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Flamingo Park Result Error

Dual responsibility?

TAB have advised via a press release that the incorrect provisional result for Race 3 at Flamingo Park on Monday 3 February 2020 was posted by National Horseracing Authority judge.

This was corrected by the judge within a couple of minutes and the correct official result of 12-1-11-6 was then posted.

Unfortunately, TAB raceday auditors did not initially notice the changed result and went official with the incorrect provisional result of 12-1-6-11 @ 13:55. This was corrected to 12-1-11-6 @ 13:57 and payouts adjusted accordingly.

TAB apologises for the error and any customers who discarded winning tickets as a result are requested to submit a claim at their nearest TAB.

Ed – All told, this has been promptly handled. But just for the sake of additional clarity and to avoid finger pointing between the racing regulator and the tote operator: we took this matter up with the NHA & TAB within minutes of the ‘official’ result being shown by TAB after the race. NHA CEO Vee Moodley confirmed that the result was corrected by the Judge before the ‘All Clear’  was given by the Stipes. So it is TAB’s error. Question is – how did the Judge get it so wrong for so long when racecaller Brandon Bailey, Tellytrack presenter Alistair Cohen and the rest of anybody we spoke to clearly saw the 11 in third?

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11 comments on “Flamingo Park Result Error

  1. Graham HJ says:

    Thats the question Ed……thats the question. Other things on his mind I would say sitting in his room all by himself with no replays and the noise like we heard from the presenters…..

  2. Brett Maselle says:

    Rule 65.8
    Should it be proved after the ALL CLEAR has been announced that there was an error in the
    placings declared by the judge, the ALL CLEAR result shall stand for betting purposes.
    However, the error shall be corrected in the records for statistical purposes. Where such correction affects stake money such money shall be returned to the RACING OPERATOR
    for re-distribution.

    Considering the above rule:-

    1) is anyone able to explain to me how Phumelela was allowed by the NHA to change the results and payouts when the results had to “stand for betting purposes”?

    2)why has the NHA failed to take disciplinary action against Phumelela for this blatant and reprehensible breach of the rule?

    3)Why hasn’t the NHA informed punters of their rights to sue Phumelela for losses they may have suffered as a result of Phumelela changing the result when it could not do so?

    Rule 65.8 is a part of the NHA rules for a reason. If the NHA is prepared to close its eyes to this conduct of Phumelela, in respect of which other unlawful acts has it intentionally shut its eyes? We are expected to respect the NHA and its decisions. How can we? The joke train keeps chugging along.

  3. Philip Goldberg says:

    What pa result was declared, and what should the result be in terms of S65.8?

  4. Steve Reid says:

    On 12 August 2019 the NHA Judge on duty made an error that resulted in the “official” result being amended. The NHA admitted it was at fault and in a press release dated 13 August ( its amazing how rapid they can be when it suits them isn’t it? ) announced that internal disciplinary action would be taken against the judge involved. There has been no further updates and the mound under the infamous NHA cock-ups carpet grew a little larger.If this incident was indeed investigated, it would be interesting to know exactly how the SOP for declaring the final result changed, if at all. How difficult can it be to document 1 – 2- 3- 4 in a race?

    On another note and alluded to in my comment, why have the minutes for the AGM held 3 weeks ago not been released? The more things change the more they stay the same it seems – the new broom is as bad as the old one.

  5. Steve says:

    The error was rectified by the judge before the All Clear and therefore Rule 65.8 does not apply. In essence this became an error in the result or dividend declared by the operator, not by the NHA, once they had made the correction (before the All Clear).

  6. Graham HJ says:

    No joke….., it’s also criminal how flagrantly oblivious they are of the rule book ( so am I but we got you and they should know ). As you say when the checks and balances are ignored then its a free for all…..2020….sigh. Mistakes are made but they’re is a system….was. It all stinks, what other code of sport just ignores rules for a knee jerk response…..they just don’t know…….or..

  7. Paul Karam says:

    The Circus is here to stay …bring your own popcorn . Hollywood studios

  8. Paul Karam says:


  9. carl says:

    But Alistair picked this up as they passed the line. How can a mistake be made when he brought this to their attention straight away.

  10. Speedyvar says:

    TAB Policy states–
    3.1 TAB payouts for all bets on all races in South Africa are based solely on the official result
    declared following the National Horseracing Authority “All Clear” for a race. Any subsequent
    change to a result by the National Horseracing Authority, the body responsible for controlling
    horseracing, is for statistical and record purposes only and is usually disregarded in terms of
    TAB pay outs
    The word USUALLY is puzzling in this Policy.

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