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Harness Racing SA Ltd Stewards conducted an inquiry on 23/01/14 into two reports received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd in relation to urine samples provided by driver Ken Rogers at the SAHRC’s meetings held 04/01/14 and 11/01/14 respectively. Sample WSSA 39256, which was provided on 04/01/14, was found upon analysis to contain the banned substances d-amphetamine, d-methamphetamine and 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (cannabis).   Sample 41943, which was provided on 11/01/14 for a clearance for Mr Rogers to resume driving, was found upon analysis to contain the banned substance 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (cannabis). Mr Rogers pleaded guilty to the following charges: Under Rule 252 (1) on the grounds that he purported to carry on a licensed activity at the SAHRC’s meeting held at Betezy Park Globe Derby on 04/01/14 by presenting to drive with a drug of abuse in his body. Under Rule 250 (1)(a)(adopted 08/01/14) on the grounds that a urine sample taken from him at the SAHRC’s meeting held at Betezy Park Globe Derby on 11/01/14 was found upon analysis to contain the banned substance cannabis. After considering submissions as to penalty, Mr Rogers’ driver’s licence was suspended for 9 months on each charge, however the Panel ordered that the penalties be served concurrently with the commencement date backdated to 04/01/14 when Mr Rogers was stood down from driving pending the provision of a urine sample which was found upon analysis to not contain any banned substance. In settling on penalty, the Panel took into consideration: Mr Rogers’ guilty pleas; The serious nature of the breaches; Mr Rogers’ clear record; The need to provide a deterrent – both general and specific; The need to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the industry. Stewards further ordered that: Mr Rogers undergo rehabilitation in relation to drug use. He provides Harness Racing SA Ltd with documentation from a qualified Counsellor that he has successfully completed rehabilitation. He provides Harness Racing SA Ltd with clear samples when requested. Stephen Mulcay Chairman of Stewards Harness Racing SA  

The Chariots on Fire Syndicate No 2, a group sponsored by Harness Racing South Australia had their initial success as a syndicate, when the three-year-old filly Miss Sophia saluted the judge at Port Pirie in November .   The 20 strong syndicate comprises names such as former AFL footballers Graham Cornes, Chris McDermott and Stephen Rowe and dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts.   The Art Major filly is raced on lease by the syndicate from well-known breeder-owner and SA BOTRA (Breeders, Owners, Trainers & Reinspersons Association) committee member Vivienne Clark   Clark bought Miss Sophia, by Art Major and is the first foal of the Armbro Operative mare I Don't Share, for $14,500 at the 2012 Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne Sale,   Her dam I DONT SHARE took a lifetime mark of 1:57.5 on the way to winning over $25,000 in prize money.   I DONT SHARE , and hails from a family that has developed a reputation for producing outstanding fillies. Some of the fillies in her immediate pedigree include:   GIRL CALLED DESTINY - Winner of Queensland Oaks (Gr.1)   DONNA WHO - Winner of APG 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.1)   ARMIDA - Winner of Bathurst Gold Tiara (Gr.1)   LA SPERANZA - Winner of Kay Seymour Nursery Pace 2yo Fillies Final (Gr.2)   WHOS ESCAPED NZ - Over $100,000 in earnings including a win in 1:52.7 at Menangle in 2012 After 11 starts as a 2 year old Miss Sophia for 3 seconds and 6 thirds, including thirds in the Southern Cross Heat and Repecharge before finishing seventh to Flagbearer in the final.   Miss Sophia is trained by BOTRA president Ray Holberton who had plan to race the filly on Itailain Cup night at Betezy Park Globe Derby but the race failed to hold up.   Miss Sophia has had another start, since her first up win that being at headquarters since winning but had little luck from an outside draw   Gary Newton    

The Harness racing South Australia Board have formally approved the following change to handicapping in South Australia, which will commence from 1st September 2012.

The Inter Dominions could be in for the most radical change in its history and one which will provide New Zealand harness racing fans with a huge bonus. This year's series at Alexandra Park was believed to have been the last time an Inter Dominion would be held in this country but that may now be only partially true.

The 2011 South Australia Trotters Carnival is the pinnacle for square gaiters on the harness racing calendar each year in the Festival State and over seven days starting Saturday Night all focus will turn towards the action on the track at Globe Derby Park.

Wideford Hill has wasted little time to burst onto the harness racing scene in South Australia for Les Harding winning the N D & J A Giles 2011 Strathalbyn Pacing Cup at his third appearance in the festival state.

The Port Pirie public are always keen to turn out and support the club and get amongst the action let alone this week when the best of the best are out to claim the prestigious harness racing title. With five heats of the Elders Insurance Drivers Invitation Series tonight and eleven drivers all capable of gaining maximum points in one of their steers, the points will become vital when piloting outside chances.

Glengowan has looked to have the 2011 Country Graduation at his mercy since winning the opening harness racing heat at Kapunda on Mach 17 that is until the Leah Harvey pair Zuccharino and The Darl emerged as challengers.

Sound System has been knocking on the door to win a feature race and make a break through into the harness racing big league in South Australia and on Sunday afternoon he did just that by winning the 2011 Franklin Island Victor Harbor Pacing Cup.

Glengowan arrived in South Australia and joined forces with the Jon Kingston-Mayne harness racing stable in mid December and looked a juvenile on the rise. Three months on and Glengowan has claimed the three biggest three year old races in South Australia to date.

On March 14 2009, Village of Dreams claimed his first harness racing victory on the big stage winning the Gawler Derby, two years on the son of Village Jasper has matched it with the best on the grand circuit and is back to claim the 2011 Gawler Gold Cup.

Queen Nefertiti may have only won the one race from her 19 career starts but her race progeny made a name for her as a broodmare at Globe Derby on Monday afternoon. A half sister to star race mares Holla and Endeared there was always going to be a bright future for Queen Nefertiti in the breeding barn when her harness racing career eventually came to an end.

The clash of the two states best open class pacers might well be the attraction on Saturday Night at Globe Derby Park but 24 hours prior and 210km North West of South Australian harness racing headquarters the 2011 Royal Exchange Kadina Pacing Cup will be the focus of all harness followers.

Six months ago local harness racing followers eagerly awaited the clash of trotting stars Simon Tappertit and Saybia, now in the heat of the pacing action the trotting stars will follow the main event on Saturday Night (February 26) at Globe Derby Park. Ohoka Nevada is the 'pin up boy' of South Australian Harness Racing at the present time but young gun and rising star Conte Del Sasso is keen to remove that status and claim it for himself.

Star juvenile Devilish Smile will venture to Mount Gambier on Friday Night (January 14) in attempt to qualify for harness racing's 2011 $10,000 Scott Group of Companies Mt. Gambier Cup on the 21st January.

The long awaited construction of the Gawler Harness Racing Club Training Facility at Buchfelde, off Two Wells Road finally began on Tuesday, January 4. After approximately two and a half years since the club vacated its former home due to compulsory acquisition by the State Government in December 2006 to make way for the Northern Expressway (NEXY), initial earthworks are underway.

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