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Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) have received advice from the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria that Cobalt above the prescribed threshold has been detected in a urine sample taken from Destreos NZ prior to it competing in race 3, at the Carrick Park Pacing Club meeting conducted on 31 December 2017. The “B” sample has been sent to Racing Science Centre in Queensland for confirmation. In accordance with ORI’s Harness protocol, upon receipt of the first certificate advising of an irregularity, pursuant to Rule 183A, the Stewards have ordered that Destreos NZ shall not compete or be nominated to race until the inquiry is concluded. This is effective immediately. Trainer Mr Ken Rattray has been advised of the decision, and ORI will continue its investigations into this sample irregularity and the inquiry will be conducted in due course. As the matter is under investigation, ORI will not make any further comments. Reid Sanders Director of Racing (03) 6777 1900

Yesterday the Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) Stewards panel comprising of Mr R Murrihy (Chairman), Mr J Zucal and Mr A Crowther yesterday opened an inquiry into a number of matters that had been under investigation including: The running of Race 5 the SEA FM Mobile (2297metres) conducted at the Devonport Harness Racing Club on Friday 14 July 2017; The betting activities of Licensed Bookmaker and registered Owner Mr Stephen Walters and Trainer Mr Ben Yole during the course of the 2017 calendar year involving a number of harness races conducted in Tasmania; The procurement and use of unregistered products for the Ben Yole Racing Stable. Evidence was taken from Trainer Mr Ben Yole, Licensed Driver Mr Robert Walters and Licensed Bookmaker and registered Owner Mr Stephen Walters. The inquiry was adjourned to a time and date to be fixed to allow for the Stewards to obtain further evidence.   Reid Sanders Director of Racing (03) 6777 1900

On 12 April 2017, Harness Racing SA (HRSA) Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that Cobalt was detected in a urine sample taken from GENUINE EXCUSE NZ prior to it competing in Race 9, Farewell Come On Frank Pace at Globe Derby Park on 7 January 2017. The B sample was confirmed above the threshold by the ChemCentre in Western Australia. Evidence was taken from trainer Nick Tardio regarding his feeding and treatment regime including his possible explanation for the elevated readings. Mr Tardio pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1),(2) &(4) in that he presented GENUINE EXCUSE NZ to race at Globe Derby Park on 7 January 2017 not free of a prohibited substance. Mr Tardio was disqualified for 2 years effective immediately and ordered to pay $1500 to HRSA to cover costs incurred including analytical testing. Acting under Rule 195 GENUINE EXCUSE NZ was disqualified from its seventh placing and all placings amended accordingly. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account: his guilty plea the period of time Mr Tardio has been involved in training horses the penalties applied in other Cobalt cases in SA and other States the personal circumstances of Mr Tardio. Mr Tardio was advised his rights of appeal. Reid Sanders ACTING CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS

In October 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an investigation into disqualified person Mr Jackson Painting and the ownership of the registered standardbred ULTIMATE SHELDON NZ after information was received from Harness Racing Victoria (HRV). On 25 October 2016, HRNSW Stewards commenced an Inquiry in relation to this matter. Mr Jackson Painting, Mr Nathan Jack, Ms Amanda Turnbull, Ms Ellen Bartley and Mrs Janet Painting all appeared at the Inquiry. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Mr Jackson Painting: Charge 1   AHRR 259 (1) A disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority or a person warned off cannot do any of the following   -    (a)  associate with persons connected with the harness racing industry for purposes relating to that industry… (h)  participate in any manner in the harness racing industry….  (j)  place, or have placed on their behalf, or have any other interest in, a bet on any Australian harness racing race…. (7)  A disqualified person who fails to comply with this Rule is guilty of an offence and is liable to a penalty. Charge  2 AHRR 245 A person shall not direct, persuade, encourage or assist anyone to breach these rules or otherwise engage in an improper practice. Charge 3 AHRR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. Mr Painting pleaded guilty to Charges 1 & 2 and was found guilty of Charge 3. Mr Painting was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1- 12 month disqualification to be served cumulative to the recommencement of the original period of disqualification. In total, Mr Painting is disqualified for a period of 3 years and 3 months from 6 May 2015. Charge 2-      $1000 fine Charge 3- $1000 fine Mr Painting was advised of his right to appeal this decision HRNSW Stewards issued the following charges against Ms Ellen Bartley: Charge 1 AHRR 230 Except with the consent of the Controlling Body a person shall not associate for purposes relating to the harness racing industry with a disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority. Charge 2 AHRR 187(2) A person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation. Ms Bartley pleaded guilty to both charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1- 6 month disqualification to commence immediately Charge 2- $1000 fine Ms Bartley was advised of her right to appeal this decision. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mrs Janet Painting: AHRR 239A A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. Mrs Painting pleaded guilty to the charge was issued with a fine of $1000. Mrs Painting was advised of her right to appeal. HRNSW Stewards also issued the following charges against Mr John Pett: Charge 1 AHRR 239A A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence. Charge 2 AHRR 230 Except with the consent of the Controlling Body a person shall not associate for purposes relating to the harness racing industry with a disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority Mr Pett pleaded guilty to both charges and was issued with the following penalties: Charge 1- $1000 Charge 2- 6 month disqualification to commence immediately Mr Pett was also advised of his right to appeal this decision. 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 33 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: Chief Operating Officer Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

In September 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) commenced an investigation into communications between registered owner Mr Harvey Kaplan and licensed trainer/driver Mr Nathan Jack in the period leading up to the Goulburn meeting on 26 January 2015. During this investigation HRNSW has undertaken various investigations including interviews with relevant parties, analysis of the betting relating to the race, certain forensic imaging of mobile telephones and computers. HRNSW has been assisted by Harness Racing Victoria in this matter. Mr Harvey Kaplan was issued with the following charges: Charge 1: Pursuant to Rule 187 (2) Charge 2: Pursuant to Rule 187 (3) Charge 3: Pursuant to Rule 187 (6) These charges related to a direction issued to Mr Kaplan regarding his failure to produce a computer to HRNSW. Mr Kaplan subsequently produced that computer.  Charge 4: Pursuant to Rule 240- Improper Conduct relating to a text message sent to Mr Nathan Jack on 25 January 2015. The charges have been resolved as follows: HRNSW resolved to permanently stay Charges 1-3, on the basis that Mr Kaplan ultimately complied with his obligation to produce the computer, albeit later than directed. HRNSW has satisfied itself that this lateness caused no prejudice to its investigation. Mr Kaplan has pleaded guilty to a breach of Rule 240, in that his text message to Mr Nathan Jack on 25 January 2015 was improper. In determining penalty, the Stewards were mindful of the following factors: Mr Kaplan’s contribution to the industry through various volunteer roles; Mr Kaplan’s record as a considerable owner and breeder within the harness industry; Mr Kaplan’s remorse for the conduct; The nature of the offence, including the effect such conduct has upon the industry.       Stewards ordered the following penalty upon Mr Kaplan for his breach under Rule 240: A fine of $20,000 to be rendered within 21 days That Mr Kaplan shall not participate as an owner of any registered standardbred in races for a period of 12 months effective 7 November 2016. Mr Kaplan’s ownership rights were withdrawn by HRNSW on 7 November 2016 pursuant to Rule 183. Mr Nathan Jack has been issued with the following charges: Charge 1: Pursuant to Rule 240 – Improper Conduct relating to a text message received from Mr Harvey Kaplan and his reply. Charge 2: Pursuant to Rule 246 – In that he has failed to report behaviour that could have cause or is likely to cause a breach of the Rules. This charge is in the alternative to Charge 1. Mr Jack has been issued with a Notice to Show Cause as to why HRNSW should not invoke Rule 183 pending the outcome of the investigation. Mr Jack has until close of business Friday 11 November 2016 to reply. Mr Jack has not been found guilty of any offence and will have an opportunity to reply to and / or defend the charges issued. HRNSW will continue its investigation into this matter. Reid Sanders    

Harness Racing New South Wales has become aware of the use within the Industry of preparations containing the substance Mannitol. There are no registered animal products available in Australia that contains the substance Mannitol. Any such products would need to be dispensed by a treating veterinarian. Although Mannitol, which is a sugar alcohol, can be found in nature produced by a plethora of organisms including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, algae, lichens, some vegetables and fruit, the resulting levels in a horse would be low. As Mannitol can or may have a diuretic effect on a horse, it would be considered a prohibited substance under the Rules if detected in a sample taken from a horse on the day of a race. HRNSW has been working with the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) on the detection of this substance and will identify/report those samples with high levels for further consideration. Trainers are reminded of Australian Harness Racing Rule 188A (1) (d) which reads: The following are prohibited substances: "An endogenous substance where the concentration of that substance is in the opinion of the Stewards unusual or abnormal." Should any existing samples, including those that have been frozen by HRNSW since 2011, are identified as having high levels of Mannitol these samples will be subject to further investigation by HRNSW, including the impounding of the horse for further studies. The Rules prohibit trainers from possessing or procuring any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with the relevant State and Commonwealth legislation. Trainers carry the absolute liability of presenting their horses to race free of prohibited substances, and therefore the onus in complying with the Rules lies with the trainer. Trainers are hereby placed on notice that the continued use of unregistered products is done so at their own risk. Reid Sanders CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry yesterday into the conduct of licensed trainer/driver, Mr Mark Forrest, on Thursday 13 October 2016 in relation to the registered standardbred LIVE IN STYLE, a horse trained by Mr Forrest that was engaged to race in race six, the JIM MORRIS REMEMBRANCE PACE (2125m) at Penrith on that date.  LIVE IN STYLE was subsequently withdrawn from the race by order of the Stewards. An investigation was commenced on 13 October 2016 after HRNSW Investigator/Senior Steward, Mr Chris Paul observed Mr Forrest administer an injection to LIVE IN STYLE at his registered training establishment. Mr Forrest attend the inquiry and provided evidence in relation to the horse LIVE IN STYLE and his husbandry practices. Evidence was also presented by Mr Chris Paul, including video and audio recordings. HRNSW Stewards issued the following charge against Mr Forrest pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 193(3) as follows: AHRR 193.    (3)  A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race. In the alternative Mr Forrest was issued with the following charge under Rule 196B (1) as follows: AHRR 196B. (1)  A person shall not without the permission of the Stewards within one (1) clear day of the commencement of a race administer, attempt to administer or cause to be administered an injection to a horse nominated for that race. Mr Forrest was found guilty of both offences. In respect of the charge pursuant to Rule 193(3), Mr Forrest was disqualified for a period of nine months to commence from 13 October 2016, the date upon which he was stood down. In respect of the charge pursuant to Rule 196B(1), Stewards set aside the matter of penalty. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following: The serious nature of this offence; Mr Forrest’s Not Guilty plea; Mr Forrest’s first offence of this nature; Mr Forrest’s licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Forrest was advised of his right to appeal this decision. Reid Sanders  

Chief Operations Officer Reid Sanders has tendered his resignation to the Board of Harness Racing New South Wales after five years of exemplary service. Having joined HRNSW in the role of Chief Stipendiary Steward in 2011 Mr Sanders has been integral in the resurrection of the integrity standing of the controlling body. Intrinsically engaged in investigating and prosecuting the infamous 'Green Light' affair Mr Sanders was also the equine industry leader in the discovery and detection of prohibitive substances in Australasia. Since late 2014 Mr Sanders has undertaken a leading role in the establishment of the Menangle Park Training Centre as well as being strategically involved in regulatory oversight. During his tenure with HRNSW Mr Sanders was presented with the Harness Racing Australia Meritorious Service Award a distinguished achievement for such a short period in the time in harness racing. Mr Sanders' resignation takes effect in December however he will continue to be involved with several major HRNSW inquiries which have recently commenced. HRNSW will undertake a restructure of roles with the departure of the Chief Operations Officer. For further information contact HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny on (02) 97226600.               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 33 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:   AMANDA RANDO   MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER       Harness Racing New South Wales   22 Meredith St Bankstown NSW 2200   T: (02) 9722 6600   W: harnessmediacentre.com.au   arando@hrnsw.com.au              

Harness Racing New South Wales yesterday commenced its inquiry into the results of out of competition samples taken from horses in the care of Trainer Mr Shaun (Anthony) Simiana during the period 17 April up to and including 3 May 2016, which have been reported as containing the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK. Blood samples were taken from the following horses during that period: FRANCO TIAGO NZ -  Sample collected on 17 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK  - Sample collected on 17 April 2016 FRANCO TIAGO NZ - Sample collected on 18 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK - Sample collected on 18 April 2016 WALKABOUT CREEK - Sample collected on 3 May 2016 The sample taken from FRANCO TIAGO NZ on 17 April 2016 was analysed by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL), Racing Analytical Services Limited, Hong Kong Jockey Club and LGC in the United Kingdom. The ARFL reported the presence of EPO in a screening, and the subsequent remaining A portion was analysed by RASL, which reported it was unable to confirm EPO in the blood sample. The B portion was confirmed by the HKJC as containing the Peptide VNFYAWK , and the LGC laboratory reported that the blood sample contained darbepoetin. The further four samples have all been reported on screening at the ARFL to be containing the presence of EPO, and subsequently the remaining portions have been reported by the HKJC as containing the presence of the Peptide VNFYAWK. Peptide VNFYAWK is known to be a highly specific fragment of recombinant human erythropoietin or darbepoetin alpha or methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta or recombinant human EPO-Fc. Mr Simiana attended the inquiry assisted by Mr M Higgins of counsel instructed by Mr V Murphy. In addition to the brief of evidence previously served, oral evidence was adduced today from Mr Simiana and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio. HRNSW issued the following eight charges against Mr Simiana: Charge 1: Pursuant to AHRR 190A(1)(a): The particulars being that Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of FRANCO TIAGO NZ at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 17th of April 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by three approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK and or Darbepoetin which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 2: Pursuant to AHRR 190A(1)(a): The particulars being that Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of WALKABOUT CREEK at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 17th of April 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by two approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 3: Pursuant to AHRR 190A(1)(a): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of FRANCO TIAGO NZ at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 18th of April 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by two approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 4: Pursuant to AHRR 190 A(1)(a): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of WALKABOUT CREEK at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 18th of April 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by two approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 5: Pursuant to AHRR 196A (1)(i) & (2): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer of FRANCO TIAGO NZ did administer to that horse a substance containing the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK, in the period leading up to and or including 17 and or 18 April 2016 for the purpose of affecting that horses performance in a race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday 19 April 2016. Charge 6: Pursuant to AHRR 196A (1)(i) & (2): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer of WALKABOUT CREEK did administer to that horse a substance containing the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK, in the period leading up to and or including 17 and or 18 April 2016 for the purpose of affecting that horses performance in a race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday 19 April 2016. Charge 7: Pursuant to AHRR 190A(1)(a): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer and the person in charge of WALKABOUT CREEK at the relevant time, that being leading up to and including the 3rd of May 2016, when a blood sample taken from that horse at your registered property, upon analysis by two approved laboratories have reported the presence of the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK which are prohibited pursuant to Rule 190A(2)(a). Charge 8: Pursuant to AHRR 196A (1)(i) & (2): The particulars of the charge are that you Mr Simiana as the registered trainer of WALKABOUT CREEK did administer to that horse a substance containing the prohibited substance Peptide VNFYAWK, in the period leading up to and or including 3 May 2016 for the purpose of affecting that horses performance in a race at Penrith Harness meeting on Thursday 5 May 2016 with was subsequently withdrawn. The inquiry was then adjourned for Mr Simiana to consider the charges issued against him. HRNSW provided until close of business, Friday 28 October 2016 for submissions. Reid Sanders CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER p: (02) 9722 6600 e: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry yesterday that commenced on Thursday 15 September 2016, following an investigation that commenced on Tuesday 16 August 2016. On Wednesday 17 August 2016, HRNSW Stewards conducted a stable inspection at the registered training establishment of licensed trainer/driver, Mr Jason Proctor. During that stable inspection, HRNSW Stewards took possession of a number of products, including an unlabelled bottle of pink paste. Evidence was initially taken from Mr Proctor at the commencement of the inquiry on 15 September 2016. Evidence of licensed thoroughbred trainer, Mr Jeremy Smith, HRNSW Stewards, HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio and the results of scientific analysis conducted on the products were also presented to the Inquiry. On 15 September 2016, HRNSW Stewards issued charges against Mr Proctor in relation to the possession and supply of a Schedule 4 substance Hyaluronic Acid pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 194 and 194A which state: 194.             A person who procures or attempts to procure or who has in his possession or on his premises or under his control any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation is guilty of an offence.  194A.                      A person who sells, supplies, distributes or attempts to sell, supply or distribute any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth Legislation is guilty of an offence. On 15 September 2016, Mr Proctor was granted an adjournment for the purpose of obtaining legal advice prior to the resumption of the inquiry yesterday.  Upon resumption, HRNSW Stewards issued a further charge against Mr Proctor pursuant to AHRR 194 following traces of butorphanol (Schedule 4 substance) being detected in the unlabelled bottle of pink paste located on Mr Proctor’s registered training establishment.  Mr Proctor was found guilty of the subject offences and issued with the following penalties: Charge 1 -  AHRR 194 (Hyaluronic Acid)- 6 months suspension; Charge 2 -  AHRR 194A (Hyaluronic Acid)- 9 months disqualification; Charge 3 – AHRR 194 (Butorphanol)- 4 months suspension.  HRNSW Stewards ordered that these penalties be served concurrently and take effect from midnight 21 September 2016.  In determining penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the following matters:  ·      The serious nature of the offences; ·      Mr Proctor’s first offence for such matters having been licensed in the harness racing industry for 24 years; ·      Mr Proctor’s not guilty pleas; ·      Mr Proctor’s overall licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Proctor was informed of his right to appeal these decisions. Reid Sanders

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry yesterday into the conduct of licensed trainer, Mr Allen Smithers on Friday 9 September 2016 in relation to the registered standardbred FOREST FURY, a horse trained by Mr Smithers that was engaged to race in Race 3, the YOUNG CAR WASH PACE (2100m) at Young on that date. FOREST FURY was subsequently withdrawn from the race by order of the Stewards. An investigation was commenced on 9 September 2016 after HRNSW Investigator Ms Natasha Ackland attended the registered training establishment of Mr Smithers and observed blood in the nostrils of FOREST FURY. Ms Ackland also located a length of plastic tube with fresh blood present in/upon that tube. HRNSW Stewards issued a charge against Mr Smithers pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 193(1) which states: AHRR 193.  (1)  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. Mr Smithers was found guilty of that offence and disqualified for a period of 1 year 9 months to commence from 9 September 2016, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; ·      The serious nature of this offence; ·      Mr Smithers’ not guilty plea; ·      Mr Smithers’ first offence of this nature; ·      Mr Smithers’ licence history and other personal subjective facts.  Mr Smithers was advised of his right to appeal this decision Reid Sanders

Further to the media release issued by Harness Racing New South Wales on 1 August 2016, HRNSW advises that it has received further reports from both the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (HKJCRL) that the Peptide VNFYAWK had been detected in the out-of-competition blood samples taken from the following horses which were stabled at the registered training establishment of Mr Simiana between the period 17 April and 3 May 2016. WALKABOUT CREEK - sample collected on 17 April 2016; FRANCO TIAGO - sample collected on 18 April 2016; WALKABOUT CREEK - sample collected on 18 April 2016; WALKABOUT CREEK - sample collected on 3 May 2016. Peptide VNFYAWK is known to be a highly specific fragment of recombinant human erythropoietin or darbepoetin alpha or methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta or recombinant human EPO-Fc. HRNSW has also received advice from the LGC Laboratory in the United Kingdom that its analysis of the sample taken from FRANCO TIAGO on 17 April 2016 revealed the presence of darbepoetin. Mr Simiana was stood down by HRNSW on 29 July 2016, and has been notified of these additional samples. Mr Simiana has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has not appealed against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into these results and an inquiry will be scheduled in due course. Reid Sanders

Today, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer’s Licence of Mrs Belinda McCarthy after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in a post race urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE subsequent to that horse winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Mrs McCarthy was provided with an opportunity to make submissions to HRNSW as to why the provisions of AHRR 183 and AHRR 183A should not be imposed by 9am on Friday, 19 August 2016. Submissions were received. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it was also determined that VINNY CHASE, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. In making these decisions, HRNSW took into account that AHRR 191 (1) provides that a single certificate of analysis by an approved laboratory shall constitute prima facie evidence of the presence of a prohibited substance. Stewards took into account the nature of the substances and that these substances are also prohibited at all times in the registered standardbred. HRNSW considered that in the interests of the industry it impose the suspension pending the outcome of the investigation and further analytical testing by HRNSW. Mrs McCarthy has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result, including further analytical samples collected from VINNY CHASE and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course. 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 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Reid Sanders

New South Wales harness racing trainers Alex Alchin and Jarrod Alchin have been suspended for six months after pleading guilty to a charge relating to animal welfare.  On Friday 5 August 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an Inquiry in relation to the treatment of the registered standardbred STORM BURST at the registered training establishment of both Mr Jarrod Alchin and Mr Alex Alchin on Thursday 7 July 2016 prior to that horse being presented to race at Penrith later that evening. Stewards ordered the withdrawal of STORM BURST from its engagement on 7 July 2016. The Inquiry commenced on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at which time evidence was presented by Mr Alex Alchin and Mr Jarrod Alchin in relation to the training of STORM BURST and their husbandry practices observed by HRSW Senior Steward/Investigator Mr Chris Paul and HRNSW Investigator Ms Natasha Ackland. Evidence was presented to the Inquiry by HRNSW Investigator/Steward Mr Chris Paul and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio. At the resumption of the Inquiry on 5 August 2016, Mr Alex Alchin and Mr Jarrod Alchin provided further evidence. In addition, Mrs Stephanie Alchin, licensed stablehand and part-owner of STORM BURST was required to attend and provided evidence regarding STORM BURST and the treatment of that horse on 7 July 2016. It was established that Mr Jarrod Alchin was observed activating deafeners and applying a driving whip to STORM BURST whilst the horse was wearing a heavy rug and tethered in a wash bay.   No evidence was provided to the effect that STORM BURST had been physically injured. Mr Alex Alchin, the licensed trainer and part owner of STORM BURST and Mr Jarrod Alchin both pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR)  213(a) as follows: AHRR 213      A person shall not:- by use of harness, gear, equipment, device, substance or any other thing inflict suffering on a horse; Mr Alex Alchin was issued with a $3500 fine and a 6 month suspension of his Trainer’s Licence (suspended for a period of 12 months). Mr Alex Alchin was informed of his right to appeal this decision. Mr Jarrod Alchin was issued with a $5000 fine and a 6 month suspension of his Trainer’s Licence (suspended for a period of 12 months). Mr Jarrod Alchin was informed of his right to appeal this decision. Mrs Stephanie Alchin pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 218 as follows: AHRR 218.     A person having responsibility for the welfare of a horse shall not fail to care for it properly. Mrs Alchin was issued with a $1500 fine of which $750 was suspended for a period of 12 months. Mrs Alchin was informed of her right to appeal this decision. 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 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Reid Sanders

ON Monday 8 August 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry into a report received from the Stewards at the Bankstown race meeting on Monday, 1 August, 2016 that driver Lachlan Booth had failed to provide a urine sample prior to leaving the racecourse.  Attempts to locate Lachlan Booth later in the afternoon were unsuccessful. Before the Stewards today Lachlan Booth provided an explanation to his circumstances on the day and his grandfather, Licensed Trainer R Baverstock, also provided a submission to Stewards. Lachlan Booth pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 250(1)(b) in that after driving at the Bankstown race meeting on Monday, 1 August 2016 he had left the racecourse having failed to provide a sample as directed by Stewards acting within the powers provided. Lachlan Booth’s Licence was suspended in full for a period of 6 months commencing from 2 August, 2016, the date upon which he was stood down. In determining this penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea as well as personal subjective and mitigating factors.  In regards to the mitigating factors, at the expiration of four months of this penalty, L Booth is permitted to furnish written evidence in regards to these matters for the further consideration of the Stewards. Mr Booth was advised that prior to any future licence being granted he would be required to provide a sample free of substances banned under the rules upon direction. Lachlan Booth was advised of his right to appeal this decision. Reid Sanders 

On Friday 29 July 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer and Driver licences of Mr Shaun Simiana after receiving advice from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (ARFL) that Peptide VNFYAWK had been detected in the Out Of Competition blood sample taken from FRANCO TIAGO NZ at the registered training establishment of Mr Simiana on Sunday 17 April 2016. Peptide VNFYAWK is known to be a highly specific fragment of recombinant human erythropoietin or darbepoetin alpha or methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta or recombinant human EPO-Fc. Mr Simiana was provided with an opportunity to make submissions to HRNSW as to why the provisions of AHRR 183 and AHRR 183A should not be imposed by 4pm on Friday, 29 July 2016. Submissions were received. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it was also determined that FRANCO TIAGO NZ, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. In making these decisions, HRNSW took into account that AHRR 191 (1) provides that a single certificate of analysis by an approved laboratory shall constitute prima facie evidence of the presence of a prohibited substance. Stewards took into account that the approved laboratory Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) did not detect the substance in another portion of the same blood sample. However, given the nature of the substance and that the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) had also detected the presence of an EPO substance in the initial screen, HRNSW considered that interests relating to the integrity of the industry, and public confidence in the industry, required that it impose the suspension pending the outcome of further analytical testing and investigation by HRNSW. Mr Simiana has not been charged with any breach of the Rules, and has been advised of his rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183. HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course. 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 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Reid Sanders

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