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Fairview – Tensions Simmer

'We are determined to race on Friday'

The standoff between the Yvette Bremner yard and their striking Grooms entered its seventh day today and tensions remain at boiling point, with government failing to pitch for a meeting with Phumelela and stable staff earlier today.

The Sporting Post has been unable to reach the Department Of Labour for a comment as to why they did not attend the meeting.

Scheduled for the Fairview grandstand, the Phumelela representative had to address interested parties in the bush after they refused to congregate in the arranged area.

Dippin Blu spokesman and leading owner Hedley McGrath said that the sheriff of the court had served the court order on the various respondents, with some declining to accept it.

The order is still regarded as having been served and the conditions were read through a loudhailer.

All 82 remaining Bremner horses have been fed, watered and walked daily.

“We have made special arrangements with feed and between the handful of staff, including Yvette Bremner, the horses are in fine order. Sir Frenchie, who runs at Fairview on Friday, was taken for a walk by jockey Wayne Agrella this afternoon However, when Wayne took Gun Hill, also a runner tomorrow, out, certain persons emerged from the bush in an intimidating manner. The police are here now,” said Hedley at 16h30, during the course of our telephonic interview.

The longstanding owner confirmed that there had been threats that the Bremner horses not be allowed to race on Friday.

“I will not relent or bend to this illegal and intolerable intimidation. It is a matter of principle. We live in a civilised country where the rule of law must apply. If Fairview racing goes ahead as scheduled, the Bremner team will race – with security back up, if that is the sad necessity,” he said.

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19 comments on “Fairview – Tensions Simmer

  1. jc lee ching says:

    Please explain why is the picture of President Trump on your Sporting Post Digest?

    1. Editor says:

      Do we have to explain?

  2. Gman says:

    So the grooms dont belong to a union.

  3. Brian says:

    Why not?

  4. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Unreal…. but that is ‘our’ Govt for you…

    Think their alternative website is

    Sir Frenchie, 3 Greeff horses to beat, fancy the one T. Gould is on… 25-1 nogal

  5. Niran says:

    Brian if they did have a union I can assure you that half the race meetings in this country will not happen !!!!

  6. Gethin W. says:

    The Bremner stable are lucky that they have only had this labour protest to deal with. Whenever there is a hint of violence by the labour force, the department of labour will stay away.There are thousands of employers that know that when the department of labour is called by them they are lethargic and unhelpful but when unions call them they run to help. The unions deal with the department of labour on a weekly if not a daily basis. Sometimes unholy alliances are forged. The department of labour is not called the department of employers for a reason.

  7. Steve Reid says:

    I like your work! Taken from your weeks racing news, “bedmates Phumelela and the NHA”, has such a truthful ring to it, something the “bad for the game” brigade have been pointing out long before it became popular. This is 99% of the problem in SA racing, we have anything but an independent regulator regardless what motormouth would lead you to believe. It’s all a farce, run by the mainly incompetent and led by their noses by those who pay their salaries, they try keep things in line by utilizing archaic rules that are used to keep the players in check. The enforcement of these rules are done kangaroo court style in the safety of the old boys club, and the sheep take their medicine stoically. Thankfully, finally we are reaching the end game and hopefully the new monied cabal will do things better than this lot.

  8. Hally says:

    We so unfortunate that in this country that violence, protesting, singing & dancing is our way to find a solution.

  9. Grasslip says:

    Personal opinion, also as an owner in racing. Grooms need to realise that without owners they ain’t getting paid. Fact is, I as an owner dont mind giving a winning percentage of a cheque to a groom who has dedicated their hard earned hours to spending as much time as they do with some of the horses, but when it gets to this stage teach them all a lesson. These days having a job is a privilege and not a right. Especially in South Africa regardless of what line of work you’re in.

  10. Prasheen harrimohan says:

    They are currently striking at fairview cis sir frenchie running and they want it scratched.

  11. Prasheen harrimohan says:

    Racing delayed

  12. IAN says:

    Hally – violence, protesting, singing & dancing seems to have won…….as usual

  13. Coolshock says:

    So the pick 6 pays R4. My 120rand perm returns R28. When will this rule be changed. This is not fair on the punters. Pick 6 should be refunded

    1. Editor says:

      Fair comment Coolshock
      Full takeout on Bipot, PA and P6 today

  14. Calvin says:

    Today was a sad day for the punters, don’t the grooms know that the same horses pay they wage anyways never know if my double would have came race5 horse 5 and next race5 horse 4 any comments…..

  15. Johan says:

    And that’s how they steal from the punters, today’s racing should’ve been Null and Void, as they knew there was a problem and a possibility that something might go wrong today.

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