2017 NORTHERN CAPE AWARDS
The annual Northern Cape awards took place at the Kimberley Club on Friday 4 August where the following awards were made:
A decision was taken to expand upon the awards from this year and we have included a two year old category and a three year old category.
Two year olds – Talk Wrench (Owner: Anton Botha and Trainer: Philip Smith)
And Bishop of Bombay (Owner: Mr C J Aucamp and Trainer: Tienie Prinsloo). Bishop of Bombay won the Kimberley Nursery NBT race on 24 July after the decision had been made regarding this category. An award will be made at a racemeeting in Kimberley in the near future to honour the connections. The Racing Association apologises to all winning connections for the oversight.
Three year old – Rock a Bye Baby (Corrie Lensley, Morgan Pillay, Mrs B M Gadsby and K&K Syndicate – Nominee Mrs K Mahabeer ).
Champion Jockey – Muzi Yeni
Champion Trainer – Corrie Lensley
Champion Owner – Francois du Toit
Special Apprentice Award – Mpumelelo Mjoka
This award was started two years ago to honour the champion apprentice in Northern Cape. Mpumelelo was second on the SA apprentice log with a total of 32 winners. He boasts 21 winners at Flamingo Park. He is one of the few apprentices to go overseas and ride a winner in France winning the Longines Future Racing Stars Event. He also managed to achieve winning two races on two continents within a week which is a great achievement.
Champion Horse of the Season – Red Special (Owner: Francois du Toit and Trainer: Stephanie Miller.
Congratulations to all the winners. The Racing Association wishes to thank our Northern Cape patrons for their support throughout the year.
RACEDAY – 5 AUGUST 2017
The raceday at Flamingo Park Racecourse in Kimberley proved to be a resounding success and was akin to a mini VDJ offering good racing, hospitality, celebrities, fashion and entertainment. The event was held in partnership with City of Kimberley, Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited and the Racing Association. Two additional marquees were erected for the special event and all facilities were filled to capacity. The event was spearheaded by Bosco Sports Management whose aim is to develop horseracing knowledge and create transferable skills.
The first race on the card was the inaugural work riders’ race in Kimberley. The work rider’s event is sponsored by the Racing Trust and managed through the Racing Association. Rider E Matusse was on board the winner Jet Sailor from the Bill Human stable. This victory also afforded the owner, Dr D C Pretorius an added RA bonus of R10 000. All grooms were given an opportunity to be recognised as the RA donated a monetary prize to the best turned out horse in all ten races on the card.
The second and fourth races were also RA bonus races which went the way of RA members Mr L P Ralphs and Mesdames J and K Ralphs.
KZN Raider Kom Naidoo and The Fire Racing Trust (Nom: Alesh Naidoo – RA Member) owner of Sabre Charge, walked away with the winning trophy for the first NBT feature on the day, the R110 000 Department of Economic Development and Tourism Diamond Stayers.
Cliffie Miller was next to enter the number one box when winning the R200 000 Racing Association Flamingo Mile with victory by Dodgy Itie. There’s nothing dodgy about this braveheart gelding. He used to be owned by Anton Botha but sadly suffered a chipped bone on his hind leg just above the joint. The prognosis was not good as the vet suggested either major surgery or euthanasia. Dodgy Itie was given a years box rest and remained in the care of Heather Reddie. She nursed the Dodgy Itie back to good health with the ability to win a feature in strong company.
It was yet another raider, Roy’s Marciano, owned by Roy Moodley and trained by Kom Naidoo who won the third NBT feature on the day, the R135 000 Racing Association Sprint.
Well done to all our winners on the day.