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Frankel colt is going places

April 17, 2019 / 1 day ago

Frankel colt General Franco, the highest priced yearling at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, looks set for a top career. The R4-million purchase made a thrilling 1000m debut at Kenilworth on Tuesday, beating his nearest rival by 3.50-lengths, with...

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Somewhere In Time stays unbeaten

April 17, 2019 / 1 day ago

Owner Nic Jonsson paid R1,2-million for Captain Al’s daughter Somewhere In Time at the 2018 Cape Premier Sale, and while there is a long way to go, she is showing good signs. Two-year-old Somewhere In Time followed her Maiden Juvenile...

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Marshall looks to have another star by Captain Al

April 15, 2019 / 3 days ago

Trainer Vaughan Marshall has delivered three successive champions by Captain Al in the last three years and a fourth looks well on its way this year! The feats of Guineas winners William Longsword (2016) add Tap O’Noth (2017), and CTS...

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Temple Grafin will go for Guineas after Gr3 win

April 10, 2019 / 8 days ago

Jockey Anton Marcus rode his customary well-timed finish on Hugo Hattingh’s filly Temple Grafin (7-1) to win Sunday’s the Grade 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes over 1400m from the favourite Santa Clara (33-10). Another fancied runner Silvano’s Pride finished third. The first...

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Liley and Rivalland have a smart feature contender

April 10, 2019 / 8 days ago

Tristful, A R250 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 graduate bred by Gary Player, looks like a horse that could get veteran owner Mary Liley’s silks back into major-race prominence. Trainer Tony Rivalland has recently expressed this wish for...

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Divine Odyssey has not stopped improving

April 08, 2019 / 10 days ago

Recent performances by Gr1-winning two-year-old Van Halen (now three) and Divine Odyssey (4) is vindicating Avontuur Stud’s trust in their resident stallion Oratorio, a son of Danehill and Irish Champion Three-Year-Old in 2005. Avontuur’s Pippa Mickleburgh has always said that...

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Spies stable relieved with Van Halen’s return to form

April 03, 2019 / 15 days ago

Trainer Tobie Spies was delighted, and relieved, when his Gr1 winner Van Halen came back to his best to win Saturday’s Gr3 Man O’War Sprint over 1100m at Turffontein for Dennis Schwarz. Three-year-old Van Halen had failed to fulfil big...

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50k CTS Derby winner will be aimed at Durban July

April 02, 2019 / 16 days ago

Trainer Weiho Marwing says he will be aiming three-year-old Samurai Warrior at the Vodacom Durban July after his surprise win in the Gr1 SA Derby over 2450m on Saturday. The handicappers were satisfied that a rating of 105 was a...

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Return Flight silences all critics

April 02, 2019 / 16 days ago

There were pre-race doubts about Return Flight’s stamina, as she appeared to be labouring when winning the Fillies Classic over 1800m. Vindicating the high opinion of her held by trainer Sean Tarry and owner Chris van Niekerk, Return Flight blew...

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Sir Frenchie wins his seventh career start

April 01, 2019 / 17 days ago

When Western Cape champions Justin Snaith and Richard Fourie raid the Port Elizabeth tracks they invariably return with a winner or two. The combination kept up their favourable East Cape strike-rate with a fluent win by the Australian bred Sir...

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