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SAPS Bolster Fairview Presence

Any threats could see racemeeting called off

The National Horseracing Authority confirms the unfortunate events that took place at Fairview Racecourse on Thursday, 17 September 2020, involving the horses in the care of Trainer Yvette Bremner.

Members of the NHA’s Senior Management that travelled to the Eastern Cape, attended the stable complex at Fairview Racecourse and co-ordinated a meeting this afternoon to decide if tomorrow’s race meeting scheduled to take place at Fairview Racecourse should proceed.

The stakeholders that were present at the meeting that took place at 15h30  included NHRA Executives, five Trainers, a Rider representative, Phumelela Management representatives, three high-ranking members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and a local security representative.

While the unpredictability of the situation was acknowledged and carefully considered, it was recognised that all staff members employed by the Trainers at Fairview Racecourse had returned to their duties this afternoon.

Further, the SAPS representatives provided an undertaking to bolster their ranks in attendance at Friday’s race meeting at the Eastern Cape Racecourse.

While the volatility of the situation is still a concern, the unanimous decision was taken to proceed with tomorrow’s scheduled race meeting at Fairview.

The safety of all participants, stake holders and staff members as well as the welfare of the horses are of paramount importance and, as such, if there is even the slightest risk to these basic requirements, the decision to race tomorrow, will be reviewed.

  • Media release by NHRA on Thursday 17 September 2020

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16 comments on “SAPS Bolster Fairview Presence

  1. Marina Munro says:

    I am horrified by what happened at Fairview today. What a tragic day for racing. Why do this to the horses when their argument is with the trainer? They obviously don’t have any feeling for these noble creatures, May the perpetrators rot in hell. I hope all the other horses who were attacked will be fine. I saw a picture on Beeld24 of the horse that was killed, Mark the Doorman apparently, who ran on Friday coming third. So sad.

  2. Philip Norman says:

    What a sickening state of affairs. Who cares if they race at Fairview tomorrow, or at Turffontein on Saturday or in KZN on Sunday. The day South African horse-racing died …. Rest In Peace. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED !!!

  3. Amy Collier says:


  4. Gabriel says:

    I really think that racing should be permanently cancelled in fairview as no reasoning can justify the harm done to those animals and all those concerned will have to live with the concequences of their actions

  5. Emildean Visagie says:

    Why target the iron woman of horse racing .Yvette Bremner. It’s so sad .please punished those who did this cruel act

  6. Gordon chetty says:

    They need to b sent to prison also charged with animal cruelty no mercy

  7. Asgar Essack says:

    The NHRA would be absolutely foolish if they allow racing to proceed at Fairview.
    Pity it had come to this four innocent horses have died already.
    While others are badly injured.
    These protests are often very violent even with police presence.
    Even grooms from other yards are forced to join the protest action.
    Otherwise they would be regarded as sell outs and their lives would be put at risk.
    Believe me if one of the protesters are killed or injured there would be absolutely no racing in S.Africa for many months
    As there would be sympathy strikes everywhere.
    For the welfare of people and animals I appeal to the authorities to abandon this race meeting.
    The only meeting that should take place
    is a meeting to address the burning issues of all parties concerned.
    Very, very sad sad day for horse racing.

  8. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Where are the SAGA in this tragic saga of violence ? Can we please hear from that august body that is supposed to represent the grooms ?

  9. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…How much longer will Patrick Davis be spending out in the UK ? Hello can anyone answer the question

  10. jc lee ching says:

    A sad day in SA Racing, Yvette Bremmer forced to leave PE Racing. They got what they wanted, what next? who else do they want to get rid of? and they will be charged, get a mild sentence and be back for more. We all feel for miss Bremmer, a damn good trainer and a wonderful human, but good guys come second and the thugs win.

  11. Mike Miles says:

    Give it a test now. Who besides yourself really cares?

  12. racing fan says:

    It is common cause that the grooms of all the stables took part in this barbaric act. How on earth could they allow the very same grooms back into the complex the very same afternoon and yesterday parading the horses during the race meeting. Surely they should all be suspended pending the completion of the criminal investigations. As much as everyone wants and needs racing to continue we suspended racing because of the Covid constraints but allow these vigilantes back into the complex knowing they all took part in the events of Thursday morning. If there are ANY grooms who claims innocence they are the ones that should assist the SAP in exposing the culprits who broke down the compound fences, chased, killed and savaged the horses. They are ALL the very same mob who took to the racetrack to stop one of the February or March race meetings.SUSPEND ALL THOSE GROOMS TODAY.
    PS! The dead horse Mark the Doorman was owned by me.

  13. Judy Tucker says:

    I so so agree with you, these thugs should never have been allowed into the Complex, what those beautiful horses went through is unforgivable and those grooms and the rest of them should already be in jail. No justice in this country 😔😔😔😔

  14. Cecil Pienaar says:

    This saga has left a bitter, sick taste… Sadly it is allowed in our Country. The ruling party looks the other way edit*. National TV shows how Chain stores are destroyed, allowing these thugs to disregard all laws. I have read so many posts – there is no racing without the owner and/or the punter. There is definitely no racing without The Horse. And it happened at my beloved PE, a week ago i celebrated a nice win cause of the ziets/kabelo upset. a Week later it felt very wrong to have a bet. So glad my beloved Clarkie from PE (RIP) is not around to see this.

  15. Asgar Essack says:

    It is very difficult to come to terms with events of the darkest day in S.African horse racing
    Indeed this is a very cruel,cruel world.
    How can anybody in their right state of mind commit such a ghastly deed.
    Why should anyone take out their anger and frustrations on these magnificent ,innocent creation of God
    A part of me has died after watching a few horrific pictures.
    With eyes full of tears and a sorrowful heart we say goodbye to our beautiful friends.
    Rest in peace our dear friends.

  16. N Haug says:

    I am so glad I stopped racing horses a couple of years ago. I have owned racehorses since I was 15 years old which makes it 50 years in the game as Breeder, Agent, Owner. Totally disgusted at what has taken place. Never again.

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