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Racing Regulator’s Met Day Success

Procedural obligations fulfilled

The National Horseracing Authority of South Africa had adhered to all procedural requirements in the handling of the Sun Met day jockey substitutions issue that made news after certain changes had not reached participating racing jurisdictions.

National Horseracing AuthorityThe South China Morning Post published reports on Monday that indicated that as a result of changes not reaching them, the Hong Kong Jockey Club refunded punters who placed bets on four horses during Saturday’s simulcast meeting. This was due to a failure  to provide information about jockey substitutes before the start of the races.

NHA CEO Vee Moodley told the Sporting Post that he had satisfied himself, after consultation with the NHA officials on duty on Met day, that all procedural obligations and requirements of the racing regulator had been fulfilled.

This included communications between the relevant trainers and replacement jockeys, the system and data input requirements, as well as advices to the relevant raceday officials, commentators and Tellytrack.

“Given the fact that all stakeholders contributed and co-operated magnificently in adhering to the demands of meeting racetimes and ensuring that the day ran smoothly, right down to items such as ordered canter downs, the oversight regarding the jockey substitutions is most regrettable. It was an overall excellent team effort given the number of runners and the fact that we hosted twelve races,” he added.

Phumelela issued a press release regarding the issue on Tuesday

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5 comments on “Racing Regulator’s Met Day Success

  1. Casey Clarke says:

    SP…please insert a different pic of Vee…really now

  2. Steve Reid says:

    Well done NHA you performed your duties on the day. The fact that this is newsworthy, with the shifting of the blame to the operator for not disseminating information, is the real news story here.

    Now at the risk of getting another post thrashed, let me address the elephant in the room. We see back slaps all round because we have met with a foreign racing jurisdictions demands. Getting races off on time and getting horses to canter down to the start are listed as achievements. Really? Why can this not happen at every race meeting? It is an indictment on the NHA that this is not done every day at every track in South Africa. Rules are broken on a daily basis and nothing is done about it. Horses should be cantered down in maiden plates in Kimberley. Its in the rules. Many other infringements are ignored. Why is it Mr Moodley that foreign jurisdictions are more important than the people you serve?

    The “progress” shown by the NHA in fulfilling their mandate is pleasing. Let’s make sure that this is an ongoing thing, and not just when outsiders dictate terms. There are many unresolved issues that the NHA have swept under the carpet in recent years. The new broom sweeps clean it is said. Let’s see what the appetite is.like after the honeymoon period.

  3. hilton witz says:

    I would like to know how many local punters and if the other racing countries who bet on our product are aware of the fact that the majority of race meetings taking place in south africa only have 3 qualified stipes and sometimes in kimberly only 2 attending race meetings ..Therefore if an objection is called for the stipes have to ask the connections of the horse interfered with to lodge the objection so that the number of stipes is an odd number and then you get a result for the objection either 3 0 or 2 1…I was told that there is a law in place that the stipes can co opt a raceday official onto the board if they so please and this tells me that to be a stipe you dont need any qualifications as the raceday officials such as the head starter etc has zero stipendary steward training …Millions of rands is bet on sa racing and this is how results are determined ..You are welcome to check the official stipes reports for every local meeting whereby it states which and how many stipes were present at that meeting

  4. Jonathan Shaw says:

    Horses walked around the ring 6 times and then when the jockeys mounted went straight down this gives no time for the viewing of horse and jockey in the ring and has to be addressed

  5. S . Akunor says:

    Its nice to see jockey mr. Samange Kumalo smileing after winning today with the beautiful horse spring poetry what a ride delicious

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