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Frikkie Prohibited Substance – PE Trainer Fined

Pleaded guilty to the charge.

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 7 February 2019, Trainer Mr J V A Strydom was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4.

Jacques Strydom

This arose in that he was the Trainer responsible for the horse FRIKKIE, when it ran second in the 6th race at Fairview Racecourse on 22 June 2018, after which a urine specimen taken from this horse, disclosed upon analysis, the presence of Minoxidil, which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of the National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa.

Mr Strydom pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Mr Strydom guilty and imposed a penalty of R34 000 of which R17 000 is wholly suspended for a period of 12 months provided that he is not found guilty of a contravention of the Rules relating to prohibited substances during that period.

Furthermore, in terms of rule 72.3.2, FRIKKIE is disqualified from the 6th race run at Fairview Racecourse on 22 June 2018 and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.

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16 comments on “Frikkie Prohibited Substance – PE Trainer Fined

  1. Jay August says:

    Excuse my ignorance but what use is there for Minoxidil in horses. Growing hair?

    1. Editor says:

      Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication and is used to treat hair loss. It is available as a generic medication and over the counter for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, a form of hair loss, in people

  2. Vincent says:

    Excuse me. 8 months later, I would not accept such a result. These people don’t know what they doing. It’s long over due to speed these things up.

    What about the refund to the punter if the horse is disqualified and the result changed now. Another reasonreason this industry is suffering. The public must get some bet or race for free entry, chance to get some money back, open to all.

  3. Peter De Beyer says:

    On that day, 22June 2018,Frikkie did not win the 6th race- he ran 2nd to Plano. The only race that Frikkie won in PE was in February 2018.

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Peter – we have taken the matter up with Messrs Moodley and Hyde for clarity

    2. Editor says:

      The NHA have amended the press release to reflect that Frikkie did in fact run second in the race in question

  4. Brain says:

    Just to think if the specimens had been hijacked they would have to look for bald suspects

    1. Editor says:

      Austin Powers thinking their Brain – or is it Brian?

  5. Christo says:

    There is a drug Strychnos Nux Vomica or in common language Strichnine which feeding to horses stimulate their appetite and they eat very well.On the negative side it eventually makes the horse loose its hair.

  6. Jay August says:

    Sounds like a hairy story to me. I still have no idea why this is a prohibited substance for horses.

  7. Brian says:

    Well Ed I’d like to think the latter. You must have has razor blades for breakfast this morning. some might differ though.
    On a serious note though I was wondering how the hair grower might enhance a horses capabilities?

    1. Editor says:

      Have asked one or two experts Brian – will report here if anything comes to light

  8. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Last time I saw Frikkie and Jacques (at The Gold Cup) neither showed any signs of hair loss…On a less serious note, wish we had a lot more long distance races at all centres.

  9. J. Akkish says:

    Race horses need some kind of supplements for the work that they are doing ‘like humans so what lf Jacques gave it a supplement

  10. Joe2 says:

    Minoxidil is known to help bleeders.

  11. Jay August says:

    Joe2, is that known through anecdotal experience or is there proven research into that effect on horses? And then what is the mechanism of action, vasodilation perhaps?

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