Industry Press

Sheela Is The Best Filly I’ve Trained Since Harry’s Charm

Mike and Adam Azzie scored a magnificent feature race treble on Saturday at Turffontein with Wyle Wench, Sweet Future and Sheela and although Sweet Future had pundits searching for superlatives it is the two-year-old Sheela who has the Azzies most excited. She destroyed the boys in the Listed Storm Bird Stakes over 1000m on debut and Mike said, “She is[…]

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Stud Farms Sue Over 140-Mare Cap

Spendthrift Farm, Ashford Stud and Three Chimneys Farm are suing The Jockey Club in federal court over the “stallion cap” rule that went into effect in 2020, alleging that the 140-mare breeding limit now being phased in amounts to a “blatant abuse of power” that acts as an “anti-competitive restraint” and threatens to disrupt the free-market nature of the bloodstock[…]

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Alistair Cohen To Make Auctioneering Debut At CPYS

Alistair Cohen, the talented and popular Johannesburg-based race caller, will be making his auctioneering debut for CTS at the 2021 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, at the De Grendel Wine Estate, on Sunday 14 March 2021. Alistair replaces Graeme Hawkins, who is unable to be at the sale this year, due to his contractual obligations to Bloodstock South Africa. CTS’s international[…]

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The Gatekeeper On Track For Cape Derby

Justin Snaith has made no secret of The Gatekeeper being his Vodacom Durban July horse this season and thus one of his chief concerns ahead of Saturday week’s Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby is his merit rating. He also sent out a message on behalf of his star filly Captain’s Ransom to the Highveld saying. “I am not in[…]

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We’ll keep Sheikh Hamdan’s fire burning in SA

Mike de Kock says that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai’s decision to wind down his Australian operation was not unexpected in the current economic climate and is hopeful any South African downsizing will be ‘fairly limited’. Mike commented in a Business Day article by Dave Mollett and said: “Sheikh Hamdan has large numbers based in different countries.[…]

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Shadwell’s South African Legacy

The reported withdrawal of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Shadwell Stud from the South African racing and breeding industry is a bitter loss to the local thoroughbred community. Not only did Shadwell introduce and race multiple G1 winners in South Africa, they have also played a major role by supporting South Africa’s major yearling sale. Shadwell’s first major success[…]

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Ridgemont Highlands Add 17 To Cape Premier Sale

Ridgemont/Highlands has drafted an additional 17 yearlings to the 2021 Cape Premier Yearling Sale to be held at the De Grendel Estate on 14 March 2021. These yearlings will be added to the 10 lots originally included in the CPYS catalogue. Craig Carey of Ridgemont/Highlands commented: “The moving of the Premier Sale from January to March gave us an opportunity[…]

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Introducing The New CTS – De Grendel Farm Sale

The highly popular Klawervlei Farm Sale has been re-named ‘The CTS-De Grendel Farm Sale’ and will be held at the De Grendel wine estate in June 2021. The Sale is open to all Vendors and entry forms can be found here. Grant Knowles, Marketing and Bloodstock Director of CTS, commented: “The ever-popular Klawervlei Farm sale, with the traditional rough and[…]

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Powerhouse South African stable relocating to Murray Bridge

In a major coup for South Australian racing, a leading South African thoroughbred training outfit will relocate to Murray Bridge in mid-2021 at the completion of their season, providing further proof of the tangible benefits flowing from a joint Marshall Liberal Government and industry funding commitment. Gary Alexander has trained over 1500 winners in South Africa over the past 30[…]

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Crown Towers Currently Sits 13th On The Summer Cup Log

Justin Snaith said there was a good chance that CROWN TOWERS, winner of Sunday’s Listed Michaelmas Handicap over 1900m at Hollywoodbets Greyville, would take his place in the GRADE 1 SUMMER CUP over 2000m at Turffontein Standside on NOVEMBER 28. He spoke further about his new satellite yard at Summerveld and about the ongoing hindrance to equine travel within South[…]

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