farm Visits to “meet” Club broodmares and foals. It aspires to possibly take up shares internationally at some stage.
This opportunity is not to be considered an investment but rather an unparalleled life experience that is available to very few. Members are investing without risk and liability into the experience for pleasure more than anything else and, if there is to be any financial pay-back, that will be a bonus but not guaranteed in any way whatsoever.
To kickstart DBC an option has been secured on a lovely broodmare in KZN and she is available for immediate cover. In addition to that DBC will acquire a Stallion Share in KZN’s exciting new Freshman Sire EDEN ROC so that his journey can be closely enjoyed also. The Stallion Share includes 2 free covers for the first 4 years, thereafter 1 per year. The Broodmare is a lovely pedigree fit for EDEN ROC and this will be her fist cover for the Club. She will board at Clifton Stud KZN, the Breeders of the Durban July Winner Classic Flag, Champion Retired Sprinter PRINCE OF KAHAL and the outstanding red-hot multiple Grade 1 winning MRS GERIATRIX amongst many other fine racehorses.
To establish the Club and secure its Funding Model a minimum of 100 Members must be signed up. As soon as the minimum membership has been secured the Club will be constituted and officially launched by ETHANICITY Research and then handed over to the member Club Committee. ER has pledged its support to DBC with bloodline research and advice.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org OR WhatsApp 0833071478 with the words “Tell me More” OR respond to the Facebook Advert and you will receive a Detailed Information Sheet to consider further.
Personal information will be treated as Strictly Confidential and you will not be required to pay any monies until the full 100 member Subscription Target has been hit/secured with commitments from Prospective Members. There is no ceiling on the number of Members and if more wish to join the monthly Membership Fee (not the Entrance Fee) will be proportionately reduced.
Membership Subscription is now open and closes on 21 August with first fees on due at beginning of September once the Club has been formally constituted and launched.
You can visit @Ethanicity Research on Facebook to discover more about the Founder.
Night Ruler is one of the suggested plums of the weekend (Picture: Wayne Marks).
Weekend Plums To Sink Your Teeth Into
There is a full weekend of local racing to look forward to with the rescheduled meeting at Hollywoodbets Durbanville now forming part of a Saturday double-header that also includes a nine-race card at Turffontein.
This follows Friday’s competitive value-to-be-had nine-event Polytrack meeting at Fairview with Sunday’s eight races at Hollywoodbets Scottsville bringing the curtain down on an action-packed weekend of local racing.
And with Richard Fourie confirming he is “100% committed” to winning the jockeys’ championship this season, it could pay to pay to follow the big-race rider.
FOURIE AND DE KOCK TEAM UP AT TURFFONTEIN
Richard Fourie’s decision to vacate his position as stable jockey to Justin Snaith sees him head north on Saturday with three of his Highveld rides of particular interest and worth a punt on the
He rides Tyrconnell for Mike de Kock in Race 2 on the four-year-old gelding’s reappearance, 45 weeks on from a promising debut second in the BSA Sales Cup behind Unzen. If not in need of the outing, this son of The United States should prove too good for his rivals.
A return to 1400m and Turffontein’s Standside track for Race 6 should stand Lucky Houdalakis-trained Queen Of Camelot in good stead. Fourie’s ride jumps from gate No 1 with just 54.5kg on her back so could represent generous each-way value in an otherwise competitive handicap.
Sean Tarry-trained Maboneng has been kept on the boil recently but is maintaining her form and consistency. She has the widest No 10 draw to negotiate in Race 8 but, given their recent success together, if there’s one rider Tarry would want aboard his charge, Fourie is more than capable of overcoming the wide gate to give weight and a beating to his rivals.
Suggested Pick 6
Leg 1: 4, 6, 8, 9, 10
Leg 2: 1, 5, 6
Leg 3: 5, 7
Leg 4: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9
Leg 5: 2
Leg 6: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
VAN NIEKERK, SNAITH TO DOUBLE UP
Grant van Niekerk has assumed the role of the Snaith’s No 1 rider, and he should make the most of the opportunity by winning aboard Triptothewoods (Race 1) and Night Ruler (Race 7) in Cape Town on Saturday.
TARRY TO STRIKE AT SCOTTSVILLE
Richard Fourie and Sean Tarry are likely to be at it again in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday with Freedom Square, who will probably prove popular with punters in Race 4.
Progressive Aurora Storm has won and finished second twice in his last three starts and that good run of form ought to continue with Peter Muscutt’s charge strongly fancied to return to winning ways with Fourie aboard in Race 7.
INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR TOUCHES DOWN AT ASCOT
The 2023 renewal of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot headlines the International action over the weekend with a star-studded line-up of 12 jockeys engaged to ride at the meeting making up the four teams that will do battle.
The Shergar Cup is one of the world’s premier jockeys’ competition where three riders in each of four teams – Great Britain & Ireland, Rest of the World, Ladies and Europe – battle against one another.
Subject to full fields, each jockey has five rides across the afternoon.
Points are awarded on a 15, 10, 7, 5, 3 basis to the first five horses home. If there is a non-runner which cannot be replaced by a reserve, 4 points will be awarded both to the team and jockey missing out on the ride. If a dead-heat occurs in a race, the points for the two places are added together, divided by two and shared between the two jockeys/teams.
The team with the highest total after race six lifts the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, while the jockey amassing the most individual points will take home an additional £3,000 plus the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle trophy.
One jockey will receive the Dubai Duty Free Ride-Of-The-Day Award.
GENERAL BACK IN COMMAND
Singapore racing continues on Sunday with a 12-race turf and dirt fixture at Kranji Racecourse, where talented sprinter General Command looks set to return to winning ways when he lines up in the $85,000 Class 2 Handicap over 1100m on the Polytrack. General Command, with Manoel Nunes up, boasts an impressive record of four wins and three places from seven local starts. The gelding was defeated for the first time on the Polytrack two starts ago when he endured a wide trip but still stuck on well for a gallant second behind The August.
General Command was last seen finishing third to Mr Malek in a Class 1 race over 1200m on turf, of which the form has since held up.
This week, General Command is highly suited by switching back to the Polytrack, where he is four from five, and he is clearly the one to beat.
HISA Announce New Initiatives To Safeguard ‘Mental And Physical Wellbeing Of Jockeys’
by HISA Communications (The Paulick Report)
“We are excited to provide convenient and affordable nationwide access for jockey’s to receive annual physical and concussion screenings,” said Matt Ries, an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist with NovaCare in Philadelphia.
Groom Daniel Cuiane Lands R100,000 World Pool Moment Of The Day Prize
The floating trophy in question.
Which important British celebrity donated a floating trophy to the Durban Turf Club in the winter season 100 years ago and the race for the trophy is still being run today.
Question answer at the bottom of the newsletter
It had long been felt there was a need for a long distance race on the winter program and it was suggested Lord Lonsdale’s be used for this purpose.
A trophy – a silver gilt stirrup cup – arrived in Durban aboard the Balmoral Castle in March 1923.
Lord Lonsdale stipulated that once the distance of the race had been decided on it must never be altered.
The distance was set at a mile-and-a-half and was called The Lonsdale Stirrup Cup Handicap.
It was first run on May 31, 1923, and on its hundredth anniversary this year it was run over its usual trip of 2400m on May 27 and won by the Gareth van Zyl-trained Sea Master.
The trophy for the race (pictured above) has somehow been lost to SA racing and is languishing in a jewellers shop in Cape Town, offered for sale.
The cup is engraved “THE DURBAN STIRRUP CUP – PRESENTED BY THE EARL OF LONSDALE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE KINDNESS RECEIVED FROM ALL DURING HIS VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA”. The shield is engraved “REPLICA OF THE EARL OF LONSDALE’S STIRRUP CUP AD 1788”