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Jockeys And Crops – We Need More Detail

Devin Habib's expensive day at the office

The National Horseracing Authority’s twelve strike rule related to the use of the crop by jockeys is now over a year old and many are still puzzling over the application and the seemingly haphazard dishing out of penalties.

Things are only confusing as the NHRA have failed to educate the media and the public This is excerbated by the fact that the reporting back on cases is generally scant and not up to standard.

Have a look at how the ERA report on inquiries to see how far behind we are

Now reading the weekly NHRA calendar, one can only wonder what Devin Habib did at Turffontein on 23 July and what conclusions we should draw?

Is he a serial offender or was he just really shocking on the day?

 

In just two races that afternoon he picked up R12 500 in fines and 4 days of suspensions for contravening rule Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop).

In the fifth, he was found to have struck Palace Assembly more than twelve times in the entire race. He was fined R5000 and suspended for two days, which incorporated one race meeting on 2 August 2020.

Three races later he repeated the offence, this time while riding Nabeela. There he was fined R7 500 and got another two day suspension incorporated the same race meeting on 2 August 2020. So how many times can a jockey be suspended from riding at the same race meeting?

With the dearth of information, we are often left guessing as to the quantum rationale of the fines.

Although the KZN Stipes did go into some commendable depth when Warren Kennedy struck Summer Pudding more than 12 times in the Gr1 Woolavington 2000 on 28 June at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

They reported there that in deciding what action to take against Kennedy the Board considered the number of times (13) he struck his mount, the distance over which and manner in which,  he used his crop, the fact that he won the race and his record (0) in relation to this Rule.  Accordingly, a penalty of a R1000 was imposed.

Now that puts the fine in perspective but what has/did Devin Habib done to incur such wrath?

Looking at some of the other fines published recently, we are in the dark, as the range of the penalties for the apparent same infringment is diverse – and we only get half the story, if we are lucky.

GREYVILLE RACECOURSE – RACE 7 – 28.06.2020

E NGWANE (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop). For striking KEEP SMILING more than twelve times in the entire race. Suspended from riding in races for a period of seven (7) days from 30.07.2020 to 05.08.2020, both days inclusive.

FAIRVIEW RACECOURSE – RACE 7 – 31.07.2020

S L FORTUNE (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop).For striking WALLS OF DUBROVNIK more than twelve times in the entire race. Penalty: Warning.

SCOTTSVILLE RACECOURSE – RACE 1 – 29.07.2020

R D FOURIE (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop). For striking RITE OF PASSAGE more than twelve times in the entire race. Fined R1500

SCOTTSVILLE RACECOURSE – RACE 6 – 29.07.2020

D DILLON (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop). For striking BRASS BELL more than twelve times in the entire race. Penalty: Warning

FAIRVIEW RACECOURSE – RACE 6 – 03.08.2020

W G AGRELLA (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop)For striking QUEST more than twelve times in the entire race. Penalty: Warning.

VAAL RACECOURSE – RACE 5 – 30.07.2020

C B BANTAM (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop).For striking GREY STREET more than twelve times in the entire race. Fined R1000.

DURBANVILLE RACECOURSE – RACE 3 – 28.07.2020

G A BEHR (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop). For using his crop more than twelve times in the entire race while riding ROSEMARY MEADOW. Penalty: Warning.

FAIRVIEW RACECOURSE – RACE 4 – 31.07.2020

S R KHATHI (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop). For striking FLAME UP more than twelve times in the entire race. Fined R750.

TURFFONTEIN RACECOURSE – RACE 8 – 25.07.2020

N KLINK (Apprentice Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop). For striking GREEK FIRE more than twelve times in the entire race. Fined R1000.

SCOTTSVILLE RACECOURSE – RACE 9 – 29.07.2020

SERINO MOODLEY (Jockey) – Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop), For striking MAA NONU more than twelve times in the entire race. Fined R1500.

 

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8 comments on “Jockeys And Crops – We Need More Detail

  1. Avril Lerena says:

    Good luck in your quest for answers

  2. Asgar Essack says:

    This information is very valuable and I think Devin Habib should use it when he appeals the two fines imposed so unfairly upon him
    I am eagerly awaiting to hear the response from the authorities about this strange situation.
    I hope somebody comes to their senses and either reduce or cancel these unfair fines altogether
    During this difficult economic period this poor jockey should not be so severely punished.
    Have some compassion please!!!

  3. D. Baggely says:

    If the operators and owners are not contributing enough, fining the jockeys a pretty penny should come help with the shortfall for the overpaid NHRA management.

  4. Avril Lerena says:

    From what I’m led to believe, all fines issued in the past went into a Benevolent Fund for retired trainers and jockeys requiring financial assistance. This Fund has now been depleted and fines collected now are used towards the running costs of the NHA. They fine a certain group of role players in the Industry for their own financial gain.

  5. Gavin bechan says:

    Someone should strydom how to use a whip.. What disgraceful riding from him..gave his mounts no chance of winning today.. Racing is going down very fast sadly.. The stewards should investigate his riding.. Stop riding very quickly

    1. Editor says:

      Give us an example of one ride today Gavin

  6. Emmie Lensley says:

    Unfortunately it seems sometimes the stipes concentrate on a jock…in Kimberley there was a case where Eldin Webber was fined again for crop misuse and in the same race another jock who actually used his crop more was ignored.
    There should be consistant rules and fines.

  7. Jockey Association South Africa says:

    There has been NO constructive negotiations or communication between the regulators, management and the role players of the industry, more so over the past five years especially when there is a rule change. In this instance and subject matter in debate – USE OF THE CROP . Rule 58.10.2 – Guideline M – Use of the Crop – Smacking a HORSE more than 12 times in the entire race – this rule was amended and became effective 10 May 2019. There was a press release on the 4 June 2019. I believe there was an A4 size notice pinned up in each of the Jockey Rooms around the country and handed out to the riders on the day.
    From the beginning of the year there has been an informal guideline used with discretion on the merits of each case – this you can pick up in the stipes report! – it goes something like this – every rider starts off on ”0” over a period of time ? – (0) – 1st offence is a warning – (1) 2nd offence R750 – (2) 3rd offence R1000 etc – ……… then a suspension……………….?
    In any other professional sport when there is a change of a rule/s the norm would be to negotiate and communicate with the elected representatives of the union, federation or association, and when agreed upon and before promulgating the rule change, EDUCATE the player/s ”Jockeys” on how, why and what the reasons are.

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