March 25th, 2020
164 – After 5 second place finishes in a row Hollywood Thunder finally goes one better to find the winners enclosure, albeit by the smallest of margins. Well done to MJ Byleveld for a perfectly judged ride, the Gavin Smith stable and breeders Klawervlei Stud.
March 18th, 2020
163 – Not Now Pussycat wins the 6th race at Hollywoodbets Greyville this afternoon, under a nicely timed ride by Jarred Lee Samuel. The daughter of Oratorio was having her 19th career outing, her 2nd for the Hollywood Syndicate. Well done to the Gary Rich Racing stable and breeders Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud.
March 15th, 2020
162 – After a minor setback a few weeks ago, it was great to see Bhakka back to himself again. He won the opener on the program at Hollywoodbets Greyville this afternoon, another winner for Wylie Hall. Well done to the Alyson Wright stable, Ashton Arries for a well judged ride and breeders Wilgerbosdrift / Mauritzfontein.
February 23rd, 2020
161 – Winner number 3 for the weekend and 2 for the day. Agent Murphy closed off the meeting with a fine ride by Tristan Godden at Hollywoodbets Greyville today. Well done to Alyson Wright for training him and breeders Ascot Stud. This son of What A Winter deserves this.
February 23rd, 2020
160 – Jozi Hustle arrives as expected in the opener on the card, at Hollywoodbets Greyville this afternoon. Well done to Clinton Binda and his team for this emphatic win, Winning Form sponsored Warren Kennedy for riding him and breeders Mr and Mrs J Martin. Great to have a few of the Hollywoodbets ladies on course to lead him in, looking fabulous as always.
Chief Officer ran a cracker to finish 2nd in the same race, to make it a first and second for the Hollywood Syndicate and his winning chance is just around the corner.
February 22nd, 2020
159 – Blow Me Down blows them them away in the 4th race at Turffontein today. Despite being slow out the stalls, he ran on like a train to put the field to bed. Well done to Clinton Binda, Nooresh Juglall for a top ride and breeders Bush Hill Stud. It should be upwards from here for the son of Toreador.
February 9th, 2020
158 – Kings Road does it the hard way to win his maiden. The son of Vercingetorix raced awkwardly and almost missed the turn, but he dug down deep to stay on in the closing stages. Well done to Jason Gates for getting the job done, the entire Clinton Binda team and breeders Maine Chance Farms.
February 2nd, 2020
157 – Ralph The Rascal won the 3rd race at Hollywoodbets Greyville today, at just the second time of asking. That made it two wins on the day for the Hollywood Syndicate. A beautifully timed ride by Tristan Godden, he picked off the opposition one-by-one and this son of Gimmethegreenlight looks destined for more. Well done to the Alyson Wright team and breeders Moutonshoek.
156 – Arctic Princess wins her first start under the ownership of the Hollywood Syndicate, in the 2nd race at Hollywoodbets Greyville today. Ridden to perfection by Anton Marcus. Well done to trainer Glen Kotzen and his KZN team, as well as the breeders Danika Stud. She looks like another versatile What A Winter filly in the making.
January 17th, 2020
We managed to pick up two cracking colts at this years CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which took place at the CTICC last Thursday 16th January 2020. See the photo’s below and more about them here.
January 12th, 2020
155 – That was impressive. Gail Force gets the job done at the second time of asking, at Hollywoodbets Greyville today. Well done to Alyson Wright for working so hard with this filly, considering her well documented temperament issues. A solid ride by Tristan Godden got her home in fine fashion and not forgetting the breeders Lammerskraal Stud.
January 2nd, 2020
154 – Wow! What a win by this incredibly talented sprinter. Look To The Sky went start to finish in the 8th race at the Vaal today, winning by an impressive 4,25 lengths. He is not an easy horse at home and this win is a great reward for all the hard work that goes into this horse behind the scenes. Well done to Clinton Binda, his entire team at home, Jeffrey Syster for a professional ride and not forgetting the breeders Ridgemont Highlands.
December 30th, 2019
A great site seeing three jockeys walk into the parade ring on Sunday at Hollywoodbets Greyville, wearing the Hollywood Syndicate silks. From left to right, they are: Donovan Dillon – Athandiwe Mgudlwa – Luke Ferraris.
December 6th, 2019
A solid Barrier Trial by Ralph The Rascal tonight. He would’ve enjoyed the introduction to the racecourse and the experience will benefit him immensely. As his pedigree suggests (3g Gimmethegreenlight x Ice Link by Toreador), he showed plenty of speed throughout. He moved up effortlessly as they travelled through the 500m mark, gearing down over the final furlong to win the trial. We are looking forward to his debut in a few weeks.
November 28th, 2019
153 – Look To The Sky made it two wins from eight starts for the son of Pathfork, when winning the 7th race out at the Vaal today. What a ride by S’manga Khumalo and well done to Clinton Binda and his team for making it three wins from six runners, on the day. Bred by Highlands Farm Stud, he looks destined for an exciting three-year old career.
November 18th, 2019
Some of our Trainers, Grooms and Horses sporting their newly arrived Hollywoodbets sponsored gear. Don’t they all look smart. Look forward to seeing them leading in the winners.
November 14th, 2019
152 – Syx Shooter continues a fantastic run of form for the Hollywood Syndicate this week, landing his maiden victory out at the Vaal in Race 2 today. He was an unexpected winner, with this being his first run back after a rest. Our second winner from four runners this week, well done to trainer Clinton Binda, breeders Nadeson Park Stud , the groom Wanderford Tambala and to S’manga Khumalo for a solid ride. He is a graduate off the 2018 BSA KZN Yearling Sale.
November 12th, 2019
151 – Seattle Force, a regular feature on the highlights wall, makes it another commanding victory in the 6th race at Turffontein today. He is now unbeaten in 4 outings on the inside track and he proved that the 1600 – 1800m range is his preferred trip. Well done to trainer Stuart Pettigrew for getting him this far, he looked absolutely spectacular in the parade and canter past. A peach of a ride by the ultra-professional Marco van Rensburg and well done to breeders Varsfontein Stud.
November 1st, 2019
150 – Purple Nkanyezi makes it a winning debut in the first race at Hollywoodbets Greyville tonight, a 1200m on the poly for Maiden Fillies. That brings up the Syndicates 150th winner, since it all started back in 2002 with Splendid Night. What a milestone! Well done to Garth Puller for turning her out so well, Luke Ferraris for a competent ride, breeders Drakenstein Stud and the groom Mandla Patrick Ndaba.
October 23rd, 2019
149 – Mighty Smart gets the job done at the 7th time of asking. A well-deserved win and a great ride by Sean Veale, in the 6th race at Hollywoodbets Greyville racecourse today. Lucky number 7 / Orange saddle cloth, may have been the lucky charm here. Well done to trainer Paul Lafferty, breeders Ascot Stud and winning groom Simnikewe Ngwane, who does a great job looking after him on a daily basis. Exciting times ahead for this progressive looking son of Archipenko. Purchased at the 2018 Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale. Thanks to Candiese Marnewick for the beautiful photos.
October 18th, 2019
Great fun having Team Finance visit a few of our future stars in the making, on Friday. Pictured below, the team shared a warm moment with former Champion Juvenile – Kochka. Now 8-years old, he performs a sterling job as the lead horses for the Alyson Wright yard.
October 8th, 2019
148 – Seattle Force, as expected, showed the field a clean pair of heels at the top of the straight, to win the 4th Race on the Turffontein inside course today. That takes his career record to 5 wins from 15 starts. Well done to trainer Stuart Pettigrew, jockey Marco van Rensburg and breeders Varsfontein Stud. That’s a great start to his summer campaign.
October 3rd, 2019
A real privilege to host the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, at Summerveld this morning. It was a great opportunity to interact with the team and show them a the side of the industry that many had never seen before. A big thanks to Alyson and Kevin Wright for extending a tremendous amount of hospitality, as always.
During their visit, it was great to see Sunny Bill Du-Toy extending himself again and he appears to be on the right track for a return to racing in the next 6-8 weeks. He has been off with a tendon niggle, for over 12 months and that extended leave has been more precautionary than anything else. He is certainly starting to look magnificent. Seen below, with young apprentice Jason Gates up.
September 29th, 2019
Alphamikefoxtrot lands his 3rd career win in the 6th Race, out at Hollywoodbets Greyville today. A top ride by S’manga Khumalo to get him home. Well done to Darryl Moore and Breeders Ridgemont Highlands Stud.
September 22nd, 2019
A positive start to her career – Lady Boulogne showed plenty of speed in her Barrier Trial today. She is still very soft and nowhere near ready for her debut, but this certainly gives us an idea of what to expect when she does step out in a few weeks. See the replay below:
September 18th, 2019
Binary Star – an impressive winner of the first race at Hollywoodbets Greyville, on Wednesday 18th September 2019. The flashy dark bay Querari colt did it the hard way and went start to finish over the 1400m on turf. Thanks to Alyson Wright for turning him out so impressively and well done to Riethuiskraal Stud and Raymond Danielson for a beautifully judged ride.
September 12th, 2019
A fun morning spent with the Starfactory Team yesterday. It’s always a thrilling experience getting up close to the horses. We are looking forward to having the team on course for Ralph The Rascal’s debut soon.
September 12th, 2019
Mighty Smart went close to winning again, on Wednesday 11th September 2019. Unfortunately, the wide draw meant he had a bit too much ground to make up in the closing stages. He fought on gamely and his immaturity cost him in the finish. With that said, he will keep getting better and better and he looks a nice staying type in the making.
September 7th, 2019
Hollywoodbets Training Team visited Summerveld on Friday 6th September 2019 and took a warm liking to Ice Rink, a son of Gimmethegreenlight purchased at the 2018 BSA Ready To Run Sale. The team will be following his career keenly and we look forward to having them on course for his debut.
September 5th, 2019
Travelling Light in front and Simply Russian behind, enjoying a spell on the farm after a solid campaign over the winter. They will both have a short break before returning to full training, later on this spring.
September 2nd, 2019
Happy birthday to Drakenstein Studs champion Stallion, What A Winter. It would be remiss of us not to make mention of him on such a day, considering we have invested into him as a stallion as far as buying a number of his off-spring over the past 18 months. Namely:
Agent Murphy, Purple Powahouse, Nordic Winter, Moonlight Drive, Red Tuesday, Winter Twilight and Child Of Winter
See the clip below of one of What A Winters most memorable victories, when winning the Computaform Sprint Gr1 over a 1000m, in 2013.
August 22nd, 2019
Muster Up (Silvano x Mocha Java by National Assembly) on the grass for the 2nd time and he clearly loved every second of it. He has really turned the corner and will more than likely have one more gallop next week, before we nominate him for his debut. See a clip of his gallop out at Durbanville Racecourse – in the blue, closest to the camera.
August 21st, 2019
Travelling Light does the business and shows her worth in the 2nd race at Hollywoodbets Greyville today, showing plenty of guts to bounce a small but quality field of fillies and mares. Well done to Serino Moodley for a perfect ride and many thanks and congratulations to trainer Garth Puller. Finally, well done to breeders Varsfontein Stud. She will now have a well deserved rest, before she comes back for a summer campaign.
August 16th, 2019
It doesn’t get closer than this, Whiteleaf Hills goes down a “short-head” in 2nd, in the 4th Race at Fairview Racecourse today. Muzi Yeni gave him every chance and he should win again soon.
August 4th, 2019
Lovely run by the flashy grey Archipenko gelding, Mighty Smart, out at Hollywoodbets Scottsville today. A bit more luck in running and a better draw and he wins it. Definitely one to follow next time out. Bred for a bit more ground, but delighted to see him throwing his “hat into the ring” over the mile. :
See the Replay below:
July 30th, 2019
Update from Paul Lafferty Racing on our runner Mighty Smart who runs in the 4th race on Sunday 4th August 2019, at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Watch here:
July 16th, 2019
Muster Up is strengthening up nicely and is starting to look like the horse we imagined he would become. He is still getting over a bit of a back complication, but the Brett Crawford team has done an excellent job at managing it and the outlook is very good for him. His work will be stepped up after his AHS vaccinations and we look forward to a three year old career, from this son of Silvano.
July 12th, 2019
Whiteleaf Hills finally gets the job done in the Hollywood colours, under a superbly judged ride by Winning Form sponsored Muzi Yeni in the 6th Race at Fairview today. Well done to trainer Gavin Smith and breeder G J Armitage. A son of Ashaawes out of the Fort Wood mare Forest Joy, he should have a few more in the tank.
July 10th, 2019
Simply Russian lands a well deserved win in the 3rd Race out at Hollywoodbets Scottsville today. Well done to trainer Garth Puller, jockey Athandiwe Mgudlwa and breeder Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud. The result was made even better, having Hollywood Syndicate owned Anika The Angel finishing in third place. She will certainly be gunning for the winners enclosure soon.
July 5th, 2019
The Hollywood Syndicate has three runners entered for the 10th Race – KZN Yearling Sale Millions – at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Vodacom Durban July Day 2019. PURPLE PERSUASION and LOOK TO THE SKY will start, while SYX SHOOTER is currently a reserve runner. Read more about their chances here, and watch their profile videos taken recently at Summerveld below.
LOOK TO THE SKY
June 16th, 2019
Winter Twilight wins on his handicap debut to land the double under a well judged ride by Calvin Habib. Well done to trainer Clinton Binda and breeders, Daytona Stud. Uncle Charlie put up a barnstorming finish to run 2nd in the same race, to make it a Hollywood Syndicate first and second. He needed the run and will go close next time.
June 2nd, 2019
Seattle Force confirms his ability and lands the hat-trick of wins, to win the 7th Race at Turffontein today. A remarkable achievement to win over 1800m, after smashing his opposition over 2600m and 2000m prior to this. Well done to trainer Stuart Pettigrew, jockey Diego De Gouveia and breeder Varsfontein Stud.
June 1st, 2019
A gutsy win by Winter Twilight to break the maidens and secure 1st prize in the 3rd Race at Greyville, on Saturday 1st June 2019. Well done to trainer Clinton Binda, Jockey Jason Gates and breeders Daytona Stud.
May 24th, 2019
Mighty Smart has come on in leaps and bounds in the past month, since his barrier and subsequent gelding. We will be nominating him soon for his debut where he should give a good account of himself. Watch this space.
May 22nd, 2019
Alphamikefoxtrot confirms his affinity for the Poly Track, winning race 7 at Greyville Racecourse today. Well done to Trainer Darryl Moore, Jockey Athandiwe Mgudlwa and Breeders Ridgemont Racing. See the replay here:
May 12th, 2019
Travelling Light does what we expected and trounced the opposition on debut. She is certainly above average and is one to follow. Well done to Garth Puller and the team for getting her to this stage and congrats to Serino Moodley for a solid ride.
May 2nd, 2019
Another win makes it back to back victories for Seattle Force and he takes his career record to 10 runs – 3 wins – 3 places. It doesn’t look like he is stopping here after an emphatic win over the 2000m at the Vaal. He skipped clear at the top of the straight and it was always clear that he would outstay this field, given the chance. He is certainly an exciting future prospect for the syndicate. Another solid ride by Diego De Gouveia and well done to trainer Stuart Pettigrew as well as the breeder, Varsfontein Stud.
April 17th, 2019
Always nice to see them win like this. A commanding win by the leggy grey White Cedar, at Greyville Racecourse today. A great training feat by Alyson Wright and well done to Lyle Hewitson for a decisive ride once again. Congratulations to breeders Rous Bros (Henham Stud). Watch the replay here.
April 16th, 2019
An update on MIGHTY SMART from the Paul Lafferty racing stable. The Archiphenko grey colt recently had his first barrier trial. Laff provides an update.
April 10th, 2019
A convincing winner of Race 1 at Greyville Racecourse today, JERRY THE JUGGLER gets the job done. Well done to Trainer Alyson Wright, Jockey Lyle Hewitson and Lammerskraal Stud for breeding this smashing son of Master of my Fate.
April 2nd, 2019
4 wins in 14 days for the Hollywood Syndicate! Seattle Force flies to victory in the 4th race at Turffontein, winning by 2 lengths! Trained by Stuart Pettigrew and ridden to victory by Diego De Gouveia. Bred by Varsfontein Stud. SP of 11/2.
March 20th, 2019
Taken last Thursday the 14th March 2019, Muster Up seeing the grass for the first time. Brett Crawford’s comment: “he’s on the right in the blue jacket, I was pleased with how he handled himself and the professional manner in which he galloped, I will look to step up his sand work now, he has pulled up sound.” See the clip below:
Mocha Rose showed lots of courage and kept finding more to win the 5th race at Greyville Racecourse today, a FM 62 Handicap for Fillies and Mares. Well done to trainer Duncan Howells, jockey Mark Khan and breeder Moutonshoek Stud. Photo and replay below.
March 13th, 2019
WHITE CEDAR ran a valiant 2nd in the second race maiden plate over 1400m at Greyville on Wednesday 13th March 2019. Watch the replay below.
March 5th, 2019
Muster Up’s pace work from Thursday 28th February 2019. He has a classy action, and will just need some time to get it all together.
The Hollywood Syndicate currently has 31 horses in training, based in stables in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.
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