Two top racehorses test positive for meth at Anzac Day race meeting

POSTED ON  |  10-06-2021

Allan Sharrock
Two winning thoroughbred horses trained by one of the country’s top trainers tested positive for methamphetamine at a race meeting on Anzac Day. The horses, Alhambra Lad and Reliable Miss, won their races at the Awapuni racecourse in Palmerston North on April 25. The races had stakes of $10,000 each.

They were trained by Taranaki’s Allan Sharrock, 57, who is in the top six thoroughbred trainers in the current New Zealand season. He has 867 career wins to his credit and has won more than $14 million in stakes. Sharrock says he is adamant the horses arrived at the Awapuni racecourse “100 per cent clean” and hopes further tests that have been taken will clear his name.

Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) head Mike Godber confirmed the organisation was investigating the Anzac Day positive tests.
  • “We’ve opened an investigation and that’s all we can say. MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) have been advised.”
A decision about whether to alert police would be made at the conclusion of the RIU’s investigation, Godber said.

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