Racing: Harness driver tested over the limit after race

Harness driver Blair Orange.
Harness driver Blair Orange.

Canterbury harness driver Blair Orange will learn of his penalty at Roxburgh today after recording a breath-alcohol level above the allowed Harness Racing New Zealand level of 100mcg at Omakau on Saturday.

Racing Integrity Unit racing investigator Barry Kitto said Orange was one of a random number of drivers to be tested prior to their drives at Omakau. Kitto declined to provide the breath-alcohol level returned by Orange.

Orange pleaded guilty and the Judicial Control Authority will release its decision on penalties today after submissions were made on Saturday.

Possible penalties include a suspension, a fine or both. It is believed to be the first case related to a high breath-alcohol reading in harness racing. Recent cases in thoroughbred racing include Terry Moseley in 2009 and Ryan Bishop in 2013.

- NZ Herald

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