THE Racing Association has announced that it will be providing a subsidy to owners during the lockdown. This grant will apply to all racehorse owners, not only RA members, but excluding KZN.

(Note: The RA recently put together a support package on stakes for all races operated by Phumelela on behalf of owners. Gold Circle did something similar for their owners. This was because our income is generated mainly from the nominations and declarations from races operated by Phumelela as well as a small amount from membership fees. We receive nothing from the membership fees or nominations and declarations in KZN as that goes directly to Gold Circle, therefore as with the stakes support our grant has been directed at the same owners.)

In an RA letter, sent to owners on Thursday, Chairman Brian Riley wrote: “The Directors of the Racing Association are mindful of the impact the current lockdown has on the various stakeholders within horse racing.

“In the absence of racing the RA has decided to provide a subsidy to owners. This grant will apply to all racehorse owners not only RA members. The intention is to provide a fixed amount of R500 per horse for the first two weeks of May, paid to the trainers, specifically to assist with the welfare of the horses on the owners’ behalf. Should racing not resume by May 16th 2020, the RA will automatically pay over another R500 grant to provide relief to the end of May.”

“In order to facilitate this grant, we have devised a simple process to ensure that all administration matters are dealt with promptly and accurately. The subsidy will be paid directly to trainers on submission of a claim made on the owners’ behalf and trainers are required to pass this relief on as a credit to the relevant owner’s account for their May invoice.

“We’ve requested that owners liaise with their trainers directly regarding this claim and that should they not receive the relevant credit to their account at the end of May, we have requested that they inform the RA immediately via natalie@racingassociation.co.za, in order that we may remedy the situation timeously. It is important to note that this relief is only applicable to horses presently in training.

“Trainers are requested to comply with the following procedure:
▪ To submit a claim form to Natalie@racingassociation.co.za on behalf of their patrons. The attached claim form should be completed in full and submitted to the RA at the email address above on or before the 15th of May 2020.
▪ Once the claim is received – the NHRA on behalf of the RA will verify the amount claimed by performing a head count at the yard.
▪ The RA will pay the trainer once the claim has been verified and processed.
▪ Trainers are required to pass the credit to each of the participating owners for the May invoice.

“The Directors of the RA are constantly in talks with all racing stakeholders to find ways in order to ease the impact of the current situation and undertake to communicate their efforts as we move forward in this fluid environment. This relief will be in place for the month of May and will be reviewed thereafter once more information is received regarding the resumption of racing.

“During these difficult times the RA believes communication is even more important to help owners understand what is transpiring. As such we encourage you to engage with us on our website. We commit to respond honestly with whatever information is available to us at that time. Please understand that we cannot comment or respond to issues outside of our control or influence.

“Kindly find the link “Engage with the RA Board” under Quick Links on our website and mark the email for the Board’s attention.”

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