South Africa

South Africa: Can Justin Snaith ‘Do It Again’ In G1 Durban July?

The G1 Vodacom Durban July runs at Greyville Racecourse, South Africa on Saturday morning, July 6th, when Do It Again will attempt to become the fourth horse to achieve back-to-back wins. The four-year-old gelding also won the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate in January, earning a ticket to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships where he can compete […]

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Equine Pathogen Causes Vision Loss in South African Student

Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus is traditionally found in livestock, including horses, pigs and cattle. In horses, Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus is ususally isolated from the uterus of mares. A 16-year-old girl in South Africa lost vision in her right eye and had a severe case of sinusitis; the unlikely culprit was determined to be the […]

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Australian Race Horse Owner Charged In Cocaine Smuggling Sting

Prominent Australian Thoroughbred owner Damion Flower was arrested on charges of cocaine smuggling, reports abc.net.au. Police are claiming that the drugs were smuggled into Australia on commercial flights from South Africa, and Flower is facing six charges of commercial quantity importation of a controlled drug. Lawyer Chris Watson indicated that Flower would plead not guilty. The […]

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South Africa: Like Winx And Zenyatta, Oh Susanna Makes Run At History

Superstar mares Winx, Zenyatta and South Africa’s Oh Susanna share more than just a sire, Street Cry. They all have a proven ability to succeed in major G1 races – even against male competitors. This weekend, Oh Susanna is looking to rival those daughters of Street Cry performances by becoming the first mare to achieve […]

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Do It Again, Oh Susanna Score Breeders’ Cup Berths In South Africa

With a strong closing rush inside the final 100 yards, Johnson, Kantor and Mitchell’s 4-year-old gelding Do It Again (SAF), trained by Justin Snaith, caught front-running Soqrat (AUS) at the wire to win the one-mile R1.5 million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse by a neck under Richard Fourie and gained an automatic berth into […]

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South African Import Northern Superstar Seeks Quick Turnaround In Hong Kong Cup

It’s a rare thing to see a new import make its Hong Kong debut just two weeks before an intended run in the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, but that’s the plan for Northern Superstar. The five-year-old mixed it with the very best in South Africa and is gearing up for a tilt at some […]

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Leading South African Trainer Mike De Kock To Reduce Stock After ‘Bitter’ Groom Strike

Eight-time champion trainer in South Africa, Mike de Kock has been frustrated by this week’s groom strike at Rand. The trainer suffered heart problems during the strike, and in a blog post on his website on Sunday, de Kock announced that he would be reducing his racing stock by 40 percent. “When members of my […]

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Groom Strike Interrupts Racing In South Africa

Assisted by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), grooms at South Africa’s North Rand Training Center went on strike this week and caused a day’s races to be cancelled at Vaal, according to citizen.co.za. The strike was reported to be over both wages and working conditions. “I’m so sad because we’ve been working here for such […]

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Two-Time Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle Wins South Africa’s Queen’s Plate

With full determination heading to the wire, South Africa’s two-time Horse of the Year, Legal Eagle (SAF), with Anton Marcus up, won his third consecutive R1.5 million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) on Saturday at Kenilworth Racecourse by a head over longshot Copper Force (SAF) and earned an automatic berth into the US$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) […]

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Run Rhino Run Leaves Announcer ‘Shellshocked’ In Runaway South African Victory

A horse in South Africa named Run Rhino Run has drawn national attention after a race on Sunday evening at Greyville. With his tongue apparently over the bit, according to the Sporting Post, Run Rhino Run took jockey Serino Moodley on a wild, runaway ride over the 3000-meter course. Primarily traveling along the outside hedge and fighting […]

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