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Andrew English will join Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) as General Manager – Marketing, effective Tuesday November 28. Mr English is an experienced marketing manager, previously holding executive positions at United Petroleum, Essendon Football Club, Melbourne Cricket Club and Australian Hospitality Management. Prior to his time in hospitality and sports administration, Mr English spent a decade in the tourism sector after successfully completing his Bachelor of Business degree. HRV CEO David Martin said Mr English’s extensive experience had him well-positioned to lead HRV’s marketing and communications functions. “Andrew has achieved success in some challenging environments and demonstrated an excellent understanding of opportunities for HRV to build our brand,” Mr Martin said. “I look forward to Andrew joining the team and I know he is keen to get started.” Mr English said he had always been fascinated by the racing industry and was looking forward to joining the HRV team. “My interest in racing began at an early age and I’ve always been fascinated with the characters and the stories,” he said. “I’m also aware of the vital role all stakeholders play and that harness racing is a major contributor to the Victorian economy and our regional communities. “We have some exciting opportunities ahead and I’m looking forward to playing my role to help the industry achieve its marketing goals.” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is pleased to announce its appointment of veterinarians Julia Aspinall and Lesley Hawson, who have joined the HRV Integrity Department. Dr Aspinall has been appointed Senior Veterinarian and Dr Hawson as Veterinarian, and both bring extensive experience including considerable backgrounds working in equine fields.            The pair’s appointment follows a commitment by HRV to increase post-race swabs by 100 per cent and out-of-competition testing by 50 per cent, activity funded by a $3.1 million State Government contribution over two years that Racing Minister Martin Pakula announced in September. HRV General Manager – Integrity Brent Fisher said Dr Aspinall and Dr Hawson were welcome additions to the team and would help provide a level playing field for all of the sport’s participants. “HRV identified there was a need to have extra veterinarians at race meetings and to support veterinarians and swab assistants performing those roles,” Mr Fisher said. “The newly-appointed veterinarians will also assist with the implementation of micro-chipping for newly bred yearlings, with Integrity Department investigations and looking at best practice in relation to animal welfare.” Mr Fisher said almost 100 microchips had last week been inserted into Victorian-bred foals, an implementation strategy that started in the state’s south-west and would continue across Victoria until April/May 2018. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has reported an increase in wagering turnover on last month’s October Allied Express Victoria Cup night compared to the January 2017 Victoria Cup meeting. While wagering on the Victoria Cup race itself was down 8% compared to the previous staging of the race, wagering across the October 14 program was 5% higher than the January 28 meeting. Last month’s Allied Express Victoria Cup program – held on the same night as the inaugural Everest sprint and the Caulfield Guineas – saw turnover up 36% on the corresponding Melton trots meeting that followed the Guineas in 2016. HRV reported that about 2500 people attended Allied Express Victoria Cup night with a mix of families and children on the lawn enjoying the racing, trackside activities and the popular food truck precinct. The bistro at Tabcorp Park Melton was full and the Toolern Room well-attended. “It was a great to see a big crowd enjoying a night at the trots,” HRV CEO David Martin said. “On the wagering front we are pleased to report positive turnover trends, with a 5% increase across the night on overall turnover, even when factoring in a slight downturn on the Cup itself due to a short-priced favourite drawing the pole. “Lennytheshark was a popular winner of the Allied Express Victoria Cup and we wish him and all the Victorian horses heading to the Perth Inter Dominion the very best of luck.”   Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer/driver Matthew Craven under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The AHRR defines "Race" as a race or official trial or official time trial or event in which harness racing horses race or participate. It is alleged that Mr Craven presented ‘Ruthie Yamaguchi’ to race at the Terang trial meeting on 18 June 2017 when not free of the prohibited substances Triamcinolone Acetonide and Meloxicam. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Harness Racing Victoria

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer John McCullagh. 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 ‘Mear Princess’ after it finished first in Race 4, the ‘Yeomans Slate & Stone 3Y) Pace’, at Tabcorp Park Melton harness racing meeting on 14 June 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold.  Mr McCullagh pleaded guilty to the charge before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr McCullagh. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr McCullagh’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Mr McCullagh’s good record over a long period in the industry; both general and specific deterrence; consistency of penalty and other similar matters. Mr McCullagh was subsequently fined $3000, of which $2000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under AHRR 195, ‘Mear Princess’ be disqualified from Race 4 at Tabcorp Park Melton on 14 June 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly. HRV RAD Board Panel: Alanna Duffy (Chair), Hugh Millar, Kerry Willcock Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board ............................................................. HRV RAD Board Hearing – Robert Arundell The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B against licensed trainer-driver Robert Arundell. 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 ‘Sammy Fitz’ after it finished second in Trial 1 at the Terang trial meeting on 18 June 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold. Mr Arundell was also charged with a breach of AHRR 190B (1) being that he failed to properly keep and maintain a log book in accordance with this rule. Mr Arundell pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Arundell. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Arundell’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Mr Arundell’s good record over many years of involvement in the industry; both general and specific deterrence; and consistency of penalty with other similar matters. Mr Arundell was subsequently fined $2000, of which $1000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. In relation to the log book charge, Mr Arundell was fined the sum of $250. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under AHRR 195, ‘Sammy Fitz’ be disqualified from Trial 1 at Terang on 18 June 2017. HRV RAD Board Panel: Alanna Duffy (Chair), Hugh Millar, Kerry Willcock Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board

The 2016/17 Annual Report for Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was tabled in State Parliament today, documenting a consolidated group net loss of $1.695m, largely attributed to a $1.6m reduction in revenue from HRV’s share of distributions from the Tabcorp Joint Venture. HRV Chairman Dale Monteith issued the following statement: “After a period of decline, the industry has undergone significant change, including the appointment of David Martin as CEO in January this year. “Since that time, a range of initiatives have been implemented to reduce costs, increase participation, improve revenue and to ultimately grow market share. “The benefits became evident late in the financial year and have continued into the current financial year. While this loss is obviously disappointing, we know HRV is now moving in the right direction. “The HRV Board is particularly grateful for the continued support from the Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, as evident with the announcement in September of a $3.1 million investment in the HRV integrity department and the ongoing support for HRV infrastructure. “Throughout the last 12 months HRV has sought to work closely with owners, breeders, participants, clubs and kindred bodies, as the confidence of all participants and wagering customers is of paramount importance for the future growth of our industry.” Click here to view the 2016-17 Harness Racing Victoria Annual Report Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing and Appeals Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a charge issued against licensed person Dean Braun.  The charge was issued by HRV Stewards under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 231(1)(a) which states: 231. (1) A person shall not (a) threaten anyone employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry or otherwise having a connection with it. The charge related to Mr Braun’s conduct when leaving the Tabcorp Park Melton meeting on 24 February 2017 where it was alleged he remarked “No, I’ll wait for him to go behind me before I reverse”, referring to HRV Form and Content Expert Mr Blake Redden who was standing nearby, before Mr Braun directly remarked towards Mr Redden “You’re not far off. Keep going”.  Evidence was given at today’s hearing by Mr Redden, licensed person Mr Sam Barker and Mr Braun. Upon consideration of all the evidence the HRV RAD Board found Mr Braun not guilty of the charge. Although the Board considered that Mr Braun made unnecessary and inappropriate comments towards Mr Redden, it was not satisfied (on the balance of probabilities) that Mr Braun threatened Mr Redden, taking into account all the circumstances of the matter and the Macquarie dictionary definition of “threaten”. RAD Board Panel – Alanna Duffy (Chair), Kevin Carson (Member), John Kearney (Member) The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences. HRV RAD Board Hearing – Dean Braun  

Four alleged race fixers could face up to 10 years in prison for a crime that netted only a few grand. Mark Ryan Pitt, Amanda Turnbull, Lisa Carol Bartley and Nathan Jack faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a crime that rocked the Victorian harness racing community. The four accused came to court for what was scheduled to be a committal mention, but due to complications in how the case progressed from previous mentions it did not proceed. Court documents obtained by The News showed how the group allegedly gamed the racing and betting system for minor financial gain. The crime was allegedly committed at Cobram Harness Racing Club on June 22, 2015, when Airbournemagic won the fourth race of the day. It paid off for the people that backed the horse thanks to its good odds from the bookies. According to the charges, Airbournemagic was allegedly at the stables of Amanda Turnbull, a highly-regarded trainer, and Nathan Jack, an experienced reinsman. But the details given to Harness Racing Victoria stated that Airbournemagic was at the stables of another person. This person’s name has been suppressed by the court. Due to the incorrect information that was allegedly given to Harness Racing Victoria, this increased the odds given by betting agencies. When Nathan Jack took to the track with his horse Tooram Lad, he allegedly allowed Airbournemagic, which was close behind him for much of the race, to win. According to the charges Nathan Jack was ‘‘overtly and continually looking behind his shoulder’’ at Airbournemagic, which was driven by Mark Pitt for much of the race. According to previous reports, it was this behaviour that initially raised the suspicions of race officials. Watch this race here Amanda Turnbull allegedly got a family member to place a bet on the race, which paid off with winnings of $2236.23. Lisa Bartley, who allegedly helped with the training of Airbournemagic along with Nathan Jack, also allegedly won $2274.24 on a winning bet on the race. Many of the charges face maximum sentences of 10 years in prison. No pleas have yet been entered and the case will next face Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on November 27. By Barclay White Reprinted with permission of the Shepparton News

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced the 2017-18 Victorian Square Trotters Association/Melton Saddlery Maori’s Idol Trophy Series will carry a $10,000 bonus for winning trainer and connections ($5k to owner and $5k to trainer). The VSTA/Melton Saddlery Maori’s Idol Trophy, named in honour of Australia’s most famous trotter of all, gets under way at Swan Hill on Saturday night with the running of the Swan Hill Trotters Cup. Twenty-five races make up the VSTA/Melton Saddlery Maori’s Idol Trophy championship, drawing top-class trotters to all parts of regional Victoria. Today’s announcement means trotting horses in Victoria are now competing for championship bonus prizemoney in addition to the pacers, who will compete for a $25,000 bonus as part of the Trots Country Cups Championship. The Victorian pacing and trotting country cups circuit provides participants with the most lucrative regional feature race calendar in Australia. Quotes attributable to Harness Racing Victoria General Manager Racing Glen Canty “Victoria is a long-time proponent of the international gait and leads the way in providing opportunities for trotters. The new $10,000 bonus for the Maori’s Idol Trophy winner will provide further incentive for owners to race a trotter, in addition to the already lucrative prizemoney on offer. “The bonuses attached to the trotting and pacing country cup championships will help draw top-quality horses to regional areas throughout Victoria, supporting clubs to put on a first-class race day or night and giving country trots fans the best opportunity to see star horses up close.” Quote attributable to Victorian Square Trotters Association Secretary Ian White “The Victorian Square Trotters Association is excited to welcome this announcement. We are thankful for the ongoing commitment from HRV to supporting all trotting participants in Victoria.” Trots Media

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 259(1) (g) & (h), 187(6), 187(2) and 187(1) against former licensed person Daryl Douglas.  Charge 1, under AHRR 259(1) (g) & (h), which reads as follows: A disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority or a person warned off cannot do any of the following –  (g) enter any premises used for the purpose of the harness racing industry; (h) participate in any manner in the harness racing industry; The particulars of this charge were that Mr Douglas participated in the harness racing industry on 27 February 2017, while disqualified, by entering the registered training establishment of licensed trainer Marnie Bibby, exercising standardbreds and leading ‘Ubringthedrinks’ to the stable tie-up area. Charge 2, under AHRR 187(6), which reads as follows: A person shall not frustrate or endeavour to frustrate an inquiry or investigation. The particulars of this charge were that on 27 February 2017 when HRV Stewards approached Mr Douglas he ran and concealed himself in a dog kennel. Charge 3, under AHRR 187(2), which reads as follows:  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 this charge were that on 27 February 2017, when HRV Stewards located Mr Douglas, he refused to answer questions and subsequently left the property. Charge 4, under AHRR 187(1), which reads as follows: A person who is directed to do so by the Stewards shall attend an inquiry or investigation convened or conducted by them.  The particulars of this charge were that Mr Douglas failed to attend an inquiry scheduled for 3 April 2017 to answer questions in relation to the previously mentioned matters.  This HRV RAD Board hearing had previously been adjourned on 24 May 2017 and 25 July 2017. Mr Douglas failed to appear on this re-scheduled date and the HRV RAD Board determined to conduct the hearing in his absence acting under Victorian Local Rule 50(1)(a). The charges were found proven and the HRV RAD Board heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards. The HRV RAD Board also considered both specific and general deterrence along with penalties in previous matters with similar circumstances and issued the following penalties: Charge 1: 2 month disqualification Charge 2: $1000 fine Charge 3: $1000 fine Charge 4: Mr Douglas be warned off until he attends a HRV Stewards inquiry   HRV RAD Board Panel: Brian Collis QC (Deputy Chairman) Dr Hugh Millar / Rebecca Oliver (Members) Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) will become the first harness racing jurisdiction in Australia to implement a minimum bet policy with approved Wagering Service Providers (WSPs). Effective 1 January, 2018, WSPs will be required to: Accept a fixed odds win bet at odds which are publicly displayed by the WSP for Victorian harness race to stand to lose a maximum amount of $1000 for Victorian metropolitan meetings (Friday, Saturday or Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton) Accept a fixed odds win bet at odds which are publicly displayed by the WSP for Victorian harness race to stand to lose a maximum amount of $500 for Victorian country meetings Publish fixed odds on Victorian harness racing fields no later than one (1) hour prior to each applicable race HRV will implement a formal online complaint process for customers who believe a wagering operator has wrongfully refused their bet or excluded them in contravention of the minimum limit conditions. Quotes attributable to HRV CEO David Martin “I’m pleased to announce these significant wagering changes, which will enable harness punters to get on for a fair amount with authorised Wagering Service Providers in Victoria.” “This minimum bet policy and the recent $3.1m Integrity funding announcement, together with an increase in race numbers all give punters greater confidence in Victorian trots.” “It’s positive news for all Victorian harness racing industry participants, as wagering revenue helps drive investment across all areas of the sport.” Trots Media

Prior to 1997, only four horses had won multiple harness racing Victoria Cups. They were Koala King (1978, 79 and 80), Popular Alm (1982 and 83), Bag Limit (1987 and 88) and Sinbad Bay (1989 and 91). Despite his horse being an 11-1 shot, Kiwi trainer Cran Dalgety would have had every confidence in '97 that his 1996 Victoria Cup winner Desperate Comment could go back-to-back, because ‘Spike’, as he was affectionately known, was a warrior. “He had an amazing will to win,” Dalgety said of Desperate Comment looking back at the million-dollar stakes earner’s career ($1,033,065 in prize money to be exact). Eight years old and lining up from the pole draw on February 1 1997, at Moonee Valley Desperate Comment was a distant third-favourite with punters in the Vic Cup behind Iraklis (1-4fav) and Our Sir Vancelot (5-1). A year prior, Peter Jones had steered Desperate Comment to success in the Victoria Cup over Burlington Bertie and Norms Daughter. Now Graeme Lang was in the gig behind the Kiwi superstar. Early doors in the 2380m feature everything went to script for favourite backers with Iraklis cruising to the front for Ricky May from gate two. Trainer Robert Cameron had two representatives in the race, Iraklis and 20-1 shot Anvils Star. After a couple of hundred metres they were one-two on the rails, with Anthony Butt pushing Anvils Star on to the leader’s back position ahead of Desperate Comment, who drifted back in the early section to land the often-awkward three-fence position. When The Suleiman pushed to the chair – eventually and under driving – with a lap and a half to go there was some extra heat up front, but nothing too major and the favourite always appeared to travel well. Into the back straight the final time and Desperate Comment remained three back on the rails, but 100m later he began to emerge as Lang started plotting a path between runners. They went 28.1 for the third split, so Iraklis by this stage was fair humming, and both Our Sir Vancelot and Desperate Comment were in the clear around the famous Moonee Valley home turn the final time. Iraklis had a strong kick and halfway up the straight looked as though he may have put the result to bed. But, alas for May and Iraklis, the winning post just never seemed to come, and Desperate Comment swooped down the outside to score a neck win over another fast-finisher in Anvils Star, who finally saw daylight, with Iraklis battling into third place beaten one metre. The winning rate was 1:58.2 and the last split 28.3. For Dalgety, looking back to earlier in Desperate Comment's career, success didn’t take long to arrive. At just this third start with the Kentuckiana Lodge stable, ‘Spike’ beat Grand Circuit superstars Master Musician and Blossom Lady to land the Group 1 Easter Cup at Addington for reinsman Jimmy Curtin. “Admired, respected and loved for his courage, determination and attitude,” reads the headstone above where the champion pacer’s ashes now rest in the garden adjacent to the stable complex at Kentuckiana Lodge. “Champion racehorse, world record holder, millionaire pacer, winner of 28 races. Born Auckland 22-11-1988, died Melbourne 26-9-1997.  His memory will live on in the hearts of Allan Campbell, Joe Mullins and Graham Pilkington (owners), Cran Dalgety (trainer), Peter Jones (driver) and all who were privileged to know him.” Desperate Comment fractured a near pastern when racing at the peak of his powers in August 1997. “The fractured leg just disintegrated at a later date and he had to be put down,” Dalgety said. “When you look back, it was a good effort for him to just crack the million in stakes when he did all his racing as an older horse.” Desperate Comment won 28 races from 76 starts.  Book your place at this year's Allied Express Victoria Cup Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer-driver Brian Sylvia under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 193(1), 187(2) and 187(3) relating to HRV Stewards surveillance of his property on 6 April 2017.  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 6 April 2017 Mr Sylvia stomach tubed the horse ‘Elslatsy’ which was engaged to race at the Mildura harness racing meeting that evening. Charges 2, 3 and 4, 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 Sylvia gave evidence that he did not stomach tube the horse ‘Elslatsy’, which was evidence he knew to be false.  The particulars of Charge 3 were that Mr Sylvia provided evidence that he was not in possession of a blue bucket, which he later retrieved. The particulars of Charge 4 were that Mr Sylvia refused to produce stomach tubing equipment from his residence when requested to do so by HRV Stewards. Charges 5 and 6, under AHRR 187(3) which states:  A person shall comply with an order or direction given by the Stewards.  The particulars of these charges related to Mr Sylvia’s failure to comply with two separate directions of the HRV Stewards to present the horse ‘Elslatsy’ to the Mildura harness racing meeting by prescribed times. At the outset of the hearing, HRV Stewards made a submission to combine charges 5 and 6 into a composite charge under AHRR 187(3).  Mr Sylvia pleaded guilty to all charges.  The HRV RAD Board considered submissions as to the circumstances surrounding the charges and on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Mr Sylvia, which included viewing surveillance footage shot from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone).  In determining penalty the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Sylvia’s guilty plea at today’s hearing, however noted his lack of cooperation with the Stewards at the outset of the investigation. The HRV RAD Board also considered Mr Sylvia’s good record over approximately 40 years in the industry, the need for both general and specific deterrence; penalties in matters of similar offending; and the seriousness of the rules in relation to prohibited substances that support both animal welfare and the need for a level playing field. After taking these factors into account, the HRV RAD Board issued the following penalties:  Charge 1 – 15 month Disqualification Charge 2 - $500 fine Charge 3 - $500 fine Charge 4 – 3 month Disqualification (to be served concurrently with Charge 1) Charge 5 - $1000 fine Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board     

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has welcomed the Andrews Labor Government’s $3.1 million funding announcement to strengthen the HRV Integrity Unit. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today visited Geelong Harness Racing Club to announce the funding from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The funding will enable the HRV Integrity Unit to double the number of swabs taken annually and significantly increase out-of-competition testing and human samples. It will also ensure HRV remains at the forefront of modern investigative techniques and analysis, including use of drones. “This funding will help to ensure Harness Racing Victoria has the resources it needs to stamp out prohibited substances and stay one step ahead of emerging drug tends,” Minister Pakula said. “Integrity in racing is vital, and this funding will significantly bolster the drug screening program in harness racing.” HRV CEO David Martin welcomed the announcement. “Harness Racing Victoria thanks the Victorian Government for its support to boost our integrity efforts,” Mr Martin said. “It cannot be overstated how important integrity is within racing. This funding will enable us to double the number of swabs analysed each year, and further strengthen our ability to maintain a level playing field for all participants.” Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $10 million to assist Harness Racing Victoria and its clubs to improve racing and training facilities, upgrade public amenities and support race day attractions. Cody Winnell

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer-driver Michael Quadara. 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 Quadara related to a urine sample taken from the horse ‘Strapless Girl’ at the Yarra Valley trial meeting on 23 April 2017. The definition of a ‘race’ within the AHRR includes an official trial.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed it to contain the prohibited substance 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine sulphoxide, the main metabolite in the substance ‘acepromazine’. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in NSW confirmed these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant urine sample.  Mr Quadara pleaded guilty to the charge before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Quadara.  In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board highlighted the serious matter of presenting of horse to race with a prohibited substance in its system and that it was Mr Quadara’s second harness racing prohibited substance matter. The HRV RAD Board also considered the mitigating factors of Mr Quadara’s guilty plea, cooperation throughout the investigation and that the swab resulted from a trial, not a race. Mr Quadara was subsequently fined $6000, of which $2000 was suspended for a period of 12 months.  The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under AHRR 195, ‘Strapless Girl’ be disqualified from Trial 2 at Yarra Valley on 23 April 2017. 8 September 2017  HRV RAD Board Hearing – Michael Quadara Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board  

The charitable trots and Ballarat communities have again come out in force with dining all but selling out and auction items aplenty for tomorrow night’s Connor Clarke harness racing Fundraiser. In aid of Connor, a pony trots driver battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and his family, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club has been thrilled with the response to its function, according to club business development and marketing manager Belinda Eden. “The night will hopefully raise funding to help with the costs of his travel, medical and other on-going costs,” Ms Eden said. “We’ve been inundated with support, it’s been fantastic.” In addition to about “99 per cent” of dining packages being sold, with $10 of the $35 adult ticket benefitting the Clarke family, the club will host an auction of more than 35 items. “Everyone has been amazed about the amount of people who have thrown their support behind the night, both people locally and from as far away as Queensland. The trots community has really rallied together.” The night runs from 6-10pm, with all racegoers welcome to attend and to bid on the auction items, including items that are being live on the club’s Facebook page. It will also feature four pony trots races and a donation from Harness Racing Victoria and the pony trots community to the Clarke family. CLICK HERE FOR EVENT AND AUCTION DETAILS Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Ballarat, Saturday 09 September 2017 Form guide for Ballarat, Saturday 09 September 2017

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