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NHA Confirms Policy On Restricted Stakes

Decision made in May 2015

The National Horseracing Authority (NHA) is the custodian of the results for thoroughbred races in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

It was ratified by the National Board of the NHA in May 2015 that stakes earned by horses competing in restricted races are excluded from the national statistics.

As a result, this ruling applies when determining the CHAMPION BREEDER, CHAMPION STALLION and CHAMPION TRAINER.

The decision to exclude the stakes of restricted races from the national statistics was motivated by the view that such races may potentially influence the log positions based on its “closed” nature. The same rule applies to bonuses linked to all sales.

Restricted races are defined as those in which participants are confined:to horses born or raised in a particular area or are the progeny of stallions of a particular area; or to graduates of specific sales; or to horses selected on the basis of some arbitrary criteria.

The above does not apply to owners and jockeys, as all owners have the right to buy and compete where they want to and that jockeys are at liberty to accept engagements as and where they wish (open).  As a result, restricted race stakes are included for owners and jockeys.

List of restricted races

Emperor’s Palace Ready to Run Cup (CTS)

Ready to Run Stakes (Presented by Cape Thoroughbred Sales)

The CTS 1200

The CTS 1600

KZN Breeders Million Mile

KZN Breeders 1200

KZN Breeders 1200 F&M

KZN Breeders 1600

KZN Breeders 1600 F&M

KZN Breeders 1900

KZN Breeders Juvenile Plate

KZN Breeders Fillies Juvenile Plate

KZN Yearling Sale Million

  • Press release published by NNHA on Tuesday 9 July 2019

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1 comment on “NHA Confirms Policy On Restricted Stakes

  1. Joe King says:

    Nothing about nothing, they exclude any international earnings so they rely on incorrect data anyway, why would they not include an overseas achievers numbers ? they are born in SA and most have been reared and raced in SA first before going international which should include Mauritius earnings as well, as the sales catalogs use all of the achievements to entice buyers.
    Based on the logic that it ” does not apply to owners and jockeys, as all owners have the right to buy and compete where they want to and that jockeys are at liberty to accept engagements as and where they wish (open).” they should include owners & trainers international earnings as they and the owners choose to compete there?

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