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.
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.