Abashri with Malan du Toit at the start of the SA Derby.
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Abashiri was nervous before the SA Derby

ABASHIRI’s breathtaking win in last Saturday’s Gr1 SA Derby, the third leg of the SA Triple Crown, has been much celebrated and discussed, strangely without much mention in the media of Malan du Toit, an integral member of the Abashiri team. We dealt with...
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How Abashiri regained his confidence

RISING superstar and 2016 Triple Crown contender Abashiri, and from  Mike Azzie’s stable, check wasn’t himself at all after winning the Sea Cottage Stakes midway through January. He was uptight and restless and something was bugging him. Malan du Toit’s help was called in....
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Nother Russia: Special Filly

WITH her striking resemblance to her famous dam, malady Nother Russia was always going to be a filly in the limelight. She won her Maiden Plate over 1600m on the straight course at the Vaal by 5.40-lengths on Thursday and on this there will...
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Clever Hans
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Communicating The Right Messages

IN the first part of the twentieth century a horse called Clever Hans made news headlines in Berlin. His owner, Wilhelm von Osten, a Berlin school teacher, claimed that Hans could count, tell time, identify coins, musical scores and answer questions about politics and geography....
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One big challenge: The story of Miss Dillan

by MALAN DU TOIT APART from my day to day work I have been privileged to fly with horses since the beginning of 2002. I became part of an excellent team of guys called Sky Jockeys. Over the past five years I have been...
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