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Habib ‘Disregarded Rules’

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The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in the Stipendiary Stewards Boardroom at the Vaal Racecourse on Monday 17 August 2020, Jockey D L Habib was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, read with Guideline M on the use of the crop.

The particulars of the charge being that he struck THE SASH more than twelve (12) times in Race 5 run at Turffontein Racecourse on 8 August 2020.

Jockey Habib pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty as charged.

In arriving at a suitable penalty, the Inquiry Board took into account that the crop was used on fifteen occasions, that Jockey Habib had disregarded the Rules to his own advantage and had subsequently won the race, as well as Jockey Habib’s poor record with regards this Rule and associated Guideline.

The Inquiry Board also noted that this was his sixth contravention of this particular Rule and associated Guideline within a thirty day period.

Further, it was accepted that Rules are in place to ensure a level playing field for all participants and that prior penalties handed down, had not served to be a deterrent.

It was determined that a suitable penalty was that Jockey Habib be suspended from riding in three (3) consecutive race meetings to be held in the Central Provinces’ jurisdiction.  In addition to this, a monetary penalty of R10 000.00 was imposed.

Jockey Habib has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.

Media release by the NHRA on Tuesday 18 August 2020

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14 comments on “Habib ‘Disregarded Rules’

  1. Marlon Sing says:

    I think the NHRA are abusing our Jockeys,they think the Jockeys are their puppets,this article says a 1000 words to the NHRA,few weeks back they fine a jockey for not riding his mount and not giving his mount a fair opportunity in a race now they fine a jockey for trying all out in a horse race to give his mount the best possible winning chance.VEE MOODLEY you a good person but unfortunately you have to take the brunt for this,go sit on a horse in a race and see what a difficult job it is to control,horses are no easy animals and sometimes the jockey has to go the extra mile to give his mount a winning chance,at this precedent uncertain times if you wanted on all fairness found jockey Habib guilty I dont see how you can Justify a fine of R10000,has a owner just now our jockeys will get tired trying to win or finish in the places because they afraid to pay such hefty fines.Sad really sad.regards

  2. Craig says:

    10000 Bucks correct me if im wrong. If he didn’t not ride his mount to the full another inquiry. I have never read a jockey had been found not guilty. R1000 0
    Bucks in this hard times. Give a person a break the jocks where of for how long.

  3. Geoff Clark says:

    6th contravention of the rule within a 30 day period. Says it all. Deserved what he got.

  4. Beverley says:

    3 days suspension? Is that it? There should be one rule: You abuse the whip you are suspended 7 meets, 2nd offence 14 meets and so on and so on. Stop fining and suspend. I also feel that maybe if they declare the jockeys ride(s) nul and void and send him to the back of the field, owners and trainers MIGHT get angry enough as these jockeys are costing them. That might help, instead of fining them when they take home a fair size of the winnings.

  5. Tsundukani Mabasa says:

    No rider shall misuse a crop or use a crop in an unnecessary or excessive manner or use a crop on any part of the horse’s head, the rule is not clear and the words misuse unnecessary and excessive are meaningless and serve no justice if there’s no specific number of the usage of the crop on a horse explicitly indicated on rule 58, 10. 2, in mathematics numbers has no limit unless a specific limit of a number is set out in the rule and regarded as the limited number of crop to be used by the jockey on the horse given that the jockey must not use the crop on any part of the horse’s head, therefore it is of my lawfull understanding that the rule on the usage of a crop the horse is lacking numerical lacking and has to be amended with a specific number of the use of a crop on the horse, Davin Habib is guilty by the reason of pleading guilty but without knowing the limited number of the usage of a crop on the horse should there had been a limited number of the usage of crop on the horse Davin could have refrained himself to that number.

  6. Jay August says:

    NHA Rules
    Appendix E
    GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF THE CROP
    The following are examples of crop use which may be regarded as unnecessary and/or
    excessive in terms of RULE 58.10.2:
    a) Hitting a HORSE to the extent of causing injury.
    b) Hitting a HORSE with the crop arm above shoulder height.
    c) Hitting a HORSE more than three times on consecutive strides.
    d) Hitting a HORSE with excessive force.
    e) Hitting a HORSE without giving it time to respond.
    f) Hitting a HORSE which is showing no response.
    g) Hitting a HORSE which is out of contention for a place.
    h) Hitting a HORSE which is clearly winning.
    i) Hitting a HORSE which is past the winning post.
    j) Hitting a HORSE whilst the jockey is dismounted.
    k) Hitting a HORSE out of its stride pattern.
    l) Hitting a HORSE on the flank.
    #####m) Hitting a HORSE more than 12 times in the entire race.
    [Amended 10.05.2019] ###########
    n) Hitting a HORSE on any part of its head.

    Tsundukani – how much more clear can that be?

  7. Steve says:

    Please up date us on telephone commentry line 031 362 before the line up to start bcse sometime the line is like dead bcse the commentator keeps quiet we think we are of line

    1. Editor says:

      Steve, we will pass your query on to Gold Circle

  8. Francois van Ghent says:

    Rules are rules and if it is ignored then fines must be implemented. What if the other jockeys in the race also miss-used the crop and exceeded the 12 hits, maybe the result would’ve been different. As an owner, this rue was always an issue for me, my jockey is scared to contravene the rule and only hit the horse while the jockey who exceed the hits and hit a horse 15 times, he wins easily, get a nice percentage and pays the R1000 fine with a smile, and still makes a profit. When 12 hits are exceed, the playing fields are not even…

  9. Beverley says:

    Francois that is exactly my point. The jockey overhits, the horse wins and he smiles all the way to the bank, while your horse, that could have won, doesn’t because your rider obeys the rules. Just once, take away the win, or place, then see how the winning owner/trainer reacts to losing their winnings, and maybe, just maybe, it will change those who do abuse.

  10. Hamisj Stewart says:

    Rules rules rules.cannot live with them and cannot live without them.We have a horse whom was bred and kept for 3 years.It draws well but cannot run becos it has not run before.first timers run in graded races overseas.We give it a run short of its eventual distance and its unplaced.we now get a draw at a suitable distance in a weakish field but get taken out becos we were unplaced first time out.these are maiden plates im talking about.and they want to attract owners to the game.my partner has just come back to the game after 10 yr absence .imagine how he feels along with the hundreds of SOLDIERS going through the same BS

  11. Jay August says:

    Hamisj, what should the rule or process be for a horse like yours when there are 20 others in a race competing for 12 or 14 positions? When, how and why should your horse get preference over others with an equally valid claim to a race? What, therefore, determines a fair adjudication of competing claims to a starting spot in a race?

  12. bob kistnasamy says:

    Three race meetings may account for 10 days of suspension, considering that there are currently two meetings per centre per week. For a multiple offender within a thirty day period is that sanction enough? I agree that in this particular instance those jocks who rode according to the rules were prejudiced.
    Including forfeiting the position and the stake money appears good sense BUT what about those jocks who did not get the maximum out of their mounts and finished out of the money. They are also sanctioned. Habib still obtained his share of the winning stake and this could have contributed partly to the fine imposed. Perhaps taking away a share of the jockey’s stake would result in a greater impact.
    Multiple interested parties could be affected due to the overenthusiastic urgings of the offender.

  13. randy hayes says:

    are you joking me i have seen worse things happen in a race to name one of many i have seen and had a bet on that horse which i lost the jockey was leading by a large gap and just falls off which no way he could just fall more like jumped off when his horse was going to win no matter what he did and at the end they had a inquiry and no change i have seen them pull back as hard as they could to slow down a winner nothing happened but when a person hits his ride a few to many times and he is so bad because he wonted to win which ever one that gets paid to ride job is to win and i am sure the horse is fine the ones you should be getting out of racing is the bad apples who are in it for not letting there horse do what it loves to do is run that is my thinking.

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