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A winning treble at Wednesday night's Launceston Pacing Club meeting has lifted Beauty Point reinsman Rohan Hillier within 11 wins of Todd Rattray at the top of the Drivers Premiership table with five meetings remaining in the 2017/18 season. Hillier's winning run started with his five-year gelding Im Compliant (pictured) making it six straight in Tasmania with another convincing victory in the Bevan Lees Butchery Pace over 2200 metres. "We will take the win tonight but I thought he was a bit flat, he's had a couple of tough runs lately but his class got him through," said Rohan. "We will pull some blood when we get home and see if that tells us anything, he may just need a week in the paddock to freshen him up a little." The John Castles-trained three-year-old gelding Flashy Ruler was rewarded for his recent consistent performances with a last-to-first victory. Stablemate Keep Playing led to the home turn but Hillier wound up the flashy grey out wide on the track and he gunned them down in the home stretch to win impressively. "We were further back than I had planned to be, but when I called on him out four and five wide at the 400-metre mark he responded like a good horse and had then covered on the home corner, I was very impressed with him he'll win again on that run." The Kristy Grant-trained favourite Rollon Jack rounded out Rohan's treble with a courageous run in the last race of the night digging deep over the concluding stages to score by 1.7-metres after looking beaten off on the home turn. "He wanted to hang on the home corner and I thought the best he would do at that point would be finish third but once he balanced up in the straight he really knuckled down to the task and scored a gutsy win." Troy McDonald chimed in with a winning double for leading trainer Ben Yole, sneaking under the radar of punters with Black Ops leading all the way at double-figure odds and following up with the well-performed Gems completing a winning hat-trick. Rohan Hadley topped the night off for Ben Yole steering home his third winner on the programme with Monarkmac scoring a convincing victory by eight-metres. Shane Yates

Victorian trots drivers have revealed some of the most poisionous tweets and messages directed at them in a bid to draw the spotlight on the damage such attacks can have. The message #BeKindToYourDrivers has been reinforced today across Trots Media's digital channels with a video featuring drivers Rebecca Bartley, Greg Sugars, Chris Alford, Alex Ashwood, Ellen Tormey and David Miles, the result of a collaboration between Harness Racing Victoria and the Off And Pacing mobile harness racing game. Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association president Lance Justice said the negative impact of these text attacks was often significant. "As an industry we need to speak up and say abusing drivers on social media is not okay," Justice said. "It happens to all of us and there’s nothing worse than when you out there on the racetrack and things don’t go your way to then see a torrent of abuse, which wrecks your day, your night and your weekend. "Punters want to hear from drivers on social media, but they won’t get too if these drivers are being discouraged to use those channels by abuse. The VTDA is very supportive of the #BeKindToYourDrivers campaign.” Participants are reminded they have free access to the Industry Assistance Program offered by Harness Racing Victoria, which provides support for a range of personal or work-related issues. Watch the video here!   Michael Howard Trots Media

ENJOYING Queensland’s pleasant weather this week, power couple Lauren and Shane Tritton are hoping for a warm reception at Albion Park on Saturday. The duo are set to contest the Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Sale Final with Muscle Factory, which is the short-priced favourite from his wide draw. Winner of his heat at the same venue last weekend, Muscle Factory will begin from the outside of the front row. Despite the two-year-old’s tough starting position, Shane is positive Muscle Factory can add the Group One to his impressive record. The son of Roll With Joe has won four of his eight starts, with three placings also to his credit. “He has pulled up super from his heat and everything is moving along nicely,” Tritton said. “He needed that run in the heat as he hadn’t one in a while. “His work has been great this week and he will be better again in the Final., “We couldn’t be happier with him going into this race…it is the best he has been all season as he’s started to work out what it’s all about.” Citing Victorian filly For All We Know as the one to beat, Tritton expects Miss Moneybags to improve from a favourable draw. Prepared by Brett Bunfield, For All We Know also won her heat, which followed a second in the Qbred Final at her previous start. Triumphant in the nation-wide APG Consolation last April, the daughter of Art Major has drawn gate two. Fourth behind Muscle Factory in her qualifier, Miss Moneybags will begin from the pole to local horseman Grant Dixon. The daughter of Mach Three is one of four runners Dixon has engaged in the $100,000 feature. Dixon will also be represented by Saint Kilda Beach, Sea Hawke and Bettor Because. “For All We Know is a nice filly, which has proven she is Group One class against girls, is the one to beat here,” Tritton said. “The saying tells us ‘a good colt will beat a good filly’ but For All We Know has to be given respect. “Miss Moneybags has been thereabouts all season and gets her chance from the pole.” APG Media

REJUVENATED pacer Barney Fella will be out to complete a Port Pirie hat-trick on Saturday night. Successful at his last two starts – both at the provincial venue - Barney Fella has drawn the pole in his bid for a third consecutive win. Before his current good form the Dominic Tattoli–trained gelding was absent from the winners’ circle for 17 months. “He is older and more cunning,” Tattoli said. “He wasn’t going as well so I eased up on his work but he got worse, so put the work back into him he got better again! “He’s turned the corner a little bit and is going alright. “In his last couple of starts he has won from good draw or with right sit and hopefully that will be the case again on the weekend.” Rating Starlight Rainbow as the biggest danger, Tattoli believes each of Barney Fella’s five rivals can play a role in the finish. Prepared by Aaron Bain, Starlight Rainbow will begin from barrier three. “I think he will lead from three and be hard to run down,” Tattoli said. “If we can sit behind him we will be a good chance up the straight. “It’s only a small, but even, field and it you wouldn’t be surprised regardless of which horse won.”   HRSA Media

The Race To Royalty is taking shape during TAB Breeders Crown heats week in Victoria, with local and abroad two and three-year-olds making their play for the age racing riches. All two-year-old Victorian heat contestants at Ballarat on Tuesday and Kilmore on Wednesday booked places in the August 18 semi-finals at Bendigo's Lords Raceway. Fifteen contested the Always B Miki fillies Victorian heats and they will likely be joined by All Stars' Art Major three-year-old Our Princess Tiffany, who is unbeaten in seven starts including in the $150,000 2YO Diamond and on her Australian debut at Menangle on Tuesday. The class is also expected to feature Australian heat winners Miss Streisand (New South Wales), Betamerica (Queensland) and Mandy John (Western Australia). Soho Crucio (South Australia) and Karalta Moondance (Tasmania) may also attend, but Gladamare (New Zealand North Island) will not. The TAB.com.au has listed Princess Tiffany a $1.80 favourite in all-in markets for the two-year-old fillies ahead of Emma Stewart's Kualoa ($3.20) and Mick Stanley's Soho Nolita ($5.50). The 14 contestants of last night's Woodlands Stud two-year-old colts and geldings Victorian heats have also advanced to semi-finals night, where they likely be confronted by four interstate or international visitors. While Kolovos (New Zealand North Island), Leonidas (New South Wales) and Regulus (Queensland) have been ruled out, All Stars colt Im Anothermasterpiece will endeavour to build on his record of seven wins and three placings from 10 starts at the Breeders Crown. Culture King (South Australia), The Embezzler (Western Australia) and Max Delight (Tasmania) are also expected at the Bendigo semi-finals, but it's a Victorian pair who top the TAB.com.au all-in market. Heat winners Hurricane Harley ($2.40) and Centenario ($3.40) are on top, with Im Another Masterpiece ($4.50) and Bernie Hewitt's College Chapel ($5) tipped to be snapping at their heels. Tonight it's the turn of the three-year-old fillies to have their Woodlands Stud heats, and it's likely all 21 contestants will advance to the August 18 semi-finals after the scratchings of Hows The Memory and Fire Safe from tonight. Likely to be waiting for them in the semi-finals are Jarades Delight (New South Wales), Red Charmer (Queensland) and Our Angel Of Harlem (Western Australia). The jury is still out on South Australian heat winner Melodys Daughter, while Western Glory (Tasmania) and New Zealand heat winners Somethingaboutmary and the brilliant Shez All Rock have been ruled out. Punters think with the absence of Shez All Rock, who experienced a leg complaint, the Victorians will deliver the ultimate Race to Royatly winner in this class, with the TAB.com.au listing Emma Stewart's Speak No Evil a $2.50 favourite. Our Angel Of Harlem ($3), the former Kiwi who's now stationed with WA trainer Mike Reed, and Courtney Slater's well-traveled Goodtime Heaven ($3.50) are next in the market. There will be no shortage of excitement around the three-year-old colts and geldings heats, with Ignatius (New South Wales) and VHRSC Victoria Derby winner Colt Thirty One (Queensland) both set for Breeders Crown campaigns, as is New Zealand qualifier Diamonds N Cash, who will race for Victorian trainer Andy Gath. Today's withdrawal of Ange McDowell's much-loved Lumineer will dampen the Victorian resistance, but Emma Stewart's clan of Ride High, Poster Boy and Konan are all in single figures with the TAB.com.au, which has Ignatius ($2.30) on top. With scratchings excluded, 27 horses will contest Friday night's heats, vying to be among the 21 who will challenge the three raiders in the August 18 semi-finals. The Victorian trotters have their heats at Maryborough next Thursday. New Zealand heats have seen Stress Factor, winner of Sunday's Victorian Trotters Derby, and Show Gait qualify for the respective boys and girls three-year-old finals. The jury is still out on whether two-year-old boys Anditover and Enhance Your Calm will make the trip across the Tasman, but two-year-old fillies Enable Me and On The Mantlepiece aren't expected. Michael Howard

Three members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled the consistent El Jacko as their best bet for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. GPTV’s Ken Casellas, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Guild president Wayne Currall are all keen on the Greg and Skye Bond-trained five-year-old gelding. “El Jacko has exciting potential and he should continue his march towards open-class company by winning race three at headquarters on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He’s my best bet and is certainly capable of overcoming the disadvantage of starting out wide at barrier eight. He boasts a winning record of 43 per cent and impresses with his toughness and ability to unwind powerful finishing bursts.” Havercroft believes El Jacko was most unlucky at his last start. “El Jacko was just staking his claim in The Chandon Final when he locked wheels on the home turn,” Havercroft said. “After losing momentum he picked himself up to catch the eye when flying home for third.” Currall agrees with his colleagues. “El Jacko should relish the step up to 2536m and is the class horse in this 10-horse field,” Currall said. “He’s an M3-class horse taking on lesser-assessed pacers and with even luck in running should prove the testing material.” Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe is keen on the former Victorian mare Waltzingwithsierra, now in the stables of Kat Warwick. “My best bet is Waltzingwithsierra,” Lowe said. “She has impressed with solid runs at three WA starts and looks well suited here. The pole draw gives her a chance to lead all the way.” TABradio’s Matt Young, who has a healthy lead in this year’s tipping competition, believes the Kevin Keys-trained Tajies Girl could surprise at odds. “My best bet is little out of the box, but I think Tajies Girl will find her way to the front in race eight with Soho Changeling crossing and then handing up,” Young said. “Junior is aboard and her form is solid enough to suggest she would lead and win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has opted for the classy Natural Disaster as his best bet. “Natural Disaster was considered to be an Inter Dominion prospect after four wins in a sequence of five starts between May and August last year,” Manning said. “He encountered a setback and did not contest the series, but the gelding has bounced back after a lengthy spell. Pinjarra and Bunbury wins at his past two starts have been impressive.” Longshot guru Pat Harding believes the Bonds will have a night out at GP. “Should be another good night for the Bond camp this week,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race five with Rock Diamonds. This horse had a good win two starts ago and I think he can step up to the plate again in this race. Barrier five should not be a problem.” VALUE BETS Ken: For value, I suggest the Debbie Padberg-trained Bad Round, who is poised for a bold showing in race two at his 100th start. He has a losing sequence of 13, but has been performing soundly against stronger opposition. Ryan: Courage Tells improved lengths last week to lead throughout. Loves this draw and can repeat the feat. Wayne: Always Arjay can run a cheeky race in the Marathon Handicap. He has finished second at his last four starts at headquarters, including an unlucky second in the BOTRA Cup. Will give them something to chase if he can find the front. Stuart: The value bet is Fizzing who ran a great race to win easily in fast time at Pinjarra on Monday. Drawn to get a good run. Matt: Say It Now in race two has been competitive as of late, meets a moderate line-up and has Chris Voak back aboard. Could be a big price. Ernie: Chuck Norris has not won in his past 31 starts, but he showed a glimpse of his best when running on to dead-heat for third at Bunbury last start. The New Zealand import has won at Gloucester Park. Pat: The Bonds should get a race-to-race double in race six with Courage Tells. From pole position I expect him to be in front and salute the judge. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Razor Brogden, a handy restricted-class performer in New Zealand, is causing a few headaches for Ravenswood trainer-reinsman Nathan Turvey. But he gets a chance to break through for his first Australian win when he contests the Dance Boss On Seven Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mach Three five-year-old has managed just one placing, a third at Northam three starts ago, from six starts in Western Australia after having 41 starts in New Zealand for six wins and 11 placings. “I’m just having a few problems with him,” said Turvey. “He’s a bit sore in the feet and getting on to his bumpers. We’ll have another experiment with him this week.” Razor Brogden will start from barrier six on the front line in an event with little exposed good form. Razor Brogden has a C5 classification, easily the best rating of the ten runners. Two of his rivals performed soundly at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Absolution set the pace and finished second to the talented Roman Aviator, while the 11-year-old Jasper Casper caused an upset at his 206th start when he raced three back on the pegs in fifth position before finishing fast out wide to win from hot favourite Naval Aviator. Absolution, trained by Debbie Padberg is racing keenly and is capable of overcoming the wide draw at No. 8 on the front line. Jasper Casper, to be driven by Chris Voak for Northam trainer Lang Inwood, looks tested from barrier seven. Kasey Kahne, trained at Northam by Nathan Dymock, has a losing sequence of 15, but has some hope from the No. 1 barrier. He raced at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night when he was restrained at the start from barrier six and was 11th at the bell and tenth on the home turn before running on solidly, out six wide, to be seventh behind the 12-year-old Ronan Maguire. “He finished eighth at Northam at his previous start,” said reinsman Kyle Harper. “But he was unlucky. We led early and then I handed up to The Marble Ridge, who tired in the last lap and took me back through the field.”   Ken Casellas

Evergreen pacer Bettors Fire is on target to win the August Cup for the third time in a fortnight’s time and trainer-reinsman Kyle Harper said the nine-year-old was fit and well and ready to run a big race in the Sunrise On Seven Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “He was unlucky when a last-start fourth behind Chicago Bull,” said Harper, who added: “He’s working well and should be hard to beat.” However, Harper has a healthy respect for the opposition, particularly Galactic Star, who followed two successive wins at Gloucester Park with two excellent third placings behind Chicago Bull at his next two outings. Galactic Star, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old to be driven by Ryan Warwick for trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the No. 7 barrier in Friday night’s 2130m event. A winner at 22 of his 52 starts, he is in sparkling form. Bettors Fire, a winner of 40 races from 104 starts, will start from barrier six. “Galactic Star is definitely the one to beat,” said Harper. “However, I’ve got the barrier draw on him and that gives us some hope. Like usual, I’ll play it by ear. When the green light goes on we’ll assess our options and go from there.” Bettors Fire possesses outstanding gate speed and one option for Harper will be to attempt to fire the handsome gelding to an early lead and then dictate terms in front. At his most recent outing Bettors Fire began speedily from barrier three but was unable to cross the polemarker Chicago Bull. After racing without cover early Bettors Fire then enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, following Galactic Star, who moved to the breeze after about 550m. Chicago Bull won easily from stablemate Runrunjimmydunn, with Galactic Star in third place, a nose ahead of Bettors Fire, who fought on determinedly, out four wide. Millionaire pacer Beaudiene Boaz will start out wide at barrier No. 8 at his fourth appearance after a ten-month absence and is ready for a strong forward showing after a solid last-start fourth behind Chicago Bull. He will again be handled by Micheal Ferguson, with Gary Hall Jnr to drive trainer Michael Brennan’s top-flight eight-year-old The Bucket List from barrier four. Hall drove The Bucket List to a brilliant fast-finishing victory in the 2503m BOTRA Cup two starts ago. The Bond stable have an excellent second-string runner in Friday night’s race in four-year-old Rock Diamonds, who will start from barrier five with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Rock Diamonds finished strongly to win a 2503m stand two starts ago. The Kristy Elson-trained Ideal Tyson will have admirers after his dashing victorying weaker company last Friday night when he charged home from seventh at the bell to win narrowly from Vampiro and Motu Premier. Ideal Tyson will start from barrier three and Turvey will be anxious to get a flying start in a bid to take up the running. “His best attribute is rolling along and either leading or being in the breeze would be nice,” Turvey said. “Bettors Fire and Galactic Star might have a bit on us, but if we are able to lead we could beat them.” Ken Casellas

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, delighted at King of Swing’s effortless victory on Tuesday night, will be looking for strong efforts from American Brave and Speed Man when they clash in the first event, the Seven News Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This trio of exciting three-year-olds are being aimed at the rich Golden Nugget Championship for four-year-olds in the coming summer. A winner at six of his 13 starts, American Brave made a stylish Australian debut for Hall when he scored a runaway victory against moderate company over 2130m at Gloucester Park on July 14, despite being on one rein for much of the journey. He sprinted over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 28.1sec. and won by seven and a half lengths. American Brave will be driven by ace reinsman Gary Hall Jnr from the outside (No. 3) on the back line. He stamped himself as a future star when he trailed the pacemaker Solid Gold and sprinted home powerfully along the sprint lane to win by a neck from King of Swing in a heat of the Sires Stakes at Alexandra Park last October. King of Swing had taken the lead 150m from the post after working hard in the breeze. The final 800m was covered in 56.5sec., with the last 400m taking 27.5sec. American Brave rated 1.53.8 over 1700m and his was a notable victory over King of Swing, who gave further proof of his class by winning the Group 1 WA Derby in April. American Brave has inherited much of the ability of his dam Shez Spicey, a mare by Christian Cullen who earned $183,183 from nine wins, seven seconds and one third from just 31 starts. American Brave is a work in progress and looks set to improve massively on his modest record of 13 starts for six wins and one third for stakes of $55,610. Speed Man, who will be handled on Friday night by Stuart McDonald, has earned $61,206 from six wins and five placings from 15 starts. He is unbeaten at his two starts in his current campaign and he is capable of overcoming the disadvantage of the outside barrier (No. 9) and should take a power of beating. King of Swing made a wonderful return to racing on Tuesday night when he began from the No. 1 barrier in a lowly C0-class event over 2130m. He was untroubled to set the pace and romped home by a margin of 67.2m, rating 1.56.9. It was his first appearance since he won the WA Derby by a head from Bechers Brook on April 6. American Brave and Speed Man are two of eight last-start winners in a classy field of 12. The powerful Greg and Skye Bond stable will be represented by Fizzing, a promising Mach Three colt who notched his fifth victory when he worked hard in the breeze before racing away to win by more than four lengths over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon.  He should enjoy a comfortable trip after starting from the inside of the back line.    Ken Casellas  

Ross Olivieri, the leading trainer in Western Australia eight times, and champion reinsman Chris Lewis have combined to win the Channel 7 Marathon Handicap a record four times and they are confident that they can notch a fifth victory in the 3309m stand at Gloucester Park on Friday night. They are pinning their faith in the New Zealand-bred five-year-old Motu Premier, who at his 50th start in a race, will be attempting to become the first horse in the 25-year history of the Marathon Handicap to win the race twice. Motu Premier is a proven stayer owned by Merv Butterworth, who raced Chief Thundercloud and Our Jericho, who won the Marathon for the Olivieri-Lewis team in 2015 and 2016, respectively.  Before that, Olivieri and Lewis were successful with the Neville Dewhurst-owned Nickelmeldon in 2009. Motu Premier was the 5-4 favourite in last year’s race when he started off the 30m mark. Lewis stole a march on his rivals when he set Motu Premier alight soon after the start and the gelding burst to the lead after a lap. Then, after sections of 29.6sec., 31.2sec. and 29.3sec., Motu Premier sprinted over the final 400m in 28.9sec. to win by just over a length from The Bucket List, who started from 40m and sustained a strong three-wide burst from ninth in the middle stages. This year Motu Premier will share the 40m mark with Runrunjimmydunn and Devendra and Lewis is likely to adopt the same aggression as he used so successfully 12 months ago. In a field of nine and with only one horse (Cracka Star) off the front and two (Always Arjay and Swimbetweentheflags) off 10m, drivers off the back marks are expected to make strong attacking moves in the early stages. Cracka Star relishes the role of pacemaker, but he rises a great deal in class and it is difficult to suggest he can succeed against several far-better credentialled rivals. He will be handled by Luke Edwards for trainer Debbie Padberg, who prepared Rocket Reign for his Marathon victory in 2014 when he started off 40m and surged home from eighth at the bell to beat This Time Dylan. Always Arjay is a standing-start specialist with a record of 23 starts in stands for seven wins, four seconds, two thirds and five fourths. Confident part-owner and trainer Matt Scott said that he expected Always Arjay to run a super race. “Stands are his forte and if he can lead he is capable of beating the backmarkers,” he predicted. Always Arjay is in splendid form. Although he has a losing sequence of 16, he has finished second at each of his past four starts. He raced three wide early and then in the one-out, one-back position before finishing strongly to be second to Courage Tells in a 2130m mobile last Friday night. Two starts before that Always Arjay finished with great determination to be second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup, a 2503m stand. Motu Premier, at his second outing after a spell, finished third. Last Friday night Motu Premier warmed up for the Marathon in fine style with a close-up third behind Ideal Tyson and Vampiro in a 2130m mobile after working hard in the middle stages. Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has sound prospects of winning the Marathon for the third time after successes with Im Themightyquinn off 80m in 2010 and Code Red, the sole frontmarker in 2012. He will be represented by Runrunjimmydunn (40m) and Lets Chase The Dream (20m). “The distance will suit Runrunjimmydunn and he’s a good each-way chance,” Hall said. ”He got home really well when a close third to Chicago Bull and Devendra last week and the distance won’t worry Lets Chase The Dream, who had a hard run before getting to the front and then finishing fourth behind Ideal Tyson last week.” Four-year-old Runrunjimmydunn’s only appearance in a stand from 26 starts in WA was when he began from 30m and finished a close third to Importer Exporter and Bettors Fire in the 2902m Easter Cup in March this year. Nathan Turvey, who set the pace with Baleybofey in 2013 and won the Marathon for trainer Ray Williams, said that Devendra’s frontrunning head second to Chicago Bull last Friday night was a good pointer to his prospects this week. “Devendra flies out from the stand and he must be considered,” said Turvey. The eight-year-old Devendra is an excellent stayer, who won five stands in Tasmania, including the 3020m Devenport Cup in March 2014. In the summer of 2015-16 he won two heats of the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park before finishing second to My Hard Copy in the 2936m WA Pacing Cup. Star trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be looking for a strong performance from Vampiro, an up-and-coming four-year-old who has had 29 starts for 12 wins and nine placings. Ryan Warwick will handle Vampiro, the sole runner off the 30m mark. Vampiro was hampered for room in the home straight before flashing home on the inside to finish a half-head second to Ideal Tyson last Friday night.       Ken Casellas

RACING APPEALS TRIBUNAL  DATE OF HEARING: 25 July 2018 TRIBUNAL: DEPUTY PRESIDENT: MR M KING ASSESSOR MR J STALLARD IN ATTENDANCE: MR S EWEN, STEWARD, HARNESS RACING SA LTD APPELLANT: MR RYAN HRYHOREC APPELLANT REPRESENTATIVE: MR LANCE JUSTICE IN THE MATTER of an Appeal by MR RYAN HRYHOREC against a decision of Harness Racing SA Ltd Stewards. BREACH OF RULE: AHR Rule 168 (1) (a) A person shall not before, during or after a race drive in a manner which is in the opinion of the Stewards:- (a). Careless; (b). ....” PENALTY: A suspension of licence for 14 days DETERMINATION The Appellant Mr Ryan Hryhorec is a licensed driver. On Saturday, 19 May 2018 in Race 5 at Globe Derby Park he drove a twoyear-old DISCLOSURE in the “2 year old Golden Nursery Final”. Following the Race, the Stewards commenced an Inquiry into the running of the race and incidents occurring during race. The Inquiry was held over two hearings, firstly on 19 May and secondly on 26 May. After reviewing vision of the race and hearing evidence from the Appellant, from a driver Mr Brewin who had driven ABOVE AVERAGE and a driver Ms Lee who had driven MARTYS PARTY, the Stewards determined to charge the Appellant with an offence under the Harness Racing Rules particularly under Rule 168 (1) (a). Rule 168 (1) (a) states: “(1) A person shall not, before, during or after a race drive in a manner which is in the opinion of the Stewards: (a) Careless; (b) …..” Particulars of the charge were provided to the Appellant in the following terms: “Particulars of the charge are that Mr Hryhorec the driver of DISCLOSURE on Saturday 19/05/2018 in Race 5 the 2018 Alabar Golden Nursery Final drove in a careless manner by allowing your horse to shift in and tighten the racing room of ABOVE AVERAGE driven by Mr Brewin and as the field raced towards the first turn in doing so ABOVE AVERAGE became unbalanced and eventually broke gait losing all chance itself and then causing interference to trailing runners. " The Appellant pleaded not guilty. After further deliberation, Stewards found the Appellant guilty of the charge and after hearing submissions as to penalty imposed a suspension of the Appellant's driver's licence for 28 days. The Appellant appealed against that decision to this Tribunal. At the hearing of this Appeal the Appellant was assisted by Mr L Justice who provided a thorough and reasoned submission on the Appellant’s behalf. At the hearing of the Appeal the Tribunal had the benefit of the experience and knowledge of the Assessor to Mr J Stallard whose assistance in analysis of the race vision was valuable. Initially at the hearing of the Appeal, the Appellant raised a procedural issue. The decision of the Stewards was handed down by Mr S Ewen as Chairman and Mr Ross Neal assisting him. The Appellant pointed out that on the second day of hearing a further steward, Mr Lawrence had been present. There is no indication on the transcript that Mr Lawrence played any part in the proceedings but it was submitted that he was present in this Stewards rooms during the deliberative phase. If Mr Lawrence were to have participated in the Stewards deliberations, it would not accord with the expected practice and would have been inappropriate in that he had not been present at the first stage of the hearing, and was not disclosed as a participating Steward in the Inquiry. However, the Tribunal was assured by Mr Ewen, appearing on Stewards behalf at the Appeal, and having been the Chairman of the Inquiry, that Mr Lawrence played no part whatsoever in the gathering of evidence, conducting of the Inquiry or consideration of the outcome of the Inquiry. Whilst in some instances, it is possible that procedural irregularities in the conduct of the Stewards Inquiry might lead to a matter being referred back to the Stewards for a rehearing, with a potential irregularity of the nature alleged here, and bearing in mind that the Appellants right on appeal is by way of a rehearing of the evidence given at the Inquiry, the Tribunal concluded that there was no basis for referring the matter for a rehearing and that the Appeal should proceed in the usual way. On behalf of the Appellant, Mr Justice made a submission that the finding of guilt ought be overturned as the incident which occurred was only partially contributed to by the Appellant. He conceded that while the Appellant had angled down the track in an endeavour to find a position, he had only ever reached a point at which the room available to ABOVE AVERAGE driven by Mr Brewin was tight. He emphasised that there was no evidence of contact between the Appellant and Mr Brewin’s sulkies, and that as the Appellant became aware of the tightening, he shifted up the track so as to afford Mr Brewin greater room. He submitted that at the time the Appellant reached his closest point to Mr Brewin and ABOVE AVERAGE, the alignment of the sulkies was shaft on shaft and it was virtually impossible for the Appellant to place undue pressure on ABOVE AVERAGE from such a position. Rather, he argued, that the horse and sulky inside ABOVE AVERAGE, namely MARTYS PARTY driven by Ms Lee had shifted up the track and this shift upwards was either the cause of, or a significant contributor to, ABOVE AVERAGE becoming unbalanced and later breaking gait. In support he pointed to: 1. Selected excerpts from the evidence of Mr Brewin at the Stewards Inquiry which he said contained concessions that he felt pressure from the inside (MARTYS PARTY) rather than the outside (DISCLOSURE); and 2. That the vision suggested that ABOVE AVERAGE did not break gait until after the Appellant had moved away and in fact until a time corresponding to movement up the track by MARTYS PARTY driven by Ms Lee. On that basis, he suggested that the movement up the track by MARTYS PARTY, rather than any movement by the Appellant caused the tightening on ABOVE AVERAGE. In response, on behalf of the Stewards, Mr Ewen submitted that: 1. The evidence of Mr Brewin was consistently that he felt pressure from the outside; and 2. That for a brief period of time the wheel of the Appellant’s sulky moved inside the line of the wheel of Mr Brewin's sulky and that movement caused tightening and interfered with ABOVE AVERAGE, causing it to become unbalanced. The Stewards conceded that the appellant moved back up the track to relieve that pressure but asserted that the tightening caused ABOVE AVERAGE to become unbalanced and then to break gait. Mr Ewen argued that if Ms Lee on MARTYS PARTY did move up the track, which was disputed, then such movement was not until after ABOVE AVERAGE had become unbalanced and was not the cause of that occurring. He pointed to a selection of passages in the transcript of the Steward’s Inquiry where the Appellant and Mr Brewin had the opportunity to apportion blame for the incident to Ms Lee and MARTY’S PARTY, but clearly declined to do so. Mr Ewen emphasised that ABOVE AVERAGE had no prior history of breaking and that the losing of gait appeared to have been a direct response to becoming unbalanced by the interference from the Appellant. After reviewing the transcript again and having the opportunity of going through the vision of the race with each of the parties during their submissions, and hearing the valuable analysis of the Assessor, this Tribunal reached the following findings: 1. That the overall thrust of Mr Brewin's evidence was consistently that he felt that the pressure on ABOVE AVERAGE came from the outside and not from the inside, that is, from the Appellant and not from MARTYS PARTY; 2. In moving down the track, the Appellant had encroached too close to ABOVE AVERAGE, such that the wheel the Appellant’s sulky came briefly inside the line of ABOVE AVERAGE's sulky; 3. That the tightening caused interference to ABOVE AVERAGE and caused it to become unbalanced which then lead it to break gait; 4. The significant tightening and interference by the Appellant with ABOVE AVERAGE caused ABOVE AVERAGE to become unbalanced and break gait, leading to the disruption to following horses. 5. That the inside horse, MARTYS PARTY did not contribute in a significant way to the occurrence of the incident. On that basis, the decision of the Tribunal is that the conduct of the Appellant was sufficient to breach Rule 168 (1) (a) in that it amounted to careless driving. The appeal against conviction is dismissed. The Appellant also appealed against the penalty imposed on the basis that it was excessively severe. The Appellant pressed that: 1. The degree of carelessness here was at the lowest end of the range and ought to have caused the Stewards to reduce the penalty.  2. That the circumstances leading up to the offence included a number of mitigating factors such as that the horses involved were young, and that the Stewards found to adequately factor that into the sentencing considerations. 3. That the Appellant drives a significant number of races and the penalty for the Appellant is very severe. The Appellant urged that consideration be given to reducing penalty, or suspending all or part of the penalty. The Stewards argued that whilst it was acknowledged that: 1. The Appellant had endeavoured to relieve pressure promptly; and 2. The Appellant had a very good driving record considering the large number of drives he has had over the past 12 months; and that nevertheless this was a race of significant status and value, and that penalties in such races will not be reduced given both the financial and industry image considerations involved.  In considering the penalty imposed by the Stewards, the starting point of 28 days suspension was appropriate. The Stewards consider an uplift of seven days due to the status and value of the race and the severe consequences to other drivers and horses, but considered that the Appellant's good record called for a discount of seven days, and thus the suspension was left at 28 days. The Stewards reasoning was sound and the penalty arrived at appropriate in light of all the factors already mentioned. The Appellant's appeal against penalty is dismissed.    

WA Derby winner King Of Swing has made an impressive return to racing, taking out the Worldwide Printing Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. The Gary Hall Snr-trained three-year-old started a $1.05 favourite for his return and was never troubled throughout the event. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr was able to hold the lead from gate one and slowly increased his lead throughout the run, with the final margin 67.2m. King Of Swing recorded a time of 1.56.9 and ran home in 58.3. Flying Seelster and Jiving Jolt filled the minor placings. It was just King Of Swing’s third start in Australia, with his previous two runs resulting in a second in the WA Derby Prelude prior to his Derby win. King Of Swing’s win came in the final event of the evening, capping off a successful night for the Hall stable after Eloquent Mach won the TABtouch Two-Year-Old Pace (1730m). Hall Jnr settled the gelding midfield in running, before he peeled out on the final lap to be three-wide and wear down his rivals in the home straight. The other notable winner from last night’s Gloucester Park meeting was the Mike Reed-trained The Art Form, who overcame a tricky gate to win the Princi Butchers Pace (2130m). Tim Walker

AN AWKWARD draw has dented trainer Aaron Bain’s confidence with Melodys Daughter ahead of Saturday night’s Port Pirie meeting. Although the well-bred daughter of Art Major is unbeaten from two starts, Bain admits he is less than positive Melodys Daughter can maintain her perfect record. Three-year-old will begin from barrier five, with the favourite, Waitpinga Poppy, drawn the pole. “She’s a nice filly, but is not a brilliant beginner,” Bain said. “From there I’m concerned she will settle towards the back of the field over the short trip. “Waitpinga Poppy is very quick and will lead from there. Ideally we would settle on his back as she has a good finishing sprint. “She’s very green and immature, and we knew she needed time when we bought her in December, but she has stepped up each time we’ve asked.” Winner of a Breeders’ Crown heat at Globe Derby earlier this week, Melodys Daughter won’t contest the balance of the series, but remains on target to head interstate during the next few weeks. “She won’t go in Breeders’ Crown as she’s not up to it just yet,” Bain said. “We’ve been patient with her all along and it’s paying dividends, so we won’t be changing that. “I do hope to pick up a Vicbred bonus with her before the season’s end, so we’ll cross the border at some stage. “Next week’s Mermaid Stake is also part of the plan with her.”   HRSA Media  

Ignatius, the Tasmanian star three-year-old once again flexed his muscles defeating M0 pacers at Menangle on Saturday night, a rare feat for a three-year-old, who ran the mile in 1min 53.3. The winner of 16 races from 17 starts is the $1.90 favourite on Ubet for the Group 1 Breeders Crown Final at Melton later this month. Another Tasmanian pacer being aimed at the Breeders Crown carnival is the inform Scooterwillrev who won his fourth race in a row on Friday night in Launceston, while the Paul Ashwood trained Max Delight won the Tasmanian two-year-old Colts and Geldings heat on Friday and is expected to take his spot in the semi-final at Bendigo on August 18. The action this week kicks off tonight in Launceston with a six-race restricted class programme before the action turns back to Hobart on Sunday night for Tier One racing. The Stars Scooterwillrev– talented four-year-old who recorded his fourth win in a row when he won the Discretionary Handicap in Launceston on Friday night off a 20-metre handicap. The Craig Hayes-trained pacer is getting ready to pack his bags for a trip across Bass Strait for a race during the Breeders Crown Carnival, with connections still deciding on what event they contest. Lachlan Dakin – found the winners circle for the first time in his career when he drove Goggo Gee Gee to victory on Friday. Dakin had a small number of drives before he fractured his hand playing football that saw him out of the sulky for a couple of months. Judging by a number of his recent drives it shouldn’t be too much longer till we see the Uni student in the winner’s list again. Todd Rattray  – took training honours with a training treble on Friday night at the Mowbray Racing Centre and he extended his lead on the state drivers’ title with a driving double. Rodger Whitmore – continued his good strike rate with two-year-olds when the New Norfolk trainer trained Sutter Star to victory on Friday. The gelded son of Sutter Hanover remains undefeated after defeating Jigamaroo by 12.7-metres in a mile rate of 2:00.0. Rohan Hillier and Ricky Duggan – recorded three wins between them on Friday and are putting up a great battle for the second position on the state drivers premiership. Whatever driver happens to finish second will join Todd Rattray as the Tasmanian representative at the Australian Drivers Championship next season. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Todd Rattray – training and driving double; Hayleys Comet and Our Summer Vacation. Training treble with Goggo Gee Gee. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Max Delight and Rocknroll Turbo. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday night. Scooterwillrev 55.91, Jaccka Len 56.45, Rocknroll Highlight 56.94, The Aussie 57.47 and Flashy Ruler 57.48. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit’s: Hayleys Comet $3.00 into $2.60 and Tisu Spirit $2.70 into $2.30. Defied The Drift: Gems $3.80 out to $4.40, Sutter Star $2.05 out to $2.35. Missed: Sheer Strength $51 into $26, Major Davvin $8.50 into $4.40, Invest $7.00 into $4.80 and No Apachemee $7.50 into $5.50. Trial File Hobart on Sunday The clock was turned back 18 years with what used to be a long Tasmanian harness racing tradition of Sunday morning trials being held at the Elwick Racing Complex this week, where it was the Bianca Heenan show who prepared three of the five winners at the session. The first win for Heenan came up in trial one when Altra Surreal for driver Dylan Ford led all the way in a standing start trial to defeat Ive Got Oomph by 15 metres in a mile rate of 2min 1.9secs for 2090-metres. Four-year-old gelding Swap Me for driver Taylor Ford led all the way to win a C2 and better class trial under standing start conditions by 30-metres in the slowest mile rate of the morning in 2:07.5. The fast class trial was won by the in-form Star Chamber who defeated stablemate Bounty Eyre by two metres but unfortunately, there was no time taken on the trial. The other two winners were: Wattabout Spangher (2:02.8) and Vapar Glenn (2:01.8). Week Ahead Harness racing returns to Launceston tonight for a six-race restricted class programme. Wesley Vale trainer John Castles has a number of winning chances at the meeting including Chirac who bounced back into the winner’s circle for the first time this season with a narrow win over Gotta Go Henry (who is also engaged in the race) in Devonport last time out. Castles then has two winning chances in race five with Flashy Ruler and Keep Playing. Flashy Ruler has recorded one win and four placings from 17 career starts with all those top three placings coming with Rohan Hillier in the sulky who has been booked for tonight’s drive. The other runner for Castles in the race is Keep Playing who has drawn barrier six and is another pacer that has a good association with his driver Todd Rattray recording two wins at his last two drives behind the gelded son of Shadow Play including his most recent start in Devonport on July 29. The first race tonight is set down to start at 17:18 with the action being shown live on tasracing.com.au as well as Sky Racing 2 with the exception of race two which will be shown on Sky Racing 1. The action then heads to Hobart on Sunday evening with a nine-race card. A number of in-form pacers clash in the fast class race of the night the Talbot Hotel Pace. Scooterwillrev will be chasing his fifth win in a row after some dominant performances in recent weeks. The Craig Hayes-trained pacer has drawn barrier six as he continues his preparation to the Breeders Crown Carnival. Rocknroll Turbo steps up to open class for the first time and will be chasing his fourth win in a row from the pole position. The Bianca Heenan-trained Star Chamber is undefeated after two starts back from a spell and a number of other starters in the race wouldn’t surprise if they brought their best form. The action kicks off at 17:15. Horses with Tasmanian interest contesting races at metropolitan venues interstate this week included; Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 4 – Horse 9 Devendra  Menangle – Saturday night Race 5 – Horse 1 Shezallapples Race 5 – Horse 11 Miss Graceland  Race 7 – Horse 9 Pachacuti  Melton – Saturday night Race 6 – Horse 6 Resurgent Spirit Race 8 – Horse 3 Solid As A Rock Albion Park – Saturday night Race 5 – Horse 10 El Major   Duncan Dornauf

Ange McDowell's assessment that "I still think the horse will reach his full potential" will be music to the ears of Lumineer fans as the three-year-old nears his racing return in Friday night's Breeders Crown heat. The fifth fixture at Bendigo's Lords Raceway, the eighth IRT Breeders Crown heat will be a chance for the Sportswriter colt to feel his way back, having been sidelined since January's VHRSC Victoria Derby when his eight-race winning streak ended. "After the Derby final he had really bad muscle tears through his back end," McDowell told RSN's Gait Speed. "That was why he ran up the track so badly in the Derby final. "He's had plenty of time to rehab that afterwards - he's done plenty of swimming, had a bit of time off, but it's just been a really slow, steady build up. I would have liked to have given him a start before the Breeders Crown series, so he had a decent hit-out." The trainer's expectations are subsequently modest for Friday night's heat, which tips off at 8pm, for which Lumineer has drawn gate seven, directly outside well fancied Bonus Play (gate six) and Ride High (gate five). "I'd just be happy if he sat in, poked around, just made it through to the next and had a good hit-out," McDowell said. "Obviously I want him to perfom as well as he can, but because we haven't had as much time as we would have liked, if he just races well and makes it through to the next stage he will take a lot away from that run."   Trots Media

VICTORIAN filly For All We Know is in a solid position to register an overdue Group One triumph at Albion Park on Saturday night. Winner of her heat last weekend, For All We Know is engaged in the Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Sale Final where she has drawn barrier two for trainer Brett Bunfield. Triumphant in the nation-wide APG Consolation last April, the daughter of Art Major went into the series fresh from her second in the Qbred Triad Final. “She has done a top job since making her debut and deserves to add a major to her name,” Bunfield said. “Drawing two is great, but there is a lot of speed outside her. “I will have a discussion with Luke (McCarthy, driver) later in the week and decide what’s the best way to go. “Brad’s (Chisholm) been up there looking after her and is very happy with her condition, so it’s full steam ahead.” Selecting Muscle Factory as the one to beat, Bunfield admits the task ahead is a daunting one, but isn’t prepared to concede defeat. Also successful in his qualifier, Muscle Factory is a short-priced favourite despite drawing the outside of the front row. “Muscle Factory will work his way forward I would imagine, which will make him very hard to beat,” Bunfield said. “He’s been the favourite all along, and deserves to be, but favourites do get beaten. “It’s fair to say whoever beats him will be the winner and hopefully it’ll be us.”   APG Media

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