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New Experience

After 50 odd years of being involved in harness racing in one form or another, you would think I’d experienced pretty much everything that could happen in the game.
Pete Cook | 25/2/2021


Harness Racing New Zealand have announced that they will no longer be paying for the replacement of driver’s helmets.
Pete Cook | 18/2/2021


Its’ yearling Sales time once again, obviously this year, with a slightly different feel to it with a lack of overseas buyers attending in the flesh.
Pete Cook | 11/2/2021

Whip Rule Compliance

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.
Pete Cook | 5/2/2021

Qualifying Heats

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.
Pete Cook | 28/1/2021

Changing of the Guard

As most of the sane World watches and enjoys the ignominious departure of Donald Trump, it signals a very different approach to problems facing the Country he did his best to ruin.
Pete Cook | 21/1/2021

Not Again

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.
Pete Cook | 14/1/2021

Annus Horribilus Plus

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.
Pete Cook | 23/12/2020

Racing Integrity Board

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’.
Pete Cook | 11/12/2020
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