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Racing in South Africa Finally Returns
After a long period of no horse racing in South Africa, where the sport was just one of hundreds of submissions hoping to be allowed special status before general sports returned, an eight-race fixture will be held at Greyville in Durban on Monday. According to tabnews.co.za, the behind closed doors return will be subject to strict protocols put in place for the month of June by the National Horseracing Authority. These include:
- Field sizes will be restricted to 12 runners per race with the exception of all Pattern (black-type) races in which 14 runners will be allowed.
- Jockeys will be restricted to ride in the region of their choice and cannot move between provinces. They will be allowed to make ONE move prior to the commencement of racing.
- The adjusted minimum riding weight in handicap races shall remain at 54kg.
- Horses moving between regions shall NOT be allowed unless a horse is moving to another province on a permanent basis as per the regulations of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
- All horse transport companies must have the necessary permits to move horses between training centres and racecourses.
- The last race must be run not later than 16h45.
- Any persons with (COVID-19) comorbidities shall not be able to attend.