THE Turf Talk Time Machine takes us back to 1988 today, with a photo taken of former TBA Chairman Laurence Allem and his wife, Lizette.

Laurence was a very successful breeder, trading under “Allem Brothers” – and when we phoned him yesterday he listed several runners we’d like to race for a living if given a chance!

Allem raised some wonderful horses including Respectable (3rd in the Durban July), Champion race mares Thatch Attack, Night Diva and Bamboogie; Golden Prerogative, Chaplin, Combustion, Helenita, Face The Pace and Buds Of Springs.

“I’d forgotten most of the good ones we’d bred, time has moved on, but looking at my list I may have to consider a return to the industry,” joked Allem, who stopped his breeding activities 15 years ago. He concentrates these days on the Allem family’s farming and maize distribution business in the Viljoenskroon area of the Northern Free State, managed by his older brother, Jeff.

Asked about his cousin Fulton Allem, the first South African to win the Nedbank Million Dollar Tournament back in 1988, Laurence told: “Fulton lives in the US, he played the seniors tour for a while but he has suffered setbacks with his health.”


  1. Wonderful man. Bred a top filly I owned called Sandton Doll. The sport has lost many gentleman like Laurence but not so sure it has replaced them. Always smiling and with a kind word.


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