Cramming it all in – Turf Talk: 29 October 2018

Cramming it all in – Turf Talk: 29 October 2018

Cramming it all in – Turf Talk: 29 October 2018 NORMALLY, my Monday piece is written on a Sunday evening with a 6am deadline that I usually beat by five hours after gathering all the images. This weekend I gave serious thought to crying off. Clients for the...
Sire-centricity: The virus has spread – Turf Talk: 8 October 2018

Sire-centricity: The virus has spread – Turf Talk: 8 October 2018

Sire-centricity: The virus has spread – Turf Talk: 8 October 2018 READERS of this column may have come across its references to Sire-centricity – the syndrome in which South Africa’s buyers focus on the progeny of only a few stallions, rejecting many others...
Who or what is in charge? – Turf Talk: 17 September 2018

Who or what is in charge? – Turf Talk: 17 September 2018

Who or what is in charge? – Turf Talk: 17 September 2018 A prominent horse player in both South Africa and UK said the other day “In UK it’s all about the owner, but in South Africa it’s all about the punter”. The UK generalisation is far more true now than it...
Adventures in Central Asia – Turf Talk: 10 September 2018

Adventures in Central Asia – Turf Talk: 10 September 2018

Adventures in Central Asia – Turf Talk: 10 September 2018 FOR anyone who has done a couple of terms of School History studying Marco Polo and the Silk Road, any visit to the “Stans” of Central Asia carries with it a sense of the magic of those times. I have...
Current Affairs and their impact -Turf Talk: 2 July 2018

Current Affairs and their impact -Turf Talk: 2 July 2018

Current Affairs and their impact -Turf Talk: 2 July 2018 “HORSE racing in Africa’s former British colonies is in steep decline, barely clinging on in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Even before the present crisis, racing was struggling in South Africa, with fewer meetings and...