Imbongi (left) and Art Of War (right)
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IMBONGI AND ART OF WAR
Those who watched Paul Lafferty’s interview with Kevin Shea on Winning Ways this week, would’ve been intrigued at Kevin’s articulate insights into the world of racing. This man has something of a “maverick” image, but we’ve known him for most of his adult life, and we believe he could’ve made it in any one of a number of professions. On the evidence of his evening performance, he would’ve made a competent litigation lawyer, motivational speaker or play actor.
Of immediate interest to Summerhill, was Imbongi’s return to Dubai, where he’s joined his erstwhile paddock-mate, Art Of War on a well-earned rest at Sheikh Mohammed’s private farming establishment, about 40 minutes west of the city.
Readers might be surprised to learn that His Highness is an avid farmer and that his property is home to herds of dairy cows, goats, camels, and a number of falconries, and is equipped with air-conditioned accommodation for the horses, a swimming pool etc. Clearly the daily accrual of dairy products from so many cattle, goats and camels, can’t be consumed by one family, and it says something for the generosity of the man, that the desert folk of the region benefit from the gifts of the surplus on a daily basis, for their own consumption.
We all know that Imbongi has been racking up the Voyager miles between here, Dubai, Hong Kong and the UK of late, and very nearly made the pilgrimage as South Africa’s representative to the Arlington Million in the USA, but it’s worth remembering that Art of War (by Kahal) was one of the winning-most runners (and the surprise package) in the Mike de Kock armoury, at this year’s Dubai Carnival.