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Superstar mare Frith will add to the Wagga TAB Carnival Of Cups with an exhibition workout next month. Frith will be close to resume racing at the time of Wagga's biggest meeting of the year on Saturday night, March 8, which works in perfectly with the plans of trainer-driver Bruce Harpley. The four-year-old is the reigning NSW pacer of the year and will resume racing shortly after the hit out. "I may work her with a galloping pacemaker so the date fits in very well as she has been back doing pacework for a few weeks and is ready to step it up a bit more," he said. Frith's appearance will be a major drawcard given her magnificent feats in the past two years which includes several Group 1 victories across Australia. She has rarely raced in the region since her early two-year-old days winning four of her five starts here and finishing second at Wagga. Frith has won her past 12 starts with her overall record standing at 22 wins, 4 secobnds and one third from 28 starts for prizemoney of close to $620,000. Harpley said Frith will resume racing on a suitable Metropolitan handicap. "She is an MO, but a C12 so finding races in the country will be very difficult," he said. Meanwhile, it won't be just the best pacer in the cups or the leading local trainer but any trainer who has a runner at the three local TAB Carnival of Cups in March who has the chance of securing some additional cash. Albury, Wagga and Young have joined forces with three $1000 bonuses for their cup meetings on March 1, 8 and 15. The best performed cups horse will win connections $1000, the leading local trainer an additional $1000, while there will be an open trainer's draw worth the same amount of money. "It's the first time the three major meetings have fallen on three straight Saturday's so we wanted to offer something extra for owners and trainers," Wagga Harness Racing Club chief executive Graeme White said. "The three clubs have put up the money along with ITP who were keen to promote a bonus for the three meetings. "The cup races are all of a similar grade and distance so it's possible for trainers to target the meetings. "An open draw allows every trainer who has a runner the chance to also win." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Sydney junior driver Alex Alchin was happy to be back in New South Wales this week after being forced to evacuate horses from the property of Victorian trainer Adam Kelly because of the damaging bushfires near Melbourne over the weekend. Alchin works for Belinda McCarthy and was assisting in Victoria with her runners that had raced at Melton on Saturday night. "Darryl Crapper and I went and checked on the horses on Sunday morning at Adam Kelly's property before returning to the place where we were staying about half an hour away," Alchin said. "We got a call at about 2:30pm in the afternoon to say the police had advised people to evacuate at Adam's property so we rushed back to the property and got the horses out." After arriving at Kelly's property Alchin was not too concerned with the situation. "When we got there to be honest I didn't think it looked too bad, we could see the flames but it looked like it was a very long way away and I thought we would be fine but then the wind changed and within five minutes the fire was just about at the front gate." "Once the wind had changed it was too late to go so we just moved all the horses away from the flames and moved the cars and explosive items like gas bottles as far away from the heat as we could and hoped for the best." Another wind change proved very helpful and saved any potential losses. "The wind shifted again and it helped a lot but without the help of the helicopters dropping water on the fire it could have been a different story, the helicopters were sucking water out of the dams on Adam's place and dropping it straight onto the fire." "It all happened very quickly, I think the fire got to Adam's place by about 4:30pm and we were all very lucky I think." Alchin returned to Sydney on Monday and is looking forward to the upcoming Inter Dominion carnival. Harness Racing New South Wales             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.            

The 2014 TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion Championship Sydney commences this Saturday night 15 February. Be sure to tune into the free access dedicated coverage on Sky Racing 2 for this significant broadcast event. For more information, check out the attached video! HRNSW Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |                  

Minister for Racing, George Souris, has welcomed the appointment of new members to the boards of the State's harness and greyhound racing bodies to replace outgoing members. Mr Souris said Mr Rex Horne has been appointed to the board of Harness Racing NSW for a period of two years, and Mr Peter Davis and Ms Megan Lavender have been appointed to the board of Greyhound Racing NSW for four years. The appointments have been made due to the expiry of the terms of office of outgoing members Mr Graeme Campbell from Harness Racing NSW and Mrs Joyce Alamango and Mr Murray Nicol from Greyhound Racing NSW. Mr Souris said the Board appointments were recommended by an independent panel. "Harness Racing NSW and Greyhound Racing NSW are the independent bodies that carry the important responsibility of controlling, supervising and regulating the harness racing and greyhound racing industries respectively," Mr Souris said. "Congratulations to Mr Horne, Mr Davis and Ms Lavender on their board appointments and I thank them in advance for their future contributions. "I have no doubt that both boards will be well served by the appointment of these three directors following a public expression of interest process to attract suitably qualified candidates, followed by an independent panel selection and probity process. "I also thank outgoing board members, Mr Graeme Campbell, Mrs Joyce Alamango, and Mr Murray Nicol, for their time and professional efforts in supporting harness and greyhound racing in our State." Mr Souris said Mr Horne, who had served as a member of Harness Racing NSW from 2006 to 2012, has been re-appointed for another two years, replacing outgoing member and chairman Mr Graeme Campbell. "Mr Horne has extensive industry experience not only as a former board member but, also as the current chairman of the Harness Racing NSW Infrastructure Development Group, as a former chair and deputy chair of the NSW Harness Racing Club Ltd, a former president of the harness racing industry's NSW TAB Clubs' Association, an Alternate Director of Racingcorp Pty Ltd and as a Member of the Inter Dominion Steering Committee," Mr Souris said. Mr Souris said Mr Davis and Ms Lavender replace two outgoing members of the Greyhound Racing NSW board, Mrs Joyce Alamango and Mr Murray Nicol. "Ms Lavender is a management consultant and a former CEO of Australian Lawyers Alliance, a former CFO of SFX Sports Group Australia, and former national head of corporate affairs of Tianda Group Australia," Mr Souris said. "Ms Lavender is also a director of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, Friends of First Government House Site, has held various positions on a number of boards, and is currently a committee member of the Bankstown Harness Racing Club. "Mr Davis has been involved in the greyhound racing industry for some 40 years. He is a regional racing editor for Fairfax Media based at the Illawarra Mercury, and a member of the Topgun (greyhound racing series) Selection Panel, NSW Greyhound of the Year Panel and the Australian Greyhound of the Year Panel. "Mr Davis also co-hosts Sky Racing's television program 'The Catching Pen' and hosts Sky Racing Radio's 'Going Greyhounds'." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |            

In recent days in both the Fairfax and News Limited papers it has been reported that HRNSW has six positives to the prohibited substance Cobalt. No HRNSW person has been attributed with the published reports relating to these six positive samples. HRNSW is the only jurisdiction in Australia that has a set threshold for the substance Cobalt. HRNSW set the threshold in December 2013 and has been very proactive in testing for such substance for some considerable period of time. The reports that HRNSW has six positives is incorrect as no positives have been reported. HRNSW have been on record in recent days that there are a number of samples under further investigation since the introduction of the threshold.  This does not mean that any sample has been or will be declared as a positive. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |                                    

Successful harness racing trainer/driver Sally Torrens started her thoroughbred training career with a bang when the first runner she saddled up saluted last week. Subtract ridden by Sophie Young won at Tamworth and Torrens was thrilled with the performance and will now look at another race later this month for the former Victorian trained mare. "Training gallopers is something I have always wanted to, ever since I started training the trotters it has been in the back of my mind and when Subtract was on the market for $6,000 I thought it was time to have a try but I didn't think I would have success straight away," Torrens said. "She looks a cheap buy now and I'm considering taking her to Mudgee for a Class 1 race on February 15th but it is very different from what I have done in the past." Torrens is working five pacers currently but only one of them is racing at the moment. "Yeah I have five in work, I have a couple of nice two year olds that I am hoping will make Bathurst but I don't work Subtract anywhere near as hard as I work them, she couldn't cope with that sort of workload." "It can get a bit frustrating with the lack of opportunities in this area for the pacers because there just isn't enough meetings and that is one of the reasons I decided to try something different and I will be definitely getting another galloper soon." Torrens has a strong family connection to both codes. "My grandfather had gallopers but dad is quite tall so he decided to try his hand at training the pacers because he could do everything with them and I have learned a lot off him." "I have to thank Kellie Mackney as well, she has been a great help to me since Subtract arrived just over a month ago and has been giving me plenty of pointers." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |           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.            

Former Wagga Harness Racing Club president and life member Robbie Jack passed away this morning in Wagga Base Hospital. Robbie was a stalwart of harness racing in the region winning multiple training and driving premierships. There were few better front running drivers than R D Jack. He has left a generation of trainers and drivers with two of his sons, David and Russell, and grandsons, Daniel, Nathan and Royce, all involved in harness racing. Robbie trained some of the best pacers to come from the region including Yeronga Songbird, Direct Silver, Liret, Sheza Haze, Incandescent and numerous others who won feature races at Harold Park, Moonee Valley and beyond. Robbie was 81. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

It has been reported that 2002 North America Cup champion Red River Hanover has passed away after being bitten by a venomous snake. He was standing stud at Karobeer Lodge in New South Wales, Australia. A regally-bred son of Western Hanover - Rich N Elegant who sold as a yearling for $300,000, Red River Hanover p,3, 1:48.4s ($1,394,626) won 15 races in his three-year racing career. Among those races were divisions of the Nassagaweya and Champlain as well as an elimination of the Metro at two, followed up at three by the finals of the Prix de Montreal and the North America Cup where he took his mark in a stakes record 1:48.4. After standing in the U.S., Red River Hanover was exported to Australia and was standing stud there when, according to harnessracing.com, the tragic incident occurred. His North American offspring records show 354 foals born and winners of more than $10 million, most notably 2009 Oliver Wendell Holmes winner Drop Red p,3,1:49 ($716,100). Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

The TAB Rewards stable will launch a two-pronged attack at the Tabcorp Park Menangle meeting this Saturday night. Both The Big Mach and Tom And Grace will be out to do the stable proud in races four and five respectively. The pair will be looking to add to the already impressive total of just over $355,000 which has been won by the stable and been distributed to TAB Rewards members. Every time one of the stable animals competes, randomly chosen TAB Rewards members are picked to be its owner for a day. Getting to enjoy all the benefits an owner would, such as VIP treatment and stable access, members also get to pocket a share of any prize winnings collected on the day! Good luck to The Big Mach and Tom And Grace along with their 20 TAB Rewards owners for a day. For more information on the TAB Rewards stable, head to www.tabrewards.com.au Andrew Georgiou - Wagering Media Officer    

Hunter Valley trainer Aaron Garaty will have two chances in Saturday's Maitland Inter City Pace after qualifying Hit For Six and My Aliyana in Sunday's heats. Hit For Six was first up from a three month break but proved too strong in his heat while My Aliyana chased home former kiwi Ardghal finishing third. "It is going to be a big ask for Hit For Six in the final because he will be forced to run two mile and a half races in the space of a week at his first two runs back from a spell but I am just happy to have two runners in the final," Garaty said. "My Aliyana is probably the better chance of my two, she has been racing very consistently recently, I think she has won five of her last thirteen starts." Mitchell Frost drove both of Garaty's runners in the heats but looks set to drive My Aliyana in the final. "I'm pretty sure Mitchell will be driving My Aliyana but I haven't had a chance to speak with all of the owners in Hit For Six so at this stage I'm unsure who will be driving him." "Unfortunately I am suspended from driving at the moment but I'm going to be cheering loudly for both of them on Saturday night." Garaty only has twelve horses in work so to get two horses into the Inter City Pace is a tremendous effort. "I have been having a pretty good run recently, I got a treble last week and things before that have been going really well, I've got some nice horses and great owners too." "I've had a bit of luck with horses from the Wagga area, we got Hit For Six from down there, I know Andrew and Tim Doherty and they have been putting me onto a couple of horses that look suited to racing here in the Hunter." Maitland's Inter City Pace meeting is part of the successful HRNSW TAB Carnival Of Cups circuit. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Dale Walker    

Commencing from 1 January 2014, the split of prizemoney in NSW will change for standard races following a resolution by the Board at its December meeting. The minimum stake for any runner increases to 2% of prizemoney and is designed to offset the drivers fee and miscellaneous expenses such as fuel. The new allocation is as follows:   Place % Total 1 60 60 2 15 75 3 10 85 4 5 90 5 2 92 6 2 94 7 2 96 8 2 98 9 2 100 10 2 102 11 2 104 12 2 106 13 2 108 14 2 110     It should be noted that 100% of the allocated prizemoney is paid to ninth because, after scratchings, 70% of all races have nine starters or less, however in the cases when there are 10 starters or more those runners will still receive the equivalent of 2% of prizemoney funded from the prizemoney contingency fund. So, for example, if there are 11 runners in a particular event, the total prizemoney paid will actually be 104% of the value of the race. This means that an extra $300,000 will be paid to participants over the course of a year and into the pockets of unplaced runners. The trainers and drivers percentages will be paid to 4th under this model.   The prizemoney distribution for the NSWHRC Country Series, Trotting and Claiming races, Penalty Exempt Events and NSWHRC Monthly Consolation Races is unchanged and as follows:   Place % Total 1 50 50 2 18 68 3 12 80 4 6 86 5 4 90 6 2 92 7 2 94 8 2 96 9 2 98 10 2 100 11 2 102 12 2 104 13 2 106 14 2 108   Further prizemoney distribution models are used for Breeders Challenge events, non-TAB meetings and races such as the Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion. The full policy and updated tables can be viewed at the HRNSW website. Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales                      

Josh Osborn will be out to equal a feat his grandfather achieved when he takes the drive on Apollo Drive for Josh ball on Friday night in the Group Three $30,000 Morpeth Limousines Newcastle Cup. Dick Osborn, a local legend of the sport passed away on the 1st October this year. Dick won the Newcastle Cup with Wilson's Lane in 1988. Josh is the fifth generation of Osborn in the sport of harness racing. He will take the drive on the veteran Apollo Drive who has drawn barrier one for the 2550 metre standing start event. The eleven year old has been with trainer Josh Ball since he was a two year old. He will be facing the starter for his 158th start on Friday night and while he is a roughie to win the Cup but does race best at Newcastle having had 83 starts at the venue for 18 wins, 17 seconds and 7 thirds. Start time for the Newcastle Cup is 9:10pm tomorrow night. Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Trainer Paul Fitzpatrick is expecting a major form reversal from recent stable recruit Fly Like An Eagle after the New Zealand Cup runner-up drew barrier number one in Saturday night's Treuer Memorial. Fitzpatrick admitted he was disappointed with the performance of the horse at his first run for the stable in the Cordina Sprint at Menangle over a week ago but had always planned on targeting Bankstown's Gr. 1 event. "He went below par at his first run for me but he was one of two horses that came across from New Zealand after the Cup and the Free For All and neither horse produced their best in the Cordina Sprint," Fitzpatrick said. "I've got no doubt that he was a little bit tired when he arrived so I have just lightened up on him a bit and with the fortnight between runs he should be ready to go, his work last Friday tells me that he is feeling fresher." Fitzpatrick is expecting Fly Like An Eagle to lead Saturday night's event. "Mark Purdon has told me that he has pretty good gate speed and drawn barrier one I think he should hold the front, Washakie is obviously the main danger, he has a tremendous record in the Treuer Memorial having won the previous four." "I haven't spoken to the owners about whether he will head to the Victoria Cup should he perform up to expectations on Saturday night, they can make that decision after the race." Meanwhile Fitzpatrick confirmed Rohan Home has been back in work for twelve weeks and should be ready to trial in the next fortnight. "I retired him and put him in the middle of my track with all of the young ones but he looked so well that I decided to give him another go, he has been coming along very nicely and I plan on nominating him for the 2014 Inter Dominion." "He's doing everything I've asked of him and I'm looking forward to seeing him back, he is a great horse at his best." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |          

When the barrier draw for Saturday night's Treuer Memorial at Bankstown was being conducted, trainer Darren Binskin asked his partner Kirsten Lamb and her daughter Grace to select the gates for his two runners, Gaius Caesar and Glengowan in the Gr. 1. After Gaius Caesar drew barrier nine and Glengowan eleven, Binskin could be excused for rueing the decision. "Kirsten was pretty disappointed with drawing barrier eleven for Glengowan but Gracey was pretty happy with gate nine for Gaius Caesar, although I'm not so sure I agree with her," Binskin joked. "It's a Gr. 1 event and normally there is plenty of moves anyway but in all seriousness Gaius Caesar doesn't have great speed and the draw isn't too bad for him while Glengowan has been specifically trained for the Treuer Memorial, so I'm expecting him to peak this Saturday night." Binskin has confirmed he will be driving Gaius Caesar this Saturday night and he will be forced to look for a driver for Glengowan. "Yeah I will drive Gaius Caesar, his run on Saturday night was very good, he didn't get a clear run, wanted to get rough at a crucial stage and looking at all of those factors with a clear shot at them, I don't know if he wins but he would have definitely gone close I have no doubt." "I will have to think about who drives Glengowan, I was considering Mat Rue but I'm unsure if he will be required to drive Baby Bling for the McCarthy stable, I will just wait and see." Glengowan finished third in last year's Treuer Memorial and had a few excuses for his defeat. "Glengowan's run last year was very good and everything he has done this time in has been aimed at this race." "My horses don't dominate in this class but they are very competitive and with the right run I think they can be right in the finish, Washakie is the one to beat after the draw and he is going for five wins in the race which is a tremendous feat in itself." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Harness Racing NSW in conjunction with the NSW Harness Racing Club and Destination NSW will formally launch the TAB.COM.AU 2014 Inter Dominion Sydney Championship on Monday 2 December. The Controlling Body and Principal Club are announcing the face and ambassador who will assist with the promotion of the series, which is also known as the Melbourne Cup of harness racing. A press conference will follow the announcement with Harness Racing NSW CEO Mr Sam Nati, the NSW Harness Racing Club CEO Mr John Dumesny and the 2014 Inter Dominion Ambassador. Date: Monday 2 December Where: Dawes Point Park, Hickson Rd The Rocks (in front of Park Hyatt). Time: From 8:45am.  

The Leigh Plunkett Foundation is the recipient of the fundraising effort at this year's Bathurst Carnival of Cups meeting on Boxing Night. The "Guys and Dolls" Team Pursuit, a hit with the holiday crowd last year, will again be a feature of the meeting.Money raised through this race, along with a start-up donation of $1250 from the host club, will benefit the Foundation. Tickets will be sold on the night for $5 ( or hopefully, for a larger donation), with twelve patrons drawn out to form support teams for the Guys and Dolls teams in the Pursuit Race. At the conclusion of that race, one member of the winning support team will be drawn out as the winner of a fantastic prize- airfares and four nights accommodation for two people at Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. The 2013 Team Pursuit will be an exciting and intriguing contest. Can last year's champions - Emma and Amanda Turnbull, Ashlee Siejka and Angela Hedges - stare down the "new kids on the block" John O'Shea, Trent Rue, Max Hughes and Sam Hewitt ( the last pair winner and runner/up in this year's Rising Stars series)? With last year's victory under their belts, the Dolls are a formidable combination, but the Guys have plenty of youthful male swagger, and a stated mission of restoring male pride, to fuel their challenge. The race - two laps of the half - mile track, with mobile starts from opposite straights and designated leader changes throughout - will be conducted for $3000 prize money, donated by generous benefactors Rod Smith and John Brien. Last year's on - course excitement will extend to a national audience this year, with the event part of the scheduled race programme and set to be telecast live on Sky One. HRNSW has also made representations for fixed - odds betting with TAB, with the decision pending. Whatever the result on Boxing Night, one thing is already certain: the biggest winner on an exciting night will be the Leigh Plunkett Foundation. By Terry Neil

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