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Young reinsman Will Rixon is the only male harness racing driver nominated for this year’s Lexus Of Parramatta Metropolitan Junior Driver Encouragement Award. Will only began driving in January this year and has already steered 35 winners. His older sister Ellen Rixon has also been nominated for this same award which will be announced at the Arthur J. Gallagher Industry Awards Night at the Hilton Sydney on October 28. Ellen began her driving career two years earlier than her brother and last season experienced her best results yet driving 44 winners and also taking out the New South Wales Rising Stars Series. Meanwhile, 2017 Rising Stars runner up, Stephanie Lippiatt, has also been nominated for this award. Stephanie is also fresh from having her best season in the sulky after driving 15 winners during the 2016/17 term. And the same can be said for fellow nominee Brooke Wilkins who drive six winners last season and also trained two winners. Riverstone reinswoman Katie McGill is also nominated for this award and she also drove six winners last term which was her best season to date. 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 Lexus Of Parramatta Metropolitan Junior Driver Encouragement Award are: Brooke Wilkins Ellen Rixon Katie McGill Stephanie Lippiatt Will Rixon 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

Harness Racing fans have put forward their nominations and from this five drives in New South Wales in the 2016/17 season have been selected for the TAB Kevin Newman Award For Driving Excellence. The winner of this inaugural award will be announced at the Arthur J. Gallagher Harness Racing NSW Awards Night on October 28 at the Hilton Sydney. And those that vote for the winner go into the draw to win a $2000 Tabcorp account. The five drives in question are: Geoff Simpson – ‘Early move secures the win’ – CASTALONG SHADOW (Bathurst 25/03/17 – No.6) WATCH REPLAY   Brad Elder – ‘Patience pays off’ – DAYS END (Newcastle 6/05/17 – No.9) WATCH REPLAY   Darren Hancock – ‘Weaving magic in the shadows of the post’ – DON KEE (Menangle 20/02/17 – No.4) WATCH REPLAY Chris Geary – ‘The last stride’ – THE SYSTEM STRIDE (Penrith 8/12/16 – No.3) WATCH REPLAY   Ray Walker – ‘Early tactics pays dividends’ – OUR RED JACK (Wagga 25/7/17 – No.7) WATCH REPLAY To vote go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MZVK8NQ Voting closes on Wednesday October 18 at 5pm. Harness Racing New South Wales

THE Arthur J. Gallagher Industry Awards Night is fast approaching and harness racing nominees for the TAB Carnival of Cups Club categories have been finalised. Flowing on from the same structure as last year, clubs will also be acknowledged for their community and fraternity engagement as well as innovation. The nominations for the Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $50,000 (but no less than $25,001) are: Bathurst – Shirley Turnbull Memorial meeting December 26, 2016 Leeton – Breeders Plate meeting January 1, 2017 Wagga – Wagga Cup meeting March 4, 2017 The 2016 winner of this category was Eugowra. The nominations for the Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $25,000 (but no less than $14,001) are: Orange – Banjo Patterson Cup February 12, 2017 Parkes – Langlands Hanlon Sprint December 31, 2016 Junee – Junee Cup January 26, 2017 The 2016 winner of this category was Parkes. The nominations for the Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of $14,000 (but no less than $10,001) are: Temora – Temora Cup January 14, 2017 West Wyalong – West Wyalong Cup April 23, 2017 Cowra – Cowra Cup May 14, 2017 The 2016 winner of this category was West Wyalong. The nominations for the Best Club with a feature race to a maximum of not more than $12,000 are: Cootamundra – Wattle Time Cup March 19, 2017 Coolamon – Coolamon Cup, April 27, 2017 Forbes – Forbes Services Memorial Final, April 30, 2017 The 2016 winner of this category was Griffith. There are also awards for: Best Community Engagement Club 2016 winner – Goulburn Best Fraternity Engagement Club 2016 winner – Leeton Best New Innovation Club 2016 winner – Temora This year’s TAB Carnival of Cups Club award winners will each receive a $5000 prize - $3000 of which to be used towards prizemoney and $2000 to be used for on-course promotion. Harness Racing New South Wales would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the nominated clubs and look forward to the Award announcements 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

It is with deep sadness that Harness Racing New South Wales advises that renowned breeder Hugh Carmody passed away last Friday surrounded by his family, aged 92. 'Hughie' was a pioneer of the sport and founded Lochend Stud in Maitland in 1973, which is still operated by the Carmody family today. A respected man amongst his peers, Mr Carmody was devoted to the advancement of breeding in New South Wales and had much success within this arena. Mr Carmody stood many stallions over the past half century including NSW Sire of the Year Tyrolean Dancer. Lochend Stud was also the home of prolific broodmare Bonny Belmedia, a NSW Broodmare of the Year. The polish Lochend Stud put on their yearlings made their horses' standouts and much sought after at the sales. "Hughie Carmody was a true harness racing pioneer, not afraid to invest in the breeding industry and did so with considerable success," HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny said. "He was also one of the most respectful men in the industry, a man who rarely contested an issue being only too willing to advance the sport." Family and friends are warmly invited to a funeral mass to celebrate Mr Carmody's life this Thursday at St Joseph's Catholic Church, East Maitland, at 11:30am. To all of Mr Carmody's family and friends, HRNSW passes on its sincerest sympathies in this difficult time. AMANDA RANDO

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded a number of inquiries into various matters on September 13, 2017, resulting from the presentation of the registered standardbreds horses GUTS and DEN HELDER at Cowra on May 14, 2017, including Mr N Carroll’s conduct in the investigation of these matters.  On the evidence before them, Stewards had notified Mr N Carroll on September 6, 2017, of a number of charges laid against him.  These matters were addressed by phone, at the request of Mr N Carroll, on May 13, 2017.  The Stewards decisions on penalty in these matters, other than Charge 2, were provided to Mr N Carroll on that day.  The decision in regards to Charge 2 was provided in writing on September 27, 2017. Charge 1 was issued pursuant to HRR 187(2) and (7): HRR 187.(2) states; “A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation.” HRR 187 (7) states; “A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.” Mr N Carroll pleaded guilty to a charge that he had “given evidence to the Stewards which was false and misleading in nature”.  Mr N Carroll had admitted his conduct in an earlier hearing on July 7, 2017.  Mr N Carroll was disqualified for a period of nine (9) months.  Stewards ordered that the penalty be served cumulatively with the penalty currently being served. Charge 2 was issued pursuant to HRR 190 (3): HRR 190 (3) states;  “If a person is left in charge of a horse and the horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1), the trainer of the horse and the person left in charge is each guilty of an offence. Mr N Carroll pleaded guilty to a charge that he had been in charge of the registered horse DEN HELDER NZ in the previous 24 hours (approximate) prior to the horse being presented to race at Cowra on May 14, 2017, from which a prohibited substance Clenbuterol was detected in samples taken from that horse.  The horse DEN HELDER NZ was trained by Mr M Carroll.  The prohibited substance was also detected in samples taken from the horse GUTS trained by Mr N Carroll on that day. Mr N Carroll was disqualified for a period of nine (9) months.  Stewards ordered this penalty to be served concurrently with a penalty being served which took effect from June 22, 2017. Charge 3 was issued pursuant to HRR 187 (3) and (7): HRR 187 (3) states; “A person shall comply with an order or direction given by the Stewards.” HRR 187 (7) states; “A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.” Mr N Carroll pleaded not guilty to the charge that he had “knowingly failed to comply with orders properly provided to you at Bathurst on May 17, 2017, to immediately produce a mobile phone as specified, or within any reasonable time frame.” Mr N Carroll was found guilty of the charge and was disqualified for a period of twelve (12) months.  Stewards ordered that the penalty be served cumulatively with the penalty currently being served. Charge 4 was issued pursuant to HRR 187 (6) and (7): HRR 187 (6) states; “A person shall not frustrate or endeavour to frustrate an inquiry or investigation.” HRR 187 (7) states; “A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.” Mr N Carroll pleaded not guilty to the charge that he had “knowingly frustrated HRNSW Stewards investigations into issues arising from the Cowra race meeting on May 14, 2017, and in particular their attempts to forensically examine mobile phones that were used and in your possession when it was open to comply with the Stewards orders.”  The Trainer had previously admitted deleting content from a phone which was not provided in accord with a direction. Mr N Carroll was found guilty of the charge and was disqualified for a period of twelve (12) months.  Stewards ordered that the penalty be served cumulatively with the penalty currently being served. Charge 5 was issued pursuant to HRR 173 (1) and (6): HRR 173(1) states; “A driver shall not bet in a race in which the driver participates.” HRR 173(6) states; “Any person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence.” Mr N Carroll pleaded guilty to a charge that as a trainer/driver on or about June 15, 2015, and September 19, 2015, he had made two bets on horses which he had driven in the respective races at Newcastle. The trainer/driver pleaded guilty and was fined $500. The total effect of the penalties announced in these matters is that Mr N Carroll is disqualified for a period of three years six months, taking effect from June 22, 2017. In determining the above penalties Stewards acknowledged the following; The serious nature of all the offences; Mr N Carroll’s Guilty pleas in regards to charges 1, 2 and 5; Mr N Carroll’s previous disciplinary record (no previous prohibited substance offences); and Mr N Carroll’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr N Carroll was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Adding to the excitement of this year's Arthur J. Gallagher Harness Racing New South Wales Awards Night is the new TAB Kevin Newman Award for Driving Excellence. Named in honour of arguably one of the state's greatest drivers, the late Kevin Newman OAM, this award is to give merit to the best New South Wales drive during the 2016/17 season. Harness racing fans get to have their say and nominate their favourite drive through HRNSW's Facebook page. Out of the top nominated drives on Facebook, a survey will then be sent out where the public get to vote again and get the chance to win a $2000 betting account with Tabcorp. The five drivers in contention for the Award will be invited to the Awards Night and the winner will receive a prize and a trophy. This is one of many awards to be announced at the Arthur J. Gallagher HRNSW Awards Night on October 28 at the Hilton Sydney. For more information on the TAB Kevin Newman Award For Driving Excellence head to: www.harnessmediacentre.com.au To submit the best NSW drive for the 2016/17 season head to: www.facebook.com/HRNSW To tickets to the Arthur J. Gallagher HRNSW Awards Night contact Kate Dumesny (02) 97226672 or kdumesny@hrnsw.com.au AMANDA RANDO

Further to the Harness Racing New South Wales Official Notice concerning the review of the NSW Breeders Challenge Terms and Conditions in relation to Owners Bonus Certificates, HRNSW can now advise the new Conditions are as below: Breeders Challenge Owner’s Bonus Certificates are redeemable against; i.       The service fee of a stallion nominated for the NSW Breeding Schemes to a NSW based mare upon confirmation of a positive 35 day pregnancy test  ii.       In relation to having a broodmare served, upon proof of invoice the cost of semen transport, veterinary expenses and insemination charges (up to 31 December).    A broodmare that has not produced a live foal from its last three seasons of service will not be eligible to redeem against this clause iii.       In relation to the health and well-being of a broodmare while in foal, upon proof of invoice the cost of agistment and veterinary expenses (for 35 days from the date of service up to 31 December).     A broodmare that has not produced a live foal from its last three seasons of service will not be eligible to redeem against this clause iv.       The purchase price of a NSW Breeders Challenge eligible yearling at a registered Australian sale v.        The purchase price of a NSW Breeders Challenge eligible horse at a registered trialling sale conducted in NSW.  vi.       NSW Breeders Challenge Series Fees and Sustaining Fees.  With respect to clause ii.: The maximum redemption for each segment is as follows: Semen Transport $150.00                              $165.00 (return service) Insemination (Breeding Fee) $900.00  Veterinary Charges On application – must be itemised  With respect to clause iii.:  Agistment $11.00 (per day – dry mares)                  $13.20 (per day – mare with foal)  Veterinary Charges On application – must be itemised Conditions of Redemption with respect to clauses ii. & iii.:  1) When a broodmare is delivered on farm the broodmare owner is to advise the Stud/Insemination Farm that that are going to be redeeming their fees with a NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate. 2) Within 24 hours of a mare arriving on farm, the Stud/Insemination Farm is to send an email to futurities@hrnsw.com.au advising that they have a broodmare on their Farm which will be redeeming fees with a NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus Certificate.  3) All fees are payable in arrears upon the confirmation of a 35 day positive pregnancy test. 4) An itemised Tax Invoice must be submitted with the Certificate Redemption.  5) HRNSW will pay the Stud/Insemination Farm directly on behalf of the Broodmare owner.  6) All Veterinary Charges are considered on application.                i. An itemised Tax Invoice must be submitted with the Certificate Redemption.               ii. If approved, HRNSW will pay the Veterinary Practice on behalf of the Broodmare Owner.  Should you have any queries please contact Adam Fairley on 02 9722 6614 or at afairley@hrnsw.com.au.  John Dumesny Chief Executive

ON Monday August 21, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester, metabolites of cocaine, had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from DESTINY WARRIOR following its win in Race 5 DUBBO RSL CLUB FINAL (2120m) at Dubbo on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Licensed trainer Mr Nathan Turnbull appeared at the inquiry accompanied by his legal advisor who sought and was granted permission for the trainer to be represented by D Sheales Barrister.  Evidence was heard from and on behalf of Mr Turnbull, from licensed trainer A Williams and a person known to Mr Turnbull who accompanied the trainer to the Dubbo races.   Evidence was also heard from HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott. After fully considering all the evidence Stewards issued a charge against Mr Turnbull pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as follows: 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 Turnbull pleaded guilty to the charge laid.  On the trainer’s behalf Mr Sheales then presented submissions in regards to penalty. Having regards to certain detailed aspects of the Barrister’s submission on penalty, Stewards adjourned to fully consider the submission and examine references tendered on behalf of the trainer as being relevant. On Monday September 18, 2017, Stewards announced that taking all the circumstances into consideration they had determined that Mr Turnbull be disqualified for a period of two years and six months to commence at midnight on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. In determining penalty Stewards acknowledged the following: The serious nature of this offence; Mr Turnbull’s guilty plea; Cocaine, including its metabolites, as being a Class 1 Prohibited Substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Mr Turnbull’s previous record noting no previous prohibitive substance offences; and Mr Turnbull’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. HRNSW Stewards acting under the provisions of AHRR 195 being satisfied that benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester, metabolites of cocaine, were substances prohibited under the rules, ordered DESTINY WARRIOR be disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Turnbull was advised of his right to appeal these decisions.  HRNSW are advised the trainer has exercised his right to appeal the penalty imposed.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

ON Friday September 8, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards suspended the licence of trainer, Ms Amanda Coffee, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that xylometazoline had been detected in the blood sample taken from WAKE UP QUINN following its win in race 8, the PARKES FURNITURE ONE PACE (2040m) at Parkes on Sunday August 6, 2017. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria for confirmatory testing. HRNSW Stewards considered all available evidence at that time and determined that Rule 183 should be invoked based on the following factors: The existence of a prima facie case against you based on the certificate from ARFL; The nature of the substance; The absolute nature of AHRR 190 offences; The likely penalty of a significant period of disqualification if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The high unlikelihood that AHRR 256 will have any application if a prohibited substance offence is proven; The fact that this is not a finding of guilt and that this will militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension; The fact that an offence against AHRR 190 does not involve any aspect of intent and that this must further militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension.  (h) HRNSW’s protective objectives in the course of its core function to control, supervise and regulate harness racing in this State Ms Coffee has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her right of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness racing trainer Steve Turnbull commenced the 2017/2018 season where he left off in the last, with a training/driving double at Wednesday’s season opener at Group One Feeds Paceway. And while his two winners are very contrasting types, they both exemplified the driving touch of a real master. He may be content to take a back seat to his talented children these days, but there’s no doubt that he’s still as good a driver as any we’ve seen, going right back to the halcyon years of his own illustrious father. Ring The Till NZ was backing up from a successful Australian debut ten days earlier when trapped three-wide while working forward in a C1/C2 sprint, and there he remained for the entire trip. A lesser driver might have “gone for broke” in an attempt to find the death seat, or dropped back to the rear. Perhaps even both options, in that order. Turnbull, however, sat as quiet as a church mouse, keeping his horse comfortable out there as the race unfolded. While the speed was consistent, it didn’t quicken markedly as it often does through the third quarter, and his role in determining that speed might easily have been overlooked. Ring The Till kept finding in the straight, and had the audacity to poke his neck out right on the line for a truly courageous win. Margins to sprint-laning Her Razor Sharp and Soho Shanghai were just a head and a neck, and the  1:57.4 mile rate for this three-wide trip added to its merit. “He had a tough run previously at Dubbo, so I tried to be as kind to him as I could,” his driver commented on returning to scale. “ When I pulled the plugs, he really found plenty. He’s a very tough horse, this bloke.” And bred in the purple - by Mach Three, from a daughter of champion mare Under Cover Lover, a near-millionaire who won plenty of feature races on several Aussie raids during her three and four-year-old seasons. Her grandson looks certain to keep the cash register ringing. Steve Turnbull steered another son of Mach Three in the following race, a C3/C4 sprint, leading throughout with Sabrage NZ, and again displaying fine touch to keep that difficult customer running along comfortably, and not pulling ferociously as he often can. “He’s a real bugger of a horse, and you just never know what he’ll get up to. He’ll try sometimes, like tonight, and other times he doesn’t. Being able to get away with a steady second quarter helped him a lot.” Sabrage rated 1:56.4 for the trip, the night’s fastest, and held on by two-and-a-half metres from trailer Who's Driving and Sportygal in the death. And with that, the champion reinsman signed off for the night, with a perfect record from his only two drives at the meeting, and the leader’s yellow jersey in this year’s premiership! Last year’s premiership winners were: Trainer of the Year - Steve Turnbull, 79 wins Driver of the Year - Amanda Turnbull, 61 wins Junior Driver of the Year - Mitch Turnbull, 28 wins Horse of the Year - Sportygal, 6 wins Juvenile Horse of the Year - Karloo ThreeOThree, 5 wins Sire of the Year - Art Major, 26 wins UDR Driver of the Year - David Hewitt, 2.8 UDR Trainer of the Year - Barry Lew, 3.3 The Bathurst Awards Night will take place at Group One Feeds Paceway on Friday, October 13. Terry Neil

With three premiership wins for season 2016-17 and a host of trainers and drivers ranked in the top 10, Bathurst has once more proved to be a force of the Harness Racing New South Wales ranks. When the season concluded on August 31, Amanda Turnbull topped both the leading female driver and overall drivers’ state premierships with 187 winners. She also ranked fourth in the metropolitan drivers’ premiership, sixth in the trainers’ premiership and second in the leading female trainer battle. Her father Steve was once more crowned NSW’s leading trainer with 172 winners. It was the fourth time this decade he has won that title, adding to success in 2014-15, 2013-14 and 2013-12. On top of that, Mat Rue (100 winners) and Mitch Turnbull (64) both placed in the top 10 drivers, with Turnbull also picking up third spot on the concession drivers’ table. Angela Hedges (38), Emma Turnbull (27) and Ashlee Grives (25) rated amongst the most successful female drivers, while Grives (19) and Wendy Turnbull (24) ranked in the top 10 leading female trainers in the state. Georges Plains reinsman Bernie Hewitt (69) ranked amongst the leading trainers. “It just shows what a strong region Bathurst is for harness racing, we are very lucky,” Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Marianne Donnelly said. “It was great to see Mat get to 100, it came down to his last two drives for the season, but he got there. “Mitch has also won our junior driver premiership as well, he has done very well over the last season.” By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

Bathurst will kick off a new season with a new harness racing series. The Evolution Series is a new initiative from the Harness Racing New South Wales designed to give NSW Breeders Challenge eligible and sustained three-year-olds more opportunities to race against each other. Races in the series are restricted to 3C0 and 3C1 graded horses who have not won more than $40,000 in their career. Bathurst will host a heat this Wednesday as the penultimate race of the meeting. The race is shaping up to be a two-horse battle between Chris Frisby’s Uncle Ryan and David Hewitt’s Madame Leza. The pair will likely be fighting for favouritism in the lead up to the event – and their no strangers to racing against one another. Frisby’s gelding has finished inside the top two across his last five starts while Madame Leza bested Uncle Ryan by just a head in her latest run at Menangle. Heats in the Evolution Series are worth $10,000 and will lead to a $20,000 final to be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The only months the Evolution Series will not be held are March, May, June and July due to the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival and the NSW Breeders Challenge. The series is a statewide initiative which involves tracks across the Metropolitan, Hunter/North West, South West Riverina and Western Districts areas. Separate fillies series and colts and geldings series will start from January. Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate    

On August 24, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry that commenced on March 14, 2017, in relation to the betting activities of licensed harness racing trainer-driver Mr Josh Osborn. On February 10, 2017, HRNSW Stewards suspended the licences of trainer-driver, Mr Joshua Osborn, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. Mr Osborn appeared at the inquiry represented by Mr Paul O’Sullivan and presented evidence on March 14, 2017, and again on August 17, 2017. Stewards issued seventy-seven (77) charges pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 173 as follows: AHRR 173. (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. In determining penalty, Stewards considered that sixty-eight (68) of the total bets were placed by Mr Osborn on the horse that he drove in the respective races. In addition, Stewards considered that a further nine (9) of the total bets were placed by Mr Osborn on horses other than those driven by him in the respective races. Mr Osborn was also issued with a further charge pursuant to AHRR 173(4) in that he permitted his partner to operate his betting account in placing six (6) bets between June 2015 and March 2016. In relation to the nine (9) charges relating to Mr Osborn betting on horses other than those driven by him in the respective races, Mr Osborn was disqualified for a period of 3 months in respect of each charge to be served cumulatively. Consequently, Mr Osborn was disqualified for a period of 2 years and 3 months to commence from 10 February 2017, the date upon which he was stood down. In relation to the sixty-eight (68) charges relating to Mr Osborn betting on horses that he drove in the respective races, Mr Osborn was fined a total of $3400. In relation to the charge issued pursuant to AHRR 173(4), Mr Osborn was fined $500. Mr Osborn was advised of his right to appeal and has since lodged an Appeal. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded their inquiries into the circumstances in which the prohibited substance, Clenbutorol, was detected in urine and blood samples taken from the registered horse DEN HELDER NZ at Cowra race meeting on Sunday, May 14, 2017. At Cowra racecourse on that day HRNSW Stewards and Investigators searched the vehicle and float of trainer N Carroll and subsequently the horses GUTS and DEN HELDER NZ were withdrawn from their respective races by order of Stewards.  Stewards also ordered swab samples to be taken from both horses. Evidence was heard from trainer M Carroll and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr M Wainscott.  Further evidence from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Service certifying the substance Clenbutorol had been detected in blood and urines samples taken from DEN HELDER NZ on that day was considered. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against M Carroll pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) and (4) as follows: (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. 5)  A horse is presented for a race during the period commencing at 8.00 a.m. on the day of the race for which the horse is nominated and ending at the time it is removed from the racecourse after the running of that race. M Carroll pleaded guilty to having presented DEN HELDER NZ to the races following which a prohibited substance, Clenbutorol, was detected by two laboratories approved by HRNSW and was disqualified for a period of 14 months to commence from June 22 2017, the date upon which he was initially stood down. Stewards acknowledge that at the time of presentation DEN HELDER NZ had been in the care and under the control of trainer N Carroll.  At a future date N Carroll will be required to attend a further inquiry in this matter. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The serious nature of this offence; M Carroll’s guilty plea; A previous prohibited substance offence; M Carroll’s licence history in excess of 34 years; The particular circumstances surrounding the offence; Other personal subjective facts. M Carroll was advised of his right to appeal this decision. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today following an investigation that commenced on August 12, 2017, in relation to the extent of care provided to the registered horse WHOSEME FATHER after it was withdrawn from a race meeting and the circumstances which led to the untimely removal of the horse from the racecourse.  Evidence was heard from trainer John Gatt, Acting Chairman of Stewards at the Newcastle race meeting, G Adams, as well as a report submitted by the attending veterinary surgeon and the transcript of interviews undertaken with the trainer during that evening. The Stewards established that: (i) Upon arrival at Newcastle harness meeting on August 12, 2017, licensed trainer Mr John Gatt observed the horse as distressed and advised the Stewards. (ii) Following an examination by the on-course veterinarian, WHOSEME FATHER was withdrawn from Race 2.  HRNSW Stewards commenced an investigation at this time. (iii) Initial treatment was provided to WHOSEME FATHER by the on-course veterinarian who recommended on at least two occasions to Mr Gatt that the horse should not travel in its condition and should be provided with further treatment, in particular the provision of intravenous fluids.  (iv) The trainer understood the option existed for the horse to be treated at Newcastle Equine Centre until stabilised and fit to travel.  (v)  The horse’s condition had not stabilised and it received two further veterinary treatments. (vi) The on-course veterinarian left WHOSEME FATHER for a short period of time while attending to other raceday duties. (vii) During this time, Mr Gatt loaded the horse onto the float and despite a further approach from the on course veterinarian, Mr Gatt advised that he intended to take the horse back to Sydney before seeking further veterinary treatment. (viii) The lapsed time from the initial veterinary examination until the horse’s removal from the race course was (about) 40 minutes. (ix) Mr Gatt drove WHOSEME FATHER from the Newcastle harness meeting. (x) The Trainer later reported the horse’s demise, in transit. Mr Gatt was found guilty of a charge issued by HRNSW Stewards pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) Pursuant to AHRR 218 which states: “A person having responsibility for the welfare of a horse shall not fail to care for it properly.” In respect of the charge, Mr Gatt was disqualified for a period of 15 months to commence immediately.  Mr Gatt was provided with a period of time to attend to another horse on his property. In determining penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the full circumstances and serious nature of the matter, Mr Gatt’s plea of not guilty, no previous welfare related offences during his almost 25-year involvement in the harness racing industry and other personal subjective facts.  The trainer was also afforded some moderation in penalty in recognition that although, in the opinion of Stewards he had failed to provide appropriate care in a timely manner, he had contacted his usual veterinary surgeon whilst in transit. Mr Gatt was advised of his right to appeal the Stewards decision.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS  

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an inquiry yesterday in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that benzoylecgonine and ecgonine methyl ester were detected in the urine sample taken from DESTINY WARRIOR following its win in race 5, the DUBBO RSL CLUB FINAL (2120m), at Dubbo on Wednesday February 22, 2017. Licensed trainer-driver Mr Nathan Turnbull appeared at the inquiry, represented by Mr Damian Sheales of Counsel. Evidence, including the Reports of Analysis, was presented to the inquiry. Evidence was also obtained from licensed trainer-driver Mr Aaron Williams, Mr Damian Davis and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Turnbull pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2) & (4) as follows: 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 Turnbull pleaded guilty and the inquiry has been adjourned to consider penalty following submissions made on behalf of Mr Turnbull.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS  

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