The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its offices on Tuesday, 11 February 2020, colour holder and stable employee Mr Mark Sham was charged with a contravention of two rules.
These are Rules 72.1.25 and 72.1.26.
The particulars being that he conducted himself in an improper manner on racecourse property, which might have had the effect of discrediting horseracing and which did or might have brought into disrepute the good name of the National Horseracing Authority on 15 January 2020 at the 138th Annual General Meeting held at its offices at Turffontein Racecourse.
Mr Sham pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was found guilty of the charge.
The Board after considering the evidence led, and taking into account the arguments in aggravation and mitigation, ruled that Mr Sham be fined the sum of thirty thousand rand (R30 000) of which fifteen thousand rand (R15 000) is suspended for a period of twenty-four months, provided that Mr Sham is not found guilty of a similar offence under these Rules during this period.
Mr Sham has the right of appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.
- Press release published by NHA on Tuesday 11 February 2020