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Posted 2019-12-13 17:48:05  
Greyville Abandoned as Jockeys Refuse to Ride

STIPES REPORT: Hollywoodbets Greyville,
13 December 2019.

For the information of the Directors of Gold Circle Racing & Gaming and the Chief Executive of the National Horseracing Authority, in accordance with Rule 4.2.3.

I wish to submit the following report on the meeting conducted at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Friday (Night), 13 December 2019. (Following heavy overnight showers, Greyville Turf has been switched to the Poly Track)

Prior to the commencement of this race meeting, an early morning track inspection was conducted in order to assess the condition of the course.

This inspection panel consisted of an Operator Representative, a Stipendiary Steward, a Trainer and two Riders, who agreed to gallop 2 sets of 2 horses.

During the course of these gallops, it was established that, the main area of concern was the 1100m which had not drained as well as other areas on the course.

Consequently, after considering the clear and warm weather conditions, the decision was taken to afford the track an opportunity to dry, and the Track Manager the opportunity to harrow and conduct the necessary maintenance on the track.

Subsequently, upon arrival on course, initially 60 minutes and thereafter 30 minutes before the commencement of the race meeting, an inspection was conducted by the Stewards and Riders, both of which were satisfied with the condition of the track.

However, whilst the horses proceeded to the start, the Riders raised concerns regarding inconsistencies on the track. These concerns were confirmed by the Course Veterinary Surgeon.

Accordingly, the horses were returned to the parade ring and a panel was convened in order to establish the way forward in respect of this race meeting.

During the course of this discussion, it was established that the Riders were of the opinion that the track condition was irreparably inconsistent. Consequently, a decision was taken to abandon this race meeting.

MR D MOODLEY
RACE DAY CHAIRMAN
CHIEF STIPENDIARY STEWARD – KWAZULU-NATAL 

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