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Sunday, 30 August 2015 17:14

Zackey’s Warrior Of War

Mirage Drive goes all the way under Karl Zechner to win his return start on turf

There is no substitute for experience and Tyrone Zackey’s hardknocking 9yo Mirage Drive steps out for his 60th racetrack appearance at the Vaal on Thursday.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 12:46

Saddle Switch

Two-time Olympic track cycling champion Victoria Pendleton will race at Ripon on Monday after being granted an amateur riders’ licence by the British Horseracing Authority.

It is another step towards Pendleton’s aim of racing in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 09:00

Pharoah Dethroned

Keen Ice goes past American Pharoah to win the Travers

Before the running of the $1.6 million Gr1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, trainer Dale Romans thanked the New York Racing Association for capping attendance at 50,000 people—so more, he said, would not be there to boo Keen Ice after the Curlin  colt took down Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 07:34

Farewell To The Cups King

Legendary racehorse trainer Bart Cummings has died at the age of 87 surrounded by family at his homestead in north-western Sydney.

Seven decades and 12 Melbourne Cups later, Cummings is firmly entrenched in Australian folklore as the Cups King and the greatest trainer in Australian racing history.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 22:58

When In Rome…

Chase Maujean and Roman Carnival are clear of the Gr3 August Stakes field (JC Photos)

The Windrush gelding Roman Carnival is one of the fastest improving horses in training and set himself up for a major paydate on the Vaal sand at the end of September, when skating home an easy winner of Saturday’s R250 000 Gr3 August Stakes.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 18:29

Gee Whizz Jo!

Jo Malone powers home under Anthony Delpech to win the non black-type feature (JC Photos)

South Africa’s 2014/15 Zimbabwe champion trainer Corne Spies is a master of the sand and he produced the 4yo Jo Malone in a galloping mood after an eight week rest to score a runaway victory in the R125 000 Sandy Beach Stakes at the Vaal on Saturday.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 11:38

Striker: ‘I’m Sorry’

Piere Strydom – has apologised for his error

Jockey Piere Strydom has apologised to the connections and all punters after a blatant error cost Dublin Rebel Race 3 at Turffontein on Thursday.

Friday, 28 August 2015 21:51

Mansour Moves To Cape

Donavan Mansour

Donavan Mansour is moving from Johannesburg to Cape Town and he rides at Kenilworth on Saturday for the first time since his apprenticeship days, writes Michael Clower.

He goes to scale at 51,5kgs, and has five rides – three of the four for Joey Ramsden are owned or part-owned by Markus Jooste.

Friday, 28 August 2015 21:22

The Sweet Scent Of Victory

Strong Scent gets the better of the fancied Cat And The Moon (Coastal Photos)

A conflict of preferences and vested interests, that will require some astute management by Phumelela and the National Horseracing Authority, led to a much debated switch of the scheduled Fairview Friday turf meeting to the polytrack.

Friday, 28 August 2015 17:37

Our Hall Of Fame

Wylie Hall wins the Colorado King Stakes

Some of the Western Cape’s leading breeders rocked up to view Cheveley Stud’s well bred young sire Wylie Hall at the latter’s stallion day on Thursday.

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