The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Inquiry was held at its offices at Turffontein Racecourse on 16 May 2019.
Trainer Theron was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.2, as read with Rule 73.4.4 and Rule 74.1, in that:
1.1 Mr Theron is the trainer of the horse CHESTNUT TROOP, which is a gelding;
1.2 CHESTNUT TROOP was due to run and, in fact, ran in the 6th race at the Flamingo Park Racecourse on 12 November 2018;
1.3 Prior to the race a specimen was taken from the horse CHESTNUT TROOP;
1.4 Upon analysis the specimen was found to contain testosterone at a level of 174.59 picograms per millilitre of plasma, which is in excess of the accepted threshold of 100 picograms per millilitre of plasma;
1.5 Testosterone is a forbidden substance and also a prohibited substance.
Mr Theron pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was found guilty of the charge.
The Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R115 000 (One hundred and fifteen thousand rand).
Furthermore, CHESTNUT TROOP is disqualified in terms of Rule 72.3.2, however, the conditions of Rule 67.7.8 do not apply as CHESTNUT TROOP ran unplaced.
· Inquiry – Jockey Warren Kennedy
The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 10 May 2019, Jockey Warren Kennedy was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7. The particulars of the charge being that as the rider of YESSIRICANBOOGIE he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to ELNORA at the 800m of Race 3 at the Greyville Racecourse on 3 May 2019.
Jockey Kennedy pleaded not guilty to the charge, however, the Inquiry Board found him guilty as charged and imposed the penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven days.
Jockey Kennedy has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.
· Inquiry – Jockey Serino Moodley
The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Kwa-Zulu Natal on Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Jockey Serino Moodley was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 read with Guidelines E and M of the Guidelines on the use of the crop. The particulars being that Jockey Moodley contravened this Rule and these Guidelines when he struck his mount, RED HERRING more than 12 times and without giving it time to respond in Race 4 at the Scottsville Racecourse on 12 May 2019.
Jockey Moodley pleaded guilty to the charge and the Inquiry Board found him guilty as charged.
The Inquiry Board gave consideration to Jockey Moodley’s record of recent contraventions of Rule 58.10.2 and was of the opinion that an appropriate penalty was to suspend him from riding in races for a period of 7 days.
Jockey Moodley has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.