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What is a Cornell Collar

Cornell Collar Dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) is a condition not uncommon in racehorses and causes upper airway obstruction and poor performance. It occurs when the soft palate (the rear roof of the mouth) moves up and over the airway and is similar to sleep apnoea (snoring) in people, where the palate billows…

Flamingo has wings clipped

Flamingo Park Racecourse will stage its last meeting on Monday 9 December 2019. The decision is based purely on commercial factors, explained Phumelela Racing Executive Patrick Davis on Thursday. A financial analysis conducted on Kimberley Racing in isolation from the other racecourses, indicated it was losing around R23.5 million a year. It has the lowest…

Changes on the way

A public announcement notice on a significant stakeholder meeting on the South African horseracing industry was published on Thursday. On July 22, a meeting was held with various industry players and some significant stakeholders in the horseracing industry. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss, the challenges facing the industry, as well as the…

Know where you stand

SA DOMESTIC HORSE RACING POPULATION MERIT RATINGS ADJUSTMENT 1 AUGUST 2019 Over the past few seasons it has been observed that a general decline in the Merit Ratings of South African domiciled horses was occurring, and that the trend has continued despite the blanket six pounds raise to all Merit Ratings which came into effect…

Candy Apple is sweet

Horses can be difficult to fathom, the worst being what is know in the trade as morning glories horses that show any amount of ability on the training track but run below expectations when in a race proper. First race winner Candy Apple was a recent example until yesterday. The stipendiary stewards had him tagged…

Not even a whisker in it

With modern photo-finish technology dead-heats are few and far between these days but not even a pixel separated Drageda and So Var in the fifth at Scottsville yesterday. We tried, said head judge Wayne Simpson. We blew up the picture until the pixels got blurred. Drageda looked dead-and-buried 400m out with commentator Craig Peters calling…

Champion Fiorella

Classy filly Fiorella was rewarded with two awards at Gold Circles KZN racing awards held in the Greyville Convention Centre at Greyville racecourse on Friday night. Not only was she crowned Campion Three-year-old filly but also out-did the likes of Monks Hood in the category Champion Middle Distance. Fiorellas victory over the much-touted Snow Dance…

Oh Susanna Horse of the Year

ALL THE WINNERS AT THE 2017/18 RA EQUUS AWARD CEREMONY CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Mighty High; Return Flight WINNER: RETURN FLIGHT CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Soqrat; Van Halen WINNER: SOQRAT CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Oh Susanna (AUS); Snowdance WINNER: OH SUSANNA CHAMPION THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT (DISTANCE IMMATERIAL) Bold Respect; Do It Again; Eyes…

Wild Wicket, pictured winning the Gr3 Michael Roberts Handicap at Scottsville, ran a cracker in Saturdays eLan Gold Cup, finishing third to Its My Turn and last years winner, Hermuso Mundo. Wild Wicket shows that he stays well and a year older come Tuesday, he will come into his own as a five-year-old. Stayers naturally…

Fiorella supplemented for VDJ

Three talented three-year-olds were added to the list of Vodacom Durban July hopefuls at the first supplementary entry stage yesterday. Fiorella, Flichity By Farr and Rocket Countdown join the 46 remaining horses who stood their ground at Mondays first acceptance stage for the R4.25-million Race over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday 7 July. Duncan Howells-trained…

Attitudes must change – fast

From Sporting Post Ashburton trainer Duncan Howells had his feature victory celebrations dampened at Greyville on Wednesday when the Stipes withdrew sensational Listed KZN Stakes winner Neptunes Rains starting stall certificate. Howells expressed his disappointment with what he felt was a lack of discretion and flexibility shown, given the special circumstances of the double delay…

Winks 25 straight wins

The Chris Waller trained Winx under Hugh Bowman won her 25th consecutive victory when taking the $4m, Group 1 WFA Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday overtaking the champion sprinter Black Caviars record with a dominant performance of the highest order. A packed Randwick roared their approval as the six-year-old Street Cry…

Roy’s in vogue

Roy’s Vogue is a lightly raced Australian-bred filly but scored a convincing second win at Greyville on Wednesday and she looks capable of adding to her tally. Good staying horses are few and far between and Roy’s Vogue has a pedigree to back her ability. Duncan says she is a filly that is only just…

Beating the weather

Persistent lightning in and around the race course during a race meeting can result in lengthy delays and tremendous frustration for both horse racings stake holders and fans alike. Clearly the safety of horse and rider is paramount and no risks will be taken with lightning in the vicinity. On the flip side of the…

Enable is Europe’s best

The outstanding three-year-old filly Enable was named the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 27th annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars on Tuesday night. The 2017 Cartier Racing Awards are presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel in London. From the first…

Lesson’s well learnt

Duncan spent many years as assistant to one of South Africa’s legendary trainers, David Payne. Payne was a hard taskmaster and a stickler for detail but Duncan was also an exemplary student and nothing misses his experienced eye. Duncan also has a proven track record as a trainer of Gr.1 horses, a skill hard-earned and…

Met now WFA

The second running of the R5 million Gr1 Sun Met will be held on Saturday 27 January under weight-for-age conditions. Previously Gr1 winners carried penalties. The 2000m contest, the Capes flagship race is expected to attract South Africas best, with berths available for 20 runners. It was won by the Australian-bred Whisky Baron at its…

CTS press release

In a new development at Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS), Wehann Smith has been appointed CEO with immediate effect. Smith has extensive experience in a variety of insurance industries, and has been an active participant in the South African racing industry over the last number of years. Wehann founded Kuda Holdings (Kuda) in 2009 a highly…

NHA on a high

The National Horseracing Authority has noted that there have been a number of specimens taken from horses which have tested in excess of the screening limit for caffeine. Accordingly, the NHA is obligated to notify the relevant trainers of this occurrence and afford them options as envisaged in terms of the Rules. The NHA has…

Doubling up at Greyville

Two winners and a near miss. Wednesdays Greyville meeting on the poly track proved lucrative for the stable as Zenzero won the meeting opener with the consistent Nicklaus finally breaking his hoodoo to win the sixth. Zenzero, bred by Rob and Michelle Pickering of Middlefield Stud and owned in partnership with Graham Elliott, is a…

Title race heating up

The battle for the KZN Champion Trainers title offers punters an opportunity to cash in with two trainers locked neck-and-neck for the championship. Its down to the wire and with just five meetings left to the end of the current season it is still touch-and-go between Duncan Howells and defending champion Dennis Drier. The title…

Packed for speed

The stable has entries in three of the four Gr1 sprints on Scottsvilles Day Of Speed to be run at the City track on Saturday, May 27. Neptunes Rain, a winner of two of her three starts, will line up in the Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship barring accidents as only 15 have been nominated.…

Sabre ready to charge

Saturday sees the running of the Grade 3 World Sports Betting East Cape Derby, one of the most important races on the Fairview calendar. This R350,000 race has attracted runners from the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal with all of Duncan Howells, Candice Bass-Robinson, Justin Snaith, and Brett Crawford sending runners. Howells will be sending Sabre…

Wild Wicket bowls ’em over

While Wild Wicket was the only winner for the yard at Greyville this weekend, Secret Captain and Saratoga Dancer both ran excellent races in the Gr2 Daisy Guineas and the Gr2 Independent on Saturday Drill Hall Stakes respectively. Wild Wicket turned in a superb performance in the Middle Stakes where he had a tough task…