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Stewards and Judges will be given greater flexibility to consider mitigating factors in deciding whether to deny the purse and disqualify a horse for lessor violations of racing’s medication rules under the latest version of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Model Rules of Racing. Version 8.1, now available on the ARCI’s website, permits the consideration of mitigating factors in deciding whether to deny a purse for some violations involving substances requiring a “Class C” penalty.    Consideration of mitigating circumstances has long been permitted for Class B penalty violations and this change extends current policy to lessor offenses. The ARCI Board also voted to conduct an overall review of the recommended Penalty Guidelines for medication and doping violations.   “Some have argued that the recommended penalties may not be tough enough for the most egregious violations or that isolated minor offenses are treated too harshly,” ARCI President Ed Martin said.   “This has not been examined in depth for many years and the Board believes this review is overdue.” RCI Chair Jeff Colliton, the Chairman of the Washington Racing Commission, assigned the task to the Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee.   Committee Chair Duncan Patterson, the Chair of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, will coordinate that review in consultation with committee members and industry representatives. In other actions, the ARCI: •          Voted NOT to modify its existing rule requiring the independent third party administration of furosemide.   Some states, like Minnesota and Colorado, have adopted an alternate approach and a proposal was considered, but rejected, to include those approaches in the Model Rules; •          Affirmed the policy of assigning four (4) Multiple Medication Violation (MMV) points for carbon-dioxide (TCO2) violations; •          Amended the Model Rule to reflect the current policy in Kentucky giving greater flexibility to tracks in determining payouts for Pick N/PositionX wagers; •          Approved preliminary changes to strengthen the rule concerning the use of the riding crop with final adoption and publication contingent on a clear definition of the term “chance to respond” in order to provide clarification/direction to Stewards in determining a violation. •          Neither the Model Rules Committee or the ARCI Board took action on a proposal to amend the rules regarding the control of estrus in female greyhounds.   The updated documents can be downloaded using these links: ARCI Model Rules of Racing, Version 8.1 Uniform Classification of Foreign Substances and Penalty Guidelines, Version 13.3 Ed Martin, President/CEO Association of Racing Commissioners International

Is the standoff over the future of Albion Park causing the delay in other infrastructure project allocations and announcements? Racing Queensland chief executive Eliot Forbes was quoted in February saying advice to government on infrastructure plans would be given “towards the end of March” but as we sit here in mid-August, the only major announcement has been funding for Ipswich. Gold Coast continues to wait in the wings on what its allocation, if any, will be from the available funds. The club has been waiting since 2011, when it was allocated infrastructure funding under former RQ chairman Bob Bentley. RQ has $53 million at its disposal for infrastructure as part of the 2014 UBET deal, but is clearly hoping to swell that pot. Albion Park and the Tabcorp merger with Tatts are the two immediate possibilities of achieving that. RQ’s initial plans to sell Albion Park were scuttled by council. The Albion Park Harness Racing Club countered with a Kevin Seymour-inspired proposal that would keep the track and provide for a big capital injection. However, it assumed all profits would go to harness racing and provocatively offered RQ “rental space” at the refurbished premises. RQ is in no doubt it is the legal owner of Albion Park, a point acknowledged by APHRC chairman David Fowler in a recent Radio TAB interview with Forbes. The proposal put forward by Seymour is a good one — if the two parties can agree on how the spoils are shared. A joint venture would seem the logical way forward, but right now, it’s a stalemate — to the detriment of other urgently needed projects. ****** No doubt the Eagle Farm debacle hasn’t helped infrastructure announcements, given money will be taken from that pot to fund the rebuild. A “project control group”, including RQ and the BRC, has been established and will meet ON Monday to discuss the final elements of the scope of the project and finalise “critical timelines”. Specifications are being finalised so that a tender can go out over the next month. Racing Queensland is in the process of investigating options for sand and turf supplies. “Talks are underway with several quarries for the sand required. Testing of sand samples is continuing to find the right material for the job,” RQ said in a statement. “Initial discussions have also been held with turf suppliers to ensure the right turf can be supplied in the quality and quantity required.” By Nathan Exelby, The Sunday Mail (Qld) Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Ross Graham under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), that states:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sonetto’ after it won Race 2, the ‘Elite Horse Transport Trot’, at Shepparton on 27 July 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 298 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine. Mr Graham pleaded not guilty to the charge.  The HRV RAD board considered statements from Investigative Steward Neal Conder, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with evidence from Veterinarians Dr Jim Vasey, Dr Richard Cust, Dr Greg Hargreaves and Swabbing Assistant Gordon Warner. After considering all the evidence tendered at the hearing and submissions from both parties, Mr Graham was found guilty of the charge.  The HRV RAD Board considered further penalty submissions from the HRV Stewards that included the seriousness of the charge; that the integrity of racing is protected; and comparable prohibited substance cases. Ross Graham’s penalty submissions were also considered, including his personal circumstances and a 25-year involvement in the industry with an excellent record. In considering all of these circumstances, in addition to both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Graham’s trainers licence. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Sunday 13 August 2017. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Sonetto’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 27 July 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

RWWA Stewards have now completed their deliberations with respect to penalty for the two charges found against harness racing trainer Mr G Bond arising from an extensive investigation into all aspects of Race 1 conducted at Gloucester Park on 2 December 2016, in particular the disappointing performance of pre-post favourite FIFTH EDITION NZ and the wagering activity on that race. The inquiry was conducted over 4 sittings and heard evidence from multiple persons, which resulted in the tabling of 39 exhibits and some 420 pages of transcript. Having found Mr Bond guilty of both charges on 12 June 2017 and after hearing submissions on penalty on 4 July 2017, the Stewards have determined to impose a penalty of 6-months disqualification in relation to the offence under Rule 209 and a 12-month disqualification in relation to the offence under Rule 243 effective forthwith. The penalties are to be served concurrently. In assessing penalty in each instance the Stewards took into account, amongst other things; The seriousness of the matters. Mr Bond’s personal circumstances, level of current involvement in the racing industry and overall record in racing which did not contain any significant offences. The prejudice to the image and interest of racing as it related to Charge 2. The need to send a clear message that such actions in each instance are not acceptable or to be tolerated by the Stewards. As Mr Bond was licensed to train in partnership, Harness Regulation 90.1 (8)(c) states: (8) RWWA may grant a trainers licence to a person to train only in partnership. (a) The partnership shall not comprise more than two people. (b) Each partner must hold the same grade of trainers licence. (c) Each partner shall be subject to any disability, fine, suspension, disqualification or other penalty that may be imposed under the rules on any partner. Pursuant to these provisions this disqualification has the effect of disqualifying the training partnership. In view of the provisions of the above as it relates to Mrs. Bond and the training partnership, the Stewards have directed pursuant to Rule 183 that all training licenses held by her be suspended forthwith pending the outcome of inquiry concerning the application of this rule in relation to her. In that respect the Stewards have afforded the opportunity to receive submissions in relation to the application of this rule as it relates to Mrs. Bond. Details of charges follows. Details of Charges Charge 1 Rule 209 False Information A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not knowingly or recklessly furnish false information to the Controlling Body, the Stewards or anyone else. Particulars Particulars of the charge are that you did knowingly furnish false information to the Stewards, namely that during a phone call with the Chief Steward Mr Carl Coady on 5 December 2016 you stated that you had included your runner FIFTH EDITION in a First Four bet on Race 1 at Gloucester Park on 2 December 2016 when that was false. Charge 2 Rule: 243 Behaviour detrimental to the industry A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. Particulars The particulars of the charge are that you as a licensed trainer behaved in a way that was prejudicial to the industry as is set out in the matters below; Prior to Race 1 at Gloucester Park on 2 December 2016 in which FIFTH EDITION a horse trained by you was drawn to compete, you were aware from comments made to you by the Driver Mr R Warwick of the horse hanging and cross firing when he drove it in track work on Tuesday 29 November 2016. And; On TAB Radio on the morning of the race meeting, spoke positively as to the prospects of the horse in the race including indicating it was the best of the night for the Bond team but omitted to make any reference to the matter brought to your attention by Mr Warwick in relation to the horse hanging and cross firing when he drove it in track work on Tuesday 29 November 2016. And Expressed to the owner Mr Gartrell in a phone call to be beware given this matter that you were aware of from Mr Warwick. And In relation to this race in question you had multiple bets, by way of a First Four with multiple combinations and a Quadrella, which deliberately did not include FIFTH EDITION at all.   Denis Borovica – General Manager Racing Integrity Ph: 9445 5427

The governing bodies of the New Zealand racing industry are united in their support for the new Racing Amendment Bill, introduced by the Minister for Racing, Hon David Bennett. The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB), New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) and Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ), see the introduction of the bill a major milestone in the process towards enacting legislation that will bring a welcome increase in funding to the industry. The proposed legislation addresses the rapid and broad growth of online betting and the loss of potential industry income to overseas bookmakers. "We are delighted to see the recommendations from the Offshore Betting Working Group progressing through to legislation," says NZRB Chair, Glenda Hughes. "The support for our industry, which contributes $1.6 billion to GDP each year, is greatly appreciated and we sincerely thank Ministers David Bennett and Nathan Guy, and officials who have brought about today's landmark moment," says Ms Hughes. "We welcome the proposed legislation and look forward to engaging with the Racing Board and Government to maximise revenue opportunities for the industry," said New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Chair, Alan Jackson. "Harness Racing are naturally excited to now see this Bill enter the House for its first reading. We congratulate all those who have contributed to its progression and look forward to the benefits and opportunities it will provide our industry," says HRNZ Chairman, Ken Spicer. GRNZ Chairman, Craig Rendle agreed that the Bill introduced today is a momentous milestone, "the export market continues to be a growth area for greyhound racing, and the introduction of offshore charges will help strengthen our future and the contribution we make as a sport to New Zealand." "NZRB is also continuing to work on improving its competitiveness to enhance our customers' experience and ensure they can receive the same level of service and options as they find offshore," says Ms Hughes.   Kate Richards Head of Communications New Zealand Racing Board

Two out of three of the defendants found guilty in June this year of ‘Obtaining by deception’ in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution of a multi-million dollar gaming machine fraud have been sentenced in the Wellington High Court today. Michael O’Brien, guilty of five charges, received a sentence of imprisonment for four years, six months. Kevin Coffey, guilty of one charge, was sentenced to home detention for 12 months. Paul Max, guilty of three charges, will be sentenced in the Wellington High Court on 27 July. The case involved the manipulation of gambling licenses and grants and the offending was detected during Operation Chestnut, a joint investigation involving the Department of Internal Affairs, the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand and the SFO. It was a significant case in New Zealand for the ‘Class 4’ gambling sector, which is made up of high-turnover gambling including gaming machines in pubs and clubs. SFO Director, Julie Read said, “The sentences imposed today reflect the very serious nature of the misconduct in this case. The proceeds from pokie machines, intended to provide community funding for sport, health, education and other activities, were directed to entities nominated by Michael O’Brien so that he could obtain a personal benefit amounting to $6.86 million.” ENDS For further media information Andrea Linton Serious Fraud Office 027 705 4550 Note to editors CRIMES ACT OFFENCES Section 240 Obtaining by deception or causing loss by deception (1) Every one is guilty of obtaining by deception or causing loss by deception who, by any deception and without claim of right,— (a) obtains ownership or possession of, or control over, any property, or any privilege, service, pecuniary advantage, benefit, or valuable consideration, directly or indirectly; or (b) in incurring any debt or liability, obtains credit; or (c) induces or causes any other person to deliver over, execute, make, accept, endorse, destroy, or alter any document or thing capable of being used to derive a pecuniary advantage; or (d) causes loss to any other person.  (1A) Every person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years who, without reasonable excuse, sells, transfers, or otherwise makes available any document or thing capable of being used to derive a pecuniary advantage knowing that, by deception and without claim of right, the document or thing was, or was caused to be, delivered, executed, made, accepted, endorsed, or altered. (2) In this section, deception means— (a) a false representation, whether oral, documentary, or by conduct, where the person making the representation intends to deceive any other person and—   (i) knows that it is false in a material particular; or   (ii) is reckless as to whether it is false in a material particular; or (b) an omission to disclose a material particular, with intent to deceive any person, in circumstances where there is a duty to disclose it; or (c) a fraudulent device, trick, or stratagem used with intent to deceive any person.  ABOUT THE SFO The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was established in 1990 under the Serious Fraud Office Act. The SFO is the lead law enforcement agency for investigating and prosecuting serious or complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption. The presence of an agency dedicated to white collar crime is integral to New Zealand’s reputation for transparency, integrity, fair-mindedness and low levels of corruption. This work contributes to a productive and prosperous New Zealand and the SFO’s collaborative efforts with international partners also reduce the serious harm that corrupt business practices do to the global economy. The SFO has three operational teams; the Evaluation and Intelligence team along with two investigative teams. The SFO operates under two sets of investigative powers. Part 1 of the SFO Act provides that it may act where the Director “has reason to suspect that an investigation into the affairs of any person may disclose serious or complex fraud.”  Part 2 of the SFO Act provides the SFO with more extensive powers where: “…the Director has reasonable grounds to believe that an offence involving serious or complex fraud may have been committed…”  In considering whether a matter involves serious or complex fraud, the Director may, among other things, have regard to: the suspected nature and consequences of the fraud and/or; the suspected scale of the fraud and/or; the legal, factual and evidential complexity of the matter and/or; any relevant public interest considerations. The SFO’s Annual Report 2016 sets out its achievements for the past year, while the Statement of Intent 2014-2018 sets out the SFO’s strategic goals and performance standards. Both are available online at The SFO Twitter feed is @FraudSeriousNZ

Communication by Social Media has become an everyday occurrence for many people however Harness Racing participants are reminded that Social Media is not to be used to do any of the following. To publish or make comments detrimental to the harness racing industry or other participants or officials. To direct abuse or inappropriate comments about individuals or organisations that participate in the harness racing industry. To assume or use the identity of another licensed person or official in the harness racing industry. Publish any information relating to harness racing which is confidential in nature or is part of an ongoing inquiry or investigation. Make any comment or post that could be considered abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, discriminatory, bullying, defamatory or disrespectful to a person or body in the harness racing industry. Participants are advised that use of Social Media in the above manner could see them in breach of AHRR 231- Misconduct, AHRR 243- behave in a manner prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. AHRR 248 and 249 also specifically deal with publishing material for an improper purpose relating to harness racing. Adrian Crowther Chairman of Stewards – Harness Racing.

On Thursday 29 June 2017, RWWA Stewards conducted an inquiry into the reasons for former licensed driving stablehand Terry Trewenack failing to provide a urine sample when directed to do so at a Gloucester Park race meeting in February 2016. At the time Mr Trewenack had been working as a stablehand and had left the racecourse without providing a sample after being directed to do so and Stewards have been unable to contact him until recently. After considering all the evidence, Mr Trewenack was issued a charge under rule 250A(1)(b) which states: A person carrying on or purporting to carry on an activity regulated by licence at any time or carrying on official duties at a meeting commits an offence if he or she refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the stewards, or tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes or in any way hinders the collection of such sample or attempts to do any of these things. The specifics of the charge were that in February 2016 while licensed as a driving stablehand he failed to deliver a urine sample when directed to do so by Stewards at Gloucester Park Racecourse. Mr Trewenack pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently disqualified for a period of 6 months to take effect immediately. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account the following factors: • The seriousness of the offence • Mr Trewenack’s previous record • The need for the penalty to achieve specific and general deterrence • Mr Trewenack’s guilty plea and forthright evidence • His personal circumstances at the time of the offence and the steps that he has taken to improve his circumstances. Rhys Chappell Deputy Chief Steward

I thought it might be easier to just send this out in advance about the Meadowlands Pace entry box. Fear The Dragon was really in good form Saturday at the Hempt and we were tempted to change plans and go and supplement to the Meadowlands Pace. I had a private conversation with Jeff Gural, owner of the Meadowlands, a week earlier and told him I would be willing to supplement if it looked like there might be 13 or less entries so Dragon could get a bye and have a week off. But I told Jeff that I thought his 150 mile two week stabling rule was totally unfair to somebody from Ohio and there was no way I would do that to my horse. It would have forced Dragon to go straight from Pocono and spend two weeks there, while the New Jersey horses all get to sit at home. This is even if he had taken a bye.  For the good of the sport I might have supplemented, but that was the clincher in deciding to stick to his original schedule. Jeff admitted that his rule had unintended consequences but was not willing to change it. I told him that although I am totally supportive of out of competition testing, that his 150 mile rule was totally unfair and in fact, I think, illegal.  I told him and would go on record saying that this geographic rule is terrible for the sport and The Meadowlands, turning it into nothing more than a "B" track which is very sad. Even if I had already paid into the race in the normal fashion and he made that rule I would have refused to go. I might have even considered legal action because how can you do that to someone like Downbytheseaside who had paid in and everything? I told Brian Brown before the Hempt Final that unless that rule was changed that there is no way I would send Dragon. That is why Brian stated in the winner circle that he was "99%" certain that Dragon would not go. The rule was not changed and Seaside (who I do not own) did not return on the trailer with Dragon back to Ohio and headed for New Jersey right after the Hempt.  Dragon came straight back to my farm and is being rested to get ready for The Adios at the Meadows. My wife and I got engaged there 42 years ago so it is a race that means something to us, especially with Roger Huston calling the races. I had been planning to supplement to the Cane at the Meadowlands as well, but again if that rule stays in place I will not. I will also never stake another horse to the Meadowlands as long as Jeff discriminates against horses not trained in New Jersey. Bruce Trogdon   GURAL RESPONDS TO TROGDON’S ALLEGATIONS REGARDING MEADOWLANDS PACE TESTING PROTOCOL The following is Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural’s response to owner Bruce Trogdon, who has blamed Gural’s out-of-competition testing rules for not supplementing his top 3-year-old colt Fear The Dragon to the $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace on July 15. “While we can appreciate Mr. Trogdon's position, everyone else has accepted the terms of our out-of-competition testing program and is ready to race. We host nearly $12 million in stakes races at the Meadowlands and no other harness track produces nightly wagering handle at our level. We achieve all of this without purses that are inflated by money from alternative gaming. Most importantly, we care about the integrity of our races, especially our signature events. If that makes us a "B Track" as Mr. Trogdon alleges, I would like to know what an "A Track" is.”    

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards advise that Petacular has successfully trialled to the satisfaction of the Stewards tonight at Geelong. Petacular was stood down in accordance with the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 101B(2) after it was determined that the filly bled from one nostril subsequent to her winning performance in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 3Y0 Fillies Semi-final at Tabcorp Park Melton on 30 June 2017. AHRR 101B(2) states: “If the Stewards determine that a horse has bled from one nostril the horse shall not be eligible to race until it has trialled to the satisfaction of the Stewards.” Veterinary examinations conducted prior and subsequent to tonight’s trial by HRV Veterinary Consultant Dr Richard Cust have failed to reveal any abnormalities.  Accordingly Petacular is now cleared to take her place in this Saturday nights Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final for the 3Y0 Fillies to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Melton. Harness Racing Victoria

We are intending to introduce the Racing Amendment Bill to the House of Representatives before the General Election. This Bill will make changes to the Racing Act to implement recommendations made by the Offshore Racing and Sports Betting Working Group, which was set up as a result of the racing industry calling for the Government to examine the issue of overseas internet sites taking bets on New Zealand events.  These companies make profits from bets on New Zealand racing and sports and from people in this country without making any financial contribution in return. The new legislation will introduce two charges – an information charge and a consumption charge. The information charge is similar to the system that has been established successfully in the so-called Race Fields Acts in Australia.  It will require offshore bookmakers to pay a charge for the New Zealand sporting and racing information they use in their betting products. The consumption charge will apply to bets that offshore operators take from people in New Zealand. It is an exciting progression for the racing industry to see this legislation come to fruition, and we are working hard to achieve the goal. Designing legislation which has extra-territorial effect is not simple, but the drafting is well underway.  The Bill is expected to get its first reading in August, putting it on track to becoming part of New Zealand legislation next year at some time. Hon David Bennett Member of Parliament for Hamilton East | Minister of Racing

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards provide the below information regarding Soho Tribeca and Petacular, which are engaged to compete in next Saturday night’s (08/07) Vicbred Super Series Finals, in light of the veterinary findings identified subsequent to their Semi-final performances. SOHO TRIBECA - EMPIRE STALLIONS VICBRED SUPER SERIES (4YO ENTIRES & GELDINGS) (FINAL) A post-race veterinary examination of Soho Tribeca revealed the horse to be lame in the off foreleg and as a result Soho Tribeca has been stood down from racing pending a veterinary clearance being tendered. The HRV Stewards will monitor this situation and if necessary Soho Tribeca will be examined by an independent HRV Veterinary Consultant prior to competing next Saturday night. PETACULAR - EMPIRE STALLIONS VICBRED SUPER SERIES (3YO FILLIES) (FINAL) A post-race veterinary examination of Petacular revealed the filly to have bled from the offside nostril. In accordance with Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 101B(2) Petacular will not be permitted to start in the final until trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards on one occasion.   AHRR 101B(2) states: If the Stewards determine that a horse has bled from one nostril the horse shall not be eligible to race until it has trialled to the satisfaction of the Stewards. Michael Stanley, trainer of Petacular, has advised the filly will trial at Geelong on Tuesday night (04/07). Petacular will be examined by a HRV Veterinary Consultant at the completion of the trial to determine whether the filly has successfully passed the embargo. Harness Racing Victoria

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued against licensed trainer Mr Shane Osborn under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1), 193(3), 190B and 90A(2.9)(a).  Charge 1 - AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.  The charge under AHRR 190(1) related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Shaka The Baker’ after it finished second in Race 1, the ‘DNR Logistics Pace, at the Mildura harness racing meeting on 11 January 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold.  Charge 2 - AHRR 193(3) reads as follows: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. The charge under AHRR 193(3) related to Mr Osborn’s race day administration of Stamazene and Carbalene to ‘Shaka The Baker’ on race day prior to that horse competing in Race 1 at Mildura on 11 January 2017.  Charge 3 - AHRR 190B(1) reads as follows: A trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book The particulars of this charge related to the stable inspection conducted on 8 February 2017 by HRV Stewards, when Mr Osborn was found not to keep and maintain a logbook as required. Charge 4 - AHRR 90A(2.9)(a) reads as follows:  The holder of a trainer’s licence shall ensure that all persons carrying out the activities of stable hands are licensed as stable hands.  This charge related to Mr Osborn not ensuring that Sharon Osborn was appropriately licensed when carrying out the activities of a stablehand by presenting ‘Shaka The Baker’ for a post-race swab.  During the investigation Mr Osborn stated that he did not use any arsenic based preparation and gave evidence that ‘Shaka The Baker’ had been chewing pine fence posts. Subsequent analysis of those fence posts revealed them to contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. Mr Osborn pleaded guilty to all charges.  After considering submissions on penalty, including Mr Osborn’s early guilty plea, his previous record over a long involvement in the industry and his own personal circumstances, the HRV RAD Board imposed a $1500 fine, which was fully suspended for a period of 12 months. Acting under AHRR 195, the HRV RAD Board also formally ordered that ‘Shaka The Baker’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Mildura on 11 January 2017, and that the placings be amended accordingly. In relation to the charge under AHRR 193(3), which concerned race day treatment, Mr Osborn was fined $500.  Mr Osborn was also fined a further $250, being that that he failed to keep and maintain a log book.  The fourth and final charge, under AHRR 90A(2.9)(a), being that as a trainer he failed to ensure a person carrying out activities of a stablehand was licensed as a stablehand, Mr Osborn was fined $200. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards have concluded an inquiry that commenced on Monday June 19, 2017, into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold of 100 micrograms per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR following its win in race 2, the RANDALL JONES AUTOMOTIVE PACE (1900m) conducted at Broken Hill on Friday March 17, 2017. Licensed trainer-driver Ms Hughes provided evidence via telephone regarding CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR and her husbandry practices. Evidence including the Certificates of Analysis was presented to the inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Ms Hughes pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) as follows: CHARGE 1 - AHRR 196A (1)  A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance…. (ii)  which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. (2)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 2 (Alternative to Charge 1) - AHRR 196B.  (1)  A person shall not without the permission of the Stewards within one (1) clear day of the commencement of a race administer, attempt to administer or cause to be administered an injection to a horse nominated for that race…..  (4)  A person who fails to comply with sub-rule (1) is guilty of an offence. CHARGE 3 - AHRR 190.  (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence…. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. Ms Hughes pleaded guilty to all charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1: Four years disqualification Charge 2: No penalty recorded- alternative charge Charge 3: Four years disqualification The periods of disqualification is to be served concurrently and is to commence from April 20, 2017, the date upon which Ms Hughes was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; The serious nature of this offence; Ms Hughes’ guilty pleas; Ms Hughes’ first prohibited substance offence; Class 1 prohibited substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Level of substance detected; Ms Hughes’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, Stewards disqualified CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR from the abovementioned race. Ms Hughes was advised of her right to appeal these decisions. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 • GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •

On 22 June 2017, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards conducted an inquiry into the activities of unlicensed person Nea Fresenius at the Tabcorp Park Melton race meeting on 17 June 2017. After considering all available evidence, licensed trainer Vince Vallelonga pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 90A(2.9)(a) which states:         The holder of a trainer’s license shall ensure that all persons carrying out the activities         of a stable hand are licensed as stable hands. The particulars of the charge being that as a licensed trainer Mr Vallelonga failed to ensure that Nea Fresenius was appropriately licensed when carrying out stablehand activities at Tabcorp Park Melton on 17 June 2017. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account Mr Vallelonga’s guilty plea, that the offence was an isolated episode due to his recent injury and previous penalties for offences under this rule. Stewards accordingly imposed a fine of $200.    After considering all available evidence, Nea Fresenius pleaded guilty to a charge under AHRR 91(1)(a) which states:         A person shall not carry on an activity regulated by licence -                 (a) if that person is not the holder of a current licence; The particulars of the charge being that on 17 June 2017 Ms Fresenius did carry on an activity regulated by licence, namely as a stablehand for trainer Vince Vallelonga, when not the holder of an appropriate licence. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account Ms Fresenius’ guilty plea and previous penalties for offences under this rule. Ms Fresenius was fined $200. Harness Racing Victoria

Today the Norwegian Trotting Association published the verdict in the doping case against French harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy, who had four trotters test positive for Cobalt in June 2016 at Bjerke, Oslo. Souloy was banned from training and driving for 15 years and fined $60,000. The association had wanted Souloy banned for life and fined $25,000. Souloy is still awaiting a verdict from the Swedish Trotting Association regarding a positive test from the Elitlopp 2016 -- also for Cobalt -- and it was thought that the two Scandinavian associations would have published their verdicts together. However, due to vacation the Swedish verdict is first expected to be known around July 5. At present Souloy is serving a one year ban in France after a positive test for Cobalt. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

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