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.
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?
The 2014 sales year for Tattersalls Ireland boasted a set of results not witnessed since the pre-recession year of 2007, as evidenced by an overall turnover total of €42,866,010.
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.
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.
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.
Now three-years-old and unbeaten in South Africa, Forries Waltz has settled down at Mike de Kock’s stables in Dubai. He arrived in the UAE a few weeks ago with several other former South African-based runners.
The Prince of 'Speed' by, the Stallion that defined it.
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.
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.
Andre Hauptfleisch, breeder and part-owner of Via Africa, was at Scottsville Sunday and reported that his Champion Sprinter had been in Dubai for three weeks already and was doing 'very well'.
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.
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.
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.
Mike de Kock-trained grey filly Majmu boosted an already big reputation by doddling the Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday.
We're looking for the "next best thing". The first sign is racing class. Traffic Guard was a Timeform 123. World-class.
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.
Louis The King and Legislate head a star-studded entry for the R2.5million Grade 1 J&B Met over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday 31 January.
Last season's Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate champion, Capetown Noir, has been retired.
Join us for the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale, 24 February 2015 at the School of Equine Management Excellence, Summerhill Stud.