Gavin van Zyl after winning a race recently at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth (Wayne Marks).
Gavin van Zyl To Hand In Licence And Assist Gareth
Gavin, speaking about his training career, said, “It has been a wonderful journey and I would like to give a special thanks to Opensea Mhlamvu who has been my right hand man from day one and has been a very valuable asset to my business. He will be retiring with me. A special thanks to all of the grooms too and to all of my loyal owners. I wouldn’t want to single any of the owners out but must mention Errol Budlender, who has been with me from day one, and also his good friend Paul Rencken. Errol owned my first winner and is one of the owners of our winner today at Turffontein (Go Flichity). I would also like to thank all of the operators, and in particular Gold Circle, who have always accommodated my needs and given excellent service.”
Il Etait Temps winning the Tattersalls Ireland Gr1 Novice Hurdle (Sky Sports).
The famous “Cheltenham Roar” Will Have A South African Flavour This Year
“The Cheltenham Roar” is one of the most spine-tingling annual moments in sport and this year it will be extra exciting for South African fans of jumps racing because the race it coincides with, the Grade 1 Supreme Novices Hurdle, will have a runner with South African connections.
Roll on March 14, the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival!
Collen Storey Approaching Double Figures In The U.K.
Collen Storey had his 8th win in the UK on Friday when successful on a favourite on the Lingfield All Weather track.
He was aboard the William Stone-trained Sassy Redhead, a three-year-old filly by Harry Angel.
She started at odds of 2/1 in the five horse field over six furlongs.
She was handy throughout and Collen rode her out to win by 0,75 lengths.
To date he has had 77 rides for 8 wins, 7 seconds, 4 thirds and 7 fourths.
His return for a 1 pound win put on every one of his rides is at +£107.10, although that figure was bolstered largely by the one 125/1 winner he rode.
Collen’s career has been looking up as he is associated with the powerful John and Thady Gosden yard in Newmarket.
Hopefully, he will start getting more rides.
Guineas Winners Head For Classic Day
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Both winners of Leg 1 of the World Sports Betting Triple Crown and Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara have been nominated to run in Leg 2, the R1.5-million World Sports Betting SA Classic and R1.25-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, both Grade 1 races over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 4 March.
The World Sports Betting Gauteng Guineas was won by Eye Of The Prophet while the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas went the way of Lady Of Power.
There is one change, however, of trainer as Lady Of Power is now in the care of Mike and Adam Azzie.
This came about after the sale of the Master Of My Fate filly which saw previous trainer and shareholder Joe Soma now out of the picture. “Wherever she goes and whoever is involved, she’ll make them proud,” said Soma.
“For now, I have other horses to focus on and winners to train.”
Piere Strydom, who rode her to victory in the Fillies Guineas, said he believed she would be even better over 1800m so she looks the runner they will still all have to beat.
However, of the 14 runners nominated, she has landed up with the widest draw, although over 1800m that is not too much of a disaster at Turffontein.
Also among the entries are the three who filled the next three places, Feather Boa, Reny and Emirate Gina respectively.
Paul Matchett-trained Eye Of The Prophet was as game as they come to deny Royal Victory by a short head in the Guineas but he will have it all to do in the SA Classic as there are some very strong new runners among the entries, among them Grade 3 Sea Cottage Stakes winner Billy Bowlegs and Shoemaker, while second, third and fourth placed Royal Victory, Electric Gold and Jimmy Don respectively have also been nominated.
The better news for Eye Of The Prophet is that this time he is drawn No 7 of the 18 entries while Billy Bowlegs drew at No 16.
Supplementary entries close at 9am on Monday 27 February with declarations by 11am on Tuesday 28 February.
Entries for the R1.5-million World Sports Betting SA Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m
2 ANFIELDS ROCKET (G J Maroun) 60.0
10 ARGO ALLEY (S J Gray) 60.0
13 ARIVIDICIO (M F De Kock) 60.0
16 BILLY BOWLEGS (A G Laird) 60.0
3 CAPTAINOFTHEGREEN (G van Zyl (Jnr)) 60.0
1 EAST COAST (M F De Kock) 60.0
11 ELECTRIC GOLD (S G Tarry) 60.0
7 EYE OF THE PROPHET (P F Matchett) 60.0
18 JIMMY DON (E Verdonese) 60.0
14 LAGUNA VERDE (M N Houdalakis) 60.0
6 LE MORNE (B Crawford) 60.0
15 MERIDIUS (A B Fortune) 60.0
4 MONEY HEIST (G van Zyl (Jnr)) 60.0
5 ROYAL VICTORY (N Kotzen) 60.0
8 RULE BY FORCE (J A Soma) 60.0
12 SHOEMAKER (M F De Kock) 60.0
17 STAR COIN (A G Laird) 60.0
9 TOTAL PROTECTION (A B Fortune) 60.0
Entries for the R1.25-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m
1 BLESS MY STARS (S G Tarry) 60.0
11 BONETE (M F De Kock) 60.0
6 EMIRATE GINA (R R Magner) 60.0
4 FEATHER BOA (S T Pettigrew) 60.0
2 GIMMEALIGHT (P F Matchett) 60.0
14 LADY OF POWER (M/A Azzie) 60.0
9 MIGHTY GODDESS (B B Ruiters) 60.0
5 NONE OTHER (M N Houdalakis) 60.0
3 ORARARI GOLD (C J Lensley) 60.0
13 POMOZELOUS (J A Soma) 60.0
10 RENY (B Crawford) 60.0
8 ROSY LEMON (F Bronkhorst) 60.0
12 SILVER HILLS (S G Tarry) 60.0
7 TABBY KAT (M/A Azzie) 60.0
Lunga Gila Is Readying His First Runner
Lunga Gila can finally get his training career off the ground writes Henk Steenkamp.
And where better than at Fairview in Nelson Mandela Bay to get the show on the road for the man from the Transkei.
“I will be stepping out my first runners at the Polytrack meeting next Tuesday the 28th,” Gila confirmed.
It was expected that by now Gila would be in the thick of things for a while, not at Fairview, but at Randjesfontein.
He was ready to get started in November last year but early in December the horses of owner Mano Pandaram were placed under interim suspension.
This was a huge setback as it wasn’t an easy decision for Gila to leave his beloved Eastern Cape and relocate to Gauteng after spending many years working with top trainers in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
Gila handled the situation very professionally and returned to Fairview.
He thanked the people that supported him through this difficult time in a statement today:
“To my fellow trainers, friends and supporters, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that stood by me and gave your unconditional support and advice during my time of turmoil in recent months.
“It was greatly appreciated and I honestly cannot thank you enough.
“Here’s to many success and winning ways to us all. Kindest regards, Lunga Gila.”
Gila had a long stint as the right hand man of former trainer Mitch Wiese at Fairview.
He then worked for the Glen Kotzen-stable, running the satellite yard in Gqeberha. Gila later ran the Kotzen satellite yard in Durban.
Since 2021 he was in charge of the satellite yard of KwaZulu-Natal trainer Kom Naidoo at Fairview before the Gauteng move that didn’t work out to no fault of his own.
Described by the trainers he worked with as “a real horseman and a good communicator”, Gila has put the Randjesfontein setback behind him and is ready to live his dream.
Anyone interest in supporting the Gila stable can contact him at the Fairview stables of Nelson Mandela Bay Racing.
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The Billy Ruiters-trained Follow My Path (Eightfold Path) gives Ryan Munger his treble at Turffontein Inside today (JC Photos).
Munger Treble, Fortune Double At Big T
Ryan Munger rode a treble at Turffontein Inside today, two of them for the Ashley Fortune yard.
Munger has now had 69 wins this season at a strike rate of 10.87%.
Fortune has had 29 wins at a strike rate of 9.83%.
Roy Magner was trainer of the winner of SA’s first R1 million race.
The Terrance Millard-trained Illustrador (Arg) (Cipayo) won the 1990 July under Felix Coetzee.