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The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B against licensed trainer Ms Emma Stewart.  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 Stewart related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Berisari’ following its 1st placing in Race 12, the ‘Empire Stallions VicBred Super Series (4YO Mares) (2nd Semi Final)’, at Melton on 26 June 2015.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. The charge under AHRR 190B related to stable inspections conducted by HRV Stewards when investigating the arsenic irregularity on 7 August 2015 and 11 September 2015 where Ms Stewart was found not to maintain a logbook as required by the Rules. During the investigation Ms Stewart explained and provided supporting veterinary records to indicate she did not use any arsenic based products and that the only arsenic on her property was within the treated timber fence posts on her property which Berisari had a significant habit of chewing.  Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Ms Stewart pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Ms Stewart guilty though imposed no penalty against Ms Stewart in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the  results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Ms Stewart’s property, Ms Stewart’s guilty plea and prior record in regard to this rule whilst presenting over 3,700 horses to race.  The RAD Board considered the principles of the High Court decision of Veen v The Queen when taking into account the 1 previous matter on Ms Stewart’s record in 2006.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Berisari’ be disqualified from Race 12 at Melton on 26 June 2015, under ARHR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.  Owing to the race being a qualifying race for another race, the RAD Board also ordered that ‘Berisari’ be disqualified from its 5th placing in Race 9 at Melton on 4 July 2015.   Additionally, the HRV RAD Board ordered all prizemoney for the relevant races be returned under AHRR 200. Ms Stewart pleaded guilty to the additional charge under AHRR 190B in that she failed to keep and maintain a log book and was subsequently fined $250.   HRV RAD Board Hearing – Paul Rousch The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer Mr Paul Rousch.  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 Mr Rousch related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Thelongroadnorth’ following its 1st placing in Race 3, the ‘Des O’Keeffe Farrier Pace’, at Terang on 5 January 2016.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. During the investigation Mr Rousch explained that he did not use any arsenic based products and that the only arsenic on his property was within the treated timber fence posts on his property which Thelongroadnorth had a habit of destroying by chewing.  Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Mr Rousch pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Rousch guilty though imposed no penalty against Mr Rousch in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Mr Rousch’s property, Mr Rousch’s guilty plea and his clear record in regard to this rule.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Thelongroadnorth’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Terang on 5 January 2016, under ARHR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.   HRV RAD Board Hearing – Shane Hillier The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed NSW trainer Mr Shane Hillier.  AHRR 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 Mr Hillier related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sir Roy’ following its 1st placing in Race 2, the ‘Shepparton Renault Pace’, at Shepparton on 11 June 2015.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. During the investigation Mr Hillier explained that the only possible explanation for the analysis results were the fence posts on his property which had been chewed, with Mr Hillier indicating that he used an arsenic based product throughout his career in accordance with his usual practice and understanding of the withholding period for such product called Invigorate which he viewed as being helpful with respect to a horse’s appetite and coat. Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts from Mr Hillier’s NSW property revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Mr Hillier pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Hillier guilty though imposed no penalty against Mr Hillier in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the  results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Mr Hillier’s property, Mr Hillier’s guilty plea and prior record in regard to this rule whilst presenting over 900 horses to race.  The RAD Board considered the principles of the High Court decision of Veen v The Queen when taking into account the 1 previous matter on Mr Hillier’s record in 2009.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Sir Roy’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 11 June 2015, under AHRR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.  Additionally, the HRV RAD Board ordered all prizemoney for the relevant race be returned under AHRR 200. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr David Bartley under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Capri was presented to race at Bendigo on 18 January 2016 by Mr Bartley when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by 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.   Pending RAD Board Hearing – Allan Lousada HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Allan Lousada under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Fiftyshadesofbrown was presented to race at Warragul on 19 January 2016 by Mr Lousada when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by 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.   Pending RAD Board Hearing – Matthew Craven HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Matthew Craven under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Craving A Smile was presented to race at Maryborough on 21 January 2016 by Mr Craven when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by 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.   02 December 2016 Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Chairman Dale Monteith today announced the appointment of David Martin as Chief Executive Officer, HRV. Mr Monteith said HRV was fortunate to have secured an experienced CEO with a track record of success in transforming organisations, including the key areas of consultation, engagement, product development and revenue growth. "Following an extensive search I am proud to announce David Martin has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer effective Monday, 9 January, 2017," Mr Monteith said. "In governance terms the most important decision a board can make in its lifetime is the appointment of a CEO with all the necessary skills and expertise. David brings much needed commercial expertise to the role as a long-serving and highly successful CEO, having held leadership positions across a range of areas." Mr Martin said his passion for racing in Victoria stemmed from fond memories of visiting race tracks across the state with his dad, through to 'Dad and Dave' days at the track in the latter stages of his father's life. "I'm really looking forward to revisiting some tracks I haven't seen in a while, and others I've never been to. Most importantly, I look forward to talking with all of our people about the future of our industry," Mr Martin said. "I know there is tremendous pride and passion for harness racing, so I will start by listening and then convert ideas into initiatives and strategies that will enable us to achieve our goals." Having lived and worked in Melbourne as well as the Wimmera, Gippsland, Ovens Murray and Bendigo regions, Mr Martin said he had a strong understanding of communities throughout Victoria. Mr Martin said he was aware of the challenges facing the industry, including declining revenues and other industry KPIs, but added: "These aspects only further energise my desire to bring our industry together behind a common goal." Mr Monteith said HRV Interim CEO Kay Rundle had provided strong leadership and wise counsel to the HRV Board since her appointment in July. "It would be remiss of me if I did not thank and pay due credit to Kay Rundle, who has served as Interim CEO," Mr Monteith said. "Kay has achieved more in her short time than the board could have expected and this work critically will enable our new CEO to hit the ground running with a 2017 agenda that will herald an era of change for the industry." Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is backing the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) in December. Starting today and continuing for the month of December, HRV will donate $500 for every winning drive by Gavin Lang and Anthony Butt to the PCFA anywhere in Australia. Butt and Lang will wear specially designed promotional silks containing the PCFA logo during December. “I’m excited to be involved with this important promotion, which aims to raise awareness and funds for vital research into a condition that touches so many people,” Butt said. “Males probably don’t pay enough attention to their health and hopefully this campaign changes the thinking of some men and gets them to see their doctor for a check-up.” PCFA State Manager John Strachan said the foundation was thrilled to be joining forces with HRV for this important campaign. “Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is excited to be partnering with Harness Racing Victoria throughout December to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer in metro and regional Victoria,” Mr Strachan said. “Prostate cancer is a significant challenge for Victorian men (1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in men will be prostate cancer) and with HRV's significant network and community reach it provides an excellent opportunity to raise vital awareness of the disease. “PCFA applauds HRV for this fantastic community awareness initiative.” The promotion will be officially launched on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton when representatives from the PCFA will attend Tabcorp Park Melton and former AFL coach and PCFA ambassador David Parkin will be interviewed. Trots Media will provide updates on the running tally of money donated to the cause via social media channels, www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria, www.twitter.com/hrvnews, and on www.hrv.org.au and www.harness.org.au More information on the PCFA at prostate.org.au Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B against licensed trainer Mr Des Hilton.  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 Mr Hilton related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Itmademyday’ following its 1st placing in Race 3, the ‘Discount Carpets 3YO Pace’, at Mildura on 19 June 2015.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. The charge under AHRR 190B related to stable inspections conducted by HRV Stewards when investigating the arsenic irregularity on 10 August 2015 and 8 September 2015 where Mr Hilton was found not to maintain a logbook as required by the Rules. During the investigation Mr Hilton explained that he did not use any arsenic based products and that Itmademyday had a tendency to chew the fence posts in the horse’s yard.  Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing need to test for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Mr Hilton pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  After considering submissions from the HRV Stewards and Mr Hilton, the HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Hilton guilty though imposed no penalty against Mr Hilton in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as a tonic that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the  results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the results of  analysis of the fence posts from Mr Hilton’s property, Mr Hilton’s guilty plea and clear record in regard to this rule over a 30-year involvement in the industry and also the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Itmademyday’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Mildura on 19 June 2015, under ARHR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.   Additionally, the HRV RAD Board ordered all prizemoney for this race be returned under AHRR 200. Mr Hilton pleaded guilty to the additional charge under ARHR 190B in that he failed to keep and maintain a log book and was subsequently fined $250. Harness Racing Victoria

The Racing Integrity Commissioner recently released his findings regarding an audit conducted on swabbing processes and systems of the three Victorian racing codes in 2015-16, which found Harness Racing Victoria to have the highest compliance rate. The audit found HRV to have a compliance rate of 99.64 per cent. The audit analysed the documentation and records for the entire swabbing process, from the issuance of a testing kit until the final clearance of such sample by the laboratory. "Importantly from the Board's perspective, these findings certainly put to bed the rumours and innuendo which have previously circulated with respect to HRV's swabbing procedures and the testing thereof," HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. "The Board is also determined to significantly lift the number of swabs taken," Mr Monteith added. Harness Racing Victoria

As far as I’m concerned there is no better big event race caller than Harness Racing Victoria’s number one, Dan Mielicki. Being a “hopeful” caller myself, I see Dan as the best race caller in the world. Mielicki always perfects the big races. There was no better example than the 2016 Vicbred Super Series 4YO Entires and Geldings Final in July, when Ideal For Real defeated Tee Cee Bee Macray and Menin Gate. And it was obviously plenty who agreed, because Mielicki won the inaugural Trots Media Race Call of the Year, which was voted on by the general public through prompting via Harness Racing Victoria’s Twitter and Facebook pages and harness.org.au. RELIVE DAN MIELICKI'S AWARD WINNING CALL Race callers were asked to nominate their best call of the season and Milecki said for him the choice was easy. “They're an absolutely terrific bunch of horses and I chose that race as the first two, I think, are the real up and comers,” Mielicki said. “It was a bit different to Lennytheshark’s Victoria Cup or Smolda’s Hunter Cup et cetera, and I thought it sold itself pretty well and they look like the future Grand Circuit horses. I think there’s no reason to say they won’t be competitive with the likes of Lennytheshark, Hectorjayjay and so on.” So, who does the man with the best seat in the house think is the best of Victoria’s brilliant five-year-olds? “Ideal For Real has the tactical speed to put him in a good position in the run, where Tee Cee Bee Macray is the complete opposite, but he has such awesome speed,” Mielicki said. “For 100m I reckon (Tee Cee Bee Macray) is probably quicker than a horse like Hectorjayjay, but I reckon he still has some head  problems and doesn’t really want to run past the others. He is still pretty untapped, but if he can solve the problems in the future I think he is going to go right to the absolute top.” And that’s where Mielicki sits after voting in the Trots Media Race Call of the Year, having attracted 46.71 per cent of the votes. That gave him the win ahead of trots tragic Craig Rail’s passionate commentary of the Kilmore Cup, which attracted 36.84 per cent of the votes, and Matt Hill’s commentary of the Cranbourne Cup, which attracted 16.45 per cent of the votes. SOAK UP CRAIG RAIL'S CALL OF THE KILMORE CUP ENJOY MATT HILL'S CALL OF THE CRANBOURNE CUP by Luke Humphreys

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed trainer Ms Sally Hardy.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:               A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Ms Hardy related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Major Charlie’ after it placed 1st in Race 3, the ‘Mildura Working Man’s Club Pace’, at Mildura on 23 December 2015. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 307 mcg/L in urine, above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 mcg/L in urine. The HRV RAD board considered the statements of Investigative Steward Mr Stephen Svanosio, RASL representative Mr Paul Zahra, veterinary consultant Dr Stuart Paine and scientific consultant Dr John Vine.   Ms Hardy pleaded guilty to the charge, before the HRV RAD Board heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Ms Hardy. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Ms Hardy’s 16-year involvement in the industry, her good record over this period of time, the circumstances surrounding Ms Hardy taking over the training duties of ‘Major Charlie’ two days prior to the above mentioned race, both specific and general deterrence, consistency of penalty and Ms Hardy’s guilty plea. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 12-month disqualification upon Ms Hardy. The RAD Board ordered the disqualification commence with immediate effect.   The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Major Charlie’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Mildura on 23 December 2015 and that any prizemoney be refunded.   Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Pending RAD Board Hearing – Geoff Crilly.  Harness Racing Victoria Stewards have issued two charges against formerly licensed trainer Mr Geoff Crilly under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 218 which provides: A person having responsibility for the welfare of a horse shall not fail to care for it properly. It is alleged that between May 2015 and September 2016 Mr Crilly failed to provide adequate care for horses on his property. The charges will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.  

St Arnaud’s annual cup meeting will be run on Sunday, March 5, after Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), the Swan Hill club and St Arnaud successfully negotiated the date swap. Swan Hill was initially down to race that Sunday but its committee agreed to move to an earlier date, freeing up the March 5 timeslot for St Arnaud, whose cup program was washed out at the weekend. “It’s a great result,” St Arnaud secretary Kaye Boyd said. “We are very keen to have another go. I’m calling it Take 2! Everybody around town is asking about it. I’ve had umpteen people asking whether we’re getting another go, so I’m really pleased we are.” Ms Boyd said the community was “100 per cent” behind St Arnaud’s cup meeting and she expects a big crowd will be on hand come March 5. The disappointment of losing Sunday’s meeting following an overnight downpour of rain was obvious on the faces of the club’s hard-working committee and volunteers, Ms Boyd said. “I wasn’t the only one disappointed. You could see it on everybody’s face when we all went out for a meal on the Sunday night. But these things happen and we’re very thankful to all those who helped us get that second chance, especially HRV and the Swan Hill Club for allowing us that date.” HRV Interim General Manager of Operations Shane Gloury said he was pleased St Arnaud was able to have another crack at running a successful cup day. “The whole team at St Arnaud put a lot of effort into promoting and organising cup day and it really was bad luck that they weren’t able to race,” Mr Gloury said. “I must thank the Swan Hill Club for working proactively with HRV to ensure this date was available. Our clubs are always only too willing to help each other in these circumstances and we hope the whole community gets behind St Arnaud in March.” Mr Gloury also reiterated HRV’s commitment to pay to pay all drivers’ fees from Sunday and make a ‘meeting abandonment payment’ to each trainer who had a runner engaged. “Trainers and drivers work hard and to lose their earning opportunity due to the weather is horrible luck. We feel it is the right thing to do to compensate our participants in these circumstances.” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has announced interim management changes as part of the executive restructure. Shane Gloury will oversee the HRV Operations Department and Ryan Stanaway will oversee the Commercial Department. Both are interim roles. Vaughn Lynch and Damien Madden, who managed those departments previously, have ended their tenure at HRV. To assist Shane Gloury as CEO of Tabcorp Park, Gayle Harvey has been appointed as General Manager at Tabcorp Park on an interim basis. These changes follow the HRV Board's October 28 announcement of a HRV executive restructure. "I'd like to take this opportunity on behalf of the HRV Board to acknowledge and thank Vaughn Lynch and Damien Madden for their dedication and achievements during their time at HRV. I wish them well for the future," HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. "I note Vaughn Lynch has been appointed CEO of Tasracing and I'd like to congratulate him on taking up that role and wish him all the best. HRV and Tasracing have a strong professional relationship and I'm sure that will only prosper with Vaughn, a passionate racing man, as CEO." Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness Racing Victoria Steward wraps for the 14 November 2016. Pending RAD Board Hearing – Ian Dornauf HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Ian Dornauf under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Royal Deviate was presented to race at Echuca on 1 January 2016 by Mr Dornauf when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by 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. Pending RAD Board Hearing – Kerry O'Riley HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Kerry O’Riley under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Royal Delight was presented to trial at Melton on 10 May 2016 by Mr O’Riley when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. Note: Australian Harness Racing Rules definition of ‘Race’- means a race or official trial or official time trial or event in which harness horses race or participate. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Pending RAD Board Hearing – Paul Rousch HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Paul Rousch under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Thelongroadnorth was presented to race at Terang on 5 January 2016 by Mr Rousch when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by 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. Others VIC - Craig Demmler VCAT Review - Adjournment The review application of licensed trainer Mr Craig Demmler against the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board decision of 22 March 2016 was scheduled to be heard by the VCAT in the week commencing 28 November 2016. As a result of the legal representative for Mr Demmler not meeting the timetable for the exchange of material, the VCAT have set a new timetable and adjourned the hearing date.  The matter is now scheduled to be heard by the VCAT over the 5 days commencing 20 February 2017.   The VCAT have previously granted a stay of proceedings (regarding the application of the penalty imposed by the RAD Board) to Mr Demmler until such time as the matter is heard and determined by the VCAT. The RAD Board decision which is the subject of Mr Demmler’s review application can be viewed here. Daniel Neagoe VCAT Review – Hearing Date The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) have advised Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) that the review application of formerly licensed NSW trainer Mr Daniel Neagoe against the HRV RAD Board decision of 22 July 2016 will be heard by the VCAT from 7-10 February 2017.  The RAD Board decision which is the subject of Mr Neagoe’s review application can be viewed here.   The owner of the horse ‘Hot Shot Woman’ at the relevant time has also applied for a review by VCAT of the RAD Board decision to disqualify the horse from Race 5 at Melton on 30 August 2015.  Mr Neagoe has not applied for a stay of proceedings and therefore remains disqualified in the interim. Harness Racing Victoria

Former Victoria Derby champion Tanabi Bromac will fly the standardbred life-after-harness racing flag at Equitana this week. The 12-year-old winner of 24 races and $465,928 in stakes will be based in the popular Breed Village for the duration of the four-day event as an ambassador for Harness Racing Victoria’s HERO Program. The 107-start veteran will also present several ridden demonstrations, highlighting the durability, willingness and versatility of the standardbred. Owned and trained throughout his racing life by Keith and Shelly Cotchin, Tanabi Bromac (aka Ernie) has made a successful transition to a saddle career under the guidance of HERO registered retrainer Julie Duffy The Live Or Die gelding regularly competes in showing and adult riding competitions, and is an accomplished trail riding mount. The HERO Program will have a major presence at Equitana, with a trade stall (site 373) in the Epsom Pavillion in addition to the Breed Village exhibit. HERO is also naming rights sponsor for the Jump & Drive Challenge, which forms part of a competition hosted by the Australian Carriage Driving Society. Introduced to Australia in 1999, Equitana is acknowledged as the largest equine showcase in the Southern Hemisphere and will be staged at the Melbourne Showgrounds from Thursday, November 17, to Sunday, November 20. It brings together education, competition, entertainment and exhibition under a common umbrella and this year’s program is the most extensive in the event’s proud history. For further information, a schedule of events and/or to purchase tickets to attend Equitana 2016, visit www.equitana.com.au For further information about the HERO Program, visit www.hrvhero.com.au by Tanya McDermott

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has committed to rescheduling the St Arnaud Pacing and Trotting Cups after Sunday’s meeting was abandoned. HRV is liaising with the St Arnaud Club and looking at alternative options for its feature races. An announcement will be made in coming days. Interim HRV General Manager of Operations Shane Gloury said the St Arnaud club should be congratulated for their efforts to organise Sunday’s cup meeting before it was abandoned due to the state of the track and the mobile gate being unable to gain traction following overnight rain. “St Arnaud’s community had embraced the day and by all reports the club was expecting a big crowd,” Mr Gloury said. “We want to ensure the St Arnaud community gets the cup day they deserve.” Stewards assessed the track on Sunday before Race 1 and deemed it not fit for racing and further testing one hour later showed the surface had not improved so they were left with no option but to abandon the meeting. “It’s always disappointing to lose a meeting like that when so much hard work has been put in to setting it up, but fact is safety of our participants, horses and race day staff must be placed ahead of everything,” Mr Gloury said. “HRV will also pay all drivers’ fees from Sunday and make a ‘meeting abandonment payment’ to each trainer that had a runner or runners engaged to offset travel costs.” Trainers will receive compensation of $100 for every two horses they had at the meeting, meaning trainers who had 1-2 horses will get $100, trainers with 3-4 horses will receive $200 and trainers that had 5-6 horses will get $300. Gunbower will hold its annual cup meeting on Sunday as the Trots Country Cups Carnival continues. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Markovina Free for All, to be run at Lord’s Raceway Bendigo tomorrow night, has attracted a high quality line-up. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) last month made the decision to move the Markovina from Saturday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton program to Bendigo due to the flight transporting horses to the Perth Inter Dominion booked to take off Sunday. Trainer David Aiken has elected to run both his Inter Dominion big guns this weekend, reigning Perth champion Lennytheshark stepping out at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night in the Olympus Feeds Smoken Up Sprint, while outright Inters favourite Hectorjayjay ($3.40 with TAB.com.au) runs tomorrow night from barrier six in the $20,000 Markovina FFA. Hectorjayjay is a commanding favourite tomorrow night ($1.65 into $1.40 with TAB.com.au), but he bumps into his last-start Yarra Valley Pacing Cup vanquisher in Restrepo from the Emma Stewart stable. Restrepo is $2.60 with TAB.com.au and driver Chris Alford predicted the eight-year-old son of Art Major would improve on his first-up win. But the superstar reinsman also placed a caveat on his statement, saying it would be a tricky task to upstage Hector twice in succession. “It was well documented he’d had 20 months off (before Yarra Valley) but his run there was super. He did have a nice, easy run, but he still ran a super half and I’m sure the run will have done him the world of good,” Alford said. “It’ll be a hard task tomorrow in such a small field and with Hector being there. But I’m sure he’ll go great again.” The pair dominates the market but there is not one slouch among the chasing brigade tomorrow, with Group 2 winning speedster Stunning Grin drawn the pole for Rod Petroff, dual Inter Dominion placegetter and Group 1 winner Flaming Flutter in gate two for Greg Sugars, reigning Country Cups Champion Yankee Rockstar to in three for Gavin Lang and evergreen 36-time winner Smudge Bromac the rank outsider of the field for David Aiken in barrier five. Meanwhile, legendary drivers will contest the annual Oxley Feed Mills Veteran Drivers Trot tomorrow night at Bendigo (Race 4). Cliff Powell, Neville Welsh, Peter Manning, Keith Pratt, Graeme Whittle, Brian Gath, Graeme Lang, Dick Lee, Bill Spiteri, Jim O’Sullivan and Noel Shinn will all jump in the gig in the 2150-metre race at 7.40pm. The race meeting is the annual ‘Memorial night’ meet, honouring past Bendigo and district greats such as Ken and Daphne Pocock, Ron Pocock, Less Pratt, Ted Manton, Henry McDermott and Merv Dillon. Bendigo’s 10-race card kicks off at 6pm. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Bendigo, Friday 11 November 2016 Form guide for Bendigo, Friday 11 November 2016

Cranbourne is the 2016 Victorian Country Club of the Year. Announced during the Country Clubs section of Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV’s) annual Gordon Rothacker Medal awards last night at Crown Palladium, Cranbourne’s committee was on hand to accept the gong. “We’ve got a marvellous group of volunteers and a fabulous committee to help us run the club and we’ve also got a very professional CEO in Neil Bainbridge,” Cranbourne president Duncan McPherson said. “We’re lucky we benefit with the multi-use of the venue with two other racing codes.” Mr McPherson said working alongside such passionate people was great fun. “These guys are a very good crew. They’re very professional, great fun, super fellowship and for all of us we just really enjoy it,” he said. Cranbourne was awarded the Club of the Year trophy for its efforts to bolster engagement and participation in the region through a strategic direction. The club’s training centre is also stronger than ever, while the club has thrown its weight behind the important area of ownership promotion by making syndication as easy and affordable as possible. Cranbourne also hosted a variety of race nights to introduce new people to the trots, including an 'aging positively' night and a 'girls’ night out'. The club also undertook a brand transformation to become known as Trots Cranbourne. Warragul picked up two awards, Best Country Cup Meeting and Best Local Traditional Media. The Warragul Cup meeting in 2015-16 saw attendance doubled on the season prior, while on-course wagering was also up. The club was praised for its significant pre-promotion of the event and for offering a range of family activities including free children’s rides and live music. Warragul’s efforts to engage with local media were driven by Kyle Galley, whose passion for the trots is unwavering. Galley’s perseverance saw thousands of words celebrating the Warragul trots spread throughout eastern Victoria, including publication in the Warragul and Drouin Gazette, Pakenham Gazette, West Gippsland Trader and Latrobe Valley Express, as well as the Melbourne Observer and Harness Racing Weekly. “I’m very proud to be able to accept this award,” Mr Galley said. “It is still a buzz to open the local paper and see my work after many years.” The Geelong club picked up the Best Local Media Digital award for its performance on social media and its website, promoting its offerings and the industry to Geelong and surrounding communities. Outgoing Mildura boss Mark Kemp picked up the Frank Ryan Memorial Secretary of the Year honour for the fourth time. Mr Kemp has overseen the growth of the Mildura Cup carnival, which continues to go from strength to strength each year. The 2016 Mildura Cup saw wagering up 23 per cent and attendance up 27 per cent. Mr Kemp will end his 22-year association with Mildura this December. The trophy for Club of the Year (16 meetings or less) went to Stawell, which, under the guidance of Lisa McIlvride and Peter Sanderson, continues to progress. The club continued to grow its newest race-day event, Australia day, in 2016 and undertook major upgrades to its trackside venue, including the bistro and dining room to help increase revenue on both race-days and non-racing days. “It was a huge year for us at Stawell … I’d like to thank our president and committee, my husband for putting up with me, and all the volunteers,” Ms McIlvride said. “I’d also like to thank all those backing up tomorrow and racing at Stawell.” Horsham took the honours in Secretary of the Year (16 meetings or less) with Jo Cross acknowledged for her tireless and ongoing commitment. The Yarra Valley club captured the award for Best Presented Track/Venue, while Shepparton’s Super Heroes Day Out won Best On-Course Promotion for the season and Kyabram was named Graduation Club & Secretary of the Year. Meanwhile, Mavis Collison was acknowledged for years of voluntary service to the Bendigo club, presented with the AVCHRC Volunteer Service Award.  For over 25 years Mrs Collison has volunteered at Bendigo and is known as the face of the club to many owners, trainers and drivers. Overseeing management of the supper room, Mrs Collison said she was driven by her passion for the industry. "I don’t do it for thanks or anything else, I do it because I love it," she said. “Making people happy to have sandwiches, cake and a cup of tea, that's the main thing." The Collison family is well-known among Bendigo trots with Mavis's husband, Ivan, also a volunteer trial steward. And Mildura's Barry Bottams was awarded the Distiguished Service Medal for a long involvement in the industry across various roles. “This is very exciting and unexpected," Mr Bottams said. "Thanks very much to the selectors." Mr Bottams has been involved hands-on with the horses and also behind the scenes working for the club. He said he enjoyed all roles in the industry. "I think both working horses and flying the flag for club have been a thrill. I get a thrill for winning but also from the club being successful," he said.  COUNTRY CLUB AWARDS 2016 Graduation Club & Secretary of the Year: Kyabram Best On-Course Promotion: Shepparton’s Super Heroes Day Out Best Presented Track/Venue: Yarra Valley Best Local Media Traditional: Warragul Best Local Media Digital: Geelong Secretary of the Year (16 meetings or less): Jo Cross (Horsham) Club of the Year (16 meetings or less): Stawell Frank Ryan Memorial Secretary of the Year: Mark Kemp (Mildura) Club of the Year: Cranbourne Best Country Cup Meeting: Warragul Distinguished Service Award: Barry Bottams AVCHRC Volunteer Award: Mavis Collison Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

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