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  • 25
    JUL

    Awarding of Protea Colours – 2013 Jockeys International


      The National Horseracing Authority has investigated allegations that the organisers of the Jockeys International Challenge acted fraudulently ...
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  • 25
    JUL

    Trainer Human Fined


    At an Inquiry held at the Head Office of The National Horseracing Authority on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, Trainer Mr L J Human was charged with a contravention ...
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  • 08
    JUL

    CNBC Interviews Prof Sanne about exports


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  • 04
    JUL

    Amendments To The Rules


    The National Board has amended the Rules. The amended Rules ...
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  • 25
    JUN

    Trainer Goosen fined for comments on Tellytrack


    An inquiry was held at the offices of The National Horseracing Authority on Wednesday Tuesday 24 June 2014. The inquiry arose out of comments made by ...
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  • 19
    JUN

    Merit Rating Workshop Documents


    Due to an administrative oversight, the report submitted to the National Board in April was omitted from the previous communication on the merit rating ...
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Grade 1 Winners

 

Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances and the Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances.

The Guidelines for Classification of Prohibited Substances document provides a list of substances with the classification of these into classes (Class 1 to 5) related to the considered severity of the finding of the particular substances in a horse on race day. The list is inclusive of the local veterinary and human substances considered most important in treatment, or of particular concern, within horseracing in South Africa. The Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances document provides a guide to the penalties to be imposed associated with the prohibited substances considered in the Classification of Prohibited Substances document.

These documents were approved by the NHA Rules Committee on 8 April 2014 and the NHA National Board on 24 April 2014.

Phenylbutazone has now been rescheduled as a Schedule 7 substance by the Department of Health. This implies that no person may acquire, use, possess, manufacture or supply phenylbutazone.  This makes phenylbutazone a substance which is forbidden in racing.  According to the NHA Classification of Prohibited Substances, a forbidden substance is a Class 1 substance.  It must be noted that phenylbutazone and its metabolite oxyphenbutazone are therefore listed as Class 1 substances and not Class 4 substances, which normal NSAID’s are.

The Classification of Prohibited Substances and the Guidelines for Penalties for Prohibited Substances can be accessed from the menu items in both the Laboratory and Veterinary sections above.


Jockey S Khumalo High Court Proceedings

As previously advised, Jockey S'Manga Khumalo was required to launch High Court proceedings, reviewing inter alia the finding of The National Horse Racing Authority’s Appeal Board,  within a specified period to ensure that the 60 day suspension from riding imposed upon him would not be implemented pending the finalisation of the High Court proceedings.

Jockey Khumal has in fact launched the required High Court proceedings timeously, hence the suspension imposed on him from riding, has not at this stage been implemented.

 


Inquiry into Jockeys Refusal to continue to ride after Race 1 at Greyville Racecourse on Friday 28 February 2014

At the request of Gold Circle (Pty) Limited, The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa (NHA) appointed a Board to inquire  into the circumstances and reasons that led to the abandonment after the running of the first race of the race meeting held at the Greyville Racecourse on 28 February 2014 as a result of the Jockeys disagreeing with the unanimous decision of a Panel appointed in terms of the provisions of Rule 5.2.3 that the condition of the track was sufficiently safe to enable the remainder of the races to be run.

The NHA appointed a Board consisting of Adv Guy Hoffman S.C. and Mr Alick Costa to conduct the inquiry.  Adv Hoffman S.C. was appointed the Chairman.

The inquiry took place in Durban on 9 April 2014. The Board made it clear at the outset that the scope of the inquiry was of a preliminary nature to report to the NHA whether there would appear to have been any infraction of the Constitution or the Rules of the NHA and if so, whether any further proceedings and the nature thereof should follow.

After perusing and considering the statements that had been obtained from 11 Jockeys, the Chief Stipendiary Steward of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Stipendiary Board, the Academy Riding Master and 4 Apprentices and after hearing and considering the evidence of 12 persons, the view of the Board is that the conduct of the Jockeys was reasonable and justifiable, that the Panel should have upheld the protest by the Jockeys and ordered that the remainder of the race meeting be abandoned.  Accordingly, the Board is of the view there has been no infraction of the Constitution or any of the Rules of the NHA and therefore no further action falls to be taken. 

 


Reasons for Jockey S Khumalo’s appeal Decision

 

The Appeal Board which heard Jockey S Khumalo’s appeal against the suspension which was imposed on him, has released the reasons for its decision

The reasons are available by clicking on this link.