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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

Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman Mr Chris Edwards believes the sport in the state is strong as he steps down from his role. Due to Mr Edwards fulfilling his maximum eight-year term, it is a legislative requirement that he stands down from the HRNSW Board. Mr Edwards first joined the HRNSW Board in 2009 and was honoured to end his term as Chairman. "It was an honour to be respected enough to be elected as Chairman," Mr Edwards said. "It has been an even greater honour to have served with the Chairmen that I have in Graeme Campbell, Rex Horne and Graham Kelly. "It is amazing the people you meet along the way and I wouldn't have met so many wonderful harness racing participants if it wasn't for the role on the Board." During Mr Edwards' time on the Board harness racing in the state went through many facets. "When I was first appointed to the Board of HRNSW it was during the time of the GHRRA (Greyhound and Harness Racing Regulatory Authority) and I was part of the Commercial Board and the first major task I was involved in was amalgamating the two Boards," Mr Edwards recalled. "We then won the 'Racefields' case which helped the industry and the State Government introduced Tax Parity keeping NSW on a level playing field with other states which will also help significantly when it is fully realised. "John Dumesny through his sheer persistence was able to convince Government to waive a cost of $1million incurred by the GHRRA which was significant to the industry finances also. "There were dark days as well with the 'Green Light Scandal' but from this Reid Sanders joined HRNSW and through Sam Nati's leadership and a strong-willed Board I'm proud to say we now have the best integrity department. "We have been able to develop regional centres in the country . . . we built the Menangle Park Training Centre, we built a new track at Bathurst and a soon-to-be training complex, we purchased the Tamworth Showground and in the last week of my term they began working on the new site at Wagga which is very satisfying. "The HRNSW Board has safeguarded the industry all over the state and the future looks strong under the guidance of new Chairman Rod Smith." The incoming HRNSW Chairman Mr Rod Smith has been intrinsically involved in the sport having been an owner/breeder for more than two decades as well as serving on the HRNSW Board since 2012. Mr Smith has more than 25 years' experience in the corporate finance sector and business ownership in the motor retail sector. AMANDA RANDO

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) that O-desmethylvenlafaxine has been detected in the urine sample taken from MAORISFAVOURITESUN following its win in race 7, the FOWLER HOMES TROTTERS MOBILE (2300 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday 7 October 2017. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Trainer Mr D. Aiken has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be conducted in due course. Following the consideration of all available information, including the provision of submissions and associated documents by Mr Aiken, 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 MAORISFAVOURITESUN, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an Inquiry or investigation.    For further information on this matter 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   O-desmethylvenlafaxine

ON Wednesday 15 November 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry in relation to complaints reported to HRNSW Stewards at the Newcastle meeting on Saturday 5 August 2017. Licensed trainer Mr Robin Hosking (Snr), licensed stablehands Mrs Christine Hosking and Mr Rex Spencer attended and presented evidence to the inquiry. Additional evidence was also presented by the following persons: Ms Laura Spencer (licensed trainer/driver) Mr Peter Allen (licensed trainer) Mrs Pamela James (licensed stablehand) Mrs Sandra Smith                            After considering the evidence HRNSW Stewards issued two (2) charges against Mr Rex Spencer pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 231(1)(d): AHRR 231(1)(d) A person shall not (d)          abuse… anyone employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry or otherwise having a connection with it The details of the charges related to Mr Spencer abusing Mr Hosking (Snr) and Mrs Hosking at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club on Saturday 5 August 2017. Mr Spencer was found guilty of both offences and was disqualified for a period of three months to commence immediately. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The nature of these offences; Mr Spencer’s not guilty plea; Previous offences of this nature; Mr Spencer’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Spencer has appealed these decisions.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

ON Monday 13 November 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry in relation to the betting activities of licensed trainer/driver Mr Grimson. Mr Grimson appeared at the inquiry and presented evidence. Evidence including betting records and race results were also presented. Stewards issued two (2) charges pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 240(c) as follows: AHRR 240.  A person shall not, whether alone or in an association with others, do, permit or suffer anything before, during or after a race which in the opinion of the Stewards or Controlling Body:- (c)           is improper. The details of the charges issued against Mr Grimson are as follows: On 3 January 2017, Mr Grimson placed a five (5) leg multi bets via the wagering operator Tabcorp which included race 7 at Menangle on that date. In that leg, Mr Grimson placed a bet on SALTY ROBYN NZ when he was the trainer of WYDNBERG TERROR in that race. On 2 February 2017, Mr Grimson placed a win bet via the wagering operator Tabcorp on race 5 at Penrith on that date. Mr Grimson placed a bet on EASY LIGHTNING to win that race when he was the trainer of MACHIN OUT in that race. As Mr Grimson had placed bets on horses other than those trained by him to win the respective races, Stewards considered those actions improper. Mr Grimson pleaded guilty to both charges and he was disqualified for a period of three months in respect of each charge, effective immediately and to be served concurrently. In determining penalty, Stewards considered the actions of Mr Grimson, his licence history, his guilty plea as well as his personal and subjective factors Mr Grimson has appealed these decisions. 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 wish to announce the appointment of Ms Marissa Dimarco to the Board. HRNSW Chairman Mr Chris Edwards announced that Ms Dimarco will commence her tenure in December to coincide with the end of his term. Due to Mr Edwards fulfilling his maximum eight-year term, it is a legislative requirement that he stands down from the HRNSW Board. "I welcome the appointment and I am more than certain that Marissa Dimarco will, based on her qualifications, complement the Board and be a strong contributor to the continued growth of harness racing in NSW," Mr Edwards said. Minister for Racing Mr Paul Toole welcomed the appointment of Ms Dimarco also. "As an accomplished lawyer and former Hunter Young Achiever award winner, Ms Dimarco will bring fresh perspectives to the HRNSW Board," Mr Toole said. "She has a wealth of experience and skills as a lawyer specialising in corporate and commercial matters." Mr Toole said the appointment broadens the diversity of the HRNSW Board's membership. "It's a real positive that Ms Dimarco is based in regional NSW, which plays such a vital role in the harness racing industry," Mr Toole said. "I congratulate Ms Dimarco on her appointment and wish her every success in the role." Ms Dimarco, a harness racing enthusiast, breeder and owner, was honoured by the appointment. "As a third generation participant in harness racing and a person with great passion and enthusiasm for our industry, I feel privileged and honoured to be appointed to the Board of HRNSW," Ms Dimarco said. "My sincere thanks goes to the Board and the Minister for Racing for giving me this opportunity and placing their confidence and trust in my ability to work with them to ensure a strong future and direction for the harness racing industry throughout the State. "I understand the diverse needs of the industry and will ensure I consider all aspects of the industry from the trainers, drivers, breeders, owners, administrators and our horses. I am humbled by the appointment but feel honoured to be part of the team at HRNSW." Ms Dimarco has over 18 years' experience working in the legal profession, primarily practicing in commercial, corporate and property law. She is currently a director/shareholder and commercial lawyer at Osborn Law in Newcastle. Ms Dimarco has also held memberships with the Harness Breeders NSW and NSW Standardbred Owners Associations, the Newcastle Harness Racing Club and the Hunter Valley Harness Racing Association. Ms Dimarco has been appointed as a Board Member of HRNSW effective from December 4, 2017, until October 21, 2018.   AMANDA RANDO

Grand Circuit winner Bling It On was crowned New South Wales Horse of the Year at tonight's Arthur J. Gallagher Harness Racing NSW Awards Night at the Hilton Sydney. Having received 100 per cent of the votes to be given this prestigious honour, Bling It On had a stellar 2016/17 season winning the A.G. Hunter Cup, the Group 2 Smoken Up Sprint, a Group 2 Inter Dominion Heat and a fast-finishing fourth in the Inter Dominion Final. The positive news revealed when driver Luke McCarthy accepted the award was that Bling It On's rehabilitation progress has been successful following his potentially career-ending race-fall at Albion Park in June 2017. After standing a season at stud following the incident, the seven-year-old is set for a racetrack return. Harness Racing New South Wales would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of tonight's award winners and nominees. Please see full list of awards below that were presented in front of the large crowd, hosted by the legendary John Tapp, at tonight's function. HORSE OF THE YEAR AWARDS Arthur J. Gallagher NSW Horse of the Year: Bling It On Club Menangle NSW Two-Year-Old of the Year: Castalong Shadow Club Menangle NSW Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Castalong Shadow Club Menangle NSW Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: My Sweetchilliphilly IntelliTek NSW Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year: Viksun Cockburn & Co NSW Three-Year-Old of the Year: Don't Think Twice Cockburn & Co NSW Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Atomic Red Cockburn & Co NSW Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year: Don't Think Twice Albury HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year: Pegasus Elegance KS Black & Co NSW Aged Horse of the Year: Bling It On KS Black & Co NSW Aged Entire/Gelding Pacer of the Year: Bling It On KS Black & Co NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year: Cyclone Kate Bulli HRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year: On Thunder Road TRAINER AND DRIVER AWARDS TAB Kevin Newman Award For Driving Excellence: Darren Hancock Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country): Brad Elder Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro): Ellen Rixon Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Driver: David Druitt Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Hobbyist Trainer: Matt Schembri Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Leading Trotting Trainer and Driver: Blake Fitzpatrick Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Junior Driver: Chris Geary Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Driver: Amanda Turnbull Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Champion Trainer: Steve Turnbull Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle First Lady: Lauren Tritton Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Driver: Todd McCarthy Lexus of Parramatta Club Menangle Metropolitan Trainer: John McCarthy BREEDING AWARDS Bankstown HRC NSW Broodmare of the Year: Miss Brazillian Wagga HRC NSW Sire of the Year: Million Dollar Cam Stablecraft Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry: the Carmody Family DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS HRNSW Don Clough Award: Wayne Smith HRNSW Industry Contribution Award: John Crittenden HRNSW Club Volunteer Awards: Helen Leonard (Bankstown HRC), Geoff Cole (Western Districts and Parkes HRC), Ian Warren (Bathurst HRC), Jon Watts (Inverell HRC), Linda Taylor (Eugowra HRC), Bill Taylor (Eugowra HRC), Ronald Jones (Eugowra HRC) and Maree Brown (Hawkesbury Trainers Association) TABCORP CLUB AWARDS Best Community Engagement Club: Maitland HRC Best Fraternity Engagement Club: Bathurst HRC Best New Innovation Club (Promotion/Marketing): Orange HRC Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $50,000: Leeton HRC Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $25,000: Orange HRC Best Club with a feature to race to a maximum of $14,000: Temora HRC Best Club with a feature to a maximum of $12,000: Cootamundra HRC AMANDA RANDO

Trotting stalwarts Peter Sullivan and John Heath were honoured at the inaugural Trotters Association of New South Wales Awards Night at Penrith Paceway on October 13. Both were presented with Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their distinguished service and dedication to the advancement trotting in the state. There were many other highlights that entertained the 135 guests in attendance with the Master of Ceremonies, the voice of racing, John Tapp setting the tone for the evening. Special guests were trotting icons Chris and Graeme Lang who flew from Victoria to take part in the “On The Couch” interview with ‘Tappy’ with the father and son sharing stories of their training exploits and their thoughts of the future for totting in Australia. This proved to be a very popular, well received and a much talked about segment. At the conclusion of the Awards ceremonies the guests danced the night away to the live music from the rock and roll band Midlife Crisis, led by David Tapp. Other Awards: The Allied Express TANSW Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year 2016/17 was won by the elegant Queen of Clevedon, a brown Filly by Rock N Roll Heaven (USA) from Clevedon Betty owned, bred and raced by the well-known father and daughter partnership of Danny and Christie Rothwell. Queen of Clevedon was the winner of the HRNSW Trot and Heat 3 of the NSW Trotters Foundation Series. The NSWSOA TANSW Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year 2016/17 was won by the talented Empire Bay, a bay gelding by The Pres (CA) from Miss Adelade (NZ) owned and raced by well-known Trotting aficionado Michael Taylor. Empire Bay was the winner of the HRNSW Trotters Foundation Series and the HRNSW Trot. Empire Bay is trained and driven by the talented horseman Blake Fitzpatrick. The HorsePower TANSW Open Class Trotter of the Year 2016/17 was won by the flamboyant Quillabamba, a bay gelding by Yankee Paco (USA) from Urabamba owned, bred and raced by trotting enthusiast Kevin Hipkins. Quillabamba was the winner of The Trotters Marathon and The Trot It Out Saturday just to name a few. Quillabamba is trained and driven by Blake Fitzpatrick. The Fitzpatrick Family Racing Stables TANSW Trotting Mare of the Year 2016/17 was won by the stylish Rompers Monarchy, a bay mare by Monarchy (USA) from Amandas Gem (NZ) owned and raced by the adept husband and wife training partnership of Joe and Mary Rando. Rompers Monarchy won six races last season and was the second-fastest trotter winning in 1:54.9. Rompers Monarchy is trained by Joe and Mary Rando. The Global Bloodstock TANSW Trotting Driver of the Year 2016/17 was won by talented reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick from the gifted young duo of Chris Geary and David Morris. The Agnes Banks Equine Veterinary Centre TANSW Trotting Trainer of the Year 2016/17 was a strongly contested category won by Blake Fitzpatrick from the dynamic training duo Joe and Mary Rando closely followed by the “first lady” of harness racing KerryAnn Turner. The Trotters Association of NSW Awards Night would not have been able to “Trot It Out” without the generous support and sponsorship from Agnes Banks Equine Veterinary Centre, Allied Express, Daniel Cordina, Global Bloodstock, Garrards Horse and Hound, Horseland Richmond, HorsePower, Harness Racing New South Wales, Mitavite, and Zilco. New South Wales

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an Inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that Xylometazoline was detected in the blood sample taken from WAKE UP QUINN following its win in race 8, the PARKES FURNITURE ONE PACE (2040 metres) conducted at Parkes on Sunday 6 August 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Ms Amanda Coffee appeared at the Inquiry and was represented by solicitor Mr Glenn Walters. Ms Coffee provided evidence regarding her training establishment and husbandry practices. Evidence was also presented to the Inquiry by Ms Sharon Coffee and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott. Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Ms A. Coffee pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as stated: 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. Following an application made on behalf of Ms A. Coffee, the Inquiry was adjourned with respect to the matter of penalty until a date to be fixed. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, WAKE UP QUINN was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Michael Prentice - Integrity Manager   (02) 9722 6600 - mprentice@hrnsw.com.au Grant Adams - Chairman of Stewards (02) 9722 6628 - gadams@hrnsw.com.au

On Wednesday 11 October 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an Inquiry that commenced on Wednesday 27 September 2017 into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold of 4.0 milligrams per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from; HOT SHOT WOMAN following its run in race 3, the ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN ALABAR NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR-YEAR-OLD MARES FINAL (GROUP 1)(1609 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 25 June 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Michael Langdon appeared at the Inquiry and provided evidence regarding his training establishment and his husbandry practices. Evidence was presented to the Inquiry by HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott and the Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Mr Langdon pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as stated: 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. Mr Langdon was disqualified for a period of 2 years to commence from 4 August 2017, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In determining penalty Stewards acknowledged the following; Mr Langdon’s guilty plea;Mr Langdon’s involvement in the harness racing industry;Classification of the Prohibited Substance;A previous Prohibited Substance matter in 1995 andMr Langdon’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, HOT SHOT WOMAN was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Langdon 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 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 Graham Loch - Chairman of Stewards (02) 9722 6628 - gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Riverina harness racing driver Cameron Hart drove 50 winners during the 2016/17 season and subsequently has been nominated for this year's Daily Form Service Country Junior Driver Encouragement Award. Hart started his driving career on a winning note in April 2016 and last season was honoured for his efforts when asked to represent the Riverina in the New South Wales Rising Stars Series. Alongside Hart in this year's nominees for the Country Junior Driver Encouragement Award is fellow Riverina reinsman Peter McRae who also represented his region in the Rising Stars Series. McRae steered 26 winners last season and drove a winner during the Rising Stars Series and finished third overall. Meanwhile, fellow drivers that competed in this year's Rising Stars Series and also nominated for the Country Junior Driver Encouragement Award are Brad Elder, Madi Young and McKayler Barnes. Brad Elder, had a memorable 2016/17 season driving 55 winners which included his first Group winner. Madi Young from Worrigee also has her best season to date, travelling throughout state and landing 19 winners while also being an ambassador for Team Teal. Bathurst based driver McKayler Barnes tripled her previous best season during 2016/17 driving 15 winners. The recipient of this Award will be given a travel scholarship to New Zealand where they will spend two weeks learning from leading trainers and drivers. Nominees for the 2016/17 Daily Form Service Country Junior Driver Encouragement Award are: Brad Elder Cameron Hart Madi Young McKayler Barnes Peter McRae Harness Racing New South Wales would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the nominees and look forward to the Award announcement on Saturday October 28 at the Hilton Sydney Grand Ballroom. For tickets to the event please contact Kate Dumesny at kdumesny@hrnsw.com.au or (02) 9722 6672. AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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