Racing Integrity Unit | News

The Racing Integrity Unit updates this news page on a weekly basis with New Zealand racing industry news.  Each week the RIU provide a synopsis of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings held across the country.

In addition, racing industry related press releases and other items of interest are posted on this page.

NEWS IN BRIEF - Week Ending 31 May 2020

posted May 30, 2020, 10:23 PM by Rick Quirk   [ updated May 30, 2020, 10:23 PM ]

Harness


Horse Penalties

COMFORTABLY NUMB | NZ Metropolitan 28 May; suffered bout of colic; veterinary clearance required.

TIME IN A BOTTLE | NZ Metropolitan 29 May; atrial fibrillation; veterinary clearance required. 

SMITHY | NZ Metropolitan 29 May; late scratching on veterinary advice; veterinary clearance required.

COBBER KAIN | Invercargill 30 May; elevated heart rate; veterinary clearance required.


Protest

RICHARD THE THIRD | Invercargill 30 May; excessive galloping in home straight; disqualified from 5th.


Greyhounds


Trainer/Handler Penalties

A Turnwald | Palmerston North 12 May (heard Palmerston North 26 May); weight offence; fined $100.

B Hunt | Wanganui 6 March (heard Wanganui 27 May); made false statement to Stewards; fined $350.

S O’Neill | Auckland 31 May; failed to scratch runner by prescribed time denying reserve a start; fined $300.


Dog Penalties

MITCHAM TREASURE | Christchurch 25 May; failed to pursue the lure; stood down for 28 days and must complete trial.

BIGTIME CHAMP | Wanganui 27 May; unsatisfactory performance; must complete trial.

PLATINUM PAISLEY | Christchurch 28 May; failed to pursue the lure but found to have serious injury; must complete trial.

ALENG | Auckland 31 May; failed to pursue the lure; stood down for 28 days and must complete trial.


NEWS IN BRIEF - Week Ending 24 May 2020

posted May 24, 2020, 12:58 AM by Rick Quirk

Greyhounds


Trainer/Handler Penalties

J McInerney | Palmerston North 19 May; weight offence; fined $100.

C Steele | Christchurch 19 May; weight offence; fined $100.

A Christiansen | Waikato 21 May; failed to comply with Covid - 19 protocols; fined $300.


Dog Penalties

OPAWA JODY | Wanganui 20 May; failed to pursue the lure; stood down for 28 days and must complete trial.

MASSIMO OSTI | Auckland 24 May; marring (3rd offence); stood down for 12 months and must complete trial.


NEWS IN BRIEF - Week Ending 17 May 2020

posted May 17, 2020, 1:53 AM by Rick Quirk   [ updated May 17, 2020, 1:53 AM ]

Greyhounds


Trainer/Handler Penalties

D Voyce | Christchurch 14 May; weight offence; fined $100.

Starter S Gillies | Palmerston North 12 May (heard Wanganui 15 May); failed to ensure lids had engaged correctly resulting in No Race; fined $300.

H Scott | Auckland 17 May; failed to scratch runner by required time denying reserve a start; fined $300.


Dog Penalty

HOMEBUSH GAMBLER | Christchurch 12 May; failed to pursue the lure but subsequently found to have serious injury; must complete trial.


General

Race 9 at the Palmerston North GRC meeting of 12 May was declared a No Race due to the lids opening prematurely.


NEWS IN BRIEF - Week Ending 10 May 2020

posted May 10, 2020, 12:13 AM by Rick Quirk   [ updated May 10, 2020, 12:14 AM ]

Thoroughbred 


Trainer Penalty

S & K Alexander | Non raceday dated 20 April; failed to present trials runner free of prohibited substance; fined $2,400.


Harness


Driver Penalties

B Shirley | Non raceday dated 17 April; use of whip; fined $550.

B Orange | Non raceday dated 30 April; misconduct; fined $1,000.


Greyhounds


Trainer/Handler Penalty

Starter J Baxter | Wanganui 6 May (heard Wanganui 8 May); opened door of boxes prior to start causing runner to be denied a fair start; fined $200.


Protest

DYNA BRYLEIGH | Wanganui 6 May; denied a fair start; declared a non runner.


General

The Auckland GRC meeting of 10 May was abandoned after Race 8 due to a fire in the workshop shed on the racecourse.


Follow up - Dawnlight

posted Mar 23, 2020, 2:39 PM by Veronica Algar   [ updated Mar 23, 2020, 2:39 PM ]

Racing Tauranga Saturday 21 March 2020

Race 4 BAYLEYS RESIDENTIAL HANDICAP (2100 metres)

Trainer D Sweeney advised Stewards she was satisfied with the post-race condition of the mare, however, has now been sent for a spell.

NEWS IN BRIEF - Week Ending 22 March 2020

posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:36 AM by Rick Quirk   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 2:36 AM ]

Thoroughbred 


Rider Penalties

T Moki | Taranaki 19 March; medical clearance required.

A Calder | Avondale 20 March; weighed in light; fined $300.

D Danis | Tauranga 21 March; careless riding; suspended 22 March - 2 April inclusive.

M Hashizume | Tauranga 21 March; careless riding; suspended 29 March - 5 April inclusive.

K Chowdhoory | Hororata 21 March; careless riding; suspended 24 March - 3 April inclusive.

J Laking | Hororata 21 March; excessive use of whip; suspended 24 March - 2 April inclusive and fined $200.

K Williams | Hororata 21 March; misconduct; fined $600.

BB Hong | Hororata 21 March; excessive use of whip; fined $300.

C Campbell | Hororata 21 March; excessive use of whip; fined $350.

K Williams | Hororata 21 March; excessive use of whip; fined $450.

B Murray | Hororata 21 March; excessive use of whip; fined $450.


Trainer Penalty

D Guy | Rotorua 18 March; incorrect gear; fined $50.


Horse Actions/Penalties

SAIGNON | Tauranga 21 March; lame right foreleg; veterinary clearance required.

BULLY BOY | Tauranga 21 March; lame right foreleg; veterinary clearance required.

CHARLIE AWESOME | Hororata 21 March; lame left foreleg; veterinary clearance required.

DON CARLO | Hororata 21 March; late scratching when found to be lame in right hind leg; veterinary clearance required. 

TUMBRIL | Masterton 22 March; late scratching when found to be lame in preliminary; veterinary clearance required.


Protests

YOUKNOWHATIMEAN | Avondale 20 March; rider weighed in light; disqualified from 7th.

CONFECTIONERY | Avondale 20 March; denied a fair start; declared a non runner.


Harness


Driver Penalties

M Northcott | Waikato Bay of Plenty 19 March; failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures; suspended 20 March - 17 September inclusive and fined $500.

A Temu | Waikato Bay of Plenty 19 March; careless driving; suspended 20 March - 29 May inclusive and fined $200.

C Negus | NZ Metropolitan 24 January (heard NZ Metropolitan 20 March); failed to drive runner to line; suspended 23 March - 22 April inclusive and fined $400.

M Anderson | NZ Metropolitan 20 March; use of whip; suspended 28 March - 5 April inclusive.

R Cameron | Banks Peninsula 15 March (heard Waimate 22 March); use of whip; suspended 23 March - 2 April inclusive.

 L Dobbs | Waimate 22 March; careless driving; suspended 24 March - 11 April inclusive.


Trainer Penalties

G Anderson | Non raceday dated 16 March; failed to present runner free of prohibited substance; fined $5,000.

A Matthews | Waikato Bay of Plenty 19 March; late gear change; fined $50.

R Todd | NZ Metropolitan 20 March; incorrect gear; fined $100.

B O’Meara | Waimate 22 March; incorrect gear; fined $100.


Horse Actions/Penalties

HELLUVA WAY | Winton 21 March; irregular heartbeat; veterinary clearance including ECG required.

SENORITA MARGARITA | Waimate 22 March; late scratching when found to be lame in preliminary; veterinary clearance required.


Protests

KIWITRIX | Winton 21 March; lapped on; relegated from 1st to 2nd.

TOLKIEN | Winton 21 March; excessive galloping in home straight; disqualified from 4th.

CALL THIS FUN | Waimate 22 March; excessive galloping in home straight; disqualified from 5th.

ALEXY | Waimate 22 March; denied a fair start; declared a non runner.

HIGHLAND REIGN | Waimate 22 March; denied a fair start; declared a non runner.

FOUR STARZZZ SHIRAZ | Waimate 22 March; denied a fair start; declared a non runner.


Greyhounds


Trainer/Handler Penalties

K Herbert | Waikato 19 March; scratched runner without a valid reason; fined $150.

J McInerney | Wanganui 20 March; failed to produce papers; fined $50.


Dog Penalty

GOLDSTAR TAWNY | Christchurch 19 March; unsatisfactory performance; must complete trial.


Follow up - Loire

posted Mar 17, 2020, 4:49 PM by Veronica Algar   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 4:49 PM ]

Wellington RC Saturday 14 March 2020

Race 8 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (Group 1)

Stable representative D Williams reported the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the filly, however, has now been sent for a spell. 

Follow up - Bo Jackson

posted Mar 17, 2020, 4:47 PM by Veronica Algar   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 4:47 PM ]

Matamata RC Wednesday 11 March 2020

Race 3 TOKOROA COSMOPOLITAN CLUB (INC) & TREES TAVERN 1200

A Herbert advised Stewards that upon return to the stable, the colt underwent a veterinary examination which confirmed BO JACKSON to be shin sore, and has now been sent for a spell.

NEWS IN BRIEF - Week Ending 15 March 2020

posted Mar 15, 2020, 12:41 AM by Rick Quirk   [ updated Mar 15, 2020, 12:41 AM ]

Thoroughbred 


Rider Penalties

M Kareem | South Waikato 11 March; careless riding; suspended 15-26 March inclusive.

A Balloo | Ashburton 12 March; excessive use of whip; suspended 13-23 March inclusive.

R Beeharry | Ashburton 12 March; careless riding; suspended 13-28 March inclusive.

A Goindasamy | Tauranga 14 March; careless riding; suspended 22-28 March inclusive.

C Burdan | Tauranga 14 March; careless riding; suspended 15-22 March inclusive.

M Hashizume | Tauranga 14 March; medical clearance required.

J Waddell | Wellington 14 March; careless riding; suspended 15-29 March inclusive and fined $1,500.

T Thornton | Wellington 14 March; medical clearance required.

R Hannam | Woodville-Pahiatua 15 March; careless riding; suspended 23-29 March inclusive.

K Asano | Woodville-Pahiatua 15 March; medical clearance required.


Trainer Penalties

S Marsh | Tauranga 14 March; incorrect saddle cloth; fined $50.

D Guy | Tauranga 14 March; late rider declaration; fined $50.  


Horse Actions/Penalties

NATHAN DETROIT | Ashburton 12 March; laceration to leg; veterinary clearance required.

HE’S GOLD | Ashburton 12 March; bled; stood down for 3 months and veterinary clearance required.

JACK THE LASS | Tauranga 14 March; late scratching after rearing in barriers; must complete trial.

HEART OF STONE | Wellington 14 March; late scratching after becoming cast over back of gate; must complete trial.

KICK START | Wellington 14 March; lost chance at start; must complete trial.


General

The Te Aroha JC meeting scheduled for 13 March was abandoned due to lack of nominations.


Harness


Driver Penalties

F Schumacher | Manawatu 12 March; failed to affix chin strap; fined $200.

J Cox | NZ Metropolitan 14 February (heard NZ Metropolitan 13 March); dangerous driving; suspended 9 March - 18 April inclusive.

P Court | NZ Metropolitan 13 March; use of whip; fined $200.

R Houghton | Banks Peninsula 15 March; use of whip; suspended 16 March - 15 May inclusive.

J Young-Grant | Banks Peninsula 15 March; failed to return runner to correct gait; fined $250.

G Hunt | Banks Peninsula 15 March; use of whip; fined $200.

K Cox | Banks Peninsula 15 March; breach of push out rule; fined $200.

L Dobbs | Banks Peninsula 15 March; unnecessary use of whip; fined $300. 


Trainer Penalty

M House | Wanganui 10 March; late gear notification; fined $50.


Horse Actions/Penalties

ARDEN’S ACE | Wyndham 14 March; unacceptable barrier manners; must complete trial.

THE RHYTHM OF LIFE | Banks Peninsula 15 March; refused to begin; must complete standing start trial.

CALL THIS FUN | Banks Peninsula 15 March; late scratching on veterinary advice; veterinary clearance required.


Protests

ONE TWO MENNY | NZ Metropolitan 13 March; excessive galloping in running; disqualified from 5th.

ALADDIN SANE | NZ Metropolitan 13 March; lapped on; relegated from 4th to 5th.

SUNNIVUE PHILEAH | Wyndham 14 March; excessive galloping during race; disqualified from 5th.

ARDEN’S ACE | Wyndham 14 March; unacceptable barrier manners; declared a non runner. 


Greyhounds


Trainer/Handler Penalty

M Flipp | Non raceday dated 12 March; failed to present runner free of prohibited substance; fined $2,000.


Protest

SCOOBASI | Wanganui 20 December; raced with prohibited substance in system; disqualified from 8th.


Follow up - Mighty Aslan

posted Mar 10, 2020, 4:48 PM by Veronica Algar   [ updated Mar 10, 2020, 4:48 PM ]

Auckland RC Saturday 7 March 2020

Race 2 Ellerslie Jewellers & Engravers 2100

Trainer S McKee advised Stewards upon return to the stable the gelding underwent a veterinary examination, which included an endoscopic examination and blood tests which revealed no abnormalities. S McKee further advised at this stage he intends to carry on with MIGHTY ASLAN current preparation. 

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