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Picture  : Horses can only be barred from running at certain racecourses based on NHA rules if such action originates from the NHA itself. (Getty Images)

4Racing Press Release

To all racing stakeholders

NHA Assurance

In response to the speech delivered by Mr. Greg Bortz, the Executive Chairman of Cape Racing, on September 1, 2023, at Kenilworth Racecourse, during which he mentioned the potential barring of certain stakeholders from participating in races at Kenilworth and Durbanville racecourses:

Executive management, senior leadership and stakeholders of 4Racing have received numerous enquiries regarding the veracity of Mr. Bortz’s statement.

In light of the above, a meeting was convened between Mr. Charles Savage, Chairman of 4Racing, Mr. Patrick Duff, Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Gabriel Soma, Head of Racing Operations and Mr. Vee Moodley, the CEO of The National Horseracing Authority. This meeting followed a telephonic discussion between Mr. Moodley and 4Racing’s CEO, Fundi Sithebe, to gain clarity on Mr. Bortz’s comments.

Mr. Moodley affirmed that his stance on the matter had been conveyed to the 4Racing Executive team prior to the speech and remains unchanged: “Any horses barred from entering any racing jurisdiction in the country cannot be excluded based on NHA rules, unless such action originates from the NHA itself.”

Furthermore, the NHA has requested that operators enhance security measures in the pre-saddling. This initiative is currently in progress and is expected to be completed within the month.

4Racing remains wholeheartedly committed to the NHA and comprehends the significance of upholding the integrity and legitimacy of the sport. This commitment is exemplified by our continued substantial support for the regulator while refraining from interfering with its processes.

Charles Savage
Chairman, 4Racing

Directors: Charles Savage, Emma Callister, Fundi Sithebe
Freda Moloi (Company Secretary)