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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

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) RAD Board yesterday heard a matter relating to charges issued under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) against licensed trainer/driver Mr Nathan Jack. Nathan Jack was charged with 37 breaches under the provisions of AHRR 230 and one breach each under the provisions of AHRR 245 and AHRR 246. All these charges emanated from communication with disqualified person Jackson Painting between January 2015 and October 2016.     Mr Jack pleaded guilty to all these charges and after taking into consideration his early plea of guilt, personal circumstances, offence record and specific and general deterrence, Mr Jack was fined $6000 of which $3000 is suspended for a period of 12 months. Mr Jack also received a further 3 months suspension, fully suspended for the next 12 months, a penalty to be activated if Mr Jack were to breach rules 230, 245 or 246 of the AHRR in the next 12 months. Mr Jack also pleaded guilty to one charge under AHRR 231 (2) and three charges under AHRR 247. All these charges emanated from a Bendigo Stewards inquiry on 11 August, 2016, after the late scratching of the horse Shared Interest which Mr Jack was engaged to drive. Mr Jack was charged for making inappropriate comments towards starter Graeme Morgan after the horse was a late scratching and in relation to behaving in an improper and intimidatory manner at the Stewards Inquiry that evening.              Mr Jack pleaded guilty to all 4 charges and he was fined $1000. Mr Jack also received a further 3 month suspension, fully suspended for the next 12 months, a penalty to be  activated if he were to breach any rules under 231 (2) and 247 of the AHRR in that time.       Harness Racing Victoria 

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

Hopetoun Park trainer Ross Sugars took the honours at the Warragul HRC fixture held on Monday December 2 after preparing a stable treble, with reinsman son Greg driving two of the stable runners. New addition Living Lord (Greg) taking the Warragul Cup Easter Sunday Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2205 metres and Forest Fury the Danny's The Venue Pace for C1 class over the same trip. Living Lord a former member of the Jackson Painting (Narrandera) team making his first appearance for the camp, led throughout from gate three to easily account for Andy Gath's Regal Knight who wasn't disgraced after facing the breeze, with Mister Clooney third. The mile rate a new track record of 1-57.9. A six year old Kiwi bred gelded son of Live Or Die and Lady Matueus, Living Lord has fronted the starter on 30 occasions, winning 11 times. Four Year old gelding Forest Fury (Bettors Delight/Forest Glory) taking a concession for Melton based Zac Phillips won in identical fashion, leading throughout from gate three in defeating Stynz Boy which trailed in 2-01.1, with Eclipseofthemoon (three back the markers) running on late for third when extricated into the clear on turning. Ex-Kiwi mare Our Burning Desire, a five year old daughter of Real Desire and Knowing Pocket, brought up the treble when successful in the Warragul Pacing Bowl 25 Years Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1785 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Restrained from a solo second line draw to settle three back in the moving line with the pole marker Hollys Miss Molly a surprise leader, Greg Sugars made a swift forward move racing to the bell to shadow the pacemaker for the final circuit. Joining Hollys Miss Molly on the home turn, Our Burning Desire proved much too strong over the concluding stages, winning by 3.9 metres without being pushed out from the leader, with Greenough third after trailing the front runner and making no impression along the sprint lane. Another Melton area winner on the program was honest five year old Our Sir Vancelot/Cinderella Lady mare Belated for David Manning in the Momentum Equine Myotherapy Pace for C0 class over 2205 metres. Driven by Melton based Zac Phillips, Belated showed plenty of speed at the start from gate five to lead and despite being pressured at various stages by the roughie Cap Lord, still held a narrow margin on the final bend. When Electrastar (four wide from last) appeared to hit the front on the final bend she looked the winner, however Belated refused to give in and fought back to gain the day by 1.1 metres in a rate of 2-02.6. Stormee (one/one - three wide last lap) finished third. Kilmore trainer Rita Burnett combined with nephew Kevin Weidenbach (Jnr) to land the Linc Building Pace for C1 class over 1785 metres with speedy Jet Laag/Spiral Staircase 7-Y-0 gelding Spiral Jet. Bred and raced by staunch stable client Alan Zammit, Spiral Jet taking a concession led for most of the journey from gate three, defeating Jetts Afella which trailed after leading out from the pole, with Viva Courage coming from near last to finish third. The mile rate 2-00.8. Rockbank's Angela McDonough combined with Long Forest reinswoman Kate Gath aboard seven year old Village Jasper/Karara Elle mare Elle Jasper to land the letsgotrotting.com Pace for C1 class over 1785 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.9.. Starting from the extreme draw, Elle Jasper possied three back in the running line, with Rita Burnett's Isntshesomething leading easily from the pole. Despite being off the track on the final bend, Elle Jasper motored to the wire to record a runaway victory in advance of All Aussie Star (one/one - three wide home turn) and the favourite My Lishi a stablemate of the winner which trailed the leader. Coimadai trainer/driver Graeme Whittle did punters no favours, when ten year old Keystone Salute/Solander gelding Keystone Blues greeted the judge in the Pascoe Vale TAB Agency Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2205 metres, paying odds of $29.00 on Supertab. Starting from the 30 metre mark, Keystone Blues who's last success had been at the same track in February, settled with most of the field in front of him, with the favourite Jumeirah Jane crossing the old timer Master Kiesey shortly after the start. Still last at the bell, Keystone Blues saved for one dash at the leaders after following the local Zoes Dream home, finished best to score from My Name Is Earl (one/one) and Zoes Dream which dashed to the front on turning. The mile rate 2-05.8. It was Keystone Blues' 12th victory in 203 outings. Len Baker                        

Last year's Central Victorian Pacing Championship winner Restrepo a Breeders Crown placegetter, was victorious in taking out the $30,000 (Group 3) Tooleybuc Sporting Club Nyah Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2790 metres at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Saturday, giving him a free ticket into this Sunday's $70,000 Kilmore Pacing Cup. Trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by the all conquering Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin combination, Restrepo (Gavin Lang) was a little slow to begin from barrier two, but quickly regained his composure to settle close and handy one/one. When last year's victor Saint Flash was sent forward early by Daryl Douglas, Lang went ahead of him to again possie one/one, before being shuffled back a spot after the heavily supported favourite Chancellor Cullen circled the field to race outside the lamp lighter Uncle Wingnut. In a race with plenty of action, second elect Abettorpunt commenced a forward move three wide solo from last at the bell, with Restrepo able to latch to his back running into the final bend. When Chancellor Cullen dashed away at the straight entrance, it looked as though he may have pinched the feature, however after the easy passage, Restrepo finished the better to claim him in the shadows of the post, scoring by 2.7 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-58.4 (last half mile a blistering 54.8 - quarter 27.6). Abettorpunt was game in finishing 2.4 metres away in third place. A 5-Y-0 entire by Art Major from Shes Innocent, Restrepo has recorded 14 wins from only 24 race appearances. The $12,000 Jim Roberts Nyah Trotters Cup named in honour of Nyah legend Jim Roberts a former club President and one time HRV Board member, was taken out by 6-Y-0 Earl/Howdoudo gelding Thewannacallmesue for Shepparton (Lemnos) father and son Russell and Nathan Jack in a rate of 2-07.5. Despite racing in the open throughout from barrier three outside the pacemaker Gluteus Major inside him after a slow beginning, Theywannacallmesue raced by the Shellie family outstayed his rivals to record a strong neck victory over Gluteus Major, with Michael Thomas (one/one) third. One of the highlights of the evening was the $12,000 Ian Ray Betta Home Living Swan Hill Mile for C6 or better class over the true 1609 metre journey, with Hamilton trainer David Lewis' smart Art Major/Jolaura 5-Y-0 stallion Amajorjo victorious. First up since June, Amajorjo driven by Terang's Matt Craven from gate five tried unsuccessfully to head of Jackson Painting's Living Lord (gate two), resulting in him being left in the open for the entire trip. Surging to the front on the final bend, Amajorjo scored a meritorious head margin over the hot favourite Magical Telf off a three wide trail from last in the final circuit, with Our Walden Bury (one/two) third. The mile rate 1-53.5 (last half 55.5 - quarter 27.4) which smashed the track record of 1-54.8. Len Baker

The first feature night meeting of the season in the Riverina will be held at Wagga on Friday night as the countdown continues to the peak time of the racing year. Yirribee Stud race night has attracted seven races with $46,000 prizemoney and $20,000 in stallion bonuses on offer. The feature race is the Ian Walsh Memorial which honors the life of the former Wagga Harness Racing Club president who was also a former partner in Yirribee Stud. It's the biggest line-up of bonuses Yirribee has offered to five of its nine stallions. The winner of the Ian Walsh Memorial will not only receive the major share of $8000 prizemoney but a free service to former champion Mr Feelgood valued at close to $5000. Aqua Luvy is likely to start favorite for the Ian Walsh Memorial from barrier three representing in-form combination Jackson Painting and Blake Jones. Painting had four winners at the previous Wagga meeting and again has a strong hand. The field for the Million Dollar Cam Classic also has plenty of quality with last start Menangle winner Lucys Penny opposed to the talented Northern Line and in-form Scottish Glamour and Goforzoe. Yirribee has also put up services to former star pacers Lanercost ($2970) and Lombo Pocket Watch ($2200) and Little Brown Jug winner, Million Dollar Cam ($3300). Yirribee, which will stand a record nine stallions this season, has reported a strong response to its stallions particularly since the new bonuses for breeders was announced earlier this month. Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

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