The National Horseracing Authority confirms that it received information through various sources, relating to the possible poor state of thoroughbred racehorses and the conditions that they were being kept under on a farm near Middelburg, Mpumalanga. 

An NHA Official, accompanied by a representative from the Highveld Horse Care Unit visited the farm on Thursday, 27 February 2020 and returned on Saturday, 29 February 2020, with the support of the South African Police Services, armed with a Court Order to confiscate fifteen thoroughbred horses from the farm in question. 

The horses were transported to the Highveld Horse Care Unit, where six of these horses had to be euthanased due to their extremely poor condition. 

Whilst criminal charges are being instituted, the NHA is investigating the matter in line with its commitment to maintaining the highest standards regarding horse welfare.

  • ARF Commemorative Cape Derby (Grade 1)

GOLDEN DUCAT has seen his rating increase from 89 to 110 after he stayed on well to capture the Grade 1 ARF Commemorative Cape Derby over 2000m on the Kenilworth summer course on Saturday 22 February.  The Handicappers were in agreement that runner-up SACHDEV was the correct line horse to use, having appeared to have every chance in the running, and accordingly his rating remains unchanged on 108.

Third placed SUPER SILVANO goes up from 100 to 102, while 4th placed PARTERRE is up from 100 to 101.  Fifth finisher AZORES was the only other horse to receive a ratings increase and goes up from 92 to 99.  Two horses were given a drop, with CANE LIME ‘N SODA down from 100 to 98 and ON MY MIND being cut from 89 to 87.


  • Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)


IKIGAI has seen his rating climb from 114 to 118 after his fluent success in the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas over 1600m on the Turffontein standside course on Wednesday evening 12 February 2020.  The race was postponed from the preceding Saturday because of inclement weather and unsafe conditions. 

The Handicappers were of the view that the very consistent runner-up FROSTED GOLD was the right line horse to use when assessing the Guinea and, as such, his rating remains unchanged on 114.  Third placed GREEN LASER goes up from 96 to 109, while fourth finisher ASTRIX is up from 104 to 108.  Also upped to 108 (from 98) is fifth placed LEOPOLD, while in the only drop made to any horse following this race EDEN ROC is down from 114 to 110.



The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held over the dates of Thursday, 15 August 2019, Thursday, 10 October 2019, and Friday, 31 January 2020, Jockey M Yeni was charged with contraventions of:-


RULE 72.1.26 

In that Mr Yeni made comments during a post-race interview on Tellytrack, after the running of the 4th race run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday 31 July 2019, which might have had the effect of discrediting horseracing and which did or might have brought into disrepute the good name of the NHA. 

Jockey Yeni pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Board after considering the evidence found Mr Yeni not guilty of the charge.

  • The Sun Met (Grade 1)


ONE WORLD has had his rating raised from 130 to 135 following his extremely gallant victory in the Grade 1 Sun Met over 2000m at Kenilworth (summer course) on Saturday 1 February.  The Handicappers were unanimous in their view that the ever-consistent runner-up RAINBOW BRIDGE was the correct line horse to use in assessing the race, and as such his rating remains unchanged on 134. 

There was no change either for 3rd placed HAWWAAM or for 4th finisher TWIST OF FATE, however, 5th placed BUNKER HUNT gets a small increase and goes from 122 to 124.  Several horses received a rating’s drop.  UNDERCOVER AGENT goes from 124 to 122, DO IT AGAIN was dropped from 136 to 135 to make him no higher than the winner, EYES WIDE OPEN drops from 118 to 116, and HEAD HONCHO is down from 126 to 124.


  • Cape Flying Championship (Grade 1)


RUSSET AIR has seen his rating climb from 112 to 123 after he narrowly landed the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship on WFA terms over the Kenilworth 1000m on Saturday.  The Handicappers were all of the view that runner-up BOLD RESPECT was the correct line horse to use here and accordingly his rating remains unchanged on 122. 

Third placed KASIMIR and 4th finisher RUN FOX RUN were also left unchanged on 128 and 122 respectively, and aside from the winner the only change made to any horse in this race was to PACIFIC TRADER, who was trimmed from 125 to 124. 

The National Horseracing Authority is proud to confirm the members of the Stipendiary Board that will officiate at the Sun Met Race Meeting on Saturday, 1 February 2020. 


Ernie Rodrigues - the NHA’s most experienced Stipendiary Steward with some thirty-three years’ in this role, most of which have been in senior positions.  Ernie has been the Chief Stipendiary Steward in the Western Cape since 2010 after being an integral member of the KZN Stipendiary Board for many years, prior to this. 

Nicholas Shearer - after a successful career as a professional Jockey, Nick commenced employment with the NHA in 2007 and has served in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and in the Western Cape as the Deputy Chief Stipendiary Steward since 2014. 

Cecil van As - a vastly experienced Racing man, with a lifetime spent in the industry. Cecil’s career includes race riding at the highest level, being a natural horseman and enhancing the start as the Chief Starter in Cape Town and officiating as a Stipendiary Steward since 2006 in the same region. 

Lyle Anderson- a former Trainer and Administrator that has earned respect as an official tasked with upholding the integrity of the Horseracing Industry.  Lyle has risen to the top of the Stipendiary Steward ranks in a relatively short period of time, largely due to his natural leadership skills. Lyle is the Chief Stipendiary Steward, Central Provinces and recently benefited from spending a fortnight with the Stipendiary Steward panel in Hong Kong. 

Deanthan Moodley - Deanthan is a qualified attorney that has found a career that enables him to utilize his talents and passion. Having started his career as a Stipendiary Steward in Johannesburg, Deanthan has been based in the Eastern Cape as a Senior Stipendiary Steward and presently is the Chief Stipendiary Steward, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Sea Cottage Stakes (Grade 3)


GREEN LASER has had his rating upped from 94 to 96 after his win in the Grade 3 Sea Cottage Stakes for three-year-olds over 1800m at Turffontein (inside track) on Saturday 25 January.  The Handicappers took this view of the race due to the fact that SNOW PALACE and SPERO OPTIMA failed to run to form and consequently used GREEN LASER to the nett figure of 84 which he achieved when finishing third in the Listed Secretariat Stakes (also against three-year-olds) at his most recent start.  With the WFA differential between the 1400m of the Secretariat Stakes and the 1800m of the Sea Cottage Stakes, this has GREEN LASER running to a gross rating of 96 and as such, that was the figure which he has been allocated.  It should be noted that GREEN LASER was weighted to beat CORNISH POMODORO, IMPERIAL RUBY and WHISKYTANGOFOXTROT at these terms. 

Runner-up CORNISH POMODORO goes up from 87 to 91, while third placed IMPERIAL RUBY was raised from 86 to 94.  Fourth finisher WHISKYTANGOFOXTROT goes up from 82 to 84. 

Two horses were given a rating’s drop, with VIRTUOSA being trimmed from 96 to 95 and TIGER’S ROCK dropping from 89 to 85.


In terms of Chapter 4 of the Constitution of The National Horseracing Authority the Nominations Committee, consisting of past chairmen Adv. Altus Joubert, Mr Andrew O’Connor, Mr Larry Nestadt and Mr Jonathan Witts-Hewinson has appointed Dr Ashley Parker to fill the vacancy on the National Board in terms of clause of the Constitution effective from 22 January 2020. 

Dr Parker holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree.  Dr Parker is domiciled in the Eastern Cape and is a registered Owner since 1989 and as a Thoroughbred Racehorse Breeder (Ascot Stud) since 1983. 

Dr Parker served as a Steward of East Cape Racing Club (prior to the Club’s merger with Phumelela) and also as Deputy Chairman of the Eastern Cape Regional Board until 2004 when the Constitution was amended and the Regional Boards were dissolved.  As a qualified Veterinarian, Dr Parker is the Eastern Cape representative on the South African Equine Veterinary Association for the past 20 years. 

The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa welcomes Dr Parker to the National Board.

  • Michael Roberts Handicap (Listed)


G G’S DYNASTY has had his rating increased from 100 to 103 after he won the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap over 1800m on the Greyville polytrack on Sunday 19 January.  The race was scheduled to take place at Scottsville, however, due to heavy rains in Pietermaritzburg, was relocated to Greyville. 

The Handicappers agreed that ultra-consistent third placed BORN TO PERFORM made for the correct line horse, which of course means that his rating remains unchanged, but runner-up TRISTFUL goes up from 108 to 109.  Fourth placed BLACKBALL also runs to his mark despite some traffic difficulties and also remains unchanged. 

Several horses were given a rating’s drop. SILVER ROSE goes from 104 to 103, AMOR ARDIENTE is down from 98 to 97, DARK MOON RISING was trimmed from 114 to 113, NOBLE JOSHUA drops from 98 to 96, TOMMY GRAND is down from 89 to 85, and MARCHINGONTOGETHER goes from 114 to 111.

At the 138th Annual General Meeting of The National Horseracing Authority that took place yesterday, a Member raised the allegations in a letter published on the Sporting Post website.  The allegations concerned the legitimacy of some Members of the Nominations Committee as well as some of the National Board Directors. 

All the allegations were refuted by the National Board and the Management of the NHA who produced supporting documents to the satisfaction of the Members present at the Annual General Meeting.  The question and answer thereto will be recorded in the Minutes of the 138th Annual General Meeting in due course. 

The Members present, whilst in agreement with the general policy of not commenting on social media posts, felt that in this instance the seriousness of the allegations warranted an immediate statement.