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Ferraris – Phumelela Apologise And Clarify Position

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Phumelela Racing Executive Clyde Basel has responded to a letter to the Sporting Post from veteran trainer Ormond Ferraris in which the former champion trainer expressed his shock at being ‘banned’ from walking the racecourse.

Here is the letter Mr Ferraris wrote on 24 October

Racing Executive Clyde Basel has explained that normally the track managers are contacted and informed, but with the track repairs and maintenance going on at this time of year, track management requested to please assist in keeping people off the track.

“The sms was  misunderstood and the  trainers know the normal procedure where they can make contact with the track team and are most welcome to do as they’ve always done,” said Mr Basel.

The undermentioned reply was sent via email to Mr Ferraris yesterday upon receipt by Phumelela of a letter from the veteran and widely respected trainer:

Dear Mr Ferraris

The sms sent was aimed at ensuring policy and procedures are followed.

Unfortunately we’ve had general public just walking on the tracks at anytime.

We mean no disrespect to you whatsoever and apologize for any offence taken.

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7 comments on “Ferraris – Phumelela Apologise And Clarify Position

  1. beatle says:

    As we are well aware of the condition of the Vaal track and how it’s on a border line for racing – I saw horses galloping on race track after Tuesday’s race meeting ????????

  2. Brian says:

    A thin excuse if you ask me but nevertheless, much better Phumelela

  3. Editor says:

    Acting NHA CEO Arnold Hyde has sent us a copy of a self-explanatory email addressed to Mr Ferraris yesterday:

    Dear Mr Ferraris,
    Although your email is not addressed to anyone you have elected to send me the attached letter to which I respond hereunder.
    I have not been advised of a ban on anyone walking the tracks and certainly do not intend sanctioning anyone for this practice.
    I find your letter to be unnecessary and unfortunate and would have appreciated the opportunity to discuss the matter with you before you sent the letter to myself and possibly other recipients.

  4. Terry Lowe says:


  5. Josh Brown says:

    Vaal track the downfall of many horses legs, it is visible regularly when racing takes place, that why the low class horses are run here and top class horses run at Turffontein, the Turffontein inner track appear like Mauritius style racing, scrambling for place around the turns

  6. Ian Jayes says:

    The general public walking on the track? What a load of horse manure!

  7. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    Ah…..Mr Hydes response is much more like the rude way they deal with anyone. He could not be polite, It has to be slightly condescending showing no respect for the particular person involved. He mentions the fact that he was not personally contacted…….? I think that has been tried by lots of people trying desperately to get answers from the Ivory towers of NHA and Phumela. You made this bed and you also infested it……no one else. No one trusts these entities or their actions, if you are going to respond show respect to your client and learn to deal with criticism Thats part of your job ( now that you have it ).

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