May 2018

THE JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE Article by Lyndon Barends, Chief Executive of NHA 


After a memorable week of informative business sessions, the 37th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) came to an end on Thursday 17th May. Over the four days, Monday 14th – 17th May, nearly 600 delegates participated in 12 business sessions with 49 different speakers. 

Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges identified the key takeaways from the week:

• We have presented a vision to create a global brand of racing which is necessary to widen our fan base and create an emotional connection to racing. Wagering is the undeniable lifeblood of our sport, but it is just a product. In terms of developing our fan base, we need to provide an articulated offering, one which establishes an emotional connection for its participants, and especially with our horses.

• The Integrity of the sport is an absolute must. There is no room for ambiguity. The General Assembly of the Asian Racing Federation passed a resolution in which all members endorsed this commitment. We have a zero tolerance for racing or training under the influence of doping agents. Integrity is and must be a core value of our industry. It must be embraced by all of the sport’s participants, especially owners, trainers and jockeys. It is the key responsibility of regulators worldwide to ensure that systems, processes and capabilities are in place to mandate and ensure compliance.

• Horse welfare and well-developed aftercare initiatives are the cornerstones of a healthy, modern racing industry. Best practices in horse welfare are absolutely necessary for the sustainability of our industry. The Asian Racing Federation is committed to promoting the further strengthening of the industry’s horse welfare programmes and aftercare initiatives.

• The work of the ARF Anti-Illegal Betting Task Force gave us a comprehensive understanding of the scale and complexity of the illegal markets, their connection to organized crime and the impact to integrity and the reputation of the sport. On the basis of the deep understanding of this issue, the ARF is committed to continue this work and collaborate with law enforcement agencies to fight this cancer.

Mr Ken Truter, Chairman of The National Horseracing Authority addressed the delegates after South Africa was identified as the host of the 38th Asian Racing Conference in Cape Town, “As Chairman, it is a great privilege for the NHA to accept South Africa as the Asian Racing Conference destination for 2020. We are proud and honoured that the Asian Racing Federation has placed such confidence in us. Together with our industry partners we will put much effort and endeavour into making the 2020 conference a resounding success.”

South African Ambassador to South Korea, HE Ms Nozuko Bam was equally delighted that the Asian Racing Conference will be returning to South Africa after an absence of 21 years (1997). South Africa was first accepted as a member of the Asian Racing Federation in 1993. “On behalf of the South African Government, we are delighted that the auspicious Asian Racing Conference will take place in our beautiful country in 2020.

We will give the local organizing committee all our support to ensure that the conference will be enjoyable and memorable. We would like to extend a thank you to the Asian Racing Federation and especially to The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa and its industry partners for making it happen. We will be ready to welcome everyone to the shores of our friendly and exciting country.”




The NHA Laboratory is nationally well known as a significant facility which has the scientific capability to screen for many forensically important substances at very low concentrations, with the ability to conduct positive finding analysis which can be defended in court. Highly sophisticated chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques and instrumentation are extensively used at our Laboratory.

On SA Classic day we organised a day for members of the South African chromatography association (ChromSA), which also incorporated many members of the South African Mass Spectrometry Association (SAAMS).

Our Laboratory is directly associated with some of these scientists in aspects such as contract analysis, instrumentation supply, research and development collaborations and the training and study of our laboratory staff at academia.

The group of more than 50 scientists was first introduced to an overview of the Thoroughbred horse and its role in the racing and breeding industry. The function of the NHA was explained and then that of the Laboratory. A technical presentation was made to this group on the highly scientific advanced level which we have to achieve and sustain in our work, challenges and advanced research. This was followed by an in-depth Laboratory visit and an informal discussion on everything that we were able to demonstrate.

After some further explanation of the roles of the NHA and Phumelela on race days, and what would be happening, the group settled at the Lower Deck of Turffontein Racecourse for a buffet lunch.

Phumelela assisted in providing some more information on racing and betting excitement. They also assisted with behind-the-scenes-background information and tours to the different areas of the track such as where the horses are saddled, identified and checked which included visiting the parade ring.




The anti-microbial drugs (AMD) have been excluded from the prohibited substances list of Article 6 of the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering for more than 20 years.

The identification of properties other than anti-infective in some AMD groups, the increasing awareness of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) in the world and the welfare questions coming from the screening findings of horses racing under AMD treatment, have generated in the European Horseracing Scientific Liaison Committee (EHSLC) a work of reflection and investigation.

The number of indications of horses under AMD at the time of racing seems to be significant and raises a real welfare problem.

Why do we find such a number of racehorses in competition needing AMD treatment?

A survey has been launched in several European laboratories which highlighted the fact that 22% of the 11,151 urine samples tested between May and September 2017 had screening findings of at least one AMD.

A large number of the anti-microbials found in postrace samples also have properties such as analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions, e.g. macrolides, tetracyclines, quinolones, sulfonamides.

It is clear that the situation needs to be addressed Regulatory veterinarians have concerns about the potential use of AMD to conceal clinical signs of injury or disease, allowing horses that are in an unsuitable condition to race and potentially to spread disease.

The same regulatory veterinarians may be concerned regarding the potential abuse of AMD in horseracing as anti-inflammatory or analgesic agents. This situation is not only a regulatory issue; it is also a welfare one.

The misuse of AMD in veterinary practice may increase the development of anti-microbial resistance which can also impair human public health. This issue has become a major priority of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and the racing industry must play a part by providing policies to minimise the misuse of anti-microbial drugs. One way is a particular focus of study: putting AMD back on the prohibited substance list and setting a stand-down period before racing.

This an abstract from a presentation given by Dr P.M Gadot, France Galop, France at ICRAV 2018

Comment: Antibiotic overuse and misuse in the Racing Industry as highlighted in this abstract is of growing concern, especially in the EU. However, there was much resistance from delegates from the floor especially with regards to adding Antibiotics to the Prohibited Substance Lists again. Further research and discussions are ongoing. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.



Cape Town is enjoying the “Highlands Stud Western Cape Winter Series”, and on Saturday 26 May 2018 the 2nd Leg of the series held at Kenilworth Racecourse, included The Highlands Stud Winter Classic, Stormsvlei Mile and Olympic Duel Stakes.

The Joey Ramsden trained filly CALL TO ACCOUNT won The Highlands Stud Olympic Duel Stakes. RAINBOW BRIDGE trained by Eric Sands won The Highlands Stud Winter Classic. The Highlands Stud Stormsvlei Mile was won by FRESNAYE, trained by Jockey Ramsden. Kenilworth Racecourse showing the benefit of recent rainfall and regular patrons and race goers enjoyed a day in the Private Suites overlooking the course.

LEGISLATE has returned to racing after a stint at Stud.LEGISLATE is back with Trainer Justin Snaith and will race again in the familiar Colours of Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert). Justin Snaith has taken LEGISLATE to Durban for the season. He looked impressive in his recent Barrier Trial success.

LAST WINTER, the Khaya Stables (Pty) Ltd owned colt, has left the Dean Kannemeyer Cape Town yard to campaign in England and went through the Quarantine Station in Mauritius.

VARIETY CLUB has returned from Stud and is back in the Joey Ramsden yard.




• New and additional pages required for AHS vaccination and movement control records;

• Up to date international (ISBC) requirement compliance;

• It incorporates a new “centre page” design;

• It incorporates new NHA corporate look;

• Robust plastic outer cover;



• Still all of the previous pages, some are just somewhat changed;

• More of the pages which are critically required;

• Of course there are some new pages;

• No more paper stickers on the outside of the passport;

• Horse details can be read through clear plastic cover without opening the passport (and possibly

making it dirty);

• Breeding indicated as “2017 Ubuhle x Captain Al” terminology of “Unnamed” phased out;

• More characteristics of an NHA document in colour and logo design;



• The intention of the Confirmation of Identification page is that it can be used by persons in an official capacity (also others than NHA Officials);

• It can be used to record when the horse is formally identified - identification such as by Veterinarians during castration, Sales Companies and by Equine

Health Officials;

• More pages for vaccination entries;

• More writing space in places;



There are now several pages added for AHS and AHS

Regulatory Control

• Regulatory Events;

• Laboratory Health Test;

• Controlled Medication Treatments;

• There is an extra page for records if space runs out

• The last page is important for international export compliance and records;

• This page can be used to show retirement from racing / breeding;

• The four horse specific pages will be printed in Stud Book, in colour;

• Pre-printed pages and the cover will be added before stitch binding;

• There is space provided on each page for name changes by means of a “name change sticker” (with a watermark);



• Similar layout to before;

• Space for name change sticker is shown;

• There is a 2D barcode which codes all the information of the page, for accurate

recording of the information on this page;

• Center page with the use of red to the international standard;

• Red indicates unpigmented areas, flesh marks, stripes on hoofs;

• Red outline with red stripes indicate white markings;

• Stitching is positioned not to be across any text;

• Space for “name change sticker” shown above barcode;



• With name changes, passports will not be returned to Stud Book to be re-issued (a new passport is not required any longer);

• Once a name is approved three NHA stickers with this new name will be generated by Stud Book. These three stickers will be sent to the relevant NHA office to be attached to the passport.



• Stickers to be stuck into the passport at three required positions;

• Paperwork will be signed by the NHA and other parties concerned to confirm the passport was amended;

• Stud Book will record this paperwork as a formal name change.


The National Horseracing Authority would like to wish all our Stakeholders born in June a very Happy Birthday.

Wishing you a birthday filled with sweet moments and wonderful memories to cherish always!