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

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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.


26 Jun 2020
PREMIUM!
Who’s riding who? Epic weekend gets twist of controversy

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...

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