Shatter, the charity horse, romped home in an MR 66 handicap over 1600m at Clairwood, her second win in succession and her third win overall.

The achievement had Ricky Smit, who established the Nicholas Rey Foundation Trust for the benefit of people injured in horse-related accidents, gasping with delight.

The racing career of the three-year-old grey filly by Fard was kindly donated by Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud and was auctioned off at the Nicholas Rey Spring Ball in October 2005 for R80000. Her career was bought by a table of ten people, who each contributed, and little could they have imagined that just over a year later she would already have stake earnings of R107300 next to her name. The nominee for the syndicate is Mr Anthony Kerdachi.

At the time of the auction, trainer Dave Goss donated two years’ worth of free training fees for Shatter while free veterinary services were donated by Manfred Rohwer of the Summerveld Equine hospital and free farrier fees were donated by Dom Finnis.

Shatter won impressively at Clairwood in what was her first attempt at 1600m. Jockey Sean Veale had her nicely poised about 3 lengths off the lead as they turned for home and she produced a strong run when asked the question. She took the lead at about the 200m mark but Veale had to keep her up to her task in the latter stages as
she threatened to hang across the track while the favourite, Jewel Of Jwaneng, was rallying back. She stayed on strongly, however, and won by 1 length.

Shatter is due to be retired back to the stud of Mick Goss at the end of her four-year-old career. Dave Goss reckons she still has another two wins in her and he and the syndicate will play it by ear as to how long they keep her in training, even if it means the two years of free training fees and other services runs out.

The man who lends his name to the trust, Nicholas Rey, was a polo player who had a tragic accident that left him suffering from the rare syndrome known as Locked In Syndrome. Despite his injuries he remains an avid horse lover, and interaction with horses forms part of his physical therapy.

The Trust auctioned off another horse this year called Royal Illusion that was donated by Rob Knuppe, a Cape-based breeder who owns shares in stallions Tara’s Hall and Camden Park and who was also the architect of the Grandwest Yearling Sale.

Royal Illusion’s racing career reached a final bid of R190000. The Trust’s first beneficiary is Talita van Rooyen,
who was paralysed from the waist down after a workriding accident in Cape Town last year, and a custom-made wheelchair is being imported for her.

“The reason we auction off these horses’ careers is to create awareness of the Nicholas Rey Foundation,” says Smit, a horsewoman herself, who owns and runs the stables and horses that are available for guests of the North Coast’s Zimbali Lodge.

Shatter has certainly done her bit in creating awareness of this worthy cause and long may her success continue. 

Source: Goldcircle Newsletter 12 January 2006