The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Johannesburg on Friday 17 November 2017, Trainer Michael Mahiakola was charged with a contravention of Rule 50.8.2 in that he entered the horses NEWS FLASH and FRANCOIS P to race at the Flamingo Park Race Meeting on 23 October 2017, when those horses had been at an unregistered Spelling Farm during a 30-day period prior to the race. 

Trainer Mahiakola pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge. 

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R15 000, of which R10 000 is wholly suspended for a period of one (1) year, on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 50.8.2 during that period. 

Trainer Mahiakola has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 8 December 2017, Jockey Callan Murray was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of BRING ME MORE (AUS) he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to BURNING MIST leaving the 200m mark in Race 4 at Fairview Racecourse on 1 December 2017. Jockey Murray pleaded guilty to the charge. The Inquiry Board found Jockey Murray guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days. Jockey Murray waived his Right of Appeal, and was granted permission to take his suspension with effect from 24 - 30 December 2017, both days inclusive


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Appeal was held in Johannesburg on 4 December 2017, against the finding and the penalty imposed on Jockey Teaque Gould by an Inquiry Board on 18 August 2017. 

                Background 

                Jockey Gould was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.40, as a licensed jockey he failed to comply with a reasonable order from a licensed official, AND a contravention of Rul72.1.10 in that he ill-treated the horse called EVICTION by failing to dismount from this colt whilst in full knowledge that the horse was lame, after the running of the 5th race run at the Fairview racecourse on 28 July 2017. 

                Jockey Gould pleaded guilty to the charges and the Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R1 500 and R10 000, respectively. 

                Jockey Gould appealed against the findings and penalties imposed in respect of both charges. 

The Appeal Board found as follows: 

1.        The appeal against the findings and penalty relating to the charge under Rule 72.1.40 was dismissed. 

2.       The appeal against the findings and penalty relating to the charge under Rule 72.1.10 was successful and the conviction was set          aside. 

3.         In terms of Rule 85.5.8 Jockey Gould’s appeal deposit fee was refunded.

 

 


An independent panel consisting of Messrs V Moodley, A Costa and R S Napier convened on 6 December 2017 by teleconference to hear a MR Appeal lodged by Trainer André Nel on behalf of the horse HEMMINGWAY against the Merit Rating of 85 allocated after he competed and ran second in Race 5 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 22 November 2017. 

The Panel were unanimous in their decision that HEMMINGWAY, based on his two previous handicap performances and the net Merit Rating achieved in those races, would have been a more appropriate line horse.  

The Panel upheld the Objection and HEMMINGWAY will now be rated a MR 81.  The winning horse BERNIE will now have a MR 83. 

The deposit fee will be returned. 


 The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on 24 November 2017, Trainer Roy Magner was charged with a contravention of Rule 10.5.16.5, in that certain used needles and syringes seized by Officials of The National Horseracing Authority at Trainer Magner’s racing stables at Randjesfontein on 15 September 2017, were found upon analysis, to contain Testosterone, Testosterone Cypionate, Testosterone Isocaproate and Testosterone Phenylpropionate, which are forbidden substances in terms of Rule 74.2.

 

Mr Magner pleaded guilty to and was found guilty of the charge.

 

The Inquiry Board, after hearing the evidence presented, considering Trainer Magner’s record, and all other factors presented in mitigation, ruled that Trainer Magner be fined the sum of R50 000.

 

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on Friday 17 November 2017, Jockey Grant van Niekerk was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of JUST MY STYLE in Race 5 at Turffontein Racecourse on 4 November 2017, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to RIDING SHOTGUN when he shifted out at about the 150m. 

Jockey van Niekerk pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge. 

The Inquiry Board after considering the evidence, suspended Jockey van Niekerk from riding in races for a period of 14 (fourteen) days. 

Jockey van Niekerk was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 15 November 2017, Jockey Warren Kennedy was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of SHARP SEATTLE in Race 3 at Greyville Racecourse on 12 November 2017, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners approaching the 250m.   

Jockey Kennedy pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board, after considering the evidence, found Jockey Kennedy guilty and imposed a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven days. 

Jockey Kennedy has the Right of Appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.  


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at the Vaal Racecourse on Tuesday 14 November 2017, Jockey Weichong Marwing was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3, in that he failed to ride CASHIN to the end of the race, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining fourth place in Race 7 at the Turffontein Racecourse on 9 November 2017. 

Jockey Marwing pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge. 

The Inquiry Board, after viewing the patrol films of the race and hearing all the evidence put forward, imposed a suspension from riding in races for a period of ten days. 

Jockey Marwing has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed. 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held at the Vaal Racecourse on Tuesday 29 August 2017, Mr Francis Semela (assisted by Mr James Maree), was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.1, in that he failed to ensure that he took all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure that TAPENZEE was given a full opportunity to win, or to obtain the best possible placing in Race 1 run at the Vaal Racecourse on 17 August 2017.  The particulars being:


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 18 August 2017, Jockey Teaque Gould was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.40, in that he failed to comply with a reasonable order from a licensed Official.  He was also charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.10 in that he ill-treated his mount EVICTION by failing to dismount this colt, whilst fully aware that the horse was lame after the running of Race 5 at the Fairview Racecourse on 28 July 2017.