Day At The Track
Elle Mac,Harness racing

Harness Jewels 2018 – Horse update from the RIU

Shez All Rock (3yo Diamond) - Following the running of the New Zealand Pacing Oaks on Friday the 18th of May it was noted the horse Shez All Rock broke from its gait over the final stages and then paced indifferently through to being pulled up after the race. A post-race Veterinary examination showed the horse to have some minor shoulder soreness. The following day the filly underwent further Veterinary examination at the ‘All Star’ stables where some sensitivity was noted in the horses’ fetlocks. These joints have subsequently been injected. Stewards will continue to liaise with the stable regarding this. Elle Mac (3yo Diamond) - Driver and co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen reported she had been slightly disappointed with the efforts of this filly in the New Zealand Pacing Oaks. The stable have advised that it is their intention to have blood taken on the 22nd of May for analysis and undertook to notify Stewards of the results of these. Diababa (3yo Diamond) - Driver and co-trainer Terry Chmiel has notified Stewards that following this fillys performance in the New Zealand Pacing Oaks, which he perceived to be disappointing, a Veterinary examination was carried out. Resulting from this the filly has had her fetlocks injected. Mr Chmiel also had blood taken for analysis and undertook to notify Stewards of the results. Run Boy Run (4yo Emerald) - Run Boy Run was late scratched from the Oamaru HRC meeting on the 20th of May after being found to be lethargic and off it’s food on race morning. Trainer Mitchell Kerr has advised that the horse was also displaying some nasal discharge and a course of treatment has commenced. Mr Kerr added that it was his intention to continue with the horses’ preparation towards the Harness Jewels. Jesse Duke (2yo Emerald) - A slight lump was noticed on the front right leg of this horse following its winning performance in the Sires Stakes Final at Addington Raceway on the 18th of May. The Stable notified Stewards of this and their intention to have the leg scanned. This afternoon a Veterinarian scanned the leg and was satisfied the horse was able to continue with its Harness Jewels preparation. Stewards will continue to liaise with the stable regarding this. HRNZ

Pres The Belle,Harness racing

Orange wins on Pres The Belle

The Pres mare Pres The Belle is one of the most improved trotting mares south of the Waitaki. From thirteen starts this season she has won four races - the last three in a row. “She’s getting a bit of ring craft and is strengthening up. Getting her off the unruly was a big thing. It puts her in the race now. Being on the unruly did teach her to get away,” said Mosgiel trainer Darryn Simpson. Today’s at Gore, the country’s leading reinsman Blair Orange took the mare to the top with a lap to run. With 500 metres to go he pressed the go button and she put three lengths on her opposition. She came away in the straight to beat Miss Bamboocha by five and a quarter lengths. “She’s the real deal. Just a nice horse all round and steps up on race day.” Pres The Belle is raced on lease by Stewart Campbell, Des Minehan, Dexter Nind and Stewart Heal. Winning connections - Photo Bruce Stewart. “What she has done this year has been a bonus. She’s going to be better with time and I’d like to think she’s going to be better next season. There’s a race for her in Invercargill so that may be it for the season.”    Pres The Belle was bred by the Grice Brothers and is out of the eight win Sundon mare Daisy Belle which Stewart Campbell trained. It’s a family that has left primarily very good pacers like Palestine (18 wins), Barbara Del (9), Derby (11), Cock Robin (6) and Bahrein (5).   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Kiwi Crusher,Harness racing

Second win for Kiwi Crusher

Kiwi Crusher has always had ability but the string of outs early in this season indicate she doesn’t always bring her A game. Today (Saturday) at Gore she was on her best behaviour and at start twenty three and second run for new trainer Graeme Anderson, she recorded her second win. Anderson has had the four year old Sundon mare six weeks, after she’d spend time with Craig Laurenson and Brian Norman. “She arrived in good order from Brian Normans. The straight line beach training has changed her attitude,” said stable representative Andrew Suddaby. A return to form looked immanent after she ran third at Forbury in her previous start. “She was probably one run short at her last start. Today she was pretty spot on and it was a winnable race. The pull down blinds made a difference today.” From the unruly mark on the 35 metre handicap, driver Dexter Dunn settled the mare last of the bunch. With 800 metres to run he launched her three wide. She was shunted out four wide at the 600 but came five wide with her run turning in and trotting boldly down the middle of the track. Kiwi Crusher appeared not to see Nottingham K Two coming up the inside, so Dunn had to drive her right out to win by half a length. Dexter Dunn getting busy on Kiwi Crusher (14) - Photo Bruce Stewart. “It’s definitely not her last win today but she may find the step up a bit tougher. That run today showed she’s definitely got another couple of wins in her at least,” said Suddaby. Kiwi Crusher is out of the Son Of Afella mare Cushion. Cushion was out of Evasion which was by Lordship. Evasion left Arden Meadow which won nine races, and Arden’s Dream, one of the foundation mares for Arden Lodge in Tapanui.   The win on Kiwi Crusher was one of three by Dexter Dunn. His other wins were on the Tony Stratford trained Little Rain and Betstars Blue Jean trained by Matt Saunders. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  

The Bull Pen,Harness racing

Tintin In America gelding wins at Gore

The Bull Pen bred and owned by Riversdale breeder Neil Timms has come a long way in a short time. The Tintin In America five year old gelding is only in his second preparation after Timms completely forgot about him. “He (Timms) broke him in as a yearling and forgot about him until he was a four year old. We got him out of the paddock and started jogging him for about three months. We thought we‘d better throw some hopples on him to see whether he was any good. We qualified him in his first prep and he went 3-02. We threw him out and brought him back this year so it’s only really his first season of racing,” said trainer Brent McIntyre.  The Bull Pen (2) winning his second race at Gore - Photo Bruce Stewart. The Bull Pen is named after a Welsh holiday destination. “A friend of mine owned a cattle stud in Brecon in Wales and they made it into accommodation and called it The Bull Pens. It’s in Clanfigangel Nat Bran. I used to work for the guy's father in the 1970s when it was a farm,” said Timms. The Bull Pen is out of the Live Or Die mare One Ali which was trained by Ben Waldron. “She was a high speed mare who ran quite a few placings. She would have won from a stand but wasn’t good enough from behind a mobile. She’s in foal to Raging Bull,” Timms said. So why Tintin In America? “I went to him because of his high speed and he was within my price bracket for that year.” In today’s race, after the early rush, driver Maruia Parker who works for McIntyre restrained The Bull Pen into the one one. At the 300 metre mark she was travelling well enough to move out and start to challenge the leaders. And in a dogged finish, The Bull Pen got up to beat Misty Memories by a neck with another half a neck back to El Dinero. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Schweinsteiger looks to be a horse with a bit of speed and the way in which he finished off his race today (Saturday) at Gore the win in the Advance Agriculture Mobile Pace won’t be his last. The three year old gelding is raced by the What Ever Syndicate and trainer Hamish Hunter – the same group that won twenty five races and $682,514 with Cup Class pacer Franco Ledger. Schweinsteiger was purchased for $16,000 at the 2016 Sale of the Stars by the syndicate. “He was the only Falcon Seelster at the sale that year and he was a second thought. He was a similar size to Franco Ledger – very small,” said syndicate member Tony O’Neil. The What Ever Syndicate are mainly from Central Otago and are made up of Rugby fans. However Mike Cornelius is the odd one out.      “He’s the only soccer fan in the syndicate which is a bit sad. He’s happy that the horse is named Schweinsteiger because he’s named after a famous German soccer player. His stable name is Mad Mike,” said another syndicate member Ken McConnell. Tony O'Neil and his wife (left) with Ken McConnell and Schweinsteiger's  - Photo Bruce Stewart Football player Bastian Schweinsteiger played for thirteen seasons for Bayem Munich, represented Germany between 2004 and 2016 and is the fourth most capped German football player of all time. The syndicate was confident of a good showing today after a promising fourth at Winton last weekend. “Hamish doesn’t give much away but we were happy with the way he came home last week,” said Tony. The syndicate also race Broadway Banner and plan to have a get together next weekend at Invercargill. Their ‘frontman’ Brendon McIntyre was noticeably absent today. “He’s playing rugby and trying to kill himself. This is far easier,” said McConnell. O’Neil is also in the Gotashearasheep Syndicate that owned the third place getter Unloaded, trained by Peter Hunter. Schweinsteiger was bred by Cavalla Bloodstock and Canterbury Race Caller Mark McNamara and is out of Miss Moonlite Shadow. Miss Moonlite Shadow is by Christian Cullen out of Sirius Flight which is the dam of classy pacers Malak Uswaad (9 wins and 1-49.4 USA) and Timeless Perfection (6 wins). Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

Neil, who has been in indifferent health for some time, suffered severe back pain late in the week and was removed to hospital on Thursday. The family, including his wife, Rose  were summoned on Friday evening and he passed some hours later. His last harness racing runner, Mach Up, had been a winner for Mark at Addington a few hours before.  He was 80 Neil has been closely associated with Mark's training career from the start of it. "We had been family friends for years. Neil was in Kumeu earlier and transported the horses down south for Roy and Barry and was then in Christchurch so the association continued when I moved south" Mark said. Neil played a key role in that stage of Mark's career as a backer, advisor and "volunteer" stable hand. In more recent times he was the man finessing the track before fast work at Rolleston and master of the kitchen for staff breaks. But he did a lot more than that. Much more. He raced any number of successful horses, most notably the $2.5m winner Smolda and his contemporary Fly Like an Eagle as well as outstanding horses like Waikiki Beach (19 wins), Major Mark (12 NZ wins)  Follow the Stars (16 wins), Classic Cullen (16 wins) Border Control (18 wins)  Ohoka Dallas and  Russley Rascal ) to name a few.  But he remembered with affection lesser winners of earlier days in the north of which he told many stories. And his winning tally could have been much higher but for the fact that Neil just loved "the deal" and was always prepared to sell horses for export before they reached their potential. He preferred to race with one or more partners than solo ownership though he did both, "You always leave something in the horse for the next owner. I have always followed that and if you do it they will come back for more" he used to say and a lifetime of experience in doing deals meant he was a man to listen to. "He was just a really good bloke and of great support to me in so many ways" Mark said "Roy and Barry had a horse for him, I think Speedy Demo who  started his racing association with our stable. He was a good friend of Peter Wolfenden in those days and Peter Young trained for him as well. He was a regular at the Kumeu track which is where we got to know him well" "Like everyone else you always expected him to bounce back from a bout of bad health. He had done it so many times" "It is a sad day for those of us who knew him but you are reassured by the knowledge that Pilch had done so many things in his life that he would have gone having no regrets" Although Neil realised he was nearing the end of his life it never affected his spirit. He went to the Yearling Sales and spent $120,000 on one lot {"He was one of our owners we couldn't put a limit on !" Mark says) and more recently has invested in several new ventures including the trotter Musculus just two weeks ago in anticipation of another Harness Jewels runner. He had hoped to be at Addington Friday where he had three runners engaged and then head north for Cambridge. It is a great sadness for Neil Pilcher's family and many friends as well as a host of associates that this time he will not be there. Courtesy of The All Stars site

Speedy Australian 3yo harness racing filly Shez All Rock has crushed the opposition in the $150,000 (Gr1) NZ Oaks in what was her first New Zealand start at Addington raceway tonight. Co-trainer and driver Mark Purdon settled Shez All Rock back beyond midfield early in the race before looping the field to lead with 800m to go and then easily holding the rest of the field off up the straight. In the end Shez All Rock won untouched by more than two lengths despite a skip and a gallop just after the line. Purdon was rapt with the win saying she would improve a lot after tonights run. "I wasn't sure what to expect tonight but she delivered and delivered stylishly. "When we were travelling so well in the race and when I let her down a bit turning for home, I knew nothing would come off her back and beat her," he said after the race.  The race favourite Elle Mac was game in defeat running second and Bettor Trix was just as good in third, making it an All Stars trifecta in the race. Shez All Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven - Irish Loch) paced the 2600m mobile in 3-11.0, with a closing 800m in 56.7 and 400m in 26.9 seconds.  Harnesslink Media  

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

Australian Group One winning trotter, Dance Craze, has accepted an invitation to the 2018 Harness Jewels. Following the withdrawal of Custodian from the 4YO Ruby yesterday, interest was high from the harness racing connections of the former Breeders Crown winner to take part in the race.   A four-year-old mare by Muscle Hill out of the great mare, La Coocaracha, Dance Craze has an impressive career record of 11 starts, 8 wins, and 2 seconds.  Included in that haul, along with her Group One Breeders Crown win, is a Group Two victory in the Trot NSW Three-Year-Old Final. She also placed second in the Group One Victoria Trotting Derby, and second in the Group One Need for Speed Princess Final last season.  Dance Craze resumed just yesterday (17 May) with a win as a four-year-old when successful at Ballarat. She is prepared by Anton Golino of Cardigan in Victoria, who trains exclusively for the owners (Yabby Dam Farms). Golino’s rise to success has been a remarkable one. After being involved in a motorbike accident when a farrier, he was forced into a wheelchair for a year. It was after that he decided to head to the United States to expand his skills.  His experience with Noel Daley there then led him to work in Sweden and France, and upon returning to Australia to train he was then approached by Pat Driscoll to work for Yabby Dam Farms.  The partnership has gone from strength to strength.  Dance Craze is regularly driven in Australia by Nathan Jack, who was set to bring Custodian to the Jewels prior to the horse being withdrawn.  Her dam La Coocaracha was an outstanding trotter. She was a three time Group One winner and amassed 23 victories during her career.  One of her Group One wins came on New Zealand soil when successful in the 2002 Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park.  Dance Craze will now try and emulate her dam by taking success at the highest level in New Zealand.  Harness Racing New Zealand

In what looks to be a gettable harness racing Pick Six at Addington tonight the All Stars stable hold the key to several of the races. As well as having the favourite in most of the races they look to have two anchors in two of the legs with the best of them being Mach Up in the last race. The first leg of Pick Six is quite even and a good 2yo field but we think the All Stars four runners have the edge on the others. The Mark Purdon/Natalie Ramussen trained Jesse Duke will improve off the back of his last run and Mark Purdon said on the All Stars website  "He went a good race last time because I had had mixed signals from him earlier but I still rate Another Masterpiece as the best of ours. Not a lot between them and luck in the running is always a big thing in these 1950m races. He is a winning chance -just has to pick up a bit from last time" Enghien looks to be an anchor in the second leg, if he can trot all the way against a weaker field than he has been racing against. Only bad manners here can beat him. Elle Mac should also be considered as an anchor in Leg three. She demolished these fillies last start and the extra distance should help and not hinder her at all.  In the 3yo trot (Leg Four) Paramount King looks a good bet but throw in Stress Factor and Valloria for cover. Pats Delight and Funatthebeach look to be the only two needed in $40,000 Listed 3yo pacing race (Leg Seven). Mach Up is in the last leg and we consider him to be the bet of the night. He has a good draw and is running good times and will be very hard to hold out in the last leg. Suggested Pick6 – Races 6-11  $25,000  Leg 1      1,2,4,6 Leg 2      5 Leg 3      13 Leg 4      2,3,4 Leg 5      6,7 Leg 6      6   $24.00 for 100%   Harnesslink Media    

Harness racing trainer Gavin Smith has been fined $750.00 for striking his own horse. Nothing wrong with that you say! Except the horse he hit with his whip was racing next to him and being driven by another driver. At the North Canterbury trials on the 9th May Gavin Smith was driving Bronx Village (a horse he trains) who was leading as the field turned for home with Reverse Phsychology, Smith’s other runner in the race who was being driven by Siv Diamant, in the trail. Reverse Phsychology improved to Smith’s outside and shortly afterwards he drew his whip and struck that horse on one occasion. Smith admitted he had acted in moment of stupidity and said that he had told Siv that she would have to be tough on the horse, as he was a bludger. He said that he could see he was going well when he raced up beside him but straight away “knocked off”. Siv was only giving the horse little flicks, he said, and he had yelled to her to “get up him”. Smith said Siv continued on with the little flicks and without thinking he reached around and struck the horse. He did not even think about it being a trials day and that it was a spur of the moment, a stupid thing to do. The JCA submitted that a $500 fine and a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty, but after taking all factors into account determined that a $750.00 fine was a more appropriate penalty in this case.   Full details below:   BEFORE A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE IN THE MATTER of the New Zealand Rules of Harness Racing IN THE MATTER of Information No. A10183 BETWEEN SHANE RENAULT Stipendiary Steward for the Racing Integrity Unit Informant AND GAVIN SMITH of Kaiapoi, Licensed Open Horseman Respondent Date of Hearing: 13 May 2018 Venue: Phar Lap Racecourse, Timaru Judicial Committee: S Ching (Chair) D Anderson (Committee Member) Present: S Renault, the Informant G Smith, the Respondent Date of Decision: 13 May 2018 PENALTY DECISION OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE The Charge [1] Information No.A10183 alleges that: G Smith as the driver of BRONX VILLAGE used his whip to strike another runner namely REVERSE PSYCHLOGY, near the 200 metres. The Rules [2] Rule 869(2) reads as follows; 869 (2) No horseman shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations made by the Board. Use of the Whip Regulation (g) reads as follows; (g) No horseman shall use their whip in such a way that it baulks, inconveniences, impedes or strikes another horse or horseman. The Plea [3] Mr Smith had signed the Information that the breach was admitted. Mr Smith confirmed this at the hearing. He also confirmed he understood the rule he was being charged with. Summary of Facts [4] On 9 May 2018 at the North Canterbury TOA trials meeting at Rangiora Racecourse, Open Horseman, Mr G Smith was the trainer and driver of BRONX VILLAGE in Race 12, a Non-winners Pace trial and was placed 3rd in the event. Mr Smith was also the trainer of REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, who was driven by Ms S Diamant, and was placed 2nd in the same event. [5] During the running and near the 200m, Mr Smith was observed to strike another runner, being REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY. [6] This incident was observed by the officiating Stipendiary Steward, Mr S Renault and recorded by the oncourse cameras. [7] Mr Renault made application pursuant to Rule 1103(4)(c) from the General Manager of the RIU, Mr M Godber, to lodge an information against Mr Smith for a breach of Rule 869(2)(g). This application was granted on 11 May 2018 and a letter was produced for the Judicial Committee. [8] Mr Smith was subsequently charged with a breach of Rule 869(2) in that he used his whip to strike another runner near the 200m. Informant’s Submissions [9] Mr Renault showed side on video footage of the incident to the Committee which showed Mr Smith driving BRONX VILLAGE leading as the field turned for home with REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, Mr Smith’s other runner in the race and driven by Ms S Diamant, in the trail. He said that REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY improved to Mr Smith’s outside and shortly afterwards Mr Smith drew his whip and struck REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY on one occasion. [10] Mr Renault stated that this was a deliberate action by Mr Smith who looked to his outside, saw his other horse there, drew the whip and struck the horse. Mr Smith, on the day, stated to Mr Renault, that he didn’t think his driver was hitting the horse or urging it on enough over the concluding stages. Mr Renault submitted that this was a safety issue as Mr Smith could not know what reaction the horse would take after being struck on the inside. He also stated that the Stewards take a dim view of Mr Smith’s actions and believe they are totally unacceptable. Mr Renault in answer to a question from the Committee, stated that Ms Diamant had informed him that the whip had struck the horse on the backside. Mr Renault said that even though it was only one strike, the perception to the betting public, was poor. Submissions of Respondent [11] Mr Smith stated that it was a “moment of stupidity”. He said that he owned REVERSE PYSCHOLOGY, that he was a “bludger” and hadn’t been anywhere in the past year. Mr Smith said that as he owns REVERSE PYSCHOLOGY and as he had a paying clients horse in the race, he had decided to drive BRONX VILLAGE. [12] Mr Smith said that he had told Ms Diamant that she would have to be tough on the horse, as he was a bludger. He said that he could see he was going well when he raced up beside him but straight away “knocked off”. Ms Diamant was only giving the horse little flicks, he said, and he had yelled to her to “get up him”. Mr Smith said Ms Diamant continued on with the little flicks and without thinking he reached around and struck the horse. He did not even think about it being a trials day and that it was a spur of the moment, a stupid thing to do. He also said that as soon as he had done it, could not believe how stupid he had been. He also said it was a bad look, a dumb thing to do, and still doesn’t know why he let it happen. Submissions of Informant on Penalty [13] Mr Renault for the RIU stated that Mr Smith had a clear record in relation to this part of the rule. He said that a breach of this particular rule where another horse is struck, was very uncommon and as such here were no precedents to assist with penalty. Mr Renault stated that the JCA Penalty Guide does not provide a starting point and only refers to penalty being “case by case on merits”. [14] Mr Renault submitted that an appropriate penalty in this case is a combined suspension and fine. He stated that this was a deliberate act which should not be accepted, and an appropriate penalty should be one that will send a clear message to all industry participants that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. Mr Renault submitted that a fine of $500 as well as a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty. Respondent’s Submissions [15] Mr Smith stated that a suspension as well as a fine was incredibly harsh for one strike at a trials meeting. He said that he was already suspended, for careless driving, from after the Addington meeting on Friday 18 May up to and including 27 May 2018. He said a suspension would be excessive especially as the first day of suspension would be the Harness Jewels day on 2 June. Reasons for Penalty [16] In determining penalty, we carefully considered all factors in regard to this breach. In mitigation, Mr Smith’s frank admission of the breach, his genuine remorse and his clear record in relation to this part of the rule, are factors to be taken into account. [17] Mr Smith admitted to an act of stupidity and also conceded that it was not a good look for the industry. We agree with both points and determined that these were aggravating factors. We also agreed with Mr Renault who stated that there is a need to send a clear message to all industry participants that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. [18] Mr Renault submitted that a $500 fine and a 3-day suspension be considered as penalty in this case. The JCA Penalty Guide does not provide a starting point for a breach of this rule but states that any penalty be on a “case by case on merits”. Charges under this section of the Whip Regulations with similar circumstances are so uncommon there are no historical precedents of penalty to assist us. After careful consideration this Committee determined that a combined penalty of a fine of $500 and a 3-day suspension would be disproportionate to the level of offending, especially in Mr Smith’s case where the first day of any suspension imposed would be the country’s premier meeting of the year, being the Harness Jewels meeting at Cambridge. [19] Taking all factors into account we determined that a fine was an appropriate penalty in this case. The level of this fine we set at $750. [20] Mr Smith is fined the sum of $750. S Ching CHAIR http://www.jca.org.nz/non-race-day-hearings/non-raceday-inquiry-riu-v-g-smith-decision-dated-13-may-2018-chair-mr-s-ching   Harnesslink Media

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

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

Another Aussie horse comes out of the harness racing Jewels. This time Custodian has been withdrawn after a vets examination today and will now head for the spelling paddock. Also, Cast No Shadow (2YO Emerald), Olivia Rachel (2YO Diamond), Shebang, Semiramide, Bettor Trix (all 3YO Diamond) and My Wee Man (4YO Emerald) have all been withdrawn from the Harness Jewels today. Bettor Trix will race in new ownership in the New Zealand Oaks on Friday night and will join the All Stars exodus to North America to continue her racing in that country. The Gavin Smith trained Shebang has changed ownership and will also head to North America for future racing.   Harnesslink Media  

As printed by Stuff, low-income families are the not only winners from the Government's first Budget, with race horse investors set to get a multimillion-dollar leg-up. Racing Minister Winston Peters has secured a tax change that means new investors in race horses will be almost $5 million better off over the next four years. A rule change will mean new investors in the industry will be able to claim tax deductions for the cost of horses, even if they don't own an existing horse breeding business. Deductions would only be allowed for investors in a horse if it was a "standout yearling", and acquired for the purpose of breeding for a profit. Each yearling would need to be assessed based on the "virtue of its bloodlines, looks and racing potential".  "Further consultation with the industry will be undertaken to finalise policy settings, draft legislation and set up administrative processes," a statement released by Peters said. New Zealand First aimed to re-establish New Zealand as a "first-tier country in racing", he said.   "The previous rules around tax write-downs did not serve their original purpose of promoting new investment, as they favoured established breeding businesses rather than attracting new entrants. "Quality breeding is the life blood of the thoroughbred racing code. It also helps sustain an iconic New Zealand industry and ensures New Zealand horses can compete with the best in the world," he said.   Tom Pullar-Strecker Click here for the story at Stuff website

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Shez All Rock (3yo Diamond) - Following the running of the New Zealand Pacing Oaks on Friday the 18th of May it was noted the horse Shez All Rock broke from its gait over the final stages and then paced indifferently through to being pulled up after the race. A post-race Veterinary examination showed the horse to have some minor shoulder soreness. The following day the filly underwent further Veterinary examination at the ‘All Star’ stables where some sensitivity was noted in the horses’ fetlocks. These joints have subsequently been injected. Stewards will continue to liaise with the stable regarding this. Elle Mac (3yo Diamond) - Driver and co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen reported she had been slightly disappointed with the efforts of this filly in the New Zealand Pacing Oaks. The stable have advised that it is their intention to have blood taken on the 22nd of May for analysis and undertook to notify Stewards of the results of these. Diababa (3yo Diamond) - Driver and co-trainer Terry Chmiel has notified Stewards that following this fillys performance in the New Zealand Pacing Oaks, which he perceived to be disappointing, a Veterinary examination was carried out. Resulting from this the filly has had her fetlocks injected. Mr Chmiel also had blood taken for analysis and undertook to notify Stewards of the results. Run Boy Run (4yo Emerald) - Run Boy Run was late scratched from the Oamaru HRC meeting on the 20th of May after being found to be lethargic and off it’s food on race morning. Trainer Mitchell Kerr has advised that the horse was also displaying some nasal discharge and a course of treatment has commenced. Mr Kerr added that it was his intention to continue with the horses’ preparation towards the Harness Jewels. Jesse Duke (2yo Emerald) - A slight lump was noticed on the front right leg of this horse following its winning performance in the Sires Stakes Final at Addington Raceway on the 18th of May. The Stable notified Stewards of this and their intention to have the leg scanned. This afternoon a Veterinarian scanned the leg and was satisfied the horse was able to continue with its Harness Jewels preparation. Stewards will continue to liaise with the stable regarding this. HRNZ
The Pres mare Pres The Belle is one of the most improved trotting mares south of the Waitaki. From thirteen starts this season she has won four races - the last three in a row. “She’s getting a bit of ring craft and is strengthening up. Getting her off the unruly was a big thing. It puts her in the race now. Being on the unruly did teach her to get away,” said Mosgiel trainer Darryn Simpson. Today’s at Gore, the country’s leading reinsman Blair Orange took the mare to the top with a lap to run. With 500 metres to go he pressed the go button and she put three lengths on her opposition. She came away in the straight to beat Miss Bamboocha by five and a quarter lengths. “She’s the real deal. Just a nice horse all round and steps up on race day.” Pres The Belle is raced on lease by Stewart Campbell, Des Minehan, Dexter Nind and Stewart Heal. Winning connections - Photo Bruce Stewart. “What she has done this year has been a bonus. She’s going to be better with time and I’d like to think she’s going to be better next season. There’s a race for her in Invercargill so that may be it for the season.”    Pres The Belle was bred by the Grice Brothers and is out of the eight win Sundon mare Daisy Belle which Stewart Campbell trained. It’s a family that has left primarily very good pacers like Palestine (18 wins), Barbara Del (9), Derby (11), Cock Robin (6) and Bahrein (5).   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing
Kiwi Crusher has always had ability but the string of outs early in this season indicate she doesn’t always bring her A game. Today (Saturday) at Gore she was on her best behaviour and at start twenty three and second run for new trainer Graeme Anderson, she recorded her second win. Anderson has had the four year old Sundon mare six weeks, after she’d spend time with Craig Laurenson and Brian Norman. “She arrived in good order from Brian Normans. The straight line beach training has changed her attitude,” said stable representative Andrew Suddaby. A return to form looked immanent after she ran third at Forbury in her previous start. “She was probably one run short at her last start. Today she was pretty spot on and it was a winnable race. The pull down blinds made a difference today.” From the unruly mark on the 35 metre handicap, driver Dexter Dunn settled the mare last of the bunch. With 800 metres to run he launched her three wide. She was shunted out four wide at the 600 but came five wide with her run turning in and trotting boldly down the middle of the track. Kiwi Crusher appeared not to see Nottingham K Two coming up the inside, so Dunn had to drive her right out to win by half a length. Dexter Dunn getting busy on Kiwi Crusher (14) - Photo Bruce Stewart. “It’s definitely not her last win today but she may find the step up a bit tougher. That run today showed she’s definitely got another couple of wins in her at least,” said Suddaby. Kiwi Crusher is out of the Son Of Afella mare Cushion. Cushion was out of Evasion which was by Lordship. Evasion left Arden Meadow which won nine races, and Arden’s Dream, one of the foundation mares for Arden Lodge in Tapanui.   The win on Kiwi Crusher was one of three by Dexter Dunn. His other wins were on the Tony Stratford trained Little Rain and Betstars Blue Jean trained by Matt Saunders. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing  
The Bull Pen bred and owned by Riversdale breeder Neil Timms has come a long way in a short time. The Tintin In America five year old gelding is only in his second preparation after Timms completely forgot about him. “He (Timms) broke him in as a yearling and forgot about him until he was a four year old. We got him out of the paddock and started jogging him for about three months. We thought we‘d better throw some hopples on him to see whether he was any good. We qualified him in his first prep and he went 3-02. We threw him out and brought him back this year so it’s only really his first season of racing,” said trainer Brent McIntyre.  The Bull Pen (2) winning his second race at Gore - Photo Bruce Stewart. The Bull Pen is named after a Welsh holiday destination. “A friend of mine owned a cattle stud in Brecon in Wales and they made it into accommodation and called it The Bull Pens. It’s in Clanfigangel Nat Bran. I used to work for the guy's father in the 1970s when it was a farm,” said Timms. The Bull Pen is out of the Live Or Die mare One Ali which was trained by Ben Waldron. “She was a high speed mare who ran quite a few placings. She would have won from a stand but wasn’t good enough from behind a mobile. She’s in foal to Raging Bull,” Timms said. So why Tintin In America? “I went to him because of his high speed and he was within my price bracket for that year.” In today’s race, after the early rush, driver Maruia Parker who works for McIntyre restrained The Bull Pen into the one one. At the 300 metre mark she was travelling well enough to move out and start to challenge the leaders. And in a dogged finish, The Bull Pen got up to beat Misty Memories by a neck with another half a neck back to El Dinero. Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing
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