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.
Scratch even the most serious-minded punter, trainer, owner or jockey and, just below the surface, you’ll find someone taking no chances with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
The first Sunday of September was a red-letter day for Silvano, champion thoroughbred stallion supreme.
A double bill of Grade 2 features kicks off the Highveld Spring Season at Turffontein on Saturday.
Horse racing fans know just one name when it comes to beating the astronomical odds.
Flamingo Park’s weekly race meetings incurred losses of R23.5 million per annum – leaving a rather, ahem, Big Hole in the balance sheet.