QRIC - Qld Gallops - Racehorse TALK
harm-plan
harm-plan

Racehorse TALK



QRIC - Qld Gallops - Racehorse TALK

Author Topic: QRIC  (Read 313552 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Jun-15, 05:41 PM Reply #825 »
Ryan Wiggins v Queensland Racing Integrity CommissionOCR028-21Compulsory Conference 16/06/2021 1:30 PM Room 17

Giddy Up :beer:

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Jun-18, 08:46 PM Reply #826 »

QRIC Stewarding appointments finalised

17 June 2021

Former Thoroughbred Steward Wade Hadley has been appointed as Queensland’s new Chief Greyhound Stipendiary Steward.

Mr Hadley has been acting in the role for the past month with the support of Acting Deputy Chief Steward Dan Broxham and the Greyhound stewarding team.

He has strong senior stewarding experience spanning 22 years, coming across from QRIC’s Thoroughbred stewarding panel. Previously Mr Hadley’s roles have included Racing Victoria Regional Area Manager and Tasmania’s Chairman of Stewards.

The Commission has also announced the appointment of Rion Hitchener as the Gold Coast Thoroughbred Senior Steward moving across from his Senior Steward role in Toowoomba.

Rion has 20 years stewarding experience, commencing as a casual steward in 2001 and progressing through the ranks to Senior Steward, the past seven years as Senior Steward in the Toowoomba and Downs region.

Acting Commissioner Mark Ainsworth said that as the Gold Coast racing calendar was set to expand, it was important to have someone with Mr Hitchener’s experience to move into the area.

“The Gold Coast is a significant training precinct which also attracts a number of interstate participants and major carnivals such as the Magic Millions, and Rion’s experience will help to ensure the integrity of Gold Coast racing is maintained” he said.

“I would like to congratulate both Wade and Rion on their appointments and wish them well.”

The role of Greyhound Deputy Chief Steward and a Thoroughbred Senior Steward to replace Rion Hitchener in Toowoomba will be advertised shortly.

ENDS.

Media Contact Vincene Overs 0472 842 346

Giddy Up :beer
:

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Jun-18, 09:00 PM Reply #827 »
https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Stewards-Report-Desleigh-Forster.pdf

Long winded decision without explanation Forster fined $4K $2K of which suspended the positive was from a race on 6July 2019 and the horse has raced 6 times since but no better than one second.

GiddyUp :beer:

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Jun-24, 08:12 PM Reply #828 »
Ricky Vale gets stuck in to Rocky Jockey Club employees fined and disqualified for 12 months.

Two of the charges are more serious attracting the severest penalty.

Unfortunately copy and paste of this report requires major editing as it comes all words running into each other and I don't have the time or patience to rewrite it so the link will have to do .


https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Stewards-Report-Ricky-Vale.pdf

Many years ago at Ipswich Trots R J "Kanga" Smith king hit chief steward John Hackett ......for that he got life but there was an amnesty some time later possibly due to Her Majesty visiting her colonial subjects and the ban was lifted.....Ricky got off a lot lightly IMO violence should never be  condoned although in his case the report mentions provocation which in law is a defence sometimes relied on . .

Giddy Up :beer:

Offline Villa

  • Class6
  • User 2902
  • Posts: 70
« 2021-Jun-24, 09:10 PM Reply #829 »
Ricky Vale gets stuck in to Rocky Jockey Club employees fined and disqualified for 12 months.

Two of the charges are more serious attracting the severest penalty.

Unfortunately copy and paste of this report requires major editing as it comes all words running into each other and I don't have the time or patience to rewrite it so the link will have to do .


https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Stewards-Report-Ricky-Vale.pdf

You’d think that with the numerous positive swabs this bloke has had, he’s lucky this latest occurrence didn’t land him a 5yr ban.

Many years ago at Ipswich Trots R J "Kanga" Smith king hit chief steward John Hackett ......for that he got life but there was an amnesty some time later possibly due to Her Majesty visiting her colonial subjects and the ban was lifted.....Ricky got off a lot lightly IMO violence should never be  condoned although in his case the report mentions provocation which in law is a defence sometimes relied on . .

Giddy Up :beer:


Offline gunbower

  • Group 2
  • User 2463
  • Posts: 1188
« 2021-Jun-24, 10:44 PM Reply #830 »
I wonder which mob of Queensland coppers thought it was great idea to stick the stipe from Toowoomba into the Gold Coast diocese. When you think of Toowoomba Racing in the last 10 years you just think "Integrity ". It is not April 1 again is it ?

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Jul-07, 08:23 PM Reply #831 »
https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Stewards-Report-Tony-Gollan.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Stewards-Report-Lauren-Abbott-%E2%80%93-One-Stryke.pdf

Both Gollan 5 runners and Abbott’s one runner returned positive to Frusemide fined $1000 Abbott ...$5000 Gollan  Doomben trials 

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Stewards-Report-James-Hepworth-Aberlady.pdf

Arsenic positive Aberlady disqualified from winning the race trainer fined $2000.

One racing case at QCAT today Kerrod Smyth v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR175-21 Tribunal Hearing 07/07/2021 9:30 AM Room 3

Giddy Up :beer:

« Last Edit: 2021-Jul-07, 08:27 PM by Arsenal »

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Jul-13, 05:46 PM Reply #832 »
Matt Elkins application to QCAT following a 3 week suspension for an unacceptable drive upheld learned member finding his drive was not blameworthy .

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2021/QCAT21-232.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Jul-16, 04:41 PM Reply #833 »
Ricky Vale must have been granted a stay of proceedings following his reported altercations with Rocky turf club staff last month for which he was fined and disqualified by stewards ............. he has three runners today at Mackay one of which  Stubai was a short priced  favourite in  race 7 and was given every chance by Ronnie Stewart but finished unplaced ....no information is available on how the stay of proceedings works... on the face of it it  appears to be a rubber stamp job...  in Ricky Vale's case he was penalised for allegedly  headbutting one member of the  racecourse staff ....this is a police matter and could have resulted in criminal charges being brought..... yet he'll be permitted to carry on as though nothing happened until QCAT get around to hearing his appeal......he didn't admit the offences before the stewards inquiry and pleaded not guilty ....although the stewards report refers to video evidence which indicates the incidents were caught on camera.....further and better particulars are required on the stay process....do the stewards or QRIC object in cases where a stay is sought  particularly where physical violence is alleged or do they take no part in the process....?
Giddy Up  :beer:

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Jul-20, 05:02 PM Reply #834 »
Stewards’ Report
QRIC/2019/3019 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Stewards Report: Trinity Bannon
Date: 16 July 2021
Panel: J Adams and C Allison.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into the
analyst findings of the urine sample provided by Ms Trinity Bannon at the Rockhampton Jockey Club
on Thursday 29 April 2021.

After considering all the evidence tendered, stewards issued a charge under AR 139(1)(a) which
reads:
(1) A rider breaches these Australian Rules if:
(a) a banned substance under AR 136(1) is detected in a sample taken from the rider.

The specifics of the charge being that jockey Bannon did provide a sample of urine at the
Rockhampton Jockeys Room on 29 April 2021, which contained banned substances under AR136(1).

Ms Bannon pleaded guilty to the charge and made submissions in regard to penalty.

In determining penalty, Stewards were mindful of Ms Bannon’s guilty plea, forthright evidence, her
personal circumstances and penalty precedents. Stewards also considered Ms Bannon’s disciplinary
history which included previous breaches of AR 139 and that a penalty for this breach must serve as a
specific deterrent to Ms Bannon and also a general deterrent to the wider industry to illustrate that the
use of banned substances, especially when engaged to ride in races, will not be tolerated.

Mr Bannon was subsequently disqualified for a period of nine (9) months.

Acting under the provision of AR283(7) stewards deferred the commencement of the disqualification
for a period of 7 days to commence 23 July 2021 and to conclude 23 April 2022.

Furthermore, under the provisions of AR.139 (4), stewards advised Ms Bannon that she must provide
a urine sample free of any banned substances prior to being relicensed.

Ms Bannon was advised of her rights to an appeal and internal review.

ENDS

Her antecedents wouldn't have helped some never learn.


Giddy Up :beer:

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-02, 02:47 PM Reply #835 »
This is a surprise QCAT hasn't closed down for the lockdown

Taleah Jane McMullen v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR014-21 Tribunal Hearing 02/08/2021 9:30 AM Room 6

Giddy Up :beer:



Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-02, 06:13 PM Reply #836 »
One of the issues which distinguishes QRIC from the interstate counterparts is its  involvement , or more correctly lack of it  in applications for stays of proceedings inquiries from QCAT reveal that QCAT notify  QRIC of all application received and give them the opportunity to make recommendations or submissions but from what I understand QRIC doesn't take advantage which invariably leads to stays being rubber stamped and  to long delays in QCAT getting around to hearing appeals .......QRIC's annual report from last year indicates that 37 matters were finalised through QCAT.

Some stats included in the report indicate that   (QCAT) matters finalised in favour of the Commission 10.8%......that equates to 4/37 ...Percentage of external review (QCAT) matters finalised in favour of the applicant 8.1%.....equates to 3/37 ....so QRIC marginally in front in the results which count.
Percentage of external review (QCAT) matters where the Commission made a reconsidered decision based on settlement negotiations with the applicant 29.7% equates to 11/37
Percentage of external review (QCAT) matters which were settled between the Commission and the applicant and the review application was withdrawn 51.4% equates to 19/37
Adding the numbers 4+3+11+19 =37

I did email  QRIC for details of their involvement in applications for a stay of proceedings but have not received any response......no surprise there the QRIC stewards have never once responded to any inquiry I have made QCAT was more forthcoming.


What's different in NSW ..quite a lot there's no NCAT the equivalent of QCAT  and an appeal panel which deals promptly with appeals and a one man tribunal which hears appeals against decisions on the Appeals Panel .......as for stays of proceedings this is what applies :-

The NSW Local Rules allow an application for a stay of proceedings unless the appeal is by a jockey for a penalty of 4 weeks or less.
 
LR 107 (1) On the lodging of an appeal and an application for a stay of proceedings, the Appeal Body has the following powers:
 
(a)       grant a stay of proceedings in circumstances where it considers that a substantial injustice may be caused to the appellant if the stay were not granted.  Provided that a stay of proceedings is not to be granted in respect of an appeal against a period of suspension incurred by a jockey or an apprentice jockey of four weeks or less which is required to be heard and determined pursuant to LR106(2)(a) within nine days of the date that the suspension was imposed (unless the Appeal Body is unable to do so solely due to unavailability of Appeal Body members) and provided that in other cases this power to grant a stay may be exercised in respect of appeals to:
 
(i)      the Appeal Panel, by the Presiding Member or the Convenor of an Appeal Panel,
 
(ii)     an Association, by the Committee or Chairman of the Committee of such Association,
 
The Stewards may oppose an application by making submissions to the Principal Member of the Racing NSW Appeals Panel, who determines if a substantial injustice may be suffered by not granting a stay.
 
Generally stay applications are opposed when the Stewards consider the applicant an integrity risk.
 
 Statistics for the last 12 months.
 
•   How many Stays were applied for – 15
•   How many were granted – 11
•   How many were refused – 4
•   How many were opposed by Stewards - 6

In Victoria where the VRT is the appeal body set up to replace the RAD Board the position as advised by the Registrar Mr Mark Howard  is as follows :-

The appellants must submit reasons why they are seeking a Stay. Generally, the race incident Stays are granted by the Tribunal to allow participants the opportunity to keep racing prior to their appeal being heard.
However, if a person has been suspended for a serious offence, the Stay is less likely to be granted depending on the nature of the alleged charges. All granted Stays are at the discretion of the Tribunal.
Our statistics for the Stays are not readily available, however they will be publicly available in the ORIC annual report which will be released in the next couple of months. We can provide the exact statistics at a later date.

Giddy Up   :beer:

« Last Edit: 2021-Aug-02, 06:15 PM by Arsenal »

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-03, 10:48 AM Reply #837 »
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission v Benjamin Mark Currie APL281-20 Tribunal Hearing 03/08/2021 9:30 AM Room 3

Be interested to see the details of this looks like an appeal judging by the prefix APL

Giddy Up :beer:


Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-03, 05:50 PM Reply #838 »
Pleas for QRIC reset

TRENTON AKERS

Top job needs ‘racing person’

RACING industry participants are crying out for a change in direction from Queensland’s integrity watchdog, saying they need to appoint a “racing person” to the commissioner role following the resignation of some high profile police officers from the job.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has been without a full time commissioner since the resignation of Ross Barnett last year with Mark Ainsworth working in an acting role up until his retirement in June. Paul Brown currently fills the acting commissioner role with the Queensland government still on the hunt for suitable candidates.

With an annual budget of close to $30m, QRIC has been a bone of contention for industry participants, however a number of top trainers contacted by Racenet believe the pending commissioner appointment could be the most crucial in its short history.

Trainer Rob Heathcote said it was imperative to get somebody who understands racing to lead the commission and help to best implement high standards across the board.

“We need a racing person in the chair, somebody who understands racing to try to help correct the last five years,” he said.

“My opinions on this organisation are well known, it is an abject failure at upholding the integrity in the industry.”

Racing Minister Grace Grace said applications for the position closed on June 28.

“An executive selection panel has been set up and is currently shortlisting candidates,” she said. “There’s no further update at this stage.”

Asked for comment, Queensland’s Australian Trainers Association representative Cameron Partington said there were a number of QRIC-related issues that could be helped by the appointment of a commissioner with a racing background.

“We had a great person there in Mark Ainsworth who developed racing experience in those years he had been there and unfortunately he wasn’t able to be appointed, now we are sitting here waiting for an appointment,” he said.

“We still have the appeals process which is under review. Every day there is another jockey or trainer who appeals it and doesn’t do their time.

ENDS

There are lots of people who fit the description of a  racing person ....preferably one with experience and demonstrated leadership ability  ...Percy the punter would know the ups and downs of the racing game but he may lack the credentials the selection panel is looking for  ...choosing someone with experience who has worked at a high level in the control body or principal club ...or as a Director or CEO of a  race club as I understand it such persons are ineligible if so employed within a time frame of two years   ......so that narrows the field down to a racing person who has not had any recent experience  in any control body or race club....the guvment has form for  appointing women to improve the gender imbalance...so it wouldn't surprise me if they choose a female  barrister or solicitor with racing know how to fill the bill....that's just a guess I have no inside knowledge.

Giddy Up :beer:


Offline Peter Mair

  • Group 1
  • User 326
  • Posts: 6167
« 2021-Aug-03, 07:17 PM Reply #839 »


Right on


............... whoever gets the job ............... the reputation of Queensland in the 'integrity-stakes' demands an experienced outsider.

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-05, 07:29 PM Reply #840 »
Three days ago I posted my observations on the the role of stewards in applications for a stay of proceedings..... this followed the Ricky Vale case who was disqualified for 12 months  (see stewards report for details)  ....an  Internal Review confirmed the penalties and  Mr Vale is operating on a stay of proceedings.
   "One of the issues which distinguishes QRIC from the interstate counterparts is its  involvement , or more correctly lack of it  in applications for stays of proceedings inquiries from QCAT reveal that QCAT notify  QRIC of all application received and give them the opportunity to make recommendations or submissions but from what I understand QRIC doesn't take advantage which invariably leads to stays being rubber stamped and  to long delays in QCAT getting around to hearing appeals ......."

Prior to posting I emailed  QRIC asking when a licensee applies to QCAT  for a stay of proceedings does QRIC  take part or does QCAT  simply approve the application with no QRIC involvement  ?...at the time of writing no response had been received

Today I received the following advice from QRIC  the relevant parts of it states inter alia :-


"When an application is made for external review through OCAT, a stay of the operation of an
internal review decision may also be applied for under s248 of the Act. The decision of
whether to approve a stay rests with OCAT, however the Commission may dispute or object
to the awarding of the stay. To dispute or object to the stay the Commission needs to satisfy
two requirements:
1. The balance of convenience - this is a legal term used to describe how a court
weighs up the convenience for granting or not granting a stay, in comparison to the
inconvenience that it may cause (i.e., loss of earnings, will the matter be heard
before the penalty is completed);
and
2. The prospects of success - this is a legal term used to describe how a court weighs
up whether the matter is more than likely to be found in favour of either party,
whether the parties have a case that is more likely to be successful ('anything less
than 50/50 chance of success' would constitute a real prospect of failure'
1.
The Commission does make objections to QCAT providing a stay; however, the decision is
up to QCAT as to whether the stay should be granted."


ENDS

Giddy Up :beer:
« Last Edit: 2021-Aug-05, 07:38 PM by Arsenal »

Offline Peter Mair

  • Group 1
  • User 326
  • Posts: 6167
« 2021-Aug-05, 09:48 PM Reply #841 »


Bureaucratic discretion

.................. one thing we know is that allowing 'discretion' in official decisions is always fraught ... jut look at the LNP rorts.

 .........and we know about 'justice' in Queensland.

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-07, 06:27 PM Reply #842 »
Looking to check the stewards report from Doomben today clicked on the link and it was Wednesday's 14 July ....must be hard to find good people .

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/doom/20210807/stewards-report

Today's report present & correct.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/doom/20210807/stewards-report


Giddy Up :beer:
« Last Edit: 2021-Aug-07, 08:40 PM by Arsenal »

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-11, 09:16 AM Reply #843 »
Jockey has QCAT ‘win’
But Tarrant ban unchanged
BEN DORRIES

QUEENSLAND jockey Luke Tarrant had his disqualification for headbutting a rival jockey quashed – but integrity officials say it will not change a thing.

Tarrant appealed his six-month disqualification for headbutting and verbally abusing Larry Cassidy at Doomben in April last year, and the matter has now been heard by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

QCAT quashed Tarrant’s disqualification and amended the decision to a six-month suspension.

Suspended jockeys, while not able to ride in races, can almost always earn a living by riding in trackwork, trials and jumpouts.

For instance, Ben Thompson is currently doing just that after being slapped with a four-month suspension for his part in an alleged horse identity concealment saga in Victoria.

While he cannot ride in races while suspended, Thompson has been a regular at trackwork and trials including riding Group 1 comeback star Rothfire in a Doomben trial last week.

However, QRIC acting commissioner Paul Brown said that the QCAT member who altered Tarrant’s penalty had not stipulated the terms of the jockey’s suspension.

Therefore, QRIC has adopted the position that Tarrant is suspended from riding trials, jumpouts and trackwork.

The impact is Tarrant’s suspension is effectively the same as his original disqualification.

“Pursuant to the Australian Rules Of Racing, a rider cannot ride in any race, official trial, jumpout or trackwork during the period of their suspension except if the terms of the rider’s suspension are that the rider is suspended from riding in races only,” Brown said.

“The Tribunal decision has not stipulated any terms of respect of the suspension of Mr Tarrant’s licence, therefore Mr Tarrant is unable to ride in any race, official trial, jumpout or trackwork during the period of his suspension.”

It is understood Tarrant is considering his legal options. And QRIC said it was also considering its prospects in respect of any appeal of the QCAT finding.

The stewards’ report from the day of the incident last year noted Tarrant’s helmet struck Cassidy on the nose, injuring the jockey.

ENDS

Must find the decision if it's available publicly and post it here....not yet available.

A Refresher on the case which resulted in the stewards imposing the penalty which occured after R9  at Doomben on 22 April 2020. as previously posted by my goodself.

COPYWRITER – Checked near the 1100m. After stewards considered the evidence provided, jockey A. Allen, the rider of ALL IMPORTANT, was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that he shifted his mount in near the 1100m at an acute angle, tightening the running of HOLLABACK GIRL, forcing that horse in on to MOONAN JOYCE, which in turn was forced in on to the rightful running of COPYWRITER, causing that horse to be checked. Jockey Allan’s licence to ride in races was suspended for 16 days, commencing midnight Saturday 25 April and expiring midnight Monday 11 May 2020.
 
HOLLABACK GIRL – Tightened for room near the 1100m and forced in on to MOONAN JOYCE.
 
MOONAN JOYCE – Overraced for a short distance near the 900m. Tightened for room near the 1100m and forced in on to COPYWRITER.
 
Jockey L. Tarrant pleaded guilty to a charge under AR115(1)(a) in that he misconducted himself after being involved in a verbal altercation with jockey L. Cassidy in the vicinity of the scales area by head-butting jockey Cassidy, resulting in his helmet making contact with the nose of jockey Cassidy and causing jockey Cassidy an injury. Jockey Tarrant was disqualified for a period of 6 months, commencing immediately and to expire on Thursday 22 October 2020. In considering penalty, stewards took into account the significant contact to jockey Cassidy and also the breach of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols currently in place, and the potential for his actions to have an adverse effect on the racing industry.
ENDS
Tarrant obviously overreacted following a verbal exchange with Cassidy ....Tarrant was on Copywriter which did receive a check  in the backwash from Moonan Joyce ridden by Cassidy which took Copywriter's running...while provocation is a defence.... it remains to be seen if the head butt was a reasonable response to the verbal exchange...without knowing what was said by either I doubt it would justify one head butting the other.
.
Giddy Up
Strange decision IMO to grant a stay since he pleaded guilty as there's no dispute about the head butting ....which leaves the only possibilty that his appeal is against the severity of the penalty......whether too much or not enough.

Tarrant's hearing was heard at QCAT on  15 June 2020 where he was granted a stay which was opposed by stewards......this is August 2021.


Giddy Up :beer:
« Last Edit: 2021-Aug-11, 11:09 AM by Arsenal »

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-11, 12:20 PM Reply #844 »
QCAT Appeals Tribunal decision refusing harness trainer/driver Wayne Waltisbuhl's application for a stay of proceedings...this application follows on from the decision to suspend him as outlined in the second link.

http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/qld/QCATA/2021/94.html


https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2021/QCAT21-132.pdf

Giddy Up :beer: 
« Last Edit: 2021-Aug-11, 12:27 PM by Arsenal »

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-12, 02:12 PM Reply #845 »
https://www.racenet.com.au/news/qric-considers-appeal-after-jockey-chris-whiteley-beats-twomonth-riding-ban-at-qcat-20210811

QRIC considers appeal after hoop beats ban

 Jockey Chris Whiteley has beaten a two-month ban at QCAT. Pictu Brendan Radke
By Trenton Akers
02:54pm • 11 August 2021

Popular jockey Chris Whiteley had his much-publicised two-month ban quashed by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, putting the state’s under-fire appeals system in the spotlight yet again.

Stewards originally slapped Whiteley with the ban on June 25 last year for failing to give $1.30 favourite Silent Explorer all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race in Cairns to win, however he was able to defer the suspension by seeking an internal review of the decision before taking it to QCAT.

Stewards took issue with Whiteley restraining the Stephen Massingham-trained galloper back to second last in the seven-horse field, saying he didn’t give his mount the full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place in the field.

Fronting QCAT earlier this month, Whiteley was able to beat the ban with Queensland Racing Integrity Stewards confirming the ruling when asked.

In a statement Acting QRIC Commissioner Paul Brown said he would consider appealing the QCAT ruling.

“The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission is considering its prospects in respect to any appeal in relation to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision to set aside the charge and penalty in respect of jockey Chris Whiteley,” he said.

 
Jockey Chris Whiteley chats with prominent North Queensland owner Tom Hedley after a win. Pictu Brendan Radke.

The decision again highlights Queensland’s clunky appeal system which allows jockey and trainers to defer their suspensions via an internal review before heading to QCAT.

Racing officials are desperate to move the system away from QCAT as a matter of urgency due to their lack of racing knowledge.

After pledging to fix the system as an election promise, Racing Minister Grace Grace was unable to put a timeline on when the system would be fixed but said she was aware of the issues.

It is understood the state government is awaiting what a preferred model from the relevant departments would look like before submitting legislation.

Not speaking to any case in particular, Grace acknowledged the system needed to be fixed.

“I share the industry’s concerns with the current review process for original decisions made under the Act and allegations of the misuse of ‘stays’ by some industry participants,” she said.

“The Government is already acting on these industry concerns.

“Meetings have been held between key stakeholders … to discuss the current internal and external review process.

“Stakeholder engagement continues and in line with the election commitment made, the Government is considering all options to address these concerns which includes legislative amendment.”

It comes just one day after News Corp revealed QCAT overturned jockey Luke Tarrant’s six-month disqualification for headbutting a rival jockey but did not actually make any material difference to his punishment.

ENDS

For the record it was former Racing Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe who made a committment to introduce a new independant appeals body.

The problem has existed since public submissions closed in August 2019 and that the DAF has coverage not the Racing Dept.

DAF seem incapable of separating the Racing appeals System from the issues of animal welfare in the Martin report .

Maybe Anastacia should get involved to give precedence to Hinchcliff's unequivocal committment.

Giddy Up :beer:



Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-12, 05:15 PM Reply #846 »
Queensland jockey banned for two months
 
Chris Whiteley. Photo: News Limited.
 Article Author
Ben Dorries 9:14AM28 July 2020

A Queensland jockey has been slapped with a two-month riding ban for failing to give a $1.30 favourite every chance to win a race in Cairns last month.

Stewards took issue with Chris Whiteley's wide on Silent Explorer, with the raging hot favourite jumping out of the barriers first in a 1400m Open Handicap on June 25.

Whiteley restrained the Stephen Massingham-trained galloper back to second last in the seven-horse field.

The four-year-old gelding remained in second last spot before taking off from the 600m in a slowly run race, but finished second beaten half a length after not being able to reel in the leader Tambo's Heart.

Stewards concluded an inquiry on Monday - with Whiteley found guilty of failing to take all "reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that the rider’s horse is given full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible place in the field."

The full stewards' report, which included the conclusion of the inquiry, was not available on Tuesday morning but Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett confirmed Whiteley had been banned for two months.

"QRIC Stewards found Cairns Jockey Chris Whiteley guilty of a breach of AR129(2)," Barnett said.

"Stewards suspended jockey Whiteley for two months for his ride on Silent Explorer in the Open Handicap 1400m on 25 June 2020 to be served from midnight 4 August 2020 until midnight 4 October 2020."

It is understood Whiteley, who has five rides in Cairns on Tuesday, will seek an internal review of the stewards' decision.

That will enable him to keep riding for the next few weeks and then Whiteley has the option, under the long and cumbersome Queensland appeals system, to take the matter to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for further review.

You can watch the vision of the race HERE

Silent Explorer jumps from barrier one and is wearing orange colours.
 Article Author
Read all News by Ben Dorries

ENDS

Well it's his money and he is entitled to spend it on whatever takes his fancy but IMO on the face of it he has zero chance of beating this charge ....should consider hisself  lucky he wasn't outed for a lot longer ..consider the penalty 2 months for the most serious offence pulling one up ..yet if caught having a bet he could be outed for 2 years unless special circumstances exist. JMac did 18 months for backing a winner he rode  Ben Melham and Adam Heironymus are both facing potential 2 years for betting.....where's the justice in the penalty between the two charges......having a bet doing no harm to anyone or pulling up a favourite doing harm to thousands...so who benefitted from the hook job nothing indicates that the stewards are looking into why he did it and if there's a third party behind it....maybe he just felt like doing it.

Giddy Up :beer:


I don't have a red face after opining the above ,,,,,,,,once the QCAT decision is released we'll see where I went wrong.

Watch the race and form your own opinion

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing/replays/tab-race-replays/search?code=thoroughbred&from=2020-06-25&to=2020-06-25&name=Silent+explorer

Giddy Up :beer:

[/color]
« Last Edit: 2021-Aug-12, 05:22 PM by Arsenal »

Offline Peter Mair

  • Group 1
  • User 326
  • Posts: 6167
« 2021-Aug-12, 09:35 PM Reply #847 »

I will not bet there


................. probably not beyond a reasonable doubt ... worse happens ...... RacingQld et al is a bit like Queensland.

Offline Arsenal

  • VIP Club
  • Group 1
  • User 194
  • Posts: 18064
« 2021-Aug-13, 07:58 PM Reply #848 »
How lucky can you be two decisions by learned Member Hughes upholding two appeals Chris Whiteley for an unacceptable ride and Luke Tarrant  for headbutting Larry Cassidy. :o

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2021/QCAT21-273.pdf

Mr Whiteley rode the horse to the trainer’s instructions to settle the horse, get to the
outside and not to go inside other horses.15 Unlike the Tribunal which has the benefit
of hindsight and video evidence that can be paused and reviewed multiple times,
jockeys must assess the race in real time.
16
[8] I accept Mr Whiteley’s explanation that he rode to instructions and his assessment of
the race as it unfolded. The circumstances did not fall below the level of objective
judgement reasonably to be expected of a jockey in his position.17 Even if an error of
judgement,18 it was not obvious to any reasonably informed spectator that the horse
was denied the opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place.19

[9] Mr Lane is very experienced in the racing industry and was honest and direct when
giving his evidence. The opinion of stewards is important when considering a breach
of the relevant racing rule. Their experience, depth of knowledge and dedication
means they are attuned to what jockeys should and should not do to ensure that each
horse is run on its merits.20 However, it is still open for me to accept Mr Whiteley’s
explanation for his ride.21

[10] Mr Whiteley is not guilty. The finding of guilty is set aside. The penalty is set aside.
The stay is lifted.22

ENDS

SERIOUSLY ..."it was not obvious to any reasonably informed spectator that the horse
was denied the opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place."

Tarrant's Decision
https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2021/QCAT21-272.pdf


The purpose of imposing a penalty is to act as a deterrent and protect the integrity of
the racing industry. Violence is abhorrent and unacceptable. Mr Tarrant’s attack
caused the other jockey to suffer significant nose-bleeding, swelling and bruising
around his face and eyes and severe nerve pain in his teeth.6 Workplace health and
safety and public confidence that the industry is COVID-safe are paramount.


 [20] The length of the penalty is confirmed. A period of six months’ is appropriate to deter
both Mr Tarrant and others and maintain consistency with other decisions. However,
the penalty is mitigated from disqualification to suspension to reflect the ‘heat of the
moment’ context. [21]

The correct and preferable decision is to amend the Commission’s decision to
disqualify Mr Tarrant for a period of six months, to suspend Mr Tarrant for a period
of six months. The actual time to serve is reduced by any time already served. The
stay is lifted.7

ENDS

Giddy Up :beer:


 

Offline gunbower

  • Group 2
  • User 2463
  • Posts: 1188
« 2021-Aug-13, 08:55 PM Reply #849 »
Arsenal  thanks for your regular posts. Mr L Cassidy was behind me Today at the Food Court at Chermside  with his lovely wife. He only took two serves of the Sushi while I regret to inform you that I had to take three. The good news is that his nose looked in "apple pie " order despite the attention of young Mr Tarrant. It beggars the question to me : What makes a twenty something perennial loser head butt a fifty something old bloke ? Believe me if this little jerk had done it to me .; he would still be on the deck.


BACK TO ALL TOPICS
Sitemap