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HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, Rod Osborne The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr David Beer. The charges arose from an incident that occurred at the Tabcorp Park Melton harness trial meeting on Tuesday 26 April 2016. Mr Beer pleaded not guilty to a charge under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 213(a) which reads: A person shall not:- (a) by use of harness, gear, equipment, device, substance or any other thing inflict suffering on a horse The particulars of the charge being that at the Tabcorp Park harness trial meeting on 26 April 2016, that in the stabling area after the completion of trial 7, Mr Beer struck the horse Auntie Poppy in the head region of the filly. Mr Beer also pleaded not guilty to a charge under ARHR 243 which reads: A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. The particulars of the charge being that Mr Beer’s conduct in striking the horse Auntie Poppy, was behavior and an action considered to be detrimental to the harness racing industry. After considering evidence from Mr Beer and HRV Stewards, which included CCTV footage of the incident, the HRV RAD Board determined that the charges issued against Mr Beer were proven and he was found guilty on both accounts. Upon hearing submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Beer regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board suspended Mr Beer’s trainers licence for a period of 3 months on both charges, with such penalty to be served concurrently and with immediate effect. The HRV RAD Board ordered that 1 month of the suspension was to be wholly suspended for a period of 12 months, provided Mr Beer does not reoffend under the associated rules during the 12 month period. In imposing this penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Beers’ previous outstanding record and service to the industry, the financial impact of the penalty imposed against Mr Beer in view of his personal circumstances, the nature of the incident, as well as the need to protect the integrity of the harness racing industry, whilst ensuring a penalty for such actions provided a specific and general deterrent. HRV Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards today concluded an inquiry into content posted on ‘Twitter’ by licensed trainers Mr Ken Carr and Mr Brian Kiesey. Mr Carr and Mr Kiesey were initially interviewed relative to this matter on 29 March 2016, with it determined that the matter be heard before a panel of HRV Stewards. After hearing evidence from Mr Carr and Mr Kiesey, both trainers were charged and pleaded guilty under the provisions of Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 248 which states: “A person shall not say, publish or write or cause to be said, published or written anything malicious, intimidatory or otherwise improper about the Controlling Body, its members and employees or the Stewards or anyone else associated with the harness racing industry.” The charge related to content posted by Mr Carr and Mr Kiesey on their respective 'Twitter' accounts, with the content published deemed to be improper. In assessing penalty Stewards were mindful that Mr Carr and Mr Kiesey both had two prior offences under this rule since 2014, with their most recent offences both carrying suspended fines of the amount of $500. Mr Carr and Mr Kiesey’s personal circumstances were both considered as well as their guilty pleas and previous penalties imposed under this rule. Stewards accordingly imposed a fine of $250 for both trainers, as well as the $500 suspended fines from their previous offences under this rule. Mr Carr and Mr Kiesey were both put on notice that any further breaches under this rule in the future, or any other conduct related rules, may result in more serious action being taken. Mr Carr and Mr Kiesey were advised of their rights of appeal. HRV

It is nearly two months since the Minister for Racing, The Hon. Martin Pakula, announced the appointment of a new Board for Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).   I speak on behalf of my fellow Directors in saying that our appointments are an honour and a privilege that is not taken for granted. The enormity of the challenge for the trots in Victoria is not underestimated.   We have already had two Board meetings at which a number of initiatives undertaken by the previous Board have been reviewed. The learning process will be steep as the Board must ensure a smooth transition from the previous incumbents.   One thing of which I am certain is that the talent and commitment around the table is beyond my expectations. In this regard I must give credit to the Appointments Panel and the Minister. Already there is a strong bond amongst directors and most importantly they all express strong views and ask questions, which is necessary for good governance.   At our first Board meeting, less than a week after our appointments, a couple of important decisions were taken. Firstly, there is a determination that integrity will be of prime importance not only for the industry, its participants and customers but also in everything that HRV does in its industry leadership role. This focus will be the cornerstone of growing and developing the trots in Victoria. In this regard it is important to record some positive and important decisions taken by the previous Board to improve integrity, including the recently announced appointment of three well credentialed investigative staff within the integrity department. These initiatives will provide a sound base to build upon in the future.   Secondly all Directors are determined to make themselves available at trots meetings throughout Victoria. This will lead to the Board being represented at all country cup meetings and feature meetings a Melton as a first priority and then regularly at feature meetings throughout Victoria. Importantly, directors are determined to  be available to stakeholders and participants and will be available in the horse stall areas during race meetings. Already much goodwill has been created with this practice. It has enabled important interaction with the people of  the trots and assisted with our learning process.   My commitment, following on from this practice, will be an “open door” policy for people who want to meet with me to discuss harness issues and their involvement in the industry. I have already met with many industry participants to discuss a wide range of issues.   Prior to the appointment of the new Board the Minister made initial appointments to the newly legislated Harness Racing Advisory Council (HRAC). HRV Vice Chairman Elizabeth Clarke, well-known to all industry participants, will chair the Council. Appointments to the Council will be reviewed by the Board prior to their expiry on 30 June. The HRAC will play a very important role.  Given the HRV Board is business and commercial skills based, the HRAC will provide the Board with valuable racing input and knowledge when decisions are required on racing matters.   All matters relating to racing and breeding will be referred from HRV to the HRAC prior to their consideration by the Board. Importantly the HRAC can feed racing matters and issues from the various kindred bodies, with its recommendations pertaining thereto, up to the HRV Board. This two-way approach is vital.   For the HRAC to function as intended it is essential that all persons appointed thereto have an “industry first” focus on all matters being considered. This will certainly be the HRV Board’s focus in any decisions it takes. There will be times when those on the Council have to put aside their allegiances to kindred bodies if they are to serve on this important new industry body. It is important that all industry participants and stakeholders understand this.   I also issue a challenge to all stakeholders and participants to think “industry first” as by growing the industry we will all eventually benefit. In particular, the challenges on the wagering front must be met head on if we are to grow returns therefrom which represent nearly 70% of HRV revenue. Regretfully the attractiveness of the trots generally from a wagering perspective lags behind the other two codes. One thing which has pleasantly surprised me is that HRV is more effective than the other two codes in distributing its revenue share from the Tabcorp Joint Venture as returns (prizemoney etc.) to participants.   If the industry can work collaboratively we can grow the top line from wagering revenue and this will mean increased returns for all.   While it was originally intended that the HRAC would meet quarterly it has already met three times since its inception. It is most gratifying that each member of the Council has made the time available to consider important industry issues in a timely manner. I have attended the most recent two meetings, including the meeting on 18 May when each of the kindred bodies made presentations for the Council to consider for recommendation to the HRV Board.   The Board does not underestimate the magnitude of the challenge ahead as it will involve significant change and this will impact upon some of the traditions and practices of the sport. It is clear that the industry must work to grow wagering revenue if it is to prosper. While there has been healthy growth in turnover across all wagering operators over the past five years, revenues therefrom, particularly from our Joint Venture with Tabcorp, have stagnated due to a shift in betting from the tote to corporate operators and also to Tabcorp’s fixed odds offering, both with significant lower returns than for tote betting.   One thing I can assure you is that change will only occur for good reason and it will be made based upon the best available advice. At times such advice may not reside within HRV and as such will necessitate seeking external assistance if necessary.   I plan to provide the industry with regular updates on my and the Board’s perspective and believe that communications from HRV will play a vital role in garnering the industry’s support, through the development of trust via open and honest dialogue.   I very much look forward to working with each and every one of you in growing our wonderful industry. One thing of which I am certain is that there is no shortage of passion, commitment and hard work within the trots.   Should you wish to contact me at any time please feel free to reach out to me at HRV. I can be contacted on 03 8378 0257 or via email ondmonteith@hrv.org.au.   Warm regards,   Dale G. Monteith HRV Chairman

Saturday night’s Benstud Queen of the Pacific at Tabcorp Park Melton is shaping as one of the races of the season. In-form mare Gumdrops (by Western Terror out of Awesome Powers) is shooting for a mares’ triple crown of sorts in the $100,000 Group 1 contest after victories in feature lead-up races the Make Mine Cullen and the Angelique Club Cup. She is a $5.50 chance with TAB.com.au from her barrier seven draw. Trained by Smythes Creek’s Emma Stewart, who is fourth on the national trainers’ premiership with a phenomenal winning strike rate of 40.57 per cent for the season, Gumdrops has savaged the line to win at all three of her runs since joining the new stable. DRIVER MARK PITT ON GUMDROPS' MAKE MINE CULLEN WIN& THE ANGELIQUE CLUB CUP WIN Early fixed odds favourites for the 2760-metre Queen of the Pacific are John McCarthy-trained Cyclone Kate (by Mach Three out of Eyre To The Throne) and Dean Braun-trained Nike Franco (by McArdle out of Nearea Franco), both $3.50 from gates one and three respectively. Champion mare Frith (by Four Starzzz Shark out of Jackie Kelly) is on the next line at $4.50, the winner of 39 of 57 starts to come out of gate 10 for the Cobbitty team of Belinda and Luke McCarthy. Only one previous Queen of the Pacific winner will line up in the race this year, Gumdrops having won the race in 2014 when trained by Steve Zammit. For the first time since 1999 the Queen of the Pacific will be run as a mobile-start event this year. Lils Lady (by OK Bye out of Lady Lilly Denover) was the last mare to win the race from the rolling gate in ’99 when piloted by Jodi Quinlan. Trots Media

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has welcomed the Daniel Andrews State Government’s significant financial commitment to the Victorian trots industry, announced today by Minister for Racing Martin Pakula. Mr Pakula announced a substantial financial commitment from the State Government backing HRV’s Vicbred Platinum race series and the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale, with the Victorian industry to receive a $6.15 million boost over four years. Mr Pakula made the announcements today at Empire Stallions in Avenel, one of Victoria’s premier trots breeding facilities. THE STATE GOVERNMENT’S MEDIA RELEASE Launched by HRV in 2012, Vicbred Platinum supports pacers and trotters that are raced and bred in Victoria. Under the scheme, $1.45 million in prize money and bonuses will be available during each of the four years, with horses competing in 105 Vicbred Platinum races run annually across the state. The government is providing $2.31 million towards the scheme, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund, with HRV providing a further $3.5 million. As part of the scheme, the government will also contribute $37,500 each year to support the Australasian Premier Trotting Sale and to establish a new sale to assist breeders and owners to sell their weanlings, yearlings, broodmares, stallions and racing stock. HRV will also provide almost $50,000 each year to support the sales. The funding will help promote the sales throughout Australia and overseas and provide further infrastructure investment that includes raising the auctioneer’s stage, providing a big screen to track the day’s sales and extra seating around the sales ring. There are more than 3000 trots breeders in Victoria, employing around 1900 people.   “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to supporting a strong and viable future for Victoria’s harness racing breeding industry,” Mr Pakula said. “Vicbred Platinum continues to increase opportunities for Victorian bred stock, particularly fillies and mares, boosting the Victorian breeding sector. “The Australasian Premier Trotting Sale also places Victorian bred horses at the forefront for international buyers.” HRV CEO John Anderson welcomed the important announcements. “We are pleased to be joining forces with the Victorian Government to support the breeding of pacers and trotters in this state,” Mr Anderson said. “Since its introduction in 2012, the Vicbred Platinum scheme has provided over $4 million to support local breeders and raise the profile of Australian bred horses on the international market.” HRV Chairman Dale Monteith told the gathering at Empire Stallions today that the Victorian industry was extremely appreciative of the State Government's ongoing commitment to the vital Vicbred program.   “It’s a very exciting announcement in terms of harness racing in Victoria. It’s a continuation of the Vicbred scheme, some enhancements to it and also commitment in terms of funding," Mr Monteith said. "As we know prizemoney, return to owners and the participants is something that keeps the industry ticking over. It ensures that people are employed in the industry. It provides opportunities to owners by giving them returns on their investment, so they employ trainers who employ others to help them.” Harness Breeders Victoria also welcomed the announcement. “Harness Breeders Victoria welcomes today’s announcement and appreciates that Harness Racing Victoria and the Victorian Government have made these commitments at a time that will encourage breeders in the state to maintain, increase or even commence breeding operations, which, in recent times, have been negatively impacted by the drought," HBV President Shannon Nixon said. “The commitments announced today regarding the Vicbred futurity scheme will further secure Victoria’s position as the premier state in which to breed, own and race standardbreds, and help to support our regional economies through growth of breeding activity in Victoria.” Empire Stallions Business Manager Donna Egan, whose company sponsors the lucrative Vicbred Super Series, spoke of her pride at being associated with the futurity scheme. “We are very proud to be the sole sponsors of Vicbred. We feel that this is a terrific way to get our message out. It is something we look forward to every year, it’s been a very, very, very good opportunity for us. It’s great to continue it, and with these changes it’s even better," she said. Michael Howard

HRV Stewards have issued a number of charges against licensed person Mr Anthony Llewellyn under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing. These charges relate to a post-race urine sample taken from Land Of Panaarm on 25 September 2015 at the Melton harness racing meeting, which is alleged to contain the prohibited substance amphetamine and 4-hydroxyamphetamine.  The remaining charges involve alleged matters relating to the conduct of Mr Llewellyn during the investigation. The charges will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. HRV STEWARDS

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has received a copy of the Review of the Integrity Structures of the Victorian Racing Industry undertaken by Paul Bittar. The Review, and its recommendations, will be forwarded to the HRV Board for discussion at the next meeting. READ THE GOVERNMENT'S MEDIA RELEASE HERE “I note the Minister for Racing has accepted the recommendations in principle, so HRV looks forward to working with the Minister and his office on the detail associated with the recommendations,” HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. “HRV remains committed to integrity being a high priority during the consultation period." Cody Winnell

Less than four years since its launch a plan to fill trots fields has ticked every box and produced a ton of winners. Narreeva’s victory in the Dani Lewis Memorial Pace marked the 100th time a horse in work at Cranbourne Harness Racing Club’s training centre had won a race since the centre was launched in September 2012. “It has exceeded our expectations in terms of the results the centre is producing,” said David Scott, the club’s vice-president who was its CEO when the centre opened. “I didn’t think we’d get to 100 wins so quickly.” Harness Racing Victoria CEO John Anderson said reaching the 100th win was "a remarkable achievement" by the centre. "This rewards the Cranbourne club for its initiative to establish the training centre," Mr Anderson said. "It's a valuable asset and a model for increasing future participation in our industry. Congratulations to all involved." Mr Scott said it was very satisfying to have the centre meet its objectives. “We as a club recognised our horse population on the southern side of the Yarra was disappearing quite remarkably and we had issues with race fields producing the sort of racing we wanted to produce,” Mr Scott said. “At the time we recognised that if we initiated a training centre it would introduce a local horse population and give individuals a start in the sport.” In the club’s first season it had 20 to 25 horses in work and Mr Scott said it had “progressively taken us three years to get near capacity”, with 43 horses now in work across its 50 stables. “Last week the centre had 19 runners across the week, eight of whom raced at Cranbourne,” he said. “That is a full-race field and can make a seven-race program into eight races, which can make a significant difference, including to wagering. “From an industry perspective, there are four people training now at the centre that didn’t have trainers’ licences when the centre opened. They are hobbyists who without this wouldn’t have the facility to train horses.” The centre’s most prolific winner, trainer Michael Hughes, also fittingly produced its 100th win when Narreeva tipped out Yackandandah in Saturday night’s sixth race at Cranbourne. Hughes had stints with Garry Rogers and Lance Justice before starting in his own right at the Cranbourne centre. “(The centre) played a big role in my decision. Everything’s here, you have three tracks, a swimming pool, treadmill and a walker,” Hughes said. “To get this set up in a private capacity would take a lot of money. When everything’s here it makes training quite affordable.” And, with a bottle of scotch an added bonus that awaited the trainer who cracked the ton, Narreeva’s win brought great joy to his trainer. “He had a smart horse on his tail, but Narreeva pulled out all the guns and was too good for them,” Hughes said. “To win that was a bit special.” Cranbourne Training Complex honour roll: Michael Hughes 39 wins, Vivian Tomren 19, Charlie Wootton 15, Ken Browne 7, Alan Dunsmuir 6, Brian Duthie 4, Rick Cashman, Michael Langdon 3, Terry Howard 2 wins, Bill Kucks 1, Tony Mallia 1. Michael Howard

Congratulations to new Harness Racing Victoria Board member Peter Watkinson who, after 40 years of trying, bred and owned his first Group winner when the highly promising Starofsahara won the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum $50,000 Home Grown Series last Friday (May 13) at Melton. 2017 Summer of Glory The Board has approved several changes to enhance HRV’s premier racing Carnival, the 2017 Summer of Glory.   The feature night of the Carnival will be A.G. Hunter Cup night on Saturday February 4.  That night will now host four Group 1 races:   A.G. Hunter Cup (Grand Circuit and Group 1) Victoria Derby (Group 1) Great Southern Star (Trotting Masters and Group 1) 4YO Bonanza (Group 1)   This represents quite a significant change from 2016 when the Great Southern Star was run in March and the Derby on Victoria Cup night.   The first night of the Carnival will include: Victoria Cup (Grand Circuit and Group 1) Australian Trotting Grand Prix (Group 1) Victoria Derby heats The budget for the 2016/17 financial year is not finalised however it is anticipated stakemoney over the two nights will reach $2 million for the first time.   2015/16 Breeding Season   Some interesting service statistics coming from Harness Racing Australia recently.  The 2015/16 number of services loaded onto the system seems to be very similar to the previous season despite predictions to the contrary.    This year’s figure will be very close to last year’s number of just under 6,000.  Victorian services represent 68% of the national figure.   Tiered Prizemoney The tiered prizemoney announcement has generated much industry debate.   There are several strategic motives for restructuring the way the total pool of stakemoney is divided.  I emphasise that running more restricted races does not mean less prizemoney.  The pool of stakemoney is not impacted but distributed differently.   Click here to watch the explanatory video produced by HRV's Trots Media and Vaughn Lynch explaining in detail the background behind the decision.   Pony Trots Growth I was pleased to receive the 2015/16 Annual Report for the Pony Trots from Andrea Parkes.  Congratulations to Andrea and her band of volunteers for the great work being done with Pony Trots.   Some of the highlights from the comprehensive report: 14 new children in 2015/16 52 participants in total – highest number in over a decade 7 retirees at year’s end will apply for driving permits All clubs now co-operative in hosting events Recent Victorian Pony Trot graduates doing well around Australia – Jackie Barker, Jack Laugher (Tas), James Herbertson, Sam Barker, Ellen Bartley, Brook McPherson and Mitch Barker The industry is littered with former Pony Trot participants.  Special achievements for graduates this year were:  Jason Lee driving in the International All Star Series, and Josh Aiken driving in the Inter Dominion Series For the first time there was a Pony Trot Monte series   Well done to all involved including the many sponsors, clubs, race callers, volunteers and families who are ensuring a bright future for Pony Trots.   March Wagering Statistics HRV will be providing much more detail publicly on wagering turnover information as analysed by Ryan Stanaway, Wagering and Racing Services Manager.   Numbers quoted below are total wagering turnover from the TAB and Corporates (excludes betting exchange which has a different model). Highest turnover race: Kilmore Cup (19/3) $526,000 Highest turnover meeting: Melton (12/3) $3,400,000   Average turnover per race: Mobiles $187,500 Average turnover per race: Stands $154,400   Average turnover per race: Pacers $185,000 Average turnover per race: Trotters $180,000 Lowest turnover race was $45,400 and lowest turnover meeting was $863,000. These were on a Sunday which is now the poorest off-course wagering timeslot.   National Award – Larry Eastman I was delighted to recently announce trainer Larry Eastman as the recipient of a Harness Racing Australia 2015 Meritorious Service Award.   HRV nominated Larry for the Award in recognition of his 40-year contribution to the industry which culminated in training his first Group 1 winner in 2015. By year’s end he had increased his tally to six Group 1 wins courtesy of Menin Gate (4), Morton Plains and Milly Perez.   Larry paid tribute to his wife Lynette in accepting the Award.  For the full story clickhere.   Cobram Pink Ribbon Ladies Day In a typical harness racing show of community spirit, congratulations to the Cobram Club which hosted a charity race day on May 5.   The day raised nearly $9,000 for the McGrath Foundation in support of breast cancer research.   Female drivers were dressed in pink and they were supported by many sponsors and trainers.   Well done to the Cobram Club and team leader Donna Castles for driving the day.  It’s another example of a club initiative that generates community interest for a good cause. Click here for a full wrap-up of the day. Clarification  In the April newsletter I referred to the Mildura Cup meeting having the highest on-course turnover of all this season’s Country Cups. Ballarat has rightly queried that stat.   So here are the specific facts: Mildura had the highest on-course TAB turnover of any Cup meeting ($119,000, compared to Ballarat’s $102,000) Ballarat had the highest turnover when bookmakers are included ($153,000 compared to Mildura’s $142,000) Shepparton completed the trifecta with $111,000 total turnover Clubs are paid a 10% fee by HRV for on-course turnover as an incentive to attract punters to the track.   Vale Roy Junor HRV was saddened to hear of the passing in April of harness racing stalwart Roy Junor at age 79.   Roy was a licensed person for several decades before relinquishing his licence in 2008, however I remember him most for his tireless work for the Diamond Valley Club.  He was a lovely, kind man, devoted to his family and will be sadly missed.   Did You Know? Emma Stewart became the first trainer ever to train seven winners in a night twice when she did it again last Friday night (May 13) (previous time on February 4 this year).  She trained five winners at Melton and two at Globe Derby. Steve Turnbull, John McCarthy, Lance Justice and Julie Weidemann have achieved the feat once.  

The King of the Sunraysia – Murranji Track – gets his chance to shine under the harness racing metro lights at Tabcorp Park Melton this Saturday night. The Colin Rogers-trained gem will contest the Group 3 Country Clubs Championship Final (Race 5) on a 10-event card. Rogers makes no secret of the fact he rates Murranji Track as the best he’s ever trained. “I’ve had a couple of handy horses over the years. Surstromming (Murranji Track’s granddam) won the Australian Gold in 1999 but he is the best horse I have ever trained,” he said. Runner-up in the Mildura Cup in early April, the Grinfromeartoear gelding turned in a brilliant win at Bendigo in a heat of this series and Rogers is confident he will back up well in the final. “It would have been nice to have drawn the front row on Saturday night but it is better than seven or eight I suppose. And he should get a good follow-through early. He is the perfect racehorse in that he can sit, sprint but also do some work if need be.” Admitting Murranji Track is “not the best traveller”, Rogers added the 1000-kilmometre round trip will be made more often if his charge can keep justifying his faith. “If he can keep travelling well I will keep sending him down,” he said. “He probably won’t do much more racing this season. He is only a four-year-old, so he will run Saturday night and then I’ll wait for the Vicbred series before sending him for a spell.” Matt Jackson Harness Racing Victoria Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 07 May 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 07 May 2016

A new partnership between Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) Harness Education & Rehoming Opportunities (HERO) Program and the Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited will deliver unprecedented showing opportunities for retired Standardbred racehorses. For the first time, VAS Ltd will run a dedicated Standardbred showcase in 2016, culminating with a rich final to be held in conjunction with the acclaimed Victorian Saddle Horse Championships. The format for the competition mirrors the very successful Thoroughbred Off The Track Series and provides qualifying heats at Agricultural Shows throughout the State, leading into a $1000 at Bendigo in January, 2017. HERO Program Manager Tanya McDermott commended VAS Ltd for its commitment to Standardbreds in their life outside racing, and described the new series as enormously important. “To be able to present ridden Standardbreds on such an auspicious stage is incredibly exciting,” she said. “So many dedicated people have campaigned for acceptance of the Standardbred as a legitimate pleasure and performance horse and VAS Ltd’s endorsement through the introduction of the HERO Series is just reward for their faith. “The number and quality of retired trotters and pacers transitioning into new homes at the conclusion of their racing career is at an all-time high. “Likewise, the showing opportunities which are available, now headlined by the HERO Series, mean there has never been a better time to educate and campaign a retired Standardbred under saddle in Victoria. “We have quite deliberately come out all guns blazing and set prizemoney levels for the new Series at a very lucrative level, in the hope that some of the show scene’s better known names might consider adding a Standardbred to their stable, further heightening and enhancing the breed’s profile.” VAS Ltd Executive Officer Rod Bowles also welcomed the announcement. “The Committee has been following the progress of the recreational Standardbred movement and feels the time is right to introduce a Series which acknowledges the breed’s development and refinement for riding. “Following the introduction of HERO in July last year, we considered it opportune to partner with the Program and further demonstrate our support for retired racehorses, following on from the fantastic success of Racing Victoria’s Thoroughbred OTT Series,” he said. The Alabar HERO Series has been made possible by the financial support of HRV and the State Government via the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. Australasia’s leading Standardbred breeding operation, Alabar Bloodstock, has secured naming rights sponsorship of the event, further cementing its outstanding commitment to life after racing. Stud principal Alan Galloway and his staff have a proud history of supporting organisations and events which provide an outlet for pleasure Standardbreds, making Alabar the perfect HERO Series associate in its first year. The eligibility criteria, and a full schedule of events, will be available on the VAS Ltd websitewww.vicagshows.com.au For further information about the Alabar HERO Series, Harness Racing Victoria’s life after racing program, or to inquire about educating or rehoming a retired Standardbred, please email hrvhero@gmail.com. Tanya McDermott (HERO Manager) t: 0407 413 156 | e: hrvhero@gmail.com | tw: @hrvhero

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has completed analysis of the Kilmore Pacing Cup Night (Saturday, March 19). The analysis was to compare key performance indicators from this year’s Cup meeting with the previous Kilmore Pacing Cup meeting, which was run as a day meeting on a Sunday in October, 2014. Statistics from this year’s Kilmore Pacing Cup meeting: Wagering on meeting up 9.6% on previous Cup meeting in October 2014 Wagering on Cup (race) up 20.8% on previous Cup in October 2014 Wagering on meeting exceeded Saturday night benchmark by 17.1% ($283,000 average per race vs $242,000) No discernible difference in race numbers or field sizes Kilmore bistro/bar sales up over 200% on previous and subsequent Saturday night takings Bistro sales up over 80% on previous Kilmore Cup meeting in October 2014 Top 10 race meetings for March 2016 (based on overall wagering turnover) 12/3 – Saturday – Melton: $3,367,915 5/3 – Saturday – Cranbourne: $2,918,636 19/3 – Saturday – Kilmore: $2,833,955 4/3 – Friday – Melton: $2,550,897 26/3 – Saturday – Ararat: $2,419,717 11/3 – Friday – Bendigo: $2,356,118 18/3 – Friday – Melton: $2,185,251 16/3 – Wednesday – Melton: $1,856,673 30/3 – Wednesday – Mildura: $1,618,885 14/3 – Monday – Horsham: $1,593,872 Top 10 races for March 2016 (based on overall wagering turnover) 19/3 – Saturday – Kilmore – Pacing Cup: $526,643 (Race 7) 12/3 – Saturday – Melton – Need for Speed Princess Final: $446,605 (Race 2) 12/3 – Saturday – Melton – International All Star Series Race 22: $380,618 (Race 5) 11/3 – Friday – Bendigo – Cougar Bourbon Pace: $375,330 (Race 5) 5/3 – Saturday – Cranbourne – Cranbourne Gold Cup: $370,188 (Race 7) 12/3 – Saturday – Melton – A.G. Coombs Trot: $370,188 (Race 1) 26/3 – Saturday – Ararat – Kevin and Colleen Smith Pace: $361,407 (Race 5) 12/3 – Saturday – Melton – Great Southern Star Final: $359,973 (Race 9) 4/3 – Friday – Melton – Benstud Pace: $356,709 (Race 9) 5/3 – Saturday – Cranbourne – H.F. Abrahams Pace: $351,009 (Race 5) HRV CEO John Anderson said his discussions with the Kilmore club indicated it was delighted with the results. “Ben Murphy (CEO) has requested the club retain the date in 2017 due to the success of this year’s meeting. The function centre was overflowing and the club was rewarded with a terrific Cup field and exciting race,” Mr Anderson said. Trots Media

Following last year’s acquisition of former Victoria Police detective Brent Fisher to the role of Investigations and Compliance Manager, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) continues to invest in the important area of integrity. The HRV Integrity Unit has been further bolstered by the recent appointments of Lola Grech, Neal Conder and Russell Anderson to the investigations team. Ms Grech brings a wealth of knowledge in this important area garnered through her previous role as an analyst at the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner. Ms Grech was also previously employed with Victoria Police as an analyst where she worked in the Homicide Squad, Asian Squad and other workgroups within Crime Command. Mr Conder is HRV’s former Chairman of Stewards. His experience in that role and his previous training in the specialist area of investigations are expected to vastly benefit the HRV Integrity Unit. Mr Anderson, a Detective Sergeant with Victoria Police who possesses over 30 years policing experience, will also be a great addition to the HRV team. Mr Anderson has a strong integrity and investigative background spending his last 10 years in the police force at Professional Standards Command. The new personnel follow other integrity enhancements at HRV in recent times with new investigative equipment and wagering analysis support and expertise providing the Integrity Unit with important tools to safeguard the industry. HRV General Manager Integrity Andy Rogers is overseeing the expansion of the Unit and says: “The additional highly skilled staff members and expenditure will enable the HRV Integrity Unit to conduct even more proactive investigations in its efforts to ensure a level playing field for all.” HRV CEO John Anderson says: “Harness Racing Victoria has responded to recent external review recommendations in bolstering equipment and resources in the integrity department. Over the past 12 months all three codes of racing have invested heavily in advancing integrity measures. HRV’s Integrity Council has supported management’s request to enhance the investigative unit to be more proactive.” Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has today released its 2016-17 racing calendar. Some noteworthy details are: - Tabcorp Park Melton to host 28 metro Saturday night meetings, up from 16 in 2015-16 - Victoria's Summer of Glory Carnival to be run over two huge Saturday nights, January 28 and February 4 - Breeders Crown Semi-Finals to be run at Bendigo - Picnic meetings to be trialled at Birchip and Elmore to gauge interest in an ongoing picnic circuit Featured here is a photo of a big crowd getting close to the action at the Boort trots on Cup Day this year. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has modernised the process for Futurities nominations. Trainers and owners can now electronically nominate horses for both Vicbred and Breeders Crown Futurities online via HarnessWeb. Trainers and owners can now choose to pay for the nomination immediately. The new process replaces the outdated paper-based method in which forms were sent by mail to the owner only, the owner would then fill in and return by mail to HRV, which would then manually charge the owner through the Harvey computer system. HRV plans to implement further Harness Web solutions in the future. Cody Winnell

The Victorian trots industry is once again encouraged to dig deep for the annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) will kick things off with a $2,500 donation to the Appeal. Two of our participants will feature on the Channel 7 coverage tomorrow in Josh Aiken and Kima Frenning. Tune in from about 2.45pm to catch their segment. They will also be taking phone calls from people wishing to donate on the day. HRV extends its gratitude to both Josh and Kima for representing our industry on this special occasion. For more information on the appeal and to hear about some of the wonderful stories of people whose lives have been enriched by the Royal Children’s Hospital, visit goodfridayappeal.com.au DONATE NOW TO THE ROYAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

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