July 2017

On the 9th of August 1956 one of the most historic events in the struggle for freedom and women’s right in South Africa, took place in Pretoria. On this day more than 50 000 women from different races staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments of the 1950 pass laws. The Protest was led by the most inspirational women of all time: Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, and Sophie Williams de Bruyn.

In Celebration of this historic day NHA wishes to recognize the women in the company and in the sport of horseracing. While it’s been very much a male dominated environment the role and the support of women are invaluable. They’ve used their “superwomen” powers to help build and transform the company and the horseracing industry as a whole.  We celebrate all the NHA women, especially those who’ve underpinned the organisation for more than twenty years – like Brenda Bouwer, Cindy Areias, Patricia Ribiero, Zenith Tyrer, Sylvia Martinovic, Julie Wilson, Lynne Sham, Lynn Etheridge, Beatrix Swanepoel and Lydia Jonker.
Recently we said goodbye to phenomenal women like Jenny Bockel (35 years of service) and Nela De Matos (33 years of service).  Thank you ladies for your major contribution to the success of the organisation.

Horseracing has always been a male dominated industry but as time went by this has changed and is still changing as more and more women are exposed to horseracing. Women like Vicky Minott. Ms. Minott who was born in KwaZulu Natal in a little town called Vryheid, made her mark in the horse racing industry as an active trainer and jockey. Ms. Minott was an equestrian in 2004 and was an apprentice in 2005. She was licensed as a jockey for the period 2009- 2012.  Her career then took a heavy knock when she had to undergo an operation on her ankle from a previous injury. As devastated as she was she knew that horse racing was her passion and this could not hold her back from expressing her love for the sport and the horses themselves. This break from training and riding gave her a chance to re-evalutae her future which resulted in her embarking on a new career as a TV racing analyst with TellyTrack.
This to her was a great compromise as it combines her expertise and her love for horseracing. She is now making her mark as a woman in the horseracing industry as well as in the entertainment industry. Although she was faced with many challenges such as the career switch and being a woman in a male dominated industry she drew her strength and inspiration from the other brave women daring to enter this male domintaed industry.

Mjoka Wins Prix Longines Future Racing Stars

Forth Year Apprentice, Mpumelelo Mjoka, won the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars at the Chantilly Racecourse in France on Saturday 17 June, aboard No. 12 BEAUPREAU, trained by Danny de Waele.  Mpume was determined to represent South Africa proudly when he departed, especially after riding a double at Flamingo Park on the Monday prior to his departure.  Mpume was accompanied to France by South African Jockey Academy Principal, Graham Bailey, and his Riding Coach, Robert Moore, who were both overjoyed with the victory and extremely proud of the young apprentice!

Mpume was his humble self after the victory and thanked the Owner and Trainer for the opportunity of riding BEAUPREAU in the race, Longines for sponsoring such an important event and the South African Jockey Academy for selecting him to represent the Academy and South Africa.  Mpume was an excellent ambassador for South African Horse Racing,  who replicated the success of former apprentice, Franklin Maleking, who won the same race 4 years ago in 2013.  The win has also given Mpume a huge confidence boost and since returning home from France, he has had 7 wins and 27 places.

Keep an eye out for the young apprentice who is definitely going places!


The official listing of the world’s best racehorses - For 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January and 9th July 2017
As    both    ARROGATE (USA)    [134]    and WINX (AUS) [132] continue
their preparations for upcoming campaigns, GUN RUNNER (USA) [125] has moved into the third spot in the fifth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017.

In his first start back since finishing second to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), Gun Runner pulled away in the stretch of the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) to win by seven lengths.  Meanwhile, Royal Ascot also produced a number of significant results in regards to the rankings. Leading the way was RIBCHESTER (IRE) [124], who equaled the rating he earned in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (G1) when he won the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) over MUTAKAYYEF (GB) [120] to kick off the famed race meeting.

Sitting just behind him in co-fifth position is HIGHLAND REEL (GB) [123], who defeated DECORATED KNIGHT (GB) [120] by 1 1⁄4 lengths in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1). With his victory, Highland Reel improved the rating of 121 he had received for winning the Investec Coronation Cup (G1).

In the sprint division, the filly LADY AURELIA (USA) [122] scored in the King’s Stand Stakes (G1), a n d C A R AVA G G I O    ( U S A ) [ 1 2 1 ] remained undefeated whilst winning the Commonwealth Cup (G1). The Gold Cup (G1) went to BIG ORANGE (GB) [121], who just bested Order of St George (IRE) [120] by a head, and the St James’s Palace Stakes (G1) was won by BARNEY ROY (GB) [120]. Barney Roy then finished second by a nose to ULYSSES (IRE) [121] in the Coral-Eclipse (G1) in his next start.  Elsewhere, another horse making his first start since Dubai was MIND YOUR BISCUITS (USA) [120], who followed his win in the Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (G1) with a score in the Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (G2). MOR SPRIT (USA) [120] also impressed in the United States by winning the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1) by 6 1⁄4 lengths.
SATONO    CROWN    ( JPN)    [121] improved his rating by taking the Takarazuka Kinen (G1) in Japan, while MARINARESCO (SAF) [120] is ranked after winning the Vodacom Durban July (G1) in South Africa, and Thewizardofoz (AUS) [120] found glory in Hong Kong with his victory in the Premier Cup (G3).

Dr Eugene Reynders, who is currently the Veterinary Surgeon for the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, will be taking over the reigns for the NHA and will be relocating to Johannesburg from 1 October 2017.  After 19 years of service, Dr Dale Wheeler has left the NHA. We would like to thank him for his long and dedicated service to the NHA and wish him well in his future endeavours.  Dr Roehann Sutherland remains the Veterinary Surgeon for KZN and Dr Jesse Jones remains in the Central Province as Veterinary Surgeon.

The Veterinary Surgeons can be contacted on any veterinary matters on the following contact details:

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The initiative was taken to    formally recognize Life Colour Holders (continual
registration with the National Horseracing Authority for a period of 30 years and longer).  Each Life Colour Holder received a Life Membership Certificate and badge in recognition of so many years of dedication to the Sport of Horseracing.

The Central Province Social Committee, along with a few staff members, spent the day making a difference at the Shumbashaba Horses Helping People Community Programme.  The staff took heaps of art supplies for the kids and enjoyed the day making and serving lunch to 170 hungry children.  The National Horseracing Authority also handed over a cheque in the amount of R33 000 as a contribution to the Shumbashaba Horses Helping People Programmes.


The KwaZulu-Natal Office extends a warm welcome to Ms Stephanie Chetty who has joined the team in KZN carrying out reception and general admin duties with effect from 17 July.  We hope that Stephanie will be very happy in the KZN office and we wish her many wonderful years ahead with us.


On the 6th July the EC office celebrated Youth Day and dressed in school uniforms
to acknowledge the youth and be reminded of the importance of education.  On the 18th July members of their office, along with Phumelela’s initiative to lend a hand at the East Cape Horse Care unit, spent their 67 minutes giving the ECHCU a helping hand raising funds and generally sharing love and attention with their rescued donkeys and horses.