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Trainer Fined – Official Suspended

Board enters plea of not guilty

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its offices at Turffontein Racecourse on 14 February 2018, Trainer Clinton Binda was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.45.

National Horseracing AuthorityThis arose in that he presented and subsequently raced Night Shadow instead of the horse Trouble Maker, which was the horse carded to run in Race 3 at the Vaal Racecourse on 6 February 2018.

Thereafter he presented Trouble Maker to race instead of the horse  Night Shadow,  which was the horse carded to run in Race 5 on the same day.

Due to some uncertainty from Mr Binda on what plea to enter, the Inquiry Board entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.  Mr Binda was found guilty of the charge.

The Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R20 000.00, of which R10 000.00 is wholly suspended for a period of 1 (one) year provided that during this period he is not convicted of a contravention of Rule 72.1.45.

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

Miss Tanya Pilgrim, the NHA horse identifier on duty at the Vaal Racecourse on 6 February 2018, has been suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, which will be heard on 16 February 2018.

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6 comments on “Trainer Fined – Official Suspended

  1. Michael Jacobs says:

    Why do these trainers get a slap on the risk, a R20 000 fine with half suspended? The NHA is a toothless tiger and far too lenient. The old Jockey club was a real authority and tolerated no contravention. Nowadays trainers get away with murder and the punters are taken for a ride.

    1. karel says:

      Facts can be so interesting.

      Both horses came from PE and were to have their first runs for Binda.
      Trouble Maker (race 3) finished last at long odds (66/1).
      Night Shadow (race 5) was scratched from race 5 (presumably the horse identifier spotted that one, but hadn’t spotted the first one, else we wouldn’t have had these sorry discussions)

    2. Brian says:

      Quite right

  2. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    Maybe the system needs an overhaul…. can’t keep disciplining people into perpetuity… it’s happened too often so I am hoping the next press release will tell us what systems have changed to ensure this does not happen again…

  3. Geoff Clark says:

    Did Mr Binda bother to check the horses markings on arrival in his yard ?

  4. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    Can I suggest that the NHRA do a scan to confirm identities when horses enter a new yard after a change of stables or from a farm or returning from spelling. Prevention is better than cure… only problem is that this will cost and remove the chance of fine revenue

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