Brothers eye Cup glory
FAMILY AFFAIR: TALKMORE AND VENGI MASAWI WORK IN DE KOCK STABLE
One is groom of Summer Cup favourite Bahrain, the other an assistant trainer.
It is no secret that there have been misguided narratives circulating on multiple media platforms regarding the relationship between trainers and grooms in recent months.
The story of Talkmore Masawi, the groom of Gauteng Summer Cup favourite Barahin, is a bit of a tear-jerker, but for all for the right reasons.
Masawi was born partially deaf and because he grew up in a poverty-stricken rural area in Zimbabwe, with parents who couldn’t afford a special needs school, he was denied the opportunity to receive any sort of formal education.
Because he wasn’t expecting visitors when The Citizen arrived, Talkmore had left his hearing aids at home. But his older brother Vengi Masawi, who is an assistant trainer to Mathew de Kock, was kind enough to sit in on the interview and speak for his brother.
“I got Talkmore into this business, but our journey started in Zimbabwe,” said Vengi.
“I used to work for trainer Lisa Harris and one of the horses I looked after was Earl Of Surrey, who was an exceptional racehorse.
“When we raided South Africa with him, I stayed behind and wound up working for the Gary Alexander yard for about six months.”
The link between the Masawi brothers and Mike de Kock was made possible by Zimbabwean trainer Sharon Patterson.
“That connection is what changed our lives for the better,” said Vengi. “I am forever indebted to the De Kocks. They are the reason my brother has hearing aids and a job. The De Kocks sent me to school and I’m grateful because, as we all know, education is the secret to life.”
Vengi said Mathew de Kock, son of Mike, has become more of a brother to him.
“He always teaches me new things and he is the one who encouraged me to shadow [the horse whisperer] Malan du Toit so I can learn more about horses.
“Mathew is the reason I have been a part of Hawwaam’s career so far.”
Talkmore started working for De Kock about four years ago and the first horse he looked after was the now globetrotting Mujaafy.
“It is amazing that his first horse was that good,” said Vengi.
“He also looks after a very promising sort in Wallaa at the moment.
“My brother loves horses and he is very excited that his favourite jockey, Bernard Fayd’Herbe, is back on Barahin for the Summer Cup.”
Vengi was cautious when asked which horse will win this year’s R2 million spectacle.
“I’m very confident that one of our five horses will win on Saturday. Don’t leave them out of anything.” –
PROUD GROOM. Talkmore Masawi with Baharin at the Mike de Kock stables at the North Rand Training Centre in Randjesfontein ahead of tomorrow’s Gauteng Summer Cup.