The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at the race meeting held at Flamingo Park Racecourse on Monday, 12 August 2019, Judge Mr Nigel Mazibuko erred in entering the incorrect result for Race 9.
The details of the error are that, the Judge originally advised the Stipendiary Board of the correct result of the race that being: 2 x 6 x DH 3, 13 x 8.
It was based on this disclosure that the Stipendiary Board gave the “ALL CLEAR”.
However, during the subsequent entering of the result onto the system, the Judge erred and entered the dead heat for third position as 3 x 8 x 13.
In these circumstances, that is, where the Judge makes an error in declaring the placings in a race, Rule 65.8 makes provision for the correction of this error.
In this regard, and after an investigation into the matter, it was established that from the photo finish of the race it was visually evident that there was a 0,50 length difference between the dead heat third position and fifth position.
Accordingly, the Judge’s result was amended to the correct result.
Additionally, in order to ensure that the above application does not result in prejudice to any interested party, the NHA recommended to the Racing Operator that it amended its declared result to read as the correct result.
The NHA acknowledged that this would ordinarily come at a cost to the Racing Operator, however, the NHA takes full accountability and responsibility for the error.
Ultimately, the above decision is in the best interest of the sport of thoroughbred horseracing.
Internal disciplinary action will be taken.
- Press release issued by NHA on Tuesday 13 August 2019