The first amateur harness racing driver in the country to reach 50 career wins is accused of breaking the rules by administering a substance on race day.
Sheryl Wigg, an Auckland-based amateur driver and trainer, dubbed “strike rate Sheryl” by a harness racing news site, had three horses scratched from separate races at the Auckland Trotting Club meet at Alexandra Park on Friday.
A Stipendiary Stewards report said Racing Integrity Board (RIB) investigators searched Wigg’s training premises on Friday afternoon.
As a result of the stable inspection the steward ordered that three horses Getn Wiggy Withit, Saint Michel and Happy Place be scratched under Rule 213 (1) (c).
That rule relates to horses that have had or may have had a prohibited substance administered. Under harness racing rules horses are not allowed to be administered any substance on race day.
by Sam Sherwood and Martin Van Beynen