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Arthur Cupitt, who died last Saturday night, was a veteran harness racing enthusiast and former Sydney trainer. Mr Cupitt, 72, who was first licensed as a trainer in 1983, handed his ticket in back in 2005, with his 403 starters for 22 winners and 72 minor placings. A helper at Jarrod Alchin's Tabcorp Park, Club Menangle stables in recent times, Mr Cupitt loved harness racing, and in particular the horses. "Arthur was friends with just about every trotting person around this area," Alchin said. "He was everyone's handyman, and his pleasant disposition saw him make friends easily, and keep them for life. "He'd turn up at the stables every Sunday morning with a hard luck punting story about the previous night - we'll all miss Arthur...our Sundays will never be the same without him." His favourite horses, and a multiple winner, was Society Princess, who won seven races in the early-mid 1990s, including Menangle Park. Mr Cupitt's last winner was Uwin, a 1:58.7 performer just after the turn of the century, before the mare left two sub-2:00 winners. Mr Cupitt, who died suddenly, is survived by two daughters and a son. Kate Dumesny

Today, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, commenced an inquiry into a report 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. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Melbourne. The inquiry also considered a further report from the ARFL that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in an out of competition urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE at the registered training establishment of Mrs B McCarthy on 15 July 2016. Mrs McCarthy appeared and was represented by Solicitor Mr Matthew Hammond. Mrs McCarthy was issued with the following charges: Pursuant to AHRR 190 (1),(2) & (4), which reads; (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. That as the registered she did present VINNY CHASE to race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016 with prohibited substances in its system. Pursuant to AHRR 190A (1) (a); 1)  When a sample taken at any time from a horse being trained or cared for by a licensed person has detected in it any prohibited substance specified in sub-rule (2):- (a)  The trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at the relevant time shall be guilty of an offence.    That as the registered trainer at the relevant time on 15 July 2016, she did have VINNY CHASE in her care, when a urine sample upon anaylsis revealed it to contain prohibited substances in contravention of Rule 190A (2)(r). Mr Hammond on behalf of his client, Mrs McCarthy sought an adjournment to consider the charges and to provide further expert evidence.  Stewards adjourned the inquiry until 11am on Wednesday, 26 October 2016. 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 - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER p: (02) 9722 6600 • e:   Vinny Chase at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016

With more wet weather forecast for central western New South Wales later this week, Eugowra's Canola Cup carnival has been abandoned. With flooding in nearby Forbes causing havoc for the locals, the Eugowra showground has also been severely affected by the heavy rain and with no sign of a significant break in the weather in the short term, an early decision has been made in the best interest of harness racing participants. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny acknowledged the amount of work the Eugowra committee had put into the planning for this year's Canola Cup but confirmed there was no other option. "The Eugowra meeting has become an important annual event as the first of the TAB.COM.AU Carnival Of Cups meetings for the season," Mr Dumesny said. "With the weather pattern creating a once in a century event the rain is causing havoc for plenty of people across the entire State let alone in the central west," The Eugowra Club Committee made an application to HRNSW to call off Monday's meeting because of the condition of the showground and the governing body acceded to that request. "There is more rain expected this week and the track and surrounds are so wet that they can't sustain one more drop," "I can only compliment for making this difficult decision but it is in the interests of all concerned," "The Canola Cup will be back in 2017 as big if not bigger than ever." Dumesny stated Mr Dumesny confirmed a meeting will now be run at Bathurst on Monday of the long weekend. "To keep faith with the trainers in the central west that have been able to continue working their horses during this period, a new TAB.COM.AU Championship will be held with the heats drawn for this Wednesday (transferred from Eugowra last Sunday) and a $12,000 final at Bathurst next Monday. "HRNSW has a commitment to our wagering partner TAB to conduct a certain number of meetings and with Bathurst in a position to conduct the meeting on the public holiday it makes sense for a race meeting to be conducted." "Whilst there will be necessary adjustments to the race distances and starting configurations for Bathurst the prize money for the support races will be basically in line with what was to be offered at Eugowra." Nominations close on Thursday at 9.30am with HRNSW for the Bathurst Monday Meeting. Kate Dumesny

At nine years of age, Glenburn Addy’s race days are drawing to a close but she’s showing no signs of slowing down just yet with her 15th harness racing career win at Wagga Paceway on Friday night. Glenburn Addy ($4.10) was perfectly placed to win under the conditions of the race with most of her rivals having won far less races. Trainer Tim Doherty has been looking after Glenburn Addy for the past two weeks. “She is due to go in foal to Modern Art and it was easier having her down here at Albury to have that done,” Doherty said. “She was well placed with the drop back in class clause for mares and the concession claim for Reece (Maguire).” Glenburn Addy has earned $70,000 and added an extra $1000 as owner Ray Walker is a member of the NSW Standardbred Owners Association. Doherty believes Glenburn Addy can win another race before she is retired. “She pretty much paid for herself to go in foal the other night,” he said. “She will keep racing until she goes in foal.”  Maguire won the race named in his honour as the leading driver at Wagga last season. He is shortly to leave Australia for a stint working in the harness racing industry in New Zealand. The bonus was won in consecutive races after promising filly Million Dollar Gem ($3.50) again led throughout for her second win. The three-year-old collected Yirribee Stud a further $1000 on top of the prize money. Million Dollar Gem won at odds of $30 late last month, but started second favourite on Friday night on the strength of that win. Reinsman Scott Woodhouse again found the lead form gate two on the lightly raced juvenile before clearing out at the finish. The Million Dollar Cam filly won by five metres from Proserpina and beaten favourite Rocknchaton, in a mile rate of 2:01.7. “She goes pretty good and keeps getting better,” Woodhouse said. Mammals Flash produced the win of the night spacing his rivals in a fast mile rate of 1.58.9 to take out the Wagga Premier Trainer Shane Hillier C1-C2 Pace (2165m). The five-year-old won by almost 30 metres to add to his impressive record since joining his trainer Brian Smith. Junee reinsman Cameron Hart found the lead on Mammals Flash who couldn’t hold the big pacer slow enough as he entered the final 600 metres. The favourite dominated his opponents for his third win for Smith which also includes three seconds and two thirds from nine starts. Other winners on Friday night were the Laura Crossland-trained Fiery Achiever ($2.30), Steve Boyington’s Desiring Bella ($3.90), Chris Chant’s Danielles Pride ($3.70) and Bruce Harpley’s new filly Habanero ($3.50). Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

There was a surprise nomination in this Sunday Canola Cup Heats at Eugowra with talented trotting mare Iona Grinner taking on the pacers to try and secure a spot in the lucrative $30,000 harness racing final. After all Iona Grinner is pacing bred, however, after two starts as a pacer she has been tried as a trotter ever since and has been successful. And even though she can pace, trainer Troy Williams confirmed that the daughter of Grinfromeartoear will be going around as a trotter in the qualifier. "It will be a trial for her," Williams said. "I don't usually like trialling my horses and now that she is up in class she will have to go to Menangle when they are running 1:55 so thought this may be a different option. "I plan on travelling with her a bit this season to Queensland, South Australia and Victoria so thought it wouldn't hurt to put her around at Eugowra to get her ready for the smaller tracks." Originally from Dubbo, Williams has always been drawn to the Canola Cup. "I've always wanted to have a horse in it and now I do," Williams said. "You have to be in it to win it and I think she is tough enough. "She won't go back to being a pacer, she doesn't pace well. "I've nominated her for a few pacing races as a trotter but they haven't stood up and I love the Eugowra program so thought why not. "I'm looking forward to it." Iona Grinner has won 11 races and placed as many times in 44 starts with her best winning mile rate trotted in 1:56.2. The five-year-old is one of 37 horses looking to qualify for the Lexus of Parramatta Canola Cup (2100m) at Eugowra's Carnival of Cups meeting on October 3. The Group Three is the richest C0 event in Australia. It kicks off the 2016/17 TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups Series. Click here to see the Carnival of Cups calendar. AMANDA RANDO

SHE was recently crowned the Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year and now Frith has a one in four chance of defending her title as the NSW Aged Mare of the Year. Up against Miracle Mile placegetter Arms Of An Angel, Cyclone Kate and Ameretto for the 2015/16 title, Frith was the leading aged mare in earnings nationally last season but will that be enough to secure her the prestigious award? The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark pocketed $261,100 last term, winning the Group One Ladyship Mile and other Group races such as the Norms Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park. Meanwhile, Arms Of An Angel won seven of her 10 starts last season and transitioned from racing in C0 company to the Grand Circuit. After winning the Group Two Hondo Grattan Stakes at Menangle, Arms Of An Angel finished third to Have Faith In Me in both the Chariots of Fire and Miracle Mile, when both Group Ones were run in a sub 1:50 mile rate. Cyclone Kate raced in her fair share of Group races last season also and her most dominate performance was in the Adore Me Stakes at Menangle where she clocked 1:50.8. Ameretto took the next step up as a four-year-old and set a personal best mile rate of 1:51.4 when winning at Menangle last season. The winner of this tightly contested category will be announced at the 2016 Harness Racing New South Wales Industry Awards Night on October 29, at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. Other horse nominees include: 2YO FILLIES                                                                         2YO COLTS & GELDINGS DONT THINK TWICE                                                                  ASTRIDE FASTESTGIRLINTOWN                                                             BLUE MOON RISING NZ IM WITH LEXY                                                                             CONVICTION ROCKNROLL EMMA                                                                  TINGIRA BEACH SHEZALLAPPLES                                                                                                                                                                                  3YO FILLIES                                                                                  3YO COLTS & GELDINGS MY MACKENZIE                                                                         CHARLAVAL OUR DREAM ABOUT ME NZ                                                  MATCH IN HEAVEN PIXIES PARLOUR                                                                        OUR WAIKIKI BEACH ROCKMEMAMA                                                                         SAMS THE MASTER                                                                                                          OPEN MARES                                                                              OPEN ENTRIES & GELDINGS AMERETTO                                                                                   BEAUTIDE ARMS OF AN ANGEL NZ                                                         BLING IT ON CYCLONE KATE NZ                                                                     HAVE FAITH IN ME NZ FRITH                                                                                              MONIFIETH NZ                                                                                                          2YO TROTTERS                                                                            3YO TROTTERS EMPIRE BAY                                                                                 BACARDI HURRICANE PEGASUS ELEGANCE                                                                PARISIAN CHIC WATTS UP RAINBOW                                                              SEVEN SECRETS                                                                                                          OPEN TROTTERS                                                                        GLENFERRIE DREAMER                                                           IONA GRINNER                                                                          ON THUNDER ROAD NZ                                                            Amanda Rando - HRNSW        

She hasn’t raced in four months but following her head-turning trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday talented harness racing mare Arms Of An Angel is ready to race. ‘Team Tritton’ has earmarked the Group Three Les Chant Cup on September 24 at Menangle as her most likely debut for the season. “After the Les Chant Cup there is the Ranji Bill Stakes for her and we’ll be aiming to contest a lot of those mares’ races with her,” trainer Shane Tritton said. “This whole preparation she has been sick and unhealthy and it may take a few starts for her to get going.” However, it looked as though Arms Of An Angel has put that setback behind her after rating a slick 1:50.6 in her recent official hit-out. “She pulled-up super after that,” Tritton said. “I had not planned on her going that hard at the trials but she had other ideas. “We were going to trial her again but if she is going to go that hard we may as well put her around in a race.” After a big season progressing from a C0 to Grand Circuit company, Arms Of An Angel looks to have another big year ahead. The Ladyship Mile or the Miracle Mile are the long term aims while Tritton has nominated the daughter of Elsu for the Inter Dominion along with stablemate Lombo Kotakinabalu and others. “I’ve nominated a few for the Inter Dominion and we’ll assess things in a month,” Tritton said. “We’ll see how strong the series will be and where the horses rank and take it from there.” WATCH ARMS OF AN ANGEL'S RECENT TRIAL HERE Amanda Rando

A number of top stallions have now been registered in New South Wales for the 2016/17 harness racing season. Following the recent announcement by Harness Racing NSW to include the progeny of frozen semen stallions, whose semen is stored in NSW and distributed from NSW, it was the key factor for alphastud to register their stallions in the state. The new stallion agency is off to a great start offering the services of world-class stallions McArdle, Badlands Hanover and Life Sign from NSW. Joining your interstate or local mares to any of these stallions this season will make your foal eligible for the NSW Breeders Challenge race series', certificates and bonuses. If you bred and continue to own eligible and sustained progeny you'll take home up to $10,800 for their first "C" class win in NSW. McArdle is fighting hard for supremacy as the United States Leading two-year-old stallion by earnings competing with Somebeachsomewhere, Bettors Delight and American Ideal. He is expected to get strong numbers at a service fee of $2,500 and is exceptional value when you consider that the US has jumped this fee by 20 per cent to $US5000. Badlands Hanover is the sire of West Australian star Beaudiene Boaz and grand-sire of the current leading US stakes earner for the season Wiggle It Jiggleit. Life Sign is a Hall of Famer and ranks 11th as the greatest sire of all time by progeny earnings in the US. For further information on these stallions contact Richard on 0417 227 768 for pre live foal service fee discounts or see Alternatively, for information on the NSW Breeders Challenge contact HRNSW Racing Manager Adam Fairley on (02) 9722 6614 or at   AMANDA RANDO

The format of the upcoming harness racing Garrards Horse and Hound Ready2Run Sale in Sydney is reverting back to how it has always been run. Official time-trials will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday November 27, 2016, and shortly after the auction will take place. Directors of the New South Wales Standardbred Sales had announced they were changing the format by conducting the time-trials two weeks prior to the Sale but this has been changed according to Chairman Peter Green. "We have made the decision to revert back to how the trial was previously run and have the Sale component on the same day," Green said. "We will accept late entries and if any vendor or preparer that would like to put a video up of heir horse or horses they need to contact Karen Kemp." Karen can be contacted at   AMANDA RANDO

Legendary harness racing horseman Vic Frost is heading to Tabcorp Park Menangle this weekend with a dual purpose. The highly decorated harness racing figure will present winning connections a trophy following the running of the race named in his honour, the Gr.3 $31,800 Lyn Kemp Conveyancing Vic Frost Cup for the open class performers. But before participating in official duties, Frost, 75, will send out his own runner in Back Page News in the Listed $26,000 AGL Energy Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Final. Following the invitation, Frost decided to look through the programs to make the trip worthwhile and found this series for his consistent intermediate grade pacer. Back Page News qualified after running a brave second behind Im Saint Anthony in the qualifying heat at Newcastle last weekend. “It’s a great privilege to be recognized by Harness Racing New South Wales and the Menangle Club and I’m really looking forward to the night. The race named in my honour looks a really good line-up while I’m happy to have a starter myself on the night.” Frost said. Back Page News will again be handled by Brad Cowen, a young reinsman well known to Frost and his partner Gail Geeson through his time spent in the sunshine state where they combined at times for success. The famous livery of white jacket with black stars will be on display when Back Page News and Cowen line-up in the fourth event. “I thought the horse went terrific at Newcastle last week and with some luck in running. I think he can feature again. I’m certain the big track will benefit him greatly, it’s a beautiful big track and very safe for both horse and driver. “While all my success was carried out at the inner-city track at Harold Park which was smaller and tighter, I think the bigger the track the better and Menangle has proven itself to be the number one track in the country. “Things are a lot different now compared to when I was back driving but I’m convinced it’s much safer and I think that’s paramount nowadays. I enjoy watching the races from Menangle through SKY channel but this trip away should be good fun.” Frost plans on leaving his Mooball base, near Tweed Heads, on Friday morning. And still roaming the property is former champion pacer Westburn Grant at the spritely age of 31. The Inter Dominion and dual Miracle Mile winner is thriving in his retirement. by Chris Barsby

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

At just the age of 23 harness racing reinsman Todd McCarthy is undoubtedly having his best season to date. He achieved the feat of driving 500 winners last night at Penrith (August 18) and this milestone was reached when the two-year-old Western Stride broke through for his first victory. This season alone Todd has driven 186 winners, which includes his first Group One winner, and looks set to take out the New South Wales Drivers Premiership. The talented reinsman is also the leading concession driver in the state and is in front in the Metropolitan Drivers Premiership too, just two wins ahead of his older brother Luke. Here are some more Todd McCarthy stats: ·         First started driving in 2010 ·         His first race drive was at Albion Park on March 2, 2010, on Count The Cards – they finished second ·         It took Todd 13 drives to land his first winner ·         His first winner was Count The Cards at the Gold Coast on April 23, 2010 ·         Todd’s first double was at Albion Park on October 26, 2010, with Beef City Beau and Braveheart Stride ·         At the age of 21 Todd drove five winners in one program which was at Newcastle on May 3, 2014. The wins came courtesy of Fellas R Trouble, Howdy        Dazz, Marble Halls, Emerging Art and Bettorbeastar ·         Todd’s drives has collected over $4.6million in prizemoney ·         His first Group One win was with Frith in the 2016 Ladyship Mile ·         The fastest win Todd has had was when Frith rated 1:50.1 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 16, 2016 ·         He has trained 17 winners  - more than half of them were thanks to the pacer Seel N Print ·         Todd also finished second in the 2014 Inter Dominion Grand Final with Seel N Print AMANDA RANDO

Stening produced one of the best performances of his harness racing career and raced into calculations for the $25,000 Menangle Country Series Final with his heat victory at Wagga on Tuesday night. The well-performed pacer had to earn his 11th win the hard way racing outside the leader before holding off the favourite Lombo Newsy Scoop, who along with the third-placed Mammals Flash, won through to the decider on August 27. Stening's win in the $10,000 heat took his earnings past $60,000 and provided trainer-driver Bruce Harpley with a first-up win under his care. The winner was trained until recently by Bernie Kelly and has been driven in most of his starts by Harpley. "I think just the change of environment can sometimes help some horses," Harpley said. "That was a very good win against some nice horses. "When I saw he drew barrier six on the outside of the front row I thought that was the end of our chances." Stening falls well short of the best pacers raced by Kelly and his wife Dianne, but he has been highly consistent with 11 wins and nine placings from 31 starts. Lombo Newsy Scoop was given every chance, but couldn't haul in Stening when he kicked clear while Mammals Flash ran on well for third in a fast mile rate of 1.57.5 seconds. Comeback pacer The Real Eagle continued his charge qualifying for another final at Menangle with a win over Chickies Boy. It was a carbon copy of their last encounter when The Real Eagle kept Chickies Boy into second placing on July 19. On that occasion, The Real Eagle was having his first start for almost four years. Trainer Brad Hillyer only has The Real Eagle in training and has a real talent on his hands. Leg injuries have restricted The Real Eagle's career to just 15 starts for seven wins. "The big track at Menangle will suit him and that run will top him off," Hillyer said. "I haven't had any leg problems with him this time in so hopefully he can stay in one piece." Reinsman David Moran drove the short-priced favourite to perfection following Chickies Boy throughout before emerging late. Meanwhile, Northern Velocity won her second race at Wagga in the space of four days with a dominant display. The well-bred filly has earnings of more than $160,000 and since racing in Australia has produced four wins and two seconds from six starts. Owner Scott Robertson said Northern Velocity was purchased because of her breeding and was doing the job asked of her during her racing career. "She had a good record in New Zealand where she won most of her prize money," he said. Northern Velocity has been transferred to the care of trainer Steve Maguire after doing her recent racing with Belinda McCarthy - one of the state's leading trainers. "We will see where she is at whether or not she has another start," Robertson said. Northern Velocity also won at Wagga on Friday night. The filly is a daughter of leading sire Mach Three from Northern Franco making her a half-sister to $900,000 earner Pembrook Benny. Amanda Rando

Harness racing "Group One" winning reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick notched up 100 winners for the season at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday. The century of wins came about on Dieu De Lamour, which ironically pushed his earnings past $100,000 with the win too. Trained by Martin Herbert, it was Fitzpatrick's second win with the trotter. "Blake drove him extremely well," Herbert said. "The horse wore them down on the line and has been racing extremely well with not a lot of luck so it was nice to see him win. "I know Blake was excited . . . he has driven a lot of winners for me over the years." Unlike Fitzpatrick, Herbert has only trained one other trotter previously and that was 2011 NSW Oaks winner Our Dolly Would. Fitzpatrick, however, has been involved with many trotters and has experienced a lot of success with them particularly in recent years. He drove Keystone Del to many Group victories and has also trained many trot winners including Seven Secrets, Glenferrie Burn and Empire Bay in recent weeks. And it was the pacing bred Seven Secrets that opened the winning account for Fitzpatrick on Tuesday. At the time of writing, the Cawdor horseman had driven a treble at the meeting also winning with Lombo Yanky Invada, which is by Lombo Mandingo another horse Fitzpatrick had success with. It is the eighth time Fitzpatrick has driven a century of winners in a season. Amanda Rando

New South Wales harness racing trainers Alex Alchin and Jarrod Alchin have been suspended for six months after pleading guilty to a charge relating to animal welfare.  On Friday 5 August 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an Inquiry in relation to the treatment of the registered standardbred STORM BURST at the registered training establishment of both Mr Jarrod Alchin and Mr Alex Alchin on Thursday 7 July 2016 prior to that horse being presented to race at Penrith later that evening. Stewards ordered the withdrawal of STORM BURST from its engagement on 7 July 2016. The Inquiry commenced on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at which time evidence was presented by Mr Alex Alchin and Mr Jarrod Alchin in relation to the training of STORM BURST and their husbandry practices observed by HRSW Senior Steward/Investigator Mr Chris Paul and HRNSW Investigator Ms Natasha Ackland. Evidence was presented to the Inquiry by HRNSW Investigator/Steward Mr Chris Paul and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio. At the resumption of the Inquiry on 5 August 2016, Mr Alex Alchin and Mr Jarrod Alchin provided further evidence. In addition, Mrs Stephanie Alchin, licensed stablehand and part-owner of STORM BURST was required to attend and provided evidence regarding STORM BURST and the treatment of that horse on 7 July 2016. It was established that Mr Jarrod Alchin was observed activating deafeners and applying a driving whip to STORM BURST whilst the horse was wearing a heavy rug and tethered in a wash bay.   No evidence was provided to the effect that STORM BURST had been physically injured. Mr Alex Alchin, the licensed trainer and part owner of STORM BURST and Mr Jarrod Alchin both pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR)  213(a) as follows: AHRR 213      A person shall not:- by use of harness, gear, equipment, device, substance or any other thing inflict suffering on a horse; Mr Alex Alchin was issued with a $3500 fine and a 6 month suspension of his Trainer’s Licence (suspended for a period of 12 months). Mr Alex Alchin was informed of his right to appeal this decision. Mr Jarrod Alchin was issued with a $5000 fine and a 6 month suspension of his Trainer’s Licence (suspended for a period of 12 months). Mr Jarrod Alchin was informed of his right to appeal this decision. Mrs Stephanie Alchin pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 218 as follows: AHRR 218.     A person having responsibility for the welfare of a horse shall not fail to care for it properly. Mrs Alchin was issued with a $1500 fine of which $750 was suspended for a period of 12 months. Mrs Alchin was informed of her right to appeal this decision. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Reid Sanders

Every harness racing driver of a horse wearing the number seven saddlecloth at Penrith this Thursday night will be donning special silks of black with gold sleeves and white stars. And the reason is to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease. Popular horseman Danny Bergan lost his short battle with MND in 2007 and this week marks the seventh year of the Danny Bergan Memorial at the Paceway hence why seven is the 'lucky' number. Ironically the last winner the late Danny Bergan trained, Nukemjake, won from barrier seven at Penrith. Danny's son Daniel and his best mate Stuart Jamieson, who also part-owned Nukemjake, have been behind this awareness campaign from the very beginning following one heartfelt promise. "My best mate's father passed away quickly from Motor Neurone Disease and he made a promise to his father that he would help find a cure for MND," Stuart said. "With Daniel's banking background and my hospitality background we put our skills together and created the Danny Bergan Memorial Foundation. "This is the seventh running of the Danny Bergan Memorial at Penrith so we thought we would do something different with the race silks, to draw attention, awareness and raise money. "Danny had an affiliation with Penrith and raced a lot of his horses there hence why we have his race and race night at this track." Through this passionate drive of two best mates, Daniel and Stuart have teamed up with the MonSTar Foundation and contributed in excess of $380,000. And with the Danny Bergan Memorial Trot Night function on Thursday, the pair is donating all of the proceeds towards the cause. "We first started the fundraising to help support Carol, Danny's wife, after his passing," Stuart said. "A couple of years later we held a race in Danny's honour and it has grown momentum from there." Danny lived in the nearby suburb of Riverstone and trained and drove many winners at Penrith including the abovementioned Nukemjake and Gold Dignity. For more information on the Danny Bergan Memorial Foundation click here. Keep an eye out for the black colours with gold sleeves and white stars! AMANDA RANDO

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