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A harness track at Copland Street would help establish a new sporting precinct in Wagga and avert “catastrophic” flooding at the porposed North Wagga site, a former builder and harness driver has claimed. As debate rages over a planned $6.5 million harness track in North Wagga, John Hogan has implored council to have an urgent rethink on the alternative site at Copland Street. It comes after Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) CEO John Dumesny last week warned further delays in approving North Wagga as the site could plunge the project into jeopardy. Both Wagga council and HRNSW are pushing for North Wagga as the preferred site, despite furious protests from surrounding residents and others. At the heart of the issue is money. Council has gifted HRNSW the North Wagga site and maintains Copland Street, which has railway lines running through it, is too small for a harness facility and is a more valuable piece of community land. But Mr Hogan claims the North Wagga site breaches planning guidelines and defies commonsense. “They’re claiming it’s not a floodplain, it’s flood prone, but they’re wrong,” he said. “I’ve seen every flood in Wagga since 1952 and a serious flood would destroy that (North Wagga) site. Everything would need to be replaced.” He said if the railway line was removed at Copland Street, the site would be “more than adequate” for the harness facility. He claimed the site could be rezoned to “public recreational” and have six playing fields built on the inside of the track. A ruling on whether the track is permissible at North Wagga will be made by the Southern Region Joint Planning Panel in the coming months. Wagga councillor Garry Hiscock, a staunch advocate of developing the Equex precinct, has also emerged as a supporter of Copland Street. “There are far more benefits for the community by moving it to Copland Street than to North Wagga,” Cr Hiscock said. The Daily Advertiser

Harness Racing New South Wales has confirmed sprint lanes will be introduced at three more tracks across the state. The new tracks at Wagga and Tamworth will have sprint lanes while HRNSW CEO John Dumesny has announced an ongoing discussion will continue with the Goulburn Club about a sprint lane being introduced at its track. "The Board of HRNSW confirmed at its most recent meeting that the two news tracks, which are yet to be built, at Wagga and Tamworth will have sprint lanes," Mr Dumesny said. "There has been an investigation conducted in relation to a sprint lane being introduced at the Goulburn track and HRNSW will continue to work with the Club in relation to those findings." While confirming the introduction of the new sprint lanes, Mr Dumesny ruled out the possibility at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Newcastle. "The construction of sprint lanes at Menangle and Newcastle have been deferred due to the significant cost of installation as identified by the respective clubs." Greg Hayes

Former Australian cricketers Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh, Manly fullback Brett Stewart, Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, former Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson and leading Sydney jockey Tommy Berry have one thing in common. They all have been, or are currently, owners in the sport of harness racing. Another group of talented footballers has joined the list of sporting identities that are enjoying harness racing with five members of the GWS Giants buying a share in former kiwi pacer Comekissmequick. Rhys Palmer, Heath Shaw, Nathan Wilson, Aidan Corr and Jacob Townsend teamed up to buy 50% of the filly and she is set to make her debut on Friday afternoon at Wagga. Palmer won the AFL's Rising Star award in 2008 while playing for the Fremantle Dockers and joined the Giants for the 2012 season and has played more than 100 AFL games. Originally from Perth, Palmer has raced gallopers previously but is looking forward to watching his first pacer compete. "My father has had a few horses over the years, we've had a couple of winners but we've had a few slow ones as well," Palmer said. "A few of the boys were talking about getting a pacer and Reece Maguire said that he had found a suitable one from New Zealand so we decided to take a share in Comekissmequick and hopefully she does a good job for us." Palmer's interest in harness racing grew after he and his girlfriend spent some time in Europe after the 2014 AFL season. "Tina's father is Camel Benkheira, he owns a few trotters, he treats them like they are his children and they race in Sweden, France and Norway. "He has a very successful trotter called Goods Of Norway and while we were over there I got the chance to spend time in the stable, it was very impressive and I really enjoyed it." As a professional athlete Palmer spends a lot of time training but also finds time to study for a career after football. "My week is structured and I'm kept pretty busy so following the horse will be a bit of fun. "We stay in contact with Reece (Maguire) and he tells us that the horse goes ok, she is well bred, has trialled well so hopefully she does a good job for all of us." Palmer has had an interrupted 2015 season after breaking his collarbone in round four against the Gold Coast Suns but returned to play against the Kangaroos on June 20. "The team has been playing well, I copped a knock to my hamstring last week but overall it has been a good season so far." With the Giants enjoying their best season to date, here's hoping some of that form can rub off onto Comekissmequick. Greg Hayes

Harness Racing New South Wales says it is confused by a late attempt to have it consider another site for a race track in Wagga Wagga. CEO, John Dumesny, says he is confident the North Wagga site will receive approval when it goes back before the region's planning panel in the next two months. "The panel has previously raised concerns about flood impacts, lighting and noise." Mr Dumesny says the Kooringal option detailed in a Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) commissioned report this week could not work. He says the industry has been working with full council support since 2006 and the recent move was odd. "If I said it was farcical, that might be too strong a word, but it was quite confusing," he said. "There was a railway line through the middle, it had overhead power lines and an easement there, it's in a marsh." "Very difficult for anyone to take that site on or very difficult for us to take the site on. "It's just a little bit bewildering why it would even be put up." Wagga Council has already sold a site in North Wagga to Harness Racing NSW. Mr Dumesny says he would be extremely disappointed if the $6.5m development application for the North Wagga site is not approved. "The flooding, it's only a slight delay, we have that well and truly in hand, there were no issues with it at all," he said. "The lighting, we're looking at that but our consultants don't see any real concern. "A little bit of traffic study needs to be required. "And as far as noise is concerned, we've moved the location of the race stalls further away from the residences so that should adequately satisfy that point as well. "It will go through but we've got other options if it doesn't of course, but we've satisfied every point that we needed to satisfy. "I think we're only tick tacking over little issues at the moment. "The flooding, I don't dismiss the flooding as being a major issue but the damage it will cause, it'll be a clean up rather than devastating loss of property." Mr Dumesny says there are people trying to frustrate the development, but tenders should be called this year and it is hoped the track will be built by mid next year. "We certainly do have other sites, Tamworth is the next site we're next moving on to," he said. "But there's nothing there that the planning panel could stop this development on. "We've met every single requirement. "It'll be a purpose built facility that will provide Wagga and the Riverina with a fantastic harness racing centre which can only help grow the industry." ABC Online  - Check site here

As Classiemahon crossed the finish line for his seventh win for his current harness racing owners at Wagga on Saturday night, their thoughts were with the late Garry Burns.  It was Burns who selected Classiemahon (Jereme's Jet) for the syndicate late last year, but unfortunately he didn't get to see the latest win after passing away on Friday. Burns niche was finding a horse he thought had potential to improve and forming syndicates to race it.  The former bookmaker did it numerous times and mostly with success.  Proof of this were the results of horses he acquired, or owned, last week. Amanda Von (Ifihadyourluck), raced by the same syndicate, won at Penrith on Thursday night while his own mare, Shesa A Runa (Jereme's Jet), won the $30,000 VicBred final at Melton on Friday night. Syndicate manager Terry McMillan said it was Burns knowledge and keen eye that led to many members enjoying unequalled success in harness racing. "Garry selected all of the horses he thought could improve and these last two have won a fair few races," he said. "Amanda Von has been really good for us and Classiemahon has won seven from 18 since we bought him." Trainer Shaun Snudden has got the best from Classiemahon who has also been placed six times from his 18 starts with the stable.  Reinsman Corey Bell found the lead on the short priced favourite who sprinted fast from the 400 metres and held on for a comfortable win. It was a big night for the leading combination with a treble as East Emperor (Modern Art) and Somelovesomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) were also successful.  East Emperor has won three races for owners Jody Ward and Mel Young, while Somelovesomewhere has claimed four victories and been a model of consistency for the Pellow family.  Snudden is closing in on 100 wins in the season for the first time after finishing in the 90s in recent years. Meanwhile, trainer-driver Mark Hewitt landed a double with track specialist Kenny Trickem (Stonebridge Regal) and two-year-old Jumping Jack Jimmy (Modern Art).  Kenny Trickem's past three wins have been at Wagga, while Jumping Jack Jimmy will push on to this week's Breeders Challenge semi-finals. "He wanted to switch off a bit at the end. It's good to see him win a race before the semis," Hewitt said. "Kenny Trickem loves racing here and his three wins have all been similar coming off the speed with a strong finish." by Graeme White

With the Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge finals just over six weeks away it is no surprise to see a number of the leading chances hitting the track in preparation for the rich Gr. 1 events.     The two year old colts and geldings division will be dominated by the unbeaten Our Waikiki Beach and he returned to the trials at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday with a win in a time of 1:55.8.   A number of his main rivals have also trialled this week with Bathurst Gold Crown placegetter Sams The Master winning at Bathurst on Monday.   The son of Tell All proved too strong for Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Pixies Parlour in the trial rating 1:59.3 for the mile.   Hunter Valley trainer Sam Dimarco also welcomed back his two talented two year olds at the Newcastle trials on Wednesday night with Gold Crown winner Shadow Runner and Gotta Go Gold winning.    Dimarco is eyeing off the Breeders Challenge heats at Newcastle on Friday May 22nd with his well performed pair.   “Both of them did what was expected on Wednesday night and it should have topped them off nicely for Friday week,” said Dimarco.   “The weather wasn’t great so the times weren’t all that important but Gotta Go Gold won in 2:03 while Shadow Runner recorded 2:02.4 in his trial win.”   Dimarco confirmed the recent wet weather had affected their preparations.   “I wasn’t knocked around like some people were with damage to their properties and tracks but because of the rain and the amount of water around it meant that my horses couldn’t work for about four or five days so it set me back a little bit.   “The pair had only been back in work for a few days when the storm hit so I just had to stop and start again, I gave them a few weeks off after the Gold Crown and it has helped I think.”   Gotta Go Gold has grown more than Shadow Runner during the short break.   “The little fellow (Gotta Go Gold) definitely grew during the break and I’m really happy with how the big horse (Shadow Runner) is looking too, I’m looking forward to the Breeders Challenge."   “As soon as the series is over they will both go out for a longer spell, somewhere in the vicinity of two to three months.”   Dimarco’s daughter Marissa owns both but did not look to buy another after the family’s success at Bathurst.   “I tied her hands behind her back at the sales, she doesn’t need any others at the moment especially with these two horses doing such a good job."    “Marissa has some broodmares and will breed a couple in the short term, I think that will keep her busy for a little while.”   The first of the Pepper Tree Farm Breeders Challenge heats for the two year old colts and geldings will be conducted at Wagga on Saturday night.    The Col Thomas trained Bettermatch will race the smart Emma Stewart prepared Kingofthestars.   Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

After a track record performance at the harness racing meeting at Young by Barriettas Bliss last November, Riverina trainer Shaun Snudden could have been excused for dreaming about feature race success with the talented mare.    It was her second track record in the space of three runs but there were major concerns she may never race again after seemingly breaking down soon after the Young event.   “After the win at Young Barriettas Bliss couldn’t walk, we took her home and had the vet look at her and nothing could be found that was structurally wrong,” said Snudden.   “We even took her down to Shepparton to have the dye put through her to see if anything would show up on a scan but again it revealed nothing so I decided to give her a spell and there has been no dramas since, all we can think is that she must have pinched a nerve.”   Barriettas Bliss brought up her first win since the Young victory at Dubbo on Wednesday night when she won a heat of the Red Ochre Mares Classic.   “It was only her third run back, she has been getting fitter with each run and this looked a really good series for her so I was very pleased to see her win the heat.   “It is a really even series this year, there are a number of chances in the final and it is going to be harder for Barriettas Bliss on Sunday because it will be a full field and she will draw poorly because of her assessment.”   Snudden confirmed Barriettas Bliss would not be overtaxed in the lead up to Sunday’s $30,000 final.   “We brought her home and it is four and a half hours each way from my place to Dubbo so she has spent nine hours in the float on Wednesday."    "She will spend Thursday and Friday in the paddock and I will give her a light jog on Saturday morning."   “She’s very versatile, she can do a bit of work in her races but she is fast too so Corey (Bell driver) will have a couple of options and can drive her as required.”   Bell received praise from Snudden after the heat win.   “Corey does a very good job, I think that win was his 60th for the season which is a really good effort.”   Snudden has qualified a runner for the Red Ochre Mares Classic previously.  Victoria May finished unplaced in 2013 but was unlucky after racing on the pegs and failed to get a clear run in the straight.   “Victoria May got held up a couple of years ago in the final but the Red Ochre is that sort of race because it always attracts some very nice mares and you need your fair share of luck."   “Barriettas Bliss is different to Victoria May because she can be driven a little bit more aggressively and doesn’t have to be saved up for the last shot at them.”   The Red Ochre Mares Classic is race six at Dubbo on Sunday afternoon and will begin at 3:54pm.   Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

Frustrated trainers angered by a delayed harness racing track being developed at North Wagga fear another site floated will cause further delays.   Riverina harness racing trainer Shaun Snudden said development of the $6 million first-class facility was earmarked to start in February to open later in the year.   “As far as we’re concerned, we just want it built,” Snudden said. “Hopefully they can get on with it.”   His frustration follows Wagga City (WWCC) councillors carrying Cr Alan Brown’s notice of motion on Monday night to receive a report from staff at the July Policy and Strategy meeting, which will consider an alternative site at the corner of Copland Street and Kooringal Road for sale or long-term lease.   Snudden said despite flooding concerns, North Wagga remained a viable option because the country’s premier track at Menangle was also built on a floodplain.   But HRNSW chairman Rex Horne remains confident it will go ahead at North Wagga, having inspected both sites with WWCC staff yesterday.   "As far as we're concerned, it's full steam ahead," Horne said. “Our first preference is still North Wagga.”   HRNSW will prepare further reports relating to North Wagga to submit to the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel in coming weeks.   Horne believed only 13 hectares of the alternative site could be used and therefore not large enough for the 24-hectare development.   While HRNSW purchased the North Wagga site from WWCC several months ago for just $1, stamp duties and other costs have seen them spend upwards of $200,000 planning the development there.   Cr Brown said North Wagga was unsuitable because it was flood-prone, was located out of the city centre, would impact nearby residents and couldn’t double as a multi-purpose centre.   Cr Garry Hiscock “couldn’t agree more”, questioning why it was being considered on a floodplain.   He anticipated the alternative site would create a sporting precinct alongside Equex.   Cr Greg Conkey argued North Wagga was HRNSW’s preferred site and the Copland Street site was the jewel in the CBD crown.    Ella Smith  -  Reproduced with the permission of the Daily Advertiser

The Carnival Of Cups heats up in March with five feature harnss racing meetings being conducted across the state during the month with the first being at Wagga this Saturday night. The main race is the Wagga Pacers Cup, an event won by 2015 Inter Dominion finalist Teo Enteo twelve months ago and Wagga Harness Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Graeme White is expecting another big night. "We will have eight races this Saturday night and there is some good momentum in the local region for harness racing after an exciting month," White said. "The club had a non-TAB meeting on Sunday in conjunction with the Inter Dominion in Sydney and we also hosted seven heats of the World Driving Championship last week which was a roaring success for us too." There will be exciting action on and off the track this Saturday night with the club looking to attract a big crowd. "Australian Idol runner up Luke Dickens and his band will be performing on Saturday night, Luke was a shearer in Young before he was on Idol back in 2008 and he has a strong following." "We've got an hour break in the middle of the meeting for Luke to perform and apart from the Cup the club will also be running the Oaks and the Derby." Heats for two finals were run at the club's meeting on Sunday and White expects those events to be very competitive. "The heats were good races on the weekend and the club is also looking forward to the two year old Rising Star, with the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival just around the corner, the club thought it would be timely to give horses a chance to have a good hit-out before heading to Bathurst." "We also have a drivers' invitational which will see people like Steve and Amanda Turnbull, Nathan Jack and David Moran compete against one another." Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Seven heats of the harness racing World Driving Championship were run in the city of Wagga Wagga, situated 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Wagga Wagga is the state’s largest inland city and is an important agricultural, military and transport hub of Australia.  The Wagga Wagga harness racing track is 823 metres in circumference. Tonight the track was the venue of the Dexter Dunn show, as the leading New Zealand reinsman roared back into Championship contention with a dominant display winning the first three heats. Dexter Dunn’s patience was rewarded in heat six as he sat midfield and watched his rivals tire in the late stages.  Dexter Dunn made his move on Miss Ponder a 50/1 chance in the final lap and she was able to hold off a late challenge from France’s Pierre Vercruysse driving Rob The Bank and  Knud Monster behind G K Galleon.  Mika Forss continued his point accumulation with a fourth driving Chloes Venture. The seventh heat saw Dexter Dunn victorious driving The Baggy Green, in what many New Zealanders would see as an ironic win.  New Zealand and Australia are fierce enemies on the cricket field and ‘The Baggy Green’ is the name given to the hat worn by Australian cricketers.  Frenchman Pierre Vercruysse secured another second placing when he brought Holy Camp Girl with a late run.  Knud Monster completed the same driver trifecta as the first heat when Itsallaboutex ran third.  Norway’s Vidar Hop finished fourth on Sokys Bigbullet. It was three in a row when Dexter Dunn shot Shes A Jackson straight to the front from barrier one in the eighth heat of the Championship.  USA driver Tim Tetrick attempted to put some midrace pressure on the leader but it was to no avail as Dexter Dunn raced away for another win.  The good night continued for France with Tony Le Beller finishing second on Hezbuyindiamonds.  Australia’s Chris Alford saved plenty of ground on Ruato Bay and grabbed third while Denmark’s Knud Monster was fourth. The ninth heat was somewhat of an upset with Canadian Jody Jamieson lifting 20/1 Justasdangerous over the line after being clearly headed on the turn.  Jody Jamieson took up the early lead but was passed in the back straight by Chris Alford and Billy Branach with more than 400 metres to go.  To his credit Jody Jamieson refused to panic and urged his horse late to hold off Classiemahon driven by Finland’s Mika Forss.  Tony Le Beller finished third behind Samuel Thomas while Chris Alford and Billy Branach held onto fourth. The tenth heat saw ‘The Bionic Man’ Tim Tetrick at his best with the American driving Weliveinhope straight to the front.  Tim Tetrick dictated the speed through the middle stages and was able to kick away turning for home and won as he liked.  Dexter Dunn brought Mcqueen Regal with a well timed run for second boosting him further up the leaderboard while Mika Forss finished third on Claire Elizabeth after racing behind the leader.  Fourth in the race was Vidar Hop driving Lettucesomewhere. Tim Tetrick made it two in a row when he brought Glenburn Addy with a well timed run to win the eleventh heat.  Dexter Dunn continued to bank points when he finished second on Expensive Greeting.  It was a patient drive and he only got clear late but was never a winning threat.  Knud Monster finished third behind Holy Camp Wendy with Tony Le Beller fourth, driving Itsallaboutlu. Tony Le Beller brought up his second win of the Championship in the final heat of the night.  Tony Le Beller took Harlequin Bromac straight to the front and despite being challenged late by Dexter Dunn and Fake Art, he was able to hold on.  Dexter Dunn’s effort to finish second saw the New Zealander move to the top of the Championship after starting the evening in ninth position.  Vidar Hop finished third driving Lettuceplayginger while Pierre Vercryusse ensured the French finished on a good note running fourth with Annies Desire.   Name Point Score After 12 Heats Dexter Dunn 111 Tim Tetrick 97 Tony Le Beller 91 Mika Forss 89 Chris Alford 85 Knud Monster 69 Jody Jamieson 64 Vidar Hop 64 Pierre Vercryusse 63 Guillermo Adrover 59 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve) For all of the latest news and replays log onto Tim Tetrick and travelling reserve Peter McMullen both picked up catch drives in the non Championship races finished third. The drivers will spend tonight in Wagga Wagga before travelling to Bathurst tomorrow for another four heats.  Bathurst is 200 kilometres west of Sydney. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Wednesday 11th February 2015 - Leading harness racing trainer Shaun Snudden and stable driver Corey Bell set new personal bests with four winners at Wagga on Tuesday night. Snudden had previously trained several trebles, while for Bell it was the highlight of his fledgling driving career. The stable won the first three races with Classiemahon, Riseandriseagain and Northern Line before making it four with Cams Victories in race five. "I have had a fair few trebles, but this is the first time I have had four," Snudden said. "I thought the six horses were all winning hopes. Sometimes you think you have three or four winning chances but tonight the six were all in races they could win." Snudden's other two runners, Jiven Jerry and Whisper Away, also started favourite but finished out of a placing. With less than six months of the season complete, Snudden has brought up 50 winners and has many more race meetings ahead. "I have 28 horses in work and trying to place them all where they can be competitive is a job in itself," he said. "We have Parkes (Wednesday night), Cobram and then Leeton on Friday so there is plenty of racing to keep you busy." The combination's six starters all ran as favourites with Snudden pleased to finish with four. "You need the right horses and a bit of luck," he said. Riseandriseagain is building a strong record for owner Brendon Webb with six wins and as many placings from 17 starts. The four-year-old previously raced in Sydney with two other trainers before finding his way to Snudden at Narrandera. His time of 1.57.5 seconds for the 1755 metres compares favourably with the track record of 1.56.6. Classiemahon is raced in the same interests as consistent mare Amanda Von and has won three times for his new owners. The gelding had to do it tough racing three wide from the 1000 metres. Greg Hayes

Harness Racing New South Wales exchanged contracts today for a 40-hectare parcel of land at North Wagga Wagga which will see harness racing in the Riverina enter into a new era. The land, purchased through the Wagga Wagga City Council at a favourable price, has had a Development Application and other relevant documents lodged by HRNSW. The new Wagga project will follow in a similar vain to Bathurst and includes a 1070-metre track, stable complex and clubhouse. HRNSW chairman Rex Horne stated the venture it is an exciting time for the local industry. “Aside from prizemoney increases in the Riverina commencing this season, a new complex is very important for this region of business,” Horne said. “Ideally we would like to start work on the complex in March 2015 and be complete by December the same year. “It’s not a long time by any means and we still need the council DA approval. The Board’s infrastructure plan is now taking shape, especially in the country. Once completed in all regions it will further demonstrate the leading position of New South Wales in Australasia.” HRNSW Media

More than 130 guests are set to enjoy a tremendous evening’s entertainment as local harness racing stars are recognised at Wagga’s awards dinner on Saturday night. Incorporating the Riverina titles for the Trainer, Driver, Concession Driver, Horse and Juvenile of the Year, the function is always an enjoyable affair. Champion mare Frith and New South Wales Oaks winner, Sheas A Runa, will be the recipients of the top Riverina horse awards, with Major Jules claiming the Wagga Pacer of the Year crown. Talented reinsman Leigh Sutton captured the Riverina and Wagga driving premierships, while Shaun Snudden (Riverina) and Kim Hillier (Wagga) annexed the other awards. Wagga chief executive Graeme White also revealed 65 sponsors have been placed in a draw for naming rights of this season’s feature races. “Last season first-time sponsor, Ausmet Roofing, won naming rights for the Wagga Cup and there are seven new sponsors for this season,” White said. “There are other sponsors who have been with the club for many years, so who wins is all a matter of having some luck on the night.” Wagga’s racing dates for 2014/15 include the Carnival Of Cups in March, plus several Tuesday night meetings during the warmer months, which will be something different for the region. Headlining the entertainment is Australia’s leading female ventriloquist, Lindi Jane, who is bound to keep the laughs flowing on a frequent basis. Harness Racing NSW chairman Rex Horne and Wagga Mayor, Rod Kendall, will be two of the special guests. HRNSW Media          

Harness Racing was one of 26 sports recognised for development of participants at the Hunter Academy of Sports Presentation Night held at Newcastle University yesterday. Mitchell Chapple, Aleisha Bond, Maddie Bond, Mitchell Frost, Brad Elder, Dan Morgan and Jackson McDonald received certificates as members of the first group to complete the courses. The subjects included Public Speaking, Motivation Talks, Fitness, and Personal Development along with an informative talk on integrity by Deputy Chairman of Stewards Chris Paul. The late Ross Gigg, who was always a great believer in developing the youth, was a major contributor to initiating the programme and Newcastle Harness Club President Mr Jim Bell presented a trophy to Dan Morgan in honour of Ross. It will be an annual award. Dan Morgan also took out the Newcastle University Scholarship. CEO of Hunter Academy of Sport, Mr Ken Clifford, mentioned that a recent meeting of the state’s academy’s, interest had been shown to develop the programme in other regions with Wagga, Bathurst and Tamworth making further enquires. Harness Racing New South Wales           

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) concluded an inquiry yesterday into results received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt was detected above the threshold in a sample taken from the following horse; COLIN JOHN following its win in race 7, the Reece Plumbing Pace at Wagga on May 16th. The “B” samples and associated control samples were confirmed by ChemCentre in Western Australia. Mr Stockton was found guilty of a charged pursuant to Rule 190, in that as the registered trainer of COLIN JOHN he presented that horse to race not free of the prohibited substance Cobalt below the threshold. Mr Stockton was disqualified for a period of 2 years to commence from 17 July 2014, the date upon which he was stood down. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance, his non-admission, the level detected (810ug/L) and his personal subjective facts. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, COLIN JOHN was disqualified as the winner from the abovementioned race. Harness Racing New South Wales    

July has been very rewarding for a number of Owner Association Members, in particular those members whose horses were successful at those meetings covered by the Owners Association Bonus Scheme. Our Owners of the Month for July were: Wayne Dimech; Douglas Johnston and Rob Davis. Wayne received his nomination on the back of multiple wins with Lord Merrywood at Newcastle and Penrith and in the regional Breeders Challenge final at Young, where on top of the prize money he received an additional $1000 courtesy of the Owners Bonus. Wayne was also successful with another of his team winning at Menangle on 21st July, namely Deadly Merrywood. Our second nominee for July is country owner, Doug Johnston who won three races with three horses, namely Swift Approval and Shareapassion at Wagga on 4th July and MightyGift at Penrith on 10th July, where he earnt an additional $500 courtesy of the Owners Bonus Scheme. Our third nominee, Rob Davis is a long-time member of our Association and has invested significant sums in Harness Racing with all his horses trained by the Turnbull family. He won three races in July with Duchess Ella, Written in Red and Gentleman Red, and of late he has campaigned a number of runners in Victoria with Amanda Turnbull. We wish him continued success. Of special mention to all our members is our upcoming Annual Awards Night at Menangle on 20th September which will follow our AGM which will be conducted earlier in the day. Membership of this Association has to be the best value in town given that a member and guest can attend this function free, as well as share in all other benefits, including the Owners Bonus Schemes which currently has paid out $20,000 with meetings at Bathurst and Bankstown still to come. Membership forms can be downloaded from the HRNSW website. Harness Racing New South Wales

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