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Story of a child refugee and the healing power of horses
Social services sent the boy to Greatwood in Wiltshire, where retired racehorses are used in therapy for children with learning disabilities and other social challenges.
Transformation in South Africa’s horse racing industry has been thrust into the limelight by last week’s protests at Fairview racecourse, with a rescue plan now finally granting the long-simmering “grooms’ issue” much needed urgency.
In a video of the protest, which has been circulating on social media, a large group of people can be seen entering the racecourse and running toward the horse sheds.
One horse was killed and several others seriously injured and in danger of being euthanised after an attack by more than 150 panga- and knobkerrie-wielding assailants.
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Contains scenes of a sexual nature and moments of violence, but no bad language
Spring is in the air and that means sex. The pandemic might have curbed human springiness, but horses are tackling things with their usual enthusiasm.
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Oppenheimer women mine silverware at Equus Awards
It was a night of triumph for the Oppenheimer horse racing dynasty at the 2019-2020 Equus Awards on Sunday.
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The time has come for (nearly) everyone to own a racehorse

horse news The time has come for (nearly) everyone to own a racehorse

What better way to aim for those inclusivity targets than by spreading ownership as widely as possible, as is the case with the past weekend’s Kentucky Derby winner who has 4,600 co-owners?

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Stamina and courage found wanting at Equus Awards

horse news Stamina and courage found wanting at Equus Awards

Which galloper will be named Horse of the Year at the Equus Awards this coming weekend?

horse news Durbanville meeting moved to Sunday 6 September

Current track conditions at Durbanville are still very wet after all the rain earlier in the week and there is further rain forecast for tomorrow.

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Spring Spree in Joburg; winter of discontent in Kentucky

horse news Spring Spree in Joburg; winter of discontent in Kentucky

While the local racing fans celebrate racing’s rescue plan, reports suggest that there will be more people outside Churchill Downs in Louisville, protesting cruelty to animals, than there will be inside for the Kentucky Derby.

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Swinger is swinging – and so is Bling

horse news Swinger is swinging – and so is Bling

A scrap of good news for horse-racing players was this week’s announcement that all South African Swinger bet pools on British racing are being commingled with the UK Tote.

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Is the Gold Cup really a boat race?

horse news Is the Gold Cup really a boat race?

Sunshine Silk, Dharma, Shenanigans, Before Noon are upset material.

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Gold Cup day: Beware of shipwrecks in boat races

horse news Gold Cup day: Beware of shipwrecks in boat races

All the talk about boat races in Durban this weekend has nothing to do with aquatic sports in the Indian Ocean, but rather about equine action at Greyville, a few furlongs inland from the beachfront.

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TAB open betting for bumper Greyville meeting

horse news TAB open betting for bumper Greyville meeting

Here’s some tips on the top runners in this weekend’s raciing extravaganza at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

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How a singing jockey won the Gold Cup

horse news How a singing jockey won the Gold Cup

With the absence of fans in the stands this weekend, the ghostly songs of past winners might be clearly audible around Greyville.

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Gold Cup day a racing and betting extravaganza to lift the spirits

horse news Gold Cup day a racing and betting extravaganza to lift the spirits

A star-spangled card for Gold Cup day at Greyville on Saturday is just what’s needed for battered horse racing.

horse news Mary Oppenheimer and Daughters’ bid could rescue Phumelela and SA horseracing

The MOD offer is contingent on MOD acquiring key Phumelela horse racing assets both locally and internationally.

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Jockey Devin Habib feels sting of the whip

horse news Jockey Devin Habib feels sting of the whip

Use of the riding crop, or whip, is back in the racing spotlight following a string of fines and suspensions incurred by jockey Devin Habib over the past few weeks.

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Jockey Devin Habib feels sting of NHA whip

horse news Jockey Devin Habib feels sting of NHA whip

Habib was charged with striking the horse Flashlight 16 times in Race 1 at Turffontein on 15 August. The maximum number of whip strikes allowed is 12.

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Slack and co to Phumelela rescue

horse news Slack and co to Phumelela rescue

Oppenheimer daughters will put up R550m to keep the company afloat.





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