Roy Moodley likes the limelight. He’s the leading racehorse owner in KwaZulu-Natal and everyone knows it – because he names all his horses after himself.
There’s Roy’s Bugle and Roy’s Trombone trumpeting the businessman’s presence, and Roy’s Rolls Royce announcing his wealth.
He clearly has a musical bent, what with Roy’s Banjo, Roy’s Piano, Roy’s Flute and Roy’s Bongos. And he likes angling: Roy’s Marlin, Roy’s Rockfish and Roy’s Barbel. Gardening, perhaps? Roy’s Iris, Roy’s Hollyhock.
Moodley shows a sense of humour, too, with Roy’s Donkey, Roy’s Pony and Roy’s Slow Motion. Not to mention Roy Is Second, which defied the slight and came first. Also registered with the National Horseracing Authority are Roy Is Last and Roy Is First.
In all, the NHA’s name list has 101 horses beginning with Roy’s.
The chap has plenty of other horses, too, some named after his company Royal Security: Royalsecuritypower, Royalsecuritystar etc.
My friend Alec Hogg did a calculation this week, postulating that if Moodley has 100 horses in training, each costing R100000 a year in upkeep, the annual bill for his hobby – adding in purchases, imports and stud-farm costs – is at least R30-million. His accumulated prize money last season might have been about R8-million.
It’s the sport of kings, no business proposition.
The point is, Roy’s a king. Roy’s loaded. One horse is wittily called Roy’s Amazing Ash.
If Moodley likes flaunting it centre stage, he’s certainly in the spotlight now following bombshell allegations in the new book The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw. It’s not the sort of attention the Durban gent wants, though, as Pauw claims to have unearthed scary stuff about Moodley’s relationship with President Jacob Zuma.
Pauw’s sources told him Zuma was getting a R1-million a month salary from Royal Security – even after he became president. Now, it’s probably all exaggerated tittle-tattle, possibly even fibs. If it were true, Big Jake would have been breaking the law.
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