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Jockey Protest – Kenilworth Abandoned

Inconsistent underfoot conditions

Team Snaith lead in first race winner Future Tense with Sipho Booi up (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

After the running of Race 4 at Kenilworth Racecourse today, the jockeys lodged a protest citing inconsistent underfoot conditions as a major concern.

In the interests of safety, races 5 to 8 were abandoned.

The Bipot, Place Accumulator and Pick 6 paid dividends.

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13 comments on “Jockey Protest – Kenilworth Abandoned

  1. Editor says:

    After 82mm of rain fell in the past seven days and a further 16mm fell overnight and in the morning, a Wet Weather Panel was convened and horses were brought to the track at 09h00 to gallop. Subsequent to this gallop, the track was declared heavy but consistent and suitable for racing

  2. Deon pillay says:

    After punters lost the monies in the first 4 races and knowing conditions weren’t right.

  3. S govender says:

    Just like the commentators after a good horse wins a race all the positives will be given. But before the race is run punters will be lead to backing every other horse. Punters are just being used to build up pools.

  4. Reuben Naidu says:

    How many times we have seen this happen. Run the first 4 races so that the exotic bets are anchored then racing abandoned. That is why i know there are more important things in life than horse racing.

  5. Shanil Singh says:

    Well said Rueben. Even the jockeys ensure those races are run with no complaints about unsafe conditions. As long as the operator gets his share.

  6. IAN says:

    A race at Perth (UK) yesterday was run in pouring rain with very poor visibility – the jockeys there just get on with it. Most of our guys wouldn’t last 5 minutes overseas.

  7. Mac Naidoo says:

    I watched the race too Ian and our jocks protest the condition of the underfoot. These are all planned they could have abandoned the meeting before it started

  8. lionel harold says:

    Isn’t it standard procedure that track inspection is done, before a race meeting goes ahead especialy after a lot of rain fell days before… My understanding is that it is either given the go ahead, or abandoned before it even starts, not half way in and then abandoned… Smacks of 6-0,6-0,6-0….

  9. Balley Maharaj says:

    I used to love local racing, but after all the infighting and petty excuses linked to local racing, I am very happy spending my money on international racing.

  10. Deon Wertheim says:

    If one considers the amount of rain the two days preceding the race meeting, the rainfall wasn,t excessive. I am very sceptical that the underfoot conditions were that bad. If one takes cognizance of the stormy weather conditions in the UK and those jockeys persevere, it begs the question, are they more skilled at handling those conditions, or are they just less pampered. In my opinion and I would like to give the jockeys the benefit of the doubt, their reasons specifically for that day was trivial.


    A reminder to the Bloggers at there who are interested in this article…

    Greg Cheyne made a confident announcement while been interviewed after he had won on In A Huff in race 4.

    Maybe he would like to re-declare his thoughts, Mr. Editor ?

  12. MichaelMGJ says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- South African jockeys are softies!

    Let’s just leave it there.

  13. Sandile says:

    Yes very soft even the treck is soft there don’t want to race

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