A leaked government notice doing its rounds on social media reflects good news for racing in South Africa.

According to the document, dated 20 May, Level 3 allows for “professional non-contact sports matches, which may only include players, match officials, medical and television crew and two journalists”, which is likely to include horseracing, hopefully from 1 June.

Spectators will not be allowed.

The authenticity of the document could not be verified, but it does contain the type of information and governmental phrases consistent with previous, gazetted documents.

We’ll be hoping, with readers, that we’ll soon be able to watch SA racing on Tellytrack with a drink in hand, but not a smoke – and we’ll leave this as “not offficial” conjecture too, as further rumours have it that President Cyril Ramaphosa will spring a few surprises on the nation tomorrow evening.

Vee Moodley, CEO of the National Horseracing Authority, said he was not able to comment  on the document,  or on the speculation flying about on social media.

He said: “I have not been informed that this is official so I cannot make a press statement. The NHA submitted a revised application for Level 4 and Level 3 and while we were informed that our submission was being considered and discussed at the highest levels – as I’d stated previously – I have not had any news since.”

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