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Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) stewards yesterday (Tuesday) opened and adjourned an inquiry into the presence of the synthetic form of erythropoietin (EPO), darbepoetin alfa, in three blood samples taken from the pacer Em Maguane.

Premier reinsman Daryl Douglas today had his appeal against a six week driving suspension dismissed by Victoria's Independent Appeals Panel. Douglas was outed by Harness Racing Victoria stewards at Ballarat on August 22 for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible finishing position aboard The Caribbean Kid who was held up finishing fifth.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has today announced changes to the presentation of its 2008-09 annual awards to further build their profile and maximise the experience of attendees. The Victorian Horse of the Year awards have been moved from Rothacker Medal night and will now spearhead a second function on Friday night, October 23.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) stewards have opened and adjourned an inquiry into the pre-race treatment regime adopted by New South Wales licensed trainer Barry Matterson whilst campaigning New York Fashion in the Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown series in Victoria.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) stewards today (Friday) informed a third HRV licensed trainer that the results of a blood sample from a horse in their care has shown an irregularity to either recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) or darbepoetin alfa.

The Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown further cemented itself as the Southern Hemisphere's elite juvenile race series with a record-breaking finale at Tabcorp Park Melton. The series culminated for the first time at a metropolitan venue with four meetings over nine days from August 14 and punters expressed their approval through record turnover levels.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has convened an inquiry on September 8 into the presence of the synthetic form of erythropoietin (EPO), darbepoetin alpha, in three blood samples taken from the pacer Em Maguane.

Harness racing's richest raceday, the Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown Finals, will be run this Sunday afternoon at the sport's new Victorian home, Tabcorp Park at Melton. Prizemoney of over $A1.5 million will be on offer as the Southern Hemisphere's elite juvenile race series reaches its climax with a mouth watering 10 race program.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has received advice from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that HFL Sports Science in the United Kingdom has completed its analysis of four referee blood samples taken from two horses.

The Southern Hemispheres elite juvenile harness racing series, the Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown, reaches its climax in Victoria over the next fortnight. Tabcorp Park at Melton will host four meetings over nine days as Australia and New Zealand's best pacers and trotters gather for harness racing's lucrative season-ending championship.

Victorian pacer Maffioso scored a stunning last stride victory in Australia's Harness Racing's premier four-year-old race, the Chariots Of Fire, at Harold Park on Friday night. The perennial feature race bridesmaid had his moment in the sun when he collared heavily backed favourite Im Themightyquinn to win the $200,000 classic.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has today announced that global wagering and entertainment giant Tabcorp will sponsor two of the State's marquee events for the next two years. Under the lucrative arrangement, Tabcorp has attained the naming rights to the prestigious Australasian Breeders Crown and renewed its sponsorship of Victoria's signature race, the Hunter Cup.

The Victorian harness racing industry is mourning the passing of legendary administrator Frank Ryan. Ryan, who served as secretary of the Echuca Harness Racing Club for a record 50 years until his retirement in 2003, passed away last night (Sunday July 19) at the age of 80.

An exciting new era arrives for Victorian harness racing this Sunday afternoon with the grand opening raceday at Tabcorp Park, the industry's new $45 million home at Melton. It heralds the completion of a lifelong dream for the sport to own its own metropolitan home after operating as a tenant since 1947 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and then Moonee Valley.

To celebrate this Sunday afternoon's grand opening raceday at Victorian harness racing's new $45m home, Tabcorp Park at Melton, Western Bulldogs Australian Football League (AFL) star Ben Hudson will take to the drivers seat tomorrow. Hudson will join leading trainer-driver Lance Justice in a double seater sulky for several laps of the state-of-the-art 1040-metre racetrack.

An exciting new era arrives for Victorian harness racing this Sunday afternoon with the grand opening raceday at Tabcorp Park, the industry's new $45 million home at Melton. It heralds the completion of a lifelong dream for the sport to own its own metropolitan home after operating as a tenant since 1947 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and then Moonee Valley.

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