The South African racing and breeding industry lost a leading light, following the sad passing of prominent owner Jack Mitchell.
Jack passed away, after battling a lengthy illness, in the United States on Sunday evening.
Jack, who grew up in Stellenbosch, completed his schooling at Paul Roos and at Bishops, before going to UCT where he studied an ordinary BComm. From there he got into investments and stockbroking and one of his first jobs was with the investment management group, Fergusson Bros.
He then spent 11 years with Old Mutual, becoming Assistant General Manager, before Allan Gray approached him again 988.
Jack, who retired mid-way through 2006 at the age of 61, raced a string of top-class horses (many of whom he raced in partnership with his daughter Nancy.
Among the top horses raced by Jack Mitchell in recent years were a pair of Dynasty champions (both subsequently named Horse Of The Year) in the form of Futura and Legislate respectively, multiple G1 winner Snowdance, as well as the Equus Champions Lady In Black and 2018 G1 Vodacom Durban July hero Do It Again.
In partnership with Nancy, Jack also owned pricey Frankel colt General Franco (a R4 000 000 buy from the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale), who recently stunned racing fans when running out a 3.5 length winner on debut.