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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 https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 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

Promising horseman David White has had a busy week. He left for Victoria on Monday, raced on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to Sydney to put the final touches on his four year old pacer Hollywood Sign before Saturday night's semi final of the Breeders Challenge at Tabcorp Park Menangle. "I work for Blake Fitzpatrick and he has had some horses campaigning in Victoria and I have been looking after them but I am hoping for a good result in the semi finals of the Breeders Challenge back in Sydney on Saturday night that's for sure," White said. "I think he has drawn the weaker semi final which will give him the best chance of progressing through to the final, he has got good gate speed and I have a couple of options in the race." White races the horse in partnership with his uncle Trevor and friend Matthew Peden. "Trevor did a great job with him in the Riverina and sent him up to me in great condition and he hasn't been too far away recently at Menangle. Actually Matt (Peden) said to me the other day his combined beaten margin since moving up here has been ten metres combined." "To be honest he probably lacks that real high speed quarter, he doesn't possess the 26 second quarter and that is probably the difference between him and some of the other horses in the series but I'm hoping he can scrape in." Hollywood Sign is the only horse that White is currently training and will compete in race four on Saturday night. "Blake lets me work him in with his team and that is a great help, I have really enjoyed my 18 months with Blake, he has taught me so much and it is great to be working with the calibre of horses he has in his stable." "When I moved up from Wagga it was something different for me being away from home but I really enjoy it and I still get to go home occasionally which is good." Harness Racing New South Wales

The NSW Standardbred Owners Association in conjunction with participating race clubs and HRNSW will once again conduct the NSWSOA Bonus Scheme during 2014. The conditions are the same as last year's series and are as follows: 1. To be eligible for the NSWSOA Bonus Scheme, the Managing Owner of the winning horse must be a financial member of the NSWSOA at acceptance time for the nominated event; 2. To qualify for the NSW Breeders Challenge component of the bonus as sponsored by HRNSW: a) Condition 1 must be met; b) any 2yo or 3yo winner must have sustained their eligibility this season; c) any 4yo or older winner must have sustained their eligibility as a 2yo and/or 3yo. Eligible winners will win the following cash prizes: 1. NSWSOA Bonus - if the Managing Owner is a financial Member of the NSWSOA, the NSWSOA will contribute $250, the Club will contribute $250; 2. HRNSW Bonus - if the horse is sustained or was sustained for the NSW Breeders Challenge, HRNSW will contribute $500. The total bonus payable per race is $1,000 and there is no limit on how many races individual horses can win in the Scheme. The race date schedule is as follows and the NSWSOA Bonus is applicable to every programmed event: Metro Hunter Western Districts South West & Riverina Menangle 10 June Newcastle 18 July Parkes 28 June Wagga 27 June Penrith 10 July   Dubbo 20 July Young 27 July Bankstown 28 August   Bathurst 20 August     Membership forms may be downloaded from the NSWSOA website www.nswsoa.org.au Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Harness Racing New South Wales is excited to announce the KS Black and Co Competitive Stakes Gold Series to be run throughout June, July and August. The set of races are scheduled across all regions and include heats and three $7,500 finals. HRNSW CEO Sam Nati said: "The competitive stakes concept was recently introduced to create additional opportunities for a certain class of horse using mile rates as a handicapping mechanism. "We recognise the need to ensure the most efficient use of the horse population, even the less competitive ones in the system. "These races provide that platform with the key objective to keep owners and hobbyists in the game." The HRNSW Racing Department started programming the competitive stakes late last year and since then they have continued to grow in popularity and relevance. The KS Black and Co Gold series is open to R0/R1 horses which have had a minimum of 6 starts and an average mile rate of no faster than 2.02.0 in their last 6 starts at time of nomination. Country divisions will have an average mile rate of no faster than 2.04.0. Sth West Riverina & Western Districts Heat – Parkes 28th June Heat - Bathurst 2nd July Heat - Wagga 4th July Heat - Young 5th July FINAL – Young 11th July - $7500 Hunter Heat – Tamworth 24th July Heat – Maitland 25th July FINAL – Maitland 1st August - $7500 Metro Heat – Penrith 14th August Heat – Penrith 21st August FINAL – Bankstown 28th August - $7500 Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

There have been two significant milestones during the past week in relation to the Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) Infrastructure Plan during the past week. The Wagga Wagga City Council, at their meeting on Monday night, adopted the resolution to progress the sale of the identified land in North Wagga Wagga to HRNSW. The sale is subject to a development approval being granted for a new racing facility and centre of excellence in the Riverina. Additionally Council also resolved to give owners consent to HRNSW to lodge a development application on the Council owned land. Meanwhile, settlement for the land purchased by HRNSW in Burgmanns Lane for a new racing facility in Tamworth occurred as scheduled on Tuesday. The HRNSW Planning Proposal was recently placed on display and a report outlining the comments made in the submissions received is being prepared for the Ordinary Council Meeting on 27 May. "These are important outcomes for the modernisation of our infrastructure and the associated strategies aligned to it", HRNSW Chief Executive Sam Nati said. The HRNSW Infrastructure Plan includes new developments at Bathurst, Wagga, Tamworth and Menangle (Training Centre), upgrades at Penrith and Newcastle as well as other potential outcomes at ancillary facilities such as Hawkesbury. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Bega trainer John Miller has been a registered trainer for 30 years and to say that victories are a long time between drinks is an appropriate statement. Miller, who is 75 years young, has raced horses since 1969. The official records have his stats from 1984/85 and from this date it took a great deal of time to register his next success. Yes, it was the 2003/04 season before Miller was in the winner's circle again, and, his 75th attempt since 84/85. His careers stats read 208 starters for 10 wins 7 seconds and 8 thirds. But Miller will tell you there's a few more than that from 'back in the day'. A hobbyist trainer and a retired Machine Operator, Miller said regardless of where his horse finishes he gets such a tremendous thrill when gearing up his pacer and taking it to the race track. "They (horses) keep me young, said Miller. "I've been working horses on and off for 50 years or more. I've got three horses now and they keep me busy enough. "My first winner was back in 1969 with Hillstead Boy at Queanbeyan and it was hard getting to the registered meetings to race as I was working all the time. I would like to have a few more wins under my belt." At Wagga's meeting last Friday, Miller took Lombo Convertible to contest his 47 race start. The form read 46 starts for one win and six minor placings. But Miller new with HRNSW putting on a race for R0-R1 pacers named the Encouragement Stakes; he was a chance off the front line draw. Lombo Convertible was forced to race three wide early before sitting in the chair for the majority of the trip. He was aided in some cover at the 600 metres when moves where made from the back but the five-year-old seemed to lose ground at the 400 metres. Gaining a clear run on the home turn, Lombo Convertible rallied. He dug deep, he found something and he grabbed the spoils right on the line to score by a narrow margin. It was also a celebration for 23 year old Matthew Cuthbert who tasted success as a driver for the very first time. Harness racing was re introduced at the Bega Show last season and Cuthbert made the seven hour trip to drive horses for Miller on the tight turning circuit. His hours of dedication and effort paid off. Miller was full of praise for Cuthbert. "He's a decent young fella and I will always stick by him," he said. "He got the best out of the horse at Wagga and I'm sure he will drive many more winners in the future." It was a similar case at Parkes on Saturday night with a race named the Competitive Stakes. Rod Lemon's Real McCoy Lombo was a maiden heading into the event after 30 starts but that all changed with an all the way win over the 1660 metres. Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW)  

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today suspended the licenses of trainers Mr Michael Hardy and Mr Rhys Nicolson acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183. HRNSW took these measures to protect the integrity of the industry following analytical results received from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt was detected above the threshold in samples taken from the following horses and respective harness meetings; COOGEE COOGEE (M Hardy) following its win in race 7, the Uranquinty Hotel Ladyship Pace (1,755 metres) conducted at Wagga on 24January 2014 THE BIG MARN (R Nicholson) following its win in race 11, the Flying K Final (1000 metres) conducted at Menangle on 21 January 2014. MAJOR DENIAL (R Nicholson)  following its win in race 1, the Tattersalls Hotel Pace (1710 metres) conducted at Goulburn on 27 January 2014 The “B” samples and associated control samples will now be sent to another approved laboratory for confirmation. Background: In September 2013, HRNSW issued a notice to industry about the use of Cobalt within the industry and that the misuse of that substance was in breach of the Rules. HRNSW then engaged approved laboratories to undertake the required analysis and research to enable a threshold to be introduced.  On 16 December 2013 HRNSW introduced a threshold for the substance Cobalt through the introduction of Local Rule 188A (2) which reads: NSWLR 188A(2) - In addition to AHRR 188A(2) the following substance when present at or above the levels set is deemed a prohibited substance under AHRR 188A(1) (a) & or (b) & or (c): Cobalt at a level of 200 micrograms per litre in urine. As at the date on which NSWLR188A(2) takes effect all urine samples taken from a horse prior to that date which have not been adjudicated upon by the Controlling Body shall be dealt with subject to this Rule. Harness Racing New South Wales

The Cam’s Card Shark horse Million Dollar Cam, a Little Brown Jug winner and now at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, has been represented by some promising two-year-olds from his first Australian crop. Million Dollar Cam, who took a record of 1:50.2 at 3 years and won almost $970,000 in stakes, has a foal crop of only 60 and already 14 have started and three have won and a further six have been placed. They include the impressive Tasmanian Debutante winner Karalta Impulse, the brilliant first-up Bathurst winner Ameretto and last Saturday’s runaway Albury victor Riley James. With 14 starters from 60 foals, Million Dollar Cam is off to a sensational start, being the leading NSW first-season percentage sire in that category, while he ranks second on a winners-to-foals percentage basis, according to the Harness Racing Australia computer on March 17. Eight of Million Dollar Cam’s second crop will go up for auction at the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale next Sunday afternoon at the Bathurst Showground as part of the 21-strong Yirribee Stud consignment. The draft includes a half-brother to the Linden Huntley Little winner Mighty River ($420,590), a half-brother to the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO champion Muddy River ($207,313), a half-brother to the $130,000 winner Itsokaytobefake (1:55.3) and a filly from the Albion Park winner Miss McBee. There’s also a colt from a Northern Lights daughter of the Victoria Oaks winner Shelly Lee and a colt out of a half-sister to the multiple Cups winner Royal Surprise ($229,879). In North America, Million Dollar Cam’s stock has earned more than $20-million to date and he has sired seven in the 1:50 list. By Peter Wharton (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

For the first time in the city’s history, Wagga’s three racing codes will come under the national spotlight on the same day this Friday. The Murrumbidgee Turf Club will commence racing in the afternoon, followed by the Wagga Greyhound Club in the afternoon before the Wagga Harness Racing Club runs that night. While two of the codes have previously raced on the same day or night, this is the first time all three have held TAB meetings. All meetings will be broadcast to a national and international audience through Sky Racing. The harness and greyhound clubs will have a gap between meetings with both to conduct ten race programs. Between the three meetings close to $200,000 prize money will be offered with a total of 28 races to be run. “The thoroughbred and greyhound meetings will run some races during the afternoon period before the harness racing meeting begins,” Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said. “The main issue is with shared staff like broadcasters, clerks of the course, judges and TAB staff, but there are enough people to cover all meetings.” The three codes on the one day wasn’t a planned initiative and came about purely through a clash of race dates. Newcastle has previously run the three codes on the same day, while in Victoria Cranbourne has done likewise. Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia

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