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Gr1 Hero Van Niekerk Warned By Stipes

Brilliant or brat? He is certainly effective!

Jockey Grant van Niekerk enjoyed a great feature double at Kenilworth on Saturday but the enigmatically prodigious talent has been ‘strongly advised’ by the Stipes that should he continue to allow his mounts to shift significant ground in future, a charge may be brought against him.

Van Niekerk, currently 15th on the national log with 24 winners this term at a strike rate of 18,46%, seems to have a knack of producing brilliance, punctuated with an ability to court controversy and push the envelope.

Or is it just top-class race-riding from a man who is bound to encounter issues with his aggressive style?

Grant van Niekerk – never a dull moment (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

On Tuesday at Turffontein at the rain-delayed WSB Summer Cup meeting, Van Niekerk rode a cracker to get Sounds Of Warning home to beat Warren Kennedy and Big Burn in the Gr3 Magnolia Handicap. There was an objection after bumping late – Kennedy’s deposit was refunded despite the Stipes ruling in favour of Van Niekerk.

When he won the Gr1 Computaform Sprint at Turffontein on 1 May on Rio Querari, an inquiry was opened to establish why various horses were interfered with between the 300m and 200m. Some folk were really angry at the time, judging by communications received by us.

On Saturday in the Gr1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, the Stipes reported that Van Niekerk’s winner Chansonette shifted out continually in the straight. He appeared before the Board and was strongly advised that should he continue to allow his mounts to shift significant ground in future, a charge may be brought against him.

In the Cape Summer Stayers, which he won on Crome Yellow, the Stipes reported that at the 300m Anse Lazio (S Mbhele) was momentarily inconvenienced when close to the heels of Crome Yellow which was hanging out and rolled out. Thereafter Crome Yellow continued to shift outwards until the finish.

Van Niekerk serves an interference related suspension starting on Sunday and running until Saturday 11 December.

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35 comments on “Gr1 Hero Van Niekerk Warned By Stipes

  1. Hendrik Potgieter. Ex jockey says:

    And so we go on, week after week. It doesn’t give the punters there money back with horses that get interfered with.sad for racing that it happens such a lot lately.

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Hendrik
      Hope you are well and welcome – recall the shocking swimming pool accident – mid 1970’s?
      Can you please email editor@sportingpost.co.za your mobile number – be interesting to do a catch up for the pensioners on this platform.

  2. Rudi says:

    He should have been warned for sitting motherless last 7 of the leader in a 5 horse field and want to win when the race is over . The same with rainbow and linebacker no comin sence or playing games. The snaithes wil battle with him .

  3. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Pensioners 😅. More Mnr Ed … Ek, William en Pieta is nog n jaar of wat weg voordat ons daai club van jou en Rian join … Hoop Hendrik maak kontak en jy doen n article, met sy blessing

    Rudi, I thought Marcus won on the right one, good clever riding. And at 8/1 … Early Xmas.

    Albert Falls Greetings

    1. Editor says:

      Dankie Cecil – ons hoop dat Hendrik kontak maak.
      Dink hy was in die Akademie dieselfde tyd as Graham Vorster- wie nog op onse Faceboek kommentaar lewer
      Peter Sieg and Bruce Gaynham was n paar jaar later.

  4. Lagen says:

    Rudi I agree 100%. I Want it all, finds all the traffic problems in the world in a 6 horse field, Rio Querari he thought he was playing games, as well as Steinbeck in the last yesterday, moves up and instead of going to win the race wants to play games again and domeyer catches him sleeping and gets away. They are in huge trouble without Fourie, put fourie on those 3, and they all become winners.
    Still waiting to hear if he got called in for the ride on Double Charge on Wednesday?

    1. Editor says:

      Lagen Zackey

  5. Neville Adams says:

    Nobody can never be better then Anton Marcus because all of them work direct with book makers only Anton is a punters jockey same on Grant and M Yeni

  6. Warren Clothier says:

    Rubbish us punters have lost money on it. Warning is not going to make our bet a winning bet

  7. Justice+Mushwana says:

    I am shocked that the stripes did not lodge an objection on behalf Desert Miracle’s connections. Grant rode a terrible race, interfered with Desert Miracle at a crucial stage of the race and Gavin lost the race by the shortest margin. Desert Miracle was robed due to Grant negligence which he gets away with it race after race.
    Any jockey would have objected except Gavin, especially him getting a 4/10 behind a winner.

    What is an interference suspension compares millions of rands the punters lost on Desert Miracle. Why suspend him if he did nothing wrong, if he is
    suspended for a contravention of a riding rule, why is he declared the winner of the race (due to punishable ride). The race should have been taken away period

  8. Kevin says:

    Love him or hate him.. Grant is the best

    1. Editor says:

      Tks Kevin Govender

  9. Warren Clothier says:

    So true. Punters need to be compensated for their flaws. How can a jockey be punished but race winner remain the same. Punters are horseracing but yet we get treated like this. Totally unacceptable

  10. What has happened to Frankie Zackey, I haven’t see any of his comments for ages

    1. Editor says:

      The legend returned just today Spencer with a comment about Desert Miracle – refresh and click on link below:

  11. Charl Pretorius says:

    Grant is guilty of aggressive race riding. He engages his rivals and initimidates them in a close finish, something the greats like Turner, Leisher, Strydom,
    Van Wyk and Shea were also, very often, in trouble for. Thats why they were champions.

  12. Pieta says:

    Agree with you Charl,

    A top jock will know when his mount needs “company “ to produce its best…unfortunately all this is split second timeing….and we on our chairs at home are not always aware of the decisions that gets taken…for good or bad….

  13. Cecil Pienaar says:

    😂 I read somewhere Frankie was retired to Stud, but issues, and he is making a Comeback for the Cape season. Could be Fake news 🤔

  14. Jay August says:

    Aggressive race riding for tactical purposes it is not. It is poorly executed aggression born of a faulty riding style, more simply put, an inability to properly balance a horse in a finish. When you ride many of the best horses available you may get away with that sort of riding, but that does not cover for your poor execution. Turner, Leisher and Strydom in their prime were more subtle and more tactically aggressive than GVN will ever be. GVN’s only mitigation is that they also had the luxury of not having to suffer through as much scrutiny as jockeys do today where video of every race is freely available to the public.

    But then neither do the Stipes have such luxury. They are clearly stuck in headlights on this issue, too scared to take proper action. GVN’s aggression may be intimidating other jockeys but it has also intimidated the Stipes to such an extent that they are incapable of acting in a corrective manner. Or perhaps the Stipes have not lawyered up sufficiently, despite the amount paid for legal services by the NHA, and are simply outgunned on appeal, rendering them completely incapable of carrying out their mandate efficiently.

  15. Jay August says:

    Pieta’s armchair analogy strikes again. That puts everyone in their place, right?

    Unfortunately for Pieta there are always other jockeys in the same race who can be used as a yardstick of what others split second timing yields in similar situations. And it looks nothing like GVN’s riding. You don’t need to sit on a horse to reach conclusions about what split second timing should yield in most circumstances. In any case the armchair is much more comfortable for reflective analysis on such matters.

    Oh, and just to pre-empt any comment about my lack of knowledge on these matters. For the sake of fair disclosure, I still have trouble understanding which end of the horse they put food into and I have not sat on or ridden a horse since 1999.

  16. Pieta says:

    Sorry Jay, eks n bietjie doff as dit by jou Brits kom….gooi net simple Afrikaans as jy kan.

    Of mIskien kan Mr Ed of Cecil (nie die ou in die studio nie)help…

  17. Pieta says:

    Jay, I’m by no means an expert when it comes to riding perde….have done it in the past but never in a race….apologies for my couch observations….

  18. Pieta says:

    Jay, ek dink hulle maak hiedie newspaper toe vir n paar uur….praat more..

  19. Warren Clothier says:

    Gavin even pulls the reigns which clearly holts DM stride. Then had to get it back to run on after. Clear interference. Watch the replay

  20. Jay August says:

    Ag man Pieta. Baie mooi Afrikaans. Die kooooerant is weer oop vir besigheid.

    My ma is ‘n Botha en haar ma was a de Blou, al praat my ma Afrikaans net so goed (of sleg) soos Lizbeth in Engeland. Te veel 1820 bloed in haar are dink ek.

    Lekker dag verder!

  21. Welcome back Frankie!

  22. Pieta says:

    Jay, you bring back fond memories..

    In 1960…due to family issues I was placed in the care of my Ouma and Oupa.

    Ouma…Helen McQueen..(Brits)……Oupa…Andries Brink..(from the West Coast)

    Sy het net Brits gepraat….Hy was n bliksem Army professional het net Afrikaans gepraat met almal…behalwe met haar….daar moes hy sy Brits uithaal..😀

    Ek onthou hy kon nie n dop in die huis drink nie…..so naweeke was hy maar bedrywig in die garage om iets “reg te maak”….sy het dit geweet en nooit n issue daarvan gemaak nie.

    Maar hulle was baie lief vir mekaar….👍

  23. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Hi Pieta waars die plek waar jy bly wat jy “bobbejaansberg” noem. As ek dit Google sê Google vir my “did you mean Apiesrivier?” .. .

  24. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Pieta, Daar kry jy dit wragtig reg om die magtige Jay August goeie Afrikaans te laat praat.

    Ek hoop rerig nie, Al die Afr het die system laat crash nie, Mnr Ed ?

    Good Night almal

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Cecil
      Nee ons speaks the tale, so ons kannie Afrikaans blameer nie!
      Die SP webwerf is onsettend groot
      Ons hou duim vas vir volgende Sondag aand 🙂

  25. Pieta says:

    Neill, dis basies Witwatersrand en omgewing…

  26. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Grant van Niekerk making a late dash as newsmaker of the year. Top spot to Robert Bloomberg, that’s a no-brainer. Conversely, though, publicity shy Arnold Hyde and his rulebook must also come into the picture.

  27. Vincent Tiflin says:

    GVN best at the moment. How often do we see the ‘great’ Anton Marcus on an odds on favorite. We see interference so often from most jockeys, but never a word. Just because it’s GVN taking the big races, he is now a terrible jock. Bias.

  28. Vincent Tiflin says:

    Maybe Mr Ed can give us stats on who has been suspended over the last 6 month. Think it will be a surprise

    1. Editor says:

      That would be a manual exercise Vincent

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