HRNSW - Trainer stood down Mr Richard Baverstock

21 December 2018

ON Friday 21 December 2018, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183 (a), (c) & (d), suspended the Trainer’s licence of Mr Richard Baverstock after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that cocaine was detected in the urine sample taken from MY WHISKEY LULLABY following its win in race 5, the NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA PACE (2125 metres) conducted at Penrith on Thursday 18 October 2018.

The “B” sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria.

HRNSW Stewards considered all available information, including submissions on behalf of Mr Baverstock, prior to the imposition of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183.

Mr Baverstock was informed of his right to appeal this decision.

A date for the Inquiry has not been scheduled at this time.



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 33 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:


Michael Prentice                           Grant Adams


Integrity Manager                           Chairman of Stewards


(02) 9722 6600                               (02) 9722 6628