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The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) has charged Mr Alan Lynch, Licensed Trainer Pukekohe with three drug administration offences relating to the horse This Sky Rox. The races concerned were at Alexandra Park on 12 June (3rd placing), 19 June (first placing) and 10 July 2015 (6th placing). Mr Andrew Grant, Licensed Trainer Pukekohe has also been charged with one drug administration offence relating to the horse Majestic One when it won at Alexandra Park on 3 July 2015. In the case of both trainers the positive drug test was for Aminorex, which is a prohibited substance due to the effect it has on the nervous system and its action as a stimulant. As the matter is now before the Judicial Control Authority the RIU will make no further comment. Mike Godber

Harness racing chiefs are pushing for a new rule to prohibit the administration of alkalising agents for one clear day before a horse races to stamp out the practice of "half-shaking." The move is a precursor to the introduction of far tougher penalties for high bicarb levels and is expected to generate the most debate at the annual conference of racing clubs in Christchurch next month. The remit, recommended by the Racing Integrity Unit and the equine codes' veterinary advisor Dr Andrew Grierson, seeks to amend the current rule which prevents alkalising agents being given on raceday. The "milkshaking" of horses has been a significant threat to the integrity of the industry since its height in the 1990s when unscrupulous trainers loaded their animals up with bicarb to stop the build-up of lactic acid and delay muscle fatigue. But while high levels are rare these days, persistent cheaters have been known to give lower doses, known as "half-shakes". And it had been shown internationally that by prohibiting the administration of alkalising agents on the day prior to the race, the incidence of "half-shaking" is significantly reduced. In most horses, the beneficial effect of a milkshake peaks six hours after administration and the TCO2 level returns to normal after 12 hours.  The rule change is designed to bring New Zealand into line with overseas racing jurisdictions and further enhance stakeholder confidence in the harness industry. Grierson believes now that the TCO2 threshold has been raised to 36 - and trainers aren't prosecuted unless the level is over 37 - the next step is to bring in the one clear day restriction so "there was not a shadow of doubt that breaches signalled "intent". "The previous system wasn't working because we were still getting TCO2 anomalies occurring and the one thing we don't want is to have innocent people being charged." Grierson said the chances of a TCO2 level of 37 being a naturally occurring event were one in two million and, at the actionable level of 37.1, the chances were one in 3.9 million. The stats were one in 5893 million for a level over 38. "A lot of people in the industry believe the JCA shold adopt penalties reflecting those statistical odds," said Grierson who believes the authority is receptive to the call. Grierson said under the present rule it was possible for cheats to shake a horse the night before raceday in the hope its level would still be raised slightly for competition. Ironically, there was no data to support the theory that "half-shaked" horses performed better. Horses with levels of 34-35 did not win more races than those with levels closer to the national mean of 30.6. And the levels of horses who finished in the first five were not higher than the also-rans. "There is no medical justification for treating your horse that close to a race and, if you have to, is your horse suitable to race anyway?" Horseman should have no concern that the rule might impinge on their animals' welfare by preventing traditional treatments when away at a two-day meeting. If a trainer felt a horse who'd raced say on a Friday needed a drench the next day to help it recover for a Sunday race, they could still seek an exemption from a stipendiary steward. The clear move in international circles was to extend the previously accepted no-treatment-on-raceday to one of no treatment for one clear day before racing. Already Australian authorities had moved to make it illegal to administer any cobalt-raising supplement for one clear day before competition. In other remits to go before the conference: ■ It will be an offence for a person to not only acquire, but attempt to acquire, an out-of-competition banned substance. Those substances are the ones for which there is no therapeutic reason for use at any time. ■ Horses injected with corticosteroids in the preceding eight days will be banned not only from racing but also from being trained on a club-run track. While a valuable way of managing inflammatory joint disease, corticosteroids can be undetectable in urine but still having an effect, thereby hiding impending failure and increasing the risk of catastrophic events.   ■ The 30 metre distance stipulation for horses being disqualified if their sulky wheels track inside the marker line will be removed. The rule change seeks to have horses able to be put out if they are deemed to have merely gained an advantage, rather than focusing on the distance covered inside the markers. Judicial committees would have more discretion to deal with individual cases. Horses whose wheels go inside the markers trying to force a run they are not entitled to inside the passing lane could then be disqualified, regardless of distance travelled.  And, on the other hand, horses three back on the markers, who go inside markers but cannot possibly benefit from it, do not have to be automatically put out.    ■ To clarify a rule introduced last year,  the connections of a horse which is interfered with can seek compensation from the owners of  the culprit, but only if its chances of receiving higher stake money are prejudiced. Owners have until 30 minutes after the last race to lodge an information with the stewards who may order that a portion of the stake money earned by the transgressor be paid to the victim. Under the new rules, horses cannot be promoted ahead of those who interfere with them unless it can be proved they would have beaten that runner home without the interference. Barry Lichter

In January of this year, we raised the matter of the starter Peter Lamb being used as a steward at a harness racing meeting at Nelson. When we approached Harness Racing New Zealand about the conflict of interest that existed between the two positions, we were assured it was a cost saving measure at the busiest point of the holiday racing period and that it was only a temporary measure. Unfortunately that has not turned out to be the case. Peter Lamb continues to be both a starter and a steward on raceday and in our view he cannot be both. The response from HRNZ about the obvious conflict of interest should a complaint be made against the actions of the starter to the stewards panel of which Peter Lamb is also a member was that he would excuse himself in such circumstances. But the point we made then and which we still firmly believe is it leaves the whole system open to allegations of favouritism and corruption. Peter works very closely with his fellow stewards for weeks on end and then when a complaint is made against his performance as a starter, the people to decide weather to charge him are the same people who he works very closely with at every race meeting. We firmly believe that there has to be a separation between those who enforce HRNZ regulations and those who work under those rules. We have had numerous approaches from horsemen/trainers who are unhappy about the current situation but are reluctant to speak out for fear rightly or wrongly of antagonizing those who have control over how they earn their income. Is HRNZ that cash strapped that it cannot afford to adequately staff its stewards positions and therefore needs to have staff multi tasking.? Mike Godber, the head of the Racing Integrity Unit gave Harnesslink the official explanation for the change when speaking to Harnesslink today. " Including the starter as a member of the stewards panel is a very common practice at most Australian harness racing meetings." "With costs being what they are today we have to look to make savings where ever possible." "It is only for racing over the holiday period and at low key meetings and won't happen at Premier meetings or any of our other feature race meetings." "We understand that some people may see a conflict of interest but we are doing our utmost to make the new arrangement work," Mike said.  We must add that having known Peter Lamb well before he became the starter at Addington, he is a man of the utmost integrity and would make a great steward. Peter is also widely recognized as the best starter in harness racing in New Zealand. However he can either be a starter or a steward but in our view he can't be both. We are all for cost efficiencies in the administration of harness racing but starters acting as stewards is a step to far for us. There is a massive conflict between the two positions and in an age where perception is reality to a lot of people, it is not a good look for harness racing in our view. Finally we think by making this change, Peter Lamb has been put in the unenviable position where his integrity will be questioned by some in the industry and that is not something that any employee should have to suffer. JC

The Racing Integrity Unit has filed an application with the Judicial Control Authority (JCA), for a breach of Rules 1004(1A) and 1004D of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing. They are requesting the disqualification of Ventimiglia (trainers A P and L M Neal) from Race 2 at the Waikato Harness Racing Club’s Meeting held at Cambridge Raceway on 30 January 2015.  This follows confirmation that a post-race sample taken from Ventimiglia had tested positive to a prohibited substance.  As the matter is now the subject of a JCA hearing no further comment will be made.  Mike Godber   

Harness racing in New Zealand continues to have problems with its judicial system and the just released decision regarding Mark Jones and the Remiss blood TCO2 levels case is further proof in our opinion that the system is failing the people who are the principal stakeholders in this industry. Anyone who has read the long winded report of the hearing in this case will understand the frustration that Mark Jones must feel in that he has been found guilty of being a cheat in the court of public opinion where in reality Mark has done nothing wrong. The rules of harness racing in New Zealand are crystal clear - if you present a horse to race in New Zealand whose blood TCO2 level exceeds the levels prescribed in the rules then you are guilty and have no defense. There was no inference from the hearing that Mark Jones had done anything dishonest or corrupt in this case. In fact there was a wealth of evidence presented which suggested exactly the opposite, that Mark was the victim of a horse in Remiss that had a naturally high blood TCO2 level which landed him in this predicament. All the evidence points to Mark and his employees having had no part in Remiss returning an elevated level and yet Mark has suffered a large financial hit as a result. Fines and costs totaled $6925 and you can add to that Mark's own legal costs and the loss of some owners he has suffered due to the negative perceptions cases like this generate. And all because of something over which Mark had no control. Disqualify the horse by all means but to impose all the additional costs and for Mark to lose owners over cases like this is manifestly disproportional to Mark's actions in this matter. Where is the discretionary powers of the JCA in this matter? Mark Jones did nothing wrong in this instance yet has suffered a major financial setback. Do the JCA and the RIU have any discretion. Well they certainly exercised discretion earlier in the week when they allowed Te Kawau to start in the Pelorus Classic. Stood down after he bled at the pre Xmas meeting at Cambridge, Te Kawau was not eligible to start on Friday as the race fell within his stand down period. However the RIU and JCA were consulted and used their discretion under the rules to allow Te Kawau to be nominated and accepted for the Group 2 race. When we contacted HRNZ for comment early last week we were told that everything was done within the rules and that they were happy with the process. Te Kawau had the necessary vet clearance to start and preformed admirably in Friday's race. Post race two things happened which we do find disturbing.  Firstly, taking all the circumstances into account, we would have thought the RIU would have ordered a vet inspection including a scope of Te Kawau so the RIU could reassure themselves that he was well and truly over his bleeding issues. Secondly a swab of Te Kawau was surely in order as the RIU did swab the first two home and neither of those horses had any issues leading into this race.  Not the RIU's finest hour in our view. Another case that has come to light this week is that of driver Mitchell Kerr who has admitted betting on his own drive at the Westport meeting after Xmas. Under the HRNZ rules, this is viewed as a serious racing offence. The maximum fine for this offence is $30,000 which is a reflection of how serious a breach of the rules this is. To his credit Mr Kerr admitted the offence and pleaded ignorance of the rule as his reason for placing the bet. So after considering a range of matters, the JCA fined Mr Kerr $650. For an offence that carries a maximum penalty of $30,000 and is deemed a serious breach of the rules, we don't think the bus ticket was even wet. Compare it to the situation of Mark Jones and large financial hit he has suffered for a situation over which he had no control as opposed to the fine handed out to Mr Kerr for a serious breach of the rules and one starts to have serious doubts about the fairness of the whole system. The JCA and the RIU need the industry stake holders to have complete confidence in their abilities and that they will apply the rules we operate under fairly and without favour. From the feedback we regularly receive from industry stakeholders, they are falling well short of that standard at present. JC - Harnesslink Media

The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) today launched an anonymous 0800 number for the racing industry to report integrity concerns. Based on the NZ Police Crimestoppers 0800 number, the 0800 RIU 123 Integrity line will gather information volunteered anonymously from industry participants, employees, punters and anyone with an interest in racing a proactive way to pass on information with guaranteed anonymity. The service will be run through the Crimestoppers operation. All calls are received by trained call takers. They record the information offered and the intelligence provided is then forwarded on to the RIU for investigation. As a new service based on anonymity the integrity line will add to the Racing Integrity Unit’s intelligence gathering. “The guarantee of absolute anonymity provides a way for people to feel safe about passing on what they know, so we are likely to receive information we haven’t had before and from people who in other circumstances would not normally come forward” says Neil Grimstone, Manager of Integrity Assurance for the Racing Integrity Unit. “There is no visibility or record of the phone number the call is being made from, so it cannot be traced back, however the caller is given the opportunity to leave contact details if they wish to be contacted further about the concerns they raise.” For any further information regarding the implementation of the 0800 RIU 123 Integrity line please email admin@riu.org.nz or call Neil Grimstone on 021 272 6009

Training will become a game of Russian Roulette unless harness racing officials become more proactive investigating high bicarbonate levels and allow trainers to prove their innocence, says trainer Mark Jones. Jones, one of the country's most celebrated reinsmen and now a successful trainer at Burnham, is concerned at Harness Racing New Zealand's proposal to introduce strict new penalties for breaches of the TCO2 rule. A remit that will go before the annual general meeting of clubs in Christchurch next month would see the TCO2 threshold lifted from 35 to 36 (with a margin of error of one) to bring it into line with the thoroughbred code and overseas jurisdictions. But with it would come a dramatic rise in the penalties handed out, fines of only a few thousand dollars replaced by minimum disqualifications of two years for a first offence, five years for a second breach and 10 years for a third offence. The proposal came under immediate fire from Amberley trainer Jamie Keast yesterday when he was suspended for six months for his third high bicarb, after Westburn Creed tested 36.2 at Kaikoura last November. And while Jones says the lifting of the level is long overdue, he has good reason to oppose the draconian bans given he is facing a bicarb charge of his own after Remiss returned a level of 36.2 at Forbury Park on June 5 while Jones was away in Nelson. After the mare came close to testing high again on another trip to Dunedin three weeks later, returning 35.6, Jones was forced to sack the horse, not prepared to risk a second charge. Jones has no idea why Remiss tests high but says his attempts to prove his innocence have been rebutted by the Racing Integrity Unit. ''Under the rule, you can't beat them. It's one of strict liability and they say they don't have to do or prove anything. It's an easy kill for them.'' Jones said he had invited the RIU out to his property to show them the $100,000 CCT camera security system he had in place. But his assurances that he had taken all possible precautions were met by a blunt claim that the horse should not have been left unattended, albeit briefly, when strapper Kimberley Butt was out on the track driving. ''I told them I was prepared to pay for them to take the horse for a week then transport it down to Dunedin, test if before it leaves, then again on arrival to see if it its bicarb rises. ''They told me that even if the level went over 36, it would be no defence. Jones said all he was asking for was a measure of common sense and the chance to prove his innocence. And that would be an absolute necessity if HRNZ introduced two-year disqualifications for first offenders. ''I don't like being accused of things I haven't done and it's my livelihood on the line,'' said Jones, fearful that his lifeline of selling horses to Australia will be cut off if his reputation is dented. Jones said RIU investigator Kylie Williams told him if he wanted to race Remiss again she would give him permission to give her a warm-up on the track earlier in the night to lower her level by one to two points. ''But I refused. I shouldn't have to do that to be able to race a horse.'' Instead he passed Remiss on to his father Peter to train and, warmed up twice before she raced at Addington last week, she tested at 34.8. ''But if he hadn't warmed her up before the tests, the level could have been close to 36 or even over.'' Ironically, Peter Jones is also training Mattjestic Rebeck, who landed Rangiora hobby trainer Neville Gorrie in strife in June 2013 when it tested 36.3, resulting in his being fined $1800. Jones said it was simply outrageous to suggest that Gorrie, along with fellow respected Ladbrooks trainer Gavin Cook, whose horse Valhalla tested high at 37 and 38.3 last year, should be disqualified for two years. Jones, who has an earlier bicarb strike against his name, when Algeepee tested 38.2 at Addington in 2010, would be looking at five years out. ''You could never come back after that long. I'd have to sell my property.'' Jones said he's had other horses with unexplained bicarb variances, such as Fair Dinkum Bromac, whose resting paddock level of 30 routinely jumped four points when he went to the races. He had been the same when trained by John Hay. ''It's all very well for their vet to say high levels can only happen with administrations but so many things can affect them. ''I need to figure out why it's happening to me. Am I over-training them, is it in my feed? ''I know the pre-mix feed I use has preservatives in it. That wouldn't be enough to put the level over by itself but put that together with dehydration, stress, lung infections and you can come up with a lethal cocktail. That's scary.'' Courtesy of Barry Lichter Reprinted with permissin of Fairfax media  

Suspended harness trainer Jamie Keast applauds a move to lift the allowable level of bicarbonate in racehorses but he warns lengthy automatic bans could crucify the innocent. Keast, based at Amberley with his partner Henriette Westrum, has just been suspended for six months for his third breach of the bicarb rule, and says he is unlikely to return to training when his time is up at the end of the year. ''I've lost a lot of clients over this and I don't think I'll even bother training again,'' Keast said. ''I'm not making any money out of it. ''I can earn more money in 15 minutes shoeing a horse than I can training one.'' Keast said he basically put his hands in the air after Westburn Creed returned a level of 36.2 at Kaikoura last November even though he had not cheated. ''We knew after the last case that there was no point fighting them because of their strict liability rule and we're still struggling to pay off the last fine.'' Two containers of bicarbonate of soda were taken from Keats' feed room, along with a drenching tube and bucket but Keast denied that he put any bicarb into Westburn Creed's feed. He said they regularly drenched horses who had raced, trialled, or done fast work with a mixture of substances which included DMSO and one tablespoon of baking soda. But after Wally's Girl tested high last July they changed their practice and drenched their horses three days before a meeting, not two. The RIU's veterinary adviser Andrew Grierson said an administration three days before the race could not have elevated the horse's TCO2 levels on the day. Keast's counsel Mary-Jane Thomas submitted Westburn Creed had a throat condition which could have raised his bicarb level because it restricted the intake of oxygen and exhaling of carbon dioxide. After Westburn Creed underwent surgery in mid 2012, his levels decreased but about a year later, in October, 2013, their vet discovered the growth had returned. Thomas submitted Grierson did not expressly discount the possibility of the nasal obstruction being the cause, concluding rather that the readings did not support that as the likely cause. Grierson said the level was best explained statistically by the administration of an alkalising agent. Christopher Lange for the RIU said Westburn Creed's levels were between 32 and 34.1 when trained by Ivan Court, between 35.2 and 36.2 when with Keast and Westrum, and between 31.3 and 32.8 when taken over by Bob Rochford. Keast says he's all in favour of a Harness Racing New Zealand remit which will be put at the annual meeting of clubs in Christchurch next month that the level go up one point - with the built-in margin of error it would mean the new cutoff was 37, a threshold neither of his horses would have tripped. But he said rather than having automatic minimum sentences of two years for a first offence, five years for a second and 10 years for a third breach, penalties should be determined by the level. ''We reckon we're innocent and there have been a lot of other people crucified for this already. ''Any vet will tell you this is not an exact science. Lots of factors like dehydration, feed, nervousness and respiratory conditions can have an affect.'' Keast will be allowed to continue driving in races, and carry out his farrier work but he cannot work horses or break them in until January. Courtesy of Barry Lichter Reprinted with permission of Fairfax media  

A Canterbury trainer has been suspended for six months for breaching harness racing's drug rules - but under proposed changes future offenders could be banned for up to 10 years. Amberley based horseman Jamie Keast and his partner Henriette Westrum were outed for six months and fined $2000 after one of their horses, Westburn Creed, returned a high bicarbonate level at a Kaikoura race meeting last November. And while the level was just 0.2 above the permitted 36mmol/l, Judicial Control Authority committee chairman Geoff Hall said an aggravating factor was that it came just two weeks after they had been fined $2500 over another of their horses Wally's Girl recording a level of 37. It was Keast's third TCO2 charge, and Westrum's second, but Harness Racing New Zealand says it has no evidence that there is any resurgence in the practice of milkshaking which was the scourge of racing in the 1990s. Even though bicarbonate was found on Keast's property, his counsel Mary-Jane Thomas argued there was no evidence of  administration and the Racing Integrity Unit had been unable to determine the cause of the elevated level. She submitted Westburn Creed had been suffering from a respiratory problem, and that an obstruction in his nasal cavity could explain the elevated TCO2 level because it made it more difficult for the horse to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. But Christopher Lange for the RIU submitted the results indicated the TCO2 level became elevated during the period Keast and Westrum trained the horse - and reduced after it left their care. HRNZ will put a remit to the annual meeting of clubs next month that the threshold of 35 be raised to 36 (with a margin of error of one) to bring it into line with the thoroughbred code and overseas jurisdictions. That, says HRNZ chief executive Edward Rennell, will reduce the risk of a false positive from one in  15,973 to one in 2,021,729. The new level would, however, carry a significantly higher deterrent. First offenders would be disqualified for a minimum of two years, second offenders five years and third offenders 10 years. But Keast is against automatic minimum sentences - ''We reckon we're innocent and there have been a lot of other people crucified for this already.'' Courtesy of Barry Lichter Reprinted with permission from Fairfax media

Prominent harness racing identity and Auckland businessman, John Green was appointed to the Board of the Auckland Trotting Club on April 1 as an independent director. Green not only has had a lifetime involvement in harness racing as an owner, breeder, driver and trainer, both in New Zealand and Australia, he is also the CEO of the Hugh Green Foundation - which is focused on giving financial aid to medical research and to people in need in the New Zealand community. He is also a director of The Hugh Green Group, which is one of the largest family owned commercial and residential property developers in New Zealand. Green said he was specifically appointed to the Board for his skills in property development. “I am currently involved in a project that would set the Auckland Trotting Club up for life. Harness racing in this city would have a secure future and no longer have to be reliant on the Racing Board funding or slot machines,” Green said. “It would be a complex five or six stories high comprising retail and residential development. I am now assisting by being a member of the Project Control Group along with President Hoggard, Director Bruce Carter and our CEO,” 58-year-old Green said. “This is all about the Club being totally self-sufficient one day,” he added. The ATC’s chief executive, Dominique Dowding, said Green brought a wealth of commercial, property, racing and governance acumen to the director’s role. “John is a welcome addition to the Board, and will be an enormous asset to the development project on 223 Green Lane West. “We know members will be pleased to have John back involved with the Auckland Trotting Club and the team looks forward to working with him on what is the most exciting time in the Clubs history” Dowding said. His appointment now makes the governance of the ATC an eight-strong board. It comprises: Kerry Hoggard (president), Jamie MacKinnon (vice president), Dene Biddlecombe, Bruce Carter, Phil Cook, Scott Plant, and Peter Smith. Green trained 91 winners in New Zealand from 1990 to 1996 and 194 more with Brian Hughes between 2002 and 2013. He also trained about 300 winners during his time in Australia and drove 80 more. He drove his first winner with his first drive at both Harold and Albion Park and has won a Group race in every state in Australia. His only driving success in New Zealand however, on December 10, 1992 was his most sentimental. “That was at Taranaki. The horse was Letterkenny Lover. I owned, bred, trained and drove her. She paid $60 to win and I took great delight in beating Maurice McKendry and Tony Herlihy (MNZM) that day,” Green laughed. Green has also trained numerous Group One winners in New Zealand. He won the Noel Taylor Mile with The Suileman in 1995; the 2005 Easter Cup with Alta Serena; the 2012 Great Northern Derby with Ideal Scott; the 2005 Great Oaks with Tosti Girl. He also trained Beefy T to win the 1996 Miracle Mile at Harold Park in Sydney and more recently Courage To Rule to win the Victoria Derby in 2010. Green gave away training last season after injecting more than $10 million into the industry. He wanted to concentrate on business, but admitted he did become despondent with training when the New Zealand Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) said it found traces of Arsenic in Delightful Christian after she won the Group One $150,000 Harness Jewels Final for 2yo fillies on 2nd June 2012. He has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting the case. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)

A fundamental principle of New Zealand Harness racing is that horses must race free of the pharmacological (or toxicological) effect of drugs or other substances.  Click on this link for full details

The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) hereby gives notice that approval of the TIPPERARY RIDE LITE VEST for use by Licensed Drivers has been withdrawn effective immediately.   The RIU takes this action in the interest of driver safety after being alerted to concerns that the Australian authorities had received expert reports advising that testing, of both new and used vests, had revealed that the Tipperary Ride Lite Vest did not comply with the SATRA Vest Standard.   As a consequence the Australian Racing Board suspended the Tipperary Ride Lite Vest from its list of approved vests. Similarly as Harness Racing New Zealand applied the SATRA standard the prohibition was imposed.   Therefore the TIPPERARY RIDE LITE VEST may not be worn by:   1. Any licensed driver in a race or trial effective 5th September 2013   The Australian authorities are working with the manufacturers of the Tipperary Ride Lite Vest to address the safety concerns and the RIU will be updated with developments.   Nigel McIntyre Co-Chief Stipendiary Steward RACING INTEGRITY UNIT

After covering some of the biggest drugs stories in harness racing in a career of more than 30 years, Fairfax Media Racing Editor BARRY LICHTER found himself in the middle of one he'd always dreaded.

In the end it was the whistling that Auckland harness racing trainer Bunty Hughes didn't like.

Under-fire Racing Integrity Unit chairman and prominant harness racing owner-breeder, Kerry Hoggard has resigned from his position, saying he did not want the industry watchdog's work undermined by questions about his own integrity.

John Green believes he has injected up to $10 million into harness racing, but the Ardmore (South Auckland) conditioner has had enough and it is highly likely you will ever seen him at a trotting track again.

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