Day At The Track

Ex Harness Racing boss speaks out

06:35 AM 03 Feb 2015 NZDT
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Competition for pokie money had been partly met by the NZ Racing Board's TAB getting Class 4 gaming licences allowing it to run its own pokies Pat O'Brien
Competition for pokie money had been partly met by the NZ Racing Board's TAB getting Class 4 gaming licences allowing it to run its own pokies
Pat O'Brien - Former Harness Racing New Zealand Chairman

Ex-Harness Racing NZ boss says he set up trust at centre of allegations to help clubs starved of funding.

A stalwart of the racing industry among those facing claims of a $30 million pokie fraud has spoken of the sport being starved of cash.

Former Harness Racing NZ chairman Pat O'Brien, 82, told the Herald he set up the pokies trust at the centre of the allegations to get cash for race stakes and other purposes after funding dried up.

"The taxes the government take out of it don't leave enough for the clubs to exist on," he said.

Click here to read the full article written by David Fisher for the New Zealand Herald

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