Hawke's Bay owners, trainers and breeders say the industry may become extinct within a decade while waiting for the New Zealand Racing Board to act on pulling it out of the doldrums.

Trainer John Bary told an NZBR "informal meeting" in Hastings today owners were heading to Australia to race because the stakes money was "embarrassing" in New Zealand.

"We're worrying about putting things right in 15 years but we may not have an industry here well before that," Bary told NZRB chief executive John Allen and his associates, Gary Woodham and Ian Long, who are part of a campaign

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