•	Imagine Racing Welcomes First Ladies To Race Horse Owners Group Winning Women.

• Imagine Racing Welcomes First Ladies To Race Horse Owners Group Winning Women.

IMAGINE RACING WELCOMES FIRST LADIES TO RACE HORSE OWNERS GROUP WINNING WOMEN. Imagine Racing welcomed its first official all-women share owners group with a Champagne celebration, at Turffontein Racecourse on Sunday the 6th of April, as part of their recently initiated Winning Women programme. The four friends, three of whom are first time horse owners, met their new horse, Lass O’Gowrie, at a celebratory introduction at the Turffontein racing stables of trainer Joe Soma. Lass O’Gowrie is a striking two year old chestnut old filly in training with Joe Soma Racing and is likely to have her first run towards the latter part of the year as she develops and progresses in her training. The four women are very excited about their new acquisition and are looking forward to the experience of enjoying racing and the lifestyle benefits associated with it. There was already much discussion about what to wear to the Durban July, so a few serious shopping expeditions are clearly on the cards! Imagine Racing launched the Winning Women concept to encourage more women to participate in horse racing as owners in their own right and to enjoy the experiences that ownership brings. Horse Racing is so much more than just gambling and big sums of money; it’s a lifestyle. What other sport allows you to compete at the highest level, against a cross section of different people, while dressed in high heels and hat and sipping Champagne? Imagine Racing, through Winning Women, puts together exclusive groups of women to share in the ownership of a racehorse and tailor each one to suit the individuals. Groups are...

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In the grip of a spreading fever!

In the grip of a spreading fever!

Highs and lows are a symptom of fever, in any form and the fever caused by horse racing is no exception. With this Tuesday marking the start of Royal Ascot and some gripping action, last week heralded a very low moment in the world of international horse racing with the news that Sir Henry Cecil, legendary trainer of numerous stakes-placed winners and, most notably, Frankel, lost his battle with cancer! A stately figure and one of racings great ambassadors and gentleman, the world is a poorer place without him. Lady Jane Cecil continues his legacy by sending out the Royal Ascot runners, as planned and Frankel’s half-brother, Morpheus, was a fitting and emotional winner at Nottingham last Friday afternoon for Lady Cecil and James Doyle. On the first day of the Cecil stable having runners since Sir Henry’s passing, Songbird also went on to score at Yarmouth 10 minutes later, and Ascot announced that the Queen’s Vase will be run on Friday as ‘The Queen’s Vase In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil’ after the legendary trainer’s 8 victories in the race. Lady Cecil’s first runner of the Royal meeting is Tiger Cliff in the fifth race on Tuesday! Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world. The Queen Anne Stakes get the meeting underway today and the highly publicized favourite, Animal Kingdom will be attempting to add this title to his already admirable list of wins, including the Kentucky Derby 2012 and...
City Press article, January 2012

City Press article, January 2012

Born ‘n’ bred for the races 2012-01-15 10:00           Always think out of the box when you put together your unique ensemble because “standing out” is a must Galleries   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories Related Links Go gaga for the Met Mokgadi Seabi Equestrian sports have become the new golf. They provide the ground where the well-heeled and the fashionable mingle while placing bets to increase their wealth or simply for the thrill of it.   Between polo and horse-racing events such as the L’Omarin Queen’s plate, the Durban July and the upcoming J&B Met, locals are now spoilt for choice.   A select few of these participants have also realised that they can have the fun lifestyle experience while making money by owning a racehorse.   Personalities such as film producer Anant Singh, South Africa’s richest family the Oppenheimers, business mogul Patrick Maponya, TV producer Carol Bouwer and Erfsondes star Emmanuel Castis all own or have shares in various racehorses.   Granted, most of them also have buckets of money to fund this venture and that means they can treat it as a hobby.   As Penny Broodryk, a marketing executive at the Racing Association, explains: “Buying a horse may offer rewards but it’s important to acknowledge that it is nevertheless a speculation. Before you get involved you need to accept that horses are not machines and there is no guarantee to your investment.   “The risks are high but the rewards, both financial and emotional, can be substantial.”...