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Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that TCO2, at a level greater than 36 millimoles per litre in plasma, had been detected in a pre race blood sample taken from OUR ICARUS NZ prior to it competing in race 8, the SEW EURODRIVE PACE (1609 metres) at TABCORP Park Menangle on Tuesday 27 August 2013. The “B” sample had been confirmed by the Racing Analytical Services Limited in Victoria. Trainer Mr T Pullicino pleaded guilty to charge under AHRR 190 (1) (2) (4) for presenting OUR ICARUS NZ to race at Menangle on Tuesday 27 August 2013 not free of a prohibited substance. In consideration of penalty HRNSW Stewards took into account the following: • Mr Pullicino’s guilty plea • Mr Pullicino’s record which shows that this was his fourth (4th) offence in relation to a breach of the prohibited substance rules all pertaining to elevated levels of TCO2 • HRNSW Penalty Guidelines for prohibited substances • Mr Pullicino’s personal circumstances Mr Pullicino was disqualified for a period of twelve (12) years effective immediately and will expire at midnight 5 September 2025. Acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 195, OUR ICARUS NZ was disqualified from the race referred to above. Harness Racing New South Wales

The Melton trend continued at Tabcorp Park on Thursday, with another four winners arriving on the seven event harness racing card.

Harness Racing Victoria conducted a restricted grade meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday, with mixed results during the afternoon.

Classy mare Bubbas A Fake notched her first harness racing win in almost two years when she outgunned a handy C5-C7 field over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston. Bubbas A Fake has only been back racing for seven weeks with this most recent outing only her fifth in over two years.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) stewards recently concluded an inquiry into an elevated TC02 level returned by the Tony Pullicino-trained Chipsamissing at Cranbourne on November 1, 2007.

Vetran Tasmanian harness trainer-driver Paul Hill has been given a slight reprieve on a four-month disqualification for presenting a horse to the races with an above legal TCO2 reading late last year.

Talented trainer-driver Tony Pullicino scored another treble in Tasmania last weekend to further justify his decision to return to the island state. His highly promising two-year-old Sandler kept his unbeaten record intact by notching his fifth win in a 2YO standing start race at Burnie last Friday night in which he made light of a 20-metre handicap.

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