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Mark Purdon pleads guilty

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded an inquiry that commenced on Thursday February 24, 2017, into matters relating to the treatment of OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ and that horse being presented for an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Various evidence had been taken by Stewards through interviews with trainer Mark Purdon and foreman M Bowden as well as HRNSW Veterinarian Dr D Colantonio.  M Purdon and stable representatives have cooperated fully with the Stewards’ investigations. Subsequently, Stewards (by letter dated March 29, 2017) charged M Purdon with offences under the Rules which included; 1 - Charge pursuant to HRR 196B (1) and 4) - The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being a licensed trainer had on Monday, February 13, 2017, and without the permission of the Stewards, administered or caused to have administered to the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME serum, by way of an injection, being within one clear day prior to that horse contesting an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle, being contrary to the Rule” 2 - Charge pursuant to HRR 193. The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being the licensed trainer of the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME, had on Monday, February 13, 2017, caused to have an atomiser used to administer a serum to the horse and within forty-eight hours of that horse contesting an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle the following day, being contrary to part (2) of the Rule.” 3 - Charge pursuant to HRR 194.  The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being the licensed trainer of the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ and others, had prior to Monday, February 13, 2017, procured a veterinary product which was not registered in accord with legislation and at various times between Monday, February 13, 2017, and Friday, February 24, 2017, had the said product stored at premises under your control.” By email dated May 22, 2017, Counsel for M Purdon advised the trainer pleaded guilty to all charges and made detailed written submissions in regards to penalty. HRNSW Stewards have now convened to fully consider the submission provided on the trainer’s behalf and the options available to Stewards in regards to penalty. Having considered the circumstances and the submission of Counsel, Stewards have determined the appropriate penalties in the circumstances as follows; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 196B(1) and 4) - to be a fine of $6000; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 193 - to be a fine of $6000; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 194 - to be a fine of $3000. In determining these penalties Stewards have acknowledged M Purdon’s guilty pleas, his disciplinary record over a long period and the subjective facts. Having regard to the totality principle in sentencing the Stewards having fully considered the total effect of the penalties announced are satisfied they are appropriate to that principle and the circumstances which prevailed. Mr Purdon was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Our Zak Whitby

Our Zak Whitby has the breeding

Friday night's Group 1 Owners Only Westbred 3YO Colts and Geldings Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park has attracted a quality field of youngsters but if there's one pacer in the race that was bred to win such a prestigious $100,000 feature then you should look no further than Our Zak Whitby and his form's not half bad either. He's won at four of his past five starts and will have the services of champion harness racing reinsman Chris Lewis. The Edwin Dewar bred, owned and trained Mach Three bay colt is bred in the purple with Dewar breeding from his great, grand dam Remit. Dewar also bred and owned Our Zak Whitby's grand dam, Whitby's Merit (15 wins and more than $107,000 in stakes), and the dam, Zerina Whitby (eight wins and just over $55,000 in prize money). "Our Zak Whitby's from the same family as Adore Me and a few other stars from the Mark Purdon camp," Dewar said. "Remit is a half-sister to Adore Me's great, grand dam Time Lag - it's a great family." Adore Me, who was retired about two years ago, holds the Australasian record for a mile by a pacer. She set the record for the fastest mile by a pacer outside of North America when she stopped the clock at 1:47.7 at Menangle in March, 2015. Adore Me was New Zealand’s champion three and four-year-old, but her career went to another level when she smashed the world record for the 3200m standing start, winning New Zealand’s greatest harness race, the New Zealand Cup at Addington. She then recorded a series of huge summer performances which left little doubt she was the greatest female harness horse produced in the southern hemisphere. The five-year-old mare was retired after 36 starts for 26 wins and seven placings for $1,677,032 in earnings, including 12 Group 1 wins. It's certainly a blue-blood family and Our Zak Whitby is only now starting to show the potential that Dewar always expected from the horse. "He was very unlucky as a two-year-old and never seemed to get a draw, especially in the big races," Dewar said. "He then developed hoof problems and we had to wait until his hoof grew out before we could put him back into work. That's why you never saw much of him as an early three-year-old. He's only now starting to hit his straps and he's racing in the best form that he ever has. It's an interesting race on Friday night with many chances, but I expect him to acquit himself well." Our Zak Whitby will have to be at his best after drawing poorly in gate 12 for Friday night’s feature although that is somewhat offset by Lewis' ability in the bike, it is a very even field with several realistic winning chances. Cases can be made for last-start winners Kerrin Joseph (gate 11), Baylan Jett (4) and the ever consistent grey Anvil Rollover (6), who is shooting for five wins on the trot. Throw in the WA Derby winner Handsandwheels (3), Davinci Diamond (2), Justin Prentice's two charges Bettor Be Lively (7) and Courage To Live (10), along with Lord Willoughby (9) and Bob Wheel (8) and you have a cracker of a race. However, there can only be one winner and if that winner is decided on breeding then Our Zak Whitby gets the nod. Wayne Currall

Cott Beach

Cott Beach ready for $100,000 Pace

Nominal favourite Cott Beach appeals as the horse to beat in Friday night's $100,000 Owners Only Westbred 2YO Fillies Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The lightly framed harness racing  filly has won at five of her eight starts and banked more than $72,000 for her lucky connections. The Advance Attack two-year-old will bump her earnings past the $136,000 mark, courtesy of the $64,000 winner's cheque, if she can salute in the Group 1 feature and it would take a brave man to suggest that she couldn't. Blythewood trainer Gary Elson has done a remarkable job to keep Cott Beach racing at her peak. She has been very consistent in her first season of racing with five wins, two seconds and a fourth in an ominous warning to Cott Beach's 11 rivals, Elson said his filly would be an improved horse from last week when she was sent straight to the front by regular reinsman Nathan Turvey and ran the opposition ragged to win by an ever-increasing margin. "She was short of a run last week," Elson said. "She's a lot fitter after that run last week and I expect her to be hard to beat. I was pleased that she had a relatively easy time of it in front last week." Cott Beach has drawn awkwardly in gate five for Friday night's assignment, but Elson doesn't see the draw as being a hindrance. "I'll talk to Nathan about the tactics," he said. "But it's hard not to use her at the start because she's got such good gate speed. It may have looked like she was a bit slow out last week when she took a while to get past the inside horse (Infinite Symbol) but it's always hard to cross the horse drawn directly on your inside. She also had a little bit of a skip and hop just before they sent them away. I think she'll be able to muster more pace from the middle of the line." Elson said Cott Beach was continually surprising him in her work at home. "I work her with the older horses, like Sprinter," he said. "She's a headstrong little thing and can sit on the back of a horse like Sprinter and follow speed really well and she's got a great turn of foot when she follows pace - she can really ping when she's held up for one run." Elson said Cott Beach would, in all likelihood, have one more start this campaign. "If she goes as well as I expect her to on Friday night then we'll set her for the Golden Slipper in a couple of weeks," he said. "I know a horse like Jack Mac would be hard to beat, but she'd give him a run for his money if she happened to get a sit on him." Hardest for Cott Beach to beat could be the polemarker Infinite Symbol, who finished second to her last week, and the Diamond Classic winner Cimorene, who upset odds-on favourite Miss Sangrial but Cimorene's chances were dealt a severe blow when she came up with gate nine at Tuesday's barrier draw. Wayne Currall

Guaranteed

Guaranteed for good time!

Guaranteed, one of the greatest harness racing pacers produced in this country and a winner at Group level from two to five years, has been retired and will join the stallion strength at the Goodtime Lodge stud, near Colac, of Ian and Judi Slater. He will stand for an introductory service fee of $1,760 including GST. Guaranteed retires to stud with the credentials of a true champion. During his career Guaranteed raced 46 times, winning 24 with 12 placings for $856,316 in stakes. Had he remained sound there seemed little doubt that he would have topped the seven figure mark. He won on all-sized tracks in three different states, and over distances from 1609 to 3150 metres, beating the best pacers in commission from both sides of the Tasman in age classics through to the Grand Circuit. As a two-year-old Guaranteed won six of his eight starts including the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final, the Group 2 $50,000 Tatlow Stakes, the Group 3 $40,000 NSW Tatlow Stakes and the Victoria Youthful Stakes. He banked $144,675 in his debut season. At three he was again among the top bracket of his age, winning a further seven races and $169,300 in stakes. Numbered among his successes were the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Final, the Group 3 $40,000 Victoria Sires Classic and heats of the Victoria and NSW Derbies. As a four-year-old Guaranteed really came into his own. From 11 starts he won eight times – three at Group level – and was three times placed for $232,538 racing against top horses such as Lennytheshark, Flaming Flutter, Majestic Mach and Border Control. He hoisted his lifetime mark of 1:50.4 at four years, winning the Group 1 $200,000 Chariots Of Fire, as well as the Group 2 $50,000 Paleface Adios Stakes in 1:52 and the Group 2 $50,000 Mount Eden 4YO Championship, all at Menangle. Guaranteed put an exclaimation mark on his career when he won the 2014 $60,505 Kilmore Pacing Cup (3150 metres), putting up a new national record of 2:00.3, a record which still stands. His other major successes as a five-year-old were the $125,000 South Australian Pacing Cup in which he clipped three seconds off the race record, the Group 2 $50,505 City of Melton Plate and the Swan Hill Pacing Cup. A commanding bay horse, foaled in 2009, Guaranteed is the richest and fastest performed son of former world champion Artsplace (1:49.4) outside America and as a representative of the famed Abercrombie sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. He is also a member of a winning family that has produced top racehorses and leading sires. Jadah Rose, the dam of Guaranteed, was a top flight racemare winning 31 races and $465,000 and taking a record of 1:49.6 in America and at the stud has left three winners for progeny earnings of more than $1.1-million. The second dam, Karamea Toastime, left seven winners, six of whom took records of better than 1:58. This is the family of this season’s Tasmanian Derby winner Scooterwillrev, the winner of 14 of his 18 starts. For bookings and further information phone Ian Slater on (03) 5232 2540 or 0419 887 311. 2014 Kilmore Cup By Peter Wharton

You won’t see Australia’s buzz juvenile Lumineer again this season.  Trainer Ange McDowall today confirmed the unbeaten Australian Gold final winner would not be returning for the rich Breeders Crown at Melton in August.  “I’m sure we’re doing the right thing benching him for the rest of the season,” McDowall said.  Lumineer had a minor setback after his sparkling Australian Gold win at Menangle on April 29 and has not been seen since.  “He’s really well. We had him checked over at the Ballarat clinic last Friday and all looks good,” McDowall said. “It’s extremely tempting to go again, but I think it’s best to give some extra time out now.  “This way he can return to work in August and have a long, slow build-up to a big three-year-old season.  “The plan is to start taking him to the beach again in August. I don’t like to rush their preparations, so it’ll be good to have time on our side before the major (3YO) races.”  Lumineer has won all five starts by an aggregate of 50m and run some staggering times seemingly with ease, including his 1.52.5 at Menangle in a semi-final in the Australian Gold.  His brilliance has prompted discussions around being the best juvenile since the mighty Lombo Pocket Watch, who won 17 of his 18 starts in the 2005/06 season. Adam Hamilton

Friday night's $100,000 Owners Only Westbred 2YO Colts & Geldings Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park is a prime example of why it's never been easier to own a runner in a Group 1 harness racing feature. Likely favourite Rock Me Over, drawn in gate five, is owned by Pacing WA - a syndicate formed by long-time harness racing enthusiast Ross Waddell. Over the past two years, Waddell has bought horses at the Perth yearling sales and syndicated the horses. These included Group 1 winners Red Hot Roxy and The Real Ideal. "Many of the owners in Red Hot Roxy are also involved in Rock Me Over," Waddell said. "We're having a lot of fun at the moment. And we're hoping it continues on Friday night with Rock Me Over. "Kat (Warwick, the trainer) says the horse has trained on since his great second behind Jack Mac in the Pearl Classic earlier this month. We've all got our fingers crossed that he can do the job." Rock Me Over appeals as the horse to beat, despite his awkward draw in the middle of the field. His second behind the richly talented Jack Mac was a sterling effort. Rock Me Over was beaten by 10m, but he beat the rest of the field by a widening 15m and in a race record time of 1:55.9 for the 2130m trip. Rock Me Over, who has the splendid record of two wins and four placings from his seven starts for earnings of $46,000, also has the services of champion reinsman Gary Hall Jr. He possesses good speed from the mobile, which gives Junior the option of going forward at the start or looking to slot in and finish over the top of them in the straight. "I'm enjoying getting new owners involved in harness racing," Waddell said. "We're lucky here in WA that we have the best venue in Australasia to watch the sport. Gloucester Park is a family-friendly track where everyone can have fun." Waddell's Pacing WA and Trotsynd Pty Ltd, Gloucester Park's licensed syndication arm, earlier this year entered into an exciting new partnership. They bought horses at March's Perth yearling sales and are in the process of syndicating the pacers. "I couldn't be happier with our new partnership," Waddell said. "Pacing WA has had a lot of success introducing new owners to the sport, but the new partnership with Trotsynd should take it to another level." Trotsynd secretary and the WA Trotting Association CEO Michael Radley agrees. "It's an exciting opportunity," Radley said. "We looked at what Ross had done over the past two years and we think we can help grow the ownership base through the new partnership. Our discussions have been around how we can improve the ownership experience. Syndicate members will receive regular newsletters and video updates on the horse during the breaking-in, trialling and hopefully racing and winning. There will also be social functions held for the new owners." A prospectus on horses offered for syndication can be viewed on the Gloucester Park website www.gloucesterpark.com.au and expressions of interest can be made to info@gloucesterpark.com.au Wayne Currall

Exciting Perth pacer Soho Tribeca is the latest addition to the Brisbane harness racing winter carnival. But it will be a hit/run mission for the Kim Prentice trained four-year-old. The Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake on July 15 at Albion Park has been penciled in as the sole target before returning home to the west. Currently based in Victoria, the American Ideal entire is competing for the Vicbred Super Series and scored a dominant victory last Friday night at Ballarat and will again take a power of beating in this week’s semi-final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Soho Tribeca has drawn the ace in Friday night’s event. “Rob (Watson – owner) and I have held talks about this race in Queensland and it fits into his schedule nicely, it’s programmed for a week after the Vicbred final but there’s still plenty of logistics to consider, we’ve got to get through this series first and remain in good order.” Prentice said. Since relocating to the stable of Prentice, Soho Tribeca has quickly elevated himself into one of the country’s premier pacers and that was evident earlier this season with a number of outstanding efforts. Soho Tribeca captured the Gr.1 $200,000 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park on December 9 before running two cracking races in the Gr.1 $300,000 Fremantle Cup and the Gr.1 $450,000 WA Pacing Cup in January. He was second in the Fremantle Cup while third in the WA Pacing Cup; both events were won by Chicago Bull. “He’s racing in very strong form and he’s a very good horse, both of his runs following a break this campaign has been very good and hopefully he can do it again this weekend. “We’ve had good draws in both races to date in Melbourne so hopefully our luck hasn’t run out just yet. We need to look into a flight from Melbourne to Brisbane but he’s going home for another short let-up once he returns home before being set for the Inter Dominion later this year. “I know he’s good enough to compete with the very best and he’ll have to be when he starts in the Inter Dominion so this is a good opportunity for him. It’s one race at a time but plans are certainly in place.” Prentice is no stranger to good horses and Inter Dominion glory having prepared 2003 winner Baltic Eagle while taking several drives behind Im Themightyquinn throughout his career. But Prentice is yet to race at Albion Park, in fact, the only time he’s been trackside was during the 2001 Inter Dominion series as a spectator. Soho Tribeca is raced by his breeder, Robert Watson and has won 13 of his 37 starts to date while banking more than $360,000. The Albion Park winter carnival officially starts this weekend before reaching its climax on July 15. Chris Barsby

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer Mr Shane Osborn under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1), 193(3), 190B and 90A(2.9)(a).  Charge 1 - AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.  The charge under AHRR 190(1) related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Shaka The Baker’ after it finished second in Race 1, the ‘DNR Logistics Pace, at the Mildura harness racing meeting on 11 January 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold.  Charge 2 - AHRR 193(3) reads as follows: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. The charge under AHRR 193(3) related to Mr Osborn’s race day administration of Stamazene and Carbalene to ‘Shaka The Baker’ on race day prior to that horse competing in Race 1 at Mildura on 11 January 2017.  Charge 3 - AHRR 190B(1) reads as follows: A trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book The particulars of this charge related to the stable inspection conducted on 8 February 2017 by HRV Stewards, when Mr Osborn was found not to keep and maintain a logbook as required. Charge 4 - AHRR 90A(2.9)(a) reads as follows:  The holder of a trainer’s licence shall ensure that all persons carrying out the activities of stable hands are licensed as stable hands.  This charge related to Mr Osborn not ensuring that Sharon Osborn was appropriately licensed when carrying out the activities of a stablehand by presenting ‘Shaka The Baker’ for a post-race swab.  During the investigation Mr Osborn stated that he did not use any arsenic based preparation and gave evidence that ‘Shaka The Baker’ had been chewing pine fence posts. Subsequent analysis of those fence posts revealed them to contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. Mr Osborn pleaded guilty to all charges.  After considering submissions on penalty, including Mr Osborn’s early guilty plea, his previous record over a long involvement in the industry and his own personal circumstances, the HRV RAD Board imposed a $1500 fine, which was fully suspended for a period of 12 months. Acting under AHRR 195, the HRV RAD Board also formally ordered that ‘Shaka The Baker’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Mildura on 11 January 2017, and that the placings be amended accordingly. In relation to the charge under AHRR 193(3), which concerned race day treatment, Mr Osborn was fined $500.  Mr Osborn was also fined a further $250, being that that he failed to keep and maintain a log book.  The fourth and final charge, under AHRR 90A(2.9)(a), being that as a trainer he failed to ensure a person carrying out activities of a stablehand was licensed as a stablehand, Mr Osborn was fined $200. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

The community of Parkes recently lost one of its true gems when highly regarded Parkes Harness Racing Club Life Member Wal Norman passed away after a short illness at Parkes District Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, June 20. Wal, aged 90, would not be a name the wider Harness Racing community would readily remember but through his contribution to the sport, many participants have benefitted. Wal joined the then Parkes Trotting Club in 1970 and over a period of 45 years, season in and season out, he would be a regular at the many working bees held to prepare for race meetings or to contribute to the many track, ground and building redevelopments that were undertaken at the Parkes Showground Paceway. On race day Wal could be found in the Judges' Tower, assisting with both the judging and timekeeping, positions he held right up to his late 80's when he decided it was time to retire and take things a little easier. Many thought Wal would be keen to take a "redundancy" with the introduction of the more modern finish links and timing mechanisms but no, Wal was a man who rarely let things get the better of him and he embraced the changes and operated the remote controlled semaphore board better than most. Wal, along with his family members raced a few pacers over the years. Like the Trotting Club, the Parkes Golf Club recognised Wal's wonderful efforts by honouring him with a Life Membership and in 2014, as part of the Australia Day Awards, Wally received a Long Service and Dedication Award for his contribution to sport in Parkes for which he was justifiably proud. Harness Racing New South Wales, on behalf of all participants in the industry, sends its deepest sympathy to Wal's widow Joyce and all her family on the passing of a great man. Our sport has been enriched by the contribution of volunteers like Wally Norman. AMANDA RANDO

On February 22, 2017, the Harness Racing Advisory Council (HRAC) called for Expressions of Interest for new members with the nominations closing on Monday, March 6, 2017.  The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Board met on April 7 after receiving a large volume of nominations and with the Minister’s consideration and approval the Board is pleased to announce the following members in accordance with section 44B (3C) of the Racing Act 1958. Section 44B (3) states: The Harness Racing Advisory Council consists of the following members appointed by the Board – A) Two members of the Board, one of whom is to be appointed chairperson; B) At least 3 members who are nominees of organisations or persons who are representatives of the Victorian harness racing industry; C) Up to 2 persons who have experience or interest in the Victorian harness racing industry. The appointed HRAC members are: - Elizabeth Clarke (Chair) - Danny Frawley (Board Member) - Peter Watkinson (alternate Board Member) - Terrence (Terry) Lewis – Harness Breeders Victoria (HBV) - Michael Taranto – Victorian Square Trotters Association (VSTA) - Lance Justice – Victorian Trainers & Drivers Association (VTDA) - Paul James – Association of Vic Country Harness Racing Club (AVCHRC) - Carol Bass – Victorian Harness Racing Sports Clubs (VHRSC) - Maxine Brain - Grant Campbell - Terence (Terry) Suhan - Clinton Welsh The HRV Board would like to thank those industry people who nominated and were unsuccessful. Their passion and support for the industry is greatly appreciated. The HRV Board congratulates those nominees who have been duly appointed to the HRAC and looks forward to working with the council for the further development of the industry. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Don’t try and tell top trainer Ryan Hryhorec that harness racing has no future in South Australia. Hryhorec has backed harness racing to survive, and prosper, with the development of a new training complex just outside the town of Two Wells, about 40km north of Adelaide. In the space of 12 months, Hryhorec and his partner Kerri (Stauwer) have transformed 75 acres of bare land into a magnificent harness training base. A feat achieved while the trainer was still successfully preparing his team at his previous stables at Angle Vale, owned and previously used by Geoff Webster. Hyrhorec, also a champion driver, has been South Australia’s top trainer since going out full-time in the 2013/2014 season when he prepared 66 winners. In subsequent seasons, he has prepared 81 winners, then 88, and this season he again heads the premiership with 63 winners and still more than two months of the season remaining. The new property has yards for 26 horses, a stabling area for four horses, a wash down bay plus a large shed, 26m by 12m, which houses all the gear, bikes, room to harness up plus most importantly a white board which is the trainer’s ‘Bible’ with all the information needed for every horse. At the back of the property is a training track, just under 900 metres in circumference, with a five-metre incline in the home straight. “Yes, things could better, everyone would love more prizemoney,” Hryhorec said, “but if you work hard it is possible to make a living. “Harness racing is my life, I love it, and I believe in its future. If I didn’t I would not have invested in this property. With that, I also have to thank my partner Kerry who supports and encourages me to be the best I can. Without her, this wouldn’t be possible.” Hryhorec said a number of friends had helped with the building of the training complex. “I really want to thank Michael Winning. He worked day and night to build all the facilities. Michael is great at what he does and we weren’t always easy to work for as plans changed numerous times but he made sure that we got what we wanted. “I was here as often as I could but still had to train horses at my old placed as well.” Hryhorec said he was fortunate to have all yards filled at present. “I have been fortunate to have many great owners – Frank Borg and Greg Baker are just two – but I really have to thank (Victorian owner) Paul Brumby who has been a wonderful supporter of my stable for many years. He always has between six to 10 horses with me at any one time. His support has been invaluable and I thank him for his support. Again, without him, this new complex would not have been possible.  “To make my property work I will need to have a constant turnover of horses and I’m always on the lookout for new additions. “Horses reach their mark and have to be moved on, while others, such as Glenferrie Bunter, are entitled to go interstate to have a chance at the bigger stakemoney.” Hryhorec revealed he also did pre-training of thoroughbreds. “It started a few years ago and it something which is not too time-consuming. I never had more than four at any time but it helps supplement my income.” Hryhorec is proud of his new complex. “It is everything I wanted and I’m pleased that the winners are still coming. “It took me a little while to work out the training regime to suit the new track but I think we are on the right track now.” A typical day for Hryhorec starts when his alarm goes off at 5am. It is up check and work the horses with the team finished by about 11am, then complete chores around the property, update work schedules, another check of the horses, then three days a week off to the races, and that doesn’t include any interstate Victorian ventures to try and pick up bonuses. “It’s a busy lifestyle but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” the trainer said. All made a bit easier on his magnificent new training complex. Graham Fischer

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded an inquiry that commenced on Monday June 19, 2017, into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR following its win in race 2, the RANDALL JONES AUTOMOTIVE PACE (1900m) conducted at Broken Hill on Friday March 17, 2017. Licensed trainer-driver Ms Hughes provided evidence via telephone regarding CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR and her husbandry practices. Evidence including the Certificates of Analysis was presented to the inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Ms Hughes pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) as follows: CHARGE 1 - AHRR 196A (1)  A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance…. (ii)  which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. (2)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 2 (Alternative to Charge 1) - AHRR 196B.  (1)  A person shall not without the permission of the Stewards within one (1) clear day of the commencement of a race administer, attempt to administer or cause to be administered an injection to a horse nominated for that race…..  (4)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 3 - AHRR 190.  (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence…. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. Ms Hughes pleaded guilty to all charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1: Four years disqualification Charge 2: No penalty recorded- alternative charge Charge 3: Four years disqualification The periods of disqualification is to be served concurrently and is to commence from April 20, 2017, the date upon which Ms Hughes was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; The serious nature of this offence; Ms Hughes’ guilty pleas; Ms Hughes’ first prohibited substance offence; Class 1 prohibited substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Level of substance detected; Ms Hughes’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, Stewards disqualified CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR from the abovementioned race. Ms Hughes was advised of her right to appeal these decisions. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have concluded an inquiry into a report received that My Field Marshal NZ may have suffered a bleeding attack subsequent to winning Race 6 the ‘TAB.COM.AU 4YO & 5YO CHAMPIONSHIP (GROUP 2)’ at the Tabcorp Park Melton meeting conducted on 20 May 2017. Upon initial inquiry, which included review of the available footage of the post-race presentation ceremony, it was confirmed by a HRV Veterinarian Consultant that My Field Marshal NZ had bled from one nostril. In accordance with Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 101B(2)  Stewards stood My Field Marshal NZ down from racing on 2 June 2017 until trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards on one occasion. My Field Marshal NZ subsequently passed this embargo on 3 June 2017 and as such was free to resume racing. AHRR 101B(2) states: If the Stewards determine that a horse has bled from one nostril the horse shall not be eligible to race until it has trialled to the satisfaction of the Stewards. On 23 June 2017 the HRV Stewards continued their inquiry where evidence was taken from Tim Butt, trainer of My Field Marshal NZ. Mr Butt was assisted throughout the inquiry by Mr David Wonson Snr. Upon consideration of the evidence in its entirety Stewards could not be satisfied to the required standard that Mr Butt was aware that My Field Marshal NZ had bled from one nostril on 20 May 2017 and accordingly no action was taken for his failure to report this occurrence as the trainer of the horse. Submissions were heard from Mr Butt and subsequently from Sydney Brown, part-owner of My Field Marshal NZ, concerning the eligibility of the horse to compete the following week at Tabcorp Park Melton on 27 May 2017. After consideration of the matter, including the submissions tendered, Stewards determined that on 27 May 2017 My Field Marshal NZ was eligible to compete as the horse was not determined to have bled from one nostril until 2 June 2017 and effectively My Field Marshal NZ was not subject to the provisions of AHRR 101B(2) until they were applied by the Stewards on this date. In arriving at this outcome Stewards were mindful of the decision of the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal (RPAT) of Western Australia in the appeal of Malcolm Byas where it was determined the equivalent thoroughbred rule was not able to be applied retrospectively. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry that commenced on Thursday June 15, 2017, into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that plasma Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ prior to race 3, DM PLUMBING TROTTERS MOBILE (1609 metres) at Tabcorp Park Menangle on May 9, 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Queensland. Mr Commens appeared at the inquiry with legal representation. Mr Commens provided evidence regarding the training of SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ and his husbandry practices. Evidence was presented to the inquiry by Dr Martin Wainscott and the Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Mr Commens pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as stated: AHRR 190.  (1) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence…. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. Mr Commens was disqualified for a period of 10 months to commence from May 23, 2017, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In determining penalty Stewards acknowledged the following; Mr Commens’ guilty plea; This was Mr Commens’ first prohibited substance matter during a 50 year involvement in harness racing; TCO2 is a Class 2 Prohibited Substance (under HRNSW Penalty Guidelines); The level of TCO2 reported; Mr Commens’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Commens was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an investigation into the involvement of Mr Shannon Wonson, a disqualified person, in the training of a registered standardbred on Wednesday March 8 and Thursday March 9, 2017. As a result of Mr Wonson failing to attend a Stewards inquiry on Wednesday March 22, 2017, HRNSW Stewards issued three (3) charges against him pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 259 (1) & (7) as stated: 259. (1)  - A disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority or a person warned off cannot do any of the following   -    (a)  associate with persons connected with the harness racing industry for purposes relating to that industry; (b)  be a member or employee of the Controlling Body; (c)  be an office holder, official, member or employee of a club; (d)  enter a racecourse or any place under the control of a club or Controlling Body; (e)  race, lease, train, drive or nominate a horse; (f)  conduct breeding activities; (g)  enter any premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry; (h)  participate in any manner in the harness racing industry; (i)  permit or authorise any person to conduct any activity associated with the harness racing industry at his/her registered training establishment; (7)  A disqualified person who fails to comply with this rule is guilty of an offence. The charges related to Mr Wonson entering a premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry on Wednesday March 8, 2017, and while on those premises, handling a registered standardbred. In addition, those charges related to Mr Wonson entering a premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry on Thursday March 9, 2017, and while on those premises, driving and training a registered standardbred as well as associating with Mrs Christyne Wonson, a person connected with the harness racing industry as a licensed trainer, for purposes relating to that industry. HRNSW Stewards provided Mr Wonson with an opportunity to attend an inquiry or provide written submissions in response to the charges. No submissions were received. Consequently, HRNSW Stewards considered the charges and Mr Wonson was found guilty of all three (3) charges. As a result of having been found guilty of the three (3) charges, Mr Wonson was informed that the three (3) year disqualification period to which he was subject at the time of these offences had recommenced in accordance with AHRR 259A and NSW Local Rule (NSWLR) 259 as stated: AHRR 259A - In addition to any penalty imposed pursuant to Rule 259(7) the original period of disqualification shall unless otherwise ordered by the Stewards automatically recommence in full. NSWLR259 (1) - The period of disqualification or warning off of any person, who is disqualified or warned off, who contravenes AHRR 259 (1) shall automatically be deemed to recommence as from the most recent date of such contravention and may also be subject to further penalty. (2) The provisions of sub-rule (1) shall apply to any person to which AHRR 259 (1) applies, regardless of when such penalty that gives rise to the application of the rule that was imposed. Consequently, Mr Wonson was informed that the three (3) year period of disqualification had recommenced on March 9, 2017, and will expire at midnight on March 8, 2020. Mr Wonson was informed of his right of appeal against this decision and has lodged an Appeal. HRNSW Stewards are considering penalty in relation to the three (3) charges for which Mr Wonson has been found guilty.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

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Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded an inquiry that commenced on Thursday February 24, 2017, into matters relating to the treatment of OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ and that horse being presented for an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Various evidence had been taken by Stewards through interviews with trainer Mark Purdon and foreman M Bowden as well as HRNSW Veterinarian Dr D Colantonio.  M Purdon and stable representatives have cooperated fully with the Stewards’ investigations. Subsequently, Stewards (by letter dated March 29, 2017) charged M Purdon with offences under the Rules which included; 1 - Charge pursuant to HRR 196B (1) and 4) - The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being a licensed trainer had on Monday, February 13, 2017, and without the permission of the Stewards, administered or caused to have administered to the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME serum, by way of an injection, being within one clear day prior to that horse contesting an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle, being contrary to the Rule” 2 - Charge pursuant to HRR 193. The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being the licensed trainer of the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME, had on Monday, February 13, 2017, caused to have an atomiser used to administer a serum to the horse and within forty-eight hours of that horse contesting an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle the following day, being contrary to part (2) of the Rule.” 3 - Charge pursuant to HRR 194.  The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being the licensed trainer of the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ and others, had prior to Monday, February 13, 2017, procured a veterinary product which was not registered in accord with legislation and at various times between Monday, February 13, 2017, and Friday, February 24, 2017, had the said product stored at premises under your control.” By email dated May 22, 2017, Counsel for M Purdon advised the trainer pleaded guilty to all charges and made detailed written submissions in regards to penalty. HRNSW Stewards have now convened to fully consider the submission provided on the trainer’s behalf and the options available to Stewards in regards to penalty. Having considered the circumstances and the submission of Counsel, Stewards have determined the appropriate penalties in the circumstances as follows; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 196B(1) and 4) - to be a fine of $6000; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 193 - to be a fine of $6000; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 194 - to be a fine of $3000. In determining these penalties Stewards have acknowledged M Purdon’s guilty pleas, his disciplinary record over a long period and the subjective facts. Having regard to the totality principle in sentencing the Stewards having fully considered the total effect of the penalties announced are satisfied they are appropriate to that principle and the circumstances which prevailed. Mr Purdon was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au
Friday night's Group 1 Owners Only Westbred 3YO Colts and Geldings Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park has attracted a quality field of youngsters but if there's one pacer in the race that was bred to win such a prestigious $100,000 feature then you should look no further than Our Zak Whitby and his form's not half bad either. He's won at four of his past five starts and will have the services of champion harness racing reinsman Chris Lewis. The Edwin Dewar bred, owned and trained Mach Three bay colt is bred in the purple with Dewar breeding from his great, grand dam Remit. Dewar also bred and owned Our Zak Whitby's grand dam, Whitby's Merit (15 wins and more than $107,000 in stakes), and the dam, Zerina Whitby (eight wins and just over $55,000 in prize money). "Our Zak Whitby's from the same family as Adore Me and a few other stars from the Mark Purdon camp," Dewar said. "Remit is a half-sister to Adore Me's great, grand dam Time Lag - it's a great family." Adore Me, who was retired about two years ago, holds the Australasian record for a mile by a pacer. She set the record for the fastest mile by a pacer outside of North America when she stopped the clock at 1:47.7 at Menangle in March, 2015. Adore Me was New Zealand’s champion three and four-year-old, but her career went to another level when she smashed the world record for the 3200m standing start, winning New Zealand’s greatest harness race, the New Zealand Cup at Addington. She then recorded a series of huge summer performances which left little doubt she was the greatest female harness horse produced in the southern hemisphere. The five-year-old mare was retired after 36 starts for 26 wins and seven placings for $1,677,032 in earnings, including 12 Group 1 wins. It's certainly a blue-blood family and Our Zak Whitby is only now starting to show the potential that Dewar always expected from the horse. "He was very unlucky as a two-year-old and never seemed to get a draw, especially in the big races," Dewar said. "He then developed hoof problems and we had to wait until his hoof grew out before we could put him back into work. That's why you never saw much of him as an early three-year-old. He's only now starting to hit his straps and he's racing in the best form that he ever has. It's an interesting race on Friday night with many chances, but I expect him to acquit himself well." Our Zak Whitby will have to be at his best after drawing poorly in gate 12 for Friday night’s feature although that is somewhat offset by Lewis' ability in the bike, it is a very even field with several realistic winning chances. Cases can be made for last-start winners Kerrin Joseph (gate 11), Baylan Jett (4) and the ever consistent grey Anvil Rollover (6), who is shooting for five wins on the trot. Throw in the WA Derby winner Handsandwheels (3), Davinci Diamond (2), Justin Prentice's two charges Bettor Be Lively (7) and Courage To Live (10), along with Lord Willoughby (9) and Bob Wheel (8) and you have a cracker of a race. However, there can only be one winner and if that winner is decided on breeding then Our Zak Whitby gets the nod. Wayne Currall
Nominal favourite Cott Beach appeals as the horse to beat in Friday night's $100,000 Owners Only Westbred 2YO Fillies Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The lightly framed harness racing  filly has won at five of her eight starts and banked more than $72,000 for her lucky connections. The Advance Attack two-year-old will bump her earnings past the $136,000 mark, courtesy of the $64,000 winner's cheque, if she can salute in the Group 1 feature and it would take a brave man to suggest that she couldn't. Blythewood trainer Gary Elson has done a remarkable job to keep Cott Beach racing at her peak. She has been very consistent in her first season of racing with five wins, two seconds and a fourth in an ominous warning to Cott Beach's 11 rivals, Elson said his filly would be an improved horse from last week when she was sent straight to the front by regular reinsman Nathan Turvey and ran the opposition ragged to win by an ever-increasing margin. "She was short of a run last week," Elson said. "She's a lot fitter after that run last week and I expect her to be hard to beat. I was pleased that she had a relatively easy time of it in front last week." Cott Beach has drawn awkwardly in gate five for Friday night's assignment, but Elson doesn't see the draw as being a hindrance. "I'll talk to Nathan about the tactics," he said. "But it's hard not to use her at the start because she's got such good gate speed. It may have looked like she was a bit slow out last week when she took a while to get past the inside horse (Infinite Symbol) but it's always hard to cross the horse drawn directly on your inside. She also had a little bit of a skip and hop just before they sent them away. I think she'll be able to muster more pace from the middle of the line." Elson said Cott Beach was continually surprising him in her work at home. "I work her with the older horses, like Sprinter," he said. "She's a headstrong little thing and can sit on the back of a horse like Sprinter and follow speed really well and she's got a great turn of foot when she follows pace - she can really ping when she's held up for one run." Elson said Cott Beach would, in all likelihood, have one more start this campaign. "If she goes as well as I expect her to on Friday night then we'll set her for the Golden Slipper in a couple of weeks," he said. "I know a horse like Jack Mac would be hard to beat, but she'd give him a run for his money if she happened to get a sit on him." Hardest for Cott Beach to beat could be the polemarker Infinite Symbol, who finished second to her last week, and the Diamond Classic winner Cimorene, who upset odds-on favourite Miss Sangrial but Cimorene's chances were dealt a severe blow when she came up with gate nine at Tuesday's barrier draw. Wayne Currall
Guaranteed, one of the greatest harness racing pacers produced in this country and a winner at Group level from two to five years, has been retired and will join the stallion strength at the Goodtime Lodge stud, near Colac, of Ian and Judi Slater. He will stand for an introductory service fee of $1,760 including GST. Guaranteed retires to stud with the credentials of a true champion. During his career Guaranteed raced 46 times, winning 24 with 12 placings for $856,316 in stakes. Had he remained sound there seemed little doubt that he would have topped the seven figure mark. He won on all-sized tracks in three different states, and over distances from 1609 to 3150 metres, beating the best pacers in commission from both sides of the Tasman in age classics through to the Grand Circuit. As a two-year-old Guaranteed won six of his eight starts including the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final, the Group 2 $50,000 Tatlow Stakes, the Group 3 $40,000 NSW Tatlow Stakes and the Victoria Youthful Stakes. He banked $144,675 in his debut season. At three he was again among the top bracket of his age, winning a further seven races and $169,300 in stakes. Numbered among his successes were the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred Final, the Group 3 $40,000 Victoria Sires Classic and heats of the Victoria and NSW Derbies. As a four-year-old Guaranteed really came into his own. From 11 starts he won eight times – three at Group level – and was three times placed for $232,538 racing against top horses such as Lennytheshark, Flaming Flutter, Majestic Mach and Border Control. He hoisted his lifetime mark of 1:50.4 at four years, winning the Group 1 $200,000 Chariots Of Fire, as well as the Group 2 $50,000 Paleface Adios Stakes in 1:52 and the Group 2 $50,000 Mount Eden 4YO Championship, all at Menangle. Guaranteed put an exclaimation mark on his career when he won the 2014 $60,505 Kilmore Pacing Cup (3150 metres), putting up a new national record of 2:00.3, a record which still stands. His other major successes as a five-year-old were the $125,000 South Australian Pacing Cup in which he clipped three seconds off the race record, the Group 2 $50,505 City of Melton Plate and the Swan Hill Pacing Cup. A commanding bay horse, foaled in 2009, Guaranteed is the richest and fastest performed son of former world champion Artsplace (1:49.4) outside America and as a representative of the famed Abercrombie sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted. He is also a member of a winning family that has produced top racehorses and leading sires. Jadah Rose, the dam of Guaranteed, was a top flight racemare winning 31 races and $465,000 and taking a record of 1:49.6 in America and at the stud has left three winners for progeny earnings of more than $1.1-million. The second dam, Karamea Toastime, left seven winners, six of whom took records of better than 1:58. This is the family of this season’s Tasmanian Derby winner Scooterwillrev, the winner of 14 of his 18 starts. For bookings and further information phone Ian Slater on (03) 5232 2540 or 0419 887 311. 2014 Kilmore Cup By Peter Wharton
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