• Kings Cup (Handicap) (Listed) 

BORN TO PERFORM has had his rating raised from 96 to 98 after he ran out a hard fought winner of the Listed King’s Cup (Handicap) over 1600m on the Greyville turf course on Sunday 22 March 2020.  The Handicappers agreed that runner-up TRISTFUL and third placed G G’s DYNASTY were the correct line horses to use and as such, both remain unchanged on 109 and 103, respectively.

The winner aside, there were no other increases to the ratings of any of the runners, but a number were given a drop.  CAPOEIRA is down from 112 to 110, CAMPHORATUS drops from 114 to 111, KNIGHTS TEMPLAR goes from 97 to 96, MASTER MAGIC is down to 98 from 100, and lastly AMOR ARDIENTE drops from 97 to 95.


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.

 


In line with other racing jurisdictions and in the best interest of Jockeys and horseracing, The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa has raised the minimum riding weight in races to 54 kgs.  The change is to accommodate the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will be implemented for final acceptances from Monday, 23 March 2020 and until further notice.


Should the minimum weights in any race at the close of final acceptance be less than 54 kgs it shall be raised to 54 kgs and all other weights will be raised accordingly. In certain unique cases (conditions and plated races) there may be a deviation in the best interest of the race and the majority of the field.


  • Senor Santa Stakes (Grade 2)

 

MIGHTY HIGH’s rating remains unchanged on 108 after she captured the Grade 2 Senor Santa Stakes over 1160m on the Turffontein straight course on Saturday 14 March.  The Handicappers were of the view that fourth placed WARRIOR’S REST and fifth finisher ROMI’S BOY were the most suitable line horses to use in assessing this race and as such they remain unchanged on 113 and 105, respectively.  In rating the race this way, MIGHTY HIGH which was rated to win at these weight terms remains unchanged on 108. 

Runner-up MR FLOOD also remains unaltered on 120 and in fact only one change was made to any rating in the entire field, with RIVARINE dropping slightly from 109 to 108. 

 


  • S A Classic (Grade 1)

 

GOT THE GREENLIGHT has seen his rating raised from 114 to 116 after he bounced right back to form and won the Grade 1  S A Classic for three-year-olds over 1800m at Turffontein (standside track) on Saturday 7 March.  The Handicappers felt that fourth placed LEOPOLD would not have run worse here than when he finished fifth in the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas at his most recent start and used him to what he actually achieved there to rate the Classic.   

At the time the Handicappers took a lenient view of his Guineas performance, but his run in the Classic confirms that he is indeed as good as his actual achieved Guineas rating made him appear. As such, LEOPOLD’s rating now goes up from 108 to 111. 

Classic runner-up GREEN LASER and 3rd placed YOUCANTHURRYLOVE both go up to 114, from 109 and 108 respectively. MASTER SUPREME is up from 85 to 100, while in the only other increase WESTERN FORT goes from 91 to 95. 

The only drop was for last placed BATTLE OF ALESIA, who goes from 106 to 101.

 


  • Kenilworth Cup (Handicap) (Listed)

 

MERCURANA has seen his rating adjusted from 77 to 97 after his success in the Listed Kenilworth Cup (Handicap) over 3 200m on the Kenilworth summer course on Saturday 29 February.  It must be borne in mind that MERCURANA was fully 18 pounds under sufferance as the race was benchmarked 93 MR = 52kg, and together with the minimum 2-pound increase which is mandatory for any win in a handicap, this equals the 20 point increase he received.  That is to say, were the race to be run again MERCURANA would have to carry 53 kgs, or 1 kg (2 pounds) more than the 52 kgs he carried here. 

The Handicappers took the view that third placed STRATHDON made for the best line horse and as such he remains unchanged on 109, however runner-up SWIFT SURPRISE (who was also under sufferance) was raised from 91 to 95.  Fourth placed TROOP THE COLOUR was raised from 67 to 80.  He in fact ran to 92 on literal numbers, but the handicappers were of the view that he was flattered by his margin of defeat in a race which was slowly run and as such he only received half of the achieved adjustment. 

The only drop was for DYNASTY’S BLOSSOM, who goes from 108 to 106.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that it received information through various sources, relating to the possible poor state of thoroughbred racehorses and the conditions that they were being kept under on a farm near Middelburg, Mpumalanga. 

An NHA Official, accompanied by a representative from the Highveld Horse Care Unit visited the farm on Thursday, 27 February 2020 and returned on Saturday, 29 February 2020, with the support of the South African Police Services, armed with a Court Order to confiscate fifteen thoroughbred horses from the farm in question. 

The horses were transported to the Highveld Horse Care Unit, where six of these horses had to be euthanased due to their extremely poor condition. 

Whilst criminal charges are being instituted, the NHA is investigating the matter in line with its commitment to maintaining the highest standards regarding horse welfare.


  • ARF Commemorative Cape Derby (Grade 1)

GOLDEN DUCAT has seen his rating increase from 89 to 110 after he stayed on well to capture the Grade 1 ARF Commemorative Cape Derby over 2000m on the Kenilworth summer course on Saturday 22 February.  The Handicappers were in agreement that runner-up SACHDEV was the correct line horse to use, having appeared to have every chance in the running, and accordingly his rating remains unchanged on 108.

Third placed SUPER SILVANO goes up from 100 to 102, while 4th placed PARTERRE is up from 100 to 101.  Fifth finisher AZORES was the only other horse to receive a ratings increase and goes up from 92 to 99.  Two horses were given a drop, with CANE LIME ‘N SODA down from 100 to 98 and ON MY MIND being cut from 89 to 87.

 


  • Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)

 

IKIGAI has seen his rating climb from 114 to 118 after his fluent success in the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas over 1600m on the Turffontein standside course on Wednesday evening 12 February 2020.  The race was postponed from the preceding Saturday because of inclement weather and unsafe conditions. 

The Handicappers were of the view that the very consistent runner-up FROSTED GOLD was the right line horse to use when assessing the Guinea and, as such, his rating remains unchanged on 114.  Third placed GREEN LASER goes up from 96 to 109, while fourth finisher ASTRIX is up from 104 to 108.  Also upped to 108 (from 98) is fifth placed LEOPOLD, while in the only drop made to any horse following this race EDEN ROC is down from 114 to 110.

 

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held over the dates of Thursday, 15 August 2019, Thursday, 10 October 2019, and Friday, 31 January 2020, Jockey M Yeni was charged with contraventions of:-

 

RULE 72.1.26 

In that Mr Yeni made comments during a post-race interview on Tellytrack, after the running of the 4th race run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday 31 July 2019, which might have had the effect of discrediting horseracing and which did or might have brought into disrepute the good name of the NHA. 

Jockey Yeni pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Board after considering the evidence found Mr Yeni not guilty of the charge.