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Banned Substance – Herrera Gomez Suspended

Has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its offices in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 23 January 2019, Jockey Mr C Herrera Gomez was charged with a contravention of Rules 77.1.1, read with Rule 77.2.11.

This arose in that a urine sample taken from him at the Vaal Racecourse on 22 November 2018, disclosed upon analysis the presence of Furosemide (a diuretic) which is a banned substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority.

Mr Herrera Gomez pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, in determining a suitable penalty, took into account all evidence that was led at the Inquiry as well as Mr Herrera Gomez’s record and noted that this is a first offence for him under these Rules.  The Board imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of fourteen days.

Mr Herrera Gomez has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.

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7 comments on “Banned Substance – Herrera Gomez Suspended

  1. Brian says:

    The Inquiry Board, in determining a suitable penalty, took into account all evidence that was led at the Inquiry as well as Mr Herrera Gomez’s record and noted that this is a first offence for him under these Rules. The Board imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of fourteen days.

    So, what would have he been sentenced to if there mitigating factors were not, NOT, taken into consideration?

    Would Ed please be so kind as to find out?

    1. Editor says:

      Will find out Brian

    2. Editor says:

      Hi Brian – this is the response from NHA CEO Vee Moodley to your query:
      Unfortunately Executive Management cannot respond to the below query. The inquiry Board is made up of individuals that have finalized the inquiry. We are in no position to comment.
      Thank you
      Vee Moodley

  2. Brian says:

    Aah! What did Mr Moodley say in this forum the other day? seemed to me it was along the lines of transparency or something similar.The highest court in the land gives thorough explanations for its decisions in writing for anyone who wants to read it.I’m not asking for a comment,how about a written copy of the decision then

  3. Mayen says:

    So much for transparency….

  4. James George says:

    Why is Sherman Brown back in South Africa?Was he not to spend the season riding in Dubai?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi James
      Sherman spoke to us earlier this week- he opted to terminate his contract and return to SA

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