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Eamon Maguire, who was desperately unlucky when beaten at Gore last Sunday, is a standout in race 8 at the Tuapeka Harness Racing Club meeting at Forbury Park this Sunday.   Eamon Maguire had won his three previous starts, two of them at Forbury Park. Dexter Dunn is back  in the sulky of the Graeme Anderson-trained 3-year-old.   Eamon Maguire was checked and tangled after 300m at Gore, then  recovered to lead at the 1400m.   He left stride again at the 300m when a hopple carrier strap broke. He was not comfortable but rallied to run Bettor Ops to half a head.   Anderson and Dunn, who teamed to win the Tuapeka Cup last year with Titan Banner, have Sovereign Banner, a fine prospect for the race on Sunday.    Sovereign Banner was not disgraced when run down by Robyn’s Bad Boy in a mobile 2200m at Gore.   He has won five of his six starts. Sovereign Banner is unruly for his first standing start race.   Robyn’s Bad Boy had won his previous start from a stand and has to be respected.   Stunin Dude, who won the Kurow Cup at Oamaru in August, is in contention.   He was freshened by trainer Paul Court after finishing second to Arden’s Concord at Oamaru at his last start on September 11. He finished second  to Christopher Banner in a workout at Motukarara last Saturday. Stunin Dude has won at Forbury Park with Blair Orange his driver.   Captain Dolmio has not raced for five months but he has had four workouts in a fresh preparation, three in Southland and the most recent at Rangiora when a close third for John Dunn. A winner in a  1.56.1 mile rate for 2600m (mobile) at Addington in April, he could surprise.   Susies Desire confirmed a workout win in fast time when runner up to Pembrook Ideal  at Forbury Park on Thursday night.    The Big Boss, who won twice from four starts last season, is ready to  resume in race 9.  He ran second to Tas Man Bromac (nine wins) in a workout at Invercargill on October 15.     Tayler Strong  

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry yesterday into the conduct of licensed trainer/driver, Mr Mark Forrest, on Thursday 13 October 2016 in relation to the registered standardbred LIVE IN STYLE, a horse trained by Mr Forrest that was engaged to race in race six, the JIM MORRIS REMEMBRANCE PACE (2125m) at Penrith on that date.  LIVE IN STYLE was subsequently withdrawn from the race by order of the Stewards. An investigation was commenced on 13 October 2016 after HRNSW Investigator/Senior Steward, Mr Chris Paul observed Mr Forrest administer an injection to LIVE IN STYLE at his registered training establishment. Mr Forrest attend the inquiry and provided evidence in relation to the horse LIVE IN STYLE and his husbandry practices. Evidence was also presented by Mr Chris Paul, including video and audio recordings. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Forrest pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 193(3) as follows: AHRR 193.    (3)  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. In the alternative Mr Forrest was issued with the following charge under Rule 196B (1) as follows: 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. Mr Forrest was found guilty of both offences. In respect of the charge pursuant to Rule 193(3), Mr Forrest was disqualified for a period of nine months to commence from 13 October 2016, the date upon which he was stood down. In respect of the charge pursuant to Rule 196B(1), Stewards set aside the matter of penalty. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The serious nature of this offence; Mr Forrest’s Not Guilty plea; Mr Forrest’s first offence of this nature; Mr Forrest’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Forrest was advised of his right to appeal this decision. Reid Sanders  

No less than the reigning Trots Country Cups Champion will front the gates at Carisbrook Raceway on Sunday, hunting a time-honoured harness racing crown. Yankee Rockstar, winner of last year’s Stawell, Cranbourne and Kilmore cups, will kick off his 2016-17 campaign by contesting Sunday’s Central Highlands Shire Maryborough Gold Cup, a 2690m staying test that carries a $30,000 prize and Group 3 status. It will be the first run by the Emma Stewart-trained five-year-old since he clinched the Kilmore Cup on March 19, and despite the spell veteran reinsman Gavin Lang said he expected a strong showing. “(Yankee Rockstar)’s had two trials and performed pretty creditably in them,” Lang said. “Some of the other guys are of course race hardened. As we’ve come to know, Emma (Stewart) and Clayton (Tonkin) have an uncanny knack of preparing their horses to win first-up at any level. It won’t be a surprise to see him in the finish.” Such a result won’t be easily won even for a horse with the talent of this Rocknroll Hanover entire. The 12-strong field boasts quality and quantity, including Nathan Purdon’s highly rated Ohoka Punter, who will be driven by Anthony Butt, and two-time winner of the Maryborough Cup Im Corzin Terror, who is first up since running a close second to Yankee Rockstar in the Cranbourne Cup. Adam Kelly’s entrants Chilli Palmer and Five Star Anvil have both shown winning form, while Geoff Webster’s Bannockburn flyer Flaming Flutter is always knocking on the door. Lang expects his main threat to come from the horse drawn directly on his inside. “Ohoka Punter is probably the one to beat. His racing so far has been full of merit, having had two starts and been second in one and third in the other,” Lang said. “On his current form and his previous Grand Circuit performances, that holds you in pretty good stead.” But Lang’s confidence hasn’t been dented. He said Yankee Rockstar had returned in “exceptional condition” and had the ability to overcome his tricky draw. “He is drawn in the middle of the road with a bit of speed underneath him,” Lang said. “He holds his own out of the gate and I expect him to roll forward. He is a great racehorse, if he has to sit in the breeze so be it. “It’s a great race. You only have to go back through the honour roll to see they are worthy winners and it will be no different this weekend.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Maryborough, Sunday 23 October 2016 Form guide for Maryborough, Sunday 23 October 2016

At the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 18 October 2016, Stewards reconvened an inquiry into Mr Nathan Purdon's drive on Ohoka Punter NZ in Race 6 the 'VHRSC Classic' at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016. Mr Purdon explained that prior to this race he was unaware of the change of tactics notified for Stunning Grin to be driven less aggressively circumstances permitting and given that, he was satisfied to remain in a position back at the wheel of the leader Stunning Grin during the early and middle stages, despite the relatively slow tempo during the lead time and first quarter. Mr Purdon added that given the manner in which Stunning Grin had been driven to maintain the lead at its previous start at Melton on 29 September 2016 he was reluctant to challenge for the lead and he was also mindful that Ohoka Punter NZ had paced roughly shortly after the start and that an ear plug had also prematurely released. Mr Purdon further explained that due to these factors he elected not to challenge for the lead as he also considered Ohoka Punter NZ may over-race had he of not been able to obtain the lead. Ultimately, Ohoka Punter NZ finished in 3rd place beaten 1.9 metres as a $1.30 supertab favorite. After giving consideration to further evidence from Mr Purdon and Licensed Trainer Mr Dean Braun who was present to assist Mr Purdon, Mr Purdon pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 239A which reads: A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. The particulars of the charge being that Mr Purdon as the trainer and driver of Ohoka Punter NZ in Race 6 at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016 was negligent in failing to have an awareness of the notification of driving tactics declared by the connections of Stunning Grin in the aforementioned race and due to not being aware of such publicised information, Mr Purdon failed to progress forward in an attempt to lead during the early and middle stages, when Stewards considered that based on the combination of the declared tactics of Stunning Grin and the times recorded during the lead time of 49.1 seconds and first quarter of 31.7 seconds it was reasonable for Mr Purdon to attempt to do so. In assessing penalty Stewards acknowledged Mr Purdon's guilty plea, relative inexperience as a licensed person, personal circumstances, the expectation that particularly as a licensed driver Mr Purdon and fellow drivers ought to be aware of such information for the professional preparation of driving in a race, especially given that the declaration of intended driving tactics in accordance with Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 44(1) and HRV Change of Tactics Policy is information that can affect the manner in which a race is tactically run and therefore has the potential to influence a drivers obligations under the provisions of AHRR 149. Mr Purdon was fined $500. HRV Stewards intend to recommence an inquiry on Friday, 21 October 2016, in relation to the tactics adopted on Stunning Grin by driver Rodney Petroff and trainer Vince Vallelonga in Race 6 the 'VHRSC Classic' at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016. Link to HRV Change of Tactics (COT) Policy. Victoria - Supplementary Reports Yarra Valley – 10 October 2016 RACE 6 – JOHN & MARLENE’S 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PACE Steve Cleave, trainer or Blue Suede Hooves, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the performance. Mr Cleave added that Blue Suede Hooves had worked strongly subsequent to the race and has engaged the gelding at Kilmore on 19 October 2016. Brent Lilley, trainer of Best Scribe, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the performance. Mr Lilley added that he was disappointed with the performance of Best Scribe and has sent the gelding to the spelling paddock. Shepparton – 11 October 2016 RACE 7 – BOHBRON PARK PACE (2ND DIV) Danny Thackaray, trainer of Shezarocka, has reported that the mare had pulled up well since the race. Mr Thackeray added a veterinary examination of Shezarocka subsequent to the race revealed the mare incurred some minor grazing and bruising as a result of the incident and had been given a slight let up in her work. Shezarocka is engaged at Shepparton on 20 October 2016. Tabcorp Park Melton – 14 October 2016 RACE 5 – EDITHVALE PROBUS PACE Kerryn Manning, trainer of Jaccka Art NZ, has reported that a veterinary examination has revealed a slight strain in the gelding’s near fore suspensory ligament. Ms Manning added that Jaccka Art NZ has been sent to the spelling paddock. RACE 9 – ALDEBARAN PARK TROT Kerryn Manning, trainer of Matatoki NZ, has reported that the gelding had pulled well since the performance. Ms Manning added that Matatoki NZ has been sent to the spelling paddock. Swan Hill – 15 October 2016 RACE 5 – HARAS DES TROTTEURS JIM ROBERTS SWAN HILL TROTTERS CUP Peter Lindberg, trainer of Robbie Zuve, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the race. Mr Lindberg added that he was satisfied with the performance of Robbie Zuve and that the gelding had worked well subsequent to the race. RACE 8 – HELLOWORLD PACE Joe Costa, trainer of Bernies Idol, has reported that a veterinary examination and blood tests taken from the gelding have failed to reveal any abnormalities. Mr Costa added that Bernies Idol had pulled up well since the performance and that the gelding had worked strongly subsequent to the race. Bernies Idol is engaged at Maryborough on 23 October 2016. Harness Racing Victoria

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into the analysts finding of Heptaminol in the pre-race urine sample taken from Mishani Jewel prior to the horse competing in Race 5 at Redcliffe on 14 July 2016. Mishani Jewel was trained for this event by Ms Martine Dwyer. Heptaminol has myocardial stimulatory and vasodilator effects with research suggesting that it may affect catecholamine release or calcium metabolism. After taking evidence from Ms Dwyer, Dr K. Caldwell, Manager, Veterinary Services at the Racing Science Centre and Ms S. Nellis, Principal Analyst at the Racing Science Centre Stewards charged Martine Dwyer with the contravention of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which reads: “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.” Ms Dwyer pleaded guilty to the charge. In determining an appropriate penalty, amongst other things, Stewards considered the following: Ms Dwyer previous good record in Harness racing; Ms Dwyer’s personal and financial situation; The particular circumstances of the case; The guilty plea entered; The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing; After considering penalties applied in recent comparable matters Stewards fined Martine Dwyer the sum of $3,000. Acting under the provisions of AHRR. 195 Mishani Jewel was disqualified from Race 5 at Redcliffe on 14 July 2016 and the placings amended accordingly. Ms Dwyer was advised of her rights of an Internal Review. Stewards’ Report - Martine Dwyer Date – 18 October 2016 Panel – N. Torpey; L. Wilson & D. Aurisch  

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into the analysts finding of testosterone at a concentration in excess of the threshold for a gelding under the provisions of A.H.R.R. 188A (2)(g) in the pre-race urine sample taken from Mafuta Vautin prior to the horse competing in Race 5 at Redcliffe on 24 December 2015. Mafuta Vautin was trained for this event by Darrell Graham. Stewards considered evidence from Mr Graham, Dr K. Caldwell, Manager, Veterinary Services at the Racing Science Centre and Ms S. Nellis, Principal Analyst at the Racing Science Centre and Dr David Lobell called on behalf of Mr Graham. Stewards also considered a written report tabled from Dr Adam Cawley, Laboratory Science Manager at the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory who was of the view that the steroid profile for the sample was consistent with an endogenous source due to unusual adrenal gland activity. Stewards also considered the results of tests carried out on hair samples taken from Mafuta Vautin. After carefully considering the scientific and analytical evidence available to them, Stewards were satisfied that the detected concentration of testosterone in the sample taken from Mafuta Vautin was of endogenous origin or as a result of endogenous activity. Although it was considered an offence was proven under the provisions of AHRR 190(1) Stewards deemed that no conviction be entered or penalty imposed against Darrel Graham. However, under the provisions of AHRR 195 which reads: A horse which has been presented for a race shall be disqualified from it if blood, urine, saliva, or other matter or sample or specimen taken from the horse is found to contain a prohibited substance. Stewards disqualified Mafuta Vautin from Race 5 at Redcliffe on 24 December 2015 and the placings have been amended accordingly.  Mr Graham was advised of his rights to internal review. Stewards’ Report – Darrell Graham Date – 19 October 2016 Panel – N. Torpey; L. Wilson & D. Aurisch

The 2016-17 harness racing season might only be in its infancy, but The Lagoon driver Mitch Turnbull is most certainly satisfied with his progress thus far. While still a concession driver, Turnbull sits third in the Harness Racing NSW drivers’ premiership with 16 wins and 11 placings. The latest of those wins came at the Bathurst Paceway on Wednesday night when he took out the Ian Mutton Get Well Soon Pace (1,730 metres) with War Dan Apollo. The $4 favourite got the lead from barrier three and was softened up along the way by Idunknow ($9.20), but showed enough strength to kick away down the home straight. The Steve Turnbull trained gelding won by 7m over Athols Last Safari ($17.10) in a 1:57.4 mile rate. “He’s going real well, it probably nearly might have suited him to run that quick,” Mitch Turnbull said.  “I appreciate everyone who is putting me on, I’m getting some nice ones to drive.” Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate  

Six-year-old Libertybelle Midfrew has struck peak form and is poised to become at Gloucester Park on Friday night, only the eighth harness racing mare in the 62-year history of the Mount Eden Pace to win the Group 3 $50,000 feature event. Her prospects in Friday night’s event  soared when she drew the prized No. 1 barrier and Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko are planning for an all-the-way victory. In a major departure from the norm, the race will be decided over 2130m. The Mount Eden Sprint has been run over 1730m or 1700m for many years. The only mares to have won the Mount Eden Sprint, formerly known as the State Sprint Championship, and first run in 1955 when Bernie Cushing drove Village Chief to victory, are Dainty’s Daughter (1970), Pyramus (1971), Virgil Queen (1977), Kiwi Cloud (1978), Line On (1986), Whitbys Miss Penny (1992) and Sensational Gabby (2014). Reed has yet to train a winner of the Mount Eden Sprint, while Suvaljko will be keen to replicate his effort in 2010 when he drove 6/1 chance Real Life to an all-the-way win from barrier three in the Mount Eden Sprint. Reed has the high-priced New Zealand-bred Libertybelle Midfrew well and truly on track to be a major player in the TABtouch interdoiminion championship, which will get under way with the opening set of heats at Gloucester Park on November 25. The Christian Cullen mare started from barrier six and was a 25/1 chance in the 2015 Mount Eden Sprint when she finished strongly from seventh at the bell to be third behind Waylade and My Hard Copy. She also contested the 2014 Mount Eden Sprint when she started from barrier four and at 9/2. She ran home solidly, out wide, from eighth at the bell to be fifth behind Sensational Gabby. Libertybelle Midfrew cashed in on the preferential conditions for the 2536m Media Guild Cup and the 2130m Stratton Cup at her past two starts. Suvaljko made the most of the No. 1 barrier in both events in which Libertybelle Midfrew was untroubled to set the pace and win. She beat the fast-finishing Heez On Fire by a half-length in the Media Guild Cup and she sprinted over the final three quarters in 28.5sec., 27.3sec. and 28.1sec. when she scored by 4m from The Bucket List and Bettors Fire in the Stratton Cup. Her most recent success improved her record to 49 starts for 18 wins and 11 placings for earnings of $607,497.    Only two pacers have won the Mount Eden Sprint twice ---- Kolworth in 1961 and 1963 and Im Themightyquinn in 2011 and 2012. Trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper’s hopes of winning the Mount Eden Sprint again with Bettors Fire were dampened to a degree when the outstanding eight-year-old drew the outside barrier (No. 9). Bettors Fire led from the No. 1 barrier in 2013 when he defeated Im Victorious by almost three lengths at a 1.53.8 rate over 1730m. Then a year later Bettors Fire was a 20/1 chance when he surged home from the rear to be third behind Sensational Gabby. In last year’s race, Bettors Fire (14/1) thundered home from last the bell to be fourth behind Waylade. Last year’s winner Waylade will start from the No. 4 barrier on Friday night, but he faces a hard task after being unplaced at his past four starts. Waylade is one of five runners in the race prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall sen. Hall’s chief hope looks certain to be the brilliant five-year-old Beaudiene Boaz, who is awkwardly drawn at barrier seven on the front line. In the Stratton Cup last Friday week Beaudiene Boaz was restrained at the start from barrier six and raced at the rear in the field of eight before starting a three-wide move 550m from home. He fought on determinedly to finish sixth, three lengths behind the winner. The final fast sectionals recorded by Libertybelle Midfrew set Beaudiene Boaz a hopeless task. A week earlier Beaudiene Boaz gave a sample of his great class when he rated 1.52.9 to smash the track record for 2130m in winning the Navy Cup by two and a half lengths from the pacemaker Bettors Fire. Gary Hall jun. sent Beaudiene Boaz forward with a three-wide move from last with 1050m to travel and the Badlands Hanover stallion burst to the front 680m from home. His final quarters were run in 27.3sec. and 28.2sec. Comeback pacer Heez On Fire, now trained by Bill Horn, is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line and the WA-bred seven-year-old should enjoy a perfect run behind the likely pacemaker Libertytbelle Midfrew. Heez On Fire, to be handled by Chris Lewis, enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, when fifth behind Libertybelle Midfrew in the Stratton Cup last Friday week. That followed his eye-catching first-up effort a fortnight earlier when he was eighth and last 250m from home before sprinting brilliantly in the straight to finish second, just a half-length behind Libertybelle Midfrew. Ken Casellas

Leading harness racing trainers Greg and Skye Bond are setting a scorching pace in the early stages of the 2016-17 season and their ten runners, all bred in New Zealand, will have a massive following at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They have bright prospects of making a flying start by winning the second event, the $20,000 Clipsal By Schneider Pace, with Risk, a highly-promising five-year-old by Changeover. Risk, to be driven by Ryan Warwick, faces a stern test from the outside (No. 9) in the 2130m event. But he has the class to overcome that disadvantage. He started from the No. 9 barrier at his most recent appearance, over 2130m on September 23 when he raced in ninth and last position before dashing forward, three wide, to be fourth at the bell. He fought on grandly to finish second, just one metre behind Mynameskenny when the final quarters whizzed by in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec. His first five starts in WA have produced three wins and two seconds. His chief rival on Friday night is likely to be stablemate Burning, who is ideally drawn at barrier one. Burning raced three back on the pegs before running home solidly to be fourth behind Chicago Bull over 2130m last Friday night. He also produced a powerful burst when second to stablemate Ima Connoisseur two starts before that. Last-start winners Commander Chapel (Chris Lewis), Jambiani (Chris Voak) and Firebomb (Shannon Suvaljko) also will have admirers. The Bond stable has established a commanding early lead on the WA Statewide trainers’ premiership table, with 41 winners, followed by Gary Hall sen. (17) and Ross Olivieri (12). The Bonds also head the national table, with Queensland’s Chantal Turpin in second place with 29 winners. Warwick is in devastating form in the sulky and he leads the WA premiership table with 34 winners, well ahead of Gary Hall jun. (21), Chris Lewis (20), Nathan Turvey (18) and Michael Grantham (17). Warwick also leads the national list, 13 winners ahead of Queensland’s Shane Graham. He boasts a tremendous winning strike rate of 40 per cent.    Like the Bonds, Hall sen. has ten runners, all bred in New Zealand, engaged at the ten-event program on Friday night. All have sound prospects, with his best chances likely to be Beaudiene Boaz, Tact Major, King Lebron and Mach Time.  Ken Casellas

Versatile harness racing pacer The Revolution continues to impress with his wholehearted efforts and he will pay to follow. The WA-bred five-year-old, owned and trained by Kody Charles, looks ideally placed at barrier two in the third heat of the Princi Butchers Preux Chevalier Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night in which he will again be driven by Nathan Turvey. The Revolution started from the inside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before finishing with a sparkling late burst to be second to the pacemaker Rycroft over 2130m last Friday night. He raced without cover for much of the way when a fighting third behind Kurious at his previous outing and before that he impressed when he surged home from last at the bell to be a half-head second to Tact Major. His latest success was when he led from barrier three and beat Loaded Aussie over 2130m early last March. The Revolution, by Canadian sire Northern Luck, is the first foal out of My Royal Doreen, who was retired after having six starts as a two-year-old in 2010 for wins at Gloucester Park and Geraldton. The Revolution is sure to be seriously tested by the two youngest runners in the race, talented four-year-olds Overboard Again and King Lebron, who are racing with great heart for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. Overboard Again has revealed excellent fighting qualities in his five wins and two seconds from his 11 starts. He is handily placed at barrier three on Friday night. King Lebron, who will start from the outside of the back line, has won at eight of his 20 starts. He dashed to an early lead and sprinted over the final quarters in 27.7sec. and 28sec. when he won in good style from Borntobeanartist at a 1.57.2 rate over 2130m on Tuesday of last week. The Storm Chief can end losing run of 29 Victorian-bred pacer The Storm Chief has a modest winning strike rate of just nine per cent and will start from the outside of the back line in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But he has sound prospects of breaking through for an overdue victory and ending a losing sequence of 29. Trained at West Swan by Merv Jupp, The Storm Chief caught the eye at Northam on Sunday afternoon when he was ninth at the bell before unleashing a sparkling sprint 500m from home which took him on terms with the hot favourite and pacemaker Chuck Norris on the home turn. Chuck Norris survived the scare and dug deep to win by just over a half-length from The Storm Chief after a final quarter in 28.2sec. The Storm Chief, who will again by driven by Michael Grantham on Friday night, has won seven times from 81 starts, but has chalked up 34 minor placings. His most recent success was over 1800m at Globe Derby Park last November when he raced behind the pacemaker and took full advantage of the sprint lane. Giuliana Rancic, who has a losing sequence of 16, will start alongside The Storm Chief on the back line and will have many admirers after some sound recent efforts. The Ross Olivieri-trained Frostyflyer will be driven by Chris Lewis from barrier six on the front line and is likely to be the opening favourite. He started from the back line and raced in eighth position before Lewis started a three-wide move 650m from home. Frostyflyer dashed into second place at the 300m mark before wilting slightly to finish fourth behind Rycroft. He is sure to appreciate weaker opposition this week. Ken Casellas

Smart harness racing five-year-old Quite A Delight will reappear after an absence of five months when she contests the $20,000 Slater-Gartrell Sports Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night. She boasts a splendid record of nine wins and seven placings from 20 starts and has the potential to develop into a leading candidate for the $125,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on December 9. Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice has the happy knack of producing his pacers in excellent condition for strong first-up performances and Quite A Delight is sure to prove hard to beat on Friday night, despite the disadvantage of starting out wide from barrier eight on the front line in the 2130m event. The Bettor's Delight mare has been wonderfully consistent and has been unlucky in feature events, finishing second to Nuala in the group 2 Dainty’s Daughter Classic in February 2015, a nose second to stablemate Major Reality in the group 1 WA Oaks in May 2015 and third to Major Reality and Tricky Styx in the group 2 Empress Stakes last February. Baileys Gold and Lovers Prayer, favourably drawn on the front line, are sure to be prominent and Baldivis trainer Nathan Turvey holds a strong hand with three runners, Anna Faye, Royal Myth and Hidden Bad. Turvey will handle Royal Myth, a winner at nine of her 20 starts, and he has engaged Clint Hall to drive Anna Faye and Chris Lewis for Hidden Bad. Royal Myth was an easy all-the-way winner two starts ago, but she faces a stiff test from out wide at No. 7 on the front line on Friday night. Anna Faye, who will start from barrier four on the front line, was an all-the-way winner over 2185m at Pinjarra two starts ago and then enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to be a head second to Baileys Gold over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Hidden Bad won for the 14th time from 48 starts when she was untroubled to lead and beat Mary Catherine at Gloucester Park last Friday night, rating a smart 1.56.4 over 2130m. Hidden Bad has the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line on Friday night, but cannot be disregarded as an each-way prospect. Ken Casellas

Talented intermediate grade pacer Tenacious One was responsible for one of the fastest harness racing miles at Albion Park yesterday (Tuesday). The free-running gelding scorched the 1000m oval in a time of 1:51.6 – splits of 26.6, 29.8, 27.8 and 27.6 seconds. Winning driver Chris Petroff was left shocked following the powerful front-running display. “He’s a talented horse but that was an awesome mile; given he was coming off a let-up and without the benefit of a trial, he did a remarkable job. He looks set for a strong campaign.” Petroff said. The track record belongs to retired champion Im Themightyquinn at 1:50.4 – who set his mark when successful in the 2014 Sunshine Sprint. And upon further investigation, only one other pacer has gone faster than Tenacious One with dual Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova recording a mile rate of 1:51.3 when he proved successful in the 2015 Sunshine Sprint. Open class pacer and multiple feature race winner Ultimate Art has also recorded a 1:51.6 mile at Albion Park. So, Tenacious One joins an elite list. Formerly prepared in Victoria, the Mach Three – Miss Astronomical pacer has always been blessed with abundant ability but his headstrong ways have caused a few headaches. Since joining the stables of Redcliffe horseman Donny Smith, Tenacious One has been restricted to short course trips and allowed to run in his races. And the results have flowed. Tenacious One has won 7 of his 12 starts in the sunshine state. Assessed a metropolitan maiden, Tenacious One could find himself heading to Sydney at some point this campaign chasing the strong prizemoney on the bigger track. “Donny does an excellent job with his team and he’s got good options whichever was he wants to go with this horse, a possible Sydney trip makes strong appeal but Donny will make the call when the time comes. “He’s not the easiest horse to drive and I’ve found it’s best to work with him rather than trying to fight him, he can hold his speed really well and he proved that again yesterday.” Meanwhile, exciting three-year-old Maestro Bellini trained by Petroff is back in work and aiming at a southern campaign with the Victoria Derby an early target in the New Year.    by Chris Barsby

Harness racing trainers are reminded that the presence of arsenic above a level of 0.30 micrograms per millilitre in a raceday equine urine sample is a prohibited substance.  Trainers are further reminded under Australian Harness Racing Rule(AHRR) 190 (4) that an offence is committed if a horse is presented with a prohibited substance in its system, regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in the horse.  Products that contain arsenic include but are not limited to Ferrocyl, Jurocyl, and Invigorate  injections.  It is claimed the use of these injectable preparations on horses may improve appetite and the appearance of the hair coat, and may aid in the treatment of anaemia or general weakness.  However, there is no rational evidence-based indication for the use of arsenic in horses.  Arsenic containing substances are not routinely used nor recommended as treatment for any medical condition in horses. Arsenic is an element that naturally occurs in the environment in very small amounts in rocks, soil, water, air (from volcanic eruptions) and plants. Therefore horses, like all species may normally inhale or ingest very small amounts of arsenic. As a result, trace amounts are normally found in animal tissue and are excreted in urine. Mining activities that expose rocks and soil to weathering can result in increased levels in local soil and water. However, environmental contamination in Australia is likely to be extremely low and not exceed a few parts per million (ppm) unless a horse lives in a contaminated mining area. Arsenic is used in the production of pesticides and herbicides, although these applications are declining. Use of arsenic containing insecticides for management of cattle tick and lice problems in sheep was banned in 1987 yet soil around the site where the ‘dip’ once was on farms may remain contaminated with arsenic for many years. Arsenic is still used as chromated copper arsenate (CCA) and arsenic trioxide for its insecticidal properties to treat timber (ie. to prevent termite damage). This can give treated timber such as pine posts a greenish tint. During investigations into current arsenic irregularities reported by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL), HRV in company with other racing authorities and RASL engaged the University of Melbourne to conduct a trial to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  This administration resulted in urinary concentrations of arsenic that exceeded the threshold concentration in some of the horses. Therefore, it may be possible that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.   With this aspect of the research completed, trainers are placed on notice that an explanation of environmental contamination (through CCA timber or other means) will not necessarily be considered a significant penalty mitigating factor for anyone found to have presented a horse with urinary concentrations above the arsenic threshold in the future.  Trainers are advised to take measures to ensure that racing horses do not have access to environmental sources of arsenic including treated timber products.  Further research will be conducted in the future in an effort to determine whether the source of arsenic detected within a particular equine urine sample is due to the ingestion of the inorganic form of arsenic in CCA treated timber or the organic form of arsenic (sodium arsanilate) in intravenous preparations of arsenic tonics available for use in horses. Queries can be directed to your veterinarian or the HRV Integrity Department on (03) 8378 0222.

Victoria’s trots industry continues to benefit from the Andrews State Government’s Victorian Racing Industry Fund. Mildura, Swan Hill and Wangaratta have all recently received significant VRIF funding for important projects. Mildura received $25,822 for its reverse cycle air conditioning system upgrade and towards the purchase of a spreader. The air conditioning upgrade will provide a more comfortable environment for patrons in the Ray Hepworth Centre, particularly important in the summer months, while the spreader will provide greater flexibility in the preparation of the race track and eliminate hiring costs. Swan Hill benefited to the tune of $14,313 towards installation of a machinery shed and compound, which provides the club with a much-needed sheltered area for valuable track machinery. Wangaratta received $8,394 towards a number of projects; the permanent installation of a platform for the Sky Racing telecast, air conditioning units, safety fencing to enclose the float car park, additional tote benches and a ride-on mower. These projects will provide more efficiency for the club and save it having to hire infrastructure. Meanwhile, the Victorian trots industry has also been granted $14,359 towards a saddlecloth enhancement project, which will result in an enhanced visual experience for people watching racing. In addition to clearer numbers the saddlecloths will also be made of a high-quality material, which will sustain longevity. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Emma Stewart’s Perth Inter Dominion army is down to three. Stewart has scratched emerging star Ideal For Real, but quickly added she was committed to taking Guaranteed, Yankee Rockstar and Restrepo to Perth next month. “We really wanted to take Ideal For Real, but he was so far down the rankings we would have had to race him too much before the series to get him above the cut-off,” she said. “It’s disappointing and we thought he deserved to be ranked higher, but he can stay home now and target the big races here (Melbourne) over summer instead. Then we can look at the Miracle Mile.” Stewart was pleased with Guaranteed first start for 21 months when a distant second to Hectorjayjay in last Saturday night’s Swan Hill Cup. “He was in a no-win situation pretty straight after the start when Hectorjayjay strolled to the lead, but he came around, sat outside the leader and stuck on well,” she said. “He will improve a lot on that and now we need to pick out his next race.” Stewart still rates Guaranteed as her best hope in Perth ahead of Yankee Rockstar and Restrepo. “We think he will love the track and the style of racing over there,” she said. “He will get better with each run and should be right at his peak for the final.” Stewart went further by saying she expected stable driver Gavin Lang would stick with Guaranteed if he had to choose between her three stars. “Guaranteed has been there and done. He’ll thrive through an Inter Dominion series,” she said. Yankee Rockstar, winner of the Cranbourne and Kilmore Cups last campaign, will resume in Sunday’s Maryborough Cup. “He’s ready to go. He’s been delayed a bit by hoof abcesses, but he’s right back now,” she said. Restrepo, who was scratched from his comeback race at Melton two weeks ago, is also close to a return. “He’s another of ours who had a hoof abscess. We’ve been plagued by them, but he’s recovered and almost ready for the races.” Stewart expects to have at least one of her stars clash with Hectorjayjay in the Yarra Valley Cup on November 3.   Adam Hamilton

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today concluded an inquiry which was opened on 12 October 2015 into the circumstances surrounding the analysts’ findings in respect to a post race urine sample taken from Sheza Shadow following its winning harness racing performance in Race 4 at Redcliffe on 24 July 2015. This inquiry had been further adjourned to allow legal requests to be processed and further investigations on behalf of Mr Weeks to be completed. The Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) reported a level of Cobalt in the sample in excess of the threshold as prescribed by the Australian Harness Racing Rules. On 29 September 2016, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Weeks as follows: Rule 190(1)            “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge being that Mr Weeks presented Sheza Shadow to race in Race 4 at Redcliffe on 24 July 2015 when a sample taken from that filly was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Cobalt above the prescribed threshold. Today Mr Weeks provided written submissions in defence of the charge laid against him. After due consideration Stewards were of the view that the charge could be sustained as issued and formally found Mr Weeks guilty. When assessing the matter of penalty Stewards gave consideration to the following: The serious nature of the substance concerned and the levels of Cobalt recorded (366 Ug/l and 413Ug/l); Mr Weeks’ licence history and unblemished record under this rule; Mr Weeks’ personal and financial situation; The particular circumstances of the case and submissions tendered by Mr Weeks; The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing; Penalty precedents. Mr Weeks was disqualified for a period of 15 months effective immediately. Acting under Australian Harness Racing Rule 195 Sheza Shadow was disqualified from its win in Race 4 at Redcliffe on 24 July 2015, and all other placegetters were amended accordingly. Mr Weeks was advised of his rights to internal review. Stewards’ Report -  Darren Weeks Date - 17 October 2016 Panel - D Farquharson, A Reardon, K Wolsey

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