Meet a man of colour

2015-01-18 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

If you think horse racing is dominated by staid and tradition-bound personalities, wait until you meet Alesh Naidoo. He’s the talk of the town in racetrack circles and a colourful character from head to toe.

Arguably South Africa’s most colourful racehorse owner, the ­KwaZulu-Natal businessman didn’t get the memo on the formal-dress requirements for trainers and owners on race days, and rocks up in one of his many flamboyant outfits.

“To dress like this is not extraordinary for me, it’s normal,” says Naidoo (51). “I’ve always followed fashion and I change as trends change.” Right now, he’s sporting bleached blond hair, funky streetwear, bling jewellery and an eyebrow piercing. He’s riding out this fashion wave until the next big trend.

“I was a rebel from my schooldays,” says Naidoo, “I’ve never conformed. I dress up for the fun of it and I like to look unique.”

This unique look includes matching his race-day outfits to his racing colours. Jockeys who ride his horses wear the red, white and blue of the old Seychelles flag.

“A jockey who was born in the Seychelles chose the colours for me when I got involved in racing in 2007,” he explains.

So, in keeping with his “let’s go for it” attitude to life, he opted for them.

So loyal is he to the red, white and blue that, depending on his race-day mood, his eyebrow piercing will match one of them and sometimes, even his hair colour.

Naidoo takes the love for his racing colours a step further – the walls of his private suite at Greyville Racecourse are painted in them as is a special trophy room in the Durban North home of this 2012 KZN Racing Personality of the Year.

“I love colour, the brighter the better. When people look at me, I don’t just want them to say my name, I want them to put an ­exclamation mark after it,” says the modest man with the flamboyant character. And Naidoo delights in living an exclamation-filled life.

He flashes a shiny, orange, moccasin-clad foot (the colour complements his imported BMW Z4 sports car) as he talks about his love for shopping internationally for clothes and shoes.

He says he has 100 pairs of shoes in brilliant colours, 50 baseball caps and numerous designer T-shirts in a walk-in wardrobe the size of a small bedroom.

The word ‘fun’ crops up often, like when he talks about being the successful owner of 70 racehorses.

“I do it for fun, it brings an aspect of fun to my life,” says Naidoo who has acknowledged the support of his wife, Nisa, by naming ­several of his horses after her.

Among them are Nisa’s Love, Nisa’s Trip and Nisa’s Machine.

Naidoo is also a keen marathon runner. He’s run every Comrades Marathon in the past 13 years and wants to keep going. He doesn’t intend ending his fun anytime soon.

“I’m young at heart, young in ­spirit and I’ll dress how I want. I’ll continue my passion for racing – the day it stops being fun is the day I’ll stop,” he says.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.