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In September 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) commenced an investigation into communications between registered owner Mr Harvey Kaplan and licensed trainer/driver Mr Nathan Jack in the period leading up to the Goulburn meeting on 26 January 2015. During this investigation HRNSW has undertaken various investigations including interviews with relevant parties, analysis of the betting relating to the race, certain forensic imaging of mobile telephones and computers. HRNSW has been assisted by Harness Racing Victoria in this matter. On 8 November 2016,Mr Nathan Jack was issued with the following charges: Charge 1: Pursuant to Rule 240 – Improper Conduct relating to a text message received from Mr Harvey Kaplan and his reply. Charge 2: Pursuant to Rule 246 – In that he has failed to report behaviour that could have cause or is likely to cause a breach of the Rules. This charge is in the alternative to Charge 1. Mr Jack pleaded not guilty to charge 1 and guilty to charge 2. Subsequently HRNSW withdrew the charge pursuant to Rule 240. Mr Jack was fined $10,000 payable by 24 December 2016. Should the fine not be rendered by that date, Stewards ordered that Mr Jack’s license to drive in races be suspended for a period of 4 months effective immediately. REID SANDERS | CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (02) 9722 6600 •  rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

In September 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) commenced an investigation into communications between registered owner Mr Harvey Kaplan and licensed trainer/driver Mr Nathan Jack in the period leading up to the Goulburn meeting on 26 January 2015. During this investigation HRNSW has undertaken various investigations including interviews with relevant parties, analysis of the betting relating to the race, certain forensic imaging of mobile telephones and computers. HRNSW has been assisted by Harness Racing Victoria in this matter. Mr Harvey Kaplan was issued with the following charges: Charge 1: Pursuant to Rule 187 (2) Charge 2: Pursuant to Rule 187 (3) Charge 3: Pursuant to Rule 187 (6) These charges related to a direction issued to Mr Kaplan regarding his failure to produce a computer to HRNSW. Mr Kaplan subsequently produced that computer.  Charge 4: Pursuant to Rule 240- Improper Conduct relating to a text message sent to Mr Nathan Jack on 25 January 2015. The charges have been resolved as follows: HRNSW resolved to permanently stay Charges 1-3, on the basis that Mr Kaplan ultimately complied with his obligation to produce the computer, albeit later than directed. HRNSW has satisfied itself that this lateness caused no prejudice to its investigation. Mr Kaplan has pleaded guilty to a breach of Rule 240, in that his text message to Mr Nathan Jack on 25 January 2015 was improper. In determining penalty, the Stewards were mindful of the following factors: Mr Kaplan’s contribution to the industry through various volunteer roles; Mr Kaplan’s record as a considerable owner and breeder within the harness industry; Mr Kaplan’s remorse for the conduct; The nature of the offence, including the effect such conduct has upon the industry.       Stewards ordered the following penalty upon Mr Kaplan for his breach under Rule 240: A fine of $20,000 to be rendered within 21 days That Mr Kaplan shall not participate as an owner of any registered standardbred in races for a period of 12 months effective 7 November 2016. Mr Kaplan’s ownership rights were withdrawn by HRNSW on 7 November 2016 pursuant to Rule 183. Mr Nathan Jack has been issued with the following charges: Charge 1: Pursuant to Rule 240 – Improper Conduct relating to a text message received from Mr Harvey Kaplan and his reply. Charge 2: Pursuant to Rule 246 – In that he has failed to report behaviour that could have cause or is likely to cause a breach of the Rules. This charge is in the alternative to Charge 1. Mr Jack has been issued with a Notice to Show Cause as to why HRNSW should not invoke Rule 183 pending the outcome of the investigation. Mr Jack has until close of business Friday 11 November 2016 to reply. Mr Jack has not been found guilty of any offence and will have an opportunity to reply to and / or defend the charges issued. HRNSW will continue its investigation into this matter. Reid Sanders    

Successful harness racing owner Harvey Kaplan knows that his pride and joy Bling It On is up against it when he resumes from a short break at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Bling It On last raced in the Miracle Mile and has drawn inside the second row over the mile in the Joe and Michael Ilsley Free For All. With a big campaign beckoning and possible trips to Victoria and Queensland on the cards, it is understandable why Kaplan is concerned by gate eleven. "There are two options, Luke eases back at the start, gets off the inside and then launches him which will mean he is having to do a lot of work first up and not how he is normally driven or he follows through on the back of a good beginner and hopes for a bit of luck," Kaplan said. "In the end the tactics will be up to Luke (McCarthy) but I wouldn't want to see him flattened and by staying to the inside I don't believe we are giving up our winning chance either, it just means we are going to need some luck." The 4&5YO Championship at Melton is a possible option in the short term where it is likely he would clash with Hectorjayjay. "That looks a suitable race for him but everything is being targeted towards the Len Smith Mile at Menangle at the end of June. After that he can look towards the Queensland carnival and at the end of the year the Inter Dominion is on again in Perth." Kaplan admitted he had already started to plan for the future when Bling It On is retired to become a stallion. "I haven't spent a whole lot of time but the thought has crossed my mind and being by American Ideal out of a Caprock mare there are a number of lines he will cross well with. "The best thing to say is that if I was looking at purchasing two yearling fillies at the moment and I liked them both equally as much as the other, I am buying the one that crosses best with Bling It On." Another of Kaplan's horses Whitershadeofpale will also race on Saturday night at Menangle. There have been suggestions she is coming towards the end of her racetrack career. "I think that is pretty close to the mark, whether Saturday night is her last run or whether she has another one or two starts, she is coming towards the end. John Crosbie is keen to breed with her. "She never really hit the heights that we thought she was going to get to. She has done a great job but when she first arrived on the scene I thought she could have measured up with the very best." Another of Kaplan's good horses Cruz Bromac has been spelling and he is looking forward to seeing him resume. "Cruz Bromac is very talented, he is a C4/M0 I think so it is a good place for him to be starting off from. The Melton Plate is a race that might be up his alley." Greg Hayes

Harness racing owner Harvey Kaplan will be like the proverbial ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ this Saturday night as he watches three of his horses compete on the biggest stage at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  All three are well in contention according to the bookmakers although multiple group one winner Bling It On priced at $1.70 is the shortest of the trio. Bling It On will compete in the $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint and the race will also double as a Miracle Mile qualifier.  Nike Franco will contest the Sibelia Stakes, an important lead up to the Ladyship Mile while Cruz Bromac will race in the Chariots Of Fire. “I think Bling It On is going to be very hard to beat, looking at the draw he looks set to lob in the one-one or one-two at worst and Luke (McCarthy) has a couple of options up his sleeve,” Kaplan said. “He can drive him cold and save him up for the one last dash at them or he can turn it into an 800 metre race by taking off at the half and forcing the speed.” Kaplan and the other part owners of Bling It On have not wanted to overtax the five year old and deliberately missed the Inter Dominion last year in Perth. “This season was all about getting him ready for the Grand Circuit but if there was one feature race I thought he could win it was the Miracle Mile because it is on his home track. “It is a race where if he was to draw well and sit behind the leader I think he is a definite winning chance.” Nike Franco has already qualified for the Ladyship Mile and has drawn perfectly this week in barrier two. “I think she is the forgotten horse in the race, she looks like she is going to get a great run and most importantly there is no pressure on us, we’re already in the Ladyship. “She proved in Perth that from a good draw she can compete with the best mares and she’ll be right in the finish on Saturday night.” Cruz Bromac is one of five winning chances in the Chariots Of Fire according to Kaplan. “I think it is a bit more open than people are suggesting, it is very possible Have Faith In Me will have to run 1:49 to win the race from barrier ten and that isn’t an easy task. “It is an outstanding race and Cruz Bromac will just have to slot in early and hope everything works out for him.” If Kaplan’s three horses win this Saturday night they would earn $250,000 between them.  Not a bad night’s work for anyone. Greg Hayes

The belief and faith in star harness racing pacer Bling It On runs deep. Just ask his co-owner and breeder Harvey Kaplan. But that belief and faith will be severely tested in the coming weeks as the American Ideal entire tackles the Queensland spring carnival at Albion Park. His deeds as a juvenile were simply sublime, constantly moving at the speed of light as he regularly took down his opponents which featured a galaxy of stars. Over the past twelve months, Bling It On has taken some brutal body blows which in turn, has left many wondering if he will take that next step. Bling It On was a beaten favourite at TABCORP Park, Menangle on September 26 when 7th behind Devil Dodger following an indifferent Brisbane winter carnival campaign in July. The now five-year-old is looking to make his mark at the elite level where there is no room for weakness and only the tough survive this hard road. “He’s still one of the most exciting pacers racing in this part of the world and his overall record clearly proves that, this Brisbane campaign won’t be easy but it looks an ideal springboard into bigger events later this season. The Miracle Mile on his home track and the Victoria Cup are the two main events for this him.” Kaplan said. Bling It On starts this Saturday night in the Gr.2 $50,000 Be Good Johnny Sprint at Albion Park but faces a massive challenge after landing gate six in the 1660m feature. UBET bookies have priced him at juicy odds of $6.50 following the draw. “I’ll be honest, I was initially disappointed following his run the other week because he had a good run in transit and trialed exceptionally well in lead-up to that race but upon closer inspection of times, the run was actually very good. “Yes, some horses were able to pass him in the straight but they took inside runs where Yank (Bling It On) came wide at the turn. His own sectionals and time were pleasing and he pulled up great following the hit-out. If you’re not on the pegs at Menangle when they’re running time, its mission impossible. “Originally, we were only heading up for the Gold Coast Cup and Queensland Pacing Championship but after a re-think, we’ve decided to tackle all three events. The draw is very unkind but he’s good enough to win, we just need no bad luck going our way.” Bling it On boasts an outstanding record at Albion Park with 9 victories from 12 starts including four features. UBET bookies have installed the locally trained Majestic Major as the favourite for Saturday’s feature after landing gate two. Majestic Major is looking for back to back victories in the Be Good Johnny Sprint after he led throughout last year in 1;54.1. by Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 10 October 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 10 October 2015

Victorian based harness racing owner/breeder Harvey Kaplan is a shrewd operator. His success in the sport is well documented and his passion is infectious, he’s bred some outstanding stars of the sport including Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling, Fly Like An Eagle, Arctic Fire and current star Bling It On. And his desire to find the next ‘star’ continues to burn brightly. The South African born and raised harness racing fanatic is constantly upgrading and improving his large broodmare band which is spread across both Australia and New Zealand while he’s always sourcing the best options for his racing team. Kaplan is not afraid to place his horses in the best position to maximize their returns. Enter Queensland. In recent times, Kaplan has been impressed with upgrade to prizemoney and the QBRED breeding scheme in the sunshine state and now has horses consistently heading north. “Queensland is on the up and their prizemoney structure is strong while their recent upgrade of the breeding schemes is very appealing. I’m happy to place my horses where they can best earn and I had no hesitation in sending horses to Brisbane, I’ll have at least five to six racing up there in the next couple of weeks.” On Saturday night, Kaplan has the promising Epaulette engaged in the opening heat of the C2/C5 $50,000 Silks Restaurant Cup series. Formerly prepared by Sydney trainer Belinda McCarthy, Epaulette will make his debut for Ian Gurney and draws ideally in gate two. “I know one thing; we’ll be leading because he’s a brilliant gate speed horse so that’s a good start. This series is the main reason we’ve sent him north and I’m hoping we can continue to target these series in the coming months. “We’ve deliberately taken our time with him because he was such a late foal, he’s a January foal and he’s always displayed very good ability so we’ve never rushed him. We think he’ll get through his grades quickly and this series is a great start point. “This heat boasts some very talented types including Alleluia who has raced against the best of his age group but we knew that he would draw well so we expect to be hard to beat.” Kaplan is also hoping for some luck with his recent New Zealand purchase Our Narissa Franco who lines up in the Listed $25,000 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final. The half-sister to current star Franco Nelson has drawn ideally in gate one and looms as a legitimate chance following her heat performance on Tuesday. “Her run on Tuesday was very good and her sectionals were impressive, landing the inside gate is a major bonus because she does possess very good gate speed,” “Originally I sent this mare to Brittany Graham but was forced to change stable owing to her nasty characteristics, she’s actually quite mad but she’s fitting in with Jack Butler now. It would be a great thrill to win a race like this with her and take a good time,” “I have just purchased Fon Design who will step out for Brittany next week so hopefully this is the start of a good week to come.” Kaplan also hinted that ‘stablestar’ Bling It On could be a Queensland winter carnival player in the coming months. Related Links Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 14 March 2015 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 14 March 2015 by Chris Barsby  

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