22.10.2019 06:00 pm
Handicapping is what makes golf and horse racing so competitive.
In golf, players of modest ability can compete against – and beat – opponents who are a lot better at the game. The handicap system – based on players’ scoring history over a long time – allows the happy hackers to play a few extra shots in their endeavour to get the small ball into that little hole.
A smorgasbord of horse racing is on offer this weekend, with top-class events throughout the world – direct to South African TV sets via Tellytrack in DStv’s channel 239.
Popular jockey Muzi Yeni will captain the South African team at this year’s World Sports Betting International Jockey Challenge to be staged at Turffontein on 16 November.
Stories of the game’s decline and predicted demise are nothing new, but something needs to be done to change the current trajectory.
The race is restricted to eligible graduates of the 2018 Emperor’s Palace Summer Ready To Run Sales.
Phumelela advises that due principally to a decline in TAB tote revenue in the 2018/19 racing season and the withholding of the Gauteng provincial levy, prize money at its racecourses will be reduced by around 13% from next month.
Today, The Citizen brings its subscribers tips for the races at both Turffontein and Durbanville.
Soqrat and Barahin are favourite and second favourite respectively for a Pinnacle Stakes contest at Turffontein on Saturday.
In Hong Kong horseracing there is a Cold List – but, like Fight Club, no one talks about it.
James Goodman and Paul Lafferty are two of the most engaging and entertaining characters in South African racing.