Xoza has no competition in horse racing

Sandile Xoza and his horse, Konakelephi. PICTURE: Pedro Mapelo.

Sandile Xoza is a talented jockey from the Eastern Cape. This comes after the jockey of the winning horse, Konakelephi, received R100,000 in less than two months.

Konakelephi won R50 000 at the Ngumbela Horse Racing in Dutywa at the end of October, leaving the other horses in the dust.

Konakelephi did not stop there; he won the Berlin November last week and took home another R50 000.

This is an impressive showing by the jockey from Xhukwane, Debe, who competed against other well-known riders from the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Lesotho. After walking away with the money in Dutywa, Konakelephi’s owner told I’solezwe lesiXhosa that he will go to Berlin in November without hesitation.

“Yes, I did very well at the Berlin November. I was scared of the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa horses. The other ones, I knew them and beat them in Dutywa,” Xoza said, still upbeat after finishing the year on a high note at the Berlin November.

“In another race at the Berlin November, the Qwaqwa horses defeated me. But I told myself that they would not be able to beat me in the Berlin November race, which I had won. So much so that the Mosotho jockey I defeated approached me and admitted defeat,” he stated.

All of the jockeys that were at the Berlin November were told about Xoza and his horse Konakelephi, who had excelled in Dutywa.

“That Mosotho guy had heard about me and was aware that I was a problem. Defeating them was easy, but I was nervous because people who went to the Berlin November had high expectations of me,” said Xoza, who is in high demand after winning numerous prizes in horse racing in a short period of time.