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Picture: The connections of the Doug Campbell-trained Siya Vuma (Ideal World) adopted a well known song called Siyavuma as a victory chant.  

Limpopo musician Charmza The DJ was not popularly known when giving permission to a syndicate of owners to adopt his hit song Siyavuma for their horse Siya Vuma (Ideal World) and to use it as the accompanying music for a video.
 
He was sent the video last year and quickly fell in love with the strapping Doug Campbell-trained chestnut gelding.
 
He was keen to accept the invite of part-owner Preggie Vandayar to attend the next race Siya Vuma ran in.
 
Alas, that is proving to be a long way off because the big horse has been sidelined with a tendon injury since October last year.
 
One aspect of the Siyavuma hit that was immediately noticeable was the similar rhythms it contained to the gigantic global smash hit Jerusalema.
 
And now it has emerged that the official Jerusalema artist Master KG has been hit with a lawsuit for copyright infringement.
 
And the man suing him is none other than Charmza The DJ (Presley Ledwaba) together with  Biblos (Ntimela Chauke), who claim to be the original creators of the monster track.
 
 
Siya Vuma the horse has a wonderful story behind him as he is the product of a mix up in the breeding shed.
 

Siya Vuma was bred by Hartley SA, which was owned by a businessman from China named Mr Guo, whose breeding and racing interests in South Africa were looked after by long-time industryman Peter Gibson.

Gibson decided to send Hartley’s broodmare Reigning Queen, a placed horse by King Of Kings, to Mauritzfontein Stud-based stallion Byword.
 
The mare was brought back to Bruce Le Roux’s Spring Valley stud and gave birth to a big chestnut colt.
 
Byword was a big chestnut himself, so he looked to have stamped this one.
 
However, when the DNA analysis was done at Ondestepoort by Professor Alan Guthrie and his team, they quickly realised the foal could not have been sired by Byword.
 
Further analysis showed him to have in fact been sired by Ideal World, Mauritzfontein’s high profile and highly sort after stallion.
 
Mauritzfontein’s then Stud manager Guy Murdoch was contacted and upon checking his records realised there had indeed been a mix up. 
 
Gibson said after Siya Vuma had won impressively second time out, “I am eternally grateful to Guy Murdoch and Mauritzfontein for honouring the original transaction. It was a fortuitous mix up because Byword has subsequently been retired and Ideal World has continued to produce Group 1 winners. This is one of those stories that makes the dream industry so wonderful to be a part of.”
 
Hartley SA later had a dispersal of their bloodstock and Peter and a racing friend of his Jan Scholtz bought the big chestnut with a view to pinhooking him (racing terminology for selling at a profit).
 
However, he did not reach his reserve at the CTS National Yearling Sale.
 
Earlier, one of Doug Campbell’s owners Preggie Vandayar had learnt in an article on Turf Talk that Doug’s greatest dream was to train a July winner.
 
So when Preggie’s Campbell-trained horse Eden Gardens Glitz was in the winner’s enclosure for the second time, he made a promise to Doug that if this horse won a third race he would buy him that July winner he dreamed of.
 
Eden Gardens Glitz has gone on to win six races but after the third of those wins Preggie was true to his word and the search for the “July winner” was on.
 
Peter Gibson’s father Ian was one of Doug’s first owners back in the early 1970s when the latter was training for gymkhana events, so he has had a long association with the Gibsons.
 
Doug mentioned in passing to Peter he was looking for a “July winner” and shared the story behind it.
 
Peter immediately recommended the big chestnut colt.
 
Doug was immediately interested as he had trained Siya Vuma’s talented half-brother Highway Eightyfive, a gelding by Kahal who was ultimately moved up to Johannesburg and won four races in total.
 
Doug also knew Siya Vuma’s maternal grandam Melting well as she had stood at the Somerset Stud of a good friend of his, the late Alan Sutherland.  
 
When Doug saw the colt he was so impressed he agreed to give Gibson and Scholtz three months free keep while he put together a partnership.
 
He said, “It did not take long to put together the partnership.”
 
Preggie took the majority share but also gave Doug a share and after listening to Peter saying he had “a feeling about this horse” he allowed him and Jan Scholtz to keep a share and to bring Ian Gibson into the partnership as well.
 
Nathan Godden, the father of jockey Tristan Godden, lives across the road from Preggie and he also took a share.
 
Preggie named the horse after a crime-fighting group in the Empangeni-Richards Bay area and divulged that the Zulu name translates in to English as “We agree.”
 
He explained that during Witch Doctor consultations the doctor will continually ask the question, “Uyavuma?” and the patients will reply, “Siyavuma (we agree).”
 
Siyavuma is also the name of a traditional wedding song and that is the song Charmza The DJ and Dr. Selby’s hit is based on.
 
Preggie had often discussed with friends naming a horse Siya Vuma and when one of the latter, Yaseen Ebrahim, heard a horse had been thus named he asked for a share too, so he and his wife Fozia also became members of the syndicate.
 
All members embraced the partnership with great enthusiasm and not only had a WhatsApp group but also adopted the hitsong Siyavuma and sang it in the parade ring after his first win.
 
They later sought official permission from Charmza The DJ to use in the video of the horse.
  
Siya Vuma has always walked beautifully and stood over a lot of ground. 
 
That translates into a big action when he runs.
 
He lengthened that big stride at the top of the straight after being taken to the front in his second start, a 1400m polytrack maiden. 
 
For such a big, rangy horse he displayed an excellent kick at the 300m mark to draw clear of the only challenger Red Sole and beat him by 2,80 lengths with the third-placed horse beaten 9,30 lengths.
 
The handicappers were impressed and awarded him a 93 merit rating.
 
He followed that with a second place finish in a conditions race before being sidelined.
 
He is expected to start training again soon, having been box rested and having then had a procedure done on the injury.