The review applications of formerly licensed harness racing trainers Shayne and Greg Cramp, scheduled to be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on 28 September 2016, have been adjourned at the request of their legal representative. Both Shayne and Greg Cramp applied for review of the decision of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board released on 1 March 2016 to affirm a 12 year disqualification imposed upon them by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV). The review applications, which will be heard on a date to be fixed, relate only to the severity of the penalty imposed. Both Shayne and Greg Cramp remain disqualified parties in the interim. The HRV RAD Board decision which is the subject of the review application can be found here. The circumstances surrounding the original disqualification are detailed here.
Current Climate, Polling Data, Lack Of Specifics Make Campaign Untenable Roseland - Paul Fireman and Jeff Gural are today reluctantly announcing the suspension of the paid media component of the statewide OUR Turn NJ campaign. In doing so, they issued the following joint statement: "We believe deeply that gaming expansion to Northern New Jersey is a remarkable opportunity that should not be squandered. We have committed $4 billion in private investment to this state to create world class resort destinations with gaming. The benefits include 43,000 new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in recaptured revenue -- a rare opportunity for New Jersey. In addition, as New York debates allowing gaming in New York City, it is critical that we beat them to market or risk losing this opportunity permanently. "The data, however, speaks for itself. The current political climate in New Jersey and voters' concerns about the lack of details relating to the effort have proved overwhelming. Even knowing that an out-of-country gaming company that sends New Jerseyans' gaming dollars to Malaysia is funding opposition ads does not have an impact. As such, with great reluctance we have decided to suspend the paid media component of the statewide campaign." Recent internal and third-party polling data have noted how difficult the current climate is. As noted in the attached internal polling summary, "Voters have a very negative outlook on the direction of the state and have extremely low confidence that the revenue promised in the Casino Expansion Amendment will be delivered as it is promised. Just 19% of New Jersey voters believe that the state is headed in the right direction. And an even lower proportion (10%) have a high level of confidence that the state will deliver upon the promised revenue as stated in the ballot measure." The summary also notes that when asked to explain why they have low or no confidence in the revenue being delivered as promised in the amendment, 50% of respondents say it is because politicians will use the funds for their own priorities, while another 30% volunteer that it is a concern for them. The polling shows that, while there are strong arguments to be made for the benefits of gaming expansion, "Respondents react very strongly to reasons to oppose the Amendment, which play to the lack of specifics and distrust directed at state government in Trenton. For comparison, the highest testing positive message is viewed as a very strong reason to support the measure by 48% of voters. The four negative messages tested in the survey all receive anywhere between 56% to 60% of voters who say that each one is a very strong reason to oppose the measure." Polling released earlier this week by Rutgers-Eagleton reinforces this voter dissatisfaction. In that poll, only 25 percent of those surveyed believe New Jersey is headed in the right direction, while 68 percent say the state has gone off on the wrong track. The poll is available at: http://eagletonpoll.rutgers.edu/rutgers-eagleton-Christie-casinos-NJ-Booker-Menendez-Sept2016/ The current campaign to expand gaming is mirroring New Jersey's first efforts to legalize casino gaming in 1974. In that year, the New Jersey voters rejected a ballot initiative to legalize gaming due to a lack of specifics in the ballot question about where casinos would be located. Two years later, a revised ballot question passed. One of the main reasons the 1976 question passed, unlike the 1974 one, was that it was more specific in nature. The 1974 campaign indicated that casinos would most likely be in Atlantic City, but the resolution itself did not indicate a specific location. Thus, proponents of the 1974 resolution "later admitted that a large number of voters apparently rejected the proposal simply because they did not want to see casinos in their own community." In 1976, the resolution clearly stated that casinos would only be legal in Atlantic City, making voters far more comfortable with the idea. Gaming Polling Summary
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry yesterday that commenced on Thursday 15 September 2016, following an investigation that commenced on Tuesday 16 August 2016. On Wednesday 17 August 2016, HRNSW Stewards conducted a stable inspection at the registered training establishment of licensed trainer/driver, Mr Jason Proctor. During that stable inspection, HRNSW Stewards took possession of a number of products, including an unlabelled bottle of pink paste. Evidence was initially taken from Mr Proctor at the commencement of the inquiry on 15 September 2016. Evidence of licensed thoroughbred trainer, Mr Jeremy Smith, HRNSW Stewards, HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio and the results of scientific analysis conducted on the products were also presented to the Inquiry. On 15 September 2016, HRNSW Stewards issued charges against Mr Proctor in relation to the possession and supply of a Schedule 4 substance Hyaluronic Acid pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 194 and 194A which state: 194. A person who procures or attempts to procure or who has in his possession or on his premises or under his control any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation is guilty of an offence. 194A. A person who sells, supplies, distributes or attempts to sell, supply or distribute any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth Legislation is guilty of an offence. On 15 September 2016, Mr Proctor was granted an adjournment for the purpose of obtaining legal advice prior to the resumption of the inquiry yesterday. Upon resumption, HRNSW Stewards issued a further charge against Mr Proctor pursuant to AHRR 194 following traces of butorphanol (Schedule 4 substance) being detected in the unlabelled bottle of pink paste located on Mr Proctor’s registered training establishment. Mr Proctor was found guilty of the subject offences and issued with the following penalties: Charge 1 - AHRR 194 (Hyaluronic Acid)- 6 months suspension; Charge 2 - AHRR 194A (Hyaluronic Acid)- 9 months disqualification; Charge 3 – AHRR 194 (Butorphanol)- 4 months suspension. HRNSW Stewards ordered that these penalties be served concurrently and take effect from midnight 21 September 2016. In determining penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the following matters: · The serious nature of the offences; · Mr Proctor’s first offence for such matters having been licensed in the harness racing industry for 24 years; · Mr Proctor’s not guilty pleas; · Mr Proctor’s overall licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Proctor was informed of his right to appeal these decisions. Reid Sanders
Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry yesterday into the conduct of licensed trainer, Mr Allen Smithers on Friday 9 September 2016 in relation to the registered standardbred FOREST FURY, a horse trained by Mr Smithers that was engaged to race in Race 3, the YOUNG CAR WASH PACE (2100m) at Young on that date. FOREST FURY was subsequently withdrawn from the race by order of the Stewards. An investigation was commenced on 9 September 2016 after HRNSW Investigator Ms Natasha Ackland attended the registered training establishment of Mr Smithers and observed blood in the nostrils of FOREST FURY. Ms Ackland also located a length of plastic tube with fresh blood present in/upon that tube. HRNSW Stewards issued a charge against Mr Smithers pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 193(1) which states: AHRR 193. (1) A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event. Mr Smithers was found guilty of that offence and disqualified for a period of 1 year 9 months to commence from 9 September 2016, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; · The serious nature of this offence; · Mr Smithers’ not guilty plea; · Mr Smithers’ first offence of this nature; · Mr Smithers’ licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Smithers was advised of his right to appeal this decision Reid Sanders
Harness Racing Victoria RAD Board Hearing - Shane Gilligan The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed Victorian trainer Mr Shane Gilligan. ARHR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Gilligan related to a pre-race blood sample collected from the horse ‘My Mach Scooter’ prior to it placing 3 rd in Race 6, the ‘J L King Pace’ on 31 March 2016 at Bendigo. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2 ) concentration in excess of 36.0mmol/L in plasma. Mr Gilligan pleaded guilty to the charge before the HRV RAD Board who heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Mr Gilligan. In deciding an appropriate penalty the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Gilligan’s good record as a trainer/driver over 30 years and no previous history for similar matters. The HRV RAD Board took into account the personal circumstances of Mr Gilligan including his current financial situation and his co-operation with the Stewards and a very early plea of guilty being entered in to which saved the need for witnesses being required. In deciding penalty, the HRV RAD Board took into account specific and general deterrence, consistency of penalty and Mr Gilligan’s guilty plea. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $6000.00 (with $3000.00 suspended for a period of 12 months) upon Mr Gilligan. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘My Mach Scooter’ be disqualified from Race 6 at Bendigo on 31 March 2016. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued 39 charges under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) against licensed trainer/driver Mr Nathan Jack. The first 37 charges were issued under the provisions of AHRR 230 which reads as follows: Except with the consent of the Controlling Body a person shall not associate for purposes relating to the harness racing industry with a disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority. It is alleged that from 7 January 2015 until 23 October 2015 Mr Jack did associate with NSW disqualified person Jackson Painting for the purposes of harness racing, including allegations of communication about the chances of competing horses, race tactics, ownership decisions regarding horses and the purchase of veterinary substances. One further charge was issued under the provisions of AHRR 245 which reads as follows: A person shall not direct, persuade, encourage or assist anyone to breach these rules or otherwise engage in an improper practice. One charge was issued under the provisions of AHRR 246 which reads as follows: A person who has reasonable grounds for believing that someone is behaving, may behave or has behaved in a way causing, likely to cause or which has caused a breach of these rules shall promptly bring the matter to the notice of the Controlling Body or the Stewards. Both of these further charges also relate to Mr Jack’s alleged communication with Mr Painting. Other information in relation to this matter has been referred to HRNSW Stewards. These charges will be heard before the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Harness Racing Victoria
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards reconvened an inquiry into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that Cobalt above the prescribed threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from Sheza Shadow following its winning performance in Race 4 at Redcliffe on 24 July 2015. Evidence was today provided by trainer Darren Weeks relating to the presentation of that mare for racing. Evidence was also provided by veterinary surgeon Dr Peter Hill, Professor Colin Chapman (University of New England), Professor Paul Mills (University of Queensland), Samantha Nelis (Acting Manager of Analytical Services RSC) and Dr Karen Caldwell (Acting Manager Veterinary Services RSC). Stewards further adjourned the inquiry to a time and date to be fixed to allow them sufficient time to consider all submissions and documentation presented. Stewards’ Report – Darren Weeks Date – 8 September 16 Panel – D Farquharson, K Wolsey, A Reardon ..................................................................................... Stewards Report Rachel Scott Date – 12 September 16 Panel – D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today opened an inquiry into the presentation of Nolonga Your Choice NZ for racing at Redcliffe on 2 April 2016 when a pre race urine sample taken from that gelding was reported by the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) above the prescribed threshold for the substance Cobalt. Evidence was today provided by trainer Rachel Scott, Professor Colin Chapman (University of New England), Professor Paul Mills (University of Queensland), Samantha Nelis (Acting Manager of Analytical Services RSC) and Dr Karen Caldwell (Acting Manager Veterinary Services RSC). Stewards considered an application for an adjournment of the inquiry after a request was made to present further scientific submissions. Stewards adjourned the inquiry to Monday, 19 September 2016 at which time further evidence will be presented by Ms Scott.
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that Dexamethasone was detected in a pre race urine sample taken from Arctic prior to it competing in Race 3 at Albion Park on Friday, 6 May 2016. Evidence was provided by licensed trainer Matthew Purcell, via telephone, regarding the presentation of Arctic for racing at Albion Park on 6 May 2016. Evidence was also provided by Dr Karen Caldwell, Acting Manager Veterinary Services and Samantha Nelis, Acting Manager Analytical Services from the Racing Science Centre. After consideration Mr Purcell was charged pursuant to Australian Harness Racing (AHR) Rule 190 (1) which reads: 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. The particulars of the charge being that Mr Purcell did present Arctic for racing at Albion Park on Friday, 6 May 2016 when the subsequent analysis of a urine sample obtained from that horse detected the presence of the prohibited substance Dexamethasone. Mr Purcell was found guilty of the charge and fined the sum of $6000. When assessing the matter of penalty Stewards gave consideration to the following: Mr Purcell’s licence history of 18 years and his personal and financial situation; The particular circumstances of the case; The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing; Penalty precedents. Stewards further directed that under Rule 195 Arctic be disqualified from its placing in Race 3 at Albion Park on 6 May 2016 and all other placegetters be amended accordingly. Mr Purcell was advised of his rights to internal review. Stewards’ Report – Matthew Purcell Date – 15 September 2016 Panel – D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey
A former leading harness racing trainer banned for doping his horses with methamphetamines will face trial next year charged with dealing commercial quantities of the drug. Michael “Joe” Buttigieg has pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking in a controlled drug and one count of trafficking a commercial quantity of amphetamines. The offences allegedly occurred at Parafield Gardens and Globe Derby Park in June 2015. Buttigieg, of Port Macdonnell in the state’s southeast, was disqualified from training for two years in 2014 after two of his pacers tested positive to methamphetamine. The 62-year old was known for his excellent winning strike rate with his small team of horses and has previously won the metropolitan trainers award. In 2006, he became the first country trainer to claim the South Australian state trainers premiership. The horses — Go Go Shikari and Aveross Mac — were found to have methamphetamine in their bloodstreams after winning races at Port Pirie and Globe Derby in May and June 2014. Buttigieg was disqualified from training for two years and his stable foreman, Dean Girardi was banned for six months by Harness Racing South Australia stewards. Stewards said they were mindful of Buttigieg’s repeated offending and noted that methamphetamine was “an illegal drug and has no place in the equine industry”. The disqualification is set to end next month but it is unknown whether Buttigieg will seek to renew his licence. Buttigieg was this week remanded on continuing bail to face trial in the District Court in June next year. If found guilty of "the trafficking a commercial quantity of drugs charge", Buttigieg faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. By Andrew Dowdell Reprinted with permission of The Advertiser National Geographic - Crystal Meth Secret Revealed [ Hell On Earth ] Full Documentary
Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that a blood sample taken from GO GO RED at Port Pirie on 29 July 2016 prior to it competing in Race 7, returned an elevated total plasma carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration of 36.4mmol/L. Evidence was taken from trainer Cheryl Herman who explained her feeding and husbandry practices leading up to the race in question. Evidence was also provided by Dr. Roger Haensel, Veterinarian. Stewards also presented evidence of a non-raceday TCO2 sample taken from GO GO RED on 22 August 2016 that returned a TCO2 concentration of 31.6mmol/L. After considering all the available evidence, Stewards charged Mrs Herman under Rule 193(3) which reads: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on raceday prior to such horse running in a race. Stewards were mindful of Rule 193(6) which states: For the purposes of this rule medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances. Stewards placed weight on the expert evidence of Dr. Roger Haensel who explained that the only credible explanation for the elevated level of TCO2 detected in the blood sample taken from GO GO RED was due to the administration of alkalising agents on raceday. In determining penalty stewards took into account Mrs Herman’s guilty plea, her previous good record and previous penalties issued under this rule. Stewards also accepted that the TCO2 level of 36.4mmol/L was not considered a prohibited substance, however this is not a requirement when considering if a person is in breach of Rule 193(3). Mrs Herman had her trainers licence suspended for 4 months effective 6 September 2016. Acting under Rule 193(5) GO GO RED was disqualified from its second placing at Port Pirie on 29 July. by Barbara Scott, Chair of Stewards
With respect to the actions taken by Victoria Police at the Melton harness racing meeting yesterday involving harness racing participants, Victoria Police has advised Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) its investigation is continuing and that no charges have been issued against the relevant parties. Regardless and in consideration of the industry HRV Integrity Department has provided the relevant parties, who were yesterday arrested and interviewed by the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit of Victoria Police, until 4pm on 2 September, 2016, to provide submissions as to why their licenses should not be suspended or other action should not be taken under the provisions of the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR). HRV Integrity Department takes into consideration that the decision to suspend licenses of participants and/or take other actions are serious measures and thus all available material needs to be considered. This includes the information from Victoria Police regarding the continuing status of its investigations and the absence of any criminal charges. With respect to the further progression of the investigation by Victoria Police on 28 August, 2016, HRV is unable to make any further comment at this time. Harness Racing Victoria
Harness Racing New South Wales this week announced a no Withdrawal Policy for horses from set conditioned races. As of September 1 horses nominated for set-conditioned races cannot be withdrawn. However, this will not apply to Divided Stakes events where the Handicapping Panel frame race conditions and select race fields from the nominations received. After consultation with industry stakeholder groups, HRNSW chief executive officer John Dumesny believes this amendment will help races "stand up". "We tried an increased fee change over the last two months to help clubs and owners with assurance of what races will stand up but this has not assisted the situation," Dumesny said. "Races to be conducted on and after September 1, horses nominated in a set-conditioned race, for example a two or a three-year-old race or maiden race, trainers won't be allowed to withdraw between the close of nominations and the release of fields." Both the Harness Racing Clubs Committee and the Harness Racing Industry Consultation Group supported the amendment to the HRNSW Racing Policy 609.9-2.4. Trainers should make themselves aware of this Policy to which they have been directly alerted. Further assistance can be obtained from the HRNSW Handicapping Panel or head to www.harnessmediacentre.com.au/industry-integrity/hrnsw-policies AMANDA RANDO 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: AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Harness Racing New South Wales 22 Meredith St Bankstown NSW 2200 T: (02) 9722 6600 W: harnessmediacentre.com.au email@example.com
Queensland Harness Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that a pre race urine sample taken from DESTREOS (NZ) prior to its performance at Albion Park on Saturday, 7 May 2016 was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone. Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Ken Rattray, who explained his feeding and husbandry regime associated with this horse. Evidence was also provided by Acting Manager of Veterinary Services Dr Karen Caldwell and Principal Analyst Samantha Nelis from the Racing Science Centre. After considering all the evidence tendered, Stewards issued Mr Rattray with a charge pursuant to 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 Rattray presented DESTREOS (NZ) to race at Albion Park on 7 May 2016 when a pre race urine sample taken from the gelding was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone. Mr Rattray pleaded guilty to the charge as issued. In assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards considered: the forthright evidence of Mr Rattray; his personal and financial circumstances; his recent record in relation to this rule; the nature of the substance concerned; the need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing. Mr Rattray was disqualified for a period of 6 months effective immediately. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195 DESTREOS (NZ) was disqualified from its performance at Albion Park on 7 May 2016 and all other placegetters were amended accordingly. Mr Rattray was advised of his rights to internal review. Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey Racing Queensland
Today, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer’s Licence of Mrs Belinda McCarthy after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in a post race urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE subsequent to that horse winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Mrs McCarthy was provided with an opportunity to make submissions to HRNSW as to why the provisions of AHRR 183 and AHRR 183A should not be imposed by 9am on Friday, 19 August 2016. Submissions were received. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it was also determined that VINNY CHASE, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. In making these decisions, HRNSW took into account that AHRR 191 (1) provides that a single certificate of analysis by an approved laboratory shall constitute prima facie evidence of the presence of a prohibited substance. Stewards took into account the nature of the substances and that these substances are also prohibited at all times in the registered standardbred. HRNSW considered that in the interests of the industry it impose the suspension pending the outcome of the investigation and further analytical testing by HRNSW. Mrs McCarthy has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result, including further analytical samples collected from VINNY CHASE and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course. 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. Reid Sanders
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have today concluded an inquiry into a matter emanating from the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 31 July 2016, involving former licensed trainer and driver Mr Scott Gill. In accordance with Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 183(d), which states: Pending the outcome of an inquiry, investigation or objection, or where a person has been charged with an offence, the Stewards may direct one or more of the following that a licence or any other type of authority or permission be suspended, HRV Stewards initially suspended Mr Gill’s trainer and driver licences as of 31 July 2016, until such time as an inquiry was conducted into Mr Gill’s failure to provide a urine sample when directed to do so by HRV Stewards at the Geelong Harness Racing meeting on 31 July 2016. Given evidence tendered by Mr Gill, HRV Stewards provided Mr Gill a further opportunity to provide a urine sample on 1 August 2016, however Mr Gill refused to do so and he then elected to relinquish his licenses with HRV. After considering all of the evidence tendered, Mr Gill was subsequently found guilty of a charge under ARHR 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 those things. The particulars of the charge being that at the Geelong Harness Racing meeting conducted on 31 July 2016, Mr Gill as the trainer and driver of Shell Green in Race 3 the ‘Flying Brick Draught Cider Pace’, failed to provide a urine sample as directed by the Stewards and furthermore after being provided another opportunity to deliver a urine sample at his registered address on 1 August 2016, Mr Gill refused to provide a urine sample when directed by Stewards to do so. Mr Gill was disqualified for a period of six (6) months with immediate effect. In assessing penalty Stewards considered the following factors: That Mr Gill had voluntarily relinquished his trainer and driver licence with HRV on 1 August 2016; Mr Gill’s previous long standing and clear prior record in the industry; Previous penalties under the relevant rule; That such offence is considered to be serious in nature; That any penalty in this instance required a general and specific deterrent in relation to such conduct. Mr Gill was advised of his rights of appeal and notified that any future application for a licence will be subject to a ‘Show Cause Sub-Committee’ hearing and him providing a urine sample to Stewards. Harness Racing Victoria
The Gold Coast Harness Racing Club is set to launch an audacious bid to find a new home. Confidence that the club will score a site is so high it plans on bidding for the sports blue riband event, the Interdominion, which is in the final two years of a contract to hold the event in Perth. The club has been without a home track since 2013 when Parklands was closed to be redeveloped for the 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes’ village and health and knowledge precinct. While relationships between the club and Queensland Government have been a knife edge with the club taking legal action in an effort to force the government to loosen its purse strings, it’s understood the club has moved to mend bridges. A club spokesman said legal actions had been suspended for the past six months in an effort to kickstart negotiations with the new Labor government. “We recently met with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and CEO Dale Dickson and have secured the very strong support of council for the initiative,” he said. “There isn’t publicly owned land available so our focus will remain on privately held land.” It’s understood club representatives hope to hold a meeting with Racing Minister Grace Grace in the near future. It’s also understood the club has letters from former Bligh-era treasurer Andrew Fraser committing to compensation being paid and a new club facility being built on the Gold Coast. It is searching private land opportunity and also exploring the possibility of co-location at the Gold Coast Turf Club. “We will welcome approaches from greyhound racing clubs to join in any future development,” the spokesman said. A proposal to build a track at Alberton purchased by harness racing patron Kevin Seymour remains the favourite for the club. However, the club is also exploring options to build closer to the coastal strip. Tweed Heads Coursing Club spokesman Steve McGrath said the club would evaluate its future when a final decision on the future of greyhound racing in NSW was made. He said the club, which owns the Border Park site close to Gold Coast Airport, would look at all its options once a decision was made. “We will need to have a business plan whereby the club can still make a profit or, if we find none, we may reinvest the funds back into local sport. “Who knows, we could build the world’s richest marble club.” The club estimates the Border Park site would realise between $15 million to $20 million if sold. By Denis Doherty Reprinted with permission of The Gold Coast Bulletin