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‘It Won’t Happen Again’ – Stuart

Met day jockey change oversight under spotlight

On Sun Met day at Kenilworth, Saturday 26 January,  jockeys D Dillon and A Domeyer, were unable to take up all of their scheduled rides at Kenilworth for medical reasons.

In a press release published on Tuesday 29 January 2019, Phumelela Gaming & Leisure advise that Dillon was injured during Race 3, and Domeyer was found to be dehydrated before Race 10.

Met day winner (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

As per established racing practice replacement jockeys took their respective places for Races 5, 7, and 8 (Dillon) and 10 (Domeyer).

Such occurrences and practices are commonplace in the racing world, with several jockey changes per race card not unusual.

In this instance, due to an administrative oversight, some of the changes were unfortunately not communicated to our racing partners. Following an internal inquiry the standard operating procedures for jockey changes have been revised to ensure that such an administrative and communication error will not recur.

Phumelela Group CEO, John Stuart said: “We would like to thank our partners, whose fees, commissions and royalty payments help fund the sport of Horseracing in South Africa, for their understanding and, in the interest of maintaining relationships that are based on mutual trust and commitment, wish to reassure all of our stakeholders that such an occurrence will not happen again.”

This is how the issue was reported by the South China Morning Post on Monday

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17 comments on “‘It Won’t Happen Again’ – Stuart

  1. Chris Swart says:

    It happened three days later

    Betfair refunded all bets in the first

    1. Editor says:

      We have requested comments from NHA and Phumelela, Chris
      Atiaaf was formerly Winter In Ireland

  2. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Two possible (future) Race Horse names in SA
    ” It Won’t Happen Again”
    ” It Will Happen Again ”
    Trust D. Dillon is OK. Look fwd to our Scottsville meeting today where Donovan often brings them home at good prices for Doug Campbell.

  3. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    Unfortunately Donny out for 2 months – now where do we find a rider?

  4. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    Full transparency would be to disclose the cost of this administrative error to the industry, in terms of refunded pools..

    Coming back to yesterdays name mix up, Brandon Bailey still referred to Winter in Ireland as they were loading

  5. Pieta says:

    Is that it? “It won’t happen again” ?

  6. James George says:

    Horse Profile from an international website that keeps track of race horses around the world
    Winter In Ireland
    Age3 (Foaled 9th August 2016)
    TrainerM F De Kock
    SireWhat A Winter
    DamIrish Myth
    OwnerSheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
    All Results
    Future Entries
    29/01/19 10/14 – FLAT Vaal, 4f 214y, Good 7/4
    So did Winter in Ireland run on 29/01/2019

    1. Editor says:

      See press release which follows shortly

  7. Clement Botha says:

    Hi I just want to complain as an ordenary small punter .ur workers at tote outlets they come late on a Sunday morning. There is never information papers .they always talking to each other or they on there cell phones or they not behind the machine or they not really interested they just don’t care.ur services has dropped it’s a poor service we get .

  8. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    i have seen that HK turnover was up by 27%.

    I wonder if the ed will ask the following questions:

    1 is this 27% before or after the HK refunds, or are the refunds being done on HK’s cheque book?
    2 What was the base turnover – how many rands did HK push through our pools before and after refunds

    1. Editor says:

      Will do Rod

    2. Editor says:

      “HK do their own pools and do not commingle.”
      – Regards Mervin Gamble General Manager: Sports Betting

  9. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    Thanks Ed, but that really is not an answer – a mere deflection and raises more questions:

    1) How does the HK “contribution” then filter into our system\?
    2) How does the proudly 27% up then come about?
    3) How did the information debacle affect the HK “contribution”?

    We really need to move beyond being satisfied and excited that the operator is talking, even when in essence they are just giving us the middle finger

    1. Editor says:

      Rod, the powers-that-be have requested our indulgences in order to formulate a further reply to your questions

  10. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Ed what do you reckon is a fair amount of time to check those complicated calculations and formulate a response?

    1. Editor says:

      Will despatch a courtesy follow up, Rod!

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