Tarry Rates Pyromaniac, Nebraas, Litigation Chief Cup Hopes
Sean Tarry regards Nebraas, Litigation and Pyromaniac as his biggest three Betway Summer Cup hopes.
Princess Calla Now With Tarry And Targeting Majorca
Kommetdieding Sent A Warning To Jet Dark Fans
“The People’s Horse” showed he is still very much in the big race picture when making a fine comeback run in Saturday’s Bantry Bay Stakes over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.
Ciao Bella Highlight Of Fourie’s Five-timer
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Do It Again And Captain’s Ransom Clash On Wednesday
There is a star-studded Pinnacle Stakes race over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.
The field is shown below in draw order:
Do It Again won on debut and had finished 1st, 3rd, 1st, 6th, 3rd, 4th, 1st, 2nd and 1st in his comeback runs after layoffs.
Captain’s Ransom won on debut and has finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st and 1st in her five runs after layoffs of more than two months.
Captain’s Ransom will have her regular rider Richard Fourie aboard.
Grant van Niekerk will ride Do It Again.
Van Niekerk’s only previous ride on Do It Again was when finishing a head second to Rascallion in his reappearance last season in a Pinnacle Stakes event over 1800m.
Hislop Shortlisted To Become First Woman Racing Writer Of The Year Outright
The HWPA Racing Writer Of The Year has been won once before by a woman but not outright.
Lydia Hislop, who has twice been the HWPA Broadcaster Of The Year including last year, will attempt to join Claire Balding as the only one have won the Broadcaster and Writer of The Year awards.
However, when Balding won the writers award it was jointly with Doug Moscrop (in 2003).
The British-based HWPA Writer Of The Year award has been going since 1967.
The winning-most writer is Alistair Down, who has walked away with the award five times.
Hislop has submitted three outstanding entries this year.
The judging panel’s comment on her submissions was: Incisive articles, showing an excellent grasp of fine details, containing a wealth of information, the opinions offered cogently argued
Wright/Hollywood, Puller And Hlengwa Doubles
Trainers Garth Puller and Alyson Wright both had doubles on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly today.
Both of Wright’s wins were for the Hollywood Syndicate.
The 4kg claiming apprentice Siphesihle Hlengwa had the third double of his career and moved to 17 career wins.
Puller is the favourite to reclaim the KZN Trainers Championship which he won for the first time in the 2020/2021 season before being ousted last season by gareth van Zyl.
He is now on 24 winners for the season at a strike rate of 10.48%.
Wright is on 19 winners at 16.52%.
Puller leads the KZN Championship with 24 from Peter Muscutt on 20 and Wright and Wendy Whitehead are in joint-third on 19.
Hlengwa is now on nine winners for the season at 9.68%.
The Hollywood Syndicate have had 40 wins this season and are just short of R1 million clear of Drakenstein Stud at the top of the national owners championship.
Which pair of constant headaches for stewards at the Greyville racecourse were finally solved in 1950 and 1955 respectively?
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Epsom Road used to cross the race track near the Drill Hall and at about the 400m mark.
It was not only a hazard to horses racing and training but growing traffic on the road and careless motorists had resulted in frequent injuries to valuable animals.
Steward HW “Jacko Jackson”, who was one of the City Councillors, finally won approval from the Durban Corporation to build a subway at the Avondale/Marriot Road end of the course in 1950 at a cost of 40,000 pounds.
The course was closed from the middle of August to December to complete the subway and Clairwood and Pietermaritzburg took on extra fixtures.
A subway was built at the Drill Hall end, which included raising the track, starting in August 1955 and racing was reopened in March 1956.
The cost of the second construction was 116,040 pounds.
The horse safety was now ensured and the run in after the 1950 construction was a particular improvement.