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Vaal horse racing ceased due to EEF-led protests
The horse racing events scheduled for Thursday at the Vaal racecourse had to be cancelled when the grooms went on a strike at the Randjesfontein training centre on the same day. The grooms at the training centre had approached the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), requesting the board to represent their greivances regarding wages. The negotiations addressing the greivances started on Wednesday and were concluded the next day. Horse trainer Geoff Woodruff said that some of the other trainers had to spend the night in the stables as they had been violently threatened. Woodruff, who had been trapped at the centre for over 36 hours, also mentioned that the grooms had also planned to go into the stables and let all the horses out. On Thursday, the grooms finally agreed on a wage of 1, 000 per week. He went on to say that the authorities would like to pay the grooms higher wages but cannot do so due to financial constraints and alsobecuase of the fact that many horse owners have been considering leaving racing due to the huge cost involved, which would directly affect the centre’s profits. EFF’s Tyrone Mkansi also posted pictures of the protest on his Twitter.
Richard Fahey on his runners at Royal Ascot
Celebrated columnist Richard Fahey believes that his team has shown encouraging signs at the Coventry Stakes. At the Stakes, his first three runners finished in fourth, sixth and ninth positions. Fahey says he almost was sure Vange had a chance to win during the first two strides. Though he did not win, Fahey is excited about Vange’s future ventures and mentioned that he will be stepped up to seven furlongs. While he seemed to be pleasantly surprised about Ninetythreetwenty’s performance, Fahey said that he expected more out of Cosmic Law. He went on to say that he still saw a lot of potential in Cosmic Law and believes that he can do better with further training. Fahey’s Red Balloon is an agile filly, who is now headed for the Weatherby’s Super Sprint at Newbury. Charming Kid, who he described as his “clean-winded horse with plenty of pace”, recently won on his debut at the Dante Meeting. Charming Kid is scheduled to run at Norfolk on Thursday. Fahey said he expected Sands of Mali to draw somewhat lower than 22 for the Commonwealth Cup but nevertheless, he believes that Sands of Mali can perform as fine as a Group One horse and is in anticipation of good results.
Congressional Subcommittee considers Equine Drug Testing Bill
The Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (HR 2651) received its first Congressional hearing since being introduced in May, 2017. The legislation aims at uniformity regarding medication rules in the sport and requires the United States Anti-Doping to form a new board involving industry experts to supervise drug testing and medication issues in horse racing, a job that is currently carried out by state regulators. The bill also demands stopping the practice of race-day medication, which is limited to furosemide in the United States.