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Jockeys Brace Themselves For Sectional Timing

Top-class initiative shown again

The resistance from certain quarters of the South African racing community around ill-fitting sectional timing devices appears to have been resolved with the introduction of specially designed braces which will become compulsory wear for all jockeys.

The transponder proposed for use was considered by many seasoned horsemen to be inappropriate.

Fashion transponder braces – solves the problem

In a recent editorial Gauteng trainers’ representative Mike de Kock noted that Joburg trainers had not voted on the Sectional Timing issue as yet, but said he had recently seen new devices half the size of the previous versions and noted that it looked as though the technology was improving.

Milnerton trainer Vaughan Marshall added:”It’s nothing personal, we just feel it’s not the right equipment.  If you watch top sportsmen, they carry small transponders between their shoulder blades.  If we can get something like that on the horses that can do the job, then that would be a different story.”

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Introducing the media to the new braces, Richard Tator, newly appointed spokesman for our racing regulator, said that he was sure that the industry would accept the revolutionary new equipment.

“If they are whinging about the horse being uncomfortable, then let’s rather get the jockey to wear them. It makes sense,” he said adding that the timing is measured from start to finish – which is when the jockey is aboard.

“The positive about this is that we can also monitor jockey movement – if they are a half minute late into the parade ring we can levy a R1500 fine. This contributes to our coffers. It costs a lot of money to do our work – and we cannot expect our officials to travel to events like the Dubai World Cup in the discomfort of economy class. Not after the hours they work and the contribution they make to the smooth running of the game in this country,” said Tator, adding that good health was not a racket.

He said jockeys would be personally responsible for the purchase of the braces, which came in a range of fashion styles from R4999 a pair – which included the value-add of free matching socks.

The matching sock options – a free value add


They also only weighed 1,74 kgs and were sourced from a single supplier  in Johannesburg.

Mr Tator kindly provided us with a post office box number in Port Elizabeth for further information on the product specs.

A jockey spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous, said his colleagues would be fools not to pull their socks up and support the initiative.

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12 comments on “Jockeys Brace Themselves For Sectional Timing

  1. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Funny ….. had me there

  2. Steve Reid says:

    Nice one….

  3. Pranill says:

    . Yip…April Fools for sure…????

  4. ABon says:

    It would not surprise me ????????????

  5. Kay says:

    Mr Editor why didn’t you hold comments back for a little bit longer and then publish them all after 24 hours of publishing the article. A nice one indeed. The officials in economy hahahahaha that’s a cracker! Happy Easter to all

    1. Editor says:

      Good idea Kay. But our posters get aggro when their comments are in limbo for longer than five minutes. So no win!
      Happy Easter to you too and enjoy it.

  6. Chris Swart says:

    With a free clown suit from their offices in Main Road, Ireland

  7. Blue Peter says:

    Is this for real? Bit slow this side.

  8. Jay Munnsammy says:

    Hello Ed,

    Been told that the real reason for the long duration of sectional timing is because the RA, NHRA and Phum do not know how to tell punters that the distances run in the past did not match the distances everyone thought the horses were run. They are scared of being sued. Do you know anything about this?

    Been told by others that it is an open secret that times for races and horses in the biggest and longest running computer generated for guide are wrong and that they are worried that sectional times will show them up and that their times are off. Do you know anything about this?

    Happy April 1 2018.

    1. Editor says:

      Quite a theory Jay
      Maybe there are others who know more

  9. Ian Jayes says:

    Sounds like an April Fool’s joke to me.

  10. Brett Maselle says:

    It is odd that so many people know about the timing and distance issues and nothing has been done by the NHA. I had already notified the NHA of the facts set out by J. Munnsammy. As expected, I have not heard anything from the NHA about this. I know that it is not an April Fool’s joke. The most important sign of the horses running over the incorrect differences, is the false rail. As soon as the false rail is used the distance of a race is changed. Next time a punter wins or loses his/her money as a result of a photo finish or short head, that punter has every right to question whether the result would have been different if the correct and advertised distance had been run.Owners, punters, trainers and jockeys have all been fooled.

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