Trainer Leon Erasmus (Jnr) has been warned-off following an inquiry by the National Horseracing Authority (NHA).
The NHA confirmed that at an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on 6 September, and adjourned to 9 September to allow for further investigation, and concluded on 16 September 2019, trainer Leon Erasmus (Jnr) was charged in that as a licensed trainer, and responsible for the care, treatment and training of horses under his control, he failed to provide a reasonable level of care and treatment to a number of these horses who upon examination, were found to be in poor condition and showing varying degrees of neglect.
Erasmus was also charged for intentionally misleading the stewards by concealing the presence of certain horses and thus failing to provide access at his training establishment. These horses were under his care and concealed at the same time as an official stable investigation conducted at his premises on 28 August 2019. Subsequent evidence presented during the inquiry, showed these horses to be in a very poor condition.
After considering the evidence the inquiry board took into consideration the severity of neglect, as well as the fact that Erasmus (Jnr) had intentionally concealed these horses which had prevented the stewards from performing their duties. In determining suitable penalties and giving due regard to the serious welfare and integrity breaches of the rules, Erasmus’s trainer’s licence was cancelled on the first charge and was further issued a warning off on the second charge. A waning off notice means that Erasmus will not be able to set foot in another training centre or on a racecourse.
Erasmus (Jnr) was afforded the Right of Appeal against both the findings and penalties.
By Andrew Harrison