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Hunter Cup Winner bred and raced by race fixer. Derby winner rumoured to have always has been part owned by former CEO and Great Southern Star winner rumoured to be raced by Hrv employees
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Report gardenstar November 27, 2017 12:15 PM GMT
Day 1 :-
Report Back High Lay Low November 27, 2017 12:42 PM GMT
Great to see Jo Hall still reading the ol' auto-cue.
Report gardenstar November 29, 2017 1:15 AM GMT
Report gardenstar December 1, 2017 11:28 AM GMT
Coverage by the sole provider Sky Channel continues to wane. Vic harness at bottom of pecking order when it comes to importance and more a concern is placement on the time clock ie: no lead in time
Report gardenstar December 1, 2017 12:12 PM GMT
ID hosts on sky remind me of Al Roker & Matt lauer
Report gardenstar December 5, 2017 2:10 AM GMT
Report henryluca December 5, 2017 3:13 AM GMT
Interesting to see if one or more of them change their plea --guess we'll find out how thick their friendships are--especially if they are looking at a custodial sentence.

[i]As the hearing entered its second week, witness David Bartley yesterday asked Magistrate John Murphy to forego his evidence for fear of ruining his relationship with his daughter.

‘‘I do not wish to give evidence against her ... she’s my baby girl,’’ he told Shepparton Magistrates’ Court.
Report gardenstar December 6, 2017 11:28 PM GMT
Report gardenstar December 7, 2017 7:35 AM GMT
Report gardenstar December 7, 2017 9:28 AM GMT
Another meeting cancelled. No satisfactory mobiles to handle wet tracks is a problem that has never been resolved. No chance of finding another date. Sky call the shots not them.
Report Back High Lay Low December 7, 2017 9:50 AM GMT
How bout that squirrel grip story from Globe Derby Scared Laugh

“He came about six metres forward to be standing right in my face, with our noses touching,” Bain said. “While he was going off he said he was going to put me on my arse so hard I wouldn’t get up for a week.

“I put my hands behind my back to show I wasn’t going to resort to violence, but he lunged at me, grabbed my knackers and gave a severe twist.
Report Back High Lay Low December 7, 2017 9:51 AM GMT
Shouldn't laugh, hope they throw the book at him.
Report gardenstar December 7, 2017 9:51 AM GMT
You can't think some of this stuff up !
Report Back High Lay Low December 7, 2017 9:59 AM GMT
The alleged gripper is a SAHRC committee member. Good lord.
Report Back High Lay Low December 7, 2017 10:58 AM GMT
A bad day for Nathan Jack.
His future in the industry is looking rather bleak.
Not to mention his future as a member of free society.

You may have to google "court hears stablehand told of harness race fixing" if you don't have a HS account.
Report gardenstar December 7, 2017 11:14 AM GMT
Drove 3 winners last night. Amazing he can still drive?? Sums up the heading to this thread
Report gardenstar December 13, 2017 1:02 AM GMT
Report gardenstar December 13, 2017 1:02 AM GMT
Report gardenstar December 14, 2017 9:58 AM GMT
The start of 14/12/17 Bendigo Trots R7. No starter has done more to signal the death knell of the standing start! Take a bow!
Report henryluca December 14, 2017 9:23 PM GMT
If it wasnt real it would be funny--
Report gardenstar December 14, 2017 11:15 PM GMT
Report gardenstar December 16, 2017 12:06 PM GMT
R10 Melton 16/12 Sanna Cruza. You gotta feel sorry for those involved in the Qld cases after that
Report henryluca December 20, 2017 9:44 PM GMT
Harness-racing trainer arrested in race-fixing probe

November 16, 2017 6:47pm

A VICTORIAN harness racing trainer has been ­arrested by police as part of a criminal ­investigation.

The Herald Sun has been told the inquiry is looking into allegations of race-fixing from several years ago.

Detectives from Victoria Police’s sporting integrity ­intelligence unit executed two warrants in central Victoria on Tuesday.

Searches were made of properties in the Bendigo area. A Victoria Police spokesman said a 60-year-old man was ­arrested and interviewed.

He was later released from custody pending summons. That man has been a harness racing trainer for decades.

“The investigation remains ongoing,” the police spokesman said. It is believed the current ­investigation originated with Harness Racing Victoria, before intelligence gathered by its officials was passed to police.

A harness racing figure connected to the properties ­declined to comment when contacted by the Herald Sun.

“I’ve got no comment at all,” he said.

Victoria Police set up the sporting integrity intelligence unit in 2013 amid heightened corruption concerns.

It has previously run significant investigations into claims of **** events in harness ­racing across the state.

They included a probe which resulted in prominent Mildura figures Shayne and Greg Cramp pleading guilty to criminal charges of race fixing and being hit with community corrections orders.

The father-and-son team were also suspended from the sport until 2027 after an internal inquiry.

In a separate probe, arrests were made last year over allegations that a 2015 race at the Cobram track in northern Victoria was fixed.

Harness Racing Victoria has moved to protect the sport from corruption in recent years.

It has heavily bolstered its investigative and integrity areas in a bid to identify and weed out rogue operators.

The anti-corruption fight took to the skies earlier this year when HRV investigators used a drone to capture images of a trainer-driver stomach-tubing a horse on April 6.

Brian Sylvia later pleaded guilty at a stewards’ inquiry and was disqualified from the sport for 15 months.

Stomach-tubing, or drenching, involves administering a bicarbonate solution in the ­period before a race to neutralise the build-up of lactic acid in a horse.

This, in turn, enhances the animal’s stamina.
Report gardenstar December 21, 2017 4:49 AM GMT
Report gardenstar December 21, 2017 4:54 AM GMT
Try again
Report henryluca December 21, 2017 5:18 AM GMT
Cramp and son--

[i]Shayne Cramp, 31, Victoria's leading trainer in 2013-14, and his father, 58, pleaded guilty on Thursday to fixing a race in Mildura on November 12 last year, in a scheme that pocketed the younger man $820 in a trifecta bet.

The men were charged over the November 12 race, where they both drove horses and arranged for the son to win and the father finish second, ahead of another trainer's horse.

Shayne Cramp had bet $100 on a trifecta through an associate, but there was no evidence his father made any profit, the court heard.[/i]

and yet NRL/cricket/soccer players manipulate matches in slow motion right under the noses of all with many many 100's k's involved (with huge element of that money laundering  and the Mr Magoo's of the relevant task forces  cant find evidence -----CrazyCrazy
Report Back High Lay Low December 21, 2017 9:33 AM GMT
Eastman guilty in criminal court for race-day milkshaking.

Different game these days with the old bill involved in normal stewarding matters.Scared
Report gardenstar December 21, 2017 9:47 AM GMT
Taints a lot of wins by Menin Gate and many others
Report gardenstar December 30, 2017 10:51 AM GMT
Cranbourne R7 30/12 All the Vic premier drivers on display at their worst.Treating punters like mugs.
Report gardenstar December 30, 2017 11:38 AM GMT
R10 same meeting Dan Mielicki "A bit of a battle for the early lead which is good to see" Blimey if the race callers is fed up with the uncompetitive racing maybe somebody will act
Report gardenstar January 3, 2018 10:13 AM GMT
Qld Racing Integrity Commission got time to look at some of these races in Vic. Nobody down there does
Report gardenstar January 8, 2018 11:25 AM GMT
Cobram 07/01/18 R7 :-

"Maggies Grin was extremely fractious in the parade ring and refused to enter the track despite concerted efforts from driver Laura Crossland and a number of connections. Nathan Jack was the approved late driver change for this mare, as Ms Crossland did not feel it was safe to continue in her attempts to get the mare to proceed to the start. Maggies Grin continued to be extremely fractious before warming up appropriately in the preliminary. This mare has now been stood down from racing until the completion of a satisfactory trial. Stewards refrained from taking action against Nathan Jack for applying the whip to Maggies Grin on one occasion when not holding a rein while attempting to get the mare to proceed to the start.
Maggies Grin tired badly to beaten 69m. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities other than a slower than expected recovery rate. Driver Nathan Jack (Maggies Grin) was queried in relation to the overall performance of his drive and the tactics adopted. Mr Jack stated that his drive was extremely worked up and he progressed forward three wide during the initial stages with the intent of challenging for the lead however Maggies Grin was unable to muster sufficient speed to issue a genuine challenge to Swiftly Tothebeach and therefore raced without cover for the final mile. Mr Jack further added that Maggies Grin was a beaten horse with approximately 600m to travel and the mare’s antics prior to the start, in his opinion were a major contributing factor.

How on earth was this horse allowed to start on a 40c day. Treating punters like mugs
Report gardenstar January 12, 2018 12:05 PM GMT
You'll never see the three wide all the way performance from Lazarus in Vic. The stewards would give M Purdon 6 weeks..should've gone back to last! They stamp out competition just want processions.
Report gardenstar January 13, 2018 9:52 AM GMT
Sky's coverage of Shepparton trots tonight EMBARRASSING for HRV
Report gardenstar January 13, 2018 10:22 AM GMT
So someone pulled the plug on the misery
Report gardenstar January 13, 2018 10:52 AM GMT
Watching Sky tonight really shows how low the sport is regarded by the sole provider. The bloke in the host chair knows something about WA but nothing else. Greg Hayes is a fish out of water in SA knows nobody or nothing about SA harness. Warragul dogs is their main priorty and they've conducted interviews with everbody including the gateman. Meanwhile Shepparton shoot themselves in the foot by not having regular power checks and come a gutsa..blackout. The end for a great sport is nigh.
Report gardenstar January 13, 2018 11:33 AM GMT
Meanwhile A Hamilton who has far to big a say on all thing harness is mixing it with the toffs at the Magic Millions. Get some people in charge who worry about the industry!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE January 13, 2018 11:40 AM GMT
Agree 100%
Report gardenstar January 16, 2018 11:00 AM GMT
Report gardenstar January 25, 2018 3:35 AM GMT
Report gardenstar January 29, 2018 4:20 AM GMT
Report henryluca January 29, 2018 7:19 AM GMT

More skulduggery at the dishlickers

Seven participants will face further inquiries following the operation relating to a variety of possible breaches
Report gardenstar February 3, 2018 10:43 AM GMT
Sky Channel coverage of the Hunter Cup 1/2 screen for 1st 50m and cut off after they crossed the line. Sky's doing their best to kill off Vic trots..and it won't be long if they have their way!
Report gardenstar February 3, 2018 11:27 AM GMT
Harness Racing had a strong foothold in a Melbournian's vernacular until the complete takeover by Sky in 2000. Poor leadership at HRV in the ensuing years has seen it slip right off the radar and I don't think the new regime has got a handle on turning it around. Desperate times!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE February 3, 2018 12:31 PM GMT
The sport as a whole is on a rapid downhill trajectory.
Report gardenstar February 7, 2018 6:36 AM GMT
Report gardenstar February 8, 2018 9:09 AM GMT
Bendigo Harness

"First race tonight is 6.49pm and last race 10.40pm. Please note the Bistro is closed upstairs due to private function. Takeaway down stairs will be open for public. Limited seating available upstairs in Winning View Room".
Booking out your Bistro on a trots night. Get f****d industry participants. Imagine driving 2-4 hrs to see your horse run and cop this. If the trots don't come first at their own track time to give up.
Report gardenstar February 10, 2018 10:42 AM GMT
How good are these all mobile cups and feature races going. Odds on processions one after the other. These blokes running the sport are thoroughbred people... with one ideal... killing it off !
Report gardenstar February 22, 2018 10:55 AM GMT
Hope Cranbourne ID heats night doesn't have as many one goers as tonights meeting
Report gardenstar February 25, 2018 11:03 AM GMT
Charlton Cup Stars Align out the gate on betfair and runs accordingly. Trainer change and loses a leg
Report Khan321 March 3, 2018 3:46 AM GMT
Nathan Jack drove Parisian Amore at Shepparton the other night.  It blew from $1.90 to near $3 in a 6 horse field, a mountain of cash was convinced it couldn't win.  Proceeded to TAKE ON STABLEMATE for ages early on, clearing out by 20m over a sprint trip.  Obviously busts a gut doing this and just hangs on for fourth.  Nathan basically tells stewards, 'yeah it looked bad but it wasn't that bad' and they go 'ok'!

I've never, ever seen drives like that from stablemates.  From anyone it is crazy, with the known exception of trainer drivers who do stuff like that all the time.  But according to the stewards this sort of thing from establish professional drivers is perfectly accetable.

'When considering the statements of the driver, taking into account the circumstances of the race and in particular the minimum distance for which Mr Jack applied pressure to the leader, and the overall sectional times recorded, stewards did not feel the driving tactics adopted were unreasonable in the circumstances and took the matter no further other than to note his comments.'

No action!?!?!  Not sure what you have to have smoked to consider that a 'minimum distance'.  I've been betting heavily on Vic trots for many years but if this sort of thing is fine by everyone then it's time to cut back.
Report gardenstar March 3, 2018 12:40 PM GMT
Harness:Bonnington hanging off everything Nathan Jack tells us as he continues along his merry way. Gallops:Robert Smerdon gone. Sums up the trots
Report gardenstar March 3, 2018 12:54 PM GMT
Report gardenstar March 7, 2018 10:18 AM GMT
Kilmore R7 7/7/18 Standing Start Kheiron C Alford afforded a lot of favours.
Report gardenstar March 7, 2018 10:26 AM GMT
7/3/18 one rule for some but not others
Report gardenstar March 7, 2018 10:50 AM GMT
Cant find their story on Ernie Martinez the American horse dealer here for the trot sales ? Where did it go ?
Report gardenstar March 10, 2018 10:25 AM GMT
Trotting Grand prix betting been up since Wed/Thurs Tab and most corps still betting 130% 7 mins out
Report gardenstar March 10, 2018 11:05 AM GMT
Increasing the distance of the sprint lane at Melton. They've got to be kidding
Report gardenstar March 13, 2018 4:17 AM GMT
Report gardenstar March 31, 2018 12:13 PM BST
Dead-Heat at Ararat tonight for embarrassment:- Sky's coverage and Group 1 Gav's drives on Messini & Cruz
Report gardenstar March 31, 2018 1:04 PM BST
New CEO, admittedly has his hands tied by previous chiefs atrocious arrangements, but has still given us donuts. If HRV is on the up then time for him to give us more than supplementary races!
Report gardenstar April 1, 2018 8:44 AM BST
Warragul Cup winner :- Trainer on stay of proceedings for Cobalt. Driver on stay for... well you name it !
Report gardenstar April 5, 2018 6:21 AM BST
The on track hosts ask the same questions to drivers every race? But thats OK ??
Report gardenstar April 24, 2018 9:28 AM BST
Grant Campbell's time on "In The Gig" hijacked by Jason Bonnington and his HRV ideas that we know best on the handicapping system proves they just don't want to listen to industry participants
Report gardenstar April 28, 2018 12:25 PM BST
J Bonnington is there anybody more conceited ?
Report gardenstar April 28, 2018 12:46 PM BST
Im The Boss beating Lenny
Report henryluca April 29, 2018 9:51 AM BST
Anyone know his comments (Frawley)
Report gardenstar May 6, 2018 12:22 PM BST
What has happened to the game when Sky have pushed in Sunderland and Bell-Vue dogs on a Sunday night and give them priorty....GONE!!
Report eight ball May 7, 2018 2:21 AM BST
You only just realized this Garden ?
Tote holds down ..of course.(Syndicate has also dropped it as a priority)
Interest from new blood. . down.
When you see the likes of Young Tom Water(colgate) getting his rocks of at the EGames in Shanghai and quoting the increase in t/o as the fastest growing sport for the young gen, then it doesn't matter how many friggin jumping castles they have at a Harness Meet the only ones using it are the offspring of the breeder come owner come trainer come driver.
As for bettors. .down.Sad fact Garden bit like how do you turn back the hands of time ??,easy, Don't look in the mirror.
Report gardenstar May 30, 2018 12:22 PM BST
Races and times all over the place. Meetings running for 6hrs ughh. Just a product on the shelves at Sky to fill the gaps between any [o'seas included] gallops and dogs. Gornnnnnnn!!
Report gardenstar July 12, 2018 2:17 PM BST
Melton R5 12July Alford /Duggan all in the family. No respect for integrity
Report Jack Morris July 13, 2018 12:36 AM BST
Not up with the melb form what happened?
Report gardenstar July 14, 2018 9:36 AM BST
There they go at it again Melton R4 14July
Report gardenstar July 19, 2018 12:03 PM BST
Sky1 coverage of geelong trots disgusting
Report gardenstar July 19, 2018 12:37 PM BST
Next time you see the former HRV CEO collecting a winners trophy thank him for signing a contract for Vic trots with SKY till 2022
Report gardenstar August 18, 2018 12:09 PM BST
Team driving Breeders Crown..... embarrassing Syd
Report gardenstar August 24, 2018 12:20 PM BST
Report gardenstar September 7, 2018 5:37 AM BST
Report gardenstar September 9, 2018 12:43 PM BST
Racing at 9:30pm on a Sunday night and still being booted to Sky2. If Tabcorp/Sky are supposedly their friends who needs enemies!
Report gardenstar September 21, 2018 5:36 AM BST
Report gardenstar September 25, 2018 9:52 AM BST
Horse smashes track record going 1:52 yet doesn't get swabbed ?? Beggars belief
Report gardenstar September 25, 2018 1:07 PM BST
Promoting D Frawley's part in obtaining ID18 free to air coverage... please !!
Report gardenstar September 29, 2018 11:21 AM BST
Call it cynical but you've got to be alarmed at the variances in the mobile speed in most races eg:Kilmore 27/09 Race2 and Melton 29/09 Race6. Huge effect on who or who can't lead
Report gardenstar October 6, 2018 12:13 PM BST
Shambolic start in Smoken Up Sprint. Drivers score up anyway they like. HRV don't want to get bumped to Sky2 so let them go.... embarrassing
Report gardenstar October 8, 2018 8:50 AM BST
With Gusto claiming farce. The family's pet dog will probably claim him next time.
Report gardenstar October 11, 2018 8:22 AM BST
Report gardenstar October 15, 2018 3:52 AM BST
Yarra Valley 15October 8 races 1:37 to 5:55 = 4hrs 18min
Echuca Races 15October 8 races 1:30 to 5:00 = 3hrs 30min

48mins longer for participants and punters to endure....another nail..
Report gardenstar October 15, 2018 6:35 AM BST
They're back again!!!
Report gardenstar October 26, 2018 4:26 AM BST
Now ? How many does that leave ???

Following an extensive review of Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) Licencing Policy and consultation
with the Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association (VTDA), the HRV Board has approved a revised
Licensing Policy draft and a Show Cause Committee Charter (SCSC), which will commence December
1, 2018.
The revised policy includes an overarching requirement for the participant to be “of good reputation
and character, and is a fit and proper person to hold the licence for which the applicant has applied”
Report gardenstar November 3, 2018 10:19 AM GMT
Shadow Sax Driver M Pitt - part owners HRV syndicate Mgr D Frawley
Just doesn't seem right when you're promoting the priority is upgrading integrity??
Report gardenstar November 10, 2018 12:27 PM GMT
Victoria Brew Ballarat 1 Nov 2018

Chris Alford (Victoria Brew) explained elected to show gate speed from barrier seven in an attempt to gain the lead off Catch A Moment (barrier 1) racing into the first turn however was unsuccessful in that attempt. Mr Alford  added that he then elected to direct his drive to a marker peg position following Catch A Moment (leader) approaching the 1700m due to him being mindful that Victoria Brew might not be suited to racing outside of the leader, due to the early speed shortly after the start. Mr Alford advised that at the previous two starts of Victoria Brew the filly had either lead or raced behind the leader and he felt that at given the early work endured and the exposed form of Victoria Brew this would give the filly its best chance if able to get a clear run nearing the finish. Mr Alford further explained that rounding the home turn on the final occasion when held up behind Catch A Moment (winner) he was unable to shift Mota Mate wider, due to that gelding’s inside wheel racing in advance of the front legs of Victoria Brew. Mr Alford added that in his opinion Victoria Brew finished the race off well when able to gain clear running to finish into second placing. In assessing the recent racing history of Victoria Brew and also the comments of Mr Alford, Stewards recorded his comments.

After sitting outside Catch A Moment in the final and winning easily do the stewards have his comments recorded for a time capsule? or will this be followed up?
Report gardenstar November 17, 2018 9:16 AM GMT
Buster Brady from free legging to back to the hopples. Official ? HRV gear changes does not report this. Helping the punters...NOT. $50 fine not good enough. Amateurish again for such an important change
Report gardenstar November 22, 2018 11:32 AM GMT
Kima Frenning, trainer/driver of Buster Brady, was cautioned for not notifying that the gelding was wearing hopples. In assessing the matter, stewards were mindful that Ms Frenning was only presenting her 2nd career starter to race. Stewards did not make a pre-race announcement to this effect due to not being informed prior to the race by the relevant official, who has been counselled on the need to relay such information in a timely manner.

OK Asleep again so lets throw someone under the bus. In the last few years we've had wrong horses race, Illegal carts used,and the biggest gear change of all missed...but nobody admits responsibility..nobody held accountable.
Report gardenstar December 1, 2018 9:42 AM GMT
The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards advise that The Boss Man was scratched from its engagement in Race 4 at tonight’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting, a heat of the Trotters Inter Dominion Championship under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 193(5).

Naomi Malone has also been scratched from Race 9 this evening by Order of the Stewards.

The scratching relates to a raceday stable inspection being performed this afternoon and concerns held that The Boss Man had either been stomach tubed or attempted to be stomach tubed.

Stewards further held concerns that Noami Malone may also have been treated in breach of the rules.

An investigation remains ongoing into this matter and no further comment will be made at this time.
Report gardenstar December 8, 2018 11:10 AM GMT
ID18 heats in a nutshell :- It's hard to get beat if no one wants to beat you
Report gardenstar December 27, 2018 10:21 AM GMT
Wow Lochinvar Art runs the quickest last half ever at Shepparton...frightening to imagine what it could have been
Report gardenstar January 1, 2019 10:27 AM GMT
Echuca trots R6 sums up everything that's gone wrong with Standing Starts. Starter too busy letting C Alford do what he likes and get a walk in, doesn't see other horse standing reverse way. Who is in charge??
Report gardenstar January 1, 2019 11:40 AM GMT
Nottingham dogs getting priority over Echuca trots on fkn Sky2...Tabcorp we hate trots
Report gardenstar February 1, 2019 2:03 PM GMT
Kima Frenning, driver of Better Than Heaven, pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 163(1)(a)(iii) in that approaching the first turn she permitted Better Than Heaven to shift in tightening Im Very Willing before approaching the 1400m Better Than Heaven shifted in further resulting in Im Very Willing making contact with the inside sulky wheel of Better Than Heaven and Im Very Willing being checked and breaking gait. As a result of the contact Better Than Heaven suffered a flat inside sulky tyre which resulted in the horse being retired from the event passing the 700m. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account the relevant considerations as outlined within the HRV StewardsMinimum Penalty Guidelines placing particular weight on Ms Frenning’s guilty plea, her recent offence record, important upcoming driving engagements and the degree of interference to Im Very Willing and Better Than Heaven, which resulted in both runners playing no competitive part in the event. Stewards issued a four week suspension of Ms Frenning’s licence to drive in races to commence midnight 13 January 2019.

Kima Frenning
Against the severity of the 4 week suspension imposed by the stewards under
Rule 163(1)(a)(iii) at TABCORP Park Melton on 4 January 2019.
Appeal dismissed. Four week suspension beginning 4 February 2019.

All good she drove in the races that counted. Quiet time now a good time to serve suspension.
Making a mockery of the system
Report gardenstar February 12, 2019 10:38 AM GMT
Cranbourne trots 12/2 sending the sport further backwards.Embarrassing!! Just post the results and don't run the races
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