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NOTICE TO TRAINERS
SUSPENSION OF HORSES FOR EPISTAXIS
Please note that with effect 01 November 2015, the suspension of horses for a first episode of epistaxis has been reduced from 90 days to 60 days. This decision has been made by the NHA veterinary department and approved by the National Board after lengthy consultation with owners, trainers and private practitioners. This will be run on a trial basis for a year and shall be reassessed each year by means of ongoing analysis of data collected by the NHA veterinarians. Should it become evident that the amount of repeat bleeders is increasing, then the NHA reserve the right to return to the original 90 day suspension.
The NHA veterinary department is of the opinion that this trial will provide critical information to address the very contentious issue of the correct period of rest required for a horse to heal after an episode of epistaxis. We are comfortable that we will be able to monitor the data on a regular basis and that we will be able to take remedial action immediately should we feel that the situation is worsening. The converse is also true, in that if there is no effect on the amount of repeat episodes of epistaxis after a few years of monitoring, then we could consider reducing the 60 days even further. This ground breaking research will provide a lot of answers to a lot of questions concerning epistaxis and its effect on the racehorse.
Please note that the period of suspension for a second episode of epistaxis remains 180 days, unless the horse has raced for more than a year after its first suspension, in which case the suspension would be 60 days again. A third episode of epistaxis shall remain a permanent suspension.
SEAN TARRY FOUND NOT TO HAVE CONTRAVENED ANY RULES
An Inquiry Board, Chaired by Adv John Myburgh SC, was convened to establish if any of the NHA Rules were contravened by Mr Sean Tarry by inter alia filing an affidavit which recanted his earlier evidence given at the Khumalo Inquiry.
The Tarry Inquiry Board concluded the hearing on 11 September 2015 and gave its findings on 17 September 2015. After hearing the evidence presented by Mr Tarry, the Board accepted Mr Tarry’s version of how it came about that he recanted his evidence. In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, it concluded that Mr Tarry could not be found to have contravened any of the NHA Rules.
The Inquiry Board also dismissed the criticism that this inquiry was a “witch hunt” and stated that the NHA, in furtherance of its objects, namely to promote and maintain honourable practice and to eliminate malpractice and to regulate the sport of thoroughbred horseracing, was entitled, and indeed obliged, to investigate whether Mr Tarry had breached any Rules by recanting his evidence.
18 September 2015
PIERE STRYDOM APPEALS SUSPENSION
Jockey Piere Strydom has elected to Appeal against the severity of the penalty handed down to him at an Inquiry that was held in Johannesburg on Wednesday 9 September 2015, as set out below.
18 September 2015
PIERE STRYDOM SUSPENDED
At an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on Wednesday 9 September 2015, Jockey Piere Strydom was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3 in that he failed to ride the horse DUBLIN REBEL out to the end of Race 3, run at the Turffontein Racecourse on 27 August 2015, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining first place.
Jockey Strydom pleaded guilty to the charge.
The Inquiry Board found Jockey Strydom guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of ninety days, of which forty days are wholly suspended for a period of two years, provided that during the period of suspension he is not convicted of a contravention of Rule 62.2.3 prejudicing his chances of finishing in the first, second or third position.
Jockey Strydom has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.
09 September 2015
NOTICE TO ALL TRAINERS
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.
CAPTAIN OF ALL RATED JOINT 17th IN THE WORLD
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).
AMENDMENT TO THE GUIDELINES FOR CLASSIFICATION OF PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES
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.
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The minutes of the Annual General Meeting which was held in the NHA Head Office on 12th January 2015 are now available. To download a copy of the minutes please click here.