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In juvenile Group One harness racing events it is very rare to find a large number of stallions represented.  In this day and age where ‘boom’ stallions are all the rage, it is interesting to look at the number of different stallions which will have runners in tomorrow night’s two feature events at Bathurst. In the Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown, with emergencies included, there are 13 stallions with progeny engaged.  This is in stark contrast to last year’s Gold Crown where only five stallions had sons compete in the $100,000 event.  Art Major is the only stallion with dual representation in the Crown. Also pleasing for HRNSW and its breeding initiatives is 10 runners are eligible for the Breeders’ Challenge series later in the year. “The Breeders’ Challenge for 2014/15 will begin in May with heats for the two and three-year-olds run across New South Wales and it is exciting to see so many breeders and owners supporting the series,” HRNSW Chief Executive Officer John Dumesny said. “With such a wide range of stallions represented on Saturday night it goes to show that there is a lot of support for the different sires available to both the hobby and professional breeders.” It is a similar story in the Slingsby Holdings Bathurst Gold Tiara, with the 14 finalists representing 12 different stallions.  If the two emergencies fail to gain a start then every runner in the race will be by a different sire.  Of the 14 fillies, 11 are eligible to compete in the Breeders’ Challenge. When the two races are combined, there are 20 stallions represented. The list of stallions include; Sportswriter, Always A Virgin, Village Jasper, Rock N Roll Heaven, Four Starzzz Shark, Village Jolt, Art Major, Mach Three, Jeremes Jet, Rock N Roll Hanover, American Ideal, Bettor Delight, Shadow Play, Kenneth J, Somebeachsomewhere, Gotta Go Cullect, Modern Art, Courage Under Fire, Tell All and Lis Mara. Of the current top 10 stallions on the NSW premiership, five have runners in the Gold Crown or Tiara, while it is no surprise that every stallion in the top 10 of the Leading Two-Year-Old Sire category has a qualifier. Five of the youngsters are also eligible for the rich Breeders’ Challenge Blue Series. HRNSW Media

Since being opened last October, Bathurst’s 1000-metre harness racing circuit has been widely praised. In fact, highly respected horseman Luke McCarthy referred to the track as the best of its size in Australia and early results suggest it could well be the fairest track too.  While many would consider front row barrier draws over the 1730 metres a big advantage, statistics compiled by Harness Racing New South Wales dispel the common belief. Although there is only a relatively small sample size for the statistics, the data makes for interesting reading.  A total of 83 races have been run at Bathurst over 1730 metres since the track opened, with 10 the most successful barrier.  Barrier Starts Wins % 1             83          9              10.8          2 83 7 8.4 3 83 9 10.8 4 83 5 6 5 83 9 10.8 6 83 9 10.8 7 77 8 10.4 8 46 5 10.9 9 72 4 5.6 10 60 10 16.7 11 48 5 10.4 12 26 3 11.5 13 9 0 0.0 So which trainers are smiling now?  Hunter Valley trainer Sam Dimarco’s stable representative Shadow Runner was the fastest qualifier after a comfortable victory in his heat and has drawn 10 in the Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown. TAB has the son of Shadow Play listed as the second favourite at $4.20 behind the Col Thomas-trained Bettermatch $1.50. In the Slingsby Holdings Gold Tiara, Art Mistress has drawn barrier 10 as a $51 chance. Two fillies dominate the market, with Three Squared the favourite at $2.30 while the Steve Turnbull-trained Pixies Parlour is the $2.80 second pick.  TAB Media Manager Adam Hamilton reports the favourites in both races have been supported, but there have been runners backed to beat them. “In the Gold Tiara there was some money for Three Squared when the markets first went up, but that has dried up a little bit and there has been good support for the stablemate Soho Madeleine,” Hamilton said. “Pixies Parlour has been very solid in the market at $2.80, but we are expecting money for Three Squared as the race gets closer.” “Bettermatch has eased slightly from $1.40 out to $1.50, which doesn’t surprise me, because while he won his heat, I think a little bit of gloss came off him when he wasn’t as impressive as everyone was expecting.” HRNSW Media

October 12, 2001 seems so long ago to Hunter Valley harness racing trainer Sam Dimarco.  On that Friday evening Dimarco geared up talented pacer Bills Bingo for the first race at Harold Park. Bills Bingo started favourite in the race but locked wheels and ran last…it was the last time Dimarco took a horse to the races for more than a decade. After some major health issues that kept Dimarco away from the sport, including a battle with depression, it was fitting he returned on Valentines Day, February 14th 2014.  He loved his horses and through the support and love from his daughter Marissa, Dimarco was back doing what made him feel good. Fast forward to this week and Dimarco is about to enjoy a thrill many trainers never get to experience.  Dimarco will have two runners - Gotta Go Gold and Shadow Runner - in Saturday night’s Group One Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown, with both owned by Marissa. “Marissa is very keen on the horses,” Dimarco said. “She has a few broodmares and breeds a couple every season, but has always had a love for the horses since she was a young child. “We went out to Brooklyn Lodge last year, and when she picked the two of them out, I asked her which trainer she was going to send them to and she told me she wanted me to train them. “She wanted to help me and thought the horses would do that.” Shadow Runner was super impressive winning his heat by 11 metres last weekend, while Gotta Go Gold had to work a bit harder to record his five-metre win…something the son of Gotta Go Cullect has become accustomed to. “Rickie Alchin broke them both in and told us they would both make it, so we took them home and spelled them at a property at Wyee,” Dimarco said. “But we got a call to say Gotta Go Gold wasn’t very well and looked to be suffering from colic. “We raced to see him and he looked to be in a bad way. The vets were treating him for colic, but he wasn’t improving, so took him to an equine hospital in Newcastle and they did some investigations and worked out he had a blockage in his intestine.” After discussions with a surgeon about the operation, Sam and Marissa contacted Alchin to see whether he thought it was worth spending $10,000 to try and save him. “We put Rickie on the spot and he suggested we try and save him and I know Marissa would have had him operated on no matter what the cost,” Dimarco said. Gotta Go Gold debuted last month and was an impressive winner at Newcastle winning by more than 25 metres. “He has only been beaten once and that was when Shadow Runner proved too strong for him at Newcastle,” Dimarco said. “He is very speedy, but probably isn’t as strong as Shadow Runner. “Shadow Runner has won all three starts, but his biggest test is going to be this Saturday night in the Final.” At Monday night’s barrier draw neither freshman fared wellm with Gotta Go Gold drawing barrier sevenm while Shadow Runner has drawn gate 10. HRNSW Media

On Thursday 12 March 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry into reports received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute (NMI) that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in post race urine samples (the “A” sample) taken from horses presented to race by trainer Mr Dean McDowell CHEVALS CHARLIE following its win in race 2, the Schweppes 30th Anniversary Pace (1740 metres) and THE TWILIGHTDANCER following its win in race 3, the Australasian Young Drivers Championship Heat Eight (2140 metres), both conducted at Bankstown on 28 February 2014. Subsequent to the reports provided by NMI, the “B” samples and associated controls underwent confirmatory analysis at the ChemCentre in Western Australia.  The ChemCentre confirmed the presence of Cobalt above the threshold in both urine samples. The inquiry was informed by Mr Dean McDowell’s legal representative, Mr John Murphy of Counsel, that his client Mr McDowell refused to attend the Inquiry. Consequently, HRNSW Stewards conducted the Inquiry in the absence of Mr McDowell. After considering the evidence before them, HRNSW Stewards issued 2 charges against Mr McDowell pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1), (2) & (4) that he did present CHEVALS CHARLIE and THE TWILIGHTDANCER to race at Bankstown on 28 February 2014, not free of a prohibited substance, namely Cobalt in excess of the threshold of 200 micrograms per litre in urine (ug/L). HRNSW Stewards found that the charges issued against Mr McDowell were proven.  Stewards note that Rule 190 imposes liability upon a trainer where a horse does not present free of any prohibited substances, regardless of the circumstances in which that substance came to be found in the horse, such that it is not necessary for it to be established how the prohibited substance came to be present in the horse. Mr McDowell was disqualified for a period of 4 ½ years in respect of each charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1), (2) & (4) to commence from 30 April 2014, the date upon which he was initially stood down pursuant to Rule 183.Stewards ordered that both penalties be served concurrently. In considering penalty Stewards took into account a number of relevant considerations including: This was Mr McDowell’s first offence for prohibited substance offences;Cobalt above the threshold is deemed a Class 1 substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines;The level of Cobalt recorded was 550ug/L & 570ug/L;Mitigating factors such as Mr McDowell’s licence history, and other subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, which requires disqualification of a horse presented not free of a prohibited substance (regardless of the circumstances), both CHEVALS CHARLIE and THE TWILIGHTDANCER were disqualified from their respective races. As a result of Mr McDowell’s refusal to attend the inquiry, despite previous directions to attend, a further charge was issued against Mr McDowell pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 187(1) & (7) for failing to attend the inquiry in accordance with a direction by Stewards. Mr McDowell has provided written submissions in response to the charge. Mr McDowell has lodged an appeal with the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal against the decision of the Stewards pursuant to Rule 190, and has made a further application for a stay of proceedings. - HRNSW Media

March has already been a special one for Bathurst harness racing trainer Ashlee Siejka.  The 26-year-old married Ryan Grives two weeks ago, but there has been little time to celebrate given Siejka is preparing a four-pronged attack for the Bathurst Gold Crown and Gold Tiara. “It has been a very busy time, but it has been great,” Siejka said. “I’ve got two runners in the heats of the two-year-old races and with a bit of luck hopefully I will get a runner in a Final. “I had a virus go through my stable recently, and it knocked a couple of the younger horses around, but their work has been really good and they are all back to where they should be.” Siejka’s two fillies Zibibbo and Dash Doll will compete in tomorrow’s Tiara heats. “Dash Doll is very green and still learning,” Siejka said. “Early on I had the highest opinion of her out of all of my two-year-olds, but she just hasn’t picked it up as quickly as the rest of them, she is going to make a nice filly though. “Zibibbo is a lovely little filly. She tries so hard, but she was one of the horses which has been knocked around by the virus. “I’m happy with her now and I think she can run first or second and qualify for the Final.” Doctor Feld and Asta Leugo will represent the stable during Saturday night’s Gold Crown heats. “Doctor Feld has trialled really well but just hasn’t transferred that to the races,” Siejka said. “He has run a 27-second quarter at the end of his trial, so if he performs as well as he can, he’ll be a chance.” “Asta Leugo is a real big immature two-year-old. He led and got attacked in front at his first race start and was well beaten. I think he is going to make a nice three-year-old.”     Siejka will have talented filly Ameretto in the Gold Bracelet heats on Monday. HRNSW Media

A touching gesture from Canadian harness racing star Jody Jamieson has come to light after the star reinsman returned home from competing in last month’s World Driving Championship in New South Wales.  Jamieson was one of 10 drivers competing at the Championship and made the decision to donate his outside driving fees and prize money won during his Aussie stay to Sunflower Cottage. Run by Disability Macarthur, Sunflower Cottage is a warm and homely place for children with disabilities who have high support and medical needs.  The WDC drivers got the opportunity to spend a morning with the children at Sunflower Cottage during their time in Sydney.  Disability Macarthur chief executive Annamaria Wood was full of praise for Jamieson and thanked him for the donation. “We were very excited to receive the donation from Jody towards the Sunflower Cottage and all of my staff were really overwhelmed by the morning tea we had with the world drivers,” Wood said. “All of the drivers spent time with the children and parents, we really need additional funding and sponsorship and what Jody has done is greatly appreciated. “I saw the way the international drivers interacted with our families and how special that was to them. I can’t thank them enough for the way they made the children feel, that was priceless!” Jamieson was moved by the visit to the cottage confirming it was the most memorable morning he had in Australia. “I just thought that if I could help those families out a bit by donating the money then it was a no brainer,” Jamieson declared. “I thank the stars every morning when I wake up with the regular trials in life that my kids are healthy. “I love the fact that these families have a place for children to call home for short periods and that these folks can provide the love and care that these kids have at their own homes.” HRNSW Media

Connections of harness racing performer Bettatobelucky are hoping history can indeed repeat itself ahead of tomorrow night’s Broken Hill Pacing Cup. Back to defend his title, Bettatobelucky, will begin from barrier six – the same barrier he scored from last season. Driver Cassie Robinson is confident the feeling of déjà vu can continue. “At Broken Hill there is only five off the front, so that means he will start off the inside of the second row,” Robinson said. “He had that draw last year and proved too strong, so hopefully he can do it again. “It is very hard to measure up all of the horses in this year’s Cup because there is only one other local horse in the race, and because the track is only 600 metres in circumference, a lot of horses don’t take to it straight away.” “There was a lot of speed on last year and the ‘death seat’ horse started to drop off inside the final lap. I was able to get out, but it took me a fair while to wear down the leader and we got there right on the line. “It was a massive thrill for me. After he won his C0 at Mildura the plan was always to get him ready for the Broken Hill Cup last year and his form this season has been very consistent, so it became the logical target again.” Robinson will drive in every event on the six race card. “Yeah I’ve got a few drives on Friday night, but most of them have drawn pretty badly and when that happens you always need a fair share of luck,” Robinson declared. “It will be a very big weekend at Broken Hill over the weekend, the harness meeting is on Friday night, the gallop meeting is on Saturday afternoon. “I’m going to head out there and watch them too and the greyhounds are on Saturday night.” HRNSW Media

On March 5 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales opened an inquiry into the lodging of an official “Authority to Nominate and Transfer Horse in Claiming Races” form for Iconic Art prior to that horse racing at Bathurst on February 20 2015. Evidence was taken from HRNSW Integrity Officer, Michael Prentice, which included audio evidence of interviews conducted on February 20 2015 with trainer Mr Bruce Birch and the registered owner of Iconic Art, Philip Morison, together with copies of the “Authority to Nominate & Transfer Horse in Claiming Races” form for Iconic Art and a copy of the recorded signature of Morison provided on other transfer documents held by HRNSW. Birch also gave additional evidence. It was established Birch was responsible for the lodgement of the “Authority to Nominate & Transfer Horse in Claiming Races” form for Iconic Art with HRNSW, containing the incorrect signature and details of the registered owner Morison. It was further established Birch gave false and misleading evidence to Prentice during an official interview on February 20 2015. Birch pleaded guilty to the following charges: Pursuant to Rule 209, that he knowingly furnished to HRNSW a false document to HRNSW Pursuant to Rule 187 (2), that during an official interview with HRNSW Integrity Officer, Prentice he gave false and misleading. Mr Birch was fined $2000 on each charge. In considering penalty stewards were mindful the owner Morison had authorised the horse to be entered into a claiming race, Birch’s previous record and that he further gave false and misleading evidence to the stewards during the course of this inquiry. HRNSW has also issued charges against owner Morison pursuant to Rule 187(2) and Rule 239A via writing and are awaiting his reply. HRNSW Media

Harness Racing New South Wales today concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that plasma Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from Ihitthegroundrunning prior to racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Friday, January 9 2015. The “B” sample was confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Queensland. Trainer Damien Gallagher had previously pleaded not guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190 (1), (2) and (4) in that he did present Ihitthegroundrunning not free of a prohibited substance. Gallagher was found guilty in respect of the charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) and was disqualified for 25 years to commence from January 15 2015, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Gallagher’s sixth offence for Prohibited Substance offences; The level of 38.6 mmol/L detected; Gallagher’s licence history and other personal subjective facts.        Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, Ihitthegroundrunning was disqualified from the abovementioned race. HRNSW Media

Dual harness racing Group One winner Chariot King has been retired after sustaining a serious injury which forced him to undergo emergency surgery last Sunday.  Trainer John Tapp confirmed the gelding had suffered a hairline fracture of his near hind pastern bone and is recovering after the operation. “After the Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All at Menangle on Inter Dominion day he was x-rayed and it highlighted an issue with the pastern,” Tapp explained. “When it was re x-rayed four days later it revealed the injury was more severe than was first thought. “He underwent surgery on Sunday where the bone was screwed into place. He is in a plaster cast and faces a long, slow road to recovery, but he will never race again.” Tapp stated Chariot King is a pacer he will never be able to replace and it is a tough time for everyone involved with him. “He has been with us for so long,” Tapp said. “Chariot King has really become one of the family and he has given us so many thrills in his career. “He has come through the operation well and he was on his feet nearly straight away. He seems comfortable enough, but he will stay at the clinic until the end of the week.” Chariot King will enjoy retirement in a paddock, with Tapp suggesting his wife Ann has plans for the son of Badlands Hanover. “Ann had intended to take him to the various shows and enter him in the standardbred lead in class when he was retired previously with the “thumps”, but when a racetrack return beckoned we had to put that on hold,” Tapp said. “He’s a very pretty horse and I am sure he will win his fair share of ribbons once he has fully recovered from the injury.” Owner Peter Welsh was Chariot king’s biggest fan and he is going to miss him racing. “He has given me a lot of pleasure, a lot of joy and I have made many great friends during his career,” Welsh said. “Chariot King has raced in 43 Group races during his career and I can’t find a horse that is currently racing that has competed in that many. “He may not have been the very best but he wasn’t too far behind them and always tried so hard.” Welsh purchased Chariot King at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Sydney after talking with leading horseman Blake Fitzpatrick. “Before the sales Blake told me to go through the catalogue and pick out half a dozen, I did that and after he had the chance to look at them he said that Chariot King was the best one,” Welsh said. “I went into the sales ring and got into a bidding war with Mick McIlroy who was sitting next to me.” “Mick had bought his half-brother Emjayem Grand the year before, but I made sure I was always quick to bid against him and I think in the end he knew that I wasn’t going to back down, I ended up buying him for $25,000 plus GST.” Chariot King’s record sits on 30 wins and 39 placings from 121 starts for earnings of $643,405, with his Group One triumphs coming in the Bathurst Gold Crown and Breeders’ Challenge.    HRNSW Media

Harness racing trainer Dennis Picker has tasted Group One success with talented mare Just Cala, but last Sunday’s win in the Tom and Angela Hewitt Memorial with the mare is his most rewarding victory. Picker is the grandson of Tom and Angela Hewitt, with the memorial is a race the respected horseman has aimed at previously without luck. “It was nice to finally win the race,” Picker declared. “It was an emotional one, but one that I will treasure. I spent a lot of time at Grandad’s place and he gave me a lot of help and advice when I first started out. “I think it meant a bit to Mum (Jenna) too and the horse is owned by Joe (brother), so it was a real result for the family.” Picker expected Just Cala to prove competitive in the event despite having won only once since resuming at the start of the year. “She has been going well without a lot of luck,” Picker said. “I thought if she did what she has been doing against stronger opposition then she would be right in the finish. “I had planned on giving her a break after she raced on Inter Dominion day in the Lady Drivers’ Invitational, but I noticed the race at Goulburn and thought I would give her one more run.” Just Cala will look to defend the Breeders’ Crown title she won last season, but Picker is unsure what other races he will target with the daughter of Art Major. “I will just wait and see which way we go with her,” Picker said. “She will have a couple of easy weeks now and it will give me a chance to have a look at what races are around for her. “I’m working a team of 20, so it is pretty full on at the moment. “I’m still not sure whether I will go to Queensland in the middle of the year like I did 12 months ago.” HRNSW Media

Harness racing trainer Rob Xerri is still pinching himself after experiencing one of the most memorable weeks of his life.  It started last Tuesday when talented youngster Hazels Girl covered the mile in 1:54.5 - an Australasian record for two-year-old fillies at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  Three days later it got even better when smart four-year-old My General Lee returned to the winners’ list with a dominant display at Menangle. Just a few hours after Xerri arrived home from the races his wife Melanie Xerri into labour. “I only had the one horse in at Menangle on Friday night, so I was home early and in bed by about 10 o’clock,” Xerri said. “Melanie woke me up at about 1am because she was having contractions and we left for the hospital by about 3:30. “She ended up giving birth to our little boy Nash Sam Xerri at 9:20 in the morning.” Xerri was a little bit surprised that Nash arrived on Saturday morning because Melanie and Rob had visited the doctor the previous day. “We went and saw the doctor on Friday and were told to come back next Thursday, but he wasn’t going to wait until then,” Xerri said. “Nash’s middle name is Sam and the reason we picked that is because my Uncle Sam passed away recently and he was a special person. “Nash had some breathing issues when he was first born, but everything is going well now and I’m expecting Melanie and Nash home by Tuesday or Wednesday.” The next few weeks will continue to be busy for Xerri, who has aimed Hazels Girl at the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival. “At this stage I’m planning on taking four horses to Bathurst,” Xerri said. “Hazels Girl will definitely be one of those horses, she is a very talented filly as she showed last Tuesday. “The run knocked her around a little bit though, which is understandable, so she won’t race again until the heats of the Gold Tiara. “I always knew she had ability, but the time was very good.” Xerri is also contemplating taking My General Lee and Christian Sloy to Queensland. “He is on the market at the moment, but if he doesn’t sell I will take both of them to Queensland for a couple of races,” Xerri said. HRNSW Media

Talented harness racing driver David Moran enjoyed his most successful night in the sulky when he won five of the eight races at Albury’s Carnival Of Cups meeting last Saturday.  Moran had driven four winners at a meeting previously, and while proud of his achievement, thought it could have been even better. “I have driven four winners at a meeting three times before,” Moran said. “I did it at Wagga not that long ago and I’ve also had four at Leeton and Shepparton, but to get five on the one card was my best. “I went to the meeting at Albury and I thought I could get four and with a bit of luck maybe one or two more. “I thought Grand Anse was one of my better drives on the night in the String Of Pearls and she just didn’t handle the track but it was still a great night.” Two of Moran’s winners were for leading horsewoman Amanda Turnbull, with both Chumlee and Hes Okey Dokey were very impressive. “It was good to get a couple of drives for Amandaand Nathan (Jack), they were in Sydney at the APG sales on Saturday and then had the races at Menangle on Sunday,” Moran explained. “I was just helping out and they will be back doing the driving, but getting a couple of winners for them means that next time they are away I might get the chance to drive a few more.” Another feature meeting will be run this Saturday night at Wagga and Moran expects to be driving at the meeting. “Yeah I’m based near Shepparton and have been doing a lot of travelling lately,” Moran said. “Probably a little too much, but you have to do what you have to do. “With the Wagga Cup meeting this Saturday night I will be back over the border by the looks of it.” I’m working a team of around 10 horses, it is enough to keep us busy.” HRNSW Media

The Carnival of Cups rolls into Albury on Saturday night and Junee harness racing trainer Trevor White is hoping Hollywood Sign can continue on his winning way in the feature event – the Albury Cup.  Hollywood Sign has been in career best form since resuming, but White admits the gelding will have to keep on improving given the depth of the race. “I’ve been really happy with the way he has been going, but this is going to be his biggest test because it is open class and is over the 2570 metres,” White said. “I’ve won a couple of Wagga Cups, a Temora Cup and a Leeton Cup, but the Albury Cup is a race I haven’t been able to win. “I have gone close a couple of times, so hopefully that changes on Saturday night.” The son of Life Sign has won at Leeton, Temora, Junee and Canberra this preparation and White believes his last spell has been the key to his improvement. “Hollywood Sign has always had his fair share of ability, but he did have a good spell last time and I think that really strengthened him up,” White said. “If he races well on Saturday night then I will target the Wagga Cup and then he will have to travel back to Sydney and have a crack at the metropolitan races. “He has run a couple of good races at Menangle before, but he has just been pipped a couple of times down that long straight.” White will take several team members to the provincial meeting, including three-year-old filly Official Jasper. “Yeah she will go around in the String Of Pearls,” White said. “She is a nice filly, but I thought she may have finished her race off a bit better last week in a heat of the New South Wales Oaks.” “In saying that, it was her first go at Menangle and also her first go at the 2400 metres, so I’m expecting a better run on Saturday night despite the tough draw.” HRNSW Media

The annual Two-Year-Old Trialling Sale held at Tabcorp Park Menangle will be conducted this year after a strong show of support from within the harness racing industry.  Initially shelved by the promoter after the 2014 edition, a decision has been made to revive the concept and ensure its survival and sustainability into the future. “After considerable consultation with the industry’s kindred bodies and stakeholders, Harness Racing New South Wales has made a commitment to assist with conducting the trialling sale in 2015,” HRNSW Chief Executive Officer John Dumesny said. “The sale plays an important role within the industry and a number of horses sold at the trialling sale have gone onto compete and perform at the highest level, the tentative date for this year’s sale is Sunday, December 6.” The announcement is timely with the popular Australian Pacing Gold sale being conducted in Sydney on Saturday.  It provides yearling buyers with the opportunity to prepare the youngsters for the Trialling Sale later in the year. First conducted in 2011 with 35 entries, the numbers grew with 50 lots catalogued in 2014 including several trotters. Some of the successful graduates include: Iam Mr Brightside- trained by Kerryann Turner.  The son of Julius Caesar has paced a mile in 1:51.2 and won more than $135,000.  He won the Simpson Memorial as a three-year-old and will compete in this Sunday’s Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  Chevals Charlie- trained by Colin McDowell.  Placed in a Group One as a two-year-old and the winner of more than $65,000, with seven victories and a best time of 1:56. Morior Invictus- trained by Michael Stanley.  The son of Shadow Play has won more than $40,000 and was the winner of the Group Three C.J Garrard Classic. Perfectly Written – trained by Shane Tritton.  The daughter of Sportswriter has won two of her three starts and paced 1:55.6 on debut.   HRNSW Media

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) conducted an inquiry on Monday 23 February 2015 into results received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Ipratropium was detected in the urine sample taken from Oneminutetodream following its win in race 5, the Mimosa Banks Stud Encouragement Stakes (2100 metres) conducted at Young on Tuesday 2 December 2014. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. Mr Wilmot appeared at the inquiry. Evidence was tendered from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL). Evidence was also presented by Mr Wilmot, the trainer of Oneminutetodream and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Wainscott. Mr Wilmot pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting his horse to race not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Wilmot was disqualified for a period of 6 months to commence immediately. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance (Class 3), the guilty plea entered and personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, Oneminutetodream was disqualified from the abovementioned race. Harness Racing New South Wales  

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