THE National Horseracing Authority (NHA) has confirmed that an Inquiry was held at its offices on Monday 12 September 2016, into the circumstances surrounding an objection which was lodged immediately after the running of the first race at Turffontein on Saturday, 3 September 2016 – Querari Viking vs Nordic Storm.
The Inquiry Board was satisfied that the objection was wholly groundless and was in fact frivolous. That effectively disposed of the objection issue.
The Inquiry Board consisted of Adv D Beasley S.C. (Chairman), Mr R S Napier and Adv A Jordaan. They viewed various films of the race. This took place in the presence of Mr Deanthan Moodley, the NHA’s Legal Counsel (who gave his reading of the race) and the three Stipes who had sat on the Objection Board.
In the course of the discussions which then followed, it transpired that there was no real dispute about the decision to uphold the objection. It was a wrong decision.
During the Inquiry, Stipendiary Steward Mr Thulani Khanyile candidly admitted that, having gone through the films after the date of the incident, he had made a mistake.
In the light of the above findings, the NHA has decided to initiate internal Disciplinary Hearings.
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