November 2017


Situated in the Southern Suburb of Kenilworth, Kenilworth Racecourse is the oldest racecourse in South Africa, proclaimed a racecourse in 1882, and is steeped in tradition and history. 

This beautiful racecourse is one of the most unique and valuable horse racing tracks in the world; a long-time favourite among both South African and overseas visitors. During the Cape summer season, Kenilworth Racecourse hosts spectacular events, like the Metropolitan Stakes, (originally the Metropolitan Mile in 1883) now known as SUN MET, and the elegant L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. Both these events attract international and local celebrities along with horse racing enthusiasts. 

It is also the location of the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area, a small nature reserve situated in the centre of the Racecourse. Due to its location, the 52 hectare reserve has been left undisturbed for more than 100 years, making it now the best preserved patch of “Cape Flats Sand Fynbos” in the world. 

Kenilworth Racing (Pty) Ltd presently owns both the racecourse and the natural area in the centre. A management agreement was established in 2006 between Gold Circle (the previous owner), the City of Cape Town Nature Conservation and Cape Nature, where the parties concerned agreed to collaborate in preserving the area. 

In 2006 a management agreement was established between the City of Cape Town Biodiversity Management and the then Owner, Gold Circle (now

Kenilworth Racing (Pty) Ltd and Cape Nature. A conservation management team was put in place and KRCA was formed. Since 2006 KRCA has rehabilitated much of the area, and much of the alien vegetation, once present, has been removed. 



• Home to at least 16 seasonal wetlands with great views of Table Mountain 

• Hosts 310 plant species of which 34 are threatened and one is endemic 

• Home to 9 amphibians including the critically endangered Micro Frog and Cape Platanna 

• Supports a healthy reptile, bird and small mammal community 

The success of the Conservation Area was proven when we had to delay the start of Race 8 at Kenilworth Racecourse on Thursday 10 November 2017 while a “huge” mole snake (pictured below), about 1½ m long, was removed from the course. It was lying on the course about 100m from the 2000m start on the inside running rail. The Veterinary Surgeon (Dr Stefan Claasen) on duty at the start encouraged the snake off the course with the use of a branch. 

Article by: Mr Ernie Rodrigues & Ms Brenda Bouwer and photos taken from Google.





The Air Mauritius International Jockeys’ Challenge, presented by The Citizen, took place on 18 and 19 November 2017, making it the 10th International Jockeys’ Challenge. The event was organised by the Racing Association, Chief Executive, Larry Wainstein. 

The South African Jockeys were Anthony Delpech, Greg Cheyne, Gavin Lerena, S’manga Khumalo, Craig Zackey and Lyle Hewitson. 

The International Jockeys were Pat Smullen, Seamie Heffernan, PJ McDonald, Corey Brown, Martin Dwyer and Thierry Thulliez. 

The International Team won the Air Mauritius IJC by 331 points to South Africa’s 291. Irish Jockey, PJ McDonald, scored 86 points and Apprentice Jockey, Lyle Hewitson, scored 74 points in the individual challenge. 

Photos provided by: Racing. It’s a Rush





On Sunday 19 November the much anticipated Air Mauritius International Jockeys’ Challenge was held at Turffontein racecourse, where Champion Apprentice Lyle Hewitson was drafted into the South African team. 

Lyle was relishing the chance to compete against the International Team and used the opportunity to record another incredible achievement in his career, scoring 74 points in the challenge, finishing runner up to visiting International Jockey PJ McDonald, who won the Victor Ludorum, and being the highest scoring South African Jockey! 

Lyle’s performance on Sunday included 4 places and a victory in Race 9 aboard “BUBBLY REPLY” trained by Grant Maroun. 

Lyle followed up, on his excellent performance in the Air Mauritius International Jockeys’ Challenge, at Fairview racecourse the very next day, where he had another 4 places and a victory in Race 6 aboard “CAT IN COMMAND” trained by Yvette Bremner. South 

African Jockey Academy Principal, Graham Bailey, was full of praise for Lyle saying “Lyle has always been the consummate apprentice since joining the Academy and possesses the most incredible commitment, drive and passion for horses and horseracing that makes him ultra-competitive!” 

Bailey also recognised the efforts of Gauteng Jockey Academy Jockey Coach, Robert Moore, saying “Robert is an incredible Jockey Coach with vast experience, who clearly enjoys a special partnership with Lyle that has resulted in his excellent performances this season!” 

Article by: Leonard Strong - South African Jockey Academy




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In 2008, Peggy the beer-swilling horse has been barred from her local pub, The Alexandra Hotel bar in Jarrow, South Tyneside, after it was refurbished. 

Her owner, 62-year-old Peter Dolan, said he used to leave her tethered to a post outside when he went in for a drink. But because her rope was so long, one day she walked in and stood at the bar beside all the regulars. Peggy became a local celebrity overnight - appearing in newspapers, magazines and even on German television. 

‘No one even took any notice of her in the pub,’ said Mr Dolan, a retired rigger from Jarrow Slake. ‘Everyone just saw her as one of the locals.’ 

However, after two years drinking and munching on her favourite beef-flavoured crisps, she has been shown the door for fear that she will leave her hoof prints on the new carpets. She now has to stand outside looking in at her erstwhile drinking buddies. 

‘People come into the pub and the first thing they say is ‘where’s Peggy?’, said Mr Dolan, who has never had a problem with his neighbours before. 

Mr Dolan, a retired rigger, said: ‘She’s such a beautiful horse, so well behaved and everyone here thinks the world of her. 

‘In fact, she reminds me of Red Rum. She’s a proper lady. ‘Sometimes she’s better than some of the ladies we get in here. 

‘She still gets her favourite John Smith’s bitter now and again and loves her beef crisps but she’ll not be back in the pub.’ Dennis Podtt, a regular at The Alexandra Hotel, described Peggy as a lovely horse. 

‘She just stands by the door now and watches us from outside,’ he said. ‘No matter what the weather, even if it’s pouring down with rain, she knows not to come in.’ ‘It’s like having lost one of the locals, but at least it leaves more beer for me,’ added the 76-year-old retired labourer. 

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Growing up is challenging in many ways, but even more so if you are a girl/boy or young woman/man living in Diepsloot. 

Shumbashaba offers Growing Great Generations, an 8 week Personal Growth and Development programme for these youngsters whose lives are often marked by violence, abuse, teenage pregnancies, high school dropouts, substance abuse and limited educational opportunities. 

The programme uses the highly regarded and internationally recognized Equine Assisted Growth & Learning model to effect positive change in people’s lives. A team of mental health professionals (typically psychologists), equine specialists and horses spend eight sessions with the young women and men, promoting mental and emotional well-being, working through traumatic experiences, developing self-esteem and engendering a sense of purpose and hope. 

The programme also provides training in a variety of life skills whilst encouraging solidarity among the women and men. Shumbashaba offers four programmes per year, successfully reaching out to over 120 girls/boys and young women/men. 

Article and photo provided by: Jacky Du Plessis from Shumbashaba





The prohibited substance screening and confirmation technologies and methodologies

at the Laboratory are scientifically technical. With technology constantly improving,

it is important to be aware and to keep up with enhancements to remain up to date

and competitive in both our capabilities and our cost-effectiveness.  

One way of keeping up is to consult and discuss aspects with other laboratories. Dr Schalk De Kock recently visited the England Horseracing Forensic Laboratory. Based in Newmarket, it services the British Horseracing Authority in racehorse specimen analysis and is one of a few “IFHA Reference Laboratories” of the racing industry. 

This laboratory also provides service to the Federation Equestre Internationale in servicing equestrian sport testing as their “Central Laboratory”. While this is obviously a much larger facility than our own, very well-funded and a sophisticated laboratory with highly organised operations and methodologies, our NHA Laboratory is impressive

in comparison with our Quality Management System, our high level capabilities, advancement, methodologies and our quality of results. 

A second way of keeping up is to attend conferences and meetings which are in the chemistry field and /or at the level of science of racing laboratories. While we regularly attend local scientific meetings and training, the most important event to attend is the International Conference for Racing Analysts and Veterinarians (ICRAV). 

The Directorate will attend the next conference in 2018 in Dubai. We will also attend an advanced mass spectrometry workshop over two days at about the same time, as an important training and scientific growth opportunity. The wealth of scientific knowledge, experience and opinions shared between analysts and veterinarians, at this conference is immense and very important for growth and compliance at an international level. At such conferences we do not just learn but we also share our new research and approaches to aspects such as quality policies, methodologies and aspects surrounding racing integrity and horse welfare. 

Since 2000 the Laboratory has attended 8 such conferences and made many oral and visual presentations, with these formalised in official conference proceedings publications. Our contribution and compliance to the international racing chemistry body (The Association of Official Racing Chemists) is acknowledged by the fact that two members of the Laboratory directorate staff have been awarded Professional and Fellow membership.  

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities provides important guidance for racing jurisdictions in the form of formal guidelines and an agreement document. 

This is important for consensus policies and for international harmonisation on as many aspects as possible. Included is the actual range of prohibited substances for screening and the sensitivities at which these must be screened for (in the case of screening limits) and quantified (in the case of prosecution thresholds). 

The IFHA recent made changes to such guidance and these were adopted by the NHA. 

The changes are detailed below and are described in more detail on the NHA website. 

• The international threshold for Theobromine has been removed and this is replaced by a screening limit value for Theobromine.

• An additional Cobalt threshold has been formalised in plasma specimens. 

• The Estranediol threshold for male horses (other than geldings) in urine has been redefined (this threshold is primarily in place with the purpose to prosecute for the use of Nandrolone in the colt). 

• “HIF activators” were added to the list of Forbidden Substances. 

• Screening limits have been put in place for the detection in urine and plasma for the sedative substances Detomidine and Medetomidine