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Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards commenced an investigation into the involvement of Mr Shannon Wonson, a disqualified person, in the training of a registered standardbred on Wednesday March 8 and Thursday March 9, 2017. As a result of Mr Wonson failing to attend a Stewards inquiry on Wednesday March 22, 2017, HRNSW Stewards issued three (3) charges against him pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 259 (1) & (7) as stated: 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; (b)  be a member or employee of the Controlling Body; (c)  be an office holder, official, member or employee of a club; (d)  enter a racecourse or any place under the control of a club or Controlling Body; (e)  race, lease, train, drive or nominate a horse; (f)  conduct breeding activities; (g)  enter any premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry; (h)  participate in any manner in the harness racing industry; (i)  permit or authorise any person to conduct any activity associated with the harness racing industry at his/her registered training establishment; (7)  A disqualified person who fails to comply with this rule is guilty of an offence. The charges related to Mr Wonson entering a premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry on Wednesday March 8, 2017, and while on those premises, handling a registered standardbred. In addition, those charges related to Mr Wonson entering a premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry on Thursday March 9, 2017, and while on those premises, driving and training a registered standardbred as well as associating with Mrs Christyne Wonson, a person connected with the harness racing industry as a licensed trainer, for purposes relating to that industry. HRNSW Stewards provided Mr Wonson with an opportunity to attend an inquiry or provide written submissions in response to the charges. No submissions were received. Consequently, HRNSW Stewards considered the charges and Mr Wonson was found guilty of all three (3) charges. As a result of having been found guilty of the three (3) charges, Mr Wonson was informed that the three (3) year disqualification period to which he was subject at the time of these offences had recommenced in accordance with AHRR 259A and NSW Local Rule (NSWLR) 259 as stated: AHRR 259A - In addition to any penalty imposed pursuant to Rule 259(7) the original period of disqualification shall unless otherwise ordered by the Stewards automatically recommence in full. NSWLR259 (1) - The period of disqualification or warning off of any person, who is disqualified or warned off, who contravenes AHRR 259 (1) shall automatically be deemed to recommence as from the most recent date of such contravention and may also be subject to further penalty. (2) The provisions of sub-rule (1) shall apply to any person to which AHRR 259 (1) applies, regardless of when such penalty that gives rise to the application of the rule that was imposed. Consequently, Mr Wonson was informed that the three (3) year period of disqualification had recommenced on March 9, 2017, and will expire at midnight on March 8, 2020. Mr Wonson was informed of his right of appeal against this decision and has lodged an Appeal. HRNSW Stewards are considering penalty in relation to the three (3) charges for which Mr Wonson has been found guilty.   MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER (02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS (02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) yesterday concluded the inquiry into the report from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (HKJC) that darbepoetin alpha (DPO) had been detected in a pre race blood sample taken from Courageous Kiwi prior to it competing and finishing unplaced in Race 6, the Bohemia Crystal Free for All (2300m) at Menangle on Saturday 26 November 2011.

Bacchus Marsh harness racing hobby breeder Shannon Nixon along with family and friends enjoyed the most sensational night ever at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday July 6, when home bred Art Major/Alluring filly Our Femme Fatale greeted the judge in the $100,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for Two Year Old Fillies over 2240 metres.

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today continued the inquiry via written submissions from Mr Shannon Wonson into the report from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (HKJC) that darbepoetin alpha (DPO) had been detected in a pre race blood sample taken from Courageous Kiwi NZ prior to it competing and finishing unplaced in Race 6, the Bohemia Crystal Free for All (2300m) at Menangle on Saturday 26 November 2011.

The inquiry, which was scheduled to resume today (Friday June 1) , into a report from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (HKJC) that darbepoetin alpha (DPO) had been detected in a pre race blood sample taken from Courageous Kiwi NZ prior to it competing and finishing unplaced in Race 6, the Bohemia Crystal Free for All (2300m) at Menangle on Saturday 26 November 2011 was adjourned due an expert witness called by Mr. Wonson being unable to attend due to an unforseen illness.

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today (Friday May 4) continued the inquiry into a report from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (HKJC) that darbepoetin alpha (DPO) had been detected in a pre race blood sample taken from Courageous Kiwi NZ prior to it competing and finishing unplaced in Race 6, the Bohemia Crystal Free for All (2300m) at Menangle on Saturday 26 November 2011.

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today (Friday April 27) continued the inquiry into a report from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (HKJC) that darbepoetin alpha (DPO) had been detected in a pre race blood sample taken from Courageous Kiwi NZ prior to it competing and finishing unplaced in Race 6, the Bohemia Crystal Free for All (2300m) at Menangle on Saturday 26 November 2011.

At the request of Shannon Wonson, the continuation of the inquiry which was scheduled for today (Tuesday April 24) into a report received from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (HKJC) that darbepoetin alpha (DPO) had been detected in a sample taken from Courageous Kiwi NZ at Menangle on Saturday 26 November 2011, has been adjourned to Friday 27 April 2012 at 10am at the offices of Harness racing New South Wales.

Harness Racing New South Wales today (Tuesday April 17) inquired into a report from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (HKJC) that darbepoetin alpha (DPO) had been detected in a pre race blood sample taken from Courageous Kiwi prior to it competing and finishing unplaced in Race 6, the Bohemia Crystal Free for All (2300m) at Menangle on Saturday 26 November 2011.

The owner of Courageous Kiwi, Michelle Wonson, has launched action against Harness Racing NSW in the Wollongong District Court. On Friday HRNSW revealed Courageous Kiwi was the horse which allegedly had returned a positive swab to erythropoietin after being unplaced in the Bohemia Crystal Free For All in November.

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