So there is a God after all. And if he isn't a Zulu, he's certainly come to Zululand at last. We couldn't wait for Monday morning to share our delight at the fulfillment of our prophecies on the Visionaires; Harry Nillson obviously didn't have Visionaire in mind when he composed his famous first line 'Everybody's talkin' bout me,' but the stallion is certainly singing from the same song sheet.
Michael Ross, a former member of the pedigree department of that great dinosaur of the horse racing world, the British Bloodstock Agency, reminded us this week of Winston Churchill's flirtation with our sport, and the word “flirtation” is used advisedly.
Saturday's J&B Met race meeting was as good a day's racing as we've witnessed recently, and while the margin of his heroics on Saturday might suggest that Futura is head and shoulders above his own generation, it's worth remembering that Legislate was missing and that the recent Highveld Triple Crown winner Louis The King, hot off his own sparkling victory in the Sansui Summer Cup (Gr.1), just didn't turn up.
The one thing about the horseracing business, is that the wheels grind on, no matter where you are, seven days a week, twelve months of the year.The one thing about the horseracing business, is that the wheels grind on, no matter where you are, seven days a week, twelve months of the year.
We recently received a letter from Lynn Atkinson, a regular (and certainly amongst our favourites) correspondent and follower of our blog, and decided that its publication was a wonderful opportunity to share Lynn's latest memoirs, which were described by Mick as "moving"; we're quite sure our readers will agree.
There’s an old saying that “you can take a man out of Africa, but you can’t take Africa out of a man.” It’s grown up around the exotic beauty of this continent, its sounds, its scents, its people, its animals, and as much as anything, its atmosphere.
This past weekend, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, called a general election, obviously seeking a reaffirmation of the mandate he obtained two years ago for his radical new economic plan, popularly referred to as “Abenomics”. There can only be one strategic purpose behind a snap election in these circumstances, and that is to get the support of the populace before the substantial majority you enjoyed last time, whittles away altogether.
When Sebueng trotted up by 2.5 at Greyville towards the end of last week, we should’ve known something was cooking. This coming weekend the former Premier of KZN, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, hosts an old-style country race meeting at his farm near Pietermaritzburg’s Table Mountain, and we’d already agreed with His Majesty King Letsie that Saturday would be the filly’s swansong, notwithstanding Michael Roberts’ misgivings about testing her over this fresh patch of naked veldt.
Your arrival at the racecourse in this Indian Ocean paradise is greeted by a grand statue of King Edward VII, erected no doubt to continue the appeasement of the local French settlers, whose government had been displaced by the British.
Today marks the revival of an age-old art form: the yearlings leave for their date with the auctioneers at the big sales in Jo'burg commencing on the weekend, and that means they will be climbing aboard mobile transport for the first time in their lives.
The first 63 lots of the third and final session of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale yesterday comprised the final offerings of 'Session One' of the sale, after which the action shifted down a gear for 'Session Two.'
While Tuesday's opening session of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale was all about champion sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill), Wednesday's second session saw Arrowfield's Snitzel Redoute's Choice) take the spotlight when responsible for the top two lots of the day - a pair of colts purchased for A$2.2 million and A$1.8 million.
The Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale got off to a strong beginning in Sydney Tuesday, with gains posted for the average (up 12% to A$291,667) and median (up 17% to A$210,000) from 12 months ago. A total of 132 yearlings changed hands for A$38,500,000 - a shade more than last year's first session gross of A$38,349,250.
The driving rain that forced the postponement of opening day of The Championships seemed a distant memory in Sydney Sunday as an international cross- section of buyers inspected the 605 yearlings on offer for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale under bright and sunny skies.