Article from TEN FURLONGS

South Africa’s first lady of racing, Candice Bass Robinson, has many firsts to her credit including being the first female trainer to win South Africa’s biggest race when Marinaresco took out the Gr.1 Durban July (2017) having taken over the helm of Cape’s premier stables just a few month earlier and rocketing to the Top 10 (9th) of the Global Trainers’ List in the same year.

Here are excerpts of an exclusive interview with Candice about her plans for her stable and much more:

DWCSDWCS//2525 What would you say differentiates your training methods from others (whether in South Africa or abroad)?
CR- Every horse is treated as an individual and I try to keep them physically and mentally strong while having them as fit as I can.

DWCSDWCS//2525 What is your ambition for your stable and yourself over the next ten years?
CR- To continue being successful and to win as many Group Ones as possible. I would like to be able to continue building on the legacy my father created and to continue to inspire other woman in the industry to live their dreams and strive to be the best!

DWCSDWCS//2525 What would you say is your biggest life learning from the COVID19 situation?
CR- Nothing is cast in stone! It’s been a very tough year for our industry and I think positivity (remaining positive and upbeat) has been a big
thing for myself as well as hard work and great team efforts from my staff during lockdown, which I am very grateful for. It has not been
easy but we have come out the other side very well and in good spirits. The season has started out very well for us and we hope to continue in
this vain.

DWCSDWCS//2525 Which yearling sales do you attend and typically how many horses do you buy annually?
CR- I attend all our sales in South Africa and have attended the Inglis sale in Melbourne. We typically buy about 30 yearlings a year and have quite a few fillies and others that are sent him from breeders etc so usually round the 45-50 mark of yearlings each year.

DWCSDWCS//2525 Who was the most exciting racing personality having you met in your career?
CR- I have met a few but I think Frankie Detorri would be the most colourful personality. Sir Mark Prescott was an incredibly interesting man to listen to with some great stories to tell.