The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 14 March 2019, Trainer Mr G B Puller was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4, read with sub-rule 73.4.1.1, in that he was the trainer of the horse RYKER when a specimen was taken from this horse after it had participated in Barrier Trial No. 41 at the Greyville Racecourse on 7 December 2018.  This specimen disclosed upon analysis the presence of  2-(1-Hydroxyethyl)promazine Sulfoxide (the metabolite of Acepromazine, a sedative), which is classified as a class 3 substance in terms of the Guidelines, and is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa.

Trainer Puller pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.  

After considering all the evidence the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R34 000.00, of which R24 000.00 is suspended for a period of 12 months on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of the prohibited substances Rules during this period.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry which was held at its offices in Johannesburg on Friday 8 March 2019, Mr Francis Semela was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.34 in that whilst riding KINDAVAR, in Race 2 run at the Vaal Racecourse on 28 February 2019, his actions prevented this filly from winning or being placed in this race and did not allow her to run to the best of her ability or on merit.

Mr Semela pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.

When assessing a suitable penalty, the Inquiry Board viewed Mr Semela’s ride in a very serious light and could not condone a ride of such a nature.  At no point in the race did Mr Semela position KINDAVAR in a position to win or be placed.  During the race, Mr Semela sought cover and to position KINDAVAR behind other horses from the start.  He clipped the heels of another runner at the 500m when seeking cover and then, again, at the 200m he ran in behind horses, all the while when there was clear running available on his inside.  KINDAVAR was only provided with clear running at the 180m and even then the determination and vigour of Mr Semela’s ride was questionable.  Mr Semela also admitted to clearly ignoring the instructions given to him by the connections of the horse which were to allow the filly to stride out naturally and not be restrained.

Mr Semela elected not to divulge any reasons explaining his ride, other than his poor judgment in this particular ride.

Furthermore, when looking at Mr Semela’s record, it was noted that he was found guilty of a similar offence in 2017, in that he failed to ensure that the horse was given a full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible placing.

Taking all the above into consideration, the Inquiry Board felt that the strongest possible sanction was required and imposed the penalty that Mr Semela’s workrider privilege be disqualified.

Mr Semela has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its offices on Friday, 15 February 2019, Trainer Mr L J Human was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.3 in that he was the Trainer responsible for the horse SO GOOD when a specimen taken from this horse prior to the running of the 3rd race at the Flamingo Park Racecourse on 12 November 2018, disclosed upon analysis the presence of Salicylic Acid, which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of the National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa.  Salicylic Acid is an analgesic and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory substance.

Mr Human pleaded not guilty to the charge but was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, after considering all the evidence presented, as well as what was said in mitigation, ruled that Mr Human be fined the sum of R23 000 of which R8 000 is wholly suspended for a period of five years on condition that he is not found guilty of a similar contravention of the Rules during that period.

Furthermore in terms of Rule 72.3.2, SO GOOD has been disqualified from the said race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 7 February 2019, Trainer Mr J V A Strydom was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4 in that he was the Trainer responsible for the horse FRIKKIE, when it ran in and was placed 2nd in the 6th race at Fairview Racecourse on 22 June 2018, after which a urine specimen taken from this horse, disclosed upon analysis, the presence of Minoxidil, which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of the National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa.

Mr Strydom pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Mr Strydom guilty and imposed a penalty of R34 000 of which R17 000 is wholly suspended for a period of 12 months provided that he is not found guilty of a contravention of the Rules relating to prohibited substances during that period.

Furthermore, in terms of rule 72.3.2, FRIKKIE is disqualified from the 6th race run at Fairview Racecourse on 22 June 2018 and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 5 February 2019, Jockey Mr Shannon Devoy was charged with a contravention of Rules 77.1.1, read with 77.2.2, in that a urine sample taken from him at the Fairview Racecourse on 2 November 2018 was found, after analysis, to contain 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (Carboxy-THC), a metabolite of Cannabis, with a concentration greater than 50 nanograms per millilitre, which is a banned substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority.

Mr Devoy pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Mr Devoy guilty and imposed a suspension from riding in races for a period of fourteen (14) days.   

Mr Devoy has the right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 24 January 2019, Jockey Mr Bryan Claassen was charged with a contravention of Rule 77.1.1, read with 77.2.2, in that urine samples taken from him at the Fairview Racecourse on 12 October 2018 and 2 November 2018 were found, after analysis, to contain 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (Carboxy-THC), a metabolite of Cannabis, with a concentration greater than 50 nanograms per millilitre, which is a banned substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority. 

Mr Claassen pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Mr Claassen guilty and imposed a suspension from riding in races for a period of fourteen (14) days. In deciding on a penalty, the Board considered Mr Claassen’s clean record, his personal circumstances and co-operation with the Board.  

Mr Claassen has the right of Appeal against the penalty imposed


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its offices in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 23 January 2019, Jockey Mr C Herrera Gomez was charged with a contravention of Rules 77.1.1, read with Rule 77.2.11, in that a urine sample taken from him at the Vaal Racecourse on 22 November 2018, disclosed upon analysis the presence of Furosemide (a diuretic) which is a banned substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority. 

Mr Herrera Gomez pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge. 

The Inquiry Board, in determining a suitable penalty, took into account all evidence that was led at the Inquiry as well as Mr Herrera Gomez’s record and noted that this is a first offence for him under these Rules.  The Board imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of fourteen days.  

Mr Herrera Gomez has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa confirms that at an Inquiry held in the Stipendiary Stewards Boardroom at Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday 12 January 2019, Jockey Devin Habib was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of RUNNING BRAVE, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners when he shifted inwards, in the concluding stages of Race 5 at the Turffontein Racecourse on 6 January 2019.   

Jockey Habib pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Habib guilty of the charge and ruled that he be suspended from riding in races for a period of seven days. 

Jockey Habib has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 2 January 2019, Jockey Muzi Yeni was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of KLEVER KATHY he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to MARCH MUSIC, passing the 1000m in Race 4 at Fairview Racecourse on 14 December 2018. 

Jockey Yeni pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Yeni guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days. 

Jockey Yeni has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held at its offices in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 5 December 2018, Owner Wayne Kobusch was charged with a contravention of Rule 39.1.1 in that as the Owner of the horses; SABRINA, SILVER SUOJURE, SPINDRIFT SPENE and CLAIM THE ROSES, he allowed these horses to be vaccinated against African Horse Sickness by a person who was not a Veterinary Surgeon nor was the vaccine supplied by a Veterinary Surgeon. 

Wayne Kobusch pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was found guilty of the charge. 

After hearing evidence in mitigation, the penalty imposed by the Inquiry Board is a fine of R4 000.