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Picture : David Makins leads the Tobie Spies-trained Yardmaster in after his 1988 Queen’s Plate victory

A passionate breeder and owner, David Makins sadly passed away on 29 August at the age of 89.

Many of the winners racing in the blue and yellow colours of octogenarian Makins and his wife Martha were bred at their Breedon Stud.

David was a vocal supporter of hos horses from the stands.

The Makins’ formed a formidable combination with the Corne Spies stable, with top performers such as 1998 Queen’s Plate winner Yardmaster, Fast Gun, Mysterious Hal, the top mare Jamaica, and True Words, amongst others, excelling on the racetracks.

Mr. Makins imported stallions Anytime and Allied Flag.

He served as a Chairman of the Vaal Turf Club.

“David will be sadly missed. He started with my Dad Tobie in 1985 and was a passionate old-school supporter of the industry. My sincere condolences to Martha and the family,” added Corne Spies, who saddled many winner for the Makins.

A memorial service will be held at St Michaels Anglican Church in Bryanston on Friday 8 September at 13h00.