Doyen Of KZN Racing Passes After Lengthy Illness

A passionate racing man

Dr Nick Labuschagne

A former steward of the local executive of The Jockey Club and past chairman of the Durban Turf Club, Dr Nick Labuschagne (93) passed away on Friday evening after a lengthy illness.

Good friend Bill Lambert said that Labuschagne was one of the doyens of KZN racing as he was passionate about the sport and was one of the pillars of the industry in the province.

He served as a steward and chairman of the Durban Turf Club and according to Lambert was one of the best chairmen ever, as he was scrupulously fair. He was also a member of the local executive the then Jockey Club, now the National Horseracing Authority.

Nic Labuschagne was also a prolific and consistent owner and raced many horse and still did at the time of his passing with trainers Wendy Whitehead and Michael Roberts.

His best horse was probably Peri Peri trained by the late Tony Furness and was one of the favourites for the Bull Brand Jockey’s International of that year.

He will be sadly missed, as will his famous colours of maroon, light blue braces, armbands and cap.

Labuschagne was also a passionate rugby supporter and gained an Oxford Blue in the sport. He also played hooker for England and Natal. His grandson Pat Lambie played flyhalf for the Springboks.

He is survived by his two sons Nicholas and Kim, and daughters Kaz and Glenda,  and 13 grandsons.

The stewards and staff of Gold Circle have extended their sincere condolences to his family and he will be sadly missed by all in KZN racing.

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