Published: 13 November 2012
There are several major horseracing bodies in regions that fall under the RA umbrella. JSE-listed Phumelela, the National Horseracing Authority (formerly the Jockey Club of Southern Africa), the Racing Trust, The Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the Racehorse Trainers Association, the SA Jockeys Association, the South African Horse Import-Export Council and the National Horse Trust.
The Racing Association's
The most important role of the Racing Association is to represent the interests of racehorse owners in the industry, as well as to promote ownership and ownership awareness. Consequently it monitors stakes allocation and co-hosts feature events. It interacts with Phumelela with regard to member’s facilities, racehorse training facilities and jockeys remuneration as well as with the National Horseracing Authority. The Racing Association also stages an awards function annually at which the outstanding equine and human performance in RA regions are honoured. It is based in The White House at Turffontein.
Listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the middle of 2001, Phumelela is in charge of operating horseracing and tote betting in seven of the country's nine regions. It is responsible for racing and public facilities at the racecourses it manages as well as for staging race meetings at the following venues:
- Turffontein in Johannesburg
- The Vaal near Vereeniging
- Arlington and Fairview in Port Elizabeth
It operates over 200 totalisator outlets and two telephone betting centres as well as training centres in Johannesburg, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and the Vaal. Phumelela and Gold Circle commingle all totalisator bets in South Africa into single national pools under the banner of Saftote and the two horseracing companies own and manage Tellytrack, SA racings exclusive television channel. The company's head office is at Turffontein.
Telephone (011) 681 1500
The National Horseracing Authority (The Jockey Club of Southern Africa)
This body in charge of all aspects of racing control, it regulates and maintains the rule-book and employs the stipendiary stewards, horseracing's policemen, and the handicappers. It also runs an internationally acclaimed laboratory which tests specimens taken from horses who participate at race meetings. Other roles are to maintain the Stud Book and to register all participants in horseracing in South Africa.
Telephone (011) 683 9283
The Racing Trust
The Racing Trust promotes and develops the non-commercial aspects of the sport and sponsors several transformation initiatives, including the local jockeys academy programme and the work riders training programme.
Telephone (011) 783 1250
Other relevant telephone numbers:
John Freeman (Turf Directory): (021) 439 2781
South African Jockeys Association: (011) 907 2400
Racehorse Trainers Association: (011) 683 9205
Thoroughbred Breeders Association: (011) 323 5700
National Horse Trust: (011) 683 4388/9