Thoroughbreds in South Africa

The Racing Museum

Diary 1986

1986 Gr1 Rothmans July OCCULT

Millard’s year

Champion trainer, the first to win more than R2 million in a season, and incredibly saddling the first three past the post in the July.
In the picture here with big-race winner Occult.

Bimbina 1986 Gr1 Highlands Stud Classic

Right Trainer, Wrong Filly

Gr1 Highlands Stud Classic

4 Jan 1986

Formerly the Cape Fillies Guineas and second leg of the national fillies championship, the race Classic was expected to be a walkover for Ecurie. Mark Sutherland on Millard-stable companion Bimbina had other ideas.

It’s A Wild Wild West

Wild West J&B Met 1986

Gr1 J&B Met

18 Jan 1986

Race favourite Wild West scores the biggest win of his career in the Cape’s biggest race, which is run on the old track at Kenilworth as the turf on the “new” course is being replaced. The winning jockey drops his whip at a crucial stage, giving trainer Ralph Rixon heart-stopping moments.

Up The Creek 1986 Gr1 Paddock Stakes finish

No Paddle Needed

Gr1 Cape of Good Hope Paddock Stakes

22 Jan 1986

Gr1 Paddock Stakes –
Up The Creek shows her mettle as the older generation fills the first three places in the Cape’s major weight-for-age race for fillies and mares.

Sea Warrior 1986 Gr1 Richelieu Guineas finish

Master Tactician

Gr1 Richelieu Guineas

1 Feb 1986

In a triumph of jockeyship, Michael Roberts and Sea Warrior make all the running in a black South-Easter at Milnerton

1986 Gr1 Cape Derby - POTOMAC - finish

Potomac by Seven!

Gr1 Cape Derby

22 Feb 1986

Potomac, heavily supported at 6/10, makes short work of the classic and wins unchallenged

1986 Gr1 Computaform Sprint

Military Procession

Gr1 Computaform Sprint

22 Feb 1986

Much traveled sprinter Military Song scores the biggest win of his career for his new trainer, David Payne.

It’s A Jungle Out There

1986 Gr1 Southern Sun Classic lead in web

Gr1 Southern Sun Classic

1 Mar 1986

Jungle Rock plays rough and ready with his opposition after a slow start. The popular grey wins easily, but his jockey gets a 3-week suspension.

1986 Gr1 SA Nursery Futurity Plate web

Main Event

Gr1 SA Nursery Futurity Plate

15 Mar 1986

Odds-on in a large field of eighteen young hopefuls, Main Man makes it look easy

Sydney Press1986

Pressing Issues

National Sale

22 Mar 1986

Rumours fly as to how Sydney Press negotiates with the TBA, when not all of his Northfields yearlings are accepted for the Select Evening at the National Sale. It is said that Press shows intent to hold a sale all of his own if no change is made.

1986 Gr1 SA Oaks web

Blooming Easy

Gr1 SA Oaks

31 Mar 1986

Enchanted Garden turns things into a procession, in a new race-record time

Sister Divine

New Select Evening Dazzles

National Sale

3 Apr 1986

“Select Evening” is an innovation at South Africa’s biggest auction event. Instead of a Select Day, with 200 horses, the Evening has a mere 99 of what ought to be the most sought after lots.

1986 Gr1 SA Derby

Rare Derby Double

Gr1 SA Derby

5 Apr 1986

After the Cape, another Derby – two easy wins at odds-on.
Just how good is Potomac?

1986 Gr1 Lancome Handicap web

Bimbina’s Beauty Contest

Gr1 Lancome Handicap

12 Apr 1986

Millard-trained Bimbina adds another Gr1 to her tally

Napier Report

20 Apr 1986

A long-awaited five-year plan for Transvaal racing is released.
The Report heralds a long and troublesome period for racing in the province.

Point With Pride 1986 Gr1 TAB Transvaal Juvenile Fillies Futurity Stakes

Three In A Row

Gr1 Juvenile Fillies Futurity

26 Apr 1986

Point With Pride flies up late for a hattrick of wins

Desert Legend 1986 Gr1 TAB Transvaal Juvenile Stakes

Land Of Legends

Gr1 Juvenile Colts and Geldings Futurity

26 Apr 1986

Desert Legend fights to the finish to put his high-profile owner Tony Factor in the spotlight

Enchanted Garden 1986 Gr1 Sun International Canter Down

Maestro On The Mark

Gr1 Sun International

3 May 1986

Enchanted Garden survives objection to win from Potomac, with Millard scoring a 1-2

Beaten In The Boardroom

1986 Gr1 Chris Smith Bloodstock Guineas

Gr1 Chris Smith Bloodstock Guineas

10 May 1986

Ecurie hampers Model Man, loses objection, and Another Treat gets the big win

1986 Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint finish web

Crack Filly Breaks Course Record

Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint

15 May 1986

Jockeyship makes all the difference. Felix takes no chances with Sea Shore after her scare in the Southern Cross last time out, and Sunera wins in record time.

Eileen Alanna 1986 Gr1 SA Fillies Guineas lead in

No Longer a Bridesmaid

Gr1 SA Fillies Guineas

17 May 1986

As odds-on favourite Ecurie fluffs her lines, Ricky Howard-Ginsberg’s Eileen Alanna beats Bimbina by a neck.

1986 Gr1 Smirnoff Plate web

Bush War

Gr1 Smirnoff Plate

17 May 1986

Bush Telegraph, second by a head to Main Man, gets the race on objection.

Potomac 1986 Gr1 SA Two Thousand finish

Battle Of Giants

Gr1 SA Two Thousand

7 Jun 1986

In one of the best races of the season, Potomac digs deep to beat Model Man on the line.

Back With A Bang

1986 Gr1 Natal Administrators - FOOLS HOLME - lead in5

Gr1 Schweppes Challenge

14 Jun 1986

Back after a forced lay-off of seven months, Fools Holme remains unbeaten and becomes favourite for the Rothmans July

Enchanted Garden 1986 Gr1 Natal Oaks finish

Enchanted Treble

Gr1 Natal Oaks

18 Jun 1986

Enchanted Garden wins easily, to score her third Gr1 in a row

1986 Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Futurity

Flower Power

Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Futurity

25 Jun 1986

Flower Power’s daughter Pasqueflower scores an impressive victory, leaving a strung-out field of opponents in her wake

1986 Gr1 Gilbeys Stakes

Weighted To Win

Gr1 Gilbeys Stakes

28 Jun 1986

Carrying a handy 54kg, even-money favourite Sunera has no trouble bagging South Africa’s longest standing sponsored event – a race-figure handicap and the country’s richest sprint

1986 Gr1 Garden Province Stakes

Fourth Garden Province In A Row For Millard

Gr1 Garden Province Stakes

2 Jul 1986

Ecurie bounces back to best with a good win in record time

Beating The Drum

Gr1 Administrator’s Champion Futurity

5 Jul 1986

Unbeaten Gr1 winner Bush Telegraph, at 5/2, leaves odds-on favourite Cowdray Park for dust to seal the Champion 2yo title


1986 Gr1 Rothmans July Lead In

Gr1 Rothmans July Handicap

5 Jul 1986

Never has a trainer had such a stranglehold on the country’s most prestigious race as Millard this year.
He gets an unprecedented first three past the post.
Talk about believing in the Occult…

1986 Mainstay 1800 web

Justice At Last

Gr1 Mainstay 1800

26 Jul 1986

The annual July revenge-race gives the connections of Model Man reason to smile.
Millard, for once, comes second.

1986 Gr1 Gold Cup - OCCULT - Terrence Millard

Awards for Excellence

National Racing Awards

1 Aug 1986

The 1985/86 National Racing Awards dinner was held at the Maharani Hotel in Durban. Enchanted Garden was voted Horse of the Year as well as Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. Her trainer, Terrance Millard received the honours for Outstanding Trainer as well as Outstanding Racing Personality and her regular jockey, Felix Coetzee, was voted Outstanding Jockey for the season. The award for Outstanding Breeder for the season went to Graham Beck. The full honour roll for the season is listed below.

1986 Gr1 Game Gold Cup web2

Black Magic

Gr1 Game Gold Cup

2 Aug 1986

Occult shows there is no fluke about his July-win.
Confidently ridden, he scores comfortably.
Cape-trained horses fill the first four places, and Millard starts the new season with a bang.

1986 Gr1 Champion Stakes web

Of Fools And Horses

Gr1 Champion Stakes (WFA)

9 Aug 1986

Fools Holme, starting at odds of 1/5, makes all the running in the 2000m weight-for-age event.
He smashes In Full Flight’s long-standing race record by 1,40 seconds and the track record by a full second, covering the 2000m distance in a world-class 2 minutes flat.
Overseas offers for the colt remain on the cards.

Sunera flies home

1986 Gr1 Natal Flying Championship web

Gr1 Natal Flying Championship

16 Aug 1986

In an impressive front-running display over the stiff Clairwood 1200m, Sunera makes the perfect farewell at the end of a remarkable career.

1986 Gr1 Mikes Kitchen Fillies Guineas web

Allure All The Way

Gr1 Mikes Kitchen Fillies Guineas

15 Nov 1986

Given a perfect ride by Michael Roberts, the Jean Heming-trained Allure turns the tables on unbeaten Jungle Class.
She scores a start-to-finish win in the first leg of the Fillies’ Triple Crown, over the Gosforth Park mile.

1986 Gr1 Barclays National Hawaii Stakes web

Oh Man!

Gr1 Barclays National

2 Dec 1986

Following a 72-hour postponement because of rain, Jungle Rock and Enchanted Garden doddle at the head of affairs in a slow run race, setting things up perfectly for Model Man’s turn of foot.
The son of Elliodor comes home by an amazing five lengths.

Orange Light

Wave Your Flag

6 Dec 1986

After holding out for years as the last bastion for the orange all-clear flag, the Cape finally succumbs to the march of progress and replaces its flag with an electronic flashing light. The move annoys local enthusiasts and incurs the wrath of the gods

Equine Flu

Equine Flu hits SA

13 Dec 1986

Racegoers arriving at a Milnerton Saturday meeting in December find the track deserted.
Equine flu swept through the stables in a matter of hours and racing is cancelled.
The same devastating flu hits the Transvaal and Eastern Cape virtually at the same time.
Racing in all provinces except Natal comes to a sudden halt.

Enchanted Garden 1986 Gr1 Natal Oaks finish

Best Horses of 1986

31 Dec 1986

Raceform’s pen-pictures of the best runners of 1986, as published in Winner’s Circle