Trots owners will receive the royal treatment at TAB Breeders Crown Super Sunday this weekend at Tabcorp Park Melton. The VIP owners’ enclosure will see owners, trainers and drivers congregating in luxurious surrounds, talking trots, cheering on their charge and watching the Race to Royalty trackside. “Elevating the ownership experience is a key theme for Harness Racing Victoria (HRV),” said HRV Ownership Manager Tori Glenister. “Owners are obviously such an important part of the industry. Racing a horse is fun and exciting, so the owners’ VIP enclosure is another way for connections to ‘Own the Moment’ on race day. “The enclosure is located between the Legends Café and the Sports Bar so our owners are looked after with some of the best views in the house.” AFL star Josh Jenkins is HRV’s TAB Breeders Crown ambassador this year. A racehorse owner himself, Jenkins will be in the owners’ enclosure throughout the day socialising. “Since I became interested in the trots, attending Breeders Crown day has been a goal,” Jenkins said. “The trots has quickly developed into a passion of mine and to be on track Sunday will be great fun.” Owners with a horse racing on Sunday can pick up their owners’ pack, which includes their VIP enclosure ticket for them and a guest, at the race day office. Finger food, scrumptious Breeders Crown cupcakes, decadent chocolates and Champagne will be just some of offerings in the owners’ enclosure. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)
Classy trotter Illawong Byron is due for a spell, probably overdue, says harness racing trainer-driver Jodi Quinlan. But the Parwan horsewoman also says she’s never trained a horse with his constitution and she is hopeful the Redwood Classic winner can produce another grand performance on Breeders Crown Day. TAB.com.au has installed Illawong Byron $1.60 favourite to win the Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown Final on Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings from gate two after his impressive heat win at Maryborough last week. “He was definitely not right in the Vicbred Final (when finishing second) and he took a couple of weeks to get over that,” Quinlan said. MARKETS: ILLAWONG BYRON IS $1.6 FOR THE BREEDERS CROWN AT TAB.COM.AU “He bounced back with a really good run in the Redwood and then he was probably even better in the heat last week. I just hope he didn’t run his race a week early. He'll go for a good break after Sunday.” Quinlan makes the point Illawong Byron has had a long season, literally given he ran in the very first two-year-old trot of the 2015-16 season. “I’ve never had a horse with a constitution like his.” Raced and bred by Martin and Kaye Hartnett, Illawong Byron – by Muscle Mass out of Illawong Blush – has won seven races from 11 starts and looks a shoe-in for Victorian two-year-old male trotter of the year. Quinlan has repeatedly expressed her appreciation for the Hartnetts, who she says are very loyal and supportive. “They’ve been fantastic supporters of mine through good times and bad and they put a lot of money into the game, so they deserve every success they get,” Quinlan said. VIDEO: ILLAWONG BYRON WINS THE REDWOOD CLASSIC AT MARYBOROUGH Mark Purdon-trained Custodian ($2.90 with TAB) has drawn barrier nine and will trail Illawong Byron out. “With Custodian following me I’ll probably have to do a bit to hold the front,” Quinlan said. Quinlan also puts the polish on three-year-old trotting filly Sky Majesty in the Haras Des Trotteurs Breeders Crown Final (Race 1) on Sunday. Raced by passionate trots owners Michael Taranto, Rob Merola and Sam Godino Sky Majesty has drawn gate six and is a $61 outsider according to TAB.com.au. “She has had a fantastic year but she just can’t snag a decent barrier in a big race. From the draw Wilmas Mate looks unbeatable on paper, but they are three-year-old trotters so anything can happen.” Already a Breeders Crown winner in the sulky behind Ladyinred in 2005, Quinlan said the day held a special place in her heart. “I’ve been fortunate enough to win the Breeders Crown as a driver. If I could win one as a trainer that would definitely be special.” BOOK NOW: SECURE YOUR BREEDERS CROWN DINING PACKAGE BEFORE THEY SELL OUT Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 26 August 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 26 August 2016
Life after harness racing is a new addition to the curriculum at Bendigo’s Harness Racing Training Centre. The Centre has joined forces with Harness Education and Rehoming Opportunities (HERO) on a project which will see student Kylie Reeves build her skills and knowledge working with retired standardbred horses. Under the initiative, Kylie spends one day per week on placement with HERO, which is Harness Racing Victoria's (HRV) official life-after-racing program. Her role includes working hands-on with trotters and pacers which have come to the end of their racing career to prepare them for a new vocation under saddle. The Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs has also thrown its weight behind the project, providing the sponsorship support required to make the initiative a reality. HERO Manager Tanya McDermott said one of the program’s greatest needs was to build resources, specifically individuals with the skills and knowledge to work with retired standardbreds as they transition into a new life. She is therefore pleased to be partnering with HRTC Bendigo and sees exciting potential for the partnership to grow and blossom moving forward. “It’s fantastic that the Centre, which delivers TAFE-accredited training for people wanting to become actively involved in the harness racing industry, is keen to diversify the skill set of its students. “There has never been a greater focus on life after racing within our industry and there are legitimate career paths available for those interested in working with standardbreds outside the traditional racing environment,” she suggested. “It’s vital that retirement opportunities are a key consideration for current and future industry participants, not to mention the fact that ridden work is becoming a regular training tool for many racing standardbreds and sets these horses up for a fantastic pleasure life.” HRTC Bendigo CEO Vicki Moro shares Tanya’s enthusiasm. “Kylie attended a recent HERO Retraining Day at Elmore which fuelled an existing interest in Standardbreds and their life after racing,” she explained. “HRTC was keen to nurture that interest and we believe the partnership with HERO is a valuable collaboration between two significant industry organisations. “We are enormously grateful to the AVCHRC for their financial input and will be following Kylie’s progress closely, with a view to building even stronger ties with the HERO Program in the future.” Country Clubs Association CEO David Brick sees the partnership as a positive for all parties. “On behalf of our member Clubs we're excited to be involved in this project to assist Kylie with her development and education," he said. “Fostering and promoting participation is a primary purpose of our Clubs. “Partnering with both the HERO Program and the HRTC Bendigo enables our Association and Clubs to contribute towards and support participation in our industry." Tanya McDermott (HRV HERO Manager) t: 0407 413 15 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org Harness Racing Victoria
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have today concluded an inquiry into a matter emanating from the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 31 July 2016, involving former licensed trainer and driver Mr Scott Gill. In accordance with Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 183(d), which states: Pending the outcome of an inquiry, investigation or objection, or where a person has been charged with an offence, the Stewards may direct one or more of the following that a licence or any other type of authority or permission be suspended, HRV Stewards initially suspended Mr Gill’s trainer and driver licences as of 31 July 2016, until such time as an inquiry was conducted into Mr Gill’s failure to provide a urine sample when directed to do so by HRV Stewards at the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 31 July 2016. Given evidence tendered by Mr Gill, HRV Stewards provided Mr Gill a further opportunity to provide a urine sample on 1 August 2016, however Mr Gill refused to do so and he then elected to relinquish his licenses with HRV. After considering all of the evidence tendered, Mr Gill was subsequently found guilty of a charge under ARHR 250A (1)(b) which states: A person carrying on or purporting to carry on an activity regulated by licence at any time or carrying on official duties at a meeting commits an offence if he or she refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the Stewards, or tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes or in any way hinders the collection of such sample or attempts to do any of those things. The particulars of the charge being that at the Geelong Harness Racing meeting conducted on 31 July 2016, Mr Gill as the trainer and driver of Shell Green in Race 3 the ‘Flying Brick Draught Cider Pace’, failed to provide a urine sample as directed by the Stewards and furthermore after being provided another opportunity to deliver a urine sample at his registered address on 1 August 2016, Mr Gill refused to provide a urine sample when directed by Stewards to do so. Mr Gill was disqualified for a period of six (6) months with immediate effect. In assessing penalty Stewards considered the following factors: That Mr Gill had voluntarily relinquished his trainer and driver licence with HRV on 1 August 2016; Mr Gill’s previous long standing and clear prior record in the industry; Previous penalties under the relevant rule; That such offence is considered to be serious in nature; That any penalty in this instance required a general and specific deterrent in relation to such conduct. Mr Gill was advised of his rights of appeal and notified that any future application for a licence will be subject to a ‘Show Cause Sub-Committee’ hearing and him providing a urine sample to Stewards. Harness Racing Victoria
It is just over four (4) months since I assumed the role of Chairman of Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), with the Minister’s appointment of a new Board. The new governance structure for the industry was an important first step in the process to reform harness racing and to embark on a strategy to grow and develop the industry for the benefit of stakeholders and participants. Importantly the next step occurred on 15 July 2016, when the Board and John Anderson agreed that the time was right for change and to embark on a process to identify a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to work with the Board. To assist with the transition Ms Kay Rundle was appointed as interim CEO for a period of up to six (6) months. The plan is to identify a new CEO and for that person to be appointed by year’s end. To achieve this, an extensive executive search program will be undertaken by the Board with the assistance of Kay Rundle and external consultants over the next two to three months to find the most capable person. In many respects the most important decision a Board can make is the appointment of a CEO and this is the focus that we will be taking. On behalf of the Board and the industry I wish to thank John Anderson for his significant contribution to harness racing in Victoria over the nearly 13 years he served as CEO. We wish him well for the future which I believe will see him actively involved in harness racing and breeding. As interim CEO Kay Rundle, under the Board’s direction, has already commenced a review of HRV’s operations. This ambitious but essential work will enable the Board to plan with confidence for the future of the industry. It will take a fresh look at the workings of HRV and the industry. The work program will include, but not be limited to, the following projects to fully satisfy the Board that it has all of the resources available to deliver on the Government’s desire to reform the industry from top to bottom. Ensuring that HRV’s integrity and welfare programs are best practice. Reviewing HRV’s cost structure to establish the most efficient cost base in the best interests of the industry. HRV’s ownership of RISE. A review of HRV’s management structure including skill sets required to enable the Board to plan with confidence that it can deliver the industry’s strategic plan. Re-examining the current strategic plan which was adopted before the new Board commenced. This will include consultation with the industry during 2017. Examination of the potential for the roll out of additional shared services provided by HRV to country clubs throughout Victoria. Much good work has already been done with respect to financial services and the Board will work with the Country Clubs Association, which has developed a strategic plan with this in mind. The branding and marketing of harness racing including the marketing and promotion of the sport to capitalise upon its strengths. A full review of HRV’s enterprise risk management practices which are not best practice at present. This will also include HRV’s policies and practices with respect to employee and participant OH&S and bullying, and harassment. The benchmarking of HRV’s operations against like racing and sporting organisations. Critically, while this work will be undertaken by the Board, I see it as being an essential expectation of the Government’s decision to reform harness racing. It is the Board’s desire that this works program should be completed prior to the new CEO taking office so that HRV can embark on what will be an ambitious but essential reform program for at least the next five (5) years. The commitment of the Board is that we will work with key stakeholders and participants to achieve the best outcome possible for the industry. Dale G. Monteith HRV Chairman
The red carpet will be rolled out for harness racing owners and participants along the Race To Royalty, with Saturday night’s Breeders Crown semi-finals at Bendigo to celebrate their commitment to the trots. Prime position that overlooks the winning post will be set aside for owners to ensure they don’t miss a moment of racing, while the night will also feature the all-important finals barrier draws. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) ownership manager Tori Glenister said the industry wanted to provide owners a “VIP experience”, saluting the key role they played in the sport. “We want to acknowledge their contribution and give them an unforgettable night in a prime location at the track,” Glenister said. The Owners Enclosure will be established in Bendigo Harness Racing Club’s committee room and be open to owners of horses competing on the night, who can enjoy drinks and nibbles. Owners can bring a guest and enjoy two complimentary drinks as they cheer on their champions. It will also be an opportunity to rub shoulders with the industry’s leading participants. “We will also welcome in trainers and drivers so they can share the experience with their owners,” Glenister said. Club sales and marketing manager Brendan Baker said Bendigo was “very excited to have the Breeders Crown semis back at Lord’s Raceway”. “It is going to be a fantastic night’s racing and it’s great that ownership will be honoured in the enclosure and that the barrier draws will be held on the night, only adding to the occasion,” Baker said. Breeders Crown semi-final races and finals barrier draw order will unfold as follows: 5.33pm: Race one (3YO fillies 1st semi-final) 6.05pm: Race two (2YO fillies 1st semi-final) 6.30pm: Race three (3YO fillies 2nd semi-final) 7.03pm: Race four (2YO colts and geldings 1st semi-final) 7.30pm: Race five (2YO fillies 2nd semi-final) 8pm: Race six (2YO colts and geldings 2nd semi-final) Barrier draw: 2YO trotting fillies and 2YO trotting colts and geldings 8.30pm: Race seven (3YO colts and geldings 1st semi-final) Barrier draw: 3YO trotting fillies and 3YO trotting colts and geldings 9pm: Race eight (3YO colts and geldings 2nd semi-final) Barrier draw: 2YO pacing fillies and 2YO pacing colts and geldings 9.30pm: Race nine (Graduate mares free for all) Barrier draw: 3YO pacing fillies and 3YO pacing colts and geldings 10pm: Race 10 (All Seasons Hotel Pace) Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator) Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 19 August 2016 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Friday 19 August 2016
A second Group 1 race for mares will be added to the Victorian trots racing calendar for 2017. The Ladyship Cup will be elevated to Group 1 status and carry a $100,000 purse during the rich Summer of Glory carnival. The Ladyship Cup winning horse will also receive an invitation to the New South Wales’ Group 1 Ladyship Mile. “The decision to elevate the Ladyship Cup is in line with HRV’s ongoing emphasis on ensuring mares receive racing opportunities so they remain in our racing population for longer,” HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. “Keeping our top mares racing will ultimately stimulate the depth of Victoria's broodmare ranks when those horses retire to the breeding barn. "The HRV Board intends to review opportunities for fillies and mares in general, including providing additional races set aside for them. Such a strategy will complement our move to provide additional group races for fillies and mares." The Ladyship Cup joins the Queen of the Pacific (2760 metres) in May as Victoria’s mares-only Group 1 races. “The Group 1 prizemoney and the fact the winning horse receives an invitation to the $200,000 Ladyship Mile at Menangle should see plenty of good mares up and going for the Summer of Glory,” Mr Monteith said. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is thrilled to announce Adelaide Crows star Josh Jenkins will be an ambassador for this year’s TAB Breeders Crown carnival. Jenkins, 27, has played 88 AFL games and booted 173 career goals. He has kicked 52 goals this year for the equal-flag-favourite Crows. Jenkins is a passionate trots follower and owner and says he is excited to be involved with the TAB Breeders Crown. “I’m thrilled to be coming along to celebrate a huge day in the trots. I love the sport and whilst I watch the races whenever I can from home, it’s rare I get a chance like this to attend a big race day live,” Jenkins said. “It will be great to chat with and interview prominent trainers and owners on the day. I look forward to seeing many excited owners as their horse competes for Breeders Crown glory!” Jenkins will be a special guest in the owners’ marquee on TAB Breeders Crown Finals day and will be out and about with Trots Media conducting interviews with owners, trainers and drivers. The TAB Breeders Crown Semi-Finals will this year be run at Bendigo on Saturday, August 20, with Finals on Super Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday, August 28. Harness Racing Victoria
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has announced programming changes to two of its time-honoured feature races, the City of Melton Plate and the Casey Classic. HRV believes the national industry calendar will benefit from the changes, which sees the Casey Classic become a Group 2, $50,000 four and five-year-old race to be run at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday, November 12, while the City of Melton Plate will become a Group 3, $30,000 M0 or better free for all on Saturday, September 3. Effectively the previous race conditions and stakemoney for the Melton Plate have been reassigned to the Casey Classic and moved from October to November, while the Casey Classic conditions have been reassigned to the September Melton Plate. “Our hope is that the Casey Classic will provide a perfect lead-in option to the Western Australian feature races with the 4YO Championship (Group 2, $50,000) on November 25, the McInerney Classic (Group 1, $125,000) on December 2 and the 4YO Golden Nugget (Group 1, $200,000) on December 9 all to be run at Gloucester Park,” HRV GM Operations Vaughn Lynch said. “It is all of our responsibility to think industry first and take a national approach when making changes to our state calendar and these changes will hopefully maximise the earning potential for participants who are about to embark on a trip west.” Mr Lynch said the Melton Plate was moved to September to satisfy the specific timing requirements of long-time Melton Plate sponsor, the City of Melton. The City of Melton’s association with the Melton Plate dates back to the race’s inception. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)
29 July 2016 - Anthony Llewellyn and Amanda McHenry - The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) against licensed trainer Mr Anthony Llewellyn and licensed trainer/driver Ms Amanda McHenry. Charges Mr Llewellyn was charged under AHRR 190(1), which reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Land Of Panaarm’ following it competing in Race 1 at Melton on 25 September 2015. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain the prohibited substances amphetamine and hydroxyamphetamine. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in New South Wales reported confirmation of these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant urine sample. Mr Llewellyn was also issued with a charge under AHRR 190B for failing to keep and maintain a log book. On 29 October 2015, as part of the investigation, Mr Llewellyn and Ms McHenry provided urine samples that were subsequently analysed by RASL for any banned substances. RASL reported that the samples provided by both Mr Llewellyn and Ms McHenry revealed the presence of amphetamine. Mr Llewellyn and Ms McHenry were subsequently each charged under AHRR 252C and AHRR 250 (1)(a) respectively regarding these results. On 28 January 2016, Mr Llewellyn provided a further urine sample that was shown, upon analysis by RASL, to also contain the banned substance amphetamine. Mr Llewellyn was also issued with a charge under AHRR 231(1) for acting in an abusive manner towards HRV Stewards when interviewed as part of the investigation on 15 February 2016. Mr Llewellyn and Ms McHenry were both issued with a charge, relating to the same set of circumstances, under AHRR 187 (2) for providing false information to stewards when interviewed on 29 October 2015. Pleas Mr Llewellyn pleaded guilty to all 6 charges. As a result of Mr Llewellyn’s plea to the charge issued against him with respect to 187(2), a charge issued against Ms McHenry under the same rule was withdrawn by HRV Stewards. Ms McHenry pleaded guilty to both remaining charges. Penalty In deciding an appropriate penalty for the offences, the HRV RAD Board considered the nature of the substances involved, previous cases involving the substances in Victoria and interstate, the clear record of both persons in regard to these matters, their respective involvement and history in the industry and the personal circumstances relevant to both Mr Llewellyn and Ms McHenry. The RAD Board also took into account that Mr Llewellyn and Ms McHenry had their respective licences suspended by HRV Stewards for the majority of the investigation. The penalties imposed were; Anthony Llewellyn Charge 1 - AHRR 190 (1) 18 Months disqualification Charge 2 - AHRR 190B $250 Charges 3, 4 - AHRR 252C 6 months suspension (time served) Charge 5 - AHRR 231 (1) $750 Charge 6 - AHRR 187 (2) $250 Amanda McHenry Charge 1 – AHRR 250 (1)(a) 8 months suspension (time served) Charge 2 – AHRR 187 (2) - $750 The HRV RAD Board also directed that prior to being considered for re-licensing, Mr Llewellyn and Ms McHenry must provide evidence of having completed a relevant counselling course and provide a urine sample clear of banned substances. Acting under AHRR 195 it was also ordered that Land Of Panaarm be disqualified from Race 1 at Melton on 25 September 2015 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board
A colourful night at the Ballarat trots in winter has potentially converted hundreds of people into harness racing industry enthusiasts. Ballarat and District Trotting Club Chief Executive Paul Rowse described the atmosphere at Bray Raceway as “amazing” on Tuesday night as club sponsor PETstock held its annual conference at the race meeting. Hundreds of colourfully dressed PETstock employees were thrilled with the night’s action, the club reporting on-course turnover and bar and restaurant sales through the roof. Rowse said $24,000 was turned over on-course, up from the usual average of about $10,000 at this time of year, while $10,000 went through the bar. “You’d be lucky to two or three grand normally through the bar on a Tuesday night in winter,” Rowse said. The club also served 320 meals. PETstock Managing Director David Young, who with a group of colleagues is part-owner of recent Group 1 winning filly Petacular, spoke of the exhilaration the ownership group is having with the Michael Stanley trained pacer. "It's been absolutely awesome with Petacular," Young said. "All the work mates involved are really thoroughly enjoying it and I think there's a bit of regret from the ones who didn't initially want to be in it, given how well she's going." Young said PETstock was enjoying its association with the Ballarat club and added Tuesday night was a fantastic way for staff from all over Australia and New Zealand to catch up. "We had a competition throughout the night where we were all divided up into teams and so in each race the teams were cheering for their horse. It was an awesome scene. And it sounds like a lot of the crew didn't mind a punt because the on-course turnover was well up," he said. Rowse said Young was constantly keen to promote ownership and plenty of the PETstock crew on track were eager to either buy a second horse after the Petacular experience or take their first step into racehorse ownership. “The night showed that if you put in that little bit extra effort then people will leave having had a positive experience and hopefully we’ve got 300 converts to our club and the sport,” Rowse said. “What would otherwise have been a cold, quiet night at the trots turned into a fantastic night full of colour and hopefully we’ll all benefit as an industry from it.” Rowse thanked both Shepparton and Terang clubs for agreeing to calendar changes which allowed Ballarat to race on the night of PETstock’s conference. “The moral is if any club has the potential to attract a big audience or put on a special night then work together with other clubs to make it happen. We’d be willing to do the same if clubs approached us. It’s about collaboration for the betterment of the industry. We were very thankful that Shepparton and Terang were good enough to help us out.” The night was also saw the club utilise electronic betting terminals (EBTs) for the first time, Rowse saying he believed the club was the first non-dual-code racing club to utilise them. About $3000 was turned over through the EBTs. Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) Blake Redden was also on hand running a punter’s club, which the colourful PETstock crew – each attendee came dressed in bright colours representing their state – lapped up. The club also ran mobile barrier rides between all races giving attendees a close-up view of the action. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria
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 Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 239A against licensed trainer Mr Jason Sant. ARHR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. ARHR 239A reads as follows: A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. The charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Sant related to a pre-race blood sample collected from the horse ‘Bobby Maravu NZ’ before it competed in Trial 5, at Bacchus Marsh on 14 November 2015. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample revealed the sample to contain the prohibited substances heptaminol, phenylbutazone and its metabolite oxyphenbutazone. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in New South Wales reported confirmation of these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant blood sample. Mr Sant pleaded not guilty to the charge under AHRR 190(1), though did not contest the evidence of the laboratory, veterinary or stewarding officials, instead submitting that the relevant trial was not a race in accordance with the AHRR. Mr Sant pleaded guilty to the charge issued under ARHR 239A. After hearing submissions from Mr Sant and the HRV Stewards, Mr Sant was found guilty of the charge issued under AHRR 190(1). In deciding an appropriate penalty for the offences, the HRV RAD Board considered the nature of the substances involved, other previous cases involving the substances in Victoria, Mr Sant’s co-operation throughout the investigation and Mr Sant’s clean record throughout his eight year training career. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed an aggregate fine for the 2 offences of $5000, with $3000 of the fine fully suspended for a period of 24 months. Mr Sant was therefore fined $2,000 in total with a further $3,000 to be imposed should he breach a relevant rule within the next 2 years. Bobby Maravu NZ was disqualified from the relevant trial. The HRV RAD Board also noted the definition of the word “Race” within the AHRR. Race: means a race or official trial or official time trial or event in which harness horses race or participate. The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958). The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences.
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) will honour the state’s most experienced stand-start pacer of season 2015-16 with the running of the Hollys Miss Molly Pacers Handicap at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday, August 4. The fan favourite grey mare (by Jet Laag out of Panorama mare Lombo Luvbird) notched her 25th career win at Kilmore yesterday in superb fashion, providing locally based trainer-driver Robbie Walters and his family with a huge thrill. This season Hollys Miss Molly has contested 23 stand-start races, 10 more than any other horse. “We always like to win, but on the home track where we train every day, and being win number 25, it was a bit extra special,” Walters said. “My wife (Caroline) works at the local hospital and she ducked out for 10 minutes to watch her race. We love her. “She’s a mare we picked up for $4000 at the yearling sales (Alabar Blue Ribbon Sales) and she’s won 25 races and over $140,000. The win meant a lot to the whole family. If you can’t celebrate a 25th win when can you celebrate?” A catchy name, the fact everyone loves a grey and that she’s a lovably consistent performer on the race track means Hollys Miss Molly boasts a loyal fan base. But the six-year-old’s following increased markedly recently when the warm-natured mare visited a local nursing home in Kilmore. Caroline works at the centre and asked Robbie if the horse was quiet enough to visit. She certainly was. Hollys Miss Molly’s behaviour while inside the nursing home lunchroom was exemplary, gently allowing patrons the opportunity to have a pat and a chat with her. “There was one woman who apparently doesn’t talk at all, but she lit up when she saw the horse. She was patting her and cuddling her, and talked for the first time in years,” Robbie said. Hollys Miss Molly’s stake earnings stand at $142,851 with 47 minor placings alongside her 25 victories from 176 starts. She is expected to be stepping out in the race named in her honour at Melton on August 4. Walters said Hollys Miss Molly might get her opportunity to become a mum next season. Check out the August-September Harness Racer Magazine for more on Hollys Miss Molly's nursing home visit in an article by Lucy McCormick Cody Winnell
Harness Racing Victoria Stewards have issued charges against licensed trainer Mr Joe Bajada under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) relating to the alleged raceday treatment of the horse Major Calipso. It is alleged that Mr Bajada stomach tubed Major Calipso with an alkalinising agent or agents preceding that horse’s engagement in Race 1 at Tabcorp Park Melton on 29 April 2016. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced that long-serving Chief Executive John Anderson is to leave HRV effective from 15 July 2016. The recently appointed Board and Mr Anderson have worked collaboratively in arriving at this decision. The HRV Board will now embark on a rigorous search for a new CEO to assist the Board in implementing a new direction for harness racing in Victoria. While this process is undertaken Ms Kay Rundle has been appointed to the Interim CEO role. Ms Rundle brings a wealth of Chief Executive experience, having served in that capacity with Maribyrnong, Greater Geelong and Port Philip councils. Her expertise in change management, strategic planning and governance and established links across government will assist the HRV Board to position the industry for the future. The Board wishes to pay tribute to Mr Anderson for his major contributions to harness racing in Victoria over nearly 13 years during which time many significant milestones were achieved. Some of the legacies left by Mr Anderson will include: The purchase of a large parcel of land in Melton, to create Victorian harness racing’s first ever home Overseeing the construction of the $50-million-dollar entertainment complex on a portion of that land The significant enhancement of the Vicbred Scheme, including the successful new Super Series format The introduction of the lucrative Vicbred Platinum incentive scheme The strategic enhancement and development of the trotting gait in Victoria which leads Australian harness racing The extraordinary growth in international export of Victorian product overseas with new revenues generated therefrom Significant additional investment in the critical area of Integrity Services The improvement in Victoria’s feature race programs including the hugely successful Breeders Crown, Summer of Glory and Vicbred finals meetings Furthering the interests of harness racing by serving on the TABCORP JV Management Committee for the duration of his term as Chief Executive. The investment in Victorian Regional infrastructure, including the rebuilding of many of Victoria’s premier harness tracks to modern standards which also encompassed horse welfare needs. The establishment of the HERO Program for the re-training and re-homing of retired race horses. Both Mr Anderson and the HRV Board believe that now is the right time for change given the significant renewal of the HRV Board earlier in 2016. Mr Anderson wishes to record that he gave his full commitment to the industry which he loves over a sustained period and advised the Board that he has enjoyed every moment of his involvement with HRV. HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said: “John should be immensely proud of his contribution to what has been achieved during his tenure”. John Anderson said: “I leave knowing that HRV is well placed to capitalize upon many of the opportunities identified in the industry’s strategic plan with a new and engaged Board. “The future of harness racing is secure particularly with the development of the expansive land owned by HRV in Melton. Other arrangements are in place to ensure the sport’s long term survival. “I will not be leaving the industry entirely as I can now look forward to actively participating in the future as a spectator, owner, and maybe even one day as a breeder. “I would also like to record my appreciation for the friendships and support I have received over the years from HRV staff and many industry participants and stake holders. I wish the industry well!” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)
Mario Attard handed the keys to harness racing driver Gavin Lang and ‘Group 1 Gav’ did the rest, guiding his beloved three-year-old colt to Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series glory at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. Dont Hold Back won to rapturous applause for owner-trainer Attard and his sea of supporters, with the colt by Courage Under Fire out of Braeview Express mowing his opponents down in the straight to claim the Group 1. “I’m really excited,” Attard said. “I’ve got a great family and a great bunch of friends. It’s a lot of fun.” It was Lang’s first drive on the colt, who Attard had previously steered, but with the $110,000 prize pool decided to call in another. “I thought (Gavin’s) the man to give the horse every chance,” Attard said. “I believe he is the best around and he was the right man for the job.” Lang was only too happy to accept, and was up to the challenge of overcoming Dont Hold Back’s tricky barrier draw. Soho Tribeca took up the front running, with Brallos Pass joining him by taking the breeze before the bell. Lang was one-out and five-back, and took Iceenothink’s back to get an armchair ride into the race. At the 100m mark they were a line of four, come the finish line it was Dont Hold Back by 2.8m to Iceenothink, with Brallos Pass a further 3.2m back in third. “Gav being Gav, he knew that Gary Hall was on Iceenothink and he knew he was going to pull out in front of him, the guy is a genius,” Attard said. “I’m very happy,” Lang said. “It was a big decision for Mario to step down and let somebody who had only ever watched the horse before step up and drive him. A little bit of perceived pressure I suppose to get the job done and fortunately the horse was good enough to deliver.” Michael Howard Harness Racing Victoria