Have the NHRA screwed up?

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Have the NHRA screwed up?

1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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PRESS RELEASE


INTERIM SUSPENSION

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that in terms of rule 91.2, it has imposed an interim suspension on horses owned by Mr Mano Pandaram that were under the care of Trainer Lunga Gilana until 30 November 2022. Consequently, these horses that are in his ownership are suspended with immediate effect pending the determination of an investigation that has been opened. The particulars of the investigation are into alleged irregularities pertaining to the training and veterinary treatment of these horses.

In light of the seriousness of the matter, and the potential ramifications relating to the integrity of racing and the welfare of these horses involved, the Chief Executive and Racing Control Executive made this decision. Mr Pandaram will be allowed access to his horses during this interim suspension period and considering that his trainer Mr Lunga Gilana has relinquished his Trainer’s Licence. Mr Pandaram has been advised to make urgent arrangements to relocate these horses. The NHA will be monitoring the situation closely.



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Re: Have the NHRA screwed up?

1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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Is this the Lunga that was Assistant Trainer to Kom Naidoo in PE?
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is this not Azzie's owner?
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NHRA have sent a correction

PRESS RELEASE


INTERIM SUSPENSION

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that in terms of rule 91.2, it has imposed an interim suspension on horses owned by Mr Mano Pandaram that were under the care of Trainer Lunga Gilana until 30 November 2022. Consequently, these horses that are in his ownership are suspended with immediate effect pending the determination of an investigation that has been opened. The particulars of the investigation are into alleged irregularities pertaining to the training and veterinary treatment of these horses.

In light of the seriousness of the matter, and the potential ramifications relating to the integrity of racing and the welfare of these horses involved, the Chief Executive and Racing Control Executive made this decision. Mr Pandaram will be allowed access to his horses during this interim suspension period and considering that his trainer Mr Lunga Gilana has relinquished his Trainer’s Licence. Mr Pandaram has been advised to make urgent arrangements to relocate these horses. The NHA will be monitoring the situation closely.



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Vee Moodley
Chief Executive
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Re: Have the NHRA screwed up?

1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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is this not Azzie's owner?

Yes, looks like it's only with this trainer the nhra sent a new presser, have took the s away from Characters
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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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would this be the first time a trainer relinquished his licence before sending out a single runner?(according to formgrids no runners)
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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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There's always three sides to a story. From his demeanour in interviews he came across very well spoken and intelligent.

www.sportingpost.co.za/horse-racing/form...ets-record-straight/

A brand new trainer who reported the behaviour of his only owner to the National Horseracing Authority out of concern for possible contraventions of regulations, the welfare of his horses, and his own reputation, has found himself without a licence and on the receiving end of negative publicity that threatens to ruin his dream of running his own yard.
Excited at the prospect of a new challenge and the chance of realising his ambition to become a fully- fledged trainer, the 39 year old Transkei-born Lunga Gila packed up his assistant trainer post in Gqeberha a few months ago, and moved to Gauteng where he was allocated boxes.


Lunga Gila – shocking first experience

Gila came with positive references from a host of respected trainers, and while there were questions asked as to how he managed to apparently ‘jump the prospective tenants queue’ as it were, on a waiting list for boxes at Randjesfontein, he was granted a licence early in November and launched his new yard for the owner.

But on Friday the writing was firmly on the wall, when the National Horseracing Authority reported that they had imposed an interim suspension on horses in the name of the owner, and that were under the care of Gila until 30 November 2022.

This owner has had horses at various top yards over an extended period of time.

The investigation now under way relates to alleged irregularities pertaining to the training and veterinary treatment of the horses. The release states that Gila has relinquished his Trainer’s Licence, a fact that the disappointed horseman vehemently denies and says is simply not correct.

The wording of the release basically paints Gila at worst, as a co-perpetrator.

A senior trainer, for whom he had previously worked, as well as other sources at Randjesfontein, had informed the Sporting Post on Monday already that all was not well, and that the owner-trainer relationship appeared effectively dysfunctional, and that the situation was an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

An exasperated Lunga told the Sporting Post that he was originally so excited to be given horses to train by a man who owned many.

“But unfortunately I was never allowed to be the trainer. The investigation will reveal the truth, but I can record that this owner clearly has aspirations of being a trainer, and even a jockey. My licence made me the person responsible for what happens to the horses and logistics in my yard. But I was in an impossible situation as this owner would not allow me to be the trainer, and told me that he had money and would continue as he chose. He decided on training, medication – and even hired and fired staff! The final straw was a serious legal infringement in terms of my personal signature, which will come out in the NHA investigation. I want to assure the public that I am devastated by the outcome and that none of the horses are malnourished or have been maltreated. I want to clear my name and have done nothing wrong!”

The Sporting Post is endeavouring to reach the owner for comment and to ascertain from the racing regulator as to whether the trainer’s licence being relinquished is in fact accurate, and whether the media release published earlier accurately reflected the position.
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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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According to comments on a previous post about Lunga, the said owner, Mr Pandaram, played a key part in getting his licence.

Why will he jeopardize his career. It does not make sense....
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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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I think this happens in many yards
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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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there is a big difference working with your trainer on race plans ,tactics etc even blinkers or tt jockey selection , distance etc- but some owners actually physically in reality train their own horses under the lap(you will see them at the yard daily) - I have no problem if as an owner you take out an assistant licence and race your horses with a trainer.. many current trainers have gone this route but you can't train unlicensed and use your trainer as a cover should something go wrong re medication welfare etc.
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Re: Have the NHRA screwed up?

1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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The more i am hearing the more i feel sorry for Lunga... More to follow
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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago
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If I recall his horse infinite wonder was nominated for the July i think...that did not go well
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