Canterbury amateur harness racing driver Ray Reekie was suspended for 2 1/2 years for driving in a manner which diminished his chances of winning a race at Addington today.
Reekie who is well known for his agressive driving, challenged Alan Edge driving Russian Express for the lead between the 2100 metres and 1100 metres before weakening from the 900 metres to finishing a distant last on his own horse Zakspatrol.
Of particular concern to the Stewards was his decision to maintain his challenge for the lead for such an extended period, after his initial challenge had been unsuccessful.
After hearing the explanation tendered by Mr Reekie, Stewards issued him a charge under Rule 869(3)(g) in that he drove in a manner capable of diminishing Zakspatrol’s chance of winning the race.
The JCA subsequently suspended Reekie’s Amateur Horseman’s licence from the conclusion of racing today up to and including 15th March 2020, a period of 2 1/2 years.
Courtesy of Harnesslink Media