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Where There’s Life…

There's hope! Top men speak

Twenty one days can be a lifetime whatever you’re doing. When it’s a national lockdown on racing in South Africa in 2020, it’s a test of character, resilience and a daunting push towards the precipice, where passion and power could reach boiling point.

South Africa’s leading racing television producer Andrew Bon produced this good news insert with the kind support of Maine Chance Farms and Wilgerbosdrift-Mauritzfontein.

Listen to what top men like Mike de Kock, Sean Tarry, Geoff Woodruff and Mike Azzie have to say on our COVID-19 window.



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7 comments on “Where There’s Life…

  1. Cliffie says:

    Very good interview by Bonski to MDK
    At least the man does also care about the smaller guys. Thank you

  2. twinkletoes says:

    It was also heart-warming and encouraging to hear Mike Azzie’s comments on the importance of the groom in a horse’s life and well-being.

  3. August says:

    Mr DE Kock you’re genius. What great point. Street vendors, car guards

  4. Donald says:

    Well done Andrew Bon and well spoken ALL the trainers interviewed !

    I do not know the new C.E.O. of Tellytrack and he has a mountain to climb so I wish him well but if it was up to me I would appoint Bonski in the position to turn that most important ” shop widow ” of the industry around , experienced , knowledgeable with horse racing in his blood !

  5. Think about this says:

    Is this right or wrong?

    There is a clause in the lockdown regulations which says that all businesses and other entities shall cease operations during the lockdown, save for any business or entity involved in the manufacturing, supply, or provision of an essential good or service.

    Trainers cannot train horses during the lockdown. If they do they will be training illegally. The business of training horses has been prohibited.Training horses is not an essential service. Animal Welfare is an essential service and trainers are entitled to charge for all measures taken for the welfare of the horses and nothing more.

    The best analogy is a supermarket. The store can sell and charge for essential goods but it cannot sell alchohol and goods which are non essential. If the store sells alchohol and prohibited goods it will face the might of the law.

    If an owner gets a bill for training, they should contact the RA or get legal advice before making any payment. If you know of trainers training or you receive a bill from a trainer for training during this lockdown, you should consider doing your civil duty.

  6. Brilliant video. Very important topics highlighted. Well done Andrew:-)

  7. Big Guy says:

    If the owners stand tough, pay and stick together racing will survive and probably come out in a better state than it went in to COVID

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