Failed To Ride Mount Out – Bling Gets 10 Days

Waived his right of appeal

The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on Friday 3 February 2023, Jockey Smanga Khumalo was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3.

Smanga Khumalo got a ten day holiday for costing himself fourth position (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

The particulars being that whilst riding Great Melody, he failed to ride his mount out to the end of the race to the satisfaction of the Stipendiary Stewards and prejudiced his chances of obtaining fourth place in Race 9 over 1200m at Fairview Racecourse on Friday,16 September 2022.

Jockey Khumalo pleaded not guilty but was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, after considering the evidence presented, ruled that Jockey Khumalo be suspended from riding in races for a period of ten days.

Jockey Khumalo waived his Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed and was granted permission to take his suspension from 21/02/2023 to 2/03/2023, both dates inclusive.

  • Media release by NHA on Wednesday 15 February 2023

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