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Racing – Green For Go!

Monday is good to go behind closed doors

The NHA is pleased to announce that Horseracing in South Africa will resume on 1 June 2020 behind closed doors.

The  NHA have informed the Racing Operators accordingly on the requirements that need to be complied with in order to stage these meetings.

The following rules shall be applicable on the effective start date.

The field sizes will be restricted to 12 runners per race with the exception of ALL Pattern races in which 14 runners will be allowed.

Jockeys will be restricted to ride in the region of their choice and cannot move in between provinces.  They will be allowed to make ONE move prior to the commencement of racing.

The adjusted minimum riding weight in Handicap races shall remain at 54kg.

Horses moving between regions shall NOT be allowed unless a horse is moving to another province on a permanent basis as per the regulations of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

All Horse Transport Companies must have the necessary Permits to move horses between the training centres and race courses.

The last race must be run not later than 16h45.

Any persons with comorbidities shall not be able to attend.

Racing at Flamingo Park shall NOT take place in the month of June. The Racing Operators shall advise on the status of Kimberley racing in due course.

All of the above will be applicable for the month of June.  Any relaxations shall be implemented in conjunction with the status of the Coronavirus pandemic, together with any positive  changes to the Governments adjusted risk strategy from July onwards.

A further release on the Health & Safety, together with the surveillance protocols, as per our submission to Government shall follow.

The Racing Operators have commenced with pre administration work for the upcoming meetings.

The NHA is pleading with all participants to self-regulate regarding prevention and hygiene practices. The Covid-19 pandemic is in its infant stages in South Africa.  The scientific and worldwide statistics, forecasts that this virus will be in existence for an extended period. Individual responsibility will go a long way in assisting the South African Horseracing Industry to continue racing, creating value and to the ultimate sustainability thereof.

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48 comments on “Racing – Green For Go!

  1. Don says:

    Ed , Have you ever received feedback on whether horses stabled at Vaal can run at Turffontein and vice versa?

  2. Dylan says:

    Well done, look forward to watching!

  3. Joe says:

    Can JHb horses run at the Vaal?

  4. Mike du Toit says:

    The owners, trainers and staff in Kbly have the same needs as the rest of the Country and looking at the Covid stats, the Northern Cape is low risk. This is just so unfair.

  5. Errol Du Plooy says:

    About time

  6. firstfivelegs says:

    Presume that all the top jocks will opt to ride in KZN if the winter season is now going ahead. This will leave trainers in Gauteng and the Cape with some difficult choices and limited options, given that their regular preferred options will be based elsewhere. Even more difficult for PE where there are only a handful of jockeys who confine their riding to the EC, whilst this will speed up the end of Kimberly racing, given that shipping jockey’s in will no longer be an option. Other than this, all good news.

  7. Judith Wintle says:

    This is fantastic news!! 🏇🏻🏇🏻🏇🏻

  8. Siya says:

    Fantastic news. We are all raring to go.

  9. Cecil Pienaar says:

    And away we go ✔️

    Rian will ask for tips on Sunday, also from Long shot William ….

    Good news

  10. jc lee ching says:

    When and where is the first meeting?

    1. Editor says:

      Greyville Monday 1 June

  11. Cecil Pienaar says:

    “Good news, good News, good news
    That’s all they wanna hear ” ( Mac Millar )

    Frankie get on the phone to Graham, better sort that Computaform nr/draw thing …. happy times

    CJ, get your July bet on today, that price is gonna drop

  12. Jonathan says:

    Anyone mind if I shout….YEEEEAAAAH!

  13. Jonathan says:

    No more playing lucky numbers overseas….no more asking grandkids for numbers!

  14. Pops says:

    Who are the jockeys who are based in the Free State to ride at the Vaal?

  15. Beast says:

    Great job sportingpost for keeping us informed throughout unlike this so called horse racing channel that keeps showing us betting world ads.

  16. Sean says:

    Will the Tab shops be open

  17. Ayub says:

    Will the shops open?

  18. Helena says:

    No tabs will not open on level 3

  19. Boete says:

    Thank you sporting post for always upfront and honest with your reports actually gonna subscribe to sporting post

    1. Editor says:

      Cheers Boete

  20. Livingstone says:

    The authorities should initiate a massive advertising campaign to encourage the opening of online betting accounts. Particularly as the betting shops won’t be opening anytime soon. After this racing ‘drought’, bigger pools would be a great motivating factor.

  21. Ace says:

    Has Govt given Horse Racing the green light???

  22. Sanjay says:

    It was time that horse racing will start but it could have started early well its almost time to bet can not wait

  23. Hilton witz says:

    Surely betting shops should be treated as retail and if they abide by social distancing wearing mask etc why cant they open as they sell bets ?Clearly you cannot have punters sitting around but i dont see any difference between a betting shop and a bank or a postnet…in level 3 im sure bookmakers will be challenging the courts …

  24. Kenny says:

    Tab just need to team up with the Sporting Post as their Media partner – this is where we read all the racing news.

  25. Kenny says:

    Livingstone, I fully agree with you. I can assist their technologically challenged customers to get online very quickly. But they need to improve their website and call-center to be more user friendly.

  26. Emmanuel Ramutsamaya says:

    When is the free computaform/ express & telly ending??

    1. Editor says:

      It’s still operational Emmanuel
      No indication of a termination date when we spoke to them this afternoon

  27. Cameron James says:

    Hey Cecil, for sure!!! 12/1 wont last. Love Justin’s comments regarding DIA. Best part, he thrives in Durban, 5 runs, 4 victories. The 3 year old crop is weak this year. I cant see anything thats been flown under the radar. RB and DIA to fight out finish with Twist of Fate improving. Oh happy days…

  28. leseding says:

    What happened to the Oppenheimers, their R100 Million and their Crew with Mike de Kock ?
    Why has the bragging rights gone to NHA ??

  29. cobus says:

    Please please do not stop racing at flamingo park …good course and a pleasure to race theircc

  30. Tony says:

    Well done to Vee and his team for making it happen well done waiting to place my first bet after a century

  31. Paul says:

    Ride him Gavin!!! 👍

  32. Paul says:

    Well done to everyone involved in making this possible, thank you very much

  33. Victor Ndwashu says:

    Editor no movement of horses from region to the other. Vaal and turffontein are in different region free state and Gauteng???

  34. Viv says:

    “Got The Greenlight”

  35. Beatle says:

    So for horses that are not in Natal at the moment would only be allowed to race once in Durban for the winter season without changing to another trainer – am I correct or am I misunderstanding something ??

  36. Herman says:

    I think u have only thought about the elite of racing what about the workers who take the bets in outlets they need to be paid feed their families what about that punter that do not have online facilities Well all good and well but your smaller punter is not considered here Don’t think about yourselves go back include everyone

  37. Hilton Moore says:

    Will totes be open for punters or just play & go

  38. Rafiek Peters says:

    I fully agree with Hilton. On the 26th of March 2020 I placed a bet a pic four at BetSa that was run at Vaal Racecourse. There after lockdown started, I can’t claim my winning ticket due to the lockdown . My ticket is slowly but surely fading. Can anyone give me advice how to go forward from here.

    1. Editor says:

      Have you tried phoning or mailing them, Rafiek?
      Make a copy of that ticket

  39. devan says:

    Well done Vee Moodley and team. Lets all now get together and get racing firing again

  40. Cheryl Blom says:

    Will Telebet be operational?

  41. Leon says:

    Brilliant news that racing is starting on 01/6/2020 but spare a thought for the thousands of tab/tote operators that still sit at home without any income

  42. Flashaa says:

    @firstfivelegs. I understand your concerns but what a great opportunity to develop work riders in the region, should the top jocks not be able to ride, Competition is always welcome and I’m sure we will see a world class rider emerge from our ranks.

  43. Montel says:

    Most jocks will likely head to KZN, I’m pretty worried about the “2nd String”/Apprentices in the region. But if racing has taught us anything is that KZN love their apprentices!

  44. Cecil Pienaar says:

    No need to worry. We have good jocks at all centres. The guys riding work will get real races more often, and rightly so. Ntl for instance have de Melo, Dillon, Kennedy, Marcus, Mgudlwa, Moodley, Ngwane, Randolph, Veale, Wright + Zackey (yippee) to name a few.

    Appies will get more chances as well, not just when they claim 4 and 2.5kg. Main thing is, we’re racing again 👍🏼
    And after a few meetings, work riders and grooms races !

    Happier times ahead

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