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Racing Regulator Gets Screened

'Some things make no sense'

James Goodman

James Goodman

James Goodman chats to Steve Reid on the Winning Ways Show about various aspects of concern with our racing regulator.

They mention that the  NHRA spent R2,9 million on legal fees last year.

All monies accrued from fines used to be paid to the Trainers and Riders Benevolent Fund. But why are these monies being used to offset legal costs these days?

The Sunday jockey issue is also discussed – they suggest that rules ‘are being made up’.

Click here and listen to the chat and make up your own mind


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8 comments on “Racing Regulator Gets Screened

  1. Marlon Sing says:

    Well done,enjoyed the show,I personallyband it’s my opinion,why only now did the 2 top trainers raise these issues,yes jockeys are business men and they manage their own businesses(ie riding horses),why wasnt this issue raised with the NHRA when racing initially resumed on the 1st June 2020,questions by these 2 top trainers and others should have been brought forward to the NHRA then,WHY NOW?because is it they only think of there horses and riders?Warren Kennedy the professional that he is lost out on a million rand race not so much the money but to be crowned as a triple tiara jockey not many get the opportunity to achieve this,but he was gentlemen enough to loose the ride and commit himself to KZN racing more especially his family,now come back to the 2 too trainers what is so special about them(no personal issue with them)to request the NHRA to bend the rules in order for them to bring their Gauteng Based jockeys to KZN,Sean Tarry comments is totally unacceptable my reason for saying this is KZN has very good and well balanced jockeys,so I cant understand why he cant make use of the Jocks here,the other issue is they the Jockeys are also not being reasonable with their KZN counterparts,after the cream of the crop races are finished in Gauteng they want to come to KZN,come on guys the proffesionals that you are give your KZN counterparts an opportunity as well they also suffered a massive loss during the time when their was no racing.Lastly I feel it’s unfair to say the rules are being made up,the Covid-19 Pandemic is very serious and the NHRA must have given a mandate to the S.A Government in order for them to race again, one of the main concerns was for jockeys travelling on a daily basis to other provinces,its common sense if you travelling for business everyday surely that is a dangerous situation and they will not no who contracted the virus,remember the virus takes days to show symptoms so for example il use my champ Muzi Yeni as an example,if he travels to P.e(monday),kzn(tuesday)capetown(Wednesday)turfontein (thursday),vaal(friday) do you no in this 5 days he has been in contact with so many jockeys and trainers and grooms and airport staff ect,how many people do you think he would have infected in the 5 days unknowingly,because the symptoms only started on the 6th day now use this example for 20 jockeys travelling around the country at any given day,there will certainly be a disaster within the industry,For the sake of our country and S.A horse racing I personally feel the NHRA decision is 100% correct if for some reason the NHRA gives permission and the jockeys get infected somewhere along the line and it spreads rapidly within the industry(pray it never happens)will the top 2 trainers take responsibility for their actions(requesting for their stable jockeys to ride) or must the NHRA give answers to the the South African Government.Have a blessed Sunday :Rianbow Bridge and Golden Ducat today to win.

  2. Steve Reid says:

    There is just so much to say that two 30 minute discussions are not adequate.

    In this, the second part of the discussion, I mentioned incorrectly that the Trainers and riders benelovant fund was discussed at the 2014 NHA AGM. It was in fact discussed in the 2015 AGM and can be viewed under item 4 of the minutes : https://www.sportingpost.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2015-NHA-AGM-Minutes.pdf?x79687

  3. Steve Reid says:

    Robyn Louw gives a more detailed account here : https://www.sportingpost.co.za/2015/01/the-meaning-of-the-nha-agm/

  4. Boete sing says:

    well said Marlon

  5. M(artin)Gram(atica) says:

    It has always amazed me that people in racing do so little to hold their leaders to account. Well said James and Steve. The question now is what will be done about It?

  6. Robyn Louw says:

    To add to the discussion on the Benevolent Fund, the then CEO Denzil Pillay responded by launching an investigation into the allegations (https://www.sportingpost.co.za/2015/01/nha-investigates-funds-question/).

    Following that, a report was published (hurrah – actual follow-up!) – https://www.sportingpost.co.za/2015/03/trainers-and-riders-benevolent-fund-nha-nha-trainers-riders-fund-allegations/.

    Then Mr Lyndon Barends made it official in the Registrations and Changes Sheet on 8 July 2016 – https://www.sportingpost.co.za/2016/08/nha-benevolent-fund/

  7. Gidon Fender says:

    I enjoyed the content of the show. It opened my eyes. We need more of these interviews. James should start hosting live debates on his show on
    current and topical issues. I know this is a pipe dream as I doubt that there is anyone at the NHA, Phum, RA, HC, KR or the Racing Trust that is willing to defend their decisions in an open forum.

    1. Editor says:

      We are running part 1 tomorrow Gidon by popular request

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