Farewell To Jack Finder

Sad goodbye to another old-school racing man

A passionate former Cape owner, Jack Finder has passed away after a short illness at the age of 94 in Los Angeles.

A well-known face on Cape racetracks, Jack was born in Lüderitz SWA, now Namibia, in 1929, and arrived in the Cape in 1937/8.

Jack Finder – photograph kindly supplied by the family

He was a fanatical racing man and never missed a Cape racemeeting.

Jack was great friends with Alex Nicholas, and old-timers of the past like Jack Howsley. He would be seen on racedays in the old Execu-tote at Milnerton and Kenilworth.

He raced his horses with his good friend Peter Kannemeyer, and was also very fond of PK’s son, Dean.

Milnerton racecourse

The grand old days

Jack’s best horse was five-time winner Ashmore, who ran second in the 1990 JWS Langerman Handicap. He raced the son of Phantom Earl in partnership with the late Clive Burzleman who bred him.

Jack’s sister Mildred was married to another well-known racing man in the late Katok Kasimov.

Jack and his wife Tessa emigrated to Los Angeles in 1996 to be close to their son,  Gary.  Another of their sons, Mark lives in London, while Dean is resident on the Atlantic Seaboard.

The Sporting Post extends condolences to Jack’s family and friends. He was a part of the fabric of Cape horseracing for decades, and will be missed.

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