SA Champions Season Opener Abandoned After Protest

Saturday at Hollywoodbets Greyville

High drama unfolded at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday on the opening day of the SA Champions Season when the heavily fancied Highveld raider Main Defender was scratched due to excessive TC02 levels on the eve of the running of the IOS Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes.

Trainers  Mike de Kock, Tony Rivalland and Garth Puller attempted to reason with the unruly group (Pic – Supplied)

In scenes reminiscent of a public protest on the levels of that not seen on a racecourse in recent years, outraged connections of the top-class 3yo and members of the punting public blocked the exit to the parade ring in advance of the SA Champions Season opener, with Gold Circle eventually abandoning the season opener meeting.

Trainers  Mike de Kock, Tony Rivalland and Garth Puller attempted to reason with the unruly group, but despite their efforts there was no relenting.

There is no word from Gold Circle yet as to the rescheduling of the feature races, but we believe that the decision to abandon was made on the basis of threats to the horses.

Further report to follow – all exotics, bar the jackpot will pay dividends.

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