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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:09

Gold For New Owner

Galileo’s Gold is too strong

Galileo Gold provided an instant return for new owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani with a determined victory in the Gr2 Qatar Vintage Stakes under jockey Frankie Dettori on Glorious Goodwood’s day one on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:43

The Big Freeze – Or Snaith Boat Race?

Ice Machine – caught the eye in July and this trip will suit better

Ice Machine ran a cracker in the July when looking dangerous and only fading late. Over 400m shorter, and with Anton Marcus back in the irons, is it stretching the imagination that he could lower the powerful Snaith colours in Saturday’s R1 million Gr1 Champions Cup?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:30

Classy Kingsbarns

Drakenstein Stud Farm’s new sire, Kingsbarns

It was recently announced that former Gr1 Racing Post Trophy winner, Kingsbarns, will join the burgeoning South African stallion band. The horse, who recently spent his first season at stud in Ireland, is set to stand at Drakenstein Stud Farm.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:02

The Betting – Fresh On The Day

As of today bookmakers, in general, will no longer be pricing up ante-post betting and the betting will now only be available on the day of the racemeeting.

Prices will be up at 10h00  sharp at which time claims will be available.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:59

Rare People Doing Rare Things

The beautiful Abington Place (credit: hamishNIVENPhotography)

This week’s column comes with grateful thanks to Mary Slack, the Mike de Kock team and Steven Jell and Declan Cronin in particular, who kindly opened the ornate wrought iron gates of Abington Place and allowed me to poke my nose and camera around their beautiful Newmarket facility.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:34

Carling Black Label Cup

The innovative and interactive Carling Black Label Cup is back to kick off the PSL season. The annual spectacular sees Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates do battle at the FNB Stadium, with the players to take the field voted in by the fans.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:29

Community Shield

18/10   draw 24/10   27/20

Chelsea and Arsenal meet in the Community Shield on Sunday in an all-London affair with both sides looking to notch a win and the first trophy available.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:22

Prinsloo & Zackey Dominate

Lord Victorious (Craig Zackey( gets the better of Autumn Encore (Jarryd Penny) in the Kimberley Nursery (Pic: JC Photos)

Trainer Tienie Prinsloo and leading apprentice Craig Zackey dominated the Monday afternoon meeting at Flamingo Park, when they also teamed up to produce the thrilling winner of the R100 000 Kimberley Nursery.

Monday, 27 July 2015 20:43

Lerena Leaves Top Island Job

Brandon Lerena – on way home

Ricky Maingard’s stable jockey Brandon Lerena will soon be winging his way home from Mauritius after requesting an early release from his contract.

Lerena, the cousin of soon-to-be-crowned SA champion rider Gavin Lerena, heads the jockey log with 20 winners (a win strike rate of 21,3%) with his countryman and latest Hall Of Famer, Derreck David.

Monday, 27 July 2015 19:44

Spies Rules In Zimbabwe

Corne Spies, Patricia Wakefield and Pierre Venter at the awards function (Pic: Gavin MacLeod)

Vaal-based trainer Corne Spies lifted the Zimbabwe Champion Trainer title at Borrowdale Park on Sunday, and also boasts the honour of having been crowned SA Sand Champion trainer this season.

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