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    T Appie's Appeal Successful

      An Appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed by an Inquiry Board upon Mr T Appie was heard at the offices of The National Horseracing ...

  • 14

    Trainer Leon Erasmus Fined

    An inquiry was held at the offices of the NHA at Turffontein Racecourse on Friday 14 August 2015. Mr Erasmus was charged with a contravention of ...

  • 03

    Jockey R Simons Suspended

    The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its Head Office on 31 July 2015, Jockey Mr R Simons was charged with a contravention ...

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    NHA Laboratory achieves 100% in Proficiency Testing.

    The National Horseracing Authority has just been notified that its laboratory obtained a 100% score in the screening proficiency testing program for ...

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    Trainer J V A Strydom Fined for Prohibited Substance

    At an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 6 July 2015, Trainer J V A Strydom was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4, in that he was the Trainer ...

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    Jockey S Devoy Suspended

    At an inquiry held at its offices in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Jockey S Devoy was charged with a contravention of Rules 77.1.1 and 77.2.8, ...

Grade 1 Winners



An Inquiry will be held on Wednesday 9 September 2015, into Jockey Piere Strydom’s riding of DUBLIN REBEL in the concluding stages of Race 3 run at Turffontein Racecourse on Thursday 27 August 2015.

Following the recent TBA’s “Breeder Education Seminar” presented by Professor Martin Schulman, Breeders are reminded that in order to be compliant with Rule 33.1 of the Stud Health Scheme of the NHA, barren and maiden mares must be accompanied by an official NHA "Certificate of Breeding Soundness for Barren and Maiden Mares" form. This form is required to be correctly filled in and signed by appropriately qualified and registered persons. It should be noted that only the "Certificate of Breeding Soundness for Barren and Maiden Mares" form is acceptable.
However, should Stallion Owners or Managers require further levels of compliance to protect their stallions, they are free to do so. These additional requirements should be incorporated into the Stallion Contracts.
For and on behalf of the Liaison Committee of the National Horseracing Authority, SA Equine Veterinary Association and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.” 



Please be advised that with immediate effect notifications of castrations must be sent using the official NHA’s  “NOTIFICATION OF CASTRATION” form.

This form is available on the NHA website and is available at the regional offices of the NHA.

Please ensure that the Chief Stipendiary Steward in your region is notified of any castrations or of any castrated horses entering your training establishment within the stipulated seven (7) day period.


In the latest LONGINES World's Best racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2015 and 9th August 2015) Captain Of All (SAF) was rated joint 17th in the world. Rated at 121 it is exactly 10 points behind the current leading horse American Pharoah (USA).




Due to a number of inquiries relating to the previous Press Release dated 5 August 2015, the NHA hereby provides the following additional information.

During December 2013, an NHA Inquiry Board found that Jockey S Khumalo had contravened Rule 62.2.1 as a result of the manner in which he rode the horse SUPERTUBE at the Vaal Racecourse on 5 November 2013. A penalty of a suspension of 60 days was imposed.  During this Inquiry, Mr Tarry testified.

Jockey Khumalo appealed the finding and penalty. 

The appeal, which was heard on 14 March 2014, was not successful.  The evidence given by Mr Tarry was pivotal to the decision of the Inquiry Board as well as the outcome of the Appeal.

After the Appeal was finalised, Mr Tarry deposed to an affidavit which sought to recant the testimony which he had given at the Inquiry.

Mr Khumalo's legal team then launched a review application to the High Court, placing substantial reliance on the "new" Tarry evidence. The review proceedings were complicated by the fact that Mr Khumalo sought to introduce the new Tarry evidence as a factor to be considered by the court. This resulted in the delay in the finalisation of the proceedings.

The NHA took the view that, given the recanted testimony of Mr Tarry, the likelihood was that the court, faced with that reality, would probably refer the matter back to the NHA for an inquiry de novo.  In the circumstances, and following engagements with Mr Khumalo's legal representatives, it was agreed that the court proceedings be resolved on the basis that the matter would be referred to a new Inquiry Board.  As part of the settlement, it was agreed that Mr Khumalo would plead guilty to a charge under Rule 62.2.2. The different charge was deemed appropriate in light of the changed evidence.

The new inquiry was duly convened.  Mr Khumalo, legally represented at that inquiry, was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.2 and pleaded guilty.

The NHA representative at the inquiry motivated a penalty of R75 000 and the Inquiry Board decided to impose that fine.

The NHA was not, and will not be, a party to any arrangement in terms of which any privilege holder be given leeway or any advantage to enable that individual to pursue his aspirations to obtain the champion status. This matter was dealt with on its own peculiar facts and is not precedent setting.

Now that the Khumalo matter has been finalised, the NHA is in the process of establishing an Inquiry Board which will be tasked to investigate the circumstances which gave rise to Mr Tarry recanting the evidence which he gave at the Khumalo Inquiry, and whether there has been any contravention of the NHA's Rules.



At a meeting of the National Board held on 30 July 2015, it was agreed that the Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances would be amended by the addition of the following substances:

                                    CARBON DIOXIDE (Total available Carbon Dioxide)


Accordingly, Carbon Dioxide is classified as a Class 2 substance, a substance which has an obvious effect on a horse.  The internationally agreed threshold level for Carbon Dioxide is 36 millimoles available Carbon Dioxide per litre in plasma.

Cobalt is classified as a Class 3 substance, a substance which has the potential to affect the performance of the horse.  The internationally agreed threshold level for Cobalt is 0.1 microgram total cobalt per millilitre in urine.



The official statistics, as published by the National Horseracing Authority, will not be changed because of the postponement of the Racemeeting that was to be held at Greyville on 25th July 2015, to the following Saturday, 1 August 2015.

The Rules state that the Racing Year will be the period from 1 August to 31 July the following year.

It is unfortunate that the weather has played a role in the determination of the Championship categories but it has to be accepted that horseracing will always be affected by factors outside of its control.  Any efforts to address such factors will only lead to a situation where certain parties will benefit and others will be prejudiced.


Mr Robin Bruss Resigns from the NHA

Mr Robin Bruss tendered his resignation as a Director of the National Board of Directors of The National Horseracing Authority.  After consideration, the National board accepted his resignation.

Mr Bruss was elected to the National Board in 2006.  During the period that he served as a Director, Mr Bruss Chaired the Graded Races Standing Committee and the Transformation Committee.  He also Chaired investigations into various matters, most notably the Merit Rating System of handicapping.

The National Horseracing Authority expresses its gratitude for the valuable contributions made by Mr Bruss.


Notice to all Breeders

Foal Registration Fee Increase

Breeders are advised that the foal registration fee will be increased with effect from 1 August 2015

As you are aware, the foal registration fee is made up of three components, namely, the TBA Research Fee, the Foal Identification Fee and the NHA Administration fee.

As advised at the TBA's AGM, the Research Fee will be increased to R745.  The research fee is an important contribution which goes towards scientific research and the development of export markets for racehorses.

The Foal Identification Fee will be increased to R680.  We have in the past, benefited from the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory having been able to use in-service students to perform some of the laboratory work.  Unfortunately, these students will no longer be available.  This together with a 16% increase in the cost of reagents imported from the USA has resulted in enormous pressure being put on the costs of foal identification and parentage testing.

The NHA has agreed that all administration fees will be increased by 8% in the new season.  The new NHA Administration Fee will be R275.

Therefore, from 1 August 2015 the total cost to register a foal will be R1 700.

Please also note that, as was previously advised, the increased fee will apply to all foals registered after 1 August 2015, including foals born in 2014 and before.



Please be advised that the AHS vaccination schedule has been amended.  The amendments have been brought about by changes to the Government AHS vaccination requirements.  The Vaccination requirements are now as follows:



1.    Acting in Terms of Rule 39.1.1., the NATIONAL BOARD has issued the following directive in respect of the compulsory vaccination of HORSES:

2.    All HORSES, except those referred to in 7. below, and those resident in Zimbabwe and the area defined in 3.  below, shall be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness by a Veterinarian, using a registered, non-expired, polyvalent horse sickness vaccine according to the manufacturers’ recommendations :-

2.1         two times as FOALS between the ages of 6 and 18 months, not less than 90 days apart and, where possible, between 1 June and 31 October, and thereafter

2.2         every year between 1 June and 31  October.

3.          No HORSE resident in the magisterial districts of Cape Town, Vredenburg, Hopefield, Moorreesburg, Malmesbury, Wellington, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Kuilsrivier, Goodwood, Wynberg, Bellville, Simonstown, Somerset West, Mitchells Plain and Strand, shall be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness unless written permission of the Director of Animal Health of the Republic of South Africa has been obtained.

4.          Any HORSE, except those referred to in 7. below, moving from the area described in 3. above, to the rest of the country between 1 November and 31 May, which has not been vaccinated in terms of 2.2 above, shall be vaccinated as instructed in writing by a Veterinarian employed by the NATIONAL HORSERACING AUTHORITY.

5.          HORSES resident in Zimbabwe shall be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness by a PERSON or a Veterinarian using a non-expired, registered, polyvalent horse sickness vaccine according to the schedule prescribed in 2.1and 2.2 above.

6.          All HORSES and FOALS resident in the magisterial districts of Clanwilliam, Piketberg, Ceres, Tulbach, Worcester, Caledon, Hermanus, Bredasdorp, Robertson, Montagu and Swellendam shall only be vaccinated between 1 June and 31 October.

7.          All registered stallions and mares, standing on stud farms, except those referred to in 3. above, shall be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness by a Veterinarian, using a registered, non-expired, polyvalent horse sickness vaccine according to the manufacturers’ recommendations, at least once every calendar year and where possible, between 1 June and 31 October.