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Exciting Queensland pacer Mattgregor is ready for another big test this weekend. Fresh from his excellent effort in the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire two weeks ago when fifth behind champion pacer Lazarus in 1:49.0 after drawing the ten hole, he gets another chance at cracking it in a feature harness racing event. On Saturday night, the fresh faced four-year-old takes on seasoned rivals in the Gr.1 $100,000 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All at TABCORP Park Menangle. His rivals include last year’s Miracle Mile winner Have Faith In Me, Tiger Tara, Hug The Wind, Aztec Bromac, Major Crocker and Tact Tate among others. Amazingly, Mattgregor is still assessed as a C5 MO, meaning he is eligible for much easier races. Mattgregor is the veteran of 14 career starts to date but has won 8 of those starts. But connections don’t feel out of place in the open class feature. “He deserves his chance and he’s drawn much better this week compared to his past couple of starts so we’re optimistic about his chances. His latest run in the Chariots was the best run of his short career to date; we were absolutely delighted with the effort.” Co-owner Karen Turpin said. The Rob Roy Mattgregor gelding will immediately return to Brisbane after the weekend for a deserving break before being set for the winter carnival at Albion Park. During his Sydney campaign, Mattgregor scored an easy first-up victory in a career best time of 1:51.6 before a slashing second behind Dashofluck in the Paleface Adios Stakes while finishing fifth in the Chariots of Fire at his most recent start. Prepared by Karen’s daughter Chantal Turpin and her husband Pete McMullen, Mattgregor continues to develop and looms as a serious future prospect which has his connections excited. “The main aim for this southern campaign was to give him his chance to contest the Chariots and he did himself well in that series, this is obviously a very strong race this weekend but we’re in with a chance. We think he’ll be mixing at this level in time to come. “The kids have done a great job in Sydney and it’s been a great learning experience for them, it would be nice to end the stint with a big race victory this weekend. “All the family will be there on Saturday night, Jake has the weekend off before the footy season starts next week and he’ll be trackside to cheer on his horse. I’m really looking forward to the night in so many different ways.” Mattgregor is raced by Denis Golinski, Karen Turpin and her son Jake. Jake Turpin is a contracted NRL player with the Melbourne Storm. Chris Barsby

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards advise that two runners from the Mark Purdon stable will undergo a veterinary examination at the Menangle Park Training facility tomorrow morning. OUR DREAM ABOUT ME: "HRNSW Stewards advise that on Tuesday afternoon at Tabcorp Park Menangle they spoke to a representative of the Purdon stable and information was provided in relation to the horse's condition and recent treatment," reported HRNSW Chairman of Stewards Graham Loch. "Following review of the two recent trials of Our Dream About Me at Menangle, having noted that the mare last raced on 31 December, 2016, and having regard to comments made this morning by Mr Purdon on Perth radio, we have advised the trainer that we require our HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian to examine the horse tomorrow morning." HAVE FAITH IN ME: HRNSW Stewards have received information from a number of New Zealand-based Veterinary Surgeons regarding a kidney condition sustained by Have Faith In Me. It appears that the condition was identified and treated prior to the horse racing successfully in Australia last season. "It is our position that we possibly should have been provided with the information in the past but in light of recent performances and public speculation HRNSW Stewards are attempting to gain an understanding of the condition and what, if any, issues may affect performance," said Loch. Loch added that Mr Purdon has been advised to present the horse tomorrow. ULTIMATE MACHETTE: HRNSW Stewards have also received the results of pathology tests undertaken from Ultimate Machete after racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night. Following the race Mr Purdon had expressed disappointment in the performance. Wollondilly Equine Clinic Veterinary Surgeon Dr Andrew Argyle has advised the pathology results were normal other than indicating that Ultimate Machete was exhibiting signs of post virus recovery. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY OFFICER (02) 9722 6600 GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600                AMANDA RANDO   MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER       HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   PO Box 1034 Bankstown NSW 1885   T: 02 9722 6600 E: arando@hrnsw.com.au T: @Amanda_Rando   W: www.harnessmediacentre.com.au | T: twitter.com/hrnsw_harness | F: facebook.com/hrnsw              

Just eight months ago there was just one metre that separated stablemates Hectorjayjay and Lennytheshark but that gap has narrowed according to harness racing trainer David Aiken. As the two quality pacers prepare to go head-to-head in this Saturday night's Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle, it will be just the second time they have raced each other. Their first clash saw Hectorjayjay come out on top in the 2016 Len Smith Mile and Lennytheshark finished a close second, 1.2m away to be precise. "They have trialled against each other but at the races I've tried to keep them separated as much as I could," revealed Aiken. "They were going to race each other in the Inter Dominion but then we had to withdraw Lenny from the Final with his hoof issues. "There isn't much separating the pair of them now. "They are two different types of horses . . . Lenny is tougher and Hector has the speed." Both horses won preludes for the Miracle Mile at Menangle last Saturday night. Lennytheshark was the faster one of the pair, leading throughout in the Group 1 Canadian Club Sprint recording the mile in a rate of 1:50.3. "Lenny is back to his best," said Aiken. "We were really happy with his latest run and is spot on heading into the Miracle Mile." Lennytheshark is currently the equal third favourite at $6 with TAB Fixed Odds to win Saturday's Grand Circuit race after drawing barrier six. His stablemate Hectorjayjay is the second favourite at $3.80 despite drawing barrier 10. He too led throughout to win his Miracle Mile qualifier last week, the Group 1 Allied Express Sprint, in a rate of 1:51.5. "We haven't sat down to discuss what our tactics will be in the Miracle Mile but Hector will be going forward," stated Aiken. "He ran home his last quarter in 25.8 (seconds) last week and he will only benefit from the run considering it was only his third start back from the Inter Dominion." Aiken's son Josh has secured the drive on Hectorjayjay having won seven races and two placings in his 10 drives on the gelding. As the age of 23, Josh is the second youngest driver in this year's 50th edition of the Miracle Mile with Chris Geary on Salty Robyn the youngest at 19 years of age. Meanwhile, Chris Alford will drive Lennytheshark. Alford, a winner of 5893 races, has driven Lennytheshark in every start the pacer has had in Aiken's care.   AMANDA RANDO

Sunday's Cathedral Parish harness racing Day at Bathurst drew a very large crowd, swelled by many once-a- year family groups (the Irish Catholics love a punt!), clergy and school students. They all had a rollicking good time, but it's unlikely anyone enjoyed themselves more than winning owners Dave and Helen Harper, and Rob Davis, whose wins came right on the back of major successes at Saturday's feature Menangle race meeting. The morning (well, almost) after the night before, where the only hangover was the sweet smell of success. The Harpers race Mysweetchilliphilly NZ, which scored a truly amazing win on debut in the opening event for 2YO fillies,  flying the gate, bursting clear of the field in the run to the first turn, then extending her lead throughout to score by a mere 59.7 metres from the chasing pack! She stopped the clock at 1:55.3, which easily lowered the fillies record held by last year's Tiara winner Don't Think Twice, and came close to Bullet Stride's 1:54.7 overall record for that age group. She's a daughter of Betterthancheddar, the Alabar-based sire whose first crop race this season, and a true free-running type, a fact acknowledged by driver Chris Geary and Shane Tritton, who co-trains the filly with his wife Lauren. "We wanted to give her a look at the track before we bring her up for the Tiara in a few weeks, but we knew she was capable of doing this, based on her work at home, where she works with Divine State and keeps up with him all the time," Tritton commented at the presentation. That colt, bought as a going 2YO from New Zealand by the Harpers, set tongues wagging with his own sensational debut  a few weeks ago then followed up with an Australasian record of 1:51.6 in Saturday's Sapling Stakes on his home track at Menangle. He, too, is heading to Bathurst for the Crown, and the Harper youngsters will line up in their respective heats as short -priced favourites to take out the double. In the meantime, Dave and Helen will be cheering on Salty Robyn whose placing in the Chariots Of Fire earned him a run in Saturday's Miracle Mile at Menangle,  together with Yayas Hot Spot from the Tritton team. It's an exciting time for the couple, and Sunday's one minute and fifty-five seconds was an exciting time for everyone at Group One Feeds Paceway, as they witnessed the start of what looks likely to be an exciting career. Rob Davis, whose team all carry the "Red" name which derives from his initials, enjoyed the win of Power Of Red in a C1/C2 2260 metres class, trainer-driver Steve Turnbull dodging some early trouble then bringing him with a strong run from mid-field to score a narrow but convincing win. It brought up a hat-trick for the four-year-old, after heat and final wins the previous two Sundays on the grass track at Orange, but his owner was only thinking back as far as the previous night at Menangle, where the younger full-brother Atomic Red won a heat of the NSW Derby in a world-record 1:54.4 rate over 2400 metres. Rob Davis is known for his exuberant finishing bursts, as he races his horses to the line, but he must have been worn out by all the excitement from the Derby heat, and could manage just a few fist-pumps as Power Of Red came hard down the centre of the track. Steve Turnbull, who scored a training and driving double after an earlier come-from- behind win with Joes Star Of Mia, was also excited by the Derby success. He'd instructed Amanda to be aggressive on Atomic Red, who can be a difficult customer, but he needn't have worried as the youngster launched early on and just kept running. Much in the style of Mysweetchillipilly! Amanda Turnbull also backed up well at Bathurst, scoring a training-driving double with My Bettor Bella NZ, in C0 company, and What A Curtainraiser NZ, in a C1/ C2 sprint, both leading throughout as very warm favourites. The feature G.J. & A.D. Turnbull Cathedral Parish Cup also had a Menangle to Bathurst link, with recent Chariots contender Sams The Master scoring a soft win in 1:56.4 (last half of 56.5 seconds) for trainer-driver Nathan Turnbull, who was joined at the presentation by his children Jett and Lacey, Bishop Michael McKenna and the legend himself, Tony Turnbull. Owner Rod Smith, who has often declared that his childhood trips into Bathurst when A.D.Turnbull was racing is the reason he's involved in harness racing today, will be flattered by A.D.'s call that "Rod Smith is the best thing that's happened to trotting!" Nathan Turnbull is keeping his options open with Sams The Master, with some rich country races being considered, and the Four-Year-Old  Breeders Challenge series in late June as his main goal. Shane and Lauren Tritton featured as part-owners of their other debutant winner Lynnsanity, which sat in the death before scoring a promising win in the 2YOColts/Geldings event. While the mile rate of 1:59.6 was much slower than their earlier winner, it was the manner of the win which impressed, with the Mr Feelgood colt displaying a very professional attitude, and push-button capability. "Just like driving a car," was the trainer's comment to Chris Geary after the win. When the Trittons sought permission from Brisbane Heat cricketer Chris Lynn to name their trialling-sale purchase after him, he decided to take a share in the colt, and though the name isn't listed in the racebook, former Kangaroo and league commentator Gordon Tallis shares in Lynn's ownership. Lynnsanity also made the trip up the mountains to get experience on the Bathurst track before the Gold Crown series, and his trainer is hoping that both Lynn and Tallis can make it to Bathurst at some stage of the carnival. The late, great Artie Beetson never made it to Bathurst carnival, but his namesake did him proud by winning the Crown back in 2010, and he continues to race well, scoring his twenty-seventh career win, for trainer Peter Trevor-Jones and driver Mat Rue, in Sunday's final event. It was a good effort, after striking some bother early in the race. The focus at Bathurst is very much on the juveniles as the carnival fast approaches. This Friday sees the running of heats of the Graham Board & Co. Sales Race, with the finals on Friday March 3. by Terry Neil

The Purdon Express rolled on during heats of the New South Wales Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight with the champion New Zealand trainer's All Stars harness racing stable winning two of the three qualifying heats. While the defeat of Ultimate Machete appeared to burst that bubble for Purdon, who admitted his Bettor's Delight youngster was beaten a long way from home, Vincent and Motu Meteor both scored strong wins and will give Purdon a hat-trick of hopes in the final with Ultimate Machete still qualifying despite a fading third. Still it was the win of Atomic Red which had everybody talking as the Steve Turnbull-trained and Amanda Turnbull-driven son of Rocknroll Hanover led all the way over the 2400m to score a slashing win in track record time. Taken straight to the front from gate three Atomic Red kept his rivals off the bit and chasing for the whole journey with a final mile in 1:54.4 to win by 2.3m from Astride with Ultimate Machete another three metres back a tiring third. That incredible run knocked two-tenths of a second off Zee Dana's track record run set at Menangle just 12 months ago. While Purdon qualified three runners for the Derby, the night was also a triumph for the country stables: Steve Turnbull qualified two runners, Atomic Red and Conviction for next weekend's $200,000 final; Bernie Hewitt qualified Pretty Hot, Brad Hewitt got Our Triple Play through to the big one and Russell Jack's Warden Express will also be there next Saturday night as will Wilberforce trainer David Brown's Hes My Mate. Atomic Red - Heat two Motu Meteor - Heat one Vincent - Heat three By MICHAEL COURT

Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Sunday meeting is building up to be a busy day for Georges Plains’ Bernie Hewitt, as he is set to feature in six races, either as a trainer or driver.  Myanga Sportsgirl and Pretty Big are expected to make their harness racing debuts in the S & J Turnbull St Stanislaus College Pace (1,730 metres).  While Hewitt is happy with Myanga Sportsgirl’s draw (gate five), Pretty Big’s did not draw as well.  Nevertheless, Hewitt is optimistic about the horses’ future. “I like both these fillies,” he said. “The draws are important, but they’re progressing towards the Gold Tiara.”  Mackeral, Mammals Terror and Lifes A Jungle will all feature in the Dunstan Constructions/Burkes Transport St Vincent De Paul Pace (1,730 metres). Hewitt will be in the gig for Mackeral, who has drawn well (front row, gate one) in his maiden race. “He’s a nice gelding and he’s got some good pace on him,” he said. In the Kelso Kitchens Catholic Primary Schools Pace (1,730 metres), Hewitt’s Mammals Magic and Headmaster will be racing. “They both haven’t drawn ideally, but I’m happy with both of them,” Hewitt said. “There are a few decent horses in the front row, so it’ll be a hard field.” Hewitt will drive Johnnycake in the Country Coffee Mckillop College Pace (2,260 metres), with the four-year-old bay gelding drawing gate five, in the front row.  Hewitt’s other horse in the race, Trunkey Emily, has drawn in the second row, gate three and will be driven by Douglas Hewitt.  Art Mistress, who has collected over $100,000 in prize money, will start from the front row, gate three, in the Catholic Education Office Pace (2,260 metres).  The four-year-old bay mare will look to collect a career 10th win from her 40th start on Sunday. Hewitt has also been a late call up to drive Shane Sanderson’s Expressionist in the meeting’s feature race – the G.J & A.D Turnbull Cathedral Parish Cup (1,730 metres). The seven-year-old brown gelding is looking for his first win since December 10, 2016, at Menangle.  Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

Australian Pacing Gold graduate Our Little General will work towards consecutive Blue Ribands when he heads to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Fresh from his Victoria Derby triumph a fortnight ago, Our Little General will tackle a heat of the harness racing classic for trainer Emma Stewart. Despite drawing awkwardly in barrier six, the son of Mach Three is a $1.90 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds, with Stewart confident Our Little General can justify his short price. “The draw isn’t ideal, but we couldn’t be happier with his condition,” Stewart said. “He had a good, solid trial at Ballarat during the weekend, which has really sharpened him up. “He will be in better shape this weekend than when he won the Victoria Derby at his second start from a spell.” Should all go according to plan, Our Little General will then contest next week’s $200,000 Final, which is part of a super Miracle Mile program. “Barring bad luck, he shouldn’t have any trouble making his way into the Derby,” Stewart said. “Like I said, he is in top shape, but will be better again after the heats.” The colt boasts an imposing record of nine wins and five placings from 15 starts for earnings of $360,305. APG Media  

Top performing New Zealand pacer Tiger Tara may give harness racing trainer Kevin Pizzuto something he has always wanted . . . a Miracle Mile starter. Pizzuto has ranked amongst the top trainers in New South Wales for the past few seasons and now has the strongest chance he has ever had to have a starter in the state's pinnacle harness event thanks to his recent Kiwi import. Tiger Tara has been mixing it with the best of them across the Tasman this season. The entire is currently the top fifth performer in New Zealand this term behind the likes of champion pacer Lazarus, Our Dream About Me, Ultimate Machete and top trotter Monbet. "I originally brought Tiger Tara for breeding purposes and help grow breeding in New South Wales," Pizzuto said. "He's a nice horse and feeling well within himself. "He has been racing well enough over in New Zealand for me to consider aiming him at the Miracle Mile." Pizzuto has nominated the son of Bettor's Delight for the Miracle Mile qualifying sprints at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night. The winners and second placegetters of the Canadian Club Sprint and the Allied Express Sprint will receive an automatic invitation to the 50th edition of the Miracle Mile on February 25. The only horse to confirm a position in next Saturday week's ultimate speed test is Lazarus following his career best performance in the Chariots Of Fire last Saturday night. Rating the mile in 1:49 at his first look at the Menangle track, Lazarus is one of the early fancies for the 2017 edition of the Miracle Mile. Aside from the Chariots Of Fire winner and the first two placegetters in this Saturday night's Miracle Mile preludes, the balance of the Miracle Mile field will be invited at the discretion of the directors of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club (Tabcorp Park Menangle). These invitations will not be decided until after Saturday night's two qualifying sprints. All of the leading free-for-all pacing starters across Australasia this season have nominated for these Group 1 clashes. From stablemates Smolda and defending Miracle Mile pacer Have Faith In Me to Lennytheshark and Hectorjayjay as well as the local hopes Bling It On and Yayas Hot Spot who recently grabbed the quinella in the A.G. Hunter Cup. As for Tiger Tara, he is yet to race in Australia and will have his first start on Australian soil in the Canadian Club Sprint at Menangle this Saturday. Drawn in barrier three, the $13 chance with TAB Fixed Odds finished second to Lazarus in the New Zealand Cup last November and also placed in the New Zealand Free-For-All behind Lazarus and Christen Me. AMANDA RANDO

Champion harness racing pacer Lazarus is the first horse into the Ainsworth Miracle Mile following a devastating win in the $200,000 Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots Of Fire at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. The New Zealand four-year-old, trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, led for the last 800m and held off stablemate Our Waikiki Beach in a career-best 1:49 for the mobile mile. The win earned him an automatic invite to the $750,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle on February 25, which Purdon wasted no time in accepting. That means Lazarus will not have to start in next Saturday's two preludes of the Mile, with the first two in those preludes also guaranteed Miracle Mile invites. The balance of the field will be invited at the discretion of the directors of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club and will not be decided until after next Saturday's prelude. Tonight's group one win was the 23rd in Lazarus's 27-start career and he is closing in on $2 million in stakes. He is a son of champion Bettors Delight and Bethany. Tonight's other feature, the $51,500 Cordina Food Company Sibelia Stakes was won in all-the-way fashion by Cyclone Kate in a personal best 1:50.3, earning her an automatic spot in the $200,000 Ladyship Mile on Miracle Mile night. Lazarus Cyclone Kate

She is one of the leading drivers in the Western Districts but that is not the only advantage Emma Turnbull has at Sunday's harness racing meeting at Towac Park, Orange. The Bathurst local knows what it takes to drive a winner on this turf track and this skill will be vital when she competes against nine other drivers in Sunday's Kriden Park Drivers Invitational. And another string to Turnbull's bow is that her drive, Pom Pay, has drawn well in barrier two for the feature. "Going by last week's racing it does seem to be a leaders track which is good for the horse I'm driving as she's drawn well," Turnbull said. "Pom Pay is going well, this is a step up in grade so though so fingers crossed." Competing against the likes of Miracle Mile winning reinsmen Steve Turnbull and Mat Rue and Group winning horsewomen Ashlee Grives and KerryAnn Turner to name a few, a win in this race will go a long way for Turnbull. The 37-year-old is an ambassador for New South Wales' Team Teal campaign where female drivers across Australia are wearing teal-coloured pants in races from February 1 until March 11 to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Turnbull was an ambassador for the cause last year and individually rose close to $10,000 for the Women's Cancer Foundation. "I have over 80 sponsors this year which is great," Turnbull said. "Every winner I drive my sponsors will donate money to the Women's Cancer Foundation. "I've only had one winner in the teal so far but it will be great to get more winners for a great cause." Turnbull has three drives at Sunday's meeting including on the in-form pacer her mother Wendy Turnbull trains, Tuapeka Glory. The entire has drawn on the second row in barrier eight in the Watson Corporate Final (1609m). "He's going really well at the moment and it's a shame he didn't draw the front row because they wouldn't have caught him," Turnbull said. Meanwhile the other feature on Sunday's program, the Banjo Paterson Cup, has a rugby league theme to it. Not only do a few Canberra Raiders players, including skipper Jarrod Croker and coach Ricky Stuart, own a share in the $2.50 TAB Fixed Odds favourite, the feature is also made up of pacers named Parramatta, Beetson (Arthur Beetson) and Essbee Doubleyou (Sonny Bill Williams). The race favourite has produced a win and four second placings in her last five starts. AMANDA RANDO

The Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles gets underway at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night with the Group 1 Chariots Of Fire the main harness racing feature. This week Trots TV caught up with reinsman Luke McCarthy and trainer-driver Blake Fitzpatrick who both have a big night on Saturday. There is also an update on Team Teal and the usual CEO's Blog and The Week That Was. See links below. Luke McCarthy interview.    Blake Fitzpatrick interview. Team Teal update. CEO's Blog. The Week That Was. AMANDA RANDO

Exciting harness racing youngster Blue Moon Rising has been ruled out of the upcoming New South Wales Derby. With heats of the Blue Riband to take place at Tabcorp Park Menangle's second night of the Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles next Saturday, Blue Moon Rising will be in the paddock instead of at the track. Trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton decided to pull the pin on the remainder of the gelding's three-year-old season following his 11th in the Victoria Derby at Melton last weekend. "Blue Moon Rising will go for a long and well-earned spell after pulling up a little jaded after his trip to Melbourne . . . 12 out of 17 isn't bad," the Tritton Team tweeted. And after winning 12 of his 17 starts, connections have decided next year's Chariots Of Fire will be the aim for the son of Santanna Blue Chip. "He will most likely miss the rest of the three-year-old season," Shane said. "He has never had a decent break and will be aimed at the Chariots next year. "He hasn't sustained an injury we are just giving him time to develop. "We may have raced him a little too long as a three-year-old so hopefully we give Blue Moon Rising a better chance to develop. "He is without doubt one of the fastest horses I've trained but needs to mature physically to be able to utilise that speed." Tritton also admitted Blue Moon Rising reminds him of his other pacer Yayas Hot Spot which finished second to Bling It On in the A.G. Hunter Cup at Melton last Saturday. Yayas Hot Spot will be aimed at the Miracle Mile qualifying sprints at Menangle next Saturday night.   AMANDA RANDO

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards today concluded the Inquiry into the presentation of VINNY CHASE to race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016, when subsequent to it winning race 4 on that date a urine sample taken from it was found to contain the prohibited substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5 alpha – estran-3 beta, 17 alpha-diol. A further sample taken from the horse at its stables on 15 July 2016 also detected prohibited substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5 alpha – estran-3 beta, 17 alpha-diol. HRNSW Stewards convened an Inquiry into the substances being detected in the two urine samples on 28 September and 20 November 2016. Mrs McCarthy was issued with the following charges pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) on 28 September 2016: AHRR 190.  (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence. (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse. AHRR 190A.          (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.   On 20 November 2016, Mrs McCarthy, accompanied by her legal representatives Ms Valerie Heath of Counsel, Solicitor Mr Matthew Hammond and Professor Whittem, provided evidence and submissions in defence of the charges. On 15 December 2016, HRNSW found Mrs McCarthy guilty of both charges via a written decision. Submissions on the matter of penalty were invited and these were received by HRNSW on 30 January 2017. The submissions made the following points: That Mrs McCarthy was only the trainer of VINNY CHASE for some 20 clear days prior to the race in question; There is inconclusive evidence that Mrs McCarthy was responsible for the administration of the substances; That as the trainer of the horses Mrs McCarthy carries the absolute responsibility to ensure horses in her care are presented to race free of any prohibited substances; The specific nature of the substances detected; Mrs McCarthy’s clean record, the number of horses in her care, lack of motive; Supporting character references. HRNSW Stewards considered the submissions when balanced with an appropriate penalty in a disciplinary regime where the aim of this action is to ensure the integrity of the industry and for those associated with the industry to understand the consequences of their non-compliance with the Rules. The Stewards were also mindful of the following factors to determine penalty: The nature of the substance; The scientific evidence regarding the elimination of such substances; The HRNSW Penalty Guidelines; Mrs McCarthy’s licence and disciplinary record; The personal subjective factors relevant to Mrs McCarthy. Stewards have determined that Mrs McCarthy should be disqualified for a period of 12 months and fined $5000. The period of disqualification is backdated to 22 August 2016 the date upon which Mrs McCarthy was stood down pursuant to Rule 183. Acting under Rule 195 the Stewards further ordered that VINNY CHASE be disqualified as the winner of Race 4 at Tabcorp Park Menangle on 14 June 2016. Stewards further ordered that subject to Rule 190AA(4),  VINNY CHASE is not permitted to start in any race before 15 July 2017 and only after the production of an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Clearing Certificate. MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

As an avid harness racing fan first and administrator second, Bathurst Harness Racing Club chief executive officer Danny Dwyer looks forward to a number of nights on the pacing calendar. Wednesday Memorial night is one of those occasions. The club will remember a host of influential figures, who made their mark both on and off the track, throughout the eight race program, kicking off with the Keith Colley Memorial from 6.03pm. Dwyer says naming races in honour of the likes of Colley, John and Margaret Donnelly, Don and Freda Callan, Norm and Gath Harkham, Harold Lonard, Kevin Doherty and John Clayton was a great way to bring the community together – in their droves, too. “The harness racing community is pretty solid as a family,” Dwyer said. “You run a night like this and you get immediate family members and all of the grandchildren come along as well. “It makes for a really great night.” Reprinted with permission of the Daily Liberal

Few would have noticed that the Allstars team had a couple of starters at Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday night as the big night of harness racing was in Victoria with the $500,000 Hunter Cup, the $300,000 Great Southern Star and the $200,000 Victoria Derby were the races that all were engrossed in from both sides of the Tasman. While the Allstars team was not as dominate in Victoria as they were the previous week, winning with Lazarus only, it was left to Natalie Rasmussen to produce the goods looking after (Lets) Chase The Dream and Partyon at Tabcorp Park Menangle and she did not let the side down, winning with both horses. Lets Chase The Dream Partyon The Group 1 winning filly Partyon was having her seventh lifetime start and remains unbeaten with a 1:52.4 winning performance. At her previous start on the 14th of January, Partyon produced a record breaking 1:51.3 victory and this was at her first start back after a four and a half month spell.  Partyon now has a record of 7 starts for 7 wins and $265,075 in earnings. Partyon is by the sensational Bettor's Delight out of the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade who is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Idle Franco. Partyon has a full brother for sale at the upcoming Australasian Classic Sale at Karaka on the 20th of February called Kokomo Beach and sells as Lot 104. What price this colt? Not only is he a full brother to Paryton he is also a full brother to (So) Ubettabelieveit (1.55.7, 4 wins 3 places $47,861) and these are the only two foals from Beach Parade three-year-old and older.   This is the family of Indigo Franco (1.54.2m, 21 wins $76,960), Group 1 placed Innocent Franco (1.58.4f, 11 wins 11 places $46,285), Glenferrie Blade (1.56.1f, 9 wins 10 places $66,485), Glenferrie College (1.53.6m, 13 wins 21 places $84,793) and 3-time Group 1 winner Franco Ice (1.55f, 20 wins 14 places $620,311). Lot 104 – Kokomo Beach (brown colt Bettor’s Delight / Beach Parade) 2017 Harnesslink Media

Two long years of hard work culminated with Sunday afternoon’s inaugural harness racing meet at Orange’s Towac Park and, appropriately, the opening race of the program was taken out by central west harness racing royalty in the Turnbull family. Bathurst’s Mitch Turnbull steered $2.30 favourite Adore Ruby, trained by his father Steve, to a comfortable, four-and-a-half metre victory in the Orange City Welcome To Towac Park Pace (1609m), etching his name in the record books as the first driver to claim victory on the grass track. “It’s really exciting to be the first winner here,” Mitch Turnbull said. “Dad trains [Adore Ruby] and mum owns it too, so it’s nice to have the family connection there on this one.” Running from the front row, Turnbull piloted Adore Ruby to the lead on the inside early, but Ruth Shannon ($9.10) loomed two wide at the 1000m mark, looking set to challenge. The latter fell off quickly as Turnbull maintained pace and Way Up ($7.70) moved into second three wide on the outside, but it too fell off at the top of the straight. Dad trains it and mum owns it, so it’s nice to have the family connection.- Mitch Turnbull Ultimately Adore Ruby cruised to a four-and-a-half metre win from Imposing Betty ($23.90) in second, Art Secret ($17.96) was four metres back in third. “It was an excellent run, the horse got around the track really well, it was a good race,” Turnbull said. “I was lucky to get two trials here, so I was reasonably familiar with the track. “You watch it on the grass in New Zealand and they’ve got 17 in a race, not seven, so it was hard to know what to do as a driver a little bit but I was lucky she’s a bit stronger which probably suits the grass.” Bathurst’s Nathan Hurst drove Remember Mac ($5) to a tight win in the ILB Steel Honan Family Jack Honan Memorial Heat 1 (1609m) after that while John O’Shea piloted Cherry Mahoney ($1.80 fav) to a three-metre win in the third, the CYMS Rugby League Watson Corporate Heat (1609m). In the fourth, the second heat of the Jack Honan Memorial Series, Not A Bad Move (NZ) ($4.30) saluted before Tuapeka Glory (NZ) ($2.90 fav) came up trumps in the second heat of the Watson Corporate Series. The meeting was a roaring success, which will be built on in next weekend’s Carnival of Cups finals meet, which Turnbull confirmed he’ll return for. “Yeah, we’ll bring another truckload over and hopefully get a few wins,” he said. By Matt Findlay Reprinted with permission of the Central Western Daily  

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