New Zealand's harness racing industry has been shaken to the core as leading trainers and drivers face court appearances charged with either connection to race-fixing or supplying drugs.
Omakau is on the list of seven tracks Australian administrator John Messara has recommended closing to thoroughbred horse racing in the lower South Island.
There were more arrests yesterday in the alleged race-fixing and drug supply scandal that has rocked the New Zealand harness racing industry.
Veteran trainer Brian Anderton is calling for a calm approach to the rationalisation of southern racetracks.
The first foal spring foal has been born to start what is hoped to be another rich chapter in North Taieri thoroughbred breeding.
Three more people have been charged as part of investigations into a race-fixing scandal - all three over drugs, and one with possession of a stun gun.
A successful driver caught up in Operation Inca — a major police probe into alleged race-fixing in the New Zealand harness racing industry - has made a brief appearance in court today charged with fixing a Nelson horse race in June.
Seven people facing charges relating to alleged harness racing match-fixing have been banned from every racecourse in the country.
Southern harness racing officials have called yesterday's shock police investigation in to racing-fixing as a sad day for the sport.
Arrests are likely to be made this afternoon after police raided 10 properties, including a stable in Invercargill, as part of an investigation into race-fixing in the harness racing industry.
The proposed closure of the Reefton, Greymouth and Hokitika racetracks and confiscation of the assets was yesterday slammed as a land grab.
North Otago thoroughbred clubs are taking a measured approach to the news their racecourses could be axed and sold off.
Southland trainer Kirsty Adams bought her pacer Rake for just 10 bags of horse feed and he paid back that investment several times over with his win at Forbury Park yesterday.
Veteran 14yr-old pacer Motu Speedy notched the remarkable feat of winning his 14th race in his 12th season of racing at Forbury Park yesterday.
Lower South Island racing clubs have vowed to fight to keep their racecourses open, following the shock call for their closure on Thursday.
Shocking, surprising and stunning is how I would sum up the unveiling of John Messara’s racing industry report on Thursday, wrties Jonny Turner.
Do not expect talented galloper Jon Snow to be on the back foot in tomorrow’s Tarzino Trophy, despite him sitting out the entire autumn.
DriverTim Williams is certain Dream About Me will strip a fitter pacer at Addington tonight than she did a week ago - he just is not sure whether stablemate Thefixer will be just as improved.