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New laws introduced will make sweeping changes to the governance of Harness Racing Victoria, fulfilling an Andrews Labor Government commitment to modernise and improve the governance of the industry. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today introduced legislation into the Parliament that will establish new governance arrangements for the Board of Harness Racing Victoria, a Harness Racing Advisory Council and increased information sharing powers for the Racing Integrity Commissioner. The Board will be re-shaped to ensure it has the necessary skills to grow the industry and assist harness racing to compete effectively in a challenging market. A spill and fill of the board will occur with current members being invited to re-apply. The new Advisory Council will provide expert advice to the Board of Harness Racing Victoria and improve the lines of communication between the Board and the industry, addressing the concerns of industry participants that their views were not being heard. Former Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club, Dale Monteith, conducted an independent audit of the harness racing industry earlier this year, delivering his findings in April. The Government has accepted all of the recommendations made in the Monteith Report. The Racing Amendment Bill 2015 will also grant the Racing Integrity Commissioner the ability to disclose integrity-related information to Racing Analytical Services Limited, further strengthening industry integrity. The Bill will also list a number of other bodies in the Racing Act 1958 to improve transparency of the RIC’s current information sharing arrangements. Harness racing contributes around $421 million to the Victorian economy each year and supports almost 4,000 full-time jobs, mostly in regional areas. Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to implementing the recommendations made by Dale Monteith following his comprehensive review into harness racing in Victoria.” “Harness racing is a major part of our racing industry. These new governance structures will help take it forward, supporting its jobs and growth.” Media Contact: Christine Tyrrell 0423 092 752 |

LEXINGTON, KY - The President of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) today predicted that the currently unregulated horse breeding industry will ultimately be folded into any federal racing legislation that advances in Washington. "I fully anticipate that as current proposals advance in the legislative process, Members of Congress will heed comments made by a key supporter of federal intervention about the practices of Thoroughbred breeders that may be contributing to an inappropriate reliance on drugs," Ed Martin said. Prior to becoming involved with racing regulatory matters, Martin served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill for almost a decade. The President of the Humane Society of the United States and a member of The Jockey Club's coalition, Wayne Pacelle, wrote in a July 20, 2015 column published on the animal welfare website the following: "Doping horses for racing is more dangerous today than ever because breeding practices - which select for speed and champagne-glass legs - make the horses less sturdy and more vulnerable to breakdowns than they were even 10 or 20 years ago." The Thoroughbred breeding industry and related sales companies are not currently regulated by the states, creating a void that Martin predicted Congress would fill given the universal concern about Thoroughbred racing breakdowns. Martin noted that state racing commission medication reforms already implemented are starting to reduce catastrophic injuries in some jurisdictions as reported by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear at The Jockey Club's Roundtable conference this past weekend. He predicted that unregulated sales company medication policies that permit the stacking of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids to be used on horses going through the auction ring could be considered permissive. "I predict that Members of Congress will want to know why drugs need to be given to horses that have never raced and have not been injured," he said. The ARCI President said that if a state were to expand the jurisdiction of an ARCI member commission to regulate the breeding industry and sales companies, the association would begin working on Model Rules to assist that agency in meeting the legislative mandate. To date, that has not happened. Steve May

Harness Racing Victoria is pleased to announce its Integrity Department will receive a significant boost this month with the appointment of Brent Fisher to the role of Investigations and Compliance Manager. HRV General Manager – Integrity Andy Rogers said Mr Fisher would be a valuable addition to the Integrity Department. “Brent is an incredibly well credentialed and experienced criminal investigator,” Mr Rogers said. “Brent also possesses a good understanding of the sport of harness racing and his appointment is significant to the future protection of the integrity of the industry. “The industry is well-served in obtaining a person of Brent’s calibre and the entire Integrity Department look forward to working with him.” HRV CEO John Anderson echoed Mr Rogers’ sentiments: “The HRV Board has supported the call for additional resources to be allocated to industry integrity. The appointment of Brent Fisher will greatly enhance the good work already being done by Andy Rogers and his team of investigative stewards.”  Harness Racing Victoria

At Penrith on Thursday afternoon, 9 July, 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards continued an adjourned Inquiry into the circumstances in which, during the running of the Bulli Cup (Listed Classic) 2300 metres at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday, 30 May, 2015, FREYBERG NZ from the vicinity of the 400 metres had left the marker pegs and shifted wider on the track. After taking further evidence from Mr. K Pizzuto, the Trainer/Driver of FREYBERG NZ, and Mr. J Trainor, the Driver of ALTA JEROME NZ, considering the results of two post-race veterinary examinations and reviewing the official vision of the race together with the previous six starts of FREYBERG NZ as well as its two subsequent starts, Mr. Pizzuto was charged under Rule 240. AHRR 240 states; “A person shall not, whether alone or in association with others, do, permit or suffer anything before, during or after a race which in the opinion of the Stewards or Controlling Body may cause someone to be unlawfully advantaged or disadvantaged or be penalised or is corrupt or otherwise improper.” The particulars of the charge laid being;  That at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday, 30 May, 2015 in Race 6 Mr. Pizzuto, being the Trainer/Driver of the horse FREYBERG NZ, from between the vicinity of the 400 metres until the vicinity of the 200 metres in the opinion of the Stewards made no reasonable attempt to drive FREYBERG NZ so as to remain on its racing line against the marker pegs which has resulted in FREYBERG NZ shifting out thereby  improperly disadvantaging SMOLDA which was racing to its immediate outside and affording  ALTA JEROME NZ an improper advantage in that horse was able to proceed unimpeded against the marker pegs.  Mr. Pizzuto offered no plea against the charge. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards found Mr. Pizzuto guilty of the charge laid. After taking submissions from Mr. Pizzuto relative to penalty, the Stewards adjourned the hearing to allow appropriate consideration to be given to the Trainer/Drivers submissions, including his disciplinary record. On Saturday evening, 18 July, 2015 Mr. Pizzuto was informed that the Stewards had determined a penalty of a suspension of his licence to drive in races and trials for a period of nine (9) months to take effect from midnight on Saturday, 18 July, 2015.  Details of this decision were provided in writing to the Trainer/Driver on Monday, 20 July, 2015. Mr. Pizzuto was informed of his right to appeal the decision. Harness Racing New South Wales

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an Inquiry today into the betting activities of licensed Trainer and Driver Mr David Moran, including a bet placed in Race 4 at the Leeton Harness Meeting on 30 January 2015, a race in which Mr Moran was engaged as a driver. Mr Moran again appeared at the inquiry. Evidence including telephone records was entered into evidence. Further evidence was also taken from Ms Laura Crossland (via telephone. Mr Moran was issued with two (2) charges pursuant to Rule 173 (1) & (3) which states: 173. (1)  A driver shall not bet in a race in which the driver participates.  (3)  A driver who fails to comply with any provision of this rule is guilty of an offence. The particulars of the charges issued against Mr Moran are as follows: On 15 January 2015, Mr Moran placed a bet via the Wagering Operator Tabcorp, on BENOAH which competed in Race 6 at the Wagga Harness Meeting on that day. Mr Moran drove that horse and the bet to win was $50. On 30 January 2015, Mr Moran placed a bet via the Wagering Operator Tabcorp, on SMO, a horse trained and driven by his partner Ms Laura Crossland, which competed in Race 4 at the Leeton Harness Meeting on that day. The bet to win was $50 and Mr Moran drove MAJOR JULES in that race. Mr Moran pleaded guilty to the charge relating to 30 January 2015 and the charge relating to the 15 January 2015 was found proven by the Stewards. In respect of the charge relating to 15 January 2015, Mr Moran was fined the amount of $500. In respect of the charge relating to 30 January 2015, Mr Moran was disqualified for a period of 3 months to commence from midnight 28 July 2015.  In determining penalty, Stewards took all circumstances of this matter into consideration and were mindful of Mr Moran’s licence history, personal subjective facts including personal and financial hardships and Mr Moran’s guilty plea in respect of the matter relating to 30 January 2015. Reid Sanders

Participants please note that various policies and procedures relevant to the Victorian Harness Racing Industry can be located at the following internet address: Additional policies will also be found in this location in the future. Any queries in relation to this information please call the Harness Racing Victoria Integrity Department on 8378 0222.

WASHINGTON — Two Congressmen are introducing a bill that would establish uniform drug and medication standards in Thoroughbred racing in 2017. If passed, the legislation would allow the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to create a drug agency specifically for racing — a first for the sport. USADA, an independent agency, is the national anti-doping organization in the U.S. for the Olympics. The Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 is being presented Thursday by representatives Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. They co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus. The racing industry is regulated on a state-by-state basis with a patchwork of regulations. Supporters of the bill have been trying for years to set uniform rules, drug testing and penalties at tracks nationwide. The bill is supported by the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity. Among those in the coalition are the Breeders' Cup, The Jockey Club, the Humane Society of the United States and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association. The Associated Press

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today concluded an inquiry into a report issued from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) which stated that a high level of Cobalt was present in the urine sample taken from Jessica Dale prior to it competing in the Rising Stars Championship C0 Final at the harness racing meeting at Albion Park on 20 September 2014. The inquiry commenced on 20 May 2015 and evidence was taken from trainer Ken Belford, who explained his feeding regime and husbandry practices leading up to the race in question. Evidence was also provided by Professor Paul Mills (University of Queensland), Dr Bruce Young (RSC) and Michael O’Connor (legal counsel representative for Mr Belford). Following submissions from M O’Connor, Stewards granted a further adjournment of the inquiry to enable Mr Belford to provide evidence from Dr Robert Kinobe (James Cook University). On 25 June, further submissions were tendered by Michael O’Connor for Mr Belford and evidence was taken from Dr Kinobe. After consideration Mr Ken Belford was charged pursuant to Australian Harness Racing (AHR) Rule 190(1) which reads: “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge being that Mr Belford did present JESSICA DALE for racing at Albion Park on 20 September 2014 when a urine sample taken from the mare prior to it competing in Race 5, the Rising Stars Championship Final, was found, upon analysis, to contain a prohibited substance, namely Cobalt at a mass concentration of 360 ug/L. After considering submissions in defence of the charge, Stewards found Mr Belford in breach of AHR rule 190(1) and reserved their decision regarding penalty to consider personal circumstances and other subjective facts. When determining an appropriate penalty Stewards were of the view that the following points were relevant:   1. Mr Belford has had one prior breach of this rule in a 52 year licence history   2. The level of Cobalt detected in Jessica Dale, being 360 Ug/L   3. The negative impact to the image of Harness Racing and the potential to           undermine the integrity of the sport   4. Need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that the non-standard use of this prohibited substance has no place in the harness racing industry   5. Nature of the substance Cobalt and the potential to compromise the health and welfare of Jessica Dale.   6. Personal circumstances of Mr Belford   Having considered the abovementioned points, Stewards ruled that the imposition of an 18 month disqualification was appropriate. This penalty will take effect from midnight Friday, 3 July 2015.   Acting under the provisions of AHR Rule 195, Jessica Dale was disqualified from its 3rd placing at Albion Park on 20 September 2014, and all other placegetters were amended accordingly.   Mr Belford was advised of his rights of appeal.   Panel: D Farquharson, A Reardon & D Aurisch  

On 25 June 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) concluded an inquiry into an investigation that commenced on 14 April 2015 in relation to Mr Hewitt associating with a disqualified person, Mr Shannon Wonson. Mr Hewitt was issued with a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 230 in that he did associate with a disqualified person Mr Shannon Wonson for a purpose related to harness racing. That purpose related to Mr Shannon Wonson engaging him as the driver for the registered standardbred The Champ Is Here which was entered to race at the Bathurst harness meeting on 10 April 2015. Mr Hewitt made an admission in relation to that charge. Consequently, Mr Hewitt’s training and driving licences were suspended for a period of one (1) month to commence from midnight on 30 June 2015. In addition, Mr Hewitt was fined $5,000 with that amount wholly suspended for a period of 12 months. In determining penalty, Stewards considered submissions made by Mr Hewitt, the circumstances in which the association occurred, the early admission of the charge by Mr Hewitt and his offence history. Reid Sanders

The cobalt saga started in harness racing at The Meadowlands and has now spread around the racing world like a virus. We've all read about cobalt. Racing's new EPO. The stuff that supposedly makes horses run like Lear Jets.  But until this week it's all been about yet another Australian trainer being caught with a high reading. That changed on Tuesday, however, when the Racing Integrity Unit dropped the bombshell that the leading Matamata stable of Lance O'Sullivan and Andrew Scott had returned a cobalt positive with its horse Quintastics, after she won a race in March. And then on Friday, after further testing in Perth, the RIU confirmed a trawl through frozen samples from the stable had uncovered two more positives, from NZ Derby place-getter Sound Proposition and Suffire, who won at Tauranga in February. Suddenly, people in the industry are asking questions about what it means, are they at risk and exactly how high the cobalt levels are. While RIU general manager Mike Godber would not reveal the exact amount of cobalt found in the three horses, he said it "significantly" breached the internationally recognised limit of 200 adopted earlier this season. There is no suggestion the levels are anywhere near as high as the 6000 recorded in one of 21 positives returned by horses trained by Newcastle trainer Darren Smith who was disqualified for 15 years. Fairfax investigations have revealed it would take an intravenous injection of cobalt chloride to elevate levels into the thousands, a sure sign of cheating. But levels in the hundreds, believed to be the case with the O'Sullivan/Scott trio, almost certainly indicates the administration of a supplement, a practice commonplace in New Zealand. Fortified horse feeds contain only minute amounts of cobalt, nowhere near enough to elevate levels above the threshold. Industry regulators both here and in Australia adopted the trigger point of 200 micrograms of cobalt per litre of urine after extensive testing of some 2500 samples from horses in New Zealand, Queensland, Victoria, West Australia and South Australia. The New Zealand sample of 400 horses, some from race-day swabs and some from random horses at stud chosen because they had never had any medication, put the mean level of cobalt very low at 6.4. This was markedly lower than the Australian samples which found cobalt levels of between 10 and 20 – explained by the fact many racing areas in New Zealand are volcanic and the soil is deficient in cobalt. In another collaborative effort, 11 overseas countries contributed 10,300 post-race urine samples and the highest recorded cobalt reading was 78 mcg/l. The average was 5.29 mcg/l. These results included many horses on normal cobalt supplementation programmes. Given those results,  it's not surprising many in the industry here have criticised our 200 level as too generous. They say unscrupulous trainers have too much leeway to dose their horses and remain undetected. But Fairfax understands  it is highly likely that a new, lower limit of 100, already in place in Hong Kong, will be struck at the next meeting of international regulators in Paris in October. As yet the UK and European racing jurisdictions have not set a cobalt threshold. In the Australian cases pending against Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Mark Kavanagh, Cox Plate-winning trainer Danny O'Brien, and Lee and Shannon Hope, all levels detected are in the hundreds. Racing Victoria revealed the cobalt levels detected as: Danny O'Brien's Bondeiger (370mcg/l), Caravan Rolls On (380), De Little Engine (580) and Bullpit (320); Mark Kavanagh's Magicool (640); Lee and Shannon Hope's Windy Citi Bear (300), Best Suggestion (550) and Choose (440). Studies done by the Hong Kong Jockey Club have demonstrated how such levels can easily be reached through supplementation. In its study, horses which were injected with Hemo-15, an iron, amino acid and B vitamin supplement readily available here, reached a maximum cobalt level in the urine of 530 mcg/l within two hours of administration. The cobalt level decreased rapidly and was below 200 in six to 12 hours. That begs the question how the levels detected recently could be so high given it is illegal to treat horses in any way on race-day and there is no legitimate reason for administering the supplement so close to a race.    Concern that vitamin B12 medication, popular with trainers here, might result in a cobalt positive was flagged by the New Zealand Equine branch of the Veterinary Association when it gazetted a warning in February. Vitamin B12 contains five per cent cobalt and, if given repeatedly, can result in a cobalt level in the hundreds. All vets were advised that they should not use any medication that contained vitamin B12 either orally or by injection for one clear day before a horse raced. Barry Lichter Reprinted with permission  

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) invited the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) to help create an informational forum that will educate Ohio harness racing drivers on a new "Use of the Whip" rule (3769-17-17) at their monthly meeting, June 23, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. "We asked the OHHA at our meeting this morning to participate with the OSRC in educating harness drivers on the new rule which goes into the effect July 19 and they enthusiastically agreed," said OSRC Chairman Robert K. Schmitz. "I don't believe this will be a revolutionary change for most drivers except they will now have to keep the lines in both hands for the entire mile." Steve Bateson, OHHA Vice President and Renee Mancino, OHHA Executive Director both agreed to help participate in the education of Ohio harness drivers on the "Use of the Whip" rule, which had passed through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) on June 22. The OSRC will file the rule on July 9, and it will become effective ten days later on July 19. "The Ohio Fair Conference has 20 fairs (in their circuit) and drivers need to know how each judge is going to interpret these rules," Bateson said. "If I were a professional driver I would ask for clarification so there would be no misunderstanding of these rules." The "Use of Whip" rule outlines where on a horse's body a whip may be used and specifies types of whips and the amount of force a driver can deliver when utilizing a whip in a race. Rule 3769-17-17, "Use of the Whip," is found in whole, below: (A) All drivers must keep a line in each hand beginning when the horse is behind the starting gate and continuing through the finish of the race. (B) Whipping shall be restricted to elbow and wrist action only and the whipping arm shall not be raised above the driver's shoulder height. (C) Drivers shall not move their whipping arm in an exaggerated manner and the lines shall remain reasonably taut during the race. (D) Drivers shall not use the whip below the level of the shaft, forward of the race bike's wheels. (E) Drivers shall not place the whip between the horse's legs. (F) Drivers shall not strike another horse or driver with the whip. (G) Drivers shall not use the handle of a whip on a horse. (H) Drivers are permitted to use their hand or the whip in a sliding or gliding manner above the level of the shaft. (I) Drivers shall not use the whip on a tired horse, on a horse that is not visibly responding, or when a horse is not in contention in a race. (J) Drivers shall not use the whip without giving the horse time to respond to a previous application of the whip. (K) Whips shall be no longer than 48 inches with the cracker no longer than 6 inches in length. Only a conventional cracker shall be permitted. No leather or unusual materials may be used. The conventional cracker shall not be knotted and tape is only permitted on the handle of the whip. All other modifications of the whip are prohibited. (L) Excessive, indiscriminate, visibly injurious, or abusive use of the whip is prohibited. (M) In addition to the penalties provided in Rule 3769-17-99, the violation of any of the provisions in this rule may result in loss of placement or disqualification. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) has commenced an investigation following a positive test result for Cobalt. Cobalt is a prohibited substance in horse racing at a level of over 200 micrograms per litre in urine. The horse “Quintastics” tested positive after winning on 11 March at Tauranga. “Quintastics” is trained by Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott at Matamata.  Initial testing is carried out at a Wellington laboratory and any positive results are sent to Perth, Western Australia for confirmation. As part of its investigation the RIU has advised O’Sullivan and Scott that there are concerns for two other urine samples that have been sent to Perth. The horses involved are – “Suffire” on 5 February at Tauranga and “Sound Proposition” on 28 February at Ellerslie (3rd NZ Derby) The New Zealand racing industry has been testing for cobalt since mid-2014 and has tested samples as far back as February 2014. Investigations are on-going. As this matter is subject to an investigation no further comment will be provided from the RIU at this time. Racing Integrity Unit

On Tuesday 16 June 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW), acting under the provisions of Rule 183, suspended the Trainer and Driver licences of Mr John Glover, effective immediately, after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a post-race blood sample taken from TAYSPASTIME following its win in race 1, THE NEWCASTLE CITY HOLDEN PACE (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on Friday 12 June 2015. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Mr Glover was given an opportunity to be heard on the imposition of Rule 183 and he provided submissions that were considered by HRNSW Stewards, together with other evidence that had been obtained. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it has been determined that TAYSPASTIME, the horse subject of the certificates, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. This also has immediate effect. An inquiry has been scheduled for 2pm on Wednesday 24 June 2015. 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 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Reid Sanders Chief Operations Officer  

Stewards today concluded an inquiry pertaining to six registered standardbreds owned by Darcel Lindau-Johnson and Alan Johnson. After considering all the evidence available, Stewards charged Mrs Lindau-Johnson and Mr Johnson pursuant to AHR Rule 218 which reads: “A person having responsibility for the welfare of a horse shall not fail to care for it properly”. The specifics of the charge being that Mrs Darcel Lindau-Johnson and Mr Alan Johnson, as the registered owners of six registered standardbred horses present on a property, and therefore responsible for their welfare, failed to care for those horses properly. A further charge was issued against Mrs Lindau-Johnson and Mr Johnson under AHR Rule 187(1) which reads: “A person who is directed to do so by the Stewards shall attend an inquiry or investigation convened or conducted by them.” The specifics of the charge being that Mrs Darcel Lindau-Johnson and Mr Alan Johnson, failed to comply with a direction from Stewards to attend an inquiry at Deagon on 24 March, 2015. Mrs Lindau-Johnson and Mr Johnson pleaded not guilty to all charges however Stewards were of the view that the charges could be sustained as issued and therefore found them guilty. When considering the matter of penalty, Stewards were mindful of significant mitigating factors. In all the circumstances Stewards determined that a fine of $200 each be applied for the breach of Rule 187(1), and that no further action would be taken for the breach of Rule 218 conditional to the horses being removed from the relevant property by Friday, 19 June 2015. Stewards further advised that upon satisfying this condition, the embargo placed on all horses owned by Mrs Lindau-Johnson and Mr Johnson under Rule 183(c) would be lifted. Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, D Aurisch - Racing Queensland

On Friday 29 May 2015 Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) concluded an inquiry that commenced on 17 April 2015 in relation to licensed trainer, Mr Roy Roots (Snr) obtaining payments from the owner of the standardbred Jeremes Mate for veterinary procedures that never occurred. Evidence was initially taken from Mr Roots (Snr) and the owner of Jeremes Mate at the commencement of the inquiry and further evidence was obtained on Friday 29 May 2015. During the course of the Inquiry, Mr Roots (Snr) made admissions regarding the acceptance of funds around September/October 2013 on the pretence that the horse Jeremes Mate required veterinary procedures that did not occur. Mr. Roots (Snr) pleaded not guilty to a charge under Rule 241 in that he around September/October 2013 and in August 2014, in connection with the harness racing industry, did act in a fraudulent manner by obtaining payments totalling $5,800 by deception. Mr Roots (Snr) was found guilty and disqualified for a period of 15 months to commence from midnight on Friday 29 May 2015. In determining penalty, Stewards took all circumstances of this matter into consideration and were mindful of Mr Roots’ (Snr) licence history, personal subjective facts including personal and financial hardships, the impact on those employed by Mr Roots (Snr) and the serious nature of the offence. Reid Sanders - Harness Racing New South Wales

On Tuesday 19 May 2015 Harness Racing NSW suspended the licence of trainer, Mr Joshua Carroll, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from Tiny Tinker following its win in race 4, the TROTS TV LADYSHIP PACE (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on 19 March 2015. The “B” sample and associated control has been analysed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia who have confirmed the level of Cobalt above the prescribed threshold. Prior to suspending the licence of Mr Carroll, he was afforded the opportunity to make submissions which he did not exercise. Mr Carroll has been directed to attend an Inquiry on Monday 15 June 2015. It must be noted that at this stage Mr Carroll has not be charged or convicted of any offence relating to this matter. Reid Sanders - Harness Racing New South Wales

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