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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
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.
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
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
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
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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July champ Belgarion going for six in a row

horse news July champ Belgarion going for six in a row

Belgarion, winner of the 2020 Vodacom Durban July, is one of the marquee names of an all-star cast taking the Kenilworth stage on Saturday.

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Frankie rules but debate rages on over best ‘Covid-year’ racehorse

horse news Frankie rules but debate rages on over best ‘Covid-year’ racehorse

The year 2020 will be infamous for decades to come, and anything with that number attached to it will be instantly something apart – for example, names on trophies and honours boards.

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Hong Kong gallops on, through sickness and strife

horse news Hong Kong gallops on, through sickness and strife

Hong Kong is suffering its fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, not to mention ongoing scary political turmoil, yet it has resolutely pushed ahead with its famous international racing festival this week.

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Heritage field and Met noms are skimpy, but quality is a silver lining

horse news Heritage field and Met noms are skimpy, but quality is a silver lining

With the R1 million Grade 1 Met, the silver lining is the 25 nominations containing most of the best horses in the country – so Cape Town’s historic, prestigious race will not lack quality.

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Merit rating cherry on top for Summer Pudding

horse news Merit rating cherry on top for Summer Pudding

Some racing fans might think she’s better than that, having fallen head-over-heels in love with the charismatic filly after her feats of the past year: nine wins from nine starts, a Triple Tiara, three Grade 1 triumphs and a “major” in the bag.

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Spat over poultry threatens future of SA horse racing

horse news Spat over poultry threatens future of SA horse racing

Racing will not come to an immediate halt following the shock decision to stop issuing permits for horses to be transported around the country. But the outlook for 2021 is very uncertain.





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