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Owner Asks For ‘One Word Answers’

Racehorses, yachts and mistresses-life's thrills

Words. Plenty of them. And of course a few horses and bills to pay. A couple of good memories too, along the way.

That’s the sum of my experience as an owner in South African racing.

I took my chances when I bought the horses. That decision I can happily live with.

‘Captain Cook’ writes in the Sporting Post Mailbag that nobody forced him.

I had some great fun along the way. I could afford it.

What do they say about racehorses? They are like yachts and mistresses. They can cost you an arm and a leg in the long run – but hey, life is short and have fun and live like you’re dying!

This morning I feel like I’m dying. I read the press releases from the ‘mask’ team – what else do we call a group of faceless individuals and also the note from the RA. Well done Mr Riley – you are trying but one gets the feeling you have a magnum pointed at your head. And I’m not talking about an ice cream.

I also read Mr Reid’s well considered comment on the Post’s comments. Always worth a ‘reid’ as they say, and he hits the nail smack bang on the head.

To find my way through the murky morass of words and spin speak, could I ask that these few elementary questions be answered – simply!

  • How long approximately has anybody known there is a problem?
  • So a lockdown on 26 March caused this mudstorm – or was it just the convenient blame hatch?
  • There was talk 9 months ago about a bale out – what happened to it?
  • In simple words, what’s the real basic cause of this implosion?
  • Many powerful men of integrity and acumen have stepped in over the last 15 months on to boards – were they watching from the sidelines as Rome burned?
  • Do the Phumelela Executive Team really expect us to trust them to preside over a ‘recovery’?
  • Will the Phumelela Executive Team rather depart and leave the show to somebody – anybody -else? I’d feel safer.
  • What happens on 1 May if racing does not resume? More words?
  • My neighbour has this awful barking dog that yaps all day. But she also owns a small yacht.Should I hang in – or sell the horses and sail off into the sunset with her? No previous sailing experience, but I can give it a go.After lockdown, of course.

Because frankly, right now, I’m plain confused.

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5 comments on “Owner Asks For ‘One Word Answers’

  1. Satheesh says:

    Hi guys. I am a small punter who loves the game. Hats off to the owners, trainers, grooms and etc etc. Surely you guys as owners and trainers have the best interest at heart and for the love of the game. Get rid of the so called top brass in the RA that’s hoppers on the band wagon that is messing up. They are making a mockery of this beautiful sport not forgetting displaying their stupidity at the expense of WE THE PUNTERS.

  2. Jim says:

    One word answer is DELIST.
    Back in the eighties starting out as a broker I asked which was better – liberty or old mutual. At the time liberty was listed mutual not. The answer was own liberty shares because the benefits are always passed to the shareholders and mutual policies because the benefits go to the policy holders. Corporatising and listing racing was the worst decision ever and is the reason racing is so stuffed. The old club and steward system should be reinstated and all bets should be made on the tote. The focus now should be on who is going to buy out or give up their shareholding to enable the delisting of phumelela. At current levels about 130 m would do the trick. Surely if racings leading ladies could donate 2 bn to the solidarity fund stumping up 130 with a bit of help from other big guns should be a walk in the park.

  3. Ralph Fell. says:

    The likes of Messrs. Reid, Riley and ‘ Captain Cook ‘ have an obvious passion for the sport coupled with astute business acumen. There are thousands of punters champing at the bit presently who are totally confused about racing’s future. May I suggest the task team et al meet with possibly the three aforementioned gentleman around a table in the Tellytrack studio at a date sooner rather than later and answer pressing questions about the state of horse racing in South Africa. Other esteemed panelists from the ranks of trainers, owners, jockeys and grooms could be included. For far too long the racing public has been subjected to obfuscation, deceit, mismanagement and BS. The time is ripe for the gloves to come off. Let the passionate racing public witness questions being asked of the hierarchy in the corridors of power in the glare of the Tellytrack studio spotlights. It should make riveting viewing. Social distancing is acceptable but, please, no masks nor sundry disguises.

  4. Donald says:

    Mr. Fell , what you propose is LONG OVERDUE but I am afraid it ” just aint gonna happen ” due to too many hidden agendas !

  5. Christo says:

    My only question of ever R1 we play where does it go to %wise. Anyone Who can tell us

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