Soqrat and Friends

HERE’s our Equus Champion Two yr old SOQRAT with his groom Zwele Ndizweni (right) [Read more…]

Three awards at Equus

MIKE de Kock’s stable received three awards at the 2018 Equus Awards [Read more…]

‘Noah’ wins at Kranji

South African Group 1 winner Noah From Goa atoned from his defeat [Read more…]

Nother Russia awarded

NOTHER Russia was awarded Champion Older Female (Breeders Section) [Read more…]

Saturday runners

WE’re stepping out a few first-timers at Turffontein Saturday – Mathew [Read more…]

Yeni shines on a pair

MUZI Yeni was in enterprising form for the stable at Turffontein’s inside track [Read more…]

Hermoso Mundo joins

SEAN Singleton and Neil Patrick Smith have been “living a dream” with their stalwart stayer Hermoso Mundo and are grabbing a once in a lifetime opportunity with both hands and sending the gelding to race in Dubai.

The other part-owners of the six-year-old Ideal World gelding are NC Smith, GD Cahn, G Morris and W Volschenk.

Current trainer Weiho Marwing will hand over the reins to Mike de Kock but the former will be on hand for consultation and will remain very much involved.

Hermoso Mundo, stays all day.

Hermoso Mundo, stays all day.


Hermoso Mundo’s chief target will be the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup run over 3200m on turf at the World Cup meeting on March 30 next year at Meydan racecourse.

The prize money for this race has been raised to $1.5 million for its 2019 renewal.

Hermoso Mundo made history in the 2016-2017 season when landing the unofficial stayer’s triple crown, winning the Gold Bowl, the Gold Vase and the Gold Cup, and he was duly crowned Equus Champion Stayer.

He was a gallant runner up nine days ago in the defence of his Gold Cup crown. “It was heart-breaking to come second after he had come from so far back,” reflected Singleton and Smith. “But It’s My Turn was a deserving winner. Based on that run we have decided to send him overseas.

“He is an out-and-out stayer and there is nothing really for him here. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we have to do it. We believe he will do very well there and Mike thinks he will do okay. We are very happy to be going with Mike as he is an absolute champion trainer.

“If he does well we can expand and wouldn’t mind going to Australia for the Melbourne Cup. There are lot of other races for him in Australia too. There are some beautiful turf tracks with long straights overseas. Whatever happens we are going to have some fun. It’s a dream.” – Gold Circle.


Assessment Plates due

FROM Saturday until the end of November any horse winning a Maiden Plate in its first five starts will have to run twice in an Assessment Plate before being allowed to compete in a handicap race on the Highveld.

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Horse Trading Platform

RETIRED racehorse trainer James Goodman heads the SA division of Equine Hub, a new trading platform for thoroughbreds developed in Singapore and due for launch in the country in October. [Read more…]

Dubai stakes increase

THE 15th Dubai World Cup Carnival will be one of historic [Read more…]