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On Thursday May 11, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry 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 MINCARLIE prior to race 7, THE 102.9 KOFM BATTLERS STAKES (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on Saturday April 8, 2017. The “B” sample was confirmed by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (Racing Science Centre). Mr Potts appeared at the Inquiry. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis was presented.  Evidence was taken from Mr Potts regarding the training of MINCARLIE and his husbandry practices and also presented to the Inquiry by HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio. Mr Potts was issued with the following charges pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR): Charge 1:      AHRR 196A(1)(ii) for administering to MINCARLIE a prohibited substance which was detected in a sample taken from that horse prior to the running of a race. Charge 2:      AHRR 190(1),(2) & (4) for presenting MINCARLIE to race not free of a prohibited substance. Charge 3: AHRR 193(3) & (6) for administering to MINCARLIE a medication on race day prior to that horse running in a race. Mr Potts was found guilty of all charges.  Stewards issued the following penalties, and ordered the penalties be served concurrently: Charge 1:      2 years disqualification Charge 2: 5 years disqualification Charge 3: 9 months disqualification In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Mr Pott’s second Prohibited Substance offence; Class 2 Prohibited Substance; The level detected being greater than 39.0 mmol/L; Mr Pott’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, MINCARLIE was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Potts was advised of his right to appeal these decisions. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government.   Michael Prentice                            Integrity Manager

On Thursday April 20, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards suspended the licences of trainer/driver, Ms Kylie Hughes, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW took these measures after receiving a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post-race urine sample taken from CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR following its win in race 2, the RANDALL JONES AUTOMOTIVE PACE (1900 metres) conducted at Broken Hill on Friday March 17, 2017. The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to the Racing Science Centre (QRIC) in Queensland 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 Cobalt 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; (i) 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 Ms Hughes has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her 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

Tamworth Showground, which earlier this year was purchased by Harness Racing New South Wales, will now be officially known as the Tamworth Paceway but little will change with the facility to focus on existing uses but grow in time. Whilst the Tamworth Show will be held at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC), the harness racing will continue with strength next season and HRNSW is encouraging all current operators to continue activities at the site and will be welcoming others to use the property. These current uses include reigning, team penning, quarter horse, welsh ponies, stock horses, cattle and poultry and they are all welcome to continue their events at the Paceway. HRNSW has also committed to continuing the wider community initiatives of the Tamworth Pastoral & Agricultural Association with the on-going monthly markets, which the P & A Association will coordinate. The gymnasium and boxing academy, Westside Boxing Club operated by Mike Abra which has assisted with the youth of the Tamworth region and the local area police command, will continue to operate at the Paceway. The police force members train at the gym whilst local youth are encouraged to improve their focus on life’s opportunities under the guidance of those around them. HRNSW Board Member Chris Edwards was extremely enthusiastic in relation to the future of the former Showground. “This property offers so much to so many,” Mr Edwards said “To the harness racing participants and followers in the region they have a permanent home, Tamworth Paceway. “To the agricultural community of Tamworth and surrounds, instead of an industrial estate they will be able to utilise a purpose-built facility for horses, cattle, poultry and all other livestock where they are able to be accommodated. “The many buildings on the Paceway also offer so many opportunities for other activities. “We (HRNSW) are only too pleased to be involved and able to contribute to the wider community in that respect but as far as harness racing is concerned the future is assured and there is a very bright future here in the North West Region,” Mr Edwards concluded. NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the measures are a strong vote of confidence in the future of harness racing in Tamworth. “It’s extremely pleasing to see these positive developments that lock in harness racing as an important social and community sport in the Tamworth region,” Mr Toole said.  “I congratulate HRNSW for making sure the other existing users are included in the future of the venue. “It’s a great example of people working together for the benefit of the entire community.”  Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said country racing is part of our social fabric, which is why investment in local facilities is so important. “It’s great to see that the old showground site will continue to be put to good use. Investment into the facilities at the Tamworth Paceway is an investment into our racing fraternity which should be supported and encouraged,” Mr Anderson said. Mayor of the Tamworth Regional Council Col Murray said his Council was pleased with the future outlook for the former Showground. “Tamworth Regional Council is pleased with the current direction adopted by HRNSW in not only securing the future of harness racing in the city but a range of other activities on the property.” President of the Tamworth P & A Association Brett Nies welcomed the continued agricultural use of the former Showground. “Our Association will retain a close connection to the old Showground as our headquarters remain virtually on the property on the adjoining block,” he said. “Our office will be located in Showground Road but we will be conducting the Show in 2018 and beyond out at AELEC. “It is satisfying however to know that the harness racing organisation will have an agricultural focus on future activities and they are more than mindful of the needs of the local community. “I’m glad it was harness racing who secured the property to continue the traditional uses.”    Naturally the focus will be on harness racing and in the 2017/18 season a record 26 meetings are scheduled for the Paceway under the auspices of the Tamworth Harness Racing Club. Tamworth Harness Racing Club Chair Julie Maughan was pleased that the determination of the location of the harness racing track was finalised after a 10-year wait. "The Board of the Tamworth HRC and I are thrilled to know that we have a great location and facility to now permanently call home. I know our Members are pleased with the announcement as well,” Ms Maughan said. "Harness racing in Tamworth has always been here on these grounds and to continue our association is a positive move not only for the members but for the harness racing fraternity in general - they have a permanent home. "Moving forward harness racing will jump out of the ground in Tamworth and the North West because of the backing from the Board of HRNSW." The NSW Mini Trotting Championships is the first major event held at the Paceway since HRNSW ‘officially’ took over the running of the property. It is planned to conduct the Mini Trotting Championships annually at Tamworth Paceway.  The Championship attracted 180 ponies this year and can only grow with a permanent home which has all the amenities required for this four-day event. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny endorsed the decision of the Board to allocate the Mini Trotting Championships to Tamworth Paceway. “This property is ideal for the Mini Trot Championships as it has ample stables and most importantly established camping facilities. The other amenities assist with the operational aspects of the Championship and what’s more Tamworth is the horse capital of Australia!” Mr Dumesny said. “The Championships are a fantastic experience for our young competitors and a holiday with the family and friends during the four-day Easter break makes for a really great time.” The Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association will also hold the State Championships at Tamworth Paceway in 2018. HRNSW has already engaged GHD Tamworth to master plan the Paceway with commitments already given and underway with a new harness racing officials tower, race stalls roof, permanent training stables upgrade and grandstand extension all of which is budgeted to $2million from the Harness Racing Racecourse Development Fund. “The Board gave a commitment to the harness racing fraternity firstly to the continuation of racing in the North West Region and now confirms that commitment through the $4.6million purchase and the improvements to the Paceway,” Mr Dumesny said. “In time the strategy is to have more than 100 horses permanently stabled and trained from the Tamworth Paceway.” HRNSW will be appointing an Operations Officer and Grounds person however in the interim the Tamworth P & A Secretary Suz Rodd will be coordinating activities at the Paceway. “HRNSW is extremely grateful to the P & A for their genuine and professional dealings with us during the past few months,” Mr Dumesny said. “Brett (Nies), Greg (Townsend), Geoff (Hoy) and Suz (Rodd) have been magnificent to work with during the purchase negotiations and the changeover of ownership. “To now offer to continue to assist with the ongoing operations whilst the Association vacates the Showground proves their dedication to all concerned in the Tamworth. “This group’s advocacy in relation to supporting the current users and tenants of the property and securing tenure through discussions with the HRNSW Board Members and myself has been extremely admirable.” For all further enquiries contact HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny (02) 9722 6600. AMANDA RANDO

Harness Racing in the Riverina received a major boost this week with the announcement of a contractor assigned to begin works on the site at Cartwrights Hill north-east of Wagga. Work is expected to commence on Riverina's new home of harness racing as early as next month with Ladex Constructions Group. Weather permitting, the timeline of this stage of the project is estimated to take around 12 months. It has been a lengthy process to get to this point according to Harness Racing New South Wales chief executive John Dumesny. "It is somewhat of a relief that this project will finally start rising from the open paddock in North Wagga," said Dumesny. "HRNSW and the harness racing fraternity have been frustrated at many stages during the past 10 years but that is all behind us now. "To all those concerned to date with the project I offer the Board Members congratulations and appreciation of their efforts. "The end result will be a racing precinct for the Riverina to be extremely proud of." Plans for the multi-million dollar racing facility will see a similar development to that constructed at Bathurst. This includes a 1070m racetrack capable of starting 10 horses across the front thus resulting in maximum field sizes as well as a sprint lane. Plans for this Riverina Supercentre began in 2007 and these are the events that have followed since: Site inspections took place at six locations in areas of Wagga, Coolamon and Junee; The HRNSW Board decided that due to the population base and centrality to the region, Wagga was determined as the preferred location; Site selection was narrowed down to North Wagga Flats as the preferred site due to the additional land available for future developments, proximity to Charles Sturt University its students and the equine veterinary clinic, the convenience by road for harness racing participants located in Junee, Coolamon, Leeton and Albury; HRNSW undertook two water studies through Wagga Council’s preferred flood impact professionals WMA Water on the site – other tracks built on flood plains/low lying areas include Tabcorp Park Menangle, Harold Park, Goulburn, Albion Park, Yarra Valley, Terang; HRNSW Stewards frequently visited the site in winter to inspect the fog conditions; HRNSW purchased the land in May 2016; Countless meetings with local residents to explain the project; Numerous meetings with Wagga City Council and the Southern Region Planning Panel to have the development approved; A thorough expressions of interest to attract the most suitable construction company. Amanda Rando

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an Inquiry on 5 October 2017 into the results of the following out-of-competition blood samples taken from horses in the care of trainer Mr Shaun (Anthony) Simiana: FRANCO TIAGO NZ                          Sample collected on 17 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK                        Sample collected on 17 April 2016 FRANCO TIAGO NZ                          Sample collected on 18 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK                        Sample collected on 18 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK                        Sample collected on 3 May 2016 Those samples were reported to contain the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK. On 5 October 2016, HRNSW Stewards issued eight (8) charges against Mr Simiana and adjourned the Inquiry to allow Mr Simiana to consider those charges. The Inquiry resumed on 7 December 2016 at which time Mr Simiana’s legal representatives made a number of requests and further applications. Following correspondence between the parties, due to the fact that no submissions were received from Mr Simiana in response to the charges issued by 20 January 2017, HRNSW Stewards considered the matter on the evidence that was before them, in the absence of any submissions. Mr Simiana was found guilty of all charges and advised through his legal representative of that decision. Mr Simiana was provided with an opportunity to provide submissions in relation to the matter of penalty by COB 3 February 2017. Following an extension until COB 7 February 2017, no submissions were received and HRNSW Stewards considered the matter of penalty. Mr Simiana was issued with the following penalties: In relation to Charges 1,2,3,4 & 7, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190A(1)(a), Mr Simiana was disqualified for a period of six (6) years to be served concurrently; In relation to Charges 5,6 & 8, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 196A(1)(i) & (2) Mr Simiana was disqualified for a period of ten (10) years to be served concurrently. HRNSW Stewards ordered that the two (2) periods of disqualification imposed be served cumulatively. Therefore Mr Simiana was disqualified for a total period of 16 years to commence from 28 July 2016, the date upon which he was stood down. HRNSW Stewards also considered the disqualification of the subject horses pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190A(1)(b) as follows: AHRR 190A         (1)  When a sample taken at any time from a horse being trained or cared for by a licensed person has detected in it any prohibited substance specified in sub-rule (2):- (b)  The horse may be disqualified from any race in which it has competed subsequent to the taking of such a sample where, in the opinion of the Stewards, the prohibited substance was likely to have had any direct and/or indirect effect on the horse at the time of the race. Consequently, Stewards ordered the following disqualifications: FRANCO TIAGO NZ be disqualified as the winner of Race 5 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 19 April 2016; FRANCO TIAGO NZ be disqualified as the winner of Race 2 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 30 April 2016; WALKABOUT CREEK be disqualified from its fourth place at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 19 April 2016; WALKABOUT CREEK be disqualified from its second place at Dubbo on 29 April 2016; WALKABOUT CREEK be disqualified from its third place at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 May 2016. In addition, HRNSW Stewards ordered that Mr Simiana pay to HRNSW within 14 days of being advised of the Steward’s Decision, the sum of $15,000 as costs pertaining to the analytical tests that were costs borne by the Controlling Body in relation to the prohibited substances from his horses, pursuant to NSW Local Rule 256A as follows: NSWLR256A       (1)  The Stewards, having determined after an inquiry or investigation to impose a penalty upon a person for a breach of, or offence under, these Rules, may make such order as they think fit as to the payment of costs by that person in part or full of any costs and expenses incurred by the Controlling Body in connection with that inquiry or investigation.                 (2)  A costs order made under this Rule is additional to, and does not form part of, any penalty imposed upon the person.  However the order as to costs does form part of the decision made by Stewards, and is not intended to be protected from any rights of Appeal the person may have. (3)  A costs order is payable as a debt to the Controlling Body within 14 days of notification of the quantum of the order, whether orally or in writing, to the person.  Failure to comply with the terms of payment, or to enter into a payment arrangement satisfactory to the Controlling Body, may lead to the person being placed on the Unpaid Forfeit List. Mr Simiana has lodged an appeal. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY OFFICER (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 yesterday into the conduct of licensed trainer-driver Mr Dean Germon towards Mr Laurie James at the Tamworth Showground on Saturday 28 January 2017. Stewards also inquired into Mr Germon’s training establishment and horses located within his stable during a stable inspection conducted by HRNSW Stewards on Monday 6 February 2017. Mr Germon appeared and presented evidence at the Inquiry.  Evidence was also heard from HRNSW Steward Mr Daniel Westwood, and Mr Laurie James as well as two independent witnesses. After considering the evidence HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Germon pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rule 231(1) which states; AHRR 231(1) A person shall not                 (a) threaten                 (c) intimidate                 (d) abuse                 (e) assault anyone employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry or otherwise having a connection with it. Mr Germon pleaded guilty to the charge and was disqualified for a period of 12 months to commence immediately.  As Mr Germon had accommodation on the Tamworth Showgrounds he was provided with seven (7) days to put his affairs in order. Mr Germon was advised of his right of appeal. HRNSW Stewards adjourned the Inquiry to examine other evidence relevant to Mr Germon’s training and training establishment.  Stewards anticipate further charges to eventuate.    MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY OFFICER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales advises that Our Dream About Me, which is engaged in the Macarthur Square Ladyship Mile (Group 1) at Tabcorp Menangle Park tonight is scratched from the race. Trainer Mr M Purdon informed HRNSW Stewards that after training Our Dream About Me this morning, at the Menangle Park Training Centre, he was not completely satisfied with the mare and at 7.38am requested it be scratched from the race. The first emergency for the Ladyship Mile, Tact Hayleys Delight, is taking the run and will start from barrier nine. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY OFFICER (02) 9722 6600 GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600       

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that all horses engaged in the $750,000 AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY MIRACLE MILE (Group 1), including the emergency runners, underwent veterinary examinations this morning. Stabled in the HRNSW Retention Facility, all horses were observed in their work by Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Don Colantonio. All horses were passed by the Veterinarian. Other Integrity updates; INTEGRITY UPDATE – HAVE FAITH IN ME Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that Have Faith In Me, which is engaged in Race 6 - The Bohemia Crystal Free For All (Group 1) at Tabcorp Menangle Park on Saturday night, was examined this morning at the Menangle Park Training Facility and passed by the HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Don Colantonio. Stewards have ascertained that although veterinary examinations in New Zealand had identified that Have Faith In Me from an early age as having a kidney condition, thought to be similar in nature to kidney stones, extensive investigation in December last year has identified that the horse has congenital malformation of the kidneys.  Specialist veterinary opinion is that the condition is not considered to have effect on the horse’s performance. During investigations Stewards became aware that in December last year Have Faith In Me was diagnosed with lameness in both hocks and knees and received veterinary treatment.  In early February, Trainer Mr Purdon confirmed that Have Faith In Me received further veterinary treatment which involved therapeutic injections. INTEGRITY UPDATE – OUR DREAM ABOUT ME Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that Our Dream About Me, which is engaged in Race 4 – Macarthur Square Ladyship Mile (Group 1) at Tabcorp Menangle Park on Saturday night, was examined this morning at the Menangle Park Training Facility and passed by the HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Don Colantonio.  As a precaution Dr Colantonio will further examine the mare again tomorrow morning. Investigations have revealed that following the mare’s official trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, a deep seated corn was identified following which protective shoeing was undertaken and the condition was treated by the Purdon stable.  Mr Purdon has stated that after his arrival in Sydney on Wednesday, Our Dream About Me had been reshod with bar plates and he considers the mare’s condition to have continued to improve.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY OFFICER (02) 9722 6600 GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600            AMANDA RANDO   MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER       HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   PO Box 1034 Bankstown NSW 1885   T: 02 9722 6600 E: arando@hrnsw.com.au T: @Amanda_Rando   W: www.harnessmediacentre.com.au | T: twitter.com/hrnsw_harness | F: facebook.com/hrnsw              

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that two runners from the Mark Purdon stable will undergo a veterinary examination at the Menangle Park Training facility tomorrow morning. OUR DREAM ABOUT ME: "HRNSW Stewards advise that on Tuesday afternoon at Tabcorp Park Menangle they spoke to a representative of the Purdon stable and information was provided in relation to the horse's condition and recent treatment," reported HRNSW Chairman of Stewards Graham Loch. "Following review of the two recent trials of Our Dream About Me at Menangle, having noted that the mare last raced on 31 December, 2016, and having regard to comments made this morning by Mr Purdon on Perth radio, we have advised the trainer that we require our HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian to examine the horse tomorrow morning." HAVE FAITH IN ME: HRNSW Stewards have received information from a number of New Zealand-based Veterinary Surgeons regarding a kidney condition sustained by Have Faith In Me. It appears that the condition was identified and treated prior to the horse racing successfully in Australia last season. "It is our position that we possibly should have been provided with the information in the past but in light of recent performances and public speculation HRNSW Stewards are attempting to gain an understanding of the condition and what, if any, issues may affect performance," said Loch. Loch added that Mr Purdon has been advised to present the horse tomorrow. ULTIMATE MACHETTE: HRNSW Stewards have also received the results of pathology tests undertaken from Ultimate Machete after racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. Following the race Mr Purdon had expressed disappointment in the performance. Wollondilly Equine Clinic Veterinary Surgeon Dr Andrew Argyle has advised the pathology results were normal other than indicating that Ultimate Machete was exhibiting signs of post virus recovery. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY OFFICER (02) 9722 6600 GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600                AMANDA RANDO   MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER       HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   PO Box 1034 Bankstown NSW 1885   T: 02 9722 6600 E: arando@hrnsw.com.au T: @Amanda_Rando   W: www.harnessmediacentre.com.au | T: twitter.com/hrnsw_harness | F: facebook.com/hrnsw              

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that all horses engaged in the 2017 AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY MIRACLE MILE (Group 1), including the emergency runners, will undergo a routine veterinary examination tomorrow morning. Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Don Colantonio vetted all horses and blood samples were taken when they entered the Retention Facility yesterday. HRNSW Chairman of Stewards, Graham Loch, stressed that the examinations were quite routine and intended to avoid unnecessary speculation regarding the fitness of any of this year's Miracle Mile field. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY OFFICER (02) 9722 6600 GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600    

The all-important barrier draws for the Group 1 New South Wales Oaks and Derby will take place next Monday at 10am at the Harness Racing New South Wales office. Connections of horses qualified for the respective juvenile feature races are invited to watch the draw take place. Both races, which carry $200,000 in prizemoney each, will be part of six Group 1's at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 25. The culmination of the Sky Racing Carnival Of Miracles will include the 50th edition of the Miracle Mile, the Group 1 Ladyship Mile, the Group 1 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All as well as the Group 1 Trotters Cup. Meanwhile, the barrier draw for the 2017 edition of the Miracle Mile will be held at a special function at Menangle this Sunday (February 19).   AMANDA RANDO 

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards today concluded the Inquiry into the presentation of VINNY CHASE to race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016, when subsequent to it winning race 4 on that date a urine sample taken from it was found to contain the prohibited substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5 alpha – estran-3 beta, 17 alpha-diol. A further sample taken from the horse at its stables on 15 July 2016 also detected prohibited substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5 alpha – estran-3 beta, 17 alpha-diol. HRNSW Stewards convened an Inquiry into the substances being detected in the two urine samples on 28 September and 20 November 2016. Mrs McCarthy was issued with the following charges pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) on 28 September 2016: 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. AHRR 190A.          (1)  When a sample taken at any time from a horse being trained or cared for by a licensed person has detected in it any prohibited substance specified in sub-rule (2):- (a)  The trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at the relevant time shall be guilty of an offence.   On 20 November 2016, Mrs McCarthy, accompanied by her legal representatives Ms Valerie Heath of Counsel, Solicitor Mr Matthew Hammond and Professor Whittem, provided evidence and submissions in defence of the charges. On 15 December 2016, HRNSW found Mrs McCarthy guilty of both charges via a written decision. Submissions on the matter of penalty were invited and these were received by HRNSW on 30 January 2017. The submissions made the following points: That Mrs McCarthy was only the trainer of VINNY CHASE for some 20 clear days prior to the race in question; There is inconclusive evidence that Mrs McCarthy was responsible for the administration of the substances; That as the trainer of the horses Mrs McCarthy carries the absolute responsibility to ensure horses in her care are presented to race free of any prohibited substances; The specific nature of the substances detected; Mrs McCarthy’s clean record, the number of horses in her care, lack of motive; Supporting character references. HRNSW Stewards considered the submissions when balanced with an appropriate penalty in a disciplinary regime where the aim of this action is to ensure the integrity of the industry and for those associated with the industry to understand the consequences of their non-compliance with the Rules. The Stewards were also mindful of the following factors to determine penalty: The nature of the substance; The scientific evidence regarding the elimination of such substances; The HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Mrs McCarthy’s licence and disciplinary record; The personal subjective factors relevant to Mrs McCarthy. Stewards have determined that Mrs McCarthy should be disqualified for a period of 12 months and fined $5000. The period of disqualification is backdated to 22 August 2016 the date upon which Mrs McCarthy was stood down pursuant to Rule 183. Acting under Rule 195 the Stewards further ordered that VINNY CHASE be disqualified as the winner of Race 4 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016. Stewards further ordered that subject to Rule 190AA(4),  VINNY CHASE is not permitted to start in any race before 15 July 2017 and only after the production of an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Clearing Certificate. 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 advises that it will utilise the HRNSW Retention Facility for all horses, including emergencies, entered in the Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday February 11, 2017. Horses entered in the Group 1 will be housed within the HRNSW Retention Facility and must be presented at the facility prior to midday on Thursday February 9, 2017. All trainers with horses entered for this race have been notified by HRNSW of the requirements for presentation of their respective horses. Horses will remain under the supervision of HRNSW until released to the raceday stables two hours prior to the race.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER

The all-important barrier draw for the Group 1 Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire will take place next Monday at 11am at the Harness Racing New South Wales office. Connections of horses qualified for the $200,000 feature are invited to watch the draw take place. The 2017 edition of the Chariots Of Fire will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 11. Since the race’s inception in 1995, the Chariots Of Fire has been a stepping stone into the Grand Circuit for many great pacers. And last year was the first time the winner automatically qualified for the Miracle Mile. An invitation to the 50th Miracle Mile is on the line for this year’s winner of the Chariots Of Fire too. See full conditions of the 2017 Chariots Of Fire here:  Amanda Rando

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry yesterday into a report received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post-race urine sample taken from Apollo Thirteen NZ following its win in race 2, conducted at Newcastle on Saturday 22 October 2016. Licensed trainer-driver Mr Shannon Lindsay appeared at the Inquiry and provided evidence regarding the horse Apollo Thirteen NZ and his husbandry practices. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis was presented to the Inquiry. HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio also provided evidence to the Inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Lindsay 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 Lindsay was found guilty of that charge and disqualified for a period of four years to commence from 15 December 2016, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The serious nature of this offence; Mr Lindsay’s not guilty plea; Mr Lindsay’s first offence for a Prohibited Substance; Class 1 Prohibited Substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Level of substance detected (240 ug/L); Mr Lindsay’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, Stewards disqualified Apollo Thirteen NZ from the abovementioned race. In addition, acting under the provisions of AHRR 195A, Stewards also disqualified Apollo Thirteen NZ from Race 1, conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 30 October 2016. Mr Lindsay 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 Steward Todd Sharwood is on the mend following injuries he sustained while on duty at Goulburn's TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups meeting last Sunday. Prior to the opening event, the flooring of the steward/camera tower that Sharwood was occupying gave way. Sharwood fell through to the ground and was taken to Goulburn Hospital where it was discovered he broke his pelvis, sustained fractures to his vertebrae and other injuries. He was later transferred to Canberra Hospital for further tests which ruled out any need for surgery. This positive news was welcomed by HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny. "I have been speaking to Todd regularly and he received a positive report from specialists following his MRI (scan) yesterday that he will not need any surgery for his injuries, just rest and recovery for six weeks," Dumesny said. "Todd was very proud of himself having walked 14 steps today and has a hope to be discharged from Goulburn Hospital on the weekend. "Being Todd his primary ambition is to return to work as soon as possible and has offered once discharged to work from home." A Safe Work NSW investigation into the incident has naturally been instigated. Clubs across the state have been instructed to immediately engage qualified persons to issue compliance certificates for the structures at their respective tracks and approvals for use taking into consideration work place safety. HRNSW will assist clubs with contact to qualified persons if they are having difficulty in this respect. AMANDA RANDO

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