Entries in Natalie Houdalakis (2)

Wednesday
Jan182012

J J THE JET PLANE READY FOR TAKE-OFF!

J J The Jet Plane at work

J J The Jet Plane
(Image : HKJC / T&L Racing)

Betting World Cape Flying Championship (Grade 1)
Kennilworth, Turf, 1000m
21 January 2012

Vuma Champion, J J The Jet Plane, makes his return to South African racing this weekend after returning injured from Dubai in the middle of last year.

JJ has been back in training at the Vaal, with the Lucky and Natalie Houdalakis team who have nursed their champ back to full health. He will line up with the rest of the field in the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship, over 1000 metres on Saturday the 21st January at Kenilworth.

The field of six includes the Mike Bass-trained What a Winter and the exceptional Var filly, Val de Ra for the Durban based Dennis Drier yard.

We look forward to a very exciting race!

BETTING WORLD CAPE FLYING CHAMPIONSHIP (WFA)(Gr 1)
Kenilworth, Turf, 1000m
21 January 2012
# Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 J J THE JET PLANE 60.0 122 3 B Fayd'Herbe Lucky Houdalakis
2 WHAT A WINTER 60.0 117 6 K Neisius Mike Bass
3 COPPER PARADE 60.0 108 4 G Hatt Joey Ramsden
4 CAPTAIN'S SECRET 60.0 107 5 M Byleveld Mike Bass
5 RABATTACHE 60.0 107 2 R Fourie Glen Puller
6 VAL DE RA 57.5 111 1 A Forbes Dennis Drier
Thursday
Apr282011

JJ THE JET PLANE TO JET HOME TO SOUTH AFRICA

JJ The Jet Plane wins the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint

JJ The Jet Plane - Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint
(Photo : HKJC
)

JJ THE JET PLANE
"Fueled by VUMA"

Vuma champion JJ the Jet Plane will be returning to South Africa as soon as possible. In a letter received from Team JJ, Natalie Houdalakis writes : 

"Dear All,

It is with a very heavy heart that we have to make the following announcement.

JJ has unfortunately suffered an injury at track work in Dubai, whilst preparing for the Krisflyer International Sprint in May. He has suffered a core lesion of his medial lower suspensory of his near fore leg. Although not life threatening or permanently career ending, it is however serious enough to put an end to his International Campaign.

The entire JJ team, Lucky and owners, Hennie Du Preez, Coenie Strydom and Thea Boyens are all devastated with the news and are still in a state of disbelief. However, as you all know, racing can be a very cruel game and one learns to take the lows along with the highs. And our Champ has given us more highs than most experience in a lifetime!

We have decided that in the best interest of JJ's welfare, he is to return home to SA as soon as possible, where we can hopefully nurture him back to full health once again.

We would like to take this opportunity in thanking each and every one of you for your continued support of this marvellous race horse. He not only belongs to us but to all South African Racing fans and along the way, he has managed to capture the hearts of many fans abroad too.

Natalie"

Our condolences to all the connections on such a massive disappointment. JJ has certainly brought us all a lot of excitement and great memories and has helped to fly the SA flag high on the International Racing stage.

The Vuma team looks forward to welcoming our Champion home!

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