At an inquiry held in Durban on 16 January 2020, Apprentice Jockey Khanya Sakayi was charged with a contravention of Rule 21.11. The particulars being that as the rider of SONG OF THE FOREST, he failed to ensure that this filly carried the correct weight during the running of the race, by weighing in at more than 0.5 kg below the weight at which he was declared out at in Race 2 at Greyville Racecourse on 29 December 2019. This resulted in SONG OF THE FOREST being disqualified following an objection lodged by the Clerk of Scales being upheld. 

Apprentice Jockey Sakayi pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Apprentice Jockey Sakayi guilty of the charge.  After considering all the evidence, which included the finishing position of SONG OF THE FOREST, the extent of the underweight, the period remaining of his apprenticeship and that this was his second offence of this nature, the Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R5000, as well as a suspension from riding in races for a period 14 days. The suspension is wholly suspended for a period of 24 months, on condition that he is not found guilty of a similar contravention during this period. 

Apprentice Jockey Sakayi has the Right of Appeal against the severity of the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 16 January 2020, Apprentice Jockey Joshwin Solomons was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3, in that he failed to ride BLEU ROYALE out to the end of the race, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining 2nd position in Race 1 at Scottsville Racecourse on 5 January 2020. 

Apprentice Jockey Solomons pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Apprentice Jockey Solomons guilty of the charge. After considering all the facts and that this was his first offence of this nature, imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of twenty one (21) days. 

Apprentice Jockey Solomons has the Right of Appeal against the severity of the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 20 December 2019, Jockey Richard Fourie was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M), in that he struck the horse OVER COUNT more than 12 times in the entire race, in Race 2 at Fairview Racecourse on 27 October 2019. 

Jockey Fourie pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge. 

Jockey Fourie was also charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.40, read in conjunction with Rule 72.1.42. 

The particulars being that he conducted himself in an unbecoming and unprofessional manner in the Stipendiary Stewards Boardroom and then dismissed himself without leave to do so at Fairview Racecourse on 27 October 2019. 

Jockey Fourie pleaded not guilty to the charge, but after consideration of all the relevant evidence, he was found guilty as charged. 

The Inquiry Board, after considering all the evidence, Mr Fourie’s record and all other pertinent factors, ruled that Mr Fourie be (A) fined R1000.00 in relation to the Rule 58 contravention and (B) be suspended from riding in races for a period of fourteen (14) days in relation to the Rule 72 contravention.   

Jockey Fourie was afforded the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed in relation to the contravention of Rule 58.10.2 and the right of appeal against the finding and penalty in relation to the contravention of Rules 72.1.40 and 72.1.42.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in the Stipendiary Stewards Boardroom at the Vaal Racecourse on 28 November 2019, Jockey Callan Murray was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop), in that he struck the horse WAQAAS (AUS) more than twelve times in the entire race, in Race 5 at Turffontein Racecourse on 7 November 2019. 

Jockey Murray pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.  

The Inquiry Board, after viewing the patrol films of the race, considering Mr Murray’s record and all other factors presented in mitigation and aggravation, ruled that Mr Murray be suspended from riding in races for a period of seven days. 

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


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held on Saturday 23 November 2019 at Turffontein Racecourse, Jockey Callan Murray was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop) in that he, as the rider of VEEIPEE CLUB, struck this mare more than 12 times during Race 6 run at the Fairview Racecourse on 21 October 2019.

Jockey Murray pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board, when determining a suitable penalty, took into account that this was Jockey Murray’s seventh contravention of this Rule, read with this Guideline, in the last five weeks and therefore imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days.

Jockey Murray waived his Right of Appeal and permission was granted for him to take his suspension from 1 December 2019 to 7 December 2019, both days inclusive.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 22 November 2019, Jockey Wayne Agrella was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of OPEN FIRE, he failed to ensure that he did not cause  interference to other runners at approximately the 1200m in Race 4 at Fairview Racecourse on 15 November 2019.

Jockey Agrella pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.

After considering the evidence  the Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven days.

Jockey Agrella 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 Tuesday, 19 November 2019, Apprentice D R Lerena was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3. The particulars being that he as the rider of TWO GUNS, failed to ride this gelding out to the end of the race to the satisfaction of the Stipendiary Stewards thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining third position, in the 7th Race run at Flamingo Park Racecourse on 11 November 2019.

Apprentice Lerena, assisted by the National Riding Master, Mr R Moore pleaded guilty to 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 Lerena’s record.  A penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 14 days was imposed.

Apprentice Lerena waived his Right of Appeal and requested to take his suspension from:

24 November 2019 to 7 December 2019 (both days inclusive). The Inquiry Board acceded to this request.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 8 November 2019, Jockey Xolane (Charles) Ndlovu was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.28.  The particulars being that as the rider of BRANDINA, he was negligent in failing to notify a licensed official that his lead bag had become dislodged, during the running of Race 7 at Fairview Racecourse on 25 October 2019 and that he subsequently had retrieved the lead bag and weighed in at the correct weight.

Jockey Ndlovu pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.

After considering all the mitigating factors, which included the finishing position of BRANDINA, the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R10 000, of which R7 500 is wholly suspended for a period of twenty-four months, on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of this rule during this period.

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

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.1, BRANDINA is disqualified from the said race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.


At an inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 18 October 2019, Jockey Donald Bogaleboile was charged with a contravention of Rule 21.11, in that as the Rider of TEQUILA MARIA  in Race 2 at Fairview Racecourse on 2 August 2019, he failed to ensure that this filly carried the correct weight during the running of the race, by weighing in at more than 0.5 kg below the weight at which he was declared out at. This resulted in TEQUILA MARIA being disqualified following an objection by the Clerk of Scales being upheld.

A plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of Jockey Bogaleboile, however, he was found guilty as charged.

After considering all mitigating and aggravating evidence, which included the finishing position of TEQUILA MARIA, the extent of the underweight and the form of TEQUILA MARIA, the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R5000, of which R3000 is suspended for a period of 12 months, on condition that he is not found guilty of a similar contravention during this period.

Jockey Bogaleboile was afforded the Right of Appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that, at an inquiry held at Borrowdale Racecourse on 21 October 2019, Trainer Mrs B P Fisher was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4 in that a specimen taken from the horse HILLAH THE HUN after it ran in and won the 3rd race run at Borrowdale Racecourse on 28 April 2019, disclosed upon analysis the presence of Caffeine which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules.

Mrs Fisher pleaded not guilty to the charge, however, the Inquiry Board found her guilty and imposed a penalty of a fine of R34 000.

Mrs Fisher has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2 HILLAH THE HUN is disqualified from the said race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.