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    Racecourse closure will bring end of an era for horse trainer and for Woodville

    Racecourse closure will bring end of an era for horse trainer and for Woodville


    Race days would be bustling, busier than the main street in town. Arguments would erupt over who got to use the tie-up stalls, and horses being exercised lined the nearby...

    Race days would be bustling, busier than the main street in town. Arguments would erupt over who got to use the tie-up stalls, and horses being exercised lined the nearby roads. 
    Messara Report a 'gun to the head' for racing clubs who own their land

    Messara Report a 'gun to the head' for racing clubs who own their land


    "​There will be a hell of a tear in my eye if this year is our last race day," John Gray says as he looks out over the 127-year-old...

    "​There will be a hell of a tear in my eye if this year is our last race day," John Gray says as he looks out over the 127-year-old racetrack.  
    Jockey suffers serious head injury in race fall

    Jockey suffers serious head injury in race fall


    Whanganui-based jockey Sarah MacNab is in Palmerston North Hospital with a serious head injury after a shocking fall at the Woodville...

    Whanganui-based jockey Sarah MacNab is in Palmerston North Hospital with a serious head injury after a shocking fall at the Woodville Racecourse.
    Trainer Chris Waller: why wonder horse Winx always comes last in my stable

    Trainer Chris Waller: why wonder horse Winx always comes last in my stable


    She has won her last 26 races, but in my stable Winx is like any other horse. She is in a routine. In fact, at race time she comes last as part of our...

    She has won her last 26 races, but in my stable Winx is like any other horse. She is in a routine. In fact, at race time she comes last as part of our tradition.
    Mile high: Winx thriving ahead of return to favourite course

    Mile high: Winx thriving ahead of return to favourite course


    Winx is set to bid her spring farewell to Sydney in Saturday's Colgate Optic White Stakes over her favourite trip of the Randwick...

    Winx is set to bid her spring farewell to Sydney in Saturday's Colgate Optic White Stakes over her favourite trip of the Randwick mile.
    Dargaville racecourse faces closure after more than a century

    Dargaville racecourse faces closure after more than a century


    Few horse racing meets match the Dargaville Racing Club's notoriously fun picnic event that thousands flock to each...

    Few horse racing meets match the Dargaville Racing Club's notoriously fun picnic event that thousands flock to each year.
    Suppressions in place on harness racing prosecutions

    Suppressions in place on harness racing prosecutions


    Wide-ranging suppressions apply to Canterbury harness racing figures who have appeared in court on charges including race fixing and...

    Wide-ranging suppressions apply to Canterbury harness racing figures who have appeared in court on charges including race fixing and drugs.
    Harness betting turnover holds up well despite race-fixing probe

    Harness betting turnover holds up well despite race-fixing probe


    If New Zealand's race-fixing scandal was meant to turn punters off harness racing, somebody forgot to send the memo to...

    If New Zealand's race-fixing scandal was meant to turn punters off harness racing, somebody forgot to send the memo to gamblers.
    Chocolate Fish swims to Great Northern Steeplechase success

    Chocolate Fish swims to Great Northern Steeplechase success


    Chocolate Fish proved his credentials as an out and out stayer when he out-toughed his rivals in Sunday's Irvines Great Northern Steeplechase (6300m) at Te...

    Chocolate Fish proved his credentials as an out and out stayer when he out-toughed his rivals in Sunday's Irvines Great Northern Steeplechase (6300m) at Te Aroha.
    Guilty verdicts in Australian harness race-fixing scandal

    Guilty verdicts in Australian harness race-fixing scandal


    One of Australia's premier harness racing drivers has been fined A$20,000 (NZ$21,746) and faces industry sanctions after being found guilty of...

    One of Australia's premier harness racing drivers has been fined A$20,000 (NZ$21,746) and faces industry sanctions after being found guilty of race-fixing.
    Behind the barriers of harness racing, an industry under the spotlight

    Behind the barriers of harness racing, an industry under the spotlight


    Some of New Zealand's top harness racing identities and figures are tied up in a major police investigation into race fixing. Some are charged with drugs offences. Martin van Beynen reports on an industry under...

    Some of New Zealand's top harness racing identities and figures are tied up in a major police investigation into race fixing. Some are charged with drugs offences. Martin van Beynen reports on an industry under siege.
    How the outcome of a harness race could be fixed

    How the outcome of a harness race could be fixed


    Is it really happening right under our noses or is the "cheats on seats" mentality just a...

    Is it really happening right under our noses or is the "cheats on seats" mentality just a myth?
    Harness racing could be crippled by race-fixing scandal

    Harness racing could be crippled by race-fixing scandal


    OPINION: Harness racing has survived a number of scandals over the years but the latest race fixing bombshell threatens to cripple the industry at a time when it is already on its...

    OPINION: Harness racing has survived a number of scandals over the years but the latest race fixing bombshell threatens to cripple the industry at a time when it is already on its knees.
    Ten arrested after 17 police raids during probe into race-fixing, drugs offences

    Ten arrested after 17 police raids during probe into race-fixing, drugs offences


    The tally of arrests as part of an unprecedented police inquiry into harness race-fixing and drug offending has risen to 10, after a second day of raids on stables and...

    The tally of arrests as part of an unprecedented police inquiry into harness race-fixing and drug offending has risen to 10, after a second day of raids on stables and homes. 
    Nelson race one of more than 10 being investigated in Operation Inca

    Nelson race one of more than 10 being investigated in Operation Inca


    A harness race in Nelson is one of more than 10 being investigated by police as part of an operation targeting alleged race-fixing and drugs in the...

    A harness race in Nelson is one of more than 10 being investigated by police as part of an operation targeting alleged race-fixing and drugs in the industry.