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HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today into licensed driver Mr Mitchell Reese recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive at the Penrith trials on Wednesday 27 June 2018. Mr Reese pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 250(1)(a) as follows: AHHR 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, AHHR 251. The following substances and/or their metabolites, artifacts, and isomers are declared as banned substances in drivers when present in a urine sample (unless otherwise stated) at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level:- (c) All diuretics (0μg/L): Probenecid: (0μg/L): Alcohol (at a concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser): Mr Reese’s drivers licence was wholly suspended for a period of 10 weeks to commence from 27 June 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Reese was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork after a period of 8 weeks from 27 June 2018. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Reese’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.036%; Mr Reese’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government.   To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

THE Harness Racing New South Wales Reward Series will start next month in all regions across the state. Announced as part of the HRNSW funding strategy earlier this year, this new initiative is for Australian bred horses that are trained in NSW with the heats to now carry $4,500 in prizemoney. Since that earlier HRNSW announcement, the prizemoney of the Rewards Series Heats have increased by $1,000 to $4,500, in accordance with Harness Racing Australia’s amended prizemoney thresholds whilst the Finals are worth $10,000. In addition eligible horses, as it will most likely be the horse’s first win, will collect a NSW Breeders Challenge $3,000 Owners Bonus and the $3,000 Breeders Bonus.  This series was designed to cater for the lower level entry horses according to HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny. “The Board Members, led by Chairman Rod Smith, are at the coalface, the race meetings, on a weekly basis and one issue which is often raised is how the lesser ability horses can earn a return for connections,” Dumesny said. “The Board and Management believes this is a solution to stakeholders’ requests as theoretically an eligible four-year-old C0 horse has the potential to win $14,000 for connections at its first win.” The Rewards Series is for horses aged four-years-old and older with a C0 assessment.  Horses will be selected in reverse order of dollars earned in last five starts. Eight horses will constitute a heat – 16 horses in total. The Rewards Series will be held fortnightly, on a rolling schedule as near to, in each NSW region as follows: South West and Riverina (includes Young and Canberra) – Friday/Saturday Western Districts – Wednesday Hunter & North West – Thursday/Friday/Saturday Metropolitan Region (includes Goulburn) – Thursday/Friday. For more information about the HRNSW Rewards Series please click here. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  arando@hrnsw.com.au•  @Amanda_Rando

HARNESS Racing New South Wales will introduce new Race Programming and Handicapping Guidelines which will provide increased transparency for stakeholders. Following a series of trainer focus group meetings in each region across the state, HRNSW was able to prepare an Outcome Report covering what those attendees put forward to enhance programming and handicapping in NSW. These outcomes were reviewed through further consultation with clubs, associations and finally the Industry Consultation Group (HRICG) and the Board of HRNSW has adopted the guidelines. In order to promote transparency in relation to race programing, handicapping and field selection, a number of guidelines will be put in place from July in conjunction with other HRNSW Policies according to HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny. “HRNSW over the past four months has undertaken a comprehensive consultation process,” Dumesny said. “The primary consideration from all stakeholders who were engaged with the process was clear they required black and white guidelines. “What has evolved is transparency from the nomination of a horse through to the field selection. “HRNSW will continue to consult with stakeholders with regard to the Guidelines and review on an ongoing basis the programming and handicapping systems in NSW into the future to achieve the best outcomes for the industry at large.” From standard race programming, barrier draws in Divided Stakes races, how horses are selected in fields and more, please click here for more information.  Tabcorp Park Menangle metropolitan meetings are not covered in these guidelines.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

THE harness racing industry was saddened to learn of the passing of prominent Coolamon trainer, owner, breeder and administrator Garry Armstrong. Garry passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer, aged 56. The third generation horseman raced many horses over the years and just before his passing was thrilled to watch his pacer Celestial Arden win the Group 3 J.D. Watts Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “We were all very happy and Dad enjoyed that win,” Garry’s son Liam said. Other horses Garry had enjoyment watching race included Overtaking Lane, Everything Andmore and Our Marscapony to name a few. Garry also served as the Vice President at the Coolamon Harness Racing Club. A funeral for Garry will take place at St Andrews Anglican Church, Coolamon, on Wednesday June 27, at 11am. The Armstrong family are encouraging Garry’s harness racing friends attending his funeral to form a guard of honour. Harness Racing NSW extends its deepest sympathies to Garry’s family and friends. Harness Racing NSW

HARNESS Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that the HRNSW Board today formally adopted the previous decision of Harness Racing Australia to delete Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 44 relating to tactics, effective from 30 May 2018. Consequently, the previous HRNSW Change of Tactics Policy has been amended and will apply to ALL races including non-TAB events as follows: A Trainer with multiple runners in an individual race, must advise Stewards no later than forty-five (45) minutes prior to the advertised starting time for that race of the intended tactics for each individual horse If a Trainer is unable to attend and the horse is left in the care of another licenced person, that person holds the responsibility as set out in section (2.2) A Trainer with a horse engaged and that horse being in the same ownership of another horse in the event, may be directed to advise Stewards no later than forty-five (45) minutes prior to the advertised starting time for that race of the intended tactics A person who fails to comply with section (2.2) or (2.3), or fails to adhere to a direction given under section (2.4) is guilty of an offence The HRNSW Notification of Tactics Policy is also effective from 30 May 2018 and is available for viewing by clicking on the following hyperlink: Notification of Tactics Policy MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales that meloxicam has been detected in the blood sample taken from CORRINYAH CONMAN following its win in race 5, the HUTCHEON & PEARCE PACE (2000m) at Temora on Friday 9 March 2018. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr S. Hillier has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that CORRINYAH CONMAN, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an Inquiry or investigation.    Florist – positive sample THE Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales that synephrine has been detected in the urine sample taken from FLORIST following its win in race 5, the DONGES SUPA IGA PACE (1720 metres) conducted at Young on Tuesday 27 February 2018. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr M. Johnstone has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that FLORIST, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales in conjunction with the Newcastle Harness Racing Club wish to advise that the Group 3 Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile is now scheduled for May 26, 2018, as part of the TAB Carnival of Cups. Originally set for this Saturday night, the feature race has been rescheduled following the confirmation of the A-League Grand Final taking place at McDonald Jones Stadium next door to the Newcastle track at the same time. "The Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile is harness racing's flagship event in the Hunter region and we want the race and meeting to gain as much traction locally as possible," HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny stated. "It's only natural that the community of Newcastle will be fixated on the soccer final and therefore we have worked with the Newcastle Harness Racing Club, the sponsor AVE Technologies and participants to move the date of this memorial race to a Saturday void of rugby league at the precinct." The Newcastle Oaks has attracted a strong field and will be the feature race this Saturday night, however, the Newcastle Derby will also be transferred to the May 26 fixture. As a show of faith with stakeholders, prizemoney of $30,000 will be provided for the top level of the metropolitan handicapping race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night. There will be nine races at Menangle this Saturday including the $40,000 NSW Trotters Oaks and the $25,000 La Coocaracha for open trotting mares. AMANDA RANDO

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales that Oxazepam has been detected in the urine sample taken from WHISKIESONTHEBEACH following its win in race 6, the FRITSCH BROS PACE (2000m) at Temora on Friday 9 February 2018. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr B Harpley has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be held in due course. HRNSW Stewards have conducted a stable inspection of Mr Harpley’s registered training establishment and obtained soil and grass samples for further analysis. Following the consideration of all available information, including the provision of submissions and associated documents by Mr Harpley, HRNSW Stewards have determined that Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183 would not be invoked at this time. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that WHISKIESONTHEBEACH, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

Former Group 2-winning pacer Im Blue Double Dee has decided being a champion in harness racing isn’t enough. The stallion is now winning prizes as a show horse. Im Blue Double Dee enjoyed a wonderful career on the track for The Lagoon’s Amanda Turnbull – winning over $250,000 in prizemoney – but now in the care of Judy Frisby he’s making big strides in a new career. The grey stallion picked up three major prizes during a successful outing at the recent NSW Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association (SPPHA) State Championships. Im Blue Double Dee won the Grand Champion prizes in the Best Presented and Led Standardbred categories as well as the Fashions on the Field award. “Amanda rang me and asked if I knew anyone who would like to have him to use as a show horse or pleasure horse so he’d have another home. I was talking to my son Anthony and he was the one who talked me into taking him,” she said. “I told Amanda then that I’d take him and I’d leave him as a stallion. As soon as got back from holidays I picked him up and started to work on him.” Frisby was thrilled to see countless hours of work with the former pacer reap rewards. “We’re all very proud of him,” she said. “I’ve done a lot with him to make him look good but he’s just got a great overall presence about him that everyone likes. He’s got something special, whatever that is. “The winners of the geldings, stallions and mares prizes come together and then they decide the grand champion from that – which he won.”  The event was the first time the State Championships had been held at Tamworth. It brought a strong field of over 40 horses to Tamworth Paceway who all delivered a high standard of competition. Frisby said her stallion has made the transition between careers superbly, and she’s looking forward to more events in the future. There’s now the opportunity to win on a Bathurst track again, just like his racing days. “I’m working with him all the time because he’s been racing for 10 years, so it can be hard to change his mindset,” she said. “You can take one step forward then suddenly go 10 steps back … [but] now he’s now at the top of his game. “We’ve got the Bathurst Show coming up. That’s a big one because it’s their 150th show so it would be great for us to get through that. “He’s in a point score with the SPPHA, which is interstate, and he’s got one more competition at Hawkesbury the weekend after Bathurst.”  By Alexander Grant Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

The 2018 NSW Mini Trotting Championships at Tamworth Paceway on the weekend has been hailed as one the best instalments of the annual harness racing event after 130 young divers and 175 horses competed in it. Barry McColl, Harness Racing NSW youth development officer, said Tamworth had “done itself proud” in hosting the roving event for a second consecutive year. He said a decision on where the 2019 championships would be held was yet to be decided but he applauded the “family orientated” nature of the Tamworth event, with the Paceway turned into a tent city for the two-day happening and competitors also coming from Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand.      +17      Photos: Peter Hardin The championships started in 1982 with 10 horses, he added.  Joanne Shepherd, promotions and facilities manager at Tamworth Paceway, said it was one of the biggest events visitor wise at the Paceway since Harness Racing NSW purchased the venue in April last year. She said: “We had quite a lot of spectators, which was good. Hopefully that will encourage the young kids. All the kids represented themselves so well as far as sportsmanship and helping each other went … It was a really good kids event.” The winner of the midget final was Mason Beresford, driving Pay The Aces, with Isabella Cassar (Chase Em Ace) second and Sam Haslem (Fire Storm) third. The winner of the Shetland final was  Kyle Wahlstram (The Dark Horse), with Jayla Beresford (Nidya) second and Keeley Cunningham (This Is Larry) third.  The pony final was won by Harry McNamara (Cariadus Material Girl), followed by Phoebe Betts (Golden Studleigh) and Michaela Locke (Eddie Allstar). Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Monday following an investigation that commenced on 19 December 2017 during an inspection of the registered training establishment of licensed trainer, Mr Joseph Pace. During that stable inspection, HRNSW Steward Mr Daniel Westwood, located a bottle labelled PENTOFLEX GOLD, an unregistered product. Evidence was presented to the inquiry by Mr Pace and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott. Mr Ian Mitchell also provided evidence to the inquiry by telephone. The results of scientific analysis conducted on the product were also presented to the inquiry. Mr. Pace pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 194 as follows: 194.        A person who procures or attempts to procure or has in his possession or on his premises or under his control any substance or preparation that is not registered or labelled in accordance with either State or Commonwealth Legislation is guilty of an offence. As a result, the training licence of Mr Pace was fully suspended for a period of nine (9) months to commence immediately. In determining penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the following matters: Mr Pace’s second offence for such matters having been licensed in the harness racing industry in New South Wales in excess of 40 years; His guilty plea; Mr Pace’s overall licence history and other personal subjective facts, including personal hardship. Mr Pace was advised of his right to appeal this decision. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

The harness racing industry is mourning the loss of former horseman Albin Stefanic who passed away on Tuesday, aged 78. For more than 20 years, Albin sold and manufactured sulkies and harness racing gear around Australia. Albin was also a successful trainer and driver for many years, enjoying success with horses such as Tadpole and Mighty Falcon to name a couple. A funeral for Albin will be held on Monday March 5 at St Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church, Marayong at 11am. Harness Racing New South Wales extends sincere condolences to Albin's family and friends.   AMANDA RANDO

Trainer Mr Mark Purdon advised Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards today that ALL U NEED IS FAITH NZ had worked well this morning and will compete in Race 2, JIM BEAN WHITE NSW DERBY HEAT 1, at Menangle this Saturday. Mr Purdon stated that ALL U NEED IS FAITH NZ appears slightly behind where he would like the colt to be in its preparation and he would expect benefit with the upcoming run. Mr Purdon added that additional blood samples were not necessary. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS                 Kind regards,       AMANDA RANDO   MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER       HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   PO Box 1034 Bankstown NSW 1885   T: 02 9722 6600 E: arando@hrnsw.com.au T: @Amanda_Rando   W: www.harnessmediacentre.com.au | T: twitter.com/hrnsw_harness | F: facebook.com/hrnsw              

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that triamcinolone acetonide had been detected in the blood sample taken from TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ following its win in race 3, the BAKERS EARTHMOVING WINDMILL HEAT 3 (1720m) at Dubbo on Wednesday November 15, 2017. Ms Turnbull appeared at the inquiry represented by solicitor, Mr Hammond.  Evidence including the Reports of Analysis and expert evidence from HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott was presented. Evidence was also provided to the inquiry by Ms Turnbull regarding a procedure conducted upon TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ by a registered veterinarian. Ms Turnbull had previously informed HRNSW Stewards of this procedure on October 31, 2017, the date upon which the procedure occurred. Ms Turnbull pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ to race not free of a prohibited substance. Ms Turnbull was disqualified for a period of three months to commence immediately. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: This was Ms Turnbull’s first prohibited substance offence; Ms Turnbull’s guilty plea; Circumstances of this matter; Class 3 Prohibited Substance; Ms Turnbull’s offence record, training record and other personal subjective facts, including ambassadorial and charity roles. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Taihape Sunset – Disqualified FOLLOWING the recent disqualification of TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ following its win in Race 3, the BAKERS EARTHMOVING WINDMILL HEAT 3 (1720m) at Dubbo on November 15, 2017, it has been determined that acting under the provisions of Rule 195A, TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ will also be disqualified following its win in Race 7, the 3D BUTCHERY GILGANDRA WINDMILL FINAL (1720m) at Dubbo on December 3, 2017, and the placings amended to: 1st – SIOTADA 2nd – RED HOT JERRY 3rd – JOGALONG DEE 4th – BIG BILL Relevant Rules - Disqualification AHHR 195. A horse which has been presented for a race shall be disqualified from it if blood, urine, saliva, or other matter or sample or specimen taken from the horse is found to contain a prohibited substance. AHHR 195A. (1) This rule is to apply to any race or series of races which the Controlling Body stipulates in the Conditions of Entry that it shall apply to; such a race or races being a qualifying race for some other race.  (2) If in relation to a race to which this rule applies a blood, urine, saliva or other sample or specimen is taken from a horse when it is presented for such race and a certificate from a person or drug testing laboratory approved by the Controlling Body certifies the presence of a prohibited substance in such specimen or sample then the horse shall be immediately disqualified from participating in any other race for which the race in question provides or provided a qualification for participation.  (3)  This rule is to have effect and to be conclusive irrespective of whether further testing procedures or other circumstances establish that the horse was presented for the race free of any prohibited substances. Ms Amanda Turnbull was advised of her right to appeal this decision. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that two runners from the Mark Purdon stable have undergone further examination following their recent performances at Menangle. ALL U NEED IS FAITH NZ Stable representative Mr M Bowden has advised HRNSW Stewards that blood samples were collected from ALL U NEED IS FAITH NZ as the colt is recovering from a virus. Mr Bowden indicated the results were positive and displays ALL U NEED IS FAITH NZ is overcoming the virus. Mr Bowden stated that the colt worked well today and connections will have a further examination this coming Thursday with additional blood samples. HRNSW regulatory Veterinarian Dr Wainscott, has reviewed the blood results and Stewards will follow up with connections on Thursday. PARTYON NZ Stable representative Mr M Bowden has advised HRNSW Stewards that following the Group 3 Cordina Family Sibela Stakes at Menangle last Saturday, blood samples were collected from PARTYON NZ and revealed the mare is overcoming a virus. Mr Bowden advised that PARTYON NZ is now being treated and will now be set to race at Menangle on February 24, 2018. HRNSW regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Wainscott has reviewed the blood results. Stewards intend to follow up with connections on Thursday. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today into the apparent administration of a medication to the registered horse JACCKA TURK NZ which was engaged in Race 3 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on October 10, 2017, which the horse was subsequently scratched from by order of Stewards. An investigation was commenced on October 10, 2017, after HRNSW Stewards noted a smell emanating from JACCKA TURK NZ in the raceday stalls at Tabcorp Park Menangle. On that date evidence was taken from Mr Castles, the licensed trainer of JACCKA TURK NZ.  A urine sample was obtained from JACCKA TURK NZ for analysis and stewards took possession of a spray bottle containing a liquid for analysis as well as a jar of Vick’s VapoRub. An analysis by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) confirmed the prohibited substance menthol was detected in the liquid contained within the spray bottle.    Mr Castles attended the inquiry today and provided further evidence. Evidence including the ARFL sample analysis report and a report from HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott, were also presented. HRNSW Stewards issued two (2) charges against Mr Castles pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 192 (1)(b) & (3) as follows: AHRR 192            (1)  No person, unless he has first obtained the permission of the Stewards, shall have in his possession either on a racecourse or in any motor vehicle or trailer being used for the purpose of travelling to or from a racecourse any prohibited substance or a syringe, needle or other instrument which could be used – (b)          to produce a prohibited substance in a horse. (3)  A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) or with a term or condition imposed under sub rule (2) is guilty of an offence. Mr Castles was found guilty of those offences and fined $500 for each offence. In addition, HRNSW Stewards issued a charge against Mr Castles pursuant to AHRR 193(3), (6) & (8) as follows: AHRR 193            (3) 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. (6)  For the purposes of this Rule, medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances. (8)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rules (1), (2), (3) or (7) is guilty of an offence. Mr Castles pleaded guilty to this offence and was fined $750. Mr Castles was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; The nature of the substances involved; Pleas entered by Mr Castles; Mr Castles’ 1st offence of this nature during a 60-year involvement in the Harness Racing industry; Mr Castles’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au Menthol Menthol is a covalent organic compound made synthetically or obtained from peppermint or other mint oils. It is a waxy, crystalline substance, clear or white in color, which is solid at room temperature and melts slightly above. The main form of menthol occurring in nature is (-)-menthol, which is assigned the (1R,2S,5R) configuration. Menthol has local anesthetic and counterirritant qualities, and it is widely used to relieve minor throat irritation.

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