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‘Breaking in’ is a most important function

Malan du Toit does plenty of work behind the scenes – we hear of his success with racehorses but a chunk of his basic work is performed ‘breaking in’ young horses. Malan tells: “Horsey people have their own ideas of how to break in...
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Memories of Belgium, 2012

I can hardly believe I was in Belgium working with renowned breeder and show trainer of some of the best Arabian horses, Johanna Ullström, almost nine years ago. Our project was a very expensive two-year-old Arabian named Kelzo, as aggressive as he was expensive....
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A privilege to work with such horses!

THIS beautiful photo by Chase Liebenberg is of Saturday’s G1 Queen’s Plate winner Jet Dark, a smart three-year-old, fast up-and-coming, getting a splashdown after the big race. I was discussing big race winners with Jason May, the pre-trainer from Drakenstein Stud, and we are...
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High Born Lady.
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Malan’s success with High Born Lady

HIGH Born Lady, a fluent winner of her 1200m debut at the Vaal on 5 December, had some behavioural problems as a younger horse, and trainers Mike and Adam Azzie called on Malan du Toit for help. Malan tells: “I’ve had a long and...
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Malan took Sundari for a spin!

Malan du Toit, seen at Randjesfontein at the weekend on Candice Dawson stables’ lead horse, Sundari. He was working with one of Dawson’s runners and decided to take a break and sit on this former Kimberley Mile winner who was a very good sand...
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Malan’s work with Fort Agopian

READ more about the troublesome Western Cape-based runner Fort Agopian, and how Malan and his team figured out a way to help him produce his best on the racetrack. READ HERE: Perseverance Rewarded!    
Malan du Toit with Legislate.
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Make haste, slowly!

I had two very interesting recent discussions with people involved in managerial positions in stud and pre-training facilities within the horse racing industry in South Africa. The discussions were about the breaking in of horses. Let me first say, I do not really like...
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Malan du Toit Potgooi (Podcasts) on RSG

MALAN du Toit has a Tuesday slot on the Afrikaans radio station, RSG, with presenter Amore Bekker. Listen to his (Afrikaans) podcasts below: 26 May 2020 19 May 2020 12 May 2020 5 May 2020 28 April 2020 21 April 2020 14 April 2020...
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