The First Lady Speaks

The First Lady Speaks

Gai Waterhouse is arguably Australia’s most recognized trainer internationally. Gai has trained 126 Group 1 winners since earning her trainer’s license in 1992, including five Golden Slipper winners. Gai was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2007. She will be penning a monthly column for the TDN.

Vercingetorix All Class in Al Rashidiya

Vercingetorix All Class in Al Rashidiya

Winner of the 2014 G1 Jebel Hatta Stakes and runner-up to top-rated Just a Way in last year's G1 Dubai Duty Free Stakes, Vercingetorix suggested he'll be a major force in the newly renamed G1 Dubai Turf with a first-up victory in Thursday's G2 Al Rashidiya Stakes at Meydan.

Straight Talk: Part One

Straight Talk: Part One

John Gosden is uniquely placed to compare and contrast the racing scenes in the United States and Europe. He trained with conspicuous success in California from 1979, winning Eclipse Awards with Bates Motel and Royal Heroine, before he returned to his native Britain in 1989.

Legislate Withdrawn From J&B Met

Legislate Withdrawn From J&B Met

Time ran out for trainer Justin Snaith Wednesday, after racing the clock to get Equus Horse Of The Year Legislate fully recovered in time to challenge for Saturday’s R2.5-million J&B Met (G1) feature at Kenilworth.

Japanese Horses Rise To Top Of The World

Japanese Horses Rise To Top Of The World

The 2014 horseracing year will be remembered as the season when the World's Best Racehorse was trained in Japan for the first time. Following on from the high ranking duo of ORFEVRE and crack sprinter LORD KANALOA in 2013, Japan secured the top two rankings in the world courtesy of  JUST A WAY and EPIPHANEIA.

Justin Snaith Lays Down J&B Met Challenge

Justin Snaith Lays Down J&B Met Challenge

Justin Snaith holds 40% of the field for Saturday’s Grade 1 J&B Met at Kenilworth in Cape Town, and he is intent on utilising his armada to create a slow gallop for his stable's number one charge, Legislate.

Fish Where The Fish Are

Fish Where The Fish Are

Champions are multi-faceted creatures. One of the prime ingredients in our nine years at the mountain top, was the Ready To Run Sale. Now, the Summer Ready To Run Sale on the farm is gaining momentum, too.

Alboran Sea Steals Betting World Cape Flying Championship

Alboran Sea Steals Betting World Cape Flying Championship

Favoured to bring up a century of Grade 1 winners for trainer Mike de Kock, three-year-old filly Alboran Sea duly obliged Saturday at Kenilworth, stealing a thrilling victory in the Grade 1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship from the in form Captain Of All.

Death of Fort Wood

Death of Fort Wood

The great Mauritzfontein Stud sire, Fort Wood (Sadler's Wells - Fall Aspen) has sadly passed away aged 24.

Hey Mate! Another Eight!

Hey Mate! Another Eight!

Don't Be Late, Get Out The Gate! Join us at the Summer Ready To Run Sale, 24 February at the School of Equine Management Excellence.

Prices Soar, Records Tumble at Cape Premier Yealing Sale

Prices Soar, Records Tumble at Cape Premier Yealing Sale

All systems are definitely “go” at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with day one witnessing the fall of a record set at the 2013 version of same. Until last night, the highest price ever paid for a yearling on public auction in South Africa was R3.25 million, the titleholders being Adriaan van Vuuren and trainer Mike Azzie. While we all know that the buzz of the auction ring, competition amongst the high-rollers and more importantly, an appreciation for the thoroughbred, have an inexplicable effect on the highest bid, bystanders still looked on in a awe as newcomer Piet Du Toit, went up to R5.2million for the Maine Chance-consigned Dynasty colt out of unraced Lomitas mare, Shina.

Umgiyo Scores in Dubai for Team De Kock

Umgiyo Scores in Dubai for Team De Kock

Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer), won a quality Gulf News Classified turf handicap over 1800m on turf at Meydan in Dubai on Thursday night for trainer Mike de Kock, following a 10-month break and having to endure the tiresome travelling and quarantine schedule to get to his new base.

Our Man with Vision...

Our Man with Vision...

There were those with form, others with breeding, and some with big price tags; good thing they didn't tell Royal Pleasure that. In the end, 6.75 lengths separated the daughter of Visionaire from the favourite, first time out.

Longines World's Best Racehorses for 2014

Longines World's Best Racehorses for 2014

The Longines World's Best Racehorse awards took place Tuesday at a prestigious ceremony in London for the 2014 racing season. At the top of the list were Just A Way, Epiphaneia, Variety Club, Able Friend, Australia, Kingman and The Grey Gatsby.

Irwin’s Vision Paying Off

Irwin’s Vision Paying Off

American Barry Irwin's intuitive feel for the thoroughbred breed has paid dividends yet again as his Summerhill Stud-based stallion Visionaire got off to a flying start with his first South African crop when the Glen Kotzen-trained two-year-old filly Royal Pleasure romped home by 6,75 lengths on debut over 1000m at Scottsville on Sunday under 2,5kg claiming apprentice Callan Murray.

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

The one thing about the horseracing business, is that the wheels grind on, no matter where you are, seven days a week, twelve months of the year.The one thing about the horseracing business, is that the wheels grind on, no matter where you are, seven days a week, twelve months of the year.

J&B Met 2015 : Final Field

J&B Met 2015 : Final Field

The R2,5 million J&B Met final field was announced last night and due to a few late scratchings, a field of just 15 runners is now due to line up for the 2000m spectacle on 31 January at Kenilworth Racecourse.