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    Integrity Matters ( HRV newsletter )

    I was emailed a copy of this newsletter this month - something I had not caught up with in the past so I thought I should go back and look at the first 2 issues (it is released bimonthly).

    You can subscribe and have it emailed to you and I think you are supposed to be able to access it via the News tab at thetrots.com but at present that only seems to provide the first edition (Jan/Feb)

    The first edition is interesting for the choice of interviewee for the 'Why Integrity Matters To Me' being Craig Demmler who was still under suspension at the time. (The 2nd edition also had the recently disqualified Chris Angove)

    His answer to What lessons have you learnt? didn't sound contrite (but maybe he does not believe he was guilty)
    "l have learnt that it is impossibly hard to defend yourself at a reasonable cost and also I have learnt who my true friends are in the industry."

    But his Advice did include
    "always read labels thoroughly and it pays to be extra vigilant of all products given to your horse."

    This is a link to the first Integrity Matters

    https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?u=...&id=0987f038dd
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    The latest June/July edition begins with a warning about social media (Was that why it was brought to my attention?)
    It was interesting to read about the establishment of an Independent Review Panel regarding
    [I]"A complaint was made to the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner (ORIC) in respect to races conducted at Warragul on 24 December 2017 and Ballarat on 26 December 2017.
    The allegation was that HRV Stewards and other HRV Integrity Officials involved in these races were corrupt, and that they covered up the allegedly suspicious drives of licensed participant Greg Sugars through amended Steward Reports and subsequent steward’s inquiries that were conducted."[
    /I]

    An excerpt of the report is as follows;
    An extensive review of the available betting for both races revealed no cause for concern. There was no evidence of any betting by any steward. We found no evidence of potential serious rule breaches by any driver nor did we find any evidence of collusion or corruption by any official.

    One of the Greg Sugar races would appear to be

    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fie...17#WRC24121702

    going on the stewards report:

    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/ste...l/?mc=WR241217

    You can see why someone might be upset by the race with Miss Atomic Betty coming last but climbing over their backs

    I am not sure which race at Ballarat was in question but you would have to think it was the following

    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fie...17#BAC26121709

    as the Stewards Report shows Greg Sugars driving Cobbler Creek was fined for creating a sprint lane at Ballarat

    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/ste...l/?mc=BA261217

    It is interesting to note that these races would have been under investigation at the time I posted the rumour that 2 Vic stewards were stood down which David Martin told us was incorrect. Maybe they were just under investigation

    This is the link to the latest 'Integrity Matters'

    https://mailchi.mp/hrv/integrity-mat...9?e=2ac3a050e9
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    Kev, think you'll find its Brad, not his father, doing time at present.

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    True but at the time of the 2nd edn Chris was just back from 12mths I think
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messenger View Post

    It is interesting to note that these races would have been under investigation at the time I posted the rumour that 2 Vic stewards were stood down which David Martin told us was incorrect. Maybe they were just under investigation


    Hi Kevin, the matter was under review, but at no time were the stewards stood down. Cheers, David

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    I'm on the mailing list for the newsletter and thought discussion about the possible introduction of a race review officer role to be a positve initiative for integrity. However I believe dealing with the serious allegations made to the racing integrity commissioner without revealing the identities of the members of the review panel to be a significant negative impact on the perception of integrity.

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    I agree Dot - reading that article, the absence of names stood out more than if it said Huey, Dewey and Louie
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    Have to agree with Dot and Kevin, if we don't know who is on the panel how do we know or trust that they are qualified and experienced enough to review such issues. What were the issues that they identified in the mentioned report and how can industry participants be satisfied that they have been addressed ?



    I know nothing about the two races or people involved but I know that reading the "Integrity Matters " newsletter left me feeling very uneasy about how that issue was handled.
    Don't die wondering !

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