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SA Racing Mourns Popular Trainer

Shock as industry reacts

The death of trainer Leon Erasmus in a motor car accident on Sunday has left a pall over South African horseracing.

Leon Erasmus

Leon Erasmus – shock news

Tabnews reports that Leon Erasmus died in an accident near Randfontein on Sunday evening when travelling with his wife, Marie, daughter Tharien de Bruin, son-in-law Rudie de Bruin and their 18-month-old son Kiaan. They were taken to a hospital in Randfontein.

Marie Erasmus and her grandson were discharged on Sunday. Tharien had surgery on Monday morning and is currently in high care, while her husband appears to be unhurt.

The family were travelling to their home in Deneysville when the accident happened.

Leon Erasmus will be missed

Leon Erasmus was born on 25 April 1960 in Randfontein and attended Randfontein High School. He was born into a racing family and described his father as the best horseman he knew. He worked as diesel mechanic but then Ray Botha approached Erasmus to train for him. He was granted his trainer’s licence in 1990 and his first winner was Abstracter in Bloemfontein.

Possibly the best horse he trained was Little Hampton who was a star sprinter on the Vaal sand and had a race named after him when he retired from racing.

He is survived by his wife Marie, sons David (36) and Johan (31), and daughter Tharien (27).

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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12 comments on “SA Racing Mourns Popular Trainer

  1. A great loss to Racing at a time when substance and steadiness is needed.
    One always listened when he spoke in his post race interviews, because you knew you were on solid ground. Rest in Peace Mr. Erasmus. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family left behind and wishing them a good recovery.

  2. perd says:

    will be greatly missed hard working man and true horseman and family man gaan jou mis boeta

  3. Ian Jayes says:

    Very sad. He was a very nice person.

  4. dave mollett says:

    This is the most shocking news. Over a decade and more, I interviewed Leon countless times and he often played down his role preferring to praise the jockey.
    But – as every jockey knows – you can’t get to the winning post without the horse and Leon – rather in the same mould as Clinton Binda – had the talent of getting the best out of a horse which wasn’t bred in the purple.
    Leon was a guy you were simply happy to chat to – he had firm opinions and the best interest of racing at heart. In interviews, he was forthcoming – that was his nature.
    It is a terrible loss for the family and racing.

  5. Gavin says:

    May his soul rest in peace

  6. Sandra Dale says:

    Met this lovely man so many times, A true gentleman through and through.
    Condolences to his wife and family.

  7. AvrilL says:

    When ever I think of Leon Erasmus I think of him with those bright pink earmuffs he wore during an interview at Vaal one very cold August afternoon. MHDSRIP.

  8. Kopano Mokoena says:

    may his soul rest in peace

  9. Spike Lerena says:

    Very sad news Leon was popular among the trainers humble humorous lovely man condolences to Marie and the family
    Spike and Joy

  10. Grant says:

    Very sad a good friend and a great loss to racing

  11. Francois van Ghent says:

    Very sad news. Leon trained my first winner many years ago and I enjoyed visiting his farm in the mornings before racedays to watch my horses working. He will be missed. RIP Leon, and thank you for all the good memories. Condolences to Marie and the kids.

  12. Reggie Naicker says:

    You will be sadly missed. A true gentleman. Rest in peace. Reggie Naicker.

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