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Voting Day Meeting Switched

8 races for Turffontein

At the request of Kenilworth Racing, the race meeting scheduled at Durbanville on Election Day this Wednesday 8 May has been cancelled and replaced by an eight-race fixture on the Turffontein inside track.

Nominations for the Turffontein race meeting will close at 10am Monday with final declarations two hours later at noon.

The programme of races is available from the National Racing Bureau.

Fields will be published in Racing Express in The Citizen and other newspapers and TAB sheets will be available in TAB stores.

Ed – Sporting Post will also have the fields available*

Phumelela Publishing will produce a free online Computaform for the meeting. This will be available at www.computaformonline.co.za

As late a start as possible for the meeting has been scheduled in order to allow maximum time for everybody to vote beforehand.

Starting times:

Race 1: 12:55

Race 2: 13:30

Race 3: 14:05

Race 4: 14:40

Race 5: 15:10

Race 6: 15:50

Race 7: 16:25

Race 8: 17:00

  • Press release by Phumelela Gaming & Leisure  on 5 May 2019

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18 comments on “Voting Day Meeting Switched

  1. Peet says:

    I think this is not fair what about the owners that had horses running at durbanville you don’t care what they have to say without our owners there is no horse racing

  2. Rod Mattheyse says:

    I am sure the Western Cape chapter of the Racing association signed off on this.

  3. Dave says:

    I agree 100 % with Peet and what is the reason given for this decision ? It can’t have to do with voting as they vote in Gauteng too ! Perhaps you can remind us who is at the helm of Kenilworth racing so I can be sure to pass on my best wishes to them when I see them on course

  4. Basil says:

    What about trainers preparing horses for a particular meeting. Now they have to lay off and prepare for the next available suitable race , if there is one? On what grounds does Kenilworth Racing cancel (not postpone as done in other centres) the meeting while Gauteng is able to have a meeting on Election Day at such short notice, Our trainer assured me that all grooms were able to vote prior to the meeting ,i.e if Election Day was the issue. If Durbanville’s issues were the problem , it should have been moved to Kenilworth.
    Personally , we had 3 runners on the day (we have 4 horses in training) and nobody cares a damn as long as Cape Town is the loser. Our local RA members and representatives need to take cognizance of what is happening in the Western Cape and urgently react in a positive and possibly aggressive fashion otherwise a lot of owners , especially the smaller ones are going to lose faith in our sport of thoroughbred racing. As usual I expect no replies to my mail as everyone is afraid of making too many waves.
    Wake up small owners we need to be reactive and look after our interests as no one appears to value our existence.

  5. Paul Barrett says:

    As a owner I must say this is disgusting I had a horse running so I must keep paying 10k training fees until the powers that be get some balls

  6. Kay says:

    What is the reason? Who made the request on behalf of Kenilworth Racing? Surely it is just the decent thing to at least state why this sudden move. The Cape already suffers when it come to race meetings and now this!

  7. Hunter says:

    Ask Robert Bloomberg

  8. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    Well said and good for you for giving everybody a wake -up call, Mr. Marcus.

  9. beatle says:

    This same issue happened to the Kimberley owners and trainers only 2 weeks ago – changed meeting to PE – also not considering owners and trainers from Kimberley

  10. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Not quite the same thing Beatle, the Kimberley situation was as a result of lack of acceptors, whereas this was a meeting where the fields were finalized and published.

  11. Rod Mattheyse says:

    The grooms have lost an opportunity to earn 6,667

  12. Rob says:

    Kenilworth Racing were surely aware it was Election Day when this meeting was scheduled. The cost of nominations/ compilation of acceptors/ printing of Computaforms etc must have been exorbitant. Not to mention that there were a good few travelling jockeys riding at the meeting who now have flights to change at their own cost. It was sad to lose this meeting as it was well supported for a change with above average size fields. Can’t comment on why a cancellation and not a postponement was the final decision as there may have been circumstances I’m unaware of but surely a press release with an explanation to all concerned would put peoples minds at rest. Cape Town does not race this coming weekend so was a postponement not an option ?

  13. John Kinsley says:

    I have sympathy with the decision to ensure that the grooms get the opportunity to vote, but we should have considered moving the meeting some time ago so as to ensure that there was no clash with voting day in the first place. How Turffontein can then justify a meeting on voting day starting even earlier than the scheduled off time at Durbanville is astounding.

    My biggest concern is that our Cape representatives should have demanded that we move the meeting to Saturday where no meeting was scheduled in the Cape anyway. The clash with a PE meeting is irrelevant. In effect they are saying that Saturday’s betting turnover on PE is more important than the interests of every owner who had a horse due to run at Durbanville (I am one of them). I would like to see a petition from all owners who have been impacted being sent to our representatives to demand that the meeting be rescheduled to Saturday.

  14. Fred Nathras says:

    Had a runner that day and most trainers had a meeting and decided that because of the rain there was very little opportunity to prime their horses to run and took the decision to not accept taking the horses safety into consideration. Only 2 trainers decided to accept hence the statement that there were not enough acceptances.

  15. Basil says:

    It’s now 10,30am and it appears that no satisfactory report will be forthcoming.
    I am an eternal optimist but can now understand why the majority of owners in the WC believe that small trainers in this area have a limited life , most of whom along with their staff will be on the unemployed list very soon. We as small owners contribute a lot to WC racing but unfortunately we may have to send our horses elsewhere to reap whatever can be obtained and gain the pleasure of watching your horses run on a regular and fair basis. This may be done by one’s own selection in anticipation of the eventuality or your trainer closing done his/her yard.

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