Harness Racing New Zealand chief executive Peter Jensen will stand down on Friday.

Harness boss Peter Jensen stands down over health issues - ‘I can’t give it 100%’

Harness Racing New Zealand has lost its boss with the immediate retirement of chief executive Peter Jensen.

Jensen, who will stand down on Friday with health issues, said it was both an extremely difficult, yet easy, decision to make.

“I have underlying health issues and realise these have got to the point where I cannot give 100% to HRNZ at a time when it requires 150%.

“I know the timing is far from ideal, but I also understand that I am not able to give the organisation the energy and guidance that it requires at this time, hence my decision to retire and concentrate on my health.”

The HRNZ board said while disappointed to receive Jensen’s resignation, it was fully supportive of his decision.

Jensen had guided HRNZ through a period of great change, including the present venue-cutting proposals.

Jensen took up the top role at HRNZ in February, 2019 after 18 months as CEO at Addington Raceway.

Board chairman Ken Spicer said that in the interim, the board will help cover the various roles of the CEO and will start a recruitment process shortly with a view to making an appointment in the new season.

Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Wednesday night at Auckland

Race 1: Apieceoflou

“He’s really only in the field to get experience. He’s not up to the other two at this stage. He’s a big, slow maturing horse. He keeps improving without being spectacular but he’s a real trier.”

Race 1: Captain Nemo

“He’s been going well at the workouts without winning. He and Franco Nandor are both nice colts and I expect them to develop into tidy three-year-olds.”

Race 1: Franco Nandor

“He’s won his last two workouts but has a tricky draw and there are a couple of others in the race who go well. He’ll definitely improve with the outing.”

Race 4: American Dealer

“I like him as a horse and he’s likely to take the most improvement out of his latest trial because of his temperament. He’s a laid back individual and looks the best of our lot.”

Race 4: Larry Lincoln

“Larry’s very fast and he’s as forward as the other fella but I don’t know how tough he is yet. The draw’s a bit tricky.”

Race 4: Man Of Action

“He trialled super last Friday and never goes a bad race. We chucked him in the deep end with the bear cats in his last few runs and I think he’ll go well in this field. He’s on the up and is a much stronger horse now.”

Race 7: Copy That

“He’s the class horse of the field but he won’t be on top of his game yet. I’ll be instructing Maurice not to send him on a mission, especially as it’s over 2700 metres. He’ll still go well but I’m not expecting him to just line up and win. I couldn’t label him first-up.”

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