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Hennenman – A Deep Scar On SA Racing History

We salute their memory

It is 32 years since the plane crash on 12 April 1988 in which 13 jockeys, one trainer, five officials, two owners and three crew members lost their lives, returning from a race-meeting in Bloemfontein.

With South African racing in lockdown, the anniversary of the tragedy will pass remembered by family and friends. It is usually marked by a Turffontein race meeting.

The passenger log included twenty-four people, who all perished.

  • Jockeys:

Keith Basel, Lawrence Riley, Johannes “Rooies” Fourie, Warren Baillie, Bennie de Wet, Greg Holme, Douglas Roper, Danny Lombard, John McMurtry, Mark Nel, Michael Coetzee, Simon Rahilly and Gordon Sterley.

  • Officials:

Graham Kent, Dave Bullock, Henry Havergall, Ginger Masterton and Johannes van der Linden

  • Owners:

Jacobus Viljoen and Neville Blignaut

  • Trainer:

Hennie van Wyk

  • Air Crew:

Jacob Kalt, Harold Whitehead and Jacqueline Henderson.

We salute their memory.

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1 comment on “Hennenman – A Deep Scar On SA Racing History

  1. joe says:

    Truly a sad DAY, may their memories be a comfort to all their loved ones.

    a huge amount of talent both discovered and still to be realised was lost to the “Beloved Sport” in that tragic event.

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