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After consultation with the industry, HRNSW has announced a series of lead-up events for Australia’s richest C0 event, Eugowra’s Canola Cup.  In the three weeks leading up to the Canola Cup heats, special restricted events titled ‘The Escort Way Stakes’ will be run at Parkes and Dubbo to give trainers an opportunity to ready their C0 horses for the $30,000 feature. The Escort Way is a major arterial into Eugowra, hence the naming of the new series of races.  HRNSW CEO John Dumesny believes the concept is important for owners and trainers across New South Wales with talented C0 pacers. “In the past connections eyeing off the Canola Cup have been forced to keep their horses away from the races in case they win and become a C1, therefore these new races at Parkes and Dubbo will allow trainers to give their horses the vital racing they need before Eugowra,” Mr Dumesny said. “Parkes will run two Escort Way Stakes, the first at its meeting on September 6 and again on September 20 while Dubbo will get its chance on September 13, it is important for participants to note that these events are in addition to the programming that has already been released for the Parkes and Dubbo meetings."         Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

John Gibson, one of the best known figures in harness racing in Australasia, died on Saturday after a short illness. Mr Gibson, who was 82, was a pioneer in the importation of stallions from North America. In his own right or in partnership with Brisbane trainer/driver John McMullen, Mr Gibson was responsible for importing nearly 50 stallions to Australia and New Zealand. Independent of that, the former trainer/driver who cut his teeth on the eastern show circuit, conducted the successful standardbred nursery, Success Stud, initially on the Queensland Darling Downs and in more recent years at Young, in New South Wales. Mr Gibson, his wife Mary and daughter Jackie through Success Stud have given much back to the harness racing community through sponsorship and have also bred and raced many top line performers including recent standouts Two Eye See and Makes Every Scents. There was a massive outpouring of love for Mr Gibson and his family on social media over the weekend and the Albion Park Harness Racing Club and the New South Wales Harness Racing Club arranged for black armbands to be worn in his honour at meetings over the weekend. Mr Gibson died peacefully in hospital at Young. His funeral details have not been finalised but will be advised once they have been confirmed. Greg Hayes

A harness track at Copland Street would help establish a new sporting precinct in Wagga and avert “catastrophic” flooding at the porposed North Wagga site, a former builder and harness driver has claimed. As debate rages over a planned $6.5 million harness track in North Wagga, John Hogan has implored council to have an urgent rethink on the alternative site at Copland Street. It comes after Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) CEO John Dumesny last week warned further delays in approving North Wagga as the site could plunge the project into jeopardy. Both Wagga council and HRNSW are pushing for North Wagga as the preferred site, despite furious protests from surrounding residents and others. At the heart of the issue is money. Council has gifted HRNSW the North Wagga site and maintains Copland Street, which has railway lines running through it, is too small for a harness facility and is a more valuable piece of community land. But Mr Hogan claims the North Wagga site breaches planning guidelines and defies commonsense. “They’re claiming it’s not a floodplain, it’s flood prone, but they’re wrong,” he said. “I’ve seen every flood in Wagga since 1952 and a serious flood would destroy that (North Wagga) site. Everything would need to be replaced.” He said if the railway line was removed at Copland Street, the site would be “more than adequate” for the harness facility. He claimed the site could be rezoned to “public recreational” and have six playing fields built on the inside of the track. A ruling on whether the track is permissible at North Wagga will be made by the Southern Region Joint Planning Panel in the coming months. Wagga councillor Garry Hiscock, a staunch advocate of developing the Equex precinct, has also emerged as a supporter of Copland Street. “There are far more benefits for the community by moving it to Copland Street than to North Wagga,” Cr Hiscock said. The Daily Advertiser

Tintin In America, a harness racing Group winner as a two, three and four-year-old in New Zealand, was represented by his first Group winner from his initial crop when Zee Dana captured the Group 3 $30,600 Garrards Horse and Hound Ready To Run Graduate Stakes at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night (August 15). A dominant favourite, the NZ bred youngster began like a rocket from the No 6 gate to assume role from the outset. After a leisurely middle half, Zee Dana peeled off fractions of 27.6 and 27.6 to easily keep his rivals at bay. The mile rate for the 2300 metres was 1:59.3. The win extended the gelding’s record to five starts for four wins and a second for $38,293 in stakes. He holds a mark of 1:57.3. Zee Dana was the fastest triallist at the Ready To Run Trialling Sale last December and changed hands for a super $71,000. Bred by David Kennedy, Zee Dana is out of the winning Dream Away mare Zwish (2:02.4), who left earlier winners in Phil Monty (1:54.6), a winner of nine races in Victoria, and Dana Dawn 2:01.1. He is a member of the noted Black Watch family whose descendants include Arden Rooney, Katy Perry, Reba Lord, Sovereign Hill, Laurella, Alta Christiano and The Unicorn. Tintin In America has already sired five individual two-year-old winners from his first small crop including the South Australian Kindergarten Stakes winner Just Wantano (2:00.7) and the Group placegetters Dame Puissant (1:59.6) and Aussie Vista (2:01.1). Zee Dana By Peter Wharton

August 18th is a date veteran harness racing trainer /driver Jim Castles will never forget. Most importantly it is Jim's wedding anniversary and he and his wife Monica are celebrating 53 years of wedded bliss in 2015. The veteran horseman has another reason to celebrate the date now after the 77-year-old became the oldest driver in NSW to win a race when Jaccka Turk won at Tabcorp Park Menangle. What makes Jaccka Turk's victory even more impressive is that the seven year old was having his first start since October 2014. Castles has enjoyed a long and successful harness racing career and has continued to train winners in recent years. Castles has trained 36 winner this millennium but has not had as many starters this season as he has had in recent years. This season Castles has only had nine starters for one winner and one placing. He has averaged 45 runners a season in the previous five years. There have been older drivers win races in other parts of Australia and there have been older trainers prepare winners in NSW. A.D Turnbull and Ray Lennane both trained winners at the age of 79 but neither were in the sulky for the victory. Greg Hayes  

The harness racing industry is renowned for supporting 'their own' when in need and trainer Jim Webb needs all the help he can get. Webb was working a horse on the Bankstown track two months ago when he was thrown from the sulky and suffered some serious injuries. Jim has a spinal cord injury and has no movement in his legs and very little movement in his arms and hands. His sensation below his shoulders is altered so he may be able to feel in some areas but not others. He is in a power wheelchair to move around and he is learning how to use it on his own. He needs help for all his personal care and will need modifications made to his home so that he can use his wheelchair inside. A fundraising dinner at the Bankstown Harness Racing Club will be held in conjunction with a big race meeting on Thursday August 27. Tickets are $100 per head or $800 for a table of ten. A number of tables have already been sold for the evening but the club is hoping to sell more tickets in the lead up to the event. "The ticket price includes a meal plus beer, wine and soft drink throughout the night," Bankstown President Les Bentley said. "A number of auction items have been donated to raise funds for Jim and his family and we encourage as many harness racing supporters to come along to the night as possible." Some of the items to be auctioned during the evening include: * Greg Noman portrait valued at $5,000 * Samsung Galaxy Tablet 16GB * Framed and autographed 1979 St George jersey * Makybe Diva framed picture of her winning the three Melbourne Cups * Picture of Phar Lap winning the Agua Caliente Gold Cup * Table of ten at the Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle * Four corporate tickets to the fully catered TAB box at Rosehill * A Wynwood Estate case of wine and private tasting at its Hunter Valley vineyard HRNSW has also donated a $3,000 NSW Breeders Challenge Owners Bonus certificate. A number of raffles will also be conducted during the function with TAB betting vouchers to be given away. To purchase tickets please call the Bankstown Club on (02) 9708 4111. Greg Hayes

Menangle harness racing trainer Darren McCall will look to send seven year old pacer Bettor Bet Black to the spelling paddock with two successive victories after his impressive 1:51.6 win at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. McCall is eyeing off the Vic Frost Cup on Saturday August 29 as the gelding's final run this preparation which will be his 34th start this season. McCall is hoping for one last crack at the Miracle Mile in February next year after he was an emergency for Australia's greatest harness sprint in 2014. "That's the plan going forward after his win on Saturday night, I want to give him one more run in the Vic Frost Cup, he can then have a well earned break and I'll bring him back for a tilt at the Miracle Mile," McCall said. "His 1:51.6 effort on Saturday was a career best, when you draw barrier nine and go 25.7 for the first quarter it is pretty much game over but to his credit he fought really hard in the straight." Bettor Bet Black is a favourite in McCall's boutique stable and he credits a lot of the gelding's success to his wife Karina. "He came to us with a bad record, he was RODM and barred and wasn't a nice horse to handle but my wife takes really good care of him. "He's a real baby that likes to be spoilt and he wouldn't do well with a guy handling him, she does everything, I rarely touch him except on Wednesday and Saturday when I jumped behind him, I don't even harness or unharness him." With plenty of experience in North America, McCall is sure Bettor Bet Black would have been a great prospect in the USA. "He would be a killer in the States and what people don't understand is that he's a better follower which is a bit hard to understand after Saturday. "I have no doubt he could go 1:48 at the Meadowlands, I've trained a couple of world champions that went 48 and he's as good as any of them." McCall was happy to hold out For A Reason in the middle stages on Saturday night after he made a lightning move around the field when the pace backed off after the early burn. "I thought to hold the lead was my only chance to win, I thought I could run second and let him go but having in mind For A Reason was first up from a spell I was happy to retain the lead. "We raced For A Reason when he first came back from stud duties a couple of years ago, he had the same trip outside me and he gassed us up the stretch and got about a length and half in front but we almost wore him down at the end so I had that in the back of my mind when he ran past us this time around." With Saturday night's victory Bettor Bet Black took his career earnings past $300,000. Greg Hayes  

THE Turnbull name is famous within harness racing circles, and at the Dubbo Paceway on Sunday another piece of Turnbull history was written. And this time, it was Steve Turnbull who trained his 200th winner for the 2014/15 racing season. After achieving the feat last term, The Lagoon mentor almost gave up hope when his daughter, star reinswoman Amanda Turnbull, shifted to Victoria, earlier in the season. With three weeks of the season remaining, Turnbull headed into Sunday's program nestled on 198 wins and within striking distance of the milestone, it didn't take long for him to achieve it. Ultimately he trained half of the winners on the eight-race card, but it was his wins in the second and third races that saw him reach the 200 mark. Jet On Ice ($3.10 fav) moved Turnbull up to 199 wins when the three-year-old came from midfield to take out the TAB.COM.AU Pace (2120m), before odds-on favourite Lap Dancer ($1.90) brought up the magic number with an all-the-way win in the Daily Liberal Pace (1720m). To put the icing on the cake, Turnbull was at it again in the fourth event when The Space Invader scored his seventh win, and for good measure Cracka Stride, driven by Nathan Turnbull, won the heat of the Menangle Country Series. "It's been another good season," Turnbull said after Lap Dancer's win. "The year before last we fell half-a-win short of 200, and last year we got there, but when Amanda went to Victoria I thought we might struggle. "But the rest of the family got in and have worked hard, and it's an achievement for everyone that helps around the stables and on race day." Jet On Ice struck trouble early in his race and settled midfield in the running line after starting from gate two, but it mattered for little as Turnbull looped the leaders rounding the turn and the three-year-old fought on well to record his second win from 10 starts. It was a different story with Lap Dancer though, with the Sportswriter/Ozonick Dancer colt going forward from gate five and controlling the tempo from the front and holding out Peter Reynolds' first starter Gotta Love Grace ($14.10, Murray Sullivan) and Abercrombie Emma ($6.10, David Harris). "I saw Murray on my outside but my horse is a real grinder, he just keeps going and he did that today," Turnbull said. "If something had shot at us quickly we might not have been able to hold on but when it turned into a slog to the finish I didn't think the other horse would get past us." Last season, Turnbull finished the term with 211 winners and he is on track to emulate the feat, currently sitting on 202 winners thanks to this quartet of wins. Ben Walker

When Peter Barnes saw his number go up in first place as he came back to scale after the third race at the harness racing meeting at Bathurst last Friday, his shocked, delight and a colourful exclamation suggested it might be a special moment. As he calmed down, he explained that it was his first race start with Sorta Sexy ($4.40), a four-year-old Modern Art daughter he’d purchased a few weeks earlier, after she’d run a number of placings this season for her former trainer Billy Evans. So, it was a first start win, and a little excitement was quite in order. But the level of excitement was better understood when he next explained that his entire team consisted of this one horse, and that his previous driving success had been back in April 2010, at Fairfield, with Winsome Win. Back in the barn after the race, Sorta Sexy was sporting the dress rug won by that previous winner. Barnes trains on a 500m track on his seven- acre farm near the Mount Piper Power Station, just outside Lithgow, and says the only time his horses do genuine fast work is when they go the trials or races. After a long career at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, retirement allows him plenty of time to prepare his team of just one, and Sorta Sexy will definitely lack for nothing in care and attention. A check on the computer later indicates that this was not only Peter’s first winning drive in five years, but just his second win ever (he trained another horse Williewa Duplicity to a number of wins, but didn’t drive it). Now, that post-race excitement was all the more understandable! How to describe a likeable figure, whose win was popular with everyone on track? “Hobbyist” is much too official-sounding, and “battler” can sound patronizing. That leaves us, instead, with the bare facts, which suit perfectly. Let’s just call Peter a “winning trainer-driver.” Dubbo owners Jeff and Nea Costello might have endured a much briefer losing run, barely 21 races, but the all-the-way win of Happy To Go NZ ($1.90 favourite) in a 3C0-3C1 fillies sprint, was most welcome nonetheless. The Costellos, who have developed a nice band of broodmares in recent years, were disappointed when several mares failed to go in foal to Bettors Delight, so they purchased the three-year-old Bettors daughter for racing and future breeding. A first-up second at Bathurst a fortnight earlier, and a victim of interference at Parkes at her next start, she was never in danger of defeat here, and will likely look for that second 3YO win before season’s end. Season’s end is looking very up-beat for her trainer, who registered win number 195 with this win and extended it to 196 when son Nathan reined Intransit ($2.10 favourite) to win a C1-C2 later in the night. A double at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night took him within two of his 200 goal, and four winners at Sunday’s Dubbo meeting put the issue well beyond doubt, and extended his lead in a tight NSW Trainers’ Premiership, with just three weeks to go. Other winners at the meeting were: *Mister Bigshot ($7.00, Chris/Anthony Frisby), after enjoying a one-one trail in a 2260 metres C0-C1, and maintaining good recent form following a spell since returning from Queensland. *Flyin Crusa NZ ($15.90, Geoff Read/Scott Hewitt), edged out favourite Miss Nickels (David Hewitt) to bring off a Goulburn quinella, despite pulling off a shoe during the preliminary. *Regal Ashes ($3.10, Peter Schiller/Brad Hewitt), getting up in the last stride in a 2YO sprint, her second win in succession at Bathurst, and highly impressive after sprinting hard from the 700 metres point. *Allnight Raid ($3.10 favourite, Bernie Hewitt/ Mat Rue), expertly positioned in the one-one from an awkward barrier draw, and a welcome change of fortune after a frustrating season of poor draws and racing luck. *Ellmer Hanover NZ ($3.30, David/Brad Hewitt), completed a driving double for Brad, and a good day for the Southern Tablelands “raiders”, with Canberra Raiders star Jarrod Croker enjoying the first-up Aussie win of the syndicate horse. Bathurst will race again this coming Friday night. Terry Neil

The Bankstown Harness Racing Club is seeking community support in aid of local horse racing trainer Jimmy Webb who sustained critical injuries during an horrific track work accident at Bankstown Paceway on Sunday, June 14th, and continues to remain hospitalised in a serious but stable condition at the Prince of Wales Hospital's spinal unit,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley has told Harnesslink. "In conjunction with the 2015 Bankstown City Council Cup Race Night, on Thursday, August 27th, from 6:00 pm, we will host a special race night fundraising dinner, A Night for Jimmy, to provide much needed financial assistance to Jimmy, his wife, Therese, who is legally blind, and their three daughters," Mr Bentley said. "Donations of $100 per person for a three course dinner with beer, wine and soft drinks, or $800 for a table of 10, along with any additional financial contribution or "in kind" support with auction and raffle prizes will provide much sought after relief for the Webb Family during Jimmy's ongoing and long term recovery process," he said. "Jimmy loves horses. He has trained them all of his life. But he may never have the opportunity to do so again." A member of Bankstown Paceway for over a quarter of a century and the recipient of the 2013 Serenade Beverly Hills Collection Jack Fitzpatrick Award for Innovation in Harness Racing, Jimmy recently also lost his father, Jack, who introduced him to the Trots and taught him everything that he knew about training standardbreds. But horse training doesn't always pay its way - and Jimmy has worked many jobs, mainly as a barman at Carnarvon Golf Club and Auburn Tennis Club, as well as here at Bankstown, to provide for his family. Lucky to survive his horrendous track fall, Jimmy's rehabilitation process has been a slow and excruciatingly painful one. "He can't swallow - and, so is, basically, on a liquid diet." "But he can talk and remembers ever so clearly just what happened on that faithful Sunday morning this winter." Forced to endure the agony of twice-daily physiotherapy, Jimmy has had bone removed from his hip grafted into his neck - but there is still swelling of his spinal cord. Jimmy is unable to use his hands. But he has feeling in his legs and, now, he can move his arms. Jimmy is expected to be in hospital for many, many more months. Ever so thankful that he husband is alive, Jimmy's wife, Therese, visits him in hospital each day. But, because she is legally blind, she must rely on taxis for the journeys there and back. Unfortunately, his daughters are at school - and, so they cannot visit him as often. But, if only he had a portable computer in the hospital, then he could Skype them their goodnight kisses. With the assistance of Harness Racing NSW, who are providing a special ambulance vehicle, Jimmy hopes to be with us in person at Bankstown on the night of Thursday, August 27th, subject to the advice of his doctors. He has been preparing himself for this occasion - both physically and emotionally - each and every day. With your support, let us rally together and let us help alleviate the pain - or, at least, the financial pressure - on Jimmy and Therese and their daughters,' Mr Bentley added. A Night for Jimmy will he held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney's Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Thursday, August 27th, 2015, from 6:00 pm. Donations of $100 per person for a three course dinner with beer, wine and soft drinks, or $800 for a table of 10, along with any additional financial contribution or "in kind" support with auction and raffle prizes can be made by contacting Bankstown Paceway secretary manager Ann Wait on 02 9708 4111 or For additional information or comment, please contact: Megan J. Lavender Director Bankstown Paceway M: 0419 419 269  -  E:   Bankstown Harness Racing Club

Harness Racing New South Wales has confirmed sprint lanes will be introduced at three more tracks across the state. The new tracks at Wagga and Tamworth will have sprint lanes while HRNSW CEO John Dumesny has announced an ongoing discussion will continue with the Goulburn Club about a sprint lane being introduced at its track. "The Board of HRNSW confirmed at its most recent meeting that the two news tracks, which are yet to be built, at Wagga and Tamworth will have sprint lanes," Mr Dumesny said. "There has been an investigation conducted in relation to a sprint lane being introduced at the Goulburn track and HRNSW will continue to work with the Club in relation to those findings." While confirming the introduction of the new sprint lanes, Mr Dumesny ruled out the possibility at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Newcastle. "The construction of sprint lanes at Menangle and Newcastle have been deferred due to the significant cost of installation as identified by the respective clubs." Greg Hayes

Former Australian cricketers Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh, Manly fullback Brett Stewart, Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, former Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson and leading Sydney jockey Tommy Berry have one thing in common. They all have been, or are currently, owners in the sport of harness racing. Another group of talented footballers has joined the list of sporting identities that are enjoying harness racing with five members of the GWS Giants buying a share in former kiwi pacer Comekissmequick. Rhys Palmer, Heath Shaw, Nathan Wilson, Aidan Corr and Jacob Townsend teamed up to buy 50% of the filly and she is set to make her debut on Friday afternoon at Wagga. Palmer won the AFL's Rising Star award in 2008 while playing for the Fremantle Dockers and joined the Giants for the 2012 season and has played more than 100 AFL games. Originally from Perth, Palmer has raced gallopers previously but is looking forward to watching his first pacer compete. "My father has had a few horses over the years, we've had a couple of winners but we've had a few slow ones as well," Palmer said. "A few of the boys were talking about getting a pacer and Reece Maguire said that he had found a suitable one from New Zealand so we decided to take a share in Comekissmequick and hopefully she does a good job for us." Palmer's interest in harness racing grew after he and his girlfriend spent some time in Europe after the 2014 AFL season. "Tina's father is Camel Benkheira, he owns a few trotters, he treats them like they are his children and they race in Sweden, France and Norway. "He has a very successful trotter called Goods Of Norway and while we were over there I got the chance to spend time in the stable, it was very impressive and I really enjoyed it." As a professional athlete Palmer spends a lot of time training but also finds time to study for a career after football. "My week is structured and I'm kept pretty busy so following the horse will be a bit of fun. "We stay in contact with Reece (Maguire) and he tells us that the horse goes ok, she is well bred, has trialled well so hopefully she does a good job for all of us." Palmer has had an interrupted 2015 season after breaking his collarbone in round four against the Gold Coast Suns but returned to play against the Kangaroos on June 20. "The team has been playing well, I copped a knock to my hamstring last week but overall it has been a good season so far." With the Giants enjoying their best season to date, here's hoping some of that form can rub off onto Comekissmequick. Greg Hayes

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

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

Reinsman Matthew Harrington has been waiting a long time to enjoy the 'winning feeling' but finally got to appreciate the sensation when Miss Ponder scored at the harness racing meeting at Leeton last Friday. Miss Ponder was Harrington's 59th drive after competing in his first race on September 12 last year. Harrington confirmed he had been getting frustrated in an attempt to steer home his first winner but knew if he was patient he would be rewarded. "I haven't had much luck with draws and on a few occasions things didn't fall my way out on the track but everything happened perfectly with Miss Ponder last Friday," Harrington said. "I thought at the bell she was travelling pretty strongly but I was three back on the pegs and knew I was going to need some luck and when the horse behind the leader started to struggle it actually helped me get off the inside." While the official winning margin was one and a half metres, Harrington was unsure whether he had arrived in time and had to face a nervous wait to hear if he had won. "The angle at Leeton is really hard to get a gauge on, I knew I was right in the finish but I didn't get too excited straight away because I wasn't quite sure. "I was a little bit lost for words after I won, it meant a lot to me and the support Paul Kahlefeldt has given me since I started in the industry has been unbelievable and without him I would never have been given the opportunity." Harrington is the grandson of former trainer Claude Bevan and spent a lot of time around horses from an early age. "I was born in Marrar which is a small town between Wagga and Coolamon and there have been horses around since I was born but when I was about eight I started helping Pop out with the couple that he had. "One day at the races when I was 16 or 17 I met Paul Kahlefeldt and talked to him about wanting to become involved in harness racing and when I turned up at the races the next week he offered me a job." That was nearly six years ago and Harrington has enjoyed the opportunities he has been given by Kahlefeldt. "I get the chance to work with a lot of nice horses working for Paul and after a couple of years working for him I thought I would give driving a go. "It took me 18 months to complete the Junior Drivers course and another six to complete my trial drives." It was no surprise one of the first people to congratulate Harrington on his first victory was Kahlefeldt. "Paul had to leave Leeton to take some horses home before Miss Ponder's race but he got in contact with me soon after and was really excited for me, hopefully I can continue on now." Greg Hayes

A quiet weekend at home was definitely not the right description for harness racing trail blazer Amanda  Turnbull’s visit back to Bathurst last week.  On Friday it was just like the good old days as the leading driver scored a treble in successive races at Group One Feeds Paceway, bringing up her century in New South Wales this season. Ardghal, ($1.90 favourite)  the first of her winners, sat outside the leader in the 2260 metres fast-class, to register Amanda’s 100th winner, Timmy May ($1.80 favourite) proved too strong for his three-year-old rivals in the next, and One Hit Wonder ($4.00) produced a come-from-nowhere finish to complete the treble in the C0 class race six. All three winners had a family connection: Timmy May is trained by older brother Josh, for his wife Jess, while the other two are from her father’s strong stable. Saturday involved her once-regulation trip down the mountains to Menangle, where she had to settle for several placings, and on Sunday morning, before loading up the team for the afternoon meeting at home, there was an important local ceremony to attend in nearby Bathurst. This year marks Bathurst’s bi-centenary and the local council recently announced a list of 200 locals who have made significant contributions to the community, in various fields, to be honoured by a commemorative avenue of trees, each individually identified. Amanda is one of that group, along with her father Steve and grandfather “A.D.”, Bathurst C.E.O. Danny Dwyer, former champion jockey Bill Aspros, and retired principal and past club director Peter Nugent.  The six received a very warm round of applause when they were rounded up for a group photo during Sunday afternoon’s big Breeders Challenge Regional Finals meeting. Amanda extended her score to 104 not out when one of her own runners, Chumlee ($1.90 favourite) took out the 3YO Colts and Geldings Final, after starting from outside the second row and working to the lead in the first lap. Then, if all that wasn’t more than enough for an action-packed three days, it was into the car and the long drive back to Shepparton, her new home base, for the start of another working week! If you should hear anyone complaining about “young people these days!” just point out Amanda Turnbull to them. Terry Neil

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