south african racing

South Africa: Rainbow Bridge Faces Stiff Challenge In Sun Met Repeat Bid

Last year’s Grade 1 Sun Met champion Rainbow Bridge will need to overcome a field of South Africa’s middle-distance stars, including ruling favorite Hawwaam, last year’s runner-up Do It Again, and the Breeders’ Cup-qualified Vardy in the 2020 Sun Met this weekend. The feature event on South Africa’s richest race day, the Sun Met takes […]

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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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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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Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Launches With South Africa’s Queen’s Plate

The 2019 international Breeders’ Cup Challenge series heads to Kenilworth Racecourse in South Africa on Saturday with two outstanding Group 1 turf events in the one mile R1.5 million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, for an automatic berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), and the 1 1/8 mile R1 million Cartier Paddock Stakes for […]

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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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Barry Irwin To Pull Out Of Scandal-Tainted South African Racing

Barry Irwin, the CEO of Team Valor International and longtime friend of horse racing in South Africa, has chosen to sell out of the sport there due to it being tainted by disgraced businessman and major horse owner/breeder Markus Jooste. Jooste resigned as CEO of the furniture and household company Steinhoff International last winter after […]

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South Africa’s Legal Eagle Seeks Historical Win Ahead Of Pegasus World Cup

Gulfstream Park once again becomes an international horse racing mecca on Saturday, Jan. 27th, when the track hosts the second running of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational. In the countdown to the richest race on the planet, U.S. fans can enjoy another world-class racing event, as record-breaking Legal Eagle looks to see off […]

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Breeders’ Cup Challenge Kicks Off As South Africa’s Legal Eagle Targets Three-Peat

South Africa’s dual Horse of the Year, Legal Eagle, under the new ownership of Braam van Huyssteen, will aim for an unprecedented third victory in Saturday’s G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. The race headlines the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, which takes place over two days at Kenilworth Racecourse. Post time for the Queen’s Plate is […]

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South African Triple Crown Kicks Off This Weekend With G1 Cape Guineas

Kenilworth Racecourse will host the first leg of the South African (SAF) Triple Crown, the G1 Forus Cape Guineas, on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Cape Town, South Africa. The championship will see a strong field of 3-year-olds take the track in what has rightly been billed as horse racing’s ultimate test. The first race from […]

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