Justin Vermaak (Director, Green Street Bloodstock) and Bernard Fayd’Herbe (Retained Jockey, Brand Ambassador)
Justin has been an ambitious, motivated member of the racing industry for the past 10 years. He quickly grew through the ranks starting as an assistant trainer, becoming a handicapper and then the Maine Chance Farms racing manager in no less than 6 years.
Starting out with an apprenticeship to John Fox as a 14 year old, he took his first paid job as an assistant trainer to Dylan Cunha at 18, which culminated in the winning of the Gr1 Summer Cup with Strategic News, Justin also enjoyed his first successful stint as a jockey’s agent to Glyn Schofield.
Two months after the Summer Cup, Justin became a full time agent at 19, representing the likes of Anthony Delpech,Felix Coetzee,Bernard Fayd’herbe and Sean Cormack. After three successful years, Justin took the job of handicapper for the NHRA in Johannesburg, at 22, the youngest handicapper in the world by over a decade.
A fulfilling year followed until Justin decided that a desk job was not for him and chose to branch out on his own again, with his enhanced handicapping experience as a major advantage. He then took on the role as an agent to S’manga Khumalo, who’s career he transformed into the multiple Gr1 winning, Vodacom Durban July winning, leading jockey that he is today, all in the short time span of 18 months. It was during this time that Dr Andreas Jacobs and Maine Chance employed Justin to manage all their racing affairs, a job he still performs with great pride today.
“Knowledge, Passion, Experience…”
Bernard, 33, was born in Durban, but grew up in Madagascar. Being the grandson of the legendary Tiger Wright, it was only natural that he apply to the South African Jockey Academy to which he was accepted in 1996. During his apprenticeship he rode for the late Michael Roberts. He was awarded his professional jockey licence in 2000. His racing career started out with a bang with a win on Dollar Deal.
Bernard is now an accomplished senior rider in South Africa with multiple group 1 victories as he rose to fame during his partnership with the legendary Pocket Power. Fayd’Herbe has had a stellar career to date on the South African and international tracks and in the last six years alone has ridden his mounts to a 40 per cent place ratio in more than 3 000 starts.
Fayd’Herbe is an adaptable jockey and this is what he brings to his new role in the syndication and horse management partner, Green Street Bloodstock. In this role Fayd’Herbe and his partners will seek out promising talent at yearling sales focusing their efforts more on “talent scouting” rather than pedigree and a host of other aspects that see horses fetch high prices.
Bernard is a freelance jockey, however he currently has primary options to ride for South Africa’s elite trainers including Mike De Kock, Mike Bass, Joey Ramsden, Geoff Woodruff and Justin Snaith. To date his career has earned him five Queen’s Plate wins, three J&B Met wins and a Durban July victory as well as a World Cup night win on the international stage of Dubai.
Kyle Johnston, born and bred in Durban, has always had the racing game in his sight and has never been too far away from the action. Kyle, the son of a well-known bookmaker in Natal, who was extremely passionate about the game, spent many afternoons after school in the “rooms” as well as the occasional Saturday at the big race meetings – there was no doubt that horse racing was going to play a huge role in his future.
Having learnt the ropes from his late father and completing a B-Com degree, his full attention is now on the bookmaking industry. Having worked with the likes of his father Puppy Johnston, Rob Sinclair, Grant Felix and Sonu Sewraj, Kyle has now joined the impressive team at South Africa’s leading bookmaker, Hollywoodbets, where he is actively involved with the Horse Racing Team.
It didn’t take a lot of coaxing from Justin Vermaak, a friend of Kyle’s since school days, to involve him in GSB’s first purchase, Miss Nightingale. Since the inception he has been in full support of Green Street Bloodstock and joined the team in October 2015 on the management side. Kyle manages the Green Street affairs and is actively involved in the syndication of race horses. He is in constant contact with current GSB owners, as well as prospective owners. He is also on top of keeping owners updated on the progress of their horses with reports from Justin and the respective trainers in order to maximise the owners full involvement in the progress of their horses.
Ashley de Klerk
Accounts and Administration
Ashley is KZN born & bred and almost grew up at Summerhill Stud where her Mother worked.
Moving later then with her family to Yellow Star Stud in Johannesburg Ashley joined her Father on their weekly trips to Randjiesfontein where he had horses in training. In this period she got to know Turffontein and Newmarket racing well.
As a school leaver, she joined the TBA sales team under Caroline Simpson. Starting out as a vendor clerk, she has worked on the bid board and as a client liaison and has attended sales all over the country.
After University, Ashley started her own business ADK Equine and has enjoyed working on a contract basis for Michael Holmes Bloodstock, Alistair Gordon Racing, Yellow Star Stud, Balmoral Pre-Training. She continues to work for the Bloodstock SA team. Working on the family farm, Ashley ran the debtors and wages.
During the breeding season she gained wonderful experience in the mare barn, working with the Stud Vet and taking her turn on foaling duty.
Ashley enjoyed a brilliant opportunity at the beginning of the year to attend and work at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales in January, and on the back of this experience she was invited back to the mid-year sales also on the Gold Coast.
She joined the Green Street Bloodstock team in August 2016 and has recently become a Stable Employee to trainer Chris Erasmus.