8.12.2020 10:42 am
Hong Kong is suffering its fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, not to mention ongoing scary political turmoil, yet it has resolutely pushed ahead with its famous international racing festival this week.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a formidable institution. It has shelled out HK$4 million (about R8 million) for charter flights to bring in foreign jockeys, trainers and stable staff for the iconic two-meeting international racing festival.
Both horses won their recent prep races easily, but it was only a third win in 23 starts for Pack Leader whereas Summer Pudding was cantering to her eighth victory in eight outings.
The history of South Africa might have been very different if it hadn’t been for the Summer Cup, the highveld’s biggest horse race, which will be run once again this Saturday.
The South African record pick 6 pool of R21.2 million, set at the 2019 Summer Cup meeting, could be broken on Saturday.
Frank Robinson’s alleged remarks have sparked calls for a boycott of racing in KZN, amid allegations of a lack of transformation in the sport.
Racing industry roleplayers have distanced themselves from Frank Robinson’s alleged racist comments, but there are now calls for a boycott of racing in KZN, amid allegations of a lack of transformation in the sport.
When the 20-strong field for the 2020 Cup was unveiled late on Tuesday, there were few surprises.
Joy and sorrow has swept through the racing industry in November.
The big race looks wide open, with a number of runners battling to secure a place in the WSB Gauteng Summer Cup in a fortnight’s time. So, when aiming at that Pick 6 bonanza we need to look elsewhere for a banker.
Every application from a black person for racing colours is quietly celebrated by most in the racing fold – and when those colours are carried to victory a feel-good atmosphere pervades the game.
South Africa’s strict export controls, combined with the jitters surrounding coronavirus, have made it a good year for those who have a few extra rands lying around and are looking to buy a racehorse.
The Charity Mile is 400m shorter than the Cup journey, but does allow the fitness of horses to be gauged by smart race watchers.
For the third time in four years, British Isles-trained horses took first, second and third place.
More than 100mm of rain was recorded at the Vaal over the weekend versus 77mm at Turffontein.