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Trainer Receives 16-Year Ban

March 4, 2017:

A trainer has received suspensions totalling 16 years after a number of out-of-competition blood samples tested positive for a fragment of erythropoietin (EPO)....read on

Suspensions, Fines Over Integrity Issues

December 7, 2016:

More fines and suspensions have been handed out in the Down Under harness racing industry, as a probe looking into allegations of racing integrity issues have resulted in significant suspensions and four-figure fines to multiple racing participants....read on

Leading Owner Fined, Suspended

November 10, 2016:

A leading Standardbred owner has been suspended for 12 months and fined $20,000 after he pleaded guilty to an improper conduct charge in relation to a driver that is already fined and suspended....read on

Tests For Performance-Enhancing Gases

April 10, 2015:

After stating last November that tests into performance-enhancing gases were underway, officials announced this week that urine samples were being sent for analysis to detect gases that can reportedly boost EPO levels....read on

Trainer Handed 25-Year Suspension

March 11, 2015:

It has been announced that a Standardbred trainer has been handed a 25-year suspension after having been found guilty of his sixth prohibited-substances offence....read on

Media Swarms International Drivers

February 20, 2015:

The drivers taking part in the 2015 World Driving Championship continue to receive a substantial amount of attention from the Australian media....read on

Commission To Combat ‘Gene Doping’

November 26, 2014:

It has been reported that a test to detect ‘gene doping’ in racehorses is close to being introduced....read on

Guilty Trainer Receives Death Threats

January 12, 2012:

It has been reported that Dean Atkinson, one of the trainers charged in the Down Under swabbing scandal, has asked for the court be closed during his evidence due to receiving death threats from a horse owner...read on

O'Toole Appears In Court

December 8, 2011:

According to a report, disgraced former Harness Racing New South Wales Steward Paul O'Toole appeared in court this morning, but did not enter a plea in regard to charges relating to the swabbing scandal in the Down Under racing scene...read on

Five Arrested, Charged Down Under

November 29, 2011:

According to multiple reports, a total of five people have now been arrested and charged with a combined 60 counts of corruption in connection to the Down Under swabbing scandal. One of the individuals which have been charged is former Harness Racing New South Wales Steward Paul O'Toole...read on

Trio Charged In Down Under Probe

November 24, 2011:

The New South Wales Police Force has announced that three individuals have been charged in relation to the ongoing investigation into corruption in the harness racing industry down under...read on

Panel To Begin Swabbing Irregularity Probe

October 3, 2011:

A special panel of stewards put together to inquire the 'swabbing and betting' scandal in Down Under racing is scheduled to have its first meeting Tuesday, October 4...read on

Veteran Horseman Ruled Off

September 8, 2011:

A day after his 58th birthday, Robbie Byrnes, a 40-year veteran of the Down Under harness racing industry, was warned off by Harness Racing New South Wales after having refused to provide his telephon...read on

Purses Reduced To Fund Drug Testing?

August 24, 2011:

Harness Racing New South Wales Chief Executive Sam Nati has been cited as saying that purse money may have to be redirected to drug testing following the scandal which is currently rocking the Down Un...read on

Owner Banned Due To Probe

August 23, 2011:

According to a report, a Down Under owner has been handed an indefinite ban by Harness Racing New South Wales. Owner Mark Vallender, who has been described as a 'close associate' of the recently-resigned HRNSW steward Matthew Bentley, has refused to hand over telephone records which were requested by the governing organization...read on


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