Soqrat and Friends

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

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.


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…]

2018 Equus nominees

THE Equus Awards voting panel has finalised the nominees and winners for this season’s awards. Soqrat and Nother Russia (photo) are nominations from Mike de Kock’s stable.


The voting panel comprised of Matthew Lips, Robert Garner, Roger Smith, David Thiselton and Larry Wainstein as non-voting chairperson.

The categories and finalists are:

Champion Two-year-old Colt – distance immaterial: Soqrat, Van Halen

Champion Two-year-old Filly – distance immaterial: Mighty High, Return Flight

Champion Three-year-old Colt – distance immaterial: Bold Respect, Do It Again, Eyes Wide Open, Hero’s Honour, Lobo’s Legend, Surcharge, Tap O’Noth, Undercover Agent.

Champion Three-year-old Filly – distance immaterial: Oh Susanna (Aus), Snow Dance.

Champion Older Male – distance immaterial: Captain America, Coral Fever, Legal Eagle, Will Pays.

Champion Older Filly/Mare – distance immaterial: Nother Russia, Redberry Lane, Sommerlied.

Champion Sprinter – (1000 – 1200m; age/gender immaterial): Attenborough, Bold Respect, Sergeant Hardy, Will Pays.

Champion Miler – (1400 – 1600; age/gender immaterial): Legal Eagle, Snow Dance, Undercover Agent.

Champion Middle Distance – (1800 – 2200; age/gender immaterial): Captain America, Coral Fever, Do It Again, Oh Susanna (Aus).

Champion Stayer – (2400 and up; age/gender immaterial): Hero’s Honour, It’s my Turn.

Voting Criteria
The awards are based on graded races and in particular Grade 1 races. As regards the stayer category, the winning horse will be at the discretion of the voting panel. This decision was taken as the only Grade 1 race in SA is the SA Derby, which would mean that this should be the obvious winner based on a single run. This would also have excluded fillies and mares.

Breeder Awards:
Stallion of the Year
Broodmare of the Year
Breeder of the Year

The Thoroughbred Breeders Association may include outstanding and/or international achievement awards.

Individual Awards:
Champion Apprentice
Champion Jockey
Champion Owner (based on stakes earned)
Champion Trainer (based on stakes earned)
Industry Merit Awards
Horse of the Year Award

The awards are a glittering black-tie gala event that takes place at the Convention Centre at Emperor’s Palace on Tuesday, August 14. Clyde Basel will be the master of ceremonies for the evening and guests will be treated to an array of entertainment. There will also be an after party at the same venue.

If you wish to purchase tickets (R700 per person) for this event, please contact Penny Morsner at the Racing Association on (011) 683-3220 or email


Mathew on Sunday

HERE are the Sunday Turffontein stable comments, given by Mathew de Kock to [Read more…]

Consider both in Gr1

TOP two-year-old colt Soqrat will be all the rage as a Pick 6 banker in the Gr1 R750,000 Premiers Champion Stakes over 1600m at Greyville on Saturday and has been priced up at 6-10 favourite by Betting World. [Read more…]

Progress, export protocol

SOUTH African Equine Health and Protocols (SAEHP), led by Adrian Todd, was charged with spearheading the equine industries efforts to implement long term sustainable export protocols in 2017.  [Read more…]