Owner of the Month – September 2019

PUBLISHED: 22 October 2019

OTM sep 19


The Gold Circle Trainer Award for the month has been bestowed on Georgina Buchanan.

Born into a strong racing family in Mauritius and included as a young girl in her racehorse owning father’s involvement in the sport, it was inevitable that the seeds of love for horses and the thoroughbred in particular would be planted in Georgina’s heart. And with uncles and cousins equally involved in the sport, that seed was steadily nurtured to become a passion that inspired Georgina’s entry into racehorse ownership in South Africa about 30 years ago.

And it has been an involvement of loyalty to the Bestel stable that, with top trainers Irene and now daughter Corinne, has been greatly rewarding with enjoyment and the excitement of leading in more than 50 winners which Georgina, now 76 years of age, admits is quite a record for a very small owner.

“I love the horses and it is wonderful that we can visit the stables and see our horses work. I used to go racing regularly but I live in Howick now and mainly race at Scottsville when I have a horse running.”

Now with shares in four horses, Georgina had three winners in the month with Blaze Of Silk, Soiree and Soiree’s half sister Mystic Dreamer. “So I had a double with half-sisters, my first double in 30 years.”

A story of love and loyalty now rewarded – well done Georgina.