Sharing that winning feeling with Nchakha Moloi
Nchakha Moloi, founder and Executive Chairman of mining company Motjoli Resources, is a passionate owner of racehorses. He’s also an ardent supporter of soccer team Kaizer Chiefs
How did you get involved in horseracing?
I bought a farm in the Free State that had horses on it. My two sons loved them and were determined to ride, so I asked local instructor Sheila Nortje to give them formal lessons. They started riding Arabian horses in endurance and showing events and riding’s become a passion of theirs. Currently, my two boys ride for the KwaZuluNatal schools team and my elder daughter competes for Gauteng schools on a retired racehorse of mine.
How did you move to thoroughbred horses?
I was invited to Summerhill Stud by a friend and before I knew it, I’d bought my first horse, a mare called Nkandla. I’ve subsequently bought a few more and have been bitten by the racing bug.
What’s the attraction of owning a racehorse?
Apart from the thrill of having runners and winners, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people, make new contacts and, above all, have fun with friends and family.
Do you attend all the races? I attend as many as possible, especially when I have runners in them.
Where are your 12 horses trained? Most of them are trained by champion trainer Sean
Tarry in Johannesburg. He’s very open and accommodating and I often take the family to visit the horses at the stables.
What’s been your most exciting racing experience?
Having my horse, Heaps of Fun, win the Gauteng Fillies Guineas. However, all wins are exciting. You can’t understand the thrill until you’ve experienced it.
How did you choose your colours, black and yellow? They’re the team colours of Kaizer Chiefs!
What do you enjoy most about the horse-racing lifestyle? I was introduced to it by knowledgeable, supportive and passionate people and have reaped some rewards. I breed a little and have bought and sold a few horses successfully. I really enjoy that.
What advice would you offer anyone considering owning racehorses? Do it for the love and the lifestyle (just as you would for golf or rugby), not for the financial return: it’s about the passion for the horses and the thrill of the races. Like choosing to drive a Ferrari, it’s about the feeling!
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Nchakha Moloi leads in his winning horse, Copper Pot, ridden by champion jockey S’manga Khumalo.