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Naidoo Horse Forgotten Behind Stalls

This has happened once too often in PE

A comedy of errors at the Fairview starting gates on Friday that saw a horse left behind will be investigated.

“We got two Olympic gold medals last week – one for swimming and one for starting a race and forgetting about a horse,” an East Cape trainer quipped to the Sporting Post over the weekend.

Fairview (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The official stipes report for the eighth race on Friday states that as the start was effected the Kom Naidoo-trained Tsar Peter (F Herholdt) was still in the process of being installed.

A race review was called into the start of this race with regards to Tsar Peter (stall gate 11), where it was established that this gelding was not in the starting stalls when the starting stall gates were released.

The Stipendiary Board acting in terms of Rule 61.6.11 declared the gelding to be a non-runner.

The respective starting staff, amongst other participants were interviewed and an investigation has been opened into this incident.

Apparently Calvin Habib on Cliffie Miller’s Elegant General was meant to be the last horse loaded.

For some reason, with Miss Trinisha Pillay’s Tsar Peter still standing out as the designated penultimate horse to load, they bundled Elegant General in and the Starter launched the gates.

The Sporting Post has learnt that some of the jocks anticipated having to pull up for a false start. This never happened.

In October last year the PE starter put two horses in the wrong gates and even under protest from the jockeys, he released the gates. The matter was being investigated.

In 2019, between February and May the gate swapping happened twice. The second incident was reported by the Sporting Post as the NHA officials hadn’t even noticed it.

So what has happened to the outcome of these ‘investigations’? Or are the same personnel blundering ahead, regardless?

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12 comments on “Naidoo Horse Forgotten Behind Stalls

  1. Donald Bradshaw says:

    The starter cannot release the gates without the ” all loaded ” flag being given by the NHA official behind the starting stalls so this is an easy matter to resolve by a simple reviewing of the patrol film !

  2. Steve Reid says:

    This is standard fare for the NHA as you are well aware Mr. Editor. Whenever it comes to the NHA and its inefficiencies, particularly when staff are concerned, much is promised and nothing delivered. Remember the judge posting the wrong result in Kimberley? Remeber the KZN starter prepared to release horses into the barrier? What happened? Nothing. There are many more examples over the years.

    And ***edited has the audacity to infer that integrity is core at the organisation she chairs. Laughable

  3. Arie Jacobs says:

    This is the norm… NHA easy to fine a jockey when he use the whip once to many to get a horse over the line for an owner. But nothing done except an “investigation” when something like this happen.
    Does not matter what the form of the horse is, the owner had a reasonable expectation of a stake check… Obviously down the drain due to negligence…. Will the owner be re imbursed for their monthly stable costs?
    If stripes can sit in JHB and do whip counts, to hand out fines… Why can’t the same measure of “professionalism” be carried out through all the aspects of a race?
    Might it be that NHA has nothing financial to gain through this? Just asking?

  4. Leon Lotz says:

    Mr Editor
    I had a horse in the race, my jockey informed me that he tried to stop Toureiro because he was sure it would be a false start. Well, he finished 10th ,6…lengths off. Nothing in the stipes report .Toureiro is running again on Friday and the question is ,did he loose form or did the start affect his race?? After driving 900 km to race and getting feedback from the jockey and nothing of the sort in the stipes report makes you wonder if it is worth it. I like to take a bet, but this time I am out because I have no idea where this horse is at the moment. Did my jockey just rode bad or was my training just very bad. I did not see the replay.

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Leon
      Will take this up with Mr Moodley – that is material information, one would think

    2. Editor says:

      Watched the replay Leon
      Very difficult to see- your jockey appears to glance sideways. Doesn’t really stop riding though – although its poor footage

  5. Sanjay Manisunker says:

    People, I will like recall the mercury sprint,why was there no objection lodged on the winner,if you look at head on the winner Pearl of Asia bumped Ulta Magus, costing him the 3rd place,this absolutely disgusting.

    1. Editor says:

      Sanjay, here are final stages
      The incident happened strides from the line?
      https://youtu.be/9WCF_y8MCWc?t=120

      The Stipes said:
      Shortly before the finish, ULTRA MAGNUS (D Dillon) was carried in by PEARL OF ASIA (S Moodley) which shifted in away from the crop in the concluding stages.

  6. Leon Lotz says:

    Do not see brakes, just bad run, maybe jock just felt sorry for me

  7. Peter de Beyer says:

    My filly, Vic Falls, in the same race in PE was held up just after the start because our jockey saw that Tsar Peter had not loaded and was expecting the hooter to go for a false start. You can clearly see that she has lost a number of lengths when he starts riding her. She finished 2nd, a great run under the circumstances. Undoubtedly would have won the race if all the horses had been loaded properly.
    Not a mention in the stipes report!

  8. Steve Reid says:

    I have said enough about the poor quality of our stipes over the years. Statistics don’t lie, South Africa has the lowest rate of objections by stipes in any of the ARC countries and possibly the world. I pointed this out years ago at an NHA AGM, but like so many other things it was ignored. Admission of guilt acknowledgement was given as the reason for this, I maintain that our stipes are clearly not qualified to read a race correctly.

  9. Jack says:

    There were also inconsistencies when it comes to the amount of time and handelers used to load some of the horses. If you look at Fresh from the US that was scratched in the 3rd race. One handler tried to load the horse, not a lot of time was spent and then he was declared a scratching because he “refused to load”. In two of the other races horses were given minutes to load and a number of handlers. Where is the fairness and consistency 🤔

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