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ON Friday 16 November 2018 Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an inquiry in relation to a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that O-desmethylvenlafaxine and Tapentadol were detected in the urine sample taken from EL KAPITAN following its win in race one, the SOUTHSTATE INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES PACE (2210m) at Broken Hill on Saturday 27 January 2018. In addition, HRNSW Stewards inquired into the raceday treatment of that horse prior to the race. Mr Jacob Kerridge, the trainer of EL KAPITAN appeared at the inquiry and provided evidence as did licensed trainer/driver Mr Matt Schembri. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis were presented to the inquiry. Evidence was also taken from Mr Michael Honson by telephone as well as an interview involving HRNSW Investigator Natasha Ackland and Mr Mark Johnson. Evidence was also presented to the inquiry by HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott. Prior to the inquiry being adjourned, Stewards invited submissions from Mr Kerridge, Mr Schembri and Mr Honson in relation to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 15(1)(d) and AHRR 183 as follows: AHRR 15.  (1)  Stewards are empowered- (d)  to exclude or direct the removal of a person from a racecourse; AHRR 183            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 (a) that a horse shall not be nominated for or compete in a race; (b) that a driver shall not drive or otherwise take part in a race; (c) that the horses of certain connections shall not be nominated for or start in a race; (d) that a licence or any other type of authority or permission be suspended. Following consideration of submissions provided, HRNSW Stewards invoked AHRR 15(1)(d) and excluded Mr Kerridge, Mr Schembri and Mr Honson from all racecourses. In addition, HRNSW Stewards suspended the trainer and driver licences of Mr Kerridge and Mr Schembri pending the outcome of the Inquiry pursuant to AHRR 183(d). Further, Stewards invoked AHRR 183 (c) in respect of EMIIROMAR, a horse owned by Mr Honson. The inquiry has been adjourned until a date to be fixed pending provision of telephone records. 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  

HARNESS Racing New South Wales have developed a drought assistance scheme for trainers state-wide which comes into effect today (November 1). The scheme will see NSW licenced trainers receive $17.50 per starter each week to assist in the increased price of feed due to the drought. This will cover all horses drawn in fields, including emergencies, as well as starters in trials drawn into fields by HRNSW Handicappers. Payments will be made to trainers through the stakes run on a fortnightly basis. This assistance package will continue through until January 31 and will then be reviewed by the HRNSW Board. NEED TO KNOW: HRNSW will pay NSW licenced trainers $17.50 per horse per week based on horses drawn in fields (including emergencies) and starters in trials based only on horses nominated through HRNSW Handicappers. For sake of clarity a horse will be subsidised only once per week (Sunday to Saturday) not for multiple races and/or trials during that period. The assistance commences from November 1 through to January 31. There is no application required for this assistance. For more information, watch the latest Trots TV Drought Assistance Update.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

LAST year it was Bling It On but who will be crowned this year’s New South Wales Horse of the Year? The answer will be revealed at the annual Arthur J. Gallagher Harness Racing Awards Night on October 27 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Like last year, voting is based on the performances of NSW trained horses and the nominations for each category are listed below:   2YO FILLIES CEE CEE AMBRO MISS HALFPENNY PLATINUM REVOLUTION NZ  ROLLIN WITH HOLLy TAYLORS MILL  WRITE ABOUT LEXY    2YO COLTS & GELDINGS COLLEGE CHAPEL FIRST STRING LETS GO TO BRAZIL MAJOR ROLL MUSCLE FACTORY PETES BIG JIM REGULUS SHOOBEE DOO   3YO FILLIES  ART SERIES BLACK SILHOUETTE CALLMEQUEENBEE MAJOR OCCASION REDBANK ADDI     3YO COLTS & GELDINGS IGNATIUS LIFEONTHEBEACH LIFES A JUNGLE MACKERAL THE BLACK PRINCE   AGED MARES   CHERRY STRIDE  DONT THINK TWICE ELLE YEAH   MISS RIVIERA BELLE NZ MY RONA GOLD NZ REAZA GRUNTER NZ   AGED ENTIRES & GELDINGS ANYTHING FOR LOVE FRANCO NELSON NZ LET IT RIDE NZ MACH DORO MATCH IN HEAVEN MY FIELD MARSHAL NZ TIGER TARA NZ   2YO TROTTERS AURORA SUNSET      CALIGULA NZ  THE REAPER     3YO TROTTERS CASTLEREAGH NZ DROP THE HAMMER RUNAWAY SUCCESS SASSY PANTS NZ VIKSUN   AGED TROTTERS BLAZING UNDER FIRE NZ   EMPIRE BAY  MISTERCOOL SEA EYRE NZ SUNDONS COMET NZ WAR DAN DESTROYER     AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry yesterday in relation to a banned substance being detected in a urine sample taken from licensed driver, Mr Jack Trainor, at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday 3 July 2018. An analysis of the urine sample by Racing Analytical Services Limited confirmed the presence of oxazepam at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level of 200 ug/L. Mr Trainor appeared at the inquiry and presented evidence from his general practitioner that he had been prescribed a medication that contained the banned substance. Although, the medication was prescribed to Mr Trainor, he had not sought the approval of HRNSW Stewards pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 252B to receive a specific banned substance, subject to the conditions of that Rule. Mr Trainor 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:- (k)  All benzodiazepines – substances in this group include: but are not restricted to: …...Oxazepam (200μg/L): Mr Trainor’s drivers licence was suspended for a period of four (4) weeks. The suspension of Mr Trainor’s drivers licence was suspended for a period of two (2) years on the basis that he does not commit a further banned substance offence during that period of two (2) years. Mr Trainor was also issued with a fine of $500. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Trainor’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The nature of the substance; Medication prescribed to Mr Trainor contained the banned substance; Mr Trainor’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts. Mr Trainor was advised of his right to appeal these decisions.   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. 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

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry yesterday into reports received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that synephrine had been detected in post-race urine samples obtained from the following horses: FUTURE STRIDE- following its win in Race 5 at Penrith on Thursday 29 March 2018; BACKINTHEGAME- following its win in Race 4 at Penrith on Thursday 3 May 2018. The ‘B’ samples were confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Ms Wilkins appeared at the inquiry and provided evidence of her husbandry practices. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis were presented, as well as analytical reports in relation to teff grass hay obtained from Ms Wilkins’ stable and plant samples from the Menangle Park Training Centre. HRNSW Regulatory veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott also provided evidence to the inquiry. Ms Wilkins pleaded guilty to two (2) charges issued pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting FUTURE STRIDE and BACKINTHEGAME to race not free of a prohibited substance, being synephrine. In respect of those charges, Stewards recorded a conviction, however, did not impose a penalty on Ms Wilkins as they were satisfied that the detection of synephrine had resulted from environmental contamination.  In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Ms Wilkins’ first Prohibited Substance offences; Analytical reports; Environmental contamination; Ms Wilkins’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, FUTURE STRIDE and BACKINTHEGAME were disqualified from the abovementioned races. Ms Wilkins was advised of her right to appeal this decision.   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

GRAND Circuit pacer Tiger Tara will not race in Saturday night’s Group 3 Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The $1.3million earner was involved in a car and float accident on Tuesday morning and has been ruled out of the feature. Tiger Tara was lucky to escape any serious injury, however, Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman of Stewards Grant Adams said the stallion will be stood down from racing for seven days. “The veterinary report following the accident revealed that the horses involved had sustained some bruising around their heads and as a precaution, were recommended to be stood down from racing for a period of seven days and until a further veterinarian clearance is submitted,” said Adams. Tiger Tara was with three other stablemates in Jakes Sportswriter, Courageous Becqui and Pass The Speights, when the float they were traveling in was hit by an oncoming car and pushed into a tree. Trainer Kevin Pizzuto was driving the car while stablehand Karen Crouch was also in the vehicle. Pizzuto escaped with some bruising and Crouch is nursing three broken ribs. “I hit my head on the windscreen and am sore and bruised but okay,” said Pizzuto. “Karen has broken ribs and a nasty cut to her head. “When we got out of the truck and I realised no people had died my concern went straight to the horses. “Thankfully they are all fine.” On track, Pizzuto is experiencing one of his best seasons to date having trained 96 winners for the term. Last season was Pizzuto’s best result training 115 winners, however, his starters this season have earned more prizemoney than what they earned last term. This is largely due to Pizzuto’s success with the likes of Tiger Tara, Cruz Bromac and Majordan. Pizzuto’s main stable driver Todd McCarthy has also relished off this success. McCarthy has already taken out the NSW Metropolitan Drivers’ Premiership for the 2017/18 season and is on track to also take out the State Drivers’ Premiership. “I’d have to say my two highlights this season was getting that fast time with Maori Time at Menangle and that fast win I had on Tiger Tara in the Canadian Club Sprint where he beat Lazarus,” said McCarthy. Despite spending time in Europe this season when driving Maori Time in the Elitloppet in Sweden, McCarthy has driven 166 winners this season with just Thursday night’s Penrith meeting and Friday night’s Bankstown meeting the last two NSW meetings for this term.   Amanda Rando AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HRNSW

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Thursday 9 August 2018 into licensed driver Mr Leigh Sutton recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive at the Bathurst harness meeting on Sunday 29 July 2018. Mr Sutton 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 Sutton’s driver’s licence was wholly suspended for a period of six months to commence from 29 July 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Sutton was also provided with an opportunity to have the suspension reduced to five months if he completed sessions with an alcohol counsellor approved by HRNSW. Mr Sutton was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork two weeks prior to the end of the relevant suspension period. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Sutton’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.095%; Mr Sutton’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

ON Friday 6 July 2018, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer and Driver licences of Mr Gary Litzow after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from HEEZ PERFECT prior to race 8, THE PETER JACKSON BOOKMAKER MEMBERSHIP DRAW PACE (1980 metres) conducted at Tamworth on Sunday 17 June 2018. The “B” sample was analysed by the Racing Science Centre (QRIC) in Queensland and was reported below the prescribed threshold. HRNSW Stewards considered available information, including submissions on behalf of Mr Litzow, prior to the imposition of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183. Mr Litzow was informed of his right to appeal this decision. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it has also been determined that HEEZ PERFECT, the horse subject of the ARFL certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. This had immediate effect from 28 June 2018. A date for the Inquiry has not been scheduled at this time.   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 an industry-appointed 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

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today into licensed driver Mr Douglas Hewitt recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive LADY SWISS in Race 2, the SPORTSWRITER NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES FINAL (Group 1) at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 1 July 2018. Mr Hewitt 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 Hewitt’s drivers licence was wholly suspended for a period of 3 months to commence from 1 July 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Hewitt was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork after a period of 10 weeks from 1 July 2018. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Hewitt’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.026%; The status of the harness meeting and Group 1 status of the race; Mr Hewitt’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  

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

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