Ken Nicol: Long-serving KwaZulu-Natal racing personality Colin Buckham has passed away.
He served as a judge for more than four decades and was also a handicapper for many years. In days gone by, being a judge was a great help when handicapping, in the absence of video coverage and slow-motion replays of races.
Buckham was born into a racing family, with both his father and grandfather were trainers. His father Jimmy started out as a jockey and even rode in the July once.
However it all ended in tears as he was ignominiously dumped at the start after getting caught up in the starting tapes.
Colin Buckham had been battling health wise for a while. But news of his death still comes as a shock.
KZN chief stipe Shaun Parker expressed the view of many when he said that “Colin Buckham was one of the true stalwarts of KZN racing, and a man who truly lived for and loved racing. We are extremely saddened to hear of his passing following illness, and pass on our condolences to his family.”