Van Niekerk’s Three Interference Charges

Given Right of Appeal against the penalties imposed

The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa confirms that at three inquiries held in Cape Town on Thursday, 25 January 2024, Jockey Grant van Niekerk was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in each case.

Grant Van Niekerk -(Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Case1:

The particulars being that whilst riding Greenland, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners when he shifted inwards from the 500m in Race 9 on 30 December 2023 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Racecourse.

Jockey van Niekerk pleaded guilty and was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, after considering the mitigating factors presented and Jockey van Niekerk’s riding record, ruled that he be suspended from riding in races for a period of seven (7) days.

Jockey van Niekerk was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.

Watch the replay here:

Case 2:

The particulars being that whilst riding Epikleros, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners when he shifted outwards from the 200m in Race 6 on 13 January 2024 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Racecourse.

Jockey G van Niekerk pleaded guilty and was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, after considering the mitigating factors presented and Jockey van Niekerk’s riding record, ruled that he be suspended from riding in races for a period of seven (7) days.

Jockey van Niekerk was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.

Watch the replay here:

Case 3:

The particulars being that whilst riding Four Jacks, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference when he shifted out from the 300m and made contact with Heliotrope at the 200m in Race 5 on 15 January 2024 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Racecourse.

Jockey G van Niekerk pleaded guilty and was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, after considering the mitigating factors presented, and Jockey van Niekerk’s riding record, ruled that he be suspended from riding in races for a period of seven (7) days.

Jockey G van Niekerk was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.

Watch the replay here:

  • Media release by the NHA on Thursday 25 January 2024

 

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