3.4.2020 06:43 pm
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.
His unique achievement was to win the UK’s most famous – and notorious – steeplechase, the Grand National, three times and finish runner-up twice. Victory over the frightening fences of Aintree racecourse came in 1973, 1974 and 1977, with the seconds in ’75 and ’76.
The great stallion A.P. Indy, who died recently at the grand old age of 31, built his legacy on just one testicle.
The ARF Commemorative Cape Derby at Kenilworth on Saturday rings down the curtain on Cape Town’s racing summer – a season that will linger long in the memory thanks to stellar performances by a generation of exceptional racehorses.
The Cape Derby, one of the most influential races in terms of the stud book – and arguably as important as the SA Derby run at Turffontein – has been shunted around the racing calendar in a manner ill-befitting its proud history.
They might never have been anywhere near the Vaal, but the famous jockeys of Hong Kong now have a good idea of what it’s like to compete at our modest racecourse beside the languorous river in the Free State.
GONG xi fa cai! A happy and prosperous 2020! It’s not too late to wish people well for the Chinese New Year – because it only falls on Friday 25 January.
Cape Town’s big race day had an epic ‘after-party’ during which a celebratory celebrity narrowly escaped drowning after falling into a pond.
We’ve all heard about parents giving their kids embarrassing names – as in the song ‘A Boy Named Sue’, or musician Frank Zappa calling one of his offspring Muffin Pigeon.
A YouTube video that’s had its viral moments records the day an American horse race featured two runners with a daunting sum of names: Thewifedoesntknow and Mywifenowsevrything.
It’s famously the only occupation that requires an ambulance to follow you as you do your job.
In South Africa, nothing is as reminiscent of Britain’s Royal Ascot race meeting as the Queen’s Plate.
Back when apartheid blighted South Africa, the turf was the unlikely setting for a show of social and political defiance.
While most of the world enters a new year and looks back on the last one, South African horse racing still has seven months to go before it can push in the clutch and reflect on 12 months of glory or heartache.
Mick Goss is a giant of South African racing.
Horse racing needs champions and heroes – that’s the refrain whenever there’s discussion about reviving and reinvigorating the game.