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Pensioned And Loving Life

Time marches on - but who can forget them?

The above are three former track stars who will bring back good memories to all.

Lining up are former Summer Cup winners Ingleside (Dolpour, 2001, nearest camera) and Golden Hoard (All Fired Up, 1998, middle), both now in their 20’s.

On the far side is international champion sprinter JJ The Plane (Jet Master).

They’re all  loving life at Graham and Sue Armstrong’s farm near Rosetta, KZN Midlands.

Mike de Kock, who trained the two Cup winners and also handled JJ The Jet Plane for a while in Dubai for Lucky Houdalakis, commented:

“It is such a shame that all racehorses can’t retire in the dignified fashion they deserve. The National Horse Trust and the Horse Care Units are doing what they can, but they can’t possibly look after all horses coming off the track. Another good thing is that there are owners that care. Ingleside, for example, is still looked after 20 years later by his owner, Bernard Kantor.”

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9 comments on “Pensioned And Loving Life

  1. Russell Parkinson says:

    Very heart-warming story – well done Bernard Kantor.
    Hopefully Golden Hoard and JJ still get supported by their previous owners.

  2. PL.NEL says:

    Ingleside; my memory recalls his moving as a 3 year old from Payne to Alexander where he went a bit flat then onto de Kock where his promising form returned. Looking for early value in the Summer Cup resulted in 50/1 &12/1 a place at PE bookmakers, although Shea did mention that 100/1 was available in Jhb. A family member having a daughter’s wedding costs looming did not follow my advice, dually walked straight to me at the service after delivering his daughter to her groom on the Summer Cup day lamenting his poor decision.
    Its history that adds flavour to this game. Thank you.

  3. Rian says:

    Not sure if the right platform to comment, but felt really sad and shocked this morning to see all the Grand parents standing in long Qs to get grants
    I’m a Oupa and feel quite sick
    Going to make up a food/ play parcel and deliver it to the SAP and hope they give it to a Ouma in Township

  4. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hey Rian, good idea, but hold on a while. The struggles are still coming for many, especially older folk

    Lovely story. Rosetta area, old road between Lions and Mooi River, beautiful area.

    I wonder what happens to the majority older horses that didn’t do so well on the tracks. Guess many sad stories

  5. Tracy Lange says:

    JJ is still taken care of by owners Coenie Strydom & Natalie & Lucky Houdalakis! They try visit as often as possible and chose the Armstrong Farm as we are family friend and as it’s literally heaven on earth!!

    JJ is treated like an absolute king! JJ still has a large international following… u can find him on Facebook @jjthejetplaneSAF or Facebook/Instagram @luckyhracing

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Tracy
      Coenie Strydom – one of the luckiest owners!


    JJTHEJETPLANE – my favourite living horse in SA by far. Such a heart rendering photo.

    There is still good on this planet.

    Tracy Lange, many thanks for sharing

  7. Tracy Lange says:

    It’s really hard to have a favorite when you surrounded by so many good horses but he is certainly my favorite!!! We all miss him terribly and watching his videos brings a tear to the eye EVERY TIME! We are very blessed to have had those experiences which will last a life time!

  8. david mollett says:

    Great news that “JJ” is still going strong.
    I’ve been lucky enough to cover many overseas races for Business Day and JJ’s victory probably just shades London News ground-breaking win there for Alec Laird and owner Laurie Jaffee.
    It was “Striker” at his absolute best and the after-party went on for hours. We were loaded with Hong Kong dollars and the rand was a lot stronger then.

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