Gauteng Owner Dies In Tragic Circumstances

'He was such a good man' - Ashley Fortune

Just weeks after celebrating a sensational Grade 2 victory with a horse he bred and owns, longstanding Gauteng patron Kevin Soal became a victim of a senseless and shocking crime on Wednesday evening and his distraught family now face a bleak festive season.

Kevin Soal – loved his family and loved his racing (Pic – JC Photos)

Mr Soal’s abandoned vehicle was found in Thembisa on Wednesday evening.

After a police search his body was recovered a matter of hours later. It is believed he was in the process of dealing with a tenant. The matter is under investigation by the SAPS.

The passionate racing man was the owner of National Heavy Haulage and also farmed in Mooi River.

The Mike and Adam Azzie-trained Gimme A Shot was a runaway winner of the Betway Gr2 Ipi Tombe on Summer Cup day at end of November in the black and red Soal silks.

A runner carded at the Vaal on Thursday was withdrawn, while the late businessman was also a partner in Black Egret, who is carded to run in the opening race at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.

An emotional trainer Ashley Fortune told the Sporting Post that the news of the tragedy was ‘absolutely devastating’. “He was such a good man and our thoughts go out to his family,” she added.

Other racing stakeholders who knew the deceased chose not to be named and quoted, but the Sporting Post was told that the 68 year old Kevin Soal was a much loved husband and father, a successful businessman, and a massive supporter of horseracing in South Africa.

Our sincere condolences are extended to his family and friends.

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