Media Statement - Natalie Rasmussen

posted Dec 20, 2015, 3:55 PM by Gabriella Fleming   [ updated Dec 20, 2015, 3:55 PM ]
Harness Racing NZ Driver Natalie Rasmussen, has been found guilty on three charges brought by the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) that she placed bets on horses in a race in which she was driving. 

On Tuesday 10th November 2015, in the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup, Ms. Rasmussen accepted a drive on the horse MESSINI in Race 10 after having placed a futures bet on SMOLDA, in the same race. At the time this bet was placed Ms Rasmussen had a broken elbow, and was not expected to drive in the New Zealand Cup. 

The second charge related to failing to advise the stewards. The third charge related to a bet placed on CHASE THE DREAM in Race 7, a horse that she was driving. 

The charges were heard by the Judicial Control Authority (JCA) which imposed a fine of $3750 with costs to the JCA of $350.