The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an objection was heard at its offices at Turffontein Racecourse on 9 February 2018.

The objection was lodged by a member of the Central Provinces Stipendiary Board in terms of Rule 68.3.4 in that the horse NIGHT SHADOW  ran as the horse TROUBLE MAKER in the 3rd Race at the Vaal Racecourse on 6 February 2018, when this horse had not been entered or accepted for this particular race.

After deliberation, the Board was of the unanimous opinion that it had been established that the horse named NIGHT SHADOW ran in the 3rd Race on 6 February 2018 at the Vaal Racecourse under the name TROUBLE MAKER and accordingly upheld the objection.

In terms of Rule 69.6 the horse that ran as TROUBLE MAKER was disqualified from the 3rd Race on 6 February 2018 at the Vaal Racecourse and the remainder of the horses will be placed relevant to the original placings declared by the judge.

All records pertaining to TROUBLE MAKER in relation to Race 3 on this particular day are to be expunged from the official records.

An inquiry will be held in relation to this incident.

Ed – the press release does not mention that the horse Night Shadow, from the same stable, was down to run later on the same afternoon