Breakfast with a Rock Star

Breakfast with a Rock Star

The Thursday morning prior to the Dubai World Cup meeting is billed as 'Breakfast With The Stars,' and for those up early enough at Meydan there was the chance for breakfast with a rock star. California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) has received this lofty billing from his veteran trainer Art Sherman, and it's a title he wears with ease.

SSH….. SILENCE PLEASE!

SSH….. SILENCE PLEASE!

The rising giant of the comparatively modern world of thoroughbred breeding, is undoubtedly Japan. Like the sun in that part of the world, for the past couple of decades, the Japanese racehorse has emerged inexorably from something of a waste product in a forgotten frontier, to a symbol of class wherever racing is taken seriously.

The Race That Pauses A Nation

The Race That Pauses A Nation

The Golden Slipper Stakes might not stop a nation, but it proved again on Saturday that it is increasingly giving the entire racing world reason to pause. No-one seriously pretends the Slipper has a place in Australia’s sporting psyche like the Melbourne Cup. It has, after all, only been run since 1957, almost 100 years after the first Cup. And its winners, by necessity, are newcomers, mere babies compared to those that line up at Flemington each November.

Jet Air... More Like Jet Fuel

Jet Air... More Like Jet Fuel

Sunday might've been a bit dull if it weren't for the "second" at Kenilworth. No World Cup, no Super Fifteen, the Slipper was behind us… Mind you, there was the little matter of a "derby" at Anfield. For us though, the action was at Kenilworth.

We All Nailed It, For Once!

We All Nailed It, For Once!

Ever since his victory in the Todman Stakes (Gr.2), trainer Gai Waterhouse and jockey Tommy Berry had been banging on about the virtues of their Golden Slipper (Gr.1) aspirant, Vancouver; Saturday proved them right. It goes further than that though, particularly if you're tuned into Radio Berry, who's adamant this colt will win both the next two legs of the Juvenile Triple Crown, the Sires Produce (Gr.1) and the Champagne (Gr.1).

Mike de Kock Fields Seven on Dubai World Cup Night

Mike de Kock Fields Seven on Dubai World Cup Night

South African trainer Mike de Kock is set to saddle seven runners at Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan. The meeting offers prize money of $30-million (R366-million), with $10-million up for grabs on the Dubai World Cup itself, over 2000m on the dirt.

Vancouver King of the Golden Slipper

Vancouver King of the Golden Slipper

Jumping from the outside barrier in the world’s richest two-year-old race was not enough to stop the success of leading trainer Gai Waterhouse, as the unbeaten colt Vancouver highlighted himself as a future star of the track, defeating stablemate English.

Damned If You Do... And Damned If You Draw Badly

Damned If You Do... And Damned If You Draw Badly

There are no half measures when it comes to Australia's Golden Slipper. You're either good enough, or you're not; you're well-bred enough (by which they mean precocious enough) or you're not; and there are no excuses when it comes to the draw. That despite the fact there are nineteen eligible in the world's richest two-year-old race and it's a sprint contested around a bend.

Golden Slipper Preview with Gai Waterhouse and Ron Dufficy

Golden Slipper Preview with Gai Waterhouse and Ron Dufficy

On the eve of the Tooheys New Golden Slipper, the richest race for 2-year-olds in Australia, we hear from trainer Gai Waterhouse who has the favourite Vancouver, and also from Sky Racing's form expert Ron Dufficy on his top picks.

Golden Slipper Draw Kind To Godolphin

Golden Slipper Draw Kind To Godolphin

All four of Godolphin’s Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) hopefuls fared well at yesterday’s barrier draw but Gai Waterhouse’s favourite, Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro), will have to overcome being drawn in barrier 18 if he is to keep his unbeaten record in tact.

If The Slipper Fits, Wear It

If The Slipper Fits, Wear It

So many things revolve around the outcome to Australia's Golden Slipper, renewed this coming Saturday at Rosehill just outside Sydney.

Doing Exactly What It Says On The "Tin"

Doing Exactly What It Says On The "Tin"

Big, brave, brilliant. And bred in the purple. That's what it says. So when Rosalie trotted up by 8.5 last time, expectations were high. Not surprisingly, she did it again. With "6.1" on her back. Against her elders. Bring on the Oaks!

A Right Royal Roadtrip

A Right Royal Roadtrip

Followers of these columns, and in particular those who hold an affection for Hartford House, will recall the day Hartford earned its place in the world order of top restaurants. The senior food critic at America's leading business newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, was among the judges for Eat Out's Top Ten Restaurants, and it was one of his remits to take a plane ride all the way to KwaZulu-Natal to test the offering at what he imagined to be an 'isolated tourist trap' which had had its time. 'Big mistake!', he exclaimed, nominating Hartford in the top three country restaurants on the planet, alongside Sweden's Fäviken and Australia's Royal Mail.

Fortune smiles on the weak sometimes, too!

Fortune smiles on the weak sometimes, too!

Somewhere, sometime, our boat had to come in. There is little more satisfying for a collector of racehorses, than getting a 'lift' in the days following a sale. It was easy, sitting around the sales ring in Melbourne last week, to feel a bit depressed, knowing that with only Rands to spend, we were competing with currencies from all over the world in a sale that posted new highs in every sphere.

Majmu and Ertijaal among SA Fillies Classic Nominations

Majmu and Ertijaal among SA Fillies Classic Nominations

Trainer Mike de Kock is likely to play his two trump cards in the upcoming R2-million SA Classic and R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic. The two Grade 1 races will be run over 1800m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday 28 March. The races are the second legs of the SA Triple Crown and the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara.

Stronghold in the Spotlight

Stronghold in the Spotlight

Stronghold, the ill-fated son of Danehill who stood at Summerhill Stud a few years back, has had two winners recently with Double Clutch taking home the umThombothi Stakes (Non-Black Type) over 2000m at Greyville and Supercede taking honours in the Umzinzi Handicap (Non-Black Type) over 1800m also at Greyville.

Mubtaahij and Sir Fever... Bring on the UAE Derby!

Mubtaahij and Sir Fever... Bring on the UAE Derby!

The Mike de Kock trained Dubawi colt, Mubtaahij, piloted by jockey Dane O'Neill, ended an exceptional 10-run winning streak of Godolphin ace Sir Fever Saturday at Meydan in the $250,000 Al Bastakiya over 1900m on dirt. The winning margin was an impressive 2.50 lengths.

Vercingetorix Retired

Vercingetorix Retired

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's Vercingetorix (Silvano - National Vixen, by National Assembly), who disappointed in the G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan Saturday when checking home sixth, has emerged from the race with a pulled sesamoidal ligament and will not race again.