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Jockeys Take A Dummy Hospital Pass

Turffontein race 7 voided

The Stipendiary Stewards declared Race 7 at Turffontein on Monday null and void after the ambulance siren went off as the horses jumped, which made most of the jockeys think a false start had been declared.

Most of the jockeys pulled up their horses while others first stopped riding and then started to race again.

After an investigation by the stipes, who interviewed all the jockeys, the race was declared null and void. All straight bets are refunded while the field will apply to the exotics.

Commentator Alistair Cohen explained to Tabnews the decision handed down by the stipes.

“The ambulance siren, which sounds identical to the false-start siren went off. All the jockeys, barring Devin Habib (Ilha Da Varlette)  heard the siren.

“Cole Dicken (Clock Stopper) and Craig Zackey (Gold Image) rode their races as normally as possible, despite hearing the siren, because they saw the flagman dash off the course, but they were under the impression that something was not quite right.

“As seven of the eight jockeys heard the siren, the stipendiary stewards, in terms of Rule 4.2.18, declared the race null and void.”

Nobody explained why the driver decided to sound the siren at such a crucial time.

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18 comments on “Jockeys Take A Dummy Hospital Pass

  1. DEAN DEMONT says:

    The driver of the ambulance should be investigated. My opinion he is working with a bookmaker which laid Sheer Talent for an untold fortune, and on exposed form probably would have won eased up.Sheer Talent got punted in from 2/1 into 8/10 and the only way for the race to be called null and void is if something like this happens!!!! How does he sound the siren as the gates open????? Too coincidental and a proper investigation should be opened. Obviously the rot, that was set in previously from the Phumelela powers that be, still run rife.

  2. G A McDonald says:

    Why was Rule 4.2.18 used in this situation?
    4.2.18 within their discretion to take such decisions and actions as they deem necessary to ensure
    that RACES are conducted in a manner which safeguards the interests of all individuals
    and PERSONS present at the RACE COURSE. Such decisions will include the
    abandonment of a RACE/RACE MEETING, or any part thereof.

    The wording of this Rule seems to suggest it pertains to the physical safety of people attending the race course during a race meeting.

    Why would it state ‘present at the RACE COURSE. Punters were not present at the race course.

  3. prishen devnarain says:

    I watched this race and this is all too fishy for my liking.

    Someone definitely made a cut from the events that occurred during the race.

  4. Shanil Singh says:

    A siren at the same time a race jumps.too much of a coincidence. I had field in my pick 6 only now for the whole country to also get the field. Lost out on a decent payout.

  5. Mervin says:

    Unforseen circumstances…..
    Unfortunate….
    Things like this meant to happen….
    No one person should be blamed…..
    Nothing sinister here…
    Horse Racing theories…. Aghhh.. Hogwash….
    Look carefully…. Racing is ALL GOOD…
    When you in your vehicle… Don’t you mistakenly touch ur indicator sometimes…. N it switches on… Immediately u put it off.
    Similar circumstances… 🙂

  6. Rakesh Premhid says:

    Liability for contributing to race 7 being cancelled has great consequences for the Ambulance company which is a private service provider ..Requires a comprehensive investigation into this conduct . Somebody has benifitted . Ambulance company should be suspended pending an intensive investigation .Establish if the person is a gambler and has a relationship with any person connected to racing industry.

  7. DEAN DEMONT says:

    Mervin, an ambulance siren is a switch that is above the drivers head, which needs to be deliberately pressed for it to be activated. Its not part of the steering wheel where your hand can ‘accidentally ‘ touch it… therefore as the gates open; he decided to deliberately touch it.. try and think out the box.

  8. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey….
    Shanil Singh twinsavers have a special on their tissues,, I was also a victim but knew after racing a couple of metres that the field would qualify,, all being equal the favourite would have romped home,, you obviously dialed for commentary and did not watch it on TT ?
    I’ve never seen in the history of racing that they can use the ambulance siren as to why and it sounds the same,, I mean have you ever heard an excuse what a load of (*edited),, Only time a siren goes off in an ambulance is when the driver is rushing to hospitals or to a scene of the accident,, I bet you the starting stalls siren does sound like an ambulance siren that’s how backward we are! The ambulance siren 🤣🤣🤣🤣 you make me laugh! You see they take us punters for idiots!
    What a perfect excuse! Anyway,, Patrick Davis South African racing executive now confirmed we definitely don’t need you here so carry on doing a fantastic job from London,, enjoying a nice hot summer,, and Dean Sawarjith for goodness sake nothing works,, the tracks, vaal, then PE,, then Durbanville,, the starting stalls,, the sirens,, the tote,, Tellytrack,, betting world is in a absolute mess no wonder Vee Moodley is all teeth,, owners punters and trainers have had enough..
    Sorry to MOD you don’t deserve this..
    Sorry Mary and Jess you don’t deserve all this now especially after having such a great sale…

  9. Steve Reid says:

    An ambulance siren that is identical to a starting stall false start siren? The siren goes off at the exact time that the horses are released. Really? Dick Francis move aside you got competition.

  10. Cecil Pienaar says:

    I reckon the starting stall siren doesn’t work and the ambulance one is back up using hand signals to the driver

    I believe the horse racing bosses will investigate and come back to us.
    I also believe JZ is ‘completely innocent’ 😂

    Perfect timing alright, just like the soccer bet.

    LoL, Cowboys don’t cry, hey Rian, you quiet.

  11. Donald Bradshaw says:

    So nobody has asked the ambulance driver ” why did you do that ” ?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Donald

      He works for a company contracted to Phumelela, and explains here (excuse the shouting in capital letters from the Stipes report):

      AS THE START WAS EFFECTED, THE AMBULANCE WHICH WAS POSITIONED NEXT TO THE STARTING STALLS, HAD ITS SIREN ACTIVATED. FIVE OF THE EIGHT RIDERS IN THIS FIELD, REACTED TO THIS SIREN AND ATTEMPTED TO PULL UP THEIR HORSES AS THEY WERE OF THE OPINION THAT A FALSE START HAD BEEN DECLARED BY THE STARTER. AFTER THIS THE HORSES WERE RIDDEN TO THE FINISH.

      THE STIPENDIARY BOARD IMMEDIATELY CALLED A RACE REVIEW INTO THIS INCIDENT. THE STARTERS AND THE EIGHT RIDERS INVOLVED WERE INTERVIEWED AND IT WAS ESTABLISHED FROM THE RIDERS EVIDENCE, THAT THEY HAD ALL HEARD THE ALARM EXCEPT FOR JOCKEY D L HABIB (ILHA DA VARLETTE). IT WAS CONFIRMED BY THE STARTER THAT HE HAD NOT CALLED A FALSE START, BUT THAT THE SIREN HAD EMANATED FROM THE AMBULANCE.

      THE RIDERS THAT HAD REACTED TO THE SIREN AND THAT HAD BEEN PREJUDICED BY THEIR LOSS OF MOMENTUM IN PULLING UP THEIR MOUNTS, ATTEMPTED TO MAKE UP THE LOST GROUND ONCE THEY HAD REALIZED THAT THE SIREN THAT HAD BEEN ACTIVATED, HAD NOT BEEN EFFECTED BY THE STARTER, SIGNALLING A FALSE START.

      Race 7 contd.

      IT WAS FURTHER CONFIRMED BY THE STARTER THAT THE AMBULANCE SIREN THAT WAS ACTIVATED IS SIMILAR SOUNDING TO THE START SIREN THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOUNDED IF A FALSE START HAD BEEN CALLED. WHEN QUESTIONED, THE AMBULANCE DRIVER STATED THAT HE HAD ACCIDENTALLY ACTIVATED THE AMBULANCE SIREN WHEN HE MADE HAND CONTACT WITH THE VEHICLE’S STEERING WHEEL WHEN PREPARING TO DEPART THE 1000M IN ANTICIPATION OF HIM FOLLOWING THE FIELD.

      THE STIPENDIARY BOARD AFTER CONSIDERING THE CONTENT OF THE INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWING THE PATROL FILMS FROM ALL ANGLES, WAS OF THE OPINION THAT THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE RIDERS HAD REACTED TO THE AMBULANCE SIREN, HAD LOST SIGNIFICANT MOMENTUM AND GROUND WHICH HAD PLACED THEM AT A SEVERE DISADVANTAGE.
      THE STIPENDIARY BOARD GAVE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THE RELEVANT RULES, IN PARTICULAR TO THE PROVISIONS OF RULES 61.5.10.1 TO 61.5.14 AND THAT THE STARTER HAD NOT DECLARED A FALSE START.
      IN ARRIVING AT ITS DECISION, THE STIPENDIARY BOARD CONSIDERED THAT THIS WAS A RARE INCIDENT ACCOMPANIED BY HIGHLY UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND THAT IT WAS NECESSARY TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND AT THE SAME TIME PRESERVE THE ETHOS OF THE SPORT OF HORSERACING.
      FOR THESE REASONS, THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 4.2.18 WERE ENACTED.

      THE BOARD ACTING IN TERMS OF RULE 4.2.18 ABANDONED THIS RACE AND AS A CONSEQUENCE RACE 7 WAS DECLARED NULL AND VOID.

      THIS REPORT WILL BE FORWARDED TO PHUMELELA MANAGEMENT AS IN TERMS OF RULES 48.4.13 AND 48.4.14, THE AMBULANCE AND ITS DRIVER FALLS UNDER THE RESPONSIBILTY AND EMPLOYMENT OF THE OPERATOR.

  12. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    On the point of hospitals, would anybody know where I could source an accurate list of horses-in-training that have been euthanized ? (in the lock-down period)

    I need to try and keep my data-base fresh.

  13. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…
    Morning MR Ed we hoping you guy’s are all on board in the Cape strange that racing went ahead yesterday,, hope you guy’s are safe that’s more important at this stage…anyway i see that the report will be sent to the operator,, Does that mean we’ll need to wait for Patrick Davis to arrive back from his UK residency to check the report ? Mr Ed any idea if the man that is controlling SA horseracing Patrick Davis,,will he be back in SA this year ? Is it a permanent thing that Patrick runs SA racing from the UK ?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Frankie
      We will drop Mr Davis a line and see if he will respond.
      We are unaware of his current or recent domicile but it seems from reports over time there was an agreement that he was permitted to reside in both hemispheres.
      Let’s ask him.

  14. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Good Day Ed thank you for the stipes report , so the activation switch for the ambulance siren is located near the steering wheel and NOT as Dean Demont states ” above the drivers head ” ?

    Another question , if I may , if you had the field in this leg in the exotics do you then get ” two ” fields in that bet ?

  15. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Mr Ed you are a star.. Tks Mr we’ll certainly appreciate any feedback from Mr Patrick Davis…Stay Safe Cheers

  16. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Mr Ed that’s a fantastic position to be that our main man is allowed to control SA horseracing from another country…he’s one lucky fish,, wouldn’t you agree ? Wow

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