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Confirmation of some impressive prizes only adds to the excitement already building for harness racing's MitoQ Best Dressed at the Oaks, set to take place in Alexandra Park’s Tasman Room from 6.00pm on Friday, 2 March.  “I’m delighted to announce that we’re set to giveaway over $10,000 of prizes on Oaks Night. I’m so proud of the team who have pulled together an incredible treasure trove of fashion, hair, beauty, fitness, home and leisure prizes,” says Dominque Dowding, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park. Best Dressed at the Oaks is open to all sartorially-inclined track-goers 18 years or over with Alexandra Park keen to encourage both women and men to come along and enter. Registration is free as is general entry into the Park. As well as stunning prizes, fabulous fashion, and plenty of harness racing action, the evening has attracted some outstanding VIP judges, including New Zealand’s very own style icon Colin Mathura-Jeffree and renowned fashion stylist and editor Michiko Hylands. MitoQ Best Dressed at the Oaks 2018 categories are: Best Dressed Woman; Best Dressed Man; Best Headwear; and Overall Winner of Best Dressed at the Oaks. Prizes include an exclusive night in the Auckland Grand Mercure Hotel Executive Suite with ocean views; a car for the weekend from Winger North Shore; MitoQ revolutionary skincare; fashion from sartorial Working Style menswear and stunning Glamour Boutique as well as bespoke Claire Hahn millinery; dinner for two at Headquarters on the Viaduct; magnums of Champagne and Rosé provided by Pernod Ricard and Mumm; luxury beauty goody bags provided by Eye Magazine; A Triumph & Disaster stash box; the Instyler hair straightener and a selection of Thin Lizzie beauty products. Also, to be won on the night for the home includes a Powerfit Gym and Wonder Core Smart; a Taste the Difference Air Roaster; and a Renovator Better Grip and Air Hawk Pro. The Tasman Room will see plenty of catwalk action, with participants able to enter as many categories as they like free of charge. All entries will be taken on the night in the Tasman Room with entries closing at approximately 6.30pm. The latest information on MitoQ Best Dressed at the Oaks can be found on Alexandra Park’s Facebook page and website which includes top tips from the judges on what they will be looking for on the night – https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/whats-on/oaks-night-2018-tasman-room/ Dining packages for the Tasman Room and Top of the Park that evening range from $60 to $125 per person. Tables and tickets can be secured by calling (09) 631-1165 or emailing dining@alexandrapark.co.nz. For further information on both Oaks Night on 2 March and Derby Night on 9 March, and the dining packages available, visit www.alexandrapark.co.nz Joel Reichardt – Sales & Marketing Manager: (021) 786-034.  

Ashburton harness racing fixed odds movers as at 12:00pm Race 1 - I W McNik $7.20 - $6.50 leads win betting over Girls Get Loose $24.00 - $9.00 with Kings Landing $2.90 - $3.30 leading multi betting over the stablemate Winterfell $2.70 - $3.50.   Race 2 - Smokin By $5.20 easily leads win betting over Tom Me Gun $22.00 - $16.00 & With The Band $10.00 - $8.00.    Race 3 - Feel The Money $5.20 is the best backed runner on the win 'book' with Bettor Trix $3.00 leading multi betting.    Race 4 - Governor's Bay $2.10 is the multi leader over Di Caprio $3.50 & Pembrook Legacy $6.00.   Race 5 - The only runner wanted here in win & multi betting is Somejoy $1.90 - $1.75. Largest win bet early $8,000 at $1.90.   Race 6 - Heisenberg $3.50 - $3.30 leads win & multi betting over War Dan Delight $3.10.    Race 7 - One Over Da Stars $3.70 just leads multi betting over Time For Diamonds $4.80.   Race 8 - Easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' has been Valloria $5.50 - $5.00. Majestic Man $5.50 leads multi betting over Renezmae $4.80.   Race 9 - Stone The Crows $11.00 leads win betting with the multi leader Pradas Ideal Darling $6.80 over Doitson $4.20.   Race 10 - Bringitonhome $2.00 easily leads multi betting.     Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Being the best may not be good enough in tonight's Miracle Mile. Because Kiwi pacing hero Lazarus is the best pacer in the race, the best in Australasia and probably the best pacer in the world. But at 11.32pm tonight at Menangle with A$750,000 ($800k) on the line Lazarus faces the most daunting task of his career, maybe the most difficult faced by any horse since Menangle opened nearly a decade ago. No horse has placed in a Miracle Mile from barrier eight. It's like being asked to win the Olympic 800m medal starting 10m behind the pack. Lazarus faces covering more ground than all of his rivals - all group one winners - in a race where they could threaten the Australasian record of 1:47.5 To win, his real time, taking into account actual ground covered, could need to be close to 1:46, the world record. At his wrecking ball best of the last two New Zealand Cups days or his Inter Dominion win in December, Lazarus could do that. Maybe. But nobody, not even genius trainer Mark Purdon who has spent almost every waking minute with Lazarus this week, knows if the great one is feeling that great. Purdon was stunned by how a supposedly minor virus last week left Lazarus a shadow of himself, well beaten in a 1:51 mile last Saturday. If that version of Lazarus takes up his spot at barrier eight behind the mobile tonight he will have no chance. Purdon doesn't expect that. He is adamant Lazarus is over the virus and better than last week. "His blood reports, which are the most important thing, suggest he is over it," says Purdon. "His white blood cell count is back to normal so I have been working him this week like nothing has gone wrong." Purdon was happy with that final fast work on Thursday morning, although not cat-that-got-the-cream happy. "In a couple of his big wins in the past, like the first New Zealand Cup and the Inter final, I got off him after his last piece of fast work and thought he felt bullet proof. "I can't say he feels like that now. It is hard to tell with him because he is not the greatest trackworker, not one of those aggressive stallions who gets all puffed up and rips into it. "But his work has been as good as I'd expect and I guess we just have to go out there and see what happens. "I know punters may want more detail than that but I won't know any more before the race unless something changes. "He seems bright and happy. But you have to wonder whether the hard race last week when he wasn't right has dulled him and also whether, because he hasn't been at his peak, he is ready for a 1:48 mile. "And in this field, even that may not be good enough." Horses like Soho Tribeca and Tiger Tara are tough enough to beat Lazarus Lite. And My Field Marshal, Anything For Love and Jilliby Kung Fu have the raw speed to strike at any Achilles heel exposed late in the home straight. But most New Zealand punters won't want to back them. It would be like betting against the All Blacks, even if you knew they were vulnerable. Because that is the word to describe Lazarus tonight. He is vulnerable. There is also another word to describe Lazarus. Champion. If you want to back New Zealand's best racehorse tonight you need to decide whether he is more vulnerable or more champion. What does Purdon think? "I think he is ready to go a big race, and I am confident he will be in three. "But ... I'd really prefer if the race was another week away." Needing a miracle •The A$750,000 Miracle Mile is on at Menangle at 11.32pm (NZ time) tonight. •After a shock defeat, viral issue and with a poor draw, Lazarus faces the greatest test of his career. •No horse has won Sydney's biggest harness race from the outside barrier Lazarus faces tonight. Michael Guerin

Addington harness racing fixed odds movers as at 4:30pm Race 1 - Ghostwriter $20.00 is the best backed runner on the win 'book' early.   Race 2 - Mr Majestic $17.00 - $7.50 has taken all the early win money in this race.   Race 3 - Court On The Edge $1.95 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 4 - Funatthebeach $2.10 leads win & multi betting over Star Commander $2.40.   Race 5 - Arnold has been heavily backed into $1.35 from $1.70.   Race 6 - Burning Rubber $2.80 easily leads win & multi betting.   Race 7 - Carlton at $1.24 is the only runner wanted in multi betting.   Race 8 - Son Of A Tiger $2.00 leads multi betting with Jungle Gem $9.50 - $9.00 leading win betting.   Race 9 - Jazzy Star $4.50 just leads the $2.70 favourite Alta Shelby in multi betting.   Race 10 - The opening 2nd favourite Borntobeastar $4.50 leads win & multi betting.   Race 11 - Cindy Bromac $1.80 is racing away in multi betting.   Best backed on the place 'book' early Mr Majestic in race 2 & Immortal Change in race 3.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Alexandra Park harness racing fixed odds movers as at 3:30pm Race 1 - Tricky Ric $10.00 - $6.50 is the best backed runner early with the largest bet $500 at $8.50.  Tickle Me Pink $2.50 easily leads multi betting over Sunnys Little Jestic $2.40.   Race 2 - Triple Eight $3.70 - $3.40 leads win betting over Solid Gold $21.00 - $15.00. Largest bet early $1,000 at $3.70 Triple Eight.   Race 3 - Show Of Faith $2.20 leads multi betting over the longshot Safrakova $21.00.   Race 4 - Sacred Angel $8.20 is easily the best backed runner on the win 'book' with Bettor Step Aside $2.20 leading multi betting.   Race 5 - A very quiet betting race early in both win & multi betting with Magnafique $3.90 leading win betting.   Race 6 - Paramount King $1.55 easily leads multi betting.   Race 7 - Gold Orchid $2.10 leads win & multi betting over Kotare Cullen $2.50.   Race 8 - C K Spur $2.50 leads multi betting over stablemate Sertorius $3.10.   Race 9 - Pat's Delight $1.75 is the only runner wanted in win & multi betting.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Mark Purdon will be hoping for a second training win in the Miracle Mile on Saturday night and if it happens he will know it has been well earned. So will Natalie. Both could tell you how hard a race it is to win. Bloody hard!. Even by super race standards All Stars has one on the board thanks to HAVE FAITH IN ME driven by Natalie in his fabulous, record shattering  2016 victory over Lennythshark. But both Mark and Natalie have hard luck stories in other runnings of the race. BLACKS A FAKE posted two second placings for Natalie one by half a head. IL VICOLO was twice second also for Mark. The second time, when he went down to Iraklis in December 1996 they set a mile rate which was never bettered in the race while it was run over 1760m, which it was until 2009. JACK CADE trained and driven by Mark was second to Sokyola in 2003 and SMOLDA second to Lennytheshark last year when LAZARUS was third and WAIKIKI BEACH 4th.  That makes six second placings between Mark and Natalie so perhaps Natalie's strike rate won her the drive this year ! The race is also tougher for New Zealand horses to win than you may think especially given the number of superstar horses we have developed i n the last 20 years. Kiwi-trained horses have only won four Miles this century. Holmes D G won his second in 2000, Monkey King won the first mile race nine years later and Christen Me and Have Faith In Me have scored since. The other thing about the Miracle Mile- If you are an avid supporter of the Kiwis and you have heart problems-don't watch. Only one horse has won the race over the mile  by more than 2 metres. Which isn't very far. The last three have been won by short half heads (nose to us) or a head and that tradition looks like continuing on Saturday. Only one  of the mile races has not broken 1.51 and that was when Smoken UP easily beat Karloo Mick and Imamightyquinn back in 2011. There is no fear of a 1.51 mile this year with 1.47 under threat if we get the fireworks many are expecting,    Courtesy of All Stars Racing Stables www.allstarsracingstables.com               

Cran Dalgety is going against his usual modus operandi with Pat's Delight at Alexandra Park in the last race tonight and that is a pretty strong tip for the three-year-old. The colt comes to Auckland for the first time with the Northern Derby in two weeks as his main target but after beating some serious mid-grade opponents at Addington last start he has to take on another bunch of tough older opponents again at Alexandra Park. Making it even trickier is Pat's Delight being drawn wide over 1700m in a small field but Dalgety has some soothing words for punters who want to bet against Pat's Delight. "Usually I would bring a horse north and race it next week and then into the Derby, that is my usual pre-Derby pattern," says Dalgety,   "But this horse is forward enough to take on older horses now, he is that ready," says Dalgety. "He is about 98 per cent right as we saw at Addington last week and even though he will improve with the outing at Alexandra Park because most Canterbury horses do, he is ready to go." With plenty of gate speed inside him and a rugged Auckland Cup fourth-placegetter in Northview Hustler outside him, Pat's Delight is probably going to be driven for one run. "But that was how he won last week and will have to be driven that way again but the small field helps." Punters will probably want $2 to make Pat's Delight value though as being even one spot too far back, or forward, can be a hard way to win a 1700m race where they could rate close to 1:54. Earlier in the night Dalgety kicks off his northern assault with Master Moonlite in race two, one of the two PGG Sales Graduate races for the three-year-olds. "I wanted to bring him up here at Christmas but he wasn't that tractable right-handed then," says Dalgety. "But he sneaks into this race and being $30,000 it is more or less his Derby final. "But he is still not perfect right-handed so punters should be a little bit careful." After tonight's meeting Dalgety heads to Menangle to enjoy tomorrow night's Miracle Mile meeting. It's a race he won just over three years ago with Christen Me. So does he think champion pacer Lazarus can overcome a terrible build-up to tomorrow night's $750,000 sprint. "When you look at a horse like Anything For Love, who wasn't rated one of the elites before last week, pace 1:48.7 in front you realise what a huge task Lazarus faces this week. "He is a champion but he might have to go 1:46 to win and I don't think he could do that." Michael Guerin

Following a RIU inspection of the Waikouaiti Track this morning, we are pleased to confirm there is no issue with racing on the surface tomorrow. While clearly the track remains wetter than what it would usually be at this time of year - it is safe to race on. The club also have a plan for remedial work following Saturday's race meeting to ensure the second day, which was rescheduled until Monday will go ahead.   HRNZ MARKETING

Cambridge harness racing fixed odds movers as at 2:10pm Race 1 - The $2.50 favourite Franco Caliph leads multi betting over Poppy Drayton $5.50 & Scanreco Bay $3.20.   Race 2 - Sally O'Malley $4.50 easily leads win betting with Knights Desire $6.80 leading multi betting.   Race 3 - Christanna $1.85 leads multi betting over Ruebe Star $2.10 who leads win betting.   Race 4 - Afortunado $3.20 & Shandance $4.50 are equal leaders in multi betting with Racketeers Boy $7.50 leading win betting.   Race 5 - Prince George $5.00 - $4.50 leads win betting over Saint Michel $5.00. Bar Room Brawl $2.70 easily leads multi betting.   Race 6 - My Cash $8.00 leads win betting with Helena Ideal $3.00 leading multi betting over Atom Hanover $5.80.   Race 7 - Monseigneur $6.00 leads multi betting over Luck Of The Moment $2.90 who easily leads win betting.   Race 8 - Real Eagle $5.50 - $4.80 easily leads win betting and also leads multi betting over Destined For Heaven $3.20.   Race 9 - Rave Nation $2.30 easily leads multi betting.   The largest early bet as at 1:30pm $1,000 at $5.50 Real Eagle in race 8.   Harnesslink Media Courtesy of Stephen Richardson (TAB)

Grass track racing continues in the South this week with Waikouaiti hosting a 2 day meeting on Saturday and Monday. Cambridge and Alexandra Park host meetings on Thursday and Friday night and Ashburton race on Sunday. The Miracle Mile night at Menangle also adds some interest with selections coming for that meeting as well. Last week on the ringaround there were again several winners and a number of placings. Tony Herlihy had the best winning dividend last week on the ringaround when his best chance Queen Lostris upset them in the second race at Auckland on Friday and paid $7.50 and $1.80 on the tote. Note: We will keep adding to this page if more tips come in after the deadline, so check back often   Cambridge on Thursday Jay Abernethy - Jay is going for Afortunado as his best drive this week at Cambridge in Race 4 Andre Poutama - Andre is opting for Just Anything as his best drive this week in Race 7   Auckland on Friday Todd Macfarlane - Todd says his best chance this week is One Bid Buys at Alexandra Park in Race 6   Addington on Friday John Morrison - John thinks his best drive this week would be Sunset Peak at Addington in Race 5 Stephen Richardson(TAB) - Stephen agrees and thinks that Sunset Peak at Addington in Race 5 Blair Orange - Blair thought Arnold would be his best drive this week at Addington also in Race 5 Ricky May - Ricky is going for Carlton as his best drive at Addington in Race 7   Waikouaiti on Saturday Racechat - Lance thinks that Eastwood Chieftain is a good winning chance at Waikouaiti in Race 1 Matthew Williamson - Matthew says his best drive would be Jacks N Jazz on Saturday in Race 6 Geoff Knight - Geoff thinks that Archman would be his best chance this week in Race 7 Rory Mcllwrick - Rory agrees and says Archman would be his best drive this week in Race 7 Gerard O'Reilly - Gerard thinks his best drive would be Leo's Gift at Waikouaiti in Race 8 Brad Williamson - Brad says his best drive this week would be Alderbeck at Waikouaiti in Race 11 Nathan Wiliamson - Nathan is going for Jen Jaccka as his best drive this week also in Race 11 Brent Barclay - Brent is opting for Smokey Mac as his best chance this week also in Race 11   Menangle on Saturday night Cran Dalgety - Cran likes the chances of My Field Marshall in the Miracle mile on Saturday night. Mark Jones - Mark is going for Rocker Band as his best chance this week in the Ladyship mile at Menangle   Ashburton on Sunday John Curtin - John thinks that Governor's Bay would be a good winning chance at Ashburton in Race 4 Harnesslink Reporter - thinks Stress Factor can go close to winning at Ashburton in Race 8 Gavin Smith - Gavin is going for Scarlett Banner as his best chance this week in Race 9   Harnesslink Media  

Transplanted Kiwi trainer Tim Butt is hoping for a near two-minute commercial for his new Sydney training base to be beamed Australasia-wide on Saturday night — called the Miracle Mile. Butt stunned the local harness racing industry last year when he left his native Canterbury for the outskirts of Sydney, where he now has 12 horses in work including Miracle Mile blowout hope My Field Marshal. He and wife Andrea have no regrets about the move as Menangle provides localised racing without great travelling, a chance to tap into Australian riches and hopes of building a new ownership base. "And I'd always wanted to live in Australia, and I thought you only live once so why not," says Butt.   While his team is ticking over nicely, more horses — and more good horses — are always welcome and a Miracle Mile win would be an advert for the stable like no other. "It would obviously be the dream result. We are going all right but you can't buy that level of exposure. "And I think we have a chance, the way the race is shaping up." My Field Marshal has been set for the mile and ignored the sapping distance races like the Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup, with his history of two wind operations suggesting sprinting is more his go. He won the Len Smith Mile, usually a mini Miracle Mile, at Menangle last year by sitting off a hot speed, something which looks likely again on Saturday night. "I think they will go hard and we could be trailing, three deep or in the one-one behind a horse like Soho Tribeca," says Butt. "And that would give us a chance. He may not be as good as Lazarus but he may not have to be with him drawn eight. "I also have Ants (brother Anthony) driving and that is always a plus in a group one race so we will get our chance." While many rival trainers are buoyed by Lazarus's defeat last week and barrier on Saturday, Butt is not so confident the champ is ripe for the beating. "I have had those top horses before with a bug and they get beat because they are a fraction off their peak form but then they can bounce back very quickly. "Mark is a great trainer and if he gets him back to his best this week and they go really hard early then I still think he can win. His last 100m last Saturday we very good, very brave." My Field Marshal has been one of the few roughies heavily backed this week, being as long as $23 with some bookies after the draw but only $10 with the NZ TAB fixed odds now. Michael Guerin

Harness racing trainer Richard Brosnan has been fined $19200.00 for presenting three horses to race with trace amounts of cobalt in their system. Brosnan who is 69 years old has been a licensed trainer since he was 21years old and has been involved in the Harness Racing Industry for 50 years. The scenario that he had deliberately injected his horses with Cobalt was put to him by the JCA. Mr Brosnan denied this and explained that he had the Cobalt Chloride on the recommendation of a Veterinarian. He stated that a few years ago the neighbours were using chemical sprays on their potatoes which was impacting the welfare and fitness of his horses. His vet recommended Cobalt as a method to pick the horses up although Mr Brosnan stated that the effect was limited. He stated that he forgot that the Cobalt was in the fridge and must have been since that time. He further stated that if he wanted to cheat he would not have left the Cobalt in the fridge where it would be easily located. Full details below: BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY UNDER THE RACING ACT 2003 IN THE MATTER of New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing RACING INTEGRITY UNIT INFORMANT RICHARD BROSNAN, Licenced Trainer DEFENDANT Judicial Committee: Mr Murray McKechnie, Chairman & Mr Gavin Jones Present: Mr Andy Cruickshank, Racing Investigator, Racing Integrity Unit Mr Richard Brosnan, Licenced Trainer PENALTY DECISION NON-RACEDAY JUDICIAL COMMITTEE DATED THIS 13th DAY OF FEBRUARY 2018 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 At a hearing which took place at Alexandra Park Raceway on the 9th day of February this year the Committee considered three (3) informations laid by the RIU against Mr Brosnan under Rules 1004(1A) and 1004(3). 1.2 In an interim decision delivered on the 9th day of February the Committee made orders disqualifying the horses BOPPER JET, GRENADO and OUR PETITE LADY from the races where positive cobalt readings had been returned. That interim decision is to be read alongside this penalty decision. 1.3 As explained in the interim decision the Committee reserved the question of penalty and now turns to that. 2. PENALTY 2.1 Rule 1004(7) provides as follows: 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 5 years. 3. RIU SUBMISSIONS 3.1 The submissions set out the four well-known sentencing principles. These are as follows: a) Penalties are designed to punish the offender for his/her wrong doing. They are not meant to be retributive in the sense that the punishment is disproportionate to the offence but the offender must be met with a punishment; b) In a racing context it is extremely important that a penalty has the effect of deterring others from committing similar offences; c) A penalty should also reflect the disapproval of the JCA for the type of behaviour in question; d) The need to rehabilitate the offender should be taken into account. 3.2 The RIU submissions point to what are said to be “aggravating considerations”. These are said to be as follows: a) Despite being expired by several years 4 vials of Cobalt Chloride were located in a fridge in the stable block; b) In the same fridge 2 syringes containing high levels of Cobalt were located. 3.3 The submissions then point to a number of mitigating factors. These are as follows: a) Mr Brosnan immediately accepted responsibility for the positives and has been fully cooperative with the RIU throughout the investigation; b) Mr Brosnan has admitted guilt and liability at the first available opportunity; c) Mr Brosnan has an unblemished record over 50 years as a Licence Holder and Trainer. 3.4 The RIU took a number of items from the Brosnan stable and had these analysed. Three (3) contained high levels of Cobalt. These were the following: a) Elevate B12 2000 Plus Selenium. The label indicates that this product is used to treat Cobalt and Selenium deficiency in sheep and cattle. Mr Brosnan stated that he gave the horses 10 mls of Elevate B12 2000 orally after hard working them on the Wednesday before they raced (2 days); b) Four ml Cobalt Chloride Vials. These vials contained extremely high levels of Cobalt (18,000 mg/kg). Mr Brosnan stated that he was advised by his Vet to use this product in 2012 as the neighbours were using chemical sprays on their potatoes which were impacting the welfare and fitness of his horses. The original order for Mr Brosnan in 2012 was for 25 x 4 ml vials of Cobalt Chloride. Of these four vials were located and each vial contained the full 4 mls as stated on the label; c) Syringes. Two of the syringes contained high levels of Cobalt indicating that at some stage they had been used to administer products containing high levels of Cobalt. 3.5 The RIU acknowledges that it is not possible to demonstrate that Mr Brosnan administered Cobalt to his horses. The report from Dr Grierson makes clear that it is unlikely that the Cobalt levels which were returned came about from the horses eating food which contained Cobalt. It is the RIU position that having vials of Cobalt Chloride and syringes with traces of Cobalt in the stables puts Mr Brosnan’s level of culpability at the higher end. 3.6 The RIU submissions draw attention to the prohibited Cobalt level under the Harness Racing New Zealand Rules being reduced from the 1st August 2017 from 200 ug/L to 100 ug/L (micrograms per litre). 3.7 The RIU submissions make reference to previous Cobalt decisions in both harness racing and thoroughbred racing. These decisions are: • RIU v DALGETY (16.05.2017) • RIU v BAMBRY (04.12.17) • RIU v O’SULLIVAN & SCOTT (22.03.2016) The Committee has carefully considered each of those decisions. 3.8 In conclusion the RIU seeks a fine within the range of $15,000 to $35,000. 4. MR BROSNAN’S POSITION 4.1 By a document dated the 5th day of February 2018 Mr Brosnan made a detailed response to the RIU submissions. The Committee emphasises the following matters which have been put forward by Mr Brosnan: a) No issue is taken with the summary of facts; b) Mr Brosnan says that at no time did he deliberately administer or inject Cobalt to any of his horses; c) Mr Brosnan acknowledged that there was a failure on his part to recognise that supplements he was giving to the horses could give rise to prohibited levels of Cobalt; d) Mr Brosnan acknowledged that he was at fault and said that this is why he accepted the charges immediately. 4.2 Mr Brosnan pointed to the penalty guide for New Zealand Harness Racing. This provides for an $8,000 fine for a first presentation. Here three (3) horses tested positive. 4.3 In answer to questions from the Committee Mr Brosnan advised that he was 69 years old. He told the Committee that he had been licenced since the age of 21. To quote from Mr Brosnan’s written material: “I have found this an extremely stressful process. It has damaged my reputation at a time when I am about to retire. It is a huge punishment for me”. 4.4 References and testimonials were put forward on behalf of Mr Brosnan. These included a letter from his wife. The reference and testimonials came from a large number of persons holding prominent positions in the training of standard bred horses and in the administration of standard bred racing. These references and testimonials speak of Mr Brosnan’s integrity throughout his career and make for most persuasive reading. 5. DISCUSSION 5.1 In the interim decision there is reference to Dr Grierson’s report. That demonstrates, as noted above, that the high Cobalt levels are unlikely to have come from food given to the horses. The Committee notes in particular the very high level returned by the horse OUR PETITE LADY. 5.2 There has been much publicity and discussion about Cobalt in both the harness racing code and the thoroughbred code in New Zealand and Australia in recent years. This should have put all licenced persons on notice. Trainers should have been alert to the risks that necessarily would arise where Cobalt is stored in stables as was the case here. 5.3 Mr Brosnan told the Committee that he took sole responsibility and did not seek to place any blame upon staff members. 5.4 In his written material Mr Brosnan submitted that the Bambry decision was most relevant and should be followed. The Committee does not agree. In that case only one (1) horse was involved. It is accepted that the O’Sullivan & Scott decision involves very different circumstances from those that are before the Committee. The Dalgety decision has more relevance. That involved five (5) different occasions when horses returned Cobalt levels beyond the permitted 100 ug/L. That was between November 2016 and March 2017. Further Mr Dalgety had two (2) previous convictions for breaches of the Prohibited Substance Rules. Neither involved Cobalt. The Dalgety decision is comprehensive and most helpful. 5.5 In the Committee’s view the offending here, for the reasons set out above, is more serious than in the Bambry case but less serious than in the Dalgety case. Thus it is for the Committee to fix the appropriate level of financial penalty. As already noted the penalty guide proposes a fine of $8,000 for a so-called first presentation. If that were applied in respect of each of the three (3) breaches the fine would be $24,000. The Committee considers that some discount is appropriate to acknowledge Mr Brosnan’s previous completely unblemished record and his prompt acknowledgement of responsibility. An appropriate discount would be 20%. That results in the figure of $24,000 being reduced to $19,200 and that is, in the Committee’s view, an appropriate figure and in line with the decisions spoken of earlier. That figure of $19,200 is proportionate to the circumstances around the three (3) admitted breaches of Rules 1004(1A) and 1004(3). 6. DECISION 6.1 In respect of the three (3) informations to which Mr Brosnan has pleaded guilty he will be fined in total the sum of $19,200. 6.2 The RIU do not seek costs. Mr Brosnan must make some contribution to the costs and expenses incurred by the Judicial Control Authority. An appropriate figure is $500 and that is the sum that shall be ordered to be paid to the JCA. DATED this 13th day of February 2018 Murray McKechnie Chairman ___________________________________________________________________________________________ BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE JUDICIAL CONTROL AUTHORITY UNDER THE RACING ACT 2003 IN THE MATTER of New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing RACING INTEGRITY UNIT INFORMANT RICHARD BROSNAN, Licenced Trainer DEFENDANT Judicial Committee: Mr Murray McKechnie, Chairman & Mr Gavin Jones Present: Mr Andy Cruickshank, Racing Investigator, Racing Integrity Unit Mr Richard Brosnan, Licenced Trainer INTERIM DECISION NON-RACEDAY JUDICIAL COMMITTEE DATED THIS 9TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 2018 1. NATURE OF THE CHARGES 1.1 Mr Brosnan faces three (3) charges laid under Rules 1004(1A) and 1004(3) of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing. Those charges relate to horses being presented with the prohibited substance Cobalt. The charges relate to the presentation of the horse BOPPER JET at the Auckland Trotting Club on the 31st day of August 2017, the horse GRENADO on the 31st day of August 2017 at the Auckland Trotting Club and the horse OUR PETITE LADY on the 22nd day of September 2017 at the Auckland Trotting Club. There was a teleconference on the 19th January 2018. At that time Mr Brosnan indicated that he had pleaded guilty to all three charges and those pleas were recorded and those pleas were recorded. Mr Brosnan does not take issue with the summary of facts prepared for the Racing Integrity Unit. A copy of that summary of facts (2 pages) is attached to this decision and is to be read as part of the decision. 2. HEARING ON 9TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 2018 2.1 There has this afternoon been a hearing at Alexandra Park Raceway. The Committee has before it extensive submissions from the RIU. There are also detailed submissions from Mr Brosnan together with extensive testimonials and references. 2.2 On the 5th February 2018 Dr Andrew Grierson the Chief Veterinarian for Harness Racing New Zealand prepared a report for Mr Cruickshank the RIU Investigator and this has been made available to the Committee and to Mr Brosnan. At the commencement of the hearing this afternoon Mr Brosnan made it clear that he was concerned that this material had reached him very late and outside the clear timetable that was set at the telephone conference on the 19th January. Mr Brosnan also made it known that Dr Grierson’s practice acts for his stable and that he was concerned that Dr Grierson should in those circumstances prepare this report for Harness Racing New Zealand. That is a matter upon which the Committee cannot appropriately comment. If Mr Brosnan wishes to take that issue further then he must take that up with Dr Grierson. Mr Brosnan asked if he wished to have time to respond to the material from Dr Grierson. He was told by the Committee that if he did wish to do that then the Committee would grant an adjournment of the hearing in order for that to take place. Mr Brosnan made plain that he did not wish to have an adjournment and “wished to get it over with today”. The Committee has considered the material from Dr Grierson. In particular the Committee is stuck by the very high cobalt level of 522 ug/L returned by the horse OUR PETITE LADY on the 22nd September 2017. Mr Brosnan was asked about that. He said that the only explanation that he could offer was that medication given to that mare which medication had been obtained from the Auckland Veterinary Clinic may have brought that about. That medication is to prevent mares from coming into season. That medication was given to OUR PETITE LADY but not to the other two horses BOPPER JET and GRENADO. 3. SUBMISSIONS 3.1 The Committee has heard from both Mr Cruickshank and Mr Brosnan and they have responded to questions from the Committee. It was explained that it will be necessary to give a detailed reasoned decision as to the penalty level which the Committee will impose. That written decision should be available without significant delay. 4. DECISION 4.1 In the meantime this decision now sets out that the horse BOPPER JET is disqualified from Race 2 that took place at Alexandra Park Raceway on the 31st August 2017 and the horses which finished behind BOPPER JET are moved forward. That may affect the ratings of those horses in consequence. The horse GRENADO is disqualified in respect of Race 5 that took place at Alexandra Park Raceway on the 31st August 2017 and likewise the horses that finished behind GRENADO are moved forward one place in consequence of that disqualification. OUR PETITE LADY raced on the 22nd September 2017 at Alexandra Park Raceway and won Race 3. She is disqualified and again the horses that were placed behind her move forward in the places. There will be an order for the return of all stake money in respect of the horses BOPPER JET, GRENADO and OUR PETITE LADY. The rule under which disqualification has been made is R1004(8). The Committee is informed that the stake money has not been paid out and it follows from what is said above that this stake money will be distributed in accordance with the disqualifications which have taken place. When the Committee recorded that the stake money was to be refunded it was not at that time aware that the monies had not in fact been paid. 4. RESULT OF DECISION. 4.1 The decision given today is to be immediately notified by the RIU to Harness Racing New Zealand. A typed up decision will be available within a few days. A more detailed decision fixing the penalty levels and the reasons will follow thereafter. DATED at Auckland this 9th day of February 2018 Murray McKechnie Chairman ___________________________________________________________________________________________ BEFORE THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE AT AUCKLAND IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing BETWEEN RACING INTEGRITY UNIT Andy Cruickshank Investigator Informant AND Richard BROSNAN Licensed Trainer HRNZ Respondent SUMMARY OF FACTS The respondent Richard BROSNAN is a licensed Public Trainer and Open Horseman under the Rules of the Harness Racing New Zealand. On the 31st August 2017 “Bopper Jet” was correctly entered and presented to race by Mr BROSNAN in Race 2 the Hes Watching Tender Closes Tonight 8pm Mobile Pace at the Auckland Trotting Club meeting at Alexandra Park, Auckland. “Bopper Jet” is a 6 year-old bay gelding (Jereme’s Jet – Big Bopper) owned by Mrs J L Brosnan, R J Brosnan and A J Lavrencic and is trained by the Respondent Mr BROSNAN. “Bopper Jet” finished second of the twelve horse field and won a stake of $2465.00. “Bopper Jet” underwent a random Post Race urine swab. Mr BROSNAN does not contest the swabbing process. On the 31st August 2017 “Grenado” was correctly entered and presented to race by Mr BROSNAN in Race 5 the McGregor Bailey Chartered Accountants Hcp Trot at the Auckland Trotting Club meeting at Alexandra Park, Auckland. “Grenado” is a 6 year-old bay gelding (Pegasus Spur - Strapless) owned by Mrs P A Dunnell, Miss S D Brosnan, L M Gurney and Mrs J L Brosnan, and is trained by the Respondent Mr BROSNAN. “Grenado” finished first of the eleven horse field and won a stake of $6420.00. “Grenado” underwent a random Post Race urine swab. Mr BROSNAN does not contest the swabbing process. All swab samples from the meeting were couriered to the New Zealand Racing Laboratory and were analysed for the presence of substances prohibited under the Rules of New Zealand Harness Racing. On 28 September 2017 the Official Racing Analyst reported in writing that the samples from “Bopper Jet” and “Grenado” had tested positive to Cobalt. “Bopper Jet” returned a Cobalt level of 136 ug/L (micrograms per litre) and “Grenado” a Cobalt level of 128 ug/L (micrograms per litre). On the 22nd September 2017 “Our Petite Lady” was correctly entered and presented to race by Mr BROSNAN in Race 3 the Pegusus Spur Tender Closes 13 October Hcp Trot at the Auckland Trotting Club meeting at Alexandra Park, Auckland. “Our Petite Lady” is a 4 year-old bay mare (Pegasus Spur – Petite Sunshine) currently leased by C H Weaver and Miss I M Elsley and is trained by the Respondent Mr BROSNAN. “Our Petite Lady” finished first of the eleven horse field and won a stake of $7920.00. “Our Petite Lady” underwent a random Post Race urine swab. Mr BROSNAN does not contest the swabbing process. All swab samples from the meeting were couriered to the New Zealand Racing Laboratory and were analysed for the presence of substances prohibited under the Rules of New Zealand Harness Racing. On the 31st October 2017 the Official Racing Analyst reported in writing that the sample from “Our Petite Lady” had tested positive to Cobalt. “Our Petite Lady” returned a Cobalt level of 522 ug/L (micrograms per litre). Cobalt at a concentration above 100 micrograms per litre in urine is a Prohibited Substance within the meaning of the Rules and its presence in a race day sample is, prima facie, a breach of the Rules. Cobalt is an essential trace element required for life through the actions of Vitamin B12 of which Cobalt makes up about 5% of its weight. Cobalt is absorbed from the gut either as elemental or incorporated in Vitamin B12. Mr BROSNAN was spoken to at his home address on Thursday 5 October 2017. He was unable to explain the positive tests and was adamant that he had not administered Cobalt to any of his horses. Four 4ml vials of Cobalt Chloride were located in a fridge in the stabling area of Mr Brosnan’s property along with four syringes (1 x 1ml, 1 x 2ml, 2 x 10ml) which were taken for analysis testing. The vials of Cobalt Chloride were compounded by Optimus Healthcare Limited on 6 September 2012 and had a “Use by” date of 5 March 2013. When tested the vials were shown to have a level of Cobalt of 18000 mg/kg. The four vials were the remaining part of an order of 25 x 4ml vials. When the syringes were tested the 10 ml syringes had a Cobalt reading below .02 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram). The 1ml syringe showed a Cobalt level of 330 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram) and a 2ml syringe showed a Cobalt level of 69 mg/kg. Mr Brosnan was spoken to again on Tuesday the 5th November 2017 and the scenario that he had deliberately injected his horses with Cobalt was put to him. Mr Brosnan denied this and explained that he had the Cobalt Chloride on the recommendation of a Veterinarian. He stated that a few years ago the neighbours were using chemical sprays on their potatoes which was impacting the welfare and fitness of his horses. His vet recommended Cobalt as a method to pick the horses up although Mr Brosnan stated that the effect was limited. He stated that he forgot that the Cobalt was in the fridge and must have been since that time. He further stated that if he wanted to cheat he would not have left the Cobalt in the fridge where it would be easily located. Mr BROSNAN has been involved in the Harness Racing Industry for 50 years. He holds a Public Trainer and Open Horseman Licence and trains a number of race horses. Mr Brosnan has no previous breaches of a similar nature.

It hasn’t gone unnoticed in the horse world that Southern Bred Southern Reared have topped the last 2 National Harness Yearling Sales. Just what is Southland’s secret? It’s something the Waikato dairy industry discovered more than a decade ago when a swathe of farmers made the bold decision to transfer south – it’s a decision which paid off in spades. The unique combination of a temperate climate, long sunshine hours, plentiful rainfall and mineral rich soils just might be the secret! Grinaldi Lodge – beautifully set up for raising young stock with post and rail fences, outstanding pastures, plentiful water and abundant shelter, is for sale for the first time. And in it’s 18 years a plethora of outstanding racehorses have “grown up” on these fertile soils including the latest star Mr Mojito! Nathan Williamson broke the Southland trainers record training from this property. Little wonder it’s known as “The Golden Mile”. Two beautifully appointed barns, a gearing up and tack room, other modern sheds and an equine swimming pool are facilities designed to best meet the requirements of a progressive modern and safe horse environment. An amazing 740m2 home has the potential to provide the highest quality accommodation and entertainment. The secret is out – be bold and investigate how you can have the best Southland can offer within 2 hours of Queenstown – “Grinaldi Lodge  - it’ll pay off in spades!” Cardigan Bay, Young Quinn, Chicago Bull, Beaudene Boaz … horses love Southland and Southland loves horses. Click on this link for details on Grinaldi Lodge Harnesslink Media

The first day of the Waikouaiti Trotting Club’s meeting, which was due to be held on Thursday 22 February, has been postponed. This is due to some surface flooding on the track as you enter the back straight. The first day of the meeting has been postponed until Saturday 24 February, with the intention to hold the second day of the meeting on Monday 26 February. An inspection will take place on Friday morning by the Racing Integrity Unit. If for any reason the meeting cannot be held on Saturday the two day meeting will be abandoned. The track does drain quickly but obviously will be reliant on the weather over the next two days. Apart from the surface flooding the track is in excellent condition. Start times for the first day of the meeting, now to be held on Saturday, will be updated on the Harness Racing New Zealand website this afternoon.   HRNZ Marketing

Last week Harness Racing New Zealand released a circular to all clubs regarding the roll out of a set of Owner’s Minimum Standards. These standards were formed by the HRNZ Owners Sub Committee, and recommended to the HRNZ Board for approval. The aim of these standards is to unify the standard of service for owners around New Zealand, and also assist with increasing owner patronage on race day for clubs. The HRNZ Owners’ Sub-Committee has considered options for streamlining communication between clubs and their owners on race day. In reviewing ways in which to make a uniform plan for clubs to deliver a consistent clear message to their owners, the Owners’ Sub-Committee recommended to the HRNZ Board that a set of Owners’ Minimum Standards be introduced. These Minimum Standards (for each owner with a horse in at the meeting regardless of number of owners in each horse) are: - Free entry to the course - Complimentary race book - Access to the birdcage following their horse winning - Hospitality following the win, via President’s Room or Owners’ Bar - Communication from the club via email or text about the owners’ entitlements on race day These standards, which we know many of you have already, are a way in which we can streamline the delivery of information to owners. This allows owners, existing or new, to understand what they can expect on race day, but also provides the club the ability to directly market any on-course events or points of interest for the meeting - similar to the “Club News” on the HRNZ website, but in a more direct manner. The email will be sent via the HRNZ Marketing team through our Infohorse system, using information provided by the club. This service is free to clubs. It can be used to promote the owners’ entitlements for the meeting, and information around on-course catering, owners’ events and any other special information you wish to include. This will be required by 12noon Wednesday, the week of the race meeting to ensure timely delivery. In addition to the email service, clubs will also have the ability to use the HRNZ text service. This can be used in cases where there is a gate charge, where owners can show gate staff their text confirming they are to receive free entry to the course. The cost per text currently is 12c, and offers a more reliable, cost effective and faster option than mail. We are also able to track who has not received this information and follow up with them to ensure every single owner is communicated with for each individual race meeting. The ideal result from the Minimum Standards is to provide all owners with clear and consistent communication across the board, which will result in more owners attending race meetings and feeling valued. And having more owners on-course can only be a positive for all clubs. We hope to have all clubs on board with the Owners’ Minimum Standards by 1 March 2018, however clubs are welcome to start at any time prior to that date. If you have any queries, or would like to start using the text or email service, please contact Jess at Harness Racing New Zealand. Jess Smith – Communication and Ownership Co-ordinator jess@hrnz.co.nz 

Harness racing’s greatest trainer Mark Purdon has sacked himself off champion pacer Lazarus for Saturday’s $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile. And he says putting partner Natalie Rasmussen on the Mile favourite gives all involved their best chance. “It wasn’t a hard choice to make,” said Purdon, who has driven Lazarus to win two New Zealand Cups, an Inter Dominion, as well as the Hunter Cup earlier this month. “Obviously our team had a little bug through them last week and they didn’t race up to our expectations, and with that in mind, I want to concentrate on getting the best out of them this week. “That means me doing my job as a trainer to 100 per cent and I think if I am busy doing that then I might only do an 85 per cent job on the driving front. “This way Natalie can concentrate on the driving and make those decisions and I will handle the training details.” Rasmussen is best-known as the former trainer-driver of Blacks A Fake, who won almost every major race in Australia, except the Miracle Mile. But she finally snared the Miracle win two years ago with an inch-perfect drive on Have Faith In Me, who she co-trained with Purdon, who nosed out Lennytheshark in an Australasian record 1:47.5. Rasmussen owns the two fastest winning miles in Australasian history, having also driven Adore Me when she paced 1:47.7 winning the Ladyship Mile a year earlier. Champion pacer Lazarus will be aiming to bounce back from a shock defeat at Menangle last weekend. Picture: Ashlea Brennan. Her aggressive style, which often sees her launch between the 1200m and 800m poles and keep running hard is perfectly suited to Menangle’s big miles, not that Purdon thinks she drives there better than anywhere else. “She is a great driver on any track, simple as that,” he said. Exactly what version of Lazarus Purdon hands over to Rasmussen on Saturday night is hard to predict after his brave but well-beaten third behind Tiger Tara last Saturday. He was feeling the lingering effects of a virus which a blood report on Tuesday suggests is now gone, but Purdon is cautious. “The best thing I can go on is his blood report and it was a lot better so we should be able to get a good week into him,” Purdon said. “And the rain we had overnight on Monday helped settle the dust, which will also help. “But I will know more after he fast works on Thursday. I am confident he will be close to his peak on Saturday night but there is no money-back guarantees.” MIRACLE MILE Menangle, Saturday night 1: Tiger Tara (1) 2: Atomic Red (2) 3: Anything For Love (3) 4: My Field Marshal (4) 5: Jilliby Kung Fu (5) 6: Soho Tribeca (6) 7: Lennytheshark (7) 8: Charlaval (8) 9: Let It Ride (9) 10: Lazarus (10) Emergencies: Let It Ride, Atomic Red. LATEST BETTING: TAB FIXED ODDS Michael Guerin Reprinted with permission of The Daily Telegraph

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