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Cape Town Trainer's Licence On The Line
South Africa's National Horseracing Authority has ordered the cancellation of Milnerton trainer John McDonald's licence following the discovery of a number of his horses "showing poor condition and varying degrees of neglect" reports goldcircle.co.za. The NHA also found that McDonald mislead the stewards by intentionally concealing the presence of the horse Fortis, who was subsequently found to be in very poor condition. McDonald pleaded guilty to both charges, but said, "I have appealed. I have been training for 32 years and I have never had any trouble like this before." He is free to continue training until the Appeal Board makes its ruling.