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Sarvan Naidoo

20th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

I was always under the impression that Vee Moodley is a qualified CA. That is what I was led to believe. Hilton, after reading your post, I do agree. Like you, I'm passionate about horse racing but do find us racing folk whine a lot more than we give praise. On Parker himself, I'm not sure if he did apply for the NHRA head post and was turned down, I don't have facts there, but what I'm sure of, is that the BHA's appointment of him as their head is compliment to us here in SA Racing. Now what we need is a suitable and merit based replacement for Parker. I trust this clears this up

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Wayne Fouche

20th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

In support of Hilton Witz' accurate email - it is time that all positions in racing go to the correct and most qualified people.Time is rapidly running

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Lou Syfer

20th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

Sarvan just to correct your post, Vee Moodley is not a

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Pops

20th Sep 2019

Peter Tops National Log

And then there is the story about a certain horse that some said was going places.His step up the ladder was cut short when a prohibited substance was found in his system.He was banned for a year and could not race He could not earn to help with his upkeep.
Now, the person who was found guilty of administering this banned substance to this horse went about his business of training horses and earning an income.
Was that the only time this trainer was found guilty of administering a banned substance to a horse? No it was not.
Was this trainer banned for a year or even a month? No he was not.

“There should be no negativity. Nobody should be negative.”
It seems everything turned out just fine for this trainer and ‘things are never as bad as they seem’.
Just remember that Mogok

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delaume

20th Sep 2019

Daylami’s British Classic Strike

Thank you Sarah for this very good article ! DAYLAMI, a great champion and as you say improving Broodmare Sire. Lot of people only "look" at the sire and not the female line. My stallion DALYAKAN in France comes back to the same

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Gerh

20th Sep 2019

International Jockey Challenge At Turffontein

Two months to go to the international and we are not informed of who is representing our country and who is riding for the international team. I would have expected our team to have been chosen by now. This event is one of the most exciting on the racing calendar and we are kept in the dark. For the past few years we are promised Frankie and he does not come. Without Frankie this is going to be

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Head Scratcher

20th Sep 2019

SA Racing – The State Of Play

I beg to differ Andy. The planet has never been overpopulated. Mankind has a unique ability to maintain itself ahead of the dangers that are ever present. That is what makes us human, an ability to out-think our environment and utilise scarce resources in a more efficient manner. I wonder if you realise how contradictory your opening and closing statements

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david mollett

20th Sep 2019

Cool Cole – They Call Him Frost

I have a leg in a horse with Chris van Niekerk (like having one with John Magnier!) and Cole rode him well from a bad draw on Tuesday. This youngster's got

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hilton witz

20th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

Sarvan the financial reports published by phumelela strongly disagree with your statement regarding mr moodley as under his watch saftote and bettingworld underperformed so maybe you need a reality check as the figures dont lie ..Furthermore mr parkers recent appointment by no less than the bha makes it CRYSTAL CLEAR that he was the right person for the job at the nhra ...If you dont like my posts simply do not read them but maybe its time we faced the facts and put the right people with the right qualifications in charge

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Gsport

20th Sep 2019

Safety Threat – Hong Kong Abandoned

Strange but true,I took a bet(online) with Keithhobetx,a place bet on a horse in Australia,it payed R1.30 for both win and place(2 places)..not only they refuse to pay,they took my money claiming is a strange payout..They the tote was manipulated,(08:03 time of the race S.A) still waiting for the rule book applied in this sence(or lack of it) I withdrew what was left,am in the final furlong to find better

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Sarvan Naidoo

20th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

Hilton, you need to stop being so negative. Vee Moodley is a qualified CA. He has done a lot of good for SA racing. He's a competent chap, why would Parker leave because Vee is in charge of the NHRA. All your posts are a moan

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Therese Mitchley

20th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

Excellent! Well done Shaun ! I trust it will go very well in London

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gops

19th Sep 2019

Stakes – The Game Changes

can someone give insight of y the objection was overruled on sunday. in respect of celebration rock.
that was a

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David Nieuwenhuizen

19th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

All the best MR SHAUN PARKER as Mr Graeme Hawkins has succinctly put

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Andy

19th Sep 2019

SA Racing – The State Of Play

There are solutions to every problem. Funny how, as an intelligent species, we continue to be unable, even unwilling, to see the obvious. Example 1 : Climate Change is caused by the over-exploitation of our planets resources. The experts cite a plethora of solutions, but none of them can see that the problem is caused by over-population. Resolve that and all the planet's resource problems simply disappear. Example 1 was purely a demonstration of how everyone keeps missing one of the biggest KEY FACTORS killing the business that is horse racing. Example 2 : The Rake. I could write a thesis on how "the rake" in any gambling environment is key to its survival. Apologies if my figures are slightly inaccurate, but via the tote in SA horse racing, the rake is roughly 25%. This massive number means that so little is actually being returned to the punter that it impacts extremely negatively on turnover, because the punter has nothing to re-invest, hence the business DIES. The Rake should be massively reduced to stimulate and re-invigorate turnover. Start by explaining to the gambling boards that they have to come to the party. Reduce overheads to be able to reduce the percentage rake. After all, 25% of R100 million = R25m. Reducing the rake to just 10% would have the effect of quintupling turnover to R500 million, and 10% of R500 million = R50 million. It's not rocket science, any business must spend less than it gets in. The reverse is bankruptcy, which is where every...(click here to view the rest of this comment)

Emile

19th Sep 2019

SA Racing – The State Of Play

What about the farce,with carryovers. You invest in a pool at a racing center and the operator takes your money if there are no

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Samantha Dames

19th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

Wishing you all the best Shaun. You were a great asset to SA Racing. Keep

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Samantha Ribeiro Dames

19th Sep 2019

Chief Stipe Resigns

Well done Shaun. Wishing you all the best, you were a great asset to South African

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Editor

19th Sep 2019

Cape Star Runs At Sandown

Nope, ran sixth of sixth and 6,75 lengths back.
Pulled a bit hard early - had no kick late.
Likely to improve on

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Logan Moodley

19th Sep 2019

Cape Star Runs At Sandown

Did he win? didnt get a chance to see

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