Shocking revelations have been reported that a twice winning New Zealand bred mare made a phantom debut in a maiden plate at Scottsville on Sunday.
Following so close on the heels of the Magic Feet ringer saga a few days previously, the National Horseracing Authority now finds itself in a state of a crisis of confidence.
How does an apparently unraced mare run in a maiden here, after having won two races abroad?
Was this an attempt to purposely mislead the public?
Forgive No Forget runs in the same silks as the champion The Apache, and is trained by SA Champion trainer Mike De Kock.
In a tight finish to the first race run over 1200m, she was pipped by the favourite African Dream.
The Stipes reported that she had run green in running. Records show that she has since been disqualified.
A report dated 13 October 2011 says that Forgive No Forget added to Darci Brahma’s growing list of winning three-year-olds, when scoring on debut over 1200 metres at Hawke’s Bay(see the pic above).
Racing very greenly down the Hastings straight, by lugging inwards for much of the run home, jockey Jason Collett balanced the filly up for a late run which saw them get up by a long neck margin, beating the hot favourite Red Cougar.
“She does a bit wrong, and I thought she’d need today’s run,” said her trainer Shaune Ritchie. “She’ll be a good horse when she gets it right.”
“She a raw filly,” said Jason Collett. “She wasn’t quick away, came out awkwardly, but she came home strongly.”
“She’s by Darci Brahma, they’re really coming up well… she’s obviously one of them.”
The Sporting Post have requested a comment from the NHA and a follow up will be made.
Ed Note: The NHA have advised that the KZN Stipes will include a note in their next report.