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Sleeping soundly: The importance of a good night’s rest
One thing you can do to get through the night uninterrupted is by improving your serotonin and melatonin levels, which means eating correctly.
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Here’s why we wait patiently for Godot
The billion-rand horse racing industry, employer of tens of thousands of people and hefty contributor to the national fiscus, continues to wait for an elusive character called Godot to arrive and give the go-ahead to race again after lockdown – thus saving jobs, saving horses’ lives, churning cash through the economy, distracting people from idle zol etc.
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Waiting for government Godot – with Bling to cheer us
A Twitterer was offering odds on Sunday night, ahead of the all-important address to the nation: 50-1 the ban on sales of smokes being lifted, 33-1 Cyril starting on time and 4-10 racing being allowed to restart.
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Who’s the boss: Man or horse?
Horses can teach us a thing or two about running a business – or a country.
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Racing cares for its own – but it needs help
The Racing Association has handed out more than R3.8 million to trainers under severe financial strain from the suspension of racing under lockdown.
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Aussies can hit a horse’s bum with a Banjo
South Africans have lots of reasons to love to loathe Australians. Some are to do with cricket, but there’s also horse racing. For example, Australia is galloping on merrily through the coronavirus panic while we aren’t allowed to.
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Sea Cottage and Secretariat do it for the ‘good old days’

Columnists Sea Cottage and Secretariat do it for the ‘good old days’

Young people are always scornful when their elders waffle on about how good everything was back in the day, but in the world of horse racing it looks like those times might indeed have been superior.

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‘Being AP’ keeps the fires burning

Columnists ‘Being AP’ keeps the fires burning

AP McCoy was the best jumps jockey to have lived and modern-day racing fans were privileged to have seen him in action before his retirement in 2015. Northern Irelanders claim him as their greatest sportsman.

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Vote for the GOAT

Columnists Vote for the GOAT

Snaith Racing is helping racing folk fill their lockdown time with online polls about the good old days. This week the stable’s Twitter site is hosting the age-old argument: Who was South Africa’s greatest racehorse of all time (GOAT)?

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Ag pleez Deddy Prez! Pleez Mr Patel…

Columnists Ag pleez Deddy Prez! Pleez Mr Patel…

The bottom line is: we still don’t know if horse racing will be allowed to restart on 1 May, as fervently hoped for. But hope lives on. It is what’s always sustained the game – through thick and thin, wins and losses, agony and ecstasy.

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How an ace trainer is handling lockdown

Columnists How an ace trainer is handling lockdown

Dennis Bosch was in hot form when lockdown struck. During March, the Summerveld-based trainer saddled 13 horses and led seven of them into the winner’s circle – including Born To Perform after the grey’s victory in the Kings Cup at Greyville.

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The July is (almost) always on time

Columnists The July is (almost) always on time

Postponing the 2020 Durban July from its traditional slot on the first Saturday of July to the last Saturday has prompted an array of questions about the great race. One being, has this happened before?

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Two years since the fall of Anthony Delpech

Columnists Two years since the fall of Anthony Delpech

Former champion jockey Anthony Delpech has marked the second anniversary of the fall that ended his career with a poignant social media post.

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Remembering Red Rum

Columnists Remembering Red Rum

Red Rum is probably the most famous name in horse racing. He made that name over jumps, which isn’t as globally popular as flat turf racing, but the horse had so much heart and charisma that the whole world came to revere him.

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When Anneline rode Furious – and the crowd went crazy

Columnists When Anneline rode Furious – and the crowd went crazy

Sol Kerzner’s fondness for the grand gesture was legendary and obituaries published after his recent death enumerated many of them.

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Racing royalty donates billions – but might not save the game

Columnists Racing royalty donates billions – but might not save the game

Two of the most important families in horse racing, the Ruperts and the Oppenheimers, have set an example to SA’s wealthy by contributing R1 billion each to the Solidarity Fund set up to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Kiplingcotes Derby falls to virus – but Greyville holds aloft torch for racing world

Columnists Kiplingcotes Derby falls to virus – but Greyville holds aloft torch for racing world

Things are moving faster than great sprinter Senor Santa as the coronavirus panic escalates. It’s become pointless to try to keep up with all the latest postponements and cancellations. It’s easiest to just assume that everything is off.

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The betting show must go on

Columnists The betting show must go on

There were few surprises in the coronavirus measures announced by South African horse racing’s assembled officials late on Monday afternoon.

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The return of Muzi Yeni and Tiger Roll – and some crowds

Columnists The return of Muzi Yeni and Tiger Roll – and some crowds

Racing-mad Hong Kong is clearly recovering from its dose of Covid-19. The local Jockey Club is gradually allowing more people to attend the races – beyond the 500 essential connections that have been the only people on course at Sha Tin and Happy Valley over the past three weeks.

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Welfare is on racing’s agenda, but the woke crowd is still coming

Columnists Welfare is on racing’s agenda, but the woke crowd is still coming

Animal welfare is a bogeyman for horse racing. It lurks in the shadows and everyone is petrified of it leaping out in some form or other and causing bad things to happen.





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