The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Johannesburg on Friday 17 November 2017, Trainer Michael Mahiakola was charged with a contravention of Rule 50.8.2 in that he entered the horses NEWS FLASH and FRANCOIS P to race at the Flamingo Park Race Meeting on 23 October 2017, when those horses had been at an unregistered Spelling Farm during a 30-day period prior to the race. 

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

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R15 000, of which R10 000 is wholly suspended for a period of one (1) year, on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 50.8.2 during that period. 

Trainer Mahiakola has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Appeal was held in Johannesburg on 4 December 2017, against the finding and the penalty imposed on Jockey Teaque Gould by an Inquiry Board on 18 August 2017. 

                Background 

                Jockey Gould was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.40, as a licensed jockey he failed to comply with a reasonable order from a licensed official, AND a contravention of Rul72.1.10 in that he ill-treated the horse called EVICTION by failing to dismount from this colt whilst in full knowledge that the horse was lame, after the running of the 5th race run at the Fairview racecourse on 28 July 2017. 

                Jockey Gould pleaded guilty to the charges and the Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R1 500 and R10 000, respectively. 

                Jockey Gould appealed against the findings and penalties imposed in respect of both charges. 

The Appeal Board found as follows: 

1.        The appeal against the findings and penalty relating to the charge under Rule 72.1.40 was dismissed. 

2.       The appeal against the findings and penalty relating to the charge under Rule 72.1.10 was successful and the conviction was set          aside. 

3.         In terms of Rule 85.5.8 Jockey Gould’s appeal deposit fee was refunded.