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He has broken 1:50 around Tabcorp Park Menangle before and now For A Reason will get his chance to do it again in the harness racing SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile on November 29. The glamour pacer earned an invitation to the $750,000 Grand Circuit event tonight. Following his stellar third-placed performance in Tuesday's Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup, Directors of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club wanted the multiple Group One-winner for their flagship event. Defending champion Beautide was the first to be issued an invitation to the 2014 edition and after taking out tonight's automatic qualifier at the principal track, the Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint, it gave NSWHRC Directors the opportunity to issue another invitation. The Miracle Mile conditions states that horses facing the difficulties of travel which may affect their performance in the Miracle Mile may be issued an invitation prior to the close of nominations for the Cordina Sprint (Monday). And luckily for connections, For A Reason fits this criteria. "Unfortunately we cannot issue an invitation to any horses from tonight's Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint until next week" NSWHRC chief executive Bruce Christison said. "Directors issued an invitation to For A Reason tonight and are still considering a couple of other horses that are in New Zealand" Only two other horses apart from Beautide and For A Reason have accepted invitations to the 2014 Miracle Mile and they are Newcastle Mile winner Avonnova and Kiwi star Christen Me. For more information contact NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on (02) 4645 2200.

Woodend trainer-driver David Butt is dismayed as to how his star trotting mare Habibti has been given a 20 metre handicap – 10 metres behind Clover Don and Sheemon who beat her off even terms last start - in Sunday’s D G Jones Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup. “They want to keep the good horses in the country and then they go and treat us like that,” said Butt. “Clover Don has won nearly twice as many races as she has, beaten her fair and square last start, and yet we are expected to start from 10 metres behind him this week.” “It’s an absolute joke. I’ve checked the programs and unless something changes she will be on the first flight to Australia after the Dominion. At least there she will be able to race the open class trotters under free-for-all conditions.” One of Habibti’s main age group rivals, Royal Aspirations, will also get a ten metre buffer on Habibti on Sunday despite having won 16 races, two more than Habibti, and just $17,000 less in prize money. Sheemon also has a similar record and also gets to start off a handicap of just 10 metres. When Butt voiced his concerns to HRNZ Handicapper Andrew Morris, Butt was told Habibti had been given a 20 metre handicap because she had won the Group One Dullard Trotting Cup ($A50,000) at the start of her 4YO season. “That was only her second win for the season and she then returned to New Zealand and raced below her best and was well beaten in open class company twice.” Habibti was then sent for a long spell before winning her resumption in emphatic style on the 5th of September in a race that was below open class quality. She was then a beaten third in the open class Ordeal Cup. “She is yet to win an open class race in New Zealand and here we are giving them a 10 metre start,” Butt rightfully argued. “The handicapper has no one to answer to and apparently what they say goes and there is nothing anyone can say or do about it," he added. However, while Butt is clearly perplexed over her handicap, he is definitely not writing her out of Sunday’s Group 3 feature, especially after the way she trialled on the grass at Motukarara last week when coming her last half in better than 58.5 and easily accounting for both Royal Aspirations and Sheemon. Habibti’s main danger in the race looks to be Stent, who was an emphatic fresh-up winner last week. He will also start of the 20 metre back-mark, however, given that he won, and was placed in, numerous Group Ones last season and earned close on $300,000 his handicap looks far more justified. “It would be stupid of me to say she can’t win now because of course she can, but it is certainly going to make it a lot harder," he concluded. Harnesslink Media  

  TAB has put together a series of jackpots for thoroughbred, harness and greyhound punters this weekend. It all gets underway tomorrow night for the huge Black Top meeting from The Gardens. TAB has boosted the card with a sensational $25,000 Quaddie jackpot! Being held on races 5-8, the lids will fly on the opening leg at 8:40pm. Racing at Rosehill this Saturday is sure to excite fans of the First 4. The feature event on the program is the MTA NSW Run To The Rose and TAB has kick-started the First 4 pool on the race to the tune of $50,000! It is sure to be a keen betting affair with punters likely to include the well-supported Almalad and Nostradamus high up in their selections. Finally, every race at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night has a guaranteed First 4 pool of $20,000! With 10 races on the card and almost full fields throughout the evening, there is sure to be some spirited betting to be had. TAB JACKPOTS Date Code Venue Bet Type Jackpot Guarantee* Races Fri 29 Aug CG THE GARDENS GREYHOUNDS Quaddie $25,000.00   5,6,7,8 Sat 30 Aug SR ROSEHILL GARDENS RACES First 4 $50,000.00   6 – Run To The Rose Sat 30 Aug SG TABCORP PARK MENANGLE HARNESS First 4 $5,000.00 $20,000.00 Every Race            

Step right up now is your chance to get back (if you think you need to!) at recently appointed Harness Racing New South Wales CEO John Dumesny. He has been nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge at HRNSW headquarters on Monday 1 September, and the more donations, the more ice water that will be poured over his head! And it's all for a good cause. All monies raised will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Australia, so dig deep. If you don't think he deserved it from the past, think of the future! Please click on the below link to donate: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/john-dumesny-hrnsw-ceo-ice-bucket-challenge Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Further to the media release and publication of Cobalt results on 16 July 2014, HRNSW has today updated the list to the most recent results received. The latest publication includes over 800 results. To view please visit our website at www.harnessmediacentre.com.au  and view under Integrity notices or click on the link below: Click here for a link to all the cobalt results http://www.harnessmediacentre.com.au/uploads/files/integrity%20notices/cobalt%20results%20publication%2027082014.pdf Harness Racing New South Wales  

Harness Racing New South Wales good friend Shannon Noll has recently released his new single We Only Live Once. Tickets for his upcoming tour are on sale now. For more details refer to the attached and below link. SHANNON NOLL 'WOLO' TOUR - ON SALE NOW Visit http://www.bandsintown.com/ShannonNoll for event and ticket information 6 Degrees Management is excited to announce that multi-platinum selling Australian artist, Shannon Noll, will embark on a sixteen-date tour across Australia's East Coast from September to December 2014. The 'WOLO' [We Only Live Once] Tour will travel across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Tweed Heads and the NSW Central Coast with tickets now on sale. Following a successful decade on the Australian music scene, 2014 has been a big year for Shannon, with the highly anticipated release of 'We Only Live Once', an unforgettable, upbeat track with a powerful message of positivity; promoting living life to the fullest. The uplifting tune was written by Noll, Brett Creswell and Lindsay Rimes, and produced by well-respected industry veteran Pro J who earned his reputation writing and producing tracks for the likes of Robin Thicke, Lil' Wayne and Jennifer Hudson. 'We Only Live Once' is being hailed by the critics and the media as Shannon's comeback to the mainstream musical scene, and is the first track to be released off his forthcoming album set for release in late 2014. The tour will see Shannon perform a mixture of old and new songs. "I was really disappointed not to have been able to finish the Invincible Tour due to illness and now I really can't wait to get back out on the road for 'We Only Live Once' so I can play my new music and old classics to the fans who missed out last time, as well as to new audiences on this tour," said Shannon about the upcoming tour. Shannon is one of Australia's most successful singer-songwriters, proving his longevity ten years after being named runner up in the first series of Australian Idol. Since rising to prominence in 2003, Noll has released five top ten albums, had 17 platinum and 3 gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles. His first album 'That's What I'm Talking About' was certified 3 x platinum with 17 platinum and three gold accreditations to follow. In recent years Shannon has released an autobiography, 'Shannon Noll, So Far' in 2012, an album, 'A Million Suns' with new record label Universal Music Australia, as well as appearing on Seven Network's Dancing With The Stars. For more information you can visit Shannon Noll's website: http://www.shannonnoll.com.au, or follow him on Twitter @nollsie or facebook.com/ShannonNoll. 2014 WOLO TOUR DATES: 5 September Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW 6 September Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside, QLD 19 September Esplanade Hotel, Gershwin Room, St. Kilda, VIC 20 September York on Lilydale, Mount Evelyn, VIC 26 September Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, Sydney, NSW 27 September The Basement, Sydney, NSW 31 October Wyong Rugby League Club, Kanwal, NSW 1 November Revesby Workers Club, NSW 7 November Mounties, Mount Pritchard, NSW 8 November Dapto Leagues Club, Dapto, NSW 14 November Hallam Hotel, Hallam, VIC 15 November Gateway Hotel, Corio, VIC 21 November Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW 22 November Wentworthville Leagues Club, Wentworthville, NSW 28 November Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD 29 November Springwood Hotel, Springwood, QLD Dale Walker      

The Bankstown City Council Cup of Harness Racing will take place at Sydney's BBX Bankstown Paceway next week - on Thursday, August 28th, 2014. 'Our new expanded winter carnival both articulates and contributes to the development of the aspirations, values and beliefs of Australia's diverse population by engaging and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds in the spirit of what has evolved into not only a time honoured local cultural celebration, but an internationally recognised and televised sporting event,' Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho told Harnesslink. 'Featuring an action charged series of harness racing culminating in the Bankstown City Cup Gala Race Night on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, the 2014 Carnival will also include the Third Annual Equine Art Exhibition, TrotsFest: The Year of the Horse,' Mr Ho said. 'The Bankstown City Cup Carnival - part of our nation's six billion dollar equine industry - is also a major stimulant of local economic growth and development for the City of Bankstown and its harness racing businesses and families by attracting harness racing competitors to our area from across Australia and New Zealand, stimulating demand and creating jobs for hard working families,' he said. 'Targeting sporting and racing enthusiasts, as well as animal lovers, from across Australia, the Carnival also represents a social and cultural celebration for people of all ages, and in particular families, with this year's event scheduled to include a range of on course activities, as well as the return of the popular 'Fashions on the Field' and 'Mini Trots' miniature pony races featuring the skills and talents of local school age children. 'With the continued support of Bankstown City Council, the Carnival not only ensures the provision of an enjoyable, affordable and accessible activity, but contributes to promoting the positive image of Bankstown - our industries and our people - as the sporting and cultural capital of Sydney harness racing. By hosting the Bankstown City Council Cup, Bankstown ensures its place as a city of progress on the world map of harness racing,' Mr Ho added. Bankstown City Council Cup Gala Race Night will be held on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, at Sydney's harness racing home, BBX Bankstown Paceway, with the first race set to start at 6.12 pm. Megan J. Lavender  

Successful harness racing horseman Jarrod Alchin has been spending plenty of time travelling recently and things may not change in the short term should everything go to plan. Alchin trains talented two year old Franciso De Gore, the son of Village Jasper that placed in a repechage of the Breeders Crown at Geelong last week. "I was really happy with his performance in the repechage and if things all go to plan, including a good barrier draw, I think he can qualify for the Breeders Crown final," Alchin said. "His run behind Ominous Warning was very strong at Menangle. They went 55.1 for the last 800 metres and he wanted to hit the line, I think he is going to make a really nice three year old next season." While Alchin will be in Victoria on Saturday night with Franciso De Gore, his stable will have two runners at Tabcorp Park Menangle too. "Kennedy Creek won a race three starts ago when he led and was too good, he worked very strongly on Monday and I'd like to see him hold the front again this week." "He finished eighth last start but if you watch the run it wasn't too bad. He was well back, made some good ground and didn't have much luck in the straight." Alchin's other runner is Eagles Ace, a three year old that has some strong Riverina form to his credit. "He only arrived last week, he's a nice horse and has been racing well in the bush but he has been sent up here to try and win a Metropolitan three year old before the end of the season." "I was really happy with his work on Monday too, so if he races up to the work I think he is going to be right in the finish. He is only going to be here for a month or so." By Greg Hayes Harness Racing New South Wales

Paul & Sharon Carmody’s Lochend Stud at Maitland in NSW thought this season was going to be disaster when they found their champion stallion Aces N Sevens dead in his yard a little over a month ago. Little did they know then that this season could well turn into one of the best ever now that they have secured an exciting son of Artsplace – Shoobee’s Place 1.49.1 $787,271, to stand at their pristine Lochend Stud. Paul has always dreamed of being able to offer a quality Artsplace son to breeders in Australia, but could never find the right one. Well now it looks like he may have the perfect offering. In fact Shoobee’s Place is as close to an ideal offering for Australian mares as you could get. Bred on the ultra successful Artsplace – Jate Lobell cross, similar to stallion of the moment, Sportswriter, the ultra impressive Mr Feelgood & Mister Big and also Yankee Cruiser (sire of possibly one of the greatest aged horses we have ever seen in Sweet Lou 1.47 on a 5/8 track). Another stand out in his pedigree is his third dam – the great Blue Horizon, the dam of Panorama. She is also the dam of Smile Upon the dam of Grinfromeartoear, who certainly needs no introduction to Australian breeders, and is also the sire of Mr Feelgood & Mister Big. This fact alone makes him the ultimate choice in particular for Panorama mares and mares by Grinfromeartoear, allowing you to double on this highly productive line. Shoobee’s Place has an impressive & enduring race record, racing and winning every season from two thru to seven. He took a race record of 1.52 as a 2yo with his career best 1.49.1 at 4yo. He was placed 2nd in the Bluegrass stakes as 2YO. He bounced back as a 3YO with a win in the heat & final of the New Jersey Sires stakes. In his career he won the Consolation of the Battle of Brandywine, elimination & final of the Bergstein Pace, consolation of the Levy Memorial. In all he won in under 1.52 on no less than 15 occasions. Shoobee’s Place is an outstanding individual, standing 15.3hh with correct conformation, great looks and a superb temperament. He also had the reputation of a talented and tough raceway performer right throughout his career. Shoobee’s Place is being offered at an introductory fee of $2200 incl GST, with very generous discounts available for multiple mares and Members of Harness Breeders NSW.  For more information or to book your mare in phone Paul Carmody on 0439 607 349 or 02 49 33 6903. Harness Racing New South Wales    

Bankstown Paceway is calling on all school age children in Sydney to get involved in harness racing at the Mini Trots NSW Education Day to be held at the Condell Park trotting track this coming Sunday, August 17th, from 9.00 am.   'Mini Trots is all about having fun with shetland ponies and miniature horses, for kids aged five to sixteen - it's about getting them on the right track and promoting friendly competition in an atmosphere of cooperation and good sportsmanship,' Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender told Harnesslink.   'From an industry perspective, it is also about ensuring that the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of local standardbred horse owners, trainers and drivers are warmly welcomed into the sport - and that they are fostered and encouraged in a family friendly environment,' Ms Lavender said.   'For local kids, you can be involved as little or as much as you like - from taking part in the occasional friendly horse race to working your pony on the track every afternoon after school like ten year old Condell Park school girl Grace Panella and her pony,' Ms Lavender added.   The Mini Trots NSW Education Day will be held at Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, this coming Sunday, August 17th, 2014, from 9 am. Entry is free.   Megan J. Lavender

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2014 -- "Marvelous" Marvin Raber and Catching Katie waltzed to a convincing victory in Friday's $10,000 final of the C.K.G. Billings Midwest Series amateur trot at The Meadows. Raber was sitting In The Pocket down the backside when he pulled Catching Katie, a 6-year-old daughter of Revenue S-She's Queenie owned by John Schlabach, and easily gobbled up the leader, Richard Roach and Margarita Man. Raber, who trains Catching Katie, went on to score in 1:57.2, 5-3/4 lengths better than "Law Book Larry" Farley and Good Friend. Jerry "The Jet" Mihelich and Texas Ridge -- also conditioned by Raber -- earned show. "I have a lot of faith in her." Raber said. "She got a good trip and closed well. I was waiting foe right time to mover her. I thought the leader was slowing up a little bit, so I decided to go on the straightaway instead of around the turn." Raber, who at 37 is at least 17 years younger than every other competitor in the finals, indicated he doesn't necessarily view his victory as a triumph for youth. "The other drivers have a lot more experience and probably know a lot more about racing than I do," he said, "but it doesn't really matter who I'm driving against. It's a horse race, and it's all about fun." Evan Pattak

7 August 2014: OVERVIEW. Statutory Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) $129.9 million, up 2.6% on the prior corresponding period (pcp). This includes: NPAT from continuing operations before significant items $149.4 million, up 7.4%. Loss after tax from discontinued operations $19.5 million[1]. Statutory Earnings Per Share (EPS) 17.2 cents per share, in line with pcp. EPS from continuing operations before significant items 19.8 cents per share, up 4.8%. Full year dividend [16] cents per share, fully franked (FY13, 19 cents per share).  EBITDA from continuing operations before significant items $486.1 million, up 4.8%. Revenues $2,039.8 million, up 1.8%. Variable contribution $919.5 million, up 3.8%. Operating expenses $433.4 million, up 2.8%. Portfolio of long-dated licences strengthened with extension of Queensland Keno licence (to 2047) and NSW retail wagering exclusivity (to 2033). Agreement to acquire ACTTAB. Refinancing of bond maturities completed 1 May 2014, resulting in interest savings of approximately $10 million per annum. New senior executive leadership structure in place, with the creation of new roles: COO Wagering and COO Gaming Services & Keno.   MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CEO COMMENTARY “The Group’s performance in FY14 demonstrates the benefits of a model that is diversified across four businesses. This result is testament to our market-leading brands and unique multi-product, multi-channel distribution model,” said Managing Director and CEO, David Attenborough. “The strong performance of our Wagering business was driven by excellent growth in Fixed Odds and Digital wagering. Media and International again delivered a positive earnings result, despite incurring one-off restructuring charges. “Our Gaming Services business, TGS, has built on the solid foundation laid in its first year in Victoria by successfully entering NSW. TGS is now well placed for further expansion.  Although it was disappointing not to see revenue growth in our Keno business in FY14, it is well positioned to grow in FY15, with new products set for launch.” Business Results – Continuing Operations Before Significant Items  Wagering  Total Wagering business revenues (including the Victorian Racing Industry’s interest) grew 1.8% in FY14{C}{C}{C}[2]{C}{C}{C}. Wagering revenue growth of 2.4% in the second half improved relative to first half growth of 1.3%.    Operating expenses were $284.0 million, up 0.6%. EBITDA was $282.2 million, up 6.5%.  By product, Fixed Odds growth was again the highlight with revenues up 26.5% to $511.5 million. This was made up of: {C}{C}{C}{C}·         {C}{C}{C}Fixed Odds racing revenues of $322.9 million, up 37.0%, primarily driven by an expansion in the number of markets offered and ongoing shifts in customer preferences towards Fixed Odds products. {C}{C}{C}{C}·         {C}{C}{C}Fixed Odds sports revenues of $188.6 million, up 12.7%.   Totalisator revenues were $1,262.9 million, down 6.3%, partly impacted by lower premium customer volumes and the shift to Fixed Odds. Luxbet revenues were up 22.5% to $47.9 million and Trackside revenues were $89.3 million, up 1.1%.  The Soccer World Cup produced revenues across TAB and Luxbet in FY14 of $14.9 million and in FY15 of $10.3 million. TAB’s successful marketing initiatives were driven by the ‘Back Gold’ campaign led by former Socceroos goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer.    Tabcorp’s diverse distribution channels allow customers to connect with TAB in multiple ways, differentiating Tabcorp from online-only wagering operators.  The Digital channel was a driver of Tabcorp’s Wagering growth, with turnover up 18.2% to $2,900.0 million.  Mobile devices made up 54% of Tabcorp’s Digital turnover, up from 35% in FY13. NSW retail turnover was $3,819.1 million, down 1.2%, and Victorian retail turnover was $2,762.2 million, down 4.9%. Performance in the NSW and Victorian retail wagering channels improved in 2H14 relative to 1H14, despite continued soft retail conditions. Media and International  Tabcorp’s Media and International business continued to benefit from the expanded export of vision and co-mingling.  Revenues grew 6.2% to $220.4 million. Operating expenses were $123.9 million, up 5.0%, with expense growth partly attributable to the acquisition of Sky’s US vision agent, now rebranded Sky Racing World US, and one-off restructure charges.  EBITDA was $68.5 million, up 2.2%.  Broadcast rights and racing industry contributions from Tabcorp’s International business were $73.5 million, up 15.6%.  Tabcorp continues to work towards concluding media rights negotiations for NSW and Victorian thoroughbred racing content and achieving a fair commercial outcome for all parties.  Gaming Services  The results of the Gaming Services business reflect a full year contribution compared to the prior year during which TGS was operational for 10.5 months.  TGS revenues were $98.1 million, up 13.7%. Operating expenses were $31.1 million, up 11.1%, resulting in EBITDA of $67.0 million, up 14.9%.    TGS made a successful entry into the NSW market during the year, signing up two NSW venues, Kogarah RSL and Auburn Tennis Club. TGS has now established capability to grow the business in NSW in FY15.  A second half highlight in Victoria, where TGS covers approximately 8,500 electronic gaming machines (EGMs), was the commencement of the in-EGM loyalty scheme.  Keno  Keno revenues were $203.9 million, down 0.7%, with Queensland and NSW revenues flat and Victorian revenues up 3.6%. Operating expenses were $41.2 million, up 1.0%.  EBITDA was $72.2 million, down 4.4%.    An operational highlight was the roll out of Keno Racing to more than 450 Queensland venues.  Improving the performance of the Keno business is a priority for Tabcorp in FY15. New initiatives planned for delivery include the commencement of jackpot pooling between NSW and Victoria in 1H15, with Queensland to follow. CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AND INVESTMENTS Capital expenditure was $133 million, with the major projects being digital and systems enhancements for Wagering and the TGS expansion. Expected capital expenditure in FY15 is $130 million, before the expansion of TGS in NSW and Victorian in-EGM loyalty. The depreciation and amortisation (D&A) expense for FY15 is expected to be approximately $170 million. Capital expenditure and D&A guidance is before the impact of the ACTTAB acquisition. RACE FIELDS FEES New Race Fields fee structures have been put in place by the Victorian, Queensland and South Australian racing industries, effective from 1 July 2014.  If these changes had applied to Tabcorp in FY14, and in the absence of any mitigating strategies, the estimated impact would be approximately $12 million before tax.   SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA PROCEEDINGS   Tabcorp has lodged an appeal with the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria against a judgment of the Supreme Court of Victoria handed down on 26 June 2014. The appeal is listed to be heard in October. The judgment relates to Tabcorp’s claim for a payment of $686.8 million from the State of Victoria, which found in favour of the State. Separately, Tabcorp has applied for special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia in respect of the Health Benefit Levy judgment of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, which was handed down on 1 July 2014.  The Court of Appeal judgment impacted Tabcorp’s FY14 earnings by $19.5 million after tax, which has been disclosed as Discontinued Operations in Tabcorp’s financial statements. DIVIDEND The Board has announced a final dividend of [8] cents per share, fully franked and payable on 24 September 2014 to shareholders registered at 14 August 2014.  The full year dividend of [16] cents per share represents [81%] of NPAT from continuing operations before significant items. The Board today announced that its FY15 target dividend payout ratio will increase to 90% of NPAT.    STAKEHOLDER BENEFITS Taxes on gambling paid                                             $439.3 million Income generated for racing industry                        $735.0 million VIC                                                                         $342.0 million[1] NSW                                                                       $246.2 million Race fields fees                                                     $73.3 million Broadcast rights and international business           $73.5 million Income taxes paid and payable          $66.7 million   [1] Excludes the impact of the VRI’s share of HBL of $8.9 million. FY15 PRIORITIES Mr Attenborough said: “Tabcorp is well placed to drive profitable growth through our diversified portfolio of businesses. This portfolio has been strengthened with the recent agreement to acquire ACTTAB, subject to necessary approvals.  ACTTAB will give Tabcorp new and attractive long-term licences. “In Wagering, we will continue to integrate our retail and digital offerings, noting our distribution channels work together for overall growth.  Other priorities in Wagering are product expansion and successfully completing the ACTTAB transaction. “The priority for the Media and International business is to conclude media rights negotiations and expand co-mingling and the export of Australasian racing. “Now that TGS has entered the NSW market, the business is well placed to demonstrate the value it can generate for licensed venues and increase sign-ups. “Finally, our Keno business has a clear agenda to improve its performance.  Product expansion and the pooling of jackpots between NSW and Victoria are among the initiatives that will help create a more compelling offer for customers. “We are well positioned to drive future performance, maintain expense discipline and deliver Return on Invested Capital of 14% by FY16.” For more information: Media: Nicholas Tzaferis, GM Corporate Affairs, 03 9868 2529 Financial analysts: Lachlan Fitt, GM Investor Relations and Strategy, 02 9218 1414

There will be no love lost between Queensland's top young harness racing drivers and their New South Wales counterparts when they go head to head in the inaugural Young Drivers State of Origin Series later this month. The Queensland team of Peter McMullen, Chantal Turpin, Trent Moffatt, Narissa McMullen and Amy Rees will travel to Menangle for the series opener on August 26 before returning to their home turf at Albion Park on August 29. The joint initiative between Racing Queensland and Harness Racing New South Wales was the brainchild of outgoing Albion Park Harness Racing Club Chairman Kevin Seymour AM. Racing Queensland Chief Executive Darren Condon said the state had some outstanding talent in its junior ranks and the six-race series would provide invaluable experience for both teams. "To take these young drivers down to New South Wales and compete at a venue like Menangle is an experience they could well have had to wait many years for and this series gives them the opportunity to do it now," Mr Condon said. "Being able to compete on different tracks against the best young drivers in other states does wonders for a young driver's confidence, but they can also build a network in another state that could open up opportunities for them in the future. "Harness Racing certainly has a high rate of younger participants in Queensland and we are proud to able to give the Young Guns this opportunity and be part of such a great initiative." The New South Wales team consists of Cameron Jones, Chris Geary, Kasey Hocking, Kylie Barnes and Todd Prest. Harness Racing NSW Chief Executive Sam Nati said providing opportunities like this for the young participants in his state is vital for the future of the sport. "We are all acutely aware of the need to nurture the next generation of trainers and drivers, "Mr Nati said. "Giving them the opportunity to participate in showcase events such as this not only provides a great incentive, but just as importantly, valuable learning opportunities. "Additionally it's very satisfying to achieve an outcome with another state controlling body which is mutually beneficial to our respective longer term objectives." Racing Queensland and Harness Racing NSW have confirmed a boost to the prize pool for the six races with each worth $10,000. New South Wales will launch the series with three races scheduled on Tuesday 26 August at Menangle, with the Queensland final scheduled for Friday 29 August at Albion Park. For further information please contact: Queensland Lucy McIntosh (Brand Manager - Harness, Racing Queensland) 0457 743 908 New South Wales Sam Nati (CEO - Harness Racing NSW) 02 9722 6600                  

The Board of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club met yesterday and decided to offer the position of Chief Executive Officer to Mr Bruce Christison.  The Board is delighted to announce that Mr Chistison has accepted this position effective from today. Mr Christison first joined the administrative staff of the Club in January 1994 as Financial Controller, and has been the Business Operations Manager since March 2004. Mr Christison has been an integral part of the Club’s management for many years and will bring extensive business and administrative skills combined with a detailed knowledge of the Club’s operations to the position of Chief Executive.  The Board believes that this appointment will continue the development of the Club following the sale of Harold Park and development at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Mr Christison will work with departing Chief Executive Officer Mr John Dumesny to ensure a seamless handover before Mr Dumesny assumes his position with Harness Racing New South Wales on 1 September 2014.  The Board believes that this transitional process will be of mutual benefit to all parties and the industry. For further information please contact NSWHRC Chairman Ray Sharman on (02) 4645 2200.

June's postponed Cowra TAB Carnival of Cups harness racing meeting will take place at the Cowra Showground this Sunday afternoon. With great prizemoney on offer, Cowra will feature the running of the $13,000 Tritech Refrigeration Cowra Cup, the $9,000 Sam Agostino Memorial along with a $9,000 3YO Pace to attract local trainers. The Cup is a fairly even affair with Steve Turnbull's Cheyenne Warrior likely to be fancied. The four-year-old should be on the pace throughout and will vie for the lead with pole marker Benoah who does have gate speed. The Nathan Hurst trained Usher will have admirers. Although drawn wide he is racing well enough to be successful. The meeting has eight races programmed with plenty of attractions on offer for racegoers including a chance to win a brand new Toyota Yaris to be drawn at the HRNSW Awards night on October 25 at The Sofitel Sydney. Club Secretary Robin Dale said the club is expecting a good crowd. "We have plenty of entertainment with music, dancers and monster raffles," she said. "The club couldn't more pleased with the prizemoney it puts us in a good place for the future." The first event will commence at 12:42pm. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

The Board of Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr John Dumesny as its new Chief Executive. The HRNSW Chairman Mr Rex Horne announced the appointment this morning. “The process has been extensive and involved a sub-committee of the Board, which met on numerous occasions, to review the long list of candidates presented by Watermark International”, Mr Horne said. The full Board met on Tuesday and interviewed the final four candidates. It was subsequently decided to offer the position to Mr Dumesny. Mr Dumesny has a long and distinguished career in harness racing. He commenced with the New South Wales Harness Racing Club (NSWHRC) in 1988. He has been Chief Executive of the Club since 2004 and prior to that was the Racing Manager from 1988 to 2004. John was the driving force behind the sale of Harold Park in 2010 and the extensive upgrade of the Menangle Park facility to world class status. Mr Horne went on to say that without John’s drive and passion much of what we have today would never have occurred. “We have a world class track and associated facilities, higher prizemoney and a much stronger industry”, he said “The Board believes that John will bring similar drive and passion to HRNSW”. Mr Dumesny commences with HRNSW on Monday 1 September. CHIEF EXECUTIVE MOVES ON John Dumesny will be leaving his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club to take up the position of Chief Executive of Harness Racing NSW effective from 1 September 2014. John joined the staff at our Club in 1988 as Racing Manager, and remained in that role until 2004, at which time he took up his current position of Chief Executive Officer. John has also filled positions as a Director and secretary of Australian Pacing Gold and as the Club’s representative on the Harness Racing Clubs Committee. John has provided 26 years of dedicated service to the Club and the industry during which time he has shown a great passion for the sport of harness racing and an unrivalled work ethic. John has a great knowledge of harness racing, and his experience and management expertise have ensured that he is acknowledged as a respected leading administrator in our industry. John has many achievements to his name during his time at our Club, but the most significant is his leading role in the sale of Harold Park and the relocation of the principal club to Tabcorp Park Menangle. His vision and drive ensured that a sale was achieved that has consolidated the financial future of both the Club and the industry. He has also overseen the development of the Menangle Park precinct with the construction of the track, administration building, stables and grandstand. As a result of his efforts we now have a world class facility and a financial platform that ensures the future viability of harness racing. While John has always given his unqualified commitment to our Club, he has also recognised that the Club is part of a broader industry. While his resignation is a great loss for our Club, I am sure that he will apply his skills and knowledge in his new role at Harness Racing New South Wales to continue the development of harness racing in our state. On behalf of the Board, staff and Members of our Club I thank John for his many years of dedicated service and wish him the best for the future. HRNSW

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