Inquiries Update

17 October 2014
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The following is an update on inquiries being conducted by HRNSW:

Monday 20 October 2014:

Trainer Bruce Dumesny – in relation to the findings of the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that morphine was detected in a urine sample taken from SHIRAZ SHANNON following its win in race 4, the Tony & Jill McGrath Pace (2250 metres) conducted at Peak Hill on Sunday 15 June 2014.

Tuesday 21 October 2014:

Trainer Glenn Hayward – continuation of an inquiry that was commenced on 1 September 2014 into the findings from the National Measurement Institute that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a urine sample taken from BIEN HOA following its win in race 4, the NTS Pace (1609 metres) conducted at Newcastle on 29 May 2014.

Wednesday 22 October 2014:

Trainer Neil Day – in relation to the findings of the National Measurement Institute that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a urine sample taken from BENZI MARSH following its win in race 5, the Final Goulburn Soldiers Club Goulburn Championship (1710 metres) conducted at Goulburn on 24 February 2014.

Trainer Dean McDowell – in relation to findings of the National Measurement Institute that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in urine samples taken from CHEVALS CHARLIE followings its win in race 2, the Schweppes 30th Anniversary Pace (1740 metres) and THE TWILIGHT DANCER following its win in race 3, the Australasian Young Drivers Championship Heat Eight (2140 metres) conducted at Bankstown on 28 February 2014.

6 November 2014:

Trainer Kim Hillier – reconvening of an inquiry that was commenced on 28 August 2014 and continued on 9 October 2014, into elevated TCO2 levels recorded in horses trained and presented to race during the period 1 January 2013 – 15 August 2014.

HRNSW has also issued charges against the following:

Trainer Rodney Pike has been issued with the following six charges;

Five charges pursuant to Rule 190(1),(2) & (4);

 

            190.  (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.

(2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence.

 (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse.

CHARGE 1     That as the registered trainer did present SNAP TO IT to race in race 2 at the Newcastle harness meeting on 22 February 2014, when a urine sample taken subsequent to the race was found to contain Cobalt above the threshold.

 

CHARGE 2     That as the registered trainer did present SNAP TO IT to race in race 4 at the Newcastle harness meeting on 6 March 2014, when a urine sample taken subsequent to the race was found to contain Cobalt above the threshold.

 

CHARGE 3     That as the registered trainer did present IM A PLAYER to race in race 3 at the Newcastle harness meeting on 7 March 2014, when a urine sample taken subsequent to the race was found to contain Cobalt above the threshold.

 

CHARGE 4     That as the registered trainer did present SNAP TO IT to race in race 2 at the Newcastle harness meeting on 14 March 2014, when a urine sample taken subsequent to the race was found to contain Cobalt above the threshold.

 

CHARGE 5     That as the registered trainer did present MASTER FIREHAWKE to race in race 2 at the Newcastle harness meeting on 25 April 2014, when a urine sample taken subsequent to the race was found to contain Cobalt above the threshold.

 

  He was further issued which a charge pursuant to Rule 259 (g)

 

259. (1) A disqualified person or a person whose name appears in the current list of disqualifications published or adopted by a recognised harness racing authority or a person warned off cannot do any of the following –

 (g) enter any premises used for the purposes of the harness racing industry;

CHARGE 6 

 

That Mr Pike, on Wednesday 27 August 2014, as a person recorded on the Harness Racing New South Wales Unpaid Forfeits List and subject to the same restrictions and penalties as a disqualified person, did enter harness racing stables at Cessnock Showground, premises used for the purpose of the harness racing industry.

Mr Pike is required to respond to these charges by 27 October 2014.

Mr Noel Tyndall has been issued with the following charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4).

That as the registered trainer did present EARLS REIGN to race in race 1 at the Albury harness meeting on 1 March 2014, when a urine sample taken subsequent to the race was found to contain Cobalt above the threshold.

Mr Tyndall is required to respond to this charge by 30 October 2014.

Trainer Mr Wayne Hancock was issued with a charge pursuant to Rule 187(5), relating to his conduct towards HRNSW Steward, Mr Todd Clarke during trackwork at the Maitland showgrounds on 27 August 2014. Mr Hancock was stood down pursuant to Rule 183, and has answered the charge via written submissions. No decision pertaining to guilty or otherwise has been made at this stage.

The inquiry into a charge laid against Mr Greg Bennett under Rule 187 regarding evidence given to HRNSW during its Investigation is still outstanding. HRNSW are awaiting further submissions from Mr Bennett’s legal representatives. Mr Bennett still remains stood down pursuant to Rule 183. No date has been set for this inquiry to be reconveyed.

 

Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

 

 

To arrange an interview or for further information please contact:

Name: Reid Sanders

Position: Manager - Integrity

Phone: (02) 9722 6600

Email: rsanders@hrnsw.com.au