The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 6 November 2018, Jockey Keagan de Melo was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of FINAL ATTEMPT, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to L’HISTOIRE (G Wright), when shifting outwards from the 100m to the 50m in Race 1 at Greyville Racecourse on the 31 October 2018.  

Jockey de Melo pleaded guilty to the charge. 

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

Jockey de Melo has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed. 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 28 September 2018, Apprentice Jockey Sandile Mbhele was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3, in that as the rider of JARDIN he failed to ride out to the end of the race to the satisfaction of the Stipendiary Stewards, thereby affecting his chances  of obtaining outright 2nd place in Race 6 at Durbanville Racecourse on 18 September 2018. 

Apprentice Jockey Mbhele pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Apprentice Jockey Mbhele guilty as charged and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of fourteen (14) days. 

Apprentice Jockey Mbhele waived his Right to Appeal and was granted permission to take his suspension from 4 October to 17 October 2018, both days inclusive. 

Mr T Welch, the Cape Town Riding Master attended the Inquiry with Apprentice Jockey Mbhele.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its offices in Turffontein on 28 September 2018, Trainer Mr Paul Peter was charged with contraventions of Rule 73.2.4, in that he was the trainer of the horses:- 

-       AFROSTAR which ran in and won the 4th race at Turffontein on 8 July 2018; 

-       HUNGRY HEART which ran in and was unplaced in the 9th race at Turffontein on 21 July 2018;  and 

-       SEA DANCE which ran in and was placed second in the 1st race at the Vaal on 26 July 2018 

after which urine specimens taken from the horses disclosed upon analysis the presence of Flumethasone a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of the National Horseracing Authority. 

Mr Peter pleaded guilty to the charges and was found guilty. 

After hearing evidence as to an appropriate penalty, the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R80.000. 

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2, the horses are disqualified from the races in which they participated and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 27 September 2018, Trainer Mr L W Goosen was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4, in that as the trainer of the horse CAPTAIN’S GIRL from which a urine specimen was taken after it had participated and finished second in Race 7 at the Greyville Racecourse on 18 April 2018, disclosed upon analysis the presence of Clanobutin, a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of the NHA.  

Mr Goosen pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.  After considering all the evidence, the mitigating factors and the class of the substance, the Board imposed a fine of R15 000.  In addition, a suspended fine of R17 000, which was imposed by an Inquiry Board on 26 October 2016 becomes effective. 

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2 CAPTAIN’S GIRL is disqualified from the Race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 pertaining to stake monies shall apply. 

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Johannesburg on 27 September 2018, Workrider Joe Gwingwizha was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3 in that he failed to ride the horse ROYAL PURSUIT to the satisfaction of the Stewards, in Race 1 at the Vaal Racecourse on 13 September 2018.

Workrider Gwingwizha pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge. 

The Inquiry Board took into account Workrider Gwingwizha’s poor record with regard to contraventions of Rule 62.2.3 and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in three (3) Workriders’ races.  

Workrider Gwingwizha has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.


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.