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Trainer 'outed' for a decade

Harness Racing New South Wales concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from BIEN HOA NZ following its win at Newcastle on 29 May 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample were confirmed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. Glenn Hayward pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190 (1), (2) and (4) in that he did present BEIN HOA NZ to race not free of a prohibited substance. Hayward further pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 187(2) in that he gave false and/or misleading evidence at the inquiry on 1 September 2014 regarding any contact and/or meeting he had previous with Shannon Wonson. Hayward was disqualified for a period of 10 years in respect of the charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) to commence from 1 August 2014, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Hayward’s third offence for Rule 190 breaches, that Cobalt is deemed a Class 1 substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines,The level recorded being 570ug/LMr Hayward’s licence history and other personal subjective facts In relation to the charge under Rule 187(2), Hayward was disqualified for a period of 12 months, to be served concurrently with the period imposed for the Rule 190 breach. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, BEIN HOA NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. HRNSW Media

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"Win The Wheels" contest closes Friday Night

You have just a couple of day left to win a set of $1,400US custom race bike wheels from Forward Motion Technologies, perhaps a full set of RazorHorse shoes, maybe a five gallon bucket of Lifeline Horse Supplement or a $100 Amazon gift card? These prizes, plus more - 13 in total - will be given away in Harnesslink’s month long Insider Access “Win The Wheels Contest” throughout October. All you have to do is sign-up for our fortnightly newsletter, Insider Access, by the end of October. THAT"S THIS FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT!  It’s as simple as that (and be age 18 or older too). No fees, no charges, you can unsubscribe at any time (we suggest you at least wait until after the prizes are drawn), no hidden costs whatsoever, totally free to enter. Can’t make it any simpler than that! Insider Access is a great newsletter which keeps you informed on news and opinions in harness racing that you won’t get on any other website or magazine, even our own Harnesslink! Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing as you view the current issue of Insider Access.  “We are so pleased that some of our advertising sponsors have come on board for this special promotion,” said John Curtin, founder and CEO of Harnesslink. “I want to thank the people at Forward Motion Technologies, Lifeline Horse Supplement and RazorHorse for joining us and donating these great prizes. So take a moment to go on our site and check out the companies and see what prizes you might win.” At the end of October everyone who has signed up for the newsletter, even those who already get Insider Access, will be drawn at random. The first 12 names selected will win either the horse supplement or RazorHorse shoes and the 13th winner will get the set of sulky wheels, shipped to their residents, no matter what country you live in. A reminder that everyone who signs up must be age 18 or older in order to win. All winners will be notified via email and proof of age and proper mailing address will be verified. For the complete rules and regulations for the contest click here. Just click below to visit the three sponsors of “Win The Wheels Contest.” https://forwardmotiontechnologies.com/ http://horse.watchthemthrive.com/horses/elite/ http://www.razerhorse.com/

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Wilson's first win along comeback trail

It’s been a long road, but Damian Wilson has made the trip back into harness racing’s winners’ circle. Given the ‘all clear’ by doctors last month, Wilson has been building up to a win after almost two years on the sidelines as a result of injuries he sustained during a horrific fall at Kilmore in October 2012. Wilson’s success came behind the Vince Vallelonga-trained Fergus Maccool at Mildura last night. Thrilled to break the drought, Wilson hoping the victory is the beginning of his return to the top bracket of drivers in Victoria. “To be honest, I was starting to think I was never going to win again,” Wilson said. “Things have been pretty slow on the uptake, but hopefully that won’t last long. “It’s a great feeling to get back into the winners’ circle, and with a bit of luck, I’ll be there a lot more frequently.” Beginning swiftly to lead from the pole, Fergus Maccool was untouched on his way to a three-and-a-half metre win from Witzend, with Macray Soiree three-and-a-half metres away third. “Once he held the lead from the pole he pretty much had the race won,” Wilson said. “He’s done it quite easily and had a bit up his sleeve on the line.” Although frustrated with the past two years, Wilson admits the alternative would have been a lot worse. Rushed to the hospital with a broken leg from the fall, Wilson was soon informed by attending doctors he was in danger of losing his limb. Surgeons were concerned about the risk of infection settling into Wilson’s leg, which was extensively damaged from the accident. Wilson didn’t just break it - he “snapped” his fibula, tibia and ankle. “It wasn’t good there for a while and I’m just thankfully they didn’t take off my leg,” Wilson said. “The last two years have been tough, but I’m just looking to put that behind me and focus on the road ahead. “Getting my first winner out of the way certainly helps.” PAUL COURTS

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Cramp dominates again

It was has become the ‘norm’ at Mildura, premier harness racing trainer Shayne Cramp dominated proceedings last night. Although his evening began with a second, Cramp won four of the following six races, while finishing third in another. Paint The Hammer opened Cramp’s account before the horseman scored with Gotango, Spokeswoman and Tibytoa. The record-breaking mentor also drove each of his stable’s winners. As impressive as a quartet is, it pales in comparison to some of Cramp’s other feats, including a clean sweep of the eight-race card at Mildura last July. Cramp has also prepared four sextets, the most of any Australian trainer, with each registered at Mildura. Cramp also boasts a record 15 provincial quintets…with Mildura again playing host on each occasion. Western Australian trainer Gary Hall, who Cramp previously worked for, holds the national record for the most metropolitan quintets, a feat he has achieved 14 times. Lance Justice (March 17, 1989) and John McCarthy (June 19, 2010) hold the metro record of seven victories on a card. Queensland’s Bill Dixon holds the mantle for the most wins in a day – nine – across two race meetings. PAUL COURTS

Harness Racing New South Wales has received a report from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from MISS ARTISTIC TARA following its win in at Menangle on 16 September 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to the ChemCentre in Western Australia for confirmatory testing. The Trainer of MISS ARTISTIC TARA, Dick Inskip, was previously stood down on 20 October 2014 pursuant to Rule 183 following a report from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from MISS ARTISTC TARA on 26 August 2014. HRNSW Media

It was the year Bob Hawke became Prime Minister, Ash Wednesday fires tore through Victoria and South Australia, Australia II won the America’s Cup, the movie Phar Lap was a smash hit and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth was born. 1983 was also the year the inaugural M H Treuer Memorial – named the Truer Cup - was run for $30,000 and captured by Double Agent. Since then the feature’s stakemoney has risen and fallen several times, with its peak of $198,000 coming in 1996 when Our Sir Vancelot emerged triumphant. Sadly, the former prestigious event – once part of the Grand Circuit - has slipped further down the scale by returning to its original prizemoney level of $30,000...losing its Group One status along the way. Although listed as $100,000 at the beginning of the season, the December 6 edition has been reduced - without any publicity from the club – to its 1983 level! Furthermore, the conditions of the race have also been removed, with the club yet to advice what class the Treuer Memorial will cater for. Just last month, President Les Bentley declared prizemoney for the club’s flagship event would rise to $105,000 next season. “We are hoping to increase the stake to $105,000 in 2015,” Bentley said. Support races on the card have also been subject to prizemoney cuts. It’s believed the club has had to make the dramatic decision as a result of a long-running legal battle, which is causing immense strain on every area of its operation. No club official was available for comment when Harnesslink called its office. PAUL COURTS

Reigning Maryborough Pacers’ and Trotters’ Cups champions Michael Thomas and Im Corzin Terror will return to defend their harness racing crowns. Michael Thomas is chasing consecutive wins as a squaregaiter, while Im Corzin Terror will be out to retain his pacing title. Michael Thomas led throughout for trainer Lisa Miles last year to account for Paparazzi Snapshot and Lightning Joy in the 2690-metre event. Successful off the front line, Michael Thomas, which is first-up from a 10-month spell, faces a 10-metre handicap this time around. The Kari Males-trained Tsonga is the only other handicapped runner and will share the back mark with Michael Thomas. Boasting four wins from five starts for trainer Brent Lilley, former European stallion, Kvintet Avenger remains the one to beat as he aims for his second Cup triumph of the season. Kvintet Avenger captured the Swan Hill Trotters’ Cup in fine style a fortnight ago. Lilley has a high opinion of the son of Love You and is working the six-year-old towards key targets such as the V L Dullard Cup and Great Southern Star. As for Im Corzin Terror’s task at hand, the Amanda Grieve-trained gelding will have to overcome a large field and a 20-metre handicap. An eye-catching second behind boom pacer Guaranteed in last weekend’s Kilmore Cup, Im Corzin Terror is primed for a win after four runs this campaign. Like she did with Guaranteed, prominent horsewoman Emma Stewart will be looking to extend Im Corzin Terror’s bridesmaid status. Stewart, who prepares her team with Clayton Tonkin, will be represented by Hes Kinky and Goodtime Mike. Stewart is one of three trainers with dual representation, with Itdontmattertome and Highview Conall from the Amanda Turnbull stable, while Lance Justice has Im Barney Rubble and Machin Out engaged in the feature. PAUL COURTS

Leading harness racing trainer Gary Hall has identified outstanding American performer Heston Blue Chip as the pacer he wants to continue his dominance in the rich Inter Dominion Championship. Hall and his son, Gary, have enjoyed a high rate of success in the great race in recent years, winning with champion Im Themightyquinn in Auckland in 2011, Perth 2012 and Sydney in 2013. They also finished a nose second to Jofess with the Falcon Strike in 2004. Heston Blue Chip has won 36 races and has earned in excess of $1.7million, with Hall in negotiations with the stallion’s owner, New York businessman Ken Jacobs. “I’m hoping to be able to purchase Heston Blue Chip at a reasonable price and discussions are going along very well,” Hall declared. Im Themightyquinn is now a 10-year-old and in the twilight of a magnificent career, with Hall looking for a ready-made replacement. The premier horseman is confident Machtu will continue to improve and develop into a serious Inter Dominion contender when the event is run at Gloucester Park for three years, beginning in November 2015. The Final each year will offer a purse of $1.3 million – the richest pacers’ event in the world. But he is extremely keen to buy a top-flight American pacer on behalf of several stable clients to give him a great chance to add to his Championship successes. Heston Blue Chip is by American Ideal and is the first foal from Shot Togo Bluechip. He has proved a great bargain for Jacobs, who liked the five-year-old’s breeding and bought him for just $30,000 at the 2010 standardbred sales. Heston Blue Chip was a good winner as a two-year-old before a dominant season in 2012 when he won at 14 of his 18 starts, set four track records and won the prestigious Dan Patch award as the Three-Year-Old Colt of the Year in America. Trained by Linda Toscano, Heston Blue Chip has been driven to most of his victories by Tim Tetrick, who summed up the stallion by saying: “I can’t say enough good things about this horse. He is such a pleasure to drive; it’s like driving a Cadillac out there.” A versatile campaigner, Heston Blue Chip’s chief asset is his dazzling early speed, which has seen him set the pace in most of his wins at Yonkers, Meadowlands, Vernon Downs, Woodbine, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Saratoga Raceway and Dover Downs. Heston Blue Chip, whose stable name is Moses, set an all-age track record of 1.48 over a mile in December 2012. If Hall is able to clinch the deal, Heston Blue Chip will become only the fifth American pacer to race at Gloucester Park, joining Crouch, Tibet, Ultra jet and Mr Feelgood. KEN CASELLAS

The very best of the 2013-14 harness racing season’s breeding achievements will be recognised at the Metro Printing Victorian Breeders’ Awards Night on Saturday, November 22. The popular event will be held in the Winning Post Room of the Shepparton Harness Racing Complex. A highlight this year will be the awarding of the International Racehorse Transport Australian Broodmare of the Year – already announced - to Alldatglittersisgold by Harness Racing Australia. This is the mare’s second consecutive Winona Award and in recent years she has been bred to by a partnership including Harshell Investments, managed by HBV member, Harvey Kaplan. Also being awarded at this year’s VBAN is the Nevele R Victorian Pacing Broodmare of the Year, the Niota Bloodstock Victorian Trotting Broodmare of the Year (a new addition to the awards schedule), the Benstud Standardbreds Ian Daff Memorial Victorian Breeder of the Year and the Pryde’s EasiFeeds Victorian Sire of the Year. The dinner is always well attended and this year’s shift to a regional venue in the heart of Standardbred breeding country will ensure a good representation from Victorian breeders but also harness racing fans generally. Tickets are now on sale at $60, which includes a welcome drinks package and three-course meal. Tickets may be purchased by the general public using the booking form available on the Harness Breeders Victoria website or Facebook Page. An optional tour program has been offered in 2014 with Empire Stallions stud, Alabar Bloodstock stud and retired racehorse retraining facility, Raising The Standards opening their gates to visitors across the weekend. Awards are also given for Group 1 winners, including Vicbred champions, Juvenile & Broodmare Sires of the Year, and 2YO, 3YO & Open Age Pacing & Trotting Champions. Time excellence pins are presented to member-bred, Vicbred horses who recorded an exceptional time throughout the season. PETER WHARTON

Classy mare Sensational Gabby is poised to join an elite harness racing sorority. Engaged in Friday night’s Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park, Sensational Gabby is looking to become just the seventh member of the ‘fairer sex’ to capture the Group Two. Formerly known as the State Sprint Championship, the feature has been run 59 times, with only six mares managing to upstage the ‘boys’. The ‘sorority sisters’ include Dainty’s Daughter, which was triumphant in 1970, followed by Pyramus (‘71), Virgil Queen (‘77), Kiwi Cloud (‘78), Line On (‘86) and Whitby Miss Penny in 1992. Sensational Gabby’s prospects of becoming the latest ‘pledge’ were bolstered by a favourable draw. Blessed with her share of gate speed, the daughter of Yankee Sensation should be untroubled finding the front from the pole, which will see her hard to pass over 1730 metres. Racing in stylish form for trainer Ross Olivieri, Sensational Gabby captured the Members’ Sprint in 1:54.9 earlier this month, with a repeat performance bound to see her return to the winners’ circle. Rising star Soho Highroller shapes as the six-year-old’s main danger despite his second row draw for premier trainer Gary Hall. Soho Highroller has won four of his five starts this season, with Hall confident the son of Bettors Delight can play role in Western Australia’s majors during the next few months. PAUL COURTS

In 2004 a young Emmett Brosnan crossed the Tasman for one of harness racing’s premier events – the Inter Dominion at Moonee Valley. Brosnan’s journey was as a travelling companion for his trainer-father, Richard, who was contesting the trotters’ division with classy campaigner Pompallier. Entranced by the atmosphere and Australian lifestyle, Brosnan returned to New Zealand after the series knowing he would one day be back on the mainland. Five years later, Brosnan made the decision to forge a career in Australia, and now another five years down the track, he is among Victoria’s most talented and sort-after reinsman. Brosnan’s sister, Virginia, is a well-known veterinarian also based in Victoria. “I came over in 2004 for the Trotters’ Inter Dominion and really liked it over here,” Brosnan declared. “After that I always planned to come over to work and drive. “I’ve been here five years now and have no plans of heading back to New Zealand.” Working for prominent horseman Geoff Webster, Brosnan has formed a formidable partnership stable representative Will Mach My Word. The pair have combined 13 times for eight wins, including Horsham earlier this week. During his latest triumph, Will Mach My Word led throughout from barrier four to register a soft victory from Wheatsheaf Avaball and The Noble Steed. “Once he got to the front he was just doing it easily and won with plenty up his sleeve,” Brosnan said. “He is just perfect to drive and has come back a lot stronger and better this time in.” Confident the son of Mach Three can complete a smooth transition through the grades, Brosnan believes Will Mach My Word is capable of winning a major feature. “He has done everything asked of him so far,” Brosnan said. “He has stepped up twice again the real top ones and hasn’t disgraced himself. “I think he can race into better company and can win a nice race along the way.” PAUL COURTS

Want to experience all the colour and frivolity of Melbourne Cup Day in a relaxed environment with plenty of harness racing action to keep you entertained? Yarra Valley Racing will conduct its annual trots program during the public holiday and has added some exciting new innovations this year to entice a bigger audience to one of the club’s showcase days. The day will be advertised as the “Valley Vibe”, with an exciting new concept – a silent disco – being offered to attract a younger audience trackside. Club chief executive Brett Shambrook stated the silent disco would allow patrons who want to dance the day away to get their own headset and tune into their choice of DJs. Because each disco participant is listening to their choice of music through their headphones, importantly it will have no impact whatsoever on the enjoyment of the Valley Vibe day for other race day patrons. “Yarra Valley Racing is going all out to get young people back on track to its time-honoured Melbourne Cup Day meeting,” Shambrook declared. “The club believes the innovative concept will attract younger patrons by where the live race day action can be incorporated with music and dancing.” Shambrook said the club was also grateful to have received financial support from the State Government for its Valley Vibe day. “Yarra Valley Racing is very grateful of the strong support provided by the Victorian Government,” Shambrook said. “Harness Racing Victoria has also been very supportive of the concept. “The funding assistance provided under the Raceday Attraction Program allows the club to conduct the exciting Silent Disco.” Melbourne Cup Day at Yarra Valley has long been an institution on the harness racing calendar and this year the club hopes to see crowd numbers spike, potentially eclipsing the 2009 meeting, which drew about 12,000 people trackside. “Melbourne Cup Day at Yarra Valley Racing is one of the most popular harness meetings in the southern hemisphere,” Shambrook said. “This initiative will enable the club to connect with a younger demographic and provide youth in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne with an exciting entertainment alternative.” Other highlights on the day will include the Yarra Valley Food and Wine Boulevard, Eastland Fashions on the Field, live music, free children’s entertainment, complimentary buses from Lilydale Station, plenty of on-course bookmakers and TAB facilities and a giant screen beaming the Melbourne Cup action to the crowd. For more details visit the Valley Vibe website. HRV Media

Hunter Valley trainer Jess Dart enjoyed the most rewarding moment of her time in harness racing last Saturday night when Four Wise Men scored at Newcastle. Recently returning from a serious injury, the son of Armbro Operative registered his first success since January 2013. “Four Wise Men has been a really special horse for me, I bought him in September 2011, but I needed nearly 12 months to put some condition on him because he wasn’t in great condition when he arrived,” Dart said. “He provided me with my first winner but then broke a pedal bone and as a result had to have another 12 months off…at first I was just hoping to just get him back to the races, but to get him to win another race is the biggest achievement in my career.” With last weekend’s appearance Four Wise Men’s fourth start along the comeback trail, Dart was confident the nine-year-old was ready to win. “I took him to Tamworth first-up because I thought it would be a bit weaker for him and he went well even though he drew wide,” Dart declared. “Then he raced at Maitland and didn’t run a bad race from another bad draw, so I thought he might be able to win another one. “What made the win even more special to my family was that I wore my great grandfather Charlie Kirkwood’s colours…it was the first time in many years that they had won a race and I’m sure he would have been very proud.” Four Wise Men will have an easy week before racing at Maitland in early November. “That's the plan at this stage,” Dart explained. “They tend to go a little bit slower on the half mile track which suits him, although he did break the 2:00 minute barrier for the first time on Saturday night, plus Mum and I are hoping to have another couple of starters at that meeting too.” GREG HAYES

Recently crowned New South Wales Harness Racing Horse of the Year Beautide will continue his march towards his Miracle Mile defence on Saturday night. Bestowed his latest crown – which goes with his Australian and Tasmanian titles – last weekend, Beautide is engaged in a free-for-all at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Despite a recent blaring front page article posing the question has the ‘Beautide bubble burst’, trainer James Rattray is positive the son of Bettors Delight is on target for his Miracle Mile showdown on November 29. “I don’t know why they would write that,” Rattray said. “It was pretty ordinary really and you would think they would want to say good stuff about horses and promote the industry. “He is fitter for two runs and his trial last week and is right on target for the Miracle Mile.” Beautide is aiming to become the just the seventh pacer to secure consecutive Miracle Miles since its inauguration in 1967 when captured by wonder mare, Robin Dundee. Former champion Westbrun Grant was the ground breaker with his wins in 1989 and ’90, followed by Chokin (’93-’94), Holmes D G (1999, 2000), Sokyola (’03-’04), Be Good Johnny and Smoken Up (’10-’11). Village Kid is the only other dual winner of the prestigious sprint, having scored in 1986 and ’87. The Western Australian’s victories were split by Master Mood when two Miracle Miles were conducted in 1986. As for his latest assignment, Beautide will begin from barrier nine over the 1609-metre dash, which isn’t a major concern according to Rattray. “The draw is what it is,” Rattray said. “I’m not that worried about it. “He is fit and healthy and will run a good race. The aim at the moment is to be spot on for the end of November.” Following his Miracle Mile defence, Beautide will be aimed at the popular Ballarat Cup on December 13, with the Bendigo and Victoria Cups in January also on the agenda. “I am giving serious thought to the Ballarat Cup a couple of weeks after the Miracle Mile,” Rattray said. “The Bendigo Cup is three weeks later, with the Victoria Cup a fortnight after that and the Inter Dominion heats a fortnight after that, so it all fits in nicely.” PAUL COURTS

A night with his teeth chattering as he endured the return to a wintery climate was worth the inconvenience according to popular harness racing trainer Steve Cleave. With the highly-anticipated arrival of stable favourite Maximum Joy’s foal taking place just after 2am, Cleave spent the remainder of the morning watching over “mum and bubs”. Named after Cleave’s late parents, ‘Max’imum ‘Joy’, delivered a colt by prominent sire Shadow Play. “It was absolutely freezing, but I was staying out there to make sure all was well no matter what the weather threw at me,” Cleave said. “Thankfully mum and bubs are both in top order.” Admitting the cold and lack of sleep were getting to him, Cleave jokingly suggested he saw ‘Wally’ make and appearance in the paddock. “I have to say, it may have been the cold messing with my mind, but I even think Wally turned up,” Cleave joked. “It’s funny how you mind wonders when you’re just sitting there, but I was certainly keeping an eye for him!” Given the stable name Max, the youngster has a yearling half-brother by Village Jasper, which is about to begin his education. “He is a sporty looking colt, with his shape giving you the impression he will hit the ground running,” Cleave declared. “I reckon he will make an early two-year-old. “He’s due to be broken in next month, which I’m looking forward to.” Working a team of seven, consisting mainly of two-year-olds, Cleave is ready to expand his operation following the construction of several yards. As such, Cleave is looking to attract horse to be pre-trained. “I recently built new yards to allow more room to increase the numbers in pre-training,” Cleave said. “I’ve got seven in work, five of them are two-year-olds, but I’ve got room to pre-train a few more now.” PAUL COURTS

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Harness Racing New South Wales concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from BIEN HOA NZ following its win at Newcastle on 29 May 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample were confirmed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. Glenn Hayward pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190 (1), (2) and (4) in that he did present BEIN HOA NZ to race not free of a prohibited substance. Hayward further pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 187(2) in that he gave false and/or misleading evidence at the inquiry on 1 September 2014 regarding any contact and/or meeting he had previous with Shannon Wonson. Hayward was disqualified for a period of 10 years in respect of the charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) to commence from 1 August 2014, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Hayward’s third offence for Rule 190 breaches, that Cobalt is deemed a Class 1 substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines,The level recorded being 570ug/LMr Hayward’s licence history and other personal subjective facts In relation to the charge under Rule 187(2), Hayward was disqualified for a period of 12 months, to be served concurrently with the period imposed for the Rule 190 breach. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, BEIN HOA NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. HRNSW Media
You have just a couple of day left to win a set of $1,400US custom race bike wheels from Forward Motion Technologies, perhaps a full set of RazorHorse shoes, maybe a five gallon bucket of Lifeline Horse Supplement or a $100 Amazon gift card? These prizes, plus more - 13 in total - will be given away in Harnesslink’s month long Insider Access “Win The Wheels Contest” throughout October. All you have to do is sign-up for our fortnightly newsletter, Insider Access, by the end of October. THAT"S THIS FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT!  It’s as simple as that (and be age 18 or older too). No fees, no charges, you can unsubscribe at any time (we suggest you at least wait until after the prizes are drawn), no hidden costs whatsoever, totally free to enter. Can’t make it any simpler than that! Insider Access is a great newsletter which keeps you informed on news and opinions in harness racing that you won’t get on any other website or magazine, even our own Harnesslink! Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing as you view the current issue of Insider Access.  “We are so pleased that some of our advertising sponsors have come on board for this special promotion,” said John Curtin, founder and CEO of Harnesslink. “I want to thank the people at Forward Motion Technologies, Lifeline Horse Supplement and RazorHorse for joining us and donating these great prizes. So take a moment to go on our site and check out the companies and see what prizes you might win.” At the end of October everyone who has signed up for the newsletter, even those who already get Insider Access, will be drawn at random. The first 12 names selected will win either the horse supplement or RazorHorse shoes and the 13th winner will get the set of sulky wheels, shipped to their residents, no matter what country you live in. A reminder that everyone who signs up must be age 18 or older in order to win. All winners will be notified via email and proof of age and proper mailing address will be verified. For the complete rules and regulations for the contest click here. Just click below to visit the three sponsors of “Win The Wheels Contest.” https://forwardmotiontechnologies.com/ http://horse.watchthemthrive.com/horses/elite/ http://www.razerhorse.com/
It’s been a long road, but Damian Wilson has made the trip back into harness racing’s winners’ circle. Given the ‘all clear’ by doctors last month, Wilson has been building up to a win after almost two years on the sidelines as a result of injuries he sustained during a horrific fall at Kilmore in October 2012. Wilson’s success came behind the Vince Vallelonga-trained Fergus Maccool at Mildura last night. Thrilled to break the drought, Wilson hoping the victory is the beginning of his return to the top bracket of drivers in Victoria. “To be honest, I was starting to think I was never going to win again,” Wilson said. “Things have been pretty slow on the uptake, but hopefully that won’t last long. “It’s a great feeling to get back into the winners’ circle, and with a bit of luck, I’ll be there a lot more frequently.” Beginning swiftly to lead from the pole, Fergus Maccool was untouched on his way to a three-and-a-half metre win from Witzend, with Macray Soiree three-and-a-half metres away third. “Once he held the lead from the pole he pretty much had the race won,” Wilson said. “He’s done it quite easily and had a bit up his sleeve on the line.” Although frustrated with the past two years, Wilson admits the alternative would have been a lot worse. Rushed to the hospital with a broken leg from the fall, Wilson was soon informed by attending doctors he was in danger of losing his limb. Surgeons were concerned about the risk of infection settling into Wilson’s leg, which was extensively damaged from the accident. Wilson didn’t just break it - he “snapped” his fibula, tibia and ankle. “It wasn’t good there for a while and I’m just thankfully they didn’t take off my leg,” Wilson said. “The last two years have been tough, but I’m just looking to put that behind me and focus on the road ahead. “Getting my first winner out of the way certainly helps.” PAUL COURTS
It was has become the ‘norm’ at Mildura, premier harness racing trainer Shayne Cramp dominated proceedings last night. Although his evening began with a second, Cramp won four of the following six races, while finishing third in another. Paint The Hammer opened Cramp’s account before the horseman scored with Gotango, Spokeswoman and Tibytoa. The record-breaking mentor also drove each of his stable’s winners. As impressive as a quartet is, it pales in comparison to some of Cramp’s other feats, including a clean sweep of the eight-race card at Mildura last July. Cramp has also prepared four sextets, the most of any Australian trainer, with each registered at Mildura. Cramp also boasts a record 15 provincial quintets…with Mildura again playing host on each occasion. Western Australian trainer Gary Hall, who Cramp previously worked for, holds the national record for the most metropolitan quintets, a feat he has achieved 14 times. Lance Justice (March 17, 1989) and John McCarthy (June 19, 2010) hold the metro record of seven victories on a card. Queensland’s Bill Dixon holds the mantle for the most wins in a day – nine – across two race meetings. PAUL COURTS
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