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Goodbye Corrie – Hello Ziets

Flamingo first is off at 12h10

It’s the end of an era for dual champion trainer Corrie Lensley at Flamingo Park today and the beginning of a new one for brand new trainer Zietsman Oosthuizen, who saddles his first ten runners after a long apprenticeship as assistant to Bill Human.

Lensley has decided to call time on his Kimberley yard and will move his entire operation to Milnerton where he opened shop last month.

Oosthuizen (pictured left) wrote on social media: “Finally I got the green light. I’m officially a Licensed Trainer.The dream is now finally coming to life.”

There has been no news from racing authorities on the impact of the presidential state of disaster declared on Sunday evening.

There are ten races on the card, with the first off at 12h10.

The feature is the seventh, the R110 000 Kimberley 1400 where Corne Spies’ True Words looks hard to stop, despite his 64kg welterweight.

The track is noted as ‘rain effected’, although there apparently has been no rain for the past 24 hours, 49mm fell in the past seven days.

Get your racecard here

First-timer/rested horses comments


2 COUNTESS HELEN S Von Willingh Smit: Fair sort, should need it

3 FUTURAS ANGEL M N Prinsloo: Will need the experience

5 JEWEL OF MY EYE M N Prinsloo: Speedy but will need the experience

6 KIETSIE KAT L J Human: Will be green and will need the run


1 COMBAT UNIT M N Prinsloo: Will need the run

2 HARRY’S LEGACY C Spies: Will need the experience


5 SHORT AND SWEET L J Human: Will need the run

9 FLYING MYTH D Cason: Been off for a while and might just need the run


5 MR T S Miller: Will need the run

13 NEON MOON S Miller: Very green, will need the run

14 SINNER’S PATH D Cason: Will need further

7 15:10 – KIMBERLEY 1400 (Non-Black-Type)

3 PHIL’S POWER WGC Miller: May need the run

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14 comments on “Goodbye Corrie – Hello Ziets

  1. Mavistos says:

    Is racing going on in Kimberly?. If yes,is it not in contempt with Covid measures. Please help Mr Editor to get clarification from horseracing authorities.

    Congra Meneer Oosthuizen, looking forward to your successful training feat.

    1. Editor says:

      We are awaiting news, Mavistos

  2. Horseboss says:

    Be careful Kimberly, there’s a bus on its way that 4 hours away carying potential COVID-19 infected personnel. The bus that Phumelela and NHA uses has no windows, no masks or sanitizers onboard..

    The risk of transmission is very high amongst those on bus..

    No measures have been taken to protect well being of passengers being driven by bus operators, who have been in contact with traveling tourists from all over the globe in the past month!!!!

    Hyde it’s time to step up or step down… Vee needs to intervene as you don’t care for anyone but urself and your family (nepotism)

  3. Horseboss says:

    The bus left at 5AM to Kimberly, racing continues.
    Hyde doesn’t care about anyone’s well-being, operator itself cares less.

    Mr editor Kindly contact Government about this behavior, they (Phum) and (NHA) Believe that they are above the law itself…

  4. Kenny says:

    Whoever that has powers needs to look into how an individual can become a trainer in racing. As things stand it seems like you need be friends with some trainer and thereby get an opportunity to be an assistant.

    How can Mr Joe public who has no connection in racing become a trainer?

  5. Speedster says:

    Can’t we have barrier trails in Kimberley where the majority of runners “will need the run” or “will need the experience”? By removing all these inexperienced runners and unfit horses out the official races will make the punters more happy, then all horses entered for a race where stake money is available will be firing fit….

  6. Mike says:

    Get over yourself please

  7. Rian says:

    Well done Ziets, great to see a humble man soaking up the joy , fantastic for the training ranks

  8. Pops says:

    Were there less than 100 people gathered at Flamingo Park today Monday?
    If not,why did the stage racing?

  9. Wayne Jooste says:

    I know that the amount of people on any race track is minimal, especially in Kimberley, but I can assure you that there are more than 100 people at any race meeting anywhere in the country. So I’m also very interested to know why they continued with the Flamingo meeting today, and if they will still race in Joburg tomorrow?!?!

  10. Horseboss says:

    Just the staff alone on the racetrack is more than 100, Ground staff, NHA and Phumelela staff, Izizwe staff, grooms, security guards and Jockeys.

    What is the operator smoking??

    Will Ramaposa, kindly intervene and let them know that this amount Is prohibited

  11. Mavistos says:

    Horseshoe, profits before human life thats it.

    Covid measures have no barometer to gauge or control what was promulgated by The President,rhis is the area exploited directly or indirectly by yesterdays Press release of Horseracing captains.

    The fact that no personal or Tellytrack physical appearance to present measures is warrying. Punters, enthusaist and general SA Public is undermined. Other sporting codes as small they are like tennis have gone out in public and declared.

    What is it that horseracing fear to take this step, worse they have own TV channel with higher viewership than other sports or hobby.

    Telkytrack itself has not even tried to broadcast preventatives or covid or smaller education about the virus. A slide would harm depicting this would harm, instead they will be contributing towards community education of the virus.

    Nobody is wishing to take the bull by its horns and own the measures for horseracing stakeholders or be a point of reference for the industry.

    Whilst these measures were a given to appease the general covid narrative, they run shot of assisting possible spread particularly the social distancing amongst life line of the industry (punters in totes).

    Lastly, Mr Editor, limiting space to comments will make us ran away from this great site ,the freedom and your excellent editing of our comments is highly appreciated.

    1. Editor says:

      Comments are welcome 24/7, Mavistos
      As long as they fall within our broad policy

  12. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Back to the article.

    Wow, well done Mr Ziets, 1st ten runners and 2 winners, one the main event, nogal

    Baie Geluk. 👍

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