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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

Harness Racing New South Wales is once again rallying its support behind the Women's Cancer Foundation (WCF) and taking part in the Teal Pants promotion. In order to increase the awareness of ovarian cancer, every female driver across the state will be wearing teal coloured driving pants when competing in official races from February 1 to March 11. And, just like last year, every time a reinswoman wins a race in NSW during this period, HRNSW will donate $200 to the WCF with corporate partner Tabcorp matching the donation. In addition, leading female drivers Ellen Rixon, Emma Turnbull and Madi Young are the 2017 driving ambassadors and will wear the WCF silks in all their drives from Wednesday until the end of the campaign. And joining these three drivers as ambassadors will be the state's leading female trainers KerryAnn Turner and Lauren Tritton. This support has been congratulated by HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny. "The girls helped raise close to $50,000 towards the Foundation and I would again like to thank all the ladies for getting behind the cause once again," Dumesny said. "HRNSW is proud to support the WCF again and hopefully we can help contribute another significant donation towards funding ovarian cancer research. "The Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles is set to start next week and with some of the Australasia's best reinswomen competing at this time it will mean so much more exposure for the cause." The Women's Cancer Foundation was established in 1996 and is the longest running Foundation dedicated to funding ovarian cancer research in Australia. More than 70 per cent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will not survive their disease and there is no effective vaccine, early detection test or screening program for ovarian cancer. There will be constant updates on the results of the female drivers on the HRNSW Facebook and Twitter pages.   AMANDA RANDO

Following Harness Racing New South Wales' endless commitment to fight against the use of illegal and banned substances, more than 40 out-of-competition swab samples have been collected over the past two days. These samples were taken from horses that are competing at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night. This strategy follows tests obtained from horses that were engaged at Penrith last Thursday week and also Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night and HRNSW Integrity Officers will continue collecting more samples according to Chairman of Stewards Graham Loch. "This strategy will be continued in coming weeks as feature meetings and Carnival of Cups race meetings wind up," Loch said. "In addition, whilst our recent focus has been close to Sydney similar visits are planned across the state." For further information please contact Graham Loch at (02) 9722 6600 or gloch@hrnsw.com.au AMANDA RANDO

The Orange Harness Racing Club has some big plans for its TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups meeting next month. Now that the 'all clear' has been given to switch racing from Highlands Paceway to Towac Park, the Club is making the most of showcasing harness racing on the turf. For the Club's Carnival of Cups meeting on February 12 there will be four $14,000 features with all races to be run in the clockwise direction over the 1609m distance. And to help capture all the action of the day will be renowned racecaller Mark McNamara, the original voice of the Carnival of Cups. Harness Racing New South Wales has worked alongside Racing NSW and the Orange City Council for some time to have this flagship harness racing event moved to Towac Park according to HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny. "The move is about having a presence here (Orange) and the Board (HRNSW) didn't want to see the sport move away from Orange," Dumesny said. "The Orange community suffered from the fact we had to move two meetings to Bathurst last year but we're back and we're very thankful to the Council who showed strong support and also to Racing NSW for allowing us to use Towac Park. "Everyone involved headed by Frank McRae and Kel Winnell should be congratulated for securing racing at Towac Park. "It's about using community assets and multi-using community assets and that's what can happen at Towac Park." Just last Friday local trainers and drivers trialled horses at this thoroughbred racing venue and it was a success according to the state's leading trainer Steve Turnbull. "It (the surface) was just beautiful and smooth," Turnbull said having previously tested out the surface. "I don't think I've even been around a harness racing dirt track as smooth as it was . . . I had a shock, I really did." Orange HRC's will host the first of its two meetings this year on February 5 and Turnbull plans to take a team of horses to both meetings. To view the race program for Orange on February 5 CLICK HERE To view the race program for Orange on February 12 CLICK HERE   AMANDA RANDO

The Turnbull family is one of New South Wales' largest harness racing dynasties and it continues to grow but the place to learn is in the stables at harness racing meetings and that is exactly where Jett Turnbull was on Boxing Night. Previously Jett would not have been admitted entry into the restricted area but he successfully completed the Harness Racing NSW Stable Awareness Course, the first to do so and without any difficulty. Jett passed his induction with HRNSW senior steward Michael Zarb during Bathurst's TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups meeting and was later presented his Stable Access Pass by HRNSW Chairman Graham Kelly in front of the big crowd on-course. The National Rules of harness racing prohibits children under the age of 14 years entry into the stable areas for race meetings and trials, however, HRNSW has taken steps to remedy the situation by introducing a Stable Awareness Course. The program allows children between the ages of six and 14 to go into the stabling area during a race meeting whilst supervised by the responsible parent or guardian once they have satisfactorily undertaken the course. "The issue of disenfranchising our participants was recognised by the Board and Management of HRNSW and we set about rectifying the situation but at all times were cognizant of all other relevant issues," HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny explained. "Insurance concerns for one have now been remedied by the fact that the children must demonstrate a level of competence with horses, awareness of the surrounds of the stable areas and most importantly there must be an adult who is responsible and accountable for the children's activities whilst in the confines of the stables. "Responsibility was a major issue and it now comes down in order to the parents, the Club officials and finally the Stewards to ensure there are no issues which would curtail this positive change for the children of our family orientated industry. "The HRNSW Board also took action in repealing the national rule in this State but I stress it is not an open door policy, the children must first undertake the course and become accredited otherwise the responsible licensee will come under the notice of the Stewards and the rules," Dumesny concluded. Parents of children aged between six and 14 years of age who wish to have their children undertake the Stable Awareness Course should contact the Integrity Division of HRNSW on 97226600 (Michael Prentice or Jacob Munday) to complete the required documentation and make the necessary arrangements.   AMANDA RANDO

Acting New South Wales Racing Minister Mr. David Elliott today announced the appointment of Mr Peter Nugent as the new Board Member for Harness Racing New South Wales. Mr Nugent has been involved in various capacities within the sport since 1975 and fills the current vacancy on the HRNSW Board until February 2019. A former School Principal, Mr Nugent brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge having served on many harness racing club committees and boards previously. "Peter brings a long-standing interest in harness racing as well as an extensive experience in community activities," HRNSW Chairman Graham Kelly said. "These community activities are across a wide range of platforms but especially with younger people and families. "An important object of the Board is to seek the greater involvement of families in the spectacle of harness racing to which he (Peter) will be a real asset." Mr Nugent is looking forward to his new appointment. "What a privilege and honour it is to be appointed to the Board of HRNSW," Nugent said. "My thanks go to the Board who have placed their trust and faith in my ability to work with them in the interests of the harness racing industry throughout the state. "It is my intention to keep in mind during deliberations all sections of the industry from the breeders, owners, trainers, drivers, administrators and of course our horses. "I am humbled by the appointment but honoured to be part of the team at HRNSW." Harness Racing NSW undertook an exhaustive process, which included calling for applications, a specialist independent panel review and interview of the applicants and finally interviews were undertaken by the incumbent Board Members, prior to Mr Elliott's announcement on behalf of the Racing Minister Troy Grant. Amanda Rando

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