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NHA Refute Suggestions Of Weight Cover Up

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An allegation doing the rounds that Jockey Bernard Fayd’herbe weighed in a kilo overweight following the previously undefeated Rainbow Bridge’s narrow defeat into fourth in the Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday, and that a cover up had ensued, has been clarified by the National Horseracing Authority.

A Cape Mile file pic of Bernard Fayd’herbe and Rainbow Bridge (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

The Gr2 feature, a traditional trial for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate on 5 January, was run in very slow time but, according to public opinion and many seasoned observers,  produced one of the greatest feature race finishes seen in many decades.

The unbeaten Rainbow Bridge, favourite for the Sun Met before the Green Point, was beaten a neck into fourth place.

Read about the race here

The Sporting Post was contacted on Sunday by various parties who suggested that Bernard Fayd’herbe had weighed in a kilo over.

The allegation also indicated that the Clerk Of Scales had apparently reported the matter to the Stipes who had then made a decision to ‘keep it out of the public domain’.

Fayd’herbe, a talented heavyweight rider, goes to scale at 58kgs according to the official SA Horseracing website.

We approached both Acting NHA CEO Arnold Hyde and Western Cape Chairman of Stipes, Ernie Rodrigues for a comment on the allegations.

“In terms of Rule 66.3.2 the clerk of scales will report weighing in weight which is more than 0.5 kg under(objection) or 1 kg over the weighed out weight. I checked the weight sheet after the race and Mr Fayd’Herbe  weighed in in terms of the rules, a half kg overweight,” said Mr Rodrigues in response to our enquiry.

What the rules say:

66.3 The clerk of the scales shall:

66.3.1 in all cases weigh in the RIDERS of all HORSES who participated in the RACE and shall report to a STIPENDIARY STEWARD any RIDER not presenting himself to be weighed in or any irregularity with regard to weights carried;

66.3.2 check the weights of the RIDERS of all HORSES against their weighed out weights and refuse to pass as correct, the weight of any RIDER showing a difference of more than 0.5Kg under or 1Kg over the weighed out weight, unless the SB is satisfied that such excess of weight has been caused by exceptional and accidental circumstances or the SB is satisfied that the reason for the excess weight is due to replacement of equipment in terms of the rules.

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20 comments on “NHA Refute Suggestions Of Weight Cover Up

  1. Tony Ridgway says:


  2. Tex says:

    All due respects SP – why don’t these people making the allegations ever put their names forward.

  3. Gavin says:

    Still cost the horse the race

  4. Tracy says:

    Bernard is so talented he could be 5kg over and it would not be the reason a horse got beaten.

  5. gavin says:

    you must be joking … you know nothing about racing

    1. karel says:

      Can you elaborate? Your statement is a bit vague?

  6. Steve Reid says:

    Why was it not announced that the jockey had weighed out overweight PRIOR to the running of the race as is the norm when this happens?

  7. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    the stipes are saying there was no overweight outside of the allowed tolerances – believe it if you will

    1. karel says:

      Why would you not believe it? Clerk of scales records are computerised and can be checked at any time without any problem. You have an issue with that?

  8. Steve Reid says:

    Karel you really have to calm down, at your age this aggression is not becoming. Be nice. Roderick can be sensitive and becomes prone to hyper-sarcasm should he be picked on.

    There are only two scenarios in play here. The boy weighed in overweight and returned 0,5kg overweight, or he weighed in at the correct weight and returned 0,5kg overweight. If the jockey had been wasting for the ride and did the weight, and then drank a litre or so of water before the start, then the second scenario is possible. If he did weigh in overweight, I believe this information should have been disseminated to the betting public before the parade.

    The question must also be asked whether wasting should be encouraged as was probably the case here. If connections knowingly engage a boy who cannot ride the allocated weight, then surely the weight should be adjusted upward?

  9. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    third time lucky….

    The NHA track record is that they do not have my implicit trust – wrong horses run, wrong horses run and win, urine samples go missing, don’t know whether they have quorums for annual meetings, declare they received R34,4 m from Phumelela when Phumelela says they paid R36,3m. A wise person told me trust is good but evidence is better.

    Does Sporting post have unfettered access to the actual weigh in weights. A potential swing of 1,5kgs in terms of the tollerrence allowed is quite crucial in deriving ratings

    1. karel says:

      If we can’t believe what the chief stipe tells you after having been questioned on the matter, then what’s left for you? You might as well pack it in altogether.

  10. alan says:

    Jocks have been pushing the scales for years in ct one just has to ask some of the retired jockeys.Gavin Howes can testify to this as he was caught under weight. the overweight should have been declared if this story is true.

  11. Paul says:

    Referring to Mr Reid’s comment: a quick check reveals Bernard is 37 years old. Hardly a ‘boy’, surely?

  12. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    handicappers seem to think the reported half kg (minimum) was inconsequential as kept ratings the same – strange in my opinion because arithmetically using the declared line horse of undercover agent there should have been adjustments for Legal Eagle, Do it Again and Rainbow Bridge – i suppose the discretion kicked in….

    1. karel says:

      Handicapping a false run race which is decided in a sprint for home is an excercise in futility – using weight to determine ratings in such circumstances simply doesn’t work.
      The official handicapper is in the unfortunate position that something must be calculated, but sensible observers can draw their own conclusions. Next time it’ll all be different.

  13. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    a few indulgences before I pack it in:

    Do Sporting Post have access to the wonderful computer printouts of all the weigh-ins’, and are they used when doing your ratings?
    Do Sporting Post think the potential swing of 1,5kgs is insignificant when reviewing a result and rating a race?

    My news years wish, and i will give up most anything for it to come true, is for the editorial staff of Sporting Post is to come up with a different sage of advice to the “pack it in”, for anyone who may have the arrogance to differ from their views.

    And not wanting to disappoint Steve Reid – if Picardi Rebel are late for a delivery again, just shout I will do it for free!!

  14. Don says:

    Why should SP be the publisher of these declared weights – why can’t Phum/Kenilw R/NHRA publish info timeously – before the race, make info available to punters – we are in the 21st C for a while already, computer systems can handle it. What is there to hide.

  15. Steve Reid says:

    Paul a commonly used expression used by trainers, commentators referring to the jockey. No slight intended

  16. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    No where did I Indicate that this heavy burden was to fall on Sporting Posts fragile shoulders. I just wanted to know if the esteemed publication has access to ithe information and if they used it.

    I think you agree that punters may want this information.

    Since you in a mood to jump to help – which tote window do you recommend.

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