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The 2017/18 breeding season is about to commence and if you have a broodmare in foal Harness Racing New South Wales wishes breeders all the best for the safe arrival of its progeny. No doubt breeders are in the process of choosing which stallion they will be sending their valuable broodmare to this season. For information HRNSW has compiled the 2017/18 NSW Breeding Schemes, Stallion Guide & Accredited Body Information Booklet. The Booklet which can be viewed by clicking here provides information about what is on offer in NSW in terms of Breeding Schemes and Bonuses, Race Series’, Stallion’s and the Accredited Bodies. Be sure to check out the Stallion Discounts on offer for Harness Breeders NSW Members. Should you have any general queries please contact Adam Fairley at afairley@hrnsw.com.au or on 02 9722 6614. Should you have any specific queries please contact the listed Staff or Committee Member within the Booklet. Further information can be found on the varied websites which are also listed in the Booklet (most email addresses and websites in the Booklet are hyperlinked so simply click on the link). The Board & Management of Harness Racing NSW thank you for considering patronising a NSW based Stallion, the NSW Breeding Schemes & Bonuses and becoming a Member of a NSW Accredited Body.  

Harness Racing New South Wales is pleased to announce that industry benefactors Kevin and Kay Seymour are sponsoring the inaugural Evolution Race Series. Celebrating their involvement in the industry which spans half a century this year makes it a "perfect fit" according HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny. "What makes a perfect fit is that the sponsors Kevin and Kay Seymour are celebrating their 50 year evolution in our great code of racing," Dumesny said. "Their generosity to the industry now and for the past years must certainly be acknowledged by all not only here in the premier state but Australia wide. "With the support of owners and trainers, the Evolution Series can not only be a success but it can grow in future years." The Evolution Series is for NSW Breeders Challenge eligible and sustained three-year-olds which commences in September, 2017. Races are restricted to 3C0/3C1 horses that have not won more than $40,000 in their career. Heats worth $10,000 will be held in each region with 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. "HRNSW is breaking new ground with the Evolution Series and this is due to the collective efforts of the NSW Breeders Association and the Clubs," Dumesny said. "We are extremely thankful for their collective contributions which will allow $10,000 heats and $20,000 finals." For further information on the Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Series click here. For dates of the Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Series click here.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

Riverina trainer Wayne Sullivan has reluctantly launched ground-breaking legal action against Harness Racing New South Wales to recover rehabilitation costs and damages from potential lost earnings over a shocking incident involving his filly Jovial Rock in last year's Leeton Breeders Plate final. More than 18 months after Sullivan's filly crashed to the track as an odds-on favourite when a false start was belatedly called, a case has been brought before the courts against the state regulator. It featured at Wagga Wagga's District Court on Friday. Jovial Rock made contact with the mobile and landed on her head, fracturing her upper jaw, which required teeth to be removed as she spent up to five days at Wagga's Charles Sturt University veterinary clinic. Sullivan maintained he received an apology on the night about the circumstances leading up to Jovial Rock's fall from starter Jamie Hogan, who was stood down for the remainder of the meeting. A stewards report from the card said the starting lights were accidentally activated instead of those to signify a false start as the mobile lost speed, triggering Jovial Rock to collide with its arm. Despite Jovial Rock going on to run credible races in the group 1 Australian Pacing Gold and NSW Breeders Challenge two-year-old fillies finals later in the season, Sullivan is adamant the horse is now a nervous wreck every time she goes to the races. He forfeited nominations fees that had been paid in advance for major races when she spent three months on the sidelines and believes Jovial Rock has never reached her potential since. He is unsure whether he plans to retire the five-race winner, which has won a tick over $45,000 and hasn't raced since mid-July. First prize in the 2016 Breeders Plate final, run on New Year's Day, was worth $24,000 alone. "I was left with no option," Sullivan said of the legal action. "Why should the race be taken away from a $1.50 favourite and she be denied a start? It was bloody horrific. When I got to her I thought she might have been dead, but she was just knocked out. I haven't seen anything like it. It's had an effect on her. "She didn't compete at Bathurst last year because of her injuries and we only just made the [Australian] Pacing Gold [series] by the skin of our teeth." But Sullivan's biggest disappointment is the fact Jovial Rock's temperament has completely changed as a result of the fall, which has rendered her a mess every time she is put on a float. And he wonders how much better her race record would be if not for the Leeton incident. "She really doesn't travel well and she sweats up and gets nervous," Sullivan said. "It's just changed her whole attitude. At home she couldn't be better, but it's when you travel and go to the races she's just a mess. She just works herself up. "I took her to the races on a winter's day at Menangle a couple of months ago and I only had a little sheet on her with all the vents open and it was like I had hosed her [she sweated up that badly]. They can't finish off their races like that. It's pretty sad." By Adam Pengilly Reprinted with permission of the WAtoday

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards have suspended the licences of trainer/driver, Mr Michael Langdon, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that 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 and associated control sample have 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 fact that a certificate has been issued by an approved drug testing laboratory confirming 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold had been detected; The level of the reading relative to the permissible threshold; The serious 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 HRNSW Policy in recent years has been to apply suspensions pursuant to AHRR 183 upon the receipt of one positive certificate; 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. Mr Langdon has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of his rights 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

The harness racing industry was shocked by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary trainer-driver Kevin Newman on Tuesday night. Harness Racing New South Wales Chief Executive John Dumesny expressed the harness racing fraternity's shock at the sudden passing. "Kevin at 83 was well and had just finalised the sale of his Penrith home and was looking forward to moving on to the central Coast with his wife Beryl," Dumesny said. "He was an icon, a legend of trotting, a one in a life time horseman. "It was an honour to known and be in the presence of KB Newman. "His wit had no peer and his recall of the halcyon days of trotting never diminished." Born in Western Australia, Kevin arrived in Sydney in 1951, two years after night trotting was introduced at Harold Park, as a 16-year-old. From here Kevin became a dominate force during what is known as the golden era of harness racing in the 1960s and 70s, particularly at Harold Park. He won an unequalled 10 Harold Park trainers' premierships and eight drivers' premierships. Kevin was the first driver to win two Miracle Miles - Halwes 1968 and Friendly Footman 1981. He steered home 533 winners at Harold Park and all up about 1400 in his entire career. Retiring from the driving ranks in 1986, Newman can claim victories in almost every major race at Harold Park. For his services to harness racing, Kevin was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1991, was named a Living Legend by HRNSW in 2000 and was also one of seven Living Legends of Harold Park. He was also inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions at the State's Sports Centre at Homebush in 2001. Kevin represented Australia twice in the World Driving Championships in the United States and Canada - finishing fourth behind Herve Filion in 1970, and sixth behind the New Zealander Kevin Holmes in 1978. Top performers Newman was associated with in feature race wins at Harold Park during his long and distinguished career include Koala Frost, Tongue Twister, Adios Victor, Mitchell Victory, Apollo Eleven and Markovina. To Kevin's wife Beryl, daughters Julie and Debbie and their families as well as Kevin's many friends, Harness Racing NSW extends its deepest condolences. Funeral details to be announced. AMANDA RANDO

Harness Racing New South Wales is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry McColl as the controlling body's Youth Development Officer. McColl will be responsible for supporting and expanding the existing youth program and to encourage younger people to become actively engaged in all facets of the industry. With his extensive experience in educational leadership within the NSW Department of Education, HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny believes McColl is the ideal candidate for this new role. "Barry will be a big asset to HRNSW as the Youth Development Officer will be a significant role in strengthening the sport's future across the state," Dumesny said. "Barry's intricate background in education as well as knowledge of the harness racing industry will help him in his role. "His role fits perfectly with the strategic initiatives of HRNSW, especially considering his experience in the education sector." After spending 45 years working in many educational leadership roles such as a school principal and a School Sport Consultant Officer in the Riverina, McColl is looking forward to his new role. "I have been in education for a while and I'm excited for this new role in a sport I have been passionate about and been involved in for a long time," McColl said. "It should be great fun and it is important people have fun in this industry. "Thank you to John Dumesny and the HRNSW Board for providing this opportunity to me at this unique time in my life   Amanda Rando

Harness Racing New South Wales is pleased to advise that Mr Grant Adams has been appointed as the Chairman of Stewards. Mr Adams is currently a Senior Steward with HRNSW and will head its panel of stewards from October 2017. He will take over the role from Mr Graham Loch who will be relinquishing the Chairman of Stewards position during a transition period. "I'm happy for the opportunity and I'm taking this role within the industry at a great time," Mr Adams said. "Both Reid Sanders and Graham Loch have shown me a lot over the years and have given me a great platform to work with. "The members which make up the panel as it stands is a cohesive group which I have the privilege to lead and work with." Mr Adams started as a trainee Steward with HRNSW in 2010, having previously worked as a draftsman, and has also gained experience as a starter and is an accredited swab official. "Grant's experiences and mentorship from those before him place him as the ideal person to command this demanding role," HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny said. "What is even more pleasing is the fact that he is a 'home bred' having started with HRNSW as a trainee in 2010. "The very fact he commenced on the pathway of being a steward in this decade demonstrates his capabilities as there have been challenges which the HRNSW Integrity Unit have encountered. "Graham Loch has served as a Chief Steward at HRNSW for the past two years and will remain with the organisation until October to assist with the transition. "He has and continues to be an inspirational mentor to the dedicated and diligent HRNSW team." With the stewarding panel restructure, HRNSW Senior Steward Mr Chris Paul has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Steward. Mr Paul has been with HRNSW since 2004 and is accomplished in all areas of integrity. "Chris has a dedication to stewarding which was always leading him to a higher position," Dumesny said. "He will compliment Grant's attributes in a significant manner which will further strengthen the team that has been enhanced with the return of the eminent Dr Martin Wainscott in the role of Regulatory Veterinarian." Meanwhile, Senior Steward Mr Michael Zarb has resigned his post and will finish with HRNSW at the end of July having taken a posting with thoroughbreds in South Korea. HRNSW will now recruit additional stewarding personnel to replace Mr Adams on the panel and Mr Zarb. AMANDA RANDO

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Friday July 7, 2017, into a number of matters regarding the presentation of the registered standardbred horse GUTS to Cowra Racecourse on Sunday, May 14, 2017, as well as items discovered during a search of trainer N Carroll’s motor vehicle and horse float.  The horse GUTS and another horse DEN HELDER NZ were withdrawn from their respective races by order of Stewards. Evidence was heard from trainer N Carroll, T Bootle who appeared as an advocate for the trainer, HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr M Wainscott and HRNSW Investigator N Ackland.  Evidence from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Service Limited certifying the substance Clenbutorol had been detected in blood and urines samples taken from GUTS on that day was considered as well as evidence recorded during the examination of the trainer’s vehicles. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against N Carroll pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2), (4) and (5) 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. N Carroll pleaded guilty to having presented GUTS to the races following which a prohibited substance, Clenbutorol, was detected by two approved laboratories and was disqualified for a period of nine months to commence from June 22, 2017, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The serious nature of this offence; N Carroll’s guilty plea; No prior prohibited substance offences; N Carroll’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Stewards also charged the trainer pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 119C (1) and (2) as follows: (1)  A trainer shall not without the prior approval of the Stewards stable any horse trained by him in any location other than any registered training establishment of the trainer. (2)  A trainer who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence and in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, the nomination of the horse concerned may not be accepted or if after acceptance, be rejected and the horse withdrawn from or disqualified from the race. N Carroll pleaded guilty to having stabled at a location not his registered stable address on Saturday night May 13, 2017, without the permission of Stewards and was fined $ 500. Stewards issued two further charges against the trainer pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 192 (1), (3) and (4) as follows: 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 - (a)  to administer a prohibited substance to a horse; or (b)  to produce a prohibited substance in a horse; (c)  to administer any medication or substance to 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. (4)  For the purposes of sub rule (1) possession includes control of and right of access to the prohibited substance or syringe, needle or other instrument. N Carroll pleaded guilty to having the prohibited substances Frusemide and Phenylbutazone in his vehicle at the Cowra racecourse on Sunday May 14, 2017, without the permission of Stewards and was fined $ 2500. N Carroll also pleaded guilty to having syringes, needles and other instruments as described in parts (a), (b) and (c) of the rule, in his vehicle at the Cowra racecourse on Sunday May 14, 2017, without the permission of Stewards and was fined $ 1000. Further matters relating to the presentation of the registered horse DEN HELDER NZ, trained by M Carroll, at Cowra on Sunday May 14, 2017, the nature of N Carroll’s evidence at various times during the Steward’s investigation, including his recant of certain evidence, and N Carroll’s apparent failure to initially comply with a direction to present all mobile phones in his control to Investigator N Ackland were adjourned to a date to be fixed pending trainer M Carroll’s attendance at an Inquiry and further forensic investigation of N Carroll’s mobile phone records. 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

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded an inquiry that commenced on Thursday February 24, 2017, into matters relating to the treatment of OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ and that horse being presented for an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Various evidence had been taken by Stewards through interviews with trainer Mark Purdon and foreman M Bowden as well as HRNSW Veterinarian Dr D Colantonio.  M Purdon and stable representatives have cooperated fully with the Stewards’ investigations. Subsequently, Stewards (by letter dated March 29, 2017) charged M Purdon with offences under the Rules which included; 1 - Charge pursuant to HRR 196B (1) and 4) - The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being a licensed trainer had on Monday, February 13, 2017, and without the permission of the Stewards, administered or caused to have administered to the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME serum, by way of an injection, being within one clear day prior to that horse contesting an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle, being contrary to the Rule” 2 - Charge pursuant to HRR 193. The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being the licensed trainer of the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME, had on Monday, February 13, 2017, caused to have an atomiser used to administer a serum to the horse and within forty-eight hours of that horse contesting an official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle the following day, being contrary to part (2) of the Rule.” 3 - Charge pursuant to HRR 194.  The particulars of the charge were “Mr Purdon, being the licensed trainer of the registered horse OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ and others, had prior to Monday, February 13, 2017, procured a veterinary product which was not registered in accord with legislation and at various times between Monday, February 13, 2017, and Friday, February 24, 2017, had the said product stored at premises under your control.” By email dated May 22, 2017, Counsel for M Purdon advised the trainer pleaded guilty to all charges and made detailed written submissions in regards to penalty. HRNSW Stewards have now convened to fully consider the submission provided on the trainer’s behalf and the options available to Stewards in regards to penalty. Having considered the circumstances and the submission of Counsel, Stewards have determined the appropriate penalties in the circumstances as follows; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 196B(1) and 4) - to be a fine of $6000; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 193 - to be a fine of $6000; In regards to the charge pursuant to HRR 194 - to be a fine of $3000. In determining these penalties Stewards have acknowledged M Purdon’s guilty pleas, his disciplinary record over a long period and the subjective facts. Having regard to the totality principle in sentencing the Stewards having fully considered the total effect of the penalties announced are satisfied they are appropriate to that principle and the circumstances which prevailed. Mr Purdon 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

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded an inquiry that commenced on Monday June 19, 2017, into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR following its win in race 2, the RANDALL JONES AUTOMOTIVE PACE (1900m) conducted at Broken Hill on Friday March 17, 2017. Licensed trainer-driver Ms Hughes provided evidence via telephone regarding CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR and her husbandry practices. Evidence including the Certificates of Analysis was presented to the inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Ms Hughes pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) as follows: CHARGE 1 - AHRR 196A (1)  A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance…. (ii)  which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. (2)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 2 (Alternative to Charge 1) - AHRR 196B.  (1)  A person shall not without the permission of the Stewards within one (1) clear day of the commencement of a race administer, attempt to administer or cause to be administered an injection to a horse nominated for that race…..  (4)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 3 - 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. Ms Hughes pleaded guilty to all charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1: Four years disqualification Charge 2: No penalty recorded- alternative charge Charge 3: Four years disqualification The periods of disqualification is to be served concurrently and is to commence from April 20, 2017, the date upon which Ms Hughes was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; The serious nature of this offence; Ms Hughes’ guilty pleas; Ms Hughes’ first prohibited substance offence; Class 1 prohibited substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Level of substance detected; Ms Hughes’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, Stewards disqualified CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR from the abovementioned race. Ms Hughes was advised of her 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

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry that commenced on Thursday June 15, 2017, into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that plasma Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ prior to race 3, DM PLUMBING TROTTERS MOBILE (1609 metres) at Tabcorp Park Menangle on May 9, 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Queensland. Mr Commens appeared at the inquiry with legal representation. Mr Commens provided evidence regarding the training of SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ and his husbandry practices. Evidence was presented to the inquiry by Dr Martin Wainscott and the Certificates of Analysis were also presented in evidence. Mr Commens 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 Commens was disqualified for a period of 10 months to commence from May 23, 2017, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In determining penalty Stewards acknowledged the following; Mr Commens’ guilty plea; This was Mr Commens’ first prohibited substance matter during a 50 year involvement in harness racing; TCO2 is a Class 2 Prohibited Substance (under HRNSW Penalty Guidelines); The level of TCO2 reported; Mr Commens’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, SUNDAZFORYUMCHA NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Commens 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

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an investigation into the involvement of Mr Shannon Wonson, a disqualified person, in the training of a registered standardbred on Wednesday March 8 and Thursday March 9, 2017. As a result of Mr Wonson failing to attend a Stewards inquiry on Wednesday March 22, 2017, HRNSW Stewards issued three (3) charges against him pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 259 (1) & (7) as stated: 259. (1)  - A disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority or a person warned off cannot do any of the following   -    (a)  associate with persons connected with the harness racing industry for purposes relating to that industry; (b)  be a member or employee of the Controlling Body; (c)  be an office holder, official, member or employee of a club; (d)  enter a racecourse or any place under the control of a club or Controlling Body; (e)  race, lease, train, drive or nominate a horse; (f)  conduct breeding activities; (g)  enter any premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry; (h)  participate in any manner in the harness racing industry; (i)  permit or authorise any person to conduct any activity associated with the harness racing industry at his/her registered training establishment; (7)  A disqualified person who fails to comply with this rule is guilty of an offence. The charges related to Mr Wonson entering a premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry on Wednesday March 8, 2017, and while on those premises, handling a registered standardbred. In addition, those charges related to Mr Wonson entering a premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry on Thursday March 9, 2017, and while on those premises, driving and training a registered standardbred as well as associating with Mrs Christyne Wonson, a person connected with the harness racing industry as a licensed trainer, for purposes relating to that industry. HRNSW Stewards provided Mr Wonson with an opportunity to attend an inquiry or provide written submissions in response to the charges. No submissions were received. Consequently, HRNSW Stewards considered the charges and Mr Wonson was found guilty of all three (3) charges. As a result of having been found guilty of the three (3) charges, Mr Wonson was informed that the three (3) year disqualification period to which he was subject at the time of these offences had recommenced in accordance with AHRR 259A and NSW Local Rule (NSWLR) 259 as stated: AHRR 259A - In addition to any penalty imposed pursuant to Rule 259(7) the original period of disqualification shall unless otherwise ordered by the Stewards automatically recommence in full. NSWLR259 (1) - The period of disqualification or warning off of any person, who is disqualified or warned off, who contravenes AHRR 259 (1) shall automatically be deemed to recommence as from the most recent date of such contravention and may also be subject to further penalty. (2) The provisions of sub-rule (1) shall apply to any person to which AHRR 259 (1) applies, regardless of when such penalty that gives rise to the application of the rule that was imposed. Consequently, Mr Wonson was informed that the three (3) year period of disqualification had recommenced on March 9, 2017, and will expire at midnight on March 8, 2020. Mr Wonson was informed of his right of appeal against this decision and has lodged an Appeal. HRNSW Stewards are considering penalty in relation to the three (3) charges for which Mr Wonson has been found guilty.   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 into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that synephrine had been detected in the urine sample taken from VOLATICUS following its win in race 6, the GOLD CROWN COCKTAIL PARTY 24TH MARCH PACE (1730 metres) conducted at Bathurst on Friday 10 March 2017. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Mr Collins appeared at the inquiry. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis was presented to the Inquiry. Mr Collins presented evidence in relation to his registered training establishment and a report from an Upper Macquarie Country Council Weeds Officer that confirmed the presence of the plant species, Juncus usitatus, at his training establishment. These plants are commonly known as Common Rush, Pin Rush or Mat Rush and produce the substance synephrine. It was noted that a previous warning issued in 2012 is published on HRNSW’s website. HRNSW Stewards also presented a report from The Royal Botanical Gardens, National Herbarium of NSW confirming that plant samples obtained by HRNSW Stewards during a stable inspection at Mr Collins’ training establishment on 10 April 2016 included the species Juncus australis and Juncus laeviusculus.   Mr Collins pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting VOLATICUS to race not free of a prohibited substance, being synephrine. In respect of that charge, Stewards did not impose a penalty on Mr Collins as they were satisfied that the detection of synephrine had resulted from inadvertent environmental contamination.  However, Mr Collins was cautioned that he must take all reasonable measures in future to manage his training establishment and horses to ensure that his horses were presented in accord with the Rules. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; •    Mr Collins’ licence history over a long period, and other personal subjective facts; •    Mr Collins’ had no prior offences of this nature; •    That Mr Collin’s had been proactive in investigating the circumstances; and •    The analytical results in this instance had occurred through inadvertent environmental contamination. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, VOLATICUS was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibilityfor commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government.  Harness Racing New South Wales

Disqualified Maitland trainer Ricky Potts is unsure if he will return to harness racing after what he believes is an excessive, five-year ban for a second prohibited substance offence. Potts pleaded not guilty but was handed bans of two years, five years and nine months, to be served concurrently, last month after found guilty by Harness Racing New South Wales stewards of charges relating to the plasma total carbon dioxide (TCO2) level of Mincarlie in a pre-race blood test at Newcastle on April 8.  Mincarlie was eighth in the race. “I can’t tell you why it came back high,” Potts said of the (TCO2) reading. “It was only a bicarb reading and she was in season before it. I spoke to the vet and he said that will raise the bicarb level of the horse, and between that and her being agitated, he said those things add up to making it rise.” He said he did not appeal the ban because of the cost involved and he was unsure if he would return to the sport. “​It makes you not want to come back to it again, when you get treated like that,” he said. “If it comes back positive, it comes back positive, but I don’t see five years in a high bicarb level when they are using ice and everything else and get half the time.” Potts, a 34-year-old truck owner-driver, was suspended for nine months in 2013 when Winds Of Change returned a positive swab for synephrine. “The first one really annoyed me because everyone got a warning over it,” he said. “A heap of people were just warned about it, even after I got a holiday for it.” On Saturday night, Newcastle has a 10-race meeting, with the first at 4.55pm.  Darryl Thomas’s Big Abraxas, Darren Elder’s Days End and Chris Bourke’s The Plainsman will carry Hunter hopes at Menangle. By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald

ON Monday October 31, 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards commenced an investigation into the apparent administration of a medication to the registered standardbred A MATTER OF COURSE which was engaged to race at the Newcastle meeting that day.  That horse was subsequently scratched from the race by order of Stewards. On that night evidence was taken from Mr G Chapple, the licensed trainer of the horse A MATTER OF COURSE, Mr M Chapple who attended the horse, the Official Starter and the raceday Veterinary Surgeon.  Samples were taken from A MATTER OF COURSE for analysis as well a jar of ointment that was confiscated.  Analysis by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory confirmed the prohibited substance menthol was detected in the sample taken from A MATTER OF COURSE.  By letter on April 18, 2017, Stewards notified Mr Chapple of charges laid against him. By email on Friday, April 28, 2017, through his legal representative, Mr Chapple pleaded guilty to the charges and provided detailed submissions in respect to penalty. On Monday, May 23, 2017, HRNSW Stewards convened to consider the submissions entered on the trainer’s behalf and to determine the penalties in the matters. Charge 1 – Pursuant to HRR 192(1) and (3) which state: (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 – (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. The Stewards announced a fine of $500. Charge 2 – Pursuant to HRR 193 (3), (6) & (8) which state: (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 G Chapple admitted instructing his son, driver Mr M Chapple, to apply medication to the horse on race day. The Stewards announced Mr G Chapple be disqualified for a period of six (6) months. Charge 3 – Pursuant to Rules 190 (1), (2) & (4): (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. The Stewards announced Mr G Chapple be disqualified for a period of six (6) months. In determining these penalties the Stewards noted Mr Chapple’s pleas, his previous disciplinary record, the circumstances of the offence and the subjectives advanced on his behalf, including his cooperation with and before the Stewards. The Stewards ordered that this penalty be served concurrently with the penalty announced in regards to Charge 2. Stewards also ordered that the penalty take effect from midnight Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  Mr G Chapple was advised of his right to appeal the decisions of Stewards. Mr Mitch Chapple – Inquiry Concluded FURTHER to the proceedings at Newcastle on October 31, 2017, Mr M Chapple was notified by letter details dated April 18, 2017, of a charge laid against him. By email on Friday, April 28, 2017, through his legal representative, Mr Chapple pleaded guilty to the charges and provided detailed submissions in regards to penalty. On Monday, May 23, 2017, HRNSW Stewards convened to consider the submission entered on Mr M Chapple’s behalf and to determine a penalty in the matter. Charge 1 – Pursuant to HRR 193 (3), (6) & (8) (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. Before Stewards Mr M Chapple had admitted applying medication, being a chest rub ointment, to the horse, A MATTER OF COURSE on the race day and prior to racing.  The Stewards announced a penalty of a fine of $1000 of which $500 was ordered be suspended on the proviso that Mr M Chapple not be found guilty of a breach of any of the rules relating to prohibited substances within a period of 12 months from this date. In determining this penalty the Stewards noted Mr Chapple’s plea, his previous good disciplinary record, the particular circumstances of the offence, as acting under the direction of his parent being the horse’s trainer, and the subjectives advanced on his behalf, including his (young) age and cooperation with and before the Stewards. Mr M Chapple was advised of his right to appeal the decision of the Stewards. 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 concluded their inquiries into certain activities of licensed trainer Dean Germon on Wednesday May 2, 2017. These inquiries resulted from an inspection of the trainer’s stables on Monday, February 6, 2017.  On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Stewards took evidence from Mr Germon in regards to matters dealing with the intended lease of two registered standardbred horses, details of stable returns submitted by the trainer and his attempt to work a horse at the Tamworth Showgrounds when not officially included in his stable.  This hearing was adjourned to allow Stewards to fully consider the evidence. By letter dated March, 1, 2017, Mr Germon was informed of the charges laid against him. They included; Charges 1 and 2 issued under HR Rules 109 (1) & (2) which state; 109. (1)  Within 7 days of entering into a lease or prior to the horse next racing whichever is the earlier the lessee shall lodge a notification of the lease with the Controlling Body. (2)  Notification shall be made in the manner and form and be accompanied by such documentation, information and fees as the Controlling Body may determine. Charge 3 issued under HR Rules 25 (1)(a) & (4) which state; 25.  (1) (a) A stable return containing the true and correct particulars must be lodged with the Controlling Body by the connections of a horse within the time and in the manner and form determined by the Controlling Body and the connections shall ensure that all particulars on the stable return are true and correct. (4)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence. Charge 4 issued pursuant to HR Rule 91(1)(c) which states; 91.  (1)  A person shall not carry on an activity regulated by licence – (c)  except in accordance with the terms and conditions of the licence. (2)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of sub rule (1) is guilty of an offence. As no response was received from the trainer despite an extension of time being granted to plea to the charges laid, on March 24, 2017, Stewards proceeded in his absence, found Mr Germon guilty of all charges laid and notified the trainer in writing.  The trainer was invited to make submissions in regards to penalty. In the absence of any response from the trainer in regards to penalty, on May, 2, 2017 Stewards announced the following penalties: Charges 1 and 2 – A fine of $300 in regards to each offence. Charge 3 – A fine of $2000. Charge 4 – A suspension of licence for a period of six (6) months to be served cumulative to a penalty presently the subject of appeal before the Racing Appeals Tribunal.  The commencement date of such suspension will be announced following the determination of that Appeal.  In determining these penalties Stewards considered the circumstances of the offences and the known subjective facts relevant to the trainer. Mr Germon was notified of the Stewards findings by letter on May, 3, 2017 and informed of his right to appeal these decisions. 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 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

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