No Whips – Senior Jocks Sign Petition

Riders don't agree with NHA

The ‘no whip’ races to be held at Greyville and Turffontein this weekend have attracted controversy.

History – Hawwaam won our first no whip race in November 2018 (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

Generally speaking many jockeys seem to be happy to ride in these races if allowed to carry a stick and show it without it being used.

But they aren’t keen to take part if not allowed to carry a stick at all.

Tabnews reports that a petition regarding Race 11 on Champions Day, the Hands ‘n Heels MR80 Handicap, was handed to Gauteng chief stipendiary steward Lyle Anderson last Saturday.

Race-11 (Turf / Night) R109 000 1600m 18:00 Ref-1004
1st R68125, 2nd R21800, 3rd R10900, 4th R5450, 5th R2725
HANDS ‘N HEELS MR 80 HANDICAP
Open
WFA: 2yrs-11.5kgs 3yrs-2kgs
1 11 Diamond Dancer 61 82 T A W Kennedy Paul Peter
2 2 Arlingtons Revenge 60 84 A R Simons Mike de Kock
3 3 Dan The Lad 60 80 A D L Habib Paul Matchett
4 9 Condor Gulch (IRE) 59.5 79 BA G Lerena Mike de Kock
5 8 Kings Archer 59.5 79 BA D De Gouveia Stuart Pettigrew
6 10 Hakeem (AUS) 58.5 77 A M Yeni Mike de Kock
7 5 Bien Venue 58 80 T A L Hewitson Sean Tarry
8 7 Throng 57 74 TBA R Danielson Sean Tarry
9 6 Mighty Valdie 55.5 71 BA *K Matsunyane -2.5 Sean Tarry
10 1 Nimcha 54 72 A *D Schwarz Gary Alexander
11 4 Aurora Australis 52 64 A *L J Ferraris Sean Tarry
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(2,4,6) (7,8,9,11)

It had been signed by fourteen of the jockeys riding at Turffontein that day.

Racing Control Executive Arnold Hyde responded:

“The no crop races are spectacles that highlight the fact that horse welfare is taken extremely seriously by the NHA. Indeed as from May 10 our whip rules will be tightened so as to only allow twelve strikes.

“Obviously the jockeys are independent contractors, and it’s their decision whether or not to ride, but it’s disappointing they feel that way.

National Horseracing Authority“The race conditions had been published and clearly stated that no whips were to be carried, so that wasn’t going to change.”

Race 1 at Greyville this Friday is a Maiden with no whips allowed, but was subject to something of a boycott from the senior jockeys.

Consequently  all are ridden by apprentices.

Race-1 (Turf / Night) R105 000 1400m 16:55 Ref-695
1st R65625, 2nd R21000, 3rd R10500, 4th R5250, 5th R2625
EDEN ROCK ESTATE MAIDEN PLATE (HANDS ‘N HEELS RACE)
For all Maidens
1 4 Jet Lignite 60 66 A *A Arries Alyson Wright
2 7 What A Blast 60 63 A *K Matsunyane -2.5 Dennis Bosch
3 9 At The Opera 60 60 A *Y Ramzan -4.0 Michael Roberts
4 8 Master George 60 59 A *J Gates -2.5 Doug Campbell
5 6 Stunning Guest 60 38 A *N Klink -2.5 Doug Campbell
6 3 African Apollo 60 0 A *X Jacobs -4.0 Duncan Howells
7 1 Lord Caro 60 0 T A *D Schwarz Wendy Whitehead
8 5 Class Of Eight 57 58 A *K Sakayi -1.5 Wayne Badenhorst
9 2 Arizona Silk 56 0 T A *L J Ferraris Nathan Kotzen
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote

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