Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Hollywoodbets Sponsored Trainers

Hollywoodbets Sponsored Trainers

Hollywoodbets is proud to sponsor a number of South African horse racing trainers. The sponsorship involves incentives for every winning race, work wear and race day kit for grooms, horse blankets, and more.


Hollywoodbets Sponsored Trainers:

Cliffie Miller

A multiple Northern Cape Champion Trainer, the Jagesrfontein-born Cliffie Miller is a part of the furniture in Kimberley horseracing. He started out with two palomino riding horses and his philosophy of ‘keep your horses in the worst company and yourself in the best’ has kept him at the top of his game for 40 years. The Miller stable currently trains the ultra-consistent Spanish Fort, for the Hollywood Syndicate.

Cliffie Miller


Clinton Binda

A veteran dating back to the Robin Smith era in Zimbabwe, and a former assistant trainer in the halcyon days of Cape racing, the astute horseman Clinton Binda boasts the distinction of being the only trainer in modern SA racing history to win two races on consecutive days with the same horse. He celebrated a maiden feature success in 2019 when Nicky Noo won the Gardenia Stakes. Clinton resides at and trains out of his own training centre at Nooitgedacht, in the North of Johannesburg and is one of the main conditioners for the string of Hollywood Syndicate horses.

Clinton Binda

Paul Gadsby

The Ashburton-based Paul Gadsby started his apprenticeship in the saddle almost 50 years ago. He was born in Leeds in the UK and moved to South Africa when he was 5. Paul joined the Jockey Academy alongside the likes of Harold Taylor, Stephen Jupp and Lawrence O’Donoghue and was “kit boy” to Muis Roberts A top jockey in his time, he had the honour of partnering the great Sledgehammer. After hanging up his saddle he then became a Riding Master at the SA Jockey Academy, before the natural move to training horses.

Paul Gadsby

Garth Puller

A legend of the turf during his star-studded riding career, Garth Puller took out his trainer’s licence eight years ago and won his first race at the old Clairwood. He has built up a powerful string at Summerveld and won the inaugural Hollywoodbets Sizzling Summer Challenge earlier this year. Garth has few peers in the ranks of experienced horsemen in South Africa and trains a useful string of horses for the Hollywood Syndicate, including the super speedy Gimmethegreenlight filly, Travelling Light, as well as a very progressive Oratorio filly in the form of Purple Nkanyezi.

Garth Puller

Glen Puller

Milnerton-based Glen Puller is the younger brother to Garth, and also started out as a successful jockey before setting up a training operation out of Milnerton. While he maintains a small string, Glen made history when winning the inaugural running of the CTS Million Dollar Stakes in 2016. The quietly spoken horseman has a core group of owners that have stayed loyal for decades.

Glen Puller


Gary Rich

One of the great characters of KZN racing, Ashburton-based veteran Gary Rich is a perfectionist and believes that every horse deserves individual attention – no matter how fast or slow! He first took out his licence over 31 years ago but stopped in 2002. He returned with renewed vigour in 2014 and keeps a small string but is a regular in the winner’s enclosure. He recently enjoyed some success with the Hollywood Syndicate owned Not Now Pussycat, who picked up her second career win in just her second start for the stable.

Gary Rich


Gavin Smith

Eight-times Eastern Cape Champion Trainer, Gavin Smith was born into horseracing and took over the family business from his champion dad, Andy. His motto of ‘hard work never killed anybody’ has stood him in good stead in the 21st century against some tough local competitors. Gavin’s best horse was subsequent July winner and international star, Bold Silvano. One of the standout PE trainers, he recently enjoyed success with the Hollywood Syndicate owned and aptly named - Hollywood Thunder.

Gavin Smith

Alyson Wright

South Africa’s most successful husband-and-wife training team are Alyson and former jockey, Kevin Wright, who race under the banner of Gee Racing. They notched up their first Gr1 success seven years ago when Kochka won the Premier’s Champion Stakes. Alyson was born and bred in Zimbabwe and has her equine roots in show-jumping. She started riding work for her mother when she was 14 and started riding in work rider/ladies’ races at the age of 16. An astute horsewoman along with her shrewd husband, they have become a formidable team in KZN and currently train upwards of 20 horses for the Hollywood Syndicate.

Alyson Wright


Heather Adamson

A professional who goes about her business under the radar, Heather Adamson first took out her licence 38 years ago. After a break from the game, she returned to action 14 years ago and lives in Vereeniging, where she has a small string based at the Vaal.

Heather Adamson


Duncan Howells

A past KZN Champion Trainer, Duncan Howells was born into racing – he is nephew to top PE trainer Gavin Smith – and besides being an accomplished amateur rider, he learnt the stable management trade from two champions in David Payne and Eric Sands. Duncan rates his base of Ashburton the best training centre in the country and has trained a host of feature race winners. He took out his open license in 1999 and saddled his first runner and debut winner, Whispering Magic, on the 1st of August 1999. He has also enjoyed success up to Grade 1 level, including Equus Champion Via Africa. Duncan is well supported by Cathy Rymill, who has long partnered this award-winning operation.

Duncan Howells

Jarett Rugg

While his late Dad Vernon, a top trainer in his own right, tried to steer him away from horseracing, the enthusiastic Jarett Rugg has run his own operation at Kimberley since November 2017. He was caretaker to his cousin Duncan McKenzie’s Kimberley satellite base for a few years after his Dad’s passing and took the plunge on his own to realise a personal ambition.

Jarrett Rugg

Kom Naidoo

Kumaran ‘Kom’ Naidoo broke into the training ranks fourteen years ago and started with just ten horses at his Summerveld base. His string grew exponentially over time and he attributes his success to integrity and the coaching of his former bosses, Tony Rivalland and Selvan Moodley. He began with a mere 10 horses at his Summerveld base, but due to hard work, honesty and a satisfactory success rate, he has become a regular in the KZN training ranks. Kom pays a special tribute to long-time friend and loyal patron, Seelan Chetty, who was instrumental in him taking the bold decision to take out his trainer’s licence in December 2006.

Kom Naidoo

Stuart Pettigrew

A former Champion Apprentice Jockey, Stuart Pettigrew worked for a decade as an assistant trainer to the likes of Keith Chant and Roy Magner, before going on his own in 1991. He has trained a host of Gr1 winners, including the globetrotting Surcharge, who launched his international career when winning the 2018 Gr1 Daily News 2000. Stuart has been instrumental in the recent success of Hollywood Syndicate owned Seattle Force, when expertly guiding him from a 1-time winner to a 6-time winner in less than 12 months.

Stuart Pettigrew

Corne Spies

‘Have saddle will travel’ is the passionate stable credo of former Zimbabwe Champion Trainer Corne Spies. Born into the game, his Dad Tobie, took out an owner-trainer’s license when Corne was 7 years old. Corne took out his own licence two decades ago, after graduating in Equine Sciences at Technicon Pretoria. He was lucky enough to have bought a filly called FUN FLY in the same year, to give him his first Fillies Nursery win in 2001. He moved to the Vaal in 1985 and the Spies family remain true soldiers of the turf in this country – having won races in every centre! He has recently been associated with the likes of the multiple group winning Van Halen.

Corne Spies


Louis Goosen

Former Gauteng trainer Louis Goosen now campaigns with plenty of success under the KZN flag. Louis – aka ‘The Goose’ - was born into a racing family. His late Dad, Danie, was a successful jockey who became a multiple champion trainer in the Eastern Cape. Louis got into training through the encouragement of his then bother-in-law, Piere Strydom. He served his apprenticeship under two astute horsemen, in Chris Erasmus and the late Buddy Maroun, before taking out his trainer’s licence in 1993 with just 3 horses. He continues to enjoy great success out of Ashburton and has been a true flagbearer for the Hollywoodbets brand.

Louis Goosen

Lowan Denysschen

Summerveld-based Lowan Denysschen has followed in the footsteps of his charismatic Dad, Paul, a top trainer who passed away in 2008. He is best remembered as the man who guided the top-class Amberpondo to win the 1996 Kings Cup and the 1997 Champion Stakes. Lowan operates a small string and sticks steadfastly to the ethic that customer communication must always be the starting point. 

Lowan Denysschen