10.12.2019 05:05 pm
Dramatic new plans to stop the decline in Western Cape racing were unveiled at a meeting at Kenilworth Racecourse on Monday night.
Proposals put to an open meeting of interested parties included:
Horse racing is a wild ride for the emotions – elation at winning is very quickly replaced by the sinking feeling of losing. The Gauteng Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein on Saturday was no different.
A couple of three-year-olds who seem to have some potential will take on their more experienced elders in Race 5 at the Vaal on Tuesday.
Mike de Kock now calls on the family to help out – or, more correctly, his son Mathew.
This is her third run after a lay- off so she should be in peak condition and is undoubtedly the runner to beat.
There is also a question over her ability to stay against some of the best in the country but she has just 52kg to carry and Callan Murray knows her well.
History is supposed to teach us about how to best handle the present and the future – mistakes to avoid and wisdom to follow.
What is 19th century Zulu king Dingaan doing on the programme for Saturday’s Gauteng Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein?
The main attraction on the day is Race 7, a MR 96 Handicap sprint over 1000m where Aristachu should have the measure over his rivals.
Horses from the De Kock yard occupy the first four spots on the betting boards, with Soqrat and Barahin joint-favourites at 28-10 with Betting World.
Late revered racehorse trainer Terrance Millard claimed the secret of his success was luck – and that good racehorses simply ‘found’ him.
There’s a clear sexual metaphor to gambling and horse racing.
That form is against the best in the country and as he is the best-handicapped runner by at least 2.5kg, this four-year-old son of Pomodoro looks impossible to oppose.
The first thing racing fans noticed about the final field for the Gauteng Summer Cup announced on Tuesday was the vast gap in class between the two runners at the top of the card and the other 18 hopefuls.
This year’s Dingaans has seen a strong entry from both Mike de Kock and Sean Tarry and it comes as no surprise that runners from those two yards dominate the being.