International Racing News

Ben Battles for Saeed 

Jun 23 2017

Saeed bin Suroor registered his 36th winner at the Royal Meeting after 9/2 chance Benbatl gamely landed the 10-furlong G3 Hampton Court Stakes, giving Godolphin a fourth victory at Royal Ascot 2017. 

50 years since Sea Cottage July Win

Jun 23 2017

RSA - July Fever is well and truly kicking in and the public will start finalising their selections after the Vodacom Durban July gallops on Thursday. However, exactly fifty years ago one horse was dominating the headlines as well as the family thoughts in the household of record breaking trainer Syd Laird.

Classy Bela-Bela raring to go

Jun 23 2017

RSA - The Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes is rightfully the most prestigious of the supporting features on Vodacom Durban July card and this year’s renewal is one of the classiest  seen in recent times.

Qemah Bounces Back   

Jun 23 2017

The Jean Claude-Rouget-trained Qemah (5/2 favourite) registered consecutive victories at Royal Ascot with a game success in the G2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.

Punters look to Parisenne Chic

Jun 23 2017

RSA - Turffontein Inside track stages a nine race meeting on Saturday and there might be one or two opportunities for punters.

Highland Reels them in   

Jun 23 2017

Globetrotting superstar Highland Reel (9/4) stamped his class on the G1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes with a game performance to provide Ballydoyle handler Aidan O'Brien with his 56th victory at the Royal Meeting and his first success of the week at the Berkshire venue.

Shum’s pair sparkle – with a sprinkle of luck – at Happy Valley

Jun 22 2017

Trainer Danny Shum scored an eventful double at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (21 June), with the handler jokingly suggesting that his winners Sparkling Talent and Lucky Wan Feng should swap names to better describe the manner of their victories.

50 yeras since Sea Cottage July win

Jun 22 2017

RSA - July Fever is well and truly kicking in and the public will start finalising their selections after the Vodacom Durban July gallops on Thursday. However, exactly fifty years ago one horse was dominating the headlines as well as the family thoughts in the household of record breaking trainer Syd Laird.

Bela-Bela raring to go

Jun 22 2017

RSA ~~The Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes is rightfully the most prestigious of the supporting features on Vodacom Durban July card and this year’s renewal is one of the classiest seen in recent times..

Vodacom Durban July Gallops

Jun 22 2017

RSA - The Vodacom Durban July gallops were held this morning at Greyville and there were some eye-catching workouts amid the others who did not give much away.

Barney Avenges Guineas Defeat

Jun 21 2017

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation enjoyed a second winner on day one of Royal Ascot when Barney Roy landed the G1 St James's Palace Stakes.

Big Day For Godolphin At Royal Ascot

Jun 21 2017

The powerful global racing and breeding operation of Godolphin dominated the first day of the 2017 Royal Meeting at Ascot winning two of the three group one races on the card.

Lady Reigns Supreme   

Jun 21 2017

Wesley Ward's speedster Lady Aurelia (7/2) produced a devastating display in the G1 King's Stand Stakes to land her second race in succession at Royal Ascot, following her victory in last year's Queen Mary Stakes and simultaneously provide her American handler with his eighth victory at the Royal Meeting. 

Al Sahem draws in pole

Jun 21 2017

RSA - The die is cast and the 18 top thoroughbreds to contest Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event, the R4.25-million, Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July over 2200m at Greyville on July 1, have been announced.

Horizon misses out

Jun 21 2017

RSA - In the end the Vodacom Durban July final field selection panellists had a fairly straight forward task, although there might still be one or two grumbles from disappointed connections and punters.

Frederico’s Dream in Race 3 the banker in all bets

Jun 21 2017

 RSA - All Night Flight is holding form well and will give his supporters another good run for their money in Race 7 on the Vaal Outside track on Thursday, a MR 80 Handicap over 1000m.

Jooste pair ready for action

Jun 21 2017

RSA - Owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste won their first Vodacom Durban July last year when The Conglomerate beat home Marinaresco.The Australian-bred son of Lonhro is back to defend his title in the R5.25-million race over 2200m at Greyville on 1 July, one of two horses running in the name of Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators (Pty) Ltd. 

Edict Of Nantes draws 13

Jun 21 2017

RSA - Vodacom Durban July favourite Edict Of Nantes drew wide at No 13 for the R4.25-million race, to be run over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday next week.

Marcus threat to African Night Sky

Jun 21 2017

RSA - African Night Sky, winner of the Winter Guineas and Winter Classic, heads a field of nine for the Grade 3 R250,000 Highlands Stud Winter Derby over 2400m at Kenilworth on Saturday and seems sure to start favourite to become the first horse to win all three legs of the Winter Series since the mighty Pocket Power in 2006.

What the connections had to say after the 2017 Vodacom Durban July draw: 

Jun 21 2017

RSA - [1] MARINARESCO Assistance trainer Robert Fayd’Herbe: Marinaresco is doing well at home, his work has been good and all is very much on song,” said Fayd’Herbe, Candice Bass- Robinson’s KZN assistant.

Bumper pools for July Day

Jun 20 2017

RSA - It’s D-Day for many of the borderline cases when the final field for this year’s R4.25 million Vodacom Durban July are announced at a function at Greyville Racecourse today. The announcement of the 18 runners and two reserves and the draw for barrier positions can be viewed live on DSTV Tellytrack channel 239 starting at around 1pm.

July anniversary for Roberts

Jun 20 2017

RSA - Michael “Muis” Roberts is regarded by many as South Africa’s greatest ever jockey, yet at one stage he had resigned himself to forever being winless in his home country’s biggest race, the Vodacom Durban July.

Pedigree is key for African Night Sky

Jun 20 2017

RSA - African Night Sky faces eight opponents in his bid to become the first since Pocket Power 11 years ago to win all three legs of the Winter Series.

Heartland appeals

Jun 20 2017

RSA - The lightly-raced Heartland, with Bernard Fayd’Herbe in the irons, appeals at 5-1 in the Racing.It’s A Rush Pinnacle Stakes at Kenilworth today although stable companion Star Chestnut could run him close.

Kingston Passage disappoints

Jun 20 2017

RSA - Brett Crawford’s blistering run met with a (presumably temporary) reverse when he drew an unexpected blank with all nine runners at Kenilworth yesterday.




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