Racing back behind closed doors

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Racing back behind closed doors

3 years 6 months ago
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PRESS RELEASE

NEW LOCKDOWN LEVEL 3 – RACING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that it has given careful and urgent consideration to the contents of the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address last night, which effectively placed South Africa under NEW adjusted Level 3 Lockdown effective today, 29 December 2020.

In keeping with its mandate to safeguard the wellbeing of its stake holders and interested parties, the NHA shall continue to align its racing behind closed doors protocols in a responsible and robust manner so as to ensure consistency and that Horseracing can continue at minimal risk to all of its participants. Consequently, the regulations and protocols that were instituted before the re-commencement of Racing on 1 June 2020 will be adopted with immediate effect. These include, but are not limited to:-

1. Only persons in possession of an Essential Service Permit will be allowed entrance onto Racecourse property. This return to “Racing Behind Closed Doors” is necessary to limit the gathering of people and to minimise risk to the Essential Service Providers that will sustain the Industry during this period. The Permits that were previously issued by the NHA are timeless and thus are still active.

2. Riders are to be domiciled in one region of their choice for the month of January 2021 and are to relocate to this Province if so required, prior to 4 January 2021. Once a Rider has ridden in a Centre from 4 January 2021, he will be limited to ride in the Centre for the remainder of the month.

3. Field sizes will be restricted to 14 runners, with 16 runners being permitted for Listed and Graded Races.

4. Sweat Box facilities remain strictly off limits.

5. The minimum riding weight remains at 52 kg in Handicap races.

6. The final event on any day will be scheduled to start by 19:00.

7. Any persons with comorbidities shall not be able to attend.

8. The proven non-pharmaceutical measures of wearing of masks, hand sanitizing/washing for at least 20 seconds and social distancing of at least 1,5m apart, is critical and the Chief Compliance Officer, Mr Arnold Hyde, together with his team shall ensure same is done throughout a race meeting. Under the new regulations, the wearing of masks in public is now mandatory. If a person is caught not wearing a mask, on conviction they are liable for a fine and/or be imprisoned for up to six months.

With this second wave, the new variant of this virus is more potent and spreads faster with infections climbing at alarming an rate and people becoming more sick than previously.

Quote from the President last night:

“Unless we act now and unless we act decisively, the number of new infections will far exceed what we experienced during the first wave and thousands more people will lose their lives.”

The two month period that our Industry was shut down between 27 March until 31 May 2020 is still fresh in our memories and this should remind us of the NEED of individual responsibility which shall go a long way in ensuring the growth and sustainability of the horseracing Industry.

The NHA will provide an update around 18 January 2021, based on the President’s address to the nation prior to 15 January 2021.


Vee Moodley
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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

3 years 6 months ago
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This is all welcome and for the best but good, golly gosh would I like to spend a day at the races :)

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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

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Lets hope that in the next few days they can still race, as they said no outdoor events, and yes some of you will say it is not a event, but a week ago they classified the filming of an advert as a event.

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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

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BATMAN wrote: Lets hope that in the next few days they can still race, as they said no outdoor events, and yes some of you will say it is not a event, but a week ago they classified the filming of an advert as a event.

Why would they not be able to race - It's literally GAZETTED !

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3 years 6 months ago - 3 years 6 months ago
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The racing association should relook at their tech stack to make racing more personalised e.g.Owners of the month should, horses of the month should be more publicised.
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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

3 years 6 months ago
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If jockeys cannot travel to another province from 4 January 2020, then the Queens Plate and the Met Race Days will be very interesting for jockey arrangements. Will Anton Marcus be based in the Cape? Will Kennedy partner, Summer Pudding in the Paddock Stakes on Queens Plate Day?

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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

3 years 6 months ago
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Can the Jocks claim their loss of earnings from the NHA?

Because i can`t see anywhere where it says you can`t travel for work!
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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

3 years 6 months ago
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“ Jockeys taking legal representation to NHRA “

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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

3 years 6 months ago
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Bob Brogan wrote: “ Jockeys taking legal representation to NHRA “

Confirmed this morning

Let`s keep our fingers crossed there`s no further restrictions imposed in the future

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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

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7. Any persons with comorbidities shall not be able to attend.

This is also an interesting one. Will trainers, jockeys, racecourse staff and others attending legally have to declare medical conditions like diabetes, blood pressure, etc before entering? I very much doubt none of these people will be affected.

As for the jocks, they must surely be able to travel. Regulations place no restriction on travel
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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

3 years 6 months ago - 3 years 6 months ago
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Haupie wrote: 7. Any persons with comorbidities shall not be able to attend.

This is also an interesting one. Will trainers, jockeys, racecourse staff and others attending legally have to declare medical conditions like diabetes, blood pressure, etc before entering? I very much doubt none of these people will be affected.

As for the jocks, they must surely be able to travel. Regulations place no restriction on travel

ridiculous - I don't have to declare my medical history at a supermarket and there is a much bigger probability I could contract at the shops than racecourse - For the last decade Racing has so few spectators that social distancing is the norm - Please don't pretend you don't have the space to social distance now with only Trainers jocks etc allowed - Any trainers stopping at the one stop garage on the way to the course has more chance of contacting there than on the track considering they interact with 90% of these people on a daily or weekly basis and have not contracted covid en-mass
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Re: Racing back behind closed doors

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www.sportingpost.co.za/2020/12/travel-sa...ylnp8tQUAeGmt-Mi_Y0c

So this is the correspondence between the lawyers. Interesting to see the NHRA trying to make themselves out to be the saviours of the racing industry.

Problem is, they are not acting in accordance with the Regulations. On the law alone, I cannot see the Jocks losing this one... but then, stranger things have been done and decided in court

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