Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
26 Jun 2020
2:22 pm

Who’s riding who? Epic weekend gets twist of controversy

Mike Moon

Coronavirus pandemic regulations bar jockeys from travelling between provinces during the month of June, leading to some head-butting over jockey bookings for big races.

Jockeys are in high demand due to the Coronavirus regulations barring interprovincial travel

The two ex-champions declared their regular stable jockeys to ride horses at both Saturday’s Turffontein meeting and Sunday’s Greyville fixture – which boast three Grade 1 races apiece. But the suits said no. The problem is, coronavirus pandemic regulations – under which racing was allowed to resume behind closed doors – bar jockeys from travelling between provinces during the month of June. So, riders Gavin Lerena, Lyle Hewitson, Callan Murray and Luke Ferraris won’t be allowed to jump on a plane to Durban to fulfil planned Sunday engagements after competing in Joburg on Saturday. Piling frustration upon frustration, new rules...