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Turffontein Team Tops

After Summer Cup day...

When the bright lights got turned off following the last race on Summer Cup Day and the multiple carnival rides were moved off the Turffontein tracks – which trainers expected to work horses on at the crack of dawn – the Racing Ops Team that tirelessly worked through the night to ensure this happened successfully was spearheaded by Track Manager Kenneth Mathebula.

“The training tracks are operational 365 days a year,” said Mathebula.

“Knowing that trainers would want to work their horses in the morning, our team decided to take on the challenge and bring the track back to its very best condition before they (trainers) made it to the course in the morning.

“Not only did we want the tracks to be presentable, we wanted them to be safe enough for both horse and jockey to work on.”

The training centre is basically used as in-field parking on the day are there are also bridges built across the track which are used to access the course by the public.

“The truth is the tracks take a bit of damage because of this,” admitted Mathebula.

After waiting for the public to leave the racecourse, his team removed all the machinery on the tracks and also walked the entire course in an effort to ensure there was no litter on the surface.

Once that was done, the divots repair team played their part – filling in the grass.

“All this was only completed at about 2am,” added Mathebula. “We then put together a team that pumped water out of the dam to water the tracks.

“I am very proud of our team because by the time Gary Alexander (trainer) arrived to work his horses at 5.30am we had already successfully completed our task. I think even he was impressed with how quick we got the job done.”

Mathebula made sure to let it be known that this was a team effort.

  • Press release by Phumelela Gaming & Leisure Ltd

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3 comments on “Turffontein Team Tops

  1. Chris Swart says:

    Will there be anything about what was uttered to trainers and where they should go if they didn’t like racing’s self absorbed dictator ?

    Why isn’t there a hearing about his conduct for the second time since violent conduct involving an incident that nearly turned into violent conduct – AGAIN ?

    There are ample witnesses

  2. Sandy says:

    Well done to the Racing Ops team for completing this once a year mammoth task. I can’t help wondering why it took Phumelela so long to publically recognise this great feat! I have been to the Summer Cup every year since Rudra won and not once did Phumelela give kudos to its employees. I hope to see a similar article next year. It’s always nice to give staff a pat on the back. I am sure that most of them would have preferred a present than having their names in the lights. This article should lift the spirits of Phumelela shareholders as it’s seriously great news. It’s definitely better than the latest cautionary announcements.

  3. Leon Smuts says:

    Well done Mr Mathebula and team. Just the sort of dedication that racing needs in all areas of the business. So good to see that there are still committed people doing the hard miles to make others lives a little easier.

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