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

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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.

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