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The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales that meloxicam has been detected in the blood sample taken from CORRINYAH CONMAN following its win in race 5, the HUTCHEON & PEARCE PACE (2000m) at Temora on Friday 9 March 2018. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr S. Hillier has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that CORRINYAH CONMAN, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an Inquiry or investigation.    Florist – positive sample THE Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales that synephrine has been detected in the urine sample taken from FLORIST following its win in race 5, the DONGES SUPA IGA PACE (1720 metres) conducted at Young on Tuesday 27 February 2018. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr M. Johnstone has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that FLORIST, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales that Oxazepam has been detected in the urine sample taken from WHISKIESONTHEBEACH following its win in race 6, the FRITSCH BROS PACE (2000m) at Temora on Friday 9 February 2018. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr B Harpley has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be held in due course. HRNSW Stewards have conducted a stable inspection of Mr Harpley’s registered training establishment and obtained soil and grass samples for further analysis. Following the consideration of all available information, including the provision of submissions and associated documents by Mr Harpley, HRNSW Stewards have determined that Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183 would not be invoked at this time. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that WHISKIESONTHEBEACH, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) that triamcinolone acetonide has been detected in the blood sample taken from TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ following its win in Race 3, the BAKERS EARTHMOVING WINDMILL HEAT 3 (1720m) at Dubbo on Wednesday November 15, 2017. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria for confirmation. Trainer Ms Amanda Turnbull has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it has been determined that TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. This is effective immediately. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) that O-desmethylvenlafaxine has been detected in the urine sample taken from MAORISFAVOURITESUN following its win in race 7, the FOWLER HOMES TROTTERS MOBILE (2300 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday 7 October 2017. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr D. Aiken has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Following the consideration of all available information, including the provision of submissions and associated documents by Mr Aiken, HRNSW Stewards have determined that Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183 would not be invoked at this time. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that MAORISFAVOURITESUN, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an Inquiry or investigation.    For further information on this matter please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au   O-desmethylvenlafaxine

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an Inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that Xylometazoline was detected in the blood sample taken from WAKE UP QUINN following its win in race 8, the PARKES FURNITURE ONE PACE (2040 metres) conducted at Parkes on Sunday 6 August 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Ms Amanda Coffee appeared at the Inquiry and was represented by solicitor Mr Glenn Walters. Ms Coffee provided evidence regarding her training establishment and husbandry practices. Evidence was also presented to the Inquiry by Ms Sharon Coffee and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott. Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Ms A. Coffee pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as stated: AHRR 190.  (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. Following an application made on behalf of Ms A. Coffee, the Inquiry was adjourned with respect to the matter of penalty until a date to be fixed. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, WAKE UP QUINN was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Michael Prentice - Integrity Manager   (02) 9722 6600 - mprentice@hrnsw.com.au Grant Adams - Chairman of Stewards (02) 9722 6628 - gadams@hrnsw.com.au

On Wednesday 11 October 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an Inquiry that commenced on Wednesday 27 September 2017 into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold of 4.0 milligrams per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from; HOT SHOT WOMAN following its run in race 3, the ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN ALABAR NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR-YEAR-OLD MARES FINAL (GROUP 1)(1609 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 25 June 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Michael Langdon appeared at the Inquiry and provided evidence regarding his training establishment and his husbandry practices. Evidence was presented to the Inquiry by HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott and the Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Mr Langdon pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as stated: AHRR 190. (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. Mr Langdon was disqualified for a period of 2 years to commence from 4 August 2017, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In determining penalty Stewards acknowledged the following; Mr Langdon’s guilty plea;Mr Langdon’s involvement in the harness racing industry;Classification of the Prohibited Substance;A previous Prohibited Substance matter in 1995 andMr Langdon’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, HOT SHOT WOMAN was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Langdon was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Michael Prentice - Integrity Manager   (02) 9722 6600 - mprentice@hrnsw.com.au Graham Loch - Chairman of Stewards (02) 9722 6628 - gloch@hrnsw.com.au

ON Monday August 21, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester, metabolites of cocaine, had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from DESTINY WARRIOR following its win in Race 5 DUBBO RSL CLUB FINAL (2120m) at Dubbo on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Licensed trainer Mr Nathan Turnbull appeared at the inquiry accompanied by his legal advisor who sought and was granted permission for the trainer to be represented by D Sheales Barrister.  Evidence was heard from and on behalf of Mr Turnbull, from licensed trainer A Williams and a person known to Mr Turnbull who accompanied the trainer to the Dubbo races.   Evidence was also heard from HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott. After fully considering all the evidence Stewards issued a charge against Mr Turnbull pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as follows: AHRR 190.  (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. Mr Turnbull pleaded guilty to the charge laid.  On the trainer’s behalf Mr Sheales then presented submissions in regards to penalty. Having regards to certain detailed aspects of the Barrister’s submission on penalty, Stewards adjourned to fully consider the submission and examine references tendered on behalf of the trainer as being relevant. On Monday September 18, 2017, Stewards announced that taking all the circumstances into consideration they had determined that Mr Turnbull be disqualified for a period of two years and six months to commence at midnight on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. In determining penalty Stewards acknowledged the following: The serious nature of this offence; Mr Turnbull’s guilty plea; Cocaine, including its metabolites, as being a Class 1 Prohibited Substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Mr Turnbull’s previous record noting no previous prohibitive substance offences; and Mr Turnbull’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. HRNSW Stewards acting under the provisions of AHRR 195 being satisfied that benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester, metabolites of cocaine, were substances prohibited under the rules, ordered DESTINY WARRIOR be disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Turnbull was advised of his right to appeal these decisions.  HRNSW are advised the trainer has exercised his right to appeal the penalty imposed.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

ON Friday September 8, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards suspended the licence of trainer, Ms Amanda Coffee, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that xylometazoline had been detected in the blood sample taken from WAKE UP QUINN following its win in race 8, the PARKES FURNITURE ONE PACE (2040m) at Parkes on Sunday August 6, 2017. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria for confirmatory testing. HRNSW Stewards considered all available evidence at that time and determined that Rule 183 should be invoked based on the following factors: The existence of a prima facie case against you based on the certificate from ARFL; The nature of the substance; The absolute nature of AHRR 190 offences; The likely penalty of a significant period of disqualification if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The high unlikelihood that AHRR 256 will have any application if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The fact that this is not a finding of guilt and that this will militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension; The fact that an offence against AHRR 190 does not involve any aspect of intent and that this must further militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension.  (h) HRNSW’s protective objectives in the course of its core function to control, supervise and regulate harness racing in this State Ms Coffee has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her right of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded their inquiries into the circumstances in which the prohibited substance, Clenbutorol, was detected in urine and blood samples taken from the registered horse DEN HELDER NZ at Cowra race meeting on Sunday, May 14, 2017. At Cowra racecourse on that day HRNSW Stewards and Investigators searched the vehicle and float of trainer N Carroll and subsequently the horses GUTS and DEN HELDER NZ were withdrawn from their respective races by order of Stewards.  Stewards also ordered swab samples to be taken from both horses. Evidence was heard from trainer M Carroll and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr M Wainscott.  Further evidence from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Service certifying the substance Clenbutorol had been detected in blood and urines samples taken from DEN HELDER NZ on that day was considered. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against M Carroll pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) and (4) as follows: (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. 5)  A horse is presented for a race during the period commencing at 8.00 a.m. on the day of the race for which the horse is nominated and ending at the time it is removed from the racecourse after the running of that race. M Carroll pleaded guilty to having presented DEN HELDER NZ to the races following which a prohibited substance, Clenbutorol, was detected by two laboratories approved by HRNSW and was disqualified for a period of 14 months to commence from June 22 2017, the date upon which he was initially stood down. Stewards acknowledge that at the time of presentation DEN HELDER NZ had been in the care and under the control of trainer N Carroll.  At a future date N Carroll will be required to attend a further inquiry in this matter. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The serious nature of this offence; M Carroll’s guilty plea; A previous prohibited substance offence; M Carroll’s licence history in excess of 34 years; The particular circumstances surrounding the offence; Other personal subjective facts. M Carroll was advised of his right to appeal this decision. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an inquiry yesterday in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester were detected in the urine sample taken from DESTINY WARRIOR following its win in race 5, the DUBBO RSL CLUB FINAL (2120m), at Dubbo on Wednesday February 22, 2017. Licensed trainer-driver Mr Nathan Turnbull appeared at the inquiry, represented by Mr Damian Sheales of Counsel. Evidence, including the Reports of Analysis, was presented to the inquiry. Evidence was also obtained from licensed trainer-driver Mr Aaron Williams, Mr Damian Davis and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Turnbull pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as follows: AHRR 190.  (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. Mr Turnbull pleaded guilty and the inquiry has been adjourned to consider penalty following submissions made on behalf of Mr Turnbull.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS  

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards have suspended the licences of trainer/driver, Mr Michael Langdon, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that that 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold of 4.0 milligrams per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from; HOT SHOT WOMAN following its run in race 3, the ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN ALABAR NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR-YEAR-OLD MARES FINAL (GROUP 1)(1609 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 25 June 2017. The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria for confirmatory testing. HRNSW Stewards considered all available evidence at that time and determined that Rule 183 should be invoked based on the following factors: The fact that a certificate has been issued by an approved drug testing laboratory confirming 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold had been detected; The level of the reading relative to the permissible threshold; The serious nature of the substance; The absolute nature of AHRR 190 offences; The likely penalty of a significant period of disqualification if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The high unlikelihood that AHRR 256 will have any application if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The fact that HRNSW Policy in recent years has been to apply suspensions pursuant to AHRR 183 upon the receipt of one positive certificate; The fact that this is not a finding of guilt and that this will militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension; The fact that an offence against AHRR 190 does not involve any aspect of intent and that this must further militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension. Mr Langdon has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of his rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry that commenced on Thursday June 15, 2017, 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 SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ prior to race 3, DM PLUMBING TROTTERS MOBILE (1609 metres) at Tabcorp Park Menangle on May 9, 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Queensland. Mr Commens appeared at the inquiry with legal representation. Mr Commens provided evidence regarding the training of SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ and his husbandry practices. Evidence was presented to the inquiry by Dr Martin Wainscott and the Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Mr Commens pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as stated: AHRR 190.  (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. Mr Commens was disqualified for a period of 10 months to commence from May 23, 2017, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In determining penalty Stewards acknowledged the following; Mr Commens’ guilty plea; This was Mr Commens’ first prohibited substance matter during a 50 year involvement in harness racing; TCO2 is a Class 2 Prohibited Substance (under HRNSW Penalty Guidelines); The level of TCO2 reported; Mr Commens’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Commens was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that synephrine had been detected in the urine sample taken from VOLATICUS following its win in race 6, the GOLD CROWN COCKTAIL PARTY 24TH MARCH PACE (1730 metres) conducted at Bathurst on Friday 10 March 2017. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Mr Collins appeared at the inquiry. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis was presented to the Inquiry. Mr Collins presented evidence in relation to his registered training establishment and a report from an Upper Macquarie Country Council Weeds Officer that confirmed the presence of the plant species, Juncus usitatus, at his training establishment. These plants are commonly known as Common Rush, Pin Rush or Mat Rush and produce the substance synephrine. It was noted that a previous warning issued in 2012 is published on HRNSW’s website. HRNSW Stewards also presented a report from The Royal Botanical Gardens, National Herbarium of NSW confirming that plant samples obtained by HRNSW Stewards during a stable inspection at Mr Collins’ training establishment on 10 April 2016 included the species Juncus australis and Juncus laeviusculus.   Mr Collins pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting VOLATICUS to race not free of a prohibited substance, being synephrine. In respect of that charge, Stewards did not impose a penalty on Mr Collins as they were satisfied that the detection of synephrine had resulted from inadvertent environmental contamination.  However, Mr Collins was cautioned that he must take all reasonable measures in future to manage his training establishment and horses to ensure that his horses were presented in accord with the Rules. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; •    Mr Collins’ licence history over a long period, and other personal subjective facts; •    Mr Collins’ had no prior offences of this nature; •    That Mr Collin’s had been proactive in investigating the circumstances; and •    The analytical results in this instance had occurred through inadvertent environmental contamination. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, VOLATICUS was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibilityfor commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government.  Harness Racing New South Wales

Harness Racing New South Wales has become aware of the use within the Industry of preparations containing the substance Mannitol. There are no registered animal products available in Australia that contains the substance Mannitol. Any such products would need to be dispensed by a treating veterinarian. Although Mannitol, which is a sugar alcohol, can be found in nature produced by a plethora of organisms including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, algae, lichens, some vegetables and fruit, the resulting levels in a horse would be low. As Mannitol can or may have a diuretic effect on a horse, it would be considered a prohibited substance under the Rules if detected in a sample taken from a horse on the day of a race. HRNSW has been working with the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) on the detection of this substance and will identify/report those samples with high levels for further consideration. Trainers are reminded of Australian Harness Racing Rule 188A (1) (d) which reads: The following are prohibited substances: "An endogenous substance where the concentration of that substance is in the opinion of the Stewards unusual or abnormal." Should any existing samples, including those that have been frozen by HRNSW since 2011, are identified as having high levels of Mannitol these samples will be subject to further investigation by HRNSW, including the impounding of the horse for further studies. The Rules prohibit trainers from possessing or procuring any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with the relevant State and Commonwealth legislation. Trainers carry the absolute liability of presenting their horses to race free of prohibited substances, and therefore the onus in complying with the Rules lies with the trainer. Trainers are hereby placed on notice that the continued use of unregistered products is done so at their own risk. Reid Sanders CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Harness Racing New South Wales yesterday commenced its inquiry into the results of out of competition samples taken from horses in the care of Trainer Mr Shaun (Anthony) Simiana during the period 17 April up to and including 3 May 2016, which have been reported as containing the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK. Blood samples were taken from the following horses during that period: FRANCO TIAGO NZ -  Sample collected on 17 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK  - Sample collected on 17 April 2016 FRANCO TIAGO NZ - Sample collected on 18 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK - Sample collected on 18 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK - Sample collected on 3 May 2016 The sample taken from FRANCO TIAGO NZ on 17 April 2016 was analysed by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL), Racing Analytical Services Limited, Hong Kong Jockey Club and LGC in the United Kingdom. The ARFL reported the presence of EPO in a screening, and the subsequent remaining A portion was analysed by RASL, which reported it was unable to confirm EPO in the blood sample. The B portion was confirmed by the HKJC as containing the Peptide VNFYAWK , and the LGC laboratory reported that the blood sample contained darbepoetin. The further four samples have all been reported on screening at the ARFL to be containing the presence of EPO, and subsequently the remaining portions have been reported by the HKJC as containing the presence of the Peptide VNFYAWK. Peptide VNFYAWK is known to be a highly specific fragment of recombinant human erythropoietin or darbepoetin alpha or methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta or recombinant human EPO-Fc. Mr Simiana attended the inquiry assisted by Mr M Higgins of counsel instructed by Mr V Murphy. In addition to the brief of evidence previously served, oral evidence was adduced today from Mr Simiana and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio. HRNSW issued the following eight charges against Mr Simiana: Charge 1: Pursuant to AHRR 190A(1)(a): The particulars being that Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of FRANCO TIAGO NZ at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 17th of April 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by three approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK and or Darbepoetin which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 2: Pursuant to AHRR 190A(1)(a): The particulars being that Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of WALKABOUT CREEK at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 17th of April 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by two approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 3: Pursuant to AHRR 190A(1)(a): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of FRANCO TIAGO NZ at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 18th of April 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by two approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 4: Pursuant to AHRR 190 A(1)(a): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of WALKABOUT CREEK at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 18th of April 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by two approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 5: Pursuant to AHRR 196A (1)(i) & (2): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer of FRANCO TIAGO NZ did administer to that horse a substance containing the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK, in the period leading up to and or including 17 and or 18 April 2016 for the purpose of affecting that horses performance in a race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday 19 April 2016. Charge 6: Pursuant to AHRR 196A (1)(i) & (2): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer of WALKABOUT CREEK did administer to that horse a substance containing the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK, in the period leading up to and or including 17 and or 18 April 2016 for the purpose of affecting that horses performance in a race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday 19 April 2016. Charge 7: Pursuant to AHRR 190A(1)(a): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of WALKABOUT CREEK at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 3rd of May 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by two approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 8: Pursuant to AHRR 196A (1)(i) & (2): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer of WALKABOUT CREEK did administer to that horse a substance containing the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK, in the period leading up to and or including 3 May 2016 for the purpose of affecting that horses performance in a race at Penrith Harness meeting on Thursday 5 May 2016 with was subsequently withdrawn. The inquiry was then adjourned for Mr Simiana to consider the charges issued against him. HRNSW provided until close of business, Friday 28 October 2016 for submissions. Reid Sanders CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER p: (02) 9722 6600 e: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

Today, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, commenced an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in a post race urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE subsequent to that horse winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Melbourne. The inquiry also considered a further report from the ARFL that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in an out of competition urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE at the registered training establishment of Mrs B McCarthy on 15 July 2016. Mrs McCarthy appeared and was represented by Solicitor Mr Matthew Hammond. Mrs McCarthy was issued with the following charges: Pursuant to AHRR 190 (1),(2) & (4), which reads; (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. That as the registered she did present VINNY CHASE to race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016 with prohibited substances in its system. Pursuant to AHRR 190A (1) (a); 1)  When a sample taken at any time from a horse being trained or cared for by a licensed person has detected in it any prohibited substance specified in sub-rule (2):- (a)  The trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at the relevant time shall be guilty of an offence.    That as the registered trainer at the relevant time on 15 July 2016, she did have VINNY CHASE in her care, when a urine sample upon anaylsis revealed it to contain prohibited substances in contravention of Rule 190A (2)(r). Mr Hammond on behalf of his client, Mrs McCarthy sought an adjournment to consider the charges and to provide further expert evidence.  Stewards adjourned the inquiry until 11am on Wednesday, 26 October 2016. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.   Reid Sanders - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER p: (02) 9722 6600 • e: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au www.harnessmediacentre.com.au   Vinny Chase at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016

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