Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
2 minute read
19 Jun 2020
3:04 pm

Royal Ascot and July prospects wash away racing’s agonies

Mike Moon

While the horse racing industry in South Africa appears to be on it's last legs, two of the sport's biggest competitions are on the horizon, hoping to bring some sunlight

Africa’s biggest equestrian event, the Vodacom Durban July's winner, Anton Marcus rode trainer Justin Snaith’s horse Do It Again, 7 July 2018. Picture:Nigel Sibanda

Racing fans were cheering their fancy over the line when a shadowy outsider flashed up on the stand rail and appeared to snatch victory. This is a metaphor for the state of the game in South Africa. Operator Phumelela is in business rescue and, hopefully, a new beginning; competition has resumed after lockdown, and the Durban July is on track. What could go wrong? Go wrong, go wrong…? This week, the killing blow was finally delivered to Kimberley racing. RIP. Then rowdy infighting erupted among KwaZulu-Natal’s administrators and something similar happened in Western Cape. All these distressing things are to...