Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) Stewards yesterday concluded a number of previously adjourned inquiries.
Driver – Mr Jay Bellamy
The inquiry into interference suffered by TESSACE (G McElhinney) and CHURCHILL BROMAC (M Muscat) near the 350 metres in Race 4 and the Penrith harness meeting on 21 June 2012.
Driver Mr Jay Bellamy (OHOKA DALLAS) pleaded guilty to a charge under AHRR 168(1) for careless driving in that he allowed OHOKA DALLAS to shift up the track causing interference to TESSACE and CHURCHILL BROMAC.
Mr Bellamy was suspended from driving in races for a period of 28 days effective immediately.
Driver – Mr Steven Golding
A further inquiry into the driving tactics of Driver Mr Steven Golding (LEADING LAVROS NZ) and Mr Michael Muscat (ALTA ONASSIS NZ) in Race 4 at Penrith on 19 July7 2012.
Evidence was taken from Trainer Mr Kevin Pizzuto (LEADING LAVROS NZ, ALTA ONASSIS NZ and Drivers Mr Michael Muscat (ALTA ONASSIS NZ) and Steven Golding.
Mr Golding pleaded guilty to a charge under AHRR 149(2) for driving LEADING LAVROS NZ in an unacceptable manner. The particulars of the charge being that after attaining the lead in the early stages, he elected to restrain LEADING LAVROS NZ thereby surrendering the lead when under no pressure, an action which in the opinion of the Stewards was unacceptable as LEADING LAVROS NZ had shown to perform to its best when leading in races and was its usual racing pattern.
In considering penalty, Stewards took into account Mr Golding’s guilty plea, his blemish free record in regards to breaches of this Rule, his relative inexperience and that he had recently relocated to NSW from New Zealand.
Mr Golding was suspended from driving in races for a period of 28 days effective from midnight Thursday 2 August 2012.
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 ah industry- appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.