The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 5 September 2018, Jockey Sandile Khathi was charged with a contravention of Rule 56.2.4 in that on 31 August 2018, Jockey Khathi took into and used a cellular telephone whilst inside the Jockey’s quarters at Fairview Racecourse. 

 Jockey Khathi pleaded guilty to the charge.

  The Inquiry Board found Jockey Khathi guilty and imposed a penalty of a fine of R5000. 

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


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Inquiry was held at its Head Office on Friday 31 August 2018.  The Inquiry related to a plasma specimen taken from the horse DANCING REBEL (trained by Mr L J Erasmus), which ran in and won Race 2 at the Vaal Racecourse on 15 March 2018.  The specimen, upon analysis, disclosed the presence of Flunixin, a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of the NHA.  As Trainer L J Erasmus passed away on 10 June 2018, the Inquiry was limited to the issue of the disqualification of DANCING REBEL. 

The Inquiry Board found that the positive specimen resulted in a contravention of Rule 73.2.4.  This meant that the horse had to be disqualified in terms of Rule 72.3.2. 

The decision of the Inquiry Board was to disqualify DANCING REBEL in terms of Rule 72.3.2 from Race 2 run at the Vaal Racecourse on 15 March 2018 and that the stake monies be redistributed in accordance with Rule 67.7.8.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its Head Office on Friday, 24 August 2018, Trainer Mr St John Gray was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4, in that he was the trainer of the horse HIGHLANDER, which ran in and won the 7th race at the Vaal Racecourse on 24 April 2018, after which a urine specimen taken from this horse, disclosed upon analysis, the presence of Procaine which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority. 

Mr Gray pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty. 

After hearing evidence in mitigation, the Inquiry Board imposed a penalty  of a fine of R23 000. 

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2, HIGHLANDER is disqualified from the race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 14 August 2018, adjourned and finalised on 18 August 2018, Jockey Donovan Dillon was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of MARGOT FONTEYN he raced to the front of the field at the 1700m and failed to maintain, or set, a reasonable pace and thus was a source of interference to a number of horses, which were following in Race 6 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 11 August 2018. 

Jockey Dillon pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board accepted his plea and found Jockey Dillon guilty as charged and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven (7) days. 

Jockey Dillon waived his Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed and was granted permission to take his suspension from 30 August to 5 September 2018.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Durban on 26 July 2018, Apprentice Jockey Jason Gates was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of CORAZON, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to EASY GINGER when shifting inwards, shortly after the start and thereafter when shifting inwards again, causing interference to EASY GINGER and BARGEME, approaching the 1000m in Race 1 at Scottsville Racecourse on 11 July 2018.   

Apprentice Jockey Gates pleaded guilty to the charge. 

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

Apprentice Jockey Gates has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed. 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 6 July 2018, Jockey Robert Khathi was charged with a contravention of Rule 56.2.4, in that on 8 June 2018 Jockey Khathi took into and used a cellular telephone whilst inside the Jockey’s quarters. 

Jockey Khathi pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty as charged. 

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R10 000, of which R5 000 is wholly suspended for a period of 12 months, on condition that Jockey Khathi is not found guilty of a similar offence. 

Jockey Khathi has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 2 July 2018, Jockey Grant van Niekerk was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of STRATHDON, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to MADE TO CONQUER over the final 300m of Race 5 at Greyville Racecourse on 2 June 2018. 

Jockey van Niekerk pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Jockey van Niekerk guilty and imposed a suspension from riding in races for a period of ten days. 

Jockey van Niekerk has the right of appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.

 


Background 

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held on 18 April 2017, Mr Paul Gadsby was found guilty of a contravention of Rule 10.5.1 in that on 13 January 2017, at Greyville Racecourse in the wash-bay area, the Groom in his employ, Mr Aviwe Makosana, kicked the horse PATROCULUS in the belly region, which horse was in his care and under his control as the Trainer of that horse, thus mistreating the horse in question. 

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R40 000, of which R20 000 was suspended for a period of 12 months, provided that he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 10.5.1, or a similar offence involving the abuse and/or ill-treatment of any horse during that period. 

Mr Gadsby lodged an appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed. 

The Appeal Board, having considered the evidence, was of the view that strict liability was not applicable to Mr Gadsby’s case and the provisions of Rule 10.5.1. ­­­­­­­­­­­are not applicable. 

The Appeal Board accordingly upheld the appeal, set aside the finding and the penalty imposed and refunded Mr Gadsby’s appeal deposit fee.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 29 June 2018, The Alchemy Stud was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.10. The particulars of the charge being that The Alchemy Stud, a registered Breeder, with the responsible, accountable and authorised person being Mr Phillip Kahan, was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.10 in that when inspections were conducted at The Alchemy Stud Farms on 29 January 2018 and 9 May 2018, certain mares and foals were found to be in an unacceptable condition. 

Mr Kahan on behalf of The Alchemy Stud pleaded guilty and was found guilty as charged. 

The Inquiry Board having considered all of the evidence before it and the submissions tendered in mitigation and aggravation imposed a penalty of:- 

-       A cancellation of the privilege of The Alchemy Stud, this cancellation is wholly suspended for a period of two years on condition that the Stud is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 72.1.10 during this period;  and 

-        A fine of R60,000;  and 

-       The NHA will conduct random inspections of The Alchemy Stud to ensure compliance with the aforementioned Rule. 

The Alchemy Stud has the Right of Appeal in terms of Rule 85. 

Both parties were legally represented.


At an inquiry held in Cape Town on Wednesday 27 June 2018, Jockey Aldo Domeyer, in absentia, was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of BLACK INDY, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to BLACK SAIL when he shifted inwards in front of BLACK SAIL passing the 600m in Race 4 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 2 June 2018. 

The Inquiry Board entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Jockey Domeyer. 

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Domeyer guilty as charged and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven (7) days. 

Jockey Domeyer has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed. 

Jockey Domeyer was afforded every opportunity to attend the Inquiry.  The matter had been delayed to the extent that the Inquiry Board convened to proceed and Jockey Domeyer asked the Inquiry Board to proceed in his absence and finalise the proceedings in accordance with Rule 79.3.