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07:47 PM 25 Jun 2014 NZST
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24 June 2014

Stewards Inquiry – Brad Costello


Stewards Panel – Kylie Harrison, Barry Delaney and Nathan Moy

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards today held an inquiry into the circumstances of Mr Brad Costello conducting training activities at the Croydon Light Harness Club on 4 June 2014 whilst being on the Unpaid Forfeits List.

Stewards considered evidence from Mr David Allison (HRV Licensing Steward), Mr David Collins (Secretary-Croydon Light Harness Club) and Mr Costello himself.

After considering all of the evidence, HRV Stewards issued a charge against Mr Costello under the provisions of Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 259(1)(e).

 Rule 259(1) reads as follows:

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 –

Part (e) reads as follows:

Race, lease, train, drive or nominate a horse.

The particulars of the charge being that on 4 June 2014 Mr Costello, whilst being on the Unpaid Forfeits List, did train a horse on the Croydon Light Harness Club track.  Mr Costello pleaded guilty to the charge and after hearing submissions regarding penalty, the Stewards imposed a $1,000 fine.

Under ARHR 256(5)(a), the Stewards suspended the payment of $500 of this fine for a period of 12 months.  This portion of the fine will not be payable unless Mr Costello breaches a relevant rule within a 12 month period.

In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Mr Costello’s forthright evidence and his previous good record.   The Stewards were also mindful of the nature of the breach in that it involved the working of one horse on one occasion and that Mr Costello had (prior to working the horse) made arrangements to pay the outstanding debt on 5 June 2014 in order to ensure his name was removed from the Unpaid Forfeits List.

Participants are reminded of the provisions of ARHR 295(2) which provide that those named on the Unpaid Forfeits List are subject to the same restrictions as disqualified persons.

HRNSW Media Release - Trainer Mr Mark Hewitt - O-desmethylvenlafaxine

19 June 2014
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) has concluded an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that O-desmethylvenlafaxine was detected in a urine sample taken from CHLOES VENTURE following its win in race 3, the Turners Furniture One Pace (2100 metres) at Young on Saturday, 15 March 2014.

The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited in Victoria.

Mr HEWITT had previously pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4), for presenting his horse to race not free of a prohibited substance.

Mr HEWITT was disqualified for a period of 6 months to commence from 28 May 2014, the date upon which Mr Hewitt was stood down. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance, the guilty plea entered and personal subjective facts.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, CHLOES VENTURE was disqualified from the abovementioned race.

Mr Paul Russo - Irregularity to Cobalt

18 June 2014
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) commenced an inquiry today into results received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt was detected above the threshold in samples taken from the following horse;
  • SAUCY LEGEND following its win in race 10, the 2GB open Pace (1609 metres) conducted at Menangle meeting on 25 February 2014.

The “B” samples and associated control samples where confirmed by Chem Centre in Western Australia.

Following an application by Mr Russo, the inquiry was adjourned to a date to be set for further enquiries to be conducted.

An inquiry was also set down for today regarding Mr Rodney Pike. That inquiry was postponed to a date to be set due to a medical condition.

Mr Joshua Carroll - Cobalt Irregularity

18 June 2014

On 30 April 2014 Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) received a certificate from Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt was detected over the threshold in a post race urine sample taken from TINY TINKER following its win in race 5, the Somerset Meats Pace (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on 28 February 2014.

HRNSW suspended the license of trainer, Mr Joshua Carroll, pursuant to Rule 183 and sent the “B” sample and associated control sample to the Western Australia ChemCentre for confirmatory testing.

The ChemCentre subsequently reported the presence of cobalt in the “B” sample below the 200ug/L threshold prescribed.

An inquiry was conducted on 29 May 2014, and Stewards took evidence from Mr Carroll and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Wainscott.

After considering the evidence Stewards determined that due to the second certificate being reported under the threshold that no further action should be taken against Mr Carroll. Subsequently the order made under Rule 183 was lifted.

Licensed persons and in particular trainers are reminded that, notwithstanding the absence of a second confirmatory certificate, it is possible for a trainer to be found in breach of the prohibited substance rules. A single certificate is deemed by Rule 191(1) to be prima facie evidence of a breach of Rule 190. In this instance the Stewards determined that the results of the second certificate and other circumstances of the case meant that it was not appropriate to find a breach of Rule 190.



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