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Fairview Decision – A Fail?

Do ego’s and rules override good plain common sense?

Did the PE Stipendiary Stewards fail horseracing at Fairview on Friday? And when do ego’s and rules override good plain common sense?

Lyle Hewitson’s injury in the Fairview first on Friday led to a scramble to find suitable replacement jockeys.

What happened to Lyle?

The Sporting Post has learnt that a decision to allow the Yvette Bremner stable to utilise jockey Ryan Munger to ride their 14-10 favourite Elle Est Noire in the final race, and thus scratch Munger’s originally carded mount, the Bremner stablemate 32 week rested Astisia (with the owner’s permission), was later vetoed by the Chairman of Stipes.

The owners had made a specific request and were expecting a big run of impressive debut winner, Elle Est Noire.

They were apparently not happy with the only available other rider on the day and were thus, in the light of the turnabout on the part of the Stipes, given little option but to withdraw their strongly fancied filly.

The procrastination and uncertainty by the Stipes led to the betting public only being informed later – and after the first leg of the Pick 6 had been run – that Elle Est Noire was scratched. And more unhappy owners – like racing needs that!

The eventual tote favourite in the final leg of the Pick 6 ran second.

The Stipes on duty were:

Mr T Khanyile (Chief Stipendiary Steward)

Ms J Keevy (Stipendiary Steward)

Mr M Jones (called out of retirement)

Punters lost. The owners lost. Racing lost.

Is this how it’s supposed to work – and who takes responsibility?

Ed – The Official Stipes Report is awaited

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7 comments on “Fairview Decision – A Fail?

  1. Gary Theron says:

    I think the Stipes need a wake up call in the Eastern Cape . The second controversial decision in the space of three weeks . Same trainer involved . Punters doing their money in cold blood .

  2. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    Mr Khanyile’s demotion for a Turffontein debacle did not last long, he now has a chiefdom

    This week sees a registration of a new Cape stipe T A Noval – is this a spelling mistake or the re-introduction of a previously early retired stipe?

    1. Editor says:

      Tarquin Norval

  3. Andre Hauptfleisch says:

    Can you spell horse ?….Yes, hoarse…..Great, then you qualify to become a stipe…..Welcome, you start tomorrow.

  4. Ian Jayes says:

    This is bad for everyone, but it probably would not have happened if the jockeys were not riding so short. When will the NHA do something about it?

  5. Animal Love says:

    I agree 1000000% with the stripes.

    The owners and trainer had the option to use another jockey. They did not. The owners and trainers chose to scratch their horse. They have no room to complain.

    I remember one day Anton Markus standing down at Turffontein. The stripes allowed the trainer to scratch the horse that he was supposed to ride because there were no suitable jockeys. I was shocked. There was Smanga Khumalo available.

    The rules should change that a horse cannot be scratched because there is no suitable sunstitute rider. The owners and trainers must be forced to choose who ever is available.

  6. Louis Goosen says:

    I may not have the whole story and apoligise if I have missed something important.
    Because, all that I can see is that there was a suitable replacement rider, which was not allowed…..
    Once the stable companion was scratched, the jock became available. Simple. It applies to all the same.

    Maybe the connections should have been dishonest and “found the stable companion coughing” before the race and scratched. Then they were entirely within their rights to declare Ryan.

    But, is this how this game now works….the honest, up front people being punished ? That would be a pity.

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