Investigation shows Racing Integrity system works

The announcement that the Police have today executed search warrants on a number of racing industry participants as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged race fixing within the harness code while disappointing shows the racing integrity system is working, New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) Chair, Glenda Hughes said.

The actions taken today resulted from information received by the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU), an independent body charged with maintaining integrity in the sport.  That information initiated a co-ordinated and careful investigation between NZ Police and the RIU.

“The value of having an independent integrity body focused on investigating and prosecuting any alleged impropriety is reinforced in this action,” said Ms Hughes.

“Those involved in the industry and the Kiwi punters who support it must have confidence in the integrity of the sport,” said John Allen, NZRB CEO, which runs the TAB.

“I am confident that our integrity systems work and that where alleged breaches of our rules and of criminal law are identified, they are investigated and prosecuted appropriately,” he said.

As this is a Police matter, NZRB will not be commenting further at this time.

 

Kate Richards
Head of Communications
New Zealand Racing Board 

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