Harness Racing New Zealand has made a proposal to increase the threshold level for TCO2 under the Prohibited Substance Regulations.
The remit, which will be put in front of clubs and kindred bodies at next month’s annual conference, if successful, would see the level raised from its current mark of 35.0 to 36.0 mmol (millimoles per litre).
If raised, the threshold would come into line with both Australia, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and other major racing jurisdictions around the world.
The risks associated with false positives are proven to decrease with the raised threshold, with statistical analysis showing that with the higher level, risks would increase from 1 in 15,973 to 1 in 2,021,729.
As a result, Harness Racing New Zealand is also proposing that the increase in the threshold level should also be accompanied by a stronger penalties regime to act as a significant deterrent.
HRNZ Chairman, Gary Allen said “The higher level will mean that any positive will in almost all certainty be the result of an administration of prohibited substances. In simple terms this is cheating, we must retain a level playing field for all participants and trainers who are caught under the new regime should be firmly penalised”.
Following the example of Harness Racing New South Wales – the proposal would see first offence trainers disqualified for a minimum of 2 years. Second offenders would face a minimum of 5 years disqualification and three-time offenders disqualified for a minimum of 10 years.
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