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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