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
Sample Irregularities Harness Racing South Australia has been advised by Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) of sample irregularities. LIVINGISFUN – Trainer S. Loone. RASL have advised HRSA that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from LIVINGISFUN prior to it competing in Race 2, The Arclight Photography Claiming Pace, conducted at Globe Derby on Saturday 8 August 2015. The ‘B’ sample was sent to the Chem Centre in Western Australia where TCO2 was detected at the threshold level. Trainer S. Loone is required to attend an inquiry which will be held at 1pm on Friday 28 August 2015. Barbara Scott, Chair of Stewards
The horse racing industry in South Australia has been dealt a blow with the sudden departure of harness racing from Globe Derby Park due to a stoush about meeting fees. In a statement issued last night, the Harness Racing SA (HRSA) board said it received a message from solicitors representing SA Harness Racing Club (SAHRC) that it could no longer hold race meetings at its track. The club claimed it was not being adequately compensated for the cost of running race meetings at the northern Adelaide track. It said the average cost of holding a meeting was $6,500 but HRSA was paying it only $2,800, meaning it incurred an average loss of $3,700 for every meet. SAHRC committee president Peter Downs said that with between 110 and 120 meetings a year, the club had been operating with losses of up to $500,000 a year. "We've been hosting a lot of race meetings here for a long time and making significant losses in doing so," he said. "We don't want what's unfair but we certainly need to be paid a more fair amount of money." But HRSA chief executive officer John Lewis said that as well as a $350,000 dollar per annum meeting fee, it also offered the club other financial incentives. "If you add all that up there's been significant financial offers in addition to the $350,000 we pay, so it's somewhat bewildering the decision the club has taken," he said. "So the board was forced to make an unprecedented decision to move race meetings because we're not permitted to race there. "That's what the letter from the lawyers makes very clear." The next meeting, the Southern Cross finals, has been relocated to Port Pirie this Saturday, with other meetings likely to held at Kapunda and Victor Habor. Horse trainer Ray Holberton said the club and HRSA must sort out their differences because the changes would be detrimental to the industry and cause problems for everyone involved in it. "It's a big thing because my horse is not a very good traveller," he said. "The owner is in his 80s. He rang me last night and said 'Ray, I can't go see my horse race at Port Pirie. It's too far away'. You can understand that, and that's a shame." Globe Derby Park has been SA's premier harness racing venue since the 1970s. Reprinted with permission of ABC Online - Check site here
With the conclusion of the 2014/15 Financial Year, HRSA wishes to advise of some of the key achievements over the past 12 months: Market Share Increase Harness Racing final Market Share as at 30 June 2015 - 12.68%. This is the second consecutive year of growth in market share. This was achieved despite having Saturday night racing on Sky 2 for half of FY 14/15. Strong Operating Profit HRSA have recorded a strong operating profit for FY 14/15 (subject to audit). This is the second consecutive year of an operating profit. Prizemoney Increase For the first time in several years, HRSA increased total prizemoney by $300,000 in February 2015. New Sky Channel Agreement The new agreement with Sky Racing will provide long term certainty for our code including guaranteed Sky 1 coverage. Currently we have Sky 1 coverage on around 68% of all race meetings. The new agreement guarantees coverage on Sky 1 for at least 80% of all race meetings including all Mondays, all Friday Nights and a minimum of 26 Saturday Nights. If we exceed specific KPIs, there is the possibility of having more race meetings on Sky 1 on Saturday nights. Integrity and Animal Welfare There have been significant improvements in racing integrity and animal welfare including: the appointment of Barbara Scott as Chair of Stewards, pre and post-race swabbing, stewards raceday observations and stable inspections, increased enforcement of the rules of racing including penalties, appointment of an Animal Welfare Officer and animal welfare policies, and mandatory drug and alcohol awareness programs. More information: John Lewis, CEO – Ph: 0417855300
HRSA Stewards concluded an inquiry into reports from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that the following horses, all trained by Mr Buttigieg had upon analysis contained a prohibited substance. Mr. Buttigieg was found guilty of four charges pursuant to Rule 190(1), (2) & (4) in that as the registered trainer of GO GO SHIKARI and AVEROSS MAC, he did present those horses to race on the dates below not free of a prohibited substance. Charge 1: That a urine sample taken from GO GO SHIKARI following its win in Race 3, the Max & Marj Hutchison Memorial at Port Pirie on 4 May 2014, upon analysis had revealed the prohibited substance METHAMPHETAMINE. This finding was confirmed by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in Sydney. Charge 2: That a urine sample taken from AVEROSS MAC following its win in Race 1, the Major In Art Pace at Globe Derby on 24 May 2014, upon analysis had revealed the prohibited substance METHAMPHETAMINE. This finding was confirmed by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in Sydney. Charge 3: That a urine sample taken from GO GO SHIKARI following its win in Race 3, the Ewen Racing Stables BOTRA 4&5YO Entires & Geldings (Final) at Globe Derby on 31 May 2014, upon analysis had revealed the prohibited substance METHAMPHETAMINE. This finding was confirmed by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in Sydney. Charge 4: That a urine sample taken from GO GO SHIKARI following its win in Race 6, the Corona Beer Pace at Globe Derby on 14 June 2014, upon analysis had revealed the prohibited substance METHAMPHETAMINE and AMPHETAMINE. This finding was confirmed by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in Sydney. In assessing penalty, stewards were mindful of Mr. Buttigieg’s two previous offences under this rule and that METHAMPHETAMINE is an illegal drug and has no place in the equine industry. Mr. Buttigieg was disqualified for 3 years on each charge. Stewards ordered these penalties be served concurrently. Further, under Rule 15(1)ad, stewards ordered that Mr. Buttigieg pay to HRSA $2,000 for costs incurred in analytical testing. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, GO GO SHIKARI and AVEROSS MAC were disqualified from the above races and the places amended accordingly. Mr. Buttigieg has appealed his conviction and penalty and has been granted a stay of proceedings. Dean Girardi, who transported GO GO SHIKARI to the Port Pirie meeting on 4 May 2014 and the Globe Derby meeting on 14 June 2014, and was authorised by trainer M. Buttigieg to be in charge of the horses on those dates, pleaded guilty to two charges under Rule 190(3). Charge 1: That as the person left in charge of GO GO SHIKARI which was presented to race at Port Pirie on 4 May 2014 not free of a prohibited substance, the trainer of the horse and the person left in charge is each guilty of an offence. Charge 2: That as the person left in charge of GO GO SHIKARI which was presented to race at Globe Derby on 14 June 2014 not free of a prohibited substance, the trainer of the horse and the person left in charge is each guilty of an offence. In assessing penalty, stewards took into account Mr. Girardi’s guilty plea and his clear record in regard to this rule. Mr. Girardi was disqualified for 6 months on each charge. Stewards ordered these penalties be served concurrently. Dean Girardi has appealed the penalty and has not been given a stay of proceedings. BARBARA SCOTT Chair of Stewards Harness Racing South Australia
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.