Saturday Protest – Gold Circle Will Sanction Parties

'Such behaviour will not be tolerated'

In a sequel to the shocking protest which led to the abandonment of what was intended to be a milestone racemeeting on the KZN racing calendar at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, Gold Circle has condemned the behaviour of a group of racegoers following the scratching of Main Defender from the IOS Drill Hall Stakes, which led to the abandonment of the last five races on the card, including the three Gr2 Feature events.

The statement, published on Saturday evening, adds that Gold Circle firmly intends to sanction those responsible, which may include a banning order from it’s race tracks and facilities going forward, and would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all connections and racing fans who were compromised by the unseemly actions of a minority whose behaviour bordered on anarchy.

“Our regret extends particularly to our esteemed sponsors, World Sports Betting and the Independent On Saturday, whose unwavering support for the sport of horse racing we deeply value and respect,” said Michel Nairac, Gold Circle’s CEO.

“While we are pleased to be in a position to reschedule the Feature events at short notice for Wednesday, this is small compensation for the unacceptable actions of a few who ruined what was meant to be a celebratory opening to Champions Season 2024. We take the matter very seriously and will deal with the transgressors in the strongest possible terms,” he added.

This incident serves as a stark reminder that such behaviour will not be tolerated in any capacity within the racing community.

We want to reassure the public that we remain steadfast in our commitment to upholding the principles of sportsmanship, order, and integrity at all our events, and we will take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

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