Queensland harness racing bans set to be overturned because of legal loophole
• by: Brad Davidson
• From: Gold Coast Bulletin
• August 06, 2015 12:00AM
It is believed three harness trainers will have their bans lifted today. Source: News Limited
A LEGAL loophole has the potential to break doping cases in Queensland wide open as Racing Queensland gets set to concede defeat in three harness cobalt cases.
Racing Queensland will make an announcement today that could have huge ramifications for all three codes of Queensland racing.
It is believed interstate laboratories, namely the ChemCentre in Perth and the National Measurement Institute in Sydney, which have been used by Racing Queensland to send racing samples for testing, may not be approved as credited facilities under the Racing Act, at least for certain samples.
It means certain samples tested at those facilities would not be admissible as evidence in court.
The news is set to rock the Queensland racing industry.
Harness trainers Shawn Grimsey, from the Gold Coast, Trevor Lambourn and Ken Belford will meet with RQ officials today, where their cobalt charges are likely to be dropped and their bans likely to be removed.
It comes after the appeals of all the three trainers were set to be heard over the next seven days.
Racing Queensland officials refused to comment last night but a media release is set to be released today with more details.
The announcement is set to leave RQ officials red-faced and will be a further blow for the Queensland racing industry, which has already been hit hard by plenty of bad news, including the live baiting scandal, in the past six months.
Lambourn was disqualified by RQ stewards for three years in June after two horses in his care produced positive samples to cobalt last year, while Belford and Grimsey were both slapped with 18-month bans for cobalt positives to one and two horses respectively.
Lambourn and Belford’s appeals were set to be heard today, while Grimsey’s appeal was set down for Monday.
But it is understood the three harness trainers are likely to walk free today.http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/sport/queensland-harness-racing-bans-set-to-be-overturned-because-of-legal-loophole/story-fnj94ixl-1227471837865