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Canterbury Group Suspected Of Doping Horses

A group of harness racing trainers from Canterbury are being investigated following horse-doping allegations. The sport’s Racing Integrity Unit are currently investigating junior driver/trainer Jesse Alford after onlookers spotted him in the act of administering an unknown substance to two race horses at his Woodend Beach stables late last week. ….

Beloved Jockey Died Of Toxic Drugs Cocktail

A senior coroner has ruled out the likelihood that Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell, who was found dead at his home in Shropshire, England, in June last year, had taken his own life. Said Coroner John Elleray earlier this week, brain injury would have been the probable turning point for ….

All Stars Racing To Disband Come December

Shocking news this week is that New Zealand’s most successful horse racing stable is about to be disbanded. All Stars Racing will officially cease all training and operations on December 31, 2020. According owners and champion harness racing trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, the call to disband follows their ….

Matt Anderson Suspended Over Drug Deal

Former national Kiwi harness racing star and national representative Matthew Anderson has been banned from competing for 6 months following his involvement in a drug deal with two fellow drivers. Anderson had reportedly sold ecstasy, which is in New Zealand classified a “Class B” drug, to two fellow drivers unnamed ….

Bambry Chats About Winner Spring Tide

Chrissy Bambry, Central Districts trainer, has lost no time getting wins on the board at the first of the Lower North Island’s Thoroughbred Meetings after a hiatus enforced by the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Spring Tide, a new addition to the stables, turned out to be an emphatic winner in the ….

NZ’s Hello Youmzain Enjoys Royal Ascot Win

New Cambridge Stud owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay vowed they’d fight back. Even in the middle of an incredibly difficult run of bad luck that saw the esteemed Thoroughbred stud have three stallions drop dead in a matter of months, the pair never gave up. They vowed that one day, ….

Division in Jockey Ranks Over Minimum Weight

The hot debate in the New Zealand racing world right now centres on comments Dean Yendall, the prolific, widely respected jockey, made on minimum riding weight requirements. A clear division in the jockey racks is obvious. This number was raised while we were battling the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, but ….

NZ Racing Hoping for a Trans-Tasman Trade Bubble

Figures in the Thoroughbred Racing industry are coming forward with support for moves towards opening a travel bubble to extend across the Tasman Sea. It will allow for the important sales trade with Australia to restart. Rangitīkei Member of Parliament Ian Mckelvie, National Spokesman for Racing, was pushed for inside ….

Lockdown’s Lessening Sees Horse Racing Return

The financially beleaguered Horse Racing industry has finally been able to reopen after suffering through months of lockdown along with the rest of us. It leads the return of organised sports in the wake of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. A Harness Racing meet recently unfolded, albeit without fans, at ….

English Experience Helped Smith Make Her Mark

Horses played a huge role in her life and the three years that Donna Smith spent in England working and associating with some of the sport’s biggest names were invaluable, says her recent widower, Mike. New Zealand’s equestrian circles and those around the world were left deeply saddened by her ….