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The Shannon Price stable will start two horses in Thursday's $50,000 Renshaw Cup at Penrith Paceway. American Legend and Terror Time have both performed well in their home state of Queensland and stable representative Scott Miller is expecting a big performance this week. "Both of the horses have been racing really well in Queensland and under the grading system up here a horse like Terror Time will have to start competing against the free-for-allers so we have taken the option to get them both to Sydney where they are better assessed and the Renshaw Cup is a great starting point," Miller said. "We are unsure how long we will stay at this stage, it all depends on how Chevals Clivesdale goes in the heat of the Carousel on Thursday night, if he happened to win his way through to the feature on Len Smith Mile day then we would stay for the fortnight." Terror Time has won more than $250,000 in his career and has already won 20 races. "He has won four of his last five starts and his last win saw him break 29 seconds for his final three quarters, he is a really tough horse and Brad Cowen his regular driver will stick with him." "American Legend on the other hand is a totally different type of horse, he is a speed horse that has to be saved up for the final shot but when driven like that he can be very effective, Blake Fitzpatrick will take the drive on him for us." Chevals Clivesdale has been in great form in Queensland too and has earned a trip south. "The Rising Stars series has seen horses moving through the grades race for good prize money but unfortunately there wasn't anything coming up for Chevals Clivesdale so we thought the Carousel looked a good series for him." "He has got really good speed but he is very versatile as well, he has won four of his last six and his last win he rated 1:57.6 for the 2138 metres." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Harness Racing New South Wales |  

The article that appeared in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald regarding the future of the Penrith harness racing facility is refuted by Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) and does not represent the current position. It should be pointed out that HRNSW was not quoted in the story and neither of the two journalists involved, nor anybody else at Fairfax, sought an official or unofficial comment from HRNSW. Furthermore the article contained a number of factual errors including the potential sale of Bankstown and Fairfield to fund a new site at Eastern Creek. As both those venues are owned by Council and not HRNSW such a proposal is, in fact, impossible. By way of background, in 2011, HRNSW developed a business plan that involved selling the current Penrith facility, merging the three provincial clubs - Penrith, Bankstown and Fairfield - and forming a Super Club at a Greenfields site. This concept was rejected by the Penrith Harness Racing Club and subsequently $2.3 million was set aside to upgrade the track and stables at the existing venue as part of the 2012 HRNSW Infrastructure Plan. These works will be completed in FY15. Notwithstanding the above, the possibility remains that Panthers could acquire the showground to build the proposed sports stadium at a time in the future. As such it would be a commercial failing of HRNSW not to be involved in the ongoing dialogue to ensure that we are best positioned in the event of such an outcome. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW             Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: nogrady@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au               Warning to recipients:   This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.          

Due to the unprecedented rain which has been encountered during the total resurfacing of the track at Tabcorp Park Menangle the meeting set for tomorrow night has been transferred to the Newcastle International Paceway. The decision taken by the NSWHRC was made in the overall interest of all participants. “This was a difficult decision for the Club however the circumstances of the weather were beyond our control” said Chief Executive John Dumesny. “The easy decision was to simply abandon the meeting” “We acknowledge participants will be inconvenienced by this transfer and humbly apologise .” “Part of the decision was based on the fact that there had been no metropolitan prizemoney on offer last week and there was $148,000 in prizemoney to be distributed for this meeting” “After the weather turned nasty last night and continued this morning the transfer was acted upon early to assist participants with their own personal decisions.” “Our contractors could not guarantee they would finish the track works without 24 daylight hours unless we would guarantee perfect conditions.” “That was beyond the realms of possibility taking into consideration the forecast weather over the next few days. The Club due to the weather forecast for the weekend has also made the decision to transfer the Monday and Tuesday race meetings to Penrith. For further information contact Chief Executive John Dumesny on 02 4645 2200.

Respected horseman Blake Fitzpatrick will have a three pronged attack in Saturday night's heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for the two year old fillies at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  Fitzpatrick has a strong team of juveniles this season and unbeaten filly Our Awesome Girl could be one of the better ones in the stable. "Our Awesome Girl is a very promising filly that's for sure, and in the space of six weeks she has just continued to improve," Fitzpatrick said. "She's quite a big filly and I must admit I had some concerns earlier in the season but she has put it altogether of late and once the penny started to drop the APG became an obvious target." Our Awesome Girl is raced by Fitzpatrick's mother and Pam Usher. "They are going to have a bit of fun with her this season, she won her first race at Newcastle by four or five metres and it was another thirty metres back to third." In the second of the heats, Fitzpatrick will start Star Jasmine and Candy Crush. "Gavin (Fitzpatrick, brother) will drive Star Jasmine, she had her first start at Bankstown and I thought her run was very good." "She was passed in at the APG sales and was retained by her breeder Ron Littler." Candy Crush was only a cheap purchase and looked set to qualify for the Bathurst Gold Tiara last start before veering in at a crucial stage in the straight. "She had never been hit with the whip before and ducked in but she requalified at Penrith on Tuesday and I think she is going to be a filly of the future." by Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Courtesy of Harness Racing AU)

Somebeachsomeflaire isn’t, and probably never be will, the quickest filly in Australia, but she certainly is one of the best bred. And yesterday she may have finally realised that, leading all of the way to win easily by 9.9 metres over her 10 rivals at Golburn. “You’d have to go a long way to find a filly with breeding like hers, outside of Australia anyway,” said trainer-driver Darren McCall. “I trained her mother Warrawee Flaire in Canada and she won 40 races and over $600, 000,” revealed McCall. “She is out of top racemare Light Up who won the Three Diamonds.”  Light Up has had 12 foals of racing age for 12 winners, including Sunshine Beach, who won the Battle of Brandywine and was arguably the second best three-year-old in America behind Captaintreacherous last season. “She, like Sunshine Beach, is by the champion Somebeachsomewhere, making her a ¾ sister to him,” he added. McCall purchased Warrawee Flaire, who clocked a mile in 1:50.6, from her connections after she had finished racing and shipped her to Australia when he moved over. “Somebeachsomeflaire is her first foal. She also has an Art Major two-year-old and a Rocknroll Heaven yearling and foal,” advised McCall. “The Art Major was a rig, so we have just gelded him, but he goes really well,” he added. Somebeachsomeflaire snuck under the radar yesterday paying odds of $57.80 after two below average sevenths to open her career, but McCall advised that he was expecting a much improved performance. “She tied up in both of her first two starts, so I completely changed her feed and routine.” “However, I don’t know if I was quite expecting her to improve that much,” he added.” “She is quite a late foal so I expect her to keep improving. I think she is capable of winning a few more races yet.” However, McCall knows that Somebeachsomeflaire’s true value will come once her racing days are numbered, especially after the 1-57.7 mile rate that she recorded yesterday. “We have had a bit of interest from people wanting to buy her for a broodmare, but she is still lightly raced, so at the moment we are happy to hang on to her.” McCall said that Somebeachsomeflaire is likely to compete next in a series at Bankstown Paceway. “We will keep her away from the big stuff for a while to hopefully give her a couple of easy kills and get her confidence up,” said McCall. When asked if he had anything else worth following in upcoming weeks, McCall said to keep an eye on Western Rockstar, who was also a winner at yesterday’s Golburn meeting. “And Mega Alexander should be hard to beat at Penrith on Friday,” he concluded. *Note: It is rumoured that Somebeachsomeflaire’s four-year-old ¾ brother Sunshine Beach is currently under offer for $1.8 million. By Mitchell Robertson

Stewards today concluded an inquiry into reports from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the following horses all trained by Mr Mitch Butterfield had upon anaylsis revealed prohibited substances. Mr Butterfield  pleaded guilty to three (3) charges pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4) in that as the registered trainer of BRICK TOP and MISS FANTASTIC he did present those horses to race on the dates below not free of a prohibited substance: Charge 1: That a urine sample taken from MISS FANTASTIC following its win in race 7, the Lews Hope Pace (2125 metres) at Penrith on 28 November 2013, upon analysis had revealed the prohibited substance testosterone above the prescribed threshold for fillies and mares  of 55 micrograms per litre. The “B” sample was confirmed by the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria. Charge 2: That a urine sample taken from BRICK TOP following its win in race 3, the Coopers Pace (2550 metres) at Newcastle on 5 December 2013, upon analysis had revealed the prohibited substance testosterone above the prescribed threshold  for geldings of 20 micrograms per litre. The “B” sample was confirmed by the RASL in Victoria. Charge 3: That a blood sample taken from BRICK TOP prior to it running in race 4, the James Squire Pace (1609 metres) at Newcastle on 11 January 2014, upon analysis revealed a total plasma cardon dioxide level in excess of the prescribed threshold of 36mmol per litre. In assessing penalty, Stewards were mindful that Mr Butterfield has only been licensed for just over 4 years, and that he had a previous offence. The Stewards also considered that all of these substances were classified as class 2, under the HRNSW penalty guidelines. Mr Butterfield was disqualified for 5 years on both charges 1 and 2. The Stewards ordered that these penalties be served concurrently. In relation to charge 3, the Stewards ordered that Mr Butterfield be disqualified for 10 years, and that this period be served cumulatively to the period of disqualification imposed for charges 1 and 2. In total Mr Butterfield is disqualified for 15 years back dated to 14 January 2014 that date in which HRNSW stood him down. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, MISS FANTISTIC was disqualified as the winner of race 7, the Lews Hope Pace (2125 metres) at Penrith on 28 November 2013 and amended the placings to below:             1st                    ONLY ONE SLIM                                                      2nd                    ANDIAMO EL FERRARI NZ             3rd                    MYSLENDI BAY             4th                    THEARTOFATTITUDE Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, BRICK TOP was disqualified as the winner of race 3, the Coopers Pace (2550 metres) at Newcastle on 5 December 2013 and amended the placings to below:             1st                    STEVIE HARLYN                                                      2nd                    ANGEL DELIGHT NZ             3rd                    ROLLON GIDGET             4th                    KID TYCOON Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, BRICK TOP was disqualified from second place of race 4, the James Squire Pace (1609 metres) at Newcastle on 11 January 2014 and amended the placings to below:             1st                    MAJOR BONUS                                2nd                    APOLLO DRIVE             3rd                    LEVEL TWO             4th                    STEVIE HARLYN Further acting under NSW Local Rule 256A, the Stewards ordered that Mr Butterfield pay to HRNSW $3000 for costs incurred as a result of the analytical testing. Harness Racing New South Wales

Noted frontrunner Courage On Fire has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in the $50,000 Community Newspaper Group Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night to boost Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg's hopes of winning the group 2 feature event for mares for the second time. She trained Glitzy Miss for her dramatic victory in the Empress Stakes in April 2008 when the five-year-old was tenth with 550m to travel and seventh at the 100m before flying home, out wide, to defeat the pacemaker Alkira Jet. The New Zealand-bred Courage On Fire has won ten races in Australia, with five of those wins coming when she has set the pace --- over 1720m and 2125m at Penrith, over 1609m at Menangle and over 1730m and 2130m at Gloucester Park. The Empress Stakes will be decided over 2536m and this should not seriously trouble Courage On Fire, who has raced four times over that distance at Gloucester Park for a fourth, a fifth, a second and a win (when she sat behind the pacemaker and ran on to win narrowly from Next Dawn and Chocolatto early last December). Mrs Padberg is delighted with the favourable barrier and said that Courage On Fire was "very good" in front. The seven-year-old led and won easily from Aristocratic Glow over 2130m three starts ago before starting from the outside of the back line and finishing strongly to be third to Aristocratic Glow and Deluxe Edition. She was sixth at the bell and finished seventh behind Leda McNally in a 2130m prelude of the Empress Stakes last Friday night. Mrs Padberg, who is in fourth place in the Metropolitan trainers' premiership table, said that she was undecided on what tactics reinsman Michael Tenardi would adopt. Much would depend on whether Courage On Fire was challenged strongly in the early stages. Two speedy beginners are on the outside of Courage On Fire --- four-year-olds Askmenow (barrier two) and Kristen Louise (three). Askmenow has been unplaced at her past six starts and has a losing sequence of eight, but her trainer Gary Hall sen. said that if she was able to lead she would be very hard to beat. Hall has a higher opinion of stablemate Famous Alchemist, who will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind Courage On Fire. "It's a tricky draw, but she can certainly win," he said. Famous Alchemist has had only 38 starts for 12 wins and 13 placings. Famous Alchemist charged home from last at the bell to finish third behind her stablemate Aussie Made Lombo in the Empress Stakes last March to give Hall his third success in the race which he first won with Moray Miss in 1991. Vance Stampalia, who drove Glitzy Miss for her win in this race six years ago, is the regular driver of four-year-old Kristen Louise, who is prepared at Wanneroo by his sister Tonia. Stampalia stole a march on his rivals when he got Kristen Louise away to a flying start from the No. 5 barrier in the second prelude of the Empress Stakes last Friday night. Kristen Louise charged to the front after 100m and was not extended in winning from Selkie and Ace of Cards. "She crossed them easily last week," he said. "And it would be nice to be able to lead again this week. Kristen Louise has improved since her win last week and is thriving on a preparation of mainly swimming in the pool." Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri has cured speedy mare Sensational Gabby of her habit of overracing and he has sound prospects of winning the event for the third time, after scoring with Elysees Crest in 2010 and Ima Spicey Lombo the following year. Olivieri also trained Live High when she surged home from 11th at the 600m to finish second to Aussie Made Lombo last year. Sensational Gabby raced without cover when second to Famous Alchemist over 1730m two starts ago before she started from the outside of the front line, was restrained to last and then sprinted fast after 700m to join the leader Leda McNally last Friday night when she fought on to finish second to that mare. HALL SAYS NORTHVIEW PUNTER CAN OVERCOME BACK-LINE BARRIER Leading trainer Gary Hall sen. was naturally disappointed when speedy New Zealand-bred four-year-old Northview Punter drew badly at barrier four on the back line in the $25,000 Fremantle Gazette The Lewis final at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but defiantly declared that all was not lost and that the horse was capable of overcoming this disadvantage and winning the 2130m event. "It was a phenomenal run by Northview Punter when second to Hokonui Ben last week and he can win from the back line," said Hall, who will be in Sydney on Friday night keeping his eye on Livingontheinterest before that pacer contests the interdominion championship final at Menangle on Sunday. Hall makes no secret that he considers that Northview Punter is far better suited to leading in his races than coming from behind. But he believes that the horse is gaining in experience and is capable of proving more versatile. Northview Punter began with great dash from barrier three to set the pace in the 2536m RWWA Cup last Friday night and he fought on grandly when beaten by only a neck by the fast-finishing Hokonui Ben, rating 1.55.8 over the 2536m. At his previous appearance, two weeks before last Friday night's run, Northview Punter worked hard for the first 500m before taking up the running and going on to win by more than two lengths from Pacific Warrior over 2130m. A week later Pacific Warrior led from the No. 1 barrier and won easily from Mighty Flying Thomas and Uppy Son over 2130m. He will start from barrier five on the front line this week and looks set to fight out the finish. The Matt Scott-trained Marooned has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and even though the seven-year-old's best performances in Western Australia have been when he has produced a powerful finishing burst reinsman Chris Voak will be strongly tempted to attempt an all-the-way win. Marooned does possess good gate speed and has led and won at two of his 16 wins, over 1609m at Menangle and 2170m at Canberra. Mohegan Sun (barrier two) and Menelaus of Sparta (three) have each won twice when leading all the way. But they are not noted frontrunners, and this could make it easier for Marooned to set the pace. Marooned was most impressive last Friday night when he started from the back line and trailed the pacemaker Mach Banner before flashing home with a sparkling late burst to finish a half-head second to Mach Banner. TRUCKERS RUFFNUT WORKS WITH DASH BEFORE HIS CLASH WITH DAVID HERCULES A sizzling final 800m in 56sec. in a track workout at Donaldson Park in Bunbury on Tuesday morning greatly impressed his trainer Murray Hansen, who is confident the eight-year-old can cause an upset and beat star performer David Hercules in the $21,000 Stirling Times Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. In the random draw, Truckers Ruffnut gained the prized No. 1 barrier, while David Hercules fared poorly and will start from the outside of the front line (No. 7) in the small field of eight. "Our one big advantage over David Hercules is the barrier draw," Hansen said. "We've drawn one and will be utilising it and holding up to lead. Truckers Ruffnut has always possessed good gate speed and in previous campaigns was always a very hard horse to beat when he was in front. "David Hercules will have to be right at the top of his game to beat Truckers Ruffnut. I feel sorry for David Hercules, with all the bad barriers he has been getting. I think that my horse can run a really good time." Leading reinsman Gary Hall jun. will be reunited with Truckers Ruffnut after the horse has been driven at his first five starts after an injury-enforced absence of 39 months by Ryan Bell, Shane Butcher (three times) and Dylan- Egerton-Green. Hall has an outstanding record with Truckers Ruffnut, having driven him 24 times for 11 wins, nine seconds, two thirds, one seventh and one eighth. Truckers Ruffnut has finished strongly to win at two of his past three starts at Gloucester Park. He raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before charging home brilliantly to win from Danieljohn and Mighty Flying Thomas last Friday night. Hansen drove Truckers Ruffnut in his workout on Tuesday morning when the horse was clocked over the 1200m trip in 3min. 5sec. and sprinted the final 800m in 56sec. "He worked really well and I feel he is better than he was when he won last week. He does all his trackwork on his own and he works free-legged," Hansen said. "He's that good a pacer that he could race without hopples. He has run a half in 55sec. free-legged without putting a foot wrong." Byford trainer David Thompson said that he was becoming resigned to receiving wide draws for David Hercules. But he was full of praise for the even-year-old's splendid third behind Hokonui Ben and Northview Punter in the 2536m RWWA Cup last Friday night. David Hercules started from barrier seven and was restrained to the rear by Morgan Woodley before he dashed the gelding forward in the first lap to work hard outside then pacemaker Northview Punter. David Hercules fought on grandly to finish only a length behind Hokonui Ben. An improver in Friday night's race appears certain to be the Ross Olivieri-trained Red Salute, who is sure to appreciate the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line in the field of eight. Red Salute has been dogged by unfavourable draws in recent outings. DON'T DISREGARD THE BEAU BRUMMELL, ADVISES MELLSOP Waroona trainer-reinsman Bob Mellsop offered some sound advice to punters when he said that they should completely disregard The Beau Brummell's last-start seventh behind Earl Harbour at Gloucester Park last Saturday week when assessing the five-year-old's chances in the $30,000 Happy Birthday Alison Ward Discreet Romeo Sprint for trotters on Friday night. "He met with severe interference soon after the start before making up a great deal of ground," Mellsop said. "He will start on the inside of the back line this week and should get a good run behind the polemarker Ushaka Bromac." The Beau Brummell's form before his unlucky last-start effort was very good. His six previous starts, after resuming from a spell, produced two wins (including the WA Trotters Cup), two seconds, one third and one fifth placing. Vance Stampalia, driver of the Bruce Stanley-trained Ushaka Bromac, and Gary Hall sen., trainer of Prince Eddie, are both confident of success. Stampalia believes that Ushaka Bromac will have the early speed to lead from the No. 1 barrier in the 1730m event. She led early and then sat behind the pacemaker Idle Maple before finishing solidly to be a close second to Earl Harbour over 1730m last Saturday week. Prince Eddie, whose past eight starts have produced four wins, one second and two thirds, looks nicely placed from the No. 2 barrier. He raced without cover when third to Earl Harbour at his latest start. He finished powerfully to win from Sandakan Lombo in a 2503m stand at his previous start. by Ken Casellas  

Stewards today concluded an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the presence of the prohibited substance procaine was detected in a post race urine sample taken from APACHE following its win in race 3, the D&M Concrete Competitive Stakes conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 3 October 2013. At an inquiry on 15 January 2014, Mr Tanti was issued with a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) in that as the registered trainer of APACHE he did present that horse to race not free of a prohibited substance. After being charge Mr Tanti sought and was granted an adjournment to seek legal advice. Mr Tanti was today found guilty of the charge issued against that as the registered trainer he did present APACHE to Penrith on 3 October 2013 not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Tanti was disqualified for a period of 12 months effective immediately. When considering the matter of penalty, Stewards were mindful of the following; Mr Tanti’s previous offence under a similar rule in 1999;His 40 years registered within the harness industry;The nature of the substance;Personal and subjective factors. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, APACHE was disqualified as the winner of in race 3, the D&M Concrete Competitive Stakes conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 3 October 2013, and the placings amended to;             1st        MYSLENDI BAY                                                                                         2nd       PRESIDENTIAL HOLME               3rd        LIFEISWHATHAPPENS             4th        BELLAS LAD       Mr A BUCCA - DON BOSTON Stewards yesterday reconvened an inquiry that was commenced on 10 January 2014 into a report from the ARFL that the prohibited substance furosemide was detected in a post race sample taken from DON BOSTON following its win in race 1, the LEXUS IS 300H Pace conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 14 November 2013. At the inquiry on 10 January 2014, Mr Bucca was granted an adjournment to enable him to provide expert evidence before the inquiry. The expert evidence was required to be filed with HRNSW by close of business 31 January 2014. No evidence was tendered prior to that date. At the resumption yesterday Mr Bucca sought another adjournment to enable expert evidence to be tendered. The Stewards granted a further adjournment until Wednesday 19 February 2014. However as they were not completely satisfied Mr Bucca had taken appropriate steps to comply with a timetable established he was stood down from training and driving any horse in a race or trial under Rule 183 (a) & (b) until the inquiry is concluded. New South Wales

Harness racing stewards today opened an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the presence of the prohibited substance procaine was detected in a post race urine sample taken from APACHE following its win in race 3, the D&M Concrete Competitive Stakes conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 3 October 2013. Mr Tanti was issued with a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) in that as the registered trainer of APACHE he did present that horse to race not free of a prohibited substance. After being charge Mr Tanti sought and was granted an adjournment to seek legal advice. The inquiry will reconvene  at 10am Thursday, 6 February 2014. Harness Racing New South Wales Procaine Procaine, a regional anesthetic, commonly referred to by its trademark Novocain, used in dentistry and surgery. Procaine hydrochloride, as this alkaloid ( "see "Alkaloids) is properly called, was first synthesized in 1905. It quickly replaced cocaine, because it is easier to synthesize and sterilize, has a shorter duration of action, is nonaddictive, and is four to six times less toxic. Procaine, like other local anesthetics such as tetracain, acts as a nerve block, halting the generation and conduction of nerve impulses that signal pain. In dentistry it permits painless tooth extraction. In minor surgery it was commonly used together with a vasoconstrictor drug that restricts blood flow. It is also used in obstetrics and sometimes for relief of pain in the lower back. Procaine has now been replaced in large part by other anesthetics such as lidocaine. Some individuals are hypersensitive to procaine and develop hives when the drug is injected beneath the skin. Procaine`s chemical formula is C13H 20O2N2HCl.  

Harness Racing NSW today conducted the following inquiries; Mr C MERCIECA - LITTLE GOZZO Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the presence of the prohibited substance hydrocortisone hemisuccinate was detected in a post race urine sample taken from LITTLE GOZZO following its win in race 5, the Horsepower Pace conducted at Maitland on Sunday, 10 November 2013. Trainer Mr Charles Mercieca pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 196A (1)(i) in that as the trainer of LITTLE GOZZO he did administer that horse the product Solu-Cortef on the night prior to the race, which resulted in the prohibited substance hydrocortisone hemisuccinate being detected in the post race urine sample taken at Maitland on Sunday 10 November 2013. Further Mr Mercieca pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4) in that as the trainer of LITTLE GOZZO he did present that horse to race at Maitland on Sunday 10 November 2013 not free of a prohibited substance. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195 LITTLE GOZZO was disqualified as the winner of race 5, the Horsepower Pace conducted at Maitland on Sunday, 10 November 2013. Mr Mercieca was disqualified for 10 months effective immediately. In considering penalty Stewards took into the following factors; Mr Mercieca previous unblemished recordThat he did administer a prohibited substance to LITTLE GOZZO within 24 hours of the race The nature of the substanceThe hardship effects of the penalty Mr A BUCCA - DON BOSTON Stewards today opened an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the presence of the prohibited substance furosemide was detected in a post race urine sample taken from DON BOSTON following its win in race 1, the LEXUS IS 300H Pace conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 14 November 2013. Trainer Mr Anthony Bucca was granted an adjournment until 10am, Wednesday 5 February 2014, to seek expert advice and evidence. Harness Racing NSW    

07 January 2014   Harness Racing NSW has received three reports from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that prohibited substances have been detected from the following horses at the respective meetings.   LITTLE GOZZO – Maitland 10 November 2013   ARFL has reported the presence of the prohibited substance hydrocortisone hemisuccinate in a post race sample taken from LITTLE GOZZO following its win in race 5, the Horsepower Pace conducted at Maitland on Sunday, 10 November 2013. Trainer Mr Charles Mercieca has been advised of these findings. An inquiry will be conducted on Friday 10 January 2014 commencing at 11am. Acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183 (A), LITTLE GOZZO has been stood down until further notice.   DON BOSTON – Penrith 14 November 2013   ARFL has reported the presence of the prohibited substance furosemide in a post race sample taken from DON BOSTON following its win in race 1, the LEXUS IS 300H Pace conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 14 November 2013. Trainer Mr Anthony Bucca has been advised of these findings. An inquiry will be conducted on Friday 10 January 2014 commencing at 1.30pm. Acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183 (A), DON BOSTON has been stood down until further notice.   APACHE – Penrith 3 October 2013   ARFL has reported the presence of the prohibited substance procaine in a post race sample taken from APACHE following its win in race 3, the D&M Concrete Competitive Stakes conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 3 October 2013. Trainer Mr Joseph Tanti has been advised of these findings. An inquiry will be conducted on Wednesday 15 January 2014 commencing at 11am. Acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183 (A), APACHE has been stood down until further notice Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW

The TAB Carnival Of Cups will be in full swing over the Christmas and New Year period and Penrith will host a big meeting this Thursday night. The Max Laughton Carnival Of Cups is race five and is the feature race on the card and has attracted a star studded line-up including last start Treuer Memorial winner Washakie. The placegetters from the Treuer Memorial will also compete in Thursday's event with Scandalman looking to return to the winners' list for the first time this campaign after finishing second in Bankstown's Gr. 1 while Freyberg will enjoy returning to the mobile start conditions after finishing down the track in last week's Newcastle Cup. Scandalman's driver Jim Douglass has been happy with the improvement that the five year old stallion has shown this preparation and is expecting the son of Live Or Die to continue on the upward spiral. "During his spell he got very fat and it has taken Ian (Wilson trainer) a while to get him back into peak condition, he had four trials and now with four runs under his belt he is getting back to something like his best," Douglass said. "Ian decided against going to the Newcastle Cup with Scandalman because he had raced weekly since resuming and that will be a bonus going forward." Scandalman will get his chance to turn the tables on Washakie after drawing barrier one in Thursday's feature event. People trackside will be well catered for and with free entry the club is hoping for a bumper crowd. The first of nine races will begin at 6:12pm and there are a number of strong support races on the card. Just by being on course at Penrith on Thursday, patrons will get the chance to go into the draw to win a brand new Toyota Yaris with the winner to be announced at the Harness Racing New South Wales Awards Night next October. Thirty entrants are drawn from all the participating Carnival Of Cup tracks across New South Wales and last year's winner of the car was the Penrith entrant. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

'Sydney's Bankstown Paceway harness racing club has one of the strongest ever boards in more than half a century - with the addition of two new faces to the leadership team,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley told Harnesslink this morning.   The Paceway's longest serving president was re-elected by members at last night's (Wednesday, November 27th, 2013) annual general meeting along with vice president John Waite, treasurer Loretta Dewsbury and directors Neil Costello, Vanessa Gauci, Andrew Ho, Megan Lavender and Garry Leonard.   'I pay tribute to retiring directors, harness racing horse trainers Anthony Gorrell and Michael Watkins, who did not seek re-election and, consequently, have retired from the board after many years of dedicated service to our race club,' Mr Bentley said.   'Their seats have been filled by Michael Wilson, who is the rail division general manager of Padstow based Chess Industries, and Robert Caruana, who is the general manager of the AMP's Macquarie Centre at North Ryde,' he said.   'The son of former Orange Harness Racing Club president Raymond Wilson, Michael's family have been involved in trotting for more than sixty years - with links to the Parkes, Forbes, Dubbo, Orange, Junee, Harold Park and Penrith harness racing clubs.   'An owner and former harness racing horse trainer himself, Michael is already a great asset to Bankstown Paceway - with his company sponsoring the 2013 Chess Industries World Cup of Harness Racing, which took place on the night before the Interdominion.   'Also introduced to Bankstown Trots by his father, Robert Caruana has been an infrastructure, redevelopment and facilities management expert for the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Colliers International, Mirvac and Lend Lease, where he was responsible for the strategic direction of its portfolio of regional shopping centres, including Macarthur Square, Penrith Plaza, Wollongong Central, Cairns Central, Canelands, and, of course, Bankstown Square.   'Robert is currently overseeing the $420 million redevelopment of Macquarie Centre, for AMP, into second largest shopping centre in New South Wales.   'With experience, passion and talent, the Bankstown Paceway board looks to continuing to serve our members, racecourse patrons and, of course, all fans of the trots,' Mr Bentley added.   Bankstown Paceway    

Leviathan owner Kevin Seymour is surprisingly lacking in confidence. The generous harness racing benefactor is bracing himself for a big weekend but enters it with great trepidation. Seymour will have no less than six representatives at TABCORP Park, Menangle on Saturday night including pin-up pacer Majestic Mach while Supreme Mach will start tomorrow night (Thursday) at Penrith in the $15,000 Lexus of Parramatta PJ Hall Memorial Final. But the focus is certainly centred on Razzle, aka Majestic Mach. The highly decorated four-year-old starts in the Mount Eden Championship where he is opposed to fellow Sunshine State star Caesar Augustus and Victorian ace Guaranteed. Majestic Mach missed a trial yesterday following the cancellation owing to poor weather. “It’s disappointing the trials didn’t proceed yesterday because Grant wanted to give him a good hit-out, however, we wouldn’t trialled him soft going anyway.” Seymour said. “You never underestimate your rivals and I have great admiration for both Caesar Augustus and Guaranteed, it will be a very exciting race.” Seymour added. The $50,000 final is scheduled for November 30, the same night as the Gr.1 $750,000 SEW Eurodrive Miracle Mile. Many have pondered whether Majestic Mach is a legitimate Miracle Mile prospect this season and Seymour is no different. “Obviously he is not considered to be a Miracle Mile contender; otherwise they would have issued an invitation. It’s not the end of the world not to be invited. Is there a bias against Queenslanders when it comes to invitations, I just think that interstate clubs feel that Queensland horses are inferior.” Seymour believes Supreme Mach will be relying on plenty of luck if he is to claim the Penrith feature. The Redcliffe Derby winner scored a heat victory last weekend at Newcastle but has drawn poorly in gate six on the tight half mile circuit. “He’s got the job ahead of him from the draw and Penrith is not a forgiving track for horses that get back in the field when drawn out wide. His run at Newcastle was respectable but the field at Penrith is much tougher.” Seymour explained. Also representing the Seymour’s this weekend in Sydney is Best Deal Yet, Alberto Contador, Highview Teejay, Field Officer and Raring To Go while in Brisbane at Albion Park they have Highview Ember, The Falcon Legend and Stout. by Chris Barsby

The 2012/13 HRNSW Industry Awards night was held at the Hilton Hotel Sydney on Saturday night where the feats of both humans and equines were recognised. Exciting filly Frith was unanimously named NSW Horse of The Year after a scintillating three-year-old season which included the NSW Breeders Challenge, Victorian Breeders Crown, WA and Victorian Oaks. The 3YO of the year was also taken out by Frith whilst Bling It On took the honours in the 2YO category. The Nicole Molander-trained Keystone Del was named Trotter of The Year and Gaius Caesar won the open aged horse division. The Board and staff of HRNSW would like to congratulate the following award winners:   Award Nominees Winner McLachlan Thorpe & Partners Carnival of Cups - Leading Trotting Trainer   Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   Goulburn HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   NSW Standardbred Owners Association Carnival of Cups - Leading Trainer   Steve Turnbull   Steve Turnbull   Albury HRC Carnival of Cups - Leading Horse   Make Some Magic NZ   Make Some Magic NZ   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 1 Meeting   Coolamon HRC Maitland HRC Penrith HRC   Maitland HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 2 Meeting   Eugowra HRC Fairfield HRC Orange HRC Orange HRC   Tabcorp Carnival of Cups - Best Level 3 Meeting   Blayney HRC Broken Hill HRC Griffith HRC   Broken Hill HRC   Tabcorp Centurions   Amanda Turnbull Lauren Panella Blake Fitzpatrick Luke McCarthy Robert Morris Steve Turnbull Shane Tritton Belinda McCarthy   All   Daily Form Service Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Country)   Andrew Pitt Ashleigh Camilleri Grace Grant Paul Diebert Sam Hewitt   Paul Diebert   Lexus of Parramatta Junior Driver Encouragement Award (Metro)   Alex Alchin Kylie Barnes Lauren Panella Todd McCarthy   Lauren Panella   OAMPS Champion Junior Driver   Amanda Turnbull   Amanda Turnbull   OAMPS Champion Driver   Amanda Turnbull Amanda Turnbull OAMPS Champion Trainer   Steve Turnbull Steve Turnbull   National Trotguide Best Coverage by a Regional Newspaper   The Daily Advertiser - Wagga The Irrigator - Leeton The Maitland - Mercury   The Daily Advertiser Wagga   PMG Media Best Coverage by a Regional Television Station   Harbor Television Productions NBN Newcastle Prime 7 Wagga   NBN Newcastle   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Volunteer Appreciation Awards                         Stephen Hunt Cootamundra HRC Greg Maxwell Young HRC John Den Eugowra HRC  Robert Chew Bathurst HRC Megan Lavender Bankstown HRC Andrew Ho Bankstown HRC Bert Read Bankstown HRC   All Penrith HRC Don Clough Appreciation Award   Richard Earnshaw   Richard Earnshaw   Harness Breeders NSW Broodmare of the Year   Falcon Black Beauty NZ Jackie Kelly Left For Me Full Pleasure Rochelle Hanover   Left For Me   Pepper Tree Farm NSW Sire of the Year   Presidential Ball USA Tinted Cloud USA Pacific Rocket Ifihadyourluck USA John Street North USA   Presidential Ball USA   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar Outstanding Service to the Breeding Industry   Pepper Tree Farm Pepper Tree Farm   Breckon Farm NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year   My Valerie NZ Swishbye Verbier   My Valerie NZ   Addington Raceway NSW 2YO Filly Pacer of the Year   Denises Legacy Distant Memory Majestic Amy Ocean Diva Spicy Stride   Distant Memory   House of Brook NSW 2YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Allblack Stride NZ All Eyes On Us Bling It On Business In Motion Lettucerockthem   Bling It On   Sky Racing NSW 2YO of the Year   My Valerie NZ Distant Memory Bling It On   Bling It On   Bulli HRC NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year   Duchess Ella Nickys Invasion Vincennes   Duchess Ella   Sir Lincoln NSW 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year                 Frith Gypsy Babe Im Tondelayo Laaganoosh Tarelle   Frith   Yirribee Stud in conjunction with Alabar NSW 3YO C&G Pacer of the Year   Be Brave Caesar Augustus Ee And Em Stride Home Of The Brave Sir Eric NZ Ultimate Art   Home Of The Brave   Tabcorp NSW 3YO of the Year   Duchess Ella Frith Home Of The Brave Frith   NSWHRC NSW Aged Trotter of the Year   Keystone Del NZ King Of Strathfield NZ Neville Vaughan NZ   Keystone Del NZ   Cordina Farms NSW Aged Mare Pacer of the Year   Baby Bling NZ Forever Gold Obahma Joy Our Sixpence NZ   Baby Bling NZ   Harness Racing Travelworld NSW Aged E&G Pacer of the Year   Chariot King Excel Stride Gaius Caesar NZ Ideal Scott NZ Mach Alert NZ Mach Beauty Washakie NZ   Gaius Caesar   Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year   Keystone Del NZ Baby Bling NZ Gaius Caesar   Gaius Caesar   OAMPS - NSW Horse of The Year   Bling It On Frith Gaius Caesar   Frith        

It's rare to see big-spending owner Emilio Rosati campaign a horse without the suffix 'Stride.' But the businessman, who divides his time between his home in Sydney and business in Melbourne, has come up trumps with an unbeaten three- year-old which fits that category. The horse in question, Heavenly Cullen, a filly which made it two wins from as many starts when she led throughout in a fast 1:56.4 at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, last Tuesday. The Rosatis - Emilio and his wife, Mary - trading as E & M Stride, bought the Christian Cullen filly at the inaugural two-year-old trialling sale at Menangle. Heavenly Cullen is prepared by Belinda McCarthy, whose husband, Luke, drove her on debut to win at Penrith, then again last Tuesday. "I like the filly, and I'm rapt in the trialling sale concept," Luke said. "This filly was a reasonable price, one of the less expensive ones on the day, so you can pick up a bargain there. "This type of sale shouldn't be thought of as opposition to yearling sales, but rather as an adjunct to them...the thoroughbreds have shown that." The sale is sponsored by Garrards Horse & Hound, which has arranged for a Trade Display to partner the sale and Industry Day, where kindred bodies will be featured. Some 50 youngsters have been catalogued, and they are the only ones eligible to be nominated for a rich late season two-year-old Group feature, the C.J. Garrard Classic, over 2300 metres, also at Tabcorp Park, Menangle. On top of that, most of the youngsters are also eligible for rich young horse classics including Australian Pacing Gold, Australasian Breeders' Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, the Lombo, New South Wales Breeders Challenge, QBred or Vicbred. On the day, all horses will trial over 800 metres, with the final 400 metres flat out, from 8.30am, after a complimentary breakfast at 7.30am. The sale will start around 1pm. Catalogues are available by calling Kerry Baker on 0402 336 598 or by emailing kausbred@bigpond.net.au

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