Day At The Track
Search Results
81 to 96 of 1557

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

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

81 to 96 of 1557