Jo Mambo

2013 mare by Mambo In Seattle (CAN) out of Hope Jo’Anna (USA) (Chimes Band (USA))


02-02-20 Today was Jo Mambo’s 7th race since arriving at the yard mid September. In that 4½ month period she started off with a rest and 2x AHS vacs (3 weeks off for each) with her first race in between them. Then she fired off 5 runs in a 7 week period and today was her 6th race in 9 weeks. Right through the 7 runs she’s been pinpoint accurate in her consistency over distances ranging from 1km through to 2km (incl. 1400, 1600, and 1800 along the way). Irrespective of the circumstances, racing from the front or the back, she’s always finished the same distance behind and she’s done it going in fresh and needing the run, right through to fully fit.

She’s been called unsound for years across multiple trainers and vets all spending money trying to find a fix. This time she did it all naturally, not a cent spent on vets or treatment and she’s just churned out the performances with clockwork reliability at the finish line. There’s never been a race where she hasn’t cleaned the manger back home. She’s never dropped condition, she’s just brushed off the races like track workouts.

She turned around at home showing all the promise, but the turnaround hasn’t made it to the races. Everything went according to plan with her she’s never been a day’s trouble or off schedule. In the beginning we had an approach mapped out, with plans and targets in place, and now we’ve come to the end of that plan. Results are not what we wanted, expectations have not been met, but the program has run its course and she deserves an award and a rest if not retirement. How she’s remained so rock solid in her consistency over every imaginable variation of racing remains a bit of mystery but at this stage we have to consider the reality that to be competitive requires that extra grit, and there comes a time in every athlete’s life where it just isn’t there anymore.


24-01-20 After her 5th race in only 7x weeks she’s doing brilliantly well staying happy, healthy and sound throughout her comeback program. She’s also starting to shape up again now after having gained too much condition during her rest and makeover… and then taking her sweet time to chisel back up again (see video above)


Jo Mambo race replay

We had a no show from Jo Mambo last Sunday in the mud at Scottsville but she bounced back on Friday 5 days later at Greyville (see video) to put in a solid effort, taking the lead down the straight off of a hot pace and then tiring late. Apache Free's barrier got cancelled this morning about 30min before he was due to load on the float, leaving us literally standing in the yard with a horse and nowhere to go. This is the second time it's happened now but we're ready for it with a plan B.. he's carded again next Sunday at Greyville. Then another horrendous no show, this time from Memory Bliss.. she was travelling well and then just dropped the bit halfway and took no further interest and was pulled out the race. Will know in the morning if there's something amiss, otherwise just going to just brush it off as another Scottsville-no-show and try again. On work at home she should be competitive even over a trip much too short, but she just failed to show up at all today.

Posted by Racehorse Traders on Sunday, 22 December 2019

22-12-19 5 days ago she put up a no-show in the mud at Scottsville.. but today she bounced right back with a solid effort over 1800m on the Greyville turf, taking the lead down the straight off a hot pace and then tiring late.


Jo Mambo carded to race tomorrow

6yr old mare Jo Mambo steps up in the 7th race tomorrow at Scottsville in a MR76 Fillies and Mares Handicap over 1600m. She's drawn 9 and races in the silks of new owner M. Yapanis. View her at Summerveld after some light exercise this morning.Official racecard here : http://www.tabgold.co.za/fixtures/racecard/20191215/XED/7

Posted by Racehorse Traders on Saturday, 14 December 2019

14-12-19 All set to race tomorrow


In with the old ladies for some evening action

No pensioners' discount for old ladies.. Jo Mambo and Memory Bliss, 6 and 5 years young respectively, are carded to race at Greyville this Friday on the polytrack. In video : Jo Mambo cooling off after her gallop on Saturday.

Posted by Racehorse Traders on Monday, 25 November 2019

25-11-19 Cooling off after galloping this morning


Jo Mambo this afternoon

Earlier this afternoon race 3 at Greyville : 6yr old tiny mare JO MAMBO puts in an encouraging performance first run since arrival at the yard under new ownership. She was given a rest, makeover & re-conditioning and taken back to naked-basics with shoes, blinkers & tongue tie removed. Next up AHS II vac tomorrow right on final deadline.Watch her from the widest draw showing pace to chase and get across into 2nd and then stay on. Great run obviously needing it and she just missed earning a stakes cheque by a fraction of an inch see official photo-finish here – http://www.tabgold.co.za/fixtures/audiovideophoto/20191030/XGD/3/F

Posted by Racehorse Traders on Wednesday, 30 October 2019

30-10-19 Jo Mambo does it the hard way over 1400m chasing across from a wide draw to race handy and then tire down the straight to just miss earning by a shorthead


Introducing Jo Mambo..

Say hello to JO MAMBO the 6yr old Mambo In Seattle (USA) mare.. recent arrival at the yard (10th Sept) and the subsequent recipient of a total makeover, a short rest and the compulsory AHS I vaccine. She's got a booking on Wednesday at Greyville in the 3rd race over 1400m on the polytrack action begins at 14h10. Racecard here – http://www.tabgold.co.za/fixtures/racecard/20191030/XGD/3

Posted by Racehorse Traders on Monday, 28 October 2019

28-10-19Say hello to JO MAMBO the 6yr old Mambo In Seattle (USA) mare.. recent arrival at the yard last month (10th Sept) and the subsequent recipient of a total makeover, short rest and the compulsory AHS I vaccine. She’s got a booking on Wednesday at Greyville in the 3rd race over 1400m on the polytrack action begins at 14h10.