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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.