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Jockey Protest – Fairview Abandoned

Poor visibility and a waterlogged track

Following a protest by the jockeys riding at Fairview on Friday, it was decided that the remainder of the race-meeting be abandoned.

Thus races 6, 7 and 8 were abandoned due to poor visibility and a water logged track.

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31 comments on “Jockey Protest – Fairview Abandoned

  1. Michael Jacobs says:

    In England National Hunt racing takes place in the heart of the British winter, the snow has to be swept off the course. In the US they race in sleet. But this is South Africa I suppose, jockeys can’t get wet!

  2. Lynn Woodroffe says:

    Safety first cant have our jockey’s or the horses getting injured

  3. Peter Linakis says:

    Well done jockeys. Safety is of paramount importance for not only the jockeys but the horses as well. Why risk injuring an extremely expensive horse just because of somebody’s ego. Overseas their track record of racing injuries is not a favourable one. Horses are an investment not a buy and sell commodity.

  4. Geoff Logan says:

    It was scary watching. I can only imagine how hairy it must have been riding! They did get wet Mr.Jacobs.

  5. Eric Fordred says:

    When last have you ridden a horse in a race Michael Jacobs and more so in wet conditions with bad viability, I do the Jockeys insurance, every year the insurance company pays out hundreds of thousands to injured Jockeys who have fallen in races and been injured, stop being selfish *edited

  6. Siva Chetty says:

    100 percent, safety first guys….

  7. Vassie Moodley says:

    Jocks made the ride call. Safety is of paramount importance in such treacherous conditions. Our poly tracks are not of the same standards as the overseas tracks.

  8. George Croucher says:

    @Michael Jacobs
    Rider’s and Horse’s safety is paramount and rightly so, easy for you to criticize from the comfort of your couch… Feel free to feed your habit @ The English NH meetings and/or the Slush Puppies in the US.I would say “Break A Leg” but clearly that is something that you cant perceive as a possibility…

  9. Editor says:

    From the official Stipes report:
    After riding in race 3, Jockey M van Rensburg sought permission from the Stewards to stand down from his
    remaining rides. He expressed his concerns about the standard of visibility in the previous race which in his
    opinion had deteriorated since the commencement of the race meeting. The Stewards after careful
    consideration acceded to Jockey van Rensburg’s request even though in their opinion the standard of visibility
    did not threaten the continuation of the race meeting at this time. The Stewards however accepted that each
    rider has the right of choice when it comes to their personal safety and wellbeing. Jockey van Rensburg was
    replaced on his remaining engagements.

  10. Editor says:

    The final decision from Stipes came after the fifth:
    After the running of this race, the Jockeys lodged a protest in terms of Rule 5.2.3 with regards to the deteriorating
    track conditions and very poor visibility. After hearing the evidence from Jockeys, Trainers and the Veterinary
    Surgeon the Stewards, in consultation with the Racing Operators Representative, made a decision in the best
    interests of the welfare of the horses and the safety of the Riders to abandon Races 6,7 and 8.


    I fully agree Safety first. We respect our Jockeys as they add value to the fun and excitement of Racing. The safety of the horses also are critical. We respect their choice to stand up when it concerns their safety. I would have done the same in their situation as well. Ww all know of Jockeys th at fell and I jured themselves even under safe conditions.. Not too far back Jockey N Jugllaal as well who lost his life. So safety is a top priority in any walk of life.

  12. George McDonald says:

    Cecil how is the weather on your side of the world?
    Any chance of racing going ahead Sunday at Scottsville.

    1. Editor says:

      We asked Gold Circle for an opinion last evening , George
      They said they would revert today
      The Mayor is very quiet at the moment- probably a big recent win

  13. George McDonald says:

    Ex-jockey Eric Fordred , have you ever ridden a horse in a race in wet connditions with bad viability?
    Okay take it you meant bad visibility.
    When and where?

  14. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Good Morning George…

    Was so looking fwd to seeing Hoedspruit taking on Donald McDonald in Race 6 tm.

    It is wet, very wet with more rain predicted.

    Maybe the Editor can ask GC their (early) opinion ! Poly ?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Cecil
      Thanks for the update
      Comments probably crossed each other – we did ask GC and they will revert today
      Keep well

  15. Cecil Pienaar says:

    🙂 Morning Mr Ed. The Falls Mayor is recovering from flippin Covid, geez and luckily I had all 3 jabs… I am reading, always…

    SP and most of the comments only thing that kept me smiling the last few days, but us local Ballies from the 60s are tough, onkruid vergaan Nie.

    Lol, and no way am I going before the SkoonMa

    Take care, keep up the good work, reporting the good and the bad news. 🙂

    1. Editor says:

      Sorry to hear that Cecil
      Happy to hear you soldiering on
      Your family – and horseracing – needs you
      Best and get well soon

  16. Pieta Louw says:

    Hi Cecil, Ag goeie nuus man!👍

  17. Francois Herholdt says:

    Shame Mr Jacob those jocks in the UK must have been REALLY cold….

  18. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Get well soon Cecil 😊
    Media reports cite F1 bosses as saying that a return of F1 to South Africa is on the cards with an agreement in sight (New York Times/News24).
    There’s talk about a street race in Cape Town as an alternative to Kyalami, are they nuts? .

  19. Peter Pascoe says:

    Cecil , 3 jabs and you still got covid, maybe time for a 4th jab?

  20. Cecil Pienaar says:

    More Se Mnr Ed, Pieta, Neill… dankie vir die goeie wense …

    Very wet, lots of overnight rain. Forecast, Mon – Wed looks good for HWBets Scottsville midweek

    Spare a thought for Umdloti residents, severe flooding again, property and road damages, hope No fatalities.

    Albert (Big)Falls Greetings

  21. Wayne Jooste says:

    Michael Jacobs, when last did you RIDE a horse, let alone RACE ride a horse. I think the jockey’s would want to continue racing because most of them are flying to P.E from Joburg, Durban etc, so they will want to finish the meeting so they can make as much money as possible. In the UK and other countries the race tracks are designed to handle a lot of water, sleet and snow, so it has to be really bad conditions to cancel racing! Think before you ink…!

  22. simonturner says:

    100% agree Wayne. It is in the jockey’s interest to finish the meeting as flights, especially to PE, aren’t cheap, but when conditions deteriorate to the extent you can’t see the rail or the horse next to you, then there is no price on life and limb for both jockeys and horses.

  23. Gavin Bechan says:

    my dad remembers eric fordred riding.. apparenlty he was quite good .. i personally never heard of him.. we punters are a fickle bunch … 2 months ago i hated anton marcus but after winning a small fortune on the she is a keeper and do it again double i am his biggest fan …lol ..give the jocks a break ..

    1. Editor says:

      Brave admission, Gavin!
      Anton will appreciate that.
      Eric Fordred used to ride for Alec Nicholas – was a top jockey

  24. Hilton Witz says:

    Recall him being called four wide fordred by punters

    1. Editor says:

      Sometimes the better going is on the outside…


    Eric Fordred rode one of the better mares ever seen in Cape Town – Izindaba for Schub & Ratner

    He rode horses like Bombay Duck, Espirit Du Corps & Bless My Soul

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