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How Many Trainers Would Be This Brave?

A loose horse and a loose lead pony on Black Friday

No good deed goes unpunished. Just ask Fairview trainer Yvette Bremner and the super rigid  local Stipendiary team who failed to dish out a Black Friday discount on a hefty fine incurred for a good deed.

The story goes something like this.

Just prior to the Fairview fifth on Friday, Yvette’s Calla Lily, one of a quartet of her runners in the Glendore Sprint, dislodged Collen Storey and bolted.

Calla Lily on the move (Pic – Pauline Herman)

The lead pony, a well-known former Gr1 winner called Villandry, who was assigned to accompany Calla Lily to the start, also dislodged his rider as he also wanted to play the ‘let’s race again’ game.

This is where Black Friday goes wrong for Yvette,

Yvette shows her skills on Gr1 winner Villandry – aka lead pony (Pic – Pauline Herman)

Being an accomplished rider, the top trainer, seeing the dangers and risks of losse horses and doing her utmost to ensure punters and her owners weren’t disappointed, handed her mobile phone to Hedley McGrath, clipped her hair up and jumped aboard the lead pony in an attempt to assist Calla Lily back to the start.

It was a brave act of initiative that the Stipes didn’t find funny or helpful.

The official Stipes report says:

Trainer Y Bremner mounted the lead pony without a body protector and a skull cap in an attempt to take Calla Lily back to the start when this gelding was already scratched. This caused a delay to the start.

Trainer Y Bremner signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rules 58.11 and 58.9.2 in that as a licensed Trainer whilst mounted on a lead pony failed to ensure that she had both a body protector and a serviceable skull cap on, when attempting to take CALLA LILY to the start. A penalty of a R3000 fine was imposed.

It’s been too long! Var son Villandry stretches out (Pic – Pauline Herman)

Calla Lily’s part owner Hedley McGrath said that they thought that the NHRA would at least have given them a 50% Black Friday discount on the fine!

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20 comments on “How Many Trainers Would Be This Brave?

  1. HedleyMcGrath says:

    Calla Lily was only Scratched after the 2nd attempt to take Him to the Start By Vilandry and Rider.

    1. Editor says:

      So Stipes report incorrect then Hedley
      But that’s okay

  2. Tony Mincione says:

    Yes! A Black Friday 50% discount is exactly right. Common NHRA, show some class and suspend 50% of that. You get to teach the lesson and get more exposure for protective gear by being cool, it’s a win-win-win. The woman was heroic and the fine and the discount makes it a story.

  3. Leonie says:

    She had the balls to do what no one’s ever done… Go girl.. Got my respect… Fine or not 💪👊…

  4. Clare Geddes le roux says:

    Yes she should have had protective gear on but she tried to do what was the best for punters and the owner #blackfriday50,% discount please

  5. Glen mohammed says:

    When person/s care and love the animal . In such circumstances the safety of the animal supersedes all rational thinking.
    Rules have provisions. Stewards err also, but to the detriment of others.
    Horsemen do not fine them.
    Was the fine the proper message or they being coltish

  6. jc lee ching says:

    I agree 100% with you Glen, surely some common sense could apply? or is common sense in short supply? I can only quote that delightful man Mr Bumble “If the law says that sir, then the law is a ass”

  7. twinkletoes says:

    What a woman! My respect for her has grown, she obviously loves horses

  8. Dylan says:

    Brilliant Yvette. Hope the Stipes come to their senses!

  9. Paul says:

    And the Black Friday super delux Momparra award is made jointly to those super special, without fault Stipes ….

    Yet another lost opportunity to show real judgment, leadership and discretionary application of powers.

    Any kids out there wanting to grow up to be like those brave fearless paper tigers? Thought not.

    Respect Ms Bremner!

    1. Editor says:

      Agree Paul – impulsive reaction by Yvette to save the moment, with two horses on the loose – yes it was a contravention of an important safety rule, but surely a warning would have been a logical best outcome

  10. Paul says:

    “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice” – Lincoln

  11. Mike Coleman says:

    Considering the cicumstances, a warning would have been sufficient punishment, and the fine should be suspended for such a heroic deed. Evette must be lauded for her unselfish act of bravery

  12. Raymonde Gregg says:

    You stipes moan about and if a horse breaks loose, ” to tell public to be quiet,” but what else. She should have worn protection but, being the dedicated horse women that she is, she reacted in the interest of , both the public and primarily the horses. The stipes must acknowledge her behaviour and be reasonable!
    Well done Eyvette!

  13. Brian says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, truly wonderful Ms Bremner!

    Stipes, Really?

    But then it’s only to be expected from them. Petty Petty truly petty stipes

  14. Paul says:

    Give the lady a Bells for her unselfish and brave action. Stipes tap water only – after the needs of the horses have been met, that is.

  15. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    Nasty lot with lots of backslapping I am sure…….

  16. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Agree Glen,,,

    Coltish behaviour by the Stipes… Punishment recommended – they should be Gelded 😂

    Ms Bremner 👍

  17. Lazarus says:

    Well done mam. You deserve an award not a fine!!!! At least someone has a set of ” BALLS” in this industry. I doubt any of the stipes would have even gotten on a horse let alone “chase” one down!!!!!

  18. Avril says:

    Give that girl a Bells

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