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The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer Kylie Hughes. ARHR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Ms Hughes related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Nevada Rocket’ after it won Race 2, the ‘Mildura Holden Pace’, at Mildura on 22 February 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a concentration greater than 200 µg/L. This result was confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Brisbane. The HRV RAD Board considered the statements of Investigative Steward Neal Conder, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and veterinary consultant Professor Paul Mills. Ms Hughes pleaded guilty to the charge, before the HRV RAD Board heard submissions on penalty from both parties. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Ms Hughes’ 25- year involvement in the industry, her good record over this period of time, and her guilty plea. Also considered were the circumstances of a partially concurrent Harness Racing New South Wales matter that led to this inquiry being adjourned on 28 September 2017, and resulted in Ms Hughes being disqualified between 20 April 2017 and 3 September 2019. The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences. In handing down its penalty, the HRV RAD Board highlighted the significance of the rules in relation to prohibited substances in harness racing, the importance of conducting races fairly and with integrity, along with the protection of horses and the participants involved in the industry. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 12-month disqualification. It was ordered that the disqualification be backdated to commence on 28 September 2017, the date of the original hearing, and be served concurrently with the HRNSW penalty. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Nevada Rocket’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Mildura on 22 February 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly. HRV RAD Board Panel: Judge Graeme Hicks and Rod Osborne.   Harness Racing Victoria  

Wrappers Delight looks poised for a TAB Inter Dominion points haul at Ballarat on night two of the harness racing ID18 after pulling the plum gate one draw for his second-round heat. The David Aiken-trained five-year-old finished fifth in Round 1 at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, coming from 20m off the lead and three-wide at the 800m and attacking the line late. "I was really happy with him last night. The race was a surprise. I didn't expect any of that to happen but I was so happy with the way he got home late," driver Kima Frenning said. Wrappers Delight runs his best races in front and the sprint trip looks custom-made for him to produce his electric best on Tuesday night in a heat where he looks the quickest horse off the arm. "He's super quick out so over the sprint we're looking to hold the front and from one hopefully we can pick up some very important points," Frenning said. Aiken was thrilled to get barrier one on Tuesday and said San Carlo in gate six was the logical major threat. "Can't ask for anything better than that, but it's a tough heat," he said. "I've got huge respect for San Carlo and thought his Yarra Valley Cup run was outstanding." has opened Wrappers Delight $1.6 for his heat, with San Carlo $4.8 after his tough second behind West Australian Galactic Star on night one. For winning in Round 1 Cruz Bromac, Galactic Star and Spankem have all secured the maximum 16 points in the Pacing Championship, with Cash N Flow, Im Pats Delight and San Carlo grabbing 13 points for running second respectively, and Mach Doro, Maximan and Tiger Tara all in double figures on 11 points courtesy of their thirds. The points table for the TAB Inter Dominion 2018 Pacing Championship after one round is as follows. Cruz Bromac, Galactic Star, Spankem 16 points Cash N Flow, Im Pats Delight, San Carlo 13 points Mach Doro, Maximan, Tiger Tara 11 points Motu Meteor, My Alpha Rock, Our Uncle Sam 9 points Audi Hare, Cant Refuse, Wrappers Delight 8 points Conviction, Village Witch, Yayas Hot Spot 7 points Franco Nelson, Let It Ride, Mattgregor 6 points Burnaholeinmypocket, Magical Marn, Shadow Sax 5 points Im The Boss, Joes Star Of Mia, Mister Wickham 4 points Ellmers Image, Freyberg, Tee Cee Bee Macray 3 points Bad Billy, Hickstead, Ideal Success 2 points It Is Billy, Italian Delight, John Of Arc 1 point Visit for more information on the TAB Inter Dominion. The second round of heats will be conducted at Ballarat on Tuesday night.  In the trotting series Tornado Valley and Speeding Spur are on 16 points, Maori Law and Save Our Pennys 13 points, and Rompers Monarchy and Tough Monarch on 11 points. The points table for the TAB Inter Dominion 2018 Trotting Championship after one round is as follows. Speeding Spur, Tornado Valley 16 points Maori Law, Save Our Pennys 13 points Rompers Monarchy, Tough Monarch 11 points Big Jack Hammer, Monty Python 9 points Kingdom Come, Wilmas Mate 8 points Red Hot Tooth, Sky Petite 7 points Fabrication, Our Twentyten 6 points King Denny, Kyvalley Blur 5 points Enrolled, Father Christmas 4 points Alderbeck, Illawong Armstrong 3 points Cruisin Around, Kowhai Monarch 2 points Kheiron 1 point Visit for more information on the TAB Inter Dominion. The second round of heats will be conducted at Ballarat on Tuesday night. The spotlight turns to Ballarat and a mammoth night two on Tuesday night, with full Sky 2 coverage from 5pm - including a special one-hour preview. Sky 2 is open for all Foxtel customers free of charge for the night. For the fields at Ballarat click here. Then on Wednesday morning HRV, TAB and Sky have partnered to deliver the live barrier draws for ID18 Round 3 from the Sky Studios, with Greg Hayes and Jason Bonnington providing analysis via Sky Racing 2 and TAB's Facebook Live page. Cranbourne will host Round 3 on Saturday night, before the Grand Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday December 15. Book your ID18 tickets online. [Harness Racing Victoria]

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) yesterday considered applications lodged by Lisa Bartley, Nathan Jack and Mark Pitt for review of the decision of the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board made on 16 November 2018. The HRV RADB Board decision, to dismiss an appeal against the determination of the HRV Stewards to invoke Australian Harness Racing Rules 183(c), 183(d) and 15(d) after Ms Bartley, Mr Jack and Mr Pitt were found guilty of charges under Section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), can be viewed here. After hearing the submissions of legal counsel for all parties, Senior Member Ian Proctor reserved his decision, which is expected to be handed down in the coming days.     Harness Racing Victoria

The TAB Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships final rankings were revealed this morning as part of a special ID18 broadcast, when Jason Bonnington and Kima Frenning joined Michael Felgate on RSN 927. Tiger Tara and Speeding Spur remained top of the pops while Frenning told listeners about the chances of her pacing hope Wrappers Delight, ranked eight, and trotter Big Jack Hammer, who took the 24th and final rankings position. CLICK HERE FOR THE PACING RANKINGS CLICK HERE FOR THE TROTTING RANKINGS Click below to relive this morning's show, which includes TAB media's Adam Hamilton dialing in to share his thoughts.     Trots Media

Victoria lost a great competitor in Stawell trainer/driver Trevor Martin last week. A renowned horse breaker, Trevor enjoyed numerous successes over the years with many fine horses and was revered when presenting a two year old at the races first up. Trevor’s best known pacer’s was in all probability Dark Paul which was later trained by Andrew Peace, however Spring Find was also a multiple winner. The majority of Trevor’s horses were driven by former World Driving Champion Ted Demmler. Harness Racing Victoria extends its sincere condolences to Mr Martin's family and friends.    Len Baker

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today handed down its decision in relation to an appeal lodged by licensed persons Lisa Bartley, Nathan Jack and Mark Pitt against the decision of the HRV Stewards to invoke Australian Harness Racing Rules 183(c), 183(d) and 15(d) after they were found guilty of charges under Section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic). The HRV RAD Board considered submissions from all parties on 9 November 2018, and today determined that the appeal be dismissed. Therefore, from midnight on 23 November 2018, all licenses held by Lisa Bartley, Nathan Jack and Mark Pitt are suspended, any horses owned or trained by them are prevented from racing or trialling and they are excluded from attending any racecourse. The full decision of the HRV RAD Board can be viewed here.   Harness Racing Victoria 

The Supreme Court of Victoria today considered an application for appeal by former licensed trainer Mr Nick Tardio against a decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on 23 July 2018. On 23 July 2018, VCAT Senior Member Butcher made orders dismissing Mr Tardio’s application for review regarding the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board decision to disqualify Mr Tardio for a period of 18 months for breaching Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1). The full background to the matter can be read here. After considering an amended Notice of Appeal and relevant authorities, HRV did not oppose the appeal of Mr Tardio. Supreme Court Justice Cavanough determined that the decision of VCAT Senior Member Butcher dated 23 July 2018 should be set aside and directed the matter back to VCAT for review. Mr Tardio’s VCAT stay of proceedings was reinstated. The Supreme Court advised that written reasons for decision would be provided in due course.         Harness Racing Victoria   

Harness Racing Victoria  has announced the third round of rankings for the 2018 TAB Inter Dominion for both pacing and trotting.   To view the full list of rankings click here!   Cody Winnell MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

Victorian harness racing has paid tribute to a long-time trainer, driver, gentleman and Inter Dominion champion in Eric Rothacker. The beloved trots participant passed at age 89 on October 13, leaving behind a devoted family and a considerable imprint on the harness racing landscape. Mr Rothacker continued to train until 2015-16 and drive until 2009-10 after an extensive career of participation, most recently with 1996 Bendigo Trotters Cup winner Larry Do, 1990 Horsham Pacing Cup winner Eck’s Shadow and Fiery Gent (2002). His last training win was with Watch My Sox at St Arnaud on July 2, 2015, when he was aged 86, while it was at age 76 that he piloted his last win (Hanging Loose at Bendigo in November 2005). He was a prominent member of Victorian harness racing royalty, being the son of Vic Rothacker, nephew of Bill Rothacker and cousin of Gordon Rothacker. He formed a terrific and successful bond with Gentleman John (pictured) in the 1950s, a gelding who he owned, trained and drove after the yearling was gifted to him by his father. Gentleman John would win the 1955 A. G. Hunter Cup, three Vic Globe Derby Championships, three Melbourne Showgrounds Free For Alls and the Horsham Easter Cup. But it’s his victory in the 1956 Inter Dominion at Sydney’s Harold Park for Eric Rothacker that would provide a career highlight, with the 26-year-old being at the time the youngest reinsman to win the race. Gentleman John beat local pacer Mineral Spring by a head with New Zealand’s Caduceus a gallant third in front of a crowd of 34,020. It was Gentleman John’s 24th win and took his earnings to £19,000. “The big crowd gave 26-year-old Eric Rothacker a great ovation as the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Alderman P. D. Hills, presented him with several trophies and garlands,” reported the book ‘Inter Dominions: saga of champions’. Harness Racing Victoria extends its condolences to Mr Rothacker’s friends and family.   Trots Media

A driver of almost 1000 starts who crossed codes and become a thoroughbred foreman, Ricky Frew has been remembered as a passionate horse man and true friend. Ricky passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family Sunday night after earlier suffering a heart attack. A father of four and grandfather of one, Ricky's driving career started in 1980, when he spent time with Ted Demmler's stable along side Ron Hall.  Over the next 15 years he was able to achieve great success in both the harness and thoroughbred industries. As a trots driver in Victoria he had 72 wins, 77 seconds and 79 thirds from 837 starts. More recently he has been stable foreman for Tony Vasil, and has spent the last 15 years as assistant trainer/foreman with team Hawkes based in Flemington - working with such horses as Chataqua, All Too Hard, MaLuckyDay and his favourite, Longeron.  A funeral will be held in his honour at Le Pine Funerals, 484 Geelong Rd, West Footscray, at noon on Monday, October 22. Rick's eldest daughter has arranged a Go Fund me account to help raise money for the funeral. Click here for more information:  Harness Racing Victoria sends its condolences to Mr Frew's family and friends.   Harness Racing Victoria

Tornado Valley may head to New Zealand for a crack at the feature Kiwi trot races next month before returning home for the TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship after winning tonight’s Group 1 Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint at Tabcorp Park Melton. First-up from a spell, Tornado Valley was aided by a 10-out-of-10 Kate Gath drive, going hard enough early for potential pest Conon Bridge to drop on to her steed’s back. “I thought if I keep on running through early it’s a chance of dropping on my back and that made a big difference. As soon as he did, I was able to ease the tempo straight away,” Gath said. Tornado Valley trotted his first split in 29.3 and his second in 31.1, which forced major danger Kyvalley Blur to launch from the back earlier than he would have liked, and the rest was elementary. Tornado Valley got home in 56 seconds. Dance Craze rattled home into second place for Anton Golino and Rodney Petroff, while Kyvalley Blur sustained his long effort to finish in third. Tornado Valley’s mile rate was 1:55.7. “I think he’ll be good with a sit as well,” Kate Gath said when asked about Tornado Valley’s plans in coming months. “I don’t think he has to be driven this way (tonight). At home, he’s really good with a sit. I think he’s versatile.” Tornado Valley – a son of Skyvalley – is now the clear TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship favourite. Representing race sponsor Aldebaran Park, Duncan McPherson remarked “to see Skyvalley sire the winner is a great thrill for us”.  Skyvalley stands at Aldebaran Park. Read about Tiger Tara's enormous Pryde's EasiFeed Victoria Cup victory Book your ID18 tickets online now   Cody Winnell Trots Media

EQUITANA Melbourne patrons will be offered the opportunity to witness the excitement of the trots through free entry into one of the 2018 TAB Inter Dominion events with a recognised 2018 EQUITANA Melbourne gate pass. In December, the TAB Inter Dominion returns to Victoria for the first time in 10 years, and the reintroduction this year of the Trotting Inter Dominion Championship – to run alongside the Pacing Inter Dominion Championship – will see the best standardbred horses of both gaits journey to Victoria for Australasia’s most prestigious harness racing event. ID18 opens with heats at Tabcorp Park Melton on opening night, Saturday December 1, followed by heat nights two and three at Ballarat (December 4) and Cranbourne (December 8). Then, on Saturday night December 15, ID18 culminates with the exhilarating Inter Dominion Grand Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton. The Seven Network will broadcast TAB Inter Dominion Grand Final Night between 9pm and 10.30pm. For all equine enthusiasts, the EQUITANA and TAB Inter Dominion events provide a unique opportunity to experience two vastly different aspects of the equine world. EQUITANA is famous as an education, entertainment and shopping frezy, and the ID18 showcases the most exciting harness racing in the southern hemisphere, and you can have both for the price of one EQUITANA ticket. HRV’s HERO (Horse Education and Re-homing Opportunities) program will feature at EQUITANA. Secure your EQUITANA ticket at   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

A tragedy avoided could bring triumph to Shane Tritton's team with Franco Nelson, only months from a near-death illness, well-placed for a mighty tilt at Saturday night's Pryde's EasiFeed Victoria Cup. The New South Wales' trainer joined Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden on RSN 927's Gait Speed ahead of yesterday's barrier draw, when Franco Nelson drew barrier six, outside Tiger Tara and Chicago Bull but still rated by some to make a forward running. This will be the Christian Cullen nine-year-old's 13th start for Tritton, all in 2018, a year of a significant up - his first Group 1 win in the Bohemia Crystal - and a significant down, which Tritton outlined on Gait Speed. "He's had an interesting year since he won his Group 1 at Miracle Mile time, we gave him a little let up and brought him up for the Len Smith," Tritton said. "We didn't know that he was racing and training with pneumonia. We didn't find this until he got crook and he actually had his intestines turned toxic and almost died." Having been first up from a two-month spell before the July 1 Len Smith Mile, Franco Nelson wouldn't return again until the September 29 Les Chant Cup, when he was fourth, 3.8m behind Victoria Cup contender Mach Doro. "We've taken our time, he's probably feeling the best I've ever had him - he's screaming at all the mares and is certainly on the top of his game," Tritton said. "I'm confident that, he's obviously going to improve with racing, but if he gets the right trip I wouldn't be swapping him for any in the race. "Someone asked me the other day what's the best horse you've ever trained. I think Nelson is a horse that can race under any conditions and if you have got to do the bullocking work he's still there at the end." While Franco Nelson's gate 6 draw and My Alpha Rock's gate 11 draw are tricky, stablemate Gotta Go Ya Hu claimed the polemarker and is well placed. "I'm very happy with all three of them, I think Nelson's a proven horse. I think Lauren will stick with him to drive, which says a lot. If you are going to take one into a battle you want one that's done it plenty of times before." Trots Media

Victoria's trotting community is mourning the loss of Garry 'Yappa' Jennings, a trots devotee who served as farrier, was an owner, trainer and driver. Mr Jennings, who died on September 30 aged 64, was the second eldest of 11 children born in Portland and was influenced by the horses that were directly next door. Mt Gambier was the obvious trip to watch the trots and he went there with his father, Allan, and Grandfather, Charlie. They were related and close to Teddy Jennings, who won many many driving and training premierships in the area over a very long time, including with Greenwald, who had a great rivalry with Reichman and was renowned as a true iron horse. While his family moved to Geelong in 1969, Garry returned to his beloved country. He was only 15 but worked on farms with cattle and helped break-in horses for people like the Fairthornes in the Bridgewater area west of Portland. He learnt to trim and shoe horses himself and became an expert who was sought by many of the top trotting trainers. Paris Affair was shod by Garry as were the Cravens' horses from the Terang area. On Wednesday night at Terang they wore black armbands in respect for Garry. The Jilliby and Keayang horses were all looked after by Garry. He serviced all the Western District and beyond, including into South Australia. He often got home well after dark but he loved it and everyone knew him as ‘Yappa’. He also trained and drove many winners and this is what he loved. He is a true legend of the industry, a great horseman and friend to all, especially the battlers who loved the sport like him. His family will miss him so much along with all who knew him. A funeral will be held at the Cape Bridgewater Cemetery on Saturday October 6 at 11.30 am. Following that there will be a wake at the Portland Golf Club where photos, videos and many stories will be shared. Harness Racing Victoria sends its condolences to Mr Jennings' family and friends.   Harness Racing Victoria

Kilmore Football Netball Club has an extra $429.90 in its coffers thanks to Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) Grassroots Gold program. The club had over 30 members on course at the Jet Roofing Kilmore Pacing Cup last Thursday night and cheered on Jason Bonnington’s Grassroots Gold Good Form Game Plan. “We’re absolutely rapt with that,” Kilmore vice-president Jamie Archer said. “We’re working on plenty of projects at the moment and that money will help a lot.” Find out more about the Grassroots Gold campaign The local club will now look forward to Mildura Cup night on April 13 when all Grassroots Gold partner clubs will have a share in a $2500 Good Form punters’ club. Grassroots Gold is pairing grassroots sporting clubs with their local trots clubs across Victoria, and raising important funds for projects, uniforms, equipment and infrastructure.   Cody Winnell Trots Media

104 pacers, 88 trotters have been nominated for TAB ID18 Nominations for the 2018 TAB Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships closed today. All up, 104 pacers and 88 trotters have been nominated for ID18, with representation from throughout Australia and New Zealand.   2018 TAB Inter Dominion Pacing nominations click here. 2018 TAB Inter Dominion Trotting nominations click here.   The first round of official ID18 rankings will be released by HRV on Wednesday.    Cody Winnell Trots Media

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