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Seldom does a sixth placing mean so much. Yet a well-beaten sixth at Menangle today was just enough points to secure the 2019 Harness Racing New South Wales Rising Stars Series for Menangle-based reinsman Josh Gallagher. Gallagher's sixth with Muscle Mach was just enough to hold off Maitland reinsman Jake Hughes and take the series. The race was taken out by Thatswhatisaid (Jack Callaghan), beating Santannas Rocket and Rocking in a race marred by a three-horse fall that ended any hopes three drivers, Sean Grayling, McKayler Barnes and Jordan Seary had of ending the series on a winning note. Gallagher knows Tabcorp Park Menangle better than anyone as he works fulltime for the KerryAnn and Robert Morris stable, just outside the front gates of the track, so seldom does a day go by when he's not spotted working a horse there. "Winning this series was really something special," said Gallagher. "I've watched the drivers in other series and something like this can really help your career. "I drove a handy horse today in Argyle Beach, who went 1:52 and raced really well to win the first of today's two heats. "Hopefully I'll get a few more offers of some good drives out of this. "Long-term I'd like to train a couple myself but I have met a lot of good people this week and gone to some areas I've never visited before. "I landed three winners this week so that can only help my career in the long-term. "But it has been a week I'll always remember and I have made a lot of new friends of out of it as well." Going into the final two races today, the series was well and truly up for grabs and after Gallagher scored in the opening race, it came down to a race in two between he and Jake Hughes. But the best Hughes could manage in the final race of the series was fifth, while Gallagher was right behind him in sixth, to take the title. Sean Vella

IN welcoming news for owners and trainers Harness Racing New South Wales has announced a $20,000 Cups Bonus for Sydney’s upcoming Carnival of Cups doubleheader at Penrith and Bankstown. The bonus will be eligible to owners and trainers of horses that race in both the Renshaw Cup and Treuer Memorial, two time-honoured raced on the NSW harness racing calendar. The first leg of the HRNSW Cups Bonus will take place with the Group 2 Renshaw Cup at Penrith on Thursday April 18. Carrying prizemoney of $50,000 plus the additional bonus will be enticing according to Penrith Paceway chief executive Lorraine Pozza. “This $20,000 Bonus is an excellent incentive for owners and trainers,” Pozza said. “It brings the two races together to make for some great racing and it gives connections of those horses a fantastic opportunity to race for good money at this time of the year.” The second leg of the HRNSW Cups Bonus will be at Bankstown on Friday April 26 with the $65,000 Treuer Memorial. Bankstown Harness Racing Club President Les Bentley is optimistic of the bonus and also that this Group 2 has increased in stakes from last year. “It’s great that both Bankstown and Penrith Clubs can jointly promote these races through the generosity of Rod Smith and his Board at HRNSW with this Bonus,” Bentley said. “With the feature races only being a week a part, this Bonus should be able to attract horses from all over. “It is the Club’s long-term goal to take the Treuer Memorial back to Group 1 status.” The $20,000 HRNSW Bonus will be split with $12,000 going to the owner/s and $8,000 to the trainer of the horse with the most points after the two features. A horse must race in both the Renshaw Cup and Treuer Memorial to be eligible with points starting from 10 for first working back a point per finishing position.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HRNSW

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that altrenogest, trenbolone and trendione were detected in the post-race urine sample taken from ELLEN LOUISE following its win in Race 2, the QUEANBEYAN CARPETS PACE (1770m) at Canberra on Monday 4 November 2018. The substances altrenogest and trendione were confirmed in the ‘B’ sample by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Mr Cooper appeared at the inquiry and presented evidence in relation to the horse ELLEN LOUISE, his husbandry and veterinary advice received in relation to the product Ovumate. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis was presented to the inquiry. HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott also presented evidence to the inquiry. A notice issued by HRNSW on 25 June 2018 advising trainers and veterinarians to immediately stop the use of products containing altrenogest was also entered into evidence. HRNSW Stewards issued a charge against Mr Cooper 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 Cooper pleaded guilty and was disqualified for a period of three months to commence from 7 January 2019, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Cooper’s involvement in the harness racing industry, his licence history and offence record; Class 1 Prohibited Substances; The nature of the prohibited substances and circumstances relevant to this matter; The fact that this offence occurred after HRNSW had published notices advising trainers and veterinarians to immediately stop using products containing altrenogest; No previous prohibited substance matters; Mr Cooper’s personal subjective facts; Mr Cooper’s guilty plea. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, ELLEN LOUISE was disqualified from the abovementioned race. In addition, in accordance with AHRR 190AA (4), HRNSW Stewards ordered that ELLEN LOUISE is not permitted to start in any race for a period of 12 months from 4 November 2018 Mr Cooper 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. HRNSW INTEGRITY CONTACTS: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

CHRISTIANO Rose has sent out the first signs to Gold Crown candidates with a brave win in the Harness Racing NSW Pace at the Gold Crown Paceway at Bathurst on Wednesday. Bouncing off the arm over 1730m for the two-year-olds, Christiano Rose on the back of strong trials surged to the early lead challenged by Crunch Time and the pair made the running at a solid tempo. Trainer-driver Rickie Alchin soon had his talented Crunch Time pushing quickly to the lead with Chrisitiano Rose in hot pursuit. The sprint to the finish was enough for Christiano Rose to bravely get the lead and go on and win by five metres. Crunch Time stuck on gamely for secodn with Lord Heston finishing off well for third in a mile rate of 1.58.1 and the final quarter in 27.8 seconds. Reinsman Mat Rue said he was pleased with the Alta Christiano – Miss Aqua Blue filly. Zanadu produced a good front running exhibition in the three-year-old  again using good gate speed. Driver Colin McDowel piloting a victory in 28 seconds last quarters. "She’s going well and we’ll be looking at the NSW Oaks," he said. Eccentric hit the line well seven metres from the winner, Whata Reactor filling the minor prize . Rockin Marty rated a strong last quarter for Brad Hewitt in the other three-year-old pace making it back-to-back wins. Meanwhile, Lettucefirestar and Life Lavros couldn’t be split in the Group 10 Rugby League Pace, sparking a dead heat. Farren Hotham

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Monday February 4, 2019, in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that cocaine was detected in the urine sample taken from MY WHISKEY LULLABY NZ following its win in Race 5, the NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA PACE (2125m) at Penrith on Thursday October 18, 2018. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Licensed trainer Mr Richard Baverstock and stablehand Mr Adam Baverstock appeared at the inquiry. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis were presented and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott also presented evidence to the inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Richard Baverstock pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1), (2), (3) & (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. (3)  If a person is left in charge of a horse and the horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1), the trainer of the horse and the person left in charge is each 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 Richard Baverstock was found guilty and disqualified for a period of two years and six months commencing from December 21, 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Richard Baverstock’s involvement in the harness racing industry, his licence history and offence record; Class 1 Prohibited Substance; The seriousness of the offence; No previous prohibited substance matters; Mr Richard Baverstock’s personal subjective facts; Mr Richard Baverstock’s not guilty plea. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, MY WHISKEY LULLABY NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Mr Richard Baverstock was advised of his right to appeal. HRNSW Stewards issued a charge against Mr Adam Baverstock pursuant to AHRR 190(1), (3) & (4) in relation to the results of the urine sample obtained from MY WHISKEY LULLABY NZ. Mr Adam Baverstock was found guilty and disqualified for three years nine months to commence from January 22, 2019, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering that penalty, Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Adam Baverstock’s involvement in the harness racing industry, his licence history and offence record; Class 1 Prohibited Substance; The seriousness of the offence; No previous prohibited substance matters; Mr Adam Baverstock’s personal subjective facts; Mr Adam Baverstock’s not guilty plea. In addition, HRNSW Stewards issued a charge against Mr Adam Baverstock pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 250A(1)(a) as follows: 250A.  (1)  A person carrying on or purporting to carry on an activity regulated by licence at any time or carrying on official duties at a meeting commits an offence if: (a)  a sample taken from him or her is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251A. That charge related to a urine sample taken from Mr Adam Baverstock on Monday December 17, 2018. A report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) certified the presence of the cocaine metabolites Ecgonine Methylester and Benzoylecgonine. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. In relation to that charge, Mr Adam Baverstock was suspended for a period of six months to commence from January 22, 2019, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering that penalty, Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Adam Baverstock’s involvement in the harness racing industry, his licence history and offence record; The seriousness of the offence; The prohibited substances involved; No previous prohibited substance matters; Mr Adam Baverstock’s personal subjective facts; Mr Adam Baverstock’s not guilty plea. The Stewards ordered that the penalties imposed upon Mr Adam Baverstock are to be served concurrently. Mr Adam Baverstock was advised of his right to appeal.     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. HRNSW INTEGRITY CONTACTS: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales has continued its commitment to excellence around the state by announcing a group 1 carnival for Wagga  from  2020. The races will be the first at group 1 level  in any code in the Riverina and will provide the new Wagga track to open  in March with a signature event. The four races will be restricted to four-year-olds and five-year-olds and split by gender.  Horses must be paid up for futurity series, the NSW Breeders Challenge or Bathurst Gold Crown series to be eligible. “The reason for announcing it now is to allow owners to pay up for the series, so they will be eligible for the races in coming years,” HRNSW chairman Rod Smith said. “We have made a significant investment in a track at Wagga and it needs a feature carnival for everyone to aim at. To read the full article written by Chris Roots click here.

ON Friday 16 November 2018 Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an inquiry in relation to a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that O-desmethylvenlafaxine and Tapentadol were detected in the urine sample taken from EL KAPITAN following its win in race one, the SOUTHSTATE INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES PACE (2210m) at Broken Hill on Saturday 27 January 2018. In addition, HRNSW Stewards inquired into the raceday treatment of that horse prior to the race. Mr Jacob Kerridge, the trainer of EL KAPITAN appeared at the inquiry and provided evidence as did licensed trainer/driver Mr Matt Schembri. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis were presented to the inquiry. Evidence was also taken from Mr Michael Honson by telephone as well as an interview involving HRNSW Investigator Natasha Ackland and Mr Mark Johnson. Evidence was also presented to the inquiry by HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott. Prior to the inquiry being adjourned, Stewards invited submissions from Mr Kerridge, Mr Schembri and Mr Honson in relation to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 15(1)(d) and AHRR 183 as follows: AHRR 15.  (1)  Stewards are empowered- (d)  to exclude or direct the removal of a person from a racecourse; AHRR 183            Pending the outcome of an inquiry, investigation or objection, or where a person has been charged with an offence, the Stewards may direct one or more of the following (a) that a horse shall not be nominated for or compete in a race; (b) that a driver shall not drive or otherwise take part in a race; (c) that the horses of certain connections shall not be nominated for or start in a race; (d) that a licence or any other type of authority or permission be suspended. Following consideration of submissions provided, HRNSW Stewards invoked AHRR 15(1)(d) and excluded Mr Kerridge, Mr Schembri and Mr Honson from all racecourses. In addition, HRNSW Stewards suspended the trainer and driver licences of Mr Kerridge and Mr Schembri pending the outcome of the Inquiry pursuant to AHRR 183(d). Further, Stewards invoked AHRR 183 (c) in respect of EMIIROMAR, a horse owned by Mr Honson. The inquiry has been adjourned until a date to be fixed pending provision of telephone records. 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. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au  

HARNESS Racing New South Wales have developed a drought assistance scheme for trainers state-wide which comes into effect today (November 1). The scheme will see NSW licenced trainers receive $17.50 per starter each week to assist in the increased price of feed due to the drought. This will cover all horses drawn in fields, including emergencies, as well as starters in trials drawn into fields by HRNSW Handicappers. Payments will be made to trainers through the stakes run on a fortnightly basis. This assistance package will continue through until January 31 and will then be reviewed by the HRNSW Board. NEED TO KNOW: HRNSW will pay NSW licenced trainers $17.50 per horse per week based on horses drawn in fields (including emergencies) and starters in trials based only on horses nominated through HRNSW Handicappers. For sake of clarity a horse will be subsidised only once per week (Sunday to Saturday) not for multiple races and/or trials during that period. The assistance commences from November 1 through to January 31. There is no application required for this assistance. For more information, watch the latest Trots TV Drought Assistance Update.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

LAST year it was Bling It On but who will be crowned this year’s New South Wales Horse of the Year? The answer will be revealed at the annual Arthur J. Gallagher Harness Racing Awards Night on October 27 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Like last year, voting is based on the performances of NSW trained horses and the nominations for each category are listed below:   2YO FILLIES CEE CEE AMBRO MISS HALFPENNY PLATINUM REVOLUTION NZ  ROLLIN WITH HOLLy TAYLORS MILL  WRITE ABOUT LEXY    2YO COLTS & GELDINGS COLLEGE CHAPEL FIRST STRING LETS GO TO BRAZIL MAJOR ROLL MUSCLE FACTORY PETES BIG JIM REGULUS SHOOBEE DOO   3YO FILLIES  ART SERIES BLACK SILHOUETTE CALLMEQUEENBEE MAJOR OCCASION REDBANK ADDI     3YO COLTS & GELDINGS IGNATIUS LIFEONTHEBEACH LIFES A JUNGLE MACKERAL THE BLACK PRINCE   AGED MARES   CHERRY STRIDE  DONT THINK TWICE ELLE YEAH   MISS RIVIERA BELLE NZ MY RONA GOLD NZ REAZA GRUNTER NZ   AGED ENTIRES & GELDINGS ANYTHING FOR LOVE FRANCO NELSON NZ LET IT RIDE NZ MACH DORO MATCH IN HEAVEN MY FIELD MARSHAL NZ TIGER TARA NZ   2YO TROTTERS AURORA SUNSET      CALIGULA NZ  THE REAPER     3YO TROTTERS CASTLEREAGH NZ DROP THE HAMMER RUNAWAY SUCCESS SASSY PANTS NZ VIKSUN   AGED TROTTERS BLAZING UNDER FIRE NZ   EMPIRE BAY  MISTERCOOL SEA EYRE NZ SUNDONS COMET NZ WAR DAN DESTROYER     AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry yesterday in relation to a banned substance being detected in a urine sample taken from licensed driver, Mr Jack Trainor, at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday 3 July 2018. An analysis of the urine sample by Racing Analytical Services Limited confirmed the presence of oxazepam at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level of 200 ug/L. Mr Trainor appeared at the inquiry and presented evidence from his general practitioner that he had been prescribed a medication that contained the banned substance. Although, the medication was prescribed to Mr Trainor, he had not sought the approval of HRNSW Stewards pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 252B to receive a specific banned substance, subject to the conditions of that Rule. Mr Trainor pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 250(1)(a) as follows: AHHR 250. (1) A driver commits an offence if:- (a) A sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251, AHHR 251. The following substances and/or their metabolites, artifacts, and isomers are declared as banned substances in drivers when present in a urine sample (unless otherwise stated) at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level:- (k)  All benzodiazepines – substances in this group include: but are not restricted to: …...Oxazepam (200μg/L): Mr Trainor’s drivers licence was suspended for a period of four (4) weeks. The suspension of Mr Trainor’s drivers licence was suspended for a period of two (2) years on the basis that he does not commit a further banned substance offence during that period of two (2) years. Mr Trainor was also issued with a fine of $500. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Trainor’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The nature of the substance; Medication prescribed to Mr Trainor contained the banned substance; Mr Trainor’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts. Mr Trainor 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. For further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry yesterday into reports received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that synephrine had been detected in post-race urine samples obtained from the following horses: FUTURE STRIDE- following its win in Race 5 at Penrith on Thursday 29 March 2018; BACKINTHEGAME- following its win in Race 4 at Penrith on Thursday 3 May 2018. The ‘B’ samples were confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Ms Wilkins appeared at the inquiry and provided evidence of her husbandry practices. Evidence including the Reports of Analysis were presented, as well as analytical reports in relation to teff grass hay obtained from Ms Wilkins’ stable and plant samples from the Menangle Park Training Centre. HRNSW Regulatory veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott also provided evidence to the inquiry. Ms Wilkins pleaded guilty to two (2) charges issued pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting FUTURE STRIDE and BACKINTHEGAME to race not free of a prohibited substance, being synephrine. In respect of those charges, Stewards recorded a conviction, however, did not impose a penalty on Ms Wilkins as they were satisfied that the detection of synephrine had resulted from environmental contamination.  In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Ms Wilkins’ first Prohibited Substance offences; Analytical reports; Environmental contamination; Ms Wilkins’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, FUTURE STRIDE and BACKINTHEGAME were disqualified from the abovementioned races. Ms Wilkins was advised of her right to appeal this decision.   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. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

GRAND Circuit pacer Tiger Tara will not race in Saturday night’s Group 3 Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The $1.3million earner was involved in a car and float accident on Tuesday morning and has been ruled out of the feature. Tiger Tara was lucky to escape any serious injury, however, Harness Racing New South Wales Chairman of Stewards Grant Adams said the stallion will be stood down from racing for seven days. “The veterinary report following the accident revealed that the horses involved had sustained some bruising around their heads and as a precaution, were recommended to be stood down from racing for a period of seven days and until a further veterinarian clearance is submitted,” said Adams. Tiger Tara was with three other stablemates in Jakes Sportswriter, Courageous Becqui and Pass The Speights, when the float they were traveling in was hit by an oncoming car and pushed into a tree. Trainer Kevin Pizzuto was driving the car while stablehand Karen Crouch was also in the vehicle. Pizzuto escaped with some bruising and Crouch is nursing three broken ribs. “I hit my head on the windscreen and am sore and bruised but okay,” said Pizzuto. “Karen has broken ribs and a nasty cut to her head. “When we got out of the truck and I realised no people had died my concern went straight to the horses. “Thankfully they are all fine.” On track, Pizzuto is experiencing one of his best seasons to date having trained 96 winners for the term. Last season was Pizzuto’s best result training 115 winners, however, his starters this season have earned more prizemoney than what they earned last term. This is largely due to Pizzuto’s success with the likes of Tiger Tara, Cruz Bromac and Majordan. Pizzuto’s main stable driver Todd McCarthy has also relished off this success. McCarthy has already taken out the NSW Metropolitan Drivers’ Premiership for the 2017/18 season and is on track to also take out the State Drivers’ Premiership. “I’d have to say my two highlights this season was getting that fast time with Maori Time at Menangle and that fast win I had on Tiger Tara in the Canadian Club Sprint where he beat Lazarus,” said McCarthy. Despite spending time in Europe this season when driving Maori Time in the Elitloppet in Sweden, McCarthy has driven 166 winners this season with just Thursday night’s Penrith meeting and Friday night’s Bankstown meeting the last two NSW meetings for this term.   Amanda Rando AMANDA RANDO | MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HRNSW

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry on Thursday 9 August 2018 into licensed driver Mr Leigh Sutton recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive at the Bathurst harness meeting on Sunday 29 July 2018. Mr Sutton pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 250(1)(a) as follows: AHHR 250. (1) A driver commits an offence if:- (a) A sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251, AHHR 251. The following substances and/or their metabolites, artifacts, and isomers are declared as banned substances in drivers when present in a urine sample (unless otherwise stated) at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level:- (c) All diuretics (0μg/L): Probenecid: (0μg/L): Alcohol (at a concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser): Mr Sutton’s driver’s licence was wholly suspended for a period of six months to commence from 29 July 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Sutton was also provided with an opportunity to have the suspension reduced to five months if he completed sessions with an alcohol counsellor approved by HRNSW. Mr Sutton was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork two weeks prior to the end of the relevant suspension period. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Sutton’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.095%; Mr Sutton’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts.   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. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

ON Friday 6 July 2018, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer and Driver licences of Mr Gary Litzow after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from HEEZ PERFECT prior to race 8, THE PETER JACKSON BOOKMAKER MEMBERSHIP DRAW PACE (1980 metres) conducted at Tamworth on Sunday 17 June 2018. The “B” sample was analysed by the Racing Science Centre (QRIC) in Queensland and was reported below the prescribed threshold. HRNSW Stewards considered available information, including submissions on behalf of Mr Litzow, prior to the imposition of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183. Mr Litzow was informed of his right to appeal this decision. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it has also been determined that HEEZ PERFECT, the horse subject of the ARFL certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. This had immediate effect from 28 June 2018. A date for the Inquiry has not been scheduled at this time.   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 an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today into licensed driver Mr Douglas Hewitt recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive LADY SWISS in Race 2, the SPORTSWRITER NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES FINAL (Group 1) at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 1 July 2018. Mr Hewitt pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 250(1)(a) as follows: AHHR 250.(1) A driver commits an offence if:- (a) A sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251,  AHHR 251. The following substances and/or their metabolites, artifacts, and isomers are declared as banned substances in drivers when present in a urine sample (unless otherwise stated) at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level:- (c) All diuretics (0μg/L): Probenecid: (0μg/L): Alcohol (at a concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser): Mr Hewitt’s drivers licence was wholly suspended for a period of 3 months to commence from 1 July 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Hewitt was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork after a period of 10 weeks from 1 July 2018. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Hewitt’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.026%; The status of the harness meeting and Group 1 status of the race; Mr Hewitt’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts.   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.   To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au  

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today into licensed driver Mr Mitchell Reese recording an alcohol concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser at the time he presented to drive at the Penrith trials on Wednesday 27 June 2018. Mr Reese pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 250(1)(a) as follows: AHHR 250. (1) A driver commits an offence if:- (a) A sample taken from him is found upon analysis to contain a substance banned by Rule 251, AHHR 251. The following substances and/or their metabolites, artifacts, and isomers are declared as banned substances in drivers when present in a urine sample (unless otherwise stated) at a concentration above the applicable cut-off level:- (c) All diuretics (0μg/L): Probenecid: (0μg/L): Alcohol (at a concentration in excess of 0.02% on a breath analyser): Mr Reese’s drivers licence was wholly suspended for a period of 10 weeks to commence from 27 June 2018, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Reese was informed that an application would be considered by HRNSW Stewards for him to return to trackwork after a period of 8 weeks from 27 June 2018. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: Mr Reese’s first offence for such matter; Seriousness of the offence; The concentration of alcohol recorded being 0.036%; Mr Reese’s guilty plea, licence history, personal and financial subjective facts. 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.   To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRANT ADAMS | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gadams@hrnsw.com.au

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