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July first declarations

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Only six of the 49 original entries for Africa’s greatest race, the R4.25-million, Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July to be run over 2 200m at Greyville in Durban on Saturday,…

Highveld nominees announced

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The autumn half of the Highveld racing season is over and the time has come to recognise all the achievers. The RA Feature Season Awards will take place on Saturday…

Jack Mitchell passes

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After a long battle with serious illness, prominent owner Jack Mitchell passed away at home in Cape Town at the age of 73 on Sunday, Mr Mitchell’s black and white…

Racing Association Feature Season Awards

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The RA Feature Season Awards will take place on Saturday 18 May 2019 in the Aquanaut Room at Turffontein Racecourse to honour equine and human achievements during the Gauteng feature…

High 5 for Gavin Lerena

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Gavin Lerena dominated the Election Day meeting at Turffontein, booting home five winners from six rides on an eight-race card. The former champion jockey kicked off the meeting on Paul…

Reflecting on Champs Day

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Jack Milner: Hawwaam’s facile victory in Saturday’s R4-million Premier’s Champions Challenge and Soqrat’s “failure” in Friday night’s KRA Guineas has compelled trainer Mike de Kock to put on his thinking…

Veteran Ferraris retires

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A potentially serious situation was diffused at Turffontein on Saturday when racing officials persuaded a group of about 50 protestors assembled on the racetrack to leave the course so that…

Attenborough takes on Heaven

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Jack Milner: Once again, the R1-million Computaform Sprint looks a tough test for punters. This 1000m dash up the Turffontein straight is highly competitive and over this distance a slow…

Samurai Warrior tragedy

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In shocking news recent SA Derby hero Samurai Warrior died on Tuesday morning from a suspected heart attack. Samurai Warrior was due to run in the KRA Guineas on Friday…

Jockey dust-up at Vaal

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Mike Moon: The current jockey championship has developed into the most competitive tussle in many a year and, with three months of the season still to run, speculation abounds as…

Moutonshoek Grooms tragedy

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Moutonshoek Stud Farm have suffered another tragic loss as they lost three grooms on the way back from the National Sales in Joburg. This follows the sad death of the…

TAB’s new carryover policy

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TAB has enhanced its carryover policy for all bets in order to maximise the participation and enjoyment of its customers. All horseracing carryovers will continue to be added to the…

Mike de Kock on R9m buy

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Mike de Kock has lauded the support of Dubai’s ruling family for South African racing and breeding – in the aftermath of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s record-breaking R9-million…

Overseas buyers climb in

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The importance of foreign investors in the local thoroughbred industry was underlined on Day 1 of the National Yearling Sale on Wednesday, with overseas buyers accounting for more than 30%…

Vee at handicapping Q&A

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An informal question-and-answer session on handicapping will be hosted by Vee Moodley, CEO of the National Horseracing Authority, and Chief Handicapper Lennon Maharaj at Kenilworth racecourse on Saturday 27 April.…

Top of crop at NYS

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The Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, which begins at the TBA complex in Germiston on Wednesday, offers the chance to buy some of South Africa’s best-bred yearlings, from some of…

All roads lead to Germiston

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The vast majority of South Africa’s leading owners and trainers will be making a beeline for the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston over the next few days. The occasion is…

Vaal race meeting abandoned

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Tuesday’s racing at the Vaal has been called off. Horses were galloped on both the main and Classic tracks to test the state of the turf and it was the…

S’Manga and Aldo are OK

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Ken Nicol: Both S’Manga Khumalo and Aldo Domeyer came out of their heavy falls at Kenilworth on Tuesday without serious injury. When contacted on Wednesday morning, Aldo Domeyer said: “I’ve…

Vodacom July first entries

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Ken Nicol: Virtually all the big guns were there when the opening entries for the Vodacom Durban July were revealed on Wednesday. Last year’s winner Do It Again, Sun Met…

Three bans for Lerena

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Top jockey Gavin Lerena has picked up three separate suspensions in the NHA press release detailing the outcomes of various enquiries conducted recently. NHA PRESS RELEASE Inquiry – Jockey Lyle…

Camphoratus up to 105

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NHA Press Release detailing the handicappers thinking regarding the Grade 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes run at Turffontein on Saturday 13 April 2019. EMPRESS CLUB STAKES (Grade 1)…

Striker waits on Mauritius

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Jack Milner: While Piere Strydom has gone through all the rigmarole to ride in Mauritius, he has yet to hear if he has been cleared to go. “Everything that needs…

Saying goodbye to Winx

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Sydney – The final goodbyes will be private, but yesterday morning Winx was joined by trainer Chris Waller and the two people who for many years have spent the most…

Bloodstock SA boss on

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Bloodstock SA Executive Gary Grant was interviewed by Turf Talk website ahead of the 2019 National Yearling Sale. The sale will be held on 24, 25 and 26 April at…

Children again to benefit from Royal Race Day

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It doesn’t always have to be a knight in shining armour who rescues a princess. Sometimes the princess can be the one doing the rescuing. When it comes to our…

Weiho staying ahead

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Ken Nicol :Weiho Marwing has always done brilliantly with staying types, and added a second SA Derby to his pair of SA Oaks titles when Samurai Warrior emerged victorious at…

Igugu’s son wins in UK

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Ken Nicol: A three-year-old son of sadly deceased SA champion filly Igugu by Dansili won on debut at Newcastle on Monday.El Misk went off a strong 8-11 favourite over 2000m…

Hawwaam not injured

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Hawwaam did not appear to be injured after his escapade at Turffontein on Saturday.Assistant trainer Mathew de Kock said the superstar was “OK”, but added that the right decision had…

Prawns + horses = great day

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Turffontein Racecourse was awash with people, paints and prawns as the public came to celebrate Derby Day on Saturday.The SA Derby was the final leg of the SA Triple Crown…

SA Derby: Hawwaam drama

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Mike Moon: Red-hot favourite Hawwaam was scratched from the Grade 1 SA Derby after bolting from the parade ring and running loose to the starting stalls.The 2450m Grade 1 race…

Lobo’s Legend steps out

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Hong Kong – He is the highest-rated horse in his stable and trainer David Ferraris is excited about what lies ahead for boom South African import Lobo’s Legend.With victory in…

Mathew talks Hawwaam

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Mike de Kock saddles three at the Dubai World Cup on Saturday and his son Mathew will be taking care of duties on Derby Day at Turffontein.While Mat and his…

Day of betting heaven

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Mike Moon: There’s so much exciting racing this weekend that punters will be forgiven for going cross-eyed. Once again, the Dubai World Cup at Meydan coincides with a big Saturday…

Three SA stars on WC night

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Ken Nicol: Mike de Kock has three of our local superstars representing SA on Dubai World Cup night this Saturday.First up is 2017 Vodacom July winner Marinaresco, who lines up…

De Kock runners draw well

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Trainer Mike de Kock’s three runners for the Dubai World Cup meeting on Saturday have drawn well for their races. Majestic Mambo will jump from the No 5 gate in…

Team Azzie in hot form

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Adam Azzie is a pleasure to interview and with his father and training partner Michael chirping that he’s quite happy that the press “doesn’t aggravate him anymore”, Turf Talk took…

Lerena gallops on

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Gavin Lerena maintained his fantastic recent form with four winners at the Vaal on Tuesday.This haul came on top of a bag of five at the Turffontein holiday meeting on…

Lyle gets Legal Eagle brief

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Jack Milner: The jockeys who will be riding the Sean Tarry-trained runners in the two Grade 1 races at Turffontein on Saturday were named at declaration stage on Tuesday and…

Oh Susanna heads for Joburg

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If the nominations are a true indication of the prospective final field, one of the strongest fields of fillies and mares ever assembled in South Africa could go to post…

Horse Chestnut pen pics

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Pen pictures of runners in the R1.25-million HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes (Grade 1) to be run at Turffontein on Saturday 30 March:1 LEGAL EAGLE D – 3 J –…

Gavin Lerena takes five

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Gavin Lerena was “in the zone” at Turffontein’s Human Rights Day meeting, winning five times from his first five rides on the card.With the big holiday crowd willing him on,…

Phumelela upgrades grooms home

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Bonginkosi Nkosi: By definition a groom is a person who is responsible for the care of racehorses and their environment.Following concerns raised regarding the living conditions in grooms’ hostels, particularly…

Hawwaam to run in Derby

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Hawwaam will be aimed at the R2-million SA Derby over 2400m at Turffontein on Saturday 30 March.Mike de Kock has announced immediate plans for his star colt Hawwaam and said…

Solid BSA Cape sale

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BLOODSTOCK SA’s 2019 Cape Yearling Sale turned over R9,275-million for 144 lots sold at the TBA Complex, Gosforth Park, on Sunday afternoon.The overall yield and average price was well up…

Soqrat, Eagle to clash again

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Jack Milner : Round 2 of the clash between Legal Eagle and Soqrat is on the card at Turffontein on Saturday 30 March as both have been nominated to contest…

July weights in March

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The 2019 Vodacom Durban July is still some three months away but the debate around the weights is already a hot topic. In this light, Gold Circle chose 20 possible…

Princess for Turffontein

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It’s not often that the sport of kings finds a real-life, fairytale princess in the crowds – especially in Johannesburg. But that is exactly what racegoers will experience on 13…

Hermoso trying for DWC night

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Mike de Kock is likely to have at least three runners in action on Dubai World Cup night. The world’s richest race meeting will be run at Meydan Racecourse on…

Man of the moment Matchett

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Ken Nicol: After a trio of Listed wins at Turffontein last Saturday, extremely capable ex-Zimbabwean trainer Paul Matchett has put a few years in the racing wilderness firmly behind him.…