Investigation launched into Trentham meeting being abandoned

NZTR issued a statement on Sunday saying it has implemented an investigation into the circumstances which resulted in the abandonment of the Wellington Racing Club’s Group One meeting at Trentham on Saturday.

“NZ Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI) will commence a track review tomorrow morning, inspecting both the track and the data and reports from the Racing and Track managers,’’ NZTR CEO Bernard Saundry said.

“We have also requested a full report from the Racing Integrity Board (RIB) regarding the procedures leading up to and following the first race on Saturday,” he said.

“We understand the consequences and outcomes due to the abandonment which affect not only RACE but the entire industry - through to sponsors, patrons, owners, trainers, jockeys, stablehands, officials and punters - and of course the programming of horses and their races at this important time of year,” RACE Chairman Paul Humphries said.

“As an organisation we need to do better, work with our team, staff, NZTR and industry on process, infrastructure and investment to remove risk where possible to ensure this won’t happen in the future,” he said.

The statement said that NZTR is mindful of the fact that the abandonment has impacted the programme of a number of horses and that owners have been impacted financially.  Those horses in the abandoned races will be eligible for compensation in line with NZTR’s policy.

Once NZTR has reviewed feedback from NZSTI, a full report from RACE, and the Racing Integrity Board, a further statement will be made outlining the findings.