Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards advise industry participants to review the following information for the upcoming feature race meeting at Melton on Saturday 25 November 2023:
HORSE ARRIVAL TIMES
Horses engaged in the following Group 1 events (Races 3-10) are required to be presented on course two (2) hours prior to the applicable race:
Race 3 - HYGAIN BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 25 (3YO TROTTING COLTS & GELDINGS) FINAL
Race 4 - HYLAND HARNESS COLOURS BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 25 (3YO TROTTING FILLIES) FINAL
Race 5 - IRT BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 26 (2YO COLTS & GELDINGS) FINAL
Race 6 - PEBBLE BEACH BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 26 (2YO FILLIES) FINAL
Race 7 - WOODLANDS STUD 'LATHER UP' BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 25 (3YO COLTS & GELDINGS) FINAL
Race 8 - A ROCKNROLL DANCE BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 25 (3YO FILLIES) FINAL
Race 9 - BETAVET BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 26 (2YO TROTTING COLTS & GELDINGS) FINAL
Race 10 - MIMOSA HOMES BREEDERS CROWN SERIES 26 (2YO TROTTING FILLIES) FINAL
INCREASED PENALTIES IN FEATURE RACES
In accordance with the HRV Minimum Penalty Guidelines, HRV Stewards advise that ‘Feature Races’ are deemed to be events of $30,000 prizemoney or greater. Therefore, should a licensee offend under an applicable Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) in a feature race, an increased penalty may apply.
All drivers are reminded to familiarise themselves with the provisions of AHRR 156(2)(a) and 156(3) and the HRV Stewards interpretation of such.
AHRR 156(2)(a) states:
156. (2)(a) A driver shall only apply the whip and/or the rein 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.
For demonstration of the required whip action please see the below video example:
AHRR 156(3) states:
156. (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.
Please note that in accordance with the provisions of Rule 156(3) the HRV Stewards will continue to police this rule when drivers utilise the whip on more than 20 occasions in the final 200m, which is considered to be using the whip excessively and or continuously.
HRV RACEDAY TREATMENT POLICY
In accordance with the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR), HRV Stewards remind licensed participants of the HRV Race Day Treatment Policy. For further advice or information in relation to the associated requirements, contact the HRV Integrity Department or consult your veterinarian.
HORSE PARADE REQUIREMENTS
Trainers are reminded of the requirement to have their respective horses presented to the parade ring 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time of a race. This is to ensure that as an industry we can maximise the impact of the increased television coverage.
PARTICIPANT DRESS STANDARDS
All licensed persons are reminded of the HRV Minimum Dress Standards to ensure the industry is portrayed in a professional manner.
HRV STEWARDS CONTACT
Phone 03 8378 0222
Phone 03 9214 0651