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Cape Boycott – What Boycott?

R1000 bonus 'very decent' - Dan Katz

Rumours of a boycott by trainers of Monday’s  meeting at Durbanville appear to have fallen on deaf ears in many quarters and despite the fact that just 52 runners are carded to run, the meeting will go ahead.

Candice Robinson (photo: Candiese Marnewick)

Candice Robinson – racing goes on (photo: Candiese Marnewick)

Tabnews reports that some trainers are not even sure what the alleged boycott is all about but at the end of the day conditioners such as Candice Bass-Robinson and Dan Katz have had no compunction about running their horses.

”I don’t have any reason not to,” Bass-Robinson told Tabnews on Thursday.

“Whatever the issues are we need to solve them in other ways.There are issues that need attention but this is not the right platform to deal with them. We have to act in the best interests of our owners,” she added.

Katz trains specifically for leading owner Hassen Adams, who insisted that his horses run.

“I thought it was very decent that the operator agreed to pay a R1000 bonus to the trainer of every horse that crosses the line,” added Katz.

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16 comments on “Cape Boycott – What Boycott?

  1. Albert X says:

    I need to know why the operator is willing to pay R1000 to the trainer of each horse that crosses the line on this occasion but not on every other occasion? What makes this meeting any different to any other meeting? Is this not being unfair to trainers in other centres where Phumelela is in control? This action smacks of unfair business practice. I bet that the money is being paid out of stake money and is not being paid by the operator out of its back pocket. The operator has never been benevolent. Have the owners notes that Phumelela is incentivising trainers and not the owners. The horses are owned by the owners yet Phumelela is rewarding the trainers. If I was one of the owners whose horse is running I would ask permission from the stipes to scratch my horse because my trainer should not be receiving the benefit I should be receiving it and Phumelela’s actions is malpractice which the NHRA constitution outlaws. The R1000 offer to each trainer is nothing more than an out and out open bribe.

  2. James George says:

    Does this R !000 bribe/bonus not fall foul of Rule 11.2.7?

    1. Editor says:

      The rule says….A trainer shall not accept payment of any charges, whether in whole or in part, in respect of any HORSE in his care other than from the OWNER in whose name the HORSE is REGISTERED and/or the SPOUSE of such PERSON or the agent

      1. Rod Mattheyse says:

        this rule and rule 101 are in direct conflict with one another…. rule 101 deals with stakes percentages/commissions

        can you ascertain from kenilworth racing, hopefully prior to racing whether they are invoking the condition whereby they are paying stakes on a the revised scale for small fields or are they paying out at full rates.

        1. Editor says:

          Will make some enquiries Rod

          1. Rod Mattheyse says:

            1 four horse field so far

        2. James George says:

          101. TRAINERS/RIDERS
          A RACING OPERATOR shall facilitate to pay, on behalf of an OWNER of a HORSE, a
          minimum of 7% of the stakes won by that, HORSE to the TRAINER of the HORSE, and a
          minimum of 7% of the stakes won by that HORSE to the RIDER of the HORSE, which amounts
          shall be deducted from the stake money payable by the RACING OPERATOR.
          “shall facilitate to pay.on behalf of an OWNER of a horse” might make this rule not in conflict with Rule 11.2.7.
          Yes,No Maybe.

        3. James George says:

          Half the carded races,four, will have only one Swinger Dividend.That should encourage swinger players to ‘stick it in’

  3. The Dark Duke says:

    So Phumelela are in clear transgression of the rules. I bet nothing gets done about this.

  4. ROBIN BRUSS says:

    The Rule appears clear and there is a complaint from the public and therefore the NHA is obliged to act in order to ascertain if indeed the rule has been transgressed and if so, to take appropriate action.

    1. Steve Reid says:

      If only it were that simple Robin.

  5. BEATLE says:

    Agree with Albert and George this is not the correct manner in which you can have a once off bribe/bonus – if this is done in the Cape then other racing centers should receive the same incentive which is still breaking the rules

  6. Jess K says:

    This transgression by Phumelela is nothing short of a bribe, and another clear indication that the corporate cares not for the rules knowing that the NHA is either incompetent, clueless, toothless and acquiescent or all of the above. The question is who is going to do anything about it ? My guess is nobody. The NHA wont act against the hand that feeds it and the industry and its roleplayers are either mute, immune or in cahoots with the capture of horseracing..

  7. David James says:

    The R1000 carrot to the Cape trainers is in transgression of the rules.
    NHA Rule 11.2.7 states, that a trainer shall not accept payment of any charges, whether in whole or in part, in respect of any horse in his care other than from the owner in whose name the horse is registered and/or the spouse of such person or the agent.

  8. David James says:

    So the object is to keep the fields as they are especiially the 5 horse fields with no scratchings . If in a five horse field 2 horses are scratched , no Quartet etc.

    My question is to the owners of the horses running on Monday. Should something come up on Monday morning – a slight niggle , cough , abnormal blood count etc – is your trainer going to scratch or are they going to run your horse for the R1000 , how much is your vet bill and out of action going to cost you in the end if your horse is injured along the way . Greed has a nasty way of showing up.


    It appears that one of the directors of Phumelela, holidaying @ Fish Hoek, got his left-hand side of his body badly savaged by a shark this afternoon.

    Surgeons have reported that he is alright…now.

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