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Ken Nicol :Weiho Marwing has always done brilliantly with staying types, and added a second SA Derby to his pair of SA Oaks titles when Samurai Warrior emerged victorious at the conclusion of the dramatic events surrounding Saturday’s race.

It’s been a long journey since he was born in Johannesburg’s southern suburbs in 1972.

“We had no family connection with racing.

My older brother Weichong got into it earlier than me due to having friends in the game, and then of course decided to become a jockey.

“I was then gradually drawn in as well, and after finishing Matric in 1990, I went to work for Mr Ormond Ferraris as a stable employee.

“Mr Ferraris was a brilliant mentor, and is still a great source of advice. We still get on very well, and have regular chats.

“I then went work in New Zealand for a year or so before returning to Mr Ferraris and gaining experience before taking out my own training licence in 1995.”

He started off with 20 horses, mostly inherited from Patrick Kourie.

“Estefan was the best of them and got me off to a great start when she gave me a winner with my first runner. The fact Weichong rode her made it even more special.”

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