Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
2 Dec 2020
6:10 am

Spat over poultry threatens future of SA horse racing

Mike Moon

Racing will not come to an immediate halt following the shock decision to stop issuing permits for horses to be transported around the country. But the outlook for 2021 is very uncertain.

Queen Elizabeth II’s runner Reach For The Moon was a red-hot 2-5 favourite to win the Hampton Court Stakes, but the colt was given a galloping lesson by Claymore, owned by South Africa’s Mark Slack. Picture: iStock.

The future of horse racing in South Africa is being threatened by an international agricultural trade deal wrangle. Horse export protocols were being used as “a pawn” in a battle between South Africa and the European Union (EU) over poultry exports and imports, said Adrian Todd, MD of SA Equine Health and Protocols (SAEHP), a non-profit company responsible for equine welfare on behalf of government. Racing will not come to an immediate halt following the shock decision to stop issuing permits for horses to be transported around the country. But the outlook for 2021 is very uncertain and the prestigious...