Central Otago trainers' bonus

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 04/01/2014
Phil Williamson
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HORSEMAN: Phil Williamson leads the Central Otago Trainers' Bonus competition.

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Central Otago Trainers' Bonus

First, $4000; second, $1500; third, $500.

Points: First, 5; second, 3; third, 1.

Race meetings: Omakau (last Thursday), Roxburgh (tomorrow) and Cromwell (Tuesday).

Points Table

Phil Williamson...14

Tony Barron.........11

Greg and Nina Hope....10

Hamish Hunter........9

Kirk Larsen..............8

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Winton trainer Katrina Price intends to make an application to Harness Racing New Zealand to have the liquid titanium therapeutic horse mask approved in harness racing.

Yesterday, HRNZ announced the mask, which is similar to a hood, was prohibited.

''This item of gear is not currently approved by the Board of Harness Racing New Zealand,'' a HRNZ press released said.

''This item of gear should not be used in any workout, trial or race (official or otherwise) until such time as application for approval is made to the HRNZ Board and notice given.''

Masks are being used on some horses in work with Price and training partner-husband John. They started using the mask seven weeks ago.

''It's drug-free,'' Katrina said of the United States-made head gear, which reacts to daylight and improves bloodflow.

The Price-trained Looksmachnificent wore the mask when winning at Winton on December 29.

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