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Banned Substances- Little Gets 425 Days

Has the right of appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed

Chad LittleChad Little

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its Head Office on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, Jockey C Little was charged with the following contraventions of Rules of The NHA :

  1. Rules 77.1.1 and 77.2.11, in that a urine specimen taken from him at the Vaal Racecourse on 5 January 2017, disclosed upon analysis the presence of Furosemide and Canrenone;


  1. Rules 77.1.1, 77.2.3 and 77.2.11 in that a urine specimen taken from him at the Vaal Racecourse on 12 January 2017, disclosed upon analysis the presence of Methcathinone, Furosemide and Canrenone, which are banned substances in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa.

The Inquiry Board, in Mr Little’s absence, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf but found him guilty of both charges.

The Inquiry Board, in determining a suitable penalty, took into account all evidence that was led at the Inquiry as well as Mr Little’s record, with specific reference to the guilty finding by an Inquiry Board on 16 March 2016 for a similar offence.  At that Inquiry, Jockey Little was found guilty and was suspended from riding in races for a period of ninety (90) days, sixty (60) days of which were wholly suspended for a period of twenty four (24) months.

As these charges fall within that period, the sixty (60) day portion of that suspended sentence will be enforced by this Inquiry Board.  Therefore, Mr Little is suspended from riding in races for a period of one year (365 days) and, in addition, the suspended portion of sixty (60) days that was handed down at the Inquiry held on 16 March 2016, will come into effect.

Furthermore, Mr Little will be required to submit three urine specimens which test negative before he will be allowed to resume race riding.

He will also be required to submit urine samples on a regular basis for analysis by the NHA Laboratory on dates to be determined by the Chief Stipendiary Steward of the Central Provinces Stipendiary Board.

Mr Little has the right of appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.


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5 comments on “Banned Substances- Little Gets 425 Days”

  1. Two strikes with meth isn’t great and the road back isn’t easy.
    This surely calls for the authorities to look into mandatory rehab in such cases.

    1. It really is concerning to read that a jockey has been riding horses whilst under the influence of narcotics. Well done to the NHA for taking these drastic steps against the offender. I agree with Chris – assistance should be given to industry players with clear substance problems. They are after all under licence from the NHA.

  2. Chad Little is a talented jockey and if he had applied his mind correctly to his trade, he could have been one of our top jocks. It is a great pity when talent is overridden by issues such as the latest.

    in any event, we can only hope that his return will herald a new era from lessons learned. All the luck Chad.

  3. Chad it’s not easy both your career choice and your current lifestyle choice, the operative word being “Choice”. Speak to some of the senior jock’s who can perhaps guide you with regards to the lifestyle choice and make a commitment to yourself sir. I remember backing you on your very first ride you had in Durban at Clairwood Race course and you won it. Make the right choice Chad and God speed
    Will keep you in my daily prayers.

  4. The comments above seem to show a lack of knowledge of the medication involved. Both of the substances are diuretics and it is probable that he took them as a weight loss measure. They are not narcotics in any sense of the word.

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