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On 7 September 2018 in accordance with Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183(c), (d) and 15(d), Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards provisionally suspended the licenses of Mr Nathan Jack, Mr Mark Pitt and Ms Lisa Bartley after they had been found guilty of charges under Section 195C of the Crimes Act (1958).  These charges relate to engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt the betting outcome of an event or event contingency. Mr Jack, Mr Pitt and Ms Bartley were also prevented from racing or trialling any horses owned by them and excluded from attending any racecourse. Parties were provided with the opportunity to provide submissions to Stewards as to why these restrictions should not remain in place pending the completion of the Stewards investigation.  Stewards have considered all relevant information, including; the decision of Magistrate Murphy in the Wodonga Magistrates Court on 7 September 2018, submissions provided on behalf of the participants, the need for the protection of the integrity of the Harness Racing industry and to maintain the confidence of the conduct of races. It is the Stewards decision to continue the invocation of the provisions of the relevant AHRR until the completion of the Stewards investigation. The participants have been advised of their rights of appeal against this decision and any such appeal must be lodged with the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board Registrar by 5:00pm on 1 October 2018. As the Magistrates Court decision regarding the criminal charges remains subject to an appeal, HRV will not be making any further comment at this time Harness Racing Victoria

The return of the pinnacle of Australasian harness racing, the Inter Dominion Series, to Victoria after a 10-year hiatus will have a national television audience as the next generation of pacers and trotters clash in Melbourne in December. The Seven Network has signed on to provide a 1.5-hour live coverage of the Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting finals on Saturday night, December 15. “The Inter Dominion is a major sporting event and the biggest harness race in Australasia so put simply it belongs on free-to-air television,” HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. “We’re delighted to be in that space from 9pm until 10.30pm on Saturday December 15 and I’m sure everybody who tunes in will thoroughly enjoy the coverage.” Mr Monteith said fellow HRV Board member Danny Frawley had been integral in securing the Channel 7 partnership. “I must acknowledge the fantastic work of Danny Frawley, who has facilitated this arrangement and worked really hard behind the scenes to make it happen,” Mr Monteith said. “We’re really pleased to be aligned with the Seven Network and looking forward to building long-term relationships with Australian media and broadcasters of sport to ensure current and future generations can continue to enjoy the thrill and excitement of trots for many years to come.”   Cody Winnell Trots Media

On 20 September 2018, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver John Justice under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 193(1) and 187(2) relating to a HRV Stewards inspection of his property on 27 January 2018. Charge 1, under AHRR 193(1) which states: A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event. The particulars of this charge were that on 27 January 2018 Mr Justice attempted to stomach tube the horse ‘Carload’ which was engaged to race at the Tabcorp Park Melton harness racing meeting that evening. Charges 2 under AHRR 187(2) which states: A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of Charge 2 were that Mr Justice gave evidence at a HRV Stewards inquiry at Tabcorp Park Melton on 27 January 2018, that he planned on scratching ‘Carload’ due to welfare concerns he had for the horse, which was evidence he knew to be false. Mr Justice was represented at the hearing by Mr Robert Seamer and Mr Dayle Brown (Special Counsel) appeared for the HRV Stewards. Mr Justice pleaded guilty to Charge 1 prior to the Board hearing evidence from Mark Hill (HRV Stipendiary Steward) and Dr Lesley Hawson (HRV Veterinarian) and submissions from Mr Brown and Mr Seamer before adjourning to consider Charge 2. Mr Justice did not give evidence. The Board found Mr Justice guilty of Charge 2 on the balance of probabilities. The Board’s reasons for this finding were as follows:  It accepted the evidence of Dr Hawson that the treatment Mr Justice proposed to give to the horse would not assist dehydration and was a treatment usually given to counteract “tying up” and reduce inflammation and muscle soreness. Further, Mr Justice was aware that saline would have been an appropriate treatment for dehydration, evident from his answers on transcript at the Stewards’ inquiry held at Melton late in the day on 27 January 2018.  At the time Mr Justice said “Yeah and he’ll be scratched I guess? We won’t be going to the trots tonight” (John Justice interview transcript - 27 January 2018, page 14) he said nothing to the stewards about planning to scratch the horse himself. This was not mentioned until the later interview at the track and suggests that Mr Justice came up with that explanation for his conduct between his initial interview with the stewards and the later interview at Melton.  The only undisputed evidence as to a telephone conversation between Mr Justice and Mr Patrick Monaghan (one of the owners of ‘Carload’) was after the horse was scratched and was as follows (HRV Stewards inquiry transcript - 27 January 2018, pages 27-28): Mr Monaghan: The only reason John give to me he said he was given it race day vitamins or something, and you’re not allowed to do it on the day. That’s what he said. Mr Murray: Yep, and did he explain anything with respect to the geldings current health or welfare. Was there any issues raised about that? Mr Monaghan: He said it was, all he said was he said it looked a bit dehydrated… Penalty In determining penalty the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Justice’s guilty plea to the first charge, but noted that it was somewhat offset by the circumstances of the second charge. The Board also considered Mr Justice’s good record over approximately 40 years in the industry, the need for specific and general deterrence, penalties in similar matters and the purpose of the rules in ensuring that there is a level playing field.  After taking these factors into account, the HRV RAD Board issued the following penalties: Charge 1 – 12 month disqualification Charge 2 – 3 month disqualification (to be served concurrently with Charge 1) The HRV RAD Board also ordered that the penalty commence at midnight on 27 September 2018. HRV RAD Board Panel: Alanna Duffy (Chair), Hugh Millar, Rod Osborne   Harness Racing Victoria

 On 20 September 2018, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board considered a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer-driver Anthony Adams. AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Lifeplusten’ after it finished first in Race 10, the ‘Mark Gurry & Associates Pace’, at the Mildura harness racing meeting on 28 December 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported the analysis of that urine sample revealed arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold. Mr Adams was also charged with a breach of AHRR 119C(1) in that ‘Lifeplusten’ and ‘Mister Magic Man’ were stabled at a training establishment that had not been registered during the relevant time and approval had not been obtained from the Stewards for the horses to be stabled at this location. Mr Adams pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Adams. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Adams’ guilty pleas and cooperation throughout the investigation; the purpose of the rules; both general and specific deterrence; Mr Adams’ good record in regard to prohibited substances; and the steps taken to prevent a recurrence. Mr Adams was subsequently fined $2000, of which $1000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. In relation to the charge regarding the stabling location of the horses, Mr Adams was fined the sum of $500. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under AHRR 195, that ‘Lifeplusten’ be disqualified from Race 10 at Mildura on 28 December 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly. HRV RAD Board Panel: Alanna Duffy (Chair), Dr Hugh Millar, Rod Osborne   Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV’s) 2018 Annual Report was today tabled in State Parliament. The HRV Annual Report documented a consolidated group net profit of $502,000, a significant reversal on last year’s $1.695m net loss. Other highlights of the Annual Report included record prizemoney of $39.8m paid out in 2017-18 and wagering turnover grew by 8% to a record $929m. During 2017-18 HRV also: - Increased investment in integrity and equine welfare; - Ran an additional 140 races (up 4% on the previous season, and at a five-year high); - Released prizemoney to owners and trainers sooner to improve participant cash flow; - Implemented an Industry Assistance Program free to all licenced Victorian harness racing participants; - Created Trots Vision (free live streaming of Victorian harness racing online) by renegotiating a new agreement with key wagering partner Tabcorp; - Implemented a Minimum Bet Policy (the first Australian harness racing jurisdiction to do this); - Partnered with Harness Racing NSW and Harness Racing NZ to secure the Inter Dominion for nine years – including the reintroduction of the Trotting Inter Dominion. HRV Chairman Dale Monteith welcomed the HRV Annual Report. “I am extremely proud of the HRV team, who have contributed to such a significant turnaround in the past 12 months. “Turning a $1.695m loss into a $502,000 profit for the industry in the space of one year shows the value of a range of initiatives designed to reduce costs, improve revenue and grow market share. “Our CEO David Martin, his executive management team and all HRV staff have worked extremely hard in the last 12 months and I’d like to thank them for their commitment during what has been a challenging period of time. “Ultimately there is still much to be done, but as an industry financial stability is paramount to ensuring we can improve returns to the industry as well as investing in key areas. “HRV is committed to continuing to work closely with participants, owners, breeders, our clubs and kindred bodies as we strive to improve the returns for the industry in the years ahead.” Click here to view the 2017-18 Harness Racing Victoria Annual Report    Cody Winnell

On 7 September 2018, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards suspended the licenses of Mr Nathan Jack, Mr Mark Pitt and Ms Lisa Bartley after they had been found guilty of charges under Section 195C of the Crimes Act (1958).  These charges relate to engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt the betting outcome of an event or event contingency. Mr Jack, Mr Pitt and Ms Bartley were also prevented from racing or trialling any horses owned by them and excluded from attending any Victorian racecourse. Parties were provided with the opportunity to provide submissions to Stewards by 5pm on 17 September 2018, as to why these restrictions should not remain in place pending the completion of the Stewards investigation.  Following requests from the parties legal counsels Stewards have allowed an extension for the lodging of submissions, with them now due by 5pm on 20 September 2018.  The provisional restrictions placed upon Mr Jack, Mr Pitt and Ms Bartley shall remain in place pending final determination by the Stewards. As the Magistrates Court decision regarding the criminal charges remains subject to an appeal period, HRV will not be making any further comment at this time.   Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) will restrict all C0 class races in Victoria from November 1 to four-year-old and older pacers. The programming adjustment follows analysis of open-age C0 races in the 2017-18 season, which revealed: From 162 races run, 74 comprised one or more 3YO starters (45.68%) Of those 74 races, 52 were won by a 3YO (70.27%) A 3YO started favourite in 62 of those 74 races (83.78%), winning on 42 occasions (67.74%) Of those 42 wins, 36 were odds-on favourites (85.71%), while 30 were $1.40 or shorter (71.43%) “The data clearly showed that the practice of three-year-old pacers competing in, and more often than not, winning open-age C0 races is detrimental to our racing product from a wagering perspective,” HRV General Manager of Racing Stephen Bell said. “It also shows that it is difficult for a four-year-old and older horse to win a C0 race, which obviously makes it harder for owners and trainers to keep that horse on the racetrack.” The change means that a three-year-old pacer having won two three-year-old races – thus being assessed as a C0/3C2 – will now be required to have its first open-age start in a C1 race. Under the Australian Handicapping Rules, a horse only incurs one career penalty for a win. Therefore a C0/3C2 pacer will become a C1/3C3 pacer after winning its first C1 class race. Such horse will remain eligible to again contest a C1 class race, now as a C1/3C3 pacer. Effectively, a three-year-old pacer will not be adversely affected, as it will still be able to win four races and be assessed C2/3C4, now in most cases by winning two three-year-old races and two C1 class races, whereas in previous seasons it will have won two three-year-old races, a C0 class race and a C1 class race. The analysis also highlighted that 22 open-age C0 only races were deleted, 18 of which contained one or more three-year-old nomination. “This amendment will provide more competitive racing in the four-year-old and older C0 races and will enhance the prospects of four-year-old horses winning their $7000 Vicbred First Win Bonus,” Mr Bell said. “It will also assist five-year-old and older horses winning their $3500 Vicbred First Win Bonus.”   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA ur privacy policy can be accessed from our web site: www.hrv.org.au

On 6 September 2018, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board considered a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer-driver Courtney Slater. AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Luvyacookie’ after it finished first in Race 3, the ‘Hillcroft Stables 3YO Pace’, at the Stawell harness racing meeting on 3 December 2018. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported the analysis of that urine sample revealed arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold. Ms Slater was also charged with a breach of AHRR 190B(1) being that she failed to keep and maintain a log book as required. Ms Slater pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from the HRV Stewards and Ms Slater. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Ms Slater’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Ms Slater’s excellent record in regard to prohibited substances; and the steps taken to prevent recurrence. Ms Slater was subsequently fined $3000, of which $2000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. The HRV RAD Board also ordered, under AHRR 195, that ‘Luvyacookie’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Stawell on 3 December 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly. HRV RAD Board Panel: Alanna Duffy (Chair), Kerry Willcock   Harness Racing Victoria

Victorian harness racing licenced participants Nathan Jack, Mark Pitt and Lisa Bartley were today found guilty of charges under Section 195C of the Crimes Act (1958), which relates to engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt the betting outcome of an event or event contingency. Mr Jack was found guilty of charges relating to Race 4 at Cobram on 22 June, 2015, and the training arrangements of Airbournemagic leading up to the event. Mr Pitt was found guilty of a charge relating to the aforementioned race. Ms Bartley was found guilty of charges relating to the training arrangements of Airbournemagic. Mr Jack and Mr Pitt were convicted and fined $20,000 and $15,000 respectively. Ms Bartley was fined $5,000 without a conviction being recorded.  In light of the parties being found guilty Mr Jack, Mr Pitt and Ms Bartley have had all harness racing licences suspended. Horses owned by them are prevented from racing or trialling and all three have been excluded from attending any Victorian racecourse. These restrictions were imposed immediately pending submissions being provided as to why these embargoes should not remain in place until the completion of a HRV investigation. A final decision with respect to these embargoes is expected to be announced by the HRV Integrity Department by 5pm on 19 September 2018. As today’s decision of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria is subject to an appeal period, and all parties being required to appear before HRV for further proceedings, HRV will not make any further comment at this time.   Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria's HERO Program is set to welcome its second professional Registered Retrainer. In an exciting development for the trail-blazing standardbred life after racing project, Bendigo horsewoman Elle Moro will join the HERO staff from September 1. Her appointment doubles the program’s resources and follows the recent re-appointment of Warren Cochrane of Cobe Lodge as a full-time HERO Registered Retrainer for a second year. Moro is a state enrolled nurse who has turned her back on the profession to pursue her passion for horses, in particular standardbreds – an interest inherited from her grandfather Garry Jackson. She was an active member of the Riddells Creek Pony Club for 10 years as a youngster and previously worked as a stablehand with Chris and Alison Alford. For the past nine months, she has focused on her long-term goal of establishing an equine business – Moro Equine Services. Moro is a skilled and experienced horsewoman who enjoys trail riding and competition campdrafting, in addition to educating and training her family’s racing stock. She recently completed a special project on behalf of HERO, educating Allawart Dollar under saddle in preparation for a career with the Horsham Branch of Riding for the Disabled, and is a regular instructor with the Northern Standardbred Riding Group. “Elle will be an enormous asset to the program,” HERO Manager Tanya McDermott said. “Her harness racing background, extensive equine networks and commitment to promoting standardbreds in their life after racing make her an ideal fit. “She is a valuable addition to Team HERO as we strive to meet growing industry demand for re-education and rehoming services." Moro, who recently purchased a property at Eppalock, is looking forward to the challenge. “I love working with standardbreds and I’m proud to be a part of the HERO Program,” she enthused. “They’re brilliant horses and it’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to guide their transition into life after racing. “There has been such a change in attitude toward standardbreds as riding and recreational horses in recent years, momentum is definitely at an all-time high." For further information, follow HRV HERO on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.hrvhero.com.au   Tanya McDermott

On 28 August 2018, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) heard an application for review lodged by licensed trainer-driver Darren Cole regarding a penalty decision of the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on 19 January 2018, in relation to a charge issued against him by the HRV Stewards. On 19 January 2018, Mr Cole pleaded guilty to a charge issued under Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1) for presenting the horse ‘Exciteusrubycee’ to race at Maryborough on 13 April 2017 when not free of cobalt, a prohibited substance when present at a concentration of greater than 100µg/L. Mr Cole was issued with a 12-month suspension of his licenses. The full HRV RAD Board media release can be found here. On 28 August 2018, VCAT Senior Member Wentworth heard evidence from Veterinary Pharmacologists Professor Paul Mills and Professor Colin Chapman, and Darren Cole himself, along with submissions on behalf of both parties. After considering all the material tendered, Senior Member Wentworth reserved her decision on penalty.   Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) 

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) welcomes the appointment of Stephen Bell to the role of HRV General Manager – Racing, effective Wednesday, August 29. Mr Bell brings considerable racing administration experience following on from positions at Mornington and Moonee Valley Racing Clubs, as well as Racing Victoria Limited. Mr Bell holds a Masters in Sports Business. “With the return of the Inter Dominion in December, there is no better time to be joining the team at Harness Racing Victoria. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase world class racing to a wide audience and attract new wagering customers,” Mr Bell said. “I look forward to working with industry stakeholders to develop and implement innovative racing products that will increase participation, grow wagering and maximise returns.”  HRV CEO David Martin said Mr Bell’s extensive experience in racing and sports management had him well positioned to guide HRV’s racing functions. “Stephen understands the racing industry and has a real passion for it. He is aware of the improvements made in the last eighteen months and the challenges still ahead of us.  We’re looking forward to having him join the team.” Mr Martin said.   thetrots.com.au

Shepparton Harness Racing Club has paid tribute to Ben O'Donoghue, who passed on Monday. Mr O'Donoghue served as President of Shepparton Harness Racing club from 1996 until 1999. He remained on the committee until 2002 and is a life member of the Shepparton club. Mr O'Donoghue was heavily involved in the redevelopment of the Shepparton harness racing complex. Upon arriving in Victoria, he and his family set up Morley Park, which is now a harness racing stud run by his son, Stephen. Mr O'Donoghue is survived by his wife Anne, eight children, their partners and grandchildren. HRV sends its condolences to Mr O'Donoghue's family and friends.   Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) advises that the deadline for trainers to nominate for the 2018 Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships is Monday October 1 (12.00pm AEST)*. The first round of rankings will be released by HRV on Wednesday October 3. Full Inter Dominion Conditions are available on www.id18.com.au. *Horses not nominated at this time can only be made eligible to contest the 2018 Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships by paying a late fee per Clause 13 of the Conditions. Connections wishing to nominate for the 2018 Inter Dominion can do so via the below methods: Online via HarnessWeb, using racecodes:  Pacers: MXM01121801  Trotters: MXM01121806 E-mail: racing@hrv.org.au Fax: 03 9214 0695 Nominations will not be accepted over the phone unless confirmed in writing as above.   Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards provide the information contained within this industry notice to outline to all industry stakeholders the manner in which the newly formed ‘whip rules’ will be interpreted and applied from 1 September 2018, the date on which these rules take effect. Whilst the majority of the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 156 are self-explanatory, HRV Stewards provide the interpretations below to assist participants and provisions of AHRR 156 which are not included below should be taken to be interpreted as per the plain reading of the rule. HRV Stewards wish to draw the attention of all industry persons, including owners, to the provisions of AHRR 156B(1) which states: “A person shall not instruct or offer an inducement to a driver to use a whip in a manner contrary to the provisions of Rule 156.” Relevant Rules and HRV Stewards Interpretation AHRR 156(2) states: “A driver shall only apply the whip in a flicking motion whilst holding a rein in each hand with the tip of the whip pointed forward in an action which does not engage the shoulder.” HRV Stewards Interpretation, includes but is not limited to: Drivers must maintain a rein in either hand at all times when applying the whip. Once a drivers whip hand is not pointing forward the HRV Stewards will deem the tip of the whip not to be pointed forward. Should the drivers whip hand be raised above shoulder height when the whip is applied it will be deemed to be engaging the shoulder. The whip should only be applied with a flicking motion. AHRR 156(3) states: “A driver shall not use a whip in an unapproved manner.” HRV Stewards Interpretation: Drivers will be deemed to have used the whip in an unapproved manner, including but not limited to, when the whip is used in a manner contrary to any provision of AHRR 156(4). AHRR 156(4)(a) states: “For the purposes of sub-rule (3) a driver shall be deemed to have used the whip in an unapproved manner in the following circumstances which are not exclusive:- (a) If the whip is applied excessively, continuously and/or without allowing the horse time to respond.” HRV Stewards Interpretation: Drivers will be deemed to have used the whip excessively, continuously and/or without allowing the horse sufficient time to respond, including but not limited to, when the whip is used on more than twenty (20) occasions over the final 200m. This is regardless whether the whip is striking the horse or the sulky. AHRR 156(4)(c) states: “For the purposes of sub-rule (3) a driver shall be deemed to have used the whip in an unapproved manner in the following circumstances which are not exclusive:- (c) If the reins are lengthened so as to result in loose reining regardless of whether the whip is being used at the same time. “ HRV Stewards Interpretation: Loose reining will be interpreted as follows: - Loopy shaking of the reins; - Lengthening of the reins which allows the driver to apply the whip with more force; - The reins and drivers hands being lifted above the drivers shoulders.   Penalty Guidelines To afford drivers sufficient time to adjust to the rule amendments the following minimum penalty guidelines will apply from 1 September 2018 – 31 October 2018: Minimum Penalty Guidelines 1 September 2018 – 31 October 2018 156(2) 1st Offence:  Caution* 2nd Offence: Minimum $200 fine 3rd Offence: Minimum $400 fine 4th Offence: Minimum 2 Week Suspension of licence to drive in races 156(3) 1st Offence:  Caution* 2nd Offence: Minimum $100 fine 3rdOffence: Minimum $200 fine 4th Offence: Minimum 7 Day Suspension of licence to drive in races All drivers offence records will reset on 1 October 2018 and 1 November 2018. *Where the HRV Stewards form an opinion that the driver has not attempted to comply with the rule a penalty greater than the advertised minimum may be applied. From 1 November 2018 the following minimum penalty guidelines will apply: Minimum Penalty Guidelines 1 November 2018 onwards 156(2) 1st Offence: Minimum $200 fine 2nd  Offence: Minimum $400 fine 3rd Offence: Minimum 2 Week Suspension of licence to drive in races 156(3) 1st Offence: Minimum $100 fine 2nd Offence: Minimum $200 fine 3rd Offence: Minimum 7 Day Suspension of licence to drive in races A drivers offence record shall reset 28 days from the date of the most recent offence. *Where the HRV Stewards form an opinion that the driver has not attempted to comply with the rule a penalty greater than the advertised minimum may be applied.   The HRV Stewards will continue to speak advisedly to those drivers who are identified prior to 1 September with a whip action that requires modification to comply with the new rule. All drivers are advised to take note of the below animation for guidance on the appropriate whip action.     HRV

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued three charges against licensed trainer Zachary Steenhuis under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. It is alleged that Mr Steenhuis presented ‘Als Law’ to race at Swan Hill on 23 April 2018 when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced at a concentration above the allowable threshold. It is further alleged that Mr Steenhuis presented ‘Als Law’ to race at Stawell on 14 May 2018 when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced at a concentration above the allowable threshold. It is further alleged that Mr Steenhuis presented ‘Als Law’ to race at Shepparton on 23 May 2018 when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced at a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Harness Racing Victoria  

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