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Young Kiwi-bred reinsman Cameron Jones, 16, notched up his first driving success in what was his first ever raceday drive at Penrith Paceway in New South Wales last night. Jones, who has been working for Menangle Park trainer Kerry Ann Turner for the past ten months, took Zenable back from the start before working around the field to find the top. From there, the Bettor’s Delight mare packed too many guns for her opposition in the home stretch, with young Jones showing his delight with a brilliant victory salute. Jones’s night then got even more memorable when he returned to the winners circle to find his parents, Peter & Leonne, and sister, Tarryn, waiting for him. “I had a bit of a feeling they may come over, but I wasn’t sure,” said Jones. “It was a great surprise that added to the occasion.” “I was talking to them earlier in the day and they wished me the best of luck and said they would be watching on the TV at home,” he laughed. Jones said the whole Morris family and Kerry-Ann (Turner) had been great to him since he moved over and that he was very thankful to them. “They are like my second family and they have taught me a lot,” said Jones. “Everyone has been so helpful over here,” he added. Jones said that the pressure was on for his first raceday drive on Zenable last night. “I was sitting on the couch with Robbie (Morris) and Kerry-Ann (Turner) on Wednesday night and I asked each of them how they went in their first drive. “Robbie said I won, and then I looked at Kerry-Ann and she said I won as well, so I didn’t want to buck the trend,” he laughed. Jones had two other drives later in the night in Type Thing (6th) and Signwritter (10th) but neither could replicate his first-up win. “Type Thing may have finished a couple of places further up if I had have stuck to the rail, but at least I’ve learnt something for next time.” That next time, won’t be far away either with Jones already having two drives confirmed for Menangle on Tuesday. “I’ve got my first outside drive, Prince Lee for Ash Seijka, and I am driving In Pennsylvania, so it’s all go,” said a beaming young Jones. By Mitchell Robertson  

Dear Harness Racing Fan, Don't forget a big night out is planned for the Leigh Plunkett Foundation Dinner at Penrith Paceway on October 3 with Miracle Malcolm Johnston as Guest Speaker. Book your tickets now to support the Leukaemia Foundation and an industry scholarship; $100 each or $950 for a table of ten. Ring 9722 6600 to book. Some of the items that will be auctioned on the evening include; Framed Smoken Up silks signed by Lance Justice Framed Kingston Town print signed by Malcolm Johnston Framed Manchester Untited jersey signed by Wayne Rooney Framed and signed 2013 Panthers Jersey Mini Lexus Childrens Car Framed 1960 Inter Dominion Print - Caduceus Framed Cricket Bat signed by Don Bradman. Stallion service to Pay Me Christian Hawkesbury Scenic Helicopter Flight In addition there is memorabilia from The Beatles, Elvis, John Wayne, Ned Kelly, Pink and Mohammed Ali just to name a few. Book your tickets now which includes full hospitality. Please call Kate Dumesny on (02) 9722 6600. Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales  

Georges Plains harness racing trainer Bernie Hewitt will return to his base near Bathurst in mid September after a successful two month stint in Queensland. Hewitt has been campaigning north of the border for five weeks and has already won ten races and is hoping to pick up a few more wins before heading home. "I brought ten horses to Queensland with me, I have won ten races, I have sold a couple of them and I'm hoping to sell another two before I return home," Hewitt said. "A Passion For Aces won a race at Albion Park on Tuesday, he has been racing really well and I think he might be able to pick up another one before I head home, when I get back I want to give him a quick freshen up and then set him for a few of the Country Cups around New South Wales." While Hewitt has been away his nephew Sam has been in charge at home. "Sam and another worker have been looking after twelve horses while I have been away, they haven't started many but having them there has allowed my wife Cath to come up here and give me a hand and my daughter Gemma has been helping me too." Despite being interstate Hewitt has been keeping an eye on the rugby league results with his son Doug playing in the Penrith Panthers Holden Cup Team. "Doug has been playing in the halves for Penrith this year and his under 20's team is having a good run, I think they are second on the ladder at the moment and I'm hoping they can make it through to the Grand Final on NRL Grand Final day because I have bought tickets for the first time." "I am a Rabbitohs supporter so I'm hoping for Penrith to be in the Holden Cup Grand Final and Souths to be in the first grade big one that would be a dream day." Harness Racing New South Wales  

Grand Circuit warrior Washakie won’t be ready for the opening leg of the new season. The Gr.1 $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship at Albion Park kicks off the new season on October 26 for the eight leg series but the defending champion won’t be ready to defend his title. The millionaire pacer injured his pastern not long after winning the Renshaw Cup at Penrith back in April. “He’s back doing light duties but there’s no chance he’ll be ready for the Queensland carnival.” Trainer/driver John McCarthy said. The Queensland Spring Carnival during the month of October at Albion Park consists of the $30,000 Be Good Johnny Sprint on October 12 followed by the $75,000 Gold Coast Cup the following week while the $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship completes the carnival. Washakie dominated the spring features last year winning both the Gold Coast Cup and the Queensland Pacing Championship defeating his stable mate Terrorway on both occasions. “It’s a shame he won’t be ready for those features again; he’s coming along nicely but he won’t be rushed back, we’re taking our time with him as he goes through plenty of swimming to build up his core fitness. The race that I’m keen to have him ready for is the Treuer Memorial on December 7 at Bankstown because he’s owned that race winning the last four editions. It would be pretty amazing if he could come back and win it for a fifth time. He just thrives racing at that tight track and being an old Bankstown boy myself it would be very special for all involved to win that race again.” Meanwhile, stablemate and Grand Circuit star in the making Terrorway is also back in work for McCarthy and is rated an outside chance of being ready for the Queensland features. The giant gelding was placed in all three events last season but like Washakie, McCarthy will bide his time with the proven Group One winner. “He’s coming along really well but I won’t rush him back; he’s done plenty of swimming and his fitness levels are quite good so we’ll just keep building on that at the moment. The Miracle Mile is an obvious target for a horse like him while the Inter Dominion next year is the long term goal. He’s a very classy horse that should return bigger and better after his break away from the track.” Terrorway was forced to the spelling paddock after suffering an injury after competing in the Hunter Cup at TABCORP Park, Melton earlier this year. by Chris Barsby

Harness Racing is set to get behind the brand new Leigh Plunkett Foundation, named in honour of one of Tasmania’s most respected trotting participants. Leigh was a member of the Harness community on every level, working as a trainer, driver, studmaster and administrator before passing away in December 2007, aged 57. His life was claimed by Leukaemia, a form of cancer that has touched many within the industry and that’s why the Leigh Plunkett Foundation has been created. Tabcorp Park Melton, on August 30, will hold its first ever Leigh Plunkett Memorial event in what will be a fitting night to cap a brilliant season at the trots. With door prizes, silent auctions, raffles and guest speaker Adam Ramanauskas all highlights of the inaugural event, there won’t be any better value in town. Attendees will also be treated to a delicious two course meal which is included in the ticket price of just $40 ($15 from each ticket goes directly to the charity). To book tickets call Tabcorp Park on (03) 8746 0631. Following the Melton event there will also be nights held at Pinjarra on August 31 while New South Wales will be holding their event on October 3 at Penrith raceway. The nights will involve guest speakers along with auction items and meals and aim to continue raising funds in order to put the Leigh Plunkett Foundation on a pedestal as the charity that all involved in Harness Racing circles come to know and love. One key facets to the Foundation will be the Leigh Plunkett Memorial Scholarship, giving one lucky young trotting participant the chance to travel abroad and fast-track their learning experiences. Aimed at anyone, in any harness field, between the ages of 18 and 30, the Foundation will give the winning contender the chance to jet off to training or breeding establishments across North America, or Europe and New Zealand. For more information on Leigh Plunkett, or the Foundation that has been set up in his honour, head to Harness Racing Victoria  

Harness Racing NSW has been advised by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the prohibited substance capsaicin has been detected in the post race urine samples taken from • ONETHINGFORCERTAIN after it raced and won Race 2, the C91.3FM Pace (1,609 metres) at TABCORP Park Menangle on Tuesday 18 June 2013 and Race 6 the Mach Beauty Pace (1,609 metres) at TABCORP Park Menangle on Saturday 6 July 2013. • FRANKIE VALLEY after it raced and won Race 6 the Paceway Sky Lounge Two Year Pace (1,720 metres) at Penrith on 18 July 2013. The findings in relation to ONETHINGFORCERTAIN have been confirmed by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory (RASL) in Melbourne. Confirmation analysis has not been conducted on the FRANKIE VALLEY sample at this stage. An inquiry into these findings will be conducted on Thursday 29 August 2013 at 2pm at the offices of Harness Racing NSW - 22 Meredith Street Bankstown. In light of evidence forthcoming from a stable inspection conducted by Harness Racing NSW Officials on Wednesday 31 July 2013, Mr Munday pursuant to AHRR 183 (a) (b) and (c) will not be permitted to enter horses owned or trained by him in any race. Further, Mr Munday will not be permitted to drive in any race or trial. These embargoes will remain until the completion of the inquiry or otherwise directed by the Stewards. Harness Racing New South Wales

Bathurst HRC indicated its strong support of the Leigh Plunkett Foundation and its upcoming fundraiser at Penrith, by naming all races at last Wednesday’s meeting for the charity. On a night when all eight winners were trained and driven by locals, there was, nevertheless, an international flavour to proceedings. Local junior Cynthia Bourke was farewelled prior to her departure for a twelve-month contract in the Canterbury stables of leading New Zealand trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. On the arrivals side, a visiting English family with connections to Brooklyn Lodge enjoyed their first experience of harness racing, which included rides in the mobile barrier, visits to the broadcast box and, most importantly, backing a winner! Cynthia Bourke’s departure will be sorely felt by the close-knit team of trainer Peter Bullock, whose stable provided one of the night’s most impressive winners in Signory Shannon (Michael Munro), in the Leukaemia Foundation Pace over 2130 metres. The Bettors five-year-old, a favourite of everyone in the stable because of his wonderful attitude, appeared well graded in the C1 event, and justified his $2.00 starting quote by leading throughout at a 2:02.1 rate. Twenty Three Penny closed late, and Getaloadathis, racing outside the leader, held on well for third. Ben Settree made an enjoyable night for the English visitors even more memorable when he drove Birds Of A Feather ($3.90) to its first win at start fourteen, in a 3CO sprint class. After a slow first half, Settree quickened to a 30.0 third quarter, and got home in 31.4 for an overall rate of just 2:05.3. Sunnyside Magic raced wide for the last lap to hold on for second, ahead of favourite Charlottes Delight, which raced in the one-one trail. Doug Moore, Ben’s father-in-law, didn’t care at all about that slow time. Brooklyn Lodge had sold the Art Major daughter of high-class racemare Ruffle My Feathers as a yearling, and subsequently bought her back cheaply. With a winning time to her name now, Doug Moore was pleased to declare, “Now I’ve got a broodmare.” Those English visitors- Patrick and Jeanette Smith and their three children – hail from a little village near Headingly in Leeds, where the Poms had crushed Australia in a recent Ashes Test. At the precise moment they posed with the Brooklyn Lodge winner, the Aussies were walking out to open their account in the final match of the series at The Oval. Here’s hoping for revenge! Maheer Melody and Jay Peez Knight provided a double for trainer Steve Turnbull and driver Amanda, in their separate quests to attain 200 winners by season’s end. These wins took them to 195 and 196 wins respectively. Maheer Melody ($3.00 favourite) was forced to race outside the lead in a 3C0-3C1 sprint event, holding on for the narrowest of wins from William Peter, one-one trail throughout, and Wicked Delight, which trailed the leader from its second row draw. The mile rate of 2:02.4 was fair. Jay Peez Knight ($4.00) turned in a tough effort as well when taking out the Plunkett Fundraiser Pace, forced four wide when making a run at the bell, and still proving too strong despite a slick 28.7 third quarter and a wide trip for the final lap of the 1730 metres C 0 event. Hand For Tilly and Blissed By Datmuch filled the minor placings. Nathan Hurst’s training double was achieved with Lady Of The Dance NZ (Angela Hedges) in a 2130 metres R0-R1class, and two-year-old Tulhurst Jailbreak one race later, for Nathan himself. Lady Of The Dance NZ ($9.30) scored her first win since arriving in Australia last year, after enjoying a soft run behind stablemate Ace It Up Posum, which led and held on for second, ahead of favourite Why So Serious, which had been held back at the start to allow the horse drawn ahead of it, Crazzy Falcon, to catch the gate and take its place. While there was a degree of bad luck for Why So Serious, the final quarter in 34.0 (overall rate 2:05.5) was the slowest in memory, and demonstrated just how tired this field was by race end. Tulhurst Jailbreak ($7.00 ) showed a nice turn of foot to assume the lead at the 1200 metres mark in  a 2C0 sprint class and maintain an even tempo thereafter, to win clearly from favourite Our Lissome, which came off the pegs before the turn, and early leader Smack Dab Shannon.  This was the first win in nine starts for the Trump Casino youngster, but when he mends his manners to begin on terms with the field, he will win plenty. On China Beach ($2.80 ) also scored her first win, for keen owner Adam Tosic and trainer-driver Wayne Watterson, when she sat outside the lead in a second R0-R1 2130 metres class. Machs On Show and Happy Camper came from the running line to fill the minor places, and the even quarters produced an overall rate of 2:02.8, much quicker than the earlier event for this class. Studleigh Becky ($6.20 ) was given the run of the race by Emma Turnbull (for Brett Davis) in the C2-C3 sprint event,  trailing leader Zenitra Shannon and running it down close to home, with death-seating Rowan Royal holding on for third, in 2:01.9 , with a last half in 59.6 . The winner is another daughter of Art Major, a clear winner of the Sires premiership at Bathurst this season. Freezing conditions for most on course, but for Blayney-based Davis, Oberon –based Watterson, and those Headingly visitors, the night was probably quite balmy. Marianne Donnelly Bathurst Harness Racing Club

In the week commencing 1 August 2011, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) became aware of allegations that one or more of its full-time stewards had allegedly been involved in corrupt activity, including accepting bribes from, inter alia, owners, trainers, licensed people and unlicensed people in exchange for assurances that particular horses would be excluded from drug testing in specific harness racing events. On 8 August 2011, HRNSW initiated an investigation into those allegations (the investigation). HRNSW further referred the allegations to the New South Wales Police and at the time the Police conducted their own independent investigation, which has resulted in 5 persons being arrested and charged. Subsequent to the criminal matters of Mr Michael Russo and Mr Paul O'Toole being finalised, HRNSW continued its investigation and the following actions have been taken. Mr Glenn Hayward: Was found guilty of a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4), in that as the registered trainer at the relevant time, he did present GOOD BOYS to race and win, Race 3, the Paceway Functions Centre Pace (1720 metres) at Penrith on Monday, 27 December 2010 not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Hayward was disqualified for a period of 2 years, back dated to 2 October 2012, the date in which HRNSW suspended him under the provisions of Rule 183. Furthermore, the Stewards disqualified GOOD BOYS as the winner of Race 3 at Penrith on 27 December 2010 Mr John Beynon: Was found guilty of a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4), in that as the registered trainer at the relevant time, he did present MEVAGISSY MICKEY NZ to race and win, Race 7, the Allied Express Adelaide Pace (2140 metres) at Bankstown on 1 July 2011 not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Beynon was disqualified for a period of 2 years, back dated to 2 October 2012, the date in which HRNSW suspended him under the provisions of Rule 183. Furthermore the Stewards disqualified MEVAGISSY MICKEY NZ as the winner of Race 7 at Bankstown on 1 July 2011. Mr Dwayne Sarina: Was found guilty of a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4), in that as the registered trainer at the relevant time, he did present ARTS FLIGHT to race and win, Race 8, the Farmer Joes Chickens Pace (1609 metres) at Menangle on 31 August 2010 not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Sarina was disqualified for a period of 2 years, back dated to 13 March 2013, the date in which HRNSW suspended him under the provisions of Rule 183. Furthermore the Stewards disqualified ARTS FLIGHT as the winner of Race 8 at Menangle on 31 August 2010. HRNSW has also issued charges against the following people and the decisions in relation to those charges are pending. Mr Paul Russo Mr Michael Siejka Mr Alistar Copps HRNSW has issued charges against Mr Peter and Mr Michael Russo, and both of these matters are still pending. The investigation continues. To view the full and detailed decision in the matters of Mr Glenn Hayward please click here. Mr John Beynon please click here. Mr Dwayne Sarina please click here. Harness Racing NSW  

Hard working Oakville harness racing trainer Ron Munnoch experienced the ups and downs of the harness racing industry at last Thursday's meeting at Penrith. Munnoch arrived at the races believing he had a strong winning chance in the final race with three year old pacer Im The Fantasy but suffered a nasty fall early in the meeting when driving another of his pacers Ceear Rail. Munnoch was quick to dust himself off despite some superficial injuries and decided to drive in the final race which he subsequently won. "It didn't start out to be a great night, we were on the final turn in Ceear Rail's race and while he was flat out I thought he might be able to sneak into third but I got tangled up with another runner and down I went," Munnoch said. "I remember rolling over after the fall and thinking gee I hope I can still drive in the last race because I think Im The Fantasy will win and luckily enough I just had some bark off my elbows and a sore leg after one of the runners following me ran over the top so I was ok to drive." Munnoch has been involved in the racing industry for more than thirty years and has never been seriously injured in a race fall. "I think I've had about half a dozen falls and I've been lucky enough to come through pretty much unscathed, I can clearly remember a few of them, I remember another one at Penrith and I can also remember one at Richmond when they still raced on that track." "Ceear Rail has come through it relatively well also, he had a bit of swelling in a fetlock on Friday afternoon but he hasn't missed any work since the fall and the swelling has gone down so I'm hoping he will be right to go back to the races next week." Im The Fantasy will return to Penrith in search of another victory but Munnoch admits that it is going to be tough for the son of River Khan. "He has drawn the outside of the front row over the short trip this Thursday night so it is going to be tough for him drawn out there, but it was nice to see him win last week because he has done a good job so far in his career." "I got away with murder in front last week after he found the lead but he wasn't fully extended in the run to the line."   Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW

Penrith HRC will be conducting one of its most important meetings with the Final of the Mayors Cup this Thursday night. Placegetters from a series of heats conducted at Dubbo, Parkes, Bathurst, Wagga and Penrith will take their place in the final.

Any horse winning ten races on a single track is a remarkable feat, but for two horses from the same stable to achieve the milestone within thirty minutes is something even more special.

Georges Plains harness racing trainer Bernie Hewitt has been on a golden run since March and with a strong team engaged at Penrith on Thursday night and Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night, it looks set to be another big week for his stable.

Comeback pacer Screaman Seaman has found form at just the right time to secure a place in the harness racing 'Lands Legal Carousel Final' on Miracle Mile Day at Tabcorp Park Menangle, April 28.

With the Carnival of Miracles well and truly underway Trots TV caught up with harness racing driverGuy Chapple who will pilot Mach Beauty in the G1 Cordina Farms Sprint at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night.

Thursday night's Gr. 2 Renshaw Cup is Penrith's feature event of the season and harness racing trainer Darren McCall thinks Bettor Bet Black is going to take a lot of beating.

The Australasian Young Drivers have completed three rounds of the harness racing series following heats at Goulburn on Monday, Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday and Bathurst last night (Wednesday February 27).

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