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NHA : Trainer Romeo Francis

National Horseracing Authority of SA clears trainer Romeo Francis of blame in hermaphrodite case

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Inquiry was held in Johannesburg on Wednesday 24 April 2013 into an allegation that urine specimens taken from the filly TUESDAY’S CHILD, which ran in the 5th race at Vaal Racecourse on 13 December 2012 and in the 9th race run at Vaal Racecourse on 5 January 2013, disclosed upon analysis the presence of testosterone, which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority.

The Inquiry Board, after consideration of the documentation submitted by Mr Francis proving TUESDAY’S CHILD is a male pseudo hermaphrodite, were of the opinion that Mr Francis had not knowingly contravened any of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority and therefore did not charge him with a contravention of the Rules.

However, in terms of Rule 81.3.2, TUESDAY’S CHILD is disqualified from the 5th race run at the Vaal Racecourse on 13 December 2012 in that, based on the genetic report, TUESDAY’S CHILD would be classified as a colt, and therefore was not eligible to compete in the race.  In terms of Rule 92, the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 regarding the monies and prizes shall apply.

The Board was also of the opinion that TUESDAY’S CHILD was eligible to compete in the 9th race run at the Vaal Racecourse on 5 January 2013, as this was an Open Handicap race in which she did not receive a filly’s allowance.

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