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Suspension Process Clarified By NHA

Unlikely To Impact On SA Championship Race

With the race for the SA Champion jockey title likely to go right down to the wire as we enter the final six weeks of the season, questions have been raised about recent suspensions incurred by title holder Lyle Hewitson and past multiple champion, Anton Marcus.

With Muzi Yeni chasing hard and in the mix, suggestions that Hewitson and Marcus could be stymied in their championship bids by missing out on vital rides through their respective suspensions appears to be unlikely in view of the due process and various options available to riders.

Lyle Hewitson (photo: JC Photos)

Lyle Hewitson (photo: JC Photos)

Based on the level of public interest, NHA Racing Control Executive Arnold Hyde kindly explained the process to the Sporting Post.

“In South Africa, we find ourselves in a unique position where, when a rider is suspended he effectively has a number of options concerning dates of suspension,” said Hyde.

He listed the process and options:

  • He may sign an AOG and commence his suspension after his last carded ride OR
  • He may elect to appear before an Inquiry Board (usually held during the ensuing week) and if found guilty and is suspended, he may commence his suspension after his last carded ride OR
  • He may opt for the Inquiry transcript to be considered by the Inquiry Review Board, that meets from time to time. If a penalty is confirmed by the IRB, the suspension will commence after the rider’s last carded ride OR
  • He may appeal the finding and or/penalty handed down by an Inquiry Board which is considered by an Appeal Board. A suspension that is sustained at this hearing will commence after the Rider’s last carded ride.

Given the proximity of the end of the season on 31 July, we asked whether it is compulsory that the rider serves his suspension during that particular season.

Hyde said that the suspension could be served in the next season if the process happen to unfold over that period.

Arnold Hyde congratulates Anton Marcus on an award

He also confirmed that there are no concessions for feature race meetings and that the same rules applied to jockeys and apprentices.

We queried when two of the major players in Anton Marcus and Lyle Hewitson are likely to serve their recent suspensions.

“Mr Marcus has yet to decide on his options and Mr Hewitson has appealed,” said Hyde.

Hewitson has the distinction of being granted a Hong Kong contract for next season and is thought to be leaving during early August.

National Horseracing Authority“South Africa is a specified Racing Authority, as is Hong Kong, so any suspension handed down in South Africa will be imposed by Hong Kong and vice versa,” confirmed Hyde.

A reader recently queried whether it is possible that Marcus or Hewitson could miss the July Day or Gold Cup Day race meetings.

Hyde said that it is possible.

“However, as stated the Riders have a few options regarding the consideration of the dates of suspensions.”

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10 comments on “Suspension Process Clarified By NHA

  1. Siva says:

    Marcus can serve his suspension after the July handicap.Anyway he will still win the championship.Trainers are begging him.He can pick and choose his July rides .He flopped up here and picked the wrong De kock horse .He sat on the July winner in the Jubilee

  2. gavin says:

    let them all ride..it is great fun

  3. Murray says:

    After reading this insert I went to the NHRA website to read its rules.

    Mr Hyde is correct that South Africa finds itself in a unique position. He is again correct when he informs that a Jockey has numerous options. He omits to point out that this unique position has been created by the rules committee of the NHRA.

    Most of the rest of the world’s racing jurisdictions cater for suspensions in a better manner. They are more specific and do not allow the Jockeys to determine when their suspensions must commence. There is no room to move for overseas jockeys.

    My reading of the NHRA rules is that a jockey is given to many options which boils down to the jockey determining the dates of his suspension.

    With an appeal, it could take several months to be heard. The jockey can even withdraw the appeal.

    With an inquiry review it can take a few months.

    To all of those who may worry that a jockey will not ride in the July because he is suspended must rest assured that it will never happen. It has never happened before and will not happen in the future unless the rules are changed.

  4. Rian says:

    You are so right Murray !!!!! They can even serve time on 10 Mondays

  5. Prasheen Harrimohan says:

    Mr editor please can u find out why s doesn’t tellytrack have presenters anymore u keep on not posting my question

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Prasheen
      We have no record of not having posted your questions.
      Will get a formal response from Colleen Goodman

  6. Bob Kistnasamy says:

    Did Tellytrack make any announcements about presenters being sidelined. The programme has undergone numerous changes recently without any inputs from the DSTV subscribers. I really don’t see the need for Neil Andrews on the soccer selections programme. Surely just Shane would be adequate.

  7. Prasheen Harrimohan says:

    Thanks Mr editor just wanted to know because atleast we used to get dividends at the end of every race but now nothing it will be nice if we could get some input as to why

  8. Peter Dembitzer says:

    Prasheen,.accept that like Phumelela, Tellytrack is a poorly run operation that
    cares only about profits and not people.The new under starters orders is a disaster with ridiculous replays and stats after every race, when all the public want is trainer comments and betting.
    A query on overseas tote betting.
    1)Ascot 17 horses only 3 places(because it is not a handicap – WHY
    2)Ascot could not take an all to come tote place because there were more than 30 horses.
    Could somebody please try and explain why. .

  9. Art says:

    Two weeks ago Festive spirit ran in the 8th race at kenilworth and was badly interfered with by Hurricane Silva.There was a race review but no objection.Subsequently the stipes investigated the same race and decided that the jockey of Hurricane Silva was guilty of not keeping a straight line and the jockey has incurred a suspension for that ride.Yesterday the same two horses ran in the 7th race at kworth and Festive spirit trounced Hurricane Silva.The question now arises as to why the race two weeks ago was allowed to stand if the stipes have now found that the jockey in question on hurricane Silva was guilty of severely hampering festive spirits chances of winning a fortnight ago.Sometimes their logic is difficult to understand and perhaps they would like to comment.

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