Making Hay While the Sun Shines

- Unlike most professional athletes who have off-seasons to rest, relax and recuperate, professional jockeys aren’t afforded that luxury. With a fairly short career-span, working on a pay-per-ride basis as opposed to set salaries and without large corporate sponsors to boost their income, most jockeys have to race as frequently as possible to sustain their livelihoods. […]Read More

10 Tips for Biding Time Until Racing Recommences

- As horse racing in South Africa remains closed indefinitely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, racing enthusiasts country-wide will be itching to get back on course. To bide the time during lockdown, we’ve looked for 10 ways to keep racing fans entertained, inspired and informed: 1. New to racing and keen to brush up […]Read More


- “The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” –  Lithuanian poet and novelist Czesław Miłosz On 12 April 1988 a chartered Dakota aircraft transporting a number of jockeys and officials back from racing in Bloemfontein on that Tuesday night came down in a mielie field near […]Read More

The Queen of the Sun Met

- The Queen of the Sun Met                           Candice Bass-Robinson A victory on Sun Met Race day is a special achievement in anyone’s books, but for the Milnerton based Bass-Robinson yard this year will go down as one for the memory books. Apart from […]Read More

Get to know… Trainer Justin Snaith

- Racehorse trainer, polo player and well-known Cape Town horse racing personality, Justin Snaith, needs little introduction within the equestrian industry. With a strong family heritage in the sport and a longstanding reputation to uphold, Justin and his brother Jonathan have taken over the reins at Snaith Racing with determination and it has paid off. With […]Read More

Fit for a Queen

- The History of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate The continents oldest race day, the Queen’s Plate, will be run for the 159th time on the 11th of January 2020, having first been run back in 1861 in honour of Queen Victoria, who had gifted the South African Turf Club with a silver plate and 500 sovereigns […]Read More

Horse Racing Myths Debunked

- Horse racing is always under scrutiny from animal rights activists, which anyone who is involved in the industry can appreciate considering the well-being of the horses should always be at the forefront of any equestrian sport. The information being relayed, however, is often misleading and incorrect and, with the introduction of social media, often gets […]Read More