The Breeders Cup has been run in Ky at Keeneland twice in the last 5 years including this year. They already have a state of the art turf course there and the Europeans were not deterred. IMO that course and most of the other major turf courses in the US would be lengths ahead of anything we have here.
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Not a good look for such a promising driver who appears to have lost his way
A harness racing star admits his actions were “despicable” when he choked and beat a woman who feared she was going to be killed.
Matt Anderson, a former New Zealand representative and national premiership-winning harness racing driver, was sentenced to three months’ community detention and 12 months’ intensive supervision by the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old was found guilty of assault and intentionally impeding breathing by strangulation after a judge-alone trial in July.
Strangulation, which became a specific offence in December 2018, carries a maximum penalty of seven years’ jail.
The assault happened at his home on February 2. He grabbed the victim around the neck and choked her, then threw her out of his house and locked the door to stop her from getting her car keys that were still inside.
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The victim crawled through an open window to try to get her keys, but was confronted by Anderson. He assaulted her again and kicked her face while she was on the ground.
The victim called 111 and told the emergency operator she thought Anderson was going to kill her. She was told to run towards the road.
Matt Anderson is a former New Zealand representative and national premiership-winning harness racing driver.
The woman told the court she saw Anderson run back to the house to get his car and she feared he would run her over. She jumped into a ditch and hid until she saw a police car arrive.
During the trial, Anderson denied he had assaulted or choked the woman. He claimed the woman had grabbed his arm and fell when he moved away.
Judge Stephen O’Driscoll rejected Anderson’s version of events, saying the bruises on the victim’s body were inconsistent with her falling onto the carpet, and what she told the court matched what she told the 111 operator.
The victim earlier told Stuff she wanted Anderson to acknowledge what he did. He had blamed her and refused to take responsibility for what he did throughout the court process.
“The only way this is not going to happen to someone else is if he realises what he did,” she said.
On Tuesday, defence counsel Allister Davis said Anderson had genuine remorse for his actions.
He’d had time to reflect on the incident, and acknowledged his actions were “despicable and not warranted in any way or respect”.n September 2018 police raided harness racing stables across the country amid allegations of race fixing and corruption as part of Operation Inca. Stuff understands much of the evidence in relation to the earlier drug charges against Matt Anderson was gathered during Operation Inca. (Video first published in September 2018)
The assault was out of character for Anderson and “a significant fall from grace” for him, Davis said.
Police argued Anderson lacked genuine remorse. Instead of acknowledging what he did, he went to trial and accused the victim of embellishing her statements to ruin his career, police said.
The judge said those who gave Anderson’s references were not present when the assault happened and did not see the victim’s bruises.
“What you did was wrong, Mr Anderson, and must not be repeated,” the judge told him.
The judge ordered Anderson to pay emotional harm reparation of $5000 to the victim.
Banned from racing
Just under a year ago, Anderson was discharged without conviction after admitting possessing MDMA for supply, and two charges of supplying MDMA.
Stuff understands much of the evidence against Anderson was gathered from covert surveillance as part of Operation Inca – a 17-month investigation that culminated in raids on 17 horse stables and properties in Canterbury, Manawatū and Invercargill in September 2018.
Although no criminal charges were added to his record, Anderson was charged by the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) as the acts were deemed detrimental to the interests of harness racing.
The RIU also charged him with refusing to supply information to its investigators, which was deemed more serious than the first charge.
He appeared before a Judicial Control Authority and was banned from harness racing for six months. The disqualification came into effect on August 1.
Davis said Anderson’s assault conviction meant he would not be allowed to enter a racecourse for two years unless he was granted permission by the RIU's exemptions committee.
He said the consequences of Anderson’s offending were significant.
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Last Saturday's jumps highlight was the Betfair Chase at Haydock over 4800m. Persistent rain meant Heavy ground faced the five starters but it was a fairytale end for BRISTOL DE MAI who won his third version of this race having been edged out last year by LOSTINTRANSLATION.
He made every yard and jumped superbly for Darryl Jacob. However, Haydock and Heavy ground play to his strengths and his limitations on quicker ground and other tracks have been repeatedly exposed. CLAN DES OBEAUX ran a fine race in second just tying up in the final 400m. He'll go to Kempton, where going right-handed and on better ground, he'll have a huge chance.
LOSTINTRANSLATION, who won the Betfair last year having had a run, came into this without a prep and faded tamely before four out. To be fair, his form is on better ground but he'll need to improve a lot to be a serious Gold Cup contender on this evidence.
This weekend's feature is the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle over 3200m. Currently, the ground in the north east is Good and this will help EPATANTE who re-appears for the first time since her magnificent Champion Hurdle success in March. She's 4/7 to win this and on all the evidence, if she comes to the race in form, she's past the post. The obvious challenger is SILVER STREAK for all EPATANTE beat him at both Kempton and Cheltenham last season.
SILVER STREAK returned with a smooth win on decent ground at Kempton and it's possible with the benefit of the run he may just have the edge. CORNERSTONE LAD won the Fighting Fifth last year but he was dismal at Cheltenham though comes here fit after a win on the flat at Redcar at the beginning of the month.
I do wonder if this is a move to get more runnings of the Breeders Cup to the track.
American turf courses don't look as well managed as European tracks - they can get very firm and rutted so a state-of-the-art turf course, if it can bring the Breeders Cup to Kentucky or stage new valuable turf races, could be a real investment.
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