One in a million

Marcus make Model million

8 Aug 1987
1987 Gr1 Champion Stakes

  While frequently attracting a small field, run as it is towards the latter part of the busy Natal winter season, the Grade 1 Champion Stakes over 2000m at Greyville has always been a race of considerable significance. In recent years it has served to confirm a horse’s status, as it did with Prince Florimund, […]

Gr1 Game Gold Cup

1 Aug 1987

  It’s always easy after the event, but for those who needed something more than form to go on to find the winner of the 1987 Game Gold Cup, the offer was there for all to see.  The sponsors’ familiar pink and black colours also happened to be the livery carried by the eventual record-breaking winner Aquanaut. […]

Gr1 Rothmans Durban July Handicap

4 Jul 1987

Twenty-five years of the Rothman’s July Handicap and what a silver jubilee it was – the best attendance in many years, tote figures on the day and the race itself setting new marks, a classy field and to crown it all, victory to a three-year-old for the first time since Yataghan way back in 1973.  […]

Gr1 Administrator’s Champion Juvenile Futurity Stakes

4 Jul 1987
Imperial Silver gets up to win the Gr1 Administrators by a neck

Twelve months earlier Bush Telegraph had won the Gr1 Administrator’s Champion Futurity Stakes to seal seasonal juvenile honours and while there are no national awards this year as a result of the equine flu disrupted season, Imperial Silver did enough in winning this top two-year-old event of the season – a second feature on “July” day […]

Gr1 Garden Province Stakes

30 Jun 1987

Bloodstock agent Tony Riley has made a few shrewd purchases for patrons, securing along the way the likes of the brilliant speedster Sunera (GB), voted the champion sprinter in South Africa a season back. Among more recent acquisitions through this agency is the Northfields (USA) filly Alpine Silk, sired north of the line before the […]

Gr1 Daily News 2000

6 Jun 1987
1987 Gr1 Daily News 2000

  While boasting an enviable seven-for-seven record, Bush Telegraph had yet to prove himself over a bit of ground. This opportunity came in the Daily News 2000 Gr1 and with SA Derby winner Pedometer in the field, it was expected that he would be truly tested. So much so, that it was the Derby winner […]

Gr1 SA Guineas

16 May 1987
1987 Gr1 SA Guineas

So often in racing, as in life, it’s the big ones that succeed. We’ve become accustomed to the big owners with their big priced horses from the yards of the big trainers pulling off the sport’s biggest prizes. Perhaps it’s only right, for after all they’re the ones with the biggest stake in the game. […]