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.

The National Horseracing Authority confirms the finalisation of the following matter as set out below: 

BACKGROUND:

At an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 19 April 2019, Jockey Lyle Hewitson was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3, in that on 12 April 2019 at Fairview Racecourse, he failed to ride BELIEVETHISBEAUTY out to the end of Race 8, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining 3rd position. 

Jockey Hewitson pleaded guilty to the charge. 

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

Jockey Hewitson appealed against the penalty and then withdrew his Appeal on 31 July 2019.  A substantial part of his deposit was forfeited.

As prescribed by the Rules, the matter then had to be considered by the Inquiry Review Board, which confirmed the finding and penalty at its meeting on 6 September 2019.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stewards were previously notified by The National Horseracing Authority that Jockey Lyle Hewitson was only cleared to commence riding in Hong Kong, pending the Inquiry Review Board deciding upon this outstanding Inquiry.  On Friday 6 September 2019, they were advised that the original finding and penalty of a 14 day suspension was confirmed.  The NHA formally requested that this penalty commence after Jockey Hewitson fulfilled his race riding engagements at the Sha Tin race meeting on Sunday 8 September 2019. 

Hong Kong is a Specified Racing Authority in terms of Rule 91.1.2 and as such, the suspension will be reciprocated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Accordingly, Jockey Hewitson’s 14 day suspension commenced on Monday 9 September 2019 and will expire on Monday 23 September 2019, on which day he may resume race riding.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Johannesburg on 5 September 2019, Jockey Muzi Yeni was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of SNOW IN SEATTLE, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to HOT AUGUST in the concluding stages of Race 9 at Turffontein Racecourse on 20 August 2019.

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

The Inquiry Board, after viewing the patrol films of the race, considering all the factors presented by Jockey Yeni and also taking into account his record with regard to this Rule, suspended him from riding in races for a period of ten days.

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


 The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 29 August 2019, Trainer Mr L F Robinson was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4 read with sub-rule 73.4.1.1 in that he was the trainer of the horse from which a urine specimen was taken after it had participated in Barrier Trial No. 100 at the Greyville Racecourse on 1 June 2019. The specimen disclosed upon analysis the presence of 2-(1- Hydrozyethyl) Promazine Sulfoxide (metabolite of Acepromazine), a prohibited substance (classified as a class 3 substance in terms of the Guidelines). 

Mr Robinson pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge. After considering all the evidence the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R34 000, of which R19 000 is suspended for a period of 12 months on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of the prohibited substances rules during this period.

Mr Robinson has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that it has suspended all entries and declarations from Trainer L. J. Erasmus (Jnr), pending the finalisation of an Inquiry.
The Inquiry is in relation to an inspection by NHA Officials, that took place at his private training premises and horses under his care, on Wednesday, 28 August 2019.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its offices in Johannesburg on 28 August 2019, Trainer L J Erasmus (Jnr) was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.8, in that as a licensed Trainer, he accepted training fees for the horses PRESS MY BUTTON and GHOSTRIDER from a person that is not a registered Owner with The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa.

Trainer Erasmus (Jnr) pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.   

In determining a suitable penalty, the Inquiry Board took into account all evidence that was led at the inquiry and ruled that he be fined the sum of R20 000, of which R15 000 is wholly suspended for a period of one year, on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of this Rule during that period.

Trainer Erasmus (Jnr) has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed. 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 27 August 2019, Apprentice Jockey Jason Gates was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3, in that as the rider of , he misjudged the finish and failed to ride this gelding out to the end of the Race to the satisfaction of the Stipendiary Stewards and in doing so, prejudiced his chances of finishing in 3 place in Race 1 at the Vaal Racecourse on 6 August 2019.

Apprentice Jockey Gates pleaded guilty to the charge.

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

Apprentice Jockey Gates waived his Right of Appeal and was granted permission to take his suspension from 2 September to 15 September 2019, both days inclusive.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Inquiry was held at the Regional Office in Port Elizabeth on 7 August 2018 and concluded on  29 May 2019. Trainer Mrs Y Bremner was charged with a contravention of Rules 74.1; 74.2 and 74.3, in that she was the trainer of the horse CAT IN COMMAND which ran in and won the 6th race at Fairview Racecourse on 20 November 2017, after which a urine specimen taken from the horse disclosed upon analysis the presence of Ractopamine, a forbidden substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority.

The NHA and Mrs Bremner were legally represented at the Inquiry.

Mrs Bremner pleaded not guilty to the charge but was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, after considering all mitigating and aggravating factors raised during the Inquiry, imposed a fine of R175 000 (one hundred and seventy five thousand).

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2, CAT IN COMMAND 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 Johannesburg, 7 August 2019, Trainer Mrs S Miller was charged with a contravention Rule 72.1.14.  The particulars of the charge being that on 24 June 2019, during the course of a stable raid, an electrical and mechanical cattle prodder, which device may adversely impact or affect the welfare of a horse, was found on her training premises at Flamingo Park, Kimberley.

Mrs Miller pleaded guilty to the charge.  The Inquiry Board found her guilty of the charge.

The Board noted that there was no evidence presented which suggested that the device had been used on a horse and therefore the contravention only relates to the prodder being found at Mrs Miller’s training premises.  Notwithstanding this, the presence of the device was seen in a most serious light, as it created the potential for the welfare of the horse and the integrity of horseracing to be severely compromised.

Accordingly, the Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of:

  1. A three month suspension of her trainer’s licence, which suspension is wholly suspended for a period of twelve months on condition that she is not found guilty of a similar offence during this period;

   AND

  1. A penalty of a R20 000 fine.

Mrs Miller has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.