The Trainers & Drivers Association is pleased to advise that we have been asked to pass on commendation and thanks to our members from both the RIU and the JCA, for their overall acceptance of the new whip rules.
In consultation with the RIU, the Canterbury Branch of the Association wishes to advise that, henceforth horses entered in qualifying heats with less than four nominations will automatically be transferred to a maiden heat of the same conditions, i.e. mobile or stand.
Last year began with an incident that stunned the harness racing community in this Country, when we held our breath and waited for news on Ricky May. That episode, which thankfully had a happy outcome, was the ‘preview’ to a year that most people in the World would rate as one of the worst in history.
Way back in 1992, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in her Christmas message, made popular a Latin phrase, describing her year as an “Annus Horribilus” (loosely translated as a horrible year), after a number of controversies swept through her family.
It’s fair to say that, despite the system being generally accepted as being a good way of handling integrity issues in the harness racing industry, the RIU/JCA have, for various reasons over the past couple of years, taken on the image of ‘bogey men’.