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Victorian Harness Racing participants are reminded of the provisions of the Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 194 which provides: A person who procures or attempts to procure or who has in his possession or on his premises or under his control any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation is guilty of an offence. Participants are encouraged to exercise extreme caution with respect to the possession and use of supplementary products upon their horses. No product should be purchased or used without seeking appropriate veterinary guidance to ensure that the product is necessary, registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with the law. Participants are warned against purchasing or using any product that does not have a label listing all active constituents. Participants are also warned about purchasing or using any product from sources of unknown repute. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the Australian government authority responsible for the assessment and registration of pesticides and veterinary medicines. The APVMA have a publicly available database which can be used to check whether products that claim to be veterinary products are registered. It can be found here: In addition to checking with their veterinarian, participants may also contact the APVMA directly or the HRV Integrity Department regarding any queries they have regarding a particular product or substance. Harness Racing Victoria

On 17 September 2015, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) heard the application for review of Mr John McDermott in regard to the decision of the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on 17 June 2015 to impose a number of fines upon Mr McDermott regarding various breaches of the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR).  The details of the HRV RAD Board hearing of 17 June 2015 can be viewed here. The fines imposed by the HRV RAD Board on 17 June 2015 were as follows: Breach 1 - AHRR 192(1) - $5,000 ($3,000 suspended) Breach 2-5  -  ARHR 193(1)  - $2,000 for each offence Breach 6 – ARHR 190B(1)(b) - $200 At the commencement of the hearing, the representative for Mr McDermott advised that the application for review would only proceed with respect to the penalties imposed for breaches 2-5, the offences committed against AHRR193(1) which provides: AHRR 193(1) A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event. The review application was not continued with respect to the fines imposed for the other breaches against AHRR 192(1) and 190B(1)(b). On 29 September 2015, the VCAT released its decision regarding the review application of Mr McDermott. The VCAT varied the penalties imposed by the HRV RAD Board for breaches 2-5 under 193(1) to a $1,000 fine for each of the four offences. The VCAT also ordered $2,000 of this total $4,000 fine imposed for breaches 2-5 be suspended for a period of 12 months. Mr McDermott was therefore fined a total of $9,200 (with $5,000 suspended) for the 6 admitted breaches. The full decision of the VCAT can be viewed here. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness racing reinswoman Cheyenne King-Davies broke through for her first Victorian winner after having previously chalked up 10 wins in Western Australia on Monday at Yarra Valley. King-Davies guided Long Forest trainer Andy Gath’s Grinfromeartoear/Ballroom Belle gelding Vae Victus to victory in the De Bortoli 3YO Pace over 2150 metres. Starting from gate five, Vae Victus slotted on the back of the pole-line leader Rocknroll Gold enjoying a sweet trip most of the way. Easing to the outside on the final bend, Vae Victus finished best to score from Rocknroll Gold in a mile rate of 2-00.7.  Cheyenne works with the Andy Gath stable. Len Baker Harness Racing Victoria

Punters betting on the Ararat trots on Tuesday were subjected to a number of rough results, resulting in the TAB Quaddie paying a massive dividend of $31,107.80 for a one dollar outlay. Leg one – the Chally’s Bar & Bistro Concessional Driver Of The Year for C2 & C3 class over 1790 metres going the way of $46.50 chance LongTan Bliss guaranteeing a healthy payout regardless of what the other legs presented. Trained at Concongella (Stawell) by Owen Martin, Longtan Bliss (Blissful Hall/Longtan Ebony) taking a concession for son-in-law Michael Sullivan settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second line, with the speedy Our Bedrock taking over from gate four. Sent forward three-wide solo in the final circuit, Longtan Bliss outstayed his rivals to score by a half-head in a thrilling finish over Lynden Abbey which gained a late split after spending most of the race along the markers, with Gnotuk a gutsy third after facing the breeze 1.2 metres away. The mile rate 2-00.5. The second leg – The Jason Bond Memorial Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres saw $2.70 favourite Im Intense (Four Starzzz Shark/Oh Ren Ishi) successful for Melton’s Beau Tindale with Jason Lee in the sulky taking a concession. Trapped in the open from gate three, Im Intense gained cover at the expense of Pelling at the bell and when eased wide on straightening, put the race beyond doubt in a couple of bounds to register a 6.4-metre victory from Doyouseewhatisee which followed the winner throughout. Mac Department finished third after using the sprint lane off the back of the weakening leader Frosty Orielly. The mile rate 2-00.8.  The Peter Manning trained and Jason Lee driven Union Guy/Miss Incline 7-Y-0 gelding Garabaldi Union returned to form in the third leg – the Ararat HRC Horse Of The Year Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2195 metres, paying $34.90. Bred and raced by former HRV Board member Peter Bourke, Garabaldi Union led virtually throughout from gate two, rallying after appearing to be a spent force approaching the home turn when the runner-up Farmersandtradies seemed to have his measure. Showing terrific fighting qualities, Garabaldi Union prevailed by a half-neck, with Our Supreme Guy a neck away in third place after easing three wide in the straight. The mile rate 2-00.1. Eight-year-old Washington VC/Relentless Lady gelding Electric Ollie gave Beau Tindale a double and Jason Lee a treble when a huge victor of leg four – the Victorian Police Service Blue Ribbon Foundation Claiming Pace over 2195 metres in a rate of 1-58.1. Trapped wide from gate six, Lee pressed forward to assume control and Electric Ollie careered away in the last lap to blitz his rivals by 36.9 metres in advance of Our Mels Dream from last to give the stable the quinella. Accountability was a further 13.5 metres away in third place after a mid-field passage. The opening event on the program went to local owner/trainer/driver Emma Hamblin’s 8-Y-0 Village Lasper/Ive Got Rhythm gelding Broadway Classic. Moving the wide from mid-field at the bell after starting from gate three on the second line, Broadway Classic joined the pacemaker Babalaas Jack on the home turn and proved far too strong over the concluding stages, scoring by 2.6 metres in 2-00.5 over Babalaas Jack and Sassy Man which ran on late fron mid-field along the markers. Armstrong dup Brooke Hansen (trainer) and Leroy O’Brien (driver) combined to land the R & L Emerson Trainer Of The Year Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres with ex-trotter Illawong Dreamtime, a 5-Y-0 gelded son of Grinfromeartoear and Illawong Dream. Raced by Tim O’Brien, Illawong Dreamtime led throughout from gate two and after being rated to perfection by the local plumber, ran out a 5.7-metre victor over Showem Shifty which trailed and Shadow Of Fortune which faced the open for the last lap. The mile rate 2-03.3. Hamilton trainer David Lewis snared the Sgt John McNally Memorial Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres with 4-Y-0 Jeremes Jet/Frosty Mattina mare Ennaellie in a rate of 2-04.8. With stable reinsman John Caldow in the sulky, Ennaellie starting from gate six was trapped three wide before set alight shortly after the start to take over and from there on, the issue was never in doubt, scoring by 6.5 metres from a death-seating Audaz Bonita and Vision And Courage which trailed the winner after leading out from gate four. Octogenarian Daylesford trainer Bob Conroy combined with son Glenn to land the Dr John Brennan Trotter Of The Year Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2165 metres with 30 metre backmarker Button Brigade in a mile rate of 2-05. Driven patiently, Button Brigade moved to possie three back along the markers after a number of runners went off stride, with Bee Are Dee running along at the head of affairs. Extricated to be three wide running into the final bend, Button Brigade (Band Of Chips/Red Buttons) was too strong over the concluding stages to register a 14.6 metre margin over the Glenn Sharp (Longlea) stablemates Tella Tall Tale from a mile back and Spud which faced the breeze. It was Button Brigade’s 12th success in 154 outings. by Len Baker Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria is set to welcome a new alumni of champions to the annuals of history with the 7th Annual Victorian Harness Racing Media Association Hall of Fame Gala Dinner fast approaching. Last year, George Gath was inducted as a Hall of Fame Legend. Maori Miss, Chris Alford, Max Agnew, True Roman, Pearl Kelly and the Abrahams Family also joined harness racing's most esteemed club as Hall of Fame inductees. Debate rages as to who will join them this year. All arguments will be settled on Thursday 15th October at Tabcorp Park Melton as the winners are announced over a sumptuous three course dinner. Adding to the excitement will be the revamped HRV Media Awards, this year featuring for the very first time a $1,500 prize for the industry's leading media personality, in addition to a raft of other media awards. Entertainment will be provided by the spectacular Pianomania, featuring the legendary Marty Fields. For booking enquiries, please contact HRV's Event Manager, Jacinta Payne on 8378 0212. Book now to avoid disappointment! Harness Racing Victoria P O Box 184 Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039 Australia  

The Harness Racing Victoria​ (HRV) Integrity Unit has been proactive in recent weeks taking out-of-competition samples from various stables. HRV Integrity Unit has attended a number of stables over the last fortnight and taken samples from horses that are going to compete that day/evening or later in that week. HRV Integrity Unit devotes resources and funding on out-of-competition testing and a strong emphasis on this type of testing will continue. This strategy is consistent with recent sampling of (15) horses at Melton trials on September 1, and these initiatives help to give harness racing participants, the wagering public and the community confidence that integrity in the industry is paramount. “Out-of-competition testing is a key element of our overall integrity strategy to ensure harness racing participants a level playing field in Victoria,” said HRV Investigations Manager Brent Fisher. Harness Racing Victoria  

Congratulations to all the winners of premierships for season 2014/15, including:   Greg Sugars (State Driver)   Emma Stewart (State Trainer).   Chris Alford and Gavin Lang fought out an enthralling tie for Metropolitan Driver honours.   Consultation Forums Tonight at Bendigo marks the first of three public Consultation Forums at which HRV will present a summary of the Consultation Paper, which will eventually lead to the 2020 Strategic Plan. The Consultation Paper is currently on the website at There is also a feedback form which can be submitted direct to HRV. HRV commenced the consultation process by presenting to representatives of the following bodies on 2 September: Association of Victorian Harness Racing Country Clubs Harness Breeders Victoria Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club (representing owners) Victorian Harness Racing Trainers & Drivers Association, and Victorian Square Trotters Association We are hoping for large attendances at the forums in order to receive constructive feedback on the Paper. The remaining two public forums (commencing at 7pm) are to be held at: Shepparton Harness Racing Club - Tuesday 22 September Tabcorp Park Melton - Wednesday 23 September Breeders Crown HRV has conducted a full review of the 2015 Breeders Crown. Once again the event was a highlight on the Victorian calendar, however we have taken on board feedback from the industry following the event. There will be changes for 2016, which are currently being discussed. I am certain the heats/repechage system will be overhauled for example. The location of heats is also under review. The time of year that the Crown is held is also a topic for discussion. HRV surveyed 20 of the top trainers and drivers and not surprisingly the result was evenly divided on whether there should be a change of date. Clearly the placement of Derby's, APG, Vicbred and Breeders Crown is difficult to co-ordinate, as well as other factors such as the NZ Jewels. From a wagering perspective, across the semi-final night and finals Sunday, total turnover was $7.80m slightly down on last year's comparative $7.85m. Vicbred Since the last newsletter, we have received the full wagering details for the Vicbred Finals weekend. The breakdown is below. Pleasingly a 15% growth over the two nights, including a very strong result for the trotters on the Friday night. 2015 2014 Variance Friday night $3,451,000 $2,760,000 up 25% Saturday night $3,844,000 $3,558,000 up 8% Total Both Nights $7,295,000 $6,318,000 up 15% The numbers show that Vicbred and Breeders Crown are two very important brands for the Victorian industry. Driver Testing The HRV Integrity Department has collected a number of swab samples from competing drivers/trainers over the last week in order to maintain the safety and integrity of the sport and to ensure drivers are not affected by any illicit substances. The testing of participants ensures less risk to the safety of all competing drivers and horses. The Integrity Department has taken random samples of drivers/trainers engaged at Bendigo and Kilmore over the last week and will continue to take samples on an on-going basis. The other significant benefit in taking samples from drivers/trainers is the early detection of any issues, so that anyone detected with banned substances in their system can also be referred to welfare and support agencies in order to receive appropriate treatment to deal with their issue or illness. While on the subject of integrity, HRV has been performing increased stable inspections and swabbing at trials. Click here for article. November Trial - Preferential Barrier Draws HRV recently announced that for a trial period of one month (November), all races (other than five feature races) will have a preferential barrier draw condition placed on them. The trial is designed to encourage more competitive racing, reduce long odds on favourites, which we hope will have a positive impact on the perception of our sport and create a more attractive wagering product. HRV appreciates each Club's support of the trial. The success of the trial will be assessed and we will gladly share the result of the trial with the industry. Vale Nell Quinlan Nell, or Nan as she was affectionately known, sadly passed away at Tabcorp Park on 24 August. Nell was a great supporter of the industry and her interest flowed on to the next generations of family members. Our condolences go to Nell's children Gary, Lee and Cheryl as well as the extended Quinlan/Walker families. Pat Brooks Also sad to hear of the passing of Pat Brooks, who would have been well known to many in the Murray River region. Pat received a Distinguished Service Medal, in recognition of his efforts for the Cobram Club. Pat joined the Cobram Committee in 1963 and served as President from 1971 to 1994. He became a Life Member in 1991. First Win Congratulations to Lisa Bartley on her first win as a driver at Shepparton on 2 September behind Als Courage, beating her two sisters Rebecca and Ellen who also drove in the race. Did You Know? Hard to believe that Ellas Puppeteer won a C0 at Charlton on 14 September in a mile rate of 1.52.8, breaking the track record by over two seconds.                                                                                                         John Anderson       Harness Racing Victoria

HRV has today released the "Harness Racing Victoria Strategic Plan 2020 Consultation Paper" which will be the blueprint to take Victorian harness racing into the future. The plan is designed to revitalise harness racing in Victoria and create a dynamic and world class industry that will serve as a national and global leader. The plan will cover such key issues as integrity and animal welfare, horse population, innovation of the racing product, wagering, industry participation and growth, marketing and communications to name a few. HRV Chairman Ken Latta PSM said: "For the Plan to achieve its objectives the input, ideas and support of the industry is critical." Mr Latta invites all participants passionate about harness racing to become involved. HRV proposes to engage widely and embark on a rigorous consultation process to discuss the plan. In the coming month HRV will: * Hold sessions with formal industry consultation groups * Conduct forums with participants across Victoria * Receive feedback via written submissions Harness racing makes a significant contribution to the social fabric of Victoria and currently contributes $422 million to the Victorian economy, $226 million in household wages and is responsible for the employment of 4000 FTE jobs. With fresh ideas and industry input the 2020 Plan will ensure that harness racing continues to make its mark in Victoria well into the future. The timetable for the consultation process is: * Release of Consultation Paper - August 27 * Stakeholders consultation and forums to take place during September 2015 * Written submissions close September 30, 2015 * Strategic Plan 2020 released late 2015 The consultation forums will be conducted at the following locations, commencing at 7pm: * Bendigo Harness Racing Club September 15 * Shepparton Harness Racing Club September 22 * Tabcorp Park Melton September 23 To access the Harness Racing Victoria Strategic Plan 2020 Consultation Paper and written submissions form click here CODY WINNELL, COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA MANAGER

Bendigo trots are the place to be on Saturday night as the club holds a special evening to raise funds for Kez’s Hideaway, a retreat for women living with the challenges of breast cancer. Gates open from 5pm for the 10-race card with a special Lady Drivers Race featuring some of harness racing’s female participants donning pink driving pants to show their support for the cause. Reinswomen Monique Burnett, Amanda Turnbull, Ellen Tormey, Kate Gath, Donna Castles, Tanya Cavallaro, Kerryn Manning, Jodi Quinlan, Lisa Miles and Rebecca Bartley will all compete in the Kez’s Hideaway Lady Drivers Pace, Race 3 at 6.32pm. “The Bendigo club in conjunction with the OTIS Foundation are very proud to be supporting the Kez’s Hideaway Memorial Race Night,” Bendigo Harness Racing Club Sales and Marketing Manager Brendan Baker said. “Here at BHRC we think it is very important to support local causes and organisations.” Karlee Thorpe, the Bendigo Bank OTIS Ambassador, will be a guest speaker on the night, which will also feature the OTIS Foundation Pace (Race 4 at 7pm). A special auction will be held with money-can’t-buy experiences, including a mobile barrier ride at the trots and a double-seater sulky ride on the night! “We’re really looking forward to seeing the lady drivers race where all drivers will be wearing the OTIS Foundation/Paul Gray Builders/Kez’s Hideway Pink Pants,” Baker said. “Local builder Paul Gray is the driving force behind the build of Kez’s Hideaway, in memory of Paul’s late wife Kerri Gray.” Fantastic race night packages are still available by phoning Tracey on 03 5449 3205 or 0447 599 859. Alternatively you can email for more details. Harness Racing Victoria Related Links Fields for Bendigo, Saturday 29 August 2015 Form guide for Bendigo, Saturday 29 August 2015

New laws introduced will make sweeping changes to the governance of Harness Racing Victoria, fulfilling an Andrews Labor Government commitment to modernise and improve the governance of the industry. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today introduced legislation into the Parliament that will establish new governance arrangements for the Board of Harness Racing Victoria, a Harness Racing Advisory Council and increased information sharing powers for the Racing Integrity Commissioner. The Board will be re-shaped to ensure it has the necessary skills to grow the industry and assist harness racing to compete effectively in a challenging market. A spill and fill of the board will occur with current members being invited to re-apply. The new Advisory Council will provide expert advice to the Board of Harness Racing Victoria and improve the lines of communication between the Board and the industry, addressing the concerns of industry participants that their views were not being heard. Former Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club, Dale Monteith, conducted an independent audit of the harness racing industry earlier this year, delivering his findings in April. The Government has accepted all of the recommendations made in the Monteith Report. The Racing Amendment Bill 2015 will also grant the Racing Integrity Commissioner the ability to disclose integrity-related information to Racing Analytical Services Limited, further strengthening industry integrity. The Bill will also list a number of other bodies in the Racing Act 1958 to improve transparency of the RIC’s current information sharing arrangements. Harness racing contributes around $421 million to the Victorian economy each year and supports almost 4,000 full-time jobs, mostly in regional areas. Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to implementing the recommendations made by Dale Monteith following his comprehensive review into harness racing in Victoria.” “Harness racing is a major part of our racing industry. These new governance structures will help take it forward, supporting its jobs and growth.” Media Contact: Christine Tyrrell 0423 092 752 |

A very productive season for harness racing in Victoria comes to a close on August 31.   The $1.5 million TAB Breeders Crown day on August 30 will have a big say in determining the Metro and National drivers' premierships.   International Wagering I was delighted to be at the presentation by Tabcorp of a cheque to HRV for $1,161,130 being for the fees earned on the export of Victorian harness racing product to international jurisdictions. 2014/15 is the first financial year that fees on export of our product have exceeded $1 million. Historically the major source of international revenue has come from New Zealand, however we are now exporting our product to several other jurisdictions. Highest incremental growth came from the export of selected trotting races to Europe, in particular France which was worth approximately $300,000 to HRV for the year and is expected to grow in coming years. Strategic Plan - Consultation The HRV Strategic Plan 2020 Consultation Paper has been finalised and ready for an industry consultation process. The Consultation Paper is the document to be discussed with the industry prior to the finalisation of the 2020 Strategic Plan. It is proposed that the industry consultation, open to all participants, will take place at the following venues: *September 15 at Bendigo *September 22 at Shepparton *September 23 at Tabcorp Park Melton At each of these sessions, HRV will make a presentation and seek feedback from participants in attendance. The Consultation Paper will also be available on the website from late August including a section where feedback can be forwarded to HRV. Full details regarding the industry consultation sessions will be released shortly. Wagering Consultation On the subject of consultation, HRV met with a number of high volume harness racing punters recently to discuss a variety of matters with respect to wagering on harness racing. Tabcorp Executives were also in attendance and it was a very useful exchange of views and ideas. I am sure the punters who attended are more informed of issues facing HRV and equally we are more aware of matters of interest to the punting sector. More of these sessions are contemplated in the future. HERO Program HRV is proud to have launched this formal horse welfare program under the banner of 'HERO' (Harness Education and Re-homing Opportunities). HRV had a soft launch of the project via the media release recently and details of a formal launch will be advised in due course. Our appreciation is extended to the Andrews Government for its financial contribution to HERO through the VRIF program. Year End Financials The HRV Board is expected to sign off on the annual financial accounts at its meeting in late August. The Annual Report is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament in September. The Annual Report is expected to disclose a profit for the year of $4.054 million on the back of revenue growth of 6% and most specifically an increase in wagering revenue of 7%. Swabs One of the areas of expenditure which saw an increase during the year was on analytical testing of swab samples. The spend on swabs in financial year 2014/15 was $501,000 a 15.7% increase on the previous year of $433,000. The budget for the current year is a further 6.7% increase to $534,000. Stakemoney As recently advised to the industry, the profit result for the year has enabled HRV to announce further increases in stakemoney such that total stakes for 2015/16 will amount to $40.3 million. The adjacent graph indicates consistent stakes growth from $33 million in 2013 to $40 million in 2016, following a static three year period. Wagering Statistics With the wagering data received from all operators for 2014/15, we can review a couple of the year's highlights: Highest wagering meeting: *Hunter Cup Night $5.5 million *2nd highest wagering meeting: Breeders Crown $4.8 million Highest wagering race: *Victoria Cup $1.1 million *2nd highest wagering race: Hunter Cup $1.0 million *3rd highest wagering race: Victoria Derby $775,000 Highest country race: *Shepparton Cup $665,000 Note - Despite having the highest turnover race, Victoria Cup night ranked 4th highest meeting behind the 3rd highest, Vicbred semi-final night. Metro Premiership With 34 metro class races remaining for the season, Gavin Lang leads Chris Alford by one and Greg Sugars by four. On the national scene, Greg Sugars is locked in a neck and neck battle with Queensland's Shane Graham for driving honours. As at August 17, only one winner separates the pair. Milestones Greg Sugars achieved 2,000 career wins when he steered Fake Smile to victory at Melton on July 30. He is one of the youngest ever to achieve the feat. Century seasons have been achieved for the first time by Kate Gath and Anthony Butt. Surprising for Anthony not to have achieved this previously, which highlights the opportunities presented by driving in Victoria. Welcome Brent Fisher HRV is fortunate to have added to its Integrity Department Brent Fisher in the role of Investigations and Compliance Manager. General Manager Integrity, Andy Rogers is quoted as saying Brent is an incredibly well credentialed and experienced criminal investigator who has good understanding of the sport of harness racing. Brent's appointment is a boost for the Integrity Department and for the future protection of the integrity of the industry. He is a welcome addition. Farewell Brett Boyd Brett Boyd departs HRV this Friday August 21 after serving as General Manager Marketing for two years. Brett has been responsible for several initiatives during his time with HRV, in particular the rebranding of the Summer of Glory. Brett has accepted a position with the Melbourne Racing Club and we wish him well. Stawell Race Fall As many are aware, there was a nasty fall at the Stawell meeting on July 22. Serious injuries were sustained by Tony Xiriha and Anthony O'Connor. Both drivers are recovering after stints in hospital and we hope they return to racing very soon. Tony recently reported his neck brace has been removed and still has the plaster on his wrist. He is still quite sore. I would like to pass on my thanks to the industry participants who were at the meeting, the Stawell Club and Chairman of Stewards at the meeting, Brett Day with his panel, for the co-operation displayed during a difficult time. Vale Heathcote based trainer Terry French sadly lost his daughter, Georgia, in a tragic road accident in Queensland. The industry has rallied behind Terry and his family and a number of fundraising activities were organised to support the family, such as a function at Bendigo on August 13 and an online auction which closed on August 17. Thank you to all those who have supported the industry's efforts. Industry stalwart Rob Auber lost his father after a long battle with illness on the weekend just past. Our thoughts are with Rob and his family at this sad time. Did You Know? Greg Moy resigned as President of the Ballarat Club and has been replaced by David Young. I would like to thank Greg for the contribution he has made to the Ballarat Club and for his co-operation with HRV. I am pleased to see that despite his work commitments, he is remaining on the Committee. HRV is currently working on developing resources accessible for breeders in an attempt to reduce the loss of 700 foals annually between positive test and live foals John Anderson - Harness Racing Victoria

Warragul's final race meeting of the 2014/2015 Victorian harness racing season this Monday afternoon will be an intriguing one.   The Warragul Harness Racing Club annual premiership awards, presented to the leading trainer, senior and junior driver and most consistent horse, will be decided at Monday's meeting.   Some of the awards could go down to the wire with current results the closest they have been heading into the last raceday of the season for some years. Greg Sugars is engaged in an interesting battle with fellow top reinsman Chris Alford in the Driver of the Year Award. Greg leads the award, having driven three winners at last month's race meeting, however Chris is closing, and has been one of the most successful drivers in history at Warragul. Locally owned and trained trotter Stoned Again holds a one point lead in the Horse of the Year Award. With two wins and a second from three starts on the track, and a record winning time at the recent race meeting, Pearcedale's Walker family are looking for their first win in this award with their trotter. Top junior reinsman Josh Duggan holds a one point lead in the Concession Driver of the Year Award, with Zac Phillips and Vin Langdon both chances of claiming the win in this award if results fall their way on Monday. Cranbourne trainers Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander have dominated the Trainer of the Year award since its inception in 1981 - and they go into Monday's meeting with a lead that should be big enough to claim the award again. Under the points scale, race winners receive four points, with two points for a second placing and one point awarded for a third place finish. First of eight races on Monday runs at 12:36pm with free entry for patrons.   Harness Racing Victoria  

Harness Racing Victoria is pleased to announce its Integrity Department will receive a significant boost this month with the appointment of Brent Fisher to the role of Investigations and Compliance Manager. HRV General Manager – Integrity Andy Rogers said Mr Fisher would be a valuable addition to the Integrity Department. “Brent is an incredibly well credentialed and experienced criminal investigator,” Mr Rogers said. “Brent also possesses a good understanding of the sport of harness racing and his appointment is significant to the future protection of the integrity of the industry. “The industry is well-served in obtaining a person of Brent’s calibre and the entire Integrity Department look forward to working with him.” HRV CEO John Anderson echoed Mr Rogers’ sentiments: “The HRV Board has supported the call for additional resources to be allocated to industry integrity. The appointment of Brent Fisher will greatly enhance the good work already being done by Andy Rogers and his team of investigative stewards.”  Harness Racing Victoria

The unveiling of Harness Education & Re-homing Opportunities (HERO) has brought to fruition one of Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) most pressing priorities. The much anticipated project will deliver unprecedented life after racing avenues for retired standardbreds and elevates Victoria to the forefront of animal welfare innovation within the harness racing industry. HERO is being financed jointly by HRV and the Andrews State Government via the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. HRV CEO John Anderson said horse welfare was a critical component of any vibrant and healthy racing industry. “We already have in place a number of broad strategies to manage the care and wellbeing of our horse population, principally under the banner of racing and integrity,” Anderson said. “HRV acknowledges, however, that a key inclusion within a comprehensive and appropriate welfare program is providing an alternate life for standardbreds no longer racing. “We are excited to be partnering with the State Government and sincerely appreciate the support of Racing Minister Martin Pakula MP whose backing is integral to HERO’s success.” Anderson said that through the research and development of HERO, HRV had noted there is already significant work undertaken in horse re-education and re-homing across the harness racing industry. “What’s lacking is central co-ordination of the many initiatives in place, accompanied by widespread, positive publicity of the fantastic stories which are evolving – at present, largely behind the scenes,” he said. HRV General Manager – Operations Vaughn Lynch will oversee the HERO Project. “There are some incredibly dedicated, talented and passionate people working very hard to secure positive outcomes for standardbreds which, for a myriad of different reasons, are not suitable for racing,” Lynch said. “HERO will both acknowledge and support these people, and provide the information and resources to generate increased opportunities for a greater number of retired horses to find a purposeful, long term future in retirement.” Tanya McDermott, an advocate for life after racing, will manage the implementation of HERO. Her role includes:  The development of a registration program for re-trainers to ensure a consistent, professional standard of care and re-education for off-the-track standardbreds.  Managing the flow of retired horses through liaison with owners, trainers and breeders. This will include educating harness industry participants about the options available for horses that are no longer suitable for racing.  Coordinating placement with the most appropriate re-trainer, assessing each horse’s individual qualities and attributes with a view to maximising its potential beyond the racetrack.  Managing and advising on the placement of horses that are unsuitable for riding.  Managing the transition of horses between harness trainers, re-trainers and end purchasers.  Promoting and advertising HERO through traditional, electronic and social media outlets.  Managing a register of re-homed horses, and the de-registration of standardbreds once theycease to be actively utilised within the harness racing industry. HRV will work in parallel with a nationwide de-registration system presently being developed by Harness Racing Australia.  Providing information, advice and guidance to suitably skilled/experienced people who wish to become standardbred re-trainers.  Reinforcing and developing relationships with organisations such as the Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association of Victoria, the Horse Riding Clubs Association of Victoria, Pony Clubs Victoria, Equestrian Australia, the Royal Agricultural Show Society of Victoria, the Australian Carriage Driving Society and the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association, to build the profile of and promote standardbreds as pleasure horses and create increased opportunities for standardbred riders. “Standardbreds make the most fantastic pleasure horses,” McDermott said. “Thanks largely to the efforts of Kathleen Mullan and MF Hollywood (who contested the prestigious Garryowen), the breed is more widely accepted in equestrian circles than ever before and while there is still some work to be done to break down traditional biases, the number of people willing to consider a Standardbred as a riding horse is growing daily. “I have been fortunate through my work in the media to build a terrific rapport with industry participants in Victoria and I already have a wide network of owners and trainers whom I work with to assist in placing horses at the conclusion of their racing career. “HERO will elevate Victoria’s re-education and placement activities to an exciting new level and I’m enormously grateful for the opportunity to spearhead the project.” For more information on HERO visit us on Facebook – or Twitter @HRVHERO.  CODY WINNELL

Harness Racing Victoria's (HRV) decision to extend the mares' class lift to two and three-year-olds will bolster the racing opportunities afforded to fillies and mares in Victoria from 1 September, 2015. "It's a great initiative for owners of fillies," Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club president and racehorse owner Emmy Mazzetti said. "This combined with recent Victorian stakes increases for fillies and mares' races will keep fillies and mares in the racing population for longer." The changes will result in fillies being able to utilise the lift to race against the colts. Prominent owner/breeder Shannon Nixon also welcomed the changes. "I think it's terrific. It will increase the appeal for fillies and mares right through from the yearling sales, and will help keep fillies and mares racing where it might not have been considered viable in the past," Nixon said. "It's great news for people who race fillies and mares." HRV announced recently prizemoney for fillies and mares' country front races would increase by $1000 a race from season 2015-16. The fillies and mares' prizemoney announcement came as HRV declared Victorian stakemoney would exceed $40 million for the first time. Cody Winnell

The trotters take centre stage this weekend as Maryborough and Harness Racing Victoria celebrate the time-honoured Redwood Carnival. Three huge days of trots action got under way today, will continue tomorrow (watch all the action from Saturday's non-TAB Redwood day two live streamed online here) and will climax Sunday with the running of the Group 1 Seelite Windows and Doors Trotters Derby and Redwood Classic. Tonight we're racing at Tabcorp Park with the Tabcorp Park Melton Cup Final and the Conect Blacks A Fake Free-for-All the feature races. Tomorrow night Kilmore takes the Saturday night spotlight with three TAB Breeders Crown heats scheduled. – Cody Winnell (Manager Communications and Media, HRV)   Did you follow Jason Bonnington's Good Form Game Plan last Friday and Saturday night? If so, here's what happened!    The tipsters had the choice of Tabcorp Park Melton tonight or Redwood Day Sunday this week for their $20 play of the weekend. Here's what they thought... Follow the leader board each week to see how much money will be donated to the Women's Cancer Foundation - Ovarian Cancer Institute after Feb 28, next year. $20 All-Up Win Melton Friday Night R2 No. 8 Oh Johnny B Good R8 No. 7 Miley Rose R9 No.6 San Carlo   Flexi Quaddie Melton Friday Night $20 for 27.77% 1st Leg: 1,2,5,8 2nd Leg: 3,4,5,8,11,12 3rd Leg: 6,8,9 4th Leg: 7 $20 place Maryborough Sunday R6 No.3 War Dan Destroyer (fixed odds $7.15 @ TAB) $20 All-Up Melton Friday Night R1 No.2 McNiven R9 No.6 San Carlo Bit of a space omen in Race 4 at Melton tonight… so let's got $5 each-way on both No. 4 Apollo Thirteen and No.5 Rowdy Rocket.  Another big profit last week with Jason, Cody and The Omen all profiting! Above are the overall standings so far.    New season club memberships on sale now The access-all-meetings Trots Card – Victorian harness racing’s must-have card for owners and fans – is a key component of the 2015-16 club membership packages. Club membership packages are on sale now for season 2015-16, with prices ranging from $25-$100 and clubs offering a variety of different entitlements for members.     The Country #Trots Run of the Week PROVOCATOR and trainer/driver Geoff Martin didn’t quite emulate Scott Torney’s celebrations of a week ago in winning the Neatline Homes Pace at Shepparton in the last race on Wednesday, but he still would have been chuffed. The $3.70 race favourite drew the pole, settled leader’s back behind Milady Denver before using the sprint lane to score by 1.8m in a mile rate of 1:59.3. The four-year-old gelding is by Kenneth J from Seductress.          

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