The National Horseracing Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Vee Moodley as the new Chief Executive, effective 1st January, 2019. 

Mr Moodley has a stellar career in the horseracing industry, building a wealth of experience and deep knowledge in almost every aspect of the Sport over the past 15 years. 

After working as a group accountant, Mr Moodley opted for a career change and began as a Handicapper with the NHA in 2003.  He was then promoted to Racing Control Manager in 2007 and by the end of 2008 he was identified as the Chief Executive designate of the NHA with full working knowledge of the regulatory body, its rules and all of its functions. 

In 2010, he was then headhunted to join Phumelela Gaming and Leisure where he became the Executive Director for Sports Betting, and later became Chief Executive of Betting World as well as a member of the main board of Phumelela.  He also served on the boards of Kenilworth Racing, Betting World East Cape, Supabets, Superworld and the South African Jockeys Academy.   

He currently is a member of the National Racing Committee, National Fixtures Committee, the Handicapping Appeal Committee and the Race Programme Committee. 

A man with an unbridled and passionate commitment to thoroughbred horseracing.  In order to avoid of any conflict of interest, Mr Moodley accepts the post of Chief Executive of the NHA on the grounds that he will no longer hold any directorships nor shares or share options in any part of Phumelela or its betting operations and that his sole and complete focus will be to steer the course of the regulatory body in all its aspects. 

In welcoming Mr Moodley, the Board of the NHA believes that his vast experience will enable him to provide a visionary leadership role with strong financial and strategic skills that will enhance the future, the integrity and the transformation of the Sport of Horseracing as well as the core functions of The National Horseracing Authority.


The National Board of the NHA advises that until the process of appointing a permanent Chief Executive has been completed, Mr Arnold Hyde will assume the responsibilities of Chief Executive.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that a Board meeting was held earlier today to discuss the vacant position of Chief Executive.         The National Board Directors agreed that the position would be advertised.


NHA Staff Promotions 

The National Horseracing Authority is pleased to announce the following promotions: 

-           Dr Roehann Sutherland will be promoted to NHA Senior Veterinary Surgeon with effect from 1 November 2018. 

-           Mr Lennon Maharaj has been promoted to the position of Senior Handicapper with effect from 1 September 2018. 

The NHA wishes both Roehann and Lennon every success in their new positions.

 

 


The National Horseracing Authority announces that the Chief Executive has for personal reasons, taken leave of absence until 25 September 2018.  In the interim, the affairs of the NHA will be supervised and managed by the Chairman of the Board, assisted by the Executive Management.

 


An independent panel consisting of Messrs V Moodley, J Vermaak and R S Napier convened on 30 August 2018 by teleconference, to hear a MR Appeal lodged by Trainer Andre Nel, on behalf of the horse PLEASEDTOMEETYOU, against the Merit Rating of 92 allotted to this colt after it had won Race 1 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 7 August 2018. 

The Panel by unanimous decision, decided to dismiss the appeal on the basis that the horses with the exposed form ran way below their previous two starts from a margin perspective and the Handicappers had no option but to rate the race in the manner in which they did.  PLEASEDTOMEETYOU’s rating is within the handicapping guidelines. 

Based on the fact that the top four positions were filled by first time runners, the handicappers were forced to apply more ‘art and science’, rather than the traditional line horse methodology, in determining the rating of the race.  The deposit fee will be refunded.

 


The National Horseracing Authority regrets to inform you of the unfortunate happenings with regards to the courier services after the Vodacom Durban July. 

On Saturday 7 July 2018, sometime after 21h30 the courier service vehicle, which was transporting the post-race equine specimens taken after every race on the day, from Greyville Racecourse, was pulled over on the N2 freeway by an unmarked white VW Golf 7. This unmarked vehicle had a flashing blue light as well as a PA system. The driver assumed that it was a police vehicle and followed their instructions to pull over. The driver was ordered to get out of the courier vehicle and told to lie down on the ground. Three plain-clothed males alighted from the unmarked white vehicle and proceeded to rob the driver of his personal effects, including his wallet and cell phone. The three men also accessed the courier vehicle and removed all the sealed boxes containing the raceday specimens. They then left, leaving the vehicle and driver at the scene. The courier service has opened a criminal case at the Westville Police Station. 

On Sunday 8 July 2018 at 11h30, a woman was walking in the Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve in Glenwood, Durban, to visit family members who stayed in the vicinity. On the pathway she found the specimen boxes, which had been forced open, with the specimens still inside. She then noticed that there was information on the boxes which stated “Greyville 7/7/2018”. On her return to the area a few hours later, she saw that the boxes had disappeared. 

The courier company is waiting for the case number to be assigned.