The first Cape Flats racehorse owner to win the Durban July


Ashwin Reynolds from Grassy Park is the proud owner of Kommetdieding, the new Champion Racehorse of the 2021 Durban July. The name alone implies that this horse definitely came to change the game. 

Ashwin Reynolds has become the first Coloured person to own a Durban July winner and Kommetdieding also seems to be the first horse with an Afrikaaps phrase as a name on the acclaimed roll of honour.

On Saturday 3 July 2021, Kommetdieding won the 2021 Vodacom Durban July over 2,200m at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban. Kommetdieding came from the outside 18 draw to win the historic 125th edition of the race.

For the second year in a row, the Durban July was held behind closed doors as a result of the covid pandemic.

On Saturday 10 July 2021, Ashwin and the Reynolds family welcomed home the 3-year-old colt, Kommetdieding. 

Reynolds’ love for horses was groomed at a very young age. As a young man, he used to keep score of the results for his grandfather who was a punter at the time. 

When asked if Reynolds would ever stop racing, he answered, “It is a little bit costly, but I don’t think so. If I can afford to I will keep on racing.”

Kommetdieding is a Michelle Rix and Harold Crawford trained horse.


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