On a day attended by the former Premier of KZN and the current Treasurer-General of the ruling party, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, as well as a good spread of the nation’s biggest-hitters, the whole gathering enthusiastically, and at times vociferously, voted to put their fancies on the board.
Noble Mission (Galileo) has proved a force to be reckoned with this year and grabbed his third Gr.1 of the season after a ding-dong battle with a back-to-form Al Kazeem (Dubawi) in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot Saturday.
The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup is the power, the pace and the pulse of an esteemed legacy of thoroughbred horse racing in Johannesburg.
Well-known racing commentator Jimmy Lithgow died on Friday morning of a heart attack. He would have turned 68 on 16 November.
It's Gallops Day today, and there’s a reason so many of the country’s biggest-hitters are mooching around the stable yards here at Summerhill. The biggest owners in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KZN are all part of a racing brigade that’s flown, bussed or driven into the Mooi River precinct for this morning’s fireworks.
Summerhill gallops set the stage for R2.5million race.
The awards dinner for the CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale took place last night at Summerhill's School of Equine Management Excellence.
Each horse is eligible for the 2015 renewal of the world's richest Ready To Run sales race, the Emperor's Palace Ready To Run Cup, with a stake of R2.5million. While we've ensured that the 2014 version carries the richest prize money in African history, the odds of getting a run next year are twice as good, with half the number catalogued.
Here are Siyabonga Bhengu's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Siyabonga has always had a passion for working with thoroughbreds and has been hanging around and helping out in the stables since he was able to walk.
Here are Thokozani Dlungwane's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thokozani loves sticking with families.
Avontuur Estate announced the delivery yesterday morning of a healthy, strong filly by Frankel out of their South African Champion Sprint filly, Val De Ra.
For eight years now, we've had some of the nation's top racing personalities judging our gallops. This year, we bring a new dimension to the judging.
Here are Thabiso Mgoza's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thabiso has ridden work for top Ready To Run consigner and pin hooker in the USA, Becky Thomas.
Here are John Motaung's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. John piloted Igugu in the 2009 Ready To Run breeze ups.
R3,85 MILLION EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP
Turffontein, Turf, 1400m | 1 November 2014
Log as at 14 October 2014
Condensed in size, Tattersalls' October Yearling Sale Book 2 got away to an incredible start in Newmarket yesterday.
Australia, the brilliant son of Galileo and multiple Gr.1 winner Ouija Board (Cape Cross), has been retired after an injury in his off hind foot jeopardised his preparation for Champions Day at Ascot.
When David Mollett commented in his Business Day column a few weeks back, that we'd made a few waves in our time and that our announcement of a R3.85milliion prize for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup in 2014, eclipsing all previous African records, was in the nature of a tsunami, we took it as a compliment.
Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has announced that Al Shaqab Racing's Treve (Fr) (Motivator), who joined an elite group in winning her second Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last weekend, will stay in training next year and aim for a third Arc.
For the fourth time in eighteen years, we bade farewell last week to a lady who epitomises the Summerhill story.