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Exciting former Kiwi Van Mara (Lis Mara-Van Seraa) can overcome his extreme draw at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night, says harness racing trainer Andy Gath. Speaking with Nadia Horne on RSN Friday morning, Gath spoke glowingly of his four-year-old, who is two-for-two since joining the Kate and Andy team. “He had really good form in New Zealand. It tapered off a little bit before he came over to us but he’s a horse we have a pretty big opinion of,” Gath said. Van Mara, to be driven by Andy's wife, Kate, starts from outside the second row in the DNR Logistics Pace Final (Race 2) at 5.55pm. “He can do it tough if he has to,” Gath said. “And he’s got good speed, even if he’s back in the field. He’s a horse that we think is going to develop into a pretty nice horse. He’ll be fighting out the finish.” Gath has always had an eye on Van Mara and always expressed interest in purchasing the gelding. “Finally he came down to a price I was comfortable at and I was fortunate enough to be able to get him in the stable,” the Long Forest horseman said. GET THE INSIDE WORD FROM ANDY GATH Meanwhile, TAB.com.au has a projected Quaddie pool of $125,000 ($20,000) jackpot tomorrow night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Sign up to receive your GoodForm Game Plan delivered hot off the press daily from our dedicated team of form analysts.  Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Former gallops jockeys Darren Gauci and Matt Pumpa are eager to face off in a double-seater sulky race at Tabcorp Park Melton after making their trots-track debut at Bendigo’s Harness Racing Training Centre on Tuesday. Gauci and Pumpa, who mentor apprentice jockeys full-time as part of Racing Victoria's Apprentice Jockey Training Program, were on hand to learn more about the other code’s development of trainers and drivers. Gauci said the experience was a thrill. “I really enjoyed it. It was the first time we’ve done that and it was great. We were amazed, it was a real insight to see just how much speed they have out there,” the four-time Melbourne premiership winning jockey – and three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up – said. “Hopefully we get the opportunity on a race night to actually have a race against each other in a double-seater sulky. I think that would be a lot of fun.” The trots Training Centre in Bendigo delivers training and assessment to about 200 students (from trots, gallops and greyhounds). The centre’s stables, located behind the Bendigo trotting track, have been run by Roma Pocock for a long time and recently she has been joined by leading horseman Glenn Douglas, who assists in a part-time capacity mentoring the students. The Training Centre is approaching the end of the first semester and there are vacancies in the stable for semester two. If you know someone who is interested in becoming a stablehand, trainer or driver please contact the school on (03) 5449 3590 or 0447 032 770. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

ON Monday October 31, 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards commenced an investigation into the apparent administration of a medication to the registered standardbred A MATTER OF COURSE which was engaged to race at the Newcastle meeting that day.  That horse was subsequently scratched from the race by order of Stewards. On that night evidence was taken from Mr G Chapple, the licensed trainer of the horse A MATTER OF COURSE, Mr M Chapple who attended the horse, the Official Starter and the raceday Veterinary Surgeon.  Samples were taken from A MATTER OF COURSE for analysis as well a jar of ointment that was confiscated.  Analysis by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory confirmed the prohibited substance menthol was detected in the sample taken from A MATTER OF COURSE.  By letter on April 18, 2017, Stewards notified Mr Chapple of charges laid against him. By email on Friday, April 28, 2017, through his legal representative, Mr Chapple pleaded guilty to the charges and provided detailed submissions in respect to penalty. On Monday, May 23, 2017, HRNSW Stewards convened to consider the submissions entered on the trainer’s behalf and to determine the penalties in the matters. Charge 1 – Pursuant to HRR 192(1) and (3) which state: (1)  No person, unless he has first obtained the permission of the Stewards, shall have in his possession either on a racecourse or in any motor vehicle or trailer being used for the purpose of travelling to or from a racecourse any prohibited substance or a syringe, needle or other instrument which could be used – (3)  A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) or with a term or condition imposed under sub rule (2) is guilty of an offence. The Stewards announced a fine of $500. Charge 2 – Pursuant to HRR 193 (3), (6) & (8) which state: (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. (6)  For the purposes of this Rule, medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances. (8)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rules (1), (2), (3) or (7) is guilty of an offence. Mr G Chapple admitted instructing his son, driver Mr M Chapple, to apply medication to the horse on race day. The Stewards announced Mr G Chapple be disqualified for a period of six (6) months. Charge 3 – Pursuant to Rules 190 (1), (2) & (4): (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. The Stewards announced Mr G Chapple be disqualified for a period of six (6) months. In determining these penalties the Stewards noted Mr Chapple’s pleas, his previous disciplinary record, the circumstances of the offence and the subjectives advanced on his behalf, including his cooperation with and before the Stewards. The Stewards ordered that this penalty be served concurrently with the penalty announced in regards to Charge 2. Stewards also ordered that the penalty take effect from midnight Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  Mr G Chapple was advised of his right to appeal the decisions of Stewards. Mr Mitch Chapple – Inquiry Concluded FURTHER to the proceedings at Newcastle on October 31, 2017, Mr M Chapple was notified by letter details dated April 18, 2017, of a charge laid against him. By email on Friday, April 28, 2017, through his legal representative, Mr Chapple pleaded guilty to the charges and provided detailed submissions in regards to penalty. On Monday, May 23, 2017, HRNSW Stewards convened to consider the submission entered on Mr M Chapple’s behalf and to determine a penalty in the matter. Charge 1 – Pursuant to HRR 193 (3), (6) & (8) (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. (6)  For the purposes of this Rule, medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances. (8)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rules (1), (2), (3) or (7) is guilty of an offence. Before Stewards Mr M Chapple had admitted applying medication, being a chest rub ointment, to the horse, A MATTER OF COURSE on the race day and prior to racing.  The Stewards announced a penalty of a fine of $1000 of which $500 was ordered be suspended on the proviso that Mr M Chapple not be found guilty of a breach of any of the rules relating to prohibited substances within a period of 12 months from this date. In determining this penalty the Stewards noted Mr Chapple’s plea, his previous good disciplinary record, the particular circumstances of the offence, as acting under the direction of his parent being the horse’s trainer, and the subjectives advanced on his behalf, including his (young) age and cooperation with and before the Stewards. Mr M Chapple was advised of his right to appeal the decision of the Stewards. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Jarrod Alchin has driven in the Red Ochre Mares Classic final before, even started as favourite, but has never managed to win the feature race on the Dubbo Harness Racing Club calendar. But if he could win it this year it would be an even more special achievement. Despite having driven at Dubbo before, he had never brought any of his own stable out to the Dubbo track until last week’s Red Ochre heats. Two of his mares, Ima Mystery Girl and Lombo Newsy Scoop, both eased through and will line up in the final on Friday night in what is expected to be a bumper crowd. The local Carnival of Cups meeting coincides with the Dubbo Show, creating an electric atmosphere at the track. “I’ve never brought my own horses to race at Dubbo so it would be good (to win),” Alchin said. “And Group 3 races like this don’t come around every day on the bush tracks and I’m a country boy from Temora so I like to get out to these bush tracks as much as I can.” Alchin will drive Ima Mystery Girl from gate eight in the final while Bathurst’s Ashlee Grives will drive Lombo Newsy Scoop. While the latter finished just a neck of winning the second heat, Ima Mystery Girl impressed when running third in the opening heat last weekend and the favourable draw has added to Alchin’s confidence. “It was a bad draw (in the heat) and she got back but her sections were really good and she hit the line well so she’ll come on well in the final. She hadn’t raced for a few weeks so she needed that run,” Alchin said, before talking about the draw. “It couldn’t have been any better. The mare in front has got enough gate speed to hold a fair position and we shouod be able to post well too. The first heat of the Red Ochre series at Dubbo last weekend “It depends on what happens with the others but we should get out well. She’s pulled up really well too.” Alchin, based at Menangle, has spent the week at Dubbo at Barry Lew’s property. He said he “couldn’t be happier” with his horses after the week in town, adding “there’s no excuses” for the pair, particularly Ima Mystery Girl, not to perform well in the final. While positive his chances, Alchin was by no means going in overconfident. The trainer-driver stated if the Shane and Lauren Tritton trained My Rona Gold got to the lead early from gate four it could be all over early while there is plenty of talent elsewhere in the race. “It’s a good, strong field,” Alchin said. “My Rona Gold raced in a big race at Menangle a couple of weeks ago and Takara Truffle raced in the Oaks. “Lovin Miss Daisy was in the same race as My Rona Gold so there’s plenty of depth on that frontline.” The Aaron Goadsby trained Takara Truffle will start outside Lombo Newsy Scoop in gate two while last year’s finalist Miss Rodriguez will go from gate six with Emma Turnbull in the gig. The second heat of the Red Ochre series at Dubbo last weekend Friday’s eight-race meeting at Dubbo Harness Racing Club starts at 4.58pm with the Red Ochre final the seventh event at 8.03pm. By Nick Guthrie Reprinted with permission of the Daily Liberal

Members of the Media Guild have labelled Herrick Roosevelt as the best of good things in the harness racing Book into the Beau Rivage Restaurant Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on tomorrow night. Guild president Wayne Currall summed up the thoughts of the media guys by saying "Herrick Roosevelt leads and wins - it's as simple as that. He won't be much of a price but could act as a banker for all-ups." Robbie Dewar, from the Sunday Times, said; "Herrick Roosevelt looks a standout in the first and should get punters off to a great start." The West Australian's Ernie Manning is in the Herrick Roosevelt camp as well. "Gate one is a bonus for Herrick Roosevelt," Manning said. "After his last-start win over his quality stablemates El Barcelona and Runrunjimmydunn he looks the best of good things." Leading tipster Stuart Lowe said Herrick Roosevelt should be too strong from the pole. "He hasn't raced for three weeks, but was a brilliant last-start winner, tramping wide from barrier seven to win over the 1730m in 1.53.9. Should be too strong for his rivals." TABradio's race caller Matt McDermott is also a Herrick Roosevelt fan. "Hard to go past Herrick Roosevelt as the best bet," McDermott said. "He's got very good gate speed and should be in control from the front. Though not a lot of value he should be winning comfortably." TABform's racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has selected squaregaiter Im Havinaball as his best for the night. "Im Havinaball faces her toughest test since coming to WA," Havercroft said. "Having only missed a cheque once in her five local runs, I expect her race fitness will help the Ross Olivieri trained mare hold out the resuming backmarker Sunnys Little Whiz." Longshot king Pat Harding has opted for Mcclinchie as his stand out. "Mcclinchie ran a good second last week, but I think he can bounce back for a win for Greg and Skye Bond," Harding said. The longshot maestro has waited until the last race to unveil his roughie for the night. "I have a good feeling that Excelnsucceed can get the money for driver Chris Voak and Pinjarra trainer Frank Vanmaris. Should be a good each-way bet." he said. Dewar fancies Soho Wall Street as his best value. "This bloke can make it two on end after his gutsy win last week," Dewar said. Havercroft is a fan of Im Mister Charlie and believes he could get out to a good price. "Im Master Charlie switches back to the mobile on Friday night," Havercroft said. "At his last outing he started off a 50m handicap at Narrogin and accounted for a weaker field than this. But in his favour is the coveted inside barrier which should see him well positioned in a field with much exposed form." Manning likes Rycroft as his best value for the night. "Rycroft had a gear malfunction which caused him to gallop at the start last Friday and punters should ignore his eighth," Manning said. "He's the winner of eight races at GP and is capable of breaking an eight-run losing sequence." Lowe's best value bet is Erskine Range. "Erskine Range is drawn to lead in his race," Lowe said. "Last time he led it took WA’s best pacer Heez On Fire to run him down. Although his subsequent form is only fair, this looks easier." McDermott fancies the chances of Hidden Bad as his value selection. "She has had three runs in this prep and this is a slightly easier field," McDermott said. "It was a good run in the Breeders Stakes last start, making ground in the last lap to be only nine metres off the winner and is a main player here." Currall likes Responder on an each-way basis. "This bloke's put in some good runs of late," Currall said. "If you can forgive him his poor effort last start then he could play a major part in the sprint from an inside alley." Good punting. Wayne Currall

Friday night's Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park Pace (2130m) is shaping up as one of the highlights on a terrific night of  harness racing. The M0-M2 race has some promising pacers engaged and finding the winner won't be easy. Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has a strong hand in the event with Military Master and El Hombre, but there are many realistic winning chances. Military Master, with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike, is shooting for four wins on the trot, while El Hombre, to be reined by the equally talented Gary Hall Jnr, will be aiming for three wins from his past six starts. Military Master has drawn gate three and Lewis is expected to make a bold bid for the lead from his favourable barrier, but Michael Grantham on polemarker Im Master Charlie might have something to say about that. Im Master Charlie, three wins from his past four runs, is up in class but his inside draw offsets this and Grantham will be keen to make the most of the rails. The Callan Suvaljko trained and reined Skippy Rascal is also fast out of the machine and will be looking to lead or take up a forward position from gate two. He ran a close third behind Franco Rayner two starts ago at headquarters before finishing second behind the much-improved Soho Wall Street last week at GP. Adding to the intrigue is Justin Prentice's exciting four-year-old gelding Natural Disaster, who made a winning return to the racetrack at Bunbury earlier this month following a four-month spell. He's drawn awkwardly in gate five but certainly has the ability to test this field. Natural Disaster finished fourth, nine metres behind Soho Tribeca in a hot Golden Nugget field last December and has won seven of his 24 starts. He would have derived plenty of benefit from his first-up victory and should not be underestimated. Throw in the likes of Chelsea Royale (Barrier 4) the winner of five of her past six starts before a spell, ultra-consistent mare Foxy Dame (7), prolific winner Aussie Delight (11) and El Hombre (12) and you have a cracker of a race. Good luck trying to find the winner. Wayne Currall

Saturday night’s monte at Tabcorp Park Melton will be a star-studded affair after harness racing trainers Andy Gath and Ross Sugars elected to stick saddles on two of their leading trotters. Gath will run Group 1 placegetter K D Muscles in the $14,000 Aldebaran Park Monte Championship, the first time the trainer of almost 9600 starters has entered the saddled racing. The 87th monte run in Victoria will also mark Sugars’ first participation in the class since Illawong Magic contested four montes between May and July in 2014. “There is always a bit of apprehension, but I expect both to benefit from their first go in the monte,” Sugars said. “It’s something completely different in their training. It’s like taking a horse who has always been training on the track and you take it swimming and it gets a different outlet and some new lease on life. It doesn’t work for all, but for most it will.” The trainers arrive at the monte from different perspectives. For Sugars it’s a chance to freshen Illawong Helios and possibly extend his season, having had 12 starts since January 23. For Gath it’s a chance to give K D Muscles, owned by Norm Jenkin, a hit-out in a race that doesn’t also feature another Jenkin’s runner. “She has the same owner as Clover Mac who is in for Ballarat's (John Slack Memorial Trotters Cup) on Friday night and instead of doubling up we will take advantage of the $14,000 race on Saturday to avoid the clash,” Gath said. “(K D Muscles) hadn’t run under a saddle before Monday morning. Michelle (Phillips) did half-a-dozen laps on her and then she trialled on Monday night and handled it well. She ran good time.” Beyond that the jury is out. It’s expected the talented trotter will be competitive with the likes of Conon Bridge, Brent Lilley’s Breeders Crown winner who’s a veteran of four montes, and Vics Cheval, David Aiken’s trotter who returns to the montes for the first time since 2016 when she won three races under saddle. “It’s a little hard to know what affect it will have,” Gath said. “We will see how she recovers from having carried weight on her back instead of a sulky. “I thought she trialled good under saddle and she will have Ben Aubron riding her and he is quite experienced. I think she will acquit herself well.” Sugars has little apprehension about throwing Illawong Helios into the championship, the calendar’s richest mobile start monte. “Both her and K D Muscles I think will perform really well,” Sugars said. “The short-course will suit them and I think it will be a very good race between Conon Bridge, K D Muscles and Illawong Helios. “This has come at the right time (for Illawong Helios). She had progressed well this campaign and then levelled out.” Sugars said putting Illawong Helios into a monte had “always been in the back of the mind”, having trained her under saddle “three or four times” last October before she was put out for a spell. “It might keep her in work longer and if she benefits I won’t just race her in montes but put her back in normal racing,” Sugars said. “It might get a few others thinking about it and having a go, because the monte racing has definitely improved as better horses have taken to it.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 27 May 2017 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 27 May 2017

Busselton harness racing trainer Barry Howlett has given punters a good lead by declaring his smart squaregaiter Sunnys Little Whiz ready to win first-up at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The former Kiwi mare hasn't graced the racetrack since December 9 when she won the Group 1 $50,000 Trotters Cup (2503m) at headquarters but Howlett has had his star trotter back in work for almost three months and he expects her to be hard to beat first-up off her 20m handicap in the www.gloucesterpark.com.au Trotters Discretionary Handicap (2503m). "I gave Sunnys a couple of months off after the Trotters Cup," Howlett said. "She'd done a great job in her first campaign in Australia with her eight wins and two seconds. She enjoyed her break but it's back to work now and I'm looking forward to seeing her at the races again." Howlett said Sunnys Little Whiz had been working very well in her lead up to her return to the track. "Of course she's not race-hardened after a two-month spell, but she's showing enough on the training track to suggest she'll be very competitive on Friday night," he said. "We wouldn't be starting her unless she was fairly forward in her prep and there's no Cardigan Boko in her race on Friday night." Sunnys Little Whiz was something of a revelation in her first campaign in Australia. She arrived on our shores with very little fanfare, but quickly established a reputation as a foolproof squaregaiter with a big heart. Sunnys Little Whiz strung together six wins in a row before her colours were lowered at Pinjarra as a long odds-on favourite when she uncharacteristically broke in running. Howlett said, in hindsight, he shouldn't have started her that day. "She copped a kick in the float on the way to the races," he said. "She was passed fit to race but it put her off and she really didn't perform up to her best that day. Her only other defeat came at the hands of Cardigan Boko." Howlett, who started training pacers as a hobby, has progressed to a full-time trainer in the past three or four years with 20 to 30 horses in work at any one time. He has his own 800m fast-work track and has concentrated on buying quality stock from New Zealand. It's a formula that's obviously working with Howlett sitting comfortably in fourth spot on the State training list behind Greg and Skye Bond, Gary Hall and Ross Olivieri. Horses from the Howlett team have won 58 races so far this season for more than $424,000 in prize money. Wayne Currall

Hunter Cup champion Bling It On is ready to go again. The $1.5 million earner is being primed for several upcoming harness racing features in the coming weeks culminating in the final leg of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit series, the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake at Albion Park on July 15. But before heading north, the Sydney trained star will target the Gr.3 $30,000 Golden Mile on June 10 followed by the Gr.1 $100,000 Len Smith Mile two weeks later, both events will be staged at TABCORP Park, Menangle. The Brisbane winter carnival targets are the Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint on July 8 followed by the Blacks A Fake. And success in the Blacks A Fake will see him crowned the 2016/17 Grand Circuit champion. “That’s something that we’re definitely aware of given he’s got a stud career in front of him, being crowned the Grand Circuit champion is an added bonus for his long term value. He needs to win the Blacks A Fake to land the title.” Regular driver Luke McCarthy said. Bling It On hasn’t raced since finishing 6th in the Miracle Mile behind Lennytheshark in 1:49.2 on February 25. But a private workout yesterday (Wednesday) at Menangle has proven that he’s ready for the upcoming campaign. A public trial next week has now been scheduled. “Originally he was going to trial this week but the volume of races plus trials this week at Menangle forced our hand, we gave him a good hit-out yesterday and he’s going to trial next week. He worked really well and felt very comfortable. “He enjoyed his break but his training indicates he’s in really good order, he’ll have a good trial next week and then we’re likely to go into the Golden Mile fresh-up. “The main target is the Brisbane feature, they’re going to be really strong races with the likes of Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay but I know Yank (Bling It On) is capable. We’ve beaten Lenny twice this season so we know we can match him.” Both victories over Lennytheshark have come via 1000m tracks – Melton and Bunbury. Bling It On beat Lennytheshark in the Smoken Up Sprint and in a heat of the Inter Dominion. The American Ideal entire has won 10 of his 15 starts at Albion Park, a track which also measures 1000m. The Queensland winter carnival officially starts on June 2 and reaches its climax on July 15. Chris Barsby

Gary Hall Sr is confident Ohoka Punter will be a major Perth Inter Dominion player later this year. But for now, it’s all about getting the former star Kiwi pacer over yet another injury setback. Ohoka Punter joined Hall Sr’s stable last October with a view to last year’s Perth Inter Dominion, but succumbed to an untimely health issue and was forced to the spelling paddock. Hall Sr nursed him back to peak fitness and Ohoka Punter finally stepped-out for the first time in winning style for the new stable at Gloucester Park on April 7. He then followed with a huge third from a 50m handicap at the same track. “Those first two runs were huge, but he was a bit disappointing when beaten at the next two runs, including last week,” Hall Sr said. “He still went well, but he didn’t look to hit the line as strongly as we know he can. “We had him looked right over and found a quarter crack. That explains it. “He’s too good to try and nurse through it, so we’ve opted to give him a month off and then bring him back with a long build-up towards the Inters. All going well he should be back racing in August. “I’ve got no doubt, on what he’s shown us so far, he can and will be one of the main hopes in the Inter Dominion if we can get him spot on.” Another of Hall Sr’s major Perth Inter Dominion players, the pint-sized Chicago Bull, is only a month away from a racetrack return. “He’s had longer out than our other free-for-allers because he had that nasty problem with his eye where we actually he feared he might loose that eye for a while,” Hall Sr said. “That’s all behind us now. Everything about him so far this time up suggests he’s going to come back at least as well as he went out.” And Chicago Bull certainly went out in style with wins in the big Fremantle/WA Cup double early this year. More immediately, Hall Sr has another two stable big guns Run Oneover and Beaudiene Boaz in the $35,000 Group 3 Members Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “I’d have to lean to Run Oneover on his first-up run last week and the draw (gate three),” he said. “His problem is that ongoing tendency to want to overrace so much. It’s what beat him last week and, if you think back, he choked-down in the Inter Dominion final. “He’ll be fitter for last week and if he settles well, he should be hard to beat. I’ve go no doubt he can also be a big player in Inter Dominion if he learns to settle better.” Beaudiene Boaz is causing Hall Sr some headaches. “We all know how good his best is, but he’s going through this stage – hopefully it’s just a stage – where he is being really coltish and I’m not sure he’s concentrating on his racing as he should. He’s quite hard to control,” he said. “We’ll know more this week. Gaz (Gary Hall Jr) is back on and although he’s drawn wide (gate eight), I’m hoping we see something closer to the best Beaudiene Boaz.” By Adam Hamilton

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer Alison Chisholm under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), that states:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Jimmy The Editor NZ’ after it won Race 10, the ‘tab.com.au Pace Final’, at Tabcorp Park Melton on 16 April 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 285 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine.  The HRV RAD board considered statements of Investigative Steward Mr Neal Conder, RASL Scientific Manager Mr Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills. Mrs Chisholm pleaded guilty to the charge, before the HRV RAD Board heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards, Mrs Chisholm and Mrs Chisholm’s representatives, Kevin Chisholm and Dr Kip Gabriel. In determining penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mrs Chisholm’s 20-year involvement in the industry with an excellent offence record overall despite a single relevant prior prohibited substance offence; both specific and general deterrence; and consistency of penalty in relation to cobalt cases. In considering all of these circumstances the HRV RAD Board imposed a 12-month suspension of Mrs Chisholm’s trainers licence. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Monday 29 May 2017. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Jimmy The Editor NZ’ be disqualified from Race 10 at Tabcorp Park Melton on 16 April 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly. ................................................ The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences  

With just three months left until the end of the 2016/17 season, the husband and wife team of Greg and Skye Bond are well placed to win their first metropolitan harness racing trainer's title. The Bonds already have the State trainer's title in the bag.  They have trained 162 winners throughout WA so far this season - almost double that of next best Gary Hall Snr - for stakes close to $2M but they have never won a city trainer's title, finishing second on a number of occasions, with their 88 winners for the season of 2011/12 - just 10 behind Hall - being the closest they've been. However, the Bonds currently lead the Hall camp in the city training race with 67 winners to Hall's 55. Twelve winners is a lot to catch up in three months, but if anyone can do it then Hall has proven time and time again that he's the man. Hall hasn't won nine of the last ten city training titles simply by luck (he finished second to Ross Olivieri in the 2010/11 season). His ability to find and then fine tune his horses underlines his ability and skill as a horseman with few peers. Greg and Skye Bond have shown they have the touch when it comes to finding the right horses for WA racing conditions and then getting them to their peak. On Friday night at Gloucester Park the Bonds and Hall go head-to-head in many races. The first race goes to Hall with the smart Herrick Roosevelt drawing the pole and looking the best of good things to post an all-the-way victory. The Bonds don't have a runner. The Bonds have Blinding Light representing them in the second and must be given an each-way chance. Hall doesn't have a runner. The classy Mcclinchie and Pay Me Cullen should even the score in the third for the Bonds as Hall doesn't have a runner and this is a very winnable race for Mcclinchie. Both stables bypass the fourth event. The Bonds have Vanquished and Condrieu flying the flag for the stable in the fifth race, with Hall again not represented. Hall has four runners in the Pure Steel Final - Harry Hoo, Zach Maguire, Overboard Again and Campora - while the Bond camp hasn't got a runner. Both stables will go head-to-head in the seventh, the Members Sprint, with the Bonds fielding four runners - Our Jimmy Johnstone, Phoenix Warrior, Simply Susational and Ima Connoisseur. The Hall camp will be represented by Run Oneover and Beaudiene Boaz. This promises to be the race of the night as far as the speed battle goes with Our Jimmy Johnstone (Barrier 2) and Run Oneover(3) both able to fly from the machine. A hectic early pace should bring horses like Bettor Reward, Beaudiene Boaz, Phoenix Warrior and Ima Connoisseur into the equation. Hard to call this for either stable, but the Bond camp's weight of numbers could be the deciding factor. And that's where both stables call it a night. With only 12 wins separating these two mighty stables, the next three months promises to be a battle of the big guns as the Bonds strive to wrest the city title away from a man who has made it his own in recent years. Stay tuned - it promises to be an intriguing contest. Wayne Currall

Friday night's $25,000 Pure Steel Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park brings together a quality field of up-and-coming harness racing pacers. The 12-horse field is comprised of pacers who qualified in heats run over the past three weeks at headquarters and Tuesday's random barrier draw shed no light on who would emerge as the winner. It's one of the most open races seen at GP in a long time, with nine of the twelve runners in with a realistic chance of taking home the spoils. The three heat winners - Americanbootscoota (Barrier 2), Livura (5) and Zach Maguire (9) - were all impressive in their respective victories but apart from Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot), Livura and Zach Maguire will have to contend with tricky draws. Red Hot Major lobbed the coveted pole and driver Aiden De Campo seems certain to use the horse's speed from the machine to attempt an all-the-way victory. This Gary Elson-trained five-year-old entire has been racing in solid form and punters would be wise to disregard his last-start fourth behind Frostyflyer when he just did too much work from a wide gate. Two starts prior Red Hot Major sprinted home the last 800m in a slick 54.7 to defeat Simply Susational in a 2185m race at Pinjarra and then he came to town, sprinted hard from a middle gate to take up the running and boxed on strongly to finish a close third in a heat of the Pure Steel (2130m) behind Livura and Overboard Again. Leading trainer Gary Hall Snr has a strong hand in the final with Zach Maguire, Harry Hoo (3), Overboard Again (11) and Campora (12). Overboard Again with two wins and a close second to his credit since returning from a spell, is poised to get a charmed run on the back of Americanbootscoota. The consistent Campora, two wins and four placings from his six starts since a spell, follows out stablemate Harry Hoo, himself a last-start all-the-way winner at headquarters and the impressive Zach Maguire, three wins from his three starts back since a break, completes the Hall juggernaut. Johnny Disco, from the stables of Ross Ashby, has been in good form with two wins and a second at his past four runs and is set to get a cushy run on the back of likely leader Red Hot Major. Champion reinsman Chris Lewis will be keen to keep the breeze on his wife Debra's horse Americanbootscoota - a tough four-year-old gelding who appears to do his best work when parked. Ravenswood-based trainer Nathan Turvey has qualified two horses for the final - the consistent Livura, who he will drive, and former Kiwi pacer Dana Duke (4), to be reined by Ryan Warwick. It's certainly a quality line-up with many of these horses destined to become fast-class pacers in the future. Finding the winner will be no easy task, but punters can be assured that if they do find the winner then the odds will be tasty. Wayne Currall

Alabar and Nevele R are thrilled to announce that they have joined forces to secure the lifetime rights to the reigning US Horse of the Year, Always B Miki – the fastest horse in the history of harness racing. He will stand at Alabar’s Victorian farm with his fresh semen available throughout Australia and New Zealand. Always B Miki is undoubtedly a modern day cult hero in North America. He won the crowds over with his incredible will to win. The battles in the free-for-all ranks were epic – but Miki proved again and again that he had the heart of a champion. And he put an exclamation mark on his career when he won in 1:46 at The Red Mile on October the 9th 2016 - the fastest mile ever. With Miki being such an imposing equine athlete, the world record is something that many harness racing followers felt was an inevitable achievement for him. At the end of 2016, Miki was rewarded not only with the Pacer of the Year title but also the overall Horse of the Year title.  The voting for which he dominated 102-32 He retired at the end of his all-conquering 2016 season to stand at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania where he commands a fee of US$12,500. He is currently serving a full book of mares which includes the virtual who’s who of North American broodmares.   The Always B Miki phenomenon is best put into perspective by his Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter. After all, Takter has been six times the US Trainer of the Year - including the last three years straight. He’s trained as many great horses as anyone ever has. Many people would say he’s the greatest trainer in harness racing – and it’s not hard to make that case. When Jimmy Takter talks horses you tend to listen – and Always B Miki is a horse he knows better than anyone else. He knows Miki is not only a champion – but maybe, just maybe he’s the best there’s ever been. The Jimmy Takter quotes on Always B Miki are captivating. After winning the William Haughton Memorial in what was his third straight world record performance, Takter was moved to say “I think this could be the greatest horse that ever lived.” And then, through the tears after Miki’s world record performance at Lexington, Takter stated: “I get very attached to my horses. He’s just a wonderful horse. He’s the greatest horse I’ve ever been around in my life, and I’ve been around the best horses in the world, like Moni Maker and those horses. This horse is my number one horse that I’ve been around … He’s a big horse but you’re not going to see everything inside. He has probably the best lungs ever, the biggest heart ever and the smartest horse ever.” And later: “He’s my all-time favourite. He is the greatest. He has such charisma, it’s unbelievable.” Miki was a talented two-year-old and a tremendous three-year-old finishing an astonishing second in the Meadowlands Pace (where He’s Watching set his world record) after being three wide the entire trip. Tragically, later as a three-year-old and as the Breeders’ Crown favourite, he suffered a serious injury and raced the rest of his career with multiple screws in his hind pasterns - making what he achieved as a four and five-year-old even more incredible. Jimmy Takter said after his world record at Lexington, had it not been for these problems: “He would have smacked at least another second off the record” All told, Miki won 30 races and banked $2,826,176 in a career highlighted by back-to-back Breeders’ Crown victories. You cannot help but be moved by his final surge to win the 2016 Crown after his fierce battle with Wiggle It Jiggleit. He’s the only horse in history to win 4 races in 1:47 or faster. Remarkable, given no other horse has done it more than once. He shares the world record for a five-eighths track and holds the Canadian mile record to sit alongside his fastest-mile-ever title. Miki is by Always A Virgin - a son of the sire of sires Western Ideal and the sire of the winners of over $22 million with 150 in 1:55. He’s out of the Artsplace mare, Artstopper. The US Pacing Broodmare of the Year in 2016, Artstopper is also the dam of the tremendous racemare Yagonnakissmeornot (41 wins, $1,458,850). She ranks a half-sister to Cheyenne Rei ($729,933). Of great significance to the breeders of Australia and New Zealand, Always B Miki has no Cam Fella blood in his pedigree whatsoever so is an ideal option for daughters of Bettor’s Delight. In a wonderful show of respect for our breeding industry, Always B Miki’s stud fee will be A$7,000 (incl GST) in Australia and NZ$7,000 (plus GST) in New Zealand. This is a tremendous opportunity. Just listen to Jimmy Takter. Always B Miki Retirement Ceremony at The Meadowlands Always B Miki - World Record Allerage Farms Championship Series Open Pacers Always B Miki - Breeders Crown Open H&G Pace Always B Miki - World reacord Ben Franklin Elimination

There is a new young talent in town and her name is Codi Rauchenberger. The recently turned 18-year-old had her first harness racing drive at Canberra last night and won! Bringing an even bigger smile to her already smiling face, Rauchenberger achieved the milestone with the Daniel Rowell-trained unhoppled pacer Boobalaga Road. "It was amazing," Rauchenberger said on Sky Sports Radio this morning. "I thought the horse had a really good chance and he did it really easy." Rauchenberger took the four-year-old Sportswriter gelding straight to the front from barrier two. The pair remained there and crossed the finish line with more than 13 metres to spare over their rivals. For many of those watching the event, it looked as though Rauchenberger had driven in many races before. And technically that is correct, amongst the Mini Trot ranks. Rauchenberger participated with Mini Trotters for many years and even represented New South Wales internationally. "I was selected to go to New Zealand and represent NSW in the Kidz Kartz series . . . I learned a lot over there," Rauchenberger said. "I think the Mini Trots helped me change through to driving (racehorses). "Kristin (Cunningham) and Daniel have also helped me a lot changing from Mini Trotters to the big horses . . . they gave me my first trial drive too. Growing up in the Boorowa region, Rauchenberger now works as a stablehand for James Rattray in Exeter. Rauchenberger grew a liking to the sport after her mother Maxine had an interest. "Cathy and Peter Carson were also a big influence for me," Rauchenberger said. "I was always over at their placing helping them until I found Mini Trotters and then I was racing all over the place." Amanda Rando

Despite the heavy and constant rainfall on Friday night Young Harness Racing was able to push through and run its 10-race program thanks to the all weather track at the paceway. With rain continuing to fall from early afternoon, an inspection by stewards and a decision to race was accepted by all involved, with the first race, of what was to be curtailed after race nine, went ahead with a small but enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Favourite runners throughout the night continued to flow with race one going to Greggs Legacy ($2.50) driven by John O’Shea for trainer Josh Turnbull. Leading at the bell and posting a 30.2 first quarter, the Modern Art three year old colt was never in danger of winning scoring by an impressive 15 m from Carl Slim Dada ($9.40) and the locally trained Forest Fury ($4.20) for trainer Jeff Brown and driver, young Nic Dewar. The track stood up beautifully with a creditable 2:01.4 mile rating to the winner being recorded and certainly setting the bar high for the remainder of the meeting. The second race again was run in rainy conditions with the first winning double of Josh Turnbull and John O’Shea combining with the roughie of the race Timmy May ($30.50) again leading at the bell to defeat Ima Kennedy Two ($5.30) and another outsider in Prince Kai ($21.30) claiming third money. The 2,100 m event recorded a mile rating of 1:59.9 reflecting the condition of the track and the winning margin of six metres the possible bright future for the five year old son of Dawn Of A New Day.  Steve and Amanda Turnbull combined in race three with the Sealed And Delivered gelding Intransit ($5.70) who came from fourth at the bell to circle the field at the top of the staright to defeat the odds-on-favourite Our Braxton ($1.80) and another Steve Turnbull trained pacer in the four-year-old gelding Dillon ($4.00).  The mile rating of 2:01.8 was again a reflection of the condition of the track and the prevailing weather conditions. Amanda Turnbull came out of the gates flying to lead at the bell in race four with Whosashadylady ($2.00) and quickly steadied the pace to ensure a sprint home. This was achieved when the leader quickly set a last two quarter run home of 29.7 and 29.9 in defeating Mach Sam ($6.10) and Ruth Shannon ($9.70) in winning her first race from eight starts for her delighted owners.  The wins kept coming for Amanda and the team when Moon Over Manhattan (1.10) leading at the bell and again setting a similar tempo with a ‘steady as you go’ tactic early, running home with a 28.6 last quarter in accounting for Lady Warhol ($17.10) and another locally trained pacer in Ma Koo Loo Queen ($61.80) claiming third money.  To say the rain had gotten a little heavier would be an understatement but it did not deter the likes of John O’Shea and trainer Gemma Hewitt sending out Lyka Version ($1.90) a short priced favourite in race six.  The Oberon pacer trained by Russell Reynolds Satelitte Village ($10.70) finished second in the race while the early pacemaker Somerosesomhere ($54.00) claimed third with a mile rating to the winner of 2:02.1 still a creditable performance under the conditions. At this stage it was more than noticeable that the majority of winners were winning from the front, this being the case, Forbes trainer, driver adopted the same tactics with Artful Lombo ($2.10) who was leading comfortably at the bell to run home in 29.8 in defeating Ticket Outa Here ($10.80) and Pretty Foxy ($12.60). Unfortunately heavy rain continued to fall with overnight measurements reaching as high as 55 mm in some local areas. In what was to be the penultimate race of the night, race eight, Amanda Turnbull again made sure she would be part of the action at the pointy end of the race when she drove another copybook race behind Bold Outlaw ($1.30) in defeating the Temora trained Our Red Jack ($24.00) for Ray Walker with the John Vautin trained Riverboat King mare Oceans In The Sky ($82.90) putting in a good performance finishing third. In what was to be the final race of the night, Perthville trainer Chris Frisby made sure his night was to be rewarded sending out Lockton Art ($1.30) another short priced favourite in defeating an improving Speed King mare in Diamond Thief ($10.80) with Peter Sykes picking up loose change with Ma Koo Loo Frankie ($23.80) in third place. An inspection of the track, combined with deteriorating weather and signal interruptions at this point forced the stewards to call a halt to proceedings and those involved retired to a much warmer and drier environment. Racing again on Thursday Young Harness Racing Club will be holding another race meeting on Thursday afternoon May 25 with a seven race program starting from 2.20 pm. The meeting includes the $15,000 Alabar Breeders Challenge heats for three-year-old fillies and the same for three-year-old colts and geldings. TAB 2YO Pace: 1 Ace in Your Pocket, 2 Mackeral, 3 Giant Jackson, 4 Our Uncle Alan, 5 Brads Luck, 6 Ashuring, 7 Pocket of Terror, 8 Roll With Life. Cordina Chicken Farms Pace: 1 The Kiss Principle, 2 Jiggy Rhythm, 3 Ma Koo Loo Hambo, 4 Just Milhouse, 5 Boundtobewild, 6 Fullofnonsense, 8 Oceans In The Sky. Donges Supa IGA Pace: 1 Ma Koo Loo Frankie, 2 Magic Sensation, 3 Lucky To Make It, 4 Barkway Bill, 5 Conrad Kenze, 6 To Alaska, 7 Carl Slim Dada, 8 Wamboyne Tommy, 9 Pinnacle Hope. Hilltops Equine Centre Ladyship Pace: 1 Concertina, 2 Abercrombie Lisa, 3 Smooth Mace, 4 Mah Koo Loo Queen, 5 Catch the Panda, 6 Confederate Girl, 7 Kirra Kid NZ, 8 Lockton Art, 9 Moon Ovr Manhattan. Turners Furniture One Pace: 1 Timmy May, 2 Forest Fury, 3 Thanku Thanku, 4 So Kool Master, 5 Smithstars Lexus, 6 Glencore, 7 Hijacked, 8 Tanyas Past. Betterthancheddar Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Fillies Heat: 1 Rubies for Tash, 2 Zoemagic, 3 Destiny Belle, 4 Fastestgirlintown, 5 Its All Bliss, 6 Jovial Rock, 7 Rollnlombo, 8 Illinois Beauty, 9 Star Play, 10 Taylors Reason, 11 Lucky Lyla. Art Major Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Colts and Geldings Heat: 1 Tiwanaku, 2 Always At Night, 3 Sunrising, 4 Blissfulday, 5 The Ides of March, 6 Gregs Legacy, 7 Killara Kaos, 8 Corbie Jolt, 9 Machgower, 10 Deekays Dollar, 11 Twentyeightblack.  Reprinred with permission of the Young Witness

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