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The final ever race meeting at the Bathurst Showground is less than two months away, but a lot more than a brand new facility will come with the move to Mount Panorama. While the industry undoubtedly loses a part of history, an element of it is created at the same time. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW), in conjunction with the Bathurst Harness Racing Club (BHRC), has resolved to introduce a sprint lane and a mobile configuration of eight and four, to allow for a maximum field size of 12, from the initial race meeting on 10 October. It was determined that the most opportune time to experiment with a sprint lane is from the outset of the track's opening and the move to increase the maximum field size is linked to the turnover benefits that go with larger field sizes. A review of these key decisions will be undertaken by HRNSW after 31 March 2015; the results of which may determine the strategic direction at the new Wagga and Tamworth tracks as well as other existing venues in the state. Harness Racing New South Wales

This is another of our previews for harness racings big day this Sunday at Tabcorp Park Melton. Before we start we would like to wish Harvey Kaplan all the best with his two outstanding three year olds. It is a notable achievement to have two huge chances on a day as big as this.  3 Year Old Pacing Fillies Breeders Crown Final Before the semi finals at Ballarat last Saturday night, this division had a ready made favourite in Nike Franco but after an early gallop she only ran fourth in her semi final and gave her opposition renewed confidence that she was beatable. Now with Nike Franco having drawn at four on the second line in the final, the result is not as clear cut as it seemed just a week ago. Nike Franco has been the standout filly all season but she has missed the money in both the New South Wales and the Victorian Oaks and is beatable. So who put their hand up in the semi finals at Ballarat. Just Cala was allowed to drift back from barrier four in the first semi final and ended up last at the 800 meters mark before getting a drag up from Rocknroll Arden and finishing over the top of them for a brilliant win. In the same heat Spicy Stride had a shot at the lead, failed and then badly over raced for most of the race yet still got off the canvas to run second. Ocean Diva was sent forward early from barrier seven when the pace was hot and stuck on well for third after racing parked for most of the race. In the second semi final Nike Franco got her front legs clipped early and galloped and then looped the field to lead mid race before not surprisingly battling the last 150 meters to finish a close up fourth. The winner of the semi final Quick Draft went huge after settling back from her second row draw. Sent forward three wide from from the back at the 700 meters, Quick Draft kept giving in the straight to score a great win. The last 800 meters off the front was run in 55.6 and 400 meters in 27.1 which makes the run of Quick Draft look even better. Barynya followed Quick Draft everywhere she went but couldn't pick her up in the straight and Our Santa Catalina finished nicely for third after working early in the race. SELECTIONS We are not as bullish about Nike Franco as we were before the semi finals with two or three others looming as major challengers. Still at the end of the day class is permanent so Nike Franco is top pick but from four second line it will not be easy. Just Cala and Quick Draft only have to bring their semi final form with them to be serious winning chances. Barynya will need luck from barrier eight but has upset them before and Ocean Diva is in the same boat from outside of the second row. Spicy Stride and Our Santa Catarina for first four takers.   3 Year Old Colts/Geldings Breeders Crown Final This looked a two horse war before the semi finals and in our view nothing much has changed now heading into the final. In the first semi final, the late scratching of Messini robbed the race of a lot of interest. Major Crocker ambled to the front from barrier four over Will Mach My Word who ended up in the trail from barrier one. Alleluia worked forward and found the death after 500 meters and that was more or less the finishing order. Major Crocker flew the last half in 55.5 and quarter in 26.9 to give those off the pace little hope of being in the first four.  Alleluia grabbed second with the trailer Will Mach My Words ending up in third. The unlucky runner was Lettucerockthem who looked to have plenty to offer with little room. The second semi final was full of quality and was billed as a match race between Sky Major and Bling It On and that is how it panned out. Saloon Passage from barrier one got crossed early by Hectorjayjay who immediately handed up to Sky Major. Half a lap later Zac Butcher on Sky Major handed up rather easily to Bling It On who immediately threw the anchor out. The race turned into a sprint home from the 400 meters with Sky Major getting out 150 meters from home and claiming Bling It On in the shadows of the post with the last 400 meters in 26.4. Hectorjayjay held third and Jilliby Jagger did well for fourth after being three wide for a lap. Saloon Passage after being beaten out of the gate overaced but still finished the race off well to run fifth. SELECTIONS The draw says Bling It On should win but we think Sky Major is still the one to beat even from the outside of the second line. Its a big call but Sky Major is right in the zone at the moment and won the Harness Jewels in New Zealand two months ago from five on the second line. Clearly Bling It On will be favourite and tough to roll from barrier three However there are several horses who are lining up to spoil the party and this is how we see them. The next three horses from the semi finals that impressed us in no particular order were Lettucerockthem, Major Crocker and Saloon Passage who unlike last week are all drawn  to be in the running line this week.  For first four players the next two cabs off the rank for us are Jilliby Jagger and Alleluia. Harnesslink Media  

Victorian trainer Michael Stanley will have a two pronged attack in Saturday night's Gr. 3 CJ Garrard Two Year Old Classic at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  The $30,000 event is open to horses that were sold at the 2013 Garrards Horse & Hound Trialling Sale and Stanley is hoping to take home the major share of prize money on offer with Big Spending Telf and Morior Invictus. "Big Spending Telf has only had the one run and he's a pretty nice horse, he's a little bit immature in the head so I will drive him but I think he has what it takes to make a nice horse," Stanley said "He won his only start at Horsham, he showed speed on that occasion and the horse that sat outside him kept him honest throughout but he broke 29 seconds for his final quarter and did it well." Big Spending Telf had a short letup after his debut run but has been at the trials recently. "Yeah I gave him some time after the run but he has had a couple of trials and importantly over the 2200 metres too. He has won both trials, the last of them was as Melton and he ran his last half in 58.9." Morior Invictus won a semi final of the Vicbred series four runs ago and has been racing against some very strong opposition recently. "He is a very good horse and has been campaigning against some nice ones but he is probably just a touch below the top echelon." "I'm not sure he will be totally suited on Saturday night. He is an effective sit and sprinter but after drawing the outside barrier he probably has to go back at the start and then maybe make a midrace move to get into the action." Stanley will return to Victoria for Sunday's Breeders Crown Day and is hoping Soho Tokyo can run a great race from barrier three. "She went really well in her semi and from a better draw I think she can run a great race, it could be a very big weekend." Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

Bigga trainer Dennis Picker has spent the past ten weeks in Queensland enjoying the warmer weather and has won nine races during his stay north of the border. Picker arrived home midweek but will be back on the road this weekend to put the finishing touches on his talented filly Just Cala after she won a semi final of the Breeders Crown last weekend. "Just Cala has done a really good job for us since arriving from New Zealand and hopefully she can run another good race this weekend before she goes to the paddock for a well earned spell," Picker said. "I think she had only been in the country six or seven days when she had her first run in Brisbane and then she raced on August 2 at Redcliffe before I sent her to Victoria to race at Kilmore five days later, she has just taken everything in her stride." Just Cala has drawn barrier one in Sunday's Gr. 1 final and Picker is confident she has got enough speed if driver Amanda Turnbull wants to use it. "I haven't spoken to Amanda yet about what she thinks but I have used Just Cala out of the gate in Queensland and she raced really well so if she wants to go forward at the start it isn't too much of a worry." The daughter of  Art Major is raced by Picker's brother Joe who is a member of the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league squad. "Joe wants to start selling some at the sales but to do that he has realised that he has to start buying some well bred fillies and this is why he bought her, to turn her into a broodmare at the end of her career." "I've been watching a fair bit of the Rabbitohs since Joe joined them after he left the Raiders, they're going really well and hopefully they keep playing well with the finals just around the corner." Picker splits his time between training and shearing sheep. "I have been doing less shearing each year and I think that trend is going to continue again with such a big team at home." Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales  

Multiple Gr. 1 winner Frith has drawn the inside of the second row in Sunday's Breeders Crown Final for 4 Year Old Mares and while trainer Bruce Harpley is concerned by the barrier he would not be swapping his horse for any of their rivals this weekend. Frith won the Breeders Crown for three year old fillies last season but drew the front row and pounced on the lead from gate two. "Fellow trainer Danny Thackeray drew the barrier for us on Sunday and before the draw I told him to get anything except barrier eight," Harpley said. "He rang me straight after the draw and I said what did we get, and he said eight, then I said no seriously what did we get so it took a while to sink in but I have come to terms with it now." Harpley acknowledges Frith is going to have to do her fair share of work from the gate and thinks some of the other drivers may be inclined to make an early move. "I think a few drivers would love to sit on our back so it wouldn't surprise me if a few wanted to make a move early and hope that we get around there to the death and give them some cover." "The beauty of my mare is that she is so versatile, she has that mix of speed and strength so even if she does more than her fair share of the work I still think she will be in the finish." Frith will head to the paddock after Sunday's run with her main aim next season being the Ladyship Mile. "I've done some quick calculations and if I give her six or seven weeks off I should have her right to go by early in the new year which would give me the chance to get a few runs under her belt before the Ladyship." "There are no easy races for her anymore, if she happens to win on the weekend I think she becomes a C19 M4 so she will need to be pretty fit when she resumes." Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales    

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

HRNSW today launched the Development and Support Program (DASP) for the NSW harness racing industry. This program has been developed to provide industry participants with access to professional assistance for matters affecting their mental wellbeing through a 24 hour a day confidential counselling and advice service. The Program can assist with strategies to deal with your work and life journey and offers short term, solution focussed counselling and advice. The sessions are informal, friendly and focussed on your individual needs. It can be provided face-to-face or over the telephone, whichever is more convenient. The costs associated with this program are covered by HRNSW. HRNSW has engaged Grant Brecht and his company Insight Elite Performance Psychology to deliver this program. All counsellors are qualified, experienced professionals who have extensive training and experience in counselling, coaching and elite sports consultation. They provide similar services to Racing NSW and the NSW Jockeys Association, Sydney Swans AFL club, Sydney Roosters NRL club and Melbourne AFL club. Access to the program can be made directly to Insight Elite Performance Psychology on (02) 9929 8515 or 0403 944 900, or via HRNSW or the UHRA. For further information please visit the HRNSW website at www.hrnsw.com.au or at the following link, http://www.hrnsw.com.au/hrnsw-notices.html Posters and leaflets will be available at all clubs. 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. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Reid Sanders Position: Manager - Integrity Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

The Introduction of a new media centre provides the perfect opportunity for harness racing to enter into a modern era in New South Wales. The brain child of outgoing CEO Sam Nati, the media centre will be a one stop shop for all harness fans and participants. "The great challenge for harness racing is to remain relevant in the market place and on the sporting landscape. We cannot achieve that without sophisticated and modern media presences online," Nati said The new initiative can be found at harnessmediacentre.com.au. The launch, to be streamed live, will commence at 7pm next Tuesday (August 19). The general public simply have to log on to the web address and the streaming can be viewed via Smart TV, Phone or Tablet. "The Media Centre was conceived to consolidate our various online offerings and traditional print content," Nati said. "The Principal Club has built a TV standard studio on course at Menangle so that will be the base for the production of the content available on the website." Tuesday's launch will feature new season breeding initiatives along with information on future content associated with media centre. A small part of that content will be daily racing previews for all NSW TAB harness meetings. The plan is to have preview shows, a magazine style show, and even eventually live streaming of races. "There will be a roll out of content. Video previews will be available from the commencement as will an expansion of trial replays to include Newcastle, Bathurst and Penrith. Previews for each meeting will be recorded after scratchings and will be available to watch at any time during the day," said Nati. "We will also heavily promote these through social media so they will be delivered directly to the customer as well. "Just as importantly the Media Centre will provide the opportunity for HRNSW to deliver important industry messages especially in the area of integrity. "Live streaming from major meetings will come a little later. Interviews are already being done for Trots TV, but they will be more polished and professionally edited as we move forward. Advertising opportunities have also been created. For further details call Dale Walker at HRNSW on 9722 6677. Harness Racing New South Wales            

Since arriving at the stables of harness racing trainer Darren McCall,talented pacer Western Rockstar has won six races and has gone from a metropolitan maiden to mixing it with some of the state's best.  This Saturday night the son of Western Terror will line up in the Gr. 3 Priority Pass Pace at Tabcorp Menangle and McCall believes with the right run he can be competitive again. "As long as there is speed on in the race he will be in the finish somewhere, I'm not afraid to make the speed if they back off too much but in this grade the tempo is normally strong," McCall said. "He finished down the track in his two runs in Queensland but he drew poorly in both of those and couldn't get into the race plus the Menangle track really suits him." McCall has made no secret that Western Rockstar has been a handful but believes he has improved dramatically in recent months. "The simple key with him is his training schedule and keeping it the same, I just don't want to be messing with his mind for no reason." "If he's out there on the track by himself he is really well behaved now, sure he can get a bit fired up when there is another horse around but he has definitely improved." Another McCall runner racing this weekend is Looksmachnificent, a lightly raced three year old. "He's a pretty nice horse, he's very green and he doesn't have much idea what racing is all about." "Before I produced him at Menangle I changed his shoeing around, he raced really well and stayed in his gear. I just want to see him switch on for a whole race rather than turning on and off throughout but he ran a nice time last start and did it pretty comfortably."   Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales                          

Mat Rue finished third in the New South Wales driving premiership two seasons ago and after taking a four month break for a working holiday in the USA, the talented reinsman is back in Australia and looking forward to driving plenty of winners. Initially Rue and his partner Gemma Hewitt had planned to stay overseas for six months but after spending some time working and seeing the sights they decided to make an early return. "When we left we had planned to go for six months but it was a little bit quiet over there so we spent the last month of our time over there tripping around, it was a really good experience," Rue said. "Noel Daley looked after us so well, he did everything he could to help us out while we were in the USA and I even got the opportunity to have twenty five or thirty drives over there." Rue drove at the Meadowlands, Chester and Pocono. "I didn't get a winner but I did get close a couple of times, I drove three second placings and also ran third on one and fourth another time." "It was great to rub shoulders with drivers like Tim Tetrick, he introduced himself to me one night in the drivers' room and he is a good guy." After arriving back in Australia on Thursday, he returned to race driving on Saturday at Young and it did not take him long to get back into the winners' list. "It was good to drive a winner for Dad, Our Castanea had been pretty green but he surprised me and was really good on Saturday night." "I'm just going to work with Bernie Hewitt for a while and wait to see how everything works out with the new Bathurst track."   Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales      

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

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

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

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

July has been very rewarding for a number of Owner Association Members, in particular those members whose horses were successful at those meetings covered by the Owners Association Bonus Scheme. Our Owners of the Month for July were: Wayne Dimech; Douglas Johnston and Rob Davis. Wayne received his nomination on the back of multiple wins with Lord Merrywood at Newcastle and Penrith and in the regional Breeders Challenge final at Young, where on top of the prize money he received an additional $1000 courtesy of the Owners Bonus. Wayne was also successful with another of his team winning at Menangle on 21st July, namely Deadly Merrywood. Our second nominee for July is country owner, Doug Johnston who won three races with three horses, namely Swift Approval and Shareapassion at Wagga on 4th July and MightyGift at Penrith on 10th July, where he earnt an additional $500 courtesy of the Owners Bonus Scheme. Our third nominee, Rob Davis is a long-time member of our Association and has invested significant sums in Harness Racing with all his horses trained by the Turnbull family. He won three races in July with Duchess Ella, Written in Red and Gentleman Red, and of late he has campaigned a number of runners in Victoria with Amanda Turnbull. We wish him continued success. Of special mention to all our members is our upcoming Annual Awards Night at Menangle on 20th September which will follow our AGM which will be conducted earlier in the day. Membership of this Association has to be the best value in town given that a member and guest can attend this function free, as well as share in all other benefits, including the Owners Bonus Schemes which currently has paid out $20,000 with meetings at Bathurst and Bankstown still to come. Membership forms can be downloaded from the HRNSW website. Harness Racing New South Wales

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

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