Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
19 Aug 2020
5:01 am

Trots free of lockdown

Mike Moon

Racing rules have been shuffled to ease plenty of the restrictions, but racegoers are still not allowed.

A general view of Turffontein Racecourse during race 6, the TAB / Betting World Dingaans, 30 November 2019, at the Gauteng Summer Cup race day. Picture: Michel Bega

Horseracing’s lockdown rules have been shuffled following the government’s decision to move to Level 2. Notably, jockeys are now permitted to travel freely between racing centres – with the irrational restriction of just one provincial switch a month mercifully a thing of the past. This means the best riders in South Africa are available to partner the cream of the country’s horseflesh at the star-spangled Gold Cup meeting in Durban on 29 August. Sadly, though, racegoers are not yet allowed back onto courses so, as with the Durban July, the Greyville action will take place in front of empty grandstands....