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Pending RAD Board Hearing – Rohan Hillier - Harness Racing Victoria Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Rohan Hillier under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Ryley Major was presented to race at Melton on 7 July 2016 by Mr Hillier when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Pending RAD Board Hearing – Jodi Quinlan HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Ms Jodi Quinlan under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Sky Majesty was presented to race at Bendigo on 22 June 2016 by Ms Quinlan when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Pending RAD Board Hearing – Andrew Gath HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Andrew Gath under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse K D Muscles NZ was presented to race at Horsham on 14 March 2016 by Mr Gath when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.  

A passionate group of harness racing people who love spending time together at the track will be chasing back-to-back Flying Brick Cider Co. Geelong Pacing Cup wins on Saturday night. The Glenlyon Syndicate consists of 14 people, most of whom are trackside when their star gelding named It Is Billy is racing at venues right across Victoria. Syndicate manager Vincent Hayes described trots ownership as “terrific fun” and a “great social occasion” every time It Is Billy runs. “Usually about any 10 of the 14 syndicate members are trackside to cheer him on,” Hayes said. “It’s terrific, really. It’s a great social get-together. We all come from different occupations but we really thoroughly enjoy getting to the track.” It Is Billy is trained in Daylesford by Michael Barby and driven by his wife Anne-Maree Conroy. The eight-year-old bay has won 19 races from 58 starts for over $200,000 in stakemoney. On Saturday night It Is Billy will be chasing his second consecutive Geelong Cup win a night after the horse he beat in last year’s race, Hectorjayjay, starts a commanding favourite in the $1 million Inter Dominion Final in Perth. It is Billy will have his usual enthusiastic cheer squad trackside but sadly it will be minus Mark Leonard, who was on hand for last year’s Geelong Cup, as he passed away recently. “About a month ago we lost Mark, which was very sad. His wife took over the ownership. They always came to the track. She’s already said she’ll be there, so Billy will be running in his honour,” Hayes said. From barrier three It Is Billy is sure to get a nice run in Saturday night’s $30,000 Group 3 feature event over 2570 metres. It will be his third run back from a spell. “He’s been racing against really good horses and he just ran out of puff a bit last time,” Hayes said. “Win, lose or draw we’ll be there having a lot of fun. It’s not just that the trots is more affordable than the gallopers, you also find it’s more of a family thing and more friendly. You can get to the stalls and talk to your trainer and driver. It’s just great.” Meanwhile, another Billy, Cats star Billy Brownless, will be signing footballs and mingling with the crowd on Saturday night, plus there will be live music, gourmet food trucks, the trots virtual reality experience, punters’ club and heaps of free kids’ entertainment. The first race is at 6.38pm and event details are at trotscountry.com.au  Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

In October 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an investigation into disqualified person Mr Jackson Painting and the ownership of the registered standardbred ULTIMATE SHELDON NZ after information was received from Harness Racing Victoria (HRV). On 25 October 2016, HRNSW Stewards commenced an Inquiry in relation to this matter. Mr Jackson Painting, Mr Nathan Jack, Ms Amanda Turnbull, Ms Ellen Bartley and Mrs Janet Painting all appeared at the Inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Mr Jackson Painting: Charge 1   AHRR 259 (1) A disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority or a person warned off cannot do any of the following   -    (a)  associate with persons connected with the harness racing industry for purposes relating to that industry… (h)  participate in any manner in the harness racing industry….  (j)  place, or have placed on their behalf, or have any other interest in, a bet on any Australian harness racing race…. (7)  A disqualified person who fails to comply with this Rule is guilty of an offence and is liable to a penalty. Charge  2 AHRR 245 A person shall not direct, persuade, encourage or assist anyone to breach these rules or otherwise engage in an improper practice. Charge 3 AHRR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. Mr Painting pleaded guilty to Charges 1 & 2 and was found guilty of Charge 3. Mr Painting was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1- 12 month disqualification to be served cumulative to the recommencement of the original period of disqualification. In total, Mr Painting is disqualified for a period of 3 years and 3 months from 6 May 2015. Charge 2-      $1000 fine Charge 3- $1000 fine Mr Painting was advised of his right to appeal this decision HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Ms Ellen Bartley: Charge 1 AHRR 230 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. Charge 2 AHRR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. Ms Bartley pleaded guilty to both charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1- 6 month disqualification to commence immediately Charge 2- $1000 fine Ms Bartley was advised of her right to appeal this decision. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mrs Janet Painting: AHRR 239A A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. Mrs Painting pleaded guilty to the charge was issued with a fine of $1000. Mrs Painting was advised of her right to appeal. HRNSW Stewards also issued the following charges against Mr John Pett: Charge 1 AHRR 239A A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. Charge 2 AHRR 230 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 Mr Pett pleaded guilty to both charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1- $1000 Charge 2- 6 month disqualification to commence immediately Mr Pett was also advised of his right to appeal this decision. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.   To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Reid Sanders Position: Chief Operating Officer Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

It gives me a sense of purpose to share with the Industry an update on a number of important matters currently before the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Board for determination. Decisions on these matters follow on from the recommendations of the 2015 Audit of HRV, which were adopted by the Racing Minister. Appointment of Chief Executive Officer In governance terms the most important decision a Board can make, in its lifetime, is the appointment of a Chief Executive with all of the necessary skills and expertise. It was therefore with great pleasure that I was able to recently announce the appointment of Mr David Martin to the role of Chief Executive of HRV effective Monday 9 January, 2017. David is an experienced CEO with a track record of success in transforming organisations, including the key areas of consultation, engagement, product development and revenue growth. HRV issued this media release on the announcement It would be remiss of me if I did not thank and pay due credit to Kay Rundle who has served as interim CEO since July 2016. Kay has provided wise counsel to the Board and achieved in her short time in the interim role all that the Board could have expected. Kay's work critically will enable our new CEO to hit the ground running with a 2017 agenda that will herald an era of positive change for harness racing in Victoria. Kay will end her time as HRV interim CEO on Friday December 23. Following that date Shane Gloury will act as CEO until David starts on January 9. Review of HRV Organisation and Operations The Board engaged Colgan Bauer and its principle Mr Joe Colgan to undertake a total review of HRV and to make recommendations for the Board's consideration to set up HRV and the industry for the future. The Board will consider the Colgan report at its December meeting. I can advise that importantly the report has highlighted a number of value add changes which will significantly benefit the Industry as well as streamlining HRV's operations to make them more customer friendly while at the same time delivering financial benefits from the review. This major piecework will be critical to enable the Board to plan for the future with the roll out of a new strategic plan for harness racing in 2017. The plan inherited from the previous Board and management is being reviewed and it is the intention to consult widely with the industry including the Harness Racing Advisory Council (HRAC). Announcements were made last month with respect to the review of HRV's organisational structure and proposed changes therefrom. Importantly the Board will be seeking the input of the incoming CEO David Martin with the proposed new structure to ensure the organisation is responsive to the needs of the industry and all stakeholders. Risk management will be a key focus of the Board in 2017. Currently risk managements practices within HRV are rudimentary to say the least. All decisions taken in future will take account of mitigating risks for the industry as well as ensuring that as a statutory body we have best practice compliance procedures. Consultants have been engaged to assist the Board and management to establish best practices in risk management and compliance, which will go hand in hand with making good decisions as well as ensuring that HRV lives by a creed of integrity in everything it does in the future. This work will be completed in early 2017. Wagering and Prizemoney Results from the racing season completed have provided the new Board with a reality check. Actual revenue from wagering, largely from the Tabcorp Joint Venture, was down by $3 million from the budget inherited from the previous HRV administration. In total the three (3) codes' distributions were down by $23 million compared to JV budget expectations. Needless to say current prizemoney levels were predicated upon higher budgeted wagering revenues for HRV, which were further eroded by declining market share in 2015/16. Unless wagering revenue outcomes improve, pressure will be placed on HRV's ability, as a financially responsible Statutory Authority, to maintain prizemoney levels and the current racing schedule and programmes. Importantly the work associated with the Colgan review mentioned earlier has identified a number of new revenue opportunities together with cost savings which will be needed if wagering revenues from the JV do not improve. Needless to say increases in prizemoney will not be possible in the immediate future unless the industry can turn around continued reductions in wagering outcomes from betting on harness racing. There is no comfort from the fact that this reduction in market shares for harness racing is a national problem. National Focus on Improving the Racing Product At Harness Racing Australia's (HRA) most recent AGM in Adelaide there was overwhelming acknowledgement of the need for change in the industry. The relevance of harness racing is seriously under threat and it has been overtaken by greyhound racing as the No.2 racing code in Australia, by a significant margin. It has been identified that our core racing product is the primary lever available to reverse these trends. Principally more even racing with significantly less short-priced favourites will improve wagering outcomes and revenue back to the industry. HRV's tiered racing strategy is one attempt to improve competition and reduce short-priced favourites. Already, since its introduction in September, the number of odds-on favourites has been trending down by 11%. The Board is committed to reviewing this strategy after six months; however where clear programming changes can be made to refine the strategy in the interim, HRV will not be averse to making such changes. HRV today announced some changes to conditions of Victorian races that have been in place since the introduction of tiered racing. Click here to read that media release. From the HRA AGM two important decisions were taken which I believe will have a profound and positive impact upon the quality of our racing product nationally. Firstly it was decided to follow the example set by thoroughbred racing and introduce a national rating based racing system to enable harness racing to program much more effectively to the available horse population with the desired impact of ensuring more even and attractive racing. HRA with the national handicappers' advisory committee will lead this critical piece of work. I hope that the new system can be up and running within 18 months after trialling in unison with the current programming system. Another important benefit from a ratings based system should be that the industry will be able to ensure all horses bred for racing are provided with racing opportunities, which is not presently the case. The recently averted crisis for greyhound racing in NSW resonates with the Principal Harness Authorities in this regard. Secondly a somewhat watershed decision was taken to introduce a new racing season for harness racing nationally. The date for establishing the commencement of a "calendar year racing season" has yet to be decided but HRV is pushing for this to be sooner than later. Critically this move will mean a total review of the national calendar and should enable HRV to reset its feature meetings currently conducted in the winter months to later in the year, ideally at the back end of the Spring racing carnival when the weather is much more conducive to attending and wagering customers are more activated to participate. One major benefit of the new racing season will be that we will be able to program two-year-old racing with a focus on the welfare of the horse with feature races in future being conducted much later in the two-year-old season. The HRAC considered these two proposals at its most recent meeting and expressed overwhelming support them as offering the hope for a healthier and more vibrant harness industry. The Board will continue to consult with the HRAC with the implementation of the strategies. HRV plans to take a lead role nationally with these strategies as they both offer the hope to arrest the decline and grow the industry. Critically from HRV's perspective the strategies provide hope that it can grow returns to industry participants, which the status quo or "do nothing" approach does not offer. Board Meetings and Attendance at Race Meetings It has been decided that at least once per year Board meeting(s) will be held at a country track. The first such meeting was held at Kilmore on 28 October. Apart from the Board's agenda this afforded HRV directors the opportunity to meet with Kilmore Club officials to discuss that club's continued involvement as a key harness racing facility in Victoria. Kilmore's plans for the future, including its successful non-racing revenue opportunities with gaming, were discussed and are supported by the Board. It is the Board's intention that at least one HRV director will attend every country cup meeting, each racing season, to ensure that Club and local participants have the opportunity to meet and raise and discuss racing issues. Importantly the Board is keen to meet with and be available to the industry so that open lines of communications become entrenched between HRV and the industry. Awards Nights Gordon Rothacker Medal On behalf of everyone at HRV I would like to thank all those who attended this wonderful evening for their support. Harness racing was showcased in magnificent fashion and I feel that whilst the current Board did not make the decision to move to the Palladium at Crown, the decision was vindicated. The evening set a benchmark comparable with any gala evening I have ever attended. In my mind it lifted the profile of harness racing. Most importantly I learnt much more about the family of harness racing than I could have hoped to by attending race meetings and other events. The reverence shown for those receiving awards, and there were many, I have never experienced before. It was heart-warming. Congratulations to all those involved at HRV for organising the event. Likewise thank you to Crown Casino which I think exceeded in delivering a wonderful experience, better than I have ever experienced in the Palladium Room... And I have been to many functions there. Hall of Fame Celebration More recently the VHRMA's Hall of Fame dinner was held at Tabcorp Park Melton. The night was also well attended with more than 300 present to principally celebrate the induction of six new people and horses into the Hall of Fame and the induction of a new legend in Popular Alm. The HRV Board is determined to support the celebration of the Hall of Fame in the future and I would like to pay credit to management and the team at Melton for making it happen this year. It is gratifying indeed that the two functions attracted nearly 1000 people, which certainly indicates the support from the industry for the absolute need to celebrate our heroes. Swabbing Audit The Racing Integrity Commissioner recently released his findings regarding an audit conducted upon the swabbing processes and systems of the three racing codes in 2015/16. The Audit found HRV to have the highest compliance rate (99.64%) of the 3 codes with RVL and GRV recording compliance rates of 97.51% and 89.96% respectively. The audit analysed the documentation and records for the entire swabbing process, from the issuance of a testing kit until the final clearance of such sample by the laboratory. Importantly from the Board's perspective, these findings certainly put to bed the rumours and innuendo which have previously circulated with respect to HRV's swabbing procedures and the testing thereof. The Board is also determined to significantly lift the number of swabs taken to the levels of the other two codes. Merry Christmas Finally I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all the trots community a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Dale G. Monteith (Chairman, HRV)

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) introduced a fourth tier of country stakemoney on September 1. HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said the revised program, which included an additional $5000 tier of racing, was finalised after the HRV Board listened to the key industry groups that provided valuable feedback to the Harness Racing Advisory Council. Participants’ most common want was to ensure $3500 and $5000 prizemoney races were programmed to limit the likelihood of well-performed horses dominating them. Since its implementation, HRV has monitored all aspects of the revamped program and heard from participants regarding clauses attached to $3500 and $5000 races. HRV has determined to make the following alterations from January 1, 2017. The clause ‘and which have had at least 2 Australian race starts’ will be removed from maiden front races (C0, 3C0, 2C0, T0, 3T0 and 2T0) with stakemoney of $5000. This will allow trainers to debut horses in lower tiered $5000 races without having to have had two starts in $7000 races. The clause will be retained in C1 or faster and T1 or faster front races to prevent New Zealand imports with low field selection points potentially dominating such races in their first two Australian race starts. The clause will also be retained on all races with stakemoney of $3500. A minor alteration will also be made to the following clauses: Restricted to horses who have not won a race in their last six starts Restricted to horses who have not won more than one race in their last six starts. A horse’s automatic field selection points are calculated on the best four of its past five starts, and so it was determined the above additional clauses should only refer to a horse’s past five starts. HRV will also modify the following clauses applicable to $5000 races: Restricted to horses who have not won a race in their last five starts Restricted to horses who have not won more than one race in their last five starts Those clauses will now carry the caveat, except in ‘Graduation Penalty Races’. The amendment of this clause will allow a horse to win a $3500 race without being prevented from contesting a future $5000 race. It is too early to determine any definite trends after only 11 weeks of tiered racing, but HRV is mindful of the racing population when assessing tiered racing. Mr Monteith said the system would be reviewed with industry participants after six months. “This review will determine if the Board, with the HRAC’s advice, needs to take further action in the interests of the industry,” he said. “On behalf of the Board I would like to acknowledge and thank all parties for their co-operation and valuable input. This must continue into the future in the interests of putting the industry first.” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B against licensed trainer Ms Emma Stewart.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:     A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Ms Stewart related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Berisari’ following its 1st placing in Race 12, the ‘Empire Stallions VicBred Super Series (4YO Mares) (2nd Semi Final)’, at Melton on 26 June 2015.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. The charge under AHRR 190B related to stable inspections conducted by HRV Stewards when investigating the arsenic irregularity on 7 August 2015 and 11 September 2015 where Ms Stewart was found not to maintain a logbook as required by the Rules. During the investigation Ms Stewart explained and provided supporting veterinary records to indicate she did not use any arsenic based products and that the only arsenic on her property was within the treated timber fence posts on her property which Berisari had a significant habit of chewing.  Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Ms Stewart pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Ms Stewart guilty though imposed no penalty against Ms Stewart in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the  results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Ms Stewart’s property, Ms Stewart’s guilty plea and prior record in regard to this rule whilst presenting over 3,700 horses to race.  The RAD Board considered the principles of the High Court decision of Veen v The Queen when taking into account the 1 previous matter on Ms Stewart’s record in 2006.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Berisari’ be disqualified from Race 12 at Melton on 26 June 2015, under ARHR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.  Owing to the race being a qualifying race for another race, the RAD Board also ordered that ‘Berisari’ be disqualified from its 5th placing in Race 9 at Melton on 4 July 2015.   Additionally, the HRV RAD Board ordered all prizemoney for the relevant races be returned under AHRR 200. Ms Stewart pleaded guilty to the additional charge under AHRR 190B in that she failed to keep and maintain a log book and was subsequently fined $250.   HRV RAD Board Hearing – Paul Rousch 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 Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer Mr Paul Rousch.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:     A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Rousch related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Thelongroadnorth’ following its 1st placing in Race 3, the ‘Des O’Keeffe Farrier Pace’, at Terang on 5 January 2016.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. During the investigation Mr Rousch explained that he did not use any arsenic based products and that the only arsenic on his property was within the treated timber fence posts on his property which Thelongroadnorth had a habit of destroying by chewing.  Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Mr Rousch pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Rousch guilty though imposed no penalty against Mr Rousch in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Mr Rousch’s property, Mr Rousch’s guilty plea and his clear record in regard to this rule.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Thelongroadnorth’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Terang on 5 January 2016, under ARHR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.   HRV RAD Board Hearing – Shane Hillier The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed NSW trainer Mr Shane Hillier.  AHRR 190(1) reads as follows:     A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Hillier related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sir Roy’ following its 1st placing in Race 2, the ‘Shepparton Renault Pace’, at Shepparton on 11 June 2015.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. During the investigation Mr Hillier explained that the only possible explanation for the analysis results were the fence posts on his property which had been chewed, with Mr Hillier indicating that he used an arsenic based product throughout his career in accordance with his usual practice and understanding of the withholding period for such product called Invigorate which he viewed as being helpful with respect to a horse’s appetite and coat. Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts from Mr Hillier’s NSW property revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Mr Hillier pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Hillier guilty though imposed no penalty against Mr Hillier in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the  results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the analysis of the fence posts from Mr Hillier’s property, Mr Hillier’s guilty plea and prior record in regard to this rule whilst presenting over 900 horses to race.  The RAD Board considered the principles of the High Court decision of Veen v The Queen when taking into account the 1 previous matter on Mr Hillier’s record in 2009.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.  The RAD Board also considered the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Sir Roy’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 11 June 2015, under AHRR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.  Additionally, the HRV RAD Board ordered all prizemoney for the relevant race be returned under AHRR 200. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr David Bartley under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Capri was presented to race at Bendigo on 18 January 2016 by Mr Bartley when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Pending RAD Board Hearing – Allan Lousada HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Allan Lousada under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Fiftyshadesofbrown was presented to race at Warragul on 19 January 2016 by Mr Lousada when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Pending RAD Board Hearing – Matthew Craven HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Matthew Craven under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Craving A Smile was presented to race at Maryborough on 21 January 2016 by Mr Craven when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   02 December 2016 Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Chairman Dale Monteith today announced the appointment of David Martin as Chief Executive Officer, HRV. Mr Monteith said HRV was fortunate to have secured an experienced CEO with a track record of success in transforming organisations, including the key areas of consultation, engagement, product development and revenue growth. "Following an extensive search I am proud to announce David Martin has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer effective Monday, 9 January, 2017," Mr Monteith said. "In governance terms the most important decision a board can make in its lifetime is the appointment of a CEO with all the necessary skills and expertise. David brings much needed commercial expertise to the role as a long-serving and highly successful CEO, having held leadership positions across a range of areas." Mr Martin said his passion for racing in Victoria stemmed from fond memories of visiting race tracks across the state with his dad, through to 'Dad and Dave' days at the track in the latter stages of his father's life. "I'm really looking forward to revisiting some tracks I haven't seen in a while, and others I've never been to. Most importantly, I look forward to talking with all of our people about the future of our industry," Mr Martin said. "I know there is tremendous pride and passion for harness racing, so I will start by listening and then convert ideas into initiatives and strategies that will enable us to achieve our goals." Having lived and worked in Melbourne as well as the Wimmera, Gippsland, Ovens Murray and Bendigo regions, Mr Martin said he had a strong understanding of communities throughout Victoria. Mr Martin said he was aware of the challenges facing the industry, including declining revenues and other industry KPIs, but added: "These aspects only further energise my desire to bring our industry together behind a common goal." Mr Monteith said HRV Interim CEO Kay Rundle had provided strong leadership and wise counsel to the HRV Board since her appointment in July. "It would be remiss of me if I did not thank and pay due credit to Kay Rundle, who has served as Interim CEO," Mr Monteith said. "Kay has achieved more in her short time than the board could have expected and this work critically will enable our new CEO to hit the ground running with a 2017 agenda that will herald an era of change for the industry." Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is backing the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) in December. Starting today and continuing for the month of December, HRV will donate $500 for every winning drive by Gavin Lang and Anthony Butt to the PCFA anywhere in Australia. Butt and Lang will wear specially designed promotional silks containing the PCFA logo during December. “I’m excited to be involved with this important promotion, which aims to raise awareness and funds for vital research into a condition that touches so many people,” Butt said. “Males probably don’t pay enough attention to their health and hopefully this campaign changes the thinking of some men and gets them to see their doctor for a check-up.” PCFA State Manager John Strachan said the foundation was thrilled to be joining forces with HRV for this important campaign. “Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is excited to be partnering with Harness Racing Victoria throughout December to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer in metro and regional Victoria,” Mr Strachan said. “Prostate cancer is a significant challenge for Victorian men (1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in men will be prostate cancer) and with HRV's significant network and community reach it provides an excellent opportunity to raise vital awareness of the disease. “PCFA applauds HRV for this fantastic community awareness initiative.” The promotion will be officially launched on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton when representatives from the PCFA will attend Tabcorp Park Melton and former AFL coach and PCFA ambassador David Parkin will be interviewed. Trots Media will provide updates on the running tally of money donated to the cause via social media channels, www.facebook.com/harnessracingvictoria, www.twitter.com/hrvnews, and on www.hrv.org.au and www.harness.org.au More information on the PCFA at prostate.org.au Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B against licensed trainer Mr Des Hilton.  ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:     A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Hilton related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Itmademyday’ following its 1st placing in Race 3, the ‘Discount Carpets 3YO Pace’, at Mildura on 19 June 2015.  Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. The charge under AHRR 190B related to stable inspections conducted by HRV Stewards when investigating the arsenic irregularity on 10 August 2015 and 8 September 2015 where Mr Hilton was found not to maintain a logbook as required by the Rules. During the investigation Mr Hilton explained that he did not use any arsenic based products and that Itmademyday had a tendency to chew the fence posts in the horse’s yard.  Subsequent analysis of samples of these fence posts revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing need to test for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the HRV RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic. Mr Hilton pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  After considering submissions from the HRV Stewards and Mr Hilton, the HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Hilton guilty though imposed no penalty against Mr Hilton in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as a tonic that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the  results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne, the results of  analysis of the fence posts from Mr Hilton’s property, Mr Hilton’s guilty plea and clear record in regard to this rule over a 30-year involvement in the industry and also the length of time involved as a result of the thoroughness of the investigation and administration trials conducted by the University of Melbourne. The HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Itmademyday’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Mildura on 19 June 2015, under ARHR 195, and that the placings be amended accordingly.   Additionally, the HRV RAD Board ordered all prizemoney for this race be returned under AHRR 200. Mr Hilton pleaded guilty to the additional charge under ARHR 190B in that he failed to keep and maintain a log book and was subsequently fined $250. Harness Racing Victoria

The Racing Integrity Commissioner recently released his findings regarding an audit conducted on swabbing processes and systems of the three Victorian racing codes in 2015-16, which found Harness Racing Victoria to have the highest compliance rate. The audit found HRV to have a compliance rate of 99.64 per cent. The audit analysed the documentation and records for the entire swabbing process, from the issuance of a testing kit until the final clearance of such sample by the laboratory. "Importantly from the Board's perspective, these findings certainly put to bed the rumours and innuendo which have previously circulated with respect to HRV's swabbing procedures and the testing thereof," HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. "The Board is also determined to significantly lift the number of swabs taken," Mr Monteith added. Harness Racing Victoria

As far as I’m concerned there is no better big event race caller than Harness Racing Victoria’s number one, Dan Mielicki. Being a “hopeful” caller myself, I see Dan as the best race caller in the world. Mielicki always perfects the big races. There was no better example than the 2016 Vicbred Super Series 4YO Entires and Geldings Final in July, when Ideal For Real defeated Tee Cee Bee Macray and Menin Gate. And it was obviously plenty who agreed, because Mielicki won the inaugural Trots Media Race Call of the Year, which was voted on by the general public through prompting via Harness Racing Victoria’s Twitter and Facebook pages and harness.org.au. RELIVE DAN MIELICKI'S AWARD WINNING CALL Race callers were asked to nominate their best call of the season and Milecki said for him the choice was easy. “They're an absolutely terrific bunch of horses and I chose that race as the first two, I think, are the real up and comers,” Mielicki said. “It was a bit different to Lennytheshark’s Victoria Cup or Smolda’s Hunter Cup et cetera, and I thought it sold itself pretty well and they look like the future Grand Circuit horses. I think there’s no reason to say they won’t be competitive with the likes of Lennytheshark, Hectorjayjay and so on.” So, who does the man with the best seat in the house think is the best of Victoria’s brilliant five-year-olds? “Ideal For Real has the tactical speed to put him in a good position in the run, where Tee Cee Bee Macray is the complete opposite, but he has such awesome speed,” Mielicki said. “For 100m I reckon (Tee Cee Bee Macray) is probably quicker than a horse like Hectorjayjay, but I reckon he still has some head  problems and doesn’t really want to run past the others. He is still pretty untapped, but if he can solve the problems in the future I think he is going to go right to the absolute top.” And that’s where Mielicki sits after voting in the Trots Media Race Call of the Year, having attracted 46.71 per cent of the votes. That gave him the win ahead of trots tragic Craig Rail’s passionate commentary of the Kilmore Cup, which attracted 36.84 per cent of the votes, and Matt Hill’s commentary of the Cranbourne Cup, which attracted 16.45 per cent of the votes. SOAK UP CRAIG RAIL'S CALL OF THE KILMORE CUP ENJOY MATT HILL'S CALL OF THE CRANBOURNE CUP by Luke Humphreys

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 Rules of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed trainer Ms Sally Hardy.  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 Ms Hardy related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Major Charlie’ after it placed 1st in Race 3, the ‘Mildura Working Man’s Club Pace’, at Mildura on 23 December 2015. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 307 mcg/L in urine, above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 mcg/L in urine. The HRV RAD board considered the statements of Investigative Steward Mr Stephen Svanosio, RASL representative Mr Paul Zahra, veterinary consultant Dr Stuart Paine and scientific consultant Dr John Vine.   Ms Hardy pleaded guilty to the charge, before the HRV RAD Board heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Ms Hardy. In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Ms Hardy’s 16-year involvement in the industry, her good record over this period of time, the circumstances surrounding Ms Hardy taking over the training duties of ‘Major Charlie’ two days prior to the above mentioned race, both specific and general deterrence, consistency of penalty and Ms Hardy’s guilty plea. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 12-month disqualification upon Ms Hardy. The RAD Board ordered the disqualification commence with immediate effect.   The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Major Charlie’ be disqualified from Race 3 at Mildura on 23 December 2015 and that any prizemoney be refunded.   Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Pending RAD Board Hearing – Geoff Crilly.  Harness Racing Victoria Stewards have issued two charges against formerly licensed trainer Mr Geoff Crilly under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 218 which provides: A person having responsibility for the welfare of a horse shall not fail to care for it properly. It is alleged that between May 2015 and September 2016 Mr Crilly failed to provide adequate care for horses on his property. The charges will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.  

St Arnaud’s annual cup meeting will be run on Sunday, March 5, after Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), the Swan Hill club and St Arnaud successfully negotiated the date swap. Swan Hill was initially down to race that Sunday but its committee agreed to move to an earlier date, freeing up the March 5 timeslot for St Arnaud, whose cup program was washed out at the weekend. “It’s a great result,” St Arnaud secretary Kaye Boyd said. “We are very keen to have another go. I’m calling it Take 2! Everybody around town is asking about it. I’ve had umpteen people asking whether we’re getting another go, so I’m really pleased we are.” Ms Boyd said the community was “100 per cent” behind St Arnaud’s cup meeting and she expects a big crowd will be on hand come March 5. The disappointment of losing Sunday’s meeting following an overnight downpour of rain was obvious on the faces of the club’s hard-working committee and volunteers, Ms Boyd said. “I wasn’t the only one disappointed. You could see it on everybody’s face when we all went out for a meal on the Sunday night. But these things happen and we’re very thankful to all those who helped us get that second chance, especially HRV and the Swan Hill Club for allowing us that date.” HRV Interim General Manager of Operations Shane Gloury said he was pleased St Arnaud was able to have another crack at running a successful cup day. “The whole team at St Arnaud put a lot of effort into promoting and organising cup day and it really was bad luck that they weren’t able to race,” Mr Gloury said. “I must thank the Swan Hill Club for working proactively with HRV to ensure this date was available. Our clubs are always only too willing to help each other in these circumstances and we hope the whole community gets behind St Arnaud in March.” Mr Gloury also reiterated HRV’s commitment to pay to pay all drivers’ fees from Sunday and make a ‘meeting abandonment payment’ to each trainer who had a runner engaged. “Trainers and drivers work hard and to lose their earning opportunity due to the weather is horrible luck. We feel it is the right thing to do to compensate our participants in these circumstances.” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has announced interim management changes as part of the executive restructure. Shane Gloury will oversee the HRV Operations Department and Ryan Stanaway will oversee the Commercial Department. Both are interim roles. Vaughn Lynch and Damien Madden, who managed those departments previously, have ended their tenure at HRV. To assist Shane Gloury as CEO of Tabcorp Park, Gayle Harvey has been appointed as General Manager at Tabcorp Park on an interim basis. These changes follow the HRV Board's October 28 announcement of a HRV executive restructure. "I'd like to take this opportunity on behalf of the HRV Board to acknowledge and thank Vaughn Lynch and Damien Madden for their dedication and achievements during their time at HRV. I wish them well for the future," HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. "I note Vaughn Lynch has been appointed CEO of Tasracing and I'd like to congratulate him on taking up that role and wish him all the best. HRV and Tasracing have a strong professional relationship and I'm sure that will only prosper with Vaughn, a passionate racing man, as CEO." Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

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