Prohibited Substances – Kid Gloves & Knuckle Raps Could Be History

Year suspension plus R500 000 fine for first offence

The recent wave of momentum and energy initiated to preserve the sport of horseracing’s reputation, and protect the thoroughbred, has seen further action in sweeping proposed rule and penalty changes for certain classes of offences, published for comment by the National Horseracing Authority on Friday.

While it may have simmered to little more than a chilly breeze in some corridors, Cape Racing Chairman Greg Bortz’s ‘wind of change’ speech at the region’s recent local awards in September is still a talking point, and history will probably show it to have been a catalyst of some change.

The dynamic region introduced a new local rule which became effective on Monday 18 September which has the effect that a horse under investigation, or the subject of an inquiry, as notified by the National Horseracing Authority to the National Racing Bureau (NRB), will be blocked for acceptance to race by the NRB.

On Friday the National Horseracing Authority issued a media release that invited all stakeholders and members of the public for comments on proposed amendments to the Rules.

See the proposals here.

The associated proposed amendments to the Rules have been published on the NHA website and open for comment until midnight South African Standard Time (SAST) on 22 October 2023.

As a reminder, to access the proposed amendments to the Rules and to comment thereon, kindly go on to the NHA website (

On the website landing page:

Step 1:       Register or if already registered go to step 3 (Log on)

Step 2:       Confirm email (click link sent on email)

Step 3:       Log On

Step 4:       Complete Comments (to submit comments click SAVE NOW) – You may edit your submission at any time before 22 October 2023.

  • No comments can be made after 22 October 2023.
  • All comments entered on the site will be considered as final on the submission date.
  • The NHA may not necessarily respond to any submission directly, but all comments will be considered by the NHA National Board before the finalisation of any amendments.

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