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The horses that ran 1-2 in the PETstock Ballarat Cup last Saturday night, Smolda and Lennytheshark, have both picked up frontline draws for Saturday night’s harness racing rematch in the $400,000 Good Form Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton. David Aiken-trained Lennytheshark drew barrier seven, meaning he will start outside the front line in the 2240m race, while Smolda, from the Mark Purdon stable, has barrier four. Inter Dominion placegetter Flaming Flutter pulled the pole, gate one, while Messini will come out of gate two and Franco Nelson gate three. Tough speedster Mister Mundaka has barrier five for trainer Andy Gath, while first emergency – should he gain a run – Hectorjayjay will come out the six-gate. Hotasel is drawn for a soft trail along the pegs, barrier eight, with Major Crocker to come out of nine, Bling It On barrier 10, Mossdale Conner 11, It Is Billy 12 and My Hard Copy 13. The draw for the VHRSC Victoria Derby was also held at this morning’s function at Eynesbury Golf Course with New Zealand star Lazarus drawing barrier 11. Other heat winners Dont Hold Back and Sprinter picked up front-line draws (gates five and seven respectively). The Good Form Victoria Cup will be Race 7 at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night (9.30pm), while the VHRSC Victoria Derby will be run at 8.32pm. The APCO Australasian Trotting Championship Final is the third Group 1 race on a packed program, Race 8 at 10pm, and features New Zealand star Monbet as a short-priced favourite despite a 20-metre handicap. Click here to see the full fields for Good Form Victoria Cup Night Harness Racing Victoria

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Board has determined that standing start races will cease to be programmed for pacers from September 1, 2016. An alarming decline in wagering turnover on standing start races in recent seasons has now become detrimental to the future of the Victorian industry. Feedback from wagering operators states punters are switching off standing start races – especially younger punters – and that standing start races are damaging harness racing’s brand. Analysis of wagering trends shows that for the six months ending 31 December there has been a 27% gap in wagering between mobile and standing start races. That gap is increasing each year. The number of standing start races has progressively declined over the years. In season 2010-11 there were 190 standing start races for pacers, compared to just 86 – or 2.25% of the total number of races run – in season 2014-15. Quotes from HRV CEO John Anderson “The Board has been reviewing standing start races for some time, both from a wagering and an image perspective. On both counts the Board has viewed standing start races as harmful to the viability of the industry. “It is imperative that HRV acts in the best interests of the industry and at times that means decisions such as this have to be made for that purpose. “I do understand that there will be some who are disappointed with this announcement.” Quotes from Sky Racing’s Adam Hamilton “Standing starts have served the sport well through history, but have passed their use-by dates in a rapidly evolving sporting landscape where people want everything quicker, shorter and more reliable.” “While the traditionalists will struggle with this move, it’s the new-age punter the sport desperately needs to attract and this move will help.” “The HRV board should be congratulated on making this courageous and absolutely necessary move.” Harness Racing Victoria

“You’d struggle to get a faster harness racing track than Hamilton in the country at the moment,” said Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup winning reinsman Greg Sugars today. After Im Corzin Terror rated 1:57.7 (29.9, 29.7, 27.8 and 27.5 splits) Sugars said the times “were a credit to the track staff”. “The track is first class – they’ve done a great job,” he said. Mick Turner oversees the Hamilton track and is both passionate and highly regarded by his peers in the sport. Club president Paul Lewis paid homage to Turner and his helpers and said it was “great to see the quality of the horses” in the Hamilton Cup today, with the field getting stronger every year. Meanwhile, Lewis also paid tribute to Peter Hyde, a long-time supporter of the trots in Hamilton. Hyde has missed only one AGM in almost 50 years and is a regular on cup day, having donated a watch to the winning driver of the cup for many years. Sugars picked up his second watch from Hyde today – he also won the Hamilton Cup in 2013 aboard Our Arlington. “It’s a real honour to receive this from Peter. He’s been a great supporter of the club for a long time. It is amazing longevity and people like Peter are really important to the industry," Sugars said. Hyde was presented with a plaque in recognition of his services at the club president’s luncheon. “This was a really great genuine surprise,” he remarked. “I’ve been here a long time. The club’s had its ups and downs but it’s really on the up right now.” Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Im Corzin Terror added a sixth Victorian country cup to his harness racing resume on Sunday at Hamilton in Victoria’s south-west. In front of a bumper crowd the eight-year-old Dean Braun-trained pacer overcame a 20-metre handicap to win the Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup over 2660m in fast time. Im Corzin Terror’s mile rate of 1:57.7 was just 0.3secs outside Restrepo’s track record mark set last year. Driven by Greg Sugars, Im Corzin Terror made his move with over a lap to go, moving to the breeze outside leader Keayang Cullen – the favourites 1-2 at the bell. When Sugars pushed the button Im Corzin Terror put Keayang Cullen to the sword and no other challengers emerged thereafter, Im Corzin Terror cruising to the line to score a 7.5m win over Tasmanian longshot The Majority, who benefited from a ripper Mark Yole drive, with Charlie Machsheen a bold third for Craig Demmler. “He felt like a winner a long, long way out,” Sugars said. “He was the best performed horse in the race today and over the trip. I was always pretty confident.” Im Corzin Terror will head towards the A.G. Hunter Cup but could still line up in next weekend’s Ballarat Cup. He’s the reigning cup champion at Bray Raceway. He has won cups at Hamilton, Ballarat, Terang, Bendigo, and twice at Maryborough. The Majority ran a mighty race at big odds in second place, trailing the leader Keayang Cullen before jumping on to the back of Im Corzin Terror at the home corner. Charlie Machsheen loomed large at the top of the straight and ended up third, 8.8m behind the winner, while Macho Comacho – a stablemate of the winner – ran fourth and the well-backed Jadahson was sixth. Keayang Cullen finished last with punters keeping an eye on the veterinarian’s report to see if that brings an explanation. Earlier on the card Emma Stewart-trained Kingofthestars (Sportswriter/Kirrilee Joy) took out the Western District Employment Agency 3YO Pace with Nathan Jack in the sulky. The colt rated 1:56.5 and won by 8.1m over Soho Madeleine. Kingofthestars will head towards the Victoria Derby. >> Video – relive Im Corzin Terror’s ultra-impressive Hamilton Pacing Cup win WINNERS’ BREEDING/OWNERSHIP Matthews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup IM CORZIN TERROR (By Western Terror out of Corzanello) Owner: Pauline McColgan Breeders: C. McGowan, J L Smolenski, D J Smolenski. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) representatives are visiting numerous areas throughout Victoria to bolster grassroots harness racing communities. For example, Ballan – a training club – was visited by HRV Planning and Development Manager Rob Pongho earlier this week to discuss improvements needed at the venue. About 20 horses are trained in the area with some of the trainers that use the Ballan venue including Jen Micallef, Eddie Conroy, Larry Lynch and Tim McGuigan. HRV plans to assist the club to top-dress the track, put up some fencing and day yards as well as plant some trees for shade. Mr Pongho said the improvements would see trainers able to better utilise the facility. “Lots of trainers say if they had some day yards they could leave a horse there as opposed to having to bring them to the venue each week, so the track would get more usage and it would make life easier for the participants,” he said. “We need to ensure grassroots participants are looked after because all our horsemen and women play a vital role in ensuring the horse population and field sizes remain strong.” Association of Victorian Clubs (AVCHRC) CEO David Brick said it was important grassroots clubs and trainers were looked after. “It’s important from a grassroots point of view that assistance is provided to maintain these types of public training facilities,” Mr Brick said. “There are about 20 horses trained in the area that use the facility. They’ve got access to not only the 800-metre harness track but also the former grass gallops track, which is no longer used for thoroughbred racing.” Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened in recent days to learn of the passing of young trainer Steve McCallum, 27, on Sunday. McCallum passed away after a battle with cancer. He was a popular horseman, who was instrumental in assisting to get the late Danielle Lewis’s horse to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) to promote her legacy. The Cranbourne Harness Racing Club posted the following on its Facebook page: “The committee, staff and trainers of the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club send our condolences to the family of Steve McCallum, who sadly passed away on Sunday aged just 27 years old. “Steve attended the Gippsland Harness Training Centre and was a passionate contributor to the harness community including his time as a track steward at Cranbourne. “He will be sadly missed by the entire Harness Racing community.” HRV was also saddened to learn of the tragic passing at the weekend of trainer John Sweet. The Shepparton Harness Racing Club posted the following on its Facebook page. “The Shepparton Harness Racing Club joins the many friends who mourn the loss of local trainer John Sweet. “John was always a larrikin in the local industry, a practical joker and a man dedicated and involved in harness all his life. “To his family and friends we pass on the deepest sympathy from the harness industry.” HRV passes on its condolences to the families of both McCallum and Sweet. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing in the Wimmera will receive an enormous boost thanks to a $470,000 track upgrade funded by the Andrews State Government, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and the Horsham and District Harness Racing Club. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula joined Harness Racing Victoria Chairman Ken Latta at the club on Monday to kick off the major upgrade, which will see a sprint lane introduced, increased camber around the turns to reduce the risk of leg injuries to horses, and a track resurface with finer grade materials for improved cushioning underfoot for the horses. HRV CEO John Anderson acknowledged the State Government funding for the upgrade and said the Horsham club would benefit greatly. “Harness racing at Horsham will be safer for the horses and better for the punters thanks to the upgrade, which includes the addition of a sprint lane,” Mr Anderson said. “The Horsham club and HRV would like to publicly acknowledge the important funding from the Andrews Labor Government courtesy of the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. “Improvements such as the track upgrade at Horsham are vital for not only the local areas, but also for the Victorian industry in general.” In announcing the funding Mr Pakula said on Monday: “Today represents the first step towards creating a cutting edge track for Horsham and helping secure the future of harness racing in the Wimmera for many years to come.” Mr Pakula added: “Not only will these upgrades bring the track in line with other top harness tracks in the state it also reflects our commitment to animal welfare by improving the track to help reduce risks of leg injuries.” Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs CEO David Brick said upgrades such as this ensured Victoria remained at the forefront of the national harness racing industry. “Our club network prides itself on the quality of racetracks produced to ensure safe, fair and fast racing,” Mr Brick said. “The Horsham upgrade, like Mildura before it, ensures that Victorian harness racing collectively offers the best harness racing in Australia. Harness Racing Victoria

In the last 3 months Harness Racing Victoria has tested a number of harness racing participants (trainers and drivers) where unfortunately three participants have tested positive to amphetamine. One of those matters has been dealt with and the other two are pending future RAD Board Hearings. Harness Racing Victoria would like to work with all harness racing participants to seek appropriate support and treatment for them to engage with relevant agencies if they have issues in relation to the use of amphetamines or other drugs of abuse. Harness Racing Victoria will increase the number of human samples to be taken of harness racing participants in 2016 than the previous year to ensure greater compliance of drivers and trainers and to ensure that the sport of harness racing is as safe as possible on the race track. It is in the best interests for the sport of harness racing, that all harness racing drivers are not alcohol or drug affected whilst engaged in a race or trial. Harness Racing Victoria would encourage any harness racing participant whom may have an issue with alcohol or drugs to seek appropriate treatment and guidance and Harness Racing Victoria can be contacted on 03 8378 0287 in relation to this and all matters are treated confidentially.    Harness Racing Victoria   General Amphetamine Street Names Knowing the common street names for the different amphetamines drugs is important. Because there are so many different types of these drugs, many individuals take substances they do not know as a result. Being able to recognize the slang terms can help protect you from dangerous drug abuse and other issues. It could also allow you to help someone in need by knowing what they have taken. Be aware of the street names listed below as they are some of the most common. According to CESAR, “Medications containing amphetamines are prescribed for narcolepsy, obesity, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” However, when someone takes one of these pills without a valid prescription or abuses them just to get high, it is a very dangerous practice that can lead to severe mood swings, insomnia, tremors, and when taken in very high doses even heart attack and stroke. When sold on the street, these drugs are often referred to as: Uppers Speed Pep pills Lid poppers Eye-openers Wake-ups If any of these street names are being used to describe a drug in question, it is most certainly an amphetamine of some type. Dextroamphetamine Medications that contain only dextroamphetamine have specific street names which you may hear but not initially recognize. Many of the general terms for amphetamines are clear about the stimulant effects, but dextroamphetamine which causes many of these same issues may be referred to as White crosses Dexedrine, a brand version of dextroamphetamine, is named for the white lines that appear on the pill in order to make it easier to split into quarters Dexies Another name for Dexedrine Methamphetamine Methamphetamine can be a prescription drug, but more often, it is abused in its pure form which is similar to a crystal-like rock. In many cases, if an individual uses one of the names above, they are likely referring to its the prescription pill form. However, if a person calls the drug: Glass Ice Crystal Chalk Meth it is probably this more potent version. According to the NLM, “Meth use can quickly lead to addiction.” Because illicit methamphetamine is smoked, it will reach the brain much more quickly and cause the individual to feel a stronger desire to abuse more of the drug. Understanding the difference is key to avoiding even more dangerous drug abuse. Combination Street Names There are some slang terms which refer to the combination of amphetamines and different drugs. These can be incredibly dangerous because of the joint effects of the two drugs. For example, goofballs are amphetamines and barbiturates that have been mixed together. According to a study from the NCBI, “The mixture produced a pattern of effects which was different from that produced by either drug separately.” Another similar-sounding combination called speedballs contains heroin and methamphetamine, both extremely potent, addictive, and harmful drugs. It is very important to understand the difference between the two combinations as one may be much more dangerous than the other. Knowing the different street names for amphetamines can help you stay aware of what drugs you are dealing with. You can also more readily help someone else in an overdose situation if you know what they have taken.  

This is a reminder to all Harness Racing Industry participants, that with the increased movement of horses associated with breeding activities, horses being broken in, and horses moving into training, that we all need to be aware of the possible occurrence and transmission of Strangles. Currently there are three properties temporarily quarantined in Victoria because of the occurrence of Strangles. Streptococcus Equi Equi - Strangles -  is a highly contagious and generally an upper respiratory tract bacterial infection of horses. Clinical signs of the disease may include an elevated temperature, mucopurulent nasal discharge, and enlargement of the lymph nodes beneath the jaw/throat area, which may lead onto abscessation, difficulty eating, and difficulty breathing (the origin of the word Strangles). Rarely horses will develop abscesses in other sites either externally or internally such as in the abdominal or thoracic cavities - abscesses in these areas are the cause of what is known as Bastard Strangles - these horses become chronic poor doers, usually carriers, and can die of complications associated with the abscesses. There is a view in veterinary circles that horses that are gelded while incubating Strangles are at a greater risk of developing post-operative complications such as peritonitis, and it is thought to be unwise to geld horses that have recently been exposed to horses with Strangles.   Strangles can be fatal at worst, and occurrence normally leads to easily preventable animal welfare issues, and severe economic loss through interruption to training and racing. Strangles is immediately notifiable to both Harness Racing Victoria and the State Government Primary Industry Departments. Harness Racing Victoria participants are required to inform Harness Racing Victoria (the Stewards Department) and their own veterinarian immediately if they have reason to suspect that Strangles is present in a horse or property under their control - an accurate diagnosis is well worth the effort. Strangles is highly contagious and difficult to eradicate from stables and horse populations once established. The best chance of eradicating Strangles from a property is to stop further spread from the primary case. Industry participants are strongly encouraged to review Bio-Security and basic horse health management practices such as regular temperature taking (particularly in racing horses), and to Quarantine, as best as possible, new or returning horses to properties, especially racing stables. Strangles is spread not only by close horse to horse contact, but also by the use of common gear, feed and water troughs, tie-up areas, and horse transport vehicles ie floats and trucks.   Vaccinations are available to help prevent and minimise the effects of Strangles – an initial course involves 3 vaccinations 2 weeks apart, followed up by 6-12 monthly boosters to maintain immunity - the most economic solution is to use a combined Strangles Tetanus Vaccination. Harness Racing Victoria Stewards, Anthony PEARCE, Stephen SVANOSIO can be contacted in relation to strangles on 03 8378 0289. Harness Racing Victoria

Some of the best drivers from around the world will converge on Victoria next March for the inaugural International All Star Series conducted by Harness Racing Victoria. Five local drivers will represent Victoria on tracks right across the state, while five star international reinsmen will make up the World Team. The series will culminate on Great Southern Star night at Tabcorp Park Melton (Saturday, March 12). HRV General Manager – Operations Vaughn Lynch is excited about the new series, which will cast an international spotlight on Victorian harness racing across “International Week”. “We’re pumped to have some of the best drivers in the world heading Down Under to compete in the International All Star Series,” Mr Lynch said. “And I expect the Victorian stars will be holding their own, too, led by world record reinswoman and the first woman to ever win a New Zealand Trotting Cup Kerryn Manning.” Representing Victoria will be Chris Alford and Gavin Lang (over 5000 wins each), Greg Sugars (over 2000 wins), Kerryn Manning (world record reinswoman) and Jason Lee (two-time Concession Driver of the Year). The World team will be made up of New Zealand pair Dexter Dunn (current World Driving Champion) and Anthony Butt (seven-time A. G. Hunter Cup winner), Canada’s Yannick Gingras (the No.1 driver in the USA and the biggest name in the sport worldwide) and leading US drivers Brett Miller and Corey Callahan. “This is going to be great. I’m so excited to be heading to Victoria for the first International All Star Series,” Gingras said. “There will be no holds barred out there and I’m really looking forward to getting on track, as I imagine all the guys will be.” The International All Star Series will see the stars trek from Melton on Monday March 7 to Echuca on Tuesday night March 8. Then it will be off to Maryborough for Wednesday March 9, Ballarat on Thursday night March 10 and the action turns to Bendigo on Friday night March 11. There will be four International All Star Series races on each night except the final meeting, the Great Southern Star, when there will be one. In addition to attending the trots around Victoria the drivers will also be getting involved in a range of community events, sending the harness racing message to the masses. “The Victorian industry will garner worldwide attention from this series,” HRV CEO John Anderson said. “It will engage young people right across the state and trots fans will be able to meet their heroes in person, which will be great for the promotion of the industry. “Providing country clubs with the opportunity to showcase the world’s best is also a key component and one that I’m sure the clubs involved will embrace enthusiastically.” All the competing drivers will be wearing personalised silks, which they helped design themselves to reflect their personalities. All of the races will be penalty free and trainers’ incentives will also be offered. HRV acknowledges the important State Government funding this project has received as part of the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. >> Click here for the International All Star Series Media Information PDF file Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

How does it feel to be on the cusp of achieving a lifelong dream? Harness racing owner Martin Riseley finds himself in that position, his star pacer Lennytheshark the odds-on favourite for the $1.3 million Inter Dominion Grand Final in Perth on Sunday. It’s very “surreal”, says the 43-year-old. “I grew up watching Vinny (Knight) and the Purdons at this level and just watching it and being involved in the sport was exciting enough without being front and centre,” he said from Perth. “I’m very nervous but it’s a good type of nervous, it’s a great feeling.” Riseley’s children, Sam, 7, who named Lennytheshark, Zac, 3, and Hugh, 2, are all doing what dad did in his younger days – watching the elite level trots through star struck eyes. The only difference is of course, their old man is front and centre. “They all take their little shark to the trots and they all line up to have their shark hairdo done before the races,” Riseley said. “It’s really special and important to have all the family involved. “My wife Belinda and mum Carol, and obviously my dad (Kevin). But the kids are Lenny’s biggest fans.” Martin Riseley has been enjoying the Twitter banter and images about Lennytheshark Give his unwavering passion for the industry the next six days are going to be both enjoyable and, in a way, fairly tricky for Riseley. Right up until Sunday’s Grand Final he’ll be going over the what-ifs and undoubtedly in his mind hearing the race caller declaring Lennytheshark the 2015 Perth Inter Dominion champion. Of course the golf day and the gala ball will keep him busy. “There are only so many times we can watch the heats. I think we’ve worn out the DVDs,” he said. “You know how hard it is to get here, so really we’re just enjoying every minute of it and win, lose or draw we’ll go away from here having had a wonderful time. It’s very humbling really.” Riseley believes the main message for people thinking about getting into racing ownership is that in the trots top-level success is genuinely achievable. “You don’t need to be a sheikh or a millionaire,” he says. “To be at the top level of any sport is a great place to be. “I’ve had family and colleagues who aren’t usually harness racing followers coming up to me and wishing me well. Even absolute strangers keen to wish us luck via social media. I’m really enjoying it. “The message I’d say (to prospective owners) would be ‘come and have a go’. We bought Lenny out of a paddock through an association with a friend. It can happen.” As for the chances of Riseley’s star winning come Sunday, the punters certainly think he’s the one to beat. Lennytheshark has been the popular elect right through the Inter Dominion series, winning his first two heats stylishly before an admirable second last time out. But after Sunday’s barrier draw his odds moved into the red for the first time, shortened into $1.90 on the back of drawing barrier three. “It gives Chris (Alford) options,” Riseley said. “If he wants the horse has the speed to challenge early for the lead or if needed he can pop into a nice spot.” If Lennytheshark does challenge for the lead early then comments made by connections of Lovers Delight (barrier one) that they will look to “hold the lead at all costs” are worth noting. Wind the clock back to last season’s Inter Dominion Grand Final at Menangle and it was Lenny powering off the arm early and copping pressure through the 400 metres of the race before relenting and jumping on to the leader’s back. “I think we learnt a fair bit ourselves from that experience,” Riseley said when asked about the comments regarding the polemarker. “Last time it was us coming out of the gate in a 27 quarter and cooking ourselves. You’re learning the whole way through. But of course at Gloucester Park the lead is a good place to be, so I understand why you’d be keen to get the lead and hold it. “I reckon there’d be two or three looking to come across potentially as well. You’d have more chance of winning the lottery than being able to build an exact speed map I reckon.” Regardless of how things pan out early though Riseley knows trainer David Aiken will have Lennytheshark 100 per cent primed for his tilt at greatness. Aiken has been staunch throughout in his view that Lennytheshark is his best chance so far to pick up an Inter Dominion trophy. He’s had minor placings before, but Lenny’s better than those. The training of the horse is a family affair also, with Aiken’s son Josh involved – having driven stablemate Cold Major throughout the series – and David Jr also in Perth helping out. It’s all hands on deck in the shark tank. “They’re pretty laidback,” Riseley said of Aiken and David Jr. “The only one more laidback than them would be Lenny himself. “You see him at the beach with Zac and Sam aboard. He’s just such a relaxed horse. “At the track he loves a pat and as soon as you stop and walk away he starts pawing at the ground and saying ‘Hey, come back here!’ He just loves people. “He’s a bit of a rock star. He rolls in the sand at the beach and is the centre of attention while some of the other horses just stand around and do their thing.” Come Sunday morning the enormity of the situation will hit Riseley like never before. This looks his time. “We’ve got some other family coming over, dad’s brother, my uncles and aunties. Also my cousin Dale, who has been a harness racing stalwart, will be flying over. Some great friends will join us so we’ll have a good crew there. “We’ve employed a nanny for the kids to give us some breathing space to take it all in, but we’ll get to the track and you find those days go like a blink. “There’s never a dull moment.” Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from persons who have experience or interest in the Victorian harness racing industry and are interested in filling one of two positions on the Harness Racing Advisory Council, a new body currently being established in accordance with Section 44B (3C) of the Racing Act 1958 (The Act) that was recently amended by the Racing Amendment Act 2015. Section 44B of The Act is the relevant section relating to the establishment of the Harness Racing Advisory Council. A link to the section can be viewed here. Section 44B (3) states: The Harness Racing Advisory Council consists of the following members appointed by the Board - a) Two members of the Board, one of whom is to be appointed chairperson; b) At least 3 members who are nominees of organisations or persons who are representatives of the Victorian harness racing industry; c) Up to 2 persons who have experience or interest in the Victorian harness racing industry. Expenses incurred in undertaking the duties will be compensated. EOIs for the positions in accordance with Section 44B (3) (c) above close Monday 14 December at 5pm and are to be lodged in writing to: John Anderson, CEO Harness Racing Victoria PO Box 184, Moonee Ponds, Vic 3039 Or email: Our mailing address is: Harness Racing Victoria P O Box 184 Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039 Australia

Kilmore Racing Inc’s ongoing commitment to life after racing has been reinforced with a generous donation to support retired standardbreds via Harness Racing Victoria's (HRV) HERO Program. Utilising the proceeds of a successful life after racing celebration in September, the team at Kilmore Racing has sponsored personalised presentation dress rugs for HERO Ambassadors Franco Heir and Villagem. The club has also provided a donation to support the training of a retired standardbred who has been identified as a potential Victoria Police Mounted Division recruit. The Mounted Division presently comprises three off the track standies who have transitioned seamlessly into their new role. Kilmore Racing Inc. CEO Ben Murphy said the club was proud to collaborate with HERO, which is the umbrella organisation for HRV's life after racing initiatives. “We were thrilled to bring the three codes together to showcase the many and varied options which are now available to retired race horses and greyhounds in Victoria,” he said. “The community has the highest expectations when it comes to animal welfare within the racing industry and it is our belief that race clubs have an obligation to promote and assist life after activities. “HERO is a new initiative with enormous potential. We hope our small contribution will help to further build the program’s profile and enable even more retired and unsuccessful standardbreds to move on to a productive life beyond racing.” For more information contact HERO Manager Tanya McDermott m: 0407 413 156 | | Twitter: @hrvhero | Instagram: @hrvhero CODY WINNELL

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced measures to further assist integrity in the sport with the installation of additional cameras at Tabcorp Park Melton. The advanced cameras will cover all horse stalls, parade ring, float car park and maintenance equipment shed. The use of CCTV cameras has greatly assisted law enforcement agencies in solving crimes over a long period of time and is commonplace within the community. HRV believes the installation of these cameras ensures greater integrity for the sport at its major racing venue, Tabcorp Park. The HRV Integrity Unit will have access to the CCTV footage to investigate complaints and matters arising out of trials and race meetings. The CCTV can also be provided to law enforcement agencies to assist them in identifying persons responsible for any criminal offences at the venue, including burglary and theft. “This is a great initiative and will assist the HRV Integrity Unit in monitoring and providing evidence where required to support prosecutions where allegations have been made against them that have no basis whatsoever,” HRV Compliance Manager Brent Fisher said. The time of the announcement is significant with these works to start shortly with major races in January and February to be held at Tabcorp Park, including the Victoria Cup and the Hunter Cup during the Summer of Glory Carnival. HRV CEO John Anderson added: “The HRV Board is supporting the HRV Integrity Unit with continued investment in new resources such as these cameras and other detection devices, to ensure participants adhere to the rules.” Cody Winnell

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board yesterday heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) and 190B against licensed NSW trainer Mr Anthony Wilson. 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 Mr Wilson related to a prerace blood sample collected from the horse ‘Three Mugs In’ prior to it placing 8th in Race 5, the ‘IRT Breeders Crown Series 17 (3YO Colts and Geldings)(2nd Reprecharge)’, at Kilmore on 12 August 2015. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration in excess of 36.0mmol/L in plasma. Mr Wilson pleaded guilty to the charge before the HRV RAD Board heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Mr Wilson. In deciding an appropriate penalty the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Wilson’s offence record in that he had previously breached the same rule in 2013, both specific and general deterrence, consistency of penalty and Mr Wilson’s guilty plea. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 12 month disqualification upon Mr Wilson. The RAD Board ordered the disqualification commence with immediate effect. Mr Wilson pleaded guilty to the charge under ARHR 190B in that he failed to keep and maintain a log book and was subsequently fined $250. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Three Mugs In’ be disqualified from Race 5 at Kilmore on 12 August 2015 Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has today announced several changes to its January/February racing calendar to allow for extra product to be sent to France for broadcast and wagering purposes. HRV has received over $1million in revenue from international product in 2015 with 50 races broadcast live into France for wagering purposes. With a minimum of 72 races to be broadcast live into France in 2016 and negotiations for more races to be sent ongoing, the financial boon for the industry is expected to surpass this year’s figures. To allow for trots races to be beamed into Europe there have been a number of changes to programming in the coming months, which are listed below. HRV also would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to all in Paris following the horrific incidents in recent days. The French people are great friends of HRV and their hurt is felt by all involved in the trots in Victoria.   CALENDAR CHANGES Sunday 3 January, 2016: Cranbourne twilight becomes Cranbourne day. Monday 4 January, 2016: Tabcorp Park Melton night meeting added. Wednesday 6 January, 2016: Tabcorp Park Melton day meeting deleted Sunday 10 January, 2016: Horsham twilight becomes Horsham day. Monday 11 January, 2016: Geelong night meeting added. Thursday 14 January, 2016: Geelong day meeting deleted. Sunday 17 January, 2016: Hamilton twilight becomes Hamilton day. Monday 18 January, 2016: Bendigo night meeting added. Tuesday 19 January, 2016: Bendigo night meeting deleted. Sunday 24 January, 2016: Sebastian @ Tabcorp Park Melton deleted. Monday 25 January, 2016: Sebastian @ Tabcorp Park Melton night meeting added. Monday 1 February, 2016: Tabcorp Park Melton day becomes Tabcorp Park Melton night. Monday 8 February, 2016: Geelong @ Tabcorp Park Melton night meeting added. Wednesday 10 February, 2016: Geelong @ Tabcorp Park Melton day meeting deleted. Monday 15 February, 2016: Stawell day meeting deleted, Tabcorp Park Melton night added. Tuesday 16 February, 2016: Tabcorp Park Melton night meeting deleted, Stawell day added. Harness Racing Victoria

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