1.12.2020 05:05 am
The issuing, updating and monthly validation of multiple movement permits are also suspended.
The local horse racing industry was shocked on Monday by the news that as of Tuesday, no permits will be issued for horses to travel to Cape Town from Johannesburg, Durban or Port Elizabeth.
It seemed a little strange to be racing horses again after a lockdown hiatus of nine weeks, but there was one thing that hadn’t changed one bit – Anton Marcus’s amazing dominance of the game in KwaZulu-Natal.
English horseracing’s resumption after being at a standstill for over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic was like “the first day at a new school” Mark Spincer Managing Director of the Racing Division of Arena Racing Company (ARC) told AFP.
English racing will on Monday offer a beacon of hope after months of nationwide gloom when it becomes the first sport in Britain to emerge from coronavirus lockdown.
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.
Horse racing will resume in South Africa from Monday 1 June – throwing a lifeline to a multibillion-rand industry in a state of near-collapse.
The biggest horse race of the weekend is a significant event in more ways than one.
The authority responsible for maintaining Epsom Downs on Tuesday gave its backing to the staging of the Derby and the Oaks after the coronavirus delayed this year’s running of the English classic horseraces.
South African horse racing was ‘days away’ from being obliterated – before the game’s doyenne Mary Slack stepped in with a R100 million rescue package on Friday.
Major horse racing operator Phumelela is likely to apply for business rescue status ‘within a few days’ – plunging the troubled South African industry into chaos.
The planned resumption of horse racing in SA didn’t happen. The Cape Town meeting scheduled for Friday had to be abandoned after the government failed to respond to the game’s entreaties for a green light.
Just assuming that everything is off is not quite true.
The British Horseracing Authority announced Friday a £22 million ($27.5 million) aid package in response to the financial impact of the coronavirus.
The SA horseracing industry has unveiled its battle plan for the year ahead, but it all depends on the lockdown starting to ease from the start of May.