A decision made yesterday at HRNZ’s Christchurch headquarters to change horses’ birthdays has been hailed as “a defining moment and a catalyst for change” in the harness racing industry.
A greyhound trainer could face tougher penalties after one of her dogs tested positive to methamphetamine after winning at Addington Raceway in Christchurch.
The chemical formalin is the latest performance-enhancing substance identified in Canterbury’s harness racing industry after a Woodend Beach trainer was nabbed by a sting operation.
Disgraced Canterbury harness racing trainer Jesse Alford has received a seven-year ban for horse doping offences as the crackdown on illegal activity in the industry continues.
It’s customary to get straight back in the saddle after a setback - but 70-year-old Canterbury harness driver-trainer Kevin Townley is not sure if he will ever climb into a sulky again after his latest accident.
An unidentified punter placed a $10,000 bet on a greyhound that later tested positive for methamphetamine after winning a race at Addington in Christchurch.
A greyhound trainer has been disqualified for four months and fined after methamphetamine was found in one of her dogs after a meeting at Addington Raceway in Christchurch last year.
Racing Minister Grant Robertson is launching a review into greyhound racing, saying he is not satisfied with the industry's work on animal welfare.
Disgraced former Canterbury harness racing trainer Mitchell Kerr has been banned for life after being found guilty of a range of charges related to duping owners on both sides of the Tasman.
Rachael Blackmore made Grand National history by becoming the first female jockey to win the race as she steered Minella Times across the finishing line at Aintree on Saturday.
Canterbury's Samantha Ottley has helped a group of female harness racing drivers raise $44,000 for ovarian cancer - all by winning in teal colours.
Canterbury harness racing trainer Jesse Alford who was allegedly caught injecting a substance into two horses is now facing racing industry charges.
Canterbury is harness racing’s epicentre in NZ. But the industry is plagued by illegal activities. Chris Barclay reports.
Top Canterbury harness racing driver Blair Orange’s eight-week ban for being over the breath alcohol limit has been reduced by two weeks.
WARNING: Distressing image. The British Horseracing Authority has barred Irish trainer Gordon Elliott from racing in Britain, pending an investigation in Ireland into a photograph of him sitting on a dead horse.
Warning: Distressing image - A photo of a top British trainer posing while sitting on a dead horse has provoked horror and anger across the world.
Samantha Ottley was typically low key after becoming just the second woman to notch 500 driving wins in NZ on Wednesday.
Top harness racing driver Blair Orange has been banned for eight weeks after failing a pre-race alcohol test.