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Punting 101: Never rely solely on a horse’s figure form for an accurate reflection of its winning chances. Messini’s last 12 starts going into today’s Greggs Electrical Ouyen Pacing Cup read: 887d46439006.  But the classy two-time Vicbred Super Series champion (at three and four) captured the harness racing silverware in the 2423-metre, Group 3, $30,000 race. Trained by Brent Lilley, Anthony Butt guided the six-year-old Art Major-Mesmerizing entire to the narrowest of wins after a stirring duel with Chris Alford’s Im Corzin Terror up the straight. Messini notched a new track record, a 1:56.0 mile rate ensuing after runners jostled aggressively for position around the tight 769m circuit. Early it was Egodan and Whenmechief who battled for the top with Egodan winning out. When Stormfortheboys came looking for a slice of the action mid-race Whenmechief kicked up to make him work, then Egodan also held him out. With a kilometre to go Alford made his move aboard Im Corzin Terror, circling the field to rush to the front. The bell had not long stopped ringing when Whenmechief put up the white flag and Lets Elope, who had looped to the breeze mid-race, was also in reverse. The fresh horse on the scene was Messini, Butt timing his run to perfection. Im Corzin Terror though is a tough horse to get past and he didn’t give up without one heck of a fight. But Messini’s head-down racing style saw him get the nod in the finish. Today’s second placing saw Im Corzin Terror (11 points) go to the top in the 2016-17 Own the Moment Trots Country Cups Championship. A $25,000 bonus awaits the Country Cups champion at season’s end, and Im Corzin Terror is in the box seat with Hectorjayjay (10 points and second) and Major Secret (nine points and third) not currently in action. Messini’s win took him to four points from five starts in the series. Shakahari for Rebecca Bartley finished third today, ahead of Egodan, whose effort was gutsy, and the same can be said for Stormfortheboys in fifth. Whenmechief was beaten 42.9m and Lets Elope 68.1m in last place. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

A 1:56.3 run in last night’s Tabcorp Park Melton VHRSC Sires Classic (Group 3) saw Emain Macha further enhance his race record and give Naracoorte harness racing trainer Greg Scholefield a metro feature trophy. Scholefield has, in recent times, boasted one of the strongest strike rates in the sport and Emain Macha is his stable star, with stake earnings of over $107,000 after last night’s win, which was his 13th at start No.17. Emain Macha initially had a crack for the front but was held out by both polemarker Misterfreeze and Rocknroll Icon from gate two. Reinsman Greg Sugars slotted three-year-old gelding by Safari into third position on the pegs, following Chris Alford on Rocknroll Icon and Emmett Brosnan aboard pacesetter Misterfreeze. Inside the final mile Alford took Rocknroll Icon to the lead and at the 1200m Sugars angled Emain Macha away from the markers. You wanted to be on one or the other. Off the back the final time, Rocknroll Icon tried to pinch the race but Emain Macha always had the leader in his sights. At the home bend – after a 28.4 third split – Emain Macha swept to the front and opened up over the final 100m for a 4.3m win, sprinting home in 28.1secs. Rocknroll Icon finished second and Albarock ran his usual honest race in third. Meanwhile, Andy and Kate Gath finished with a winning treble at Melton, taking out the City of Melton Stampede with Armbro Operative-Clifton Beauty gelding Maximan, the Western Base Vicbred Pace over 1720m with Major In Art-Henin Hardenne five-year-old gelding The Culture, and the Choose Atherstone Pace Final over 2240m with four-year-old Courage Under Fire-Village Glow gelding Firenglow. Maximan added his name to the Stampede honour roll, the annual six-furlong dash at Melton seeing the Gath gelding edge out perennial fast-finisher Tee Cee Bee Macray by a half-head in a time of 1:23.5. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Milly Perez will carry the hopes of Shelbourne harness racing trainer Larry Eastman in Friday night's $75,000 Group 2 Decron Cranbourne Gold Cup. The last-start Charlton Pacing Cup winner comes out of gate 10 in the time-honoured Cranbourne feature race with in-form reinsman John Caldow in the sulky. Caldow is 10th on the Melton Saddlery State Drivers Premiership with 39 wins this season. He is no stranger to Cranbourne Cup success, winning the race in 1997 with Golden Reign off 50 metres from a standing start. "She's a sit-sprint little mare and the long trip doesn't seem to worry her. If she gets on the back of the right one she'll be there at the end," Eastman told Trots Talk this week. Milly Perez is an $11 outsider in the 12-horse field, with Flaming Flutter $2.3 favourite with TAB.com.au from six-time metro winner Maximan ($4.2), last-start Bendigo Cup winner My Kiwi Mate ($4.4) and multiple country cups winner Im Corzin Terror ($8), who ran second to Yankee Rockstar in this race last year. The Decron Cranbourne Gold Cup boasts an illustrious honour roll with the past three winners being The Gold Ace, Terror To Love and Yankee Rockstar.   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Cranbourne, Friday 03 March 2017 Form guide for Cranbourne, Friday 03 March 2017

Harness racing trainer Anton Golino baulks at the thought of ranking his three-year-old trotting fillies, but he is categorical on one point. Dance Craze is his best. The Cardigan horseman dominated the heats of the Need for Speed Princess at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, finishing first and second in both. But it was the run of fourth placed Dance Craze in heat one that caught the eye most, the daughter of champion mare La Coocaracha and super sire Muscle Hill producing an enormous performance after missing the start. “It was a massive run,” Golino said. “A little bit of interference leading up to the gait was enough to put her off last night, which was unfortunate. “She is the best of them (my fillies) though. I think she can develop into a really, really good horse.” Dance Craze charged to the line behind stablemates Nieta and My Chimera, who ran 1-2, with Iona Spider for trainer Shane Hall and driver Jodi Quinlan winding up third after leading. Nieta rated 1:58.1 winning for Nathan Jack, finishing a head in front of My Chimera (Zac Phillips), the pair storming to the line together. “She showed a world of ability as a two-year-old and this time in has really learnt to settle. It’s a credit to Gavin (Lang) who drives for us in the trials. He’s really got her to settle and that’s helped her a lot,” Golino said of Nieta. “We’re very lucky Gavin is able to educate these horses for us in the trials and teach them to be racehorses. “Nathan said last night if anything Nieta was a bit lazy, which is good because she was not pulling. “My Chimera has surprised us a little bit. She tied up badly at Ballarat and didn’t want to go at all, really. Then, since winning at Charlton she hasn’t put a foot wrong.” Heat two was another Golino special with Une Belle Allure (Angus Hall-Glenferrie Unixa) producing a 1:56.9 rate first-up to overhaul impressive newbie Ima Bourbon Girl by 1.6m. Driven by Zac Phillips, who finished with a winning double after piloting Majestic Moves (Majestic Son-Kwik Kiss) home at big odds in the Aldebaran Park Handicap, Une Belle Allure looked every bit the beautiful mover as she boomed down the outside. Having just her second start, Ima Bourbon Girl (Sam Bourbon-Lough Neagh) led from gate four for Gavin Lang. Diz Luck finished third for trainer-driver Gavin Smith from the pole. The Group 1 IRT Need for Speed Princess Final will be run on Saturday night, March 11, part of a huge four Group 1 program. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has amended its racing calendar to make Sunday, April 2, a racing-free day, enabling the industry to focus on the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale and Australian Pacing Gold Autumn Yearling Sale on that day. The Kilmore meeting set down for that date has been moved to Tuesday, April 4, and will remain a daytime fixture. "HRV has made this change in the interests of those important sales," HRV Interim General Manager Operations Shane Gloury said. "We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend and consider a purchase at the APTS and APG sales and having a racing-free day allows for this to happen." Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Bad Boy Brad’s ascension continued on Saturday night in front of a large harness racing crowd at Tabcorp Park Melton, taking out the 2017 Exclusive Homes Maltese Cup. The Diane Giles trained six-year-old produced a withering sprint for driver Lance Justice to capture the silverware in a stirring four-way finish, with first through to fourth separated by not much more than a long head. The Gunbower Cup winner has already won six races from 21 starts this season, Bad Boy Brad’s assessment climbing from C7-M0 to M3-C12. Video: Re-live Bad Boy Brad's Maltese Cup win Bad Boy Brad (Righteous Hanover-Bubbas Babe) rated 1:54.1 to overhaul south-west Victorian pair Jivin Cullen (trained by Brad Hunt and driven by Glen Craven) in a photo finish officially by a half-head, with a head further back to Roy George (Matthew Craven) and another head to Upanatom (David Aiken/Mark Pitt) in fourth. Bad Boy Brad launched late down the outside against a 27.7 last quarter and a 28 secs third split and looks destined for bigger assignments again. Long Forest husband and wife team Andy and Kate Gath secured a winning double and three second placings for the night, successful with trotters Clover Mac (Dream Vacation-Clover Lass) in the SEW Eurodrive Trotters Handicap in 2:00.3 from the 2240-metre standing start and Posseidon (Fling It-Maori Acacia) in the Rayner Real Estate 3YO Trot over 1720m in 1:59.8. Click here to view all results from Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night Click here to listen to the winning drivers on HRV YouTube  Cody Winnell

The East Grampians Health Service Cranks and Defibrillators will take their bikes to the trots this month. The two teams are in training for the annual Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay, a 525-kilometre relay from Swan Hill to Port Fairy in April. The teams are aiming to raise $25,000 to assist with the purchase of a new bus for the Patricia Hinchey Centre at EGHS and one of their major fundraisers will be a trots meeting at the Ararat Harness Racing Club on Thursday, February 16. Team members will attend the twilight Murray to Moyne Race Meeting and they will be out and about the track selling raffle tickets and shaking donation tins. Racegoers can also make a gold coin donation at the gate. The team has also sold race names to local businesses for the seven-race event as part of their fundraising. “East Grampians Health Service has been participating in the Murray to Moyne Relay for many years and has raised thousands of dollars to purchase equipment for the health service in that time,” EGHS community liaison officer Jodie Holwell said. “This year the teams are helping to raise funds for a new bus for the Patricia Hinchey Centre, which will enable clients to attend community events and go on outings as part of their activities’ program. “The teams are training twice a week for the gruelling relay, which will start at Swan Hill on April 1 and finish at Port Fairy on April 2. “The teams develop great camaraderie and work hard together not only in training and riding, but in running a number of fundraising events in the lead up to the relay. They are great ambassadors for the health service.” Ararat club president Tony Bond said all were welcome to come along for a great night of trots racing action and help to raise funds for the Patricia Hinchey Centre’s new bus. “The Ararat Harness Racing Club is very pleased to be able to support the East Grampians Health Service again this year by hosting a race meeting for the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay fundraising team,” Mr Bond said. “We hope to see the Ararat community at the track on Thursday night and encourage them to dig deep for a great cause.” Meanwhile, the #TeamTeal campaign will continue at Ararat, the national trots initiative raising important funds for the Women’s Cancer Foundation through donations for every winner driven by a female driver until March 12. Women drivers in the trots are wearing teal driving pants for the length of the campaign and Harness Racing Victoria and TAB.com.au are each donating $200 per win, meaning $400 goes to the Foundation for every Victorian #TeamTeal winner. Last month Harness Racing Victoria donated $12,500 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia via a similar campaign. HRV and TAB.com.au are also raising funds for the Good Friday Appeal via the Good Friday Appeal Charity Tipoff on its weekly Trots Talk show, aired across Victoria. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Ararat, Thursday 16 February 2017 Form guide for Ararat, Thursday 16 February 2017

Long-serving Ballarat administrator Dennis Foley has announced his retirement. Ballarat and District Trotting Club CEO Paul Rowse paid tribute to the harness racing club’s long-time treasurer – Mr Foley has been in the role continuously since 1982 – and wished him well for the future. “Dennis wants to spend more time with his family, being a first-time grandfather, and pursue other areas of his life he has enjoyed more in in recent times including world travel and building his racing empire,” Mr Rowse said. “Dennis has been an integral part of the success of the Ballarat club for a long period of time. His business acumen and huge network of contacts accrued over 35 years with the club will be a big void to fill in the future. He should be immensely proud of the condition he’s leaving the club in. “On a personal note, Dennis has been a great role model in my professional and personal life. His attention to detail is second to none. “For those who were lucky enough to have been on tour with him to the feature race carnivals in Australia and New Zealand, we will all remember those trips fondly as the reason we love this sport so much. The community feeling that is harness racing.” Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO David Martin also paid tribute to Mr Foley and acknowledged his long service to the industry.  “Harness Racing Victoria takes this opportunity to thank Dennis for his long and dedicated period of service to the Ballarat and District Trotting Club and the industry more broadly," Mr Martin said. “It takes passionate and devoted people to drive the country clubs and Dennis ticks both of those boxes. HRV wishes him all the best for the future.” Ballarat club president David Young said Mr Foley had played a huge role in Ballarat’s many achievements over the years. “On behalf of the BDTC committee we would like to congratulate Dennis on what is an amazing stint in serving the BDTC as treasurer. He has for 35 years taken ownership and shown such passion for our club and business,” Mr Young said. “He has been a great assistance to our management team on a daily basis. There have been many achievements at the club in which Dennis has played a major role. He is a life member and received club legend status last year. Our club is indebted to Dennis for his contribution.” Country Clubs Association CEO David Brick also took the opportunity to wish Mr Foley well. “Dennis has been a strong supporter of the club network and a leading advocate for maintaining on-course patronage and atmosphere,” Mr Brick said. “The Association of Country Clubs congratulates Dennis on his significant contribution to the Ballarat club and broader club community for close to four decades. We wish Dennis all the best for the future.” At a special committee meeting Ballarat appointed Leon Underwood, previous assistant treasurer, to the position of treasurer.  Mr Underwood works for the City Of Ballarat as a Socio Economic Development Officer and has been mentored by Mr Foley over the last 12 months in line with the club's succession plan. Rob Kerr was appointed to the position of assistant treasurer. Mr Kerr, who is the Ballarat Branch Manager for the Bank Of Melbourne, has been on the club committee for over 15 years including time as the vice-president. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Our Little General (Mach Three-Kabbalah Karen) caused a minor harness racing upset by taking out this year’s $200,000 Victoria Derby on Hunter Cup night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Last season’s Breeders Crown winning two-year-old rated 1:56.8 to beat a Mark Purdon trained pacer, not the $1.40 All Stars favourite Vincent, but the $25.60 shot Motu Meteor driven by Grant Campbell. Vincent copped a bad flat tyre and had to be pulled out of the race at the mile mark, much to the chagrin of punters. All the while Our Little General was in front, out of trouble, making his own luck for champion reinsman Chris Alford. The General pumped out quarters of 30.3, 30.7, 28.1 and 26.6, Alford looking around at the bell, no doubt wondering where his much vaunted opponent was. Trained by Victoria’s leading trainer, champion horsewoman Emma Stewart, Our Little General has now earnt over $360,000 in stakemoney. “He’s a great little horse,” Alford said. “Emma and (partner) Clayton (Tonkin) do a great job. I went in with confidence, not that I could beat the favourite, but that he would run a great race. “When he kicked on the turn he was really strong.” Motu Meteor ran second, beaten 4.1m, while Luke McCarthy guided Astride into third.  Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) Own the Moment (OTM) program is breaking down the walls that harness racing trainers have to scale to advertise syndicates legally. An OTM Marquee will be set up at Sunday’s Melbourne APG Sale, with HRV offering trainers the opportunity to legally syndicate horses through the correct channels and advertise on OTM website trotsownthemoment.com.au In an industry first, HRV will cover the associated costs involved in producing the documentation required by Victorian law to advertise syndicate opportunities legally. This gives trainers the opportunity to advertise and promote the sale of shares, greatly increasing their chances of securing new owners. “Harness Racing Victoria is committed to assisting trainers to legally promote syndication opportunities,” HRV Ownership Manager Tori Glenister said. “This new initiative will be a game-changer, with trainers able to actively and legally promote syndication on our Own the Moment website and through their own channels.” HRV will also be offering all owners of eligible yearlings the chance to save over $500 on their Futurities payments for Vicbred and Breeders Crown in a one-day-only opportunity. Click here for more details on that offer. For more information on ownership email Tori Glenister. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Vincent had to be vulnerable after covering so much ground on the first lap in his heat of the harness racing VHRSC Victoria Derby tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton.  But when he put paid to Sydney star Blue Moon Rising approaching the home bend – with daylight to the rest of the field – he looked anything but susceptible. The Mark Purdon trained and driven three-year-old son of Art Major-Kept For Pleasure gapped them, 12.3m his winning margin. He glided through the last half in 55 seconds flat, 26.9secs the final quarter-mile. “He’s got everything going for him. He’s a lovely horse. He’s got a great heart,” Purdon said after the 2240-metre race. “He was unlucky he got injured as a two-year-old otherwise he would have been here for the APG but that’s the way it went and it may have turned out a blessing for it.” While Vincent looks clearly the one to beat come next Saturday’s $200,000 three-year-old classic, Purdon-trained stablemate Motu Meteor (Bettors Delight-Silksngems) might be the opportunist should he draw well. The Merv and Meg Butterworth owned gelding won the third heat of the Derby at Melton in 1:57.3, sprinting sharply up the sprint lane after getting smother throughout behind race leader Jilliby Kung Fu. “He got the perfect run and capitalised. He’s a nice little horse. He has probably flown under the radar a little bit,” Purdon said. “He’s not without a chance (in the big one) and if he draws like he did tonight it’ll play right into his hands.” Jilliby Kung Fu stuck on for second beaten 2.6m after crawling through his first half in 62.7. They ripped home in 28.4 and 26.4. Meanwhile, making it three out of three for “Purdon-trained Derby heat winners” was Be Jacks Legend (Bettors Delight-Larissas Rose), trained by Barry Purdon – Mark’s older brother and NZ’s most successful trots trainer ever. Be Jacks Legend went 1:55.0 from barrier seven to topple Emain Macha by 2.2m with Wrappers Delight third. The winner was driven by Zac Butcher and is owned by leviathan all-codes owner Terry Henderson, who has won a Melbourne Cup with Doriemus and also owned two-time Kiwi harness horse of the year Chokin.  “I love being back here,” Henderson said post-race. “Especially on nights like tonight when you see the best of the best … it’s just fantastic to be involved.” Butcher said Be Jacks Legend would only continue to improve. “He was a January foal so he is still growing and developing and learning the way of the game,” Butcher said. “This guy did it pretty tough over the last lap and he really stuck to his guns.” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Vincent has a stranglehold on the VHRSC Victoria Derby if you believe the harness racing markets. The three-year-old member of Mark Purdon’s All Stars squad is long odds-on favourite according to some markets following his demolition job win at Geelong last Thursday night. Vincent led from gate two and comfortably accounted for older horses in a C2-C3 with a mile rate of 1:58.7 for the 2100-metre trip. He only really clicked up at the finish with a 27.7 final 400m dash. And he was in second gear. But the rising star Kiwi winner of six out of seven races has secured the visitor’s draw in his Derby heat (Race 4 at Melton on Saturday night), the son of Art Major-Kept For Pleasure to come out of gate seven. Despite the barrier, TAB.com.au has installed Vincent $1.30 favourite for his heat ahead of Team Tritton trained Blue Moon Rising (gate two, $6) and Emma Stewart-trained Rocknroll Icon (gate three, $6.50). Derby heat one sees Be Jacks Legend top of the market ($2) despite his gate seven draw, with South Australian border-hopper Emain Macha $5.50 second pick, polemarker Somewhere Secret $6 and last-start South Australian Derby winner Our Jimmie $7. Last season’s Breeders Crown two-year-old champ Our Little General is favourite in the final of the three heats on Saturday night, the Stewart-trained gun a $2.30 favourite ahead of equal second picks Motu Meteor and Jilliby Kung Fu (barriers one and two, $4 apiece). Andy Gath trains unbeaten Beach Surge, who is on the fifth line of betting in heat three at $10 from gate six. “It’s a tough draw and in my opinion it’s the strongest heat,” Gath said. “I like him and he should only get better.” Meanwhile, last year's Derby winner Lazarus is favourite for the Eynesbury Victoria Cup on Saturday night. For odds on the Victoria Derby heats and other races click on this link. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The barrier draw for Saturday night’s Group 1 Eynesbury Victoria Cup was held this morning at the offices of Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and hot favourite Lazarus drew barrier six. The draw was broadcast live across HRV’s Twitter and Facebook channels and hosted by Good Form’s Jason Bonnington. “Huge twist, Vic Cup barrier draw, Hectorjayjay 9 and Lazarus 6. Massive advantage Lazarus. Will be $1.40 now,” Sky’s Adam Hamilton tweeted. “Lazarus looks to have mortage on Vic Cup following seminal barrier draw just moments ago. I expect $1.30. Cruz Bromac the shortener from 3,” tweeted Bonnington. While Lazarus looks a short-priced favourite, punters will note he was toppled in the weekend’s PETstock Ballarat Cup when long odds-on. 2017 Eynesbury Victoria Cup, Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton 1: Mach Doro 2: Major Crocker 3: Cruz Bromac 4: Tact Tate 5: Major Secret 6: Lazarus 7: John Of Arc ----------------------- 8: Bling It On 9: Hectorjayjay 10: Messini 11: Young Modern 12: Yayas Hot Spot (emergency) 13: Allblack Stride Book your Summer of Glory experience now at www.summerofglory.com.au Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

It looks as though the Victorian Summer of Glory Carnival is going to be lots of fun for harness racing trainer/driver Darren Hancock. The astute horseman has seven-year-old gelding On Thunder Road absolutely flying and tonight they combined to give nothing else a chance in the E.B. Cochran Trotters Cup at Ballarat. The son of Bettor's Delight – a sire better known for his pacing production prowess – worked to the front early in the 2200-metre Group 2 feature and always travelled well, producing a superb performance to break the track record – a 1:58.2 mile rate – to defeat gun mares High Gait (Chris Alford) and Glenferrie Burn (Todd Matthews) in second and third placings. Next up it’s a Group 1 double for On Thunder Road, Hancock hoping his stable star will prove the boss in the Group 1 Haras Des Trotteurs Dullard Cup next Saturday at Tabcorp Park Melton on night one of the Summer of Glory, and then the big dance – the $300,000 Group 1 Pryde’s Easifeed Great Southern Star on A.G. Hunter Cup night a week later. “He went to the line good. I’m happy with him and he’s got plenty still in the tank,” Hancock said post-race. “It was a good run. He’s only had a couple of runs in the last month and they’ve been spaced out, so he hadn’t run for a little while. This will be a nice blowout for the other races ahead.” Hancock looked confident in the run and for good reason. “Yeah, he’s a pretty hard horse to get past. He’s pretty tough,” Hancock said. As for his Great Southern Star chances, Hancock is feeling good. “We left him at home last year because he was still learning a bit; he’s starting to step up now,” he said. Meanwhile, star New Zealand trotter and reigning Great Southern Star champion Speeding Spur has been nominated for this year’s GSS but a final decision on him coming will be dependent on how he pulls up after his next assignment in NZ on Thursday. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Following the running of Race 4 at Cobram on June 22, 2015, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Integrity Department commenced an investigation into the training arrangements surrounding the winning horse Airbournemagic, the tactics adopted during the running of the race and the associated betting on the race. In November 2015, as a result of evidence detected, the HRV Integrity Department referred its investigation to the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit (SIIU) of Victoria Police in order for a criminal investigation to be undertaken.   This continued investigation of the SIIU culminated in Victoria Police today advising HRV that criminal charges have been issued against licensed participants in connection with the race conducted at Cobram. With respect to the actions taken by Victoria Police today in the issuing of criminal charges against licensed participants, the HRV Stewards will now give consideration as to whether to invoke any of the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183 which provides: Pending the outcome of an inquiry, investigation or objection, or where a person has been charged with an offence, the Stewards may direct one or more of the following – that a horse shall not be nominated for or compete in a race; that a driver shall not drive or otherwise take part in a race; that the horses of certain connections shall not be nominated for or start in a race; that a licence or any type of authority or permission be suspended In accordance with established legal principles announced in precedent cases (such as NSW Court of Appeal matter of Day & McDowell v HRNSW) regarding the use of AHRR 183, the HRV Stewards have provided licensed participants Mr Nathan Jack, Ms Lisa Bartley, Mr Mark Pitt and Ms Amanda Turnbull until 5.00pm on Thursday, January 19, to make any submissions to the HRV Stewards as to whether any provisions of AHRR 183, such as the suspension of licences, are applied in the circumstances.  The HRV Stewards acknowledge any such actions are serious measures and thus all available information needs to be considered. The HRV Stewards are mindful of the decision of the HRV RAD Board Chairman on September 14, 2016, after HRV Stewards initially suspended the licences of participants after they had been arrested by Victoria Police on August 28, 2016. In this decision the RAD Board Chairman remarked when reinstating the licences of the individuals: “No person is yet charged. Even charges of themselves carry little weight as it is the evidence underlying those charges which becomes relevant. They (Stewards) invoke quite rightly, the need to maintain and protect the industry and the need to preserve public confidence in the industry. That however must be balanced against the damage to livelihood and reputation of the applicants.” HRV acknowledge the commitment of the Victoria Police SIIU in terms of conducting investigations into matters that threaten the integrity of the harness racing industry. HRV respect these matters are now before the Court and thus will not be commenting any further at this stage.   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

New Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) CEO David Martin has already been racking up the miles visiting country tracks across the state. Although Mr Martin’s first day as CEO was officially Monday, he attended Horsham’s pacing cup meeting on Sunday and was at Kilmore on Tuesday night. “I’m keen to meet and hear the views of as many trots industry participants, club officials and other stakeholders as I can. I can already feel the pride and passion people have for our industry, so I’m really looking forward to both the Shepparton and Hamilton Cups this weekend,” Mr Martin said. The Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup will be held on Saturday night, while Hamilton will host the Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup on Sunday. For more on the Trots Country Cups Carnival visit trotscountry.com.au Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

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