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Fond Farewell To Stanley Ferreira

An old school horseracing character

Vaal trainer Stanley Ferreira has passed away at the age of 66.

Stanley Ferreira

Stanley Ferreira

A man who started in the racing game at the age of 22 and left the sport twice for short intervals, he told the Sporting Post years ago that ‘once in your blood, the game of horse racing never leaves you.’

Stanley started in racing in 1974 after his military service and a brief career at Barclays Bank.

He was a friend of Butch Roberts, the late Michael Roberts’ brother, and told him about his dream of becoming a trainer.

In 1974 Butch talked his brother into employing his friend as an assistant.

Stanley remained with Roberts until 1978 when he decided to apply for his own licence. The Jockey Club put a spoke in the wheel, though, saying he needed to remain an assistant for at least another six months.

“I’d already taken over old man Lennie Howe’s yard at Roseacre, about 7km from Turffontein. We’d walk the horses down the main street to the track in those days Lennie was in his early 80s and wanted to retire, but we made a deal that I’d carry on under his name. So my first winner – Steel Whistle, with Stephen Jupp aboard, for Robert Garner’s mother Peggy – was under the lap!”

Stan Ferreira – a pic taken thirty years ago (Pic – Turf Talk)

Stanley took a break in 1989 and returned two years later. He again took a sabbatical in 1995 and returned to ‘where‘I am happiest’, as he described horseracing, in 2009.

His most successful season was in 1994/5 when he had 167 horses and enjoyed the most winners in South Africa.

He achieved great success with his main patron and long-time friend Roland Bouwer.

We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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22 comments on “Fond Farewell To Stanley Ferreira

  1. Chris Swart says:

    Roland and Wally Brits two essential men in V and R engine spares.
    Simply the Best an unsound Fulmar gelding was the first big strike landed but Wally bought the most expensive mare in training and gave her to Stanley.
    Coconut Ice was a real dynasty for Wally

  2. Geoff Woodruff says:

    RIP Stanley, a great horseman and a thoroughly nice guy, I’ll miss our chats at the races. Condolences to the family from all at Geoff Woodruff stables.

  3. Paul Lafferty says:

    RIP Stanley a good man

  4. Sharon Patterson says:

    RIP Stan. No more pain. Our deepest condolences to Reid and the family. Peter & Sharon Patterson

  5. David Nieuwenhuizen says:

    R.I.P my good man Stan, friend and racing compatriot.

  6. Cathy Martin says:

    RIP Stanley. A true gentleman and horse lover

  7. Morgan Davis says:

    RIP Stan, I was a good follower of your stable. God bless your family

  8. Mike Ross says:

    RIP Stanley. Will miss our chats. You were a great man

  9. Terry Lowe says:

    Cheers Stan. Terry

  10. Pippa says:

    Special man.. rest peacefully Stan x

  11. Russell says:

    RIP Stanley

  12. Marlin says:

    RIP Great Stan. You ran the best race.

  13. Aletta Pedro says:

    Uncle Stan …what a humble kind and generous gentleman…always willing to help where he possibly could…a man who loved the horses with his whole heart…you will be dearly missed….RIP my uncle…

  14. beatle says:

    RIP Stan will miss those chats at the Vaal

  15. Anthony says:

    RIP Stan,a great friend for many years and a Top Trainer, Condolences to all the Family.

  16. Ian Jayes says:

    Condolences to all connected to him.

  17. John Freeman says:

    condolences – we bought our first horse together about 35 years ago. Stan called me every now and then to catch up – always friendly, a gentleman. Sorry that we didnt spend more time. RIP Stan

  18. Lyall Cooper says:

    An absolute Gentleman, rest in peace Sir ,my good luck to bump into you in my life . Condolences to the Family

  19. Patrick Roberts says:

    On behalf of Butch and Michael Roberts and their surviving sister Denise, also a close and good friend of Stan’s through the years, we wish him RIP and send our sincerest condolences to his family. Denise and I remember Stanley fondly, not only for his impeccable name in the racing game but as a thorough gentleman, horse-lover and friend to not only the Roberts brothers but most especially their late mom; Paddy Roberts. Stanley regularly had a seat at our Friday night poker table and now we’re sure he, Michael and Butch will have many winners to talk about on the other side.

  20. dave mollett says:

    Because he was such a good horseman, Stanley could ready a horse for a coup which is what attracted so many owners to him.
    I’ve known Stanley more years than I care to remember and he was always the same – friendly, passionate about the game and loved to see people win.
    He’ll be missed by many in the sport.

  21. RIP old friend. You will be missed.

  22. guy krause says:

    RIp Stanley. Hope you are having a nice chat with dad. Condolences to your family. Guy Krause and family

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