You can’t keep a good man down

SEE if you can recognise the man on this photo, a snap of him taken back in 1988. He’s a trainer who saddled two winners and a third at the Vaal on Thursday. He was 36 then and now,...

VDJ Gallop Report

THE Vodacom Durban July official gallops at Greyville drew a good crowd once again and those that braved the cool of the early winter morning will have been impressed with a number of big race contenders that showed they...

Hayley Turner to ride again

HAYLEY Turner, who retired from race riding at the end of the 2015 season, is to make a surprise one-off return to the saddle in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot. Racing Post reports that the 33-year-old, Britain’s...

Marwing considers options on French Navy

MOST French Navy fans would have been thrilled to see the strapping Sean Tarry-trained horse land a seemingly plum draw of four for the Vodacom Durban July, but jockey Weichong Marwing had in fact been hoping for a wide...

July Jockey Jigsaw Unscrambled

THE final pieces of the Vodacom Durban July jigsaw have been put together as Anton Marcus has been declared to ride the Joey Ramsden-trained St. Tropez and Piere Strydom has been declared to ride the Ramsden-trained The Conglomerate. MJ Byleveld...

AP McCoy knighted on big day for Ireland

AP “Tony” McCoy, the legendary former British jump jockey, became the first jockey since Sir Gordon Richards in 1953 to be knighted. The 42-year-old Irishman, who was champion jockey 20 times during his distinguished career, became only the second rider...

Bold Silvano, star stallion in the making

FORMER Equus Champion, Bold Silvano, one of four July winners sired by champion Silvano, has made a really pleasing start with his first crop of two-year-olds this season and the Ascot Stud based and bred sire had his fourth...

Bass’ charge will need a hot pace

“THAT’s the worst draw I could have,” said jockey Grant van Niekerk after Marinaresco drew at Number 19 for next week’s Vodacom Durban July. Assistant trainer Candice Robinson greeted questions with a blunt “Don’t even ask me,” before adding: “We...

Smokey Affair is set to scale heights

BLOODSTOCK agent David Allan of Allan Bloodlines writes with praise in his latest e-mail blast of Smokey Affair, a two-year-old daughter of Elusive Fort and a commanding winner of a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1200m at Kenilworth on Tuesday. He...

Master Sabina is “flying”, says Woodruff

“MASTER Sabina is one of my favourite horses of all time,” trainer Geoff Woodruff told Andrew Bon in an interview about the 2015 Sansui Summer Cup winner who drew at No 4 for the Vodacom Durban July and will...