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Tasmanian harness racing trainer Paul Hill celebrated his greatest night in racing when his two star juveniles Chica Bella and Hillview Jake won their respective sires stakes finals at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night. Chica Bella showed her class by crossing from near the outside of the front line and reeled off a slick first quarter while After Lunch faced the breeze in the Evicus Stakes final for fillies over 1609 metres. The pair matched motors to the home turn but that's when driver Ricky Duggan called on Chica Bella for the supreme effort and she responded magnificently. Chica Bella (Cardmaster Hanover-Time Moves On) forged clear and had plenty in hand to defeat outsider Tambros Milly ($101) with After Lunch fading to finish third just ahead of Itz Gemmas delight. She was heavily backed to start the $1.80 favourite ahead of After Lunch that drifted from odds-on to start the second elect at $2.20. The winner clocked a mile rate of 1.58.7 with her first half (800m) run in 58.67. Duggan described the filly as a "dream to drive". "Paul has done a magnificent job with this filly and she has improved just about every time she's been to the races," Duggan said. "She can be a little but cantankerous and try and kick me out of the cart in the score-up but once she's mobile she is a dream to drive." "She's got speed and stamina so if she can improve further next season they are going to have plenty of fun with this filly as a three-year-old," he said. For Hill it was sheer delight and declared it mission accomplished for the well-bred filly that is owned by his wife Julie, his brother Robert and his son Scott who travelled from Western Australia to watch the race. "This filly is tough and while she has a bit of an attitude she is all class and I can hardly wait to see what she does next season as a three-year-old," Hill said. Hillview Jake led throughout from the pole position to win the Dandy Patch final with ace Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang aboard. Hillview Jake went into the final on the back of a second to Origin Cronk in the Dandy Patch Prelude 13 days earlier but the final was another story. Lang had Hillview Jake travelling in his comfort zone and when he let him rip turning for home he sped clear and had plenty in reserve on the line and well clear of Origin Cronk and Riley Major. Hillview Jake clocked a mile rate of two minutes but ran home his last half (800m) in a slick 56.9 seconds. Peter Staples

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that plasma Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from Tayspastime following its win in race 1, The Newcastle City Holden Pace (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on Friday 12 June 2015. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services in Victoria. Mr Glover appeared at the inquiry. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis and and expert evidence from Harness Racing NSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Wainscott were presented. Evidence was also taken from Mr Glover and Mr Fenwick, on behalf of Mr Glover, regarding the training of Tayspastime, Mr Glover’s husbandry practices and circumstances following the race. Mr Glover was issued with a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting Tayspastime to race not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Glover was also issued with a charge pursuant to Rule 90A (2.9)(a) & (b) for allowing Mr Fenwick to carry out the duties of a licensed stablehand without being appropriately licensed. Mr Glover pleaded guilty to both charges. In respect of the charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4), Mr Glover was disqualified for a period of 3 years 9 months to commence from 17 June 2015, the date upon which he was stood down. In respect of the charge under Rule 90A (2.9)(a) & (b), Mr Glover was issued with a $250 fine. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Mr Glover’s 2nd offence for Prohibited Substance offences;Class 2 Prohibited Substance. The level of greater than 39.0 mmol/L detected;Mr Glover’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, Tayspastime was disqualified from the above mentioned race.   Harness Racing New South Wales

The two $100,000 Westbred finals for two year olds at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night both fell to favoured runners. 2 year old fillies With the late scratching of Sheer Rocknroll, this race always looked like it was Dodolicious's to lose and that is exactly as it turned out. Allowed to settle three back in the running line early by driver Ryan Warwick, Dodolicious was set alight by Ryan passing the 1400 metres mark and swept to the lead with 1100 metres to run. From there it was always a matter of what she would win by and when Ryan gave her her head passing the 500 metres Dodolicious shot away for an emphatic victory. Jasmin Amal from the David Thompson camp and in the hands of Morgan Woodley made ground from well back and wide to run second ,16 metres from the winner in front of another big finisher in Malua Volio in the hands of trainer driver Justin Prentice. Dodolicious paced the 2130 metres in a smart 2:36.1, a mile rate of 1:58 with closing sectionals of 57.5 and 28.4.. Bred, raced and trained by high profile Perth trainer Greg Bond, Dodolicious is a daughter of champion sire Bettors Delight. Friday nights win was her fourth from just six starts and took her stake earnings to $83,843 View race replay here 2 year old colts/geldings This looked a hard race to call as the first three favourites all had similar records and as it turned out the draw was the determining factor in the end. The well supported Ross Ashby trained Johnny Disco with Chris Lewis in the bike lead easily from barrier one and kept up a very solid tempo throughout. The other two public elects in Rich Yankee and Lightning Jolt worked around to get handy with 1000 metres to go with Rich Yankee finding the breeze and Lightning Jolt the one by one. However when Chris Lewis pushed the go button at the 400 metres mark, Johnny Disco shot away and didn't have to driven out to record a comfortable victory. 120-1 chance Americanbootscoota in the the hands of Tom Buchanan had trailed Johnny Disco the whole way and poked up on the inner for second in front of Lightning Jolt and Rich Yankee. Johnny Disco paced the 2130 metres in 2:35.7, a mile rate of 1:57.6 with closing sectionals of 57.9 and 28.1. The son of Jeremes Jets has been a model of consistency in his debut season with three wins and four placings from his nine starts and stake earnings of $86,048 View race replay here Harnesslink Media  

South Merbein harness racing trainer Ian Watson and son reinsman Luke made the long trip south worthwhile by taking out the Group 1 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final for two-year-old fillies at Melton on Saturday night. “I usually sit at home and watch these races on telly." "To win it is just an absolute miracle to me,” declared Luke after steering well-bred Flojos Gold to victory in the 2240-metre event. At odds of over 50-1, Flojos Gold – by Mach Three out of former smart race mare Jasper Jo – made it three wins from four career starts by upstaging hot favourite Soho Madeleine for Belinda and Luke McCarthy by a head in a mile rate of two minutes. “I thought she could run a good race if she landed like she did." "If you had have told me we’d land behind the leader then I’d say we’d end up in the top few,” the winner’s driver said shortly after the race when asked about his thoughts going in. “It definitely makes up for all those ones you think were good enough but might have had a little bit of bad luck here or there not to win a Group 1." "It’s definitely a great thrill.” Rocknroll Magic ran third for Emma Stewart and Gavin Lang, while Just Wantano was fourth for Kevin Brough and Michael Bellman. Luke Watson said the filly had only travelled down to Melton in the hours leading up to the race. “We arrived a couple of hours before we had to be here … with the babies we always reckon they’re best off at home in their own environment until they have to leave and I think it’s paid dividends,” he said. “I knew this filly got out pretty quick, we just wanted to come out early and find a spot." "To end up where we did was probably just good luck more than good management,” Luke said. Re-live Flojos Gold winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Cody Winnell

Chris Alford probably thought he’d lost a couple of battles in the run aboard Messini in the four-year-old entires and geldings Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. For starters he tried to lead aboard the Brent Lilley-trained stallion from the pole but was crossed early by Hectorjayjay and Simone Walker drawn alongside. Secondly, once crossed and it was clear Walker was going to hand up to Major Crocker, Alford tried to angle away from the markers but couldn’t when Young Modern and Mick Stanley snared the one-one. Alford explained: “I had to make a decision how hard to go in the first 200 … when Simone got that half-length she presumed she could get across and she was going to keep going, and I thought we were going a bit too hard and thought she might think about handing up since we had gone that hard. Luckily I tried to get off the fence and Mick Stanley put me back in there thankfully, and it all worked out good after that.” Once in front Major Crocker copped too much pepper from Keayang Active, running a 43.7secs lead time and 28.5secs first quarter. When Jilliby Jagger came from near the rear and eased three and four-wide coming off the back straight Hectorjayjay made his move. Walked eased Hectorjayjay to the outside of a tiring Major Crocker and Alford and Messini followed closely. Once in the home stretch Hectorjayjay gave his trademark kick and got about 5m clear of Messini. But the former New Zealander typically wasn’t going to go down without a fight and he stuck his head down and got going, stride by stride reeling in Hectorjayjay to eventually score a half-neck win in 1:54.9 (28.6secs third and fourth quarters). “It was a great race now that we’ve won but things didn’t go exactly how we wanted them to go,” Alford said. “He’s just a great little trier. I thought his head was dragging on the ground near the line he was trying that hard. He deserved that win." Jilliby Jagger ran third for Glen Craven, while Barimah ran on well for fourth for Damian Wilson and Major Crocker battled away for fifth with Greg Sugars in the sulky. The win meant back-to-back Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series successes for Messini. The race was one of the most exciting on the strong Saturday night card. Messini is by Art Major out of Mesmerizing. Re-live Messini's win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final Cody Winnell

Harness racing Group 1 trebles are almost unheard of. And when they do occur, the feat is usually reserved for the rich, powerful, multinational-type stables. But Shelbourne horseman Larry Eastman lived the fairy-tale on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton, winning three Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series finals. Eastman’s stable-star three-year-olds Menin Gate and Morton Plains won their age group’s male and female finals respectively before Milly Perez scored a boil-over in the four-year-old mares’ decider. All three were driven by champion reinsman Chris Alford, who also picked up the four-year-old entires and geldings’ final with Messini for trainer Brent Lilley to finish with a Group 1 quartet. An emotional Eastman paid tribute to his wife, Lynette. “I’m feeling pretty good (but) I’m rapt for Lynette, my wife,” he told the large crowd, who braved a chilly night out for one of the best nights of harness racing seen in recent times. “(She’s) the best horse on the farm by a long way… works daylight until dark every day. “Whilst people probably think it’s my expertise or whatever it’s not, she’s got a good eye for a horse and she’s really good at what she does as well.” Eastman, clearly elated, had nothing but praise for Alford. “We’ve been great friends for a long time and he’s really pulled them out tonight for us,” he said. “… It makes all the difference. We use these guys because they are the best and on big nights like tonight it counts.” Morton Plains (Bettors Delight/Dont Answer That) brought up the first of Eastman’s trio of treats for the evening. The filly took the lead off early frontrunner Niki No No with a mile to run in their Group 1 final over 2240m. A 30.2secs first quarter had the Eastman backers feeling good and a second split of 30.6secs was   comfortable. Off the back Morton Plains looked to have the better of death-seating Lovelist, while driver Greg Sugars sat quietly aboard Niki No No behind the leader awaiting his opportunity along the sprint lane. But Morton Plains kicked strongly at the top of the stretch, Niki No No unable to peg back the leader who kept finding to win by four metres, Niki No No holding on to second and Vapar Grin running third. “The Birchip boys who own Menin Gate, most are in this filly as well. A couple of them are in Morton Plains that weren’t in Menin Gate … they get their thrills tonight. I’m really pleased for them,” Eastman said. “These guys have been in for the long haul … I mean the Lowry boys have been in this industry for years and years and they’ve put their hard-earned in. “Their farming enterprise didn’t have a very good year last year and until it rains this year they’re on a sticky wicket again. For those people and the farming community at Birchip (the win) really gives the town a bit of a buzz.” Eastman made it a three-year-olds’ clean sweep in Race 7 with Somebeachsomewhere/Dreams Of Heaven gelding Menin Gate in the colts’ and geldings’ final. The Victoria Derby champion from earlier in the season began fast from the pole to lead and was never headed, the inside-back-row Mister Wickham finishing second after following the winner all the way and Follow The Stars running third for Anthony Butt and Mark Purdon. Menin Gate rated 1:55.6 for the 2240m trip, sprinting home in 56.1secs. “He was switched on tonight, not like last week,” Alford said. “Once he was able to hold the front pretty comfortable I knew he’d run a strong last mile and was going to be hard for the horses off the fence and thankfully he kept going.” While he was no doubt confident both his three-year-olds would be competitive, Eastman certainly had his doubts about Milly Perez. “When Col Moore texted to say he’d pulled barrier 13 out I just thought `well that’s the end of the road for Milly’, because last week if you watch the tapes she went unbelievable ... we just were hoping for a barrier,” he said. “This little mare’s blessed with a really good turn of foot and I just thought from 13 we’d be too far back.” Eastman and Alford needed for there to be some speed on early. Their wish was Josh Aiken and Nathan Jack’s command. Crossed early by Shes A Runa, Jack took race favourite and polemarker Berisari quickly away from the pegs out of the straight the first time to run to the front. But Aiken and Quick Draft swiftly built up momentum and declared war on the long odds-on favourite, the pair engaging in a two-horse war to the mile marker before finally Quick Draft was forced to relent. The lead time of 42.9secs was electric and Jack quickly applied the brakes in a bid to give Berisari some respite with opening quarters of 30.3secs and 31.9secs. The pressure went on again down the back with a 29.1secs third split as Barynya and John Caldow made their move and got by Berisari. But Alford and Milly Perez, who were last at the 800m, followed Barynya into the action before peeling around her in the home straight. Once she stretched out Milly Perez dashed right away from her rivals, the Four Starzzz Shark/Alta Calypso bay winning by 13m over Beach Shack (David Aiken), Barynya holding down third. Lucky Metro was fourth for Charlie Borg, while Berisari battled away bravely to run fifth – a big run given her adversary Quick Draft came in tailed off. “We needed some genuine tempo and thanks to a couple of guys out there tonight it was game on and she reaped the reward,” Eastman said of Milly Perez. Meanwhile, Eastman also had high praise for the Vicbred program and highlighted the importance of the scheme to the Victorian industry. “Vicbred needs more and more pumped into it day in and day out,” he said. “Let’s look after our home base, that’s where these guys get the benefits. “We need to look after Victoria. That’s where we put our hard yakka in.” The Vicbred program pays out well over $9 million in stakes and bonuses to eligible horses and the series’ goal is to strengthen opportunities for Victorian-bred standardbreds. As for the trip home to Birchip for Eastman’s owners, it’ll no doubt be an enjoyable ride. Cody Winnell VIDEOS Menin Gate won his Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Morton Plains won her Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Milly Perez won her Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final

Western Australian Harness Racing Stewards caused a major surprise last night when they ordered the late scratching of the warm favourite Sheer Rocknroll from the $100,000 Westbred 2 year old Fillies Classic at Gloucester Park, after she was found with treatment puncture marks on her neck. Trained by Ross Olivieri, Sheer Rocknroll, had been inspected by stewards at her Oakford stable yesterday afternoon and what they found caused them considerable alarm. As a result, the third favourite was withdrawn five minutes before starting time. Chief steward Carl Cody made the following brief statement regarding the late scratching “Our course investigator Phil O’Reilly was accompanied by steward Brad Bennetts when they visited the Oakland stables of Ross Olivieri on Friday afternoon." "During that visit they saw a bleeding puncture wound on the neck of  Sheer Rocknroll". "As a result we had no option but to scratch her from her race tonight." “Ross Olivieri has denied a race-day treatment of the filly and an inquiry is ongoing.” Carl Coady said. Harnesslink Media  

Four-year-old Euroa trotter Im Stately won his second Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series harness racing trophy at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night, two years after he won his first as a two-year-old. The David Jack-trained son of Majestic Son/Shadows started long odds-on despite his barrier-seven draw in the four-year-old entires and geldings' trotting final and didn't give his backers reason to worry. Jack, who also drove the stallion, sat three-wide early as the leaders sorted their order out. With about 1300 metres to run Im Stately made his move, Jack taking him to the lead from initial frontrunner Law Legend. Once in front Im Stately kept a good gap between himself and his challengers, eventually finishing 4.8 metres clear of runner-up Maybetothemax (Nathan Jack) with Savannah Jay Jay running third for Neil McCallum beaten 5.8m. The winner’s closing splits were 29.9secs and 30.2secs, his mile rate 2:01.5. Ultra-talented Im Stately has now won 13 races from 19 career starts. Watch Im Stately win the 4YO Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Trotting Entires & Geldings Final Cody Winnell

Harness racing driver Ashley Matthews joined the “Group 1 club” tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton with a gun steer aboard Chris Angove-trained trotter Sundons Courage in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series two-year-old colts and geldings’ final. Matthews, whose father John is a trainer based in Havelock on the outskirts of Maryborough, remained cool as Sundons Courage – by champion sire Sundon out of Truscott Photo – slotted three back on the pegs in the run. “I didn’t think we’d be three the pegs,” Matthews said post-race. Down the back the final time Matthews had the opportunity to angle one-off the inside but chose to remain on the pegs, clearly pulling the right rein as the moving line runner he would have jumped behind dropped out and Sundons Courage saved plenty of territory before coming out after tearaway leader Cruisin Around. In the straight Sundons Courage pegged back the Michael Hughes-trained frontrunner and stuck his head in front when it mattered, taking the prize by a half-neck in a mile rate of 2:01.5. “It’s great… I’m a bit lost for words,” Matthews said. “We thought we were a real big chance. He’s got a ton of ability this horse. He never gives up, he’s got a great will to win.” Matthews is 35 and said he’d been driving for 10 years. “I’ve driven a lot of slow ones, but you’ve just got to keep going around and hopefully get on a horse like this,” he said. Big Jack Hammer ran third for Geoff Webster. Cody Winnell

Reina Danzante became a harness racing Group 1 winner at just her fourth trip to the races tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton. The well-bred daughter of Armbro Invasion out of former champion mare La Coocaracha enjoyed a comfortable run in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 3YO Trotting Fillies Final before bursting through late to defeat Sky Petite. Driven by Chris Alford for trainer Nicole Molander, Reina Danzante began well but was crossed by Sheza Amason and Rebecca Bartley. Reigning Vicbred Super Series champion Endsino was caught without cover for the trip after getting a good run through from her second-line draw, Alford able to sit quietly until the home straight. Sky Petite (Steve Duffy) made a strong run turning for home and almost looked the winner, but Alford and Reina Danzante fired up late to get the victory by 2.4 metres, with Val Gardena (Chris Svanosio) rattling home out wide for third. “She’s come in leaps and bounds since she came down,” Alford said. “They (Nicole and Dean Molander) do a good job with their horses. They don’t have a big team but they’re all pretty spot-on.” Donski finished fourth and Zaire Diva fifth. Watch Reina Danzante win her Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Cody Winnell

Tatura trainer David Abrahams combined with leading harness racing reinsman Nathan Jack to take out the three-year-old colts and geldings’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final with Fabrication tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton. The gelding by Dream Vacation out of Figment bolted in by 12.5 metres, well-tried in the betting ring into $4.70 third-favourite behind Valley Ess Jay and Illawong Armstrong. Punters who took the $2.30 about Illawong Armstrong were shattered shortly after the start, the talented squaregaiter jumping out of his gear and losing enormous ground. Amazingly he fought his way back into contention late in the race, charging into third placing for reinswoman Jodi Quinlan, while Valley Ess Jay finished second for Chris Svanosio. But it was all honours with the winner and Jack was full of praise for Fabrication’s trainer. “I’d like to thank David and the Abrahams family, they’ve been good supporters of mine since day dot,” Jack said immediately after the win. “Dave’s doing a great job. There are not many that do a better job than Dave.” Down the back the final time Jack cut loose on Fabrication, darting past leader Valley Ess Jay. It was a winning move, Valley Ess Jay unable to fight back and regain the lead, Fabrication instead drawing well clear in the lane. “Everything went to plan,” Jack said. “Obviously it was going to be a very tactical race. “I was real happy in the run … even happier when Gavin (Lang) went and Ants (Anthony Butt) decided to post him. That played into our hands. Then that one galloped at the bell, which was good as it left a spot for Gavin to get in, where we didn’t have to go four-wide. Everything worked out perfect.” Fabrication rated 2:00.4 in winning. Watch Fabrication take out tonight's Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Cody Winnell

The Aiken stable has produced another ultra-smart young trotter in Princess Phoenix. The long odds-on harness racing favourite defeated Social Fireball by 2.7 metres with almost 17 metres back to third placegetter The Cooler in tonight’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 2YO Trotting Fillies Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Driven by Josh Aiken for trainer father David, Princess Phoenix – by The Pres out of Dodo Rocket – won differently to how she did in the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic in May, driven tough tonight. “She’s probably more a sit-sprint filly, I asked her stay (tonight) and she’s done a really good job,” Josh Aiken said. “Being a final I wanted to take all the luck out of it I could.” Princess Phoenix ran to the lead at the 1500m, heading off early leader Jay Bee Flex. She covered her first half in 62.3secs before 61.2secs last half for a 2:03.5 mile rate, holding off Social Fireball (Gavin Lang) who chased hard down the side and in the home straight. The Cooler ran on well at just her second race start, finishing third for Nathan Jack. “She’s just been a nice filly from the first time we started her. She qualified very close to first race. We thought she was OK then she went to the races and did it,” David Aiken said. “We always liked it but in qualifying trials early she was just OK, then she went to the races and ran second, then won that final. She’s really come on. “She had a few little issues gate-wise. We put the half-hopples on her and ever since then she hasn’t looked back.” Aiken said Princess Phoenix would most likely bypass the Redwood Carnival and head to the Breeders Crown. “Her good manners and speed will keep her in good stead,” he said. Watch Princess Phoenix win her Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final at Melton by Cody Winnell

Achieving the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series “three-peat” was always trainer Mick Blackmore’s main goal with Claudys Princess. “That was the one thing I wanted to do with her,” Blackmore said. “Three years running … it’s a good effort.” Claudys Princess – by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse – found the lead easily from barrier four in the 2240 metres Group 1 final for four-year-old trotting mares tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton before jogging through a 48.2secs lead time. With no pressure, Claudys Princess was able to amble through her first half before out-sprinting her rivals at the finish for a comfortable 10.4-metre win in a mile rate of 2:01.0. The win was typically dominant, the mare joining a rare club of horses to win the Super Series final at two, three and four years of age Kyabram's Blackmore admitted the pressure of training a horse who had gathered such a cult following “got to him sometimes” adding it was a hairy drive to the races tonight in heavy traffic. “It’s good fun, but it’s a lot of pressure. It gets to you after a while, especially when sitting in traffic for an hour on the way to the races,” he said. “There was a bad accident tonight and we were sitting there going nowhere. I get nervous at the best of times. “There’s trucks trying to chop you off – but she doesn’t worry, she just stands there. She walks around here like an old moo cow.” It is on to the Breeders Crown now for Claudys Princess, who has won 18 of 26 starts. Tonight she became a five-time Group 1 winner. Claudys Princess had to be scratched from the Breeders Crown Final last year after sustaining an injury and Blackmore is looking forward to her getting a shot this year. Illawong Helios – Claudys Princess’s long-term sparring partner – finished second, attacking the line strongly, while Barefoot Sally finished third. Majestic Grace, a stablemate of the winner, ran fifth. Watch the replay of Claudys Princess winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final CODY WINNELL

On Thursday 2 July 2015 stewards inquired into an incident that occurred between harness racing trainer/driver Ryan Hryhorec and concession driver Michael Smith in the raceday stalls after Race 9 at Globe Derby on Friday 26 June 2015. Evidence was taken from Ryan Hryhorec, Michael Smith, Brett Lowe, Garry Folland and Matthew Maguire. Mr. Hryhorec was found guilty of a charge under Rule 231(1) which reads: A person shall not threaten, harass, intimidate, abuse, assault or otherwise interfere improperly with anyone employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry or otherwise having a connection with it. The particulars being that Mr. Hryhorec approached Mr. Smith in an aggressive manner, verbally abused him, made a threatening comment and made physical contact with him. Mr. Hryhorec was disqualified for 6 months. Further, Mr. Hryhorec pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 243 which reads: A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. The particulars being that Mr. Hryhorec’s conduct in abusing, threatening and making physical contact with Mr. Smith, was detrimental to the image of harness racing and had the potential to cause people to question the professionalism of the industry. Mr. Hryhorec was disqualified for 3 months. Stewards ordered these two periods of disqualification be served concurrently.  Mr. Hryhorec was advised of his appeal rights. In considering penalty stewards were mindful that Mr. Hryhorec was the instigator and had a previous misconduct offence, the seriousness of the offence, his admittance of the breach and his remorse and the need for a significant penalty to serve as a deterrent and to illustrate to the industry that this type of conduct will not be tolerated. Barbara Scott CHAIR OF STEWARDS

It has been nearly two weeks since harness racing driver Lauren Panella was badly injured as a result of a race fall at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The severe swelling in her left hand has meant specialists have been unable to confirm the severity of the injury however with a reduction in the bruising recently doctors have confirmed a total of eight broken bones. Panella has broken her wrist, fractured three fingers, three knuckles and broken a bone in her hand and has been given no indication by medical staff on how long it will take to make a full recovery. "The specialist refuses to give me a date on when I can make a comeback because he has known me for a while and believes I will want to return on the date he gives me whether I am ready to or not," Panella said. "All I am being told is that it will be a long recovery and I am going to need a lot of physio but there is some good news because I won't need any surgery." Doctors are concerned with Panella's fingers and how they will heal. "My fingers are bent over and I will need a special splint at some stage because my fingers need help to straighten but I still have very little feeling in my index finger. "My wrist and hand will heal themselves but there is some concern with my fingers and I can't even make a fist yet but the physio will definitely help the healing process." Western Australia's Inter Dominion will begin in November and Panella is hoping to be a part of the series. "Without a date it is hard to know whether I will be ready but I hope so, there are some very nice horses in the (Shane Tritton) stable and a number have been earmarked for a trip across to Gloucester Park. "I want to be working with the best physiotherapist I can, hopefully I can complete my physio on the Gold Coast while Shane is racing a team in Queensland but if I have to remain in Sydney then I will do that." Panella confirmed she is struggling to keep herself busy. "When I go out to the stables I just want to get in and do some work but that's not what I should be doing." Greg Hayes  

The Gr. 3 Ready2Run Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on August 15 is already shaping as an exciting contest.  The $30,000 harness racing event over 2300 metres is restricted to horses sold at last’s year Ready2Run Sale at Menangle and with talented pacers such as Zee Dana, Boundtobemad, Redbank Lenny, Kleened Out, Alesha Maguire and Milias Ideal eligible, the race should be a strong one. Zee Dana is unbeaten after two starts and scored an effortless victory at Shepparton on Thursday night with regular driver Nathan Jack impressed by the son of Tintin In America. “I like him, he is doing a good job now but I think he is going to be an even better three-year old,” Jack said. “At Shepparton he got a comfortable time of it in front but ran home very well and I still haven’t had to pull the plugs on him yet.” Jack confirmed connections will be forced to make a decision on the gelding’s short term future soon. “He is eligible for the Breeders Crown and the Ready2Run Stakes at Menangle, he won’t be able to go in both so Amanda (Turnbull trainer) will have to make a decision either way but we’re leaning towards going to Sydney at this stage. “His next start will be the Tatlow Stakes, he is a big horse, a real good type but I think he will be even better once he has had a spell.” Zee Dana is part owned by Manly fullback Brett Stewart and he is enjoying his first foray into harness racing.  If Zee Dana does compete in the Ready2Run Stakes at Menangle, Stewart was hoping to be trackside to watch the two year old compete but will need clearance from coach Geoff Toovey with Manly set to play the Raiders in Canberra the following day. Another quality youngster being aimed towards the Gr. 3 event is the Steve Harris trained Boundtobemad.  Harris got the opportunity to train the filly after original trainer Dean Cernovskis made his annual journey north to campaign a team of horses in Queensland during the winter carnival. “She was a nice filly and understandably her owners wanted her to be aimed towards the Breeders Challenge and the Ready2Run race at Menangle, her part owner Troy Saddler lives in Wagga so I suggested he send her to Steve Harris,” Cernovskis said. “Dave Reichstein took her down to Wagga for me for her first start and we weren’t expecting her to do too much but she ran a really good race, she was very green and was still learning so Steve has done a great job with her.” Harris took over the filly’s preparation after her debut effort and the daughter of Sportswriter has blossomed culminating in a Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge placing. “Since I’ve had Boundtobemad she has just continued to improve, I was very proud of her at Menangle in the Breeders Challenge,” Harris said. While the Ready2Run Stakes will be a target for Harris he is looking forward to seeing the filly win her first race. “I’d be happy to win an ordinary two year old race with her, we’ll definitely have a look at the Ready2Run Stakes though and the longer distance will be right up her alley. “She is a very tall filly but racy with it, I think she is going to improve with a bit of time and especially once she fills out into her frame.” Harris prepared youngsters for last year’s Ready2Run Sale and will be looking to have more horses in the sale later this year. “I only have a small team of racehorses at the moment but there are a lot of young ones here and I will be having a few for the Ready2Run Sale for sure.”    The Ready2Run Sale this year will be conducted on Sunday 6th December at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Greg Hayes

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