• Gauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup (Handicap) - (Grade 1)

ZILLZAAL has had his rating increased from 114 to 120 after he led virtually throughout to win the Gauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup over 2000m at Turffontein (standside track) on Saturday 30 November. Runner-up SOQRAT was used as the line horse when assessing the race, but ZILLZAAL was 1.5 kgs under sufferance at the weights and also carried 0.5 kg overweight on top of that, so a six-pound increase in his rating actually amounts to the minimum possible raise. SOQRAT’S rating, of course, remains unchanged.

Third placed AL MUTAWAKEL was fully 14 pounds under sufferance and accordingly goes up by that amount from 103 to 117, while fourth placed QUEEN SUPREME (who was 10 pounds under sufferance) goes up from 110 to 117.

The only other raise was to GREEN HAZE, who goes up from 107 to 111, but numerous horses were given a drop in ratings. ROY HAD ENOUGH goes from 116 to 115, CAMPHORATUS was trimmed from 118 to 116, TILBURY FORT also goes from 118 to 116, DIVINE ODYSSEY drops from 117 to 116, INSIGNIS drops from 112 to 110, SHENANIGANS goes from 107 to 106, and INFAMOUS FOX was cut from 119 to 117.


  • Concorde Cup (Grade 2)

KING OF GEMS has seen his rating raised from 98 to 109 after he overcame the widest draw in an eleven-runner field to win the Concorde Cup for three-year-olds over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday 23 November.  The Handicappers felt it was highly improbable that third placed MACTHIEF would have run worse here than when he finished 5th in the Grade 3 Cape Classic four weeks earlier and used the 106 which he actually achieved on that occasion as the basis for rating the Concorde Cup.  As such, MACTHIEFS rating goes up to 106.

Runner-up SACHDEV goes up from 94 to 108, while fourth placed VIVA RIO remains unchanged on 108.  SEVENTH GEAR was raised from 100 to 103, while in the only other change CANE LIME ‘N SODA goes up slightly from 101 to 102.  No drops were made to the rating of any horses in this event.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Appeal was held in Johannesburg on 15 November 2019, against the finding and the penalty relating to a contravention of Rule 72.1.11 imposed by an Inquiry Board on 8 August 2019.

 

BACKGROUND:

At an Inquiry held at its offices in Turffontein on 8 August 2019, Jockey M Yeni was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.11, in that whilst riding the horse MR GREENLIGHT, he intimidated and interfered with Jockey L Hewitson, when he took his hand off his left side rein and placed it on Jockey Hewitson’s arm, in the second race at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on 27 July 2019.

Mr Yeni pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Mr Yeni guilty of the charge.

In determining a suitable penalty, the Inquiry Board balanced Mr Yeni’s factors in mitigation with the need to protect the integrity of horseracing, the public’s perception regarding racing control and from circumstances which have the potential to cause danger to both horse and rider. Accordingly, the Inquiry Board imposed a suspension from riding in races for a period of 90 (ninety) days.

Mr Yeni was afforded the right of Appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.

 

The National Horseracing Authority and Mr Yeni were legally represented at the Appeal hearing.

The Appeal Board found as follows:

The Appeal Board dismissed the Appeal in respect of the guilty finding by the Inquiry Board as well as the penalty imposed by the Inquiry Board.

The Appeal Board noted that because of the seriousness of the contravention by Mr Yeni, if appropriate evidence in respect of aggravation of penalty had been led on behalf of The National Horseracing Authority, the Appeal Board would have been prepared to consider interfering with the penalty imposed, by increasing same.  However, the Appeal Board elected not to interfere with the penalty imposed by the Inquiry Board of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 90 (ninety) days.

The Appeal Board ordered that the prescribed fee be forfeited in terms of rule 85.5.8.

The decision of the Appeal Board was unanimous.


  • Victory Moon Stakes (Grade 3)

SOQRAT has had his merit rating raised from 131 to 133 after the Australian-bred import made light work of beating a dozen rivals in the Victory Moon Stakes over 1800m at the Vaal on Saturday 9 November.  Runner-up GREEN HAZE was considered highly unlikely to have run below his rating in a race of this nature and was used as the line horse.  Accordingly, his rating remains unchanged.

Third placed MASTER MAGIC went up from 100 to 106, but fourth placed ROY HAD ENOUGH has been dropped from 118 to 116.  Fifth placed AL MUTAWAKEL goes up from 98 to 103. 

In other drops, SEVILLE ORANGE goes from 112 to 109, SOLDIER ON has been trimmed to 106 from 107, NOBLE SECRET drops to 111 from 114, UNAGI goes from 110 to 107, and SECOND REQUEST drops from 107 to 100.  In fact, SECOND REQUEST had already dropped to 104 after the publication of the weights for this race and was given a further four-pound reduction after finishing last here.


DOMESTIC RATINGS UPDATE

Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (Grade 2)

BARAHIN has seen his merit rating increased from 122 to 131 after his emphatic success under top weight in the Grade 2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (handicap) over 1600m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday, 2 November 2019.  The Handicappers felt strongly that FLYING WINGER would not have run below his rating in finishing 4th in a race of this nature and used him as the line horse.  As such, his 105 rating remains unchanged.

Runner-up CHIJMES was raised from 117 to 119, while third placed CASCAPEDIA remains unchanged on 117 after a good effort over a distance which was arguably short of her very best.

The only drop was for INFAMOUS FOX, who goes from 122 to 119.


  • Western Cape Fillies Championship (Grade 2)

THIRD RUNWAY has seen her merit rating raised from 97 to 109 after she made a winning seasonal debut in the Grade 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship for three-year-olds over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday 26 October.  The Handicappers were of the view that runner-up PRETTY YOUNG THING (who incidentally was beaten 4.25 lengths by THIRD RUNWAY in a maiden juvenile plate over the same distance at Durbanville back in May) was the correct line horse to use in assessing the race and as such, she remains unchanged on 105.

Third placed ROLL IN THE HAY goes up from 99 to 104, while fourth placed DRIVING MISS DAISY also goes up to 104 (from 96.)  Fifth finisher LARENTINA has been raised from 85 to 103, while sixth placed SAILING SHIP goes up from 87 to 98.  DRAMA QUEEN and POINT OF SALE both go up to 95 from 93 and 92 respectively.  The only drop was to SOMEWHERE IN TIME, who goes from 94 to 91.


Michaelmas Handicap (Listed)

BLACKBALL has had his rating raised from 103 to 107 following his fluent success in the Listed Michaelmas Handicap over 1900m at Greyville (turf track) on Sunday, 20 October.  The Handicappers opted to rate this race the lowest way as some of the competitors were returning from lay-offs and deemed to be more effective over further distances.  Consequentially 2nd placed PATHS OF VICTORY was used as the line horse and as such PATHS OF VICTORY’s rating remains unchanged as does that of 3rd placed WEALTHY, who was only a neck further adrift of the runner-up.

Three horses have been given a drop in their ratings following this race.  OUR COYS goes from 89 to 88, ARIANOS SHADOW drops from 95 to 93, and WHITE LIGHTNING drops to 92 after running off a rating of 95.  WHITE LIGHTNING’s rating had in fact been dropped to 94 following his latest start a fortnight earlier, but the Michaelmas Handicap weights had already been issued at that point so his slightly reduced rating did not take effect for this event.


  • Joburg Spring Challenge (Grade 2) – 5 October 2019 

PRINCE OF KAHAL has had his merit rating increased from 116 to 118 after his narrow victory in a tight finish of the Grade 2 Joburg Spring Challenge over 1450m at Turffontein (inside track) on Saturday.

The handicappers were happy to use fourth placed ZOUAVES as the line horse even though he was relegated from second place after an objection on the grounds that his rider had inadvertently struck INFAMOUS FOX across the face with his crop.  This incident in no way prejudiced ZOUAVES’ chances in the race, and the very close nature of the finish means that he would run to the same mark whether he was placed 2nd or 4th.  He is ultra-consistent and arguably at his absolute best over distances around 1400m, so despite the objection he was considered a suitable line horse.

Runner-up CHIJMES has had his rating increased from 111 to 117, whereas INFAMOUS FOX remains unaltered on 122.  The three-year-olds PUTONTHEREDLIGHT and EHSAAN, who respectively finished 6th and 7th, have been raised to 110 and 108 respectively, so they would meet on the correct terms in a handicap race.

In other changes, WILL PAYS was dropped from 119 to 116, while ROMI’S BOY drops from 112 to 110.


 New Appointments – KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape

The National Horseracing Authority is pleased to announce two senior appointments in the Department of Racing Control:-

Mr Deanthan Moodley has been appointed as the Chief Stipendiary Steward in Kwa-Zulu Natal with effect from 1 November 2019.

Deanthan, a qualified attorney, joined the NHA as a Stipendiary Steward in Johannesburg in 2015.  After demonstrating a sound understanding of the Rules and the ability to lead from the front Deanthan was appointed to the position of the Senior Stipendiary Steward in Port Elizabeth in 2018, where he is a respected figure tasked with upholding the Rules and the values of the NHA.

Mr Langa Douse has been appointed as the Chief Stipendiary Steward in the Eastern Cape with effect from 1 November 2019.

Langa was first licenced as a Stipendiary Steward in Johannesburg in 1998 and subsequently formed part of the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Northern Cape Stipendiary Boards.  He was promoted to the position of the Deputy Chief Stipendiary Steward in Central Provinces in 2010.

Langa subsequently spent some time away from the horseracing industry, before returning to the Central Provinces Stipendiary Board earlier this year.

The NHA wishes both Deanthan and Langa every success in their new positions.


The National Horseracing Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ryan Hutcheson to the position of Deputy Chief Stipendiary Steward (Central Provinces).

Ryan joined the NHA (Central Provinces) as a Stipendiary Steward in 2015, after a career as a Trainer based on the Highveld.  He has exhibited sound leadership skills and the qualities required of such an appointment.

The NHA wishes Ryan everything of the best in his new role, which is effective from 1 October 2019.