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All 17 Episodes

All 17 episodes of Legends of the Turf, including the exclusive Episode 1 – Prologue

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Episode 1 - Prologue
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An historical overview of South African horse racing from the 1800’s up to the 1960s. We look at some of the great horses, trainers, jockeys and breeders of that era. From humble beginnings on Green Point Common where the equine protagonists were mostly part breds, to the professional era in the early 20th century, horse racing is the country’s oldest sport.

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Episode 2
Colorado King

Trainer Syd Garrett, the only man ever to have ridden, trained, and owned July winners, was also a mentor to his nephew Syd Laird, the trainer of Colorado King. Colorado King was a small, stocky chestnut colt who was bred by the Birch Bros and won a host of races. How did this legend land up on US soil and what was the legacy he left behind?

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Episode 3
Renounce

‘The Flying Filly’ – whose career almost ended before it had begun – Renounce was taken to the sales with a bandage on her hoof, and was bought by Paul Dolt who wanted her at any cost, due to the fact that he owned her older brother. Renounce was a devastating front runner over distances up to a mile, and more often than not, would simply gallop her opposition into the ground. How did she overcome her ailments and injuries to achieve greatness?

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Episode 4
Sea Cottage (Part 1)

The greatest South African turf story of all time, Sea Cottage possessed a laid-back, quiet temperament, but with a devastating turn of foot he propelled himself into the history books. Three weeks prior to the July 1966 an attack shook the racing world. How did Sea Cottage survive, and an even bigger question – who devised this series of unfortunate events, and why?

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Episode 5
Sea Cottage (Part 2)

Did Sea Cottage survive? Did he take his place in the July of 1966? Sea Cottage was a horse with extraordinary versatility and incredible, freakish acceleration. His signature style of running was to come from behind with a late burst of speed from seemingly hopeless positions, and in so doing, he always gave his fans and connections heart flutters as they wondered if he would ‘get up’.

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Episode 6
Hawaii

The Karoo-bred son of a failed stallion; or was he? At the National Sales Hawaii was adjudged the champion yearling. Bought by trainer George Azzie on behalf of his chief patron, American tycoon Charles Engelhard, Hawaii remains the only horse in South African turf history to have won all three Guineas, and would ultimately become a superstar in America.

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Episode 7
In Full Flight & Sentinel (Part 1)

Dubbed ‘The Iron Horse’, Sentinel deserved his nickname. In an era of greats, he rose above the rest as one of the hardiest sprinters in the history of South African racing. 

His main rival was In Full Flight, trained by former jockey, David Payne. The fledgling trainer made many mistakes with this great horse that no doubt cost him races, but how did he overcome these challenges? And how did this lead to some of the most thrilling clashes of the century?

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Episode 8
In Full Flight & Sentinel (Part 2)

There are few turf rivalries more captivating than that of In Full Flight versus Sentinel. For David Payne, In Full Flight was launching his career in spectacular fashion, while for Joe Joseph, Sentinel would be his swansong. But that all changed when tragedy struck.

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Episode 9
Elevation

Trained in Johannesburg, Elevation was ridden for most of his career by the flamboyant Martin Schoeman. The saying “horses for courses” has never been more true than in the case of Elevation, as he was truly irresistible at Turffontein, but seemed to battle to get into stride on tighter courses outside of the Highveld. A true titan of the turf, Elevation was Johannesburg’s favourite son and deservedly earned the title ‘King of Turffontein’, where he ruled supreme.

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Episode 10
Yataghan

Yataghan was bred in the Karoo by the famous Robertson breeding family. He was a small, stocky colt with a big white face, but what he lacked in size, he more than made up for in sheer guts, courage and fight. He was a scrapper that refused to be beaten, and as such, ended up the winner of many big races, including the Rothmans July – which marked a  sixth win for his trainer Syd Laird. Yataghan is remembered as the little horse with the mighty heart.

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Episode 11
Sledgehammer (Part 1)

British-born Fred Rickaby emigrated to South Africa in 1947, and from meagre beginnings, rose to prominence to become a legend in the game. Bred in New Zealand and bought by Fred Rickaby on behalf of Bull Brand’s Cyril Hurwitz, Sledgehammer was a large, imposing colt, who was the epitome of a true racehorse. Sledgehammer was ridden for most of his career by the brilliant Michael Roberts, who gained his nickname “Muis” [Mouse] due to his diminutive size. Conflict struck as two trainers went head to head over the talented young apprentice, whose only interest was the mighty Sledgehammer.

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Episode 12
Sledgehammer (Part 2)

Sledgehammer, Rickaby and Muis dominated the 1974 racing season, winning virtually everything on offer. But then came calamity in the Natal Guineas – the mighty Sledgehammer was brought down and sustained serious injuries. What did the future hold for this racing giant and the trainer who doted on him?

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Episode 13
Gatecrasher & Archangel (Part 1)

A colossus of the mid 1970’s was the chestnut colt, Gatecrasher. Upon seeing him for the first time, his trainer Herman Brown was so disappointed in the colt’s looks and conformation, that he sent him away to a pre-training farm, just so that he would not have to look at him. Archangel, on the other hand was a magnificent animal, and arguably one of the best horses never to have won any of the three major races – the July, Met or Summer Cup. On a right hand track, he was considered Gatecrasher’s main rival.

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Episode 14
Gatecrasher & Archangel (Part 2)

The July of 1975 was undoubtedly one of the most controversial finishes in the history of the race. With his main rival Archangel not taking part, Gatecrasher should have had the race at his mercy. Instead, an old chink in his armour resulted in one of the July’s biggest upsets. This is the story of these two great horses and how the famous rivalry played out between them.

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Episode 15
Politician

Politician was an ugly yearling despite being carefully and impeccably bred. He only managed to fetch R5,250 at the National Sales and so the Tenderinis landed the deal of the decade. His breeders, The Scott Bros, were tempted to keep him, but decided that since they were good friends with the Tenderinis they were happy to let him go. A decision they perhaps came to regret as Politician carved his name into the history books.



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Episode 16
Furious

Furious was initially trained by Fred Rickaby, but Rickaby was nearing retirement and knowing that Furious needed more attention than he could give, he made the decision to send Furious to female trainer Anne Upton. But owner Cyril Hurwitz was a tough taskmaster and had very high expectations of the horse. Could Anne and Furious achieve the almost impossible?

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Episode 17
Bold Tropic

When Rickaby retired, the promising Bold Tropic was sent to trainer Buller Benton, who knew just how difficult owner Cyril Hurwitz could be. However, he did not count on the interference that would come from Rickaby as the horse grew from strength to strength. Although he lacked size, Bold Tropic was an incredibly strong, compact and stocky individual. His major assets were a magnificent action and devastating acceleration.



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