Ormond Ferraris, who joined his first racing stable as an assistant not long after World War 2 and saddled his own first winner in 1952, will be sending out what could be his last two runners at the Vaal on Thursday. The 87-year-old veteran and multiple champion trainer was so distressed by a grooms’ protest that threatened to derail the Turffontein meeting last Saturday that he had to be taken to a clinic for observation. Ferraris said after his release on Sunday: “I have made my decision. I will be handing in my trainers’ licence. I am not prepared to put up with this any longer. There are troublemakers among the grooms and the sport cannot contain their demands.” Ferraris’ departure marks a sad loss for the racing industry. A master horseman and coach of several other leading trainers, he prepared more than 2,500 winners in a career spanning more than 67 years. The trainer’s promising three-year-old Captain Of Tortuga is the highest rated runner in an Assessment Plate over 1,400...

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