NHA APPLIED TODAY FOR A LOCKDOWN EXEMPTION

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NHA APPLIED TODAY FOR A LOCKDOWN EXEMPTION

The chief executive of the National Horseracing Authority (NHA), Vee Moodley, sent an application to government today on behalf of the horseracing industry for an exemption from specific lockdown regulations.

The application has already been acknowledged and forwarded to relevant officials for further consideration, assessment and feedback.

The aim of the document is to encourage government to allow the resumption of operations on May 1 2020 after considering the following principles which pertain to horseracing:

1) horseracing poses a negligible threat to public health.
2) It preserves jobs for the most vulnerable sectors of society
3) It can contribute to the resurrection of the SA economy in a safe and controlled environment
4) it can mitigate against a major animal welfare crisis facing the industry.

The NHA have done their own risk assessment and identified horseracing as a low risk activity as there is limited contact and, furthermore, it is of high economic value.

Moodley has also pointed out during his liaising with government that SA horseracing operated successfully behind closed doors before the national lockdown and is currently operating successfully within the training centres under lockdown conditions.

He also pointed out racing has been operating successfully under lockdown conditions in both Hong Kong and Australia for about three months..

Moodley has informed government that in order to protect the horseracing industry from total collapse they would have to look beyond lockdown.

He did this in the spirit of cooperation and to ensure the preservation of life, coupled with job protection.

He has pointed out the SA horseracing industry has 6000 members who own more than 20,000 horses spread around training centres and stud farms.

The industry has staff of 60,000 employed either directly or indirectly.

He made the important point that among these 60,000 are 5000 grooms and they have specialised skills, so it would be difficult for them to find employment in other sectors of the economy.

Moodley pointed out that all of Summerveld, Randjesfontein, Ashburton and other training centres around the country had followed government recommendations for the lockdown and had shown themselves to be very responsible.

He said, "We are hopeful of a positive response in order to safeguard the horseracing industry and to ensure its sustainability."

Moodley liaises constantly with government officials by both telephone and email so will be kept informed of progress in the matter.

The application for this exemption was a holistic one made on behalf of:

1) the NHA, who manage the general stud book and regulate horseracing, and fall under DAF (the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries).
2) the operators Gold Circle, Phumelela and Kenilworth Racing, who fall under the DTI (the department of trade and industry)
3) The TBA, the RA, the Thoroughbred Horseracing Trust and also grooms, trainers, jockeys, equine veterinarians and farriers.

If a positive assessment is made by the two relevant departments, the application will then be forwarded to the Coronavirus Command Council and from there it will go to the President.

Moodley hopes to have an official response before April 28 which is the day nominations and declarations will be done for for the May 1 racemeeting..

He pointed out that if racing is able to resume on May 1 no interprovincial travelling of either personnel or horses will be allowed. Travel will later be phased in according to government recommendations and regulations.

Moodley said, on another point, that the statistics for the Gold Cup meeting scheduled for August would count towards the new season and not this season.

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1 month 1 day ago #785612 by Muhtiman
...maybe this could be a good time to showcase the industry and run all those inspirational racing promotions ads on TT just in case these govt okes with DSTV go there to take a peek on what our industry is all about....this morning I turn it on and it has a split screen....the wheel and that other Atari like Milnerton sh!t virtual horse race....not really a great way to see things.....:whistle:

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1 month 1 day ago - 1 month 1 day ago #785614 by Mac
For me point 1 is questionable “horseracing poses a negligible threat to public health”.


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1 month 1 day ago #785620 by Dave Scott
Hope it gets the go ahead

To me a bigger threat to SA than the virus, is the lockdown and the rules and regulations being put in place.

If we can just use a bit common sense, it would make such a difference.
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1 month 1 day ago #785622 by Bob Brogan
So i dont think this message will ake trainers and riders feel comfortable..

"He pointed out that if racing is able to resume on May 1 no interprovincial travelling of either personnel or horses will be allowed"

So will racing take place at tracks like the "Free State" Vaal? Can Jocks and Trainers and staff who work at the Vaal on a Thursday then enter and take take rides at Turffontein on the Saturday?

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1 month 1 day ago #785625 by johnnycomelately
johnnycomelately on topic NHA APPLIED TODAY FOR A LOCKDOWN EXEMPTION
Will the July be contested by KZN trained horses only?

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1 month 1 day ago #785626 by Bob Brogan

johnnycomelately wrote: Will the July be contested by KZN trained horses only?


Well under the rules i would imagine , only the jocks and horses already in Durban will be able to compete, sure most of the horses are down already

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1 month 1 day ago - 1 month 1 day ago #785629 by Sammy Silver

johnnycomelately wrote: Will the July be contested by KZN trained horses only?


The majority of the Cape Town raiders are already at Summerveld.

My worry is that the Jhb contingent may not compete!!
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1 month 1 day ago #785631 by Frodo
I think we should just be grateful if any racing is allowed - accept that it will be a 'watered down' Champion Season and just get on with it - if any racing is allowed (and I'm not sure it will be looking at the COVID-19 stats and the Government's way of dealing with it) at least the horses competing will have the opportunity to earn some money - it is still racing, whether A runs against B and C, or X runs against Y and Z
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1 month 1 day ago #785662 by Sylvester
Does not look good for racing! Level 4 whatever that is seems to still hold a very strict line.

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1 month 1 day ago #785664 by Bob Brogan
Doesn`t look good sly, but not sure if they didn`t expect this? Sure they will still go ahead with their application to race behind closed doors?

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1 month 1 day ago #785665 by BATMAN
The way he spoke about sporting events I would be shocked if we got the go ahead. Imagine 1 st may we race,can you imagine the outcry from public

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1 month 1 day ago #785666 by Lionel
Horse racing is different from normal sporting events.

1. No need for large crowds.
2. Limited human interaction.
3. Revenue generated Online.

The other normal risks still apply, as with supermarkets and other essentials.

I think a strong case can be made for it.

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1 month 18 hours ago #785671 by Mac
Even with no public present, racing is still a gathering; a gathering of trainers, stable hands, starters, vets, jockeys. For me, best case scenario 1 June.


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1 month 17 hours ago #785679 by Thor

Mac wrote: Even with no public present, racing is still a gathering; a gathering of trainers, stable hands, starters, vets, jockeys. For me, best case scenario 1 June.


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A gathering spread out across the race course.

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1 month 16 hours ago #785680 by Muhtiman
.....saw the golf okes also bleating....also trying to make a case....want courses to open up and pay maintenance staff generate income as golfers do not pose a risk.....:huh:... fat chance....:S

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1 month 16 hours ago #785684 by Over the Air

Muhtiman wrote: .....saw the golf okes also bleating....also trying to make a case....want courses to open up and pay maintenance staff generate income as golfers do not pose a risk.....:huh:... fat chance....:S


Their argument is as strong as racings Muhti. Its easy to social distance on a golf course. No caddies only carts and no halfway or 19th and I actually think they are golden.

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1 month 16 hours ago #785686 by Lionel
Much much lower risk than a supermarket.
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1 month 15 hours ago #785687 by oscar
My personal feeling is that NHRA made a superb plea to Government to get racing going again, doesn’t matter if it’s not exactly 1st May but maybe during May. Possibly could have put more medical science into it to ensure that it was watertight, employing maybe a team of nurses and Dr to supervise the meetings from the testing, sanitizing and social distancing issues, however if Vee reads this he might want to consider adding that before they review it. Then Good Chance!!!

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1 month 15 hours ago #785689 by Muhtiman

Over the Air wrote:

Muhtiman wrote: .....saw the golf okes also bleating....also trying to make a case....want courses to open up and pay maintenance staff generate income as golfers do not pose a risk.....:huh:... fat chance....:S


Their argument is as strong as racings Muhti. Its easy to social distance on a golf course. No caddies only carts and no halfway or 19th and I actually think they are golden.


.....says he for the elitists.....and sadly racing is in the same boat.....:blush:

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