Lucky Lad’s victory in the Gr 1 Gold Medallion was one of the most impressive performances of the season but it also landed Richard Fourie a ten day suspension (Picture: Chase Liebenberg)
S’Manga Khumalo has been handed a 14 day ban for excessive use of the whip and Richard Fourie has been given a ten day ban for his ride on Lucky Lad in the Gr 1 Gold Medallion.
The NHRA said in the statements:
The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on Wednesday, 21 June 2023, Jockey S Khumalo was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, read with Guideline M on the use of the crop. The particulars being that he misused his crop by striking SILVER CLOCK more than twelve times in the entire race during Race 4 at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on 31 May 2023.
Jockey Khumalo pleaded guilty and was found guilty of the charge.
In assessing the penalty, the Inquiry Board considered the aggravating and mitigating factors, as well as Jockey Khumalo’s record pertaining to this type of contravention and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of fourteen days and a fine of R32 500 (thirty-two thousand, five hundred Rand).
Jockey Khumalo was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.
The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 21 June 2023, Jockey R Fourie was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7. The particulars being that whilst riding LUCKY LAD, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to EGYPTIAN MAU (C Zackey) and THE AFRICA HOUSE (S Khumalo) in Race 6, GOLD MEDALLION (Grade 1) at Hollywoodbets Scottsville Racecourse on 3 June 2023.
Jockey Fourie pleaded guilty and was found guilty of the charge.
The Inquiry Board, after considering the evidence presented, ruled that Jockey Fourie be suspended from riding in races for a period of ten days.
Jockey Fourie was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.