Alec Laird Racing


Smart Call Sets her sights on the Dahlia Stakes

20 April 2017

Smart Call has made decent progress after the time off she had through winter. She is starting to show good work with the real test still to come. She holds an entry to the Dahlia stakes over 1800m on 7th May at Newmarket, and all being well is likely to start her campaign there. While we hope for a bold showing come Sunday 7th we know she can improve lots for the race which will be the first run in over a year

Smart Call With Work Rider Chaz & jockey Ryan Moore

Polyphonic wins the Jacaranda Handicap (L)

1 April 2017

From draw 11 over the 1800m trip standside track at Turffontein, Polyphonic and Pierre "striker" Strydom manage to come from off them and power down the outside to go on and win by 1.40 Lengths. Huge congratulations to Varsfontein Stud who own this exceptional filly!! Polyphonic is by Judpot out of Princess Polly (Royal Chalice).

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Polyphonic Jacaranda Handicap (Photo: Ashleigh Hughes)

Jungle Book (Byword x Neckofthewoods)

Value for money at BSA Cape Yearling Sale

16th March 2017

We managed to pick up 7 super youngsters from the BSA Cape Yearling Sale 2017! The entire team are very excited to meet the new babies and to get started. A huge thank you to the different owners for their purchases. We appreciate and value your continuous support!!

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 The CTS rostrum (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

CTS Premier Yearling Sale a success for A.G Racing

21st - 22nd January, 2017

The Stable attained four lovely new purchases including our very first Frankel at the sale, and are incredibly pleased with the quality of stock bought. We look forward to their arrival and commencing with their racing development and careers. A big thank you to the owners for their purchases and loyal support!

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Bezanova wins the 2016 Victory Moon  Stakes Grd 2

November 13, 2016

Bezzie's still got it!

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Bezanova and jockey Randall Simons celebrating victory

Equus Awards

August 16, 2016

Smart Call earned two very prestigious accolades yesterday evening at the Equus Awards!

- Champion older filly/mare
- Champion middle distance horse

A huge congratulations to Jessica Slack, Steven Jell, Guy Murdoch and the entire team at Mauritzfontein! We are incredibly proud to train this exceptional filly for you and would like to say a special thank you for the support and entrusting us with your horses!

Smart Calls wins 2016 J&B Met

January 30, 2016

Smart Call proves she is the best

The 2000m Grade 1 race was one filly against the colts and geldings, Smart Call annihilated the competition.  Following the J&B Met the filly has earned herself a position as one of the top horses in South Africa. For the owner Jessica Slack from Mauritzfontein Stud it has been a fairytale of epic proportions. Jockey JP van der Merve got the lucky ride on the day due to her jockey being unable to take the ride.

Smart Call J&B Met

Smart Call wins Paddock Stakes

January 09, 2016

Smart Call Paddock Stakes

Bouclette Top wins Emporors Palace Charity mile

October 31, 2015

Second year in a row for trainer Alec Laird

Bouclette Tops wins the Grade II Charity Mile with Jockey Gavin Larena and for owner Mary Slack and Wilgebosdrift stud

Bouclette Top and jockey Gavin Lerena

Bezanova wins Emperors Palace Charity Mile

November 01, 2014

Bezanova and jockey Waichong Marwing winning the Charity Mile