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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

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today suspended the licence of trainer Andrew Kearney under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183 after receiving a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that Arsenic above the threshold was detected in the post race urine sample taken from SILVER RANGER after Race 4 The Hygain Horse Products Claiming Pace at Globe Derby on 23 November 2015.  The ‘B’ sample has been confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Queensland. Prior to invoking Rule 183, Mr. Kearney was given an opportunity to make submissions regarding the stand down and stewards considered all available evidence including: that two Certificates have been issued by approved drug testing laboratories confirming arsenic has been detected above the threshold the absolute nature of prohibited substance offences the likely penalty if a prohibited substance offence is proven the personal circumstances of Andrew Kearney that a Stewards inquiry can proceed and conclude in a timely manner Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, SILVER RANGER shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of the inquiry. The Stewards inquiry is set for Friday 15 January 2016. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards

The rebuilding has begun of the razed property of Mallala harness racing partners Phillip Westbury and Kerry Green. It may only seem a small step but Nigel and the team from Extreme Concrete have laid a 120 metre slab of concrete as the popular pair start again after the disastrous Pinery fire destroyed their lives. “I want to get Kerry back racing as soon as possible,” Westbury said. “It is important to get some normality back after such a heart breaking loss. “In our home we had special rooms made up to cater for our 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild who used to come over once a month to play – they were such great times. “The fire took our home completely so that is just as area we need to rebuild.” Fellow harness enthusiasts Peter Borrelli and Michael Henneker have organised for a 40-foot on-site caravan to be taken to the property this week which will become home for Westbury and Green while the rebuild takes place. Henneker’s efforts have been amazing. He basically dropped his own life to help out. As soon as the fire had raced through, friends donated a smaller caravan which has served the pair well but the bigger caravan will allow for a better situation as the makeover takes place. Westbury said he and Kerry had been overwhelmed by the community spirit. “The Mallala community, Harness Racing South Australia, industry participants, my work colleagues and clients, and just everyone in general have been so giving,” Westbury said. “We can’t properly express our gratitude – just thank you to everyone.” Westbury said while there were so many things to do, his main focus was to get Kerry back racing. “She lost close to $100,000 worth of gear, with five bikes, two joggers and so much harness and associated items. “I’m hoping that we can organise to get just enough gear to enable Kerry to get back racing, sooner rather than later, to ease the thoughts of the devastation of the fire.” Westbury said he would never be able to repay the generosity of everyone. “My work colleagues at Bianco Reinforcement have picked up my work while the company is still happy to pay me while the team at the Mt Barker Bianco have donated $1500 for equipment to help the rebuild. “A stud in Victoria has donated a mare in foal for us to have when we get the property operational again to give us a chance to rebuild our stock. “One good result was that we were able to save 16 mares, three ponies and two racehorses – some affected by the fire, but able to be saved.” Westbury and Green have already been along to see counsellors to help emotionally handle the fire and its consequences. “Everything can seem okay, then something is said that triggers our emotions and we just break down crying,” Westbury said. “But we are determined to get everything back in order and regain normality in our lives. “Again, Kerry and I want to thank everyone for their generosity, and let them know we are determined to be back at the track as soon as possible.” Harness Racing South Australia, which has approved $10,000 in funding for participants affected by the fire, continues to be a point of contact for those affected. Veterinary surgeon and trainer Toby Ryan, whose own stables were saved by a change of wind, has been invaluable in helping participants with vet donations from Randlab and Ranvet. BOTRA also has been working hard for products to be distributed while industry people from Queensland and Victoria have been generous in donating money from driving fees to assist the bushfire appeal. by Graham Fischer

Harness Racing South Australia continues to monitor the industry participants affected by the recent Pinery fires.  The support for the industry and its affected participants from both within South Australia and nationally has been positively overwhelming. Industry participants who have sustained considerable property loss include Phil Westbury, Wayne Standish and Claire Goble.  Additionally a large number of Phil Westbury’s horses were also lost in the fires. Other horses, broodmares and foals have sustained treatable injuries. Areas such as horse welfare, harness racing safety and training equipment, racing administration and general wellbeing are being supported both by Harness Racing SA and the wider industry. In response to a call to provide donations, monetary donations are preferred. Donations can be made into: Reference: Pinery Fires Harness Racing SA BSB 035 047 Account number: 194535

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards finalised an inquiry that was opened on 30 July 2015 into a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that a blood sample taken from SIR ROBERTY BOB at Globe Derby on 25 July 2015 prior to it competing in Race 6, returned on initial screening an elevated total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration of 36.9 millimoles per litre. RASL conducted further testing on this pre-race blood sample and reported a TCO2 level of 36 for the ‘A’ sample and 36.5 for the ‘B’ sample. On 20 August 2015 and 24 August 2015 non-raceday blood samples were taken from SIR ROBERTY BOB with RASL reporting TCO2 levels of 33.4 and 31.1 respectively. On 29 August 2015 a pre-race blood sample was taken from SIR ROBERTY BOB prior to it racing at Globe Derby.  RASL reported the TCO2 level to be 31.9. The inquiry resumed on 24 September 2015 and evidence was taken from trainer Rick Frearson regarding his feeding and husbandry practices together with details of his movements on 25 July 2015.  Evidence was also taken from Veterinarian Dr. Roger Haensel which included that for a horse to return a TCO2 level of  36.9, 36 and 36.5, in his opinion, it would have received alkalising agents on raceday.  Stewards submitted into evidence the pre-race TCO2 levels of SIR ROBERTY BOB dating back to 2010, the pre-race TCO2 levels of other horses currently in Rick Frearsons care and the average TCO2 levels of all horses tested in SA over the past 3 seasons, that being 30.99. On 20 October 2015 the inquiry resumed and Rick Frearson was charged under Rule 193(3) which states: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day 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. The particulars being that Rick Frearson, as the trainer of SIR ROBERTY BOB has allowed or caused that horse to be administered a medication on raceday prior to the horse running in a race.  Stewards are of the opinion that a trainer has an obligation under the rules to ensure his horses are safeguarded on raceday and he should take steps to prevent unauthorised administration on raceday and the days leading up to raceday. In determining penalty stewards took into account Rick Frearson’s personal circumstances, his record as a trainer which included a previous offence for prohibited substances and his not guilty plea.  Rick Frearson had his trainers licence suspended for 6 months. Acting under Rule 193(5), stewards ordered that SIR ROBERTY BOB be disqualified from Race 6 at Globe Derby on 25 July 2015 and the placegetters be amended accordingly. by Barbara Scott, Chair of Stewards

Following a period of suspension and disqualification for drugs of abuse, Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers indicated their intention to be re-licenced by Harness Racing South Australia. The Board of Harness Racing SA issued both Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers with a notice which required them to attend before the board and ‘show cause’ as to why they should be re-licenced. The rules allow the Controlling Body to refuse an application for a licence without assigning any reason. At this ‘show cause’ hearing, the Board re-inforced to both Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers that HRSA grants the privilege of a licence to individuals committed to adherence to the rules and lifting the industrys profile and that licencees that engage in conduct unbecoming to their status could bring them or harness racing into disrepute. The Board questioned Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers as to whether they were fit and proper persons to be licenced taking into account their history, behaviour, ability to operate within the rules, honesty and personal circumstances. After taking into account their conduct that has occurred in the past, the Board looked to the future as to whether there is likely to be a repetition of the subject conduct. The Board took into account that both Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers had:   *Successfully undertaken drug and alcohol counselling *Provided clear urine samples in recent weeks *Shown they were remorseful *Understood the consequences of providing a sample in the future that contained drugs of abuse As a result the Board of HRSA resolved to re-licence both Byron Hornhardt and Ken Rogers on the understanding they would be subject to an increased level of scrutiny and would continue to have targeted and random sampling for drugs of abuse. Barbara Scott Chair of Stewards

Following the completion of the Southern Cross Racing Series, the Harness Racing South Australia Board undertook a full review of the series, including a questionnaire to industry participants.    As a result of the review, the following changes will be made to the 2016 Southern Cross Series:   1. The re-introduction of a $10,000 Consolation for each of the four pacing finals – 2yo colts, 3yo colts, 2yo fillies and 3yo fillies.    2. The 3yo Trotters Classic Series has been expanded to also include 4yo horses – ie a combined 3yo/4yo series.   3. Any eligible trotter can enter the series at a fee of $275 from the time it is born up until the horse becomes a two year old. Also a trotter can enter the series from September 1 until December 31 in the year it turns two years old at a fee of $660 plus the original $275 fee.    In relation to the industry questionnaire, the most favourable support from industry participants related to the re-introduction of the Consolation. Just under 70% of those surveyed supported its re-introduction.   In relation to the Southern Cross bonus, there was consideration regarding reducing the prizemoney for the finals and increasing the bonus payment. However there was not majority support for this change in the questionnaire. The results of the questionnaire will be made available on the HRSA website on Friday 9 October. The next Southern Cross Review will be held in the 2016/17 season.   John Lewis, Chief Executive Officer    

Much-travelled harness racing trainer James Wanless landed his first winner in his new state when smart pacer Pub Blitz greeted the judge in the Laucke Mills Pace (1609m). Wanless, who hails from Queensland, has raced horses in New South Wales, had a stint in Victoria before deciding to relocate to South Australia. He also spent time working with Emma Stewart in Victoria. But his luck ran out after the win. “On the way home I had a flat tyre, damaged my mudguards and then had electrical issues with the headlights,” Wanless said. “It was a bit of a drama-tripped back but at least I had my first win in South Australia. “I think the racing here is good and hopefully this will be the first of a many winners,” Wanless said. “I have brought nine horses with me and plan to add another one in the next few weeks. “It suits me that there are generally at least two meetings a week at Globe Derby and coming to Port Pirie is no issue, especially after being based at Charlton in Victoria and all the travelling to other tracks.” Wanless said Pub Blitz was the mainstay of his team. “He’s a group one performer at his best and steps up when he is needed such as tonight.” A $2.40 chance, Pub Blitz scored a neck win from Dawn on Sunday ($18.40) with Star Brutus ($2.10 fav) a metre and a half away third. It was the 23rd win for the nine-year-old and took his stakes to $357,000. Wanless is from a famous Queensland family and his grandfather Merv trained the champion pacer Lucky Creed which won 24 races in a row and also the 1970 Miracle Mile at Harold Park. by Graham Fischer

Sample Irregularities Harness Racing South Australia has been advised by Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) of sample irregularities. THE NATURE BOY – Trainer R. Lemon. RASL have advised HRSA that arsenic has been detected in the urine sample taken from THE NATURE BOY following its win in Race 2, The Pirie Fodder Supplies Pace, conducted at Port Pirie on Friday 10 July 2015. The ‘B’ sample has been sent to the Chem Centre in Western Australia. Acting under Rule 183A, THE NATURE BOY has been stood down and shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. A date for the inquiry has not been set. Barbara Scott, Chair of Stewards

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