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Cape Jockeys -‘Like It Or Lump It’?

Where do we go to ask questions about these rides?

I wish to raise my concern regarding the manner in which Cape Town horses are ridden by jockeys during Cape race meetings.

I acknowledge the fact that I am neither a knowledgeable person as a trainer, owner or jockey. However it is really a concern to some of us punters watching jockey’s costly tactics at these meetings.

Sydney Letoaba, who calls himself a small punter residing in Tembisa Johannesburg, writes in the Sporting Post Mailbag.

Horses are ridden in such a manner that they are not always given an opportunity to win. Horses – especially the fancied horses – are always kept at the back of the field and never given an opportunity to win. In most cases such horses challenge when it’s too late and get beaten to the line.

We’ve often heard of the  ‘Cape Crawl’ but this gets taken too far as this happens regardless of the distance run. As a result, one never gets to know the real potential of a horse as there are forever excuses. Unfortunately for us small punters this is a costly exercise we can hardly afford.


I know that there are supposed to be Stipendiary Stewards who are monitoring the situation in all race meetings.

However it is the truth that the manner in which horses are ridden in Cape Town is completely different to the manner in which these same jockeys ride horses in other centres such as Johannesburg, KZN, PE, and even Kimberly.

The pity is that we have nowhere to complain or anybody to go to in order to raise our concerns.  For us it’s a matter of,  ” like it or lump it “.

We get no joy betting on Cape Town meetings knowing precisely what is likely to happen.

Of course, one expects to be told,  ‘stop betting on Cape Town meetings’ if you’re unhappy with the riding there.

But I nevertheless felt that I had to have my personal and individual feelings expressed.

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6 comments on “Cape Jockeys -‘Like It Or Lump It’?

  1. gavin says:

    well said ….

  2. Warren says:

    I perpersonally believe cape jockeys are better than rated. Aldo rides pretty border atatheat a vaal tomorrow . Watch.

  3. Punter007 says:

    I totaly agree with you and i made peace with it now i stick to Flamingo and Fairview if its outside Turfontein.

  4. Pete says:

    Jockeys are human and do make mistakes, most graciously granted but should have to pay the penalties.

    These questions have to be addressed,,
    1.Are stipes doing the sport an injustice#yes
    2.are jockeys over paid#yes
    3. Are jockeys following instructions from the trainers#no
    4. When jockeys don’t follow instructions do the owners or trainers get assistance#no
    5.is racing consistent#no
    I’ve been in racing for 30years breeder,owner,training.. really sad.
    Please fire some stipes

  5. Nobody says:

    100% truth – I sometimes wonder if the stipendiary stewards are watching the same race as us punters – most will say we are bad losers and are looking for excuses and the first ones to blame are the jockeys. But in all truth. Who else do we have to blame? The jocks are the ones on top – can’t only get congratulated all day – they need to be suspended. When you see a top jock changing his whole demeanor on horse as per his normal riding style , what does that suggest? I think I should apply for a stewards job – only problem is racing will be abandoned most days due to insufficient “suitable jockey” .

  6. Donavan says:

    I fully agree, but we cannot just accept what’s happening we need to get our voices heard. I have emailed phumelela numerous times on Post race interviews,, where the presenters do not interview the trainer or jockey… After all this is a informative sport.

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