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The review applications of formerly licensed harness racing trainers Shayne and Greg Cramp, scheduled to be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on 28 September 2016,  have been adjourned at the request of their legal representative. Both Shayne and Greg Cramp applied for review of the decision of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board released on 1 March 2016 to affirm a 12 year disqualification imposed upon them by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).  The review applications, which will be heard on a date to be fixed, relate only to the severity of the penalty imposed.  Both Shayne and Greg Cramp remain disqualified parties in the interim.  The HRV RAD Board decision which is the subject of the review application can be found here. The circumstances surrounding the original disqualification are detailed here.

After initiating and conducting an investigation into the conduct of races and associated betting in the Mildura region relevant to the operation of the Mildura based harness racing Shayne Cramp stable, HRV Stewards provided information to Victoria Police who commenced an investigation into the relevant matters. The investigation was conducted by the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit. The complex investigation culminated in licensed participants Shayne and Greg Cramp being arrested on 2 February 2015 and questioned with respect to race-fixing allegations. On this date, HRV Stewards immediately suspended the training and driving licences of Shayne and Greg Cramp and excluded both parties from attending any harness racing tracks. At the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 3 September 2015, Mr Shayne and Greg Cramp pleaded guilty to a charge issued by Victoria Police under Section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958 which provides: A person must not engage in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of an event or eventcontingency—    (a) knowing that, or being reckless as to whether, the conduct corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of the event or the event contingency; and    (b) intending to obtain a financial advantage, or to cause a financial disadvantage, in connection with any betting on the event or the event contingency. Both Shayne and Greg Cramp were convicted and sentenced to a Community Corrections Order (CCO) for a period of 12 months, with Shayne Cramp required to perform 300 hours of community work and Greg Cramp required to perform 200 hours of community work. The sentence imposed for both parties related to their conduct with respect to the lead up to and running of Race 5 at Mildura on 12 November 2014. The sentence for Shayne Cramp also related to his conduct with respect to the lead up to and running of Race 6 at Mildura on 29 November 2014.  On 23 October 2015, Shayne and Greg Cramp attended before a sub-committee formed by the HRV Board whose role it was to consider the application or otherwise of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 267(1) which provides: 267. (1) Subject to sub-rule (2) the Controlling Body may for such period and on such conditions as it thinks fit, disqualify a person who is found guilty of or convicted of a crime or an offence in any State or Territory of Australia or in any country.  On 30 October 2015, the HRV Board considered the above provisions and the recommendations of the sub-committee. The HRV Board endorsed the sub-committee’s recommendation that the provisions of AHRR267 (1) be invoked and that Shayne and Greg Cramp be disqualified for a period of 12 years. The HRV Board subsequently ordered that Shayne and Greg Cramp be disqualified for a period of 12 years and that such penalty be backdated to commence 2 February 2015 when their licences were originally suspended by HRV Stewards. Shayne and Greg Cramp are therefore disqualified from having any involvement in the harness racing industry and this disqualification will remain in place until 2 February 2027.  The HRV Board also noted and endorsed the sub-committee’s indication that but for the co-operation and admissions to the offending by Shayne and Greg Cramp, the sub-committee would have recommended a disqualification period of 16 years be imposed. Throughout the criminal and harness racing proceedings, both parties expressed remorse for their conduct with Shayne Cramp describing his actions as unforgiveable and a “brain fade” and Greg Cramp describing an “on the spot” decision which turned out to be diabolical. The board also endorsed the sub-committee’s belief that the corrupt act of race fixing is one of the most serious offences that can be committed by participants involved in the harness racing industry and that any person found guilty of committing such offences should be disqualified for an extended period. HRV would like to acknowledge the co-operation between Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner and Harness Racing Victoria in bringing these serious matters before a criminal Court proceeding. HRV particularly wish to acknowledge the significant efforts and dedication of the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit in investigating this complex matter. HRV also wish to thank Mildura police for their extensive assistance and the Victoria Police Prosecutions Division, noting it to be the first successful prosecution in any form of racing under such legislation. If anyone has any information relating to race-fixing allegations they can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or the information can be reported to HRV Stewards on 03 8378 0222 or the Racing Integrity Hotline on 1300 227 225. Whilst the damage to the sport of harness racing for conduct such as that engaged in by Shayne and Greg Cramp is immeasurable, it is important to reflect upon the fact that such conduct has been detected and also that the conduct has been detected by the sport itself and that the parties involved have appeared before both criminal and harness racing proceedings. The harness racing industry is united in condemning such behaviour and will continue to support HRV Stewards in their endeavours to actively hunt any such wrongdoing and prosecute accordingly. HRV Stewards look forward to continuing their strong working relationship with the Victorian Police Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit who lead the law enforcement response to matters of race fixing in sport. Harness Racing Victoria

Two Australian harness racing identities accused of race fixing will have their cases heard in a Melbourne court. Shayne Cramp and his father Greg Cramp – both well known drivers and trainers – yesterday faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court on charges of corrupting a betting outcome.   The pair was charged in February following a 10-month investigation by Harness Racing Victoria, the Office of the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner and Victoria Police. Police prosecutor Sergeant Alexandra West asked the court to adjourn the matters to Melbourne, where most of the stakeholders involved were based.  Watch this space for further updates Harnesslink media

An investigation, commenced by the Harness Racing Victoria Stewards’ Department, and continued by the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit of Victoria Police, culminated yesterday in Victoria Police advising that criminal charges have been issued against licenced harness racing trainers Shayne Cramp and Greg Cramp. Upon receiving this advice, HRV Stewards have invoked the provisions of Australian Rule of Harness Racing 183 and suspended the licences of Shayne and Greg Cramp with immediate effect. No horse trained or owned by Shayne or Greg Cramp is able to race or trial. HRV Stewards have ordered the scratching of all of Shayne Cramp’s runners engaged at the Mildura meeting tonight. Any change of trainer requests from owners who have been impacted by these events must be approved by HRV. Shayne and Mr Greg Cramp have also been excluded under ARHR 15(1)(e) from attending any harness racing racecourse. HRV CEO John Anderson said: “It is important that the tireless work of Integrity Manager Andy Rogers is recognised. He initiated this exercise almost a year ago and has maintained a confidential vigilance throughout. I also commend the Chairman of Stewards Neal Conder and his panel for their ongoing contribution to the investigation. “I also wish to acknowledge the extensive commitment, dedication and tireless efforts of the whole team at the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit led by Detective Sergeant Kieran Murnane.” HRV respect the matters are now before the court and will be limiting any further comment. Harness Racing Victoria

Victoria Police officers have raided the properties of top Australian harness racing figures over their alleged involvement in a race-fixing scandal. The Monday morning raids have targeted the racing operations of the Cramp family in Mildura. Shayne Cramp is one of the state's leading harness racing drivers, while both he and his father Greg also run a major training operation as well. Fairfax Media was to publish an investigation about the pair's links to suspect betting activities and alleged corruption a fortnight ago, but was requested by police to stall publication. The Fairfax Media investigation can reveal that Shayne and Greg Cramp are alleged to be involved in a suspected illegal betting syndicate that has been attempting to manipulate the outcome of races for several months. No other members of their family are alleged to be involved. Fairfax Media is seeking comment from the Cramp family. Click this link to read the full article written by Nick McKenzie Richard Baker Matt Taylor in The Sydney Morning Herald

On 25 August 2014, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards lodged an application with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to review a decision of the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RAD Board) to allow the appeal of Shayne Cramp in relation to his drive on Philtra Phella in Race 1 at Mildura on 13 June 2014. Mr Cramp had been suspended for eight weeks by HRV Stewards under ARHR 149(1) which states that ‘a driver shall take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure that the horse driven by that drive has the best opportunity to win or obtain the best possible placing in the field’. The HRV RAD Board, on 14 July 2014, allowed Mr Cramp’s appeal and the penalty was set aside. The VCAT heard the application for review on 9 December 2014, where the presiding member, His Honour Senior Member Nixon, considered the relevant footage of the race along with the viva voce evidence of HRV Steward Mr Brett Day and Mr Cramp himself. His Honour also considered the submissions of the HRV Stewards and Mr Cramp including documents that were before the RAD Board. After considering evidence in relation to the first particular relating to Mr Cramp’s decision to remain on the pegs at the 1400m, His Honour indicated that although Mr Cramp should have checked where Fergus Mactavish was after it had galloped at the start, Mr Cramp was preoccupied with a gear problem and His Honour was not satisfied that the actions of Mr Cramp at this stage of the race involved a breach of Rule 149(1). In consideration of the second particular, which involved Mr Cramp shifting down the track at the 400m instead of persisting with a run wider on the track, His Honour stated that while the strategy at that point of the race turned out to be incorrect and an error of judgment, when the class of the horses and the speed of the race at that point were considered he could not be satisfied on the balance of probabilities it was a culpable error. The application of the HRV Stewards was dismissed. - HRV Media

Premier harness racing trainer Shayne Cramp had a “slow time at the office” at Mildura last night. Last week Cramp captured six of the seven races at the provincial circuit to register his fifth sextet – a national record. This time around, Cramp only won five of the eight races to register his 16th quintet. Cramp’s haul extends his national record for the most provincial quintets as a trainer, with all coming at Mildura. Western Australian trainer Gary Hall, who Cramp previously worked for, holds the national record for the most metropolitan quintets, a feat he has achieved 14 times. As a driver, Cramp has nine quintets, with Gary Hall junior boasting a record 16. Cramp is also the only trainer to complete a clean sweep of a meeting, which he achieved last July when he dominated the eight-race card at Mildura. Cramp’s latest milestone kick-started with Our Work Of Art, which he also drove to glory over Sportzpak and Atalanta Jewel. Cramp then partnered Your a Jet before handing over the reins to Reece Moore, who scored with Hand Of The King. Cramp was back in the sulky to win behind Kimcandash and Spokeswoman. Winner of the last two Victorian training premierships, Cramp is leading the way this season with 32 victories, with his team earning a cheque at every 1.4 starts. PAUL COURTS

Premier harness racing trainer Shayne Cramp came close to equalling his Australian record at Mildura last night. Last July Cramp became the first horseman to complete a clean sweep of a meeting, when he dominated the eight-race card at Mildura. As for his latest haul, Cramp won six of the seven races, having finished second in the opening event. It is the fifth time Cramp has prepared a sextet – also a national record - with each registered at Mildura. Cramps winners, of which he drove five, were Taj Bromac, Your a Jet, Welcome To Vegas, Intransit, Lis Mara Shadow and Spokeswoman. Talented concession driver Zac Phillips partnered Lis Mara Shadow. Cramp also boasts a record 15 provincial quintets as a trainer…with Mildura again playing host on each occasion. Western Australian trainer Gary Hall, who Cramp previously worked for, holds the national record for the most metropolitan quintets, a feat he has achieved 14 times. Lance Justice (March 17, 1989) and John McCarthy (June 19, 2010) share the metro record of seven victories on a card. Queensland’s Bill Dixon holds the mantle for the most wins in a day – nine – across two race meetings. As a driver, Cramp has nine quintets, with Gary Hall junior boasting a record 16. PAUL COURTS

It was has become the ‘norm’ at Mildura, premier harness racing trainer Shayne Cramp dominated proceedings last night. Although his evening began with a second, Cramp won four of the following six races, while finishing third in another. Paint The Hammer opened Cramp’s account before the horseman scored with Gotango, Spokeswoman and Tibytoa. The record-breaking mentor also drove each of his stable’s winners. As impressive as a quartet is, it pales in comparison to some of Cramp’s other feats, including a clean sweep of the eight-race card at Mildura last July. Cramp has also prepared four sextets, the most of any Australian trainer, with each registered at Mildura. Cramp also boasts a record 15 provincial quintets…with Mildura again playing host on each occasion. Western Australian trainer Gary Hall, who Cramp previously worked for, holds the national record for the most metropolitan quintets, a feat he has achieved 14 times. Lance Justice (March 17, 1989) and John McCarthy (June 19, 2010) hold the metro record of seven victories on a card. Queensland’s Bill Dixon holds the mantle for the most wins in a day – nine – across two race meetings. PAUL COURTS

Harness racing participants are widely-regarded as being among the most generous and that status has been proven yet again. Less than a week out from the TAB.COM.AU Charity Day, a host of star reinsman have declared they will donate their earnings from a specified meeting towards the Childrens’ Tumour Foundation. Chris Alford and Shayne Cramp (Victoria), Luke McCarthy (New South Wales), Peter McMullen (Queensland), Ricky Duggan (Tasmania), Clint and Gary Hall junior (Western Australia) and Ryan Hryhorec (South Australia) will all ‘sport’ the foundation’s racing silks at a program of their choice and will donate all earnings from the day to the cause. On top of that, several of Victoria’s leading concession drivers have also dipped into their pockets. Josh Aiken, Alex Ashwood, Josh Duggan, Haydon Gray and Zac Phillips have joined forces to make a donation. Each has “thrown in” $200, with the collective $1000 - a great compliment to the recent $5000 from James and Son and the $1000 from Arthur Fullwood. Thrilled with the Fab Five’s gesture, event organiser Robbie O’Connell stated the friendship between the talented reinsmen will end come game day. “It is a wonderful gesture from the five of them,” O’Connell said. “One top of their game fee, they have thrown in an extra $200. “They may have come together as a group for this, but they will split up into three teams on game day, so I’m sure white line fever will creep in. “No doubt they will enjoy revving each other up on the field and give the odd hip and shoulder for the sake of it.” Other industry identities to support the day include Alabar Bloodstock, which has covered the costs of the footballs and netballs as well as donating a service to Grinfromeartoear, which will be the headliner of a major raffle. A service to Union Guy donated by John Campbell is also in the mix, with connections of Red Samurai also chiming in with a service to the former handy trotter. There are also plenty of prizes for the non-breeders, including a 10 kilogram block of Cadbury chocolate, Bolinda Publishing Audio Books and a Myer voucher. Yirribee Stud has returned with mugs for the Most Valuable Player in each code, while Tabcorp is back as the football jumper sponsor and will supply jumpers for the four teams. The squads will be assembled from four districts – Melton (Go Blues), Ballarat, Shepparton and Bendigo. Other sponsors include Seelite Windows and Doors, Kevin Riseley, Allan McNeil and Glenn Sharp. A small fee of $50 for players and spectators (under 16 free) covers the costs of Sunday’s sausage sizzle, the games and the night’s function. Last year’s event raised $14,000, which is outstanding considering the foundation receives $18,000 from the government. Along with the fun and games, the function will also include a memorabilia auction. It was last year’s auction that proved to be the biggest money spinner for the cause. Paul Smart from Azuma International supplied the various pieces of memorabilia, which raised almost $8000 for the Chrildren's Tumour Foundation. Unlike 99.9 percent of auctions, Azuma International didn’t place a reserve on the items. For examples, a supplier will put a $500 reserve on a particular item, and should it sell for $550, the charity only receives $50! Azuma International, however, split the takings down the middle. Paul Courts    

An exciting night of trotting at the Nyah District Harness Racing Club was held at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday, with many races on the program named after those who have been associated with the club for a long period of time. This season’s state leading trainer, Mildura’s Shayne Cramp, had favourite punters cheering when he won the opening race – the Alta Christiano @ Alabar Stallions 2YO Pace over 1750 metres with Mach Three/Ally McBlossom filly Aldebaran Brandi. A winner on debut at Mildura on July 15, Aldebaran Brandi ($1.60) repeated the dose by leading throughout from outside the front line to easily account for Bright And Sonny (four wide last lap from last), with Our Work Of Art a stablemate of the winner coming from four back the markers at bell along the sprint lane to finish third. The mile rate was 1:57.2. Bendigo duo David Van Ryn and nephew Haydon Gray had an easy victory with Courage Under Fire/Delightful Emm 3Y0 gelding Courageous Emm in the Alan Branson Pace for C0 class over 1750 metres. Driven with aggression from gate two to retain the front running, Courageous Emm ($1.20) bounded away on the final bend to record a 10.9 metre victory in a rate of 1:57.5 over Another Approval (three back the markers) and Marcellus, which trailed the winner. Echuca trainer Wayne Lear is a regular at most Nyah meetings and landed the Max Slater Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1750 metres with five year old Village Jasper/Macray Purple gelding Purple Village in a rate of 1:58.7. Taken back to the tail of the field from outside the front line by Bec Bartley, Purple Village ($2.90) came with a barnstorming finish on straightening to blouse the leader Illawong Lively right on the wire (the margin a runaway half-neck), with Parisian Ruler third after facing the open from the bell. Honest five-year-old Die Laughing/Lily Princess mare Misschinoise scored a well deserved victory in the Peter Coady Pace for C2 class over 1750 metres, chalking up her seventh success in 51 outings. Trained and driven by Ararat’s Michael Bellman, who travels many thousands of miles around the state each season, Misschinoise ($3.70) enjoyed a sweet passage from gate three three back along the markers, with the pole marker Soho Jagger driven desperately to hold out the second elect Attack On Command (gate four) which then eased to follow the pacemaker. Moving away from the inside in the last lap, Misschinoise cruised up to Soho Jagger on the home turn and when asked for an effort on straightening, coasted to the wire 5.5 metres in advance of Soho Jagger and Attack On Command in a mile rate of 1:59.8. Popular Mildura trainer Frank Cavallaro was in the winners stall following the victory of Tommys Song ($5.80) in the Arthur Graham Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres. Driven by Luke Watson, Tommys Song, a 4YO gelded son of P Forty Seven and Tell Laura began smartly from gate three to be outside the leader Gnarly at the start, before being eased to take one/one cover when Unfair Dismissal was driven forward to park in the open. Eased three-wide in the last lap, Tommys Song ran home strongly to gain the day from Boom Boom Hall, which rattled home from near last on turning, with Yankidoodledanvers using the sprint lane for third after following the weakening leader. The mile rate was 1:59.8. Mildura (Cardross) trainer Frank Merceica’s six-year-old Pass The Mustard/Princess Yum Yum gelding Sir Pickles Yum Yum loves competing at Swan Hill and registered his third victory on the circuit when successful in the Jim Roberts Pace for C3 to C5 class over 2240 metres. With Greg Sugars in the sulky after making the long trek from Melton, Sir Pickles Yum Yum ($12.50) settled four back in the running line from gate four, with Mind The Wire leading before handing up to Mick Bellman’s Ourcrownin. With a number of changes happening during the race, Sir Pickles Yum Yum had moved to be three back at the bell and when taken wide on turning, rattled home to score by 1.3 metres in a rate of 2:00.2. Well Oiled Lombo (four wide final bend) ran home from last to claim third place. The Blissful Hall @ Empire Stallions 3YO Pace, first leg of the Daily Double and second leg of the Quaddie was declared a no race following a fall by Warana Court on the first turn. Len Baker - Harness Racing Victoria  

Shayne Cramp will take two horses in winning form to Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night. The Mildura master, who last month trained the entire card at a meeting at his home track, will bring impressive four-year-olds Philtra Phella and Cenosilocophobia to town in a bid to win his fourth metro race this season. Cramp believes both his horses are live chances at Melton, with Philtra Phella drawn to get a nice trail behind speedy Bettor Sweet, while Cenosilocophoba has drawn to potentially lead from gate two in Race 6. “Philtra Phella is going really good at the moment and he beat the free-for-all horses in Astronaut and Caribbean Crest last start and they’re both M1, so he looks up to an M0,” he said. “It looks like he’s got a good chance. “Cenosilocophobia has also been going really good. She’s got blistering gate speed and can lead from anywhere off the front row. “She’s up against the mares and there doesn’t look to be any standouts except maybe the bottom one (Tandias Bromac). “She likes to lead and bowl along so hopefully that’s how it can go from the gate.”' Stay in touch with HRV's Good Form blog for game plans for the Saturday night metro meeting. Related Links Fields for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 02 August 2014 Form guide for Tabcorp Park Melton, Saturday 02 August 2014    

Mildura harness racing trainer Shayne Cramp has achieved what is believed to be an Australian, and maybe even a world, first. Cramp's stable absolutely dominated proceedings at his home track on Tuesday night, not only winning every race but recording a trifecta in Race 1 and the quinella in the third, fifth and seventh events. Shayne drove three winners himself, while Reece Moore also had a winning treble and Greg Cramp booted home two victors for the stable. It began with the Fishers Supermarkets Pace when Lis Mara Shadow (Greg Cramp) defeated stablemate Boltenin by 9.8m, while another Cramp horse Anarion finished third. The second event, the Redwood Day @ Maryborough Sunday Pace, went to Cramp-trained two-year-old Mach Three filly Aldebaran Brandi, which defeated runner-up Lucky Eight and another Cramp runner East Emperor in third. Race 3, the Sunraysia Daily Pace, was taken out by Macray Soiree, Cramp’s three-year-old Grinfromeartoear filly, which defeated stablemate Glen Alpine Drive by 5.3m. The Cramp wagon rolled on in Race 4, the Seelite Windows and Doors Pace, when Soho Jagger prevailed victorious 8.5m over Georges Lad in second and yet another Cramp runner in Squiggymaguire in third. The fifth event saw the Cramps in the winners’ stall in the Bill Hanson Memorial Pace, with a stable quinella via Philtra Phella defeating Sutter Man. Hargrave took out Race 6, the Mildura Sports Pace, Cramp’s only runner in the race prevailing by 12.1m. The seventh event went to Inransit, while stablemate Vivant gave Cramp yet another quinella. And in the last history was made in emphatic fashion, Reece Moore piloting Cramp’s Cenosilocophobia to victory by a huge margin. Moore gave an emphatic victory salute as he crossed the line in first place; but his winning margin was so enormous he probably could have got out 50m before the line and danced his horse and sulky to success. Trots fans' Twitter and Facebook feeds were all about Cramp after the last race, many suggesting it was one of the most remarkable feats seen in the sport's history. By Cody Winnell  (Harness Racing Australia)

Harness Racing Victoria commentator Craig Rail is tipping Mildura trainer Shayne Cramp to dominate his hometown meeting tonight. Rail has tipped Cramp to win seven of the eight races on the program. The one race he doesn’t have a Cramp runner on top in is Race 2, where he’s tipped the Cramp stable to finish second and third. Rail has Cramp winning Race 1 with Boltenin ($2.30), Race 3 with Glen Alpine Drive ($1.30), Race 4 with Soho Jagger ($2.20), Race 5 with Philtra Phella ($1.90), Race 6 with Hargrave ($1.50), Race 7 with Intransit ($3) and Race 8 with Cenosilocophobia ($2.40). HRV Media

Queensland young gun Pete McMullen is counting down the days. Like sands though the hourglass. On Saturday night, McMullen gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he partners harness racing megastar pacer Im Themightyquinn in the Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Open Pace at Albion Park. Only last week, McMullen took the lines behind the $4.5 million earner in a trial which prepped him for his stunning track record breaking victory in the Sunshine Sprint. Now, it’s the real deal and the talented third generation horseman can’t wait. “I have to keep pinching myself, I still can’t believe I’ve been entrusted with duty of driving this champion pacer under race conditions. It’s such a massive thrill and a huge honour, I can’t wait to get out there and get amongst it.” McMullen said. It would be understandable if McMullen was suffering from nerves but they have been erased following his trial triumph last week. The focused and dedicated horseman came to the attention of Gary Hall months ago after the Perth based trainer noticed similarities with his son, star reinsman Gary Jnr. “I like his style and he drives with controlled aggression just like Gaz and I had no hesitation in securing his services when I came to Brisbane. I told him after the trial last week that I would put him on if the race stood up this week and I’m happy to have him aboard.” Hall said. Since transferring to the stables of Hall back in October, 2008, Im Themightyquinn has had a total of six different drivers which includes Gary Hall Jnr, Clinton Hall, Kim Prentice, Nathan Jack, Shayne Cramp and Greg Bennett. On Saturday night, McMullen will become lucky number seven. “He’s not the easiest horse to drive because he has own little tricks and idiosyncrasies but I was thrilled when young Pete handled him perfectly in the trial, they both seemed very comfortable out there together. “Gaz was very keen to return this week and drive him but I’ve got Beaudiene Boaz set to trial this Sunday at Byford and I wanted him to drive him before he starts next week in the Golden Slipper. Gaz will be back to drive him next week in the feature. “He’s trained on very well since his victory last week and he’s really enjoying his time here in Queensland. I’m sure he will be very hard to beat again this weekend, the extra distance will actually suit him better.” Victory this weekend will take Im Themightyquinn closer to all time prizemoney record which is currently held by retired Queensland champion Blacks A Fake at $4, 575, 438. by Chris Barsby Queensland Harness Racing

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards today completed an inquiry into the tactics adopted by driver Shayne Cramp on Philtra Phella during the first race at the Ouyen at Mildura race meeting held on 13 June 2014. The inquiry was adjourned on the day of the race meeting after taking considerable evidence from Mr Cramp. At the resumption of the inquiry today, Mr Cramp was issued with a charge under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 149(1) which states that ‘a driver shall take all reasonable and permissible measures during the course of a race to ensure that the horse driven by that driver is given full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible placing in the field’. The particulars of the charge were (1) that at the 1400m, when the pace had been slow in the early stages of the race, Mr Cramp remained in a position three-back on the marker pegs, allowing Philtra Phella to be covered by other horses when it was both reasonable and permissible for Mr Cramp to shift into the running line at that stage; and (2) racing to the 400m Mr Cramp failed to persist in a three-wide move around the field which would have been a reasonable option given the minimal use made of Philtra Phella to that point and allowed Philtra Phella a clear and uninterrupted run to the finish, instead Mr Cramp moved back to a position inside Bella Hotshot and behind Fergus Mactavish which led to Mr Cramp forcing a passage between those two horses causing interference to Bella Hotshot and Philtra Phella subsequently galloping. Mr Cramp pleaded not guilty to the charge, however presented no further evidence. After considering all the evidence adduced including the explanation of Mr Cramp; the available replays; the early sectional times which incorporated a lead time three seconds slower than average and a first quarter of 33.3 seconds; the exposed form of Philtra Phella and the limited amount of work done by Philtra Phella in the early stages it was determined that the charge could be sustained. When assessing penalty it was considered that this was Mr Cramp’s third offence under this rule in the preceding 16 months balanced alongside the frequency with which he drives. It was also determined that the level of culpability was in the high range due to Mr Cramp’s experience and ability as a reinsman, taking into account the details of the two reasonable opportunities during the race and also that Philtra Phella carried the weight of public money as a well supported favourite. At the completion of the inquiry Mr Cramp had his licence to drive in races suspended for a period of eight (8) weeks which will commence at midnight on 5 July 2014. Stewards Report Kevin Croghan Stewards Panel: M Barbosa, N Torpey, K Wolsey Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a piece of equipment that was confiscated from the racing stables of licenced trainer Mr Kevin Croghan, during a stable inspection attended by the Integrity Regulation Unit (IRU) officers Mr John Hackett and Ms Robyn McCrae on 27 March 2014. After considering all the evidence tendered, Stewards charged Mr Croghan pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 213 (b) which reads: A person shall not have in his possession any harness, gear, equipment, device, substance or any other thing capable of inflicting suffering on a horse. The particulars of the charge being that during a stable inspection of Mr Croghan’s stables on 27 March 2014, a piece of equipment capable of inflicting suffering on a horse, namely a thirty-five centimetre piece of barbed wire that can be attached to the gear of a horse, was found in his possession. Mr Croghan pleaded guilty to the charge. When assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the seriousness of the offence and the need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent, however were also mindful of Mr Croghan’s guilty plea and his good record spanning many years. In all the circumstances Stewards determined the appropriate penalty be a fine of $1,000. Stewards further directed that Mr Croghan be allowed a period of three months to pay the fine. Stewards Report Justin Abbott 25 June 2014 Racing Queensland Stewards yesterday issued eight (8) charges pursuant to the Australian Harness Racing Rules against licensed harness trainer Mr Justin Abbott. These charges arose from an inquiry that was commenced following the improved performance of FOLDEM at Albion Park on Monday 17 March 2014. Mr Abbott was stood down by Stewards under Australian Harness Rule 183 (d) on 21 March 2014 on the basis of evidence gathered during the Stewards investigations. The charges and their particulars are as follows: Charge 1 is under Rule 44(1) which reads: A driver or 1 or more of the connections of a horse intending to adopt during a race tactics contrary to the horse’s usual racing pattern shall, as soon as practicable, so notify the Stewards. The specifics of the charge being that Mr Justin Abbott, as the trainer of FOLDEM when it raced in Race 6 at Albion Park on Monday, 17 March 2014, failed to notify Stewards of your intention to adopt tactics contrary to its usual racing pattern in that FOLDEM showed gate speed and was driven forward from barrier 6 on the front row and led which was in contrast to the manner in which the horse was driven on Monday, 10 March 2014 from barrier 1 on the front row and was positioned three back on the marker pegs. Charge 2 is under Rule 273(5) which reads: A person shall not without the approval of the Stewards change the registered gear of a horse. The specifics of the charge being that Mr Justin Abbott, as the trainer of FOLDEM when it raced in Race 6 at Albion Park on Monday, 10 March 2014, changed the registered gear of that horse without the approval of the Stewards, namely by presenting the horse to race in an open bridle when its registered gear indicated the horse should race in blinkers (block). Charge 3 is also under Rule 273(5), the specifics being that Mr Justin Abbott, as the trainer of FOLDEM when it raced in Race 6 at Albion Park on Monday, 17 March 2014, changed the registered gear of that horse without the approval of the Stewards, namely by presenting the horse to race in blinkers (hood) when its registered gear indicated the horse should race in blinkers (block). Charge 4 is under Rule 235A(1) which reads: A trainer must not lay any horse that is either under his care, control or supervision or has been in the preceding 21 days. The specifics of the charge being that Mr Justin Abbott, as the trainer of OHOKA BOSTON when it raced in Race 1 at Redcliffe on Wednesday, 19 February 2014, did lay that horse via his Betfair account when it had been under his care, control and supervision, and as a result of the horse not placing, received $235.00. Charge 5 is also under Rule 235A(1), the specifics being that Mr Justin Abbott, as the trainer of ALTA MARIO when it raced in Race 4 at Albion Park on Monday, 10 March 2014, did lay that horse via his Betfair account when it had been under his care, control and supervision, and as a result of the horse not placing, received $97.55. Charge 6 is also under Rule 235A(1), the specifics being that Mr Justin Abbott, as the trainer of FOLDEM when it raced in Race 6 at Albion Park on Monday, 10 March 2014, did lay that horse via his Betfair account when it had been under his care, control and supervision, and as a result of the horse not winning, received $811.00. Charge 7 is under Rule 243 which reads: A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the industry. The specifics of the charge being, that Mr Justin Abbott, as the trainer of FOLDEM, engaged in the following behaviour in respect of that horse between 9 March 2014 and 18 March 2014: Mr Abbott presented FOLDEM to race in Race 6 at Albion Park on Monday, 10 March 2014 in gear which had not been approved by Stewards, namely an open bridle. FOLDEM was the odds-on favourite at $1.80 on Tattsbet. The horse performed below expectation based on its Victorian form, placing sixth. Mr Abbott layed FOLDEM that day and received $811.00 as a result of the horse not winning. Following this, FOLDEM raced in Race 6 at Albion Park on Monday, 17 March 2014. Mr Abbott failed to notify Stewards of a change in driving tactics and further failed to seek approval to change the registered gear of the horse, namely that it was presented in blinkers (hood). FOLDEM’s performance was improved on this occasion and it won the race paying $2.40 on Tattsbet. Mr Abbott placed two bets on FOLDEM to win via his Betfair account and profited in the amount of $810.00. An associate of Mr Abbotts, namely Mr Saverio (Sam) Treccase, and his brother Mr Robert Treccase, also layed FOLDEM on 10 March 2014 and backed it to win on 17 March 2014. This conduct was prejudicial and detrimental to the industry in that a reasonable person would likely perceive Mr Abbott’s behaviour on the whole as undermining the integrity of the harness racing industry and the very act of a trainer laying his own horse and profiting from such creates the suspicion that Mr Abbott, and others associated with Mr Abbott, gained an unfair advantage as a result. Charge 8 is under Rule 247 which reads: A person attending before the Controlling Body its members or employees, the Stewards, officials, or at any proceeding under these rules, shall not speak or behave in a malicious, intimidatory or otherwise improper manner. The specifics of the charge being that on 3 April 2014 when RQ Stewards David Farquharson, Norm Torpey and John Hackett were in attendance at Mr Abbott’s stables and residence exercising powers under the Australian Harness Racing Rules, Mr Abbott stated to the Stewards words that, in the circumstances of the ongoing inquiry, were intimidatory and otherwise improper in that they were designed to intimidate, and undermine the Stewards and to influence the Stewards’ conduct of the inquiry. Mr Abbot has been given until Monday 7 July 2014 to respond to the charges. HARNESS RACING AUSTRALIA

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