Bren O'Brien recently caught up with James Harron to chat through the development of the bloodstock and syndication aspects of his business.
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It seemed so typical of the strange fortunes governing our sport that we should have been made to wait so long for a Triple Crown winner, only for another one to turn up three years later in the very same barn. On the face of it, that coincidence will now be compounded as Justify (Scat Daddy) joins American Pharoah (Pioneer of the Nile) at Ashford for his own attempt to parlay historic capacities, on the track, into an equivalent impact on the breed.
Act Of War’s sire, Dynasty, 5th in the world among grandsons of Sadler’s Wells.
Usurping the Ballydoyle battalion for favouritism in Sunday’s G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh, Quorto (IRE) showed his mettle to emulate his sire Dubawi's 2004 success and register a career high in battling fashion.
The unbeaten top-rated Juvenile of his year (including the Gatecrasher (Listed) in record time and the Premier's Champion Juvenile (Gr.1) defeating Equus champion and Triple Crown hero, Abashiri.
Yet it ranked, and it rankled even more, as the biggest piece of local racing affrontery when the aptly-named Rabada claimed the 2016 crop’s highest rating in the same event with his thunder bolt against the cream of the nation’s bluebloods. On the floor that day were the subsequent Equus Champion and Triple Crown laureate, Abashiri, and the regally related dual Group One performer, Prospect Strike.
The 2017/18 KZN Racing Awards were held at the Greyville Convention Centre on Friday 24 August 2018.
As both racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah’s powerful Juddmonte Farms operation and chairman of the race committee at York Racecourse, Lord ‘Teddy’ Grimthorpe is one of the most influential people in horse racing. The fifth Baron Grimthorpe, he is a former bloodstock agent and has been a member of the British Jockey Club since 2007.
Willow Magic Son of Dubawi
Capetown Noir - Son Of Western Winter
Act Of War - Son of Dynasty
The KZN Breeders Race Day final fields have been announced, with Matador Man now heading up the Million Mile field and in the final field for the Vodacom Durban July.
Summerhill-breds Hero's Honour and Takingthepeace did Summerhill proud at the Highveld Feature Season Awards held Wednesday at Turffontein Congratulation to all the connections.
BOOM filly Takingthepeace, who won two legs of the 2017 Triple Tiara after a most exciting public build-up following her spectacular wins for new, young owners Michael Shea and Murray Makepeace, will have the names of the prominent brothers Craig and Ross Kieswetter added to her list of owners.
Larry Wainstein, CEO of The Racing Association and Clyde Basel, Racing Executive of Phumelela, will be hosts in the Aquanaut Room at Turffontein Racecourse on Wednesday 23 May for the RA Highveld Feature Season Awards. Five KwaZulu-Natal-breds feature prominently.
Seen at Summerhill March 2018 winning breeder of 2017, Aliette Forien, who together with husband Giles and daughter Sybille Gibson bred Wings Of Eagles to win the 2017 version from their stud, Haras De Montaigu.
Mike de Kock broke the Sean Tarry stranglehold on the R500,000 Grade 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas at Turffontein on Saturday with a spectacular victory by the Summerhill-bred Visionaire daughter Takingthepeace. The win had plenty of in-house emotion attached to it.
24th July 1929 to 15th February 2018
KwaZulu-Natal racing was shocked by the passing on Wednesday of one of its senior statesmen and long-established supporters in Ben Jonsson.