Weight-loss rider suspended: WORKRIDER MR VUSUMZI SITHETHO

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an inquiry held in
Johannesburg on 15 September 2020, Workrider Mr Vusumzi Sithetho was charged with a contravention of Rule 72.1.28. The particulars being that at the
Vaal Racecourse on 1 September 2020, he committed a negligent act with
regards to his weight, in that subsequent to weighing out for Race 1 on the
day, he utilised the bathroom facilities which had a direct bearing on his
weight. This resulted in him weighing in after the race at more than half a
kilogram under the weight at which he was declared out at and SHOWDOWN KID being disqualified from the race in question, after an objection that was
lodged by the Clerk of the Scales, was upheld.

Mr Sithetho pleaded guilty to and was found guilty of the charge.

The Inquiry Board was satisfied that there was no evidence of sinister
intent on Mr Sithetho's part to alter his weight. However, his negligent
actions had serious consequences for the Owner, Trainer, betting public and
the image of horseracing in Southern Africa. The Inquiry Board considered
that an appropriate penalty was that Mr Sithetho be suspended from riding in
five Workrider races.


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