The Sun Never Sets

The Sun Never Sets

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.

Who are your Cape Guineas Greats?

Who are your Cape Guineas Greats?

The Grand Parade Cape Guineas, due to be run at Kenilworth next Saturday, has a long and rich history and has been won by some of the greatest thoroughbreds ever bred in South Africa. Earlier Guineas winners include the legends Hawaii, Politician, Colorado King and Empress Club – to name a few. But who have been the most memorable winners of recent times?

Right Royal Rave

Right Royal Rave

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.
 

Designs On Rome Conquers Hong Kong Cup

Designs On Rome Conquers Hong Kong Cup

Some 40 minutes after Able Friend left the Hong Kong Mile field in tatters, Designs On Rome did his part, coming from last with a half-mile to race to just outbob former stablemate Military Attack (Ire) (Oratorio) under a perfectly judged ride from Joao "Magic Man" Moreira in the HK$25million G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup.

Able Friend Records Jaw-Dropping Hong Kong Mile Victory

Able Friend Records Jaw-Dropping Hong Kong Mile Victory

When it was announced early Sunday morning that 2012 G1 Hong Kong Mile winner Ambitious Dragon (NZ) (Pins) would be forced to miss this year's race after failing to pass the vet, Able Friend (Aus) (Shamardal) was, for a time, a money-back proposition. You bet. He wins. You go back to the cage and get returned whatever you invested. Thanks for playing.
 

At 'Em ATO!

At 'Em ATO!

The Prince of 'Speed' by, the Stallion that defined it.

Jimmy Lithgow's Winter Workshop Programme This Sunday

Jimmy Lithgow's Winter Workshop Programme This Sunday

Be certain to catch Tellytrack, DSTV 239, on Sunday 14 December at 20:00 to watch Jimmy Lithgow's programme on this year's Winter Workshop held at Summerhill's School of Equine Management Excellence. Not to be missed.

Montmartre Tops Arqana December Sales Final Session

Montmartre Tops Arqana December Sales Final Session

The stallion prospect Montmartre (Fr) (Montjeu - Artistique, by Linamix) was hammered down for €180,000 to Ghislain Bozo's Meridian International SARL to top Tuesday's final session of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale.

Hokko Tarumae Aces Champions Cup

Hokko Tarumae Aces Champions Cup

Making his third appearance in the race formerly known as the G1 Japan Cup Dirt and having finished third on each of his two prior attempts at Hanshin Racecourse, Hokko Tarumae (Jpn) (King Kamehameha - Madam Cherokee, by Cherokee Run) finally got over the hump with a narrow, yet comfortable and sentimental, victory in the G1 Champions Cup Sunday at Chukyo Racecourse.

Don't Bet Against Them

Don't Bet Against Them

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.

Fly By Night Swoops in Tony Taberer Southern Cross Stakes

Fly By Night Swoops in Tony Taberer Southern Cross Stakes

Trainer Mike Bass has his sights firmly fixed on next month’s Betting World Cape Flying Championship after Fly By Night, under an ultra-determined Bernard Fayd’Herbe, pegged back Alboran Sea well inside the final furlong of the Grade 2 Tony Taberer Southern Cross Stakes at Kenilworth.

Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas Preview

Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas Preview

Andrew Bon dissects the prospect of a scintillating  Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas, to be run over 1600m at Kenilworth Saturday 6 December, with expert opinion from The Witness Racing Editor, Mark van Deventer.

Capetown Noir Retired

Capetown Noir Retired

Last season's Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate champion, Capetown Noir, has been retired.

The Main Man

The Main Man

Join us for the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale, 24 February 2015 at the School of Equine Management Excellence, Summerhill Stud.