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The fine art of naming of racehorses: Part 1
A YouTube video that’s had its viral moments records the day an American horse race featured two runners with a daunting sum of names: Thewifedoesntknow and Mywifenowsevrything.
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Jockeys face slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
It’s famously the only occupation that requires an ambulance to follow you as you do your job.
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Come on Hawwaam! Move yer bloomin’ arse!
In South Africa, nothing is as reminiscent of Britain’s Royal Ascot race meeting as the Queen’s Plate.
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How Richard Maponya’s racehorses galloped over apartheid
Back when apartheid blighted South Africa, the turf was the unlikely setting for a show of social and political defiance.
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Year at halfway: Kennedy and Tarry set the pace
While most of the world enters a new year and looks back on the last one, South African horse racing still has seven months to go before it can push in the clutch and reflect on 12 months of glory or heartache.
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No ‘bull-dust’, Mick Goss drops a bombshell
Mick Goss is a giant of South African racing.
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Heroic jockeys light up festive season

Columnists Heroic jockeys light up festive season

Horse racing needs champions and heroes – that’s the refrain whenever there’s discussion about reviving and reinvigorating the game.

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When the gamble was the game

Columnists When the gamble was the game

There was a time when the trainers were the biggest gamblers too, though much has now changed.

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The word on horses and racing

Columnists The word on horses and racing

To lift spirits after a gloomy week, here is a melange of quotes about horses and the Sport of Kings.

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Meet Cape Town’s ‘young-gun’ couple

Columnists Meet Cape Town’s ‘young-gun’ couple

The most heartening thing in horse racing at present is the emergence of much young talent in the riding and training ranks.

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Green Point a beacon of light in the gloom

Columnists Green Point a beacon of light in the gloom

Huddled in soggy gloom, South African racing fans have kept a candle burning, seeing in its guttering flame gallant gallopers going for it.

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The sun is still rising on Japan’s racing

Columnists The sun is still rising on Japan’s racing

Japan is the future of horse racing. That’s the view of many knowledgable racing people and it’s undeniable that the game has been flourishing for the past few decades in the Land of the Rising Sun – unlike everywhere else in the world.

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Up and down on the racing roller-coaster

Columnists Up and down on the racing roller-coaster

Horse racing is a wild ride for the emotions – elation at winning is very quickly replaced by the sinking feeling of losing. The Gauteng Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein on Saturday was no different.

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What the history books tell us

Columnists What the history books tell us

History is supposed to teach us about how to best handle the present and the future – mistakes to avoid and wisdom to follow.

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Dingaan remembered as shooting stars go into battle

Columnists Dingaan remembered as shooting stars go into battle

What is 19th century Zulu king Dingaan doing on the programme for Saturday’s Gauteng Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein?

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No sex please, we’re buying a racehorse

Columnists No sex please, we’re buying a racehorse

There’s a clear sexual metaphor to gambling and horse racing.

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Grasp the AHS nettle, says De Kock

Columnists Grasp the AHS nettle, says De Kock

When a midge about 3cm long bit a horse in Nietgedacht, north of Joburg, earlier this month, it set off racing’s latest crisis.

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The topsy-turvy world of Summer Cup ante-post betting

Columnists The topsy-turvy world of Summer Cup ante-post betting

You have a way better chance of winning than you do on the Lotto.

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Mighty Melbourne moment for Vow And Declare

Columnists Mighty Melbourne moment for Vow And Declare

Jockey Craig Williams must have thought he’d won a movie Oscar: he thanked dozens of people – including his dentist – in the immediate aftermath of victory in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

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Warm hearts, starry eyes, beer … and winners at the Charity Mile

Columnists Warm hearts, starry eyes, beer … and winners at the Charity Mile

Everyone likes a good news story and there can be few tales more heart-warming than charities being handed lots of money.




 

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