Richard Fourie ended another memorable season on a high, winning the second Gold Cup of his career on Future Pearl and also winning two Gr 1’s and a Gr 2 on the day. (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
Delpech Believes Fourie Can Make A Bid For 335
Will Princess Calla qualify for and then run in the Breeders Cup meeting? (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
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Make It Snappy Aimed At The Cape Summer Season
After her aborted attempt to get to the Breeders Cup the Brett Crawford-trained Dynasty filly Make It Snappy will be aimed at the Cape Summer Season and the defence of her Gr 1 Cartier Paddock Stakes title will likely be her chief target.
Racing manager Anthony Delpech described the Hollywood Syndicate’s season as “phenomenal and hard to repeat”.
Peter Barker was the member of the team who correctly predicted the number of winners they would have, 124.
However, beating their previous record of 101, set last season, by 23 was not the highlight.
Delpech said, “The highlight was winning five Grade 1s, from not one Gr 1 before to five in one season and also a Gr 1 hurdles win overseas, so that makes it six Gr 1s altogether.”
He said every Gr 1 win had been equally important and rewarding.
Make It Snappy’s two Gr 1’s not only brought to fruition a lifelong dream of Owen Heffer’s, but also strengthened the bond between Hollywood and Ridgemont, from whom they lease the daughter of Dynasty.
The Peter Muscutt-trained Isivunguvungu’s two Gr 1’s were just as rewarding because Anthony and bloodstock expert Sally Bruss identified him at Narrow Creek Stud farm. The son of What A Winter was purchased privately before the 2020 National Yearling Sale.
The Grant Maroun-trained Anfield Rocket’s Gr 1 win was also particularly rewarding because this son of the unfashionable sire Coup De Grace was bought in training. Trainer Clinton Binda, who was one of Hollywood’s first trainers, was the man who recommended the purchase.
The overseas Gr 1 hurdles win also served to strengthen the relationship with Ridgemont as he is raced in partnership with Barnane Stud, which, like Ridgemont, is owned by the Kieswetter family.
Hollywood have made a fine start to the new season and reached career win number 450 with a double on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly on Wednesday.
Grant Knowles won the coveted green jacket at this year’s SA Racing Masters Golf Tournament and poses here with the other chief prize winners (Vee Ramsayi).
Grant Knowles Wins The Green Jacket At The SA Racing Masters
Three of the best fun days of the racing calendar are at the annual SA Racing Masters golf tournament at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.
The tournament always starts on the first Monday after the Gold Cup meeting.
Players arrive the day before the two day 36 hole hole tournament and leave the morning after.
The golf is always keenly contested.
Fine fare and camaraderie is enjoyed on the three nights, especially at the prize giving dinner.
At this year’s prize giving the outgoing champion James Goodman presented the green jacket to the new champion Grant Knowles.
Grant, playing off a 3 handicap, scored 39 points on day one and 36 points on day two for a total of 75 stableford points.
The top ten points scorers were:
1. GRANT KNOWLES 75 points
2. ROY MOODLEY 72
3. GILL DAVIES 71
4. WYNN DAVIES 68
5. CODDY KALIAN 68
6. PETER WAISON 67
7. BLAINE HAMILTON 67
8. DEEZ DAYANAND 67
9. STRETCH DE JONG 64
10. JAMES GOODMAN 64
The photographs were taken by Vee Ramsayi.
4Racing unveils first phase of Turffontein Grooms accommodation renovation project
Johannesburg, 2 August 2023
As part of its ongoing Transformation Initiative, horse racing operator 4Racing today revealed the completion of the first phase of the renovation of the Grooms accommodation quarters at the Turffontein Racecourse.
The upgrading of Grooms accommodation is part of an extensive series of Grooms benefits, aimed at empowering and improving the welfare of traditionally the most marginalised workers in the horseracing industry.
The Grooms accommodation renovation project started in February this year, after 4Racing conducted an extensive audit of all of the Grooms accommodation in its racing jurisdictions and found that the Grooms accommodation in Turffontein in particular was in appalling condition and in urgent need of repairs.
“Today on time and on schedule we mark the completion of Phase One of the Grooms accommodation renovations project and the complete refurbishment of our double-storey units at Turffontein and the official handover to our Trainers and Grooms. This has been a challenging journey, but one we believe was absolutely necessary to ensure the Grooms who are the backbone of our industry have a comfortable and clean environment they can call home. This is about far more than a new coat of paint, new beds, floors, showers, bathrooms and kitchens – this is about the appreciation and respect for Grooms who have traditionally been amongst the most marginalised members of the horseracing industry,” said 4Racing Chief Executive Officer, Fundi Sithebe, at a ceremony to unveil the upgraded Grooms quarters at Turffontein today.
During the renovation process, 4Racing needed to reallocate 50% of Grooms to temporary accommodation, with 52 Grooms now set to move into their refurbished double-storey accommodation this week. A total of 62 Grooms will now move out of the single storey units into the temporary accommodation, as the Second Phase of the project starts – which is expected to be completed at the end of this year.
Sithebe paid tribute to the 4Racing Board, who approved the Grooms accommodation renovations as part of a 4Racing Transformation Initiative which will see 26% of 4Racing transferred to a Grooms and Employees Trust, as part of a series of wide-ranging transformation initiatives. Mrs Mary Slack was a special guest at the Grooms accommodation renovation opening at Turffontein today.
“In a very difficult economic and trading environment where we continue to fight for the survival and sustainability of the horseracing industry – the 4Racing Board has been true to our company’s ethos of ‘Profit through Purpose’ and have prioritised basic human conditions and the dignity of Grooms through this Groom accommodation renovation project. This project together with the range of Grooms benefits, such as medical and funeral insurance provided to Grooms by 4Racing with the support of the Racehorse Owners Association, has seen dignity and equality returned to the horseracing workforce – most importantly the Grooms and Stable Hands,” said Sithebe.“Today, we find immense joy in being acknowledged as fellow human beings. We are elated for the 4Racing Team, which has taken charge of this enterprise. At this moment, we can proudly say that we are seen, our voices are heard, we are recognised and having a voice was all we ever desired,” Grooms representative, Nceba Magazi, said on behalf of the Turffontein Grooms.
Sithebe called on Grooms to take responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the upgraded accommodation, saying she hoped it would signify a change of lifestyle as this initiative not only focuses on enhancing the physical infrastructure, but also prioritises the overall wellbeing and safety of Grooms.
4Racing aims to complete the entire project by the end of 2023.
Querari Treble, Orffer/Nel Double, Bass-Robinson Double
Corne Orffer rode a double for trainer Andre Nel and owner Sabine Plattner at Hollywodbets Durbanville today and Candice Bass-Robinson also scored a double.
The first winner for Nel and Plattner was interesting, because this three-year-old colt by US Triple Crown winner Justify was bred in Australia at S R B Plattner Farming Operations in New South Wales.
The winners of the second, third and fourth races were all by Querari.
Picture: An old picture of the Durban Turf Club’s Greyville racecourse
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