The National Horseracing Authority (NHA) is the custodian of the results for thoroughbred races in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It was ratified by the National Board of the NHA in May 2015, that stakes earned by horses competing in restricted races are excluded from the national statistics. As a result, this ruling applies when determining the CHAMPION BREEDER, CHAMPION STALLION and CHAMPION TRAINER. The decision to exclude the stakes of restricted races from the national statistics was motivated by the view that such races may potentially influence the log positions based on its “closed” nature. The same rule applies to bonuses linked to all sales.

Restricted races are defined as those in which participants are confined:

i. to horses born or raised in a particular area or are the progeny of stallions of a particular area; or

ii. to graduates of specific sales; or

iii. to horses selected on the basis of some arbitrary criteria.


The above does not apply to owners and jockeys, as all owners have the right to buy and compete where they want to and that jockeys are at liberty to accept engagements as and where they wish (open). As a result, restricted race stakes are included for owners and jockeys. 


List of restricted races

  • Emperor's Palace Ready to Run Cup (CTS)
  • Ready to Run Stakes (Presented by Cape Thoroughbred Sales)
  • The CTS 1200
  • The CTS 1600
  • KZN Breeders Million Mile
  • KZN Breeders 1200
  • KZN Breeders 1200 F&M
  • KZN Breeders 1600
  • KZN Breeders 1600 F&M
  • KZN Breeders 1900
  • KZN Breeders Juvenile Plate
  • KZN Breeders Fillies Juvenile Plate
  • KZN Yearling Sale Million


The top 5 rankings as of 08 July 2019, excluding the above noted races are as follows:


Champion Owner (incl. restricted)

1. Mr C J H van Niekerk R15 ,030 ,913
2. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum R 12,101,788
3. Mrs S Plattner R 8,070,225
4. Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) R 7,614,938
5. Messrs N Jonsson, B Kantor & Late W J C Mitchell R 5,102,500


Champion Trainer (excl. restricted)

1. Mr S G Tarry R 24,636,825
2. Mr S J Snaith R 22,347,663
3. Mr M F de Kock R 22,344,063
4. Mr B J Crawford R 13,244,700
5. Mr A C Greeff R 11,668,863


Champion Jockey (incl. restricted)

1. Mr L Hewitson 201
2. Mr M A Yeni 195
3. Mr A Marcus 182
4. Mr G J Lerena 162
5. Mr G M Cheyne 148


Champion Breeder (excl. restricted)

1. Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein R 27,557,163
2. Klawervlei Stud R 19,835,888
3. Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd R 15,595,600
4. Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd R 13,229,263
5. Varsfontein Stud R 11,369,950


Champion Stallion (excl. restricted)

1. Silvano (GER) R 20,261,425
2. *Captain Al R 15,729,938
3. Var (USA) R 13,439,588
4. Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) R 12,890,213
5. * Dynasty R 12,664,525

 *deceased stallion

Visit the NHA website for the detailed list. 

  • Vodacom Durban July (Grade 1) 

DO IT AGAIN has seen his rating increase slightly from 125 to 126 after he won the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July for a second year in succession at Greyville on Saturday, 6 July.  In a finish that was dominated by the two highest rated horses in the field, it was decided that runner-up RAINBOW BRIDGE was the correct line horse to use when assessing the race.  There is plenty of form this season between the two, who are clearly the best older horses currently in training by some margin, a fact which was again reinforced by this result.  Being the line horse, RAINBOW BRIDGE remains unchanged on 124.

In the unfortunate absence of HAWWAAM, it was left to TWIST OF FATE to emerge as the best of the three-year-olds in third place.  He was the highest rated three-year-old to actually contest the race and his rating also remains unchanged on 117.  Fourth placed EYES WIDE OPEN ran to his rating of 109 in spite of meeting with some trouble in running and his rating therefore obviously also remains the same.

Several drops were made to horses who finished unplaced.  DIVINE ODYSSEY goes from 111 to 107, LADY IN BLACK drops from 112 to 110, HEAD HONCHO goes from 122 to 119, MADE TO CONQUER drops from 108 to 106, and LEGAL EAGLE is down from 115 to 113.

  • Garden Province Stakes (Grade 1)

CELTIC SEA’s rating was upped from 114 to 115 after she captured the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes (WFA) for fillies and mares over 1600m at Greyville on Saturday.  Here, it was the winner’s fellow three-year-old TEMPLE GRAFIN (who finished) fourth who was used as the line horse, in the belief that she was very unlikely to have run worse than the 107 she achieved when beaten by a bigger margin against her own age in the Grade 2 KRA Fillies Guineas over the same course-and-distance in May.  Accordingly, her rating remains unchanged.

Runner-up OH SUSANNA was trimmed from 116 to 115 to make her the equal of CELTIC SEA, while third placed SNOWDANCE goes up from 110 to 112 after what was an excellent effort from the deepest draw in a field of 14.

Fifth placed VISTULA showed herself to not be out of place in her first try at Grade 1 level, and her rating has been raised from 98 to 105.  In other changes, ROSE IN BLOOM drops from 102 to 100, ELUSIVE HEART goes from 98 to 95, and AL DANZA drops from 99 to 96.

  • DSTV Gold Vase (Grade 3) 

WALTER SMOOTHIE’s rating has been increased from 95 to 98 after he stayed on well to win the Grade 2 DSTV Gold Vase over 3000m at Greyville.  Third placed STRATHDON maintained his run of consistent form in staying events and was used as the line horse, which means that his rating remains unchanged on 101.  Runner-up DYNASTY’S BLOSSOM also remains on the 93, the rating off which she raced here.

In other changes, WONDEROUS CLIMBER drops from 84 to 83, PACIFIC CHESTNUT was cut from 91 to 90, BALLAD OF THE SEA goes from 79 to 76, and WARFARER was dropped from 85 to 84.

  • Betting World 2200 (Handicap) (Grade 3)

SHENANIGANS has had his rating increased from 94 to 97 after he came from near the tail of the field to win the Betting World 2200 on handicap terms over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday.  Third placed THE DAZZLER and fourth placed ZILLZAAL were used as the co-line horses, and therefore their ratings remain unchanged.  Runner-up GIMME ONE NIGHT goes up from 92 to 93.

Several drops were made to the ratings of unplaced horses.  BIZE was dropped from 97 to 96, BUNKER HUNT goes from 112 to 110, CHARLES was dropped from 104 to 101, and TOP CLASSMAN has been cut from 84 to 83.

  • Engen Performance Stakes  (Handicap) (Listed)

INFAMOUS FOX has had his rating increased from 110  to 112 after he won the Listed Engen Performance Stakes over 1600m under top weight of 62 kgs at Greyville on Saturday.  The Australian-bred gelding had won the equivalent race under 10 kgs less in 2018.

The third placed dead-heaters SOCIAL ORDER and CROWN TOWERS were used as the line horses here, so their ratings remains unchanged, while runner-up SILVER MAPLE (who looked desperately unlucky not to win after repeatedly encountering traffic problems) was raised from 92 to 93.

THANKSGIVING drops from 104 to 102, SNIPER SHOT was dropped from 103 to 102, LUNA CHILD was trimmed from 88 to 86, Q THE MUSIC was dropped from 94 to 92, MARCHINGONTOGETHER was dropped from 102 to 101, and MR ROY was dropped from 97 to 96.

The National Horseracing Authority is aware of various media reports regarding veterinary incidents that occurred at the Vodacom Durban July race meeting on Saturday, 6 July 2019.

To set the record straight CAVIVAR received veterinary treatment immediately following Race 5, the Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper (Grade 2), in which she finished in fourth position, she did not collapse during the race, but suffered from severe post-race distress. The Trainer of this horse gave credit to the veterinary treatment that was provided immediately following the race.

HAWWAAM was withdrawn immediately prior to the start of the Vodacom Durban July due to an unfortunate incident which does occur from time to time when one is dealing with highly strung thoroughbred animals.  A comment allegedly emanating from an anonymous trainer concerning the standard of the Handling Staff in Durban has absolutely NO merit and is totally baseless. 

The NHA Veterinary Surgeon, Dr Roehann Sutherland made the extremely difficult decision to withdraw HAWWAAM after completing an inspection of the colt following the incident. The emotions and the body language displayed by this esteemed professional, speak volumes for his empathy for the horse and his thorough UNDERSTANDING of the effect his decision would have on all the stakeholders and interested parties. As much as the NHA  sympathises with the Operators and the connections of HAWWAAM, we are also proud to have such a person in our employ.

Horse welfare is top priority and this weekend’s incidents clearly highlight the FACT that the HORSE comes first.

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that its Officials conducted specimen collection of the Vodacom Durban July runners on Friday, 5 July 2019.

The specimens will go through the usual pre-race screening procedures adopted by the NHA Laboratory. Horse welfare and the integrity of all races under its Rules are of critical importance to The National Horseracing Authority. 

The National Horseracing Authority has pleasure in announcing the composition of the Stipendiary Board that will officiate at the Vodacom Durban July Race meeting at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, 6 July 2019:

Shaun Parker:

A vastly experienced Stipendiary Steward, who after serving in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg in senior positions and a stint in the United Kingdom, is currently the Chief Stipendiary Steward in Kwazulu-Natal.
Mr Parker has more than 25 years’ experience as a Stipendiary Steward and has officiated at 11 Vodacom Durban July’s.

Lyle Anderson:

After successful spells as a trainer and Racing Administrator, Mr Anderson is currently the Chief Stipendiary Steward of the Central Provinces, a position that he has held since 2015.
Mr Anderson has been on duty at 2 Vodacom Durban July’s.

Derk Anderson:

With over 25 years’ experience as a Stipendiary Steward in Kwazulu-Natal Natal which includes 25 consecutive Vodacom Durban July’s,
Mr Anderson is a key member of the KZN Stipendiary Board.

Timothy Nhlapo:

With over 12 years’ experience as a Stipendiary Steward in Cape Town and currently Durban, Mr Nhlapo’ s potential was rewarded when he was selected to spend two weeks in Japan attending the annual General Study Program in 2018.
Mr Nhlapo has officiated at 11 Vodacom Durban July’s.

Ryan Hutcheson:

After a successful career as a trainer, Mr Hutcheson is a key member of the Central Provinces Stipendiary Board and will officiate at his first Vodacom Durban July race meeting.
Mr Hutcheson spent two weeks with the Hong Kong Stipendiary Board in 2018 which has assisted him in his rapid rise through the Stipendiary ranks.

Deanthan Moodley:

A qualified Attorney and Senior Stipendiary Steward currently based in Port Elizabeth, Mr Moodley is looking forward to officiating at his first Vodacom Durban July race meeting.

Lennon Maharaj:

The Senior Handicapper, who will add his substantial horse racing knowledge to the Stipendiary Board on the day.

B Ngcobo:- Senior Starter

• Mr Solly Ngcobo, a vastly experienced Starter who commenced his career in Kwa-Zulu Natal before relocating to Johannesburg and recently returning to Durban will head the Starting team on the day.

Dr R Sutherland:- Senior Veterinarian

• Dr Roehann Sutherland, the NHA Chief Veterinary Surgeon will lead the team that will ensure that the highest levels of horse welfare are adhered to.



  • Winter Derby (Grade 3) 

DHARMA has seen his rating increased from 71 to 89 after he clearly benefitted from a step up in distance and won the Grade 3 Winter Derby over 2400m at Kenilworth on Saturday 29 June.  This was the first time that DHARMA had raced beyond 2000m and he saw out the extra 400m in the manner of a true staying type.

In assessing the race, it was felt that 5th placed PARADE MARCH was the correct line horse to use, given that he has plenty of consistent handicap form over distances of 2400m and 2500m.  A rather cautious approach was adopted as most of the runners (the line horse excepted) were untried over a distance such as 2400m before the Winter Derby.  The handicappers opted to give DHARMA a rating of 89 to make him one pound higher than the runner-up NEXUS, whom he beat at level weights by half-a-length and who remains unchanged on 88.

Third placed MAJESTIC MOZART was given a slight drop from 102 to 101, while HERODOTUS was dropped from 101 to 99.  The Handicappers are aware that both horses suffered interference in running (twice, in the case of MAJESTIC MOZART) and it is stressed that both horses have only been dropped to the levels they actually achieved in their previous start in the Winter Classic on 25 May.

In the only other change, 4th placed CELESTIAL PRINCE went up from 73 to 80.

  • Ladies Mile (Listed) 

PLATINUM CLASS remains unchanged on a rating of 98 after her win in the Listed Ladies Mile over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday.  Here, the winner was used as the line horse, which effectively makes runner-up SHAMROCK WIND a line horse as well as she runs to her rating of 91.  Accordingly, her rating also remains unchanged.

Third placed PEARL JAM goes up from 75 to 77, but fourth placed DYNAMIC DIANA remains unchanged on 100.  Numerous drops were made to the ratings of unplaced horses.  MISS KATALIN goes from 94 to 91, ROYAL FROST drops from 89 to 87, RED GINGER was cut from 91 to 88, ONTENDERHOOKS goes from 82 to 80, and INTOTHELIMELIGHT drops from 89 to 88.                                                              

  • Winter Oaks (Listed) 

DUCHESS OF BOURBON remains unchanged on a rating of 91 after she won the Listed Winter Oaks over 2200m at Kenilworth on Saturday.  This was an awkward race to assess, with several fillies (including the first two) racing over a distance at least 400m further than anything they had previously attempted and it was decided to use the winner as the line horse even though she had never previously been beyond 1600m.

Runner-up FORTUNE FLIES clearly relished going beyond 1800m for the first time and was beaten half-a-length by DUCHESS OF BOURBON at level weights.  Accordingly, her rating was increased from 79 to 90 (or one pound below the winner.) 

Third placed HEAVEN’S EMBRACE was upped from 77 to 81, while the only drops were to JE NE SAIS QUOI (who goes from 73 to 70), and CORAL BAY (who drops to 84 from 86.)

  • Track and Ball Oaks (Grade 3) 

SEVILLE ORANGE remains unchanged on a rating of 102 after she made virtually all the running to win the Track and Ball Oaks (Grade 3) over 2400m at Scottsville on Saturday, 22 June.  The Handicappers were unanimous in their opinion that SEVILLE ORANGE herself made for the ideal line horse by confirming her SA Oaks (Grade 2) and Woolavington (Grade 1) performances on Saturday thus fully justifying her adjustments for those races and accordingly rated the race with her running to 102.

Runner-up FLICHITY BY FARR goes up from 93 to 96, while third placed SNAPSCAN was raised from 89 to 95 and continues to improve since being adjusted for her performances in the East Cape Oaks and thereafter the Woolavington (Grade 1).  Some discretion was applied in both instances as they did in fact run to ratings of 100 apiece.  Fifth placed BONDIBLU was raised from 82 to 88, while SABINA’S DYNASTY drops from 105 to 104 and DYNASTY’S BLOSSOM drops from 93 to 92.  There were no other changes.

  • Track and Ball Derby (Grade 3) 

ROY HAD ENOUGH’s rating remains unchanged on 108 after he came from well off the pace to win the Track and Ball Derby (Grade 3) over 2400m at Scottsville on Saturday.  Here, it was felt by the Handicappers that the ultra-consistent 5th placed horse SILVER ROSE made for the best line horse.

Rating the race this way actually sees the winner, runner-up CHARLES and third placed DAWN ASSAULT all running below their ratings and accordingly all three remain unchanged.  Fourth placed WHITE LIGHTNING was picked up from 80 to 85, well below what he is actually achieving (100).  When considering WHITE LIGHTNING’s adjustment the Handicappers took into consideration that this grey gelding was attempting a new distance category but also considered that WHITE LIGHTNING’s performance here was somewhat ‘out of sync’ with its overall profile.  WHITE LIGHTNING’s future performances will be monitored closely.     

In the only other change, SECRET POTION was given a small drop and goes from 102 to 101.

The National Horseracing Authority has become aware of a claim made by the company Natrofix EQUINE which stated on their website:

“Natrofix EQUINE has been screened and certified by The National Horseracing Authority Laboratory to be safe and free of prohibited substances.”

The NHA Laboratory does not provide a service to test equine products, supplements or feeds for prohibited substance label claims.

The NHA approached the company and informed them that this information was misleading and this claim has now been removed from the Natrofix EQUINE’s website. 


  • The product called “Natrofix EQUINE” has never been tested (screened) by The NHA Laboratory.
  • What did transpire during 2010, the then Chief Executive approved a request for the Laboratory to analyse a sample of a product provided called “GastricFIX”.  
  • We provided a statement to the supplier of “GastricFIX” that the particular sample we analysed did not contain any prohibited substances.
  • Subsequently and after consideration, we became aware that such a result of a particular isolated product sample found not to contain any prohibited substances, could be misconstrued in its implication to be considered a certification that all future batches of a products would not contain any prohibited substances. 
  • For any laboratory or body to provide label claims or a label certification for such an equine product, this implies that every production batch (often also raw materials) must be tested for the full range of substances which form part of the label claim.  There are organisations, such as LG Chemicals in the UK, which provide such a service to horse products, supplements and feed manufacturers. Should the NHA Laboratory be approached, we refer these requests to LG Chemicals.
  • On that basis, the NHA Laboratory ceased to conduct such analyses of any products for commercial companies.

  • Post Merchants (Grade 2)

LA BELLA MIA has seen her rating upped from 97 to 99 after she took full advantage of a light mass to win the Grade 2 Post Merchants over 1200m at Greyville (turf) on Friday, 14 June.   The fact that LA BELLA MIA picked up only a minor adjustment for her win is indicative of the fact that, given her 2.5 kgs sex allowance, she was well weighted in terms of the conditions of the race.

In assessing the Post Merchants, the Handicappers believed that 3rd placed BOLD RESPECT was the correct line horse to use and as such his rating remains unchanged on 112.  Runner-up WYNKELDER also remains unaltered on 101 despite actually achieving a mark of 106, as the specific conditions of the race do not permit placed horses to have their ratings increased.

In other changes, SNIPER SHOT was dropped from 104 to his achieved 103, while SAND AND SEA was also cut by one pound, from 103 to 102.  GREEN PLAINS goes from 103 to 101, SUNSET EYES drops from 103 to 100, SEARCH PARTY drops from 108 to 105, RIVARINE goes from 103 to 101, PRETTY PENNY was cut from 92 to 90, and QUINLAN drops to 109 from 111 (having already been dropped to 110 after his previous race, which was after the issuing of the weights for the Post Merchants and which accordingly did not come into effect for this race.)


The Handicapping Team

 • The National Horseracing Authority Roadshow - Highveld – All Interested Parties Welcome to Attend.

Please note that the NHA will hold the Highveld Leg of the Handicapping Roadshow at The NHA Offices, Turffontein Racecourse on Wednesday 12th June 2019 from 12h00 till 14h00, please RSVP for catering purposes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 011 6839283.


1. Handicapping Methodology – in Brief
2. Handicappers to rate races in view of attendees
3. Discuss the proposed adjustment of the national horse population
4. Questions and Answers

Venue : National Horseracing Authority Offices (Turffontein Racecourse)
Start : 12h00