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On Thursday 14 August 2014 Harness Racing SA stewards conducted an inquiry into a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) in relation to a urine sample taken from KING GALLEON followings its trial at Betezy Park, Globe Derby on Sunday 15 June 2014, after analysis of the sample detected the presence of the prohibited substance DEXAMETHASONE.  This finding was confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Queensland. Evidence was taken from Trainer Scott Forby and RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra. Scott Forby provided his log book of treatments which showed KING GALLEON had been treated with Ilium Dexapent on Friday 13th June 2014.  After hearing the relative evidence Scott Forby pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190(1), (2) & (4) in that as the trainer of KING GALLEON he presented that gelding to trial on 15 June 2014 not free of the prohibited substance DEXAMETHASONE. Further Scott Forby was found guilty of a charge under Rule 196A (1) in that he administered to KING GALLEON a prohibited substance which was detected in the urine sample taken from that horse following the running of the trial on 15 June 2014. In assessing penalty, the panel took into account: The circumstances of the case Mr. Forby’s guilty plea Mr. Forby’s personal circumstances The need to provide both a specific and general deterrent in relation to prohibited substance offences. The negative affect a prohibited substance offence has on the confidence of the harness racing industry and the wider community. Scott Forby was disqualified for a period of 9 months, effective immediately. BARBARA SCOTT Chair of Stewards. 15 August 2014.  

On Thursday 14 August 2014 Harness Racing SA stewards conducted an inquiry into a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that a urine sample provided by driver Ken Rogers at Betezy Park, Globe Derby on 5 July 2014, upon analysis was found to contain d-amphetamine. Evidence was taken from Ken Rogers, Mrs Rhonda Rogers and RASL Director David Batty.  After hearing the relative evidence Mr Rogers pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 250(1)(a) which reads: 250. (1) A driver commits an offence if:- (a) A sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251. In determining penalty, stewards took into account:- This was Mr Rogers third offence under this or a similar rule in the past 8 months. That at Mr Rogers appeal against a similar charge in April 2014, Deputy President King placed conditions on Mr. Rogers that he undergo rehabilitation.  Further, at that appeal Deputy President King suspended three months of Mr. Rogers penalty on the condition that he not re-offend against a provision of this nature for a period of 12 months.  These conditions were not complied with. The serious health and safety issues that can result when drivers participate in races under the influence of drugs. The negative affect a banned substance offence has on the harness racing industry and the wider community. In relation to penalty, stewards imposed the three month suspension that had been suspended on the condition that he not re-offend for a period of 12 months.  This was backdated to the date Mr. Rogers was stood down from driving, 25 July 2014. Stewards further disqualified Mr. Rogers for a period of 12 months, to take effect following his period of suspension.   Acting under Rule 15(1)(ad) stewards ordered Mr. Rogers pay to HRSA $500 for the costs incurred in analytical testing. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards 15 August 2014  

Southern Cross finals day is one of the highlights on the South Australian harness racing calendar and is eagerly awaited each year. It is a highly competitive days racing and unusual for any one sire to dominate. However todays $60,000 finals (Sunday August 3rd) at Betezy Park Globe Derby for the two and three year old fillies were both taken out by daughters of champion sire Grinfromeartoear. First up was the Glenda Fuller trained Whats Emma Got who was settled three back in the running line early in the two year old final from her second row draw. Set alight by driver Danielle Hill after 400 meters, Whats Emma Got looped the field and assumed the pace making role shortly after. Keeping up a steady tempo, she skipped clear at the 400 meters mark and coasted to the line for an easy win. It was Whats Emma Got seventh win from just ten starts with three seconds thrown in for good measure. A daughter of the smart Falcon Seelster  mare Whativewegot 1:59.9 ($66,607), Whats Emma Got paced the 1800 from the mobile in 2:13.7, a mile rate of 1:59.6 with closing sectionals of 58.5 and 29.4 In the three year old final the Courage Under Fire filly Dougs Choice was shooting for fifteen in a row as a three year old. Sent forward from barrier six, Dougs Choice was wide for 400 meters before finding the front in the 2230 meters event. Meanwhile Punch Line who had started from one on the second line was sent forward after 500 meters by driver David Harding and found the death seat with a lap and a half to travel. David Harding and Punch Line continued to apply pressure to Dougs Choice and nearing the 600 meters headed Dougs Choice and set sail for home. Well clear turning in, David Harding eased Punch Line down in the run to the line  for a very impressive win. It was the Emma Stewart trained fillies sixth win from just thirteen starts and she paced the 2230 meters in 2:47.2, a mile rate of 2:00.7 with closing sectionals of 58.1 and 29. Punch Line is from a Classic Garry half sister to former champion Safe And Sound 1:57 ($995,606) and with a winning time of 1:54.2 already beside her name, the residual value of Punch Line when she finishes racing is sky rocketing with every win. Whats Emma Got Punch Line .Harnesslink media    

Southern Cross Final day now to be held on Sunday 3rd August just got bigger with the confirmation that four  time SA Cup winner Smoken Up will make his final ever appearance in South Australia  Four $60,000 Southern Cross Finals , two for 2yo’s & two for the 3yo’s both fillies finals & colts and geldings will be the highlight of the afternoon, but no doubt the real attraction will be Smoken Up. In  six appearances in the Group 1 South Australian Pacing Cup, Smoken Up  has claimed SA’s biggest race four times - equal with another champion Gammalite - along with two placings. Harness Racing SA have come on board to help make this day one to remember, hats off to them firstly for moving Southern Cross Final to the Sunday Afternoon with full Sky 1 coverage. Then have also involved the Adelaide Crows Football Club to make the day part of the Crows Charity Foundation and now to have Australasia’s best ever pacer with “rock star” status  racing on the day is yet another feather in their cap. HRSA plan to have free commemorative posters, autographs and photos available to fans. The now 11-year-old remains the fastest horse in the Southern Hemisphere and has pocketed his owners more than $3.5m in prizemoney having won a staggering 73 of 149 starts. All roads will lead to Betezy Park Globe Derby on Sunday August 3

Opening Heats of the Southern Cross series highlight this weekend's harness racing at Betezy Park Globe Derby this Saturday night, with one fillies heat and two colts events.   The fillies heat has bought together a full field and class filly Whats Emma Got has drawn the outside of the front line. the daughter of Grinfromeartoear has won 4 of her 7 starts including her last three and while she has not started for a month due to a minor setback the Glenda Fuller trained fillys looks the winner.   The Emma Stewart trained Secret Agenda has been competitive without winning in all her three starts and the Jill Neilson trained Whirly Girl could fill the placings.   The colts and geldings heats feature the unbeaten Hez The One and despite a back line draw looks the winner again in the first heat.   Heat two - The Dapper Don has been in good form with seconds to Hez The One in the BOTRA Golden Nursery Final and the Breeders Crown Heat last week.   The other feature on the program is the Maughan Ford Cup for fast class pacers and Darren Billinger holds the key with three of the seven runners. Come On Frank has won four races this season and has drawn the utside of the front line Lord Monaloo has drawn the pole and king of the claimers Albert Jaccka the only horse on the back line.   The Kevin Brough trained Weallwantano looks the only runner likely to spoil Billingers party.   Gary Newton

After a couple of unruly performances and some on the run gear changes made by harness racing trainer Darren Billinger Lombo Del Rosso appears set for a bright future.   The son of Four Stazzz Shark commenced his career back in March when he looked to be the winner on the home turn but fell after casting a shoe and in his comeback race at Betezy park Globe Derby he finshed third before embarking on a trip to Melbourne to try to qualify for the APG Finals.   In his heat he finished second before finishing down the track in the semis then did a good job to finish fourth in the consolation before returning to South Australia and winning first up at Port Pirie.   A good second to the unbeaten Hez The One in the BOTRA Golden Nursery heats saw him one of the main players going into the final on the last Saturday in May but after locking wheels on the first turn he was never a threat.   Billinger then took the big horse to Strathalbyn and he found the line well after doing some work in the final lap and not looking that comfortable on the small track.   Then at his second run in six days Lombo Del Rosso went back to headquarters on Saturday night to beat a small but quality field in the Nevele R Stud 2yo Pace.   Lombo Del Rosso is a son of Gloria Lombo who won 12 races and over $100,000 in prize money and she is a daughter of champion race mare Lombo Rapid who claimed the Chariots Of Fire in one of her 27 victories.   In the Free For All, Mildura pacer Timeless Era found the front and driver David Harding dictated terms running the first half of the last mile in 62.5 seconds before buzzing home in 56.5 giving odds on favourite Come On Frank little chance of running him down.   by Gary Newton  

The jury is still out on who is the best harness racing open class pacer in South Australia - Come On Frank or Mark Dennis?   Come on Frank a 6 year old son of Blissful Hall has won 33 races from 67 starts including the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series as a 4 year old at Melton and has recorded a 1.52.3 winning mile rate when campaigning in NSW on the 1,400 meter Menangle Park circuit.   Come On Frank this season the local hero has had 10 starts for 3 wins coming off a 14 month lay off through injury.   In the blue corner the challenger Mark Dennis a 5 year old gelding by Bettors Delight 88 starts for 21 wins 11 of those this season, Mark Dennis has become a revelation since joining Lance Holberton stable claiming the Gawler Cup and setting a track record at Betezy Park Globe Derby when he beat Come On Frank in a mile rate of 1.54.2.   Saturday night did little to solve the debate as who is the current king of SA Harness Racing.   Come On Frank lead from barrier one in the Free For All in a mile rate of 1.58.9 while Holberton elected to tackle the 4 and 5 year old BOTRA pace and after a horrid run when caught three wide he finshed a credible third.   Maybe next week will tell the story as both chase BOTRA bonuses on BOTRA Pace Final night.   Gary Newton    

Local unbeaten harness racing two year old Blackntan treated his rivals with contempt in winning his heat of the BOTRA Golden Nursery at Betezy Park Globe Derby on Friday night.   Blackntan drew the back line but driver Mark Billinger drove the odds on favourite through to be in the running line going out of the straight the first time, but then elected to take off and go to the breeze where he was able to contract the race outside leader Teddy Jasper.   Billinger poured on the pressure down the back the last time and the son of Always A Virgin raced away to win untouched by 11 meters it was his first run since winning the Kindergarten Stakes in February.   Trained by John Hill at Globe Derby Blackntan is the only horse Hill has in his yard, Hill pick the youngest as a yearling at local breeder Viv Clark property, Hill had the choice of two and went with Blackntan and his judgment has proved to be spot on as the gelding has now strung together four wins from his only four starts.   The other colts & gelding heat of the BOTRA Golden Nursery went to south east trained Hez The One a son of Jeremes Jet who had won at his only two previous starts at Victor Harbour and Mount Gambier. Driver David Harding put the colt into the race early when he moved around from last from his backline draw to get outside the leader Amightyfinehorse with odds on pop Lombo Del Rosso pocketed on his inside on the final turn the Amightyfinehorse broke for no apparent reason when it looked the winner at the time, Lombo Del Rosso was checked at the point, that left Hez The One with a six meter break on the corner and he held that margin to the line to win from the favourite.   The fillies heats went to Amen an Art Major filly who led all the way to win by 22 meters and the final heat to Victorian trained filly Call Her Julie a daughter Lombo Pocket Watch trained and driven by David Jack Gary Newton    

Friday night in front of a small crowd at Betezy Park Globe Derby, the main harness racing event drew only four runners, but was always to be a match race between the 1.45 favourite Come On Frank and the Lance Holberton trained Mark Dennis on paper and that's the way it unfolded.   What a spectral it turned out to be! With David Harding finding the front easily on Mark Dennis and Harding did not let up at any stage of the 1800 meter event. Harding knew he had his main rival Come On Frank at his wheel as the leaders ran the first half in 58.3 then came home in 28.3 & 29 seconds.   The two settled down to fight it out, with reminiscence of the 2013 SA Cup battle between Smoken Up and Caribbean Blaster, the two current stars of South Australian harness races put on a great spectral,   Come On Frank drew level at the top of the straight and even popped his nose in front only to see Mark Dennis lift himself off the canvas to win by a neck.   Mark Dennis set a new track record for the 1800 meters with a mile rate of 1.52.2.   Mark Dennis took 0.2 of a second off Garnet River's track record set in March this year, Garnet River took the record from Be Good Johnny who set his time in the 2007 Inter Dominion heats.   Mark Dennis has now won 10 races this season for Holbertton.   Next weekend see's the heats of the BOTRA pace with the features being the BOTRA Golden Nursery for 2 year colts and Geldings and the ALABAR Golden Nursery for the 2 year old fillies both finals to run on May 31st will carry a purse of $25,000 each plus trophy and rug to the winners.   In other news Harness Racing SA has reached an agreement with Sky Channel to host the Southern Cross Finals on a Sunday afternoon the 2nd of August.   The Southern Cross is SA's version of Sire Stakes racing and HRSA are hoping with the right promotion that a large crowd will be in attendance for one of South Australia's biggest day on the calendar. All races will be covered on Sky 1.   Gary Newton

The 2013-14 harness racing SA Young Drivers Challenge series was completed at Betezy Park Globe Derby, last Friday night. In what turned out to be a tight finish, Jacob Kerridge scored full points in the last heat enabling him to take out the Challenge. His win on Beau Artist for trainer Geoff Neilson earned him 17 points and took his point score average to 10.17 from six drives. It was Jacob’s second winner in the six race series. Michael Smith, who won the 2013 Challenge finished second on 10.0 points from 4 drives after finishing second on Friday on Lift Me Up. Shane Turner, who lead the average points after five races, eventually finished third on 9.0 points average from six drives. From the six races, five different drivers recorded wins, ensuring the ‘spoils’ were shared around. Apart from Jacob, Byron Hornhardt, Aaron Bain, Jake Webster and Shane Turner each drove a winner. A special presentation will be made to Jacob at the track in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to the trainers that supported the series; it is hoped that the drives have assisted in the development of the young drivers. Congratulations to each of the drivers who competed in the series, which began back at the end in January. Also thank-you to concession claiming drivers, Megan Gee and Michael Harding; while they were not eligible for the Challenge, they helped to fill the fields when not enough young drivers were available. The final average points score were (number of drives in brackets): Jacob Kerridge (6) -             10.17 Michael A Smith (4) -           10.0 Shane Turner (6) -                9.0 Aaron Bain (6) -                   7.67 Byron Hornhardt (5) -            7.6 Matthew Smith (2) -              7.0 Jake Webster (6) -                7.0 Brett Lowe (6) -                    5.5 Tiana McMahon (4) -             5.5 Luke O'Connor (5) -               3.4 (A minimum of 4 drives required to be eligible for Challenge Trophy) by Peter Smith, Racing Operations Manager

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