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Bling Can Ride Today

Subject to a medical certificate

After the recent confusion created by jockeys being suspended and then some being allowed to ride within the 48 hour suspension period and some not, the NHA’s Arnold Hyde was quick to clarify the position after former SA champion S’manga Khumalo was stood down at Fairview on Friday.

Smanga Khumalo

Smanga Khumalo – tooth ache

Khumalo will be allowed to ride at today’s Classic day race meeting at Turffontein – as long as he produces a medical certificate giving him the go-ahead.

Tabnews reports that Khumalo was stood down from Friday’s racing at Fairview due to a troublesome tooth abscess – exacerbated by a bump during the running of Race 2 in PE.

Arnold Hyde, Racing Control Executive of the National Horseracing Authority, told Tellytrack viewers a possible two-day suspension in terms of NHA rule 25.12 after a stand down would not be enforced as, with medical attention overnight, Khumalo should be fit to ride.

The former champion has three engagements on the Turffontein card – all for trainer Joey Soma.

His most important ride is aboard Skye Lane in the Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, Race 8. The daughter of Pathfork will be making her debut for Soma after transferring from Dan Katz’s Cape Town stable.

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2 comments on “Bling Can Ride Today

  1. Brian says:

    And the others Mr. Hyde. Read this forum!

  2. Rob Champion says:

    What is the difference between tooth ache and dehydration. Louie Mxthowa was stood down with dehydration on Monday last week and arrived to fulfill his engagements at Kenilworth only to be told he was not allowed to ride – not even a gallop. I understand the rules but why wasn’t he told on Monday he could not ride Tuesday. Had he been told he would not have arrived fit and willing to take up his rides on Tuesday. This rule appears to have no consistency.

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