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Trainer stood down – TCO2

09:09 AM 10 Jul 2018 NZST
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ON Friday 6 July 2018, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer and Driver licences of Mr Gary Litzow after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from HEEZ PERFECT prior to race 8, THE PETER JACKSON BOOKMAKER MEMBERSHIP DRAW PACE (1980 metres) conducted at Tamworth on Sunday 17 June 2018.

The “B” sample was analysed by the Racing Science Centre (QRIC) in Queensland and was reported below the prescribed threshold.

HRNSW Stewards considered available information, including submissions on behalf of Mr Litzow, prior to the imposition of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183.

Mr Litzow was informed of his right to appeal this decision.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it has also been determined that HEEZ PERFECT, the horse subject of the ARFL certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. This had immediate effect from 28 June 2018.

A date for the Inquiry has not been scheduled at this time.


Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

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