15.1.2020 12:35 pm
It’s famously the only occupation that requires an ambulance to follow you as you do your job.
Who’d want to be a jockey? There are clear positives to riding racehorses for a living – such as the exhilaration of travelling at high speed on a galloping steed; and being the centre of attention when your mount wins the race, looking across an excited throng and snapping photographers from the heights of the saddle. And then there’s the money – if you’re successful.
To lift spirits after a gloomy week, here is a melange of quotes about horses and the Sport of Kings.
The most heartening thing in horse racing at present is the emergence of much young talent in the riding and training ranks.
Huddled in soggy gloom, South African racing fans have kept a candle burning, seeing in its guttering flame gallant gallopers going for it.
Japan is the future of horse racing. That’s the view of many knowledgable racing people and it’s undeniable that the game has been flourishing for the past few decades in the Land of the Rising Sun – unlike everywhere else in the world.
Horse racing is a wild ride for the emotions – elation at winning is very quickly replaced by the sinking feeling of losing. The Gauteng Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein on Saturday was no different.
History is supposed to teach us about how to best handle the present and the future – mistakes to avoid and wisdom to follow.
What is 19th century Zulu king Dingaan doing on the programme for Saturday’s Gauteng Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein?
There’s a clear sexual metaphor to gambling and horse racing.
When a midge about 3cm long bit a horse in Nietgedacht, north of Joburg, earlier this month, it set off racing’s latest crisis.
You have a way better chance of winning than you do on the Lotto.
Jockey Craig Williams must have thought he’d won a movie Oscar: he thanked dozens of people – including his dentist – in the immediate aftermath of victory in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
Everyone likes a good news story and there can be few tales more heart-warming than charities being handed lots of money.
Racehorse sales around the world have been buoyant in recent times – despite adverse conditions in the broader economy.
Punting is a hard game at the best of times.