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‘I’d Have Gone To War With Brett’ – Bloomberg

Tributes pour in to Sporting Post for racing man

Brett Maselle truly was one of a kind. We didn’t always agree on everything he did and for many years were on opposites sides of the fence, bizarrely in a way,  as we had the same ideals, had issues with the same rogues, and in reality fought the same fight.

Robert Bloomberg writes that when they finally spoke a few years back for the first time, they both realized that they had clashed mainly through misunderstanding and rumour – a dangerous combination from which to form any opinion.

Thereafter developed a professional relationship and friendship which was both refreshing and rewarding for the value he brought to my life.

Brett Maselle – a man held in the highest regard

There are few I have encountered to whom the word ‘confidentiality’ meant exactly that. His word was his bond.

No matter what he thought of someone, he was always a gentlemen to his fingertips. Polite, articulate, smart, erudite, clear thinking and highly intelligent.

As a person, he was unbreakable and his passion for horseracing and ridding the sport of its demons and willingness to assist in restructuring the game, unflagging and unrelenting.

Time will tell whether matters he had initiated come to fruition, but I sincerely hope it does as it would be a fitting tribute to his memory.

He was a fiercely private man, never discussing his homelife and family and incredibly brave and courageous, never alluding to his co-morbidities and frailties.

He was selfless and generous. Kind and compassionate. Helpful and understanding. And a fighter bar none, no matter the bullying tactics and financial muscle used in threatening him.

He is one of but a handful of warriors in racing that I would unhesitatingly go to war with.

During his roughly two months on life support and on a ventilator, and when I found out about his traumatic situation, I used to look at his WhatsApp on a daily basis in the hope that he had been ‘seen’ but the last communication, a few laughing emoji’s from him on 23 November 2020, sadly remained.

I finally sent him a heartfelt message on 18 January 2021 which he never got to read. I make mention of this as a reflection of the impact he had on me as a friend.

It was an absolute honour and a privilege to have met a man amongst men which I guess is a strange thing to say when I amazingly never actually ever got to meet him in person.

You are gone but never forgotten by me Brett. MHDSRIP

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6 comments on “‘I’d Have Gone To War With Brett’ – Bloomberg

  1. Leon Smuts says:

    Very, very sad to hear this. A man of integrity and highly principled. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family. Will miss his comments and honesty.

  2. Jacques says:

    An absolute gentleman in every way I had the pleasure of knowing this special human being .a friend in every way always willing to assist in what every way he could..We will sadly miss you Brett rest in peace

  3. Have to agree for once with Robert Bloomberg, however much that hurts. Brett Maselle, often maligned and humiliated, said what everyone else was afraid to say, pointed out the pending wave of corruption and mismanagement in racing highest circles when it started, and while it continued. For that, he was ousted and ridiculed. A number of individuals who assisted the white-collar thieves in their destruction of racing, continue to pull the strings in high offices today. May their demise be swift and hopefully not bloodless. (Apologies Mr Bloomberg for such callous thoughts). Brett, Rest In Peace, Good Man.You set the Standard. We’ll still do you proud!

  4. Jess Kyriacou says:

    You’ve touched on an important issue here Charl but you’ve omitted to point out the “others”, the accomplices, those who are complicit, the racing “stakeholders” and their minions who bought into this discrediting and ostracizing of this unique man, Brett Maselle, who either turned a blind eye or participated gleefully in his vilification.
    Stalin once ripped off all the feathers off a live chicken as a lesson to his followers. He then sat the chicken on the floor a short distance away. The chicken was bloodied and suffering immensely, yet when Stalin began to toss some bits of wheat towards the chicken, the chicken followed him around dutifully. He said to his followers, “this is how easy it is to govern stupid people, they will follow you no matter how much pain you cause them as long as you throw them a little worthless treat once in a while.”
    While many of us bow our heads in grief, there are many who should bow their heads in shame !

  5. Joao Da Mata says:

    Yep again Jess hits the nail on the head. If you truly love something sometimes you have to let it go to either survive or prosper. Brett never wavered and by telling the truth and exposing the lies he maintained the line. Yep 1 general and a few lieutenants held the line. We will continue to hold the line. We will continue to be involved in this sport and slowly but surely we will oust the parasites.

    And for sure whether its in my life or whether my 9 year old needs to continue the path…one day in SA racing in the Future the Name’s Brett Maselle and Ian Jayes will be honoured as contributors to SA racing.

  6. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    I salute you Brett.

    On one occasion Brett shared with me how the biggest fraudster in South African history, Jooste & his leeches made Brett’s life a misery. His added that his wife & family had asked him to give up his quest to expose the dark underbelly of SA Racing.

    It is because of this knowledge of details & others issues, that I could never respect those still tiptoeing around the corridors of South African racing.

    Mr. Maselle, like me as a child, was introduced to racing in a family environment around the lounge table with his Dad & the newspaper.

    Sporting Post Bloggers, he was a racing enthusiast, an owner & an advocate for procedural proprietary in racing. One for all and all for one.

    That’s it, that’s all he strove for.

    My sincerely condolences to Mrs. Maselle & Family.

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