For a man with so many notable achievements in this country, there is still unfinished business. Former Mala Mala Game Reserve owner and racehorse breeder Mike Rattray wants his colours carried to victory in SA’s most famous race, the Durban July. Money might not be able to bring you everything but it can buy you a top thoroughbred, and Rattray has dished out several million rand to acquire this season’s Sun Met winner, Rainbow Bridge. The purchase of the four-year-old, previously owned by the late Chris Gerber, who himself yearned for a July winner, was made for an undisclosed sum. The figure being bandied around in racing circles is R8m. But as one wag put it, “Rattray won’t know it’s left his account.” And that’s probably fair comment considering he sold Mala Mala to the government for R1bn in 2013 and three years later sold his remaining equity stake in the game reserve to Stephen Saad, owner of Kirkman’s Kamp. Although Rattray’s greatest achievement has been to make Mala Mala a...

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