Racing cares for its own – but it needs help

Racing cares for its own – but it needs help

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The Racing Association has handed out more than R3.8 million to trainers under severe financial strain from the suspension of racing under lockdown.

The RA, whose remit is to protect the ethos of racing and look after the interests of owners, has come in for much criticism in recent years – for being opaque and ineffectual, particularly during the Markus Jooste era when the now-disgraced tycoon held sway in the game. News that the organisation has given 91 trainers in four provinces R1,000 for each needy horse in their care, for the month of May, has instantly polished the RA’s image. Horse racing, the sport of kings, carries an image of great wealth and, indeed, some rich people do own horses. But there...




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