The Team

Dean Kannemeyer

The Captain of the Crew, Dean spent over thirty years honing his skills and learning the fine art of training racehorses under the tutelage of his father, Hall Of Famer, Peter Kannemeyer.Champion jockeys such as Garth Puller, Johnny Cawcutt and Bert Abercrombie taught him to ride and he rode his first grass gallop at the tender age of eleven. Dean harboured aspirations of becoming a professional jockey and won the very first amateur race in which he competed at the age of seventeen – with the added honour of wearing oversized boots and breeches borrowed from Garth Puller! At the age of twenty- three he was left on his own with the Kannemeyer Cape string during the winter months while his Dad raided the riches of KwaZulu-Natal. This became a regular annual learning curve and during this time he was responsible for the full ambit of decision-making responsibility and recalls even having to deal with the bank manager.

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Since taking over the reins in 1999, he has won an unbelievable fifty Grade 1 races, which includes two Vodacom Durban July wins and four Cape Guineas victories. A personable gentlemen and dedicated horseman, he ascribes the success of Dean Kannemeyer Racing to the vast experience and dedication of his team and also the fact that he has surrounded himself with the very best support professionals available in the industry.

David Lilley

South Africa’s longest-serving assistant trainer will soon celebrate an unbelievable thirty years association with the Kannemeyer family.This tireless and dedicated horseman started his career as a jockey and completed his apprenticeship under the guidance of now retired Cape trainer, Colin Palm. Weight problems ended his promising riding career prematurely but the loss to the jockey ranks has proven an invaluable asset to the Kannemeyer yard. David is the epitome of a backroom man who rolls up his sleeves and gets the non-glamorous work done. He is married to Glendyr and his son Brandyn is in his fourth year of Law studies.

Never Die Zamayedwa Mbombi

Head Groomsman Never Die Mbombi has twenty seven years of distinguished service with the Kannemeyer family. The forty-seven year old married father of four resides within ten minutes of the Milnerton Training Centre and keeps punctual and long hours throughout the summer and the often long and dreadful Cape winter months. He is proud to have been the man closest to Vodacom Durban July winner, and now rising star sire, Dynasty, and fondly remembers great horses like Eyeofthetiger, Eli’s Truth and Raztaz. He is honoured to lead a team of dedicated Grooms and performs his management role on both the equine and personnel side of the business with aplomb.