NHA React To Unsubstantiated Rumours About Paul Peter
NHA Press Release
The NHA is aware of the “unsubstantiated serious allegations” after the announcement on 8 September 2022 of Trainer Mr Paul Peter’s decision to relinquish his Trainer’s Licence. The discussions pertaining to his decision was recorded by the NHA in the presence of witnesses. This relinquishment was accepted by the Licensing Committee of NHA to cease, after the race meeting of 10 September 2022 at Turffontein Racecourse (Inside track), with effect from 11 September 2022.
Immediately after the dissemination of the NHA’s press release on 8 September, Executive Management were inundated with telephone calls and there was an absurd number of rumours doing the rounds on multiple platforms. Amongst those was that Mr Peter has had numerous positive specimens from his winners to date and that he was advised by the NHA to hand in his Trainer’s License to make the matter “go away”, despite the absence of any evidence to support or substantiate that rumour. The leadership of the NHA do NOT take lightly to these wild and loose assertions. To set the record straight, Mr Peter requested to see the Chief Executive and NOT the other way around. Due to Mr Peter having wins/places during the month of August 2022 and up until 10 September 2022, the NHA was NOT able to respond to these allegations until ALL the specimens for that period were analysed.
The analysing of all specimens until the above date has now been completed by the NHA Laboratory, which is the only authority permitted to perform such tests in South Africa currently. Please see the prior press releases attached that confirms the accreditation and capabilities of the NHA Laboratory. All outstanding tests and related comprehensive analyses have provided a negative result for any prohibited substances under the Rules of the NHA. The NHA categorically denies all allegations of Mr Peter’s horses competing with prohibited substances and since July 2018 to 10 September 2022 he has had no positive cases of prohibited substances. The allegations are therefore unfounded and entirely baseless.
It is extremely disappointing that malicious rumours of this nature, especially in the current climate that the Horseracing Industry finds itself in, further erodes the credibility and the image of the Sport. The NHA prides itself in ensuring that all governance protocols are adhered to, and the motto of “no fear, favour or prejudice” is strictly applied. The integrity and the legitimacy of the product, that has both local and international customers wagering billions of rands, is paramount in the execution of our duties.
The NHA grants all stakeholders the necessary assurance that the rumours, must be treated as a rumour and no more.
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Danon Platina Ex Maybe Yes – Best Looking Foal This Season?
The above beautiful young Danon Platina colt, who is out of the Grade 2 2014 KZN Fillies Guineas winner Maybe Yes (Tiger Ridge), was born recently at Mauritzfontein Stud.
He is a half-brother to three winners, Septo Optima (Dynasty), Ancestral Prayer (Ideal World) and Definitely Maybe (Silvano).
Ferraris And Winning Icey Land Hattrick Together
The Caspar Fownes-trained Winning Icey had not yet won a race in four starts when Luke Ferraris landed the ride on him on June 22 at the end of last season.
Ferraris is now unbeaten in three starts aboard the Hinchinbrook four-year-old Australian-bred gelding, who is unlikely to stop here.
In Ferraris’ first two rides on him the gelding won by half-a-length and then a neck, both over 1200m.
However, at Happy Valley tonight, again over 1200m, Ferraris had him much handier than usual and the gelding displayed excellent cruising speed just off the lead.
He joined the leader rounding the turn and then accelerated away from them under a driving ride.
They crossed the line 1,75 lengths clear to convert joint favouritism.
It was an excellent effort considering it was the gelding’s first run in class 3 company.
Winning Icey recorded the best time of the four races over that trip on the night.
Now that they have found suitable tactics for him he could go on from here.
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De Melo/Wright Double
Keagan de Melo reached the 50-winner mark for the season when winning the third race on the Alyson Wright-trained Ice And Fire (What A Winter) and he later made it 51 when winning the last on the Wright-trained Ralph The Rascal (Gimmethegreenlight).
His 51 winners have come at a strike rate of 23.94% and he is now 12 winners clear of second-placed Muzi Yeni.
Wright has had five winners this season at a strike rate of 8.06%.
Which great horse’s statue will greet racegoers as they enter Longchamp racecourse for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe?
Picture: A picture of the horse in question (wikipedia).
Turffontein Inside Fields
Today’s Question Answer
Gladiateur (1862–1876) was the first French owned-and-bred horse to win the Epsom Derby and he went on to land the English Triple Crown.
He was trained in Newmarket by Tom Jennings and the fans dubbed him “Avenger Of Waterloo”.
As a three-year-old his wins also included the Grand Prix de Paris, the Prix Royal-Oak and the Newmarket Derby.
His wins as a four-year-old included the Ascot Gold Cup by 40 lengths.
In all he ran 19 times for 16 wins.
One point of agreement was that he was tall and one quote was, “Amongst his Derby competitors, he stood out like a giant in the midst of pigmies.”
Later an English turf writer said he had “strength, grace, sweetness and courage.”