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Following a period of suspension and disqualification for drugs of abuse, Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers indicated their intention to be re-licenced by Harness Racing South Australia. The Board of Harness Racing SA issued both Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers with a notice which required them to attend before the board and ‘show cause’ as to why they should be re-licenced. The rules allow the Controlling Body to refuse an application for a licence without assigning any reason. At this ‘show cause’ hearing, the Board re-inforced to both Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers that HRSA grants the privilege of a licence to individuals committed to adherence to the rules and lifting the industrys profile and that licencees that engage in conduct unbecoming to their status could bring them or harness racing into disrepute. The Board questioned Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers as to whether they were fit and proper persons to be licenced taking into account their history, behaviour, ability to operate within the rules, honesty and personal circumstances. After taking into account their conduct that has occurred in the past, the Board looked to the future as to whether there is likely to be a repetition of the subject conduct. The Board took into account that both Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers had:   *Successfully undertaken drug and alcohol counselling *Provided clear urine samples in recent weeks *Shown they were remorseful *Understood the consequences of providing a sample in the future that contained drugs of abuse As a result the Board of HRSA resolved to re-licence both Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers on the understanding they would be subject to an increased level of scrutiny and would continue to have targeted and random sampling for drugs of abuse. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards

Talented harness racing driver Byron Hornhardt is the latest South Australian participant to produce a urine sample showing a presence of the banned substance d-methamphetamine. Harness Racing SA has received a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd in relation to the sample taken from Hornhardt at Globe Derby last month, which indicated d-methamphetamine was in the reinsman’s system. Confirmation of the finding will depend upon the analysis of the reserve urine sample during the next few weeks. Acting under AHR Rule 183(d), and in accordance with HRSA Drug and Alcohol Policy, Hornhardt has been stood down by the governing body effective immediately. Last September, trainer Luke Alcorn had his sentence for a similar breach of the rules reduced from two years to 18 months. Alcorn was originally found guilty under Rule 250(1) and was disqualified for two years after a urine sample he provided last February contained d-methamphetamine. Appealing against the conviction and penalty, Alcorn was unable to have the decision overturned, but received a six-month reduction in his sentence. During the appeal, stewards provided details of the events occurring before the inquiry.  These were: On December 21, 2013, Alcorn refused to provide a urine sample when directed by stewards and was stood down from driving.  A date for the inquiry into that refusal was set for February 13, 2014. Alcorn was charged under Rule 238 and disqualified for six months.  An appeal was lodged, with Alcorn granted a stay of proceedings. On February 28, 2014 Alcorn provided a urine sample in order to resume driving under a stay of proceedings.  Upon analysis, it was discovered the sample contained the banned substance d-methamphetamine. Last January, reinsmen, Kenny Rogers and Dean Girardi also provided urine samples which showed the presence of banned substances. Rogers was suspended for nine months, with three months of the sentence suspended, after urine samples he provided showed presence of d-amphetamine, d-methamphetamine and 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (cannabis). Tested again on July 5, Rogers’ urine again sampled showed the presence of d-amphetamine. As such, Rogers suspension was instated, with stewards also handing the driver a 12-month disqualification, to take effect after his suspension ended. It was Rogers’ third offence under Rule 250(1), or a similar rule, during an eight-month period. Girardi was disqualified for two years after his sample was found upon analysis to contain the banned substances d-amphetamine and d-methamphetamine. It was Girardi’s fourth breach of the banned substance rule. PAUL COURTS

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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