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They have dominated basically every major race in New Zealand and the Eastern side of Australia and now the All Star Team are ready to conquer the West with the new King and Queen of Australasian Harness Racing. Champion New Zealand trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen gave the strongest indication superstar pacer Have Faith In Me will compete in the TABtouch Inter Dominion, when the connections of the Miracle Mile winner became the first to make the non-refundable continuance payment, which is not due until Friday 7 October. While Have Faith in Me’s brilliant stablemate and close relation (Our) Dream About Me is a strong possibility to run in the feature mare races over the carnival.  "I am waiting on IRT to have flight plans confirmed, so a lot hangs on those flight plans, but if they're suitable they're a strong chance of going," Mark Purdon said on TAB Radio's Sports Daily. Have Faith In Me is set to have his first race start since his record breaking Miracle Mile victory in the New Brighton Cup at Addington next Friday. "He had a really good spell, three months off after the Miracle Mile and it did him the world of good  and he's strengthened up and he's come back a little bit stronger this time." Have Faith In Me is now the third favourite at $7 with TABtouch for the Inter Dominion and if the travel plans work out he will start favourite for the Sport's greatest race. "I knew he would have a good preparation under his belt if we decide to bring him and he would handle the three heats. Purdon also ended any fear that Gloucester Park would be a concern for Australasia's most exciting pacer. "He has the ability to make his own luck and that's a big advantage and I'm sure at the right time would be able to work around them and sit outside of them and that wouldn't worry him," Purdon said. Have Faith In Me and his stable mate Smolda would make the trip to Perth after their New Zealand Cup campaign. Smolda a stable favourite has also returned in fine fashion.   "He's a real warrior and he's had his set-backs over the years but he bounces back and he's as sound as he's ever been", Purdon said. Just to add to the excitement the All Stars expect to have champion mare (Our) Dream About Me on that plane to Perth. "We have three nice mares here and might have to break them up.  Dream About Me is on the short list for the WA Mares races and we're still talking about a four year old," Purdon said. The first round of heats of the Inter Dominion start on November 25 at Gloucester Park. Gareth Hall

The review applications of formerly licensed harness racing trainers Shayne and Greg Cramp, scheduled to be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on 28 September 2016,  have been adjourned at the request of their legal representative. Both Shayne and Greg Cramp applied for review of the decision of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board released on 1 March 2016 to affirm a 12 year disqualification imposed upon them by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).  The review applications, which will be heard on a date to be fixed, relate only to the severity of the penalty imposed.  Both Shayne and Greg Cramp remain disqualified parties in the interim.  The HRV RAD Board decision which is the subject of the review application can be found here. The circumstances surrounding the original disqualification are detailed here.

Australian Pacing Gold is proud to launch its new harness racing website, which features a new look, plus tons of additional content, including: APG TV's Winner's Circle will bring feature video stories & important news throughout the year; and Detailed performance reports for APG Sales Graduates, making it easier than ever for users to track the performance of APG Sales Graduates and APG’s leading trainers. To visit APG’s new website, please go to APG TV’s new Feature Channel – Winner’s Circle Winner’s Circle will include bi-monthly feature stories as well as other important APG news as it breaks throughout the year. The first edition is available now, and provides a brief introduction to the new website, an update on entries for the 2017 APG yearling sales, plus a feature story going behind the scenes with Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin during Breeders Crown week to check out their new training facility, and discuss their Breeders Crown team. In coming editions, we’ll be taking a close-up look at the foaling process, going behind the scenes to take you through a day in the life of a yearling during sales prep, and we’ll be catching up with one of Australia’s leading trainers as he takes us step by step through his inspection process in the lead-up to the 2017 APG Sales. Detailed Performance Reports for APG Sales Graduates APG has worked with RISE to develop live, up-to-date reports that allows users to track the performance of APG Sales Graduates, including: 2yo Qualifiers this Season; Upcoming 2yo, 3yo & feature race starters; APG winners and feature race winners; APG’s leading money earners for the season; and Leading trainer’s strike rates with APG Sales Graduates All reports feature links back to the horses’ original sales pedigrees to allow users to see what their sales pedigrees looked like when they first passed through the APG sales ring. The reports can be accessed via the “Graduates” menu. Additional News Content APG’s new site includes additional news content, including exclusive APG content plus news feeds from the main website pertaining to APG Sales Graduates. All content sourced from the main harness website will include additional commentary, detailing the sale from which the horse was purchased, as well as its purchase price plus any additional information that may be of interest to readers. APG Seeking Feedback We hope you enjoy the new website, however, we would be pleased to receive any feedback that users may have for further improvements.  Feedback can be provided by clicking here.

American commentators found his nickname amusing and were full of praise for Chris “The Puppet” Alford’s feats on the track at the annual Little Brown Jug harness racing meeting this morning. The champion reinsman piloted Beach Memories (Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir) for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr from gate seven in the final race of Jug day after finishing third 24 hours prior aboard St Lads Maggie Mae at the annual Delaware County Fair carnival. Pre-race the commentators mentioned how Alford was known as “the Puppet” back home Down Under and acknowledged the champion driver's achievements.  A large crowd was on track at the Jug, some suggesting about 40,000, while many more tuned into websites for a live stream of the action.  Alford has a strong relationship with many of the US reinsmen, forged off the back of Harness Racing Victoria's successful International All Star Series earlier this year. In the last race on Jug day Alford went forward aboard Beach Memories but was not able to find the lead. He eventually jumped on to the pylons, to use an American term, and landed in the pocket before finishing fifth. The winner of the race went 1:53 (splits 26.3/55.2/1:24/1:53). Betting Line won this year's Little Brown Jug in a super-slick 1:49 mile rate. Follow @ChrisAlford5000 on Twitter for updates. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

There was a surprise nomination in this Sunday Canola Cup Heats at Eugowra with talented trotting mare Iona Grinner taking on the pacers to try and secure a spot in the lucrative $30,000 harness racing final. After all Iona Grinner is pacing bred, however, after two starts as a pacer she has been tried as a trotter ever since and has been successful. And even though she can pace, trainer Troy Williams confirmed that the daughter of Grinfromeartoear will be going around as a trotter in the qualifier. "It will be a trial for her," Williams said. "I don't usually like trialling my horses and now that she is up in class she will have to go to Menangle when they are running 1:55 so thought this may be a different option. "I plan on travelling with her a bit this season to Queensland, South Australia and Victoria so thought it wouldn't hurt to put her around at Eugowra to get her ready for the smaller tracks." Originally from Dubbo, Williams has always been drawn to the Canola Cup. "I've always wanted to have a horse in it and now I do," Williams said. "You have to be in it to win it and I think she is tough enough. "She won't go back to being a pacer, she doesn't pace well. "I've nominated her for a few pacing races as a trotter but they haven't stood up and I love the Eugowra program so thought why not. "I'm looking forward to it." Iona Grinner has won 11 races and placed as many times in 44 starts with her best winning mile rate trotted in 1:56.2. The five-year-old is one of 37 horses looking to qualify for the Lexus of Parramatta Canola Cup (2100m) at Eugowra's Carnival of Cups meeting on October 3. The Group Three is the richest C0 event in Australia. It kicks off the 2016/17 TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups Series. Click here to see the Carnival of Cups calendar. AMANDA RANDO

One of the most amazing harness racing stallions ever with 7,000 mares bred to date, 29 millionaires produced and $234 million in progeny earnings world-wide, Bettor's Delight has nothing left to prove. Click on the link below to see what this stallion has achieved throughout the world because I do not believe any other stallion has even got close. Bettor's Delight is the current leading money winning sire in four countries, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Not just for this year but for the last four years running. Thats unreal and incredible. No other stallion in history has achieved that feat. Enjoy the read on Stallion Sphere here.  

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry yesterday that commenced on Thursday 15 September 2016, following an investigation that commenced on Tuesday 16 August 2016. On Wednesday 17 August 2016, HRNSW Stewards conducted a stable inspection at the registered training establishment of licensed trainer/driver, Mr Jason Proctor. During that stable inspection, HRNSW Stewards took possession of a number of products, including an unlabelled bottle of pink paste. Evidence was initially taken from Mr Proctor at the commencement of the inquiry on 15 September 2016. Evidence of licensed thoroughbred trainer, Mr Jeremy Smith, HRNSW Stewards, HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio and the results of scientific analysis conducted on the products were also presented to the Inquiry. On 15 September 2016, HRNSW Stewards issued charges against Mr Proctor in relation to the possession and supply of a Schedule 4 substance Hyaluronic Acid pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 194 and 194A which state: 194.             A person who procures or attempts to procure or who has in his possession or on his premises or under his control any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation is guilty of an offence.  194A.                      A person who sells, supplies, distributes or attempts to sell, supply or distribute any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth Legislation is guilty of an offence. On 15 September 2016, Mr Proctor was granted an adjournment for the purpose of obtaining legal advice prior to the resumption of the inquiry yesterday.  Upon resumption, HRNSW Stewards issued a further charge against Mr Proctor pursuant to AHRR 194 following traces of butorphanol (Schedule 4 substance) being detected in the unlabelled bottle of pink paste located on Mr Proctor’s registered training establishment.  Mr Proctor was found guilty of the subject offences and issued with the following penalties: Charge 1 -  AHRR 194 (Hyaluronic Acid)- 6 months suspension; Charge 2 -  AHRR 194A (Hyaluronic Acid)- 9 months disqualification; Charge 3 – AHRR 194 (Butorphanol)- 4 months suspension.  HRNSW Stewards ordered that these penalties be served concurrently and take effect from midnight 21 September 2016.  In determining penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the following matters:  ·      The serious nature of the offences; ·      Mr Proctor’s first offence for such matters having been licensed in the harness racing industry for 24 years; ·      Mr Proctor’s not guilty pleas; ·      Mr Proctor’s overall licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Proctor was informed of his right to appeal these decisions. Reid Sanders

Much-travelled 21-year-old harness racing reinsman Paul Diebert landed his first Gloucester Park winner when he guided talented four-year-old Nathans Courage to a smart all-the-way victory in a 2130m mobile event on Tuesday night. Diebert, born in Leeton in the heart of the New South Wales Riverina district, grew up in the Victorian town of Bendigo and has worked in the harness racing industry in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. He is a third generation harness racing performer who has been in Western Australia for seven weeks, working for Pinjarra trainer Michael Brennan. Brennan met Diebert when he was working for leading trainer-driver Grant Dixon in Queensland a year or so ago and he offered him a job a year later. On Tuesday night Diebert was having his second drive at Gloucester Park and his ninth in WA when he was successful with the Brennan-trained Nathans Courage. Nathans Courage, favourite at 9/4 on, set a brisk pace and won in fine style from The Storm Chief, rating 1.57.8 over 2130m. “He goes real good,” said Diebert. “But I’ve got to try to settle him a bit more. He’s still a bit revvy, but that’s the Courage Under Fire in him. In the bigger races it is all about settling him. It’s alright winning a C1 event doing things wrong. But in the big ones you’ve got to do everything right. He was on the steel the whole race tonight and instead of running home in 27sec. he’s got home in 27.6sec. which isn’t too bad.” Brennan, who completed a double when Gary Hall jun. drove 9/4 chance Rub Of The Green to victory in a 2503m stand, said that he was aiming Nathans Courage at the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the coming summer. “Whether he measures up or not we’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “He was a bit underdone tonight and will improve.” Ken Casellas

New Zealand-born harness racing reinsman Michael Paris notched his first win at Gloucester Park when he drove veteran pacer Unsinkable Boxer to a dashing all-the-way victory in a 2130m mobile event on Tuesday night. The ten-year-old Unsinkable Boxer, prepared by Brad Lynn, was favourite at 13/8 and he rated 1.57 in beating Nicnak Paddy Wak by two lengths. The 28-year-old Paris was having about his tenth drive at Gloucester Park. His only other WA success was with Hoylakes Next Lady at Wagin last March. He drove three winners, behind trotters, at Cambridge in New Zealand, before moving to Western Australia four years ago. His first winner was with seven-year-old mare Milldorf for trainer Dave Iremonger. “I’ve been in and out of the game a bit,” he said. “I help Brad and work part-time for a stockfeeds company.” Ken Casellas  

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry yesterday into the conduct of licensed trainer, Mr Allen Smithers on Friday 9 September 2016 in relation to the registered standardbred FOREST FURY, a horse trained by Mr Smithers that was engaged to race in Race 3, the YOUNG CAR WASH PACE (2100m) at Young on that date. FOREST FURY was subsequently withdrawn from the race by order of the Stewards. An investigation was commenced on 9 September 2016 after HRNSW Investigator Ms Natasha Ackland attended the registered training establishment of Mr Smithers and observed blood in the nostrils of FOREST FURY. Ms Ackland also located a length of plastic tube with fresh blood present in/upon that tube. HRNSW Stewards issued a charge against Mr Smithers pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 193(1) which states: AHRR 193.  (1)  A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event. Mr Smithers was found guilty of that offence and disqualified for a period of 1 year 9 months to commence from 9 September 2016, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; ·      The serious nature of this offence; ·      Mr Smithers’ not guilty plea; ·      Mr Smithers’ first offence of this nature; ·      Mr Smithers’ licence history and other personal subjective facts.  Mr Smithers was advised of his right to appeal this decision Reid Sanders

History will be made at Cruikshank Park on Friday night when champion harness racing reinsman Chris Lewis drives in Kalgoorlie for the first time in his distinguished 46-year career. And he should celebrate the occasion by winning the $30,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cup with Im Full of Excuses. “I have never even been to Kalgoorlie and I’m looking forward to the experience,” the 61-year-old master reinsman said. Im Full of Excuses, a New Zealand-bred gelding owned by Merv Butterwortrh, is trained by Ross Olivieri, who is confident the five-year-old will prove hard to beat in the Cup, a 2518m stand in which he will start from barrier five on the front line. Im Full of Excuses has raced only 25 times for ten wins, four placings and stakes of $82,658. After being unplaced in  a mobile event at his West Australian debut, Im Full of Excuses has been most impressive in winning in stands at his next three starts --- twice over 2631m at Pinjarra and once over 2503m at Gloucester Park. “This will be my first trip to Kalgoorlie for many, many years,” Olivieri said. “Im Full of Excuses is a good one and I’ve nominated him for the interdominion championship series, but though I think he’s an Inters horse. I don’t think he is this year. “He needs seasoning and to learn a bit more. He’s a bit of a dummy, but he is a fast dummy. They’ll know he’s there in Friday night’s Cup.” Lewis also has brought prospects at the meeting with the Olivieri-trained and Butterworth-owned Our Jericho and Frostyflyer. Our Jericho will clash with Phoenix Warrior and Ohoka Squire (both trained by Greg and Skye Bond) in the Milton Cairnduff Memorial, a 2550m mobile event, and Frostyflyer will start from the No. 1 barrier in the 1750m TABtouch Mount Eden Mile.       Lewis will also drive the Olivieri-trained Limelight Bay and On My Oath, Khun Lek and Truth Without Fear for local trainer Dean Kelly on Friday night. Ken Casellas

“He’s a poor relation, but he’s been a wonderful horse for me,” says Hopeland harness racing owner-trainer Kevin Charles when describing veteran iron pacer Blissfull Boy, who will be having his 184th start when he contests the 1730m Lugarno Gumby Punters Club Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And Charles is upbeat about the nine-year-old’s chances from the favourable No. 2 barrier over his favourite distance of 1730m. Blissfull Boy, to be driven by Chris Voak, has been unplaced from unfavourable barriers at his past four starts. “But he’s a different horse when he is able to lead,” said Charles, who purchased the gelding from  Ken White in December 2012. Since then Blissfull Boy has had 115 starts for Charles for ten wins, 29 placings and $87,964 in prizemoney to take his career statistics to 183 starts for 20 wins, 53 placings and stakes of $140,680 --- a remarkable record for a pacer who is still assessed as an M0 and C5 performer. “He’s a poor relation --- to his half-brother Lennytheshark, who has earned more than a million dollars,” Charles said. “Ken White did a good job with him and he has also done very well for me. “I don’t like to disclose how much I paid for him. He was a bargain when I bought him and he’s an even better one now. “He loves to lead and roll along and if he finds the front on Friday night he will definitely give a lot of cheek and prove hard to beat. So it will be our aim to lead. “He’s as bright as a button around the stable and has never shown any signs of soreness. He’s got wind galls on his legs, but I don’t tell him and he doesn’t know.” Mighty Major, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, will resume after a two-month absence and will be fancied from the prized No. 1 barrier. He led from the No. 1 barrier and won from Bettor Scoot over 2190m at Northam on June 28, but finished at the rear at his next three starts. The favourite is sure to be the lightly-raced five-year-old Tact Major, who will need all the breaks to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside (No. 9) over the sprint journey. Tact Major, to be driven by Gary Hall jun., was gallant in defeat last Friday night when worked hard in the breeze and fought on gamely when second to the pacemaker Kiwi Legend over 2130m. Aiden de Campo, refreshed after a two-week holiday in America, will return to action at Gloucester Park and he should be prominent with Ultimate Major, who is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line. Ken Casellas

Despite two Group 1 triumphs in the three top-flight open-age mares’ races on the 2015-16 national harness racing calendar Victorian pacer Nike Franco failed to take the Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year gong in the recent national awards. The brilliant daughter of Mcardle gets her chance to atone however at the Victorian industry awards night at Crown’s Palladium on Gordon Rothacker Medal Night, Sunday November 6. The gala event will celebrate the high achievers of season 2016-17 across all Horse of the Year categories, as well as the leading trainers, drivers and the Victorian country clubs and administrators. Harvey Kaplan, who is among the Nike Franco ownership, said the mare’s connections were excited about this year’s Rothacker Medal night. “We’re really looking forward to it. I think it’s a great idea to have the night return to the city and at a salubrious venue such as the Palladium. We’re looking forward to celebrating the top-line horses throughout the evening,” he said. Kaplan said Dean Braun-trained Nike Franco achieved an enormous amount in season 2015-16 and the team was immensely proud of her work. “There were only three Group 1 open-age mares’ races nationally and Nike Franco won two of them and placed third in the other. She won over the longer trip, the shorter trip, in Western Australia. She also defeated the boys in the Warragul Cup in track record time,” he said. “She had a great season and we had a lot of fun with her. We were very proud of her performances.” The prestigious Gordon Rothacker Medal will be awarded to a long-time industry achiever on the night, while the Pearl Kelly Award and the Distinguished Service Medal will also be presented. Bruce Morgan took out last year’s Rothacker Medal, following on from Kerryn Manning in 2014. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS TO ROTHACKER MEDAL NIGHT @ THE PALLADIUM Gordon Rothacker Medal Honour Roll 2002: Ian McCallum 2003: Geoff Hill 2004: Jim Barker 2005: Ron Pocock 2006: Matt Donaldson 2007: Peter Manning 2008: Bruce & Elizabeth Clarke 2009: Les Chapman 2010: Arthur Graham 2011: Ted Demmler 2012: Neville Welsh 2013: Graeme Lang 2014: Kerryn Manning 2015: Bruce Morgan Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Pinjarra harness racing trainer Michael Brennan declares that The Bucket List has never been better and he is confident that the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old will prove hard to beat in the $23,000 Media Guild Cup over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “The distance and the small field (eight runners) will suit and he will be right in the race,” Brennan said. Michael Grantham will drive the gelding, who will start from the No. 6 barrier and will clash with up-and-coming star Beaudiene Boaz, brilliant mares Libertybelle Midfrew and Tricky Styx and exciting prospect Heez On Fire. “The Bucket List was in real good form during his previous preparation, but he’s come back a whole lot better this time, for sure. He’s a top-line little horse who really stepped up at his latest start when he smashed the clock in his final sectionals trying to take ground off Bettors Fire. The Bucket List raced without cover for much of the first lap before gaining a perfect sit, one-out and one-back, in the group 3 Howard Porter Memorial over 2130m last Friday week. After a third quarter of the final mile in 28.7sec., Bettors Fire sprinted over the final 400m in 26.9sec. and beat The Bucket List, who finished with great determination, by a neck. The Bucket List won at his two previous starts, by a nose over Our Ideal Act over 2692m at Pinjarra and by a length over Flyalong Falcon in a 2503m stand. “I’ll leave the tactics up to Michael,” Brennan said. “Let him decide when the arms go back. There’s plenty of options; he can breeze and he can sit.” The Bucket List, who has had 61 starts for 18 wins and 25 placings for stakes of $234,105, has been ranked No. 46 for the TABtouch interdominion championship series in November and December. “Hopefully he can climb up the rankings and make the final 30,” Brennan said. “He deserves to run in the series.” Looming large as a major threat to The Bucket List is the brilliant Beaudiene Boaz, who will boost his earnings past the $1 million mark if he finishes first, second or third.    Beaudiene Boaz, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old who has won at 22 of his 32 starts, will begin from the outside (barrier eight) in Friday night’s Cup. His trainer Gary Hall sen. has won the Media Guild Cup with The Falcon Strike (2003), Kotare Flame (2007), Washakie (2008) and Our Arlington (2014). Gary Hall jun., who will drive Beaudiene Boaz, has been successful with The Falcon Strike, Kotare Flame, Washakie and the Kevin Keys-trained Tuxedo Tour (2015). Beaudiene Boaz has overcome a setback in his preparation and will be making his first appearance since he was restrained from the outside barrier, raced at the rear and was forced out wide in the final circuit when a well-beaten ninth behind Our Jimmy Johnstone over 2130m on August 5. “He seems to have recovered from whatever was affecting him last time,” Hall jun. said. “He had some sort of lung bug. “He’ll need the run, but he’s working good enough to win. He’s had a few good hit-outs at home and it will be just a matter of getting him to do something from behind (instead of setting the pace as he has in many of his wins). “It’s a small field, but a good field. The Bucket List is flying and the mares are getting a free-kick (drawing the No. 1 and No. 2 barriers under the preferential conditions for mares). Libertybelle Midfrew (barrier one) and Tricky Styx (two) will have many admirers. Each is a smart frontrunner. Libertybelle Midfrew showed a welcome return to form last Friday night when she started from barrier six and finished strongly from seventh at the bell to be third behind Bettors Fire and Copagrin in the 2130m Spring Pace. Tricky Styx, a winner at 18 of her 41 starts, raced three back on the pegs in fifth position and was hampered for room in the home straight when a sound fourth behind Bettors Fire last Friday week. Adding considerable interest to the race will be the return of the WA-bred seven-year-old Heez On Fire, who has not raced since finishing last behind El Machine last February. The winner of 16 races from 30 starts, he is now trained by octogenarian Bill Horn. Heez On Fire, who has been affected by leg problems, has impressed in three trials at Pinjarra in July and when second to Another Vinnie in a Pinjarra trial last Sunday week. At his previous trial appearance (over 2185m) Heez On Fire won from The Bucket List after sprinting over the final quarter in a sizzling 26.4sec. He won trials at each of the two previous Sundays, with final quarters in 27.8sec. and 27.5sec. Ken Casellas

Harness racing's latest edition of Harnesslink's email feature 'Insider Access' is out. In this edition, we look at: Bettor’s Delight, top stallion in North America and Down Under Bettor's Delight has bred 29 millionaires to date world-wide. Four of those have earnings of over $2 million. He has bred nearly 7,000 mares and the results of his progeny are outstanding. Three Cheers to Gordon Banks on his letter This letter to the editor was submitted by prominent owner and breeder, Gordon Banks, and the staff at Harnesslink agrees 100% with what he says. We applaud Mr. Banks for taking the time to “tell it like it is” and we encourage everyone to please read his letter and act on it before it is too late. Harnesslink’s Steve Wolf elected to Hall of Fame The staff and management at Harnesslink are pleased to no end that our Director of Operations for North America and Europe, Steve Wolf, has been elected to harness racing’s Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. To read the latest edition of INSIDER ACCESS click here to sign up!   Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe  

Harness Racing Victoria RAD Board Hearing - Shane Gilligan The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed Victorian trainer Mr Shane Gilligan. ARHR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Gilligan related to a pre-race blood sample collected from the horse ‘My Mach Scooter’ prior to it placing 3 rd in Race 6, the ‘J L King Pace’ on 31 March 2016 at Bendigo. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2 ) concentration in excess of 36.0mmol/L in plasma. Mr Gilligan pleaded guilty to the charge before the HRV RAD Board who heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Mr Gilligan. In deciding an appropriate penalty the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Gilligan’s good record as a trainer/driver over 30 years and no previous history for similar matters. The HRV RAD Board took into account the personal circumstances of Mr Gilligan including his current financial situation and his co-operation with the Stewards and a very early plea of guilty being entered in to which saved the need for witnesses being required. In deciding penalty, the HRV RAD Board took into account specific and general deterrence, consistency of penalty and Mr Gilligan’s guilty plea. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $6000.00 (with $3000.00 suspended for a period of 12 months) upon Mr Gilligan. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘My Mach Scooter’ be disqualified from Race 6 at Bendigo on 31 March 2016. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

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