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On 26 August 2016 Mr Mark Reed was requested to provide a urine sample to enable testing for banned substances. The initial sample provided at that time did not meet the required criteria’s and accordingly Mr Reed was directed to provide a second sample. Mr Reed refused to provide such second sample. Following this refusal Mr Reed was stood down under Rule 183(d). Stewards yesterday conducted an inquiry into Mark Reed refusing a reasonable direction from Senior Investigator Paul Criddle to provide a second urine sample at Gloucester Park on 26 August 2016. Evidence was taken from Paul Criddle and Mark Reed. Mr Reed was charged under Rule 238 which states: 238. A person shall not fail to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the Controlling Body or the Stewards relating to harness racing or to the harness racing industry. In determining penalty stewards took into account: His guilty plea His personal circumstances His time away from the industry The serious nature of the offence. Stewards were of the opinion that any refusal of a direction impacts on the ability of the stewards to regulate the industry and enforce the rules. Mr Reed was disqualified for 6 months effective immediately. Barbara Scott - Chief Steward Harness Ph: 9445 5176 barbara.scott@rwwa.com.au  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver Paul Grech under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1). Charge 1 – AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances    This charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Mister Oz’ after it placed 2nd in Race 1, the ‘Hargreaves Hill Trotters Handicap’, at Yarra Valley on 17 February 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 237 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine.    Charge 2 - AHRR 190B(1) reads as follows:    A trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book   The particulars of this charge related to the stable inspection conducted on 18 March 2016 by HRV Stewards, when Mr Grech was found not to keep and maintain a logbook as required.    Mr Grech pleaded guilty to both charges    The HRV RAD board heard evidence from Investigative Steward Stephen Svanosio, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills. Each of those witnesses was cross-examined.   The HRV RAD Board also heard submissions from Ms Wood (for the HRV Stewards), Mr Grech and Mr Grech’s representative, Brian Lyngcoln.    In determining penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Grech’s 35-year involvement in the industry, his record which had two prior prohibited substance offences, the impact of any penalty on Mr Grech both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalties in relation to cobalt cases. Taking all of these matters into account the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Grech’s trainers and drivers licences. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Saturday 19 August 2017. On the second charge (relating to the log book) the HRV RAD Board imposed a $250 fine.   The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Mister Oz’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Yarra Valley on 17 February 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly   Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board    Harness Racing Victoria  

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Ross Graham under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), that states:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sonetto’ after it won Race 2, the ‘Elite Horse Transport Trot’, at Shepparton on 27 July 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 298 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine. Mr Graham pleaded not guilty to the charge.  The HRV RAD board considered statements from Investigative Steward Neal Conder, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with evidence from Veterinarians Dr Jim Vasey, Dr Richard Cust, Dr Greg Hargreaves and Swabbing Assistant Gordon Warner. After considering all the evidence tendered at the hearing and submissions from both parties, Mr Graham was found guilty of the charge.  The HRV RAD Board considered further penalty submissions from the HRV Stewards that included the seriousness of the charge; that the integrity of racing is protected; and comparable prohibited substance cases. Ross Graham’s penalty submissions were also considered, including his personal circumstances and a 25-year involvement in the industry with an excellent record. In considering all of these circumstances, in addition to both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Graham’s trainers licence. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Sunday 13 August 2017. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Sonetto’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 27 July 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today conducted a hearing into an adverse test result returned by RAP ARTIST following a pre-race urine test taken from the gelding on Saturday 7th January 2017. The particulars being that the sample taken from RAP ARTIST was shown to contain Cobalt at a mass concentration greater than the permissible tolerance. Mr Billinger admitted a breach of Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” After considering submissions on penalty put to the Stewards by Mr Billinger’s advocate, Mr R Fewings, and after having regard to all other factors, including that this was Mr Billinger’s second breach of the presentation rule, the finding was that Mr Billinger be disqualified for a period of eighteen (18) months and that, following the expiration of his disqualification, he be prohibited from holding a trainer’s licence for a further eighteen months.  Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RAP ARTIST was disqualified from second placing in Race 6 at Globe Derby on 7th January 2017 and Stewards directed that the placing’s be amended accordingly. Ross Neal Chairman of Stewards HARNESS RACING SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) yesterday heard an application for review lodged by the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards regarding a penalty decision of the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on 24 May 2017 in relation to a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Alison Chisholm. On 24 May 2017, Mrs Chisholm pleaded guilty to a charge issued under Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1) for presenting the horse ‘Jimmy The Editor NZ’ to race at Tabcorp Park Melton on 16 April 2016 when not free of cobalt, a prohibited substance when present at a concentration of greater than 200µg/L (as it was then). Mrs Chisholm was issued with a 12-month suspension of her trainers licence. The full HRV RAD Board media release can be found here. On 7 August 2017, VCAT Presiding Member Wentworth heard evidence from Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with submissions and statements on behalf of the HRV Stewards and Mrs Chisholm. After considering all the material tendered, Member Wentworth reserved her decision on penalty and advised that a decision could be expected in approximately eight weeks. Harness Racing Victoria

The actions taken yesterday by Jeffrey Gural in barring harness racing champion mare Lady Shadow from The Golden Girls is both unprecedented and shows how vindictive an individual he is.   Lady Shadow had a clenbuterol average of 2.9 Pica grams, or parts per billion.   This is a trace amount of a therapeutic medication routinely used by Horseman. It certainly had no performance-enhancing effect on the horse, specially at that level.    Gural clearly has a personal agenda against Lady Shadow who he has repeatedly attempted to bar from the Meadowlands.   Obviously he has an agenda against me as well for the mere fact that I exercised my constitutional right to sue him an attempt to force him to honor his contractual obligations.          Obviously the owners of Lady Shadow are extremely disappointed and will do whatever they can within their legal rights to have the mare race on Saturday.        It should be pointed out that the matter remains under appeal and we are contesting the positive and any penalty in Pennsylvania.   There simply is no rule in the state of New Jersey or even under Gural rules which would allow for him two bar a horse based upon a pending positive under appeal and Stay.   Gural repeatedly makes rules up as he goes along and then changes and breaks them as he sees fit.   There are many horses currently racing at The Meadowlands who also had positives pending but they were allowed to race without complaint.   Mr. Gural is a first class bully and unfairly creates rules to allow him to do what he wants when he wants.   It's his ball and he feels that he can take it and leave when somebody doesn't kiss his ring.   It must stop at some point for the good of the sport.   Howard Taylor

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 29, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack is announcing that Lady Shadow, an earner of $1,915,777 and the 2016 Dan Patch Award winner as harness racing champion pacing mare, will be unable to race at the Meadowlands after a post-race test at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 28 came back positive for Clenbuterol. According to the ruling issued by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, "Ronald Adams as trainer is in violation of PHRC medication rules and the trainer responsibility rule. Mr. Adams has waived his hearing before the Judges and will appeal the ruling to the Racing Commission. All purse money earned on 5/28/2017 must be returned and redistributed. Transfers of horses must be approved by the Judges at Harrah's Chester or by the PHRC." "As a result of the finding that Lady Shadow was found to have unacceptable levels of Clenbuterol when she raced at Harrah's Philadelphia and the split sample came back positive, the owners have been advised that the horse will not be allowed to race in the upcoming stake at the Meadowlands," said Meadowlands chairman Jeffrey Gural. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Office of Racing Integrity Stewards today inquired into reports from the analyst that, Arsenic in excess of the prescribed allowable threshold had been detected in urine samples taken from RUSTY RED COMET at Launceston Pacing Club on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT at Tasmanian Pacing Club on 8 July 2016. Stewards considered evidence tendered by trainer Mr Ben Yole, Prof Simon Bailey (University of Melbourne), and Veterinarian Dr Peter Horridge. Mr Ben Yole subsequently pleaded guilty to two charges pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charges were that Mr Ben Yole did present RUSTY RED COMET for racing at Launceston on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT for racing at Hobart on 8 July 2016 when urine samples taken from those horses were found to contain the prohibited substance Arsenic. Evidence taken from Professor Simon Bailey included a reference to a study by Melbourne University faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences examining the ingestion of wood shavings containing Arsenic. The evidence could not exclude to the requisite standard that the level of arsenic detected was not the result of RUSTY RED COMET and FLETCHERS KNIGHT consuming wood from paddock fencing. Analysis of samples taken at the time a stable inspection was carried out confirmed the presence of arsenic consistent with treated timber. Photographic evidence tendered by Stewards also confirmed signs of significant and fresh damage to the wood consistent with chewing. Stewards were therefore not satisfied on the evidence before the panel that such result were not the outcomes of the horses consuming the fencing over the period in their respective paddocks. Stewards determined to not impose a penalty against Mr Ben Yole for the breaches of AHHR 190(1) in these circumstances. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RUSTY RED COMET was disqualified from its unplaced performance at Launceston on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT was disqualified from its winning performance at Hobart on 8 July 2016 and directed that the placing’s of both races be amended accordingly.   RIVERLEGIRL INQUIRY 27 JULY 2017 – RODNEY BURGESS. Panel – D Farquharson, A Crowther, & S Quill Office of Racing Integrity Stewards today inquired into a report from the analyst that, Arsenic in excess of the prescribed allowable threshold had been detected in a urine sample taken from RIVERLEGIRL at Carrick Park Pacing Club on 30 January 2016. Stewards considered evidence tendered by trainer Mr Rodney Burgess, part owner Mrs M Burgess, Prof Simon Bailey (University of Melbourne), Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Ltd) and Veterinarian Dr Peter Horridge. Mr Rodney Burgess subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge were that Mr Rodney Burgess did present RIVERLEGIRL for racing at Carrick on 30 January 2016 when a post race urine sample taken from that filly was found to contain the prohibited substance Arsenic. Evidence taken from Professor Simon Bailey included a reference to a study by Melbourne University faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences examining the ingestion of wood shavings containing Arsenic. The evidence could not exclude to the requisite standard that the level of arsenic detected was not the result of RIVERLEGIRL consuming arsenic containing wood from the paddock fencing. Analysis of samples taken at the time a stable inspection was carried out confirmed the presence of arsenic consistent with treated timber. Photographic evidence tendered by Stewards also confirmed signs of significant and fresh damage to the wood consistent with chewing. Stewards were therefore not satisfied on the evidence before the panel that such result was not the outcome of the horse consuming the fencing over the period of time it was in that paddock. Stewards determined to not impose a penalty against Mr Rodney Burgess for the breach of AHHR 190(1) in these circumstances. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RIVERLEGIRL was disqualified from its winning performance at Carrick on 30 January 2016 and Stewards directed that the placing’s be amended accordingly. Panel – D Farquharson, A Crowther, & S Quill David Farquharson SENIOR STEWARD – Harness (03) 6777 1900

The Meadowlands is requiring that all horses entered in the stakes listed here be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius (as the crow flies) of The Meadowlands or in the stable area at Vernon Downs by 8 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 31 and be made available for out of competition testing as requested.   The stakes are all part of the Saturday, August 5 race card; the Cane Pace, Sam McKee Memorial (US Pacing Championship) Lady Liberty, John Cashman Memorial, Dr John Steele Memorial (Fresh Yankee).   This time frame was chosen to avoid conflict with the Spirit of Massachusetts trot and the Adios, as both of those stakes are raced the previous weekend.   There will be no charge for the stabling at Vernon and a discounted hotel rate of $20 per night will again be offered to those with these stakes horses.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at 877.782.5130 of where each horse will be stabled from July 31 until the stakes have been raced.   Questions should be directed to Brice Cote at 609.558.5062.

On Thursday 29 June 2017, RWWA Stewards conducted an inquiry into the reasons for former licensed driving stablehand Terry Trewenack failing to provide a urine sample when directed to do so at a Gloucester Park race meeting in February 2016. At the time Mr Trewenack had been working as a stablehand and had left the racecourse without providing a sample after being directed to do so and Stewards have been unable to contact him until recently. After considering all the evidence, Mr Trewenack was issued a charge under rule 250A(1)(b) which states: A person carrying on or purporting to carry on an activity regulated by licence at any time or carrying on official duties at a meeting commits an offence if he or she refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the stewards, or tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes or in any way hinders the collection of such sample or attempts to do any of these things. The specifics of the charge were that in February 2016 while licensed as a driving stablehand he failed to deliver a urine sample when directed to do so by Stewards at Gloucester Park Racecourse. Mr Trewenack pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently disqualified for a period of 6 months to take effect immediately. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account the following factors: • The seriousness of the offence • Mr Trewenack’s previous record • The need for the penalty to achieve specific and general deterrence • Mr Trewenack’s guilty plea and forthright evidence • His personal circumstances at the time of the offence and the steps that he has taken to improve his circumstances. Rhys Chappell Deputy Chief Steward

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer Mr Shane Osborn under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1), 193(3), 190B and 90A(2.9)(a).  Charge 1 - 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 ‘Shaka The Baker’ after it finished second in Race 1, the ‘DNR Logistics Pace, at the Mildura harness racing meeting on 11 January 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold.  Charge 2 - AHRR 193(3) reads as follows: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. The charge under AHRR 193(3) related to Mr Osborn’s race day administration of Stamazene and Carbalene to ‘Shaka The Baker’ on race day prior to that horse competing in Race 1 at Mildura on 11 January 2017.  Charge 3 - AHRR 190B(1) reads as follows: A trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book The particulars of this charge related to the stable inspection conducted on 8 February 2017 by HRV Stewards, when Mr Osborn was found not to keep and maintain a logbook as required. Charge 4 - AHRR 90A(2.9)(a) reads as follows:  The holder of a trainer’s licence shall ensure that all persons carrying out the activities of stable hands are licensed as stable hands.  This charge related to Mr Osborn not ensuring that Sharon Osborn was appropriately licensed when carrying out the activities of a stablehand by presenting ‘Shaka The Baker’ for a post-race swab.  During the investigation Mr Osborn stated that he did not use any arsenic based preparation and gave evidence that ‘Shaka The Baker’ had been chewing pine fence posts. Subsequent analysis of those fence posts revealed them to contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. Mr Osborn pleaded guilty to all charges.  After considering submissions on penalty, including Mr Osborn’s early guilty plea, his previous record over a long involvement in the industry and his own personal circumstances, the HRV RAD Board imposed a $1500 fine, which was fully suspended for a period of 12 months. Acting under AHRR 195, the HRV RAD Board also formally ordered that ‘Shaka The Baker’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Mildura on 11 January 2017, and that the placings be amended accordingly. In relation to the charge under AHRR 193(3), which concerned race day treatment, Mr Osborn was fined $500.  Mr Osborn was also fined a further $250, being that that he failed to keep and maintain a log book.  The fourth and final charge, under AHRR 90A(2.9)(a), being that as a trainer he failed to ensure a person carrying out activities of a stablehand was licensed as a stablehand, Mr Osborn was fined $200. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded an inquiry that commenced on Monday June 19, 2017, into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR following its win in race 2, the RANDALL JONES AUTOMOTIVE PACE (1900m) conducted at Broken Hill on Friday March 17, 2017. Licensed trainer-driver Ms Hughes provided evidence via telephone regarding CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR and her husbandry practices. Evidence including the Certificates of Analysis was presented to the inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Ms Hughes pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) as follows: CHARGE 1 - AHRR 196A (1)  A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance…. (ii)  which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. (2)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 2 (Alternative to Charge 1) - AHRR 196B.  (1)  A person shall not without the permission of the Stewards within one (1) clear day of the commencement of a race administer, attempt to administer or cause to be administered an injection to a horse nominated for that race…..  (4)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 3 - 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. Ms Hughes pleaded guilty to all charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1: Four years disqualification Charge 2: No penalty recorded- alternative charge Charge 3: Four years disqualification The periods of disqualification is to be served concurrently and is to commence from April 20, 2017, the date upon which Ms Hughes was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; The serious nature of this offence; Ms Hughes’ guilty pleas; Ms Hughes’ first prohibited substance offence; Class 1 prohibited substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Level of substance detected; Ms Hughes’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, Stewards disqualified CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR from the abovementioned race. Ms Hughes was advised of her 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

Today the Norwegian Trotting Association published the verdict in the doping case against French harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy, who had four trotters test positive for Cobalt in June 2016 at Bjerke, Oslo. Souloy was banned from training and driving for 15 years and fined $60,000. The association had wanted Souloy banned for life and fined $25,000. Souloy is still awaiting a verdict from the Swedish Trotting Association regarding a positive test from the Elitlopp 2016 -- also for Cobalt -- and it was thought that the two Scandinavian associations would have published their verdicts together. However, due to vacation the Swedish verdict is first expected to be known around July 5. At present Souloy is serving a one year ban in France after a positive test for Cobalt. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

East Rutherford, NJ -- The earlier release regarding OOC testing incorrectly included the Hambletonian Maturity among the stakes addressed. That race is administered by the Hambletonian Society and the entrants to it are subject to testing per the conditions of that race.   The revised statement is below;   The Meadowlands has announced that all horses entered in the following stakes; Graduate Finals Trot & Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial will be required to be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 3 and be made available for Out Of Competition testing as requested.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at (877) 782-5130 to disclose where each horse will be stabled from July 3 until the stakes have been raced.   A requirement of a similiar time frame will be made for horses racing in those stakes surrounding and on Hambletonian Day, August 5. Further details will be released as they become available.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ -- The Meadowlands is announcing that all horses entered in the following stakes; Graduate Finals Trot & Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, Hambletonian Maturity, WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial will be required to be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 3 and be made available for Out Of Competition testing as requested.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at (877) 782-5130 to disclose where each horse will be stabled from July 3 until the stakes have been raced.   A requirement of a similiar time frame will be made for horses racing in those stakes surrounding and on Hambletonian Day, August 5.   Further details will be released as they become available.   Nick Salvi

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer Mr Boris Devcic under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 193(1) relating to a stable inspection conducted by HRV Stewards on 4 January 2017.  AHRR 193(1) states:  A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event.  The particulars of this charge were that on 4 January 2017 Mr Devcic stomach tubed the horse ‘Flagbearer’ which was engaged to race at the Mildura harness racing meeting that evening.  Mr Devcic pleaded guilty to this charge and after considering submissions regarding penalty the HRV RAD Board imposed a 9 month disqualification, to commence at midnight on 18 June 2017.  In determining penalty the HRV RAD Board considered the following: Mr Devcic’s early guilty plea and co-operation with the Stewards. Mr Devcic’s awareness of the relevant rule Previous penalties for similar offences.  Specific and general deterrence.  That breaches of this rule are serious offences and the need to send a message that such offences are unacceptable. The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences.  HRV RAD Board – Boris Devcic 

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