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JJ The Jet Plane
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Gr1)

Of JJ The Jet Plane, Ellerstina and La Dolfina

The Saturday final of the 117th Argentine Open Championship duly got underway, after the opening ceremony, in a light drizzle. Within 3.25 minutes, and a score of 2 - 1 to Ellerstina, the heavens opened, the match was postponed and we proceeded to get drenched getting off the stands!

Thus it was a sad group that headed for the Ezeiza airport on Sunday afternoon with the game set to continue under sunnier skies at 4.30pm, while we waited for our flight.

The sun was shining on some South Africans though, as across the globe JJ the Jet Plane had just lit up the Sha Tin track in Hong Kong by getting up, under a superb ride from Piere Strydom, to win the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint from Rocket Man. What a truly remarkable feat for our home grown, home trained and home ridden sprint champion! From the Vuma team, we salute Lucky, the whole Houdalakis team and all the connections for their unwavering belief in JJ, a true South African hero!

To make it an even bigger South African feat, Rocket Man is trained by Patrick Shaw and was ridden by Felix Coetzee.

Back in Buenos Aires; having watched most of the game on ESPN, we got the final score as the doors closed on the SAA flight. The young guns, Ellerstina, had just beaten La Dolfina 14-13 in a nail biting match, which sealed the Triple Crown for them and is a fitting end to their season.

Both teams are splitting up next year, with Juan Martin Nero (MVP for 2010) and Pablo Macdonough joining Adolfo Cambiaso and David Sterling for the 2011 season. That should surely make them a team to be reckoned with and the changes will certainly make for exciting polo.

Regardless of the weather, all in all it was an exciting weekend and JJ has made the sun shine brightly on South Africa!


South African Jockey Academy Race Day

 south african jockey academy race day

 Maxine and John Cronin, Craig Burke, Natalie Faasen, Sandy Wilson, Catherine Hartley and Grant Davison
(Photo : Vuma Feeds) 

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The South African Jockey Academy (SAJA) was established over 50 years ago and is situated at Summerveld in KwaZulu Natal. It is the only institution of its kind in Africa that trains and educates apprentice jockeys for the national and international horseracing industry. Champion jockeys that have trained at the Academy include Michael ‘Muis’ Roberts, Basil Marcus, Jeff Lloyd, Felix Coetzee, Mark Khan and Douglas Whyte to name but a few. Well known and highly acclaimed worldwide, this sports academy has an excellent reputation of producing top jockeys and boasts a rich history.

As part of their fund raising and promotions initiatives, the SAJA held a race day at Turffontein racecourse in August. Vuma was proud to be there supporting the education and training of our future champion jockeys.

Following their riding careers many of these stars, like Michael Roberts and Basil Marcus, go on to become great trainers and we are proud to continue our association with them by feeding the horses that they train.

Vuma – Proud supporters of our current and future champions!

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The South African Jockey Academy 

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