AFTER a unanimous call from trainers in KwaZulu-Natal, the National Racing Bureau has issued a notice in respect of changes to certain categories of race on the KZN Race Programme.
“The local guys just aren’t getting runs and are getting stuck with the lower level horses,” commented Paul Lafferty, Chairman of the KZN Trainers’ Association. “While we welcome raiders, we are getting 100 nominations per race.”
1. Bridging of Entry and Declaration Dates: As from 1 August 2016 all minor race Entries will be done one day before Declarations
- Amendment to Racing Operators Condition 22.214.171.124.4.1.
However, in MR74 / FM72 and lower handicaps in KwaZulu-Natal, raiders shall be eliminated first (this to apply on a trial basis from 1 August to 31 December 2016), then Local KZN Trainers shall have the preference of nominating ONE guaranteed runner at declaration stage.
If there are more guaranteed runners than the size of the field requires, elimination will be from the lowest Net Merit Rating upwards.
Should two or more horses have the same Net Merit Rating, Condition 126.96.36.199.6. shall apply. After establishing guaranteed runners, the remaining declarations will constitute a pool, thereafter, elimination of horses in brackets of two or more until Trainers have the same number of horses in the pool, elimination will be from the lowest Net Merit Rating upwards.
Should two or more horses have the same Net Merit Rating, Condition 188.8.131.52.6. shall apply.
Raf Sheik, Gold Circle Executive, said: “It does get difficult because there is no uniform rule across the country. There are currently similar restrictions in place in Port Elizabeth and Flamingo Park. In PE, each trainer is allowed to choose 2 preferred runners in maiden races and 1 in the handicaps. In Flamingo Park, each trainer is allowed to choose 1 preferred runner in the maidens and 1 in the handicaps. There are currently no such restrictions in Johannesburg or Cape Town.
“The KZN restrictions are being implemented for a trial period and will run from 1 August 2016 – 31 December 2016.