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HRSA - On the Bit Newsletter 21 August 2020
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WINNING TRIFECTA FOR SA
 
   
 
  1. NEW SA ONLY HANDICAPPING AND RATINGS RELIEF SYSTEM  
  2. ANOTHER $10,000 SUPER SATURDAY ANNOUNCED
  3. COMBINED RACE MEETINGS FOR PORT PIRIE AND MT GAMBIER
 
Harness Racing SA today announced three new initiatives aimed at benefitting those active within the industry in SA. Topping the list is a significant modification to Handicapping and Ratings system where ratings concessions will be applied to horses which have less than 10 lifetime wins (excluding wins as 2YO’s).
Commencing 1st September 2020, the new concession scheme, which has been designed following a recent handicapping audit, and in consultation with industry participants, will essentially provide greater relief for 2YO’s; 3YO’s; horses embarking on their racing careers and those horses which are somewhat lesser credentialled.  Details of the Concession Scheme can be found below.
Also announced today is the great news that another $10,000 `Super Saturday’ will be conducted on the last Saturday in September (26th).
The `Super Saturday’ initiative has galvanised considerable interest and, like this month’s edition, where only SA trained horses are eligible, the format for the September `Super Saturday’ will follow similar lines. Details will follow shortly.                                                                                                         
This is a further opportunity to reward those actively participating in the SA harness racing industry.                                     
The final initiative announced is the novel concept of conducting a race meeting at two venues on the same night. This being brought about by both the desire to increase racing opportunities in regional areas, together with the challenges brought about through Covid -19 and the restrictions imposed.
More particularly, it is intended to program a race meeting at Mount Gambier and Port Pirie on the same night, where four races will be run at each venue. These being conducted under the SA Trots banner, with it being the intention to conduct these race meetings at regular two-weekly intervals. The commencement date for this unique concept to be advised.
Ratings Concessions Schedule
 
Commencing 1st September 2020 HRSA will introduce ratings concessions for all horses with less than ten lifetime wins (excluding 2YO wins).
The changes introduced reflect the uniqueness of the SA harness horse population and better provide for more equitable and competitive racing.
The key points with respect to the concessions to be provided are as follows:
 
  • A Rating Concession will be applied to all horses competing in SA ratings-based races effective 1st September 2020 which have 9 or less lifetime wins (excluding 2YO wins).
 
  • There will be an automatic reset to 10 points concession when 2YO’s turn three (regardless of how many races won as a 2yo).
 
  • The Concessions Matrix is exclusive to any Mares or Junior concessions.
 
  • All 2yo’s competing in open age ratings races will receive a 10-point concession (capped at 30)
 
  • Any horse claiming using the above matrix cannot reduce its rating below 40.
 
  • The maximum points claimable is as follows: -
 
CONCESSION MATRIX
        
0 Wins 10 pts
1 Win 9 Pts
2 Wins 8 Pts
3 Wins 7 Pts
4 Wins 6 Pts
5 Wins 5 Pts
6 Wins 4 Pts
7 Wins 3 Pts
8 Wins 2 Pts
9 Wins 1 Pt
10 Wins 0 Pts
 
 
The Rating’s Concession Scheme will be reviewed following two months of operation.
 
August & September Programs
HRSA would like to thank our participants for their co-operation thus far and encourage you to continue do the right thing by your family and industry – if you feel unwell or have a temperature please stay home.  Restrictions may be easing, but we all need to remain vigilant.
 
  • PLEASE TAKE NOTE NO ONE IS TO CROSS OVER THE FENCED OFF OR FLAGGED AREAS AT THE RACETRACK. 
  • ONLY PEOPLE DECLARED TO HRSA WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER AT THE HORSE GATE.
  • ALL PARTICIPANTS ENTERING THE STALL AREA MUST PRODUCE OR DISPLAY THEIR LICENCE CARDS AND WILL BE TEMPERATURE SCREENED.
  • IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ANY PERSON AT THE RACE MEETING PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING 1.5M WHERE EVER POSSIBLE.
Our fantastic friends at Hygain have kindly supplied the Fiber Fresh product as a giveaway for our trainers.
Every Monday a lucky trainer will be drawn from race meetings held over the course of the week. The recipient will receive a bag of Fiber Fresh (collectable on the night if they have a runner).
This weeks lucky winner was Clinton Fuller -  CONGRATULATIONS!
Globe Derby Park - Saturday 21 August 2020
Overview of meeting:

Race 1: TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PACE

MICROMETEOR (7) was a big winner at Globe Derby last week when he came from behind to defeat IT AINT THE MONEY by a half head. Has the tricky draw to overcome again this week but he should be right in the mix again. His form since coming to South Australia has been strong.
STEINMAN (1) is ideally drawn this week and won two of his last five but has only run placings over his last three starts. He should be right in the finish from that draw.
HESASHARK (8) returns from a spell but is competing against some top competition for his first up run. He has had the 17 career starts for an impressive 8 wins and 7 placings. Has plenty of ability and is worth strong consideration.
DONT TELL ALICE (6) and PAY ME INTEREST (2) are also chances.

Race 2: HYGAIN REGAIN CLAIMING PACE

ALWAYS MY MATE (5) is racing in some top form at the moment, has won three of his last four. He defeated POCKET THEDEAL by a half neck at his most recent run at Port Pirie. Looks poised to win again here tonight.CALCAVADO (4) was an impressive winner on Monday when he defeated MONTANAS JET by 21.4 metres and ran 1.57.3. He will be right in the mix today based off that form.
BULL MARKET (8), THE DAPPER DON (3) and COREY ODONOHUE (6) look the next best.

Race 3: DOWNLOAD THE TAB APP PACE

STEAM CLEANED (2) had no luck from the wide draw last start but still run on well to only get beaten by 6.7 metres. The start prior to that he ran a second behind LINDI LINCOLN who defeated him by a short half head. He matches up well against this field and his recent form suggests he is a very strong chance.
SHESASHARK (1) has been racing consistently and well recently. She was beaten by 1.2 metres in her most recent start behind MACKALAN at Port Pirie. Her start prior to that was an impressive winning effort. She looks ideally drawn here. She will be right in the mix.
AYEJAYEM (9), GEORGIE MAE (4) and OUT OF CHARACTER (7) are also chances..

Race 4: SUPER SATURDAY AUGUST 29 PACE

WESTAR SAM (7) has won four of his last five. He was beaten by 3.4 metres last week behind BEZZA after doing it tough and facing the breeze. If he lobs into a nice position during the race he should be able to finish off well. Looks to be a strong chance tonight.
ONE NIGHT AT THEMILE (1) was the winner of the dual race series at Port Pirie on the 11th of August. He could possibly lead tonight and will be around the mark.
BIEN HOA (6) has been racing consistently and is worth consideration.
HAVEACHEW (9) and SALOME MISS (2) are also chances.

Race 5: HORSEMED HILLS EQUINE CLINIC PACE

ELLMERS HOOFING IT (5) is going for a massive four wins in a row tonight. He has been undefeated since coming to South Australia. He will find tonight a little tough but his recent form suggests he will be too good.
JOES A CHARACTER (3) was extremely impressive last week when he ran second behind THE CULLECTOR. He was a winner the start prior to that. He will be right in the mix tonight.
THE IDES OF MARCH (6) is very fast off the mobile. He will be pushing forward early and will be right in the mix.
RUTHLESS ARMBRO (4) is an ex New South Wales horse who was an impressive trial winner at Globe Derby last week. It may pay to keep him safe here.

Race 6: AIR DIFFUSION AGENCIES PACE

CELESTIAL DAYBREAK (6) matches up nicely against this field. He looks to be the likely leader. If he hits the front he will be very hard to beat.
ILLAWONG GERRY (2), ALTHEGIRLSINMYLIFE (1) and I WANNA ROCKNROLL (3) look the next best.

Race 7: JOHN ROTHE VIDEO TROTTERS HANDICAP

A tricky race to finish off a big night of racing.

REILS (7) begins off the tough handicap tonight but there is not a lot of speed off the front marks. If he can begin well and lob into a nice position then he should be able to run over the top.
LIBERTY SONG (3) was a winner last start when he defeated ARCTIC PEGASUS by 8.9 metres. Tonight is a step up in class for him but he has plenty of ability and he will run a strong race.
SUN VALLEY ROAD (6) and TRUSCOTT HALL (4) are also chances.

Click here for fields
Globe Derby Park Selections 22-8-20
Race 1 - TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PACE
Selections: Micrometeor (7), Steinman (1), Hesashark (8), Dont Tell Alice (6)
 
Race 2 - HYGAIN REGAIN CLAIMING PACE
Selections: Always My Mate (5), Calcavado (4), Bull Market (8), Corey Odonohue (6)
 
Race 3 - DOWNLOAD THE TAB APP PACE
Selections: Steam Cleaned (2), Shesashark (1), Ayejayem (9), Georgie Mae (4)
 
Race 4 - SUPER SATURDAY AUGUST 29 PACE
Selections: Westar Sam (7), One Night At Themile (1), Bien Hoa (6), Haveachew (9)
 
Race 5 - HORSEMED HILLS EQUINE CLINIC PACE
Selections: Ellmers Hoofing It (5), Joes A Character (3), The Ides Of March (6), Ruthless Armbro (4)
 
Race 6 - AIR DIFFUSION AGENCIES PACE
Selections: Celestial Daybreak (6), Illawong Gerry (2), Althegirlsinmylife (1), I Wanna Rocknroll (3)
 
Race 7 - JOHN ROTHE VIDEO TROTTERS HANDICAP
Selections: Reils (7), Liberty Song (3), Sun Valley Road (6), Truscott Hall (4)
 
Best Bet: Race 3 Number 2 Steam Cleaned
Next Best: Race 6 Number 6 Celestial Daybreak
Best Roughie: Race 2 Number 6 Corey Odonohue
Race 1:    1-6-7-5
Race 2:    5-4-3-8
Race 3:    2-1-5-4
Race 4:    7-1-6-9
Race 5:    1-4-3-8
Race 6:    3-2-7-6
Race 7:    3-4-6-5   
FIELDS - Links to Monday GDP and Tuesday Pt Pirie - click here
 
Jacqui Dougherty's Princess
Blaze Me or as she’s known at home Princess is a very recently retired 9yo mare.
She had 118 race starts, 43 of those starts were for myself. Princess was the first pacer I have trained and has earned a lasting spot in the family.
During her race career she also acted as a “pace maker” and companion for the younger horses coming through. 
 
Princess has now transitioned to show horse, where we are very excited for her future. She has recently attended her first hack show, where she was very fortunate to win classes and be sashed champion! 
NEW WHIP RULE
The Australian Harness Racing industry continues to be at the forefront of equine health and welfare, including the way in which drivers can apply the whip.  As society’s expectations of welfare continue to evolve at a rapid rate, particularly with regards to racing animals, what was once considered acceptable practice has been transformed by both science and culture.

Our industry, conscious of these expectations, continues to rise to the challenge of finding a balance between community and industry expectations for ourselves - rather than having it thrust upon us from the outside.
Questions of sustainability, ethics, integrity and transparency need honest and ongoing assessment, while the provision of information is critical to educate and provide confidence for all sectors.

In fact, rules of racing regarding the whip have been progressively moderated with 6 amendments since 1 January 2010.
While many drivers found each change difficult initially, over time, the industry has adapted, without impacting on horse or driver performance - indeed race times have continued to become faster in the period since the whip changes were introduced.
Whilst we can all agree that significant progress has been made, the number of penalties still being incurred, and the instances of unacceptable whip action still being observed are an indication that the rules in their current state require adjustment.
This new rule has been discussed and debated at length, particularly among integrity teams, in an effort to formulate this latest iteration to be easy to understand, simple to comply and straightforward to police.

The wrist only flicking action is designed to limit the force with which a whip can be applied whilst still allowing its principal use as a means of communication between the driver and horse. The limitation of force, both perceived and actual, is the crux of the whip rule amendments.

All within the industry are urged to watch the training video (click here to view) and make themselves familiar with the required action.  Practice and film your own whip action and compare it to ensure you are within the set limits.

The social licence for harness racing to operate is hard fought among the changing expectations of the wider community - and needs to be protected.
Taking a proactive approach to self-moderation as an industry is critical to our future. 
 
         Every Drive.  Every Race.  Every Horse.

Rule 156, applicable from 1 September 2020 in all States

156.  (1)    (a)  A driver shall only use and be in possession of a whip approved by the Controlling Body.
                 (b)  A whip, once approved:-
                      (i)  shall not be modified in any manner;
                      (ii)  shall be maintained in a satisfactory condition;
                (c)  A whip that does not comply with sub-paragraph (b) may be confiscated by the Stewards.

        (2)   (a)  A driver shall only apply the whip in a wrist only flicking motion whilst holding a rein in each hand with the tip of the whip pointed forward in an action which does not engage the shoulder.
               (b)  For the purposes of sub-paragraph (a), “wrist only flicking motion” means:-
                    (i)   Ensuring no force is generated by the use of the elbow or shoulder when applying the whip.
                    (ii)  The forearm is not raised beyond forty-five degrees relative to the racing surface.
                    (iii) Not applying the whip with overt force.

        (3)  A driver shall not use a whip in an unapproved manner.

        (4)  For the purposes of sub-rule (3) a driver shall be deemed to have used the whip in an unapproved manner in the following circumstances which are not exclusive:-

            (a)  If the whip is applied excessively, continuously and/or without allowing the horse time to respond.
            (b)  If the whip is applied when the horse:
                    (i)  is not visibly responding;
                   (ii)  is not in contention;
                   (ii)  cannot maintain or improve its position;
                  (iv) is clearly winning;
                  (v)  has passed the winning post at the finish of a race.

           (c)  If the reins are lengthened so as to result in loose reining regardless of whether the whip is being used at the same time.
           (d)  If the whip is used in a prodding or jabbing fashion.

    (5)  A driver shall not use the whip in a manner which causes injury to a horse.

    (6)  A whip shall not be used so as to obstruct, strike or endanger another driver or horse.

    (7)  A driver shall not allow a whip to project outside the sulky.

    (8)  A person who fails to comply with any provision of this Rule is guilty of an offence

 
For more information contact HRA CEO Andrew Kelly on 03 9227 3000 or akelly@hra.com.au 
 
TRAINERS / DRIVERS PLEASE NOTE:
 In light of recent circumstances at the Gawler trials where a fall occurred shortly after the start of the event and the uncertainty of drivers within that trial with respect to continuing with the trial, Stewards would like to remind drivers of the policy surrounding a fallen horse during the running of a race or trial.

POLICY
 
When an accident occurs, the Steward-In-Charge will activate an intermittent siren warning drivers to proceed with caution.
 
Should it be necessary to stop the race, the siren will be sounded continuously with the Clerks assisting with advising drivers if necessary.
 
Any driver who fails to comply with R171(1) or who retires his horse from the event prematurely is guilty of an offence.

Rule 171(1)       In the event of an obstruction occurring on the track during a race, drivers shall observe due caution and obey instructions given by the Stewards or any appointed person.
 

OFFSET SULKIES - (Banned 1/9/20)
Stewards remind all industry stakeholders that effective 1 September 2020, all offset sulkies are banned for use. This follows a five year phasing out period.

HRSA further reminds the industry that the use of a modified offset sulky will not be permitted and action under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) will be taken against individuals who use or attempt to use a sulky which has not been approved by Harness Racing Australia (HRA).

HRSA reminds participants that it is their responsibility to ensure that their sulky is both approved and in good working condition at all times. The HRA Approved Sulkies list is found here: http://www.harness.org.au/hra/approved-sulkies-list.pdf

Horses Named between 1-Jul-20 and 21-Aug-20 for SA 21/08/2020
CUTE ROCK (FY) Nov 02 17, PET ROCK USA-DAMSELFLY
JUST CHAI (GG) Oct 08 18, SUNSHINE BEACH USA-CAFE AU LAIT NZ
KADINA KID (FY) Nov 21 17, GREAT SUCCESS USA-MANDS EVIE
KNIGHTCAP (GG) Nov 09 18, KINNEY HANOVER USA-LOMBO REGALIA
NEVADA MAVIS (FY) Dec 01 17, PET ROCK USA-NEVADA VEGAS
ROCKY ROMANCE (FY) Oct 14 17, PET ROCK USA-WHIRLWIND ROMANCE
WRITTENINPAYNT (ME) Oct 17 14, SPORTSWRITER USA-PAYTON MACKENZIE

 
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
Harness Racing SA has a strict Social Media Policy.
Please click on the link below to view the full document.
Penalties may be applied if you are in breach of the policy.
Social Media Policy
INDUSTRY NOTICE
Email/Mail Out Requesting Retired and Deceased Information

 

Harness Racing Australia has recently conducted a mail/email out requesting updated information on horses considered ‘inactive’.
In this case the definition of ‘inactive’ comprises of horses aged 4 years and older which have not raced or bred in the past 2 years.
If you are listed as the Managing Owner of a horse that falls within this category you will receive an email (or postal letter if your email address is not on file) detailing the horses in your care that require updating.
The process can be completed online in HarnessWeb or via a downloadable paper form.
The notification of any movements of horses including retirement and death is covered under the AHRR and penalties can be applied for not providing information or for providing incomplete or fraudulent information.
This mail out forms part of a larger strategy that HRA, along with all states are implementing to expand equine traceability throughout the industry and to safeguard its greatest assets - the horses.
Any questions regarding this process can be directed to Carolyn McCusker, Registration Officer - cmccusker@saharmess.org.au or 82850737.

LICENCE RENEWALS

If you are engaging in harness racing activities, you must renew your licence by COB 31st August.  Trainers please note, if you intend to nominate for Saturday 5th September, you will need to have your renewal lodged and paid for by COB Friday 28th August. It is essential all Drivers submit their accompanying medical at renewal time.

HRSA preferred method of payment is by direct bank deposit or credit card. If paying by cash is unavoidable, please ensure you have the exact money as no cash is kept in the office for change. Signed renewals must be received prior to payment. Photocopied and faxed medicals ARE NOT ACCEPTED.


If you have not received your 20/21 Licence Renewal please contact Carolyn McCusker, Registration Officer -cmccusker@saharness.org.au or 82850737.

ONLINE NOMINATIONS
Trainers are reminded that effective 1st July 2020 all nominations must be made by way of HarnessWeb.
Please note this also includes trial nominations.
When nominating for the trials, trainers will be given the option of nominating for a stand or a mobile trial and the Racing Office will place horses in appropriate divisions.
For horses which are attempting to qualify, be reinstated in the barrier draw or requiring to trial to the satisfaction of the stewards, trainers can notify in the comments box provided when nominating.
Trainers that are having any difficulties nominating for a race or trial online are asked to contact HRSA and you will be assisted through this transition.
ALL PARTICIPANTS PLEASE NOTE:

Before lodging documents, please take a moment to ensure everything has been completed and signed where appropriate.

In recent times, HRSA has experienced a spike in incomplete and/or unsigned documents, which causes delays in processing.

Participants are also reminded that the witnessing of documents should be taken seriously, and a person should never sign as witnessing a document when it has not been physically witnessed.
ACCOUNT PAYMENTS 

Payment of accounts – Could all persons, where possible, please pay their account direct through our bank account (BSB 035-047; Account  194535; Account name: Harness Racing SA Ltd) or by credit card over the phone (08 8285 0730)
 
HRSA no longer holds cash on the premises. If you have to pay by cash please be sure you have the correct money as no change can be given.

Please ensure when making payments direct to HRSA bank, that you provide your HRSA customer code and name in the description in order for your payment to be allocated to the correct customer code. 

Please also send a follow up email to knicolai@saharness.org.au to advise that payment has been made to HRSA bank account.
CONTACTS AT HARNESS RACING AUSTRALIA
The naming inbox is now available for owners to send their naming enquiries or questions in relation to namings.
 
This link can be found via the HRA page and the contact tab.
Who to Call / Email at HRA

STAKERUN


The next stakerun will be Thursday 3 September 2020.

If you have any finance queries please contact Kathryn Nicolai in the Finance Department on (08) 82850730.
CONCESSION DRIVERS 2019/20
Please follow the link below for the Concession Drivers .
Click here for Concession Drivers
SECTIONAL TIMES
Sectional times are updated weekly, please click below .
Click here for sectional times
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~~~~~~ FINAL WEEKS ~~~~~~~

Our OHOKA PUNTER NZ promotion is filling fast.
To be eligible for this you must become a member or renew BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1.

To lock in your booking call Claude on 0414639 011

TO PAY MEMBERSHIPS PLEASE SEE LEE-ANN RACEDAY OR CALL GARY 0402 978 424 OR LEE-ANN ON 0417 878 541. 
Please adhere to information set out by SA Health to keep our State on track.
For clarity on the advice below please visit https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au


If you have a smart phone, please download the Covidsafe App and help stop the spread,
For all race night winners photos see:
Wally Bulyga
Mobile :  0413 521 747
Official Course Photographer
Email:  agylub@gmail.com

Long May We Play
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