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Despite two Group 1 triumphs in the three top-flight open-age mares’ races on the 2015-16 national harness racing calendar Victorian pacer Nike Franco failed to take the Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year gong in the recent national awards. The brilliant daughter of Mcardle gets her chance to atone however at the Victorian industry awards night at Crown’s Palladium on Gordon Rothacker Medal Night, Sunday November 6. The gala event will celebrate the high achievers of season 2016-17 across all Horse of the Year categories, as well as the leading trainers, drivers and the Victorian country clubs and administrators. Harvey Kaplan, who is among the Nike Franco ownership, said the mare’s connections were excited about this year’s Rothacker Medal night. “We’re really looking forward to it. I think it’s a great idea to have the night return to the city and at a salubrious venue such as the Palladium. We’re looking forward to celebrating the top-line horses throughout the evening,” he said. Kaplan said Dean Braun-trained Nike Franco achieved an enormous amount in season 2015-16 and the team was immensely proud of her work. “There were only three Group 1 open-age mares’ races nationally and Nike Franco won two of them and placed third in the other. She won over the longer trip, the shorter trip, in Western Australia. She also defeated the boys in the Warragul Cup in track record time,” he said. “She had a great season and we had a lot of fun with her. We were very proud of her performances.” The prestigious Gordon Rothacker Medal will be awarded to a long-time industry achiever on the night, while the Pearl Kelly Award and the Distinguished Service Medal will also be presented. Bruce Morgan took out last year’s Rothacker Medal, following on from Kerryn Manning in 2014. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS TO ROTHACKER MEDAL NIGHT @ THE PALLADIUM Gordon Rothacker Medal Honour Roll 2002: Ian McCallum 2003: Geoff Hill 2004: Jim Barker 2005: Ron Pocock 2006: Matt Donaldson 2007: Peter Manning 2008: Bruce & Elizabeth Clarke 2009: Les Chapman 2010: Arthur Graham 2011: Ted Demmler 2012: Neville Welsh 2013: Graeme Lang 2014: Kerryn Manning 2015: Bruce Morgan Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The finalists for Victorian Horse of the Year Awards have today been released by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV). This year there are 16 categories plus the overall Victorian Horse of the Year award. A panel of 10 people comprising trots form analysts and media are voting on the awards, which will be announced at the annual Gordon Rothacker Medal Night on Sunday, November 6, at Crown Palladium in the City. Book your spot at the Gordon Rothacker Medal This year’s finalists in each section are listed below.   2YO PACING FILLIES Our Celebrity Perfect Sense Petacular Soho Angel   2YO PACING COLTS & GELDINGS Jilliby Kung Fu Our Little General The Storm Inside Wrappers Delight   3YO PACING FILLIES Dancingwithsierra Heavens Trend Nikkibadwagon Rocknroll Magic   3YO PACING COLTS & GELDINGS Brallos Pass Dont Hold Back Iceenothink Soho Tribeca   4YO PACING MARES Delight Me Lovelist Starburst Girl Stay And Play   4YO PACING ENTIRES & GELDINGS Ideal For Real Solarsonic Tact Tate Tee Cee Bee Macray   AGED PACING MARE Beach Shack Berisari Gumdrops Milly Perez Nike Franco Quick Draft   AGED PACING ENTIRES & GELDINGS Arden Rooney Flaming Flutter Hectorjayjay Lennytheshark Yankee Rockstar   2YO TROTTING FILLIES Betty Hall Kyvalley Kyrie Our Regal Love Illawong Shimmer   2YO TROTTING COLTS & GELDINGS Deltasun Illawong Byron Needabacardi Eyrish Mist   3YO TROTTING FILLIES Aldebaran Eve High Gait Pizza Queen Princess Phoenix Red Hot Tooth   3YO TROTTING COLTS & GELDINGS Ball Park Big Jack Hammer Cruisin Around Sundons Courage   4YO TROTTING MARES Aldebaran Deebee Endsino Val Gardena Sky Petite   4YO TROTTING ENTIRES & GELDINGS Blue Sky Commander Illawong Armstrong Kyvalley Boomerang Sparkling Success   AGED TROTTING MARES Barefoot Sally Claudys Princess Maori Time Illawong Helios   AGED TROTTING ENTIRES & GELDINGS Glenferrie Typhoon Keystone Del Super Zeck Kyvalley Blur   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness Racing Victoria RAD Board Hearing - Shane Gilligan The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed Victorian trainer Mr Shane Gilligan. ARHR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Gilligan related to a pre-race blood sample collected from the horse ‘My Mach Scooter’ prior to it placing 3 rd in Race 6, the ‘J L King Pace’ on 31 March 2016 at Bendigo. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2 ) concentration in excess of 36.0mmol/L in plasma. Mr Gilligan pleaded guilty to the charge before the HRV RAD Board who heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Mr Gilligan. In deciding an appropriate penalty the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Gilligan’s good record as a trainer/driver over 30 years and no previous history for similar matters. The HRV RAD Board took into account the personal circumstances of Mr Gilligan including his current financial situation and his co-operation with the Stewards and a very early plea of guilty being entered in to which saved the need for witnesses being required. In deciding penalty, the HRV RAD Board took into account specific and general deterrence, consistency of penalty and Mr Gilligan’s guilty plea. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $6000.00 (with $3000.00 suspended for a period of 12 months) upon Mr Gilligan. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘My Mach Scooter’ be disqualified from Race 6 at Bendigo on 31 March 2016. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued 39 charges under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) against licensed trainer/driver Mr Nathan Jack. The first 37 charges were issued under the provisions of AHRR 230 which reads as follows: Except with the consent of the Controlling Body a person shall not associate for purposes relating to the harness racing industry with a disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority.  It is alleged that from 7 January 2015 until 23 October 2015 Mr Jack did associate with NSW disqualified person Jackson Painting for the purposes of harness racing, including allegations of communication about the chances of competing horses, race tactics, ownership decisions regarding horses and the purchase of veterinary substances.       One further charge was issued under the provisions of AHRR 245 which reads as follows: A person shall not direct, persuade, encourage or assist anyone to breach these rules or otherwise engage in an improper practice. One charge was issued under the provisions of AHRR 246 which reads as follows: A person who has reasonable grounds for believing that someone is behaving, may behave or has behaved in a way causing, likely to cause or which has caused a breach of these rules shall promptly bring the matter to the notice of the Controlling Body or the Stewards. Both of these further charges also relate to Mr Jack’s alleged communication with Mr Painting. Other information in relation to this matter has been referred to HRNSW Stewards.  These charges will be heard before the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Harness Racing Victoria

With respect to the actions taken by Victoria Police at the Melton harness racing meeting on 28 August 2016 involving four harness racing participants, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) provides the following update: On 9 September, 2016 HRV Stewards suspended the licences (for no longer than 3 months) of the four participants in accordance with the provisions of Rule 183 of the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) whilst the police investigations continue.  The HRV Stewards also excluded the participants from attending harness racing tracks in accordance with the provisions of AHRR 15 (d). The HRV RAD Board today heard the appeals of all four licensed persons and ordered that the restrictions be lifted, enabling the participants to conduct licensed activities and attend race meetings.  In making this decision, the HRV RAD Board Chairman noted the obligations of the Stewards to consider the integrity of the industry and made no criticism of the decision which had been taken to impose the restrictions in the circumstances, indicating he would have been surprised had such not occurred.  However, the RAD Board Chairman noted the RAD Board's obligation with respect to the presumption of innocence of the parties and determined on the current information before the RAD Board, there was insufficient material to support the continuation of the suspensions and exclusions HRV Stewards will monitor the ongoing Victoria Police investigation and if any circumstances change in the future, HRV Stewards will reconsider whether any necessary protective measures need to be taken. With respect to the further investigation by Victoria Police, HRV is unable to make any further comment at this time.   CODY WINNELL COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA MANAGER  

This year's IRT Victorian Breeders Awards Night promises to be a competitive affair with several close contenders for the top harness racing awards, including the Victorian Pacing Broodmare of the Year and Woodlands Stud Victorian Breeder of the Year honours. To be held Saturday, September 24, at Victoria's home of metropolitan trots, Tabcorp Park Melton, the annual awards night is hosted by Harness Breeders Victoria and celebrates the best of the state's breeding industry. The Benstud Pacing Broodmare and Niota Bloodstock Trotting Broodmare of the Year top the card of over 20 categories of awards, including the APG and APTS Yearling Sales High Earner trophies. In a recognition of the strength of trotting bloodstock in Victoria, the Niota Trotting Sire of the Year which was added in 2015 will continue. For the second year running the Victorian Breeder of the Year will be awarded to the member who has had the most successful year, complementing the Metro Printing Ian Daff Memorial Award for long-term service to the industry. The Pryde’s EasiFeeds Pacing Stallion of the Year and the A Rocknroll Dance @ Alabar Juvenile Sire of the Year round out the gold standard. The Time Excellence Pins, Championship Trophies, Vicbred & Group 1 trophies will also be awarded on the night. A hit in 2014, the breeding quiz will be back, pitting table against table to raise funds for life after racing programs. Guests are treated to a welcome drink, finger food and a delicious two-course meal and the opportunity to win extra prizes on the night, all for the ticket price of $69 (or $690 for a table of 10). Bookings close September 19 and will sell out fast – enquiries to contact@vicharnessbreeders.org.au or download a booking form from the website or Facebook page. Tabcorp Park are also offering guests a discount on accommodation bookings – contact them directly for details. For more information and to book your ticket at the breeders’ awards night, click here. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has suspended four participants, for no longer than three months, while the ongoing Victoria Police investigation continues into alleged race fixing at Cobram in 2015.   Leading trainer-drivers Nathan Jack and Amanda Turnbull were two of four harness racing participants that were arrested and questioned on Sunday, August 28 by Victoria Police into alleged race-fixing at Cobram on June 22, 2015.   No charges were issued against the four participants by Victoria Police, pending further investigation.   The HRV Media Release reads as follows:   With respect to the actions taken by Victoria Police at the Melton harness racing meeting on 28 August 2016 involving four harness racing participants, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) provides the following update: In considering whether to take any action in accordance with the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) while the police investigations continue, the HRV Stewards have considered all of the relevant circumstances including the submissions provided on behalf of the participants as to why no action should be taken against the participants or their licences.  The HRV Stewards also considered the importance of protecting the integrity of the harness racing industry and maintaining public confidence in the industry. In accordance with the provisions of AHRR 183, the HRV Stewards have directed the suspension of the licences of the four relevant participants, with immediate effect, for no longer than 3 months (should circumstances remain the same)  while the investigation continues.  Pursuant to AHRR 15(d), the relevant participants have also been excluded from attending racecourses in Victoria for no longer than 3 months (should circumstances remain the same)  while the investigation continues.  The participants have been advised of their rights of appeal against this decision of the HRV Stewards.  Any such appeal must be lodged with the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board by 5.00pm on Monday 12 September 2016. With respect to the further investigation by Victoria Police, HRV is unable to make any further comment at this time.  

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued four charges under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) against licensed trainer/driver Mr Nathan Jack. These charges arise out of a race meeting conducted at Bendigo on 11 August 2016. The first charge issued is under the provisions of AHRR 231 (2) which states: A person shall not misconduct himself in any way:- It is alleged that on 11 August 2016 Mr Jack did misconduct himself by directing improper comments towards HRV Starter Graeme Morgan. The remaining charges issued are under the provisions of AHRR 247 which states: A person attending before the Controlling Body its members or employees, the Stewards, Officials, or at any proceedings under these rules, shall not speak or behave in a malicious, intimidatory or otherwise improper manner:- It is alleged that during an inquiry held on 11 August 2016 at the Bendigo Harness Racing Club Mr Jack made improper, malicious comments and also behaved in an improper and intimidatory manner before the Stewards panel. These charges will be heard before the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Harness Racing Victoria

The trots’ biggest awards night will be given its biggest showcase on November 6 when the Gordon Rothacker Medal is staged at Palladium at the Crown. Tickets are now on sale for Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) celebration of its outstanding performers and contributors, with offerings including considerable early bird and group booking discounts. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO BOOK The night will be an opportunity to laud those who have separated themselves from the pack, with presentations including the Horse of the Year awards, country club awards and state and metropolitan premierships. HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said it was also a chance to honour those often behind the scenes through the Gordon Rothacker Medal and Pearl Kelly Award. “The Gordon Rothacker Medal night is a fantastic opportunity to laud our participants who have toiled so hard throughout the season and achieved so much, as well as shining a light on the often unsung heroes of the trots,” Mr Monteith said. “It’s a chance for participants, owners, breeders and trots fans to come together and celebrate all that is great about this sport. I encourage all industry participants to make the night as it will be special. The fact it will be staged at the Crown for the first time, the state’s centre for major events, will only further add to the prestige of the night and I’m looking forward to a great night of celebration, dining and entertainment.” In addition to a three-course meal, beer, wine and soft drink, the night will feature live music among its entertainment, and will be hosted by TAB media manager Adam Hamilton and commentator Michael Guerin. Those that book before October 1 will receive the early bird discount price of $130, a saving of $20, or a table of 10 can be booked for $1000. For tickets and more details click here.  Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Harness Racing Victoria Chairman Dale Monteith took part in the Melton Double-Seater Sulky In-Harness Experience at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Watch the video below to see how he went! An In Harness Experience participant is teamed up with a professional driver in a purpose designed dual sulky where you then compete in a real race, complete with pounding hooves, cheering crowds and live commentary. The In Harness Experience is held under real race conditions. We insist on the same strict safety standards as we do for our normal racing. Drivers wear protective clothing including safety vests and helmets, all of which are provided as part of the package. Your heart will still be racing, long after the horses stop! The In Harness Experience includes:  - Pre-race procession in the Parade ring  - Head to the track for a warm up  - Mobile barrier start  - On course live commentary  - On course live TV coverage  - DVD for each participant  - Driver details published in the official race book  - 2 course buffet dinner (for 1 person, with the opportunity to purchase additional seats)  - Your non racing guests invited to watch from the Winners Circle- track side at the finish line  - Overview of race experience and what is required Ie: equipment and your role in the race  - Escort to the stables where you are introduced to your driver and horse  - Allocated changing facilities with racing silks and protective clothing to wear To enjoy an In Harness Experience or for more information contact: 8746 0634 ENQUIRE NOW »

Terang’s Jason Lee is now a three-time Alabar Concession Drivers Premiership winner. The 21-year-old gun harness racing reinsman had his best season in 2015-16 with 117 wins nationally taking his career tally to 330. And with his victory in the concession drivers’ premiership Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has announced Lee will be the state’s representative at the 2016 Australasian Young Drivers Championship (AYDC). “To win the Alabar Concession Drivers Premiership three times in a row is a remarkable feat and Jason will certainly do Victoria proud at the Australasian Young Drivers Championship,” HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. The AYDC is one of the initiatives at this year’s Inter Dominion in Perth with 10 drivers from across Australasia, including four from New Zealand and one each from the six Australian trots states, to compete in a series of 10 races across six meetings in Western Australia. The contest to be crowned the Australasian champion will begin on December 2 and culminate on Inter Dominion Grand Final night on December 9. Lee joins Robbie Close, defending champion from NZ, hometown hero Stuart McDonald (WA), NSW’s Todd McCarthy, SA’s Jayson Finnis, Tassie’s Wade Rattray, Qld’s Nathan Dawson, and Kiwis Brad Williamson (South Island), Kyle Marshall (North Island) and Matt Anderson in the AYDC. MORE ON THE 2016 AYDC Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

With respect to the actions taken by Victoria Police at the Melton harness racing meeting yesterday involving harness racing participants, Victoria Police has advised Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) its investigation is continuing and that no charges have been issued against the relevant parties. Regardless and in consideration of the industry HRV Integrity Department has provided the relevant parties, who were yesterday arrested and interviewed by the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit of Victoria Police, until 4pm on 2 September, 2016, to provide submissions as to why their licenses should not be suspended or other action should not be taken under the provisions of the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR). HRV Integrity Department takes into consideration that the decision to suspend licenses of participants and/or take other actions are serious measures and thus all available material needs to be considered. This includes the information from Victoria Police regarding the continuing status of its investigations and the absence of any criminal charges. With respect to the further progression of the investigation by Victoria Police on 28 August, 2016, HRV is unable to make any further comment at this time. Harness Racing Victoria

Trots owners will receive the royal treatment at TAB Breeders Crown Super Sunday this weekend at Tabcorp Park Melton. The VIP owners’ enclosure will see owners, trainers and drivers congregating in luxurious surrounds, talking trots, cheering on their charge and watching the Race to Royalty trackside. “Elevating the ownership experience is a key theme for Harness Racing Victoria (HRV),” said HRV Ownership Manager Tori Glenister. “Owners are obviously such an important part of the industry. Racing a horse is fun and exciting, so the owners’ VIP enclosure is another way for connections to ‘Own the Moment’ on race day. “The enclosure is located between the Legends Café and the Sports Bar so our owners are looked after with some of the best views in the house.” AFL star Josh Jenkins is HRV’s TAB Breeders Crown ambassador this year. A racehorse owner himself, Jenkins will be in the owners’ enclosure throughout the day socialising. “Since I became interested in the trots, attending Breeders Crown day has been a goal,” Jenkins said. “The trots has quickly developed into a passion of mine and to be on track Sunday will be great fun.” Owners with a horse racing on Sunday can pick up their owners’ pack, which includes their VIP enclosure ticket for them and a guest, at the race day office. Finger food, scrumptious Breeders Crown cupcakes, decadent chocolates and Champagne will be just some of offerings in the owners’ enclosure. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Classy trotter Illawong Byron is due for a spell, probably overdue, says harness racing trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan. But the Parwan horsewoman also says she’s never trained a horse with his constitution and she is hopeful the Redwood Classic winner can produce another grand performance on Breeders Crown Day. TAB.com.au has installed Illawong Byron $1.60 favourite to win the Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown Final on Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings from gate two after his impressive heat win at Maryborough last week. “He was definitely not right in the Vicbred Final (when finishing second) and he took a couple of weeks to get over that,” Quinlan said. MARKETS: ILLAWONG BYRON IS $1.6 FOR THE BREEDERS CROWN AT TAB.COM.AU “He bounced back with a really good run in the Redwood and then he was probably even better in the heat last week. I just hope he didn’t run his race a week early. He'll go for a good break after Sunday.” Quinlan makes the point Illawong Byron has had a long season, literally given he ran in the very first two-year-old trot of the 2015-16 season. “I’ve never had a horse with a constitution like his.” Raced and bred by Martin and Kaye Hartnett, Illawong Byron – by Muscle Mass out of Illawong Blush – has won seven races from 11 starts and looks a shoe-in for Victorian two-year-old male trotter of the year. Quinlan has repeatedly expressed her appreciation for the Hartnetts, who she says are very loyal and supportive. “They’ve been fantastic supporters of mine through good times and bad and they put a lot of money into the game, so they deserve every success they get,” Quinlan said. VIDEO: ILLAWONG BYRON WINS THE REDWOOD CLASSIC AT MARYBOROUGH Mark Purdon-trained Custodian ($2.90 with TAB) has drawn barrier nine and will trail Illawong Byron out. “With Custodian following me I’ll probably have to do a bit to hold the front,” Quinlan said. Quinlan also puts the polish on three-year-old trotting filly Sky Majesty in the Haras Des Trotteurs Breeders Crown Final (Race 1) on Sunday. Raced by passionate trots owners Michael Taranto, Rob Merola and Sam Godino Sky Majesty has drawn gate six and is a $61 outsider according to TAB.com.au. “She has had a fantastic year but she just can’t snag a decent barrier in a big race. From the draw Wilmas Mate looks unbeatable on paper, but they are three-year-old trotters so anything can happen.” Already a Breeders Crown winner in the sulky behind Ladyinred in 2005, Quinlan said the day held a special place in her heart. “I’ve been fortunate enough to win the Breeders Crown as a driver. If I could win one as a trainer that would definitely be special.” BOOK NOW: SECURE YOUR BREEDERS CROWN DINING PACKAGE BEFORE THEY SELL OUT Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 26 August 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 26 August 2016

Life after harness racing is a new addition to the curriculum at Bendigo’s Harness Racing Training Centre. The Centre has joined forces with Harness Education and Rehoming Opportunities (HERO) on a project which will see student Kylie Reeves build her skills and knowledge working with retired standardbred horses. Under the initiative, Kylie spends one day per week on placement with HERO, which is Harness Racing Victoria's (HRV) official life-after-racing program. Her role includes working hands-on with trotters and pacers which have come to the end of their racing career to prepare them for a new vocation under saddle. The Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs has also thrown its weight behind the project, providing the sponsorship support required to make the initiative a reality. HERO Manager Tanya McDermott said one of the program’s greatest needs was to build resources, specifically individuals with the skills and knowledge to work with retired standardbreds as they transition into a new life. She is therefore pleased to be partnering with HRTC Bendigo and sees exciting potential for the partnership to grow and blossom moving forward. “It’s fantastic that the Centre, which delivers TAFE-accredited training for people wanting to become actively involved in the harness racing industry, is keen to diversify the skill set of its students. “There has never been a greater focus on life after racing within our industry and there are legitimate career paths available for those interested in working with standardbreds outside the traditional racing environment,” she suggested. “It’s vital that retirement opportunities are a key consideration for current and future industry participants, not to mention the fact that ridden work is becoming a regular training tool for many racing standardbreds and sets these horses up for a fantastic pleasure life.” HRTC Bendigo CEO Vicki Moro shares Tanya’s enthusiasm. “Kylie attended a recent HERO Retraining Day at Elmore which fuelled an existing interest in Standardbreds and their life after racing,” she explained. “HRTC was keen to nurture that interest and we believe the partnership with HERO is a valuable collaboration between two significant industry organisations. “We are enormously grateful to the AVCHRC for their financial input and will be following Kylie’s progress closely, with a view to building even stronger ties with the HERO Program in the future.” Country Clubs Association CEO David Brick sees the partnership as a positive for all parties. “On behalf of our member Clubs we're excited to be involved in this project to assist Kylie with her development and education," he said. “Fostering and promoting participation is a primary purpose of our Clubs. “Partnering with both the HERO Program and the HRTC Bendigo enables our Association and Clubs to contribute towards and support participation in our industry." Tanya McDermott (HRV HERO Manager) t: 0407 413 15 | e: hrvhero@gmail.com Harness Racing Victoria  

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have today concluded an inquiry into a matter emanating from the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 31 July 2016, involving former licensed trainer and driver Mr Scott Gill. In accordance with Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 183(d), which states: Pending the outcome of an inquiry, investigation or objection, or where a person has been charged with an offence, the Stewards may direct one or more of the following that a licence or any other type of authority or permission be suspended, HRV Stewards initially suspended Mr Gill’s trainer and driver licences as of 31 July 2016, until such time as an inquiry was conducted into Mr Gill’s failure to provide a urine sample when directed to do so by HRV Stewards at the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 31 July 2016. Given evidence tendered by Mr Gill, HRV Stewards provided Mr Gill a further opportunity to provide a urine sample on 1 August 2016, however Mr Gill refused to do so and he then elected to relinquish his licenses with HRV. After considering all of the evidence tendered, Mr Gill was subsequently found guilty of a charge under ARHR 250A (1)(b) which states: A person carrying on or purporting to carry on an activity regulated by licence at any time or carrying on official duties at a meeting commits an offence if he or she refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the Stewards, or tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes or in any way hinders the collection of such sample or attempts to do any of those things. The particulars of the charge being that at the Geelong Harness Racing meeting conducted on 31 July 2016, Mr Gill as the trainer and driver of Shell Green in Race 3 the ‘Flying Brick Draught Cider Pace’, failed to provide a urine sample as directed by the Stewards and furthermore after being provided another opportunity to deliver a urine sample at his registered address on 1 August 2016, Mr Gill refused to provide a urine sample when directed by Stewards to do so. Mr Gill was disqualified for a period of six (6) months with immediate effect. In assessing penalty Stewards considered the following factors: That Mr Gill had voluntarily relinquished his trainer and driver licence with HRV on 1 August 2016; Mr Gill’s previous long standing and clear prior record in the industry; Previous penalties under the relevant rule; That such offence is considered to be serious in nature; That any penalty in this instance required a general and specific deterrent in relation to such conduct. Mr Gill was advised of his rights of appeal and notified that any future application for a licence will be subject to a ‘Show Cause Sub-Committee’ hearing and him providing a urine sample to Stewards. Harness Racing Victoria

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