Eight-time champion trainer in South Africa, Mike de Kock has been frustrated by this week's groom strike at Rand. The trainer suffered heart problems during the strike, and in a blog post on his website on Sunday, de Kock announced that he would be reducing his racing stock by 40 percent.
“When members of my family, staff and horses are threatened with death and harm it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. From now on, we'll be living in fear and uncertainty every day,” de Kock wrote. “The experience of the last few days and the affects it had on my own and my family's lives, coupled with surprise, disappointment and disbelief, has brought me to a stage where I have to say that Mike de Kock racing is now seriously considering our position in South African racing.
“I am not sure if these factors even matter anymore. It's enough having to deal with the Jockey Club and Racing administrators who haven't made life easy. The grooms issue has aggravated matters to a level where team De Kock feels like turning things up. I am asking myself, do we really need this?
“South African racing is in for a rude awakening.”
Find the full blog post here.
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