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On 6 September 2018, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board considered a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer-driver Courtney Slater. AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Luvyacookie’ after it finished first in Race 3, the ‘Hillcroft Stables 3YO Pace’, at the Stawell harness racing meeting on 3 December 2018. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported the analysis of that urine sample revealed arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold. Ms Slater was also charged with a breach of AHRR 190B(1) being that she failed to keep and maintain a log book as required. Ms Slater pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from the HRV Stewards and Ms Slater. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Ms Slater’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Ms Slater’s excellent record in regard to prohibited substances; and the steps taken to prevent recurrence. Ms Slater was subsequently fined $3000, of which $2000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. The HRV RAD Board also ordered, under AHRR 195, that ‘Luvyacookie’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Stawell on 3 December 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly. HRV RAD Board Panel: Alanna Duffy (Chair), Kerry Willcock   Harness Racing Victoria

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 9, 2018 — Freehold hosted another weekend of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund Legs among other stakes.  Friday (Sept 7) saw three divisions of the second leg of the NJSS SDF for 2-year-old filly trotters with a purse of $7,500.  Then on Saturday (Sept 8) the $25,000 Charles Smith Final and $83,725 Renaissance Final took place. The first division of the NJSS SDF for 2-year-old fillies was won by Ake Svanstedt trainee Golden Tricks.  The Trixton filly sat the two hole to storm past the competition in 1:59.4.  This makes lifetime win number one for owners Brixton Medical. Big Weezy and Miss Trixton finished in a dead heat for second place. Division number two belonged to Ron Burke with his filly July.  July stalked the field from position four until the stretch where she trotted past the leaders to stop the clock in 2:00.2.  Owned and bred by Diamond Creek the Father Patrick filly earned her first-lifetime win.  Trelanney was a close second while the odds-on favorite Given came in third. The last division of the day went to odds-on favorite Surreality. Trained by Mark Harder the So Surreal filly left from post position five to make the front and never look back winning in 1:56.3.  This win makes a win and a second in the SDF legs for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Dawn Colucci.  Silver Credit came in second while Chaperess rounded out the trifecta. Saturday opened up with the Charles Smith Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, before the regular card. U Need Stones nosed out the competition in 1:59.4 for trainer and co-owner Ron Burke.  Shoshie Deo finished second while Paging Doctor Teo came in third. The feature race on Saturday's card was the Renaissance Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers with a purse of $83,725.  Tom Fanning’s Just Plain Loco won by the disqualification of Trente Deo in 1:57.1.  This is win number 4 for owners Paul Lang and Fanning Racing and boosts the Well Said geldings lifetime earnings to $89,512.   Trente Deo was placed second with Mark Witha K finishing third. Live racing resumes a Freehold on Friday, September 14, with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford for the SBOANJ

Last start Gr.1 winner Goodtime Heaven is chasing further feature race glory. Fresh from her success yesterday (Sunday) in the $150,000 NSW Breeders Challenge 3yo Fillies Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle, connections are now switching their focus on the Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks at Albion Park on Saturday week, July 14. Prepared by Courtney Slater at Elliminyt, the Rock N Roll Heaven – Bella Joy filly covered the 1609m feature in 1:52.1 defeating Molly Kelly and Callmequeenbee. The mile was covered in splits of 27.6, 29.3, 27.9 and 27.3 seconds. “It’s our next step, we’ve headed back home and then we’ll head to Brisbane next week in readiness for the Oaks, we’re absolutely thrilled with the way she is performing.” Slater declared. Boasting 9 wins from her 12 starts to date, Goodtime Heaven has quickly gained rave reviews from seasoned followers with many rating her very highly. The standout filly this season is Shez All Rock, a winner of the NSW, Victorian and New Zealand Oaks plus the Jewels at her most recent start while a Breeders Crown campaign beckons. But Goodtime Heaven looms as a top notch filly in the making. “Connections have been rewarded for their patience, she’s absolutely flying and is a very serious horse in the making,” Regular driver Glen Craven said. “It was a very strong win because it wasn’t handed to her by any stretch, they made her earn it but her class and toughness stood tall.” He added. The Queensland Oaks will be staged over 2138m and the local fillies will offer strong resistance headlined by the likes of Fame Assured and Aqua Miss while last start Redcliffe Oaks winner Sociable will be strongly respected.   Chris Barsby

In a terrific effort, Harness Racing Victoria’s Teal Pants promotion scoreboard has hit $4000! Popular reinswoman Courtney Slater drove Goodtime Alltime to victory at Terang last night to become the 20th Teal Pants winner since February 1, meaning HRV’s donation to the Women’s Cancer Foundation – Ovarian Cancer Institute has ticked up to $4000. The governing body is donating $200 for every reinswoman who wins a race between February 1 and March 7. The ever-growing list includes: TEAL PANTS WINNERS TO DATE (Date, venue, horse/driver, tally) 2-Feb Yarra Valley - Call Me Spartacus      Amanda Turnbull 200.00 3-Feb Mildura - One Knight Stand                 Emma Hamblin 400.00 3-Feb Mildura  - One Minutetodream            Kimberly Talent 600.00 3-Feb Mildura - Woodlea Cosmos                 Emma Hamblin 800.00 4-Feb Bendigo - Chumlee                               Amanda Turnbull 1,000.00 5-Feb Charlton - Su You Too                         Lisa Miles 1,200.00 5-Feb Charlton - Ryder                                    Courtney Slater 1,400.00 5-Feb Geelong - Mister Mundaka                  Kate Gath 1,600.00 6-Feb Shepparton - Yerrington Bob               Amanda Turnbull 1,800.00 6-Feb Shepparton - Lombo Flashlight           Jodi Quinlan 2,000.00 7-Feb Tabcorp Park - Arden Rooney             Kerryn Manning 2,200.00 7-Feb Tabcorp Park - Christmas Jolt                Kerryn Manning 2,400.00 9-Feb Warragul - Illawong Moonshine           Jodi Quinlan 2,600.00 9-Feb Warragul - Evil Trickster                         Emma Hamblin 2,800.00 9-Feb Warragul - Caesar Supreme                Gaita Pullicino 3,000.00 9-Feb Warragul - Intergalactic                         Jodi Quinlan 3,200.00 10-Feb Swan Hill - Opia                                    Rita Burnett 3,400.00 11-Feb Kilmore - Lots More Art                       Lisa Miles 3,600.00 11-Feb Kilmore - Sir Macs Man                       Jodi Quinlan 3,800.00 11-Feb Terang - Goodtime Alltime                  Courtney Slater 4,000.00 - HRV Media

Bolinda harness racing trainer Kari Males is enjoying a blistering run of form. Males, whose two-year-old stable star Niki No No won the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series Final at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night, had a winner on Tuesday night at Shepparton with trotter The Truth before backing it up on Wednesday afternoon with six-year-old gelding Hall Of Famer victorious at Maryborough. It means Males’ last three runners to the races have been winners. Hall Of Famer, a C6 horse, utilised the claim for junior driver Kyle Marshall in the C4-C5 Bill Davies Memorial Pace over 1690m. Marshall took the son of Blissfull Hall to the breeze early, outside pacemaker With Gusto (Daryl Douglas). At the 400m, Hall Of Famer poured the pressure on full-blast, taking the lead early in the home straight before With Gusto fought back gamely to go down by a neck. Another junior driver in Mark Pitt enjoyed a great day out at Maryborough with a winning double. Pitt piloted Yankee Strutter home in the Col and Margaret Ford Memorial 2YO Pace (Race 1) before bookending the program with victory in the last on Waltalight. Both winners were trained by Wayne Potter. Two heats of the Trustees Carisbrook Racecourse Reserve Trotters Handicap were run and won at Maryborough, with Bill Morgan trained-and-driven Gioiosa Ionica victorious in the first heat by 4.3m over William John, while Tennotrump gelding Jay Gee from the Ross Graham stable won the second heat by 8.4m with Daryl Douglas in the sulky. Veteran trainer-driver Ginger Gleeson drove Sun Bird into second behind Jay Gee, the 10-year-old trotter finding some form at huge odds. Peter Manning and Greg Sugars combined with Village Jasper gelding Mixedwithajasper in the Seelite Windows and Doors 3YO Pace over 1690m, the three-year-old defeating Fremarks Ceejay by 3.7m in a mile rate of 1:57.2. Fremarks Ceejay and trainer-driver Courtney Slater bowled along freely at the front of the field for much of the race but couldn’t match the winner in the last 50m. Alan Dunsmuir-trained Western Gretel continued her strong recent form with victory in the McPhersons Printing Group Pace, defeating hot favourite Hellovaway by 3.6m. Driven a treat by young gun reinsman Alex Ashwood, Western Gretel finished too strongly for Hellovaway (Michael Sullivan), which was backing up after a gutsy seventh in the Vicbred Super Series Final on Saturday night. And another junior driver, Corey Bell, scored career win number 11 aboard Stunning Grin in the Happy 90th Frank Bartlett Pace over 2190m. The three-year-old Grinfromeartoear gelding from the Vince Vallelonga yard prevailed by 8.1m at $1.60 in a mile rate of 1:59.4. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Terang in South-West Victoria was the venue for Tuesday harness racing (September 18), with many of the local fraternity providing winners throughout the evening.

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