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Harness Racing South Australia stewards today suspended the trainers licence of Mario Borg, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. This action was taken after receiving a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that dexamethasone was detected in a urine sample taken from ITS BEDLAM after it competed in Race 8, Book a Xmas Night At Globe Derby Pace, at Globe Derby on 12 December 2016. The ‘B’ sample was sent to the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in Sydney and has been confirmed. In making this decision, HRSA Stewards have considered all relevant information including submissions provided by Mr Borg as to why Rule 183 should not be invoked. Stewards also took into account the following factors: that two Certificates from  approved drug testing laboratories have been received which confirmed the presence of dexamethasone; the nature of the substance; the absolute nature of Rule 190 offences; the obligation of HRSA to protect the harness racing industry. Mr Borg has not been charged with any offence and has been advised of his appeal rights against the imposition of Rule 183. No date for the inquiry has been set. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards

Harness Racing South Australia, in conjunction with UBET, have joined the Australia-wide ‘Team Teal’ raising funds for Ovarian Cancer research. Beginning at Globe Derby Park tomorrow night, female drivers will wear teal pants to promote an awareness and raise funds for Ovarian Cancer research for the Women’s Cancer Foundation. The SA Reinswomen will be supported by the Clerks of the Course who will wear custom-made teal silk shirts while the female pony trot drivers will also don the teal pants to raise awareness. Harness Racing South Australia will donate $100 for every female driver win in South Australia during the campaign and that figure will be matched by UBET. It is anticipated around $6000 could be raised in South Australia during the six weeks. All of SA’s reinswomen were delighted to be involved in such an important cause​. Foundation Manager Nicole Stockton said the campaign was increasingly being embraced by the wider harness racing community with additional fundraising coming from other areas. Ms Stockton said the support of corporate and community partners was vital to the Women’s Cancer Foundation achieving success, and it was important that the Foundation continue to find new avenues to create awareness and raise funds to achieve the goal to make clinical research possible. “The ‘Teal Pants’ campaign is a great opportunity for Women’s Cancer Foundation and Harness Racing South Australia to create a mutually beneficial partnership. “Our cause is impactful and important as gynaecological cancers affect our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, wives and friends.” 2 out of 3 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will not survive their disease. Please help us turn the tide on ovarian cancer... Graham Fischer Fields for Globe Derby Park, Friday 03 February 2017 Form guide for Globe Derby Park, Friday 03 February 2017

On Wednesday 1 February 2017 Harness Racing South Australia (HRSA) Stewards suspended the trainers licence of Francesca Carbone pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRSA has taken this measure to protect the integrity of the industry following advice from Racing Analytical Services Ltd that dexamethasone was detected in a urine sample taken from PROMINENT ART following its first placing in Race 1, Jubilee Room New Menu Pace at Globe Derby on 5 December 2016. The ‘B’ sample has been confirmed by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in New South Wales. In making this decision, HRSA Stewards have considered all relevant information including any submissions provided by Ms Carbone as to why Rule 183 should not be invoked. Stewards also took into account the following factors: that two Certificates had been received from approved drug testing laboratories confirming the presence of dexamethasone which is conclusive evidence of the presence of a prohibited substance. the nature of the substance the absolute nature of prohibited substance offences the obligation of HRSA to protect the integrity of the harness racing industry. Ms Carbone has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her appeal rights against this stand down. Stewards have commenced an investigation into this matter and an inquiry will be scheduled in due course. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards

On Wednesday 1 February 2017 Harness Racing South Australia (HRSA) Stewards suspended the trainers licence of Mark Billinger pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRSA has taken this measure to protect the integrity of the industry following advice from Racing Analytical Services Ltd that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a urine sample taken from RAP ARTIST prior to its second placing in the Just Wrecking Toyotas Pace Final at Globe Derby on 7 January 2017. The ‘B’ sample has been sent to the Racing Chemistry Laboratory in Western Australia for confirmatory testing. In making this decision, HRSA Stewards have considered all relevant information including any submissions provided by Mr Billinger as to why Rule 183 should not be invoked. Stewards also took into account the following factors: that a Certificate has been issued by an approved drug testing laboratory confirming Cobalt above the threshold had been detected the level of the reading relative to the threshold the nature of the substance the absolute nature of prohibited substance offences the obligation of HRSA to protect the integrity of the harness racing industry. Mr Billinger has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of his appeal rights against this stand down. Stewards have commenced an investigation into this matter and an inquiry will be scheduled in due course. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards ............................................................................   On Wednesday 1 February 2017 Harness Racing SA (HRSA) Stewards suspended the trainers licence of Nick Tardio pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRSA has taken this measure to protect the integrity of the industry following advice from Racing Analytical Services Ltd that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a urine sample taken from GENUINE EXCUSE prior to its seventh placing in Race 9, Farewell Come On Frank Pace at Globe Derby on 7 January 2017. The ‘B’ sample has been sent to the Racing Chemistry Laboratory in Western Australia for confirmatory testing. In making this decision, HRSA Stewards have considered all relevant information including any submissions provided by Mr Tardio as to why Rule 183 should not be invoked. Stewards also took into account the following factors: that a Certificate has been issued by an approved drug testing laboratory confirming Cobalt above the threshold had been detected the level of the reading relative to the threshold the nature of the substance the absolute nature of prohibited substance offences the obligation of HRSA to protect the integrity of the harness racing industry. Mr Tardio has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of his appeal rights against this stand down. Stewards have commenced an investigation into this matter and an inquiry will be scheduled in due course Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards concluded an inquiry into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd  that O-desmethylvenlafaxine was detected in a urine sample taken from LOVING LIFE following its win in Race 4, Henry Osborn Fodder Store Pace at Port Pirie on 14 October 2016. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in New South Wales. O-desmethylvenlafaxine is a metabolite of Venlafaxine which is an ingredient in human anti-depressants.  Evidence was taken from Wade Knight including that no occupant of the property takes medication that contains that ingredient. Mr Knight pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190(1), 190(2) and 190(4) for presenting LOVING LIFE to race not free of a prohibited substance. In determining penalty, stewards took into account: ·       the guilty plea ·       this was Mr Knight’s first offence for prohibited substances ·       his licence history ·       his personal circumstances ·       previous penalties for this type of drug Mr Knight was suspended from holding a licence for 12 months, backdated to the date he was stood down, that being 7 December 2016.  Under Rule 15(1)(ad) Mr Knight was ordered to pay $1500 to HRSA to cover the cost of analytical testing. Acting under Rule 195, LOVING LIFE was disqualified from the race and the placings amended accordingly. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards

January 23, Goodtime Scout - The ‘We’re Flying’ syndicate celebrated its first harness racing victory when Goodtime Scout led throughout to win the North Kapunda Hotel Three-Year-Old Pace (1800m) at Kapunda. A red-hot $1.30 favourite, Goodtime Scout, trained by Ryan Hryhorec and driven by Anthony Robinson, had to battle hard to score a neck win from Lolasflyingfantasy ($8.40) with Dark Autumn ($13), 9-1/2 metres away third. The We’re Flying syndicate was formed by Harness Racing South Australia to help promote the sport and its high-profile ambassador is Adelaide Crows footballer Josh Jenkins who has teammates Richard Douglas and Tom Lynch as fellow syndicate members. John Lewis, the Chief Executive of HRSA, was at Kapunda to enjoy the win. “It was tremendous for the syndicate to bring up its first win,” Mr Lewis said. “The Linemaster was our first horse to race and he did well with a third and a fourth, but to see our colours cross the line first with Goodtime Scout was something special, and it was great that a few of the syndicate members were on course.” Trainer Ryan Hryhorec said the three-year-old filly would derive benefit from the win. Robinson had Goodtime Scout away quickly from gate two and she led comfortably but had to withstand some early pressure from Lolasflyingfantasy resulting in a 30.1 first quarter. Robinson was able to back off the tempo with a moderate 33.4 second quarter before the runner up again came alongside to challenge. Goodtime Scout answered the challenge and although Lolasflyingfantasy got to within as neck, the leader always was in control. Robinson said the filly could have won easier but had not been all that comfortable around the Kapunda circuit. “She has always gone straight at home,” Hryhorec said, “so it was a surprise today that she had to be driven on one rein for part of the race but that is an issue we can correct. “She had been working well at home and today’s race was a good opportunity for her first win and it was achieved.” Robinson was impressed with Goodtime Scout’s win. “She has speed and that is a key ingredient for any horse,” Robinson said. “She has gate speed which will ensure she can take up a good position in her races from the right draw and despite wanting to hang, when I asked her to sprint up in the home straight she found a few metres.” Robinson said it had been an honour to be part of history. “When the We’re Flying syndicate becomes very successful I can say I drove their first winner.” Graham Fischer

Harness Racing South Australia (HRSA) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that Cobalt was detected in a urine sample taken from RAP ARTIST prior to it competing in Race 3, 2016 Sky Racing 3YO Colts & Geldings Southern Cross Final at Globe Derby on 30 July 2016. Evidence was taken from trainer Mark Billinger regarding his feeding and treatment regime and he provided his Log Book of Treatments to support this.  Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Roger Haensel and Mr Paul Zahra Scientific Manager from RASL also gave evidence. The evidence included two evidentiary certificates reporting the cobalt level for the ‘A’ sample of 215 micrograms per litre (measurement uncertainty of 10) and for the ‘B’ sample 220 micrograms per litre (measurement uncertainty of 20).  Further evidence provided by Dr. Haensel was that cobalt affects various body systems of a horse including the blood system and endocrine system and therefore is considered a prohibited substance.  The evidence of Mr Zahra from RASL was that the odds of the ‘B’ sample being 200 micrograms or below, was less than 1 in 333 and that there was a confidence level of greater than 99.7% that the ‘B’ sample was over the threshold. Mr Billinger was found guilty of charges under Rules 190(1), 190(2) and 190(4) in that he presented RAP ARTIST to race at Globe Derby on 30 July 2016 not free of a prohibited substance.  Stewards relied on Rule 191(6) which allows Stewards to establish in other ways (and not just the evidentiary certificates) that a horse was presented to race not free of a prohibited substance. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account: the not guilty plea the length of time Mr Billinger has been involved in training horses the penalties applied in other Cobalt cases in SA and other States the status of the race in that it was a Group race that created  interest and the subsequent negative perceptions when the winner returns a positive swab. Mr Billinger was disqualified for 3 years effective immediately and ordered to pay $1500 to HRSA to cover costs incurred including analytical testing. Acting under Rule 195 RAP ARTIST was disqualified from its first placing and all placings amended accordingly.  Barbara Scott CHAIR OF STEWARDS

Harness Racing South Australia (HRSA) Stewards today, acting under Rule 183 have suspended the licence of Trainer/Driver Mr Wade Knight after receiving advice from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that O-desmethylvenlafaxine has been detected in a urine sample taken from LOVING LIFE followings its win in Race 4 Henry Osborne Fodder Store Pace at Port Pirie on 14 October 2016. The ‘B’ sample has been confirmed by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in NSW. Mr Knight was given an opportunity to make submissions to HRSA as to why the provisions of Rule 183 should not be imposed.  Submissions were received and together with all available information, were considered by HRSA Stewards. No date for an inquiry into this matter has been set. Barbara Scott CHAIR OF STEWARDS   O-desmethylvenlafaxine

Harness Racing South Australia (HRSA) Stewards conducted an inquiry yesterday into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a urine sample taken from PENNY SNATCHER prior to it competing in Race 3, the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies 3YO Pace at Globe Derby on 8 August 2016. The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Chem Centre in Western Australia. Evidence was taken from trainer Scott Garraway regarding his feeding and treatment regime and regulatory veterinarian Dr. Roger Haensel. Mr Garraway was found guilty of charges under Rules 190(1), 190(2) and 190(4) in that he presented PENNY SNATCHER to race at Globe Derby on 8 August 2016 not free of a prohibited substance.  Mr Garraway was disqualified for 3 years and ordered to pay $1500 to HRSA to cover the cost of analytical testing. In determining penalty Stewards took into account: ·        the level of Cobalt recorded (350 ug/L) ·        the short period of time Mr Garraway has held a trainers licence ·        his not guilty plea ·        the penalties applied in other Cobalt cases in SA Mr Garraway has since lodged an appeal with the Racing Appeals Tribunal and has been granted a stay of proceedings. Barbara Scott CHAIR OF STEWARDS

Champion South Australian harness racing participant Danielle Hill said she was “extremely proud” to have been named the winner of the inaugural Jim Hurley Medal. “I had a fantastic 2015-2016 season and winning the Jim Hurley Medal was definitely the icing on the cake,” Hill said. Hill drove an incredible 209 winners to win the South Australian Drivers’ premiership and trained 33 winners in the 2015-2016 season. Harness Racing South Australia introduced the Jim Hurley Medal last season to recognise a trainer and/or driver who has performed at a consistently high level throughout the season. Votes are awarded at the end of each meeting. In the Hurley medal, Hill polled 107 votes to win by four from Ryan Hryhorec (103) with Wayne Hill on 91 in third place. Hill said she had the utmost respect for Jim Hurley who passed away aged 90 in March, 2015. “Growing up in harness racing I had the utmost respect for Mr Hurley,” Hill said. “I actually had a few drives for him and found him to be a wonderful man. To be still training and shoeing his own horses up to his passing was amazing and his record as a trainer and driver speaks for itself – he is a legend of harness racing.” Hill said to have won the drivers’ premiership had been a goal which was now ticked off her bucket list. “To be honest it was something I was proud to achieve as a person, not as a female. While it is nice to be recognised as achieving as a woman, it was great to win the premiership as myself.” Hill said she had been aware of the naming of the winner of the Jim Hurley medal at the Harness Racing South Australia awards day at the Grange Golf Club but had not thought too much about winning it. “I knew I had had a great season but when I saw the top 10, I thought everyone would have been a worthy winner and it was a surprise when my name was called out. To have won the inaugural Jim Hurley Medal will always be something special in my career.” Hill said she it was highly unlikely she would reach the driving heights of last season “I don’t think I will be chasing to drive as many winners this season. I love training and my emphasis has switched this season as I try to build a strong team of horses. I’m not sure I will be going to as many meetings as I did last season. Lis Tureen, Cheap Tint and Rocktellz give me a good base but it is hard to find horses to increase your quality.”   Jim Hurley Jim Hurley had a career in harness racing spanning more than 50 years. Affectionately known as ‘Gentleman Jim’ Hurley was happy to help anyone seeking information right through to his passing aged 90 in March, 2015. Hurley won more than 1000 races, including being an owner of 1964 Inter Dominion winner, Minuteman. Trained and driven by his brother Eric, Minuteman was part-owned by Jim, his brother and their sister, Phyllis. In January 2015, Hurley trained Heza Presidente to compete in the South Australia Cup, a race Minuteman captured in 1966. In the 1984 series at Globe Derby Park, Hurley had his own Inter Dominion finalist in Guvs Pride and won a heat and a consolation with The Rattler. by Graham Fischer Complete 2015/16 Season Jim Hurley Votes

Dual Group One winner and Australia’s top three-year-old filly Rocknroll Magic has been named Harness Racing South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for the 2015-2016 season. Although trained in Victoria by Emma Stewart, Rocknroll Magic is majority owned in South Australia. The announcement was made at a well-attended Horse Of The Year function at the Grange Golf Club Function Room on Sunday. Rocknroll Magic raced five times in South Australia during the season for five wins highlighted by successes in the Southern Cross Three-Year-Old Fillies and SA BOTRA Three-Year-Old Fillies finals. In Victoria, the filly scored Group One wins in Empire Vicbred Three-Year-Old Fillies final, then the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Fillies final at Tabcorp Park, Melton. From a win when resuming from a break at Globe Derby Park on May 13, Rocknroll Magic won 12 races in a row before being going for a spell after her Breeders Crown win on August 28. Rocknroll Magic’s South Australian connection is through syndicate manager Bruce Cameron, his wife Alison, son Henry together with Jock and Nathan Woods. John Penny and The Magic Sons Group which contains Nigel Rowe, Brenton Thompson and their families and friends. The rest of the ownership group is Cameron’s brother Craig, cousin Peter and the Fab Four Group which includes Craig’s wife and members from Queensland and overseas. The mare is also soon to become a mother with a surrogate mare due to foal to Art Major within the next few weeks. Rocknroll Magic was also named South Australia’s Three-Year-Old Filly Of The Year. Her SA awards come on top of being named Victoria’s Three-Year-Old Filly Of The Year, and a finalist in that state’s Horse Of The Year award. Rocknroll Magic has also been named Australia’s Three-Year-Old Filly Of The Year. Now a four-year-old mare, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, is back in work but will have a light campaign which may include one SA run during the middle of 2017. In a good season for Cameron-syndicated horses Our Celebrity, also trained by Emma Stewart, was also named South Australia’s Two-Year-Old Filly of The Year. Our Celebrity won the SA BOTRA Golden Nursery and the Southern Cross for two-year-old fillies. Owner John Penny, a part-owner of Rocknroll Magic, also had dual award success as Emain Macha, in which he is also a part-owner, took out the South Australian Two-Year-Old Of The Year for colts and geldings. Emain Macha, trained in Naracoorte by Greg Scholefield, won seven of his nine starts with his best victories being the SA BOTRA Golden Nursery for colts and geldings and the Kindergarten Stakes. Jumping Jolt, bred and owned by Peter and Lesley Medhurst from Glencoe in the South-East, and trained by their son-in-law Barry Finnis, was crowned South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for three-year-old colts and geldings. The gelding won nine of his 14 starts during the season. Glamour mare Whats Emma Got, trained by Glenda Fuller in partnership with her daughter Sharon Newman, was voted South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for four-year-old and over mares. Whats Emma Got, also bred by Mrs Newman, won 12 of her 20 starts during the season including a victory at Tabcorp Park Melton. South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for four-year-old and over entires and gelding pacers went to Some Kinda Tactics. The announcement came on the day owner Lyn Proud was attending a memorial function for her late husband Rod, instrumental in buying the horse to race in South Australia under the care of trainer Jon Kingston-Mayne. Some Kinda Tactics won 13 races during the season with a victory in the Kadina Cup among his successes with a best winning mile rate of 1:53.3. The gelding also took out South Australia’s Leading State Horse. The Paul Fidge-trained Pocketfullofcash was awarded South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for four-year-old and older entires and geldings. Pocketfullofcash won eight races with strong efforts including the Victor Harbor Trotters Cup, Gawler Hambeltonian and Gramel Trot. Im Princess Sophie, trained by Ryan Hryhorec, was the South Australian Horse Of The Year for four-year-old and older mares won 10 races from 18 starts during the season. Outback Madge, bred and owned by Geoff Easom and trained by Jill Neilson, was crowned South Australia’s Three-Year-Old Trotter Of The Year. The filly won seven of her 16 starts, including five of her last six, including victories against older trotters. Soh Twisted, winner of the Trotters Classic for trainer Angela Chapman, was named South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for two-year-old trotters. To complete a big night for the Cameron family, Celebrity Ball was named South Australia’s Broodmare Of The Year. Her foals include Celebrity Guest, Celebrity Lass, Starburst Girl, and Two-Year-Old Filly Horse Of The Year Our Celebrity. The recently retired Paleface Jasper was named South Australia’s Claimer of The Year. by Graham Fischer

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards have received a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a pre-race urine sample taken from PENNY SNATCHER prior to Race 3 at Globe Derby Park on 8 August 2016. The ‘B’ sample has been confirmed by Chemcentre in Western Australia. Under rule 183 (a) PENNY SNATCHER has been stood down. Prior to invoking Rule 183 Stewards considered all available evidence including: • that two Certificates have been issued by approved drug testing laboratories confirming Cobalt has been detected above the threshold; • the level of the readings relative to the threshold; • the nature of the prohibited substance; and • the absolute nature of prohibited substance offences. Trainer Scott Garroway has been advised that he will be required to attend an inquiry on Monday 17 October 2016. ................................................ Harness Racing SA Stewards have received a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a pre-race urine sample taken from RAP ARTIST prior to Race 3 at Globe Derby on 30 July 2016. The ‘B’ sample has been confirmed by Chemcentre in Western Australia. Under rule 183 (a) RAP ARIST has been stood down. Prior to invoking Rule 183 Stewards considered all available evidence including: • that two Certificates have been issued by approved drug testing laboratories confirming Cobalt has been detected above the threshold; • the level of the readings relative to the threshold; • the nature of the prohibited substance; and • the absolute nature of prohibited substance offences. Trainer Mark Billinger has been advised that he will be required to attend an inquiry which will be convened at a time and date to be fixed. by the Office of the Chief Executive Officer: John Lewis    

A former leading harness racing trainer banned for doping his horses with methamphetamines will face trial next year charged with dealing commercial quantities of the drug. Michael “Joe” Buttigieg has pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking in a controlled drug and one count of trafficking a commercial quantity of amphetamines. The offences allegedly occurred at Parafield Gardens and Globe Derby Park in June 2015. Buttigieg, of Port Macdonnell in the state’s southeast, was disqualified from training for two years in 2014 after two of his pacers tested positive to methamphetamine. The 62-year old was known for his excellent winning strike rate with his small team of horses and has previously won the metropolitan trainers award. In 2006, he became the first country trainer to claim the South Australian state trainers premiership. The horses — Go Go Shikari and Aveross Mac — were found to have methamphetamine in their bloodstreams after winning races at Port Pirie and Globe Derby in May and June 2014. Buttigieg was disqualified from training for two years and his stable foreman, Dean Girardi was banned for six months by Harness Racing South Australia stewards. Stewards said they were mindful of Buttigieg’s repeated offending and noted that methamphetamine was “an illegal drug and has no place in the equine industry”. The disqualification is set to end next month but it is unknown whether Buttigieg will seek to renew his licence. Buttigieg was this week remanded on continuing bail to face trial in the District Court in June next year. If found guilty of "the trafficking a commercial quantity of drugs charge", Buttigieg faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. By Andrew Dowdell Reprinted with permission of The Advertiser   National Geographic - Crystal Meth Secret Revealed [ Hell On Earth ] Full Documentary

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that a blood sample taken from GO GO RED at Port Pirie on 29 July 2016 prior to it competing in Race 7, returned an elevated total plasma carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration of 36.4mmol/L. Evidence was taken from trainer Cheryl Herman who explained her feeding and husbandry practices leading up to the race in question.  Evidence was also provided by Dr. Roger Haensel, Veterinarian.  Stewards also presented evidence of a non-raceday TCO2 sample taken from GO GO RED on 22 August 2016 that returned a TCO2 concentration of 31.6mmol/L. After considering all the available evidence, Stewards charged Mrs Herman under Rule 193(3) which reads: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on raceday prior to such horse running in a race. Stewards were mindful of Rule 193(6) which states: For the purposes of this rule medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances.   Stewards placed weight on the expert evidence of Dr. Roger Haensel who explained that the only credible explanation for the elevated level of TCO2 detected in the blood sample taken from GO GO RED was due to the administration of alkalising agents on raceday. In determining penalty stewards took into account Mrs Herman’s guilty plea, her previous good record and previous penalties issued under this rule.  Stewards also accepted that the TCO2 level of 36.4mmol/L was not considered a prohibited substance, however this is not a requirement when considering if a person is in breach of Rule 193(3). Mrs Herman had her trainers licence suspended for 4 months effective 6 September 2016. Acting under Rule 193(5) GO GO RED was disqualified from its second placing at Port Pirie on 29 July. by Barbara Scott, Chair of Stewards

The race is on for the inaugural Jim Hurley Medal. Star harness racing reinswoman Danielle Hill has regained the lead from rival Ryan Hryhorec following the counting of votes to the end of May. Harness Racing South Australia has honoured legendary South Australian trainer-driver Jim Hurley by introducing a medal for a trainer or driver who performs consistently at a high level throughout the racing season. David Thuen, Racing Operations Manager, said the medal was decided by votes cast at each meeting. Voting is conducted on all SA harness racing TAB meetings by a panel of three who have been selected by Harness Racing South Australia. Each panel member allocates points based on what they consider to be the three best training or driving performances at each meeting, not necessarily winning performances. Three points is allocated to what is considered by each panel member to be the best performance at the meeting, two points for second best and one point for third. Mr Thuen said no figures would be released but the obvious inference is that the figures must be close with Hill leading early, Hryhorec taking the front running, now Hill back in front. He said no further updates would be released until the winner is announced at the South Australian Horse of the Year function later this year. The medal is named after Jim Hurley, who was an accomplished trainer, driver and owner for more than 50 years and a legend of harness racing, still training at age 90 until his passing in March. With more than 1000 winners, the 1964 Inter Dominion winner Minuteman was his greatest highlight as an owner. It is good to note that young drivers Michael Smith and Josh Holberton have made the leaderboard. The Jim Hurley leaderboard is at the end of May: Danielle Hill, Ryan Hryhorec, Wayne Hill, Mark Billinger, Scott Ewen, Jayson Finnis, Ken Rogers, Darren Billinger, Les Harding, Michael Smith and Josh Holberton. Graham Fischer

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards finalised an inquiry into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that a post race urine sample taken from SILVER RANGER after Race 4, the Hygain Horse Products Claiming Pace at Globe Derby on 23 November 2015, upon analysis contained arsenic greater than the 0.30 micrograms per millilitre threshold. The ‘B’ sample was sent to the Racing Science Centre in Queensland which confirmed the presence of arsenic above the threshold. Evidence was taken from trainer Andrew Kearney regarding his feeding regime and husbandry practices. Mr. Kearney pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190(1), (2) & (4) that as the licenced trainer of SILVER RANGER he did present that horse to race at Globe Derby on 23 November 2015 when not free of a prohibited substance. In determining penalty stewards took into account the nature of the substance, his guilty plea, his 11 year history as a trainer and his record which contained two previous offences for prohibited substances. Mr. Kearney had his trainer licence suspended for 9 months backdated to 6 January 2016, the date he was stood down. Under Rule 195, SILVER RANGER was disqualified from its first placing and all placings amended accordingly. by Barbara Scott, Chair of Stewards

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