Justin Snaith says he expects ‘a good day’, having 12 of his own horses running in the upcoming Met Day, and he also gives some tips on who he thinks are the biggest challenges to his own charges.
Saturday’s Met will be a very different event to what we have become used to over the years at Cape Town’s most prestigious race meeting.
Sea Cottage was voted the GOAT (Greatest of all Time) racehorse in South Africa last year, when the coronavirus halted racecourse action for a while and racing devotees found themselves with little to do but reminisce.
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Golden Ducat, Princess Calla land plum draws for the Met
The Met field cut down to just 11 horses from an original 26 entries when final declarations were unveiled on Wednesday.
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Racing world converging on Meydan as Carnival kicks off
The coronavirus has not deterred international racing campaigners from planning to raid the riches of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which kicks off at Meydan on Thursday.
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Racing once again salutes the great Michael Roberts
Roberts won 11 South African jockey championships. Then he went to Britain and took their title –with a monumental freelancer effort in 1992.
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Big race action through the eyes of the handicappers

horse news Big race action through the eyes of the handicappers

This is the official handicappers’ rationale for amending merit ratings of horses that performed in feature races at the weekend.

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Adam Marcus talks about his surprise Met move

horse news Adam Marcus talks about his surprise Met move

Trainer Adam Marcus sprang a surprise this week when he supplemented three-year-old filly Princess Calla into the Cape Met, to be run at Kenilworth on Saturday, 30 January.

horse news Jet Dark emerges as Queen’s Plate dark horse victor

Owner Justin Snaith has speculated that this outstanding three year-old may even end up back at his Franschoek home in the stallion shed.

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Queen’s Plate day: R10m Pick 6 ignites search for a banker

horse news Queen’s Plate day: R10m Pick 6 ignites search for a banker

The high quality of racehorse stepping onto the Kenilworth turf this weekend is enough to pull in most racing fans, but extra bait of a predicted R10-million Pick 6 should hook even the most jaded punter.

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The amazing story of Summer Pudding’s grandfather

horse news The amazing story of Summer Pudding’s grandfather

Summer Pudding’s grandfather had a life with ‘twists and turns Dick Francis and John Francome together would have been hard put to invent’.

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Queen’s Plate day fields an intriguing read

horse news Queen’s Plate day fields an intriguing read

An anticipated clash between racing’s famous ‘brothers-in-arms’, Rainbow Bridge and Golden Ducat, won’t be happening in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday.

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Jockeys between a rock and a hard place

horse news Jockeys between a rock and a hard place

Jockeys are not usually subjects of pity in the racing world – being convenient blame targets for lousy gambles – but right now one does feel a little empathy with them.

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Just nine entries for Queen’s Plate

horse news Just nine entries for Queen’s Plate

The high quality – and consistency – of South Africa’s elite racehorses has scared off the connections of many a potential challenger for the 2021 LÓrmarins Queen’s Plate (Grade 1) on Saturday 9 January.

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Horse racing back to strict lockdown rules

horse news Horse racing back to strict lockdown rules

Only people with an Essential Service Permit will be allowed onto South African racecourses, while Jockeys will have to stay and ride in a province of their choosing.

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Holiday gifts galore for racing fans

horse news Holiday gifts galore for racing fans

We might not be allowed onto beaches, and scary new Covid-19 infection rates will keep us away from other public places, but there is no shortage of horse racing action to keep racing aficionados occupied over the coming holiday week.

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Plan for new racecourse at Randjesfontein

horse news Plan for new racecourse at Randjesfontein

In what could be a first for the country in 50 years, the Randjesfontein Training Centre near Midrand might be developed into a state-of-the-art racecourse.

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Dean Kannemeyer on his 100-1 Guineas winner

horse news Dean Kannemeyer on his 100-1 Guineas winner

Russian Rock’s owner says his conservative approach to racing, and not over-extending his charge is not going to change – even with the coveted Guineas trophy safely in the cabinet.

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Music is good for horses – but no heavy metal or rap, please

horse news Music is good for horses – but no heavy metal or rap, please

Music has a calming effect on horses and spinning tunes in the stable is likely to become a new trend in the training of performance horses, including racehorses.

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Alexander team heading Down Under is latest blow to SA racing

horse news Alexander team heading Down Under is latest blow to SA racing

When the Alexanders leave their Turffontein stables, scores of jobs will be lost and a South African family racing dynasty will vanish.





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