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Harness Racing NSW has been advised by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that phenylbutazone and oxphenbutazone has been detected in the post race urine sample taken from MAGICAL TELF NZ after it raced and won Race 3, the Slingsby Holdings Australasian Young Drivers Heat 2 (2300 metres) at Tabcorp Park Menangle Harness meeting on 15 February 2014. This finding has been confirmed by the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Melbourne. An inquiry into these findings will be held on Thursday 1 May 2014. Mr D Braun the trainer of MAGICAL TELF NZ has been advised. HRNSW

It is more than a month since Im Victorious suffered a serious tendon injury in the Inter Dominion Grand Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The healing process has been a slow one but trainer Michael Brennan is extremely happy with the progress his stable star has made since the incident and is looking forward to being reunited with him in the future. "Snoop (Im Victorious) is getting daily physio on the injury, he is being looked after over there in Sydney by a great team of people and they are trying to ensure they keep some mobility in his leg despite the excessive scar tissue," Brennan said. "He will continue the treatment in Sydney for another six weeks or so and after that he should be ready to make his way back home to Perth and live out his days in a paddock on my property, I think he deserves it." While there had been some speculation that Im Victorious could make a miraculous comeback and return to the racetrack, Brennan believes that it would be highly improbable. "More than likely he will never be able to race again but to be honest I'm just hoping that he will be 'paddock sound' so I can get him home and spend time with him again." "His injuries have healed to the point where the vets are no longer concerned with regards to infection in the tendon and now they are just making sure through the physio that too many adhesions don't form and create issues for us." It has been a tough time for everyone concerned with Im Victorious but Brennan admits he has come to the realisation that he has to move past the devastating loss of the Western Australian Derby winner. "I had arrived at the point where I just had to move on, there was no point in dwelling on it, the whole situation was very devastating for all of us and now I have to try and find my next star." Im Victorious won more than $750,000 in his 34 start career and won 22 races. By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Harness Racing New South Wales                 Warning to recipients:   This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.          

Seryn Adams has already driven 30 winners but her career away from the racetrack is looking even brighter after being awarded a HRNSW Media Scholarship. Her six month placement sees Seryn undertake formal media training, she spends a day each week at Sky Racing, working on harness racing programme 'In The Gig' and she also spends one day at Tabcorp Park Menangle working with Trots TV. "I didn't plan on working in the media when I was younger, it is a new interest for me but I am really enjoying the opportunity I am getting at the moment and I am learning a lot," Adams said. "I turn 20 next Monday and this opportunity is a tremendous one for me, after I have completed the six months I am hoping to get some more work in the media." Adams will continue to drive her own horses when they compete in races despite her new interest. "At this stage I will be driving my own horses, I've got two in work at the moment but I won't be chasing outside drives going forward." "I really just want to make a difference for the sport and show the industry in a positive light, I must admit when I first started I was very nervous but with a bit of practice I have become a lot more relaxed and I am really enjoying it." After completing school in 2009, Adams decided to further her studies in Childcare. "When I left school I concentrated on working the horses but I also studied my Certificate III in Childcare to ensure that I had something to fall back on should I need it at a later stage but hopefully now I am heading in a different direction." "I am about one month into the scholarship already and I really enjoy it, I'd love to work for Sky Racing one day on a fulltime basis." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing Harness Racing New South Wales |  

HRNSW advises that it intends to utilise the HRNSW Retention Facility for all horses entered into the Group 1, Len Smith Mile to be conducted at TABCORP Park Menangle on Sunday 27 April 2014. All trainers with horses entered for this race will be required to have their respective horses presented to the facility by 11am on Saturday 26 April 2014 and will remain under the supervision of HRNSW until released to the raceday stables 2 hours prior to the race. When the field is released on Tuesday, 22 April 2014, trainers will receive notification from HRNSW outlining the policy, required procedures and arrival time. Horses may enter the facility prior to the imposed deadline, by making prior arrangements. If you have any questions please contact the Integrity Department of HRNSW.   Harness Racing NSW                   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 31 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:   Manager - Integrity   Phone:   (02) 9722 6600   Email:   rsanders@hrnsw.com.au               Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6600| F: 02 85805792 | E: nogrady@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.hrnsw.com.au & www.trotstv.com.au               Warning to recipients:   This email and any attachments are confidential and subject to copyright. If you are not the intended recipient any use, disclosure or copying is unauthorised. If you have received this email in error please advise us immediately by reply email and delete all copies. It is your responsibility to examine this email and any attachments for viruses. Any personal information in this email must be handled in accordance with privacy legislation.          

Purdon-Rasmussen juveniles Follow The Stars and Kept Under Wraps look set to dominate the male section of the rich Sydney Australian Pacing Gold series after winning their respective heats with authority at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday. The first of Mark Purdon’s two heat winners was Kept Under Wraps who, despite racing greenly and being headed around the home bend, fought back to win by a ½ head over gun Australian two-year-old Artistic Flite. The two-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight has now won two from two, while Art Major stablemate Follow The Stars extend his win streak to four when unleashing a last quarter of 26.0 and dashing away for a comprehensive 5.9 metre win over Its Only Rocknroll. Follow The Stars was Purdon and Rasmussen’s seventh training success of the weekend after producing four winners at Addington, and one at Alexandra Park, on Friday night. Meanwhile, Interdominion champion Beautide looks set for the upcoming Len Smith Mile after overhauling his rivals late to win $24,000 FFA. By Mitchell Robertson

Tabcorp Park Menangle is ready for racing. The track was given a tick of approval this morning by local trainers as well as Harness Racing New South Wales chief steward Reid Sanders to resume racing tomorrow (Saturday) night. Following last week’s setback, the track has been worked on continuously and veteran mentor Dennis Wilson can already notice the difference within the track. “The track was beautiful this morning,” he said. “It is more forgiving on the horses’ legs and they’ll still run the times because they will be comfortable. “We’ve had a bit of rain overnight and on the old surface I would have had chunks of dirt flicked up at me and I had none of that today.” Over eight millimetres of rain fell at Menangle on Thursday and NSW Harness Racing Club chief executive John Dumesny also pointed out that the old surface would have suffered from this. “The drizzly rain we had yesterday and overnight would have caused us some concern with the former surface,” Dumesny said. “Whilst we didn’t have the unprecedented rain that we had last week, we had a sustained period of rain on Thursday and the track handled it with ease.” Some of the first horses to race on this revamped surface include Inter Dominion winner Beautide and placgetters Seel N Print and For A Reason who will go head-to-head in the Marsdens Law Group Pace (Race 7 at 8.45pm). The bumper 10-race card, which also includes two Australian Pacing Gold heats as well as three heats for the Lands Legal Carousel, will start at 5.40pm. For further information telephone NSWHRC Racing Manager David Wonson on 0438 398 251. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW

Bathurst Gold Crown winning two year old Artistic Flite will return to the racetrack on Saturday night when he competes in a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Trainer Anton Golino confirmed the son of Artistic Fella had recovered well from his first Gr. 1 victory and is hoping to add a second feature win to the list. "He is a dream horse, he just recovers so quickly, he has pulled up from the Bathurst Gold Crown so well and now it is time to concentrate on the Australian Pacing Gold," Golino said. "Artistic Flite doesn't take a lot of work so he'll just have one more serious hit-out this week to top him off for Saturday night and if everything goes to plan we will be off to Melbourne for the semi finals a fortnight later." Golino was extremely proud of Artistic Flite after the win at Bathurst but admitted he was nervous going into the final. "Definitely, I was really nervous about him going into the first corner but John McCarthy got him around that perfectly and once he did that I knew he was going to be a big chance." "I didn't give John any instructions, he's driven enough in big races and won plenty of them and in the end it all turned out perfectly, I think Noel Daley was the first person to ring me after the win, it was a very special night for me." A long float trip to Melbourne is not a concern for Artistic Flite according to Golino. "When he had his first start at Newcastle back in February he was in the float by himself and we actually got caught in a fair bit of traffic on the way into the track and he handled himself really well, he didn't sweat up, he didn't move, he was perfect so I'm not too worried about taking him to Melbourne." "There is only a week between the semi final and the final and should he get through to the final I think it would be best to stay down there rather than have him doing a lot of travelling back and forth on the freeway." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing  Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Top four year old mare Frith has been invited to compete in this year's Harness Jewels in New Zealand but trainer Bruce Harpley is unsure on whether he will take his stable star across the Tasman. Harpley felt honoured that Frith received an invitation however acknowledged he and owner Bernie Kelly would need to consider their options going forward. "When I saw that Frith had been selected on In The Gig on Sky Racing on Monday night to compete in the Harness Jewels it made me realise that Bernie and I need to sit down and have a good chat about it," Harpley said. "I wouldn't rule it out completely but we have to keep in mind that there is the semi final of the Breeders Challenge a fortnight after the Jewels and I wouldn't want to put her whole campaign and season in jeopardy by chasing the one race in New Zealand, the Breeders Challenge might be the easier option." Harpley reiterated comments made earlier in the year that he planned to give Frith a light season. "I've said it since she turned four, all I am worrying about this season is looking after her and not over taxing her because she is eligible for a number of features and she should be competitive in all of them." "Adore Me would be extremely hard to beat over there in New Zealand and that is obviously a very strong consideration for both Bernie and I." Frith will head back to Tabcorp Park Menangle in the next couple of weeks and will tackle a Metropolitan event. "That's the plan, now that she has had the couple of runs under her belt she should have improved to the point where she is ready to head back to the Menangle so I'm not sure when but she will definitely be back there by the end of the month." "If you look back to her three year old season most of her races were three race series where she went heat, semi and then final and she was always at her best in the final, she's just that sort of mare, she needs to get the miles in her legs." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing  Harness Racing New South Wales |                  

Inter Dominion winner Beautide will return to the scene of his biggest career victories when he steps out at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. The son of Bettors Delight last raced on March 2 and despite having a week in the paddock to recover, trainer/driver James Rattray is expecting a big performance. "I gave him seven days to get over the Inter Dominion, he really appreciated the break and put on a little bit of weight so all things are heading in the right direction with the Len Smith Mile at the end of the month," Rattray said. "Ideally I would have liked to have given him a trial but because the track has been shut undergoing renovations, I've had to do all the work with him at home but I'm still expecting a big performance from him this Saturday night." Saturday's event has attracted the first three placegetters from the Inter Dominion Grand Final with Seel N Print and For A Reason nominated to compete. "It is a nice race for Beautide but the plan is to only give him this one hit-out before the Len Smith Mile, it should tighten him up nicely and have him ready." "After the Len Smith Mile I'm thinking I will give him another short break and get him ready for races like the Miracle Mile so at this stage I'm ruling out going to Queensland." Rattray was happy to see Pachacuti return to the winners' list at Hobart on the weekend and confirmed the four year old pacer will be returning to his stable later in the season. "That win on Sunday night would have done him the world of good, he just needed that for his confidence, he has the four year old Sires Stakes in Tasmania and also the Easter Cup but he will then come back here to Sydney." "Another horse will be joining him on the trip up here too, a horse called Devendra, he has won a few cups down there." By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Harness Racing NSW)|          

Due to the unprecedented rain which has been encountered during the total resurfacing of the track at Tabcorp Park Menangle the meeting set for tomorrow night has been transferred to the Newcastle International Paceway. The decision taken by the NSWHRC was made in the overall interest of all participants. “This was a difficult decision for the Club however the circumstances of the weather were beyond our control” said Chief Executive John Dumesny. “The easy decision was to simply abandon the meeting” “We acknowledge participants will be inconvenienced by this transfer and humbly apologise .” “Part of the decision was based on the fact that there had been no metropolitan prizemoney on offer last week and there was $148,000 in prizemoney to be distributed for this meeting” “After the weather turned nasty last night and continued this morning the transfer was acted upon early to assist participants with their own personal decisions.” “Our contractors could not guarantee they would finish the track works without 24 daylight hours unless we would guarantee perfect conditions.” “That was beyond the realms of possibility taking into consideration the forecast weather over the next few days. The Club due to the weather forecast for the weekend has also made the decision to transfer the Monday and Tuesday race meetings to Penrith. For further information contact Chief Executive John Dumesny on 02 4645 2200.

Respected horseman Blake Fitzpatrick will have a three pronged attack in Saturday night's heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for the two year old fillies at Tabcorp Park Menangle.  Fitzpatrick has a strong team of juveniles this season and unbeaten filly Our Awesome Girl could be one of the better ones in the stable. "Our Awesome Girl is a very promising filly that's for sure, and in the space of six weeks she has just continued to improve," Fitzpatrick said. "She's quite a big filly and I must admit I had some concerns earlier in the season but she has put it altogether of late and once the penny started to drop the APG became an obvious target." Our Awesome Girl is raced by Fitzpatrick's mother and Pam Usher. "They are going to have a bit of fun with her this season, she won her first race at Newcastle by four or five metres and it was another thirty metres back to third." In the second of the heats, Fitzpatrick will start Star Jasmine and Candy Crush. "Gavin (Fitzpatrick, brother) will drive Star Jasmine, she had her first start at Bankstown and I thought her run was very good." "She was passed in at the APG sales and was retained by her breeder Ron Littler." Candy Crush was only a cheap purchase and looked set to qualify for the Bathurst Gold Tiara last start before veering in at a crucial stage in the straight. "She had never been hit with the whip before and ducked in but she requalified at Penrith on Tuesday and I think she is going to be a filly of the future." by Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Courtesy of Harness Racing AU)

T will be more than a month since Tabcorp Park Menangle has hosted a race meeting on its world class circuit but Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Harness Racing Club John Dumesny is looking forward to Saturday night's ten race card. Dumesny is confident the track is 'ready to go' but admits it may take time for the surface to settle down. "The surface overall is much softer for the horses which is important for their longevity and durability and that is what the horseman have asked for," Dumesny said. "Our track consultant Dan Coon is of the belief that speed isn't everything and it might be a while before we start to see fast times but ultimately what we are after is a uniformity and consistency." The Menangle surface was put to the test on Tuesday morning and Dumesny confirmed some work will be carried out before this weekend's meeting. "There was one patch which was about 30 metres by 10 metres that the horseman said was too soft on Tuesday and we will be able to fix that by this weekend." "It is a totally different surface to what we had here before, we have been informed that there is a 25 year supply of the material from the quarry and it is important that we are able to source replacement material as it is needed in the future." A similar surface was used when rebuilding the Goulburn track. "It is a sandy material and as was evident from when Goulburn opened it took a while before the track settled in but the surface is now at a stage where Goulburn is a very popular surface." Race 1 will begin at 6:10pm on Saturday with two heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old fillies and three heats of the Carousel highlighting the programme. Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW

Contrary to reports throughout Australasia Keystone Del will not contest Alexandra Park’s ‘Triple Crown’ starting on Anzac Day (April 25). Trainer Nicole Molander confirmed with Harness Racing New Zealand today (Wednesday) that the son of Dr Ronerail would now go out for a “well earned” spell. “We want him to bow out for the season on a high. He deserves that. We have spoken to all of his owners and they agree that what he has achieved so far this season is more than enough. “Even though he’s come through his Great Southern Star races really well we don’t want to risk coming to Auckland and have him running there as a tired horse,” Molander said. Keystone Del won his $50,000 elimination heat of the Great Southern Star at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on Saturday and then later that evening went on to beat Stent in the $300,000 final. Both were 1720m mobile Group One events. Molander said the Anzac Cup, the Greenland Cup (May 2) and the Rowe Cup (May 9) were tempting. Her husband Dean even contacted the Auckland Trotting Club last week about lining the former Kiwi trotter up in all three races. “We were never going to make a decision until today. Some reporters jumped the gun. The horse’s welfare always comes first and that’s why we waited until he returned home from Victoria (to New South Wales) before we made any decision on coming to New Zealand. “He’s had 14 races this campaign and done a very good job for us. His welfare always comes first,” Molander stressed. In those 14 races Keystone Del has won seven times and placed on five occasions. All up he has now won 15 of his 32 lifetime starts, placed six times and banked $517,429 for Molander and fellow owners P. T. Hall, M. J. Hall, and A. J. Molander. His fastest mile rate of 1;53.9 was recorded when winning the Group One $100,000 Glenferrie Challenge at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 2 this year. “We would like to follow the same racing schedule as what we did with him last year. The Glenferrie Challenge is definitely on the radar because no trotter has won that three times in a row. “The Southern Star is also part of the plan. As for New Zealand I think the Rowe Cup and supporting races could be a real possibility this time next year,” Molander said. The 6-year-old bay gelding had nine New Zealand starts for trainer Tim Hall before being exported to Australia on November 14, 2011. In fact he never won a race until his final two New Zealand starts – both of them within three days of each other at Manawatu in October 2012. Molander said Keystone Del would now be spelled for a couple of months. “He’s come back from Victoria in great condition. We’ll probably give him two months off and then get him back into training again, because he takes quite a bit of work getting him back to where he should be at,” Molander said. Keystone Del was bred by P. T and M. J. Hall. He is the second of three foals out of the Aereus mare, Flipside. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)

It has been a very good month for trainer Darren Hancock.  Firstly talented mare Vansumic won the Gr. 1 Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Inter Dominion Grand Final day.  Then his recent stable addition Teo Enteo won the Wagga Wagga Cup before backing up last weekend to add the Young Cup to the list. "It has been a tremendous month for me so far, I couldn't be happier with how things worked out with Vansumic and for Teo Enteo to win two country cups to top it all off has been great," Hancock said. "I think he has earned himself a break and to be honest there isn't too much around for him over the next couple of months so he can have a break and I will bring him back and see if he measures up against the very good ones." Teo Enteo has shown tremendous speed in his two most recent wins. "He has shown that he can follow speed and has some real high speed of his own when he is asked to sprint, I think his win on Saturday night at Young was pretty good considering where he came from to win it." "Wayne Potter sent the horse up to me, I'm pretty good mates with him and he is a big believer that Menangle toughens the horses up and I really think that has happened with him." Vansumic has returned to the stables this week after enjoying a ten day break after her Ladyship Mile victory. "She didn't have too long off but wow has she gotten fat in that short time, I'll work her up and see what races are around for her, I was thinking about the Queen Of The Pacific in Melbourne but I'm not too sure if she handles the standing start too well so I will just have to wait and see." "Being an eight year old I would assume this is her final season of racing, I wouldn't be surprised if her owners put her in foal later on this year, she has proven herself on the racetrack." by Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

nter Dominion winning trainer James Rattray will head to Goulburn's meeting on Friday with a three pronged attack and is hoping talented mare Delightful Christian will lead the trio with another victory.  Delightful Christian won her first race at Tabcorp Park Menangle last week and Rattray has confirmed he is considering a trip to Victoria for the daughter of Christian Cullen. "The main target with her was going to be the Ladyship Mile but we just fell behind with her after she got a little bit sick, the good news is that she is well and truly over that and she is starting to find her form again," Rattray said. "The Queen Of The Pacific looks a good option for her because there doesn't seem to be too many feature races for the mares in the next couple of months in New South Wales, the standing start in Victoria is a bit of a query but I would give her plenty of practice beforehand to make sure she was ready for it." Rattray will also take Major Post and Jack In Flight to Goulburn. "Major Post hasn't drawn the best, he is going a little bit better than his form suggests, he can still win another two country penalty events before I think about a metro race and I'm pretty sure he has got that in him." "Jack In Flight will have his 100th start this week, he has been going alright too and there are a few country cup races coming that might suit him or we can just keep running him in races around here, he isn't too far away from a win." Rattray's stable star Beautide returned to the stables on Tuesday after enjoying a week off as a result of his Inter Dominion win and will now be set for the Len Smith Mile in April at Menangle. "I'm really happy with him, he has come through the Inter Dominion extremely well and I'm actually a bit surprised how well he has recovered from it and because of that the Len Smith Mile looks a good target for him." "The week off has done him the world of good and he had plenty of residual fitness anyway." by Greg Hayes - SKY Racing (Harness Racing AU)

"If this is not the best than I don't know what is . . . whatever it is, it's going to be hard to top." Those were the words of Barrie Rattray after he witnessed his son James drive their horse Beautide to victory in the $750,000 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Grand Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. Beautide defied all odds to take out the Grand circuit gem after doing plenty of work outside the leader in world record time of 3.36 for the 3009 meters race (a 1:55.5 mile rate). He is the first horse in more than 15 years to win the Miracle Mile and the Inter Dominion in the same season. The last horse to do so was Our Sir Vancelot, who won the three Inter Dominions from 1997 to 1999 and won the Miracle Mile in 1997. After settling mid-field early, James Rattray elected to angle Beautide three wide to the 'death seat' at the mile mark as Kiwi star Smolda worked to the lead. With the quarters of the last mile clocked in 26.5, 30.0, 28.6 and 27.1, Beautide cruised to the line with more than five metres to spare over Seel N Print with For A Reason a close third. "We were lucky to be here in November [for the Miracle Mile] and I didn't think it would happen again," Barrie said. Harness Racing NSW    

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