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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.

The harness racing industry was saddened to hear of the passing of renowned strapper Julian 'Shamo' Attard. Julian passed away last Sunday after battling cancer for serval months, aged 69. He trained and drove his own horses but in the later years of his life, Julian assisted the Fitzpatrick stable in Cawdor as a strapper. "He worked with us for 10 to 15 years," Gavin Fitzpatrick said. "He was great friends with Jeffrey Usher, who owns Sally Fletcher, and he just started coming over and helping out one day. "He worked at the Ingham's factory for many years and loved it there but he loved his horses too. "He drove winners at Harold Park back in the day and did train and drive his own horses." The last winner Julian trained and drove was Bashful Dancer at Gosford on March 26, 1984. A kinder man was hard to find on any racetrack according to Harness Racing New South Wales chief executive John Dumesny. "Julian never had an unkind word to say about anyone or anything in the industry he just loved," Dumesny said. "This can be measured by the fact he respected everyone and everyone that knew Julian respected him. "His welcoming face will be sorely missed at racetracks across the state. "On behalf of the industry, I offer the deepest condolences to his family and friends." A funeral for Julian will be held on Monday January 15 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Leppington, in the North Chapel at 10am. The Board and Management of HRNSW extends their deepest sympathies to Julian's family and many friends. AMANDA RANDO

It was a humble six-race affair at Bathurst last Wednesday but the presence of Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman Rod Smith, fellow Board member Peter Nugent and NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole had everyone wondering if they were caught up in a Groundhog Day re-run of the Carnival of Cups meeting held on Boxing Day. No such worries. All was soon explained, when they participated in the race presentations and celebratory photographs for the first two races, not as invited guests but as winning owners. Rod Smith has named many of his horses after family, with the familiar “Kriden” prefix deriving from daughters Kirsty and Denae and, more recently, there have been lots of “Sams” and “Zaras” in recognition of his grand-children. Grand Zara (Amy Rees for John O’Shea) was one of three such Zaras in the 3CO opening race, and she came with a strong sprint to account for Doctor Somes, with Zaras Dance grabbing the minor end of the prizemoney. It was the first run in seven months for the well-bred youngster, whose dam is an Art Major half-sister to millionaire Caribbean Blaster. That long break helped account for her generous starting price of $16.90, in a market dominated by Scarlet Babe, which was put out of play after a scrimmage in the early stages of the race. There were two happy sets of grandparents following this race. The enjoyment trackside at Bathurst was shared at suburban Cawdor, near Menangle, by (co-owner) Lynn and Paul Fitzpatrick, with their son Blake’s daughter Zara one of the two grand-kids making up the name of the winner. A grand result all round, wouldn’t you say? Carla's Angel (Gemma/ Mat Rue) scored a similar win in the C0 second, coming from the running line to edge out Panther Star and Star Play, and the Rock N Roll Heaven daughter was first-up in almost nine months. Mat Rue went into some detail to explain that the mare has been quite difficult to train, and get back to the races, and for that reason he was particularly grateful to her new owners, who had bought in on his recommendation when she came on the market. Asked whether they were first-time owners, he replied that just one of them was, and then couldn’t keep his straight face any longer as the group of them, who had quietly made their way down to the presentation area and been listening closely, indicated their presence by coming forward for a photo. Board member Peter Nugent was accompanied by the Racing Minister (and local Member) Paul Toole and by club life-member John Brien, who’s raced many good winners over a lifetime in the sport. Also part of the ownership group but absent this time was Shane Gilchrist, the local Toyota dealer. They were naturally in very good spirits as they joked their way off the track, Paul Toole agreeing with the suggestion that the night was shaping up as Board Members Night at the Paceway, and that being appointed as a Board member was a sure-fire way to own a winner! There would undoubtedly have been lots of sledging at the winning owners during the course of the night, but there were plenty of congratulations too, and more than a few comments about the reassurance and “good look” of the industry’s decision-makers being involved at the grass-roots level. Other winners at the meeting: Poppy Cee (Wendy/Emma Turnbull) which used the sprint lane to good effect in an M1-backed fast class sprint, a particularly sentimental win for Parkes owner Geoff Cole, whose mum Dot was laid to rest just after Christmas after a long illness. The Browning Blue Chip gelding, named for his late father Russell, continued the grandparent theme of the opening The two divisions of the C2-backed sprint, giving Steve Turnbull a training double, were taken out  by El Gran Señor NZ , with Mitch Turnbull working to the lead at the bell and holding on strongly in a 57.3 final half, and by Destiny Warrior (Amanda) , which controlled the race from the start, despite pulling pretty hard throughout. Both started as short-priced favourites. Shannonstheman (Mackayler Barnes for Peter Bullock)  in the 2260 metres maiden closing race, working to the lead and roaring away over the closing stages for the night’s easiest win, suggesting that the Rocknroll Hanover/Artsplace son might finally be learning his craft and living up to his breeding. Bathurst HRC will race again on Friday week, January 19, when the annual Oberon Night, featuring the $13,000 Oberon Cup and lots of charity fundraising, will take centre stage. Terry Neil

Aspiring harness racing drivers could be in the sprint lane to success after the launch of a new program for young talent. In its latest expansion, the Southern Sports Academy has partnered with Harness Racing NSW to offer high-performance education for those looking to create a career in the sport. “The mini trotting ranks are extremely strong in the Riverina and it’s those young drivers, and other young people who are interested in horses, that will be ideally suited and benefit from this course,” Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive, Graeme White, said. The academy program will see experienced presenters deliver a specific, hands-on program, free of charge to participants. Topics will range from animal welfare, tactical driving and dealing with stewards and owners, to nutrition, reaction timing, psychology and preparation for performance. “The harness racing industry is only as strong as its grassroots,” White said.  “That is why this course has been made available… it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to learn from several speakers and be put through some exercises they never would have previously been exposed to.” Harness Racing NSW youth development officer Barry McColl said a similar three-day course was successfully presented in Bathurst recently, in conjunction with a sports academy. “Participants were very positive about their level of engagement and learning,” McColl said. “Animal welfare especially, and working with different media, are central aspects of this course. I encourage interested young people to register for this fully HRNSW-sponsored course with our new partners, the Southern Sports Academy.” Nominations are open to prospective drivers aged 10 to 17, from the experienced to the interested. The course will be held over three Saturdays in February and March.  For further details, contact the Southern Sports Academy at cbreese@ssa-nsw.org.au  By Peter Doherty Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

Integrity, rules as well as equine injury identification and care were just some of the topics discussed at last Saturday's Professional Development Course at Bathurst Paceway. Endorsed by Harness Racing New South Wales, three-day courses are being offered to junior participants to help further their knowledge of the sport and help them take that next step in their professional careers. Topics covered in the first session included sports psychology and goal setting, nutrition and social media to name a few. During the second session, the HRNSW integrity panel, consisting of stewards' Daniel Westwood and Michael Jasprizza and regulatory veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott, used short films and hands-on interaction with a horse to demonstrate their points. "The highlight of the day was the final topic delivered in the barn at the Bathurst track by Martin Wainscott," HRNSW Youth Development Officer Barry McColl said. "Martin's briefing around horse injuries, identification and care was excellent and featured hands-on interaction with a horse in the stalls. "Given that most of the participants work already as stablehands, this specific presentation was really connected to by the participants." Meanwhile, Miracle Mile winning reinsman Mat Rue also addressed the attendees on tactical driving. The third session in Bathurst is scheduled to take place on February 3, 2018, where participants will undergo media training, alcohol and social drug advice and working with owners. This three-day Professional Development Course will then head to the Riverina region and is scheduled to take place in Wagga on February 10, 17 and March 3. For more information please contact HRNSW Youth Development Officer Barry McColl on bmccoll@hrnsw.com.au AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) that triamcinolone acetonide has 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. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria for confirmation. Trainer Ms Amanda Turnbull has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it has been determined that TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. This is effective immediately. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

ON Thursday November 30, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry, which commenced on July 6, 2017, in relation to the betting activities of licensed driver Mr Brendan Barnes. Mr Barnes appeared at a Stewards inquiry and presented evidence on July 6, 2017, and again on August 15, 2017, at which time the driver was charged pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 173(1) and (6) in relation to 29 betting transactions regarding races in which he had participated. HRR 173. states; “(1)  A driver shall not bet in a race in which the driver participates.  (2)  A driver engaged to drive at a meeting shall not enter the betting area of the racecourse during the period commencing 60 minutes before the time fixed for the first race and finishing at the completion of the driver’s engagements at the meeting. (3)  For the purposes of this rule, betting area means those areas of a racecourse where betting with an approved wagering operator is conducted. (4)  A driver or the trainer of a horse shall not authorise, enable, permit or allow another person to place a bet on a betting account of the driver or the trainer. (5)  A driver or trainer shall not place or have an interest in a bet on any betting account other than an account registered in their own name. (6)  Any person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence. Mr Barnes pleaded guilty to the charges and provided submissions on penalty before Stewards adjourned to consider the matter of penalty. In determining penalty, Stewards considered that 22 of the total bets were placed by Mr Barnes on the horse that he drove in the respective races. On a further eight occasions bets were made on the same day at the same race meeting and having regard to all the circumstances, Stewards ordered the penalties in regard to these bets be served concurrently. In addition, Stewards considered that a further two bets were placed by Mr Barnes on horses in addition to his own drives in legs of an exotic bet, namely Quadrella bets, and that a further five  bets were placed by Mr Barnes on horses other than those driven by him in various legs of multi-bets. In relation to the charges involving the 22 bets relating to Mr Barnes betting on the horse that he drove in the respective races, he was fined a total of $2100. In relation to the charges involving horses that he had not driven being included in two bets relating to Mr Barnes in legs of Quadrella bets, Mr Barnes was disqualified for a period of two months in respect of each charge which Stewards ordered be served concurrently. In relation to the charges of Mr Barnes betting on horses other than those driven by him in five multi-bets, Mr Barnes was disqualified for a period of three months in respect of each charge and ordered to be served concurrently. Having considered the nature of the betting and to all subjective facts, in particular that the offending occurred over a short period of time, the driver’s age at the time of the offences and his cooperation before the Stewards, as well as considering the totality principles in sentencing, Stewards determined that the periods of disqualification be served concurrently.   Consequently, the full effect of the penalty being that Mr Barnes is disqualified for a period of three months, to take immediate effect. In determining penalty, Stewards were mindful of the following; The serious nature of these offences; Mr Barnes’ guilty plea; Mr Barnes’ licence history; The Driver’s cooperation before the Stewards and other personal subjective factors. Mr Barnes 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

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