Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
29 May 2020
2:13 pm

Racing rejoices at restart

Mike Moon

Joy, relief and determination to save a sinking industry have greeted the news that horse racing is to resume in South Africa from Monday 1 June.

BANKER. Mery has performed well since joining Alan Greeff’s Port Elizabeth stable last May and looks the banker of the day in Race 7 on the Fairview Polytrack today. Picture: Gold Circle

“We’re obviously very relieved and very happy,” said National Horseracing Authority CEO Vee Moodley, who led lobbying of government to get the go-ahead to race again. “We are mainly grateful for the opportunity to try to save 60,000 jobs in the industry – and to continue to provide for 750,000 dependants of those workers. And, of course, to stop the euthanising of these beautiful animals,” said Moodley. With racing revenue badly hit by the two-month lockdown hiatus, many owners and trainers have been forced to reduce stable numbers – by rehoming horses or, in extreme cases, euthanasia. Despite the restart,...