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East Cape Trainer Suspended

He is allowed access to horses in his care

In a media release published on Friday, the National Horseracing Authority confirms that it has imposed an interim suspension on Trainer Juan Nel with immediate effect pending the determination of an inquiry into an alleged assault against an Official of The National Horseracing Authority on Friday, 6 May 2022 in the vicinity of Fairview Racecourse, Gqeberha.

Juan Nel

In light of the seriousness of the matter, the Chief Executive and Racing Control Executive have invoked the provisions of Rule 91.2 which will preclude Trainer Nel from entering and declaring horses to participate in races.

He will however be allowed access to his stable premises during this interim suspension period to safeguard the interests of the horses in his care.

  • Media release by National Horseracing Authority on Friday 13 May 2022

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20 comments on “East Cape Trainer Suspended

  1. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    We need more ,like you David from the “industry”….This all needs to be called out. The damage they are doing pretending to be arbiters of SA racing ( look at the stats of it ) is criminal but it is all protected by every aspect of the “industry” no one calls them out….Elitists with punters money……They are all complicit in the downfall of SA racing but they are still in control…..captured…..

  2. david ferraris says:

    One must remember that a certain individual in the NHA tried very hard to stain my father’s name.(when he still had a trainers licence), only to have a lot of egg left on his face.
    This certain individual could not walk in my father’s shadow, and quite frankly wouldn’t know s*** from clay about racing in general.
    This whole “Nel” saga has the stench of a cowhide that has been left rotting in the veld for a week.

  3. robin strydom says:

    If i had horses with Juan i would immediately get out of racing.Surely always two sides to a story yet they suspend him before hearing his side.Huge financial implications for Juan and his owners and the grooms..But i suppose racing is so strong at the moment we can afford to lose people.

  4. Rian Rix says:

    Wow , is this trainer David Ferraris ????

    1. Editor says:

      Confirmed yes, Rian

  5. David Ferraris says:

    I am told that this was a joke between the Stipendiary steward and Juan. Something then happened and the stipe was told to lay a charge. It started as a joke!!!!
    Complete and utter disgrace what he is having to endure.
    Juan Nel is a top trainer and any fxxxxwit trying to tarnish his name can go and get fxxxxxd!!!!

  6. Charl Pretorius says:

    This is exciting material for NHA officials.

  7. John Mollett Wessel Moolman says:

    It is with disgust to hear about Juan being found guilty by the NHR Authority before even appearing at a formal hearing and then to penalize his owners. It’s a damn disgrace.

  8. Z.ali Channge says:

    I dont think so mr juan is a very calm and also he got a good personality i personally met him many times at stables when i visit.to SA and he’s so professional also i think its been a mistake or tht person have some serious issues with mr juan may be its type of jealous of may be some personal but mr juan very polite im prety much sure tht its been some huge mistake

  9. Dirk Gallowitz says:

    Yes sometimes people are unneccesary provoked to a point where they are left with no other choice than to react out of character and then the provacateur plays the victim. Been there.

  10. G.P.JAMES says:

    What about the official is he allowed to continue or has he been banned from the track

  11. Kevin Sevlall says:

    J Nel is a fantastic guy.Very drastic step taken. The Audi partem rule should apply.

  12. Edna Böhmer says:

    Know him as a trainer. What a wonderful
    trainer! Loves the horses in his care and beautiful human relations. It is out of his character, unless provoked. Edna Böhmer.

  13. Cliff Miller says:

    Please don’t take irrational decisions it is his livelihood made a mistake . Don’t we all at sometime

  14. Steven Moodley says:

    These issues should be resolved internally until the man is found guilty. Please use discretion next time before tarnishing the mans name ur could proove to be totally unnecessary

  15. Vishal Mungroo says:

    I actually know him personally and was with him on course yesterday , only read article now but wat a nice placid guy, always has time for me at the stables and a chat…Hard to fathom that he did something of this nature and will stick to him being not guilty…

  16. Desmond Kieswetter says:

    Juan Nel would not hurt a soul, he worked for me for about 3yrs and he never let me down in anything at any time. He is now doing what he was born to do, work with horses and now you want to take away his livelihood.

  17. Patrick Naidoo says:

    So true… Some of these guys deserve it.

  18. Eric Sands says:

    I have known the quiet spoken Juan for many years. It is so out of character. He would not harm a soul, it must be a mistake or error of judgement. Who did he assault and how? If l was able, l would make amends on his behalf

  19. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    Guilty until proven guilty no doubt……..

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