JUAN Nel was allocated a barn at Fairview middle of July and is building his South African stable from scratch following a successful stint in Saudi Arabia.
The 45-year-old trainer, who learnt his skills in spells with Justin Snaith, Brett Crawford, Mike de Kock, Joey Ramsden and Mike Bass, has filled a few of his 28 boxes and hopes to get off the mark soon in the new term.
Nel, in his last season in Saudi Arabia, sent out Mubarry Alreeh to a second in the G1 Crown Prince Cup – this one earned the equivalent of R1,5-million in his last season in training. He trained several other winners.
Nel told Turf Talk: “There was a bit of politics between my Saudi boss and the new regime so things came to an end. They were very good to me though. I returned in April and bought a house in Seaview. I am looking forward to the challenge and a challenge it will be because owners are scarce.
“Sally Bruss and Mr Pieter Graaff of Lammerskraal leased me two unraced three-year-old fillies and gave me a two-year-old colt. Eric Sands sent me a filly for lease from Ridgemont/ Highlands so there is something to start with.”
Interested owners can mail Juan, firstname.lastname@example.org.