On 4 July 1972, the boundless Secretariat finished fourth in his modest debut at Aqueduct Racetrack. He was impeded at the start, then forced to take up on the backstretch and could not make up the ground, eventually beaten by a diminishing 1¼ lengths.
But a legend of horseracing had emerged.
On that same day, Chris Snaith became the youngest racehorse trainer in South Africa to be granted his licence at the age of 22. After captaining the Western Province show jumping team, Chris hung up his boots and entered the professional paddock. His true love was always horses.
In the spring of 1972, with a string of five horses in his stable, Chris Snaith saddled the first Snaith runner. Over the next 30 years, Chris and his wife Susan shaped the heart of Snaith Racing.
The Millennium year saw Snaith Racing transformed into a new era when sons Justin and Jonathan took over the reins. Within a few years the Snaith boys, in their early Twenties when they took over, took a mere 22 horses and built up a racing heritage that has seen Snaith Racing become one of the most respected names in the South African horseracing industry.
One of the youngest trainers in South Africa, Justin, like his father, is a devoted horseman and still swings his leg over his more temperamental horses each morning and is presently active on the South African Polo scene. Being a good sportsman and intense runner he uses his knowledge of sports science and implements this in his training techniques with phenomenal results.
Justin and Jonathan make a powerful partnership, and a likeable one. Instilled by their father, they are completely honest and transparent with their clients with dynamic ways of how to communicate with their owners, which is one of the core focuses of Snaith Racing - communication.
A thoroughbred is a noble animal which deserves to graze in acres of grass paddocks, surf the waves and most significantly gallop into the winners' enclosure.
With their competitive backgrounds, Justin and Jonathan don't like losing and base their successful formula on "a happy horse is a valuable horse".