Day At The Track

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Ross Graham under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), that states:  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances The charge related to a post-race urine sample collected from the horse ‘Sonetto’ after it won Race 2, the ‘Elite Horse Transport Trot’, at Shepparton on 27 July 2016. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely cobalt, at a level of 298 micrograms per litre (µg/L), which is above the allowable threshold (at the time) of 200 µg/L in urine. Mr Graham pleaded not guilty to the charge.  The HRV RAD board considered statements from Investigative Steward Neal Conder, RASL Scientific Manager Paul Zahra and Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with evidence from Veterinarians Dr Jim Vasey, Dr Richard Cust, Dr Greg Hargreaves and Swabbing Assistant Gordon Warner. After considering all the evidence tendered at the hearing and submissions from both parties, Mr Graham was found guilty of the charge.  The HRV RAD Board considered further penalty submissions from the HRV Stewards that included the seriousness of the charge; that the integrity of racing is protected; and comparable prohibited substance cases. Ross Graham’s penalty submissions were also considered, including his personal circumstances and a 25-year involvement in the industry with an excellent record. In considering all of these circumstances, in addition to both specific and general deterrence and consistency of penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a 15-month suspension of Mr Graham’s trainers licence. The HRV RAD Board ordered the suspension to commence at midnight on Sunday 13 August 2017. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘Sonetto’ be disqualified from Race 2 at Shepparton on 27 July 2016 and that the placings be amended accordingly. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

Punters take note, Our Bettor Joy (Bettors Delight-Joyfulbelle) is a serious, serious filly.  That's the take of Anthony Butt, who piloted the Cran Dalgety-trained speedster to a Breeders Crown heat win in the two-year-old fillies' section on Tuesday night at Shepparton. Butt spoke glowingly in fact of both Dalgety juveniles that won B/C heats in recent days, with Art Major-Miss Moonlite colt Master Moonlite also successful at Kilmore last night. Meanwhile, Butt gave us an insight into veteran trotting superstar Keystone Del, who resumed with a win on Sunday at Maryborough ahead of this weekend's second-up assignment at Tabcorp Park Melton.   Cody Winnell Trots Media

The powerful combination of eight-time premier trainer Ross Olivieri and champion reinsman Chris Lewis has high hopes of continuing its successful run in the $25,000 Allwood Stud Marathon Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night by winning the 3309m listed classic with up-and-coming star Motu Premier. Lewis and Olivieri have combined to win the Marathon Handicap with Nickelmeldon in 2009, Chief Thundercloud (2015) and Our Jericho (last year). Chief Thundercloud and Our Jericho are owned by Merv Butterworth, who also races four-year-old Motu Premier, the youngest and least experienced runner in this week’s race. Motu Premier has shown the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting off the 30-metre mark, with only The Bucket List (off 40m) behind him. He has yet to contest a standing-start event in Australia, but has a good record in stands in New Zealand. His 23 New Zealand starts produced seven wins and ten seconds. He raced six times in stands for three wins. His final race in New Zealand was on the grass track at Methven where he began off 40m and ran on from sixth at the bell to win from Johnny Eyre. This week’s Marathon Handicap should suit Motu Premier ideally. The Bettors Delight gelding has won twice over 3000m. Twelve months ago Our Jericho, a 6/1 chance off the 10m mark, enjoyed a perfect trail, one-out and one-back, before finishing strongly to win by a length from the pacemaker, the Michael Brennan-trained Naughty Maravu. Motu Premier arrived in Australia early in April this year and raced four times in New South Wales for three wins and a second placing. His five WA starts have produced four wins and a second. He maintained his splendid form when he started out wide at barrier eight, raced wide early and then in the breeze before finishing powerfully to win the 2130m Chandon final from Mach Time and Natural Disaster last Friday week, rating 1.55.9. Brennan hopes to go one better than his second placing with Naughty Maravu last year and his four runners on Friday night are all capable standing-start performers. He will be represented by The Bucket List, the sole backmarker off 40m who will be driven by Michael Grantham, Rub Of The Green (Gary Hall jun.), Cut For An Ace (Aiden de Campo) and Im Master Charlie (Chris Voak). The Bucket List is a quality pacer who has earned $317,935 from 19 wins and 31 placings from 75 starts. His four starts since resuming from a spell have produced a win over Our Jimmy Johnstone and Beaudiene Boaz and seconds to Tricky Styx (twice) and Chicago Bull. The Bucket List is an experienced standing-start performer and a redoubtable stayer, who finished a nose second to Firebomb in the 2970m York Cup at Northam in November 2015. Rub Of The Green has a splendid record of 19 wins, seven seconds and a third from only 33 starts. He has been freshened up since he was seventh early before racing in the breeze for almost two circuits and getting to the front on the home turn and winning from Robyns Raider in a 2503m stand on July 14. He will start from 30m on Friday night and will have many admirers. Im Master Charlie (front) and Cut For An Ace (10m) are not foolproof in stands, but are capable of figuring in the finish. Always Arjay is in outstanding form for Serpentine trainer Matt Scott, who has engaged Nathan Turvey to drive the five-year-old after Lewis opted for Motu Premier. Always Arjay, who will start off 10m, is a versatile pacer who has won in stands at his past four starts. Turvey won the 2013 Marathon Handicap behind Balleybofey. Tommy Be Good and Rycroft are racing keenly and will start off 20m. Stuart McDonald will drive the Katja Warwick-trained Tommy Be Good, who impresses with his spirited finishing bursts. Rycroft set the pace and won a 2503m stand last Friday week for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old will be handled by Kim Prentice, who drove Serious Pursuit to victory in the 2003 Marathon Handicap. Kim Young, who drove To San Jose when he dead-heated for first with Sir Lektor in the 1996 Marathon, will be represented by veteran standing-start specialist Maximum Demand, who will be driven by Jocelyn Young and should be prominent from barrier one on the front line. Ken Casellas

Considerable interest will surround the debut of New Zealand-bred three-year-old The Pima Indian when the gelding makes his debut in the $18,000 Yearling Preparation at Allwood Stud Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Pima Indian, trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall sen., is favourably drawn at barrier three on the front line in the 2130m event and should prove hard to beat after scoring easy wins in two trials at Byford on the past two Sundays. He rated 1.58.6 when he beat Major Fitz by 40 metres in a three-horse 2150m trial last Sunday morning and he sprinted home over the final 400m in 28.5sec. when he won a five-horse trial from the promising Neighlor the previous Sunday. The son of Changeover will be driven by Gary Hall jun., who preferred him to the Glenn Elliott-trained polemarker Illusionation, who possesses sparkling gate speed and has won at two of his past three starts. The Pima Indian has a family tradition to uphold at his first appearance in a race in Australia. His maternal granddam Cherubic had four of her progeny race in Australia --- and all won at their Australian debut --- Franco Conquest (Newcastle, December 1999), Franco Concord (Globe Derby, December 2000), Franco Croupier (Strathalbyn, December 2001) and Franco Cruz (Bendigo, November 2011). The Prima Indian faces some strong opposition from the outstanding filly Maczaffair and Tisadream, who are racing in excellent form. Maczaffair, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed, has amassed $247,295 in prizemoney from 11 wins and seven placings from 23 starts. She will start out wide at barrier eight on the front line. Maczaffair also started from the No. 8 barrier last Friday week when she raced wide early and then in the breeze before winning by almost two lengths from Pick My Pocket, rating 1.55.4 over 1730m. Tisadream, trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo, finished third in the WA Derby earlier in the year and he is in splendid form, winning by big margins over 2536m at Gloucester Park and 2100m at Bunbury at his latest outings. He will start from the outside of the back line and should be charging home in the final stages. Pick My Pocket, to be driven by Tom Buchanan for Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice, is racing with admirable enthusiasm, but will need some luck after starting out wide at barrier seven. Tyler Bret, to be driven by Colin Brown for Banjup trainer Dylan Egerton-Green, should be prominent from the No. 2 barrier. He covered a lot of extra ground before finishing strongly to win from Bravo Tex over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. Ken Casellas

Brookies Jet has managed just one win from his past 28 starts, but he looms large as a strong winning prospect in the opening event, the Allwood Stud Farm Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The five-year-old, owned and trained by Matt Scott, will be driven by Mitch Miller and he put the writing on the wall for a win in the near future when he started from barrier nine, was restrained to the rear and finished boldly from tenth at the bell to finish an extremely close third to Heza Cracker and Anna Faye in a thrilling four-way photo at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. At his previous outing, two weeks earlier, Brookies Jet raced three back on the pegs before finishing solidly to be third behind Dana Duke and Whozideawasthis. Brookies Jet’s most recent victory was when he set the pace and beat Real Zeal over 2050m at Collie in March. Real Zeal, to be driven by Miller’s elder brother Dean, will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s event and the six-year-old will have many admirers. The major danger to Brookies Jet and Real Zeal looks set to be Bethany Aitch, a four-year-old who has won at seven of her 30 starts, along with 13 placings. Bethany Aitch, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, was last with 600m to travel before finishing strongly, out wide, to be fifth behind Sea Me Smile at Northam on Tuesday night. Bethany Aitch also was impressive at her previous outing, over 2536m at Gloucester Park last Friday night, when she was restrained to the rear from barrier nine and was last at the bell before sustaining a solid three-wide burst which carried her to fifth place behind Kissmecougar. She sat behind the pacemaker and won from Real Package three starts ago. Scott has a handy second string in Friday night’s event in Charlie El, who will be driven by Jocelyn Young from barrier eight. Charlie El enjoyed an ideal trail behind the pacemaker when second to The Spinster over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon. The Debbie Padberg-trained Forever Faster will have friends after he ended a losing sequence of 17 when Isaac Edwards drove him to an all-the-way victory over 2130m on Monday afternoon. Forever Faster is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line. Ken Casellas

2017 will be the final year of the TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion tenure with Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) and Gloucester Park Harness Racing (GPHR), and the conditions for the series have just been released.  The traditional format of three heats and a final will once again be the basis of the 2017 series. The ‘three heats and a final’ format is a true test of strength,speed and endurance; everything thatthe Inter Dominion tradition and folklore is based upon. Like 2016, the distances for the series will be 2130 metres for heat nights one (1) and two (2), 2536 metres for the third round of heats and 2936 metres for the $1.1 Million Grand Final.  The mix of distances will still allow for horses, trainers and drivers to showcase their versatility over three distances, but will also create fairer and more competitive racing. The Inter Dominion Grand Final is the ultimate test of durability that the Standardbred is known for and as showcased last year in the epic battle between ultimate winner Smolda and favourite Hector Jayjay. The TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion has been supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program for the past two years. The Government funding has meant a second set of heats could be raced at Bunbury, which has been a great boost for country harness racing. The Bunbury track has also enjoyed infrastructure upgrades, including a state of the art big screen (funded equally by Royalty for Regions and RWWA), hospitality improvements, including a viewing platform funded by RWWA and painting and TV upgrades by GPHR. There are also great support races during the carnival, including the four-year-old Triple Crown, starting with the G1 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic and culminating in the $200,000 G1 Retravision Golden Nugget as well as three mares races, highlighted by the $120,000 G1 Westral Mares Classic.  “In making a significant funding commitment the RWWA Board is aware that the investment in the Inter Dominion is far more than simply providing stake money and infrastructure support, it is directly aimed at investing in the harness racing industry in Western Australia and assisting RWWA to achieve agreed goals of new participants, greater industry profile and increased WATAB Customers,” said RWWA Chairman, Jeff Ovens. The dates for the 2017 TABtouch Perth Inter Dominion are as follows; Heat Night 1 – Friday 24 November, 2017 3 x $75,000 Inter Dominion Heats (2130m) $125,000 G1 McInerney Ford 4YO Classic (2130m) $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic (Mares - 2130m) $14,999 San Simeon Heat (M0 – 2130m) $14,999 Binshaw Heat (M1-M2 – 2130m)   Heat Night 2 - Bunbury – Tuesday 28 November, 2017  3 x $75,000 Inter Dominion Heats (2130m) $14,999 San Simeon Heat (M0 – 2130m)  $14,999 Binshaw Heat (M1-M2 – 2130m)     Heat Night 3 – Friday 1 December, 2017   3 x $75,000 Inter Dominion Heats (2536m)  $50,000 4YO Championship (2130m)  $25,000 Parliamentarians Cup (2130m)  $14,999 San Simeon Heat (M0 – 2130m)  $14,999 Binshaw Heat (M1-M2 – 2130m)   Grand Final – Friday 8 December, 2017 $1.1 Million G1 Inter Dominion Final (2936m) $200,000 G1 Golden Nugget (2536m) $120,000 G1 Mares Classic (2536m) $50,000 G2 San Simeon Final (M0- 2130m) $50,000 G2 Binshaw Final (M1-M2 – 2130m) $50,000 G1 Trotters Cup (2536m) $35,000 Inter Dominion Consolation (2936m) Once again there will be NO nomination fee with nominations closing at 4pm, Friday 8 September 2017. Full Conditions can be found at the official Perth Inter Dominion website – Media Contacts: Barry Hamilton, Harness Racing Manager RWWA 08 9445 5310,  Michael Radley, CEO Gloucester Park 08 9323 3510,  

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today conducted a hearing into an adverse test result returned by RAP ARTIST following a pre-race urine test taken from the gelding on Saturday 7th January 2017. The particulars being that the sample taken from RAP ARTIST was shown to contain Cobalt at a mass concentration greater than the permissible tolerance. Mr Billinger admitted a breach of Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” After considering submissions on penalty put to the Stewards by Mr Billinger’s advocate, Mr R Fewings, and after having regard to all other factors, including that this was Mr Billinger’s second breach of the presentation rule, the finding was that Mr Billinger be disqualified for a period of eighteen (18) months and that, following the expiration of his disqualification, he be prohibited from holding a trainer’s licence for a further eighteen months.  Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RAP ARTIST was disqualified from second placing in Race 6 at Globe Derby on 7th January 2017 and Stewards directed that the placing’s be amended accordingly. Ross Neal Chairman of Stewards HARNESS RACING SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Star harness racing filly Nostra Villa remained unbeaten last night at Shepparton and will take an imposing seven-from-seven career record into TAB Breeders Crown semi-final night at Bendigo on August 19. Driven by Chris Alford, Emma Stewart-trained Nostra Villa (Art Major-Crystal Journey) had no trouble running to the lead after 500m when initial leader Amelias Courage took the trail. Once in control the $1.40 starting price for Nostra Villa appeared overs, especially after a 33.9secs first quarter and 31.2secs second split (65.1 first half). Nostra Villa only had to marginally increase the tempo down the back (29.9 third quarter) before sprinting up at the finish (27.2) and holding Amelias Courage at bay by 3.2m at the wire. Her winning mile rate of 2:01.8 was Nostra Villa’s slowest career triumph so far. Amelias Courage has finished second to Nostra Villa now on three occasions and will be hoping to turn the tables in coming weeks as the Race to Royalty riches increase through the Semis at Bendigo on August 19 and the Super Sunday finals on Sunday August 27 at Tabcorp Park Melton. Dougs Kitty finished third but was beaten 18.5m from three-the-pegs, while Gwendalion ran fourth and was the first horse off the pegs over the line. Bill Trembath trained and driven Hows The Memory (Mach Three-Distant Memory) captured tonight’s second Breeders Crown heat, upsetting the $1.10 favourite Nostra Beach by a half-neck in 2:01.1. After trailing the favourite throughout, the Leeton-trained filly extended in style up the home straight and made it three straight odds-on defeats for Nostra Beach. Loveyoubabe finished third, with Angel Of Arts fourth. And Kiwi raider Our Bettor Joy (Bettors Delight-Joyfulbelle) won the final heat tonight for trainer Cran Dalgety and reinsman Anthony Butt. Race favourite Molly Kelly led with Our Bettor Joy stalking on the fence. The leader carved out comfortable fractions of 32.6secs, 31secs and 30.8secs before the fillies flew up the straight in 27.5secs. Our Bettor Joy rated 2:02.3. Passions Delight finished third after racing three-pegs throughout, while Art Series boxed on from the chair for fourth. Don’t miss securing your Super Sunday Breeders Crown dining space, book today Breeders Crown Heats this Week August 9 Kilmore (Victoria) 2YO pacing colts and geldings Thursday August 10 Ballarat (Victoria) 3YO pacing fillies Friday August 11 Bendigo (Victoria) 3YO pacing colts and geldings   Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Boom Kiwi-bred filly My Sweetchilliphilly was a late scratching at Menangle in New South Wales yesterday (Tuesday) after casting a shoe. The winner of all five starts in emphatic fashion, the two-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar is still on target for the rich Australasian Breeders Crown semifinals at Bendigo, Victoria, on August 19. She was due to clash with classy Mark Purdon-Natalie Rasmussen-trained gelding Sicario ($1.06), who bolted in at Menangle (1609m, mobile) yesterday in her absence, after leading for driver Luke McCarthy.  The Somebeachsomewhere flyer has now won six from nine starts and is also heading for the Breeders Crown. He clocked 1:55.1, the last 400m in 26sec. NSW-based co-trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton elected to play it safe with the unbeaten My Sweetchilliphilly, who is a half-sister to seven-win Kiwi pacer Max Phactor. “It’s nothing serious,” Shane Tritton said. “We don’t want to take any chances with her. “We decided to wrap up her foot [on Monday] and keep her in cotton wool for a few days.” Despite missing the outing, My Sweetchilliphilly will be in peak condition for the semis, according to Tritton. Mid-Canterbury breeder Melissa Tapp always believed My Sweetchilliphilly would be special. Tapp, 31, runs a 2000-cow dairy farm at Hinds with her husband Jimmy Illingworth and they also have a band of five broodmares, including Tact Philly, the dam of My Sweetchilliphilly and Max Phactor, who ran fourth in the 4YO Emerald at the Harness Jewels last season. My Sweetchilliphilly reeled off four straight wins to open her career, including the $A50,000 Group One Gold Tiara at Bathurst by 20.9 metres. Tapp bought her unraced dam Tact Philly (by In The Pocket) at an Auckland sale in foal to champion sire Bettor’s Delight for “way under the stud fee’’ and the mare was later mated with new Alabar Stud stallion Betterthancheddar (1:48), a champion three-year-old in the United States and the fastest ever stallion son of Bettor’s Delight. The result was My Sweetchilliphilly, who was sold to an Australian owner after being developed by West Melton horseman Greg Payne. “We thought she was something pretty special, but how special we didn’t know. Mark Jones [Canterbury trainer] trialled her and said if the [Australian] sale fell through he would take her,’’ said Tapp. “We didn’t get as much as we would have liked, but the market was a bit down at that stage. It was just a matter of numbers and we had to keep moving some along. She was a real cheap buy for them and hopefully they come back again.’’   NZ Harness News

Harness Racing New South Wales is pleased to announce that industry benefactors Kevin and Kay Seymour are sponsoring the inaugural Evolution Race Series. Celebrating their involvement in the industry which spans half a century this year makes it a "perfect fit" according HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny. "What makes a perfect fit is that the sponsors Kevin and Kay Seymour are celebrating their 50 year evolution in our great code of racing," Dumesny said. "Their generosity to the industry now and for the past years must certainly be acknowledged by all not only here in the premier state but Australia wide. "With the support of owners and trainers, the Evolution Series can not only be a success but it can grow in future years." The Evolution Series is for NSW Breeders Challenge eligible and sustained three-year-olds which commences in September, 2017. Races are restricted to 3C0/3C1 horses that have not won more than $40,000 in their career. Heats worth $10,000 will be held in each region with a $20,000 final to be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The only months the Evolution Series will not be held are March, May, June and July due to the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival and the NSW Breeders Challenge. "HRNSW is breaking new ground with the Evolution Series and this is due to the collective efforts of the NSW Breeders Association and the Clubs," Dumesny said. "We are extremely thankful for their collective contributions which will allow $10,000 heats and $20,000 finals." For further information on the Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Series click here. For dates of the Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Series click here.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

Hosting students on work experience or Structured Work Place Learning (SWL) provides staff of the Bendigo Harness Training Centre with some of their most rewarding experiences, says the centre's Executive Officer Vicki Moro. This year the centre has hosted a SWL student from Bendigo Senior Secondary College for a week and two students from local schools for one week during work experience placement. "The Training Centre has really enjoyed having Stacie and other work experience students here learning with us," Ms Moro told Trots Media. Work experience student Stacie Carbone took the opportunity to share her thoughts on being involved in the trots industry for a week and write about her future career ambitions. My name is Stacie Carbone. I am 15 years old and come from Axedale, just out of Bendigo. I go to school at Bendigo South East College and play footy for a girls' under-18 team. I have been around horses all of my life. My dad and grandparents train and drive horses. My grandpa, Vin, and dad, Mick, have taught me so much over the years about working horses. My dad and pa only train a few horses at the moment and do it as a hobby. I have been involved in pony trots for the last five years. I wanted to work with horses and learn new things from different people, which is why I wanted to do work experience at the Harness Training Centre Bendigo. I had also heard that all the people at the centre are great to learn from and have very good experience around horses. That is definitely true! The best thing I have learnt so far is how to read an Australian Standardbred freeze brand. The best thing I have seen is how much the horses get cared for and how well they are treated. The facilities and environment are great. Oh, and learning to remove and tack on a shoe with the centre's farrier, Nathan Monk, was pretty good too! My plan is to become an equine vet nurse and an equine AI technician. I also plan to go for my C Grade drivers' licence and then train a few of my own horses down the track. My favourite driver is Greg Sugars but I like to watch Kerryn Manning too. My favourite horse would be Lennytheshark at the moment. If you, or someone you know, would like to participate in a similar placement please contact Vicki Moro at HRTC Bendigo on 0447 032 770 or   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER  

The countdown to Harness Racing Victoria's bonus months for horses contesting $5000 and $3500 races is on. During the months of September and October every race carrying $5000 or $3500 in stakemoney run in Victoria will also carry a $750 bonus to winning connections. It means winning owners in a $3500 race will pocket $1750 in stakemoney plus $750 as a win bonus, while winning connections in $5000 races will receive $2700 in stakemoney and $750 extra in winning bonus money. The distribution of the stakemoney will be as per normal distribution with the winning owner(s) to receive 87.5 per cent of the bonus, while the winning trainer will receive 7.5 per cent and the winning driver 5 per cent. The bonus payments for September and October were announced in July when HRV revealed it would pay out over $40million of stakemoney for the first time ever in season 2017-18.   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

You Ninety Two became Auckland Reactor's tenth individual two-year-old winner from his harness racing debut crop with an explosive win at Charlton yesterday.   Recently joining the stables of Amanda Turnbull, You Ninety Two showed enough gate speed to lead.   He was always travelling comfortably before showin a great turn of foot to quickly put a space on his rivals.   Sprinting home his final 800 metres in 56.7, You Ninety Two won by 23 metres under only very mild urging.   Bred and owned by Peter Salthiel, You Ninety Two was one of Auckland Reactor's first qualifiers in Australia and now becomes his tenth individual winner.   Auckland Reactor is currently the leading first season sire in Australia. To date he has 29 qualifiers and 8 two-year-old winners to date including Gold Reactor, the Group 1 winner of the $100,000 Redcliff Series Final.   The eight winners in Australia are Gold Reactor, You Ninety Two, Soho Burning Love, Justcallmejules, Anterro, Ezy Rider, Gotta React and Hayaku Harry.   In New Zealand Auckland Reactor is the sire of 26 qualifiers and 2 two-year-old winners which places him equal seventh with Christian Cullen and Well Said on the sires list for numbers of two-year-old winners. The 2 winners are Miss Ethel Sunshine (winner if the first fillies Sire Stakes Heat) and Admiral, winner of his second start just last week.   All up between Australia and New Zealand Auckland Reactor has 55 qualifiers and 10 two-year-old winners with the Australian two-year-old season having three weeks still to go.    You Ninety Two       Sires - First Crop Starters Crop Age Crop Size Starters Starts Winners Wins Places Aust $ Av. $ per Starter min. 10 startersmin. 1 starter AUCKLAND REACTOR NZ 2 115 20 112 8 8 26 $140,982 $7,049 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR USA 2 67 22 97 8 12 19 $79,205 $3,600 WE WILL SEE USA 2 51 9 54 3 4 16 $51,991 $5,777

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) yesterday heard an application for review lodged by the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards regarding a penalty decision of the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on 24 May 2017 in relation to a charge issued against licensed trainer-driver Alison Chisholm. On 24 May 2017, Mrs Chisholm pleaded guilty to a charge issued under Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1) for presenting the horse ‘Jimmy The Editor NZ’ to race at Tabcorp Park Melton on 16 April 2016 when not free of cobalt, a prohibited substance when present at a concentration of greater than 200µg/L (as it was then). Mrs Chisholm was issued with a 12-month suspension of her trainers licence. The full HRV RAD Board media release can be found here. On 7 August 2017, VCAT Presiding Member Wentworth heard evidence from Veterinary Pharmacologist Professor Paul Mills, along with submissions and statements on behalf of the HRV Stewards and Mrs Chisholm. After considering all the material tendered, Member Wentworth reserved her decision on penalty and advised that a decision could be expected in approximately eight weeks. Harness Racing Victoria

The harness racing fraternity lost one of its true icons on Monday with the passing of Ron Hoy, aged 96. Ron passed away peacefully in Peak Hill surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by sons Lindsay, Lester and Garth and daughter Janine. Ron started his career in harness racing back in the mid 1950's at Peak Hill before eventually moving to Dubbo where he became a leading trainer for a number of years back in the 70's and 80's before handing over the reins to his sons. Ron won more than six trainers' premierships at Dubbo. Best known as the trainer of 1980 Inter Dominion finalist Lone Boy, Ron also enjoyed a lot of success with his first pacer Rule Silver while other horses of note trained by Ron included Rodney Robert, Lucky Magic, Twin Bay and Bossys Henry. Flying Peko was a topliner which he shared in the ownership with son Lester. Lone Boy won multiple feature races at Harold Park including the Australasian Three and Four-Year-Old Championship and the Viscount Grand Prix. Arrangements for Ron's funeral are not yet finalised. Harness Racing NSW extends its deepest sympathies to Ron's family and many friends. AMANDA RANDO

8 August 2017 - Initial harness racing nominations for the 2017 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup, Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Handicap and Graphite Developments Ltd Glenys & Philip Kennard Show Day Futurity Series close on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 at 3pm (NZ time). Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup - $800,000 - Group 1 - 14 November 2017 Initial Nomination Fee (incl GST) Due Date $460.00 Wednesday 16 August 2017 3pm (NZ Time)   Haras des Trotteurs Dominion Trot - $300,000 - Group 1 - 17 November 2017   Initial Nomination Fee (incl GST) Due Date $172.50 Wednesday 16 August 2017 3pm (NZ Time)   Graphite Developments Ltd Glenys & Philip Kennard Show Day Futurity Series This series is for 3YO and older pacers assessed at MR (Non Winner) as at 1 July 2017. A horse must start at two NZMTC meetings from 4 August to 3 November 2017 to be eligible to start in the series race on Show Day. Nomination Fee (incl GST) Due Date $115 Wednesday 16 August 2017 3pm (NZ Time)   For information on when all the fees are due and the full terms and conditions on these racing initiatives please visit here.  Alternatively, please call Addington’s Racing Department on 03 338 9094.