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Weights – Workrider Suspended

Call of nature ultimately leads to suspension

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Johannesburg on 15 September 2020, Workrider Mr Vusumzi Sithetho was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.28.

The particulars being that at the Vaal Racecourse on 1 September 2020, he committed a negligent act with regards to his weight, in that subsequent to weighing out for Race 1 on the day, he utilised the bathroom facilities which had a direct bearing on his weight.


This resulted in him weighing in after the race at more than half a kilogram under the weight at which he was declared out at and SHOWDOWN KID being disqualified from the race in question, after an objection that was lodged by the Clerk of the Scales, was upheld.

Mr Sithetho pleaded guilty to and was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board was satisfied that there was no evidence of sinister intent on Mr Sithetho’s part to alter his weight.  However, his negligent actions had serious consequences for the Owner, Trainer, betting public and the image of horseracing in Southern Africa.

The Inquiry Board considered that an appropriate penalty was that Mr Sithetho be suspended from riding in five Workrider races.

Mr Sithetho waived his Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed and was granted permission to take his suspension from riding in five Workrider races that are scheduled to take place on 22 September 2020, 8 October 2020, 22 October 2020, 26 October 2020 and 29 October 2020.

  • Media release by NHRA on 16 September 2020

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8 comments on “Weights – Workrider Suspended

  1. Craig says:

    If I understand correctly he got suspended for go to the bathroom 🙄🙄

    1. Editor says:

      Plse add your surname , Craig

  2. G McDonald says:

    Is there a Rule that states that after weighing out a jockey must not use the bathroom?
    Can we be directed to it ,if it is there.
    However, his negligent actions had serious consequences for the Owner, Trainer, betting public and the image of horseracing in Southern Africa.

  3. Francois van Ghent says:

    I don’t think there is a rule which restrict you to use the bathroom after weighing out, but it is obvious that if you need to use the bathroom after weighing out, you must go to the scale again afterwards to confirm that the weight is still accurate.

  4. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Shocking news I’m hearing horses are been killed in PE because of a wage dispute

  5. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Where is Patrick Davis,, there are horses been killed,,Patrick we need you back in SA immediately

  6. bob kistnasamy says:

    Liquid loss (bathroom stop) prior to weighing out, will definitely lead to reduced weight. The bathroom visit prior to weighing out, could be the reason for the weight loss. There is the possibility of the rider not being familiar with such actions and it’s consequences, as compared to the fully fledged jocks (knowledge and experience). Perhaps this should have been used as mitigating circumstances when arriving at the decision to suspend.
    In any event, the actions of the riders and the decision of the Stipes was costly to the punter.

    Good on Hollywood Bets for refunding their punters. They know how to win supporters.

  7. bob kistnasamy says:

    It is indeed a sad day for racing in the Eastern Cape, especially the Bremner yard. This unacceptable action on the part of the grooms is not good for the sport. It will be interesting to see how the authorities plan to resolve.
    Acts of intimidation, harassment and destruction should not go without punishment and be a deterrent for further intended unsavoury conduct. Yvette has become one of the leading yards in the Eastern Cape and was good for the competition in that region.

    Let’s hope that her next destination is hassle free and I am sure will benefit the region. Her loyal trainers will provide her with the necessary support.

    The decision to leave will change the lives of many in her stable and let’s hope that it is for the better.

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