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Lunga Sets Up Base At Randjesfontein

Former bosses are excited to see how he goes

It has been a long journey but Lunga Gila has finally received the green light to commence his training career. 

“I have my licence and will start with 25 horses based at Randjesfontein. The tracks and the stables are very nice here,” an excited Gila, eager to get on with the job, told Henk Steenkamp. 

Lunga Giila – big chance to make a name for himself

The 39-year-old from Transkei has been working with racehorses since his teenage days. It was always a dream of his to become a trainer and today he is a respected horseman with a wealth of knowledge. 

Gila had a long stint as the right hand man of former trainer Mitch Wiese (now an Australian resident) at the Fairview stables. 

He then worked for the Glen Kotzen-stable, running the satellite yard in Gqeberha. When Kotzen closed the yard in 2015, Gila joined him in Cape Town and later ran the Kotzen satellite yard in Durban. 

“Lunga had a very good run with my satellite yard at Fairview and then ran my satellite yard in Durban quite successfully. I urged Lunga to get his license and it is amazing that he has it now.

“He is a very likeable person, diligent, and has good stable management.

“I don’t see any reason why he can’t hold his own with the best,” Kotzen said.

Since last year he was in charge of the satellite yard of KwaZulu-Natal trainer Kom Naidoo at Fairview. 

It wasn’t easy for Lunga to leave his beloved Eastern Cape and make the move to Gauteng. And he is not worried about adjusting to Gauteng life because it is all about the horses and his job for him. 

“It was an opportunity I had to grab with both hands. I am just concentrating on my work now. 

“All I want to know is the way from my house to work and to the races. I am not here for anything else.I like to put my head down and do the work. I am a hard worker. 

“Those trainers, Glen Kotzen and Mitch Wiese, believe I will succeed because they trust me, they know me.Naidoo was very happy with me. They believe in me and I will not let them down.” 

Wiese, speaking from Brisbane, was delighted to hear that Gila got his licence. 

“I am so proud of him. He deserves every accolade he gets and deserves to be a trainer. I thought it would have happened years ago. 

“I know he will succeed and hope he gets the support he needs.He is a true horseman and has the personality to communicate with clients, that’s the balance. 

Wiese recalled that Lunga grew up in his stable. He was a young kid when he walked in, starting as a groom. 

“He showed potential to be my assistant-trainer and I promoted him. He picked up everything, absorbed everything and was never late for work.Lunga showed signs of a real horseman but also showed he was a good communicator when it came to people. Everybody enjoyed his personality which made me realize this is the material to be a good racehorse trainer.You need to train but you also need to mix with clients,” Wiese explained. 

Lunga Gila – a sense of achievment after a long road

Over the years Gila built up a good reputation with horses in his care, always looking the part and running competitive races. 

Known in the industry as a hard worker, Gila will expect the same from anyone working with him. 

He also works closely with the jockeys who are involved with his horses. 

“I Like it when a jockey does what I tell him to do. It also helps a lot when a jockey gives you feedback after a race. Then you know which things you have to work on to get the best out of the horse.Jockeys make mistakes sometimes, but when they take responsibility for that everyone can work as a team to get things right the next time the horse runs,” Gila explained. 

And he is not afraid to get on a horse himself when he feels it is necessary. 

For anyone thinking of getting involved with Gila’s stable the message is clear – you will be getting a run for your money and this man won’t let you down. 

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6 comments on “Lunga Sets Up Base At Randjesfontein

  1. Cliffie Miller says:

    Lungy i am so happy for you . You called me when you got your license. I know you will make a huge success of this. Keep your feet on the ground and remember you are good enough to do this. All the best my mate

  2. Kenny Masilela says:

    All the best Lunga and I also believe in you!

  3. Dj Jazzy D says:

    Welcome the game needs more trainers and owners and its nice to see you have taken the big step I hope you get all the support you need.

  4. Gary Waterston says:

    Congratulations Lunga, wishing you all the best for your new adventures in Gauteng.

  5. John Booth says:

    Congratulations Lunga, welcome to Randjies looking forward to seeing you in 1st box. John Booth and the team at Solo Saddlers

  6. Norman Moerane says:

    Wishing you everything good and success,will follow you.

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