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Winter racing is almost upon us and there is another busy week of harness racing coming up with five meetings programmed, starting with the Manawatu harness racing meeting tonight. Auckland has a full 10 race card on Friday night. Then the weekend harness racing heads to both Invercargill and Addington on Saturday and Rangiora race on Sunday.  Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Blair Orange who thought Artstanding would go close to winning at Gore. Artstanding did win and paid $5.50 and $2.00 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Manawatu on Thursday night Blair Orange - Blair thinks Sportscaster is going to be hard to beat at Manawatu in Race 3 Jim Curtin - Jim agrees and says his best drive this week is Sportscaster  at Manawatu in Race 3   Penrith (Australia) on Thursday night Mark Jones - Mark says his best chance this week would be The Bus at Penrith tonight in Race 4   Auckland on Friday night Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Madam Secretary would be his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Double O Heaven as his best drive this week at Alexandra Park in Race 5 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks that Jack Nicholson can go close to winning in Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks that Awhi Mai can go close to winning at Auckland this week in Race 10   Invercargill on Saturday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Scarlett Lane at Invercargill in Race 2 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Cullens Avenue as his best drive this week at Invercargill in Race 5   Addington on Saturday night John Morrison - John says that Ruthless Kayla would be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 4 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks The Director should go close to winning at Addington in Race 8 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive this week is Miss You at Addington in Race 9   Rangiora on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Ildivo is a good chance of winning at Rangiora in Race 1 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best drive this week could be Brightest moment at Rangiora in Race 4 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Tijuana Taxi as his best drive this week at Rangiora in Race 8     Harnesslink Media

Thursday – Cambridge A bit of everything at Cambridge on Thursday night.  The best bet was $100 on The Hulk @ $101 & the second best was $8,818 on Monaro Mia @ $1.55.  Other handy bets were $500 Helena Ideal @ $9.80, $1,000 Spring Campaign @ $4.60 & $250 In The Shadows @ $14.  Thankfully, there were a few misses as well.  $8,888 on All American @ $1.80 was the largest.  $4,500 Lion Rock @ $2, $3,500 Summer Wealth @ $2.40 and $3,000 Pay Master @ $3.70 also missed. Friday – Addington NZ Oaks night saw a few number of big bets placed.  The best of them was $1,000 Over The Love @ $7.  Also pretty good were $6,000 Extreme Stride @ $1.65 and $5,000 Enhance Your Calm @ $1.65.  Plenty of punters happy with other winners in Ohanzee @ $2.20, Enghien @ $1.60-$1.50, and Mach Up in the last @ $1.50-$1.55.  The best backed runner on the night was Elle Mac in the Oaks.  There was close to $40,000 on her from $1.65 into $1.45, the largest bets being $10,000 @ $1.45, $8,000 @ $1.50 and $2,500 @ $1.65.  Also missing were $5,000 Pat's Delight @ $1.85 and $3,000 Another Masterpiece @ $2.20. Saturday – Gore A much quieter day at Gore on Saturday but interesting non-the-less.  Lazarus's little bro scored on debut & was a solid second fav @ $5.50 behind Motu Top Mach @2.60-$2.  Well backed favourites had a good run with Betstars Blue Jean $1.55-$1.60, Schweinsteiger $2.70-$2.60, Pres The Belle $2.70-$3, and Alfie Romeo @ $3 all winning.  Upset winner Maidonthebeach was a better result for us than the one that looked home in Especial, but @ $21 she carried plenty of support and cost us a bit.  Saving our bacon was Whata Razzle Dazzle $19-$21 in the last race where Ideal Breeze @ $3.90-$3.50 and Jakira $4.20-$4.80 carried a tonne of support. Sunday – Oamaru A tough day for us at Oamaru on Sunday.  The best bet was a big one on Dexter to win the Drivers Challenge, $10,000 @ $1.70 with Dexter getting home by 2 points.  The other decent plunge was on Bettor Be Gold.  $1,200 & $1,000 bets @ $3.50 were the largest of a heap on bets that say him close the $2.90 favourite.  Punters also cashed in on One Over Da Stars, The Dominator, Sam Galleon, Boomer Bailey, Buzinga and OK I'm Bad.  Providing us a little relief were $1,700 Neverneverland @ $4.50 and $2,200 Pembrooks Passion @ $1.90 (Top3). Tuesday – Manawatu Blair Orange & Michael House again dominated racing at Manawatu on Tuesday.  The best bets were two $2,000 bets on Apocalypse @ $2.60 and $1,800 on Need Luck @ $2.80.  Dipping out were $5,000 bets on Spirit Of Love @ $3.10 and Whataboyz @ $2.40. Multi of the Week: Addington Friday night:  Ohanzee @ $2.20 Enhance Your Calm @ $1.85 Jesse Duke @ $3.70 Enghien @ $1.60 Shez All Rock @ $3.80 Returned $9,156 HRNZ  

All Stars racing stables grabbed another harness racing Group One tonight when Jesse Duke got over the top of his stablemate and favourite Another Masterpiece to land the spoils in the $170,000 Garrards 2yo Sires Stakes Final. Driven beautifully by co-trainer Mark Purdon, Jesse Duke had to work a bit early to get to the parked position but then had cover from the 700m to the turn as John Dunn attacked the leader Another Masterpiece with his drive Heisenberg.  In the straight Jesse Duke had too much speed for his rivals and got up to beat Another Masterpiece by a head with yet another All Stars runner A Bettor Act running home well for third. Mark Purdon was delighted with the win and said after the race, "He is a good 2yo this one and he got the run to suit. "I had to work a bit more than I wanted early but he has improved and it worked out well. I was probably lucky that John took the sting out of our other one and we managed to capatilise," he said. Jesse Duke paced the 1950m mobile in 2-20.0 and won by a head. The smart colt paced his last 800m in 54.6 with a final 400m in 27.6 seconds.   Harnesslink  Media

Harness racing trainer Don Burrows has been fined $9,000 for producing a horse to race when not free of a prohibited substance (Kavain). The horse in question was Lightworkofit who won at Addington on the 2nd and 23rd of February 2018 but has since been disqualified from both races. Burrows accepted that he has committed a breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule and that it was a serious matter. He was shocked when informed that Lightworkofit had tested positive to Kavain (Kava). He had not heard of it and it was not a substance he would feed to his horses. Kavain is the main kavalactone found mostly in the roots of the kava plant. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative, anesthetic, euphoriant, and entheogenic properties. The Committee was satisfied that a fine of $9,000 is an appropriate penalty in this case. They believed that such a penalty will satisfy the principal requirements of sentencing – that is to say, to punish the offender, to deter the offender and others in the industry and the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in harness racing. Full details below: BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY HELD AT CHRISTCHURCH IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of  Harness Racing IN THE MATTER of Informations Nos. A7222 & A7223 BETWEEN K R WILLIAMS, Racing Investigator for the Racing Integrity Unit Informant AND DONALD GORDON BURROWS of Balcairn, Public Trainer Respondent Judicial Committee: R G McKenzie (Chair) D M Jackson (Committee Member) Venue: Addington Raceway, Christchurch Present: Mrs K R Williams, the Informant Mr D G Burrows, the Respondent Mrs P M A Burrows, Lay Advocate for the Respondent Mr S P Renault, Stipendiary Steward (Registrar) Date of Hearing: 4 May 2018 Date of Decision: 15 May 2018 RESERVED PENALTY DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charges [1] Information No. A7222 alleges that “on the 2nd day of February 2018, the Respondent being the registered trainer of the Standardbred LIGHTWORKOFIT, presented the horse to race in Race 8, the Macca Lodge- Tuapeka Lodge-Denario Breeding Mobile Trot, at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting with a prohibited substance, namely Kavain (Kava) in its system in breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule, Rule 1004 (1A), (3) and (4)”. [2] Information No. A7223 alleges that “on the 23rd day of February 2018, the Respondent being the registered trainer of the Standardbred LIGHTWORKOFIT, presented the horse to race in Race 10, the IRT Mobile Trot, at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting with a prohibited substance, namely Kavain (Kava) in its system in breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule, Rule 1004 (1A), (3) and (4)”. The Rules [3] Rule 1004 of the Rules of Harness Racing provides as follows: (1A) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances (3) When a horse is presented to race in contravention of sub-rule (1A) or (2) the trainer of the horse commits a breach of these Rules. (4) A breach of sub-rule (1A), (2) or (3A) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the . . . prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. [4] The penalty Rule is Rule 1004 (7) which provides as follows: (1) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000.00; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence, for any specific period not exceeding five years. [5] Mrs Williams presented a letter dated 13 April 2018 signed by Mr M R Godber, General Manager of the Racing Integrity Unit, pursuant to Rule 1108 (2) authorising the filing of the information. The Plea [6] Mr Burrows had signed the Statement by the Respondent on each of the information forms indicating that he admitted the breaches. He was present at the hearing of the information. The charges and relevant Rules were read to him, after which he confirmed that he admitted the breaches. [7] The charges were found proved. Summary of Facts [8] Mrs Williams presented the following written submissions to the hearing: 1. LIGHTWORKOFIT is a 12-year-old bay gelding and is trained by Mr Donald Gordon BURROWS. LIGHTWORKOFIT is owned by Mrs P M Burrows, D G Burrows, S C Bavin and M N Bavin. LIGHTWORKOFIT has raced 45 times for 5 wins and lifetime stakes of $34,721 as at 23 April 2018. 2. LIGHTWORKOFIT was correctly entered and presented to race by trainer Mr Donald Burrows at the NZMTC meeting on 2 February 2018. LIGHTWORKOFIT was driven in Race 8, the MACCA LODGE-TUAPEKA LODGE-DENARIO BREEDING MOBILE TROT, by Mr D J Dunn, winning the race and a stake of $5,300. This stake has not been paid out. 3. Following the race, the Stipendiary Stewards ordered that LIGHTWORKOFIT be post-race swabbed. LIGHTWORKOFIT entered the swab box at 9.20pm and Swabbing Steward, Mr M P McCann, obtained a urine sample from the gelding at 9.25pm. The race was programmed to start at 8.56pm. The urine sample was taken in the presence of the Mr Burrows. The urine samples were recorded with the Sample number 139961. Mr Burrows does not contest the taking of the sample. 4. LIGHTWORKOFIT was correctly entered and presented to race by trainer Mr Donald Burrows at the NZMTC meeting on 23 February 2018. LIGHTWORKOFIT was driven in Race 10, the IRT MOBILE TROT, by Mr G D Smith, winning the race and a stake of $5,300. This stake has not been paid out. 5. Following the race, the Stipendiary Stewards ordered that LIGHTWORKOFIT be post-race swabbed. LIGHTWORKOFIT entered the swab box at 9.46pm and Swabbing Steward Mr G Johnston obtained a urine sample from the gelding at 9.50pm. The race was programmed to start at 9.30pm. The urine sample was taken in the presence of Mr Burrows. The urine samples were recorded with the Sample number 81616. Mr Burrows does not contest the taking of the sample. 6. On the 21st March 2018 the New Zealand Racing Laboratory reported Karvain (Kava) was detected in Sample Numbers 139961 and 81636. The Control Samples were clear. 7. On the 22nd March 2018, RIU members Mrs Kylie Williams and Mr Nick Ydgren went to the training establishment of Mr Burrows, 91 Smiths Road, Amberley, and advised him of the positive swabs returned by LIGHTWORKOFIT. 8. Mr Burrows was given copies of the Certificates of Analysis, the Swab Cards, RIU Swabbing Record Book and Race Results. 9. Mr Burrows could not offer an explanation for the presence of Kavain (Kava) in the urine samples taken from LIGHTWORKOFIT at the two race meetings. 10. Mr Burrows confirmed that he was not aware that Kava is a prohibited substance under the rules and does not check with a Veterinarian when using new supplements/products. 11. There are at least two products that are readily available in New Zealand that contain Kava. Mr Burrows had heard of one of the products as his daughter had used it on one of her horses in the past. Both products on their website advise that they contain Kava and that Kava is swabbable under FEI (Federation Equestrian International) rules. Mr Burrows advised that he has not used either product on his horse and none were found on his property. 12. Mr Burrows confirmed that LIGHTWORKOFIT was stood down from racing after breaking at the start in each of the four raceday starts from 17 December 2017 to 7 January 2018. After this Mr Burrows went to a local Rural Supply Company seeking a product to calm his horse. Mr Burrows purchased a product and this was one of the samples tested by the Laboratory and did not contain Kava. 13. The horse then finished 4th, 1st, 10th and 1st in its next four starts. The two wins are the subject of these positive swabs. 14. Mr Burrows does not keep a diary of treatments and keeps the horse feeds and additives in a locked shed. 15. Samples of several products were taken and forwarded to the NZ Racing Laboratory for testing with the Laboratory advising on 10 April 2018 that none of the products contained Kava. 16. Mr Burrows has been training since 1978/79. Mr Burrows has trained 38 winners. 17. Mr Burrows has not previously been charged with a breach of the prohibited substance rule. [9] Mrs Burrows confirmed to the Committee that the Summary of Facts was accepted by Mr Burrows. Informant’s Penalty Submissions [10] Mrs Williams presented the following written penalty submissions: 1. Mr Burrows has pleaded guilty to two breaches of Rule 1004(1A), (3) & (4) after presenting LIGHTWORKOFIT at the races with a prohibited substance in its system, namely Kavain (Kava), at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club meetings on the 2nd February and 23rd February 2018. 2. The penalty provisions that apply in this case are outlined in Rule 1104(7). 1004(7) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. 3. The rules also require the mandatory disqualification of the horse: Rule 1004(8) states: 1004(8) Any horse connected with a breach of sub-rule (1), (2), or (3) shall be disqualified from any race entered and/or liable to a period of disqualification not exceeding five years. 1004D Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested by it any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from that race. 4. Sentencing Principles - The four principles of sentencing can be summarised briefly ● Penalties are designed to punish the offender for his / her wrongdoing. They are not retributive in the sense that the punishment is disproportionate to the offence but the offender must be met with a punishment. ● In a racing context it is extremely important that a penalty has the effect of deterring others from committing like offences. ● A penalty should also reflect the disapproval of the J.C.A for the type of behaviour in question. ● The need to rehabilitate the offender should be taken into account. The first three principles are particularly important here. Relevant Precedents – In addition to the sentencing principles the Judicial Committee should have regard to relevant precedents. There are no previous positive swabs for Kava however the following have points of relevance as to the need to impose a penalty. R.I.U. v J M Whittaker – 17 August 2015 Subject: Caffeine positive with a horse – fined $1,000, costs $1,800. Extract from Whittaker decision: “RIU v L J Justice (2011) where that Committee stated ….. penalties will be imposed for breaches of the rule which will recognise, reinforce and give effect to the pivotal significance of the rule in maintaining the integrity of racing, whether or not culpable conduct is involved. Naturally where culpable conduct is involved, penalties imposed will normally be greater than in cases where such conduct is absent but we think it is wrong and contrary to the intent and purpose of the rule to assume the absence of culpable conduct should attract no, or only a token penalty.” R.I.U. v P M Williamson – 10 December 2012 Subject: Procaine positive with a horse – fined $3,500, costs $350 to JCA. The source of the positive swab was not identified. “Against those factors is the ever-present need to maintain the integrity of and public confidence in harness racing by adequately punishing the breach and deterring Mr Williamson and others from offending in a similar manner in the future.” 5. Aggravating Features – Mr Burrows cannot advise how the Kava came to be in the horse’s system on the two racedays but specifically sought out a product to give a calming effect on the horse without seeking Veterinary advice. The horse then went on to win twice and be placed fourth in its next four starts. The two wins are subject to these positive swabs. Kava is inherently used to produce a drink with sedative, anaesthetic, euphoriant and entheogenic properties. Kava is used for its sedating effects. We are dealing with two positives swabs. The first positive swab was not declared when the second positive swab occurred. 6. Mitigating Factors – Mr Burrows admits full liability as the trainer and admitted the breach at the first opportunity and has cooperated fully throughout the investigation. Mr Burrows has a clear record not having breached this rule. Mr Burrows has been training for over 40 years and has trained 38 winners. Conclusion – The Racing Integrity Unit seeks a monetary penalty of a fine of $10,000. The reason for this figure is that the JCA guidelines, 1st May 2015, have a starting point of $8,000 for a first offence of presenting a horse with a drug in its system. In setting penalty for two breaches this committee can take reference from RIU v A L J Lynch, 16 October 2015. Extract: “In RIU v B Towers (15 May 2015), which related to 2 charges where the Defendant Towers failed to present his horse free of the prohibited substance namely Clenbuterol, the Committee in its written decision considered options for determining penalty for multiple charges. The Committee in Towers referred to RIU v McInerney noting that it was submitted to support the submission that when setting a quantum, the Committee could look to set the financial penalty for the second breach at a level which was half that of the original breach. An approach in line with that adopted in McInerney supports the view that to impose a quantum for each breach, albeit resulting from the same on-going action. As with the Beck decision the circumstances of Towers are slightly different to the present case, albeit the discussion on rationale for decision making offers something for this Committee to consider in determining penalty quantum for all 3 charges.” Mr Burrows has to be given credit for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this inquiry and admitting the breach at the first opportunity. However, the onus is on trainers at all times to ensure that a horse in their care and control is completely drug free when presented at the races. We also seek the disqualification of LIGHTWORKOFIT under Rule 1004(8). 7. The R.I.U. are not seeking to recover any costs in this matter. Respondent’s Submissions [11] Mrs Burrows presented a lengthy written Submission on behalf of the Respondent which is now summarised: 1. Mr Burrows was granted a professional horseman’s licence in 1976. He holds a Public Trainer and a Graduation Driver licences. He has trained a small team of horses for the past 42 years. He is a fully-qualified Farrier, specialising in corrective shoeing. 2. He turned 65 in 2016 and is now semi-retired. He and his wife own a small farm of 15 acres in North Canterbury where he trains horses that they have bred. He is well-respected in harness racing circles and is described by those who know him well as a quiet, reliable professional person who always acts with integrity. He has never come to the attention of the Racing Integrity Unit nor has he ever had a positive swab before. 3. Mr Burrows accepts that he has committed a breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule and that it is a serious matter. He was shocked when informed that LIGHTWORKOFIT had tested positive to Kavain. He had not heard of it. It is not a substance he would feed to his horses. 4. None of the samples of feed and supplements collected from the property registered the presence of Kavain and Mr Burrows has no knowledge of how LIGHTWORKOFIT tested positive to that substance and he certainly did not administer any banned substance. 5. He does not cover his training costs with the small number of horses that he trains. He trains, not for financial gain but for the love of the sport. Neither does he bet on his or any other horses. 6. It was impossible for any notification of the first positive to occur prior to LIGHTWORKOFIT racing again on 23 February, on which date the horse won again, otherwise the horse would not have raced. 7. Mr Burrows pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, was cooperative and assisted willingly in the investigation. He is deeply regretful and he and his wife have suffered much stress. He has no money to pay a fine and a fine will effectively end his 42-year career. 8. Mrs Burrows presented a “Personal Statement” which we do not reproduce here but which we have taken into account in arriving at penalty. 9. Character references were available from a number of named “Harness Racing Stakeholders”. [12] Mrs Burrows then made further oral submissions to the hearing. [13] It would be “catastrophic”, she said for Mr Burrows to have to pay a fine of the amount submitted by Mrs Williams ($10,000). She urged the Committee to take into account the mitigating circumstances that had been put forward. Herself and Mr Burrows had no income at present and the training operation had not made a profit in a decade because of the “depressed” state of the industry. It was accepted that Mr Burrows would have to pay a fine. [14] LIGHTWORKOFIT was a relatively old horse when he began racing and has been a hard horse to manage. He has always been drug-free. Mr Burrows has not had a positive swab in over 40 years in the industry. The Committee needs to signal to the industry that there can be “clemency”. [15] A public apology has been made on social media because she and Mr Burrows were so upset at what had happened. [16] Mrs Burrows stressed that there would not have been a “second penalty” because the horse would not have been racing had they been aware of the first positive. The horse has since won again at Addington on 26 April. [17] Mrs Burrows submitted that a fine of between $3,000 and $5,000 would be an appropriate penalty in the circumstances. Reasons for Penalty [18] The relevant penalty Rule for a breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule is Rule 1004 (7) which provides: Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000.00; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. [19] The starting point for penalty for a breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule is provided in the Penalty Guide for Judicial Committees (effective 1 May 2015). For a first presentation offence, the Penalty Guide starting point is a fine of $8,000. The Penalty Guide provides that “the starting point is just that: movement both above and below may (and usually will) occur”. The Committee believes that the starting point of $8,000 for the first breach is the appropriate starting point in this case. [20] The Committee must, of course, have regard to the fact that Mr Burrows has been charged with two breaches of the Prohibited Substance Rule. Of course, the starting point in the Penalty Guide relates to a single breach. The Judicial Committee in the case of RIU v C D & A D Edmonds (2016), a case which involved one horse and two charges arising from positive swabs two weeks apart, adopted the view that a totality approach was appropriate and took a starting point of $12,000 on the basis of $8,000 for the first breach and $4,000 for the second breach. A similar approach has been taken in other cases involving multiple breaches and, in adopting that totality approach, the Committee is satisfied that $12,000 should be the starting point in this case. [21] The Committee, having established that starting point, is required to take into account aggravating and mitigating factors in the particular case. [22] In the present case, as is the case in many or most other cases of presentation, the source of the prohibited substance, in this case Kavain (Kava), cannot be determined. Mr Burrows denied treating LIGHTWORKOFIT with any product containing that substance and no such product was found on his property. Neither the Informant nor Mr Burrows has been able to point to a likely source of the prohibited substance. The Committee has to deal with penalty on that basis. [23] We cannot find any particular aggravating factors in this case. Mrs Williams in her penalty submissions highlighted an aggravating factor in that Mr Burrows had “specifically sought out a product to give a calming effect on the horse without seeking veterinary advice”. This statement was not challenged by Mrs Burrows, which we take as an acknowledgement that Mr Burrows had treated the horse with a product intended to calm it. However, with no product containing Kavain having been found on the property and in the absence of any other proof, we are reluctant to draw the conclusion that such treatment was the source of the Kavain in the horse’s system. [24] Mitigating factors to which we have had regard are Mr Burrows’ frank admission of the breach, his cooperation with the Racing Integrity Unit during the inquiry and his previous unblemished record over 40-plus years in the harness racing industry. These are significant. [25] We have noted Mrs Burrows’ submissions on behalf of her husband concerning their present financial position and the effect that a fine would have on them. The ability of a Respondent to pay a fine is one factor to which a Judicial Committee would normally have regard in fixing a fine in a particular case. [26] The Committee notes that Mr Burrows accepts that a fine will be payable. However, he is concerned about the quantum of that fine and his ability to meet it. While impecuniosity may be a mitigating factor personal to a respondent, the Committee does not believe that to be the case here. Mr & Mrs Burrows admitted to ownership of a 15-acre farm in North Canterbury and, further, stated that they would accept a fine of $5,000. Those factors suggest that they are not impecunious to the extent that a fine would have a crushing effect on them. For those reasons, and because we have had no detailed financial statement presented in support of those submissions, we choose not to give any weight to financial position in this case [27] From the starting point reached as above [paragraph 19], it is appropriate that Mr Burrows should receive a discount for the mitigating factors referred to in paragraph [23]. Mrs Burrows told us that character references were available. However, she saw fit not to actually produce any to the Committee so, unfortunately, in their absence, we can give no weight to these. [28] After consideration, the Committee fixes the appropriate discount at 25 per cent. [29] In arriving at a penalty of a fine of $9,000, the Committee received considerable guidance from the Edmonds case referred to in paragraph [24] above. A fine of $9,000 is consistent with the fine in that case, in which the facts were very similar. [30] The Committee is satisfied that a fine of $9,000 will suffice to satisfy the general purposes of sentencing which are well-established – to hold the offender accountable for his actions, to promote in the offender a sense of responsibility, to denounce the conduct of the offender and to deter the offender or other persons from committing the same or a similar offence. The Committee has also had regard, as always, to the important consideration of the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in Harness Racing. Disqualification of Horse [31] It is ordered that, effective from 7 May 2018, LIGHTWORKOFIT is disqualified from Race 8, Macca Lodge-Tuapeka Lodge-Denario Breeding Mobile Trot held at the meeting of New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club at Addington Raceway on 2 February 2018. Consequent upon the disqualification, the amended result for the race is as follows: 1st Speedy Command 2nd The Bloss 3rd Tijuana Taxi 4th Star Pride 5th Castleton Tui [35] It is further ordered that, effective from 7 May 2018, LIGHTWORKOFIT is disqualified from Race 10, IRT Mobile Trot held at the meeting of New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club at Addington Raceway on 23 February 2018. Consequent upon the disqualification, the amended result for the race is as follows: 1st Mystical Star 2nd Westar Maggie 3rd Rachmaninov 4th Tijuana Taxi 5th Chivasion [33] In the case of each of the above races, the Committee orders that stakes be paid in accordance with the amended result. Costs [34] Mrs Williams did not seek any costs in favour of the Racing Integrity Unit and, accordingly, no order is made. [35] The hearing took place on a raceday and, in the circumstances, no order for costs is made in favour of the Judicial Control Authority. R G McKenzie CHAIR http://www.jca.org.nz/non-race-day-hearings/non-raceday-inquiry-riu-v-d-g-burrows-reserved-penalty-decision-dated-15-may-2018-chair-mr-r-g-mckenzie     Harnesslink Media

The best horse trained in New Zealand most punters have never heard of faces a daunting Kiwi debut at Addington tonight. Dual Oaks winner Shez All Rock not only has to overcome a second line draw in the $150,000 New Zealand Oaks but her new, red hot stablemate Elle Mac. Shez All Rock might ring a few bells with the keener New Zealand harness racing fans but to many she will be a new name. But there is no doubting her class. She has won seven of her eight starts including the NSW and Victoria Oaks, the two strongest pacing fillies classics in Australia when trained there, so she arrives here already established as the real deal. Shez All Rock is here for a two-race campaign, tonight and the Jewels at Cambridge on June 2, and has joined the All Stars stable after being purchased by clients of former Kiwi trainer Chris Ryder. But she has come a long way to find a horse right next door in the stabling block as her main danger and trainer Mark Purdon admits the cards are in Elle Mac's favour tonight. "Shez All Rock is a very good filly, no doubt about that, so we are stoked to get her, even if she isn't here for that long," said Purdon. "But she is still settling in and she is very much used to the Australian style of racing, where often they go hard the whole way, and because of that she really likes to run. "Whereas our fillies are more used to distance racing and the more relaxed style over here so, with them both drawn the second line this week, you have to think Elle Mac has the advantage. "She is on her home track, has won the Northern Oaks over 2700m and has obviously been with us from day one. "So I am not saying she is the better filly, I guess we will find that out over the next month, but Elle Mac has a lot more in her favour this week." Elle Mac smashed most of her rivals tonight in last week's 1950m Nevele R Final and looks even better suited to 2600m so it is hard to make a case to bet against her, no matter how good Shez All Rock is. Although she will be short odds a Purdon-Rasmussen win in tonight's richest race looks all but a certainty. They have the four favourites in the $170,000 Sires' Stakes Final and Another Masterpiece deserves favouritism for an array of reasons. He has been a constant improver at the highest level, has gate speed and the draw to use it and will only need to perform to the level he did in the Sales Series Pace two weeks ago to go close to winning again. Stablemate Jessie Duke should be fitter for his second in that race while War Dan Delight is something of the forgotten horse in the stable's juvenile bunch. He suffered a virus last month and is still on the way back up but Purdon says on raw ability he rates alongside the two favourites. "They are all very similar but Another Masterpiece is the one who has the form on the board at the moment and the draw. "But if War Dan Delight sits on his back he might run him close." Later in the night, northern trotter Paramount King looks perfectly placed in the $70,000 Sales Series Trot with many of the stars of that grade missing. By Michael Guerin Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald

Another busy weekend of harness racing coming up with the highlight being the premier meeting at Addington on Friday night. There are four meetings this week starting with the Waikato Bay Of Plenty harness racing meeting tonight. Addington has the premier meeting on Friday night and the weekend harness racing heads to Gore on Saturday and Oamaru on Sunday.  Last week the biggest winning dividend in the ringaround selections went to Rory McIIwrick who thought I'm Trouble would go close to winning at Invercargill. I'm Trouble did win and paid $10.10 and $2.30 on the tote.  Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Waikato Bay Of Plenty at Cambridge on Thursday night. Andre Poutama - Andre is going for Gold Rocks as his best drive tonight in Race 2 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks the Dickie trained Cullens Caviar can win Race 9 Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Littlebitoflove as his best chance this week in Race 10 Todd Macfarlane - Todd thinks his best drive tonight would be Vatican Hill also in Race 10   Addington on Friday night John Morrison - John says that Ruthless Kayla would be his best drive this week at Addington in Race 2 Gavin Smith - Gavin says his best chance this week would be Miracle Rising also in Race 2 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Oscar Bonavena as his best drive this week in Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony thinks Gold Orchid would be a place chance this week in the Oaks at Addington in Race 6 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Enghien as his best drive this week at Addington in  Race 7 Cran Dalgety - Cran thinks Funatthebeach is going to be the hardest to beat at Addington in Race 10   Gore on Saturday Blair Orange - Blair says his best drive this week would be Artstanding at Gore in Race 1 Brent Barclay - Brent thinks his best drive this week is Allaboutdreams on Saturday at Gore also in Race 1 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be My Blue Heaven at Gore in Race 2 Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Be Holme By Three at Gore in Race 4 Rory McIIwrick - Rory says that I'm Trouble would be his best drive again at Gore in Race 10 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Cullens Avenue as his best drive this week at Gore in Race 11   Oamaru on Sunday Racechat - Lance thinks that Bicton is a good chance of winning at Oamaru in Race 2 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Stars Tonight should go close to winning at Oamaru in Race 3 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best drive this week could be Flyinova at Oamaru in Race 6 John Curtin - John thinks that Bringitonhome can go close to winning again this week in Race 7   Harnesslink Media

This Week on Trackside – please note this is subject to change Wednesday 8.30pm The Box Seat (TS1) We salute the champ Lazarus who is off on his big OE. Plus we bring you up to speed with all the Harness racing news. #GIANThand Thursday 6am In The Gig (TS1) Forbury Park (TS1) Friday Alexandra Park (TS1) Addington (TS1) Saturday Winton (TS2) Sunday Timaru (TS1)   Waikato Bay Of Plenty  – Thursday 17 May A ten race card starting at 5.10pm. Pick Six guaranteed to $25,000 if struck.   Friday 18 May - Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone There is a lot happening at Addington over the next couple of months. There is definitely something for everyone.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon. SECOND MAY 5-STAR RACE NIGHT – 18 MAY Race 1 approx. 5.00pm Five time honoured races will be held this evening with over $570,000 of stakes up for grabs.  The Group 1 $170,000 Garrards Sires Stakes 2YO C&G Final and Group 1 $150,000 The Breeders FastTrack NZ Oaks Races will be the highlight of the night.  For further information about the fixed odds of the NZ Oaks, please visit https://www.tab.co.nz/racing/#1967.  Be sure to be on track to witness who will win these races.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 18 & 26 MAY AND 14 & 29 JUNE RACE NIGHTS! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. MID-WINTER GREAT OFFICE SHOUT SATURDAY 23 JUNE OR SATURDAY 7 JULY. The Starlets are more than just your standard “sing and stand” act. They are a show piece like you have never seen before.  So get your group together for a great night out and dance the night away!  Evening includes: Drink on arrival (cash bar thereafter or tabs can be arranged on the night), Themed gourmet buffet dinner, Live entertainment from The Starlets $57+GST per person or $566+ GST per table of 10!  CHECK OUT THE FABULOUS STARLETS ON YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlL1bhhdHjA.  Bookings essential, please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/ticket/mid-winter-great-office-shout/ LADIES’ NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY 20 JULY. Our Ladies Night is still happening this year, it has just moved to a new date.  This year will be better than ever, so pencil the date into your calendar and start getting your group together.  All the details and bookings will be available soon. SILVERMOON TACTIX VS NORTHERN STARS – WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 7.40PM.  We are excited that we are an official sponsor of the Silvermoon Tactix again this season.  Spectators are also sponsoring their first home game. So be sure to pop along to Spectators and enjoy our special game day offer.  You can enjoy either a foot-long pizza & drink* for only $15 or a large pizza & 2 drinks* for $30 (*Drink can be house wine/beer or any non-alcoholic drink).  Definitely a winning formula! NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. HURRICANES – FRIDAY 25 MAY 7.35PM. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES – FRIDAY 29 JUNE & FRIDAY 27 JULY Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.  BECOME A MEMBER, OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL OFFER - 15 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 15 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/ RACE MEETING DATE CHANGES We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 25 May transferred to Saturday 26 May. Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July. ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS FROM FRIDAY 11 MAY (5-star Race Meeting) Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/results/051132rs.htm . MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/052632pg.htm  May 26 To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Gore – Saturday 19 May An 11 race card starting at 11.10am.   Oamaru – Sunday 20 May This meeting will be the final opportunity for horses to earn money towards a a place in the 2018 Harness Jewels.   Alexandra Park – French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165. Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Important Harness Jewels info for owners and licence holders Please find below important information for Owners and Licence Holders with connections to horses competing at the 2018 Harness Jewels OWNERS: Entry Tickets Each named owner will be issued with two (2) General Admission tickets via email on Friday 25th May after the final fields are announced. This includes all named syndicate members, who are officially named in a Syndicate that is registered with HRNZ The email address they will be sent to is the email address registered with HRNZ. If HRNZ doesn’t have your email, please send a message to admin@hrnz.co.nz with the horse they are connected to.  Entry Owners are to enter through the main entry off Taylor Street or via the Stables, float park if arriving with horses.  Racebooks will be given out upon entry. Owners are to go to the Info Marquee, located adjacent to the public village, to collect their owners ribbon and drinks voucher for the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar. Owners Ribbons and privileges are also able to be collected between 10am and 4pm Monday 27th May to Friday 1st June from the Cambridge Raceway Office. Privileges Each named owner will receive a drink voucher which can be redeemed in the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar The club have made an entire lounge in the main stand available for Owners, Members and industry participants.  This is located on Level One of the Main Stand. Here, a subsidised cash bar will operate and food options will be available. Owners are also welcome to bring up food from the Public Village Food Trucks. Access is via Owner Ribbon, WBOP Members Badge and HRNZ Licence only This lounge has access to the main grandstand where there will be owners reserved seating in the seating bowl. Access to the Stables Minors All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stables complex. Security will be under instructions to not allow unaccompanied minors to enter. They must remain under the supervision of an authorised adult at all times Owners Owners are reminded to take care when entering the stable complex due to unpredictable nature of horses. All Owners that enter the stables do so at their own risk and agree that they will adhere to any instructions or requests made by the Clerk of the Course, Cambridge Raceway Staff and or members of the RIU. LICENCE HOLDERS Licence holders are reminded to bring their official HRNZ Licence to ensure they gain entry to the course and stabling area. Access to the stables will be via HRNZ Licence, official Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Stable Pass only. Those industry persons who are attending the day in an official working capacity, who are not licenced with HRNZ, may get an official Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass upon entry to the stables via the float park off the Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee representative. Those entering via the stables who are not eligible for a stable pass or who are not HRNZ Licenced or an official owner on the day will be required to purchase a General Admission ticket at the entry to the stables. Purchased online in advance these are $25. There will be no access to the stables from the Grandstand Side unless a driver is in his or her gear, or without showing security an HRNZ Licence, Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass. No exceptions.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

Top harness racing trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen have produced classy filly Elle Mac to win the Gr1 Nevele R Fillies final tonight at Addington Raceway. Elle Mac was dominant in the $134,400 Final for 3yo fillies easily beating All Stars stable mates Bettor Trix (2nd) and Delight In Me (3rd) without being fully extended by driver Natalie Rasmussen. Natalie said on the All Stars website, "All the fillies went terrific in the Nevele R. Elle Mac is just a lovely filly and she seems to be going to another level. "She won really easily and the extra distance of the Oaks next week will actually suit her better. "The other two fillies deserve praise. Delight in Me went a huge race and so did Bettor Trix because she had to do some work early. "It is really satisfying to run like that in G1 races," she said. Elle Mac paced the 1950m mobile in a slick 1-55.4 mile rate with a closing 800m in 55.9 and her last 400m in 26.8 seconds. She will be back at Addington next week for the New Zealand Oaks over the longer trip of 2600m.  All Stars Stables also scored wins with Ohanzee and Sicario during the night with both pacers now looking to head forward to Jewels day on the first Saturday in June.   Harnesslink Media

You may not be able to be in two places at once but Cran Dalgety has two good reasons to try tonight. The Canterbury trainer has winning chances in $290,000 worth of fillies races and he would love to see both. The only problem is one is at Addington in Christchurch, the other at Alexandra Park in Auckland. Dalgety has Sezana in the $150,000 Sales Series Pace for juvenile fillies at Alexandra Park at 5.39pm, where after a brave second against older horses last Friday she looms as a huge chance. But just 2-hours later, Dalgety has one of his stable stars Bettor Joy taking on Elle Mac in the $140,000 Nevele R Fillies Final, where she has the ace draw to test arch rival Elle Mac. "I'd love to see both races because they are the two biggest races of the weekend," said Dalgety. "Sezana is a special horse to us because our son Carter did all the research and chose her from the sales and basically bought him, although he is only 14 so he is not allowed to own a horse so Chrissy [wife] owns him. "She has kept improving with every start and she finds herself in with a real chance tonight so I will definitely fly to Auckland to oversee her earlier in the day and would ideally like to stay for the race. "But that would be pushing it pretty fine to get back to Addington for Bettor Joy, where I think the draw really brings her into play. "So it might even work out I go to Auckland, get Sezana all set up and the leave to get to Addington in time to do the same for Bettor Joy." While Sezana's race lacks the best juvenile fillies it actually adds to the contest, with the four fillies with inside draws all capable of winning. But the Nevele R Final at Addington could be a two-horse race between Bettor Joy and Elle Mac, with Dalgety aware his filly may only have one shot at winning. "I think we have to use the draw and stay in front," he says. "If we let Elle Mac go she could dawdle around and sprint home [last 400m] in 26 seconds and we would have no chance. "So while I haven't spoken to Dexter [Dunn] about it yet I'd say they will be the tactics. "And if we do that and Elle Mac beats us then so be it." Elle Mac might simply be the better filly and looked sharp beating the likes of Sicario at the trials last week but could have to sit parked to win. If the pair do go to war then Dizzy Miss Lizzy could be sitting just in behind them as a perfect place chance and maybe even a blowout hope. On a night where the big money at Addington takes centre stage, the $70,000 Sales Series Trot looks some juicy long-hanging fruit as the three best-performed trotters in the country are missing while NZ Derby winner Sheriff returns against a race-hardened Alta Orlando in the main free-for-all. And at Alexandra Park, anything like the best version of Girls On Film should win the Northern Trotting Oaks while the Breeders Stakes could come down to the standing start manners of the runners. Michael Guerin

Forbury Park  – Thursday 9 May Nine race card starting off at 4.36pm. Don’t forget to check out our oncourse dining options in our Sports Bar and Bistro!   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone It is all go this week at Addington. There is definitely something for everyone, whether it is enjoying the excitement of the races on Friday, cheering on the Crusaders on Saturday and/or shouting your fabulous mother to Spectators on Mother’s Day.  Enjoy reading everything that we have on offer, and we look forward to hosting you again soon.   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters  11 May (5-star Race Meeting) We are excited to welcome the Rt Hon Winston Peters this Friday.  It is fantastic Addington is able to host the Minister for Racing at one of our 5-star Race Meetings.  It is definitely going to be a great night of racing with nearly $400,000 of stakes on offer. Good luck to all the connections and happy punting everyone! NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Be sure to enjoy Spectators amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; http://www.spectators.co.nz/ for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes, please visit;   http://www.spectators.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spectators-All-Day-Menu-Autumn-Winter-2018.pdf. Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 18 & 26 MAY RACE NIGHTS!   TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effective package varies in price, dependent on group size. Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.    Become a Member, or renew your Membership Special Offer - 15 months for the price of 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 15 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/   Race Meeting Date Changes We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 25 May transferred to Saturday 26 May. Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July.   ADDINGTON’S RACING RESULTS from Friday 4 May Whether it is your first win, or multiple wins at Addington, your horse has just won the Met Multiplier $7,500 bonus, or you are targeting the Met Multiplier bonus, it is exciting we all have the opportunity to watch our race(s) again and again.  For last week’s results, please visit; https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/results/050432rs.htm . MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/   UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051832pg.htm  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/052632pg.htm  May 26 To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care, travel safe and we look forward to seeing you soon. From the Addington Team.   Alexandra Park – Friday 4 May Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Winton – Saturday 12 May FINAL WINTON HARNESS RACING CLUB MEETING ON SATURDAY The final meeting of the season for the Winton Harness Racing Club takes place at Central Southland Raceway in Winton this Saturday (12 May) with a ten race programme scheduled from 11.25am. Highlights include the $12,000 Ryal Bush Transport Ltd Nugget Final over 2400m and the Murray Gray Memorial Trot. Admission to the course will be free and on course patrons can also be in to win with two lucky losing ticket draws courtesy of Gypsy Kitchen of Nightcaps after Race 6 on the day.    Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The annual Timaru Mother’s Day race meeting on Sunday 13 May will see the fifth edition of the club’s lady drivers races held at Phar Lap Raceway. Two penalty free lady driver races are programmed to be held at the race meeting, which will be sponsored once again by FLAIR and Brosnan’s Transport. Club President Elizabeth Shand is thrilled with the interest Canterbury female drivers have shown in the event. She says it’s important to the club to celebrate the achievements and support of all females in the harness racing community. “The aim of the day is to highlight women in our industry. We want to recognize and promote not just the female drivers but also the trainers, owners, stablehands and partners that are dedicated to harness racing and are great role models for the next generation,” said Shand. This year’s driving lineup features Kim Butt, Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young and Glenys Chmiel. The mother and daughter combination of Amanda and Sheree Tomlinson will once again add to the spectacle on Mother’s Day, as has been seen in the past between Denise and Sam Ottley.  “We would also like to particularly thank trainers Bruce Negus and Robbie Holmes who have been huge supporters of these races of the years in providing horses for these races on a regular basis,” noted Shand. The club will be providing a 'Ladies Meet and Greet' tent on the day where all female race goers can register on the day for competitions and find out about how they can become a part of the industry. “We will also have a number of female harness racing ambassadors there to help celebrate and respect the diversity and culture of our industry. We will offer information on education, careers and ownership and let people know what is available to them,” said Shand. Activities on the day include the annual Mother’s Day Quiz, a novelty race and prize draws will run throughout the day including the opportunity to win in the Ron Brown Jewellers Gold Watch Sweep. Children will be kept happy on the day too with activities including colouring competitions and the kids’ lucky number competition. Mother’s Day catering will be available oncourse for those who wish to make bookings to bring their family along to enjoy the atmosphere in the Grey Way Lounge. Just contact the club on 03-684-3400.   Important Information for Harness Jewels connections Please find below important information for Owners and Licence Holders with connections to horses competing at the 2018 Harness Jewels   OWNERS: Entry Tickets Each named owner will be issued with two (2) General Admission tickets via email on Friday 25th May after the final fields are announced. This includes all named syndicate members, who are officially named in a Syndicate that is registered with HRNZ The email address they will be sent to is the email address registered with HRNZ. If HRNZ doesn’t have your email, please send a message to admin@hrnz.co.nz with the horse they are connected to.  Entry Owners are to enter through the main entry off Taylor Street or via the Stables, float park if arriving with horses.  Racebooks will be given out upon entry. Owners are to go to the Info Marquee, located adjacent to the public village, to collect their owners ribbon and drinks voucher for the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar. Owners Ribbons and privileges are also able to be collected between 10am and 4pm Monday 25th May to Friday 1st June from the Cambridge Raceway Office. Privileges Each named owner will receive a drink voucher which can be redeemed in the Dunstan Parade Ring Bar The club have made an entire lounge in the main stand available for Owners, Members and industry participants.  This is located on Level One of the Main Stand. Here, a subsidised cash bar will operate and food options will be available. Owners are also welcome to bring up food from the Public Village Food Trucks. Access is via Owner Ribbon, WBOP Members Badge and HRNZ Licence only This lounge has access to the main grandstand where there will be owners reserved seating in the seating bowl. Access to the Stables Minors All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the stables complex. Security will be under instructions to not allow unaccompanied minors to enter. They must remain under the supervision of an authorised adult at all times Owners Owners are reminded to take care when entering the stable complex due to unpredictable nature of horses. All Owners that enter the stables do so at their own risk and agree that they will adhere to any instructions or requests made by the Clerk of the Course, Cambridge Raceway Staff and or members of the RIU.   LICENCE HOLDERS Licence holders are reminded to bring their official HRNZ Licence to ensure they gain entry to the course and stabling area. Access to the stables will be via HRNZ Licence, official Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Stable Pass only. Those industry persons who are attending the day in an official working capacity, who are not licenced with HRNZ, may get an official Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass upon entry to the stables via the float park off the Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee representative. Those entering via the stables who are not eligible for a stable pass or who are not HRNZ Licenced or an official owner on the day will be required to purchase a General Admission ticket at the entry to the stables. Purchased online in advance these are $25. There will be no access to the stables from the Grandstand Side unless a driver is in his or her gear, or without showing security an HRNZ Licence, Owners Ribbon or Cambridge Raceway Stable Pass. No exceptions.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

Tim Williams now has a rich 2yo PGG Sales Open to match the 3yo one he posted with Have Faith In Me with a rather surprisingly easy win in the rich feature at Addington on Friday night. Surprisingly easy because he was so well rated. Tim pushed Another Masterpiece hard enough early to get to the front. He dictated the terms astutely and had enough in the tank that stablemate Jesse Duke in spite of being in the one one, could not match his closing speed and in fact the winner seemed to have plenty left in the tank at the finish. "It was not an absolute plan to go to the front but I wanted to use the draw and the thing with this horse is that he is sensible. If you ask him to go he goes but he doesn't get carried away. Doesn't take too much out of himself and eases back just when you want. That is a big help in races like this" While the race time was a rapid 2.18.6 -last year  The Devil's Own came from off the pace to win in 2.16.5-it was also three seconds faster than Lazarus in 2015-it was the style of the win which suggested Another Masterpiece might be a well named youngster. Tim added to a night to remember by winning the Driver's Challenge even though Nathan steered Semirarmide to a late run to run Tim down in the last. Semiramide is raced in partnership by Natalie's parents Cheryl and Vic Rasmussen, Cheryl's second win on the night.  Jesse Duke got the run of the race but was unable to run his stablemate down. "I was not disappointed with him. Everyone is rating him on that huge run at Auckland but those sort of performances can be misleading. As I said in the preview there is nothing much between these two so the result was not a surprise" Mark said "He was doing his best at the turn but it was just too much for him to make up" Mark underlined how  horses develop at different rates. "I would guess Another Masterpiece was about No 4 among them at home five months or so ago but he has kept stepping up!" Mark's son Nathan  who had his own big moment last night, drove Another Masterpiece in work and  recalled that he was a "quiet achiever" "You didn't get much of a feel that he was special but he always did the times he was set and seemed to do them with a bit up his sleeve"  While the KENNARD SYNDICATES are active at the Yearling Sales and would be expected to play a role in races like this, they have won four of the last six editions of the race.  And how about famed thoroughbred trainer, Jim Gibbs and his wife Anne ? This was their third win in the race since 2014. Quite incredible. The Kennard syndicate who race Another Masterpiece including familiar faces like Kennards, Breckons. Gibbs and  Woodhams.   -All Stars Photo The modern run of success in the race for All Stars started with Isaiah in 2013 followed by Alta Orlando who won for the Gibbs and Neil Pilcher the following year. By coincidence he won last night also. Lazarus and More The Bettor and The Devil's Own have been the other recent winners but Western Cullen had won for Mark and Grant Payne in 2011. Harnesslink Courtesy of All Stars Website http://www.allstarsracingstables.com/

Punters should be careful getting carried away with star juvenile Jesse Duke in the $200,000 feature at Addington tonight.  Because the exciting pacer might be the best freshman in the country, that doesn’t mean he is screwed down to win the richest race of the weekend. Jesse Duke has been stunning in two of his three wins this season and his only defeat came when he was checked into a gallop.  But his path to tonight’s Sales Series Pace has been anything but smooth and that, added to a second line draw, mean his opening price of $1.60 could way prove to be way too short.  Last season’s yearling sales topper copped a virus that was doing the rounds at Auckland Cup time and fell in to win his next start at Addington six weeks ago.  He was then given a break and trialled well without dazzling last week. “He has definitely come on since then and we are a lot happier with him,” says champion trainer Mark Purdon.  “But because he has missed some racing and our other horse (Another Masterpiece) has improved in that time there isn’t much between them.  “We have all seen how good Jesse Duke has been but on their work together on Monday morning I can’t split them.”Another Masterpiece may not have Jesse Duke’s sheer class but he has what at least looks to be a better draw at four on the front line as opposed to Jesse Duke’s two on the second line. “It could be a good draw or a bad one as he probably has to go forward and there could be a lot of speed.  “So that early tempo will be crucial but I don’t favour one of ours over the other.” With the All Stars domination of recent juvenile riches being almost complete it is rare northern youngsters snare a major Addington baby race but they have numbers and class on their side tonight.  Stablemates Star Of Montana (1) and Supreme Dominator (second line) are both up to winning if things went their way while Beaudiene Western (barrier three) has been brave all season and races like Addington will suit, although he might be a horse who makes the race for another by applying the pressure.  Major Express, who beat all three mentioned above at Cambridge last start, has been cruelly handicapped by drawing the outside of the front line for trainer-driver Brent Mangos.  Horses coming out of age group fixtures dropping back into the grades at the one to follow at Alexandra Park tonight as the two premier tracks both race tonight.  Majestic Hurricane (race one) has been racing in the Trotting Derbys but drops back into maiden grade tonight so only a lack of manners would see him beaten.  Something similar looks likely in race five where Forget The Price Tag and All American are also recent Trotting Derbys runners falling well back in grade.   Michael Guerin

Harness racing trainer Kevin Townley has been fined $11,000 for producing a horse to race when not free of a prohibited substance (Ketoprofen). The horse in question was Geen's Girl who won at Addington on the 2nd March 2018 but has since been disqualified. Mr Townley cannot categorically confirm how the Ketoprofen came to be in the horse’s system on race day but believes that a bottle of E-SE may have been contaminated after giving a horse both Ketoprofen and E-SE that was drawn up into the same syringe. Mr Townley believes that after drawing up the Ketoprofen and then drawing up the E-SE some of the Ketoprofen has been forced into the bottle of E-SE. This is the second breach of the same rule this season for Townley who was also fined $7000 back in March this year when another of his horses Well Defined tested positive to Ketoprofen after winning at Geraldine. The Committee was satisfied that a fine of $11,000 is an appropriate penalty in this case. They believed that such a penalty will satisfy the principal requirements of sentencing – that is to say, to punish the offender, to deter the offender and others in the industry and the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in harness racing.   Full details below: BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing IN THE MATTER of Information No. A7221 BETWEEN KYLIE ROCHELLE WILLIAMS, Racing Investigator for the Racing Integrity Unit Informant AND KEVIN DAVID TOWNLEY of Christchurch, Licensed Public Trainer and Open Driver Respondent Date of Hearing: 28 April 2018 Venue: Ashburton Racecourse, Ashburton Judicial Committee: Mr SC Ching (Chairman) Mr GJ Clapp (Committee Member) Present: Mrs KR Williams, the Informant Mr KD Townley, the Respondent Mr R Quirk, Stipendiary Steward (Registrar) Date of Decision: 30 April 2018 RESERVED DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charge [1] Information No. A7221 alleges that: On the 2nd March 2018, Kevin David TOWNLEY, being the registered trainer of the standardbred GEENA’S GIRL presented the horse to race in Race 8, the PAM & IVAN LAWSON HANDICAP TROT, at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting with a prohibited substance, namely Ketoprofen, in its system. This is in breach of the Prohibited Substance Rule, Rule 1004(1A) (3)(4). The Rules [2] Rule 1004 of the Rules of Harness Racing provides as follows: (1) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2) Where a horse is taken, or is to be taken, to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race otherwise that in accordance with sub-rule (1) the trainer of the horse commits a breach of these Rules. (4) A breach of these Rules under sub-rule (2) or sub-rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. [3] Mrs Williams presented a letter signed by Mr MR Godber, General Manager of the RIU, pursuant to Rule 1108(2) authorising the filing of the information. The Plea [4] Mr Townley had signed the Statement by the Respondent at the foot of the information form indicating that he admitted the breach of the Rule. He confirmed this at the hearing. Summary of Facts [5] (1) GEENA'S GIRL is a 4-year-old Brown mare and is trained by Mr Kevin David TOWNLEY. GEENA'S GIRL is owned by Mr Townley’s wife, Mrs M E Townley, Mrs K J Thomas, R N Campbell and G C Rugg. GEENA'S GIRL has raced 20 times for 2 wins and lifetime stakes of $17,237 as at 20 April 2018. (2) GEENA'S GIRL was correctly entered and presented to race by trainer Mr Kevin Townley at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club meeting on 2 March 2018. GEENA'S GIRL was driven in Race 8, the IVAN LAWSON HANDICAP TROT by Ms S Ottley, winning the race and a stake of $5,300. This stake has not been paid out. (3) Following the race, the Stipendiary Stewards ordered that GEENA'S GIRL be post-race swabbed. GEENA'S GIRL entered the swab box at 9.19pm and Swabbing Steward Mr G Johnston obtained a urine sample from the mare at 9.22pm. The race was programmed to start at 9.00pm. The urine sample was taken in the presence of stable representative Mr K Stevens. The urine samples were recorded with the Sample number 133764. Mr Stevens and Mr Townley do not contest the taking of the sample. (4) On the 14th March 2018 the New Zealand Racing Laboratory reported Ketoprofen was detected in Sample Number 133764. The Control Sample was clear. (5) On the 16th of March 2018 Racecourse Investigators Mrs K R Williams and Mr PR Lamb went to the training establishment of Mr Townley, 59 Russley Road, Christchurch, and advised him of the positive swab returned by GEENA'S GIRL. (6) Mr Townley was given a copy of the Certificate of Analysis, Copy of the Swab Card, RIU Swabbing Record Book and Race Results. (7) Mr Townley advised that he took GEENA'S GIRL to the races in his own float and that the mare was one of two horses he had racing that night. (8) Mr Townley could not initially offer an explanation for the presence of Ketoprofen in the urine sample taken from GEENA'S GIRL and could not advise when the mare was last treated with Ketoprofen. (9) Mr Townley keeps a diary in which he enters treatments. There were no treatments recorded for Ketaprofen or E-SE for GEENA’S GIRL, but she was treated with Alamycin on 28 February 2018. Mr Townley does not record all treatments of E-SE as this does not have a withholding time. (10) Mr Townley now keeps his medication in a safe since his previous positive swab with WELL DEFINED on 3 February 2018. One bottle of Key Injection and two bottles of E-SE were in the safe. (11) The bottle of “Key Injection” which contains Ketoprofen was in the safe which noted a 4 day withhold on the box and this was also written on the bottle by the administering Veterinarian. It was written by the Veterinarian on the bottle to use 10ml I/V (intravenously). On the box it states 10ml per 450kg bw (body weight). The bottle was one of two supplied on 26 July 2017. (12) Mr Townley advised that he sometimes treats the horses one/two days out from racing with E-SE. (13) Mr Townley advised that he has previously given horses a mixture of Ketoprofen and E-SE at least 4.2 days out from racing with the products being drawn up into the same syringe. Mr Townley advised that he generally draws up the E-SE first and then the Ketoprofen but he believes that he may have drawn them up the other way around thus contaminating the bottle of E-SE. (14) The bottle of Key Injection and the two bottles of E-SE Injection were sent to the New Zealand Racing Laboratory for testing. (15) Mr Townley advised that GEENA'S GIRL had never had any lameness issues, but he makes a point of going over his horses once they have worked and checks for any muscle soreness or any signs of tying up for which Mr Townley then administers Ketoprofen if needed outside the withholding time. (16) Mr Townley is well aware of the 4.2 day withholding time for Ketoprofen and is particular to adhere to any withholding time of any drug. (17) Mr Townley when administering Ketoprofen always administers 10ml as directed by the Veterinarian. (18) The New Zealand Racing Laboratory advised on 3 April 2018 the results of the three bottles taken from Mr Townley’s safe. The Key Injection bottle contained Ketoprofen with the concentration as stated on the label. One of the E-SE Injection bottles had broken in transportation so could not be tested. Ketoprofen was not detected in the second bottle of E-SE. (19) Mr Townley has had five horses swabbed since the first positive swab with WELL DEFINED on 3 February 2018. Swabs: - WELL DEFINED - 3 February 2018 - positive - RUNNING FREE - 23 February 2018 - clear - GEENA’S GIRL - 2 March 2018 - positive - NURBURGRING - 9 March 2018 - clear - ETHEREAL - 16 March 2018 - clear (pre-race) - RUNNING FREE - 16 March 2018 - clear (pre-race) Mr Townley advised that those that have returned positive swabs were given E-SE while those that were clear were not given E-SE. The 16th of March was the day that Mr Townley was advised of the positive swab returned by GEENA’S GIRL. (20) Mr Townley has been training since 1986/87 initially in partnership with D J Townley and then on his own from 1994/95. Mr Townley has trained over 460 winners. (21) Mr Townley was charged with a breach of the prohibited substance rule in Australia in 2003 for Clenbuterol and was fined $2,000 with a three-month suspension, suspended for 12 months. (22) Mr Townley admitted a breach of presenting WELL DEFINED with Ketoprofen in its system on 3 February 2018 and was fined $7,000. Submissions of Informant on Penalty [6] (1) Mr Townley has pleaded guilty to a breach of Rules 1004(1A) (3)(4) after presenting GEENA'S GIRL at the races with a prohibited substance in its system, namely Ketoprofen, at the New Zealand Metropolitan TC meeting on the 2nd March 2018. (2) The penalty provisions that apply in this case are outlined in Rule 1004(7). 1004(7) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. (3) The rules also require the mandatory disqualification of the horse: Rule 1004(8) states: 1004(8) Any horse connected with a breach of sub-rule (1), (2), or (3) shall be disqualified from any race entered and/or liable to a period of disqualification not exceeding five years. 1004D Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested by it any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from that race. (4) Sentencing Principles - The four principles of sentencing can be summarised briefly ● Penalties are designed to punish the offender for his / her wrongdoing. They are not retributive in the sense that the punishment is disproportionate to the offence but the offender must be met with a punishment. ● In a racing context it is extremely important that a penalty has the effect of deterring others from committing like offences. ● A penalty should also reflect the disapproval of the J.C.A for the type of behaviour in question. ● The need to rehabilitate the offender should be taken into account. The first three principles are particularly important here. (5) Relevant Precedents – In addition to the sentencing principles the Judicial Committee should have regard to relevant precedence. R.I.U. v C & A Edmonds – 31 March 2016 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with two horses – fined $9,000. Extract from Edmonds’decision: “The Committee finds that it was negligent on the part of the Respondents to leave their medication cabinet unlocked and this is an aggravating factor.” NZTR v A Scott – 22 November 2010 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with a thoroughbred – fined $6,000, costs $750 NZTR, $600 JCA. NZTR v K & L Rae – 28 May 2009 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with a thoroughbred – fined $4,000, costs $3,000 NZTR, $500 JCA. NZTR v AW Pike & M Donoghue – 22 August 2008 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with a thoroughbred – fined $6,000. R.I.U v KD Townley - 12 March 2018 Subject: Ketoprofen positive with a standardbred - fined $7,000. R.I.U. v JM Whittaker – 17 August 2015 Subject: Caffeine positive with a horse – fined $1,000, costs $1,800. Extract from Whittaker decision: “RIU v L J Justice (2011) where that Committee stated ….. penalties will be imposed for breaches of the rule which will recognise, reinforce and give effect to the pivotal significance of the rule in maintaining the integrity of racing, whether or not culpable conduct is involved. Naturally where culpable conduct is involved, penalties imposed will normally be greater than in cases where such conduct is absent, but we think it is wrong and contrary to the intent and purpose of the rule to assume the absence of culpable conduct should attract no, or only a token penalty.” R.I.U. v PM Williamson – 10 December 2012 Subject: Procaine positive with a horse – fined $3,500, costs $350 to JCA. The source of the positive swab was not identified. “Against those factors is the ever-present need to maintain the integrity of and public confidence in harness racing by adequately punishing the breach and deterring Mr Williamson and others from offending in a similar manner in the future.” The EVA withholding time of 4.2 days is only a guideline. Veterinary Council of New Zealand v Dr P Casey - 8 July 2013 “In October 2011, a revised list entitled “NZEVA Prohibited Substance Recommended Withholding Times” was issued. Amongst other cautionary statements, it stated: “The information in this list is predominantly derived from NZ practitioner experience and not necessarily from scientific studies with adequate numbers of animals. This guideline includes a buffer time to allow for individual variation between horses’ drug excretion times. The list does not however, account absolutely for the possibility that an individual horse may have a delayed elimination period for a substance because of the slow metabolism of that animal, delayed hepatic conjugational renal clearance, the interaction of more than one treatment use concurrently, the “stepping” of multiply (sic) treatments over days accumulating to high body levels, or the normal statistical variations seen in individuals…. adherence by veterinarians to the administration guidelines in the NZEVA Prohibited Substance Recommended Withholding List will ensure that their obligations under the NZEVA Professional Code of Conduct are being met.” Aggravating Features [7] Mr Townley cannot categorically confirm how the Ketoprofen came to be in the horse’s system on race day but believes that a bottle of E-SE may have been contaminated after giving a horse both Ketoprofen and E-SE that was drawn up into the same syringe. Mr Townley believes that after drawing up the Ketoprofen and then drawing up the E-SE some of the Ketoprofen has been forced into the bottle of E-SE. The amount forced into the bottle would need to be significant to cause a future positive, especially for it to be over the regulatory limit of 100 micrograms per litre. This is unlikely as a half amount of Ketoprofen (5ml) would need to be administered for it still to be in its system on race day two days later or 2.5ml if given one day out. Any ketoprofen would also be diluted by the E-SE that was still in the bottle. The Racing Laboratory reported no presence of Ketoprofen in the bottle of E-SE that was tested with the other bottle being unable to be tested. The same bottle that was previously found on the property after Mr Townley’s positive with GEENA’s GIRL was still present and Mr Townley continued to treat horses without seeking Veterinary advice. This bottle was not purchased for a specific horse but was to be used on any horse in the stable that showed signs of muscle soreness or tie up. Again, at Mr Townley’s discretion. Trainers run the risk of errors and must bear the consequence if they elect to mix and/or self-administer drugs without the continued guidance of a Veterinarian. The bottles of Key Injection were purchased in July 2017, several months earlier. Mr Townley cannot confirm what day he may have treated or when GEENA'S GIRL was last treated with Ketoprofen or E-SE as there is no note in his diary. Mr Townley keeps a diary but admits that he does not always record treatments. Mr Townley previously admitted a breach of the rule only a month earlier with the same drug and the only change he has implemented since then was to put the drugs in a safe. Mr Townley has not improved his recording of any administration as there is no record of GEENA’S GIRL being treated with Ketoprofen or E-SE. Mr Townley was charged with a breach in 2003 for Clenbuterol in Australia. Mitigating Factors [8] Mr Townley admits full liability as the trainer and admitted the breach at the first opportunity and has cooperated fully throughout the investigation. Mr Townley has been training for over 30 years and has trained over 460 winners. Conclusion [9] The Racing Integrity Unit seeks a monetary penalty of a fine of $12,000. The reason for this figure is that the JCA guidelines, 1st May 2015, have a starting point of $8,000 for a first offence of presenting a horse with a drug in its system. This is Mr Townley’s second offence within a month. Mr Townley has to be given credit for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this enquiry and admitting the breach at the first opportunity however the onus is on trainers at all times to ensure that a horse in their care and control is completely drug free when presented at the races. We also seek the disqualification of GEENA'S GIRL under Rule 1004(8). The RIU are not seeking to recover any costs in this matter. Respondent’s Submissions Mr Townley presented the following written submissions; [10] This is a devastating turn of events and to explain it I must return to my previous case in February as the two are intertwined. In the case of Well Defined I was shocked and bewildered as I had no memory of giving him Ketaprofen. I also consulted my diary and there was also no record of it. I “could not offer an explanation for the presence of Ketaprofen in the urine sample taken from Well Defined and could not advise when the gelding was last treated with Ketaprofen”. Shock and circumstances at the time forced me to say, “I must have given it to Well Defined, but I am very sure I did not administer it to him inside the guidelines as I am extremely aware and careful when I have horses racing”. I said this as there appeared to be no other explanation. 10 days after receiving this news I lined up Geena’s Girl and ended up here again. I did not treat Geena’s Girl with Ketaprofen and had no entry in my diary. Who in their right mind would do this after what had just happened and of course knowing we would be swabbed if winning. There is not a shadow of doubt in my mind now as to what has happened. I did not knowingly give Well Defined or Geena’s Girl Ketaprofen at all and my diary was correct in both cases. The cause can only be this: I quite often give my horse injectable vitamin E + selenium known as E-SE. On odd occasions I may get a horse show signs of muscle tie-up and if NOT RACING I will mix ESE and Ketaprofen in one syringe and treat them. I have done this for decades with no problems, but I must always be careful to take the E-SE first, then the Ketaprofen, so as not to contaminate the E-SE. Doing this the reverse way has to be the cause of these two positive swabs with Well Defined getting E-SE about 28hrs before racing and Geena’s Girl I believe about 36hrs. I am guilty of making ONE mistake, genuine human error, causing BOTH of these cases. As we did not realise at the time that this was the cause of Well Defined being positive, I have innocently done the same thing again. During this time, I had several negative swabs with horses I did not give E-SE. I was gutted when a bottle taken by the RIU for testing was broken and my proof gone. I use very little Ketaprofen. Mrs Williams has established that I bought 2 bottles in July 2017 and in 9 months since I have used about 1.5 bottles. 15 doses, which equates to 1 dose per horse in my team over 9 months. I have never given it to a horse less than 4.2 day from a race. It is normally only used on horses not racing. I have been licensed and training for 52 years to reach this low point and sincerely hope you can see this as the result of 1 mistake I have made and have already paid a hefty price for. Respondents submissions on Penalty [11] Mr Townley said he took issue with the aggravating features stated in the Penalty submissions as presented by Mrs Williams, which stated that Mr Townley could “not categorically confirm how the Ketaprofen came to be in the horse’s system on race day”. Mr Townley stated that he now has no doubt at all how the Ketaprofen came to be in the horse’s system. He said there were two things that could prove his point, firstly, the used bottle of E-SE that went away to be tested, as his luck would go, was broken and there was no way to know whether the used bottle of E-SE was contaminated with Ketaprofen as he submitted. The only other way he could get proof was to ask his vet if he could do a blind test on a horse, to which the vets reply was that the RIU would not let him use the lab for testing. Mr Townley stated that the two things that could have proved his explanation were taken away. He said the only way that GEENA’S GIRL had Ketaprofen in her system on race-day was the cross contamination of the 2 bottles where he mistakenly drew the Ketaprofen first, then whilst drawing the E-SE, Ketaprofen contaminated the bottle of E-SE. He said he would normally draw the ESE first and top off the syringe with the Ketaprofen but was certain he had mistakenly reversed this procedure leading to the contamination of the E-SE bottle. He said both WELL DEFINED and GEENA’S GIRL were treated the day before the races with ESE out of the same bottle which he said was contaminated and caused both positive swabs. Mr Townley also took issue with the statement in the Summary of Facts where the RIU stated that such a small amount of Ketaprofen from a contamination would not return a positive reading of 157micrograms per litre, 100 micrograms per litre being the regulatory threshold limit. He submitted a drop could cause a positive. In answer to a question from Mr Townley, Mrs Williams stated that in order for enough Ketaprofen to show above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre, the amount forced into the bottle by cross contamination would have to be significant. She reiterated, as stated in Penalty submissions, that with a 4.2 day withholding time for Ketaprofen, with a standard dose, submitted that at least 1ml would need to be administered the day before the races to show as above 100 micrograms per millilitre. This she said, in her opinion, made contamination of the E-SE bottle unlikely. Mr Townley refuted this and said he knew a lot about Ketaprofen. He submitted that a tiny drop of Ketaprofen would be detectable and cause a positive swab. He also stated that not a lot of testing had been done and there was no science to prove what level of Ketaprofen would show as over the threshold the next day. He said that there was also no science or proof that what he said did not happen. Mr Townley said there was no intent to administer and submitted that both the WELL DEFINED and GEENA’S GIRL cases should be treated as the same case with the same mistake happening with both horses, that being the contaminated bottle of E-SE. He said he made one mistake and got two horses with positives. Mr Townley also stated that he had raced other horses in between the positive swabs which were clear swabs and he had not treated any of those with E-SE. This, he said, supported the cross-contamination explanation he had submitted. He submitted that both positives were from the same contaminated bottle of E-SE. Disqualification of the horse [12] (1) Mrs Williams referred to Rule 1004D of the Rules of Harness Racing which provides: Any horse which has been taken to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race which is found to have administered to it or ingested any prohibited substance shall be disqualified from the race. (2) Mrs Williams said that the winning stake has not been paid out. Mrs Williams sought disqualification of GEENA’S GIRL. (3) The Committee ordered that GEENA’S GIRL be disqualified from Race 5, Pam and Ivan Lawson Handicap Trot, at the meeting of NZMTC held at Addington on 2 March 2018, effective Monday 30 April 2018. As a consequence of the disqualification, the amended result for the Race is as follows: 1st Tehoro Dazzle 2nd Rachmaninov 3rd Chivision 4th Motu Great Sensation 5th Beyond The Horizon 6th Natives Lasting Love The Committee ordered that stakes for the Race be paid in accordance with that amended result. Reasons for Penalty [13] The relevant penalty Rule is Rule 1004 (7) which provides: (1) Every person who commits a breach of sub-rule (2) or (3) shall be liable to: (a) a fine not exceeding $20,000.00; and/or (b) be disqualified or suspended from holding or obtaining a licence for any specific period not exceeding five years. (2) The Committee notes that the maximum fine under Rule 1004 (7) (a) was increased by Harness Racing New Zealand from $10,000 to $20,000 in 2011, reflecting the desire of that body to provide a greater deterrent. In the Committee’s view, penalties imposed for breaches of the Rule prior to March 2011 need to be looked at in the light of that. (3) The principal mitigating factors, to which the Committee has had regard in determining penalty, are Mr Townley’s early admission of the breach and the way in which he has conducted himself throughout the enquiry. (4) Against those factors is the ever-present need to maintain the integrity of and public confidence in harness racing by adequately punishing the breach and deterring Mr Townley and others from offending in a similar manner in the future. (5) The previous breach by Mr Townley in February 2018, a month prior to this breach, is an obvious significant aggravating factor. Mr Townley was then fined the sum of $7,000. (6) Mr Townley’s lengthy submissions on what he believed happened to cause GEENA’S GIRL to have Ketaprofen in her system were taken into consideration. Mr Townley put to the Committee an explanation for the positive for GEENA’S GIRL which he also submitted was the reason for the WELL DEFINED positive to Ketaprofen, being the contamination of the bottle of E-SE. This Committee has doubt and attaches little or no weight with this explanation as the amount of Ketaprofen detected in both horses was above the regulatory threshold of 100 micrograms per litre. We, however, agree with the submissions of the RIU and determined that on the balance of probabilities, it would be highly unlikely that a contamination of the bottle of E-SE, as described by Mr Townley, would produce positive readings of Ketaprofen at the levels detected. It is therefore difficult to know what actually happened to GEENA’S GIRL to have Ketaprofen in her system on 2 March 2018. What is obvious to this Committee is that Ketaprofen has been administered to the mare inside the 4.2 day withholding period to produce a reading of 157 milligrams per litre and that Mr Townley is ultimately responsible for that, however it got into the horse’s system. (7) The Informant has not alleged that Mr Townley had deliberately administered the prohibited substance to GEENA’S GIRL and the Committee has no basis for any finding that he did so. (8) Nevertheless, the Committee finds that Mr Townley was negligent in a number of respects, as submitted by Mrs Williams. Mr Townley had 10 days between the notification of the WELL DEFINED positive and the race in question for GEENA’S GIRL, but only elected to make 1 change to his procedures and routines by way of a medication safe. WELL DEFINED’s positive should have been a “red flag” to Mr Townley to investigate what had led to this. We believe that after a positive is detected in a stable, a prudent trainer would immediately stop all current practices and procedures and engage in a thorough review of these until it could be established what had caused the wrongful administration. We also believe that a prudent trainer should also seek the professional assistance and guidance of a veterinary surgeon and not continue on self-administering drugs until it could be again, established what process had caused the positive. Mr Townley, however, continued on with his established procedures and practices and has found himself with this breach, a second within a month. (9) The JCA Penalty Guide provides a starting point for a 2nd breach of this rule with a 2-year disqualification and a $10,000 fine. The RIU are not seeking disqualification and we, also, are not considering disqualification with this case. Mr Townley was fined the sum of $7,000 for his breach in February 2018, only 1 month prior to this breach for the same drug, Ketaprofen. Having regard to this being the second breach of this Rule by Mr Townley, we adopted the $10,000 starting point and determined that the aggravating factors in this case warranted an uplift in penalty. This we set at $3,000. The mitigating factors are also worthy of consideration, being Mr Townley’s early admission of the breach and his full cooperation throughout the investigation. For these factors, Mr Townley is deserved of a discount which we set at $2,000. (10) Having regard to all of the matters referred to above, the Committee is satisfied that a fine of $11,000 is an appropriate penalty in this case. We believe that such a penalty will satisfy the principal requirements of sentencing – that is to say, to punish the offender, to deter the offender and others in the industry and the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in harness racing. Penalty [14] Mr Townley is fined the sum of $11,000.00. Costs [15] Mrs Williams did not seek any award of costs in favour of the Racing Integrity Unit and, accordingly, no order is made. [16] As this hearing was heard at a race meeting there was no order for costs to the JCA. S C Ching Chairman   Harnesslink Media

Alexandra Park – Friday 4 May   Mid-Winter Christmas. Friday 22nd June, Friday 29th June Friday, 6th July and Friday 20th of July. Join us for our annual Mid-Winter Christmas Party, offering a night of exciting Harness Racing action, a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks aplenty. Mid-Winter Christmas is a great idea for a night out with colleagues, family, your sports team or social club – the more the merrier! Packages start at $68.00- $145.00   Mexican Night is back again Friday May 4th Join us for a fiesta of fun, food and racing action this May! Our annual favourite Mexican Night is back for 2018, and this year we’ve moved to the best seats in the house so you can enjoy an amazing all-you-can-eat Mexican feast, plus traditional entertainment and more, Dining with clients or colleagues? Upgrade to our corporate experience package! with the best view in the house. MEXICAN NIGHT – PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120pp Top level viewing $110pp MEXICAN NIGHT – BUFFET ONLY Prime Viewing $70pp Top level Viewing $60pp   French Night Friday 25th of May Join us for a beautiful French-themed evening in the top of the Park this May. We will have a delicious buffet dinner, featuring premium seafood and classic French dishes, with plenty of wine to top it all off. Come along for a truly charmant evening, with the best view in the house. FRENCH NIGHT | PREMIUM PACKAGE Prime Viewing $120 pp | Top level Viewing $110 pp FRENCH NIGHT | PARK BUFFET Prime Viewing $70 pp | Top level Viewing $60 pp If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via email on dining@alexandrapark.co.nz, or give us a call on 09 631 1165.   Addington Raceway and Events Centre Hello Everyone.    Become a Member, or renew your Membership Special Offer - 15 months for the price of 12! Looking to become a Member, or wishing to renew your Membership? Purchase your 2018-2019 season membership now and receive membership up to the end of July FREE. That's 15 months membership for the price of 12! To become a member please visit http://www.addington.co.nz/members/about-membership/ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Racing, Rt Hon Winston Peters will be at Addington on Friday 11 May (5-star Race Meeting) Enjoy our Trackside Dining package, our ultimate race event experience with our guest speaker Rt Hon Winston Peters. This promises to be a fabulous night so make sure you secure your booking for this special event. Price $80 + GST per person and includes: Premium beverage package which includes wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Platters on arrival with gourmet buffet dinner. Allocated table seating. TAB facilities, trackside TV’s and racebooks.  Contact us on 03 338 9094, or email info@addington.co.nz to reserve your spot for a fun and memorable night out at the races! MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL AT SPECTATORS SUNDAY 13 MAY – For every fabulous mum who dines in Spectators on Mother’s Day will receive a small treat from our chef.  They will also be lucky enough to go in the draw to win a Piazza Doro Hamper.  Please visit; http://www.spectators.co.nz/ for further details.  Please note our ‘Kids Eat Free on Sunday’ offer still applies.  With our sumptuous new menu on offer, there will be something for everyone.  For further information about our mouth-watering dishes,please visit;   http://www.spectators.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spectators-All-Day-Menu-Autumn-Winter-2018.pdf. Pre-bookings highly recommended.  FABULOUS DINING OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 11, 18 & 26 MAY RACE NIGHTS! TRACKSIDE DINING OPTIONS   We have three fabulous packages to choose from.  Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Gold Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining, premium beverage package and effective & innovative marketing. This cost effect advertising price varies. (dependent on group size). Silver Package – Premier viewing, divine four course buffet dining and premium beverage package. $80 + GST per person. Bronze Package – Premier viewing and divine four course buffet dining. $54 + GST per person. $15 A LA CARTE DINING – Choose from five of our divine dishes that are available in the Christian Cullen Lounge, located on level 1 of the Metropolitan Stand. (Gluten free and vegetarian options available). STABLES BBQ – Enjoy a bite to eat from the Stables BBQ. Whether it is a juicy burger or a pottle of chips, your hunger cravings will be satisfied. The BBQ is located at the stables entrance directly beside the Lindauer Lawn. Race Meeting Date Changes We wish to advise the following race date changes. Please note the start times remain the same (all night meetings). Friday 25 May transferred to Saturday 26 May. Friday 15 June transferred to Thursday 14 June. Friday 6 July transferred to Thursday 5 July. NEXT RUGBY MATCH - CRUSADERS VS. WARATAHS –SATURDAY 12 MAY. Spectators is offering an amazing $15 Pizza and Beer Game Day Special, as well as our ever popular $10 Burger and Beer Special! Remember, all Spectators Supporters Club Card members have access to free car parking on the Addington Site (entry to the carpark is off Wrights Road). Enjoy your pizza, or burger and beer with friends, before heading over to the game. Dream result. If you are not a Supporters Club Card member and you would like to join to earn Spectators Dollars, visit www.spectators.co.nz   HEADING TO AN EVENT AT AMI STADIUM OR HORNCASTLE ARENA SOON? - Make sure you pop in to Spectators before the event for a cold drink and delicious food! Spectators has ample free parking as well, you can’t go wrong. NEXT FUNRAISERS AT ADDINGTON RACES (Friday 29 June and 27 July) Our FunRaiser is a great night out and a simple and easy way to raise money for your club, sporting group or child’s/grandchild’s school trip. For every ticket you sell, you keep $10.00 of the ticket price for your fund raising. Our buffet dinner is exceptional value at just $30.43 + GST.  We recommend you charge your guests from $39.00 + GST per person.    Bookings essential, phone 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz.  MET MULTIPLIER $7,500 BONUS – HAVE YOU WON THIS YET? Be sure to remember what the Met Multiplier could mean to you when thinking about where to race your horse(s) over the coming months!   WHAT IS IT? A $7,500 Bonus ($5,000 to the owner(s)/$2,500 to the trainer). HOW DO I GET IT? - Start a horse at NZMTC Meetings a minimum of 15 TIMES over a rolling 12 MONTH period and WIN or dead heat in just ONE of these starts.  For full terms & conditions for all of the above please view addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/ UPCOMING RACE MEETING PROGRAMMES AT THE NZMTC https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051132pg.htm  May 11 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/051832pg.htm  May 18 (5 Star Meeting) https://infohorse.hrnz.co.nz/datahr/programmes/052632pg.htm  May 26 We look forward to hosting you soon. To contact us about any of the above please call 03 338 9094 or email info@addington.co.nz Take care and travel safe. From the Addington Team.   Invercargill – Saturday 5 May The Invercargill Harness Racing Club host an eleven race programme at Ascot Park Raceway in Invercargill this Saturday (5 May). The day is also the opening day of duck shooting here in the south so what better day for the ladies to gather a few friends and have their own day out at the races.The first race is scheduled for 11.23am and the last at 4.58pm. A Level One Restaurant & Bar voucher to the value of $50 will be won by lucky draw from all losing tote tickets after Race 6 at 2.02pm while also after Race 6 a free bag of lollies will be handed out to all the children on course at Punters Corner in the public grandstand. Other southern harness racing dates to the end of the season are as follows: Winton Harness Racing Club - 12 May Gore Harness Racing Club - 19 May Invercargill Harness Racing Club 26 May, 4 June and 9 June.   Timaru HRC – Mother’s Day Meeting 13 May The Timaru HRC is thrilled to advise that the following female drivers will take part in their annual Mother’s Day female driver races on May 13: Kirstin Barclay, Kimberley Butt , Katie Cox, Ineka Lee, Amber Lethaby, Laura McKay, Lauren Lester, Mikyala Lewis, Sarah O'Reilly, Sam Ottley, Charlotte Purvis, Olivia Thornley, Amanda Tomlinson, Sheree Tomlinson, Jess Young. Emergency: Glenys Chmiel The drivers contacted have been very excited about being involved, especially the young new horsewomen coming through the ranks. It is also pleasing to highlight our experienced women drivers who are having a good driving season e.g. Amber Lethaby, Katie Cox, Sam Ottley.   Motukarara Workouts and Trials Please note that following this weekend there will not be workouts held at Motukarara during May, June and July.    HRNZ Marketing

Next season’s Harness Racing showcase - the Harness Jewels, will not be at Ashburton next season but up the road at Addington in Christchurch. The decision was made by the HRNZ Board last week after it was presented with proposals from the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club and Ashburton Trotting Club. “In the end the decision wasn’t too difficult to make. It came down to a number of factors. Perhaps the most compiling fact is that the Ashburton Club is going through a transition phase in terms of their management and their club. I don’t think the Board was instilled with confidence for them to run the event. Addington have a good track record of putting on big events,” said HRNZ Chairman Ken Spicer. The first ever Harness Jewels were held at Ashburton in 2007 and from that point on it’s been the preferred South Island host every second year. The event was great for the town and Spicer says the Ashburton TC may reapply to host the event again. “I rang the President straight away. Obviously they’ll be disappointed but in saying that it’s only for one year and there’s a chance for them to regroup and have a crack at in two years time. It’s not as though it’s been taken away from them forever.” Spicer said there are advantages in racing at Addington. “I think from the horsemen’s (trainers and drivers) point of view, they’ll be in favour in going to Addington with a covered barn and the nice track. At a grassroots level I think there’ll be a few people saying it shouldn’t go to a big club, that it should stay at a smaller club. But it wasn’t about this club and that club it was where we thought the Jewels would be better suited in 2019.” He says there’ll be more opportunities to grow the event with a wider range of hospitality options and more corporates getting involved in the event. “There’s also a chance that we may get some major sponsorship by being in a bigger centre. We’ll also pick up on the off-course betting in Australia because Addington seems to get premium betting as opposed to some of the country tracks.” Spicer says there’ll also be some cost saving by hosting the event at Addington. “Obviously we don’t have to set up Marquees.” He says no decision has been made on whether Cambridge could lose it’s North Island hosting rights to the Auckland Trotting Club. “We’ll have a look at Cambridge next year based on what they’re doing this year but all indications are that they’re doing a great job. If it’s a great event (this year) there’s every chance it’ll go back to Cambridge in 2020.” Spicer says some consideration is being given to altering the time of the season when the Jewels are run. “The option we looked at was going to January and putting it over a calendar year. But that would take out the two year olds and you’d have three, four and five year olds (racing) because you’re obviously only having half a season for the two year olds.  The only problem is that we felt it would get lost at that time of year with so much else going on. June is not an ideal time with the weather, but it suits the calendar because there’s not too much on at that time of year.” Spicer also indicated the Board could look at a different location altogether. He mentioned they’d considered bringing it to Southland. And that there was some support for the idea. “I think if it came to Southland it would be a big boost and it would go well but it’s a long way to come and at that time of year it might not be the ideal place to be. But’s it a possibility,” he said. Wouldn’t that be a gem! Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

An exciting weekend of harness racing coming up including the last grass track meeting of the season at Methven on Sunday. The five meetings this week are Manawatu tonight, Addington and Auckland race on Friday night. Weekend harness racing heads to Winton on Saturday and Methven race on Sunday.  Last week the biggest dividend in the ringaround selections went to Jim Curtin for the second week in a row when his best chance for the week Le Lievre's Gift won at Addington on Friday night and paid $6.40 and $2.20 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often.   Manawatu on Thursday Jay Abernethy - Jay thinks his best drive this week is Four Starzzz Legend at Manawatu in Race 7 Jim Curtin - Jimmy is going for Franco Empire as his best chance this week at Manawatu in Race 9   Addington on Friday night Mark Jones - Mark says his best chance this week is Michelle at Addington in Race 3 Blair Orange - Blair thinks his best drive this week would be Sportscaster at Addington in Race 4 Ricky May - Ricky says his best drive this week would be Kendra at Addington in Race 7 Matthew Williamson - Matthew is going for Tiger Thompson as his best drive this week in Race 8   Auckland on Friday night John Curtin - John thinks Ash can win fresh up in the North Island this week in Race 3 Stephen Richardson (Odds Analyst) - Stephen thinks South Island import Double O Heaven can win Race 4 Tony Herlihy - Tony is opting for Gold Orchid as his best chance this week at Alexandra Park in Race 6   Winton on Saturday Nathan Williamson - Nathan says his best chance this week is Triroyale Brigade at Winton in Race 7 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best chance this week would be The Doorman in Race 9 Shane Walkinshaw - Shane is going for Mighty Conqueror as his best drive this week also in Race 9 Geoff Knight - Geoff says that Fiery Ferret would be his best chance at Winton in Race 10   Methven on Sunday Bob Butt - Bob is going for With Ice as his best chance this week at Methven in Race 1 Terry Chmiel - Terry thinks his best drive could be Sweeney Todd at Methven in Race 3 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Kensington Kate can go close to winning at Methven in Race 5 John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Doc Seelster in Race 6 Racechat - Lance thinks that Clasina Maria is a good chance at Methven in Race 8 Gavin Smith - Gavin thinks Red Hot Rocket is a chance if he behaves at Methven in Race 9   Harnesslink Media  

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