Some may find it strange that a man who hailed from a famous Springbok rugby family should be being mourned by every section of the racing industry. Prominent owner and breeder Chris Gerber, son of rugby legend Mickey Gerber, died last week following complications after contracting malaria. He was 53 and managed the 1-Stop Engen chain. Gerber founded Moutonshoek Stud in 2003 with his partner Bennie van der Merwe. They bred a number of top performers including Undercover Agent, winner of the CTS Mile at Kenilworth on Sun Met day in January. The tributes have poured in from some of the best-known people in racing. “Chris’s loss is incalculable. He was a man who cannot be forgotten who cannot ever be replaced. We’ll be having memorials for him years from now, when his memory will be as strong as ever and his influence on all our lives will still be felt,” said Mike de Kock. Mick Goss said: “There are few men who served the industry in so many capacities and with so much competence. He ...

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