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Fairview – Monday Showdown Threat

Hopes that sanity will prevail

The strike at Yvette Bremner’s Fairview yard continues with  team members rolling up their sleeves over the past weekend, with Monday morning set as a deadline for Grooms to return to work.

Contingency plans are in place to deal with threats from certain quarters to physically force workriders off their horses on Monday morning.

Top security – Yvette leads a horse to track under armed guard

The Sporting Post broke the news on Friday of security guards accompanying the Dippin Blu runners at Fairview. This followed a strike after a Groom, who had allegedly stabbed a horse, was dismissed.

No response has been received from Phumelela, the National Horseracing Authority or the Racing Association to our requests for a statement. We have also attempted to get a comment from SAGA.

One of South Africa’s largest owners, Hedley McGrath said that they had already vacated a barn of 28 horses and he had relinquished all his shares at six trainers countrywide, as well as at two stud farms.

We have learnt that Bremner stable jockey Wayne Agrella and his fellow workriders have also been threatened not to ride out on Monday morning.

Hedley and some members of the Dippin Blu support team this weekend

McGrath said that he was determined to abide by the law of the country and had contracted professional external security assistance in order to protect the rights of his trainer and other owners to conduct a business in a civil environment.

“This is an extremely disheartening and disappointing state of affairs. We are being held to a ransom of violence and initimidation in a country with the greatest constitution on earth. We cannot rely on assistance from the racing authorities, who have tried to do what they can but have their own constraints. Our team have resolved that we will not be forced to lie down and allow disorder and anarchy to prevail. We will reassess the situation again after tomorrow morning.”

He  said that they would have security in place ‘to protect property and person’.

“I sincerely hope that sanity will prevail. That is both for East Cape racing and South African racing. This is unspeakable in a country with such high unemployment. Racing is already under pressure as it is. I don’t know what else to say.”

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6 comments on “Fairview – Monday Showdown Threat

  1. Tracy Harries says:

    Really law and order haha long gone in SA.. Start closing the racing centers

  2. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    Yip Tracy, that’s why I’m more excited about watching the Daytona 500 tonite

  3. Beverley says:

    Why take your frustrations out on a horse? On any animal for that matter? I hope the yard presses animal cruelty charges and the individual who DARED to stab a horse, goes to jail and the key gets thrown away.

  4. I M Wright says:

    I am glad to see someone standing up to threats and intimidation. To dismiss a worker is no easy task so there must have been grounds for such dismissal Any animal abuse is no longer tolerated It is just sad to see that the insanity of what a decision made by the employer to ensure others do not follow a bad example has yet again erupted into an emotionally charged debacle So instead of one losing a job for HIS error in judgment the employees rather ALL have no jobs. If you do not like the employers conditions of work, every employee has the right to leave.

  5. Adams says:

    And here I am looking to work at any stable doing something you love with a passion. Take me on I am willing

  6. Racing Fan says:

    Adams, please contact Dippen Blu stables. It sounds like you could be a horse lover. They are
    employing new staff currently.

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