By Nicholas Godfrey
South Africa: The nation’s jockeys have had time on their hands in recent weeks during the coronavirus shutdown – which probably explains why a bunch of them got together digitally to compile a video rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal The World’. All in a good cause, thankfully.
The 19-strong team featured veteran dual champion Anthony Delpech, the four-time Durban July winner best known for his association with Vengeance Of Rain, the Hong Kong star who won the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2007.
Others involved in a decidedly mixed-ability group include six-time champ Piere Strydom and current championship leader Warren Kennedy, plus 16 others displaying varying levels of enthusiasm, it must be admitted.
“The jockeys send their love, strength and best wishes to everyone and hope you all enjoy the song,” says their message, proudly illustrated with (very) occasional bouts of tunefulness.
Let’s just say the results were, er, unique. Oh, well, laughter is often the best remedy.
Judge for yourselves by watching the video, which is raising money for South Africa’s Coastal Horse Care Unit (CHCU).
The CHCU is part of the National Horse Trust, powered by Hollywoodbets, for whom Delpech is brand ambassador and blogger.
Pending government approval, the resumption of racing in South Africa is imminent.