Luck Of The Draw

Luck Of The Draw

Four-times Vodacom Durban July-winning trainer Mike de Kock runs the two-time Gr1-winning three-year-old filly Majmu and the Gr1 SA Oaks winner Pine Princess in the big one on Saturday and has a few other chances on the day.

Can Tarry's Troupe Trump?

Can Tarry's Troupe Trump?

Champion trainer elect Sean Tarry has a Vodacom Durban July favourite for the first time this year in the exciting three-year-old colt Legal Eagle. However, the pressure is eased by the fact that he has not only won the July twice but has no fewer than five runners in the big race this year.

Glad Rags, Spats and Graduation Gowns

Glad Rags, Spats and Graduation Gowns

For a miraculous third year in four, Ashlee Hammond advertised the virtues of our School Of Management Excellence as the English National Stud's top Academic Student of the Year.

Goosebumps At The Gallops

Goosebumps At The Gallops

If the Vodacom Durban July Gallops are to prove any value in terms of statistical comparatives, then the fact that eight runners opted for the polytrack rather than the turf, would also have helped no definitive conclusions being reached.

Breeders's Big Bonanza

Breeders's Big Bonanza

You have to take your hats off to the KZN Breeders Club. Undeterred by an unprecedented de-listing of all stakes accruing from their enterprising race programme by the National Horse Racing Authority (NHRA) just over a year ago, they've laid on yet another big day of racing for this weekend, topped by the Breeders' Million Mile.

The New Masterpiece

The New Masterpiece

In the Racing game, class is an obsession. The only cure for it, is to get a bit of Capetown Noir.

The Moore The Merrier

The Moore The Merrier

By the conclusion of the Royal Ascot Festival, he had compiled a post-war record of 9 individual victories, eclipsing even the formidable likes of Lestor Piggot, Detorri himself, Pat Eddery and Johnny Murtagh, and prompting his new employers, Coolmore, to proclaim the reluctant star the best they've ever had.

More is Moore

More is Moore

There's simply no stopping Ryan "the greatest" Moore as he equalled the modern-day record of eight wins during Royal Ascot.

How High Can He Fly?

How High Can He Fly?

Free Eagle (High Chaparral) became the latest horse to advertise the considerable talents of trainer Dermot Weld when he won the Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Gr 1) at Royal Ascot yesterday.

Un Grande Prix Pour Le Duc

Un Grande Prix Pour Le Duc

Timing is everything in racing, and the latest masters (or should we say "mistress") of the art is Gaynor Rupert's Drakenstein Stud: they got it right when they snatched the present log leader, Trippi, from under the noses of the Americans, and they've done it again with Duke Of Marmalade, sire on Sunday of the victress of the Prix de Diane Longines (the French Oaks). 
 

So Low, Mon Amie

So Low, Mon Amie

In the much-vaunted clash between Able Friend and Solow, which kicked off the Royal meeting in the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr.1), it may have been worth giving some airtime to the other contenders, whose claim to being there had been virtually ignored in the media scrum that surrounded the two headliners. 

It Takes One To Know One

It Takes One To Know One

The trainer's giant hand clapped his star pupil on the neck as he crossed, as if to say, "My work is done, it's all up to you now." A little over 24 hours later, Frankel completed his 14th straight victory and bade farewell to his adoring fans in a blaze of publicity on Ascot's Champions Day. Make that Champion's Day, for there was only one that day.

Oh Hell, It Wasn't About The Jogging After All

Oh Hell, It Wasn't About The Jogging After All

We've said it before, but its worth recalling that the Royal meeting at Ascot, was the idea 304 years ago, of Queen Anne. It is without peer the best sporting idea the English ever had, and while the Aussies rightfully claim that the Melbourne Cup is "the race that stops the nation", this week at Ascot "stops the world".

Strike While The Iron Is Hot

Strike While The Iron Is Hot

First, this "lightning bolt" won by daylight at Turffontein. Now, he's done it again at Greyville; Rabada shot home in theGatecrasher Stakes (Listed) for Michael Azzie and the Joostes, becoming Brave Tin Soldier's first Stakes winner.