The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 8 November 2019, Jockey Xolane (Charles) Ndlovu was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.28.  The particulars being that as the rider of BRANDINA, he was negligent in failing to notify a licensed official that his lead bag had become dislodged, during the running of Race 7 at Fairview Racecourse on 25 October 2019 and that he subsequently had retrieved the lead bag and weighed in at the correct weight.

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

After considering all the mitigating factors, which included the finishing position of BRANDINA, the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R10 000, of which R7 500 is wholly suspended for a period of twenty-four months, on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of this rule during this period.

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

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.1, BRANDINA is disqualified from the said race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.


At an inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 18 October 2019, Jockey Donald Bogaleboile was charged with a contravention of Rule 21.11, in that as the Rider of TEQUILA MARIA  in Race 2 at Fairview Racecourse on 2 August 2019, he failed to ensure that this filly carried the correct weight during the running of the race, by weighing in at more than 0.5 kg below the weight at which he was declared out at. This resulted in TEQUILA MARIA being disqualified following an objection by the Clerk of Scales being upheld.

A plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of Jockey Bogaleboile, however, he was found guilty as charged.

After considering all mitigating and aggravating evidence, which included the finishing position of TEQUILA MARIA, the extent of the underweight and the form of TEQUILA MARIA, the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R5000, of which R3000 is suspended for a period of 12 months, on condition that he is not found guilty of a similar contravention during this period.

Jockey Bogaleboile was afforded the Right of Appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that, at an inquiry held at Borrowdale Racecourse on 21 October 2019, Trainer Mrs B P Fisher was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4 in that a specimen taken from the horse HILLAH THE HUN after it ran in and won the 3rd race run at Borrowdale Racecourse on 28 April 2019, disclosed upon analysis the presence of Caffeine which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules.

Mrs Fisher pleaded not guilty to the charge, however, the Inquiry Board found her guilty and imposed a penalty of a fine of R34 000.

Mrs Fisher has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2 HILLAH THE HUN is disqualified from the said race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 14 October 2019, Jockey Mr J C Barnes was charged with a contravention of Rule 77.1.1 read with Rule 77.2.8 in that a urine specimen which was taken from him at the Greyville Racecourse on 10 April 2019 disclosed upon analysis the presence of Codeine, a banned substance (classified as an Opiate in terms of the Guidelines) in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority.

Mr Barnes pleaded guilty to and was found guilty of the charge.  After considering all the evidence the Board imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 14 days.

Mr Barnes has the right of appeal against the severity of the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 1 October 2019, Jockey Serino Moodley was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of KING OF SAMASH, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners at approximately the 1300m in Race 7 at the Hollywoodbets Scottsville Racecourse on 15 September 2019.

Jockey Moodley pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Moodley guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven days.

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


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at the Vaal Racecourse on 26 September 2019, Jockey Chase Maujean was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of ARCHILLES, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners at approximately the 400m in Race 4 at the Vaal Racecourse on 19 September 2019.

Jockey Maujean pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, in determining a suitable penalty, took into account all evidence that was led at the inquiry and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven days.

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


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on 25 September 2019, Jockey Chad Little was charged with the following contraventions of the Rules :-

  • A contravention of Rules 77.1.1 and 77.2.3 in that he presented himself to take part in a race at the Vaal Racecourse on 11 July 2019 when a urine sample provided by him contained methamphetamine, which is a banned substance.

   Mr Little pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty as charged.

  After careful consideration of the evidence, Mr Little was suspended from riding in races for a period of five (5) years.

   Mr Little was afforded the right of appeal against the severity of the penalty imposed. 

 

  • Contraventions of Rules 77.1.1 and 72.1.17 in that he presented himself to take part in a race at the Vaal Racecourse on 23 July 2019, when it was evident that a sample may have contained a banned substance and that he misled the Stipendiary Board Stewards by providing and presenting a substance as urine which, upon analysis, was found to be ‘Red Bull’ and not urine.

   Mr Little pleaded guilty to both charges and was found guilty of both charges.

  In determining a suitable penalty, the Inquiry Board took into account the evidence, the mitigating factors and Mr Little’s disciplinary record and imposed the penalties of a suspension from riding in races for a period of five (5) years (Rule 77.1.1) and a suspension from riding in races for a period of three (3) years (Rule   72.1.17). These penalties are to run concurrently.

  Mr Little was afforded the right of appeal against the severity of the penalties imposed.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 27 September 2019, Trainer Mr J H Strydom was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4. The particulars being that he was the Trainer of the horse ELUSIVE KAT which ran in and won the 4th race at Fairview Racecourse on 21 June 2019, after which a urine specimen taken from the horse disclosed upon analysis the presence of Flunixin which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules.

The Inquiry Board entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Mr Strydom.

The Inquiry Board, after considering all mitigating and aggravating factors raised during the Inquiry, imposed a fine of R23 000 (twenty three thousand).

Mr Strydom has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 73.2.4, ELUSIVE KAT is disqualified from the said race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.

 


Inquiry – Trainer L J Erasmus (Jnr) 

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on 6 September 2019, adjourned to 9 September 2019, to allow for further investigation of new evidence and concluded on 16 September 2019, Trainer L J Erasmus (Jnr) was charged with contraventions of Rules 10.5.1 and 72.1.17.

The particulars of the charges being: 

CHARGE 1:

Trainer Erasmus (Jnr) was charged In terms of Rule 10.5.1 in that as a licensed Trainer, subject to the Rules of the NHA and responsible for the care, treatment and training of horses under his control, he failed to provide a reasonable level of care and treatment to a number of horses under his control.  These horses, upon examination, were found to be in poor condition and showed varying degrees of neglect.

CHARGE 2:

Trainer Erasmus (Jnr) was charged in terms of Rule 72.1.17 in that he misled the Stewards by intentionally concealing the presence and thus failing to provide access to certain horses at his training establishment. These horses were under his control and concealed at the same time as an official stable investigation conducted at his premises on 28 August 2019.  Subsequent evidence which had been obtained and presented during the Inquiry, has shown these horses to be in a very poor condition.

As Trainer Erasmus (Jnr) did not appear on 16 September 2019, despite being required to be present, the Inquiry Board entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf regarding both charges.   He was however found guilty on both charges.

After considering all the evidence presented at the Inquiry, the Board took into consideration the severity of neglect suffered by the horses concerned, as well as the fact that Trainer Erasmus (Jnr) had intentionally concealed these horses away from NHA Officials which had precluded them from performing their duties. In determining suitable penalties and giving due regard to the serious welfare and integrity breaches of the Rules, the Board ruled that in terms of:

CHARGE 1 (RULE 10.5.1) - that Mr Erasmus’ (Jnr) Trainer’s licence be CANCELLED;

AND

CHARGE 2 (RULE 72.1.17) - that Mr Erasmus (Jnr) be WARNED OFF.  

Trainer Erasmus (Jnr) was afforded the Right of Appeal against both the findings and penalties imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed by an Inquiry Board upon Jockey Marco van Rensburg was heard on 11 September 2019.

Background 

Jockey van Rensburg was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that whilst riding YESSIRICANBOOGIE, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to WHAT YOU ARE, ridden by Jockey C Orffer in the concluding stages of Race 5 Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1) run at Hollywoodbets Scottsville Racecourse on 25 May 2019 and a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven days was imposed on him. 

The Appeal Board, after considering the record, the Grounds of Appeal and the response thereto, as well as the arguments made on behalf of Jockey van Rensburg and the National Horseracing Authority, was of the view that:

  1. The Appeal on the guilty finding should be dismissed, in that between the 100m to the 75m, whilst riding YESSIRICANBOOGIE, Jockey van Rensburg failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to WHAT YOU ARE, ridden by Jockey C Orffer in Race 5 at Hollywoodbets Scottsville Racecourse on 25 May 2019;
  1. The Appeal Board did not accept that there was any so-called pressure from MISS FLORIDA (Apprentice L Ferraris) as suggested, which was the main basis of the Appeal;
  1. On the issue of the penalty, the Appeal Board upheld the penalty of a seven day suspension, however, was of the view when giving consideration to the extent of the interference and that this was a Grade 1 race, that if a penalty of a ten day suspension had been imposed by the Inquiry Board, it would in all likelihood not have interfered with that sanction.
  1. The Appeal is dismissed on both the finding and the penalty.
  1.  In terms of Rule 85.5.8, Jockey van Rensburg’s appeal fee is forfeited.