The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held at its offices in Johannesburg on 13 March 2020, Trainer Michael Mahiakola was charged with a contravention of Rule 10.5.1.  The particulars being, that as a licensed Trainer, he failed to provide a reasonable level of care, treatment and training to the horses under his control, which resulted in horses showing on examination, poor condition and consequently the NHA having to intervene and provide independent veterinary care. 

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

The Inquiry Board, when determining a penalty, took into account the evidence presented, factors put forward in mitigation, as well as Mr Mahiakola’s clean record and imposed a penalty of a fine of  ten thousand rand (R10 000).  Furthermore, Mr Mahiakola’s Trainer’s licence was cancelled.  This cancellation is wholly suspended for a period of three (3) years, provided that during the period of suspension he is not found guilty of a contravention of a similar charge. 

Mr Mahiakola 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 11 March 2020, Assistant Trainer Thabiso Nako was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.10, in that he ill-treated the horse PIDGEON ROCK by striking its hindquarter with an inappropriate object at Randjesfontein Training Centre on 30 January 2020.

Assistant Trainer Nako pleaded not guilty to the charge but was found guilty of the charge. 

The Inquiry Board, when considering a penalty, took into account the mitigating circumstances that surrounded the incident, as well as Assistant Trainer Nako’s record and imposed a penalty of a fine of four thousand rand (R4000.00). 

Assistant Trainer Nako has the Right of Appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held at its offices in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, Trainer Mr C E Erasmus was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4.  The particulars being, that he was the Trainer and the person responsible for the horse EMILY JAY, which ran in and won the 3rd race run at Turffontein Racecourse on 14 December 2019.  A urine specimen, taken from EMILY JAY disclosed upon analysis the presence of Flunixin which is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules. 

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

The Inquiry Board, after careful deliberation and taking into account Mr Erasmus’ mitigating factors that he put forward, as well as his record, imposed a penalty of a fine of R23 000.

Mr Erasmus has the Right of Appeal against both the finding and penalty imposed. 

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2, EMILY JAY is disqualified from the said race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry that commenced at its offices in Johannesburg on Monday 10 February 2020 and concluded on Friday 6 March 2020, Mr Larry Wainstein was charged with contravening Rules 72.1.25 and 72.1.26.

The particulars being that he conducted himself in an improper manner whilst present in the Stipendiary Stewards’ Boardroom at Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday, 30 November 2019. 

Mr Wainstein pleaded guilty to the charges and was found guilty of the charges. 

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R50 000, of which R30 000 is wholly suspended for a period of 36 months provided that during the period of suspension he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rules 72.1.25 and 72.1.26.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 14 February 2020, Trainer Frank Robinson was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.25, in that he conducted himself in an improper manner at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on 12 January 2020, by initiating a physical altercation with an employee of his stable. 

Mr Robinson pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Mr Robinson guilty and after considering the evidence presented, he was fined R8 000, of which R4 000 is suspended for a period of two years, provided that he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 72.1.25 during that time. 

Mr Robinson 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 on Tuesday, 11 February 2020, Mr Mark Sham was charged with a contravention of:

 

Rules 72.1.25 and 72.1.26.  

The particulars being that he conducted himself in an improper manner on racecourse property, which might have had the effect of discrediting horseracing and which did or might have brought into disrepute the good name of the National Horseracing Authority on 15 January 2020 at the 138th Annual General Meeting held at its offices at Turffontein Racecourse. 

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

The Board after considering the evidence led, and taking into account the arguments in aggravation and mitigation, ruled that Mr Sham be fined the sum of thirty thousand rand (R30 000) of which fifteen thousand rand (R15 000) is suspended for a period of twenty-four months, provided that Mr Sham is not found guilty of a similar offence under these Rules during this period.

 Mr Sham has the right of appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in Johannesburg on 7 February 2020, Trainer Grant J Maroun was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.18 in that he addressed the Senior Handicapper of the NHA in an abusive and intimidatory manner on 29 October 2019. 

Mr Maroun pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Mr Maroun guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of a fine of R10 000-00, of which R5 000-00 is wholly suspended for a period of twenty-four (24) months, provided that during the period of suspension he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 72.1.18. 

Mr Maroun has the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 3 February 2020, Jockey Aldo Domeyer was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7.  The particulars being that as the rider of FABIAN, he caused interference to HUDOO MAGIC when he directed his mount outwards at the 250m in Race 8 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 25 January 2020. 

Jockey Domeyer pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Domeyer guilty of the charge and after considering the degree of interference, his riding record and all mitigating factors, imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 10 days. 

Jockey Domeyer was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 31 January 2020, Jockey Xolane Ndlovu was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7.  The particulars being that as the rider of ELUSIVE DIVA, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to DUKE OF CARDS at approximately the 200m in Race 8 at Fairview Racecourse on 17 January 2020. 

Jockey Ndlovu pleaded guilty to the charge. 

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

Jockey Ndlovu waived his Right of Appeal and permission was granted for him to take his suspension from 1 February 2020 to 7 February 2020, both days inclusive.


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.