• Abe Bloomberg Legal Eagle Stakes (Grade 3)

Unbeaten KATAK has had his merit rating increased from 99 to 109 after he recorded a fourth win from as many appearances in the Grade 3 Abe Bloomberg Legal Eagle Stakes (formerly known as the Winter Classic) for three-year-olds over the Kenilworth winter course 1800m on Tuesday 7 July.

The Handicappers were of the view that 3rd placed SILVER HOST made for the most suitable line horse.  Accordingly, his rating remains unaltered on 102, but runner-up SUPER SILVANO goes up from 102 to 105.  In other increases, 4th placed BAYBERRY (who sported blinkers for the first time) goes up from 81 to 95, while 5th placed CAPTAIN FLINDERS was raised from 85 to 93.

The only drop was for CANE LIME ‘N SODA, who is down from 94 to 92.

Following the successful Asian Racing Conference (ARC) held in Cape Town in February 2020, The National Horseracing Authority wishes to draw your attention to the various Plenary Sessions that are available on the ARC 2020 website.  This library includes speaker presentations and video recordings from the various sessions.

Please go to website http://www.arcsa2020.com and click on the Business Programme to select the Plenary Session you are interested in.

We trust that you will find these Sessions informative.


Dear NHA Member,

As you are aware the COVID-19 virus has had an unparalleled disastrous effect on the world. This led to our President Mr Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a State of Disaster, followed by the Lockdown period (27 March 2020 to 30 April 2020) in order to contain the spread of the virus and to try to flatten the growth curve in relation to further infections and fatalities.

The NHA is acutely aware of the devastating consequences of the suspension of racing. It affects all Stakeholders including our 6,000 plus members who own more than 10,000 horses in racing stables, pre-training yards and stud farms, as well as their 17,000 staff employed directly and thousands more indirectly. It threatens livelihoods and puts further strain on an industry already troubled by poor economic conditions.

As the Regulator of Horseracing, we do have significant responsibilities which we do not take lightly and we are taking stringent measures to protect and support our industry: 

The NHA, Phumelela, Gold Circle, Kenilworth Racing, the Racing Association and The Thoroughbred Horseracing Trust, as a further preventative measure, discourages all air travel of industry participants entering racecourses and training establishments countrywide, subject to the 14 day isolation period being complied with.  This is effective from Monday 23 March 2020. 

We appeal to all persons involved in the racing industry, to act responsibly and with integrity as your conduct and commitment is paramount to the continuation of racing fixtures. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but the established high-risk element of airports and the severity of the CoronaVirus (COVID–19) necessitates such drastic measures.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 14 February 2020, Trainer Frank Robinson was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.25, in that he conducted himself in an improper manner at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on 12 January 2020, by initiating a physical altercation with an employee of his stable. 

Mr Robinson pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Mr Robinson guilty and after considering the evidence presented, he was fined R8 000, of which R4 000 is suspended for a period of two years, provided that he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 72.1.25 during that time. 

Mr Robinson has the Right of Appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.

The following licences were granted at a Licencing Meeting held on 20 May 2019 


G Pieterse (Kwa-Zulu Natal)
J M Solomons (Kwa-Zulu Natal) 


M Mjoka (Kwa-Zulu Natal) 


T L Mason (Zimbabwe) 


R L Klaasen to P A Peter (Central Province)
T Nako to S G Tarry (Central Province)
N L Bruss to A J Wright (Kwa-Zulu Natal)



D C Delpech to G H van Zyl for a six-month probationary period (Kwa-Zulu Natal)
Z Xamle to S J Snaith for a six-month probationary period (Wester Cape)
A P J Smith to B Webber for a six-month probationary period (Central Province)
P P Nhlapo to S W Kenny for a six-month probationary period (Central Province)
M E Suping to C T Dawson for a six-month probationary period (Central Province) 


L A Saliete – Assistant Starter (Central Province)
J Bester – Assistant Starter (Central Province)
M B Nkosi – Assistant Starter (Central Province)
D I Zungu – Specimen Collector (Kwa-Zulu Natal)
R Sutherland – Stipendiary Steward (Central Province)
N Mazibuko – Handicapper (Central Province)
J Batt – Stipendiary Steward (Western Province)



Trainer D Steyn has relinquished his licence (Central Province)
Stable Employee M C Trott is now in the employ of Trainer J Snaith (Western Cape)
Stable Employee M P Ntlebi is now in the employ of Trainer D J Nieuwenhuizen (Central Province)
Trainer O A Ferraris has relinquished his licence (Central Province)



The NHA’s reason for being

The entire purpose of the National Horseracing Authority (the NHA) is “To regulate, govern, serve and promote the sport of horseracing in Southern Africa”. The industry has several sectors which all have their own applicable rules within our rule book, as well as dedicated service departments within our organisation. It is our primary duty to maintain the highest levels of integrity possible, both in the racing industry and in our own institution.



WOMEN IN SPORT SUMMIT 2018 Lead. Conquer. Inspire.

August in South Africa is a time when we celebrate and acknowledge everything “women”.

The National Horseracing Authority was invited to attend the 2018 Women In Sport Summit in Cape Town in mid-August, and I was asked to speak at the summit. It was the culmination of 3 years of planning and the organiser, Debra Barnes, assembled an astonishingly apropos group of speakers and contributors from the sporting, business and media sectors.

The day was filled with various thought-provoking talks, with the opening keynote speaker – the inspirational Professor Shirley Zinn - setting the motivational tone. My focus was on the Diversity and Inclusion Revolution.

I focused on 8 powerful truths and 7 powerful actions to ensure a diversified and inclusive working environment.


A New Season with New Challenges

With the renewal of the southern hemisphere racing season on 1 August 2018, July brings down the curtain on a year filled with surprises, disappointments, strikes and many changes.

The Snaith team dominated the entire season, clinching the 2017/2018 Trainer’s Championship, nearly R6.5 million clear of their nearest rival, Sean Tarry. Snaith dominated the features in Cape Town in the summer, and crowned off a superb season by saddling the first three past the post in Gr1 Vodacom Durban July. Mike de Kock will finish in third place on the log.

What a phenomenal year it has been for Apprentice Jockey Lyle Hewitson. The last apprentice to win the Jockey’s Championship was Michel “Muis” Roberts, all the way back in the 1973.