The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 6 July 2018, Jockey Robert Khathi was charged with a contravention of Rule 56.2.4, in that on 8 June 2018 Jockey Khathi took into and used a cellular telephone whilst inside the Jockey’s quarters. 

Jockey Khathi pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty as charged. 

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R10 000, of which R5 000 is wholly suspended for a period of 12 months, on condition that Jockey Khathi is not found guilty of a similar offence. 

Jockey Khathi has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 2 July 2018, Jockey Grant van Niekerk was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of STRATHDON, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to MADE TO CONQUER over the final 300m of Race 5 at Greyville Racecourse on 2 June 2018. 

Jockey van Niekerk pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Jockey van Niekerk guilty and imposed a suspension from riding in races for a period of ten days. 

Jockey van Niekerk has the right of appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.

 


Background 

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held on 18 April 2017, Mr Paul Gadsby was found guilty of a contravention of Rule 10.5.1 in that on 13 January 2017, at Greyville Racecourse in the wash-bay area, the Groom in his employ, Mr Aviwe Makosana, kicked the horse PATROCULUS in the belly region, which horse was in his care and under his control as the Trainer of that horse, thus mistreating the horse in question. 

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R40 000, of which R20 000 was suspended for a period of 12 months, provided that he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 10.5.1, or a similar offence involving the abuse and/or ill-treatment of any horse during that period. 

Mr Gadsby lodged an appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed. 

The Appeal Board, having considered the evidence, was of the view that strict liability was not applicable to Mr Gadsby’s case and the provisions of Rule 10.5.1. ­­­­­­­­­­­are not applicable. 

The Appeal Board accordingly upheld the appeal, set aside the finding and the penalty imposed and refunded Mr Gadsby’s appeal deposit fee.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 29 June 2018, The Alchemy Stud was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.10. The particulars of the charge being that The Alchemy Stud, a registered Breeder, with the responsible, accountable and authorised person being Mr Phillip Kahan, was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.10 in that when inspections were conducted at The Alchemy Stud Farms on 29 January 2018 and 9 May 2018, certain mares and foals were found to be in an unacceptable condition. 

Mr Kahan on behalf of The Alchemy Stud pleaded guilty and was found guilty as charged. 

The Inquiry Board having considered all of the evidence before it and the submissions tendered in mitigation and aggravation imposed a penalty of:- 

-       A cancellation of the privilege of The Alchemy Stud, this cancellation is wholly suspended for a period of two years on condition that the Stud is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 72.1.10 during this period;  and 

-        A fine of R60,000;  and 

-       The NHA will conduct random inspections of The Alchemy Stud to ensure compliance with the aforementioned Rule. 

The Alchemy Stud has the Right of Appeal in terms of Rule 85. 

Both parties were legally represented.


At an inquiry held in Cape Town on Wednesday 27 June 2018, Jockey Aldo Domeyer, in absentia, was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of BLACK INDY, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to BLACK SAIL when he shifted inwards in front of BLACK SAIL passing the 600m in Race 4 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 2 June 2018. 

The Inquiry Board entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Jockey Domeyer. 

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

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

Jockey Domeyer was afforded every opportunity to attend the Inquiry.  The matter had been delayed to the extent that the Inquiry Board convened to proceed and Jockey Domeyer asked the Inquiry Board to proceed in his absence and finalise the proceedings in accordance with Rule 79.3.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 27 June 2018, Apprentice Jockey Julius Mphanya was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3 in that as the rider of ROSSLYN CHAPEL, he failed to ride his horse out to the end of the race, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining third position in Race 5 at Fairview Racecourse on 18 June 2018. 

Apprentice Jockey Mphanya pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Apprentice Jockey Mphanya guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for 14 days. 

Apprentice Jockey Mphanya has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 22 June 2018, Jockey Robert Khathi was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of JUST CHAOS he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners passing the 200m in Race 8 at  Fairview Racecourse on 8 June 2018. 

Due to some uncertainty on what plea to enter to the charge, the Inquiry Board entered a plea of not guilty on Jockey Khathi’s behalf. 

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Khathi guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of a warning. 

Jockey Khathi has the Right of Appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry concluded at the NHA offices at Turffontein on 13 June 2018, Jockey Simons was charged with a contravention of Rule 77.1 read together with Rule 77.2.11 in that urine samples taken from him at the Vaal Racecourse on 27 October 2016, 29 October 2016 and 22 November 2016,  were found, after analysis, to contain Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a banned substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority. 

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

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 45 days. 

Jockey Simons has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 9 June 2018, Jockey Craig Zackey was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of VAN HALEN, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners when he switched in near the 400m in Race 6 at Scottsville Racecourse on 26 May 2018. 

Jockey Zackey pleaded guilty to the charge. 

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Zackey guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 10 (ten) days. 

Jockey Zackey has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed


At an inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 1 June 2018, Jockey G van Niekerk, in absentia, was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that as the rider of YOUNG HOPEFUL he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to BERRY CRUSH leaving the 400m mark in Race 4 at Fairview Racecourse on 2 March 2018. 

The Board entered a plea of not guilty on Jockey G van Niekerk’s behalf. 

The Board found Jockey G van Niekerk guilty as charged and having considered his record imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of ten days. 

Jockey G van Niekerk has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed. 

Jockey G van Niekerk was afforded every opportunity to attend this inquiry. As this matter was delayed to such an extent the Board convened to proceed in Jockey van Niekerk’s absence to finalise the proceedings in accordance with Rule 79.3.