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At the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 18 October 2016, Stewards reconvened an inquiry into Mr Nathan Purdon's drive on Ohoka Punter NZ in Race 6 the 'VHRSC Classic' at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016. Mr Purdon explained that prior to this race he was unaware of the change of tactics notified for Stunning Grin to be driven less aggressively circumstances permitting and given that, he was satisfied to remain in a position back at the wheel of the leader Stunning Grin during the early and middle stages, despite the relatively slow tempo during the lead time and first quarter. Mr Purdon added that given the manner in which Stunning Grin had been driven to maintain the lead at its previous start at Melton on 29 September 2016 he was reluctant to challenge for the lead and he was also mindful that Ohoka Punter NZ had paced roughly shortly after the start and that an ear plug had also prematurely released. Mr Purdon further explained that due to these factors he elected not to challenge for the lead as he also considered Ohoka Punter NZ may over-race had he of not been able to obtain the lead. Ultimately, Ohoka Punter NZ finished in 3rd place beaten 1.9 metres as a $1.30 supertab favorite. After giving consideration to further evidence from Mr Purdon and Licensed Trainer Mr Dean Braun who was present to assist Mr Purdon, Mr Purdon pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 239A which reads: A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. The particulars of the charge being that Mr Purdon as the trainer and driver of Ohoka Punter NZ in Race 6 at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016 was negligent in failing to have an awareness of the notification of driving tactics declared by the connections of Stunning Grin in the aforementioned race and due to not being aware of such publicised information, Mr Purdon failed to progress forward in an attempt to lead during the early and middle stages, when Stewards considered that based on the combination of the declared tactics of Stunning Grin and the times recorded during the lead time of 49.1 seconds and first quarter of 31.7 seconds it was reasonable for Mr Purdon to attempt to do so. In assessing penalty Stewards acknowledged Mr Purdon's guilty plea, relative inexperience as a licensed person, personal circumstances, the expectation that particularly as a licensed driver Mr Purdon and fellow drivers ought to be aware of such information for the professional preparation of driving in a race, especially given that the declaration of intended driving tactics in accordance with Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 44(1) and HRV Change of Tactics Policy is information that can affect the manner in which a race is tactically run and therefore has the potential to influence a drivers obligations under the provisions of AHRR 149. Mr Purdon was fined $500. HRV Stewards intend to recommence an inquiry on Friday, 21 October 2016, in relation to the tactics adopted on Stunning Grin by driver Rodney Petroff and trainer Vince Vallelonga in Race 6 the 'VHRSC Classic' at Tabcorp Park Melton on 8 October 2016. Link to HRV Change of Tactics (COT) Policy. Victoria - Supplementary Reports Yarra Valley – 10 October 2016 RACE 6 – JOHN & MARLENE’S 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PACE Steve Cleave, trainer or Blue Suede Hooves, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the performance. Mr Cleave added that Blue Suede Hooves had worked strongly subsequent to the race and has engaged the gelding at Kilmore on 19 October 2016. Brent Lilley, trainer of Best Scribe, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the performance. Mr Lilley added that he was disappointed with the performance of Best Scribe and has sent the gelding to the spelling paddock. Shepparton – 11 October 2016 RACE 7 – BOHBRON PARK PACE (2ND DIV) Danny Thackaray, trainer of Shezarocka, has reported that the mare had pulled up well since the race. Mr Thackeray added a veterinary examination of Shezarocka subsequent to the race revealed the mare incurred some minor grazing and bruising as a result of the incident and had been given a slight let up in her work. Shezarocka is engaged at Shepparton on 20 October 2016. Tabcorp Park Melton – 14 October 2016 RACE 5 – EDITHVALE PROBUS PACE Kerryn Manning, trainer of Jaccka Art NZ, has reported that a veterinary examination has revealed a slight strain in the gelding’s near fore suspensory ligament. Ms Manning added that Jaccka Art NZ has been sent to the spelling paddock. RACE 9 – ALDEBARAN PARK TROT Kerryn Manning, trainer of Matatoki NZ, has reported that the gelding had pulled well since the performance. Ms Manning added that Matatoki NZ has been sent to the spelling paddock. Swan Hill – 15 October 2016 RACE 5 – HARAS DES TROTTEURS JIM ROBERTS SWAN HILL TROTTERS CUP Peter Lindberg, trainer of Robbie Zuve, has reported that the gelding had pulled up well since the race. Mr Lindberg added that he was satisfied with the performance of Robbie Zuve and that the gelding had worked well subsequent to the race. RACE 8 – HELLOWORLD PACE Joe Costa, trainer of Bernies Idol, has reported that a veterinary examination and blood tests taken from the gelding have failed to reveal any abnormalities. Mr Costa added that Bernies Idol had pulled up well since the performance and that the gelding had worked strongly subsequent to the race. Bernies Idol is engaged at Maryborough on 23 October 2016. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened to hear of the passing of trainer Alan Dunsmuir last night. Mr Dunsmuir, of Carisbrook, was aged 33 and is survived by his partner, Stacie, and son, Landon. Mr Dunsmuir hailed from a famous New Zealand trotting dynasty. His grandad, Alan 'Dusty' Dunsmuir, moved to Australia and enjoyed great success with his trotter, Bunty's Pride. Mr Dunsmuir's father, Stephen, held a stablehand license and was a trots owner. Mr Dunsmuir was in his ninth season as a trots trainer, in which time his horses had 751 starts for 68 wins and 139 placings, including success with Tere T (16 wins), Maoris Pocket (12 wins), Buntys Bass (11 wins), Aftermidnight Sam (7 wins) and Western Gretel (7 wins). His most recent success was with Scipio, who won the Lyal Eales Pace at Ararat on September 6. Mr Dunsmuir also drove 11 winners across 144 starts. HRV will publish funeral details when they are available. Condolences are extended to Mr Dunsmuir’s family. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

This season’s Trots Country Cups Championship will carry a $25,000 carrot to the harness racing connections and trainer of the winning horse. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced the elevation of the Championship, which aims to assist country clubs to attract competitive and quality fields for their annual feature race. Elevating the Trots Country Cups Championship will assist in creating a powerful narrative across the Victorian feature race carnival, beginning at Swan Hill on Saturday night with the running of the 3SH Swan Hill Pacing Cup (Group 3) over 2790m and culminating on April 16 next year at Warragul. Overall 25 Trots Country Cups will make up the Championship. The points system for this year’s Trots Country Cups Championship will remain the same as last year with four points awarded to the winner of each cup, two points awarded for running second and one point for running third. Stay tuned for more Trots Country Cups announcements in coming days. Tune into Sportsday on your local radio station this Friday night to listen to the trots’ new weekly Trots Country Cups show, Trots Talk. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is accepting nominations for the 2016 Victorian Trots Media Awards. The 2016 Victorian Trots Media Awards will honour the industry’s leading media performers of the 2015-16 season with presentations made on Saturday November 12 at Tabcorp Park Melton’s annual Legends Night. The evening will also feature the 2016 Great Trots Tipoff Grand Final showdown. Ten media awards will be presented this year. Media are invited to enter in one or more of the following categories (entries must have been published or aired between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016). Best Feature Article – Print Best Feature – Other Media (radio, TV, podcast, photography, social media) Best News Story – Any Medium Best Coverage – Print Best Coverage – Other Media (radio, TV, podcast, photography, social media) Best Use of Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat) Best Photograph Meritorious Award (for contribution to trots media coverage over period of 5 years or more) Media Personality of the Year (for going above and beyond in media promotion/coverage of trots across multiple platforms) Each award carries a cash prize of $500 plus trophy, with the exception of the Media Personality of the Year, which will carry a cash prize of $1000 plus trophy. This year the Best Race Call (voted by trots fans on Twitter, Facebook, email) will also be awarded. Full-time HRV employees are not eligible for media awards, except in the case of race callers for the 2016 Best Race Call award. HOW TO ENTER Post Send a copy of your entry/entries with a covering letter stating the category/categories you wish to nominate for to: Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria PO Box 184, Moonee Ponds, Vic, 3039 Email Email a copy of your entry/entries with a covering letter stating the category/categories you wish to nominate for to: File Sharing For digital (video/audio) entries, is the preferred file sharing website to use. Please as the email address in the WeTransfer process and include the category/categories you wish to nominate for via the “message” section All entries must be received by COB Friday, October 21, 2016   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Breeders have the opportunity to secure services to any of five well credentialed leading stallions for a bargain basement price in the annual Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Breeders Crown Online Stallion Auction. Services are up for grabs to the highest bidder for the leading pacing stallion Bettors Delight along with his fastest and richest son, Betterthancheddar, a dual World Record holder. You can also bid on a service to last season’s leading three-year-old trotters stallion Skyvalley. Joining the roster on offer this year are prominent Nevele R Stud based stallion Changeover and the royally bred French trotting sire Used To Me. PLACE YOUR BID ON A POTENTIAL FUTURE BREEDERS CROWN STAR All services will be secured by the highest bidder for each stallion with the bids closing at 12 midnight on Friday 21 October. Cody Winnell [Harness Racing Victoria]  

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened to learn of the passing on Saturday of long-time industry stalwart Brian Frawley, at age 82. Mr Frawley is the father of recently appointed HRV Board Member Danny Frawley. He enjoyed considerable success as a trainer, including multiple Moonee Valley winners Noble Man, Evarestis and Grumpy Ole Man, as well as other classy performers in Lahaina and Noble Gent. Mr Frawley served on the Committee of the Ballarat & District Trotting Club for in excess of 35 years, leading the club as President from 1981 to 1986 and being awarded Life Membership in 1988. His greatest moment in the sport came when Vanderport, a horse he part-owned, ran 2nd to Village Kid in the 1986 Inter Dominion Grand Final at Albion Park in Queensland, when driven by his daughter Anne. READ THE BALLARAT COURIER'S TRIBUTE TO BRIAN FRAWLEY HRV extends its sincere condolences to his wife Shirley, their six children and the extended Frawley family. Mr Frawley’s funeral will be held at 10.30am on Wednesday at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Sturt Street, Ballarat.   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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