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Effective from 1 January 2015, Harness Racing New South Wales will commence a state wide Sulky Recovery Scheme (SRS) which will cover both sulkies and wheels in races only. This follows a considerable period of consultation with stakeholder groups, in particular the former UHRA secretary Wally Mann. To assist with this process, every sulky used in races in NSW is required to be assessed by HRNSW and tagged with a unique ID number. The inspections and tagging will commence immediately and it shall be the responsibility of the sulky owner to ensure that they present their sulky to a HRNSW representative to be inspected and tagged. A compulsory fee of $5 per starter will be charged to the trainer, and this will cover the sulky and wheel from the time they enter the parade ring until they exit the track. For information of the SRS please visit http://www.harnessmediacentre.com.au/industry-integrity/hrnsw-sulky-recovery-scheme- or www.harnessmediacentre.com.au HRNSW Media

Sydney harness racing trainer Darren McCall admits contemplating a race like the Inter Dominion with stable favourite Bettor Bet Black is a 'pipedream'.  Bettor Bet Black is one of many local pacers nominated for next year’s Championship and McCall is hoping his gelding can be the ‘surprise packet’ that Seel N Print was earlier this year. “Seel N Print is a great example of what can happen when a horse gets into the zone,” McCall said. “He was peaking at the right time and went onto finish second in the Inter Dominion despite most people not giving him much chance before the series began. “Bettor Bet Black is racing really well at the moment, I thought about taking him to Penrith on Thursday night, but decided against it. “He is a different cat, he likes routine so that’s why I am going to concentrate on races at Menangle going forward.” Bettor Bet Black won at Menangle last Saturday night defeating Teo Enteo and Seel N Print in a rate of 1:54.1, but McCall believes he can go much faster under the right conditions. “I think he is a 1:50 horse and might be able to even go a fraction quicker, but not as a leader,” McCall said. “I think he would be best following a really hot speed, if he could trail Suave Stuey Lombo I think he could get down to a time like that. “The 3009 metres of the Inter Dominion doesn’t concern me, he works two miles, but in a race over that trip he would not be able to lead throughout, he would definitely need a soft trip.” In stylish form this campaign, Bettor Bet Black has finished no further back than fifth from nine starts. “If you go back and have a look at his record you will see that he didn’t get much of a break for nearly two years,” McCall explained. “I think I only gave him two lots of two weeks off over two years, but I gave him a good break earlier this year and it has definitely helped him go to the next level.” HRNSW Media

Christmas will come a week early at Penrith with the running of the TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups harness racing meeting on Thursday.   With more than $92,000 in stakes up for grabs, the program has attracted acceptors for nine competitive race fields. The feature events are the Group Three Max Laughton OAM Carnival of Cups and the Harness Breeders’ NSW Pink Diamond for three-year-old fillies. The $30,000 feature has attracted an even field, with several of the state’s leading trainers represented. The TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups promotion will give everyone who purchases a race book the chance to go into the draw to win a new Toyota Yaris. The person drawn out at the race meeting will go into the final draw to win the car at the Harness Racing NSW Awards night to be conducted on Saturday 19, September 2015.  Entrants are drawn at all tracks that conduct TAB.COM.AU Carnival of Cups Meetings. The evening will also be one for everyone to enjoy be it participants, owners, families, horse lovers and patrons who just like to have a little flutter at the trots. Food and drink outlets are well catered for and entry to the Showground is free, with gates opening at 5:30pm. So come along bring the family and have a wonderful night of on course entertainment. The Board of Directors and Management look forward to seeing you all at the Paceway. HRNSW Media

Harness Racing New South Wales again proved that they are the leaders in integrity with the collection of 87 samples, both post and pre race, from Saturday night’s Miracle Mile meeting. In addition, all horses engaged in the Coca Cola and Cordina Sprint qualifiers were housed in the HRNSW Retention Facility one day prior to the respective events. All horses drawn to run in the Miracle Mile were on site two days prior to the meeting. HRNSW Veterinary Surgeon Martin Wainscott said that although it was busy night everything ran smoothly. “All the trainers were most co operative,” he said. “The positive feedback regarding NSW increasing integrity is great for the industry. Everyone wants a level playing field.” A number of the samples from Saturday night will be sent to overseas laboratories for further testing including those horses engaged in the SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile. “As the regulator HRNSW must ensure that all stakeholders are given the opportunity of competing on equal terms,” said HRNSW CEO John Dumesny. 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:Dale Walker Position:Marketing Manager Phone:(02) 9722 6600 Email:dwalker@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) has concluded an inquiry into results received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that Cobalt was detected above the threshold in a sample taken from EARLS REIGN following its win in race 1, the Commercial Club Albury Mahogany Room Pace (1770 metres) conducted at the Albury harness meeting on 1 March 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample was confirmed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. Mr Tyndall was issued with the following charge in writing pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4); That as the registered trainer he did present EARLS REIGN to race in race 1 at the Albury harness meeting on 1 March 2014, when a urine sample taken, upon analysis by two approved laboratories had reported a Cobalt level in excess of the threshold prescribed by NSWLR 188A(2)(a); Mr Tyndall pleaded guilty to the charge issued and made written submissions on penalty. Mr Tyndall was disqualified for a period of 3 years to commence from 1 May 2014, the date upon which he was stood down. Mr Tyndall was also ordered to pay $200 to HRNSW within 14 days for costs associated with the laboratory fees including the analytical process and couriers. This order was made pursuant to NSW Local Rule 256A. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the guilty plea, the nature of the Class 1 substance, the level recorded (300ug/L), Mr Tyndall’s licence history over a period of 20 years and other personal subjective facts including personal and financial hardship. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, EARLS REIGN was disqualified from the abovementioned race. 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 & Chairman of Stewards Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales has continued its war on prohibited substance, with another trainer disqualified this week. Quickly becoming a national leader in relation to industry integrity, HRNSW has disqualified Rebecca Brown following an inquiry into the results received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that caffeine, theophylline and theobromine were detected in the urine sample taken from Bye Bye Sir following its win at Albury on Sunday, July 13, 2014. The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD in Victoria. Brown appeared at the inquiry. Further evidence consisting of tree and plant analysis results were also presented at the inquiry. Brown pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting her horse to race not free of a prohibited substance. Brown was disqualified for six months to commence immediately. In considering penalty, stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance, the guilty plea entered and personal subjective facts including personal and financial hardship. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, Bye Bye Sir was disqualified from the abovementioned race. In a separate matter, stewards continued its inquiry into the Total plasma carbon dioxide (TCO2) levels returned from horses trained by Kim Hillier since 1 January 2013. Hillier appeared at the inquiry with her legal representative Mr Frank. Evidence had previously been taken from Hiller, Shane Hillier, Peter Hillyer and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott. Stewards  issued the following charges against Mrs Hillier. Charge 1: Pursuant to Rule 239A which reads: A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. The particulars were that Mrs Hillier conduct as a licensed trainer has led to a breach of Rule 90A (3.4)(b)&(c) therefore invoking the provisions of rule 91, by allowing an unlicensed person Peter Hillyer to stomach tube horses in her care between the period 1 January 2013 to 1 September 2014 when he was not the holder of an appropriate licence. Charge 2: Pursuant to Rule 190B(4) which reads: A trainer who fails to comply with the provisions of sub-rule (1) or (3) is guilty of an offence. The particulars being; That as a licensed trainer she failed to maintain a log book in accordance with the requirements of Rule 190B (1) as she did not record any treatments in her log book between the period 28 June 2014 to 21 July 2014.That as a licensed trainer she failed to accurately record all treatments in her log book between the period 28 June 2014 to 24 August 2014. Charge 3: Pursuant to Rule 240 which reads: A person shall not, whether alone or in association with others, do, permit or suffer anything before, during or after a race which in the opinion of the stewards or Controlling Body may cause someone to be unlawfully advantaged or disadvantaged or be penalised or is corrupt or otherwise improper. The particulars being; That as the registered trainer of AREYOUTALKINGTOME she did improperly in the opinion of the Stewards either alone, or in association with others permitted or suffered for that horse to be administrated to it via a stomach tube alkalinising agents within 24 hours of race 1, conducted at Leeton Harness meeting on 19 July 2014 in which AREYOUTALKINGTOME competed and a pre-race blood sample taken from that horse prior to the race upon analysis was found to contain a total plasma carbon dioxide level of 35.3mmol/L.That as the registered trainer of ALITTLE BIT FROSTY she did improperly in the opinion of the Stewards either alone, or in association with others permitted or suffered for that horse to be administrated to it via a stomach tube alkalinising agents within 24 hours of race 2, conducted at Young Harness meeting on 27 July 2014 in which ALITTLE BIT FROSTY competed and a pre-race blood sample taken from that horse prior to the race upon analysis was found to contain a total plasma carbon dioxide level of 36.7mmol/L.That as the registered trainer of MEAN COURAGE she did improperly in the opinion of the Stewards either alone, or in association with others permitted or suffered for that horse to be administrated to it via a stomach tube alkalinising agents within 24 hours of race 9, conducted at Leeton Harness meeting on 8 August 2014 in which MEAN COURAGE competed and a pre-race blood sample taken from that horse prior to the race upon analysis was found to contain a total plasma carbon dioxide level of 36.5mmol/L. In the alternative Hiller was issued with the following charge under Rule 193(1) which reads; A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event. The particulars being; That she did stomach tube AREYOUTALKINGTOME within 48 hours of that horse competing in race 1 at the Leeton harness meeting on 19 July 2014.That she did stomach tube ALITTLE BIT FROSTY within 48 hours of that horse competing in race 2 at the Young harness meeting on 27 July 2014.That she did stomach tube MEAN COURAGE within 48 hours of that horse competing in race 9 at the Leeton harness meeting on 8 August 2014. After the charges were issued Hillier was granted an adjournment until 5 December 2014, to enter pleas to the charges. Hillyer has been issued with a charge pursuant to Rule 91(1)&(2), in that as a person who does not hold a licence he conducted activities that are regulated by a license in that he did stomach tube a number of horses at the registered stables of Hillier between the period 1 January 2013 to 1 September 2014. Hillyer was given until 5 December 2014 to answer the charge. HRNSW Media

A skeletal scinitgraphy bone scan test has revealed some general joint issues could be affecting last season’s Trotter of the Year, Master Lavros. Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones sent the giant Sundon gelding to Matamata to undergo the scinitraphy test after Master Lavros mixed his gait in his early racing this season. The test, which results in the production of two-dimensional images after the internal administration of a radiopharmaceutical dye imaging agent, found signs of general wear and tear in his front joints and stifles. “The report said to just carry on with him,” Mark said. “So we will treat him with irap, then swim him for a few weeks and carry on as it’s a thing that has to be managed and a long spell won’t fix.” “I would love to get back to the Glenferrie Challenge with him,” he said. The Glenferrie Farm Challenge is a $A200,000 Group One trot staged at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, New South Wales, on March 1. Mark was hugely disappointed Master Lavros broke stride at the start of this year’s Glenferrie Challenge over 1609m, after trialling boldly in the lead-up. Master Lavros returned to New Zealand, regaining his best in the NZ Trotting Championship and Cannam Rowe Cup, before being spelled. Mark is keen to show Australia trot fans what Master Lavros can do when he’s in form. Master Lavros, only six, has raced 36 times for 15 wins, earning $358,646 in stakes for owner Kypros Kotzikas. Courtesy Of Mark Jones Racing Stables - Check site here

Harness Racing New South Wales conducted an inquiry yesterday into a report received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from Artsu following its win at Tamworth on 1 September 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample were confirmed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. Dean Chapple appeared at the inquiry. Evidence, including the Reports of Analysis and expert evidence from Harness Racing NSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Wainscott were presented. Evidence was also taken from Chapple regarding the training of Artsu, his husbandry practices and compliance with the Australian Harness Racing Rules. The inquiry also heard evidence (via telephone) from Ricky Thurlow regarding his husbandry practices and training of Artsu. Chapple pleaded guilty plea to a charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting his horse to race not free of a prohibited substance. Chapple was disqualified for a period of two-and-a-half years to commence from 22 October 2014, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance and the level detected (250ug/L), the circumstances leading up to the race, the guilty plea entered and personal subjective facts including personal and financial hardship. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, Artsu was disqualified from the abovementioned race. HRNSW Media

Fairfield Harness Racing Club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary meeting with a twilight program on Sunday. Throughout the years numerous changes have occurred at the venue, with non bigger than lights being installed during the 1970s. Not long after several key races were introduced, including The Carousel, Golden Easter Egg and the J D Watts Memorial, which stills remain the club’s feature event after nearly four decades. A small of group of dedicated volunteers have kept Fairfield afloat, such as Colin Watts, who has been at Fairfield for 50 years, and President Simon Boulous, who has been there since the 1980s. These days Michelle Buckley and Toni Radburn help ‘carry the load’, while the friends of Fairfield pitch in such as Allan Brennan, Glen Pearce, Jeff Towers and Steven Collins. And, of course, club Secretary Ross Scherf who controls the operation. Seven races will be conducted on Sunday, with the first event scheduled for 5:15pm. HRNSW Media

Harness Racing New South Wales have concluded its inquiry into reports received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in post race urine samples taken from the following horses trained by Rodney Pike: Pike was issued with the following charges in writing pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4); Charge 1: That he presented SNAP TO IT in race 2, the TAB.com.au Pace (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on 22 February 2014 when a post race sample taken following its win, upon analysis has been found to contain a prohibited substance. Charge 2: That he presented SNAP TO IT in race 4, the TAB Rewards Charlestown Bowling Club Pace (2609 metres) conducted at Newcastle on 6 March 2014 when a post race sample taken following its win, upon analysis has been found to contain a prohibited substance. Charge 3: That he presented IM A PLAYER in race 3, the TAB APP Pace (1609 metres) conducted at Newcastle on 7 March 2014 when a post race sample taken following its win, upon analysis has been found to contain a prohibited substance. Charge 4: That he presented SNAP TO IT in race 2, the Newcastle Transport Specialists Pace (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on 14 March 2014 when a post race sample taken following its win, upon analysis has been found to contain a prohibited substance. Charge 5: That he presented MASTER FIREHAWKE in race 2, the Armed Services Personnel Get Free Entry Tonight Pace (2030 metres) conducted at Newcastle on 25 April 2014 when a post race sample taken following its win, upon analysis has been found to contain a prohibited substance. The “B” samples and associated control samples were confirmed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. Pike pleaded guilty to the five charges issued and made written submissions regarding the matter of penalty via his legal representation Mr Wrench. In respect of charges 1, 2 & 4, Mr Pike was disqualified for a period of 8 years to commence from 30 April 2014, the date upon which he was stood down. In respect of charges 3 & 5, Mr Pike was disqualified for a period of 7 years to commence from 30 April 2014. Stewards ordered that these disqualifications be served concurrently. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; Pike’s previous offence for a Rule 190 breach, that Cobalt is deemed a Class 1 substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines, the levels recorded being 360ug/L, 530ug/L, 1200ug/L, 1440ug/L & 2360ug/L Pike’s licence history and other personal subjective facts Pike also pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 259(1)(g) in that, on Wednesday 27 August 2014, he as a person recorded on the Harness Racing New South Wales Unpaid Forfeits List and subject to the same restrictions and penalties as a disqualified person, did enter harness racing stables at Cessnock Showground, premises used for the purpose of the harness racing industry. In relation to the charge under Rule 259(1)(g), Stewards made no order with regards to penalty. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, the abovementioned horses were disqualified from their respective races. HRNSW Media

Along with conducting a successful TAB Carnival of Cups program yesterday, the Griffith Harness Racing Club also presented two of the club’s longest serving committeemen with life memberships. Doug and Allan O’Connell have been associated with the club for more than 55 years representation and continue to serve on a voluntary basis with track and ground maintenance. Even when the club was in an eight-year hiatus the pair continued to keep the track in good order. “Doug and Allan are typical of hardworking and humble volunteers who form so much of the structure of harness racing in regional New South Wales,” Club Secretary Dennis Conroy said. As for the racing action, Colleambally trainer Matt Painting took out the $10,000 Griffith Cup with smart pacer Rustys Reject. Driven to perfection by Ellen Bartley enjoyed the ideal one-one passage as the favourite, Business In Motion, worked hard in the breeze. Angled three-wide on the home turn, the son of Blissfull Hall finished strongly to score in 2:00.7 for the 2150 metres. “We were up against it off the back line, but I was happy with the horse going into the race following a nice first-up second at Wagga,” Painting said. Five-year-old mare Louboutin continued her impressive form with a victory in the $7000 Yenda Pioneer Butchery Pace. Trained at Yanco by David Eurell, Louboutin faced the breeze early before receiving cover with 1000 metres left to travel. Driver Stephen Maguire gave his charge free rein along the back straight before racing away for one of the more impressive wins on the day. Louboutin defeated Perfezione 10 metres in a 2:03.2 for the 2150 metres. “All things ran smoothly and given the blustery conditions early, the crowd was strong,” Conroy declared. “We had a fair bit of overnight rain, so I couldn’t be happier with the way the track came up. We can’t wait for next year now.” The TAB Carnival of Cups now moves on to Bankstown for the Treuer Memorial on December 6. -HRNSW Media

He has broken 1:50 around Tabcorp Park Menangle before and now For A Reason will get his chance to do it again in the harness racing SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile on November 29. The glamour pacer earned an invitation to the $750,000 Grand Circuit event tonight. Following his stellar third-placed performance in Tuesday's Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup, Directors of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club wanted the multiple Group One-winner for their flagship event. Defending champion Beautide was the first to be issued an invitation to the 2014 edition and after taking out tonight's automatic qualifier at the principal track, the Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint, it gave NSWHRC Directors the opportunity to issue another invitation. The Miracle Mile conditions states that horses facing the difficulties of travel which may affect their performance in the Miracle Mile may be issued an invitation prior to the close of nominations for the Cordina Sprint (Monday). And luckily for connections, For A Reason fits this criteria. "Unfortunately we cannot issue an invitation to any horses from tonight's Coca-Cola Amatil Sprint until next week" NSWHRC chief executive Bruce Christison said. "Directors issued an invitation to For A Reason tonight and are still considering a couple of other horses that are in New Zealand" Only two other horses apart from Beautide and For A Reason have accepted invitations to the 2014 Miracle Mile and they are Newcastle Mile winner Avonnova and Kiwi star Christen Me. For more information contact NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on (02) 4645 2200.

Construction on the highly anticipated Menangle Park Harness Racing Training Centre commenced this week. Earth moving equipment from TRN Group arrived at the site, which joins to the south of the Tabcorp Park Menangle to start the construction of the training track and building pads. The Training Centre has received multiple expressions of interest from local, interstate and overseas trainers and will include stables, a 1000-metre training track, day yards, water walker and a swimming facility. “It is very pleasing that we have finally broken soil on this project which anyone can imagine has been a lengthy process gaining local council and service utilities approval,” said HRNSW CEO John Dumesny. “We have the expectation that construction of the barns will commence early in the new year with occupation expected shortly thereafter.” Dumesny stated the training centre will complete the world class facility at Menangle Park. “Included in this development is a new access intersection off Menangle road which will service the training centre and race track in future years,” Dumesny said. HRNSW Media

Already an industry leader, Harness Racing New South Wales has increased its focus on integrity. To further strengthen their already robust equine drug testing regime HRNSW will send all samples collected during the Carnival of Miracles to various overseas laboratories. HRNSW Integrity unit will be taking samples in and out of completion for testing engaged at tonight’s Newcastle Mile and Tabcorp Park Menangle meetings. The use of the HRNSW Retention Facility will also be activated for the Carnival. These measures are to ensure the protection of stakeholders and the public to ensure that horses are present to race free of prohibited substances. HRNSW Media

Nominations for the 61st Southern Central Engineering Leeton Breeders’ Plate close on Friday November 7. The carnival will run over three nights with the $5000 heats to be conducted on Boxing Day, December 26. The final, to be run in conjunction with the club’s TAB Carnival of Cups meeting, is worth $25,000 - plus a horse float to the winning trainer. Day 2 of the Carnival, December 27, will include heats of a $10,000 4YO+ C0 event with the Final to be run five days later. The $200 nomination for the Breeders’ Plate can be submitted at any of the following contacts;   ph/ fax 02 69532982,   PO BOX 430 Leeton or email   lhrc@bigpond.com.au HRNSW Media

Harness Racing New South Wales concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from BIEN HOA NZ following its win at Newcastle on 29 May 2014. The “B” sample and associated control sample were confirmed by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. Glenn Hayward pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190 (1), (2) and (4) in that he did present BEIN HOA NZ to race not free of a prohibited substance. Hayward further pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 187(2) in that he gave false and/or misleading evidence at the inquiry on 1 September 2014 regarding any contact and/or meeting he had previous with Shannon Wonson. Hayward was disqualified for a period of 10 years in respect of the charge under Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) to commence from 1 August 2014, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; This was Hayward’s third offence for Rule 190 breaches, that Cobalt is deemed a Class 1 substance under the HRNSW Penalty Guidelines,The level recorded being 570ug/LMr Hayward’s licence history and other personal subjective facts In relation to the charge under Rule 187(2), Hayward was disqualified for a period of 12 months, to be served concurrently with the period imposed for the Rule 190 breach. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, BEIN HOA NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race. HRNSW Media

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