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Fairview – Some Light At End Of Tunnel

Shots fired but constructive meeting leads to hope

While private security officers were forced to fire shots at Fairview this morning after protesting Grooms threw sticks and stones at jockey Wayne Agrella while he was riding work, the intervention of the Kabega Park Police appears to have restored some sanity to what has been a tense few days.

Agrella’s first ride of the morning went off without eventuality, but when riding out on Bayou Boss – a feature runner at Fairview next Friday – he was intimidated by stick and stone wielding protesters who emerged from the surrounding bushes.

Horse and rider were not injured.

The police were called and a sergeant from the Kabega Park SAPS, known only as Patrick to the Sporting Post, accompanied trainer Yvette Bremner to address her former staff.

It appears that factually incorrect information was cleared up with the Grooms and Ms Bremner said that the meeting was the singularly most positive step in what has been a traumatic week and a half.

She thanked the SAPS officer, who she said had shown remarkable negotiation skills and a sense of compassion and understanding of the tense situation.

Those wishing to from the dismissed staff of the leading stable will be given an opportunity to apply for their jobs back on Monday morning.

“I’m pleased that there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel at last. Yvette Bremner will be interviewing applicants on Monday and hopefully we can move forward in a positive spirit from there,” said owner Hedley McGrath.

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13 comments on “Fairview – Some Light At End Of Tunnel

  1. Brendon says:

    Thx for the update Ed.

    Well done to Ms. Bremner and her team who engaged the protesters and resolved the issues at hand amicably.

  2. twinkletoes says:

    Well done to police sergeant Patrick!

  3. Pops says:

    That is how it is done.Great result.

  4. Gman says:

    2weeks later why did it have to go so far in the first place.

  5. Racing Fan says:

    Gman, it took someone like the police officer Patrick after being interdicted to go and explain to these grooms in there own language with a riot squad present at a stick swinging, rock throwing
    mob that when you stab a horse in the neck with scissors it carries consequences.

  6. Gman says:

    Noted R Fan, but did it have to go so far as a meeting being cancelled before both parties came to their senses its NOT SAPS responsibilty to sort out LABOUR issues.Previous posts and at fridays meeting the owner/s said they will not be held to ransom by protests but yet after it happened again they finally gave in.You mention the officer explained to them in their own language does that mean they were lost in translation?The question again. WHY DID IT HAVE TO GO SO FAR?WHERE WERE THE POWERS THAT BE?

  7. Pops says:

    While people were losing their heads,we should be reminded of this-
    Tata Nelson Mandela said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in HIS language, that goes to his heart

  8. Pops says:

    Did we not get the Memo re the new Jackpot Rules and payouts.This is what Tabgold is showing on their payouts for Jackpots for Fairview 24th Feb.–
    Jackpot 4-7
    1st : 3
    2nd : 7
    Net Pool = R 93147.81
    Tickets left = 2100.89
    Min. Dividend = R 44.34
    Jackpot 5-8
    1st : 3
    2nd : 7
    Net Pool = R 93147.81
    Tickets left = 2100.89
    Min. Dividend = R 44.34
    What makes this strange is that number 1 won the 4th Race Number 3 the 5th Race and number 7 the 6th Race.
    Pools are the same .Should be hearing from Tabgold,not our fault it is the IT guys in Siberia that got it wrong.It is not Gold Circles job to check.And why be so negative.

    1. Editor says:

      Pops, Patrick Loker, Commercial Exec, Gold Circle responded:

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I was not aware that we were experiencing this problem and clearly the results and dividend display on tabGold are incorrect. Our It technicians are working on the problem are hope to rectify it as soon as possible. On behalf of Gold Circle I do offer my sincere apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this error.


      Patrick Loker

  9. Racing Fan says:

    No Gman, it was not a matter of a standoff or who will last longest. It’s a matter of humans acting outside the law as they don’t care about structures eg the CCMA that ruled on this matter already. The court interdict then had to sight the police as a respondent to protect people and animals against uncivilized behavior from stone throwing mobs with swinging sticks and pangas. Only the mass presence of the SAP today prevented a repeat of Friday. I have spoken to Corne Spies and Johnathan Snaith who left PE for the very same reason. They had the luxury of returning their horses to Joburg and Cape Town which the Bremner yard don’t have. For the record the presence of the police (thanks to the court interdict and did a fantastic job) and the armed security are because of the initiative of owners in the Bremner stable who has forked out a couple of hundred thousand rand on this impasse already. They have not asked any of the actual responsible parties to contribute to this costs. It is clear however that they will protect their property and trainers when intimidated at all cost. None of the ransom requests have or will be given in too. They will do whatever the CCMA instructs them to do. Grooms have free unimpeded access to the CCMA at all times. The police have their
    hands full as it is with the lawless society we live in.

  10. Gman says:

    Yip they did not give in!!!! but it is reported that the grooms will go for interviews on Monday.What does that mean lol.I am just glad racing can continue and all connections get back to business.

  11. Racing Fan says:

    Gman, you are also correct regarding the grooms having gone for interviews on Monday, no interview for Abongile though. It turned out to be unsuccessful in the end due to all new demands with none of the absconders being reappointed. Other appointments including some new work riders however has been made. The stables now the cleanest I have ever seen it. Hedley now the new head boy 😜. Until now Yvette Bremner(trainer) and Carl Hewitson(assistant trainer) together with Wayne Agrella have been work riding triple shifts when not being stoned or chased from the bush. The stable has now survived for 14 days without the absconders by doing the work mostly all themselves. All the mediocre horses and ones with soundness challenges had been found homes for and one barn(28 boxes) already given back to Phumelela.

  12. Steve Reid says:

    looks like this thread is going off course and developing into a pissing competition.

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