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Stipes Had Rethink On Suspension

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National Horseracing AuthorityOn Friday we questioned the eligibility of the horse Divine Odyssey for today’s Victory Moon Stakes as he had been suspended and had his starting stall certificate withdrawn by the Stipes last Saturday.

The report stated that he could not be represented for recertification up to and including 9 November.

After querying the situation with the NHRA, the Sporting Post’s attention was drawn to an addendum to Thursday 7 November 2019 Stipes Report.

It reads:

After careful consideration of the circumstances which led to the scratching of Divine Odyssey, the Starter was interviewed by the Stewards.

It was established that this gelding had been above itself at the start and had made contact with the inside running rail prior to the loading process beginning. Divine Odyssey was subsequently scratched by the Course Veterinary for injuring itself and was suitable for reinstatement.

In light of this, the Stipendiary Board was of the opinion that it was not appropriate to withdraw Divine Odysseys starting stall certificate and suspend him. However Trainer van Vuuren was put on terms that he should take the necessary measures to improve Divine Odysseys racing manners prior to this gelding racing again.

So the decision was overruled.

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6 comments on “Stipes Had Rethink On Suspension

  1. Titus says:

    This feature declared on Tues. When was this decision made? Taking an official decision and turning it around when no appeal process exists smacks of selective favours. Why no official notice? This is exactly why we are in trouble. We applaud flexibility but then it has to be managed properly.

  2. Pops says:

    Was it because Divine Odyssey was subsequently scratched by the Course Veterinary for injuring itself that the Stipendiary Board was of the opinion that it was not appropriate to withdraw Divine Odysseys starting stall certificate and suspend him?
    Or was it that Divine Odyssey had been above itself (unruly) at the start and had made contact with the inside running rail PRIOR to the loading process beginning, that the Stipendiary Board was of the opinion that it was not appropriate to withdraw Divine Odysseys starting stall certificate and suspend him?

  3. Frans says:

    What a joke ! Once again the NHRA have shown that they are without any moral compass and when it suits them they disregard their own rules.
    As expected a fabricated explanation to allow and justify the eligibility of this horse into the Victory Moon Stakes.
    I ask the same question: Had the horse been owned by Mr Nobody from some small racing stable would it have been the afforded the same treatment?
    Of course not!
    I suspect Divine Odyssey had a lot of people hanging onto his tail and as we all now know, ran unplaced.

  4. Kay says:

    What’s happened to the Muzi Yeni suspension of last season? Any news on that?

    1. Editor says:

      No Kay
      Just due process

  5. Geoff Clark says:

    Actually the correct decision this time, in my humble opinion.

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