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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-04, 10:18 AM
A thread for QRIC decisions and stewards reports........sadly the EF meeting yesty suffered a violent storm and the last race had to be abandoned ....but there's no stewards report up on the QRIC site today or on RISA .. some other meetings held in Qld are available...so what's the problem?

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/

Giddy Down :thumbsd:
Title: QRIC
Post by: mortdale on 2016-Dec-04, 11:39 AM
Maybe the power went off and they are still trying to find their way home..........................LOL
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2016-Dec-04, 11:50 AM
A thread for QRIC decisions and stewards reports........sadly the EF meeting yesty suffered a violent storm and the last race had to be abandoned ....but there's no stewards report up on the QRIC site today or on RISA .. some other meetings held in Qld are available...so what's the problem?

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/

Giddy Down :thumbsd:

Yes. I wanted to read the stewards report about Race 8 and watch the video replay to check and see if my "in the running" opinion that the jockey on Too Good To Refuse seemed to lack any interest in until the last little bit of the race was confirmed.

Not only are the stewards reports not there, but the replay of race 8 is a noisy still of another race.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Thoroughbred/Racing-Calendar/Video-Replays

Why do I get so suspicious - there was one like this last week very similar  :chin:
Title: QRIC
Post by: bronx on 2016-Dec-05, 09:26 AM
 :sleep:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-05, 05:35 PM
Replay of Race 8 wasn't functioning yesterday but now it's OK.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Thoroughbred/Racing-Calendar/Video-Replays/Race-Meeting-Videos/E%20FM/20161203

Haven't got around to finding the stewards report yet......it should be up by this.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Thoroughbred/Racing-Calendar/Race-Meeting/E%20FM/20161203/Stewards-Report


Giddy Up. :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2016-Dec-05, 08:01 PM
Replay of Race 8 wasn't functioning yesterday but now it's OK.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Thoroughbred/Racing-Calendar/Video-Replays/Race-Meeting-Videos/E%20FM/20161203

Haven't got around to finding the stewards report yet......it should be up by this.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Thoroughbred/Racing-Calendar/Race-Meeting/E%20FM/20161203/Stewards-Report


Giddy Up. :beer:

Ride on Too Good To Refuse never got a mention. Watched the replay. My first viewing was correct. It was a "jaw dropping" ride. That's all I've got to say.   ())=(
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-08, 05:54 PM
Apprentice J Hodge charged with failing to notice an irregular gait lameness in the hind leg when riding Recompence to the barrier...the horse was retired from the race and euthanized suffering a fractured pelvis...young Hodge was outed for 3 months by stewards but succeeded in having his penalty reduced to one month.

I remember another Recompense which is the correct spelling it was either owned by Herb Joseph or maybe Joe Murphy....many years ago 



http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0042-16-jedidiah-hodge-internal-review-decision.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-08, 07:01 PM

INQUIRY FINALLY BEING HELD INTO RQ POSITIVE EIGHT MONTHS AGO

INDUSTRY observers have questioned why it has taken so long for Racing Queensland to get their act together and proceed with positive swab hearings involving a Toowoomba stable.

An inquiry into two positives taken from horses trained by Ben Currie will finally be heard in Brisbane next week.

It is an amazing EIGHT MONTHS since the first positive sample relating to the steroid boldenone was returned by Tints after that horse was unplaced at Rockhampton back on April 8.

The other irregularity involving methamphetamine was returned by Party Till Dawn, a six length winner at Toowoomba on July 16.

Stakeholders have highlighted how other swab inquiries have been held much quicker and want to know why this one took so long. The ball is in the hands of the new all transparent Queensland Racing Integrity Commission to show that the industry is a level playing field and explain why the delay occurred.

Story from www.letsgohorseracing.com.au


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2016-Dec-09, 08:45 AM
So the QRIC is posing a few questions among licencees. Main one is why no one can ever get to talk to anyone there at the regally set out HQ. Seems the enquiry line leads to nothing, no on ever answers the phone and messages left are never followed up. One licencee rang 6 times in one day and could never get a real person, his messages was finally answered 4 days after the initial attempts to talk to someone. Suppose staff there was trying to work out what they are supposed to eb doing, answering licencees phone calls is not on the list of essential chores.
Title: QRIC
Post by: bronx on 2016-Dec-09, 02:04 PM
Communication is not one of there stronger points or is it even in the things to do list.
Open & transparent - dont think so.
Lack of information to stakeholders - certainly.

Separation of duties has made absolutely no difference to those on the other side of the fence.
If anything it is a lot worse.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-10, 07:39 PM
Another suspension reported by QRIC Ross "The Boss" Barnett ..that makes it one all... head of racing integrity Jamie Dart now Harness racing chief steward David Farquson :o

QUEENSLAND’S highest ranking harness racing steward David Farquson  Farquharson,  has been suspended until further notice by Queensland Racing integrity commissioner Ross Barnett.
Barnett gave no details for the ban, other than to say it followed “an investigation into a matter reported by a participant in the racing industry’’.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2016-Dec-10, 08:31 PM
This farce gets worse. Only in Queensland would someone set up an Integrity Section and get the Queensland Police to run it. I wonder if the name " Fitzgerald " rings any bells with these current politicians ? Not to mention the Minister is a member of the Bellino family who just happens to be  a former
co-Director of Companies associated with the Chairman of RQ she appointed. And they seriously expect participants in this Industry to think they are pushing the integrity barrow. Fair dinkum it justs gets sillier.
Title: QRIC
Post by: mortdale on 2016-Dec-10, 11:18 PM
Grace Grace or is it Disgrace Disgrace?

 :rant: :mad: :rant:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-15, 12:08 PM
QRIC is listed on QCAT's daily hearing list for a compulsory conference today involving trainers Lyn Paton and Rochelle Smith who were charged with cobalt positives and penalised but the former Racing Disciplinary Appeals Board upheld both appeals on a technicality which from memory involved confirmation certificates being issued by the same laboratory which tested the samples originally.

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http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/racing/appeal-board-decisions/thoroughbred/2016-08-31-rochelle-smith.pdf

Finally the decision has been made available on the website.

I got a headache reading this decision..... I think it's likely there'll be an application to QCAT by RQ or the QRIC whichever  to get the matter sorted...both positives were well over the threshold. :o

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-15, 08:55 PM
Ben Currie fined $6000 for positive


8 hours ago by AAP

   

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been fined $6000 for presenting a horse to race with a prohibited substance in its system earlier this year.

 However, stewards adjourned a second inquiry involving Currie until next week.

 After an initial hearing on Wednesday, stewards charged Currie after Tints returned a positive swab to the steroid boldenone at Rockhampton on April 8.

 Currie pleaded not guilty but after taking lengthy evidence stewards found otherwise and fined him $6000.

 Chief steward Allan Reardon said Currie had been charged with presenting a horse with a prohibited substance which usually carried a fine.

 The trainer had not been charged with the more serious administration of a steroid which could carry an automatic disqualification.

 Reardon said there was no evidence to support an administration charge in Currie's case.

Stewards also took evidence involving a positive to a methamphetamine allegedly found in a swab from Party Till Dawn after she won at Toowoomba on July 16.

 Reardon said that inquiry was adjourned until next Wednesday so other evidence could be presented.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2016-Dec-18, 07:21 PM
How silly can someone be giving  an illegal substance to a horse  with that name and hope it goes unnoticed.

You'd have a far better chance with a horse called Mother Superior rather than  Party Till Dawn. :whistle:
Title: QRIC
Post by: westie on 2016-Dec-19, 12:25 AM
JWH
Love your sense of humour  8-)
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-21, 08:02 PM


Ben Currie guilty on second charge

Posted by: AAP+
Filled in: Horse Racing News | 21/12/2016 at 5:12pm


Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of a charge involving a positive swab for the second time in a week.

Last week Currie was fined $6000 after he was found guilty of presenting Tints to race at Rockhampton in April with the prohibited steroid boldenone in her system.

Currie pleaded not guilty.

However, stewards adjourned a second inquiry into an alleged positive swab returned by Party Till Dawn when she won at Toowoomba on July16.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards resumed the inquiry on Wednesday and found Currie guilty of a second charge of presenting a horse to race with a prohibited substance in its system.

He had again pleaded not guilty.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said Party Till Dawn had returned a positive sample to methamphetamine.

He said stewards would consider submissions from Currie and deliver a sentence at a later date.

Barnett said as the stewards’ findings could be subject to appeal it was not appropriate to comment further.

Presenting a horse to race with a prohibited substance is a lesser charge than administering a prohibited substance.

It can carry various penalties ranging from a fine to disqualification.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-23, 05:33 PM
Clearing his desk before the Christmas break Mr Ashby has been busy although no joy for the appellants Tiffani Brooker lucky to escape an increased penalty for causing interference ......a greyhound trainer fined $200 for failure to keep a treatment book........and an apprentice refused an upgrade to provincial license.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0047-16-tiffani-brooker-internal-review-decision.pdf

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0050-16-greta-thomson-internal-review-decision.pdf

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0046-16-n-nelson-internal-review-decision.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2016-Dec-26, 07:34 PM
Rochelle Smith v QRIC was listed for a QCAT hearing on 23/12 ...previously both Smith and Lyn Paton were listed to attend  a compulsory conference at QCAT no doubt the application would have been filed by QRIC following both women beating cobalt charges before the defunct RDB.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jan-03, 08:12 PM
http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0044-16-rachel-scott-internal-review-decision.pdf

Harness trainer cobalt positive 15 months......has right of appeal to QCAT.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jan-05, 08:43 AM
Harness racing another scalp for allegedly pulling one up Matthew Neilson gets 12 months.

Race 8 horse 7 Big Abraxas

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Harness/Racing-Calendar/Video-Replays/Race-Meeting-Videos/ALBI/20161025/Races/1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0048-16-matthew-neilson-internal-review-decision.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jan-06, 07:41 PM
As reported previously trainer Ben Currie has had two positives in a week the first Tints resulted in a penalty of $6K whilst the second Party Till Dawn came up positive to Meth this resulted in a fine of $9K Currie is confident he can beat the charges on technical grounds when it goes up to the Internal Reviewer.........which will be a reversal of fortune .....Mr Ashby invariably upholds the stewards decisions.......possibly why Currie mentioned the next level QCAT if the first one fails.....hot Curry doesn't appeal to all tastes.

https://www.punters.com.au/news/Currie-confident-of-beating-swab-charges_156317/

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jan-09, 07:36 PM
Mr Ashby must be on hols as John Schreck has undertaken the two most recent reviews for QRIC.

Some old fashioned common sense in both ......reducing the penalty in the case of S. Palmer for an altercation in the jockeys' room from $500 to $250 and extending the indentures of apprentice S Fawke on compassionate grounds.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0049-16-sean-palmer-internal-review-decision.pdf

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0051-16-s-fawke-internal-review-decision.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jan-11, 08:46 PM
Applicant for a stablehand's license refused ...criminal history...failed the fit and proper person test.....was to be employed by trainer John Smerdon  whose name I'm not familiar with.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0052-16-m-zohn-internal-review-decision.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jan-28, 09:08 AM
I've confused things somewhat by posting recent QRIC decisions under the Racing Appeal Board thread.....so in future I'll try and remember to post internal review decisions on this thread.

This is the link to follow:-

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/decisions/

It seems very strange that up until the recent internal review decisions as posted below by my good self the Internal Reviewer gave reasons for his decision .........now in all of those recent cases there's no reason given ..........this is very dismissive of the applicant's rights to be properly informed of the decision particularly if  an adverse one.......how can a licensee be expected to appeal to QCAT without knowing the reasons for decision.

Maybe the mainstream media will pick up the ball and run with it if the representative associations haven't done so themselves.

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Ben Currie up for fines totalling $15K both internal reviews confirmed the penalty.

The recent decisions of the Internal Reviewer are lacking in reasons it's a fundamental principle that reasons are required to be given by administrative bodies such as the QRIC I expect they'll be called to account for their apparent cavalier attitude to the rights of licensees.

  http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0053-16-ben-currie.pdf

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/23-jan-2017-ben-currie-internal-review.pdf


http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0001-17-natalea-summers.pdf

Summers appeal successful......one out of 4.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0002-17-robert-fradd-internal-review-decision.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Feb-06, 05:54 PM
On the top rating radio show Press Room today genial Dave Fowler said he noticed that recent internal review decisions are being published sans reasons which he thought was a strange outcome ......he presumed the applicants are still being advised........ he has written to QRIC Ross Barnett and will let us know the outcome when he turns the microphone on next Monday.

ONYA Dave. :thumbsup:


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Feb-16, 09:22 AM
QRIC have advised  that the internal review decision summary outcome will still be published on their  website as soon as the decision is handed down and the applicant will still be provided with the full decision immediately as occurs now......the full decision will now be published on the QRIC website after the applicant has either accepted the decision or exhausted any legal appeal options.

 If the applicant does not appeal the decision to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal the complete review decision will be published after the expiration of the 28 day appeal period.

The reason for changing the practice from publicly disclosing  detailed reasons for decisions is still a mystery.

Dave Fowler interviewed the QRIC boss Ross Barnett on Monday where the new practice as outlined above was disclosed........ absence any reasons being given.

Unfortunately Dave neglected to ask the reason for this change in long standing practice ........QRIC being out of step with all other similar jurisdictions ...admittedly  the Internal Review  is a Qld only initiative although it performs the same functions as other domestic racing  tribunals.


A recent decision concerning trainer/driver Ken Belford  who was fined $1000 who appealed the severity of the penalty resulted in the penalty being confirmed whereas the heading to the link shows $500 of the fine suspended.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/decisions/#harness

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0005-17-ken-belford-internal-review-decision.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Feb-24, 08:38 PM
Another suspension reported by QRIC Ross "The Boss" Barnett ..that makes it one all... head of racing integrity Jamie Dart now Harness racing chief steward David Farquson :o

QUEENSLAND’S highest ranking harness racing steward David Farquson  Farquharson,  has been suspended until further notice by Queensland Racing integrity commissioner Ross Barnett.
Barnett gave no details for the ban, other than to say it followed “an investigation into a matter reported by a participant in the racing industry’’.


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Mr Farquharson has been terminated no details as to the allegations against him but whatever it is that he is alleged to have done has resulted in him being sin binned ... if he feels hard done by he has some options available should he choose to exercise them ...Ross Barnett does hisself no favours by his secretive non disclosure as to the reason for this decision...he could learn a lot from following the processes and the open communications of the NSW stewards.

And still no word on the outcome of investigation into suspended thoroughbred steward Jamie Dart. :o

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/131526/Queensland-chief-harness-steward-fired


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https://www.racenet.com.au/news/131526/Queensland-chief-harness-steward-fired
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Feb-27, 08:33 AM
Josh Oliver who was suspended for not giving Black Jag every opportunity to perform at its best back in October lost his internal review but succeeded at QCAT ...the reasons for decision have not as yet made it available for public consumption .......today the CM quotes solicitor Peter Boyce who is clearly not impressed by the internal review system while QRIC boss Ross Barnett does his best to defend the system....... Mr Boyce has a valid argument IMO as he opines in the following story.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0029-16-joshua-oliver-internal-review-decision.pdf

 
Barnett firm on appeals system


NATHAN EXELBY
 @xlbnathan_cmail
 

RACING Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett has vigorously defended the much maligned QRIC appeals system in the wake of last week’s QCAT victory by jockey Josh Oliver and growing disillusion with the internal review process.

Barnett said since QRIC started in July, stewards had delivered more than 600 race day penalties and of those, “a very small percentage” had been referred for an internal review and “only six had progressed to QCAT”.

“I have full confidence in the system and this particular judgment (Oliver) proves the system works – the checks and balances are there to ensure a fair and balanced outcome is achieved,” he said. “I acknowledge there may be a period of adjustment as participants become familiar with this new regime under QRIC.”

Oliver last week criticised the process, where he lost his internal review and then had to spend nearly $10,000 to clear his name at QCAT.

Lawyer Peter Boyce, who has represented a number of trainers and jockeys at first and second level appeals, claims the internal review process is “quite pointless”.

“It’s laughable that you appeal to the same body that has already rubbed you out,” Boyce said. “Basically, it’s a process where you tell your client you’re going to lose, but you have to go through with it to get to the next level.

“My concern is there is no separation of independence.

‘‘The stewards are employed by QRIC and we apply to QRIC for the review.’’

QRIC’s internal reviewer is former Victorian steward Kane Ashby, while world-respected John Schreck has also worked in the role at times.

Barnett said a number of internal review decisions have “altered or changed completely” the original stewards’ decision.

“The reviewer is not afraid to amend any stewards’ decision where appropriate,” he said. “That the internal reviewer confirms most stewards’ decisions is testament to the judgment and fairness of those decisions.”

Boyce criticised Barnett’s assertion, pointing to recent QCAT results like Oliver’s where the original decision has been overturned.

“How can that claim be substantiated? What has QCAT said about his reviewer’s decisions?” Boyce said. “You can’t praise the system if QCAT are saying they get it wrong.”

Barnett said a decision by QCAT against the original stewards and internal reviewer decision is not an indictment against QRIC.

“Tribunal decisions are (a) judgment call on the evidence that is provided and different tribunals make different judgments,” he said.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Mar-02, 10:14 AM
QCAT decisions upholding the appeals by Bridget Grylls and Josh Oliver against the suspensions imposed on them by QRIC stewards make interesting reading ..apart from the repitition in the judgment and some confusion in sections of it where the two horses were positioned Grylls on Ranked which led when not it's normal racing pattern called evidence from former leading rider Mike Pelling....while Oliver's case on Black Jag included evidence from a professional punter while vet Dr Martin Lenz gave evidence that the horse was sore after the race in the near fetlock..... giving the impression that the horse led with its right leg would not have contributed to its performance....as it turned out Black Jag had only one more start before being retired.......the trainers of both horses expressed disappointment with the  apprentices' rides.

Watching the replay it's  no surprise the stewards charged these two .........must be a very frustrating business trying to uphold the rules and copping criticsm when they do or don't take action.

http://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2017/QCAT17-049.pdf

http://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2017/QCAT17-050.pdf


To watch the replay it's R3

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Thoroughbred/Racing-Calendar/Video-Replays/Race-Meeting-Videos/DOOM/20160910/Races/1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8



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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Mar-14, 07:52 PM
This shows how useless the change in not providing  reasons for decisions for public consumption.

This guy was given two years the internal reviewer amended the penalty .......but didn't disclose by how much.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0008-17-anthony-hess-internal-review-decision.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: dean on 2017-Mar-14, 08:20 PM
Surely there is a fine line between what passes for a complete farce such as QRIC and its ex -Queensland coppers and what is official corruption. Why are these public servants withholding information from the general public. For what purposes and whose interests does it serve? Funny to reflect when you read the report that one of the Stewards on the original panel was a Mr Hackett. I can remember a few years ago reading one of the funniest reports  I have encountered in the Public Sector. It was about failing confidence in wagering on  the Harness Racing Industry in Queensland. Its author was the Chief Steward at the time , a Mr Hackett. You would have thought that such failing confidence could have been an indictment on the poor chaps performance as Chief Steward. Couldn't be the same bloke could it ?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Mar-21, 05:36 PM


Queensland integrity chief stood aside

BY Trent Masenhelder - @tmase04

2 hours ago Horse Racing


The head of the newly-formed Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Integrity Regulation Unit, Norm Torpey, has been stood aside, pending an independent investigation into misconduct following a complaint from a member of the public.

According to Ross Barnett, commissioner of the QRIC, an independent investigation is being conducted over an incident that allegedly took place prior to the QRIC becoming operational in July.

“Mr Torpey has been temporarily reassigned from his role as head of the Integrity Regulation Unit to the race day stewarding department while the complaint against him is investigated,” Barnett said.

“The integrity of the Queensland Racing Industry is of the utmost importance to me and to the Commission, any complaints or issues that arise involving our staff are taken very seriously.

“The result of this investigation will be made public when it concludes, however, no further comment is appropriate at this stage.”

Just last week, the QRIC handed Rockhampton trainer Mark Cochrane a 12-month suspension after finding him guilty of striking an animal in his care.

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Another stand down Barnett is going through them like a runaway bus......Jamie Dart no report of any finality David Farquharson terminated but for what has not been disclosed  :o


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Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Mar-22, 11:44 AM
Wow.........What's going on?

Arent these people costing the industry over 10 million a year?

Who's next?
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-Mar-22, 03:40 PM
Is anybody really surprised. The send in a few old coppers who have no idea of Racing and pop it up with the old brigade of stewards
who have been useless in the past , give it a new name ,and everything is meant to be hunky dory.
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2017-Mar-23, 02:33 AM
Wow.........What's going on?

Arent these people costing the industry over 10 million a year?

Who's next?

I gotta say I cannot keep up with Qld racing any more - the admin part anyway. The form guide still stays pretty much the same.

Still struggling to get my head around what I read the other day about the State having a projected debt of 75.5 billion.

The population of Qld is 4.691 million. So if I go to the calculator and put in...let's drop the last 6 zeros on each figure.....if I put in 75,500 divided by 4.691 I get a little under $1,600. Is that all? Not as bad as I thought.

So there should be some money Grace Grace can put back into racing. No need to sack anyone else.   emthup
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Mar-23, 06:06 AM
Just found out that not only Norm Torpey but John Hackett are operating in the new multi-million dollar burden on the industry,Bentleys henchmen back in favour with the Labor rulers -That old saying applies the more things change the more they stay the same

QUEENSLAND RACING INCOMPETANCE CON-OP!

Wont be long before its a election issue for the Labor Elite
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Mar-26, 12:35 PM
The QRIC gaggle of fools make todays Sunday paper- $20 million a year for these gooses?


Expect Torpey to be carried back in from "stewarding " duties with a wig and moustache like the dead guy on weekend at bernies!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Mar-27, 10:32 PM
LNP questions racing unit

STATE’S racing integrity unit may be staring into an LNP blowtorch if Labor loses the likely election this year.

Controversies at Breakfast Creek and Eagle Farm have not escaped the notice of Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls or LNP Racing spokesman Jon Krause. Eyesore Eagle Farm just happens to be in Nicholls’ Clayfield electorate.

Krause homed in on Breakfast Creek-based QRIC after longserving stipe Norm Torpey became the third high profile official to come under investigation.

“We’ll certainly be having a look at it,’’ said lawyer Krause, keen to brush up on QRIC’s performance, practices and protocols. QRIC came under LNP fire when founded amid greyhound drama last July with suggestions racing law and order was going to cost $20 million.

With the A-Pal team committed to no new state taxes, forget about South Australia or Victoria-style punters’ levies until the election is over.

Queensland punters already are feeling the pinch. Some of the best gamblers may be facing legal tangles over betting accounts worth more than $100,000. Corporate bookies continue to take a hard line over punters identities. Particularly when accounts reach five figures.

Above from TRAPS column by Poleline Pete .......You would think if Mr Krause has had his eye on the ball he would have been on his hind legs before this asking Racing Minister Grace for further and better particulars on the internal workings of the QRIC which is clouded in a veil of secrecy......now that Parliament isn't sitting Mr Krause will have plenty of time to formulate his questions......from my observations he hasn't been seen nor heard on racing matters in the recent past......maybe Poleline Pete has prodded him into taking an interest in his racing portfolio. :o


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Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Mar-28, 09:48 PM
How many meetings does 380k a week pay for?

The "Commish" must wonder what he has got himself into when his apparent self-declared goal was to be QUEENSLANDS next police "Commish"


Memo to Ross the righteous that ship has sailed buddy.............one can only laugh or despair at the idiots

Next up the LGR declared "picture framer" is the mail from the north!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Mar-29, 05:58 PM
MY CALL: STEWARDING DRAMA. IT'S LIKE REFEREES BEING SHOWN THE RED CARD INSTEAD OF THE PLAYERS

By David Fowler | Tuesday, March 28, 2017

David Fowler is the principal thoroughbred caller for Radio TAB. David, who is a keen form student and punter, has enjoyed a lifetime involvement in the racing media. His personal blog, ‘My Call’, appears exclusively on HRO.

The latest stewarding drama at QRIC raises an interesting point.

Integrity Regulation Unit boss Norm Torpey has been stood aside. That’s right, “aside” and not “stood down”.

This in isolation probably wouldn’t draw the crabs but with the Jamie Dart case unsolved and the recent David Farquharson sacking, it now joins a concerning line.

There are no leaks on this one. It’s steel trap stuff.

Yet, ironically, it could be a mountain out of a molehill situation.

QRIC proudly declares it welcomes complaints from the public. Almost courts it you could say.

There is always an inherent danger in such a process. Think of settling scores.

But there’s another concern. How far can a vexatious claim go back and still be treated with possible ramifications?

Few of us are lily white but they say you can at least learn from your mistakes.

Norm Torpey was dismissed by the Queensland Harness Racing board as its chairman of stewards in November 2005.

I’m not saying the Torpey case falls into this basket but I’m also not saying it doesn’t.

Davie Fowler from his blog on HRO this week.......Sargent Schulz I know nothink :o


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Mar-29, 07:03 PM
A couple more results which confirmed the stewards decisions.......no reasons given.

Mr Elliott refused a track work riders license due to cannabis test...he maintained he has been clean but must have tested positive due to having associated with other users.


http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0011-17-ELLIOTT-Mark-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf


http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0010-17-NEILSON-Ashlee-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf

Positive swab returned applicant admitted guilt but appealed on severity of the penalty.

Anthony Hess's case where his penalty was amended still on the QRIC website with no info on what the resultant time out is. :shutup:


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Title: QRIC
Post by: dean on 2017-Apr-02, 09:36 AM
The dummies down at Albion are still at it. They have managed to put up last week's Stewards report for yesterday's meeting at the Gold Coast. No idea these roosters !
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Apr-05, 07:04 PM
Here's another decision upheld Kelly Purdy  a small time trainer on the Gold Coast was refused a track work rider's license for her to ride work for other trainers........QRIC;s Internal Reviewer  Mr Ashby set that decision aside which presumably means the matter is referred back to QRIC Licensing Dept to issue her with  the said license..... or that the Mr Ashby's decision setting aside the original decision grants her the license...... whatever the case may be......but the decision absent of reasons due to the preposterous  claim of legal professional privilege...goes on to advise there's a right of appeal to QCAT if Ms Purdy disagrees with the decision.....looking sillier every day.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0013-17-PURDY-Kelly-Internal-Review.pdf

Giddy Up :beer: 
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-Apr-05, 07:38 PM
Arsenal , as you seem to stay in touch with most of the ridiculous shenanigans that emulate from this place have you spotted on their website the really big news for Queensland Racing before it plunges down the drain ? Wait for it !!!!. Drum roll first. They are changing their website. How huge is this? Everything should be up, up and away now ! The Industry in this State just needs this. If anyone ever harboured a thought that this mob were not completely delusional then this is it.
Title: QRIC
Post by: mortdale on 2017-Apr-05, 08:29 PM
Arsenal , as you seem to stay in touch with most of the ridiculous shenanigans that emulate from this place have you spotted on their website the really big news for Queensland Racing before it plunges down the drain ? Wait for it !!!!. Drum roll first. They are changing their website. How huge is this? Everything should be up, up and away now ! The Industry in this State just needs this. If anyone ever harboured a thought that this mob were not completely delusional then this is it.

Gunbower, you have given me a good laugh. Some months ago I posted the timing that certain things would take place after the "New A-Team" were appointed.

I said around April the powers to be will fix everything by designing a new website.

Anything would be an improvement on their old website.

But the old saying about any computer based operation is, "Garbage In, Garbage Out".

So if they continue to put up the wrong Stewards Reports and Race Programs no new website is going to fix that as incompetence at the end of the day is still incompetence.

Go to the NSW, VIC and SA websites and it's a breeze to navigate and has been for sometime. The old QR website was nothing more than a joke.

Still I would have thought they have far bigger issues facing them.

  :lol:
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-Apr-05, 08:44 PM
Mortdale , to use an old racing phrase "you might have gone off before acceptances ". It is only QRIC which is changing their website , not Racing Queensland. Most at Racing Queensland have probably  not heard of the World Wide Web or are waiting for Mulley to come back and weigh out after riding Bernborough.
Title: QRIC
Post by: mortdale on 2017-Apr-05, 10:55 PM
Mortdale , to use an old racing phrase "you might have gone off before acceptances ". It is only QRIC which is changing their website , not Racing Queensland. Most at Racing Queensland have probably  not heard of the World Wide Web or are waiting for Mulley to come back and weigh out after riding Bernborough.

Bugger, I sound like Mulley turning up at the wrong track.

I still stand by the joke of a website that RQ operate.

I will hold my comment on the QRIC because I must admit I haven't even bothered looking at their website.

Gunbower, I apologise and also to any other forum readers for failing at my attempted "speed reading".

Time to clean the glasses.

Have a good week everyone.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2017-Apr-06, 09:44 AM
Queensland racing is now beyond a national joke and utter disgrace. A rollercoaster of Racing Ministers and RQ CEO's has done nothing more than advocating a jobs for the boys mentality. Take this latest mob, Grace Grace a very shady creature to say the least has no idea what racing is all about, she probably thinks its an afternoons entertainment for the well heeled not an indistry which it once was. She has upheld the jobs for the boys tradition, the encumbent CEO and board Chair have got little or no basic knowledge of racing, they insist in keeping their heads in the sand while the industry just slowly dies on the vine. Running costs of the industry HQ keep increasing while rank and file desert the hobby in droves. Even when two of the biggest and best stud operators on a national scale declare racing in Queensland is stuffed Wilson (chair) Forbes (CEO) and Grace (but who cares what she thinks) still are spruiking that everything is ok and humming along sweetly. With the THREE STOOGES like this trio in charge its no wonder racing in Qld is a coffin case just waiting for someone to bang down the last few nails.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Apr-18, 07:36 PM
QRIC has dropped its appeal to QCAT on the cobalt positives from the stables of  trainers Lyn Paton and Rochelle Smith.



https://www.racing.com/news/2017-04-18/qric-cobalt-appeals-withdrawn


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Apr-21, 07:14 PM
Three more internal review decisions by Mr Ashby,,,,,,,suspension for Nathan Thomas decision set aside...the pro forma offers Thomas the right to seek a review at QCAT if he is dissatisfied ...seriously do they expect him to complain that he's had a win.  :what:

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0014-17-Mark-Cochrane-internal-review-decision.pdf

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0022-17-Peter-Cullen-internal-review-decision.pdf

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0020-17-THOMAS-Nathan-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-May-08, 07:43 PM
Media release
8 May 2017
QRIC Integrity chief removed from his role
The head of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Integrity Regulation Unit Norm Torpey has been reassigned from his role after an independent investigation into a complaint of misconduct.

As an interim measure, experienced former Queensland Police Service detective Joshua Elliott will manage the QRIC integrity unit.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett made the decision to remove Mr Torpey as head of the integrity unit after an independent investigation found he had not properly investigated a matter reported by a participant.

“A complaint was received from a member of the public about a matter that occurred before the Commission commenced in July last year,” Mr Barnett said.
“Effective today, Mr Torpey has been permanently reassigned from his role as head of the Integrity Regulation Unit to a position as Senior Stipendiary Steward in harness racing.

“Mr Torpey was temporarily reassigned in March this year, while the investigation took place.

“The integrity of the QRIC is of the utmost importance and complaints or issues that arise involving our staff are taken very seriously and fully investigated.

“People who provide us with information should be assured those matters will be properly investigated,” Mr Barnett said.

The QRIC integrity unit can be contacted at complaints@qric.qld.gov.au
ENDS…

No information on what the complaint was about or who made it  or whether said complaint has now been "properly investigated by QRIC" possibly Davie Fowler will follow this up when he returns to the air waves.

It's my understanding that QRIC is a unit of public administration under the Public Service conditions where right of appeal exists  presumably Mr Torpey has been advised of his rights....that's assuming he thinks he has a chance.....taking on Barnett mightn't be the best career option ...he still has a job although at a lower level.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-May-08, 08:33 PM
Why does this organization insist on including in its abridged title the word Integrity. Old Queensland police crooks like Terry Lewis, Jack Herbert, Vince Murphy , Don Lane etc etc etc would be proud of the Legacy they have handed down to this mob .So they have ridden themselves of old Norm Torpey. Who did they replace him with ? An ex Qld copper who left the force to flog picture frames. Obviously the picture frame business was either not as lucrative as the public sector or Joshua just needed a " new Challenge" So he applied for a job there. And who ran the interview process ? You could not believe it :but it was his face book friend ; another old Queensland copper Tracey Pelling. Amazing isn't it. Nothing really ever changes Queensland.
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-09, 07:28 AM
the scabs are festering on this 20 million dollar shonk in their flash city offices and their non-answering phones.......lets hope the Lnp gets in and bones these answerable to no-one fleas lead by barnett
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-09, 07:32 AM
nice post gunbower.....as lghr highlighted long ago this Elliott "character" had been framing pictures for a number of years and where does he re-appear but none other than the stakeholders 20 million trough

labor and their "dog" inquiry hosted by "buckshot" billy byrne sure did a great job on the industry once again......now which racing stakeholders voted labor....hands up?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-May-09, 08:56 PM
Gold Coast Trainer John Morrisey loses out at Internal review after cobalt positive in December 2016 out for 9 months.

http://www.qric.qld.gov.au/pdf/0021-17-John-Morrisey-internal-review-decision.pdf


Giddy Up
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-16, 03:11 PM
More on Norm Torpey in the coming days
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-19, 08:59 AM
Interesting press release about ANOTHER steward being stood down this time a cadet


Seems they out more stewards than trainers these new industry "wise" guys

More on Normey soon!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-May-19, 10:15 AM
The new website is an improvement on what was there initially but QRIC maintains the secretive non disclosure of reasons for decisions.
 It's a big surprise that the LNP spokesperson on racing Jon Krause hasn't asked any questions of the racing minister on this departure from accepted practice by internal administrative bodies exercising disciplinary functions and he's failed to be active in seeking information on the sacking and standing down of the senior stewards and integrity officials...the only questions he has asked are listed on the Parliamentary website.


http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/question-on-notice/online-question-on-notice

Media release
18 May 2017
Cadet Steward stood down
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett has suspended with pay a Townsville QRIC cadet thoroughbred Steward following an allegation of serious misconduct.
The Commissioner said the female cadet Steward was stood down immediately after a QRIC Integrity Regulation Unit investigation commenced.
“The cadet Steward will be the subject of a full and independent investigation into her conduct which involved an alleged breach of procedure when carrying out her duties,” he said.
“This incident has had no repercussions for any racing industry participant.
“There will be no further comment at this stage.”
ENDS..

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-May-22, 07:29 PM
Another steward in hot water
NATHAN EXELBY
 
SERIOUS: Ross Barnett.
A TOWNSVILLE cadet steward last week became the fifth integrity official to be stood down or investigated since the inauguration of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) last year.

The rate of which stewards have been stood down, or had their employment terminated, has sparked suggestions any member of the public can smear the reputation of an official with a single complaint.

Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said this was not the case.

“In every one of those cases, we don’t act without some evidence that suggests some misconduct may have occurred,” he said.

“For someone to be stood down or suspended, it has to be an allegation of serious misconduct.

“There’s nothing minor about any of those things. It’s not an action I take lightly. In every case I would classify the allegations as serious.”

Since Barnett took the reins at QRIC, a harness steward was the subject of an investigation and resigned last year, chief harness steward David Farquharson had his employment terminated, integrity chief Jamie Dart was stood down, Norm Torpey was shifted from the integrity unit to race-day duties and now the cadet steward has been stood down.

Farquharson is pursuing a wrongful dismissal case, which is ongoing.

The standing down of Dart has descended into a farce. He was stood down on full pay last October and the investigation is still yet to be resolved.

You would think the LNP Racing spokesman Jon Krause would be all over this asking penetrating questions of the Hon. Grace when Parliament resumes.

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-24, 02:06 PM
More stewards outed than licencees for this Queensland Labor Party installed fruit-fly circus
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-May-24, 06:46 PM
Queensland cadet steward resigns
7 hours ago by AAP
A Queensland cadet steward alleged to have mishandled a swab document has resigned.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the cadet steward was suspended with pay last week pending the finalisation of an investigation into a complaint.

"The cadet steward was alleged to have deliberately entered false information on a chain of custody document which travels with race day samples sent to the QRIC Racing Science Centre for analysis," Barnett said.

"A positive swab result can have dramatic penalties for trainers and the QRIC has a duty to racing industry participants to ensure that all samples are handled in strict accordance with the procedures that are laid down."

Barnett said he had accepted the cadet's resignation on Wednesday.

"The industry's trust and confidence in the system relies on the integrity of QRIC staff at every step in the chain and any deliberate subversion of that process I regard as a very serious matter," he said.

"In this case, no racing participant was affected."

The cadet steward was the fifth QRIC official either sacked, stood down or redeployed in the past seven months.
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Jon Krause where are you?

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Title: QRIC
Post by: deepthroat on 2017-May-24, 08:37 PM
Well done Qld for sanctioning those who don't follow procedures/rules swabs...
Victoria????........ Echooooooooooooo
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-25, 01:07 PM
So onto Normey the stakeholders friend?


Seems Normey runs "dead" on a stakeholders complaint "sometime" in the past on "some" matter.........gets stood down on full pay and not re-instated seemingly based on his own actions

What happens to Normey the stakeholders "friend"...........The new broom don't sweep clean it seems as Normey gets moved onto and into the role of "Senior" trotting steward

Queensland Stakeholders the joke is on you in many ways delivered by none other Qld Labor's self appointed QRIC with their hand picked squad of secretive executives of highly paid/no abilty ilk.......$20 million a year for this JOKE?

SURELY NOT
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-May-25, 02:13 PM
Johno ; QRIC is basically a dumping ground for Queensland coppers. The government stuck a few in there early like Barnett, Davey etc and then they recruited their mates. History affords us the opportunity to assess the intelligence and integrity of the Queensland Police Force. Don't we also have a racing minister with established connections to a couple of our best known crooks. The very crooks whose businesses prospered for so long because they were paying off crooked cops. That is simply a fact.
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-25, 02:39 PM
Really fair comments there Gunbower......For the stakeholders it's really easy to work out the costs in terms of a prizemoney increase for country and provincial racing

The sum is a simple minus sum that being former raceday and integrity controls at around 8 million deducted from the Courier Mail quoted 20 million for the gaggle of as you say ex-coppers and sometime phone receptionists in their plush offices which should be located on current industry/raceclub assets

The figure of 12 million would provide for 120 provincial TAB meetings at 90k each covering every Monday and Tuesday the industry doesn't provide "product"  along with and extra 16 provincial Saturdays at 100k or 32 country meetings at 50k

When these fools get laughed out of town with their internal reviews(read bias) into their own decisions  and QRIC external reviews of their internal reviews at a single stakeholder cost of 7-15k each time will SANITY be restored to this once again fractured and divided industry that is heading down the gurgler quicker than Bob Bentley  fleeing from his pet rocks to Mission Beach


Is that stakeholder paid pretender of missing ambulance fame in 07 still in the employ of the so-called QRIC.....whats his name again?
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-26, 11:20 AM
Some interesting tales coming coming in out of Townsville in relation to QRIC's latest employee debacle


Seems her believed error in labelling a single swab kit was deemed deliberate????

One would wonder how but alas like all the cloak and dagger from this circus stakeholders will never know


Did you hear the one about the trotting driver they searched for broadcasting races whilst he drove only to find out throughout his whole career he talks to his horses in the run


Whats next for this circus?---
 gEE?




Greyhounds in hot air balloons chasing flying PIGS?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-May-26, 10:22 PM
This is a turn up for the books or turn around with the internal review upholding Corey Brown's appeal against conviction and penalty for overuse of the whip in the Doomben Cup and giving reasons of a sort however brief ...... a welcome change from the previous veil of silence....Michael Cahill didn't get the home town advantage though his appeal was dismissed.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BROWN-Corey-Internal-Review-Decision-25052017.pdf

https://qric.blob.core.windows.net/wordpress/2017/05/59263c1fa24db-59263c1fa24e4CAHILL-Michael-Internal-Review-Decision-25052017.pdf.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-May-29, 03:40 PM
Lee Attard careless riding at Mackay Internal Review confirms suspension......pleased to see reasons are included.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ATTARD-Lee-Internal-Review-Draft-Decision-25052017.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-May-31, 06:44 PM
In the latest news in from FUDGEBALL central the new whip usage rule via the upheld Corey Brown appeal has been by decision of the commish been upgraded to 8(eight) from the previous 5(five)

Ya really couldn't make this up..............Blow that TRUMPETT JOHN-KNEE
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jun-01, 08:15 PM
Darlene Duryea did no good at the Internal Review after one of her runners returned a positive to cobalt ...decision confirmed 12 months holiday.

 https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/DURYEA-Darlene-internal-review-decision-31052017.pdf

Brooke Ainsworth unsuccessful in her appeal on careless riding charge.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/AINSWORTH-Brooke-internal-review-decision-31052017.pdf

 Harness racing veteran owner/trainer Bill Crosby received a reduction in the fine for a positive swab $4K down from $6K with $2K suspended on good behaviour for the next two years.

https://qric.blob.core.windows.net/wordpress/2017/05/59238f47289cd-59238f47289e4CROSBY-WIlliam-Internal-Review-Decision-23052017.pdf.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Jun-02, 10:46 AM
TOOT-TOOT


PASS THE HELIUM PLEASE ROSSEY!
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Jun-07, 12:30 PM
Seems trainers can grab trackwork riders around the neck and be reported to QRIC stewards and police and no action taken or inquiry noted on stewards reports.......The circus rolls on!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jun-08, 07:57 PM
Applicant, Mr Chris Bryen, a licensed jockey, was directed by stewards to provide a urine sample at the Mitchell race meeting on 29 April 2017. The Applicant failed to provide a urine sample. A stewards’ inquiry was conducted on 4 May 2017, at which time the Applicant was subsequently charged with a breach of Australian Rule of Racing 81A(1)(b). Australian Rule of Racing 81A(1)(b) states: “Any rider commits an offence and may be penalised if: he refuses or fails to deliver a sample as directed by the Stewards, or tampers with, adulterates, alters, substitutes or in any way hinders the collection of such a sample or attempts to do any of those things.”
The Applicant pleaded not guilty to the charge. Stewards subsequently found the Applicant guilty and disqualified him for a period of four months effective immediately.
 The Applicant sought a review of the charge and penalty. The Applicant’s submissions in summary stated, he had been wasting, was dehydrated and did not commence fluid intake until after 2pm. The submissions included there was insufficient time to rehydrate and the fact that the Applicant did attempt to provide a sample, however the quantity was not sufficient. The Applicant also made submissions in respect of his personal and financial circumstances.

PART 4: Reasons for Internal Review Decision In weighing up the evidence and submissions on penalty, the reviewer finds the Applicants original four-month disqualification falls into the lower bracket of the precedent scale after taking into account his poor sample history. The Applicant is a repeat offender and as such, consideration was given to amending, by increasing the original penalty. However, having considered this carefully the reviewer is not completely satisfied amending the decision and therefore confirms the original decision of charge and penalty.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BRYEN-Christopher-internal-review-decision-06062017-.pdf

Not having the advantage of being aware of Mr Bryen's previous form as alluded to as "his poor sample history"  but on the face of it his failure according to the submission was that he was unable to produce a sufficient quantity due to dehydration would IMO  appear to me to be a reasonable explanation as it's not that he refused to provide a sample which is the charge he should appeal and may find more reasonable minds will assess his claims more sympathetically.

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jun-15, 07:32 PM
A clerical error saved Mr Bohl with the Internal Reviewer substituting the appropriate rule for the erroneous and giving him the green light...he could hardly do otherwise IMO.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BOHL-Kevin-internal-review-decision-12062017.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: dean on 2017-Jun-15, 07:46 PM
If you read the original Steward' s report they even manage to spell the name of their own Steward incorrectly. Still I guess the place is just full of dumb coppers.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jun-21, 06:14 PM
Two decisions in Harness racing delivered and another two in thoroughbreds....some inconsistency apparent in the decisions re Barnes v Denby.


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/GORDON-Ricky-internal-review-decision-20062017-.pdf

Ricky lost his appeal for interference.........while Hayden Barnes was given 6 weeks for failing to give his drive the best possible chance....and he's described as a repeat offender.
 
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BARNES-Hayden-internal-review-decision-19062017-.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/DENBY-Amelia-internal-review-decision-14062017-.pdf

Amelia Denby caught under the comparable rule for Racing failing to give her ride the best possible chance got 8 weeks this was her second offence under this rule compared to the harness driver  a repeat offender Amelia appears to have been more harshly treated.
 
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/NELSON-Ngarie-internal-review-decision-.pdf

This was another confirmation of a decision to extend the applicant's apprenticeship by 6 months .

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jun-28, 07:32 PM
Terry Butts is never short of an opinion and his latest effort reproduced in the www.letsgohorseracing.com website shines a light on the facts behind the standing down and subsequent resignation of a cadet steward in NQ over a simple clerical error in attesting she delivered the swab samples herself when she entrusted the delivery to another official a declaration which was foolish but if Terry Butts report is accurate her treatment IMO  brings no credit to the QRIC. >:(

BASKET CASE' UNEARTHS ANOTHER ANOMALY INVOLVING FEMALE STIPE
by TERRY BUTTS of the NQ REGISTER
RACING needs competent people in control and sadly that seems to be lacking in Queensland on many fronts, particularly administration and integrity. And a separation of the codes is also a must.
BY the way, did you witness the Alan Jones interview on SKY last week? His opinion on how bad racing in Queensland is administered – from the Premier down is, well, pretty spot on.
“It is a basket case,” Jones said. And few would argue.
The idea of placing the three codes under one umbrella was one of the ‘Bentley Blunders’ and should be changed. Racing should not have to piggy back trots and greyhounds.
They should be master of their own destiny and the futility of the present arrangement is clear when a young cadet steward claims she was told by the senior QRIC stipendiary Steward that she could not be promoted to a senior steward in Townsville because she had no harness racing experience.
Of course there isn’t a trots track in North Queensland any longer. In fact there are only three left in the State – Recliffe, Albion Park and Marburg (more a picnic venue).
That same cadet steward by the way is no longer.
She in fact resigned last month after being told she must show cause. QRIC chief Ross Barnett claims she entered false information on a chain of custody document for a swab take from a horse.

That sounds pretty serious but, in fairness, Jess Portch the steward concerned is entitled to her version.
“I was chairman of stewards at Gordonvale and as pre-arranged, I stayed overnight at Mission Beach and the swabs taken at the meeting were delivered back to the RQ office at Cluden by the starter Peter Warren.
“On Monday (my RDO) I called into the office to ensure everything was OK with the swabs and delivered my completed paper work.
“It was then I made the mistake of signing the form that said I had personally delivered both the swabs and paperwork.
 “I don’t know why – but I signed the paper. I shouldn’t have. It was just one of those things and I thought nothing about it.
“Two QRIC staff flew from Brisbane to interview me and I was told I couldn’t have any representation.
“I was on my own – nervous and worried sick. I just couldn’t believe the reaction.
“Then on the morning of the interview I was told I could have legal representation but it was then too late.
“I then asked for an adjournment but it was denied.
“My lawyer told me I would win an unfair dismissal case hands down – but he also said: Do you want to go back?
“I said I would resign”.
Overwhelmed and encouraged by the response from licensees all over NQ, Ms Portch says it may not be over yet.
Workplace and sexual harassment action is being considered.


ENDS

I have no details as to her employment history but assuming she is not on probation she would have an action against QRIC for unfair dismissal it's called constructive dismissal where an employee is forced to resign ...... on the facts she has a solid case........industrial relations experience is that once the trust between an employer and employee is broken there's virtually no prospect of reinstatement ...and she doesn't want the job back anyway ......the remedy is compensation......if the employee convinces the Industrial tribunal she has been wronged she will get an award as compensation from the tribunal if not a negotiated settlement .This is my opinion only but I'll back it to be on the money.  :king:

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Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2017-Jun-30, 10:37 AM
QRIC chief Ross Barnett claims she entered false information on a chain of custody document for a swab take from a horse.

How long has "Judge Dredd" been in charge?

(http://cdn.as7.org/85_79_58158_0_JudgeDreddVol39I.jpg)

Surely that could have been sorted without the G-Man theatrics.  :no:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jul-02, 10:57 AM
The Verdict: Integrity commissioner’s rocket for racing rankles

NATHAN EXELBY, Racing editor, The Sunday Mail (Qld)
July 1, 2017 7:55pm

INTEGRITY commissioner Ross Barnett continues to paint a bleak picture of racing.

A number of quotes attributed to Barnett in The Sunday Mail last week were provocative to say the least.

“This is high-level crime, quite organised crime and common sense tells you that you need the police and the police powers if you’re going to investigate a crime properly,” he said of racing’s integrity issues.

It followed two arrests earlier in the year within the harness racing industry.

At the time, QRIC indicated up to three or four more arrests would be made, but nothing has been said since.

Intentional or not, any outsider reading the Barnett story last Sunday would have been left with the assumption the racing industry is full of crooks and Barnett and his team have uncovered a plethora of illegal activity in its first 12 months.

Yet, outside the two harness arrests, there have been no instances of “high-level crime” brought to light by QRIC.

Barnett’s comments were unfair and, at a time the state’s racing is battling to keep its head above water, Racing Queensland should be more assertive in standing up for the good reputation of the vast majority of people within racing.


Queensaldn Racing Integrity Commission boss Ross Barnett.

While QRIC has armoured itself with a battalion of police officers in its investigative unit, the stewards ranks have remained relatively unchanged and paper thin by comparison to other jurisdictions.

As far as integrity is concerned, do punters have more confidence in the Queensland product now than they did 12 months ago?

I would suggest not one bit.

While it’s one thing to have police using “powers”, confidence in the betting product comes from a well-resourced team of stewards asking hard questions of riders and trainers as to why horses/dogs performed the way they did.

On the subject of stewards, it would be interesting to learn their response to Barnett being quoted “ … that story gets around and people know they (integrity officials) can’t be trusted.” Hardly a good morale booster one would have thought.

Meanwhile, head of integrity Jamie Dart has been stood down since October last year. He was in fact stood down within a month of Barnett controversially appointing him to the role in a full-time capacity.

An investigation was subsequently ordered, but nothing has been said since.

Dart remains on the full-time payroll."ENDS

Last week the Sunday Mail gave QRIC boss Ross Barnett a free kick...it was written by another journo not Nathan Exelby who is the bugle's racing editor and covers all things to do with the industry  at the time I thought Nathan's been given the cold shoulder ...today the boots on the other foot Nathan gets square. :shutup:

The Jamie Dart issue is ridiculous he's in limbo and must be wondering when the silence will be broken...if the QRIC has something on him they're taking their time about resolving it.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jul-09, 05:32 PM
QRIC is a success: Barnett
8 hours ago by AAP
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett believes the commission has more than justified its existence after its first year of operation.

Barnett was reflecting on the first year of QRIC which was established last July after a report into live baiting in the greyhound industry.

It is responsible for stewards, internal reviews and integrity matters in all three racing codes.

Barnett said the Commission's achievements in its first year demonstrated the value of an independent welfare and integrity agency.

"The QRIC has expanded the drug sampling regime to test for prohibited substances in 100 per cent of winning animals across all three racing codes," Barnett said.

He said the investigations team had also randomly drug tested participants at racetracks and meetings throughout the state.

Barnett said QRIC's internal review process provided a free and independent mechanism for industry participants to challenge the decisions and penalties handed down by stewards.

"The Commission has finalised 100 internal reviews resulting in the alteration of 31 original decisions, 23 of which have been amended and eight overturned," he said.

"Overall there have been 794 thoroughbred and 227 harness and 324 greyhound racing stewarding decisions eligible for internal review."

He said QRIC in partnership with the police Queensland Racing Crime Squad had resulted in 44 charges against 24 offenders.

"In 12 months, more than 100 investigations have been finalised and 60 QPS Racing Intelligence submissions completed," he said.

Barnett said QRIC had employed two additional vets and created an equine welfare program to support the transitioning of retired racehorses into other sports.

Three more Internal review decisions on jockeys two amended penalties the other confirmed.


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/COLLESS-Glen-internal-review-decision-03072017.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/McGillivray-Matthew-internal-review-decision-05072017-.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/SHEARGOLD-Scott-internal-review-decision-06072017.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jul-20, 06:28 AM
THE long-running mystery into the standing down of Queensland Racing Integrity Commission director of stewarding and licensing Jamie Dart could be resolved in “days”, according to commissioner Ross Barnett.

Dart was stood down on full pay last October, with an investigation opened to determine his future.

In the interim, QRIC had dismissed or relocated a number of other staff after independent investigations but Dart’s case has gone more than nine months without resolution.

Barnett was questioned by Opposition spokesman for Tourism, Sport and Racing Jon Krause at Government Estimates hearings on Tuesday night and said the investigation into allegations made against Dart had been “a lengthy and obviously complex matter”.

“It is very close to finalisation and we are expecting to get a report from the investigating firm in the very near future. I mean, potentially days,” Barnett said after declaring Dart was never “formally” appointed to the role, despite being chosen for the position last September.

“It has taken a long time – longer than any of us would have liked.

“These matters are very disconcerting for the organisation and for the members concerned,” Barnett said.

Maybe I missed it but I wasn't aware the QRIC ......which has a squad  of trained police investigators...... would need to outsource the investigation into whatever allegations are involved in Jamie Dart's standing down ......whoever the "investigating firm " is ......they've certainly taken their time carrying out their detective work :o.

The video of the Estimates hearing should throw more light on the racing industry although from what I've  seen Jon Krause hasn't kicked any goals since taking over as LNP racing spokesperson.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-Jul-20, 11:36 AM
So Barnett thinks QRIC is an unmitigated success ! What else was he going to say. He runs the show. Was he going to say it was a dumping ground for Queensland coppers and their mates ? Was he going to say that his Stewards keep bumping into each other at the exit doors ? Was he going to say that the "official reviewer " (whatever that jargon means) is on the same payroll as every one else in this ridiculous fortress ? Was he going to say his staff lack the ability to pick up a telephone ? Was he going to say they were all appointed by a Minister with family ties to Queensland's most notorious bribers of the constabulary? Fair dinkum this cove must think the Racing population are the biggest load of patsies since old Russ Hinze declared that there were no illegal casinos in the Valley !Alan Jones , who I struggle to agree with on many issues got it one hundred percent right when he called Queensland Racing "a Basket Case". Never a truer word has been spoken. That is the real state of Racing in Queensland , not the piffle being annunciated by this bod.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jul-20, 06:32 PM
THE CONTROVERSIAL APPOINTMENT THAT QRIC MADE WHEN THEY WEREN’T MAKING AN APPOINTMENT (LGHR)

ALBERT WILLIAMS, a regular contributor to the LGHR WHINGE, has asked for some clarification on whether or not JAMIE DART was appointed Director of Stewarding and Licensing for Queensland Racing.

AFTER reading with interest the debate at the Estimates Hearing I am confused – might I suggest like many others in racing - at the answers provided by Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett.

The highly decorated cop, seconded to be head up the new all-powerful Integrity Unit, was probed by Shadow Minister for Racing Jon Krause as to whether the suspended Jamie Dart had been appointed to the position of Director, Licensing and Stewarding.

Mr Krause asked the Commissioner at the Estimates Hearing this week: ‘Who is the current Director of Stewarding and Licensing at QRIC?’

Commissioner Barnett replied: ‘The position of Director, Licensing and Stewarding is currently vacant.’

Mr Krause: ‘Mr Barnett, that puzzles me because I understood that that was filled by Mr Jamie Dart last year.’

Commissioner Barnett: ‘That is not exactly correct. A selection process was undertaken. Mr Dart was one of the people who applied for that position. Mr Dart was not appointed formally to that position when matters came to my attention which required me to take action against Mr Dart, which involved him being suspended with pay.’

Mr Krause: ‘What you are saying is he is presently suspended with pay but he was not formally appointed to the Director of Stewarding and Licensing at QRIC despite there being reports at the time that he was?’

Commissioner Barnett: ‘That is correct. I think it is a matter of public record that Mr Dart was suspended in October last year and he remains suspended on pay at this time.’

Mr Krause: ‘He remains suspended on full pay at this point. How much has that cost QRIC?’

Commissioner Barnett: ‘I am not in a position to particularise his exact amount, but I can give you an overall figure of the number of members cumulatively who have been suspended with pay if that is of any assistance to the committee.’

Mr Krause: ‘Mr Barnett, we might let that one go through to the keeper at this point. Has QRIC been able to finalize the matter that was put in question about Mr Dart and finalize the investigation that was underway in relation to him?’

Commissioner Barnett: ‘The investigation into the allegations against Mr Dart has been a lengthy and obviously complex matter. It is very close to finalization and we are expecting to get a report from the investigating firm in the very near future. I mean potentially days.’

Mr KRAUSE: ‘It has been about nine months now by my reckoning. What has taken so long? Why has there been a delay?’

Commissioner Barnett: ‘That is correct. It has taken a long time - longer than any of us would have liked. These matters are very disconcerting for the organization and for the members concerned. We all have a desire to have them resolved as soon as possible and that is clearly our desire in this matter as well. There have been some complicating factors in this matter, some of a personal/medical nature which I do not think would be appropriate in all fairness to explain further to the committee.’

With all due respects to the Commissioner one would have thought he would have his facts right when answering questions in a forum of this importance. To suggest that Mr Dart was ‘not appointed formally’ to the highly paid integrity position is – might I argue – drawing a long bow.

Here is a QRIC Media Release from October 6 2016 which quotes Commissioner Barnett on the issue and there does appear to be plenty of ‘formality’ in this announced appointment.

It was headed: ‘APPOINTMENT – DIRECTOR OF STEWARDING AND LICENSING’ and reads:

AFTER a rigorous selection process, the new Director of Stewarding and Licensing for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has been appointed.

Jamie Dart - who was been acting in the role for over 12 months - was announced as the successful candidate on Wednesday.

The appointment followed a merit-based selection process by a panel including QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett, Racing Victoria Chief Steward Terry Bailey, and former Racing Integrity Advisor and head of the Greyhound Task Force Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth.

The position attracted a significant number of internal, local and interstate applicants.

Mr Dart has 17-years of cross-code career experience working in Brisbane, Townsville and New South Wales, across a range of positions including Deputy Chief Steward (Southern District NSW), Chief Steward North Queensland, Senior Stipendiary Steward in Brisbane and Chief Steward Greyhounds.

Commissioner Ross Barnett said that Mr Dart’s appointment was well deserved.

“There was significant interest in the position locally and interstate,” Commissioner Barnett said.

“After a thorough selection process, the panel unanimously decided to appoint Jamie Dart to the position based on his industry experience, knowledge and professionalism.

“Jamie’s expertise within the industry and his performance acting in the role for the past 12 months made him well qualified for the role. I am confident that his skills and cross-code experience within the industry will contribute to the ongoing success of the QRIC.

“I welcome Jamie to the Executive Leadership Team of the Commission, and look forward to him driving enhancements to the existing capabilities of the Commission.”

Go figure!

 Obviously there's considerable difference in Mr Barnett's explanation to the questioner on Jamie Dart's appointment which he said Dart was an applicant but was not appointed whereas the press release states Dart was appointed around October last year .......what to make of this.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-Jul-20, 07:31 PM
After reading this trash by the "highly decorated cop" it is obvious that he should join his many co workers on the way out of the Building. What a lot of rot. Could I also point out that "Sir" Terry Lewis was also a " highly decorated cop ". Praise from your own ranks or your Government masters is no praise at all.
Title: QRIC
Post by: dean on 2017-Jul-20, 07:42 PM
Spot on Gun. History says Queensland coppers couldn't lie straight in bed.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jul-23, 07:02 PM
Appointment keeps everyone guessing at estimates..Nathan Exelby the Sunday Mail
WHEN is an appointment not really an appointment?

At the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, evidently there are appointments and then there are formal appointments. Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett’s time in the chair at last week’s Estimates hearings made for interesting reading.

During questioning over the long-running Jamie Dart saga, Barnett said “it was not exactly correct” that Dart was the Director of Licensing and Stewarding at the time he was stood down.

“A selection process was undertaken. Mr Dart was one of the people who applied for that position,” Barnett (pictured) said. “Mr Dart was not appointed formally to that position when matters came to my attention which required me to take action against Mr Dart, which involved him being suspended with pay.”

Dart was stood down in early November, 2016. Yet on October 6, 2016, QRIC circulated a press release entitled “Appointment — Director of Stewarding and Licencing”.


Queensland Racing Integrity Commission boss Ross Barnett.
“After a rigorous selection process, the new Director of Stewarding and Licencing for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has been appointed,” the release said.

“Jamie Dart — who was been acting in the role for over 12 months — was announced as the successful candidate on Wednesday.”

The release quoted Barnett saying the “appointment was well deserved”.

“After a thorough selection process, the panel unanimously decided to appoint Jamie Dart to the position based on his industry experience, knowledge and professionalism.”

Meanwhile, Racing Minister Grace Grace trumpeted more powers for QRIC with a $20,000 spend on Body Worn Cameras for the Integrity Regulation Unit.

“The ability to record events electronically as they occur has a range of benefits for the QRIC, specifically relating to the gathering of evidence,” Barnett said.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-Jul-23, 09:05 PM
I am not sure who is the biggest goose, Grace or Barnett. Fair dinkum the trash they go on with you would think Al Capone jnr jnr was operating in Racecourse Road.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Jul-31, 10:18 PM
Davie Fowler's radio show Press Room today spent almost 20 minutes interviewing QRIC top dog Ross Burnett........ interesting but not world shattering IMO.
 
The Jamie Dart "non appointment" is covered towards the end .........it turns out Barnett's  explanation in issuing the press release that Dart had been appointed was the wrong choice of words before the final processes (which weren't disclosed) had been put in place ........certain allegations were made which Barnett said he was obliged to forward to the CMC which eventually referred them back to him necessitating him referring the matter to an outside independent investigation agency

In the meantime Dart is on full pay presumably not on the higher rate he would have received had his appointment been formalised although this is only an opinion on my part as Dave didn't seek any details on this.

The QRIC CV boasts three arrests of harness racing people under the Match Fixing provisions of The Criminal Code which if the charges are proven could result in up to 10 years for organising corrupt outcomes of a race even though they were unsuccessful ........which reminds me a little of The Lavender Hill mob starring Alec Guinness .............while the most recent charge laid against Mick Grant  of possessing inside information if successful attracts a maximum sentence of two years.


https://audioboom.com/posts/6156725-press-room-31-07-17


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Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Aug-04, 07:28 PM
26 million for this circus is the quoted figure but that includes the hard working raceday stewards who actually earn their money.....


lets hope labor goes as Barnett and his squander police will follow them out and the next reincarnation with extensive feedback can only be better


qcat appeals if heard within 6 months cost the appeallants between 6-15k each time whilst represented.....circus it is run by clowns
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Aug-07, 05:53 PM
Two more  decisions from Mr Ashby in the first case  appeal allowed for the jockey given the benefit of the doubt on careless riding charge while trainer  Marcus Wilson who had two positives to cobalt had his DQ increased from 12 months on each charge to be served concurrently to 18 months...better to have accepted the original penalty although he has the option of taking his case to QCAT.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/BRUMMELL-Timothy-internal-review-decision-02082017.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/0053-17-marcus-wilson-internal-review-decision-02082017.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Aug-07, 06:20 PM
The circus continues at a cost to the wider industry of $500,000 each and every week!

As Anna 2 flounders and Trad runs the show from Anna 1's West End bunker the phones still keep ringing out........Enjoy
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Aug-18, 01:58 PM
It just gets better.........

QRIC and their QLD POLICE division charge a country trainer with animal cruelty charges and schedules magistrates court appearance after doing press releases

Court case today and the very same circus freaks choose to offer no evidence or witnesses and walk away from the case in its entirety resulting in the charges being thrown out

20 plus million a year for these freaks?
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Aug-19, 07:56 AM
Return to Scale on facebook running the article and read elsewhere because it was civil the trainer is considering pursuing civil damages and rightly so
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Aug-22, 07:33 PM
Two internal reviews John Manzelmann loses appeal no surprise there he put the wrong saddles on two of his runners in the one race but inconclusive video of a race in the bush lets  jockey Tim Brummell walk away from 9 day suspension.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/John-Manzelmann-Internal-Review-Decision-.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/BRUMMELL-Timothy-internal-review-decision-02082017.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Authorized on 2017-Aug-22, 07:56 PM
https://itsnotnormalisit.com/2017/08/22/do-you-believe-in-fairies-are-the-boss-of-the-brisbane-racing-club-and-the-2ic-at-racing-queensland-monkeys-or-are-we-just-all-day-suckers/
Title: QRIC
Post by: dean on 2017-Aug-22, 08:20 PM
That evidence is clear cut. The whimp and the wonder boy must go forthwith. How the hell can they be at "arms length". If this blog writer Archie Butterfly can keep digging up the dirt on these relationships then why is the local rag ; aka as the Courier Mail so quiet on it. Nothing to do with their deal with UBET I guess ? Of course not . The only other reason would be that their journalists haven't a clue how to spell journalism.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Aug-23, 07:46 PM
Jamie Dart investigation ends in termination
23 August 2017
The employment of Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Steward Jamie Dart has been terminated,
effective today.
Mr Dart was stood down from duties in early November last year, when serious allegations were made
against him.
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said a protracted and independent external investigation has proven
serious workplace misconduct while Mr Dart was employed at Racing Queensland and the nature of the
misconduct left him with no alternative but to dismiss Mr Dart.
“Mr Dart was announced as QRIC Director of Stewarding and Licensing in October 2016 prior to the formal
process under the Public Service Act for appointment to the role being completed. Normally the remaining
steps in that process are routine but when it became apparent that an investigation was required, the
official appointment process was put on hold and he was suspended on full pay,” Mr Barnett said.
“The Commission has installed several temporary Directors’ of Stewarding to cover the role during the
investigation period, including Senior Steward Ian Brown, Senior Steward Martin Knibbs and Licensing and
Registration Manager Ali Wade is currently in her second stint in the role.
“QRIC has been fortunate to have capable people who have all stepped up to take on this important role
and I thank them for their commitment.
“A new recruitment process will be held in the near future to appoint a permanent QRIC Director of
Stewarding.”
ENDS..

It's all over red rover Jamie Dart waiting patiently on full pay since November last year is in suspense no longer .......twiddling his thumbs since being suspended or stood aside  he has finally been shown the door .........the "serious workplace misconduct" has not been particularised .......I recall there was a story about some alleged  hanky panky involving a male and female after some celebrations shifting from Deagon to a new office  if this is the serious misconduct I expect Mr Dart would be wise to seek advice as to his prospects of obtaining damages although  I wouldn't hold my breath on him getting his old job back ...just an opinion which maybe wide of the mark without knowing the facts but putting two and two together.Right to Information options apply to the QRIC decision.


Refresher from the new QR thread

This is a turn up possibly a reversal of fortune ...an incident prior to the start of the QRIC in July .......whatever it was the QRIC apparently weren't aware of it or if they were it wasn't any impediment to his appointment ........the only issue that was made public concerned some alleged hanky panky by one of the integrity section with a member of the opposite sex in work time .........if that's all there is to it it has taken QRIC a long time to address it .....we'll have to wait for further and better particulars ..or another leak rumour or speculation ....but standing him down is a very drastic step and it's happened before to others in the former organisation.
The source for the hanky panky story was probably LGHR just a guess.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Aug-24, 09:03 AM
Racing steward’s harassment axe

Integrity commissioner left with ‘little choice’

NATHAN EXELBY

 Picture (https://s30.postimg.org/hcrywfan1/image.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/hcrywfan1/)

HIGH-RANKING racing steward Jamie Dart was sacked yesterday after a 10-month investigation into complaints of sexual harassment made by a number of female co-workers.

The Courier-Mail understands that the allegations relate to Dart allegedly touching and making inappropriate comments to female employees.

At the time of the allegations, Dart’s wife was also working at Racing Queensland. She remains an employee of the QRIC, but was not involved in the sexual harassment complaints.

Dart had been the Acting Director of Stewarding and Licensing for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) since September 2015 and was set to take the role full-time before being stood down on full pay last November.

The position is the highest-ranking steward in Queensland.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said a protracted external investigation had proved the allegations and he was left with no alternative but to dismiss Dart.

The allegations related to Dart’s time at Racing Queensland, before the stewarding department was switched to the new Queensland Racing Integrity Commission in July last year.

Dart’s appointment was controversial as he was the head of greyhound stewards at the time the live baiting scandal was uncovered.

Dart’s lawyer Matt Tutt said that it was a disappointing decision.

Several racing officials lost their jobs in the wake of the greyhound inquiry, but Dart was promoted to take the role previously held by dismissed former head of integrity Wade Birch.

Dart was chosen by a panel comprising Mr Barnett, Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey and Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth, who was head of the greyhound taskforce and an integrity adviser at Racing Queensland before QRIC came into being.

At the time, Barnett said Dart’s tenure as chief greyhound steward “did not attract any adverse mention in the MacSporran Report”.

Dart becomes the sixth steward or integrity official to be dismissed since Mr Barnett was appointed to the Integrity Commissioner role.

Others include former Chief Harness Racing Steward David Farquharson, who has taken legal action over his dismissal .ENDS

Very strange IMO that these allegations weren't reported or were unknown at the time he was appointed as head of integrity in October/November 2016..

The management must have had their heads in the sand not to be aware of this behaviour. :o

Must be very embarrassing for his wife who according to this report is still employed at QRIC .

It's possible the sexual liaison incident referred to previously may have triggered the issue. :/


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Sep-02, 09:12 AM
TRAINER SUSPENDED FOR FAILING TO NOTIFY OF CHARGES

THE Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has today suspended the license of Brisbane thoroughbred trainer Bradley Smith.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said Mr Smith failed to inform the Commission he was facing three criminal charges, an act that is in contravention of his license conditions.

“Taking this into consideration the failure of Mr Smith to discharge his responsibilities of declaring his criminal charges to the QRIC as the condition of his license and the nature of the charges, which, if found guilty are exclusionary items to holding a license with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission,” he said.

“The charges relate to the alleged fraudulent sale of shares in a racehorse and the alleged forgery of transfer of ownership forms.

“In accordance with the Commission’s Thoroughbred Standard, the Commission may immediately suspend any licence where allegations or criminal charges which require the Commission to exercise a duty of care to participants or animals or to safeguard the integrity of the Queensland racing industry,” Mr Barnett said.

“The Commissioner said he has acted today in response to complaints from other industry participants.

“We carried out an investigation into these complaints and made the decision to suspend Mr Smith’s licence to train horses.

“The public can be sure that if they make complaints the Commission will investigate and take the necessary action to ensure the integrity of the racing industry in Queensland.

“It must also be made clear that Mr Smith retains the presumption of innocence and this action by the Commission in no way infers guilt in relation to the charges he faces.”

The Commission has identified six horses listed as being in Mr Smith’s stables, which must be relocated within seven days so they can continue to participate in racing.ENDS

 Nothing on the QRIC media releases but LGHR is on the insiders mailing list first with the news .

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Sep-12, 07:11 PM
Harness racing trainer Julie Weidermann  loses internal review against 9 months  disqualification for cobalt positive.....evidence relied on was the horse eats dirt containing cobalt.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WEIDEMANN-Julie-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Sep-13, 02:17 PM
QCAT have a case on this week that will actually be heard after the poor trainers suspension has expired!
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Sep-14, 01:58 PM
The circus continues.........trainer reinstated by mutual consent after the internal review penalty served before QCAT hearings.........What a joke!
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Sep-14, 02:18 PM
To highlight the high farce....penalty was 6 months...that's justice QRIC/QCAT style for ya!
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Sep-14, 04:10 PM
To highlight the high farce....penalty was 6 months...that's justice QRIC/QCAT style for ya!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Sep-30, 09:02 AM
The QRIC Annual Report makes interesting reading having a quick browse I think the report pretty well covers their activities leaving aside the Press Release which credits the arrest and charge against three small time harness racing participants who have not yet had their day in court and are entitled to the presumption of innocence as a highlight.

There are 256 employees mostly part time or casual the latter account for 137 of the total number there are 92 permanent employees .

In addition It's strange IMO that the QRIC finds it necessary to pay external experts on their  Audit and Risk Committee the chair one Graham Carpenter trousers $1200 a meeting while Don Li Castro earns a tidy $1000 for his attendance. :what:

Some extracts from the report follow:-


The Commission concentrates its efforts on enforcing the Rules of Racing and relevant offences against the Criminal Code. Stewards have a wide array of traditional powers to enforce the racing rules and do so competently, but detecting and defeating the tactics used by the criminal elements in the industry now routinely require the use of powers and techniques available only to police. The scale and sophistication of modern race fixing and illegal betting operations are too complex for Stewards alone to effectively monitor. Access to physical and electronic surveillance, undercover operations, informant recruitment, covert searches and other police powers are essential if the challenges are going to be met. Who the major criminal influencers are on Queensland racing, and the extent of their activities, is a picture still being developed one year on. Having the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Racing Crime Squad fully embedded in the Commission makes us unique in Australia and best equips us to improve confidence in racing integrity here.

An unfortunate but necessary part of our first year has been the need to confront and adjust some highly unprofessional aspects of an inherited internal culture. it has given me no satisfaction to see a number of staff depart in the first year after investigations into a range of allegations of serious misconduct. While the individuals had engaged in conduct that fell well below standards expected in a public sector integrity agency they had, in many cases, long careers in the racing industry. in contrast, i have been delighted with the general level of professionalism, commitment and knowledge demonstrated by staff across the Commission. i am fortunate to have staff of such calibre to discharge our many responsibilities.


Funding The Commission’s funding model consists of: • A budget reallocation of $15.7 million from Racing Queensland, being the cost of the licensing and registration, stewarding and integrity operations and animal welfare functions that were transferred. The budget also included the majority of the costs associated with the administration of the Racing Science Centre. • A budget re-allocation of $1.1 million from the Department of National Parks, Sport and Recreation (NPSR) being the cost of the integrity and compliance functions performed by the Racing Regulation unit and the balance of the costs associated with the administration of the Racing Science Centre. • New funding of $8.9 million from the government for corporate related costs, including accommodation costs. Total budgeted funding provided to the Commission in 2016-17 was $26.9 million, comprising $25.3 million for operating expenses and $1.5 million for capital expenditure. See Figure 4 - QRiC Funding - internal Allocation for breakdown of how this funding is allocated internally. The government has further committed $5.9 million over four years to implement a sustainable capital works program for the Racing Science Centre (see Enhanced Scientific Testing Capability).


 https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/QRIC-AnnualReport_2016-2017-Digital.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2017-Sep-30, 10:02 AM
Do they hire comedians to write these reports ? I quote "Having the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Racing Crime Squad fully embedded in the Commission makes us unique in Australia and  best equips us to improve confidence in racing integrity here " Now anyone with even a fleeting knowledge of the history of Queensland knows that Integrity and the Police Service couldn't be further apart. They historically are poles apart. Why do they write such trash ?
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Oct-03, 09:32 AM
their full time media officer straight from the ABC
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Oct-03, 10:15 AM
27 million.....500k per week for the circus freaks who cant find a bet fairy
Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2017-Oct-04, 08:27 AM
If it was April 1, you could understand the crap in the QRIC report, but sadly it's very real....do these morons think this rort can go on forever, $27mill for  :censored:  all, they've done nothing except bold press releases charges and no results.. Also of interest todays https://itsnotnormalisit.com/
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2017-Oct-04, 01:01 PM
Not to mention Terrible Terry's contribution (Silks&Saddles) . . where, in not so many words, he claims victimisation
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Oct-05, 07:21 PM
Nothing to report on Internal Reviews  from the QRIC website since August for Thoroughbreds and more recently September for Harness no action  seems strange maybe Mr Ashby is on holidays . :/

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Oct-06, 08:46 AM
5k court fine to one of the race fixers......the 92 employee circus rolls on
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Oct-09, 06:39 PM
Not a lot of information in this latest exercise of the Internal review process Anthony Jenkins what the amended penalty is nobody knows apart from the decision maker and presumably Mr Jenkins.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/decision/internal-review-decision-anthony-jenkins/


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Oct-10, 02:08 PM
Detailed reasons for decision on the internal review of the Anthony Jenkins case is now available it took quite some time to make it public the IR was about two months ago maybe the QRIC puter was broke.

Jenkins engaged in a physical confrontation with the starter who was simply delivering a message that the stewards wanted to see him ....he's out for 6 months and is no loss IMO.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/JENKINS-Anthony-internal-review-decison-3.pdf


And Grant Dixon got 3 weeks for an unacceptable drive also at Redcliffe on 26th July

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/0061-17-grant-dixon-internal-review-decision.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2017-Oct-10, 02:45 PM
In regards to transcript from Dixon's minimum penalty...I wonder how much out of the $27 million it costs to run this shambles QRIC the proof reader gets paid.......not a lot I hope......The stewards’ report from 9 August 2017 states: “Stewards completed an inquiry that was opened into Race 5
Wednesday 26 July 2017 into driver G Dixon’s tactics on GOOD FEELINGS in particular in the home straight. After
considering the evidence stewards found G Dixon guilty of a charge pursuant to Rule 149 (2) in that he drove GOOD
FEELINGS in an acceptable manner.
...u just gotta laugh
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2017-Oct-10, 03:34 PM
Your You're just being picky . .

Obviously in the praiseworthy pursuit of parsimony, they have gone with "Spell-Check"

 :whistle:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2017-Oct-10, 03:46 PM
Nah, when a mob of pretenders who claim to be the ducks nuts, then they gotta be accurate, but given they mostly ex coppers who is surprised, not me thats 4 sure
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Oct-11, 06:26 AM
To remove all doubt and to proof himself a liar ole king clown Barnett states to Nathan exelby in the sunday mail that the system aint perfect and that's why they don't oppose stays of proceedings........so right there it tells you he is a lying piece of shit!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Oct-12, 07:06 PM
The famine is over there's a feast of reading involved in the latest batch of Internal Review Decisions ...mostly the IR confirmed the decision and penalty imposed.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BRIDGET-GRYLLS.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-RICK-JOHNSTON-BELL.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-ZOE-WHITE.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/0059-17-brad-herne-internal-review-decision.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/0063-17-lachlan-dodds-internal-review-decision.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-MATTHEW-MCGILLIVRAY.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/0057-17-stephanie-lacy-internal-review-decision-07082017.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/John-Manzelmann-Internal-Review-Decision-.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/BRUMMELL-Timothy-internal-review-decision-02082017.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DANNIELLE-MCMULLEN.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-ADAM-SANDERSON.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Oct-12, 07:18 PM
a QRIC dump....you got that right!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Nov-01, 06:13 PM
,
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Nov-27, 08:26 PM
Terry Butts opinion piece in LGHR opines Grace Grace as the worst ever Racing Minister which IMO  isn't a fair assessment of the good lady minister...I will admit some of her predecessors  haven't set the world on fire but IMO she's a lot better than most of those who've come and gone.

True she has had little if any involvement with racing before getting legged up on the pony but to give her credit she has made an effort.....her opposite number Jon Krause who is presumed to be an intelligent sort of chap .... he is a solicitor......but  has only made three speeches on Racing during his short tenure in the job...not an inspiring record is it....so he's no loss.

Terry Butts must be a closet Tory who is dirty the LNP didn't win guvment. :tears:

Meanwhile prodigious blogger Archie Butterfly continues to attack Davie Fowler and has unearthed some old harness racing footage which he contends was a FIX.....is the QRIC alive and alert to the skulduggery and what if anything have they done or are doing.......or is Archie just blowing in the wind...I do agree that it was curious that the stewards didn't require the horse in question to be swabbed after its' inglorious performance and there's no information whether the trainer who informed the stewards she would take the horses bloods if she did so and told the stewards what the results revealed.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2017-Nov-27, 08:43 PM
Terry Butts must be a closet Tory who is dirty the LNP didn't win guvment. :tears:
:[/color]

You got that wrong . . nothing 'closet' at all  :whistle:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Nov-30, 07:24 PM
Wonder why there haven't been any Internal Reviews put up on the QRIC website since September ........ :what:


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: deepthroat on 2017-Dec-01, 02:12 AM
Interesting timing.. coinciding with an investigation certain persons are rumoured to be implicated in  :chin:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Dec-07, 06:27 AM
The reason the results of Internal Reviews haven't appeared publicly on the QRIC website is that the QRIC legal team has been busy working through the numerous reviews in recent weeks while also preparing for QCAT hearings. .......posting Internal Reviews should be attended to in the next few days...there'll be a lot of reading apparently as nothing posted since September.

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Dec-14, 07:44 PM
QRIC Calls On Debtors To Pay Up
13 December 2017
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner is urging the Commission’s outstanding debtors to
pay up before the Christmas-New Year holiday is over.
“We have a list of more than 170 racing industry participants across Queensland who combined owe
the Commission more than $100,000 in fees and fines,” Commissioner Ross Barnett said.
“This is a comparatively small number given there are about 6,000 licensees in the state, but some
of these debts are greater than 90 days old, with some invoices remaining unpaid for more than a
year.
“But in the spirit of the season, we have suspended our efforts to recover the outstanding amounts
until the New Year and I would like people to do the right thing and settle up their accounts
voluntarily,” Commissioner Barnett said.
“If they’re still on our list of outstanding debtors by the time the Commission’s offices reopen after
the holiday break then I will have to consider my options, including licence suspensions.”
The Commission is empowered by the Licensing Scheme Standard to immediately suspend any
licence where a licence holder fails to pay a debt owed to the Commission within 30 days or such
other period of time agreed between the Commission and the licence holder.
“This money is owed to the people of Queensland through the Commission as a statutory body and
we have been very patient in dealing with people up to this point,” Commissioner Barnett said.
“It appears some people may be confusing kindness with weakness and are simply ignoring us.”
Some individual participants owe the Commission between $5,000 and $8,000 each.
“We know from their racing successes that most of these people have the capacity to pay but choose
to delay doing so,” Commissioner Barnett said.
“I would urge our debtors to pay what they owe or enter into payment plans before they find
themselves being called upon to demonstrate why their licences should not be suspended.”
Payment arrangements can be made by contacting the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
on 1300 087 021.
ENDS

Must try and find the Forfeits List some interesting names and debts last time I looked....I doubt they'll be digging deep as a result of the appeal by Mr Barnett and if on the List they wouldn't be able to ride train or strap for a living.

Giddy Up :beer:


Title: QRIC
Post by: Colinjohn on 2017-Dec-14, 08:14 PM
Just had a look. google Queensland racing forfeits list. Interesting. Some well known names with multiple debts.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Dec-16, 08:00 AM
Thanks for the TIP CJI knew it was available but needed GOOGLE to find it. :thumbsup:

Some well known names on the list including those still racing in NSW and Victoria it appears that there's little reciprocity on these matters despite AR rules .

I recall one training partnership then domiciled in Victoria owing a large amount to QRL but inquiries to RVL resulted in no action being taken I think their reply was the subject trainer disputed the debt and that's all there was eventually there was a bankruptcy.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Thoroughbred-Industry/Rules-and-Policies/Forfeit-List

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2017-Dec-16, 12:04 PM
Cash
Up
No
Tick

Perhaps is the policy they need . .

I see one owing about $7K in total . . roughly prize money for a bush race

Obviously left the industry . .  and owing $7K is a pretty big incentive not to return
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Dec-19, 08:25 AM
Great to see a ADULT in charge with the appointment of Tracey Pelling to replace the LGHR coined goon "The Picture Framer"...............With mssrs Bailey&Murrihys advice via the pub in Brisbane how can they go wroung with a 25mil budget

Dress the windows and deck the halls its smells a bit like Christmas folks!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Dec-19, 08:41 AM
Some catching up to do with the Internal Reviews not published since September of the applications decided only two were granted some relief from the original decision.

Michael Murphy successful and Jason Brassington penalty lightened.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JEFF-LLOYD.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-EMMA-LJUNG.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-MICHAEL-MURPHY.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-ELYCE-SMITH.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JIM-BYRNE.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JOHN-BRASSINGTON.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Dec-19, 10:05 AM
Another catch up from the Harness Internal Reviews not a lot of joy for the applicants one set aside another gets a reduced penalty.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-STEVEN-DOHERTY.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-LEONARD-CAIN.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-CLINTON-SNEDDON-.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-GRANT-DIXON.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-KENNETH-BELFORD.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DAVID-RUSSELL.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DANNIELLE-MCMULLEN.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DARREL-GRAHAM.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-PAUL-MATIS.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2017-Dec-20, 06:25 PM
QRIC Announces New Director Of Licensing And Stewarding
20 December 2017
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner has announced the appointment of a new Director
of Licensing and Stewarding.

“I’m pleased to announce that Ms Ali Wade has been appointed to the position following an open
merit recruitment and selection process that attracted international interest,” Commissioner Ross
Barnett said.

“Ms Wade has acted in the role in a relieving capacity for much of the past year after transitioning to
the Commission as Manager of Licensing and Registration.

“Prior to that, she worked at Racing Queensland in several senior management roles including
Senior Manager of Stewarding and Integrity Operations after joining that organisation in 2006,”
Commissioner Barnett said.

The Director of Licensing and Stewarding is tasked with overseeing the work of 35 stewards across
Queensland and the licensing and registration teams.

“Ms Wade comes to the role at a time of significant change in the racing industry, including greater
community expectations for the welfare of animals and the integrity of the three codes of
thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing,” Commissioner Barnett said.

“I would like to thank the chief steward for Racing Victoria Mr Terry Bailey and the former chief
steward for Racing NSW Mr Ray Murrihy for participating on the selection panel,” Commissioner
Barnett said.

Ms Wade says she’s looking forward to continuing in the role and to ensuring Queensland’s racing
industry maintains the highest standards for integrity and animal welfare.

“This is a great honour and I’d like to give special mention to the support I have received from the
chief stipendiary steward for thoroughbreds Mr Allan Reardon,” Ms Wade said.

“I’m looking forward to a busy year ahead commencing with one of the biggest thoroughbred events
on the calendar which is the Magic Millions carnival on the Gold Coast next month.

“We will also soon begin the process of finding the right people to fill key vacancies including the
positions of chief stipendiary steward for both the harness and greyhound codes.”
ENDS

That explains Poleline Pete's piece that Terry Bailey and Ray Murrihy had been called on by Mr Barnett not to run the place but to constitute the selection panel.

Good Luck to Ms Wade could be a first for the females. :thumbsup:

 Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2017-Dec-20, 09:32 PM
ABC CLOWN journo states on the evening news fluff piece with nothing more than a mention of a trotting driver.....Olympic officials and Interpol now look to the QRIC model in Queensland!


bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah


These circus clowns writing their own press releases but mwah looks forward to seeing the glowing referances from said "oylmpic officals" and "Interpol-ers"......you really cant make this shit up you f-troopers!

Noobs!


Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jan-04, 09:00 AM
Don't bother looking for recent Internal Review decisions on the QRIC website ......there's nothing to see.......supposedly the decisions would remain there for 6 months and then be removed so there ought to be the latest lot published in September still available.....but they've all gone.

This is from the QRIC IR section.

In the interests of transparency, high level information about internal review decisions will be published after an internal review is finalised. Internal review decisions will remain on the QRIC website for a period of six months.

Date of decision   Name of applicant (s)   Original decision and penalty   Final outcome
There are no posts of this type and/or category.

Last updated
13 November 2017


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Thebigdog on 2018-Jan-08, 05:04 PM
I'm hearing Former Chief Harness Stipe David Farquharson has won his case and QRIC have been ordered to reinstate him, they also need to pay him any money lost due to his sacking.

Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jan-09, 05:53 AM
I'm hearing Former Chief Harness Stipe David Farquharson has won his case and QRIC have been ordered to reinstate him, they also need to pay him any money lost due to his sacking.

You know if that is correct, the question I have is how does someone get "empowered" to a point that they feel they can sack someone and it turns out that they are wrong.

Sacking anyone is a serious issue - doesn't matter if it is the Chief Steward or the person who washes the windows.

Some people spend their whole lives seeking "empowered" positions and when they get there they go and do something like that.

I don't know any of the parties involved in this case and am not pushing anyone's barrow. Just noticed in the workplace (in general) that a lot of people get "empowered" and they have NFI what they are doing - but that's OK because they are getting the big bucks. No doubt the sacker will blame someone else.
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2018-Jan-13, 07:49 AM
Seems there has been a mandatory change of dress code at HEADquarters......the last piece of attire namely the "fluffy" hat has been replaced by the "tin foil" version

More to come!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jan-24, 07:51 AM
INDUSTRY WANTS ANSWERS FROM QRIC ON INTERNAL REVIEW CHANGES

MICHAEL G sent this interesting email about internal review decision at QRIC:

‘AS a keen observer of racing, I am interested as to why the apparent current practice by QRIC to (a) not inform industry participants of those decisions for which an application for an internal review has been made or (b) no longer publish the outcomes of internal reviews on its website, and the reasons for this change of tact.  The last updates appear to have been published back in November?

I mention this for two reasons.

Firstly, it appears contrary to QRIC's own proclamation, and not in the industry's best interests in that internal reviews, if they still occur, is not presently a transparent process.

Publishing of QRIC internal review decisions

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has modified the publishing sequence of internal review decisions following a consideration of the legal processes involved.

The internal review decision summary outcome (i.e. original decision affirmed, or original decision amended and substituted with x penalty or original decision overturned no penalty imposed) will still be published on our website as soon as the decision is handed down and the applicant will still be provided with the full decision immediately as occurs now.

The full decision will now be published on the QRIC website after the applicant has either accepted the decision or exhausted any legal appeal options. If the applicant does not appeal the decision to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the complete review decision will be published after the expiration of the 28 day appeal period.

In the interests of transparency, high level information about internal review decisions will be published after an internal review is finalised. Internal review decisions will remain on the QRIC website for a period of six months.

Secondly, I would have thought such information greatly benefits the industry through the education of participants as well as the public gaining confidence in decision making.  It would also provide the added benefit of stifling unhelpful debate and unnecessary innuendo.

On the other hand has QRIC concerns the process of internal reviews is procedurally unsafe?

Either way, I suggest QRIC should inform the industry, it was created to serve.’

EDITOR’S NOTE: We would welcome a response from QRIC but previous requests for replies to contentious issues have been greeted with brick walls.

From LGHR today

Giddy Up :beer:

 
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-01, 10:06 AM
RESPONSE FROM QRIC TO QUESTIONS FROM LGHR CONTRIBUTORS

THE Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has reassured concerned industry stakeholders that they are aware of allegations that information is being illegally transferred from racetracks to a major gambling syndicate.

Letsgohorseracing sent a series of questions to QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett who referred these to Director of Licensing and Stewarding Ali Wade. We thank them on behalf of our readers for their prompt response and transparency on this issue.

Readers have asked LGHR to try and get some answers from QRIC about a number of issues.

The first question they wanted us to ask was: ‘Are you aware of the alleged activities on Queensland TAB tracks of associates of one of Australia’s biggest punters and allegations that they are transmitting information to him illegally?’

QRIC replied: “We are aware of the individuals (being) named and many others that actively participate in racing. We are not in a position to comment on any investigation on ongoing monitoring activities which will continue to increase with the assistance of the Queensland Racing Crime Squad and recently established intelligence unit within QRIC.”

LGHR question: “If so, what is being done to curtail this activitiy and more so has a photographer been called upon to show cause why his media credentials should not be removed?”

QRIC reply: “Any accreditation of Media is a matter for Racing Queensland.”

LGHR question: “Have any instruction been received from Racing Queensland that stewards cannot take action against these people because of the turnover (this gambling syndicate) is responsible for on the Queensland TAB (UBET). That is the scuttlebutt doing the rounds.

QRIC reply: “No.”

A QRIC spokesman added: “One of the challenges we face is monitoring information that is open to the general public on an immediate international platform through the use of many different telecommunication devices to when it may cross over into more nefarious activities that may either be a breach of the Rules of Racing or potentially illegal activity.

“We monitor and will continue to monitor licensees online activities in racing, specifically jockeys and remind every that should they know of or encounter any suspicious activities please report to CRIMESTOPPERS.”

ON behalf of readers we also expressed concerns to RQ over the Media Accreditation held by two individuals. RQ came back to us late in the day and we will publish their response and our thoughts on this in an upcoming Whinge. ENDS

Another question that another reader previously asked  but was overlooked apparently or not asked is  where are the Internal Review Decisions...nothing since September and those that were up were removed before the stated time frame of 6 months.

 Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-05, 08:38 AM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-2-February-CORRECTION-QRIC-Statement-Regarding-Liam-Birchley.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-06, 02:21 PM
Internal review decisions in December are up on the QRIC website  two for horseracing and two for the dishlickers.


Kelly Gates and Rebecca Williams  jockeys........Kelly got up but Rebecca copped a $200 fine for not fulfilling riding engagements in effect she was double booked at two venues and although she did her best to notify the trainer it was held she should have acted sooner before declarations of riders.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-KELLY-GATES.pdf


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-REBECCA-WILLIAMS.pdf

Greyhounds.
Mick Boody got lumbered for allegedly describing an employee of the BGRC "a bitch" to one of his associates in a private conversation which was overheard and reported to stewards he copped a fine.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-MICHAEL-BOODY.pdf

Gary Keep former well known turf & harness racing writer lost his appeal although  no personal penalty imposed but the dog was disqualified and winning prize money forfeited  after his dog returned a positive to Hyosine which was inadvertently ingested from plants on Gary's property.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-GARY-KEEP.pdf

Woof woof and Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Feb-06, 07:56 PM
The world has  dead set gone mad. What is this rubbish that Birchley has given an undertaking not to race in Victoria ? Gee I thought if you were barred from anywhere , you were simply barred. If  he can train in Queensland then logic decrees that Vasil and Smerdon should also be able to set up shop in Queensland.
Title: QRIC
Post by: sobig on 2018-Feb-06, 08:56 PM
I agree it appears odd gunbower but it is all voluntary at the moment.
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Feb-06, 09:08 PM
Sobig, I accept you make a good point. But if I have thirty horses to train in Queensland , can I ask and expect permission for Smerdon to train them bearing in mind it is all "voluntary " at present ? If the answer is  No , then why does Birchley still have a license.?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-08, 08:32 PM
Bet it’s not worth it
A BRISBANE man has been charged with making hundreds of thousands of dollars from fraudulent bets.

Police allege the 31-year-old fraudulently gained more than $150,000 from betting outcomes, as well as using his status as the employee of a betting company to channel money and place late bets on races around the country. Detectives from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad are investigating whether some of the money was used to invest in greyhound and thoroughbred racehorse syndicates.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Feb-08, 08:52 PM
I'm trying to get my head around that.

He used his status as the employee of a betting company to place late bets?

I assume late here means after the race. I'd like to know the betting company and the bets he placed so I can make a claim if it is a parimutuel pool and I had a bet in the race.

Beggars belief.

And what a strange thing to tack on to the end of the report about investing in syndicates! Who cares???

Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk

Title: QRIC
Post by: Thebigdog on 2018-Feb-08, 09:24 PM
Pen, I wont give out his name but I'm hearing it was Ubet.
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Feb-08, 09:34 PM
No wonder their divvies are so poor   :lol:
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Feb-09, 03:31 AM
Pen, I wont give out his name but I'm hearing it was Ubet.

Mate given he is a Queensland man charged by Queensland police I reckon it might be a safe bet it is UBET   :lol:

Apart from the crime, it is a total failure of the IT auditors. It is hard to visualize a scenario where one can get a bet on after the race.

Maybe in the old days before computers but you'd think these days once the race has started and no more bets are taken the computer would take a couple of microseconds to print out (or save to file) all the relevant stats - individual bets taken, total amount held, etc. and that this information would be a focus of the auditor's attention in making sure that there was a process where it couldn't be corrupted and would be checked by more than one person to ensure something like this doesn't happen.

If you were an IT auditor it would be the most obvious thing to tie down.
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2018-Feb-12, 07:38 PM
QRIC aka f-troop latest missive about all vaccines being good.........

The published puff piece about vaccines and timeform I presume isn't solely relative to the "crazy bat" aka Hendra but don't stop these tin hat clowns making their dribble to the industry as a whole

Smell a rat apart from john-e-rotten punters?

Archie Pulpa?

lol
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-21, 07:27 PM
Where does Birchley stand now with QRIC in the light of today's media reports of alleged transmission of text messages between him and the alleged milkshake maker.

This is what QRIC said in a media release when Birchley's name was mentioned in the Aquanita scandal .

" The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission is monitoring Racing Victoria’s prosecution of
Queensland-based thoroughbred trainer Liam Birchley under the Australian Rules of Racing.
Mr Birchley has competed in Victoria on a Visiting Trainer’s Permit.
He was charged last month by Racing Victoria Stewards for an alleged breach of Australian Rule of
Racing (AR) 175(a).
Mr Birchley has provided Racing Victoria with an undertaking not to compete in that state for the
remainder of the current racing season.
The charge of breaching AR 175(a) is due to be heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary
Board of Racing Victoria on a date to be fixed.
It is alleged that Mr Birchley engaged in a practice that was dishonest, corrupt or fraudulent, improper
or dishonourable in that he was a party to the administration of alkalinising agents and/or medications
to a racehorse or racehorses on a race-day on three occasions dating back to 2011.
Mr Birchley’s lawyers have indicated his intention to plead not guilty.
Queensland Stewards will consult with their Victorian counterparts before determining if any interim
action is appropriate prior to the finalisation of Mr Birchley’s Victorian matter.

Mr Birchley is considered one of Queensland’s top trainers with more than 60 thoroughbreds stabled
at Eagle Farm and Archer Park at Woodford.ENDS

Where to from here..QRIC would be on the blower to RV stipes after today's media reports......unless they are intending to wait until his charges are heard.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2018-Feb-22, 01:58 PM
These clowns just keep getting better and better........

Wonder if the Olympic doping authorities that have been seeking their wise counsel will be on the blower any time soon again.........Give up Barnett your a goose!
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-22, 09:27 PM
Birchley green light to continue training as doping scandal explodes
NATHAN EXELBY, The Courier-Mail
February 21, 2018 1:16pm
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ACCUSED trainer Liam Birchley has proclaimed his innocence as Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett gave him the green light to continue training in the wake of the potentially explosive Melbourne Cup Day doping scandal.
Birchley is alleged to have sent a text message to Victorian stablehand Greg Nelligan asking “Can u org a top up for tomorrow pls” on the eve of the 2015 Melbourne Cup meeting.
ANIMAL CRUELTY: VICKS OINTMENT USED IN HORSE’S NOSE
ACCUSED RACE DOPING TRAINERS’ MESSAGES EXPOSED
HAYES: MY CUP HORSES WERE CLEAN
Birchley saddled Pop ‘N’ Scotch at Flemington that day, where the horse finished ninth in a support race on the card.
Birchley is one of eight people charged with offences following an investigation that stemmed from the alleged race day treatment of the Robert Smerdon-trained Lovani at Flemington last October.
 Trainer Liam Birchley is allowed to continue training in Queensland for the time being. Pictu Simon Bullard
In a statement released on Wednesday, Birchley’s lawyer Travis Schultz said his client had never had a horse in his care return a positive swab and that he was “shocked by the allegations”.
“The only evidence which Racing Victoria Stewards have provided to us relies on their interpretation of text message exchanges,” Schultz said.
“This overlooks the only direct evidence, which was that the Stewards’ own testing of Mr Birchley’s horses revealed no abnormalities.
“My client is proud of his unblemished history as a thoroughbred trainer in Queensland and looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name when the hearing commences on 28 April.”
Birchley has agreed with Racing Victoria not to race horses in that state, but is free to continue training in other states.
TEXTS REVEAL BRAZEN ALLEGED DOPING UNDER NOSES OF OFFICIALS
LEO SCHLINK: DAMNING TEXTS PAINT DISTURBING PICTURE OF ALLEGED HORSE DOPING
Barnett said QRIC had been kept abreast of the inquiries by RV stewards and provided with evidence pertaining to the Birchley case.
“That evidence has been reviewed by the senior stewards and the Director of Licensing and Stewarding and they have come to the view Mr Birchley should be allowed to continue training here for the time being. It remains a fluid situation,” Barnett said.
“There has been no offence detected in Queensland, Mr Birchley retains a presumption of innocence and has declared he will be pleading not guilty to the charge.
“The stewards also took into account that his disciplinary history does not have an offence of a similar nature in Queensland.”
“Should any more information come to light that changes that situation, the stewards will review the appropriateness of allowing Mr Birchley to continue training in Queensland, pending his hearing before a Racing Victoria Stewards inquiry on a date to be fixed.”
Racing NSW Chief Steward Marc Van Gestel said he has requested evidence be provided by RV so that he and his panel could make an informed opinion on Birchley and other trainers.
Birchley’s Villiers winner Crack Me Up is scheduled to resume racing in Sydney on Saturday week.
 Liam Birchley is one of eight people charged with offences following an investigation in Victoria. Picture Mike Batterham
“At this point in time, we have no evidence in relation to the matters involving Victorian racing. I’ve made a further request (Wednesday morning) to get that information,” Van Gestel said. “It’s difficult to act without any evidence before us.
“The rules of racing do allow for persons charged with serious offences to be stood down. The stewards have the power to do that should their ongoing participation prejudice the image or interests of racing, but it’s difficult for me to make any comment in respect to that until I get the evidence to see what evidence is against him.
“We are trying to work with the Victorian authorities to obtain that so we can make an informed decision on it.”
Barnett said the decision to allow Birchley to continue training in Queensland had to be balanced between his presumption of innocence and the perception of integrity in the industry.
“In coming to the decision to allow Mr Birchley to continue to train here, I’ve taken the advice and experience of the Senior Stewards here, in particularly the Chief thoroughbred steward (Allan Reardon) and I’m happy to take their advice on what position the Commission should take in that regard,” Barnett said.
Barnett said that even though there had been no evidence of any Queensland races being compromised, it would be “irresponsible to categorically say it is or is not occurring.
“This case indicates that people who are skilful at this kind of activity can remain undetected for long periods of time,” he said.
“So the fact we see relatively few matters coming beyond the threshold where we can take action, doesn’t automatically mean it’s not happening.
“But I’ve also got to be fair and say we don’t have definitive proof that it is a widespread and ongoing problem in Queensland.”

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/birchley-green-light-to-continue-training-as-doping-scandal-explodes/news-story/8b2ce58cf2f459ba1d59016d056ce9c8


Giddy Up :beer:


Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-25, 04:28 PM
Queensland Racing Integrity team on mission for more details in Aquanita case
Nathan Exelby, Racing editor, The Sunday Mail (Qld)
February 24, 2018 7:04pm
INTEGRITY commissioner Ross Barnett will send two of his top-ranked integrity team to Melbourne to be given a more detailed account of the Aquanita case as the fallout from the scandal continues.

Newly appointed Integrity Relation Unit (IRU) manager Tracey Pelling and Thoroughbred deputy chief steward Daniel Aurisch will meet Terry Bailey and the team prosecuting the Aquanita case.

“We are doing this to get a more detailed brief of the investigation and to see if lessons can be learned from what they have uncovered,” Barnett said.

“Even though (Racing Victoria) have shared the information, we want a more detailed understanding of it. What they have learned about the methodology that these people have allegedly been using in a way that allowed them to go undetected from about 2010 onwards.

“It’s obviously a concern there has allegedly been a co-ordinated and systematic doping program going on that avoided detection.”

Barnett said the industry needs to be proactive in making sure the sport is run on a level playing field.

“From the feedback we’ve had this week and comments made by some of the leading trainers in the country, there is an appetite to stamp this practice out,” Barnett said.

“We want to see if we can learn from what has happened and maybe do things differently so that we can catch and detect the people who are operating outside the rules.”

CLOSE CALL ON READINGS
THE permitted TC02 level for a horse to be presented at the races is 36mmol/L but there is a 1mmol/L leeway for “uncertainty”, meaning a horse has to hit 37 before its deemed over the limit.

Toowoomba trainer Eric Hayes was recently fined after Sonador Fire returned levels of 36.5 and 35.8 at Toowoomba last August. Hayes was later found guilty of administering an alkalising agent within one full clear day of the horse racing and fined $2500 — a significantly lesser penalty than what would have eventuated had the level exceeded 37mmol/L.

“Stewards were comfortably satisfied that Mr Hayes had administered alkalinising agents within the one Clear Day period and formally found him guilty of the charge,” the report read.

Mackay trainer Olivia Cairns was fined $2500 last week following a case with very similar circumstances.

Some trainers have suggested a $2500 fine is hardly a deterrent for those found guilty by stewards of treating horses within a day of the race.

Barnett said there were “pros and cons” for the publishing of TC02 levels, but the subject is still under consideration. “Anything approaching 36 is of concern to us,” he said.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/queensland-racing-integrity-team-on-mission-for-more-details-in-aquanita-case/news-story/59508dd00f8dfed386043550d1ff7b6e

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-26, 09:01 AM
Very remiss of me to overlook the ringing endorsement of QRIC by the new Racing Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe in yesty's Sunday Mail  Hinchey  reckons QRIC is doing a stirling job...not quite as spectacular an endorsement as the former LNP minister The Hon. Dicko gave to RQ  proclaiming that Qld would finish a "furlong in front"  which caused considerable embarrasment as well as making him look a prize clown...for those who have forgotten Dicko jumped ship from the LNP and joined Pauline 's One Nation and lost his seat ..... now he works part time in Senator Hanson's office hoping to make a political comeback.

No doubt Hinchey would be felling pretty chuffed after The Sunday Mail story but alas the glow didn't last ......today Nathan Exelby in the CM the sister daily publication of the aforesaid SM  took the gloss off Hinchey's opinion piece.

And Poleline Pete who is still on Newscorp payroll chimes in with his two cents worth.......it's all here in red letters.

Odds-on to beat the cheats
STIRLING HINCHLIFFE
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Honest majority shouldn’t have reputations tarnished by actions of minority
LAST week’s shocking allegations of doping in the Victorian racing industry – perhaps even in the Melbourne Cup itself – have sickened many Queenslanders.
If these allegations are proven, there is one word for them: cheating.
Such allegations only serve to undermine public confidence in the sport. Doping is neither in the best interests of the horses, nor the racing industry itself.
Since becoming Queensland’s Racing Minister, I’ve met industry participants throughout the state – from the famous Magic Millions meet on the Gold Coast, to the Thangool races in Central Queensland, to a midweek meeting in Townsville.
The vast-majority involved in the racing industry are extremely hardworking and dedicated people, united by a love for the sport, and a genuine commitment to racing.
The honest majority shouldn’t have their reputations unfairly tarnished by the actions of a dishonest and unscrupulous minority.
Fortunately, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s racing integrity reforms, Queensland is better placed than any other jurisdiction to tackle corruption and animal cruelty in racing.
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC), whose very creation the Queensland LNP opposed, has proven to be a highly effective organisation.
An important part of our response to the greyhound live-baiting scandal, QRIC has chalked up many successes in a strategic partnership with the Queensland Police Service Racing Crime Squad.
These successes serve to reinforce the Government’s vision and determination to clean up racing and the glaring inadequacies of the previous governance model.
QRIC is the envy of the nation and was recently praised by a visiting senior International Olympic Committee official as unique globally, and a good practice model for other nations around the world.
It has a proven track record of weeding out wrongdoers, including the harness racing participants recently exposed for corrupt behaviour.

The organisation also plays an important animal welfare role, by providing loving homes for several hundred racing greyhounds, annually, through the Greyhound Adoption Program, along with enhanced retirement outcomes for racing horses through its Equine Welfare Program.
It also carries out 20,000 drug tests annually, including 100 per cent of winners across all three codes, and other random and targeted tests.
The last State Budget included $8 million for new equipment to keep Queensland’s testing capabilities at the cutting edge, giving us the best possible chance of catching doping cheats.
It’s no surprise, then, that other jurisdictions – including Victoria are eyeing QRIC as a model to create their own stand-alone, independent racing integrity regimes.
I’m confident Victorian racing authorities are tackling alleged doping in their industry, but equally there’s little doubt an independent integrity body modelled on QRIC would serve that state well.
( Hinchey mustn't be aware that Victoria has Sal Perna & associates holding down the Racing Integrity Commission writ.)
No one can ever guarantee that racing, or any other sport, will be permanently free of corruption.
But let me be very clear to all involved in the Queensland racing industry: if you are doing the wrong thing, you will be caught, and you will be dealt with.
Queensland’s world-class racing industry, which employs or engages 42,000 people and generates $1.2 billion in annual economic impact, is too important to risk for economic reasons alone.
And racing also plays a vital role in Queensland’s social fabric.
Racing supports local communities, particularly in rural and regional areas. It keeps local economies ticking. It creates precious memories that are shared over generations. That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is delivering
a four-year, $70 million Country Racing Support Package to secure the future of the sport at the grassroots level. For many Australians, the Melbourne Cup is the “race that stops a nation”. By following Queensland’s example, racing authorities throughout Australia now have a real chance to stop the doping.
Stirling Hinchliffe is Queensland Minister for Racing. See Peter Cameron’s Traps, P57

Long history of dodgy dealings
Peter Cameron
 
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FIGHTING CHARGES: Trainer Liam Birchley. Pictu Mike Batterham
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MELBOURNE Cup scandals are a wake-up call for wagering in Queensland where racing G-men are bogged down chasing battlers from the dogs and trots.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and our top racing cop Ross Barnett reckon Queensland’s racing industry runs a tight ship.
“Our standards ... are very high,’’ Hinchliffe gloated. Melbourne’s Cup carnival has copped allegations since the late 1980s when horses were dosed pre-race at Flemington with “milkshake’’ tonics to boost endurance and “mask’’ illegal drugs.
The Cup’s notoriety includes: (1) a jockeys’ race-fixing attempt on a placegetter later last century, (2) a secret inquiry into a jockey using a battery on a popular winner, (3) another famous horse beaten in the ’90s after a jockey felt underpaid.
Back in Queensland: (1) Traps spurred a court inquiry in 2005 after revealing interstate bookies were refusing bets on Brisbane races, (2) earlier, gangsters George Freeman and Robert Trimbole relied on jockeys’ oil to win heaps on Brisbane races, (3) not every ring-in like Fine Cotton was detected, (4) a Group 1 Brisbane winner was buzzed with batteries at Eagle Farm trackwork, (5) a former club director has won $1 million acting as state agent for a NSW pro punter, (6) rebates were offered to rich NSW punters milking TAB divs, (7) favourite Azkadellia ran in the 2015 Stradbroke despite our tipoff about her secret links to crook Peter Foster, (8) still no word on the murder of trainer George Brown after a 1984 failed ring-in at Doomben..
Popular Brisbane trainer Liam Birchley won state permission last week to continue racing horses while contesting Victorian charges on raceday treatments. NSW authorities are likely to review Birchley’s status.

Hinchliffe pulls wrong rein after latest cheating scandal
NATHAN EXELBY
COMMENT
 
MISINFORMED: Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe.
RACING Minister Stirling Hinchliffe’s attempt to use the Aquanita scandal as an opportunity to champion the cause of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission in yesterday’s Sunday Mail was illtimed, self-serving and above all, deluded.

“By following Queensland’s example, racing authorities throughout Australia now have a real chance to stop the doping,” he trumpeted.
It’s not a time for officials to be patting themselves on the back, it’s a time to work out what went wrong.
If the minister thinks the issues have been isolated to Victoria, he would be sadly mistaken.
Thankfully, Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett has acknowledged it would be naive to think the practise is not more widely spread.
The minister said: “Queensland is better placed than any other jurisdiction to tackle corruption … in racing.”
He would only need to speak to a handful of trainers to learn they believe they are competing on anything but a level playing field at the present time in these parts. Rightly or wrongly, there is a belief cheats are prospering, with little or no chance of being caught and pitiful deterrents if they do happen to slip up.
As for QRIC being “the envy of the nation”, a simple questionnaire of those working within its walls would reveal this to be anything but the case, let alone the perception in which it is viewed by the wider industry.ENDS

Giddy Up :beer:[/color
Title: QRIC
Post by: johnojohnson on 2018-Feb-26, 03:55 PM
lols.........
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-26, 06:08 PM
NSW stewards have issued a show cause notice to liam Birchley after receiving the brief of evidence from RV ...Birchley intends to respond...where does this leave QRIC?    standing by their original decision which on the face of it was the correct position to take .......he is entitled to the presumtion of innocence.....have to wait and see if this changes anything.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/racing-nsw-issues-trainer-liam-birchley-with-show-cause-notice-as-aquanita-doping-scandal-widens/news-story/00200e0f8e0fd8663676453b35048d74

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Feb-26, 07:56 PM
Arsenal , you should know that Queensland hasn't any interest in Integrity. Remember C Munce , banned in NSW but no problem in Queensland .They even let him train horses in someone else's name till he handed in his jockey's brief. I can remember him inspecting plenty of horses at the Magic Millions in full view of the Chief Stipe and the other old timers on the panel.
Title: QRIC
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2018-Feb-26, 08:15 PM
Remember C Munce , banned in NSW but no problem in Queensland .They even let him train horses in someone else's name till he handed in his jockey's brief. I can remember him inspecting plenty of horses at the Magic Millions in full view of the Chief Stipe and the other old timers on the panel.


Because it was bullshit charge.

Should have been laughed out of "court".
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Feb-26, 09:07 PM
Your comments are irrelevant. Whether or not it was a " bullshit " charge is not the point. If we want other Racing jurisdictions to honour our systems of racing justice we can't turn a blind eye to  penalties imposed in another Country. The penalty in that Country was a prison sentence. A deal was done to allow Mr Munce to serve the remainder of his time in Australia. After he was released NSW refused to give him a licence. Queensland didn't give a toss. As I said earlier their dad's army stewards brigade even let him train horses in some one else s's name. If you dispute that , list the horses that non de plume has prepared since Mr Munce has gained his trainer's licence. The same nonsense is going on at present with a Mr Saunders of Toowoomba suddenly making a come back to the training ranks now that the infamous R Maund is facing some  serious questions.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Feb-26, 09:42 PM


--------------- what is a fraudulent bet -- as distinct from one fraudulently promoted and taken.
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Feb-26, 10:37 PM
Lesson One Dopey - no one makes you  bet. If you are not satisfied with the expected gain as opposed to the inherent risk  then you don't play. Pretty simple isn't it. Are you really as stupid as your posts ? One part of me says you couldn't possibly be . But I am still not sure. Maybe you are .
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Feb-27, 12:47 AM
Arsenal , you should know that Queensland hasn't any interest in Integrity. Remember C Munce , banned in NSW but no problem in Queensland .They even let him train horses in someone else's name till he handed in his jockey's brief. I can remember him inspecting plenty of horses at the Magic Millions in full view of the Chief Stipe and the other old timers on the panel.

Mate I do not think that is correct - happy to be corrected.

He was banned (there's that word again) in Hong Kong but the stewards in NSW permitted him to get a riding license and that stuck up clown that heads racing in Hong Kong with the hyphenated name took vengeance on the NSW breeding industry (why on earth no-one knows) by banning horses being bought from the Inglis sales.

I cannot recall him being banned in NSW. As I said, if I am wrong please let me know  :)
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Feb-27, 08:00 AM
No you are correct PP. Munce served time for a criminal conviction in Hong Kong. When the H K Jockey Club then asked NSW to honour the riding disqualification imposed in Hong Kong the NSW authorities thumbed their nose at this direction which was in total contravention of previously established protocols. I seem to remember Victoria taking a different stance. When arrested Munce was found with a considerable sum of cash which was said to be the proceeds of monies provided to him by those to whom he was "advising " in Hong Kong. That is a crime in Hong Kong. I don't remember any appeal against the conviction.
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Feb-27, 08:12 AM
No you are correct PP. Munce served time for a criminal conviction in Hong Kong. When the H K Jockey Club then asked NSW to honour the riding disqualification imposed in Hong Kong the NSW authorities thumbed their nose at this direction which was in total contravention of previously established protocols. I seem to remember Victoria taking a different stance. When arrested Munce was found with a considerable sum of cash which was said to be the proceeds of monies provided to him by those to whom he was "advising " in Hong Kong. That is a crime in Hong Kong. I don't remember any appeal against the conviction.

He was allowed to ride in Australia, including Victoria. It was just that he was licnesed in NSW.

Pretty sure he rode Descarado to win the Caulfield Cup while being banned in Hong Kong.
Title: QRIC
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2018-Feb-27, 08:12 PM
It was a bullshit charge and treated as such in Australia.

Remind us Gunbower.

What was his heinous crime?

 
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Feb-27, 08:26 PM
Of course it wasn't a "bullshit " charge . If people come to our Country we expect them to obey our laws. If we travel or in this case are invited into some one else's Country then surely we obey their laws. Munce was alleged to have broken the law of the land in Hong Kong . He was found guilty and sentenced under their laws. What' s the problem ? As the old saying goes  "when in Rome ". Your insinuation that their law is some what less than ours is quite disrespectful to that Country.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Feb-28, 08:09 AM
Stewards Statement: Show Cause Trainer Mr Liam Birchley – AR50

Racing NSW Stewards today received written submissions from Mr Travis Shultz, solicitor for trainer Mr Liam Birchley, in response to a show cause notice issued to Mr Birchley on 26 February 2018.

Mr Birchley was requested to show cause as to why Racing NSW Stewards should not invoke the provisions of AR50 to decline to receive or reject the nominations in NSW of horses trained by Mr Birchley, following a charge under AR175(a) being issued by Racing Victoria Limited.

Racing NSW Stewards have carefully considered the written submissions made on behalf of Mr Birchley and the brief of evidence provided by RVL in respect to the Lovani investigation.

Racing NSW Stewards are currently not comfortably satisfied that they should not invoke the provisions of AR50 to decline to receive or reject the nominations in NSW of horses trained by Mr Birchley, pending the determination of the charge under AR175(a) issued against him by Racing Victoria Limited.

In this respect, Racing NSW Stewards are of the opinion that permitting horses trained by Mr Birchley to be nominated and race in NSW prior to the charge being determined by the Victorian authorities would pose an unacceptable risk to, prejudice or undermine the image, interests and integrity of racing in NSW.

Mr Birchley, through his solicitor Mr Travis Shultz, has requested the opportunity to present his submissions in person and arrangements are currently being made for that to take place.

However, in the interim, Racing NSW Stewards acting under the provisions of AR50 decline to receive and/or reject the nomination of horses trained by Mr Birchley.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2018-Mar-05, 09:56 AM
Those super sleuths from QRIC at it again at Ipswich dogs last night. Usual procedure is that dog is checked by steward prior to being weighed and kenneled, the steward checks ear brands with dogs registration papers then scans and verifys its the right dog with the microchip, dogs then gets kenneled, then prior to the start of the race dog checked again with microchip scanner and ear brands. One trainer had a starter in race 1 and a starter in race 2. Stewards failed to detect that the dog in race 1 should have been in race 2 and dog in race 2 should have run in race 1, both were disqualified. Oops, so these bloody highly paid stewards employed by the multi million dollar QRIC failed on 6 occasions to read an ear brand and match up a scanned microchip. God help us, and probably no body gets sacked and highly likely the trainer gets a fine. Can it get any worse, then again it is Queensland Racing, I suppose if they can't grow grass in this State what hope they got reading an ear brand or microchip, thats intensive type of work, a reasonably trained chimpanzie could work it out. :clap2:
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Mar-05, 11:27 AM
Stan . . have to agree that the stewards were sloppy

But wouldn't the trainer, who no doubt will be fined, have to accept the major percentage of the blame . .

Afterall he made the error, and the stewards failed to detect it . . although they eventually did




Or am I reading it wrongly?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2018-Mar-05, 04:27 PM
yes the trainer initially at fault, both dogs black, same markings same breeding, same age, both first starters, but b4 they race have to race go thru being checked for ear brand and microchip 4 times each race so in fact stewards failed 4 times twice.  but should been picked up as soon as first dog came in for weighing, first thing steward does is check ear brands with papers which trainer hands to him, then he points scanner and checks number shown with number on papers which he is holding in his hand, exact process happens then again b4 the dogs go to boxes to race. imagine if it was major race, just total ignorance by stewards who probably on 3 figure sum and wont get chopped just trainer gets fined, note that qric got nothing in stewards report up to now and on results just says DNF which means did not finish when in fact dogs did finish, should have read DSQ, pack of idiots running the circus.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2018-Mar-05, 04:40 PM
A check of the lavish QRIC website, the people that on multi million dollar deal to supervise racing reveals there is no stewards reports for any greyhound meeting anywhere in queensland, if the ipswich fiasco is any guide you can easily understand why they wouldnt want to publicise their shortfallings or inability to patrol and control anything
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Mar-06, 09:37 AM
Trainer Liam Birchley – Show Cause Notice (Update 5 March 2018)
   
Racing NSW Stewards today received oral submissions from barrister Mr M GrantTaylor QC on behalf of licensed trainer Mr L Birchley to supplement written submissions from Mr Travis Shultz, solicitor for trainer Mr Liam Birchley, in response to a show cause notice issued to Mr Birchley on 26 February 2018.

Mr Grant-Taylor’s principal submission was that due to the weakness in the case against his client and in the absence of any further evidence, his client’s prospects of defeating the charge issued under AR175(a) by Racing Victoria Stewards were “stratospheric”.

Therefore, by Racing NSW Stewards continuing to invoke the provisions of AR50 against his client, will unfairly continue to damage his reputation and financially affect Mr Birchley’s business.

Racing NSW Stewards have carefully considered the additional oral submissions made on behalf of Mr Birchley by Mr Grant-Taylor, in conjunction with the written submissions received on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 and the brief of evidence provided by RVL in respect to the Lovani investigation.

It is not the role of Racing NSW Stewards to determine the merits of the charge issued against Mr Birchley under AR175(a). However, they are satisfied that the charge issued against Mr Birchley, as accepted by Mr Grant-Taylor, is a serious charge.

Further, Racing NSW Stewards are of the view that any hardship suffered by Mr Birchley by the invoking the provisions of AR50, is outweighed by the prejudice to, and undermining of, the image, interests and integrity of racing in NSW if he was permitted to nominate (and race) horses in NSW while the serious charge against him is yet to be determined.

In those circumstances, the “balance of convenience” is against Mr Birchley and, accordingly, Racing NSW Stewards rule that, acting under the provisions of AR50, nominations of horses trained by Mr Birchley will be declined to be received and/or rejected until the charges issued by RVL have been resolved.ENDS

That's that for the time being......seeing that NSW stewards declined to accept noms from Birchley how is it that Crack Me Up's nom was accepted whilst in Birchley's care??? the horse according to media reports was transferred to Bjorn Baker on the Thursday before it raced on Saturday and won at good odds.....a puzzle.

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2018-Mar-12, 07:04 AM
Not only is the QRIC totally incompetitent at running racing it cant even make up a story with at least 7 days notice....on RQ website stewards reports from March greyhound race days, there have been 10, QRIC only been able to post 3 reports. The fiasco last sunday week, March 7, where these highly paid QRIC stewards failed 8 times to identity two dogs, has not been reported as yet. You would think by now QRIC would have been able to make up some sort of story to clear their dumbo stewards who can't match numbers or ear brands.......god help racing what a bunch of useless highly paid failures.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2018-Mar-13, 05:14 PM
Well I'll be.....Y gotta hand it to these dingbats at QRIC, they're professional at one thing....getting out of their own shithole, here is the stewards report from the Ipswich meeting when these top gun stewards failed 8 times to identify a dog....so when they compile stewards report on this disaster do they lay the blame at themselves, after all it was their fault they cant read a chip scanner or tell what an ear brand looks like, not on your nelly all thay had to say was.....
Race 1. NOVICE (1) - 288M Even start, with ORANGE OAK ROAD and WESTERN COMET marginally slow.  Approaching the 1st turn, ROCK THE ROAD and BLACK DRATTA collided, causing WESTERN COMET and ORANGE OAK ROAD to be checked and all greyhounds to lose ground.  Approaching the finishing line, SHE’S GOOD and HONEY TRAP collided, causing both greyhounds to be hampered. WESTERN COMET was not the correct greyhound for this race and was disqualified under Rule 64 (1).
SWABS TAKEN: HONEY TRAP – Post Race – Paul Graham
WESTERN COMET – Post Race – Keith Boan VET EXAMINATIONS: Nil
Race 2. SKY RACING MAIDEN HEAT 2 – 288M BLACKPEARL GIRL and WILDASH KAMILARO were best to begin, with CLICK COWAN and NEXT ONE slow.  Approaching the 1st turn, BLACKPEARL GIRL and SHESA DRATTA, causing both greyhounds to lose ground.
 WESTMEAD COMET was not the correct greyhound  and disqualified under Rule 64 (1) before giving the all clear, results were amended VET EXAMINATIONS: Nil

.........You just gotta shake your head, I guess which idiot failed in his basic duties is still in the employ of QRIC. :rant:
Title: QRIC
Post by: vadim on 2018-Mar-13, 08:43 PM
  :lol:

Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Mar-14, 01:32 PM
I notice that one of the officiating Stewards was a K Adams. Maybe Stan Still will know if this is the same steward you find when you go to "Google " and google    ' K Adams NSW harness Steward ' ? Can you enlighten us regards that ?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Thebigdog on 2018-Mar-14, 07:20 PM
I can help, Yep that's him and he was also a former Harness Steward here many years ago, I'm sure he was dismissed from here for being hopeless and now he's back. I remember him as a starter for Harness Starting 2 races from the wrong distance.
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Mar-14, 09:18 PM
I remember him as a starter for Harness Starting 2 races from the wrong distance.

Gee . . You're a hard marker  :o
Title: QRIC
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2018-Mar-15, 07:29 AM
Is this the same bloke?

https://hrblogincyberspace.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/first-female-trots-steward-wins-harassment-case/
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Mar-15, 10:01 AM
Is this the same bloke?

https://hrblogincyberspace.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/first-female-trots-steward-wins-harassment-case/

To follow up on the outcome .......Barbara Scott did get her job back in NSW ......eventually went to SAHR as Chief Steward in 2014 and now is Chief Steward in WA from what I have read( (I don't know her personally) she's a very strong & competent woman and deserves to be where she is. :thumbsup:

Giddy Up  :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2018-Mar-15, 11:26 AM
[ deserves to be where she is. :thumbsup:

Giddy Up  :beer:[/color]


What?

Deserves to be in Western Australia?

That's a bit harsh :thumbsd:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Mar-15, 11:29 AM
 :o
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Mar-15, 05:00 PM
Unbelievable, What the hell is this bloke doing being employed in a so called "Integity " unit ? Oh , that's right its Queensland.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Mar-15, 08:20 PM
Some catching up on the results of Internal Reviews during January & February.........mostly decisions confirmed or amended ...jockeys given the benefit of the doubt in two appeals the most interesting is the decision to reduce trainer Lex Fraser's period of disqualification for effectively allowing an unlicensed person Ron Maund to train horses supposedly under Fraser's care.... one of which General Cos  landed a spectacular plunge $51 to $5 or thereabouts....all this came about because of a complaint alleging Maund was in arrears of rent amounting to some $19K......the other decision out of the ordinary run of the mill appeals concerns allowing Ms Gruenefeld's appeal to be licensed against the wishes of the Chief steward.

  https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-LEX-FRASER.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-KATHLEEN-GRUENEFELD.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Apr-06, 06:32 PM
Media release
6 April 2018
QRIC out in force at Toowoomba Weetwood
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has ensured the public and the racing in
industry that it will be out in force to support the integrity of the Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap
tomorrow, 7 April.
Seen as the introduction to Queensland’s Winter Racing Carnival, QRIC’s Integrity Investigations
Team (ITT) has carried out a series of pre-race testing and will deliver pre-race swabs on race day,
all winners will be tested and if required targeted testing will also occur.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said it was essential the community had confidence in the
integrity of the Toowoomba meeting.
“As we work to ensure all racing events are run on a level playing field I want the betting public and
racing participants to know that we will be out in force with staff and resources on this important
race day,” Mr Barnett said.
“The commencement of the Winter Carnival in Queensland thoroughbred racing at Toowoomba’s
Clifford Park has again attracted a highly competitive racing program and the integrity of everyone
of those races is a high priority for QRIC.”
In preparation for the Weetwood Handicap the ITT has;
 Attended scheduled Thoroughbred race meetings at Ipswich on 4 April 2018, Dalby on 5
April 2018;
 Attended early track work at Clifford Park along with the Queensland Police Service Racing
Crime Squad;
 Carried out on course and off course stable inspections at Ipswich, Dalby and Toowoomba;
 Run compliance checks of industry participants;
 Carried out pre-race and out of competition swabs of horses leading up to and including the
Ipswich and Dalby meetings and the Weetwood Handicap.
Commissioner Barnett said the presence of integrity officers at high profile race meetings in the
days leading up to the race and on race day itself was an important role for the QRIC to ensure the
integrity of racing in Queensland.
ENDS.

Keeping a close eye on the locals .......suggests they know or suspect something is going on ......and they're going to stop it........there might be some unexpected results if the any of the runners don't get treated ...............  now everyone knows the watchers are watching.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Apr-07, 06:03 PM
Media release
7 April 2018
QRIC enquires into suspicious activity at Currie stable
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have opened an inquiry into
suspicious activity observed at the stable of Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie this morning.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said members of the QRIC’s Integrity Investigations Team (ITT)
observed a stable employee of Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie acting suspiciously in the vicinity of
a number of thoroughbred race horses this morning, some of which are racing at today’s
Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap.

“IIT officers have interviewed the employee and trainers Mark Currie and Ben Currie about their
observations and have also seized some items from the stable including CCTV equipment which
they believe will assist them in their enquiries,” he said.

“Todays’ Toowoomba Chairman of Stewards has opened an inquiry and taken initial evidence from
the stable employee, Mark Currie and Ben Currie and a Commission veterinarian has taken saliva,
urine and blood samples from seven horses.

“At this time there is not sufficient evidence to warrant the disqualification of the runners from
racing at Toowoomba today, but if subsequent enquiries determine there has been the
administration of race day treatment that contravenes the rules of racing, these horses may be
subsequently disqualified.

“This matter will be vigorously pursued to establish the facts of todays’ alleged incident,” Mr
Barnett said.

Further information will be released when it becomes available.
ENDS..
CCTV cameras that'll be interesting to see what's recorded. :/
Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Apr-17, 05:13 PM
Another QCAT loss for the stipes apprentice  S Lacy running & handling appeal got up at QCAT.....the  only report is from justracing.com .au....decision not yet on the Supreme Court site....and QRIC never report any decisions from that (QCAT) august body.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/0057-17-stephanie-lacy-internal-review-decision-07082017.pdf

Reading the Internal review I have to wonder how the learned QCAT member upheld Lacy's appeal.......looking forward to seeing how he did it. :chin:

I'll try to find the race in question and have a looksee.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/scst/20170723

R7 She didn't appear to be very interested just sat there until the race was allover I think the stewards got it right but lost on presentation possibly.

Racenet  punters' comments not very flattering of the trainer and jockey.

STEWARD COMMENT
Apprentice S. Lacy reported that her mount laid out throughout the event and under pressure in the home straight.

STARTING PRICE $10

https://justracing.com.au/2018/04/16/lacy-wins-appeal-on-handling-case/


Finally the decision by the learned QCAT  member Paratz is available he accepted Lacy's explanation discounted the IR and the stewards observations possibly watched the video and saw the horse hanging out ...something I must confess was not evident to my untrained eye...still that's the end of it.

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2018/QCAT18-106.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Apr-22, 03:23 PM
Finally the decision by the learned QCAT  member David Paratz is available he accepted Lacy's explanation discounted the IR and the stewards observations possibly watched the video and saw the horse hanging out ...something I must confess was not evident to my untrained eye...still that's the end of it.

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2018/QCAT18-106.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Apr-27, 07:23 PM
Media release
27 April 2018
Deputy Commissioner appointed for QRIC
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has welcomed the appointment of Mr Mark
Ainsworth as its first Deputy Commissioner.

The QRIC was established through the Racing Integrity Act 2016 and commenced on the 1 July
2016 with Mr Ross Barnett appointed to lead in the role of Commissioner.

A Detective Superintendent with the Queensland Police Service and currently working at the Crime
and Corruption Commission (CCC) Mr Ainsworth has been appointed as the QRIC Deputy
Commissioner following a national open merit recruitment process.

Commissioner Ross Barnett said Mr Ainsworth was well credentialed to take on this important role.

“As Director, Corruption Operations, Mr Ainsworth has been leading sensitive CCC investigations
and supporting the Chairman in promoting the highest standards of integrity and ethics in the public
sector,” Mr Barnett said.

“He is a distinguished police officer. He has devoted his career to serving the people of Queensland
and has modelled the highest standards of professional integrity and accountability, which has been
reflected in the roles he has undertaken during his career.

“Leading the Queensland Police Service Taskforce into Greyhound Racing and subsequently
performing the role of Integrity Advisor to Racing Queensland at the request of the then Minister for
Racing, Mr Ainsworth has an in-depth understanding of the critical role of the Deputy Commissioner
in supporting the Commissioner to implement strategies to enhance confidence in the racing
industry.

“Through this work, Mr Ainsworth has established networks with key industry stakeholders including
the RSPCA.”

Receiving the Australian Police Medal in the 2013 Australia Day honours list, he was recognised for
his achievements as a police officer including his role in Assisting the Commission of Inquiry into the
Queensland 2011 floods.

The Citation accompanying the medal recognised his outstanding leadership qualities, expertise and
professionalism.

Mr Ainsworth’s career achievements are complemented by his service to community organisations.

He is a former Director and a founding board member of the Allison-Baden Clay Foundation and an
independent member of the Brisbane Lions AFL Integrity Committee.

“Mr Ainsworth’s leadership qualities and commitment to the highest standards of integrity and
professionalism, make him ideal for appointment to the role of Deputy Commissioner,” Mr Barnett
said.
ENDS.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Apr-28, 07:07 PM
What else is Barnett going to say ? Can you imagine him saying that " yes we have appointed another copper and history tells us what a fine bunch of people have served the State of Queensland in the Queensland Police Force "? Please !!!
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-May-01, 04:27 PM
Can someone at QRIC check the brandings for the race 3 winner at Townsville today?

I want to see if it is the same horse that was beaten 9 lengths at 300-1 over the course and distance last start.
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-May-01, 05:32 PM
Huge class drop from 2yo HCP ($30K) to 2yo MDN ($14K)

3rd up from 2mth off . . .

1st up / bog . . 2nd up / see above

1 200km round trip for stable, so must have been given some hope

2kg wt drop assuming that Amanda T can ride @ that wt.

Video shows that it was not that bad a run L-S in the better company

2yo's can improve their own weight when the 'penny drops'



BUT . . sadly
It was not on my list

I'll check the Stipes Report to see if they queried the improvement

(S.R) . . Amanda actually weighed in 0.5kg over and was 'blued' $200 . . no query on improve
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-02, 09:38 AM
It appears the Internal Reviewer has gone on long service leave which he would  have had to have  carried over from his previous employer in Victoria  as he hasn't been in Qld long enough to accrue any.......or though unlikely he's on strike as  there's no published IR since February.......hard to believe the licensees have accepted their penalties with good grace and have taken gardening leave.


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: deepthroat on 2018-May-02, 11:37 AM
Are we talking Ashby here?  :chin:
Curious timing if so... and I doubt he has any leave left to be rolled over from Vic considering he took a vast amount before he moved  :chin:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-02, 06:51 PM
That was tongue in cheek mate .....a stir .....but there's movement....... lots of reports of Internal Reviews suddenly appeared overnight on the QRIC website which I'll post a link to momentarily.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/thoroughbred/

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/harness/

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/greyhound/

Mostly the IR found for the stewards upholding the charge and penalty confirmed......but few of the decisions had reasons attached just the bare decision that's not good enough . :thumbsd:


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-03, 06:57 PM
Two more result posted today sans reasons...this is becoming a habit  :o

Matt McGillivray & Cecily Eaton lose out at IR charge and penalty confirmed in both cases.


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/decision/matthew-mcgillivray-2/

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/decision/cecily-eaton/


Giddy Up :beer:


Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-06, 02:31 PM
D-DAY FOR CURRIE Nathan Exelby today in the SM

THE fate of trainer Mark Currie and two stablehands from the stable of his son Ben will be determined at a QRIC stewards’ inquiry on Friday.

The three have been called to appear at the inquiry following an investigation that began on Weetwood day on April 7.

Mark Currie has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges issued by stewards alleging race-day treatment of horses on April 7 and March 24.

Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said analysis of CCTV footage seized from the Toowoomba stables is “now complete”.

However, the inquiry into Ben Currie is ongoing.

“As previously stated I expected this investigation to be a protracted one and almost a month out it is still ongoing. I anticipate it will continue on for several more weeks,” Barnett said.

“The investigation is examining the involvement of any and all persons involved in race-day treatment at those stables contrary to the rules of racing.

“Trainer Ben Currie has appeared before an inquiry, which has been adjourned and will resume once the results of ongoing investigations are known.”

Meanwhile, Currie was hit with a $3000 fine by stewards last week for working horses at Clifford Park on Good Friday when the track was closed. Currie pleaded not guilty before being found guilty. ENDS

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-07, 09:10 AM
Watchdog won’t be rushed over Currie stables investigation
NATHAN EXELBY

NOTHING TO HIDE: A defiant Ben Currie.

INITIAL tests taken from Ben Currie-trained horses on Weetwood Day have returned negative results, but prizemoney will continue to be withheld until a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission investigation has concluded.

Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said analysis of swabs taken from the Currietrained horses at the Toowoomba meeting continued, but they were not necessarily pivotal to the case.


“To date no prohibited substances have been detected but testing is ongoing,” he said.

“Treatment on race day with any form of medication is unlawful and this can include products which may be permitted on non-race days.”

To date, three people from Currie’s staff have been stood down, including his father Mark, who has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges relating to race day treatment of horses.

The matter of Mark Currie and the two stablehands is set to be concluded on Friday.

Barnett accepted the investigation had “put a spotlight on the integrity of Queensland racing” and acknowledged the impact the heightened speculation had on all parties, but made no apologies for the drawn-out process.

“These incidents highlight that QRIC aims to ensure that racing is run with the utmost of integrity in this state and will work to ensure there is a level playing field for participants and for the wagering public,” Barnett said.

“There is a process to follow and we will follow the process to ensure there is a fair and equitable outcome for all concerned so that participants can be confident in the industry.

“As previously stated QRIC will act when there is sufficient evidence to do so and Mr Ben Currie has not been charged with any offence at this stage.”

Currie has stated from the outset he has nothing to hide and maintained he has been completely transparent with investigators.

In an article published in The Australian last month Currie described a recent meeting with stewards as “very positive” and “hopefully, we’ll have it all cleared up”.

Barnett said “the opinion of Mr Currie has no bearing on the outcome of the QRIC investigation”.

“As previously stated, the investigation is protracted and thorough and will not be rushed,” he said.

“While conscious of the significance of the matter, QRIC will seek to gather all relevant evidence before taking its next actions.”ENDS

That's one hurdle Ben has cleared .....the only other possibility is race day treatment which his dad has been charged with and as reported that hearing is on Friday......how will that affect the trainer......that's appears to be the only card left in QRIC's hand.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-08, 08:15 PM
QRIC which adopted a wait and see attitude in the case of Liam Birchley will have to bite the bullet in the light of the RAD board findings released today......extract from the Reasons for Decision in Birchley's case follow...one report issued by a PR joint is to the effect that Birchley's brief Travis Schultz has stated Birchley intends to appeal the decision so he's not waiting to see what penalty is imposed.

RAD board decision Liam Birchley.

"(4) Mr Liam Birchley
Mr Birchley is a trainer licenced in Queensland, but was registered as a visiting trainer
in this state at the time of the alleged conduct which constitutes the breach of AR
110 175(a). He could be described as being Aquanita’s Brisbane trainer for approximately
ten years until 2011. The Particulars of the Charge involve three occasions upon which
Mr Birchley visited Melbourne in November of 2011, 2012 and 2015. Whilst operating
independently of Aquanita after 2011, we are satisfied that he maintained contact with
Gregory Nelligan after that year. Again, the text messages tell the story.

115 We are satisfied that Mr Birchley was what could be described as a “non-paying
customer” of the services provided in relation to “top-ups”. For example in November
2011 there is reference to Mr Birchley’s horse, Emmalene, and to the fact that Moth (Mr
Garland) “did it – but didn’t even back it”. Mrs Nelligan enquired of her husband as
follows “you do Emmalene? Bet on her?” and it is to this that Gregory Nelligan
120 responded that the Moth had done it but had not backed the horse, which won
6
November 2012, Mr Smerdon notified Gregory Nelligan “need an extra one for
Liam’s”. It is argued that these words are ambiguous, but, when seen in the context of
the many other messages, we are comfortably satisfied that this particular message
relates to the provision of a “top-up” for one of Mr Birchley’s runners. That this would
125 occur without his knowledge or consent seems to us to be highly unlikely. We do not
accept the argument that the reference to “Liam” could be to someone other than Mr
Birchley.

Overall, any doubt, however small, that we may have had is effectively removed when
the text message exchange of 2 November 2015 is considered. Mr Birchley mentioned
130 in evidence-in-chief that he barely knew Gregory Nelligan. The exchange of text
messages reveals a good deal of familiarity. In essence, almost the first thing Mr
Birchley did after arriving from Brisbane at Tullamarine airport was to message
Gregory Nelligan as follows: “ Can u org a top up for tomorrow pls”. This is followed
by a semi – facetious exchange, including Mr Birchley telling Gregory Nelligan that
135 he has “deep pockets” in relation to the number of “top-ups” that may be required.

Gregory Nelligan indicated that Mr Smerdon had already ordered five. Incidentally,
any suggestion that “top-ups” are feed and water is well and truly laid to rest by the
suggestion that Gregory Nelligan could carry them in his pockets. We would add that
we consider Mr Birchley’s credit to have been destroyed in cross-examination. We do
140 not accept him as a witness of truth.

Mr Birchley called as a witness Mr Aidan Holt, now a jockey in Northern Queensland,
but in 2015 employed as a strapper who came to Melbourne with Mr Birchley’s horse,
Pop ‘n Scotch. Mr Holt was a witness who did his best, but made a significant error in
relation to his careful evidence concerning the timetable followed on 3 November 2015
145 with Pop ‘n Scotch. This error had some impact upon the reliability of Mr Holt’s
evidence. Further, Mr Holt agreed that a “top-up” could not sensibly mean feed. All
in all, Mr Holt’s evidence did not assist Mr Birchley.

Our conclusion concerning Mr Birchley is this. We are comfortably satisfied that the
charge against him has been made out and we find the charge proven."

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-09, 08:48 AM
Nathan Exelby reports in the CM today that Commissioner Ross Barnett has stated Birchley will be permitted to train until the RAD board decides what penalty is imposed .....the CM story explains that Birchley through his mouthpiece Travis Schultz's PR team that he intends to appeal the RAD board finding once the penalty is announced on Thursday....earlier reports suggested he would appeal directly he heard of the verdict.

I'll post the story directly.

Birchley pledges to appeal guilty verdict on race-day doping
NATHAN EXELBY


I’LL APPEAL: Liam Birchley.

THE Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has ruled that Liam Birchley can continue to train as normal until a penalty is handed down by Victoria’s Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board this week.

Birchley was one of eight licensees found guilty after some 271 charges were levelled related to race day treatments as part of the Aquanita inquiry yesterday.

Birchley, who was found guilty of three charges, has indicated he will appeal as soon as the penalty is handed down.

Both Victoria and NSW refused to take nominations from Birchley after charges were laid against him earlier this year, but he has been able to train in his home state.

Queensland’s Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said a decision would be made on his future after the penalty hearing.

“Mr Birchley, who was convicted along with seven others for offences relating to raceday treatment, can continue to nominate and to train racehorses in Queensland until the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board penalty is handed down,” Barnett said.

RAD Board chairman Judge John Bowman said Birchley was “what could be described as a non-paying customer of the services provided in relation to top-ups”.

He said Birchley’s claim that he barely knew Greg Nelligan, described by Judge Bowman as “the architect” of the top-up scheme, was contradicted in text messages that revealed “a good deal of familiarity.”

“We would add that we consider Mr Birchley’s credit to have been destroyed in crossexamination. We do not consider him to be a witness of truth,” Judge Bowman said.

“We are comfortably satisfied that the charge against him has been made out and we find the charge proven.”

Birchley’s legal representatives Travis Schultz Law issued a media release yesterday confirming a “devastated” Birchley would appeal against the decision.

“It’s unfortunate, and unexpected, that the RAD Board has ruled their decision this way,” principal Travis Schultz said.

“We strongly believe the stewards did not have sufficient evidence to support their case and Mr Birchley continues to maintain the charges were unsubstantiated.”

Schultz went on to say that in 35 years in the industry Birchley had never been charged with use of any illegal substance or race-day treatment of a horse under his care.

“His record is unblemished,” he said.

“My client has instructed me to continue to vigorously defend the charges and we look forward to lodging an appeal as soon as this hearing concludes.”

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-09, 08:25 PM
Birchley transfers horses
Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy   1:25pm

Queensland trainer Liam Birchley is preparing for Thursday morning's Aquanita Inquiry penalty hearing by transferring six of his racehorses that are due to race this weekend to another stable.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission approved the transfer of the horses to the stables of Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds at the request of Birchley.

One of eight people found guilty by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Tuesday for offences relating to race-day treatment, Birchley was found guilty of being party to the administration of race-day treatment on three occasions between November 2011 and November 2015.

Birchley's legal representatives announced shortly after the verdict on Tuesday that the trainer will be appealing the guilty decision.

The QRIC is awaiting Thursday's penalty hearing at the County Court in Melbourne before announcing what sanctions Birchley could face in Queensland.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said it was in the interest of the successful running of races in which the horses were running and nominated for this weekend that the Birchley-trained horses were transferred pending the penalty outcome.

The horses involved are Havasay, Natural Black, Super Suave, Real Princess, Noble Hussler and Say I Cee You.

They are all bound for races across Queensland this weekend.

The RAD Board will hear submissions on penalty from legal counsels from 10am on Thursday, with Chairman Judge John Bowman indicating penalties will be announced later in the afternoon.ENDS

Jolly decent of him....... I expect he's expecting the worst and if so you would think he'll apply for and be granted a stay of proceedings until any appeal is determined so the transfer is the sensible thing to do.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/QRIC-Media-Release-_-QRIC-approves-transfer-of-Birchley-horses.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-10, 04:59 PM
Media release
10 May 2018
One year ban for Birchley
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has today upheld the Victorian Racing
Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) board’s one year disqualification from racing for Brisbane trainer
Liam Birchley.

Commissioner Ross Barnett said the QRIC would enforce the penalty decision under the
Australian Rules of Racing.

Mr Birchley, one of Queensland’s biggest thoroughbred trainers was along with seven others found
guilty of dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable practice in that they were party
to the administration of alkalinising agents and/or medications to a horse or horses on a raceday.

Mr Barnett said the one year disqualification highlighted the importance of maintaining the integrity
standards of racing nationwide and would be enforced.

“These are very serious charges and while the majority of racing participants obey within the rules
of racing it is incumbent on regulators to ensure those who do not, are sufficiently punished,” he
said.

“I congratulate the work of Racing Victoria stewards for their work in investigating and bringing this
matter to a conclusion.

“Under the ban Mr Birchley is disqualified from training horses for one year and he will have seven
days to transfer all horses under his care to other registered trainers or make application to the
Chief Stipendiary Steward for an extension period.


Yesterday, Mr Birchley transferred six horses due to run this weekend to Gold Coast trainer Toby
Edmonds.
END

Seeing that Birchley intends to appeal the RAD board decision the grounds for which have not been revealed it'll be up to  VCAT to decide the merits of his appeal which based on experience is unlikely to be heard for some time so it would be reasonable to think  he will apply for and be granted a stay of proceedings..I presume QCAT would be the place to go to.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-11, 07:05 PM
Media release
11 May 2018
Three month ban for Toowoomba stable hand
A QRIC Stewards Inquiry has today disqualified Currie Racing stable hand Cameron Schwenke for three
months effective immediately.
The Mark Currie Inquiry has been adjourned until 21 May to review the evidence tabled so he can make
submissions in defence of the charges he faces.
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said he expected Mr Currie’s matter to be finalised then and he will
remain suspended until the Inquiry is finalised.
“Mr Schwenke was found guilty of AR 175 (a) dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable
action or practice in connection with racing,” he said.
“He is guilty of assisting in the administration of a substance to race horses Boomwa, Giveus a Cuddle,
Gully Command, Hang, With A Promise, Publishing Power and Ruetigger on the morning of 7 April 2018,
the same day they were engaged to race at the Toowoomba Turf Club which, in the opinion of QRIC
Stewards, was an improper practice,” he said.
“Under the rules of racing, treatment on race day with any form of medication is unlawful and this can
include products which may be permitted on non-race days.
“Stewards were satisfied that Mr Schwenke assisted in the administration of a substance. As the
administration occurred on a race day and given orally, it was in breach of the rules of racing.
“The reconvened Inquiry for the second suspended stable hand Greg Britnell has been adjourned to 19 May.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-11, 07:12 PM
The date of commencement  of Liam Birchley's 1 year disqualification is to be determined by submissions to the RAD board he is not permitted to start a horse from 10th May.

Hopefully QRIC is aware of this if not they ought to be.......if they read Punters.com  or the report posted earlier by my good self.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-12, 08:55 PM
Watch the replay of the 10,000 and see if you notice anything unusual with Jeff Llyod's whip action inside the last 100m...... there's nothing in the stewards report ........

Care To Think made an abnormal noise and has to have an endoscopy before it can race again.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Wenona on 2018-May-12, 11:57 PM
Looks like he loses the whip - gets quite high and upright in the saddle as well - maybe he became unbalanced - he might have even thrown the whip away.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-13, 06:40 PM
Looks like he loses the whip - gets quite high and upright in the saddle as well - maybe he became unbalanced - he might have even thrown the whip away.

That's what I thought but today on TV returning to scale he was carrying a whip......a mystery which we'll probably never solve... it's not in my job description.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-15, 08:16 PM
Media release
15 May 2018
Currie stable hand suspended for providing false evidence
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has today suspended a Currie Racing stable
hand for providing false evidence to Stewards.
At a Stewards Inquiry today licensed stable hand Silde Canda was found guilty of providing false
evidence during an investigation contrary to AR 175 (g) and suspended for three months.
On Thursday 10 May, members of the Integrity Investigation Team (IIT) interviewed Mr Canda at the
QRIC office at Clifford Park Toowoomba as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged race day
treatment of horses from Currie Racing in the lead up to the Weetwood Carnival.
During the interview Mr Canda was required to produce his mobile phone but he said his mobile
phone was at home as it was not working due to accidently being smashed the previous night.
Further enquiries proved this to be untrue and the fully operational phone was recovered from Mr
Canda’s vehicle. The phone was seized and is being examined.
Investigations are continuing to determine whether Mr Canda was counselled by another person to
be deceptive and uncooperative with QRIC Stewards.
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said any licensed participant who makes a false or misleading
statement about any matter under investigation was committing an offence.
“The Rules of Racing place a clear obligation on licensees to be truthful when Stewards question
them about an investigation,” he said.
“We will not tolerate racing participants who try to impede or defeat this, or any other investigation.
“When being interviewed racing participants must think carefully about the future consequences of
their answers and their actions. If we prove they are being untruthful we will take the appropriate
action.”
END

That's the end of his employment contract unless he can get a stay of proceedings.....a severe penalty three months without income.
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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-19, 09:50 PM



Media release
19 May 2018
Currie stable hand guilty of 15 race day treatment charges
Currie Racing stable hand Greg Britnell has today been found guilty of 15 charges relating to race
day treatment and disqualified for eighteen months at a reconvened QRIC Stewards Inquiry.
“QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said Mr Britnell was found guilty of a total of 15 charges relating
to race day administration,” he said.
“He is guilty of seven charges on 7 April 2018 under AR 178E that he without the permission of the
Stewards administered a medication on race day and a single charge under AR175 (a) of an
improper practice in connection with Givus a Cuddle, Gully Command, Hang, Publishing Power,
Ruettiger, With a Promise and Boomwaa prior to the Toowoomba Turf Club race meeting.
“Mr Britnell was found guilty of seven similar charges relating to 24 March 2018 including assisting
in administering a medication to Gully Command, and administration of a medication to With a
Promise, Publishing Power, Hang and Givus a Cuddle the same day they were engaged to race at
Doomben or at Gatton. These charges included four charges under AR178E for race day
administration and three charges under AR175(a) for an improper practice.
“Under the rules of racing, treatment on race day with any form of medication is unlawful and this
can include products which may be permitted on non-race days.”
Mr Britnell is the third stable hand to be suspended since the Ben Currie Hursley Rd Toowoomba
stable was the subject of suspicious activity on Weetwood Day on 7 April.
Cameron Schwenke was suspended on 11 May after being found guilty of assisting in the
administration of a substance to seven race horses on Weetwood Day and Silde Canda was found
guilty of providing false evidence during the investigation and suspended for three months on 15
May.
As part of the continuing investigation into breaches of the rules of racing regarding race day
treatment Mark Currie’s reconvened Inquiry will be held on Monday 21 May.
ENDS.

Another Media Release :   Wanted Man found.......alive and well.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/news/wanted-man-found-during-qric-stable-inspection/


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-May-20, 03:47 AM


---------- is there no record or mention of the nature of the 'treatment' -- were there any positive swabs -- pre or post -- were these substantial offences or is 'same day' enough for over and out.

It is unlikely that those penalized could afford to take an appeal to the proper courts.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-21, 07:16 PM
Media release
21 May 2018
Two year disqualification for Trainer Mark Currie
Toowoomba licensed trainer Mark Currie has been found guilty of 16 charges relating to race day
treatment and despite a not guilty plea he was disqualified for two years at a reconvened Stewards
Inquiry in Brisbane today.
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said stewards today concluded an Inquiry into the activities of Mr
Currie on 24 March and 7 April 2018 at the Hursley Rd Toowoomba stables of licensed trainer Ben
Currie.
“Mark Currie appeared today at the QRIC Brisbane headquarters to answer to 12 charges under AR
178E relating to the administration of a medication to a horse on race day without the permission of
the stewards and four charges under AR 175 (a) relating to improper practice,” he said.
“Stewards found Mr Currie guilty of administering medication to Gully Command, Publishing Power,
Hang, and Giveus A Cuddle on 24 March, the same day they raced at Doomben and causing With
A Promise to be administered a medication that same day.
“Mr Currie was also found guilty of causing Giveus A Cuddle, Gully Command, Publishing Power,
Ruettiger, With A Promise and Boomwa to be administered with a medication on 7 April, the same
day they were engaged to run at Toowoomba.
“The improper practice charges relate to race horses Gully Command, Publishing Power and Hang
on 24 March when they raced at Doomben, Giveus A Cuddle on 24 March before it raced at Gatton
and Boomwa, Giveus A Cuddle, Gully Command, Hang, With A Promise, Publishing Power and
Ruetigger on 7 April before they raced at Toowoomba.”
Commissioner Barnett said these were serious charges and the rules of racing are clear in respect
to race day treatment.
“While it is more than six weeks since the ongoing investigation began into suspicious activity at the
Currie Racing stables in Toowoomba, it is expected to be sometime before it is concluded,” he said.
ENDS.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-24, 09:24 AM
Ben Currie to front QRIC Inquiry Toowoomba thoroughbred trainer Ben Currie has been issued a direction to appear at a reconvened Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards Inquiry on Monday 28 May, as part of the ongoing investigation into race day treatment at his Hursley Rd Toowoomba stables. ENDS.

Will there be any charges we'll find out sometime Monday what's in the stewards' minds.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-May-24, 11:17 AM
Ben Currie to front QRIC Inquiry Toowoomba thoroughbred trainer Ben Currie has been issued a direction to appear at a reconvened Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards Inquiry on Monday 28 May, as part of the ongoing investigation into race day treatment at his Hursley Rd Toowoomba stables. ENDS.

Will there be any charges we'll find out sometime Monday what's in the stewards' minds.


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From you mate on letsgohorseracing....

No doubt once again LETSGOHORSERACING will be accused by Ben Currie’s legion of fans (not to mention those close to his family) of using the Whinge as a vehicle to attack the stable. That isn’t the case but as we have always said, if you don’t like what we publish then don’t read it.

and then a bit further down.....

It might be too early to crack open the champagne and start celebrating just yet (everyone is entitled to their right of appeal)

and then in the very next paragraph....

Now before anyone starts branding us gutless or cowards for hiding behind anonymity,

Beat me to it.

Has Ben Currie actually been charged yet, let alone have a chance to defend himself? Why is he talking about cracking open the champagne?

The term "trial by media" comes to mind. All done and dusted, isn't it.

Just like Peter Moody when the media found him guilty of being a drug cheat long before he was found guilty of a much lesser charge i.e. presenting a horse.

We are entering a scary period of "trial by social media" where there doesn't appear to be any rules about someone getting their day in court.

I don't know Ben Currie or any of his family, and am not totally across what he has rumoured to have done.

But I do know he has zero chance of getting a fair hearing.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-24, 07:56 PM
PP the Wednesday Whinge is a forum for anyone with an axe to grind .....the quotes you refer to Champagne  etc  were not editorial comment by the website owner .....my mate as you call him ........ but opinions from persons who asked that their identities not be disclosed ........the writers of the post you referred to claim to be a group of long time hard working trainers who think QRIC is doing or has done a great job....that's an opinion not everyone is a member of the QRIC cheer squad or the Ben Currie fan club.
 
So far Ben Currie hasn’t been charged with anything...... at this point only a couple of his stable hands and his father have been charged with alleged breaches of the Rules and have been  disqualified ...where it goes on Monday when Currie hisself fronts the stewards we’ll have to wait and see ...as for not getting a fair hearing I don't know on what basis you claim to know that......it's only your predetermined opinion with no substantial facts to back it up....and not worth the paper it is written on .

That's my opinion. :thumbsup:


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Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-May-24, 08:37 PM
...where it goes on Monday when Currie hisself fronts the stewards we’ll have to wait and see ... 

That was my point - one obviously not shared by the author as he gets ready to crack open the champagne.....


...as for not getting a fair hearing I don't know on what basis you claim to know that......i
 

He will not get a fair hearing if he is tried and found guilty in the media like this bloke letsgohorseracing has done.

C'mon - you know exactly what I'm talking about  ;)
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-May-24, 10:05 PM
PP, doubt you would have convicted Charles Manson.
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-May-25, 01:36 AM
PP, doubt you would have convicted Charles Manson.

Conviction/Proven Innocent is a different thing to getting a fair hearing gunbower.

It (getting your day in court) is one of the rudiments of a civilized society.

With the emergence of social media, and the trend of not checking those who convict with a few keystrokes and an uninformed opinion, it follows that we are losing our "civilization" and regressing back to the days when people were lynched on the spot.
Title: QRIC
Post by: sobig on 2018-May-28, 07:07 PM
Currie on 31 charges

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/QRIC-Media-Release_-Ben-Currie-on-31-charges.pdf
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-May-28, 08:57 PM
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said the Stewards direction to Mr Currie today was part of the ongoing investigation into race day treatment at the Currie Racing Hursley Rd Toowoomba stables.

Everyone is equal before the law, no matter their profile and each case is prosecuted on its merits," he said.

  emthup
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-29, 09:14 AM
Currie is charged not unexpectedly but not convicted...and according to Commissioner Ross Barnett further investigations are in progress......he  joins the long line of others involved in alleged improper practices..... team driving and pulling them up............to date only Bart Cockburn has been found guilty as charged penalty $5K fine and loss of licence...... Dayle March and Leonard Cain charged with match fixing but the court found  insufficient evidence to convict ..they're free......others reported as having been up to no good   as far as I know haven't had their charges heard.....,Mick Grant former employee of Kevin Thomas and subsequent trainer in his own right ...Marshall Dobson former TV presenter and well known in harness racing  from The Gap still not finalized .......Trainer /driver Shane Graham......Vickie Rasmussen ....Trista Dixon....Matt Neilsen...Everton Park punter not named in the press.....Liam Birchley awaiting VCAT hearing and training under a stay .....Currie expects similar consideration in applying to QCAT...so the upshot is there are lots of charges publicized by media releases but not yet finalized and no progress reports or media releases on how much longer it'll be before the matters are finalized one way or the other...there's an old saying justice delayed is justice denied....QRIC needs to get cracking and let us know where they are at in finalizing these outstanding cases.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-29, 07:43 PM
UNFINISHED  BUSINESS
Punters.com report & opinion
Ben Currie raceday treatment case a test for QRIC
By Nick Hluchaniuk 7 hours ago
Ross Barnett has headed up the QRIC since its establishementImage: News Corp
The Brisbane winter carnival has been set against the backdrop of a lengthy investigation into raceday treatment at the stables of leading Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie.

On Monday the inquiry reached a crescendo, with Queensland's leading trainer charged with 31 offences spanning two years.

There was a whiff of something afoot in the lead-up to Weetwood day at Toowoomba on April 7, when the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) took the unusual step of issuing a press release on the Friday signalling the integrity team would be out in force.

The following day QRIC stewards opened an inquiry into suspicious activity at Currie's Hursley Road stables on the morning of the races.

Subsequently Currie and four other employees at the Toowoomba stables have been charged.

Stewards have charged and disqualified Ben's father Mark, a licensed trainer in his own right.

Mark Currie was given a two-year ban by the QRIC last week after being found guilty by the commission of 16 charges relating to raceday treatment.

It followed stablehand Greg Britnell receiving an 18-month disqualification after being found guilty of 15 charges.

Fellow stablehands Cameron Schwenke and Silde Canda also received penalties, with Schwenke disqualified for three months after being found guilty of assisting in the administration of a substance while Canda was suspended for three months for providing false evidence during an investigation.

However the challenging part of the investigation is yet to come for the QRIC.

It is likely that Mark Currie and Britnell will appeal their findings.

Attention will then turn to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and whether QRIC can get the charges to stick.

Ben Currie has also pleaded not guilty to all charges and made clear on Monday he would be appealing against a stewards' order stipulating that any nomination or acceptance under the trainer's name would be rejected until the inquiry concludes.

Past legal troubles and the establishment of QRIC
 
Having charges hold up when challenged outside of the racing industry has been an issue in the sunshine state, although many of the cases predate the establishment of the QRIC.

Back in 2015 a number of disqualifications against trainers for cobalt charges were quashed due to an embarrassing legal loophole.

It was a shambolic situation, leading to a change to the Queensland Racing Act after the testing centres used to identify cobalt were not accredited under the Act.

RQ were also left to foot the bill of the legal costs incurred by the trainers.

The following year an independent statutory body was established in the form of the QRIC, born out of the inquiry into the regulation of the Queensland greyhound racing industry after the live baiting scandal.

A recommendation from the inquiry was for the separation of the commercial and integrity aspects of the industry, allowing for Racing Queensland to focus on the business of racing while the newly formed commission would focus on ensuring integrity within the industry.

Then racing minister Grace Grace said QRIC would be 'the tough cop on the beat that Queensland racing needs to restore public confidence in the industry'.

"It will have additional powers above and beyond those previously held by Racing Queensland to maintain integrity across all three codes of racing," she said.

Before the Currie inquiry, QRIC's biggest investigation had been into race-fixing within the harness racing industry.

In October 2017, former driver Barton Cockburn pleaded guilty to three charges of match fixing in the Brisbane Magistrates' Court and was fined $5,000, however cases against two other participants, Dayl March and Leonard Cain, were dismissed by the Court citing a lack of evidence.

March and Cain immediately had their licences reinstated after the charges were dropped.

There have been other issues for the QRIC including a case involving Currie in 2017. 

The Toowoomba trainer appealed a guilty finding of presenting a horse with the prohibited substance Boldenone at Rockhamption.

His appeal was set to be heard by QCAT, however QRIC withdrew the positive swab charge before it reached the tribunal and paid for Currie's legal costs.

A lag in appeals being heard has also been an issue.

Apprentice jockey Stephanie Lacy was given a one-month suspensions by stewards over a handling charge in a race at the Sunshine Coast on July 23 last year.

Her appeal wasn't heard by QCAT until April this year where the suspension was overturned.

It followed a similar case the previous year involving Josh Oliver.

The jockey was critical of the time taken to have his appeal heard.

“It has cost me a lot of money to get to this point, plus I also missed out on a winning ride at the Gold Coast when I was stood down before being granted a stay of proceedings,” Oliver told the Courier Mail  in February 2017.

A similar wait can now be expected in the case of Currie.

With stewards having placed a ban on his runners until the inquiry concludes, Currie's legal representation will go to QCAT on Tuesday to lodge their stay application against this decision, one which they expect to be granted by the tribunal. 

As QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett noted on Monday, the Currie investigation is some time off from being complete.

UPDATE.

Ben Currie stay application delayed
about an hour ago by AAP

A stay application by Queensland trainer Ben Currie against a stewards' order preventing his horses from racing, pending the hearing of a racing rules inquiry against him, has been delayed.

At a stewards hearing on Monday, Currie was charged with 31 breaches of racing rules dating back two years and stewards ordered that any Currie nominations or acceptances were to be rejected pending completion of the inquiry.

Currie's lawyers filed paperwork at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Tuesday morning seeking a stay to allow Curry to continue training until the charges are resolved.

There was no QCAT member available to hear the application which was then listed for 9.30am on Wednesday.

The charges against Currie include illegal race day treatment, improper practice, and using shockwave therapy within seven clear days of competition.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission boss Ross Barnett said the serious nature of the charges against Currie had been the reasoning behind the stewards' order that any nomination or acceptance under Currie's name would be rejected until the Inquiry concluded.

Four people have already been disqualified or suspended as a result of an inquiry opened by QRIC stewards after allegations were made by integrity officers about activities at Currie's stables on April 7.

Currie's father and foreman Mark Currie has been disqualified for two years on 16 charges arising out of the inquiry into the April 7 activities and allegations about other horses on March 24.

Mark Currie's application for a stay pending his appeal will also be heard on Wednesday.

Stable employees Greg Britnell (18 months disqualification), Cameron Schwenke (three months disqualification), and Silde Canda (three months suspension) have all been outed as a result of the inquiry. ENDS


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Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-May-29, 10:55 PM
Ben Currie has 5 horses in tomorrow at Ipswich.

If the hearing is at 9.30 a.m., and assuming QCAT turn up, and the appeal is turned down I suppose his horses will be late scratchings?

Or are his runners allowed to go around tomorrow regardless?

It would be an interesting situation if the hearing runs past 11.58 a.m. because his horse Victory Toast is engaged in the 2nd race.

Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-May-30, 11:23 AM
Ben Currie has 5 horses in tomorrow at Ipswich.

If the hearing is at 9.30 a.m., and assuming QCAT turn up, and the appeal is turned down I suppose his horses will be late scratchings?

Or are his runners allowed to go around tomorrow regardless?

It would be an interesting situation if the hearing runs past 11.58 a.m. because his horse Victory Toast is engaged in the 2nd race.

All scratched.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-30, 05:50 PM
The CM reported that Ben Currie's application for a stay of proceedings was to be heard at QCAT eatly today....... when I looked this morning his name wasn't listed...but his father Mark's application was listed to be heard at 1,30pm today......now there's no sign of either father or son's name on the Daily List......very strange.

 http://www.qcat.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/153245/31-May-2018.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-30, 07:40 PM
Media release
30 May 2018
Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie refused interim stay
A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) submission to oppose an interim stay of
proceedings for Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie at the Queensland Civil and Administrative
Tribunal (QCAT) today has been granted.

On Monday 28 May Mr Currie was charged with 31 breaches of the Australian Rules of Racing and
ordered that any nomination or acceptance under Mr Currie’s name will be rejected until the Inquiry
concludes. Subsequently he will be allowed to exercise the horses listed in his stable only.

The further request to adjourn the stay application hearing until Friday 1 June 2018 was also
granted to give QRIC more time to prepare submissions.


Mr Currie who did not attend today’s stay application hearing, but was represented by counsel has
been directed to appear in person on Friday.

In a separate hearing also at QCAT today, both parties consented to allow a stay of proceedings
for his father Trainer Mark Currie until the QRIC Internal Review is released.

Stewards disqualified Mr Mark Currie for two years at a reconvened Stewards Inquiry on 21 May.

Mr Currie’s licence to train will be reinstated for a period of five days after his Internal Review is
received.
ENDS

That's a turnup for the books who would've thought it likely....only until Friday when it'll be further argued.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-31, 07:41 AM
Behind the scenes cover from Nathan Exelby on the Currie's QCAT hearings yesty.Nathan's working late to bring us this piece.

"Hearing for Queensland trainer Ben Currie adjourned to Friday
Nathan Exelby, The Courier-Mail
May 30, 2018 7:18pm
THE Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Wednesday night denied an interim stay of proceedings application on behalf of Toowoomoba trainer Ben Currie and adjourned the hearing to Friday.

Wayne Kelly, acting for QRIC, had requested an adjournment to Friday so further legal representation could be present on behalf of the commission, and Acting Senior Member Joanne Brown granted that application.

Currie is facing 31 charges emanating from a stewards inquiry on Monday alleging race day treatments, the use of shockwave therapy within seven days of a race, improper practice and providing false evidence. He has pleaded not guilty to all 31 charges.

Legal representatives for Ben Currie, Jim Murdoch QC and Michael O’Connor, had argued for an interim stay to be granted under that scenario, so that Currie could accept for runners from his stable at Gatton on Saturday and Toowoomba on Sunday.

QRIC’s order that his nominations and acceptances be refused had already meant Currie runners were scratched from Ipswich on Wednesday, and unable to accept for Saturday’s feature Sunshine Coast meeting.

“I am satisfied the public interests outweigh the private interests of Mr Currie,” Member Browne said.

Currie did not attend Wednesdays’s proceedings but has been ordered to appear on Friday, from 10am, so he can be cross-examined.


Trainer Ben Currie.
Earlier, Murdoch vented his frustration that QRIC refused to grant a stay on Tuesday night so that acceptances could be taken from Currie, pending the outcome of yesterday’s hearing.

“The final decision on penalty is not yet imposed,” he said.

“It appears the regulatory body (QRIC) is already anticipating a (guilty finding) and penalty. This is all highly pre-emptive on the part of the respondent.

“He has had no chance to defend the charges yet, or no proper basis to go into the merits of the charges.

“Normal procedure is to grant an interim stay. This has severe implications for him.

“He had four horses nominated for the Sunshine Coast on Saturday and that’s an opportunity lost forever, to the great detriment of those owners.”

Kelly countered that Currie had enough time to have horses switch stables so as to not impose a penalty on his owners.

“Mr Currie was advised he could transfer his horses into another trainer’s name so there would be no detriment to his owners,” Kelly said.

“He chose not to. Liam Birchley was in the same boat (before he was granted a stay of proceedings at VCAT after being handed a one-year disqualification). He transferred his horses until the stay was granted.

“Currie can transfer those horses. If he elected not to, it’s purely a matter for him.”

Murdoch said it was an unrealistic suggestion that Currie could “overnight” find a suitable trainer to transfer some 80 horses to.

When the hearing convenes on Friday, Currie’s team is expected to submit that stewards have failed to provide any adequate reasons to support his suspension, and that there is no credible evidence upon which the stewards could rely to find him guilty.

In between yesterday’s Ben Currie hearing, QRIC conceded to allow his father Mark a stay of proceedings after their application for an adjournment of that matter was rejected.

Mark Currie has been disqualified for two years and the stay is applicable until five days after his Internal Review is handed down – which is likely to be next week – should that review confirm the stewards’ decision.
 
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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-May-31, 07:23 PM
Media release
31 May 2018
Currie horses transferred to Toowoomba Trainers

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards have today approved the transfer of some of
the ‘Ben Currie Racing’ horses due to race this weekend to two Toowoomba Trainers.

Stewards have declined an application from Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie to transfer horses into
his father Mark Currie’s name in the best interests of the racing industry.

Ben Currie was yesterday denied an interim stay of proceedings at the Queensland Civil and
Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) relating to a Stewards order preventing him from nominating or
accepting to race following being charged with 31 alleged breaches of the Australian Rules of
Racing.

Following an adjournment the stay application will resume at QCAT tomorrow.

In a separate hearing at QCAT yesterday his father, Mark Currie had his stay of proceedings
application granted by consent until his Internal Review is released. This follows a two year
disqualification handed out on May 21 on 21 charges relating to race day treatment. Mark Currie is
not the registered trainer of the ‘Ben Currie Racing’ stable of horses.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said trainers were responsible for notifying their
connections if there were impacts on their licence, this provided owners with the opportunity to
transfer their horses to another licensed Trainer with the approval of the Stewards.
ENDS

Neville Saunders & Mick Nolan are the recipients of this temporary  beneficial decision.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-May-31, 07:37 PM
Is this really serious ? Are you saying that they have allowed the transfer of horses to Neville Saunders ?Check his form guide.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-May-31, 08:24 PM

......correction

                                           'justice denied' is the criminal negligence of a lawyer not paid
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-01, 06:11 PM
Media release
1 June 2018
Ben Currie ok to train until Internal Review

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) today granted Toowoomba Trainer Ben
Currie a stay of proceedings until the Internal Review decision in relation to the Stewards direction
is finalised.

QCAT denied Mr Currie an interim stay on Wednesday this week after the stay of proceedings
hearing was adjourned until today.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said today’s outcome was the decision of the independent umpire
and Mr Currie was now free to resume training until five days after he received the Internal Review
decision.

“Mr Currie lodged an Internal Review application earlier this week and the Internal Reviewer has
twenty business days to consider it,” he said.

“The QRIC Stewards Inquiry where Mr Currie faces 31 breaches of the Australian Rules of Racing
was adjourned at his request on Monday, 28 May for him to prepare his defence and is expected to
resume later this month.”
ENDS.

Seems a bit mysterious the 31 charges not yet concluded an Internal Review application made and he can train until five days after he received the Internal Review
decision........it appears from the above that QRIC expects the IR to support the stewards findings......maybe an incorrect assumption on my part but one IMO open to that interpretation ...what's Peter Mair think?

Punters.com report :-

Currie allowed to train after being granted a stay of proceedings
about an hour ago by AAP
Ben Currie has had a win at QCATImage: Twitter - Ben Currie
Queensland's leading trainer Ben Currie has been granted a temporary stay of a suspension allowing him to continue training for the time being.

In a complicated legal ruling, Currie was granted a stay until five days after an internal review of the decision on Monday by stewards to charge him with race day treatment offences.

Under Queensland legislation Currie is entitled to an internal review within 20 days of any suspension decision.

But the internal review might not be held before the charges against Currie are expected to be heard on June 18.

Friday's stay follows a week-long legal process after Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards suspended Currie when they charged him with 31 offences related to race day treatments dating back two years.

Currie has pleaded not guilty.

He sought the stay of the suspension and after two adjournments the stay application was heard in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday.

At the resumed hearing Jim Murdoch QC argued not to grant Currie a stay would be a huge financial burden for the trainer and unfair since he had not been convicted of anything.

QRIC opposed the stay on the grounds the charges were serious and a matter of integrity.

QCAT member Joanne Browne found Currie could have a stay until five days after his internal review was heard and then finalised.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said the outcome was the decision of the independent umpire and Currie was now free to resume training for the time being.

"Mr Currie lodged an Internal Review application earlier this week and the Internal Reviewer has twenty business days to consider it," he said.

Outside the hearing Murdoch said it was hard to put a timeline on a resolution of the case because he was yet to see particulars of the charges against Currie.

"We might want better particulars which means the actual hearting of the charges might be delayed," he said.


Ben Currie facing 31 charges

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-02, 10:12 AM
Currie’s runners granted reprieve
NATHAN EXELBY
@@xlbnathan_cmail


QCAT HEARING: Ben Currie.

TOOWOOMBA trainer Ben Currie last night won his stay of proceedings application to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, meaning he can have runners again from next week.

The horses that were transferred to other stables for today’s Gatton meeting and tomorrow at Toowoomba will remain in those stables.

Currie has been granted a stay until five days after his Internal Review decision is handed down, at which time he will need to seek another stay should the internal review confirm the stewards’ decision.

The Internal Review was lodged by Currie this week and a decision has to be made within 20 working days.

Separate to that, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has proposed a date of June 18 for the inquiry into the 31 charges made against Currie on Monday to be heard. It has committed to providing Currie and his legal team with the evidence for that case by Monday.

Yesterday, acting senior QCAT member Joanne Browne ruled that Currie does have an arguable defence and the “balance of convenience” lies with him, and therefore granted the stay application.

Member Browne also noted that Currie had been “denied procedural fairness”.

The tribunal heard Currie has 15 full-time staff and outgoing expenses of nearly $140,000 per month.

“If I don’t get the stay, it would ruin me as a trainer. I’m done,” Currie told the tribunal.

Jim Murdoch, QC, for Currie, criticised the QRIC for not publicly releasing the results of swabs taken from Currietrained horses on April 7.

“The Commission (QRIC) could do much to clear up the saga created by the spectacular raids on the Currie stable by releasing the results of swabs in the horses,” he said.

Scott McLeod, for the QRIC, said what underpinned stewards’ decision to not take nominations of acceptances from Currie was “to protect the industry itself”.

Member Browne did not agree with McLeod’s assertion that given the June 18 time frame, the orders imposed by stewards would not significantly hurt Currie’s business.

“He will have lost all of his horses by June 18,” she said.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-04, 08:40 PM
Media release
4 June 2018
Ben Currie guilty and fined $5000 on substance charge

Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie has lost an appeal against a 2016 prohibited substance
(Methamphetamine) conviction at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

On 21 December 2016 a QRIC Stewards Inquiry found Mr Currie guilty after a post-race urine sample
collected from Party Till Dawn after it won at Toowoomba on 16 July 2016 was found to contain the
prohibited substance.

Stewards charged him with a breach of AR 178 relating to presenting a horse to race with a
prohibited substance in its system and subsequently fined him $9000.

Specifically; subject to AR.178G, when any horse that has been brought to a racecourse for the
purpose of engaging in a race and a prohibited substance is detected in any sample taken from it
prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of
such horse at any relevant time may be penalised.

The Internal Review confirmed the original decision and penalty, but Mr Currie subsequently
appealed both at QCAT.

On 29 May 2018, QCAT’s decision confirmed the Stewards guilty verdict and fined the Toowoomba
Trainer $5000.
ENDS.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Jun-04, 10:10 PM


.......... as a keen observer, one can only say that whatever happens in Queensland, regarding racing, always looks like the clowns have been let loose while the ringmaster is AWOL.
Title: QRIC
Post by: JayDee on 2018-Jun-06, 01:21 AM
I don’t like to be critical of the statutory bodies upholding the integrity of the industry but it’s an absolute farce when a positive swab case detected in July 2016 is finally dealt with in May 2018. If that’s the system then change it. Political interference has been awfully detrimental to the racing industry over the past few decades and these delays with cases of all descriptions are as a direct result of that interference. Knee jerk reactions by pollies seeking media appeasement such as Bill Byrne have left us with this mess. And unfortunately the current minister seemingly is clueless as to how to assist the industry in any way. Stirling, get out of your friggin’ leather chair and talk to real industry people. And by the way Stirling, some of us live North of the Sunny Coast!
Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jun-06, 07:23 AM
Political interference has been awfully detrimental to the racing industry over the past few decades and these delays with cases of all descriptions are as a direct result of that interference.

I have been pointing this out for some time.

What is often blamed on the race club (and on the good people working for the statutory body) has it's roots in political ambivalence.

We had the same thing in NSW for years when people like Michael Egan were Treasurer.  A staunch anti-gambling Catholic who went to St Pats in Sutherland (same school as my daughters) he had this attitude "oh it's only gambling" and for years the local industry went backwards following the theft of any implied ownership of the TAB by the local industry when he floated it and pocketed all the money.

What characterizes governments like this is the "uninformed decision". Who actually took the decision to cut the budget of the refit of the Eagle Farm racecourse that resulted in disaster? I would suggest this was the Minister and the State Treasurer at the time - happy to be corrected.

 And where are these people now? Typically they are getting paid obscene amounts in spite of continually making "uninformed" decisions.

The bigger picture here is that Queensland Racing is a victim of a broad class of modern day white collar criminals parading as "politicians".
Title: QRIC
Post by: sobig on 2018-Jun-11, 04:13 PM
Announced today that former Singapore head steward Peter Chadwick has bee appointed chief steward in Queensland.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-11, 07:39 PM
Media release
11 June 2018
International search finds new Chief Thoroughbred Steward
An international recruitment drive has identified the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s
(QRIC) new Chief Stipendiary Thoroughbred Steward.
Peter Chadwick, has been called back to Australia from the Singapore Turf Club to take up the role
after it was thrown open to the world of racing earlier this year.
After 18 years working as a Steward at the Singapore Turf Club, more than 13 of those as Chief
Steward, Mr Chadwick has a mix of International and Australian thoroughbred adjudicating
experience.
His 28-year career highlights include commencing as a Cadet Steward in Western Australia, later
moving into stewarding roles in New South Wales, Tasmania, the ACT and back to WA as Senior
Stipendiary Steward before venturing overseas to hone his skills.
Commissioner Ross Barnett said Mr Chadwick was a welcome appointment to the Commission.
“We are fortunate to have attracted to Queensland a Chief Steward with a breadth of knowledge of
the world of racing and his international experience is a bonus,” he said.
“We received applicants from all over the world and as a result of a competitive open merit selection
process Mr Chadwick was selected for this important role.
“The importance of this senior leadership position for the Queensland thoroughbred industry cannot
be underestimated. Mr Chadwick brings years of experience to the Commission and he will be a
great contributor as we work to ensure the integrity standards of racing in this state are upheld.”
Commissioner Barnett said while QRIC welcomed a new Chief Steward, it is the end of an era in
Queensland as Allan Reardon steps down.
“I would like to acknowledge Allan’s contribution to the Commission as Chief Stipendiary Steward
since its commencement in mid-2016,” he said.
“Allan has worked with, mentored and gained the respect of staff and racing industry participants
Australia wide during his more than 41 years in racing.”
Mr Chadwick is expected to take up his role in Aug

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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Jun-11, 07:59 PM
The whole problem with the model they have in place in Queensland is that whoever is the Chief Steward answers to some ex Queensland coppers. History tells us why the model is flawed.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-13, 08:28 PM
Radio interview today on 4TAB with Obi and Steve Hewlett interrogating the soon to be chief steward Peter Chadwick despite the amateurish interview techniques I think Chadwick came across very well .......very patient and polite .....seemed well informed ..knows what he's walking into ...he said all the right things and appears to have his feet on the ground......should do well assuming he gets the cooperation of other members.......some of whom would probably have been capable of filling the position had the QRIC not been intent on getting an outsider to take over......we never liked outside appointments when the guvment appointed outsiders to public service positions overlooking suitably qualified persons who were interested in the promotion......when I was General Secretary we challenged one such outside appointment in the Native Affairs Dept had David Jackson QC lined up but we drew the short straw with Angelo Vasta the judge ......we lost.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Jun-13, 08:58 PM
You have nailed the problem. QRIC decides who it wants to be the "Racing Police ". Unfortunately that organization is riddled with ex-Queensland coppers and their mates. One of their senior investigators was flogging picture frames until one of his face book mates gave him a gig. Can't be much coin in  picture frames. Apart from the obvious problems of having ex- QUEENSLAND coppers in charge of anything remotely connected with integrity , most of them wouldn't have a clue which end the chaff goes in. To top all that the clown they made the Racing Minister got kicked out of his previous portfolio as Transport Minister because he failed to recognize that if you put more trains on , you need persons to drive them. Hardly inspires confidence does it ?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-15, 10:41 PM
Media release
15 June 2018
Commissioner well aware of perceived conflict

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission QRIC is well aware of a perceived conflict of interest
being divested by the newly appointed Chief Thoroughbred Steward Peter Chadwick.

Commissioner Ross Barnett said that while Mr Chadwick was Chief Steward in Singapore he had a
two per cent interest in an Australian race horse.

“After securing the position of QRIC Chief Thoroughbred Steward he informed me that he was taking
immediate steps to divest his ownership to ensure there was no actual or perceived conflict of
interest with his new role,” he said.

“That action is currently underway and will be completed before Mr Chadwick takes up his position
in Queensland in August.

“As far as I am concerned he has acted appropriately, and has acted well within our processes and
procedures to divest himself of this ownership once he knew the new role in Queensland was his.

“Mr Chadwick’s judgement has been sound and I have been well aware of the perceived conflict well
before it became an issue of speculation within the local racing industry.”


ENDS

This is rather irregular stewards having an ownership interest even one as small as 2% and in another jurisdiction........never heard of that being permitted before. ........ whether it can be brushed  over  as being in the process of divestment as QRIC contends is a  matter for  higher authority......IMO the CCC should look into this as a matter of urgency....also full disclosure as to the horse involved the trainer and other shareholders is necessary in the interests of proper transparency and accountability.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-16, 09:34 AM
SHARE GONE BEFORE JOB
NATHAN EXELBY

INCOMING Queensland chief thoroughbred steward Peter Chadwick will divest a share he owns in a NSW-trained racehorse before starting his appointment at the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission in August.

Under the rules of Singapore racing, Chadwick was permitted to have an interest in a horse outside of that country.

He had a two per cent share in the Team Hawkes-trained three-year-old Royal Phoenix.

QRIC commissioner Ross Barnett said he was aware of the “perceived conflict” before it became the subject of industry speculation this week.

“After securing the position of QRIC chief thoroughbred steward (Chadwick) informed me that he was taking immediate steps to divest his ownership to ensure there was no actual or perceived conflict of interest with his new role,” Barnett said. “That action is currently under way and will be completed before Mr Chadwick takes up his position in Queensland in August.

“As far as I am concerned he has acted appropriately, and has acted well within our processes and procedures to divest himself of this ownership once he knew the new role in Queensland was his.”ENDS

Nathan's investigative reporting skills elicited the horse is Royal Phoenix trained by Team Hawkes .....that should have been disclosed by Mr Barnett  but it wasn't ......going by the heading to the CM piece you would think Mr.Chadwick had divested hisself of his share before getting the job...but as the press release reveals that's not correct.....he's in the process of doing that ...understandably he wouldn't need to do that if he wasn't successful in being appointed ..still seems a strange situation that Singapore allows stewards to have ownership rights even though in areas outside their jurisdiction .....it appears that QRIC 's Media Release was made due to "industry speculation " in other words someone knew and was talking......so jumping to conclusions it was only after this "industry speculation " that the ownership issue came to light...the question is was QRIC aware of Mr Chadwick's legal right by Singapore standards to own a share in a racehorse  before they considered him the most suitable candidate for appointment...the CCC needs to run it's ruler over this issue and give it the All Clear signal before Mr Chadwick packs his bags....IMO QRIC should refer this itself before someone else beats them to the punch......and who are the other shareholders in Royal Phoenix..they might own horses in QLD which could present another perceived conflict of interest if subject to any stewards inquiry in QRIC jurisdiction......lots of questions few answers.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-16, 08:44 PM
superracing
Chief stipe Allan Reardon slams QRIC’s appointment process for new stewards’ boss
OUTGOING chief steward Allan Reardon has launched a scathing attack on the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s appointment process for his replacement.

Nathan Exelby
The Sunday Mail (Qld)JUNE 16, 20187:11PM

THE disconnect between the stewarding and official arm of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission was blown wide open on Saturday night when outgoing chief steward Allan Reardon launched a scathing attack on the appointment process for his replacement.

Singapore-based Peter Chadwick is set to take the reins in August but Reardon has taken exception to the fact Chadwick has been a registered part-owner of a horse racing in Australia.

QRIC released a statement on Friday where Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said he was aware of the ownership and that Chadwick had taken measures to divest his interest in the horse.

Reardon challenged Barnett’s statement and said he had spoken to at least one other member of the selection panel who was not aware of the situation.

The longtime chief stipe also took exception to a QRIC release earlier in the week which stated he was “stepping down”.

Outgoing chief steward Allan Reardon said he was “unhappy” about the process to choose his successor. Pictu Mark Cranitch
Outgoing chief steward Allan Reardon said he was “unhappy” about the process to choose his successor. Pictu Mark CranitchSource:News Corp Australia

Reardon, in fact, had applied for the position.

“This is not sour grapes on my part,” Reardon said. “I was always 100-1 to get the job again, but I feel for my colleagues who applied for the position in good faith and never had a chance.

“I am unhappy about the process. There is no integrity in the decision. We should change our name from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission to Queensland Racing Commission because there’s no integrity.

“I don’t know of any steward that has ever raced a horse.

“The decision is flawed. It’s more important to have that conflict of interest declared at the time (of the interview) than after the appointment. The man (Barnett) just doesn’t understand racing.”

Reardon said he was considering whether the matter should be referred to another authority, including the CCC (Crime and Corruption Commission).

Barnett on Saturday night said he stood by the comments he made on Friday that he was aware of the ownership issue.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett has defended the appointment of Peter Chadwick as the new chief steward.
Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett has defended the appointment of Peter Chadwick as the new chief steward.Source:Supplied

“But I never suggested other members of the panel were also aware,” he said. “The position of chief steward was determined on its merits, with an open merit selection process and a unanimous decision by the panel as to the successful appointee.

‘‘This ownership only becomes relevant if and when the person accepts the position. Up until then he was entitled to have ownership under the rules in Singapore.”


That's all very well but I think  Reardon is right in what he contends..... the ownership issue allowed by Singapore standards but not here was/is a potential conflict of interest and it appears it wasn't disclosed before Mr Chadwick was informed he was successful in his application.....if Mr Barnett is as confident in the appointment  process as he is asserting he should have no hesitation in asking the CCC to review the appointment and give it a nay or a yea...as QRIC is an arm of Guvment it would be expected that any appointment would require Executive Council approval......Stirling Hinchcliffe would have to submit a Minute for the appointment to go before EC....has he done so and is he aware of all the circumstances which have now come to light......you would expect him to make a statement as to where he stands.....if Reardon refers the matter to the CCC it'll look worse than it is if QRIC doesn't get in first.

Just to complete the picture these persons are listed as having an ownership interest in Royal Phoenix...thanks to RACENET.

Royal Phoenix Owners
T Pistikakis, R P Flannery, M A Mitchell, P J Chadwick, P R McGrath, D M Venner, M A Fowles, L M Fowles, R A Chapman, R W Gamble & Mrs J E Hawkes

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-18, 08:32 AM
Monday Mail: Chief steward Allan Reardon’s rocket exposes QRIC split
Nathan Exelby, The Courier-Mail
June 17, 2018 8:56pm
SATURDAY’S raw comments by outgoing chief steward Allan Reardon are symptomatic of the void between stewards and the police arm of QRIC since it came into being two years ago.

It’s no secret a number of stewards have been unhappy with the way the commission has operated.

Rightly or wrongly, they have felt like the poor cousins in the turbocharged integrity arm that was born out of the MacSporran Greyhound inquiry.

To say morale has been low in the stewarding ranks would be an understatement.

Reardon’s explosive spray was the culmination of two years of frustration and by no means a reflection of just his own sentiments.


Allan Reardon walks the track at Doomben in 2014. Pictu Mark Cranitch
It’s just that with his contract set to expire at the end of the month he had less to lose than his colleagues.

There was no public comment made from either side of the divide but it is believed Reardon can see out the final fortnight of his contract if he wishes.

But the explicit nature of the comments present a serious challenge for Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett.

In any work environment, having the respect of your entire team is crucial in achieving the best outcomes.

Right now, QRIC does not have this cohesion.

Incumbent chief stipe Peter Chadwick now faces the difficult prospect of chairing a panel that has reservations about his appointment.

More broadly he and Barnett need to work together to change the culture of a commission that is anything but united. ENDS

It'll be interesting to hear if there's any other voices on Davie Fowler's Press Room in a few minutes .....he always has Nathan on and Ross Barnett has been on before as has the previous Racing Minister you would think Davie would/ might have tried to get one of the above in the light of public interest in the appointment and the process.

Peter Chadwick was interviewed by Obi and Steve Hewlett last week so he's approachable or was then maybe not now as he's the ham in the sandwich.

Having a quick look at the RULES of the Malayan Racing Association I couldn't find the Rule which allows a Chief Steward to have an interest in the ownership of a racehorse or on one that doesn't...maybe Mr Barnett is more conversant with those rules and could quickly point out the relevant rule applicable to the Royal Phoenix share.

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The Press Release from the Singapore Turf Club is that Mr Chadwick takes up his appointment with QRIC in September.

http://www.turfclub.com.sg/MediaCenter/Pages/PressDetails.aspx?intNewsID=292&spListName=Press%20Releases#.WybndtIzbbg
RELINQUISHMENT OF CHIEF STIPENDIARY STEWARD ROLE AT SINGAPORE TURF CLUB
Norashikin Hasan
11/06/2018

RELINQUISHMENT OF CHIEF STIPENDIARY STEWARD ROLE AT SINGAPORE TURF CLUB
Norashikin Hasan
11/06/2018

11 June 2018
 
The Racing/Sports Editor
 
RELINQUISHMENT OF CHIEF STIPENDIARY STEWARD ROLE AT SINGAPORE TURF CLUB
 
Mr Peter Chadwick will be relinquishing the position of Chief Stipendiary Steward in September 2018 to take up the position of Chief Stipendiary Steward (Thoroughbreds) with Queensland Racing Integrity Commission in Queensland, Australia.
 
Mr Chadwick, joined the Singapore Turf Club in 2000 as a Stipendiary Steward. He was promoted to the post of Chief Stipendiary Steward in 2005. His leadership and experience has set a high standard for professionalism and integrity in horseracing in Singapore.
 
Singapore Turf Club thanks Mr Chadwick for his contributions to the Club and wishes him well in his next new appointment.
 
Mr Terry Bailey who is presently Chief Steward of Racing Victoria, will be assuming the position from Mr Chadwick in mid-August this year.

 
 
Issued by the Corporate Communications Department,
Singapore Turf Club
 
For enquiries, please contact:
 
Ms Celina Yeo
Head (Corporate Communications)
DID: 6879 1602
Email: CelinaYeo@turfclub.com.sg
 
Ms Yvonne Lee
Assistant Manager (Corporate Communications)
DID: 6879 1723
Email: YvonneLee@turfclub.com.sg
 
 



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Title: QRIC
Post by: Stan Still on 2018-Jun-18, 11:41 AM
Is anyone really surprised at this latest  :censored:  up, after all its racing queensland....stuffed tracks, stuffed turnover, trots just about non existant, dogs have gone to the dogs due to mis management, brc just a gather of spivs in suts, be much more economical to close the whole racing industry down and just bet on interstate and overseas events, like cycle racing in italy but then folks like us have nothing to do every day. let the disasters roll on.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Jun-18, 01:48 PM

Merging state racing industries

........... looking ahead, there is no separate future for racing in Queensland and South Australia.

It is not good policy for either state to be wasting, on redundant racing,  the takeout from their residents punting mainly on races in Victoria and NSW.

Ideally, both these states would be looking to merge their racing operations with NSW and Victoria and hammering out a program of high-quality, metropolitan carnival racing to be run locally occasionally.

Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Jun-18, 07:44 PM
QRIC is run by some ex-Queensland coppers who know little to nothing about Racing. They are what is best known colloquially as "plods" . Can you imagine a serious police officer such as some one like Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin or his ilk being seriously concerned about the minor matters that these plods at QRIC absorb themselves with every day. Of course not. The plods have simply achieved their level of competence. Serious police work would be far too challenging and therefore a useless State Government has foisted them on the Racing Industry at a huge cost to the taxpayer.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-19, 10:09 AM
The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing .We are told Peter Charwick leaves Singapore for QRIC in September that's from the horse's mouth,,,,Singapore Turf Club release .......another report has him starting here on 1st August while Terry Bailey is reported to be Chief steward in Singapore in July.......who knows what's going on ...from what I hear the CCC would refer any concerns about the process of Chadwick's appointment to the relevant agency ...and they would monitor the matter...like a half back get the ball ..problem in this case ......out of the scrum......and the agency that is responsible investigates itself.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-26, 02:52 PM
Nothing in this week’s edition of the QGG on the appointment of Peter Chadwick to the position of Chief Stipendiary Steward with QRIC or any update on whether Allan Reardon is going to the CCC  following the disclosure Mr Chadwick had a small 2% overseas ownership interest  which he is in the process of divesting. Thanks to Nathan Exelby who broke the story in the SM we were informed the horse in question is Royal Phoenix trained by Team Hawkes in Australia.

This information only came to light after it was announced that Mr. Chadwick was the successful applicant for this position, QRIC overlooking several experienced stewards currently employed.....causing Allan Reardon to publicly denounce the appointment process .

QRIC  Commissioner Ross Barnett is on record as stating he was aware of Mr Chadwick  having this overseas racehorse ownership but apparently did not inform the other selection panel members....Mr. Chadwick’s  ownership only  appears to have been made known after he was advised of his appointment .

Mr Barnett claimed that Mr Chadwick was entitled to have ownership in the horse as it was permitted  by the rules of the Singapore Turf Club.
 
On checking the Rules of the Malayan Racing Association I was unable to find any such rule. On contacting  the Malayan Racing Association  for them to  refer me to the relevant Rule of Racing….. Mr Allan Wee Yuan,  Assistant Manager ( Racing Registry & Development) replied on 20th June asking whether  I was referring to stipendiary stewards or racing stewards. …..but  he didn’t answer my question.
As yet I have had no further advice from him….. IMO it is logical to conclude there is no such rule as asserted to by Mr. Barnett


Under The Malayan Racing Association  the Rules refer to these groups of stewards namely...... Professional Racing Stewards, Racing Stewards, Stipendiary Stewards...
It is clear that under Part X111 Rule 157 (1)
Members of the panel of Stewards shall have no interest in horse or race
157 (1) No member of the panel of Stewards participating in official duties of any race or in any inquiry, investigation or hearing arising from or in connection with any race shall (1/8/12):

1.   have an interest in any bet in any horse entered for that race; or (1/8/12)
2.   have an interest in any horse, whether by himself or through his immediate family, servant or agent, which is entered for that race. (1/8/12)


The definitions of the various classes of stewards is of little help in determining the question asked but not answered by the Malayan Racing Association but I’m guessing that stewards appointed by local committees could possibly be drawn from persons who themselves own or have family connections to racehorse ownership in Singapore.

While there is no rule of the MRA as asserted to allowing stewards to have ownership of horses racing overseas it seems to me that in the absence of any rule both Messrs Chadwick and Barnett have by inference asserted that this supposed rule permitting ownership .....which doesn’t exist.... must be an unwritten one.

The question is does this bring the appointment process into disrepute as claimed by Allan Reardon or is it just another mistaken belief that could reasonably be relied on without affecting the final outcome whether  Mr Chadwick  is/was the best person for the job?

As stated previously I have no axe to grind against Peter Chadwick although I am surprised with his background of stewarding in Australia he would think it a good decision to invest in a share of a racehorse in Australia while holding down a stewards job hisself.

Possibly there's more to come.

Since filing the above post a few hours ago I've just received further information from another official from Singapore Mr Tan Kuo Ping (Head Racing Information & liaison) as follows :-


"The employment contracts in Singapore Turf Club forbid employees from having any interest in horses within the Malayan Racing Association (MRA) circuit. The MRA comprises of Singapore Turf Club, Selangor Turf Club, Perak Turf Club and Penang Turf Club.

There is silent rule regarding ownership of horses outside the MRA circuit. Hope this is what you are looking for.

As for the Corporate Communications contact, the information below is correct."ENDS


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-01, 11:44 AM
REARDON ISN’T DONE YET

(https://s33.postimg.cc/k6ug4wzpn/image_reardon.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/k6ug4wzpn/)

L to R Reid Sanders,Terry Bailey, Allan Reardon, Greg Rudolph and Ray Murrihy. Picture Trackside Photography.

ALLAN Reardon completed his tenure as Queensland’s chief steward at Caloundra yesterday but insists he still has more to offer the industry.

Reardon’s contract with QRIC expired yesterday, with his chief steward role set to be taken by Singapore-based Peter Chadwick next month. Daniel Aurisch will act in the chair until Chadwick starts.

Reardon gave QRIC and Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett an extraordinary roasting last month, effectively acting as his resignation letter from the commission.

Last week at Doomben, the Brisbane Racing Club convened a testimonial for Reardon and made him an honorary member of the club – the first steward to receive such an accolade.

The function garnered a who’s who of stewards in Australia, with Ray Murrihy, Terry Bailey, Reid Sanders and Greg Rudolph flying in, along with many of his colleagues on the Queensland panel.

Former colleagues Kim Kelly and Steve Railton sent messages of congratulations from Hong Kong.

“With due respect to the many great stewards I have worked with over the years, (Reardon) was the greatest reader of a race that I’ve ever encountered,” Kelly wrote.

“As a young cadet steward, it was something I aspired to.

“Queensland racing is poorer for Allan’s departure but richer for him having given so much over many years.”

Murrihy said he had known Reardon for more than 30 years and described Wednesday’s gatherins as the “creme de la creme of stewards around Australia”.

“We’ve all got a lot of admiration for what you’ve done and it’s been a great pleasure to come up and be part of the day,” Murrihy said.

Reardon said: “I thought there would be three people here. I’d like to thank you all for attending. It’s just been brilliant.

“I’m not sure where we go in our future, but I would still like to continue on in some way in the industry.”

There's a vacancy in Victoria if he could handle the weather.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-02, 08:37 AM
QRIC stewards lose out on Grant Dixon charges in a QCAT hearing before Ian Hanger QC who I consulted once in my former profession and he provided very sound advice.
In Dixon's case he observed in the Baron Jujon case    "Mere errors of judgement in the running of the race should not be penalised unless the conduct can be described as blameworthy. Having listened to Mr Dixon, and Mr Farquharson and considering the transcript of the Steward’s Inquiry and decision, I am not comfortably satisfied that the conduct of Mr Dixon can be considered worthy of blame.
 [34] I allow the appeal and set aside the decision of the stewards.

https://www.sclqld.org.au/caselaw/QCAT/2018/183

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-02, 09:05 AM
Appeals process again snookers commission CM Nathan Exelby

THE miserable strike rate of the QRIC at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal continued last week when top harness driver Grant Dixon had two charges against him dropped.

Dixon had been handed suspensions of six and eight weeks relating to two different drives that stewards deemed unacceptable, but QCAT member Ian Hanger set aside both, which were both heard at the same appeal.

Although the specific rule differs between harness and thoroughbred racing, the Dixon charges had a similar theme to last week’s two month ban handed to Damian Browne.

Comments made by Hanger underline how difficult it is for stewards to maintain a charge of this kind when appeals are taken to QCAT.

“Mere errors of judgment in the running of the race should not be penalised unless the conduct can be described as blameworthy,” Hanger wrote.

“Having listened to Mr Dixon, and Mr (David) Farquharson (harness racing chief steward) and considering the transcript of the steward’s inquiry and decision, I am not comfortably satisfied that the conduct of Mr Dixon can be considered worthy of blame.

“I have listened to the evidence, viewed the video from each angle and searched for conduct that might be described as blameworthy on the part of Mr Dixon.

“I take into account that he is the person who knows the horse; the fact that he formed the opinion that the extra lap plus the horse’s personality had placed it at a slight disadvantage, the fact that at the end of the race its pulse was much higher than it would normally be at the end of a race and the fact that it is Mr Dixon who must make the split second decisions that are required in the course of a race.

“I am not comfortably satisfied that Mr Dixon drove in an unacceptable manner.”

In summing up the case, Hanger also made the suggestion that QRIC would be better served seeking independent specialist witnesses.

“It would be more appropriate to call as a witness an independent expert who is not associated with the decision making process,” he wrote.

Browne will appeal his two month suspension, with the matter no doubt destined to end up in the hearing rooms of QCAT.ENDS

Mr Hanger's suggestion that  "QRIC would be better served seeking independent specialist witnesses.

“It would be more appropriate to call as a witness an independent expert who is not associated with the decision making process,” ...apparently  referring to the chief steward  supporting the stewards decision ....... it might be difficult for QRIC to find someone who fits the criteria of an "independent expert "

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Title: QRIC
Post by: the bishop on 2018-Jul-02, 09:26 AM
Agree with your sentiments that stewards are on a hiding on nothing with QCAT appeals...the comment by the Commissioner regarding "independent experts/witnesses" further complicates the issue.
With due respect to QCAT, their findings over a long period highlight an abject lack of knowledge or empathy with the racing/harness/greyhound industry.
On another subject _ the Damien Browne suspension _ it is interesting to note the groundswell of media sympathy for the jockey.
David Fowler went in to bat for Browne on Press Room this morning with a strong argument EXCEPT he failed to mention that two vet examinations of the horse in question post-race revealed nothing amiss.
We cry out for integrity but it seems stewards are being bashed pillar to post at every opportunity.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-02, 06:11 PM
Agree with your sentiments that stewards are on a hiding on nothing with QCAT appeals...the comment by the Commissioner regarding "independent experts/witnesses" further complicates the issue.
With due respect to QCAT, their findings over a long period highlight an abject lack of knowledge or empathy with the racing/harness/greyhound industry.
On another subject _ the Damien Browne suspension _ it is interesting to note the groundswell of media sympathy for the jockey.
David Fowler went in to bat for Browne on Press Room this morning with a strong argument EXCEPT he failed to mention that two vet examinations of the horse in question post-race revealed nothing amiss.
We cry out for integrity but it seems stewards are being bashed pillar to post at every opportunity.

Yes it must be a very frustrating job stewarding trying to apply the rules particularly since the "not blameworthy ruling" first saw the light of day many moons ago..... if memory serves me right it was first adopted in QLD by the late Bill Carter  QC on the Racing Appeal Tribunal who  followed a decision in NSW which was the first I had heard of it.......Damien Browne has previously been successful under the not blameworthy rule when represented by counsel or solicitor while at or about the same time Bobby El Issa who made the mistake of representing hisself failed to raise the not blameworthy defence and went down for the count.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-02, 07:08 PM
Checking the QRIC website for published results of Internal Reviews ....there aren't any since 3 May ..inconceivable that all or any penalties handed out in the past two months haven't been appealed to Mr Ashby.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: deepthroat on 2018-Jul-03, 12:26 PM
I wonder if Mr Ashby is even still around  :chin:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-06, 08:44 PM
Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister
for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Friday, July 06, 2018
Three-year licensing for racing trainers gets the go-ahead
Queensland’s thoroughbred, harness and greyhound trainers are set to benefit from an
improved licensing system which will deliver three-year licensing and online licence renewal.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the changes from the previous annual licensing system
were a win for Queensland trainers.
“Instead of renewing their licences each year, Queensland trainers will hold a licence for a
period of three years before they’re required to renew,” he said.
“In addition to this extended licence period, thoroughbred trainer licence categories have
been simplified to assist in the licensing and renewal process.
“These are sensible changes that will reduce the administrative burden for Queensland
trainers without sacrificing the integrity of the licence system.”
Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the changes were being
implemented after a consultation with the industry and a year-long trial of three-year
licensing for stable hands and kennel attendants.
“The consultation period resulted in mostly positive feedback from trainers who told us
they’re happy the administrative burden of licensing would be reduced by this change,” he
said.
“Three-year licensing just makes sense and will make the licensing process and renewal
easier for trainers.
“It means trainers will spend less time filling out forms, and it will free up QRIC resources to
give staff more time to deliver other services to our clients.”
Relevant racing participants will receive information about the changes via email and will be
able to follow the link to the relevant online portal on the QRIC website to make their
payments when they are due.
The new three-year licence changes for all trainers are being implemented from the current
licence renewal period.
Thoroughbred, Harness and Greyhound trainers are encouraged to visit the QRIC website for
further licensing and registration information @ www.qric.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 087 021.
Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Jul-06, 10:26 PM
Heartening to read that the so called "Super Cop" and self promoting future Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service is all over the really big issues confronting crime in the Sunshine State. Gee if he can manage to rort his expense account they might even name part of a grandstand at a major racetrack after him. Much like they are trying to do with that dill who used to be on the payroll in
Queensland for far too long. Nothing much changes in the Moonlight State as time passes by.
Title: QRIC
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Jul-07, 07:38 AM
Agree with your sentiments that stewards are on a hiding on nothing with QCAT appeals...the comment by the Commissioner regarding "independent experts/witnesses" further complicates the issue.
With due respect to QCAT, their findings over a long period highlight an abject lack of knowledge or empathy with the racing/harness/greyhound industry.
On another subject _ the Damien Browne suspension _ it is interesting to note the groundswell of media sympathy for the jockey.
David Fowler went in to bat for Browne on Press Room this morning with a strong argument EXCEPT he failed to mention that two vet examinations of the horse in question post-race revealed nothing amiss.
We cry out for integrity but it seems stewards are being bashed pillar to post at every opportunity.


Mr Fowler used to post here from memory. If he still reads he might want to counter that


David??
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-07, 09:08 AM
Wily I think Dave has given up on us he hasn't been on the forum for months but you can catch his top rating radio show Press Room on Radio TAB each Monday at 8.30am and if you miss that there's Audio Boom if you happen to be gainfully employed early Monday while others of us are just sitting doing nothing very useful.....and a word of advice lighten up on Peter Mair your comments are bordering on harassment if you don't have anything useful to say and you obviously don't like him just use the ignore button.......hate isn't helpful

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-09, 08:56 AM
Today in the CM Nathan Exelby exposes the evidence collected by QRIC stewards into the charges against leading trainer Ben Currie and his father Mark.......this isn't a report on the stewards inquiry conducted behind closed doors but obtained by the CM through getting access to QCAT files folowing Mark Currie's disqualification bypassing the Internal Review process ...most unusual but I assume the documents are public and are available under QCAT rules......strange that QRIC hasn't released whatever they have on Ben Currie
to his legal team....there'll be a blow up over releasing  this if I'm any judge.....the story has video of the alleged top ups but to see those you need to log into the online edition of the Courier Mail.

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NATHAN EXELBY TAKES YOU INSIDE THE INQUIRY THAT’S HIT QLD’S TOP TRAINER BEN CURRIE
NATHAN EXELBY
@xlbnathan_cmail

 

BEN Currie has been Queensland’s leading trainer for the past two seasons, with his runners winning 250 races out of his Toowoomba stables.

But on April 7 this year, stewards raided one of his barns before the running of that day’s Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap.

Since that day it has become one of the longest-running inquiries in Queensland racing.

Investigators claimed to witness suspicious activity in the stable, alleging the illegal raceday treatment of six horses that were to race that day.

They later retrieved CCTV footage from the stable and after viewing that footage, issued a string of charges. Stewards have also alleged raceday treatments took place at the same stables on Saturday, March 24.

As a result of those inquiries, Currie stablehand Greg Britnell was disqualified for 18 months over 15 charges relating to race-day treatment. Cameron Schwenke was suspended for three months for assisting in race-day treatments and Silde Canda was suspended for three months for giving false evidence.

Currie’s father Mark was disqualified for two years relating to 16 charges.

Ben Currie is facing 31 charges relating to a string of alleged offences, pertaining to March 24, April 7 and a number of other activities.

A date is yet to be fixed on when those charges will be determined.

Currie was stood down from training, but won a stay of proceedings application with QCAT in June.

Late last month Mark Currie was granted a stay of proceedings until his appeal is heard by QCAT at a date yet to be determined.

LEGAL ARGUMENTS

ALL of the stewards’ inquiries have been held behind closed doors, with no access to media.

But with Mark Currie’s stay application, documents related to the case were filed with QCAT and The Courier-Mail can reveal both the content of the CCTV footage and transcripts from the numerous inquiries that have taken place since Mark Currie was first questioned on April 7.

In an affidavit to QCAT lodged for his stay of proceedings hearing, Mark Currie said he and his son operate Currie Racing as a partnership and the operation of that business was his primary income.

“I know that my inability to assist my son Ben in training procedures will have a detrimental effect on the operation of our business as well as our financial status and business operations,” he wrote.

In submissions prepared by his legal representatives, Butler McDermott Lawyers, for a stewards hearing on May 21, Currie claimed it was impossible for stewards to give him a fair hearing.

“It is submitted the stewards in this hearing are biased in the sense they cannot be seen to be acting fairly, reasonably or independently, because they have conducted enquiries relating to two stable hands as well as Mark Currie and Ben Currie and they have already found two stable hands guilty of offences,” the statement read.

“It is submitted the panel is so badly infected by a lack of independence that stewards ought to disqualify themselves from these proceedings.”

Currie claimed he should be found not guilty of the charges because he did not administer medication.

“The finding should be one of not guilty because boost paste is a vitamin and it is not a substance in the way in which the stewards are purporting to use the rule relating to medication or substance,” the submission said.

In contrast, stewards say the fact it was a boost paste is irrelevant, because it still amounted to a race-day treatment.

Among the stewards’ evidence is an advertisement placed in Race Magazine (the official calendar for the Queensland thoroughbred industry), detailing rules around raceday treatments, under the heading “Routes of Administration of Medication.”

“ANY SUBSTANCE administered by injection, stomach tube, paste, dose syringe, topical application or by inhalation, amongst any other routes of administration, WILL BE CONSIDERED A MEDICATION. Only normal feeding and supplementation that can be used by the horse voluntarily eating or drinking the feedstuff can be acceptable on the day of racing. NOTE: All injections are subject to a rule not permitting them within one clear day.”

I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

Mark Currie was interviewed by QRIC’s integrity regulation unit manager Tracey Pelling at Clifford Park on April 12 when he acknowledged horses could not be administered boost paste via a syringe on raceday:

MC: Boost goes Tuesday, Thursdays, or whenever they gallop. Vitamin C, about the same. And the turmeric every day. That’s with the racing part cut out.

TP: Every day?

MC: Well, not when you’re going into a race, you’ve got to cut off on a Thursday.

TP: Yeah, OK. So you know that rule?

MC: Yeah.

Currie is then shown vision of stable employee Greg Britnell using syringes to treat horses in the Hursley Road stable. Currie says it would be either Vitamin C or boost in the syringes.

TP: So is that – like normal practice?

MC: Not race day it’s not, no.

TP: So what happened?

MC: How would I know? I wasn’t there. You’ve got to trust people. That’s the way it is.

TP: So you’re saying he’s done this off his own bat?

MC: Well I don’t know. I’ve got no idea. You can only monitor so much.

TP: So the race-day horses that were at your stables that day were Boomwaa (scratched), Gully Command, Publishing Power, Hang, Givus A Cuddle, Ruettiger, With A Promise. What can you tell us about what you’ve seen now?

MC: Well, nothing I can say. It’s all there in black and white. But how do you know which horses they were?

TP: Because we – I – they’ve identified them.

MC: Yeah, but you don’t know whether they’re the same horses. You didn’t turn up there until later.

TP: We’ve interviewed them (Greg Britnell and Cameron Schwenke). MC: Righto, Whatever you reckon.

Currie appeared at a stewards inquiry in Brisbane the following day, where chief steward Allan Reardon continued a similar line of questioning relating to the same footage of Britnell allegedly treating those horses on April 7.

AR: They’re not going into feeds, are they? MC: Oh, no. AR: They’re going into the horse’s mouth. Do you agree with that? MC: Yeah, he did do a fair few horses there. AR: So it’s not going in the feed. MC: No, I know.

Later, during the same session Currie told stewards: “I’ll just take the responsibility.”

AR: But you’re not listed as the trainer, your son is, Ben. MC: Yeah, I know. But I’m there running that part for him. You’ve got to take some responsibility, haven’t you?

A week later Currie again returned to the QRIC offices, this time where stewards were armed with footage on the morning of Saturday, March 24.

AR: … You agree that Gully Command’s been treated on that day? MC: Yep. AR: Is there anything you’d like to say before the team here review further footage? MC: No. I’ll just take it – I’ll take responsibility for it.

Stewards then issue the charges relating to alleged race-day treatment of Gully Command, Publishing Power, Hang, With A Promise and Givus A Cuddle on March 24. The charges continue pertaining to April 7, but Currie interjects when the charge relating to that day’s Toowoomba Guineas winner Hang is read out.

MC: Not Hang. AR: Not Hang? MC: No. I’m not accepting Hang. Wasn’t done. Not accepting that. There’s no proof Hang was done. Steward Ian Brown: On what basis do you say Hang wasn’t treated as compared to the others? MC: Hang had it in his feed. Brown: But the remaining horses listed in those charges, the paste wasn’t put in the feed? MC: I’m not, um, arguing about anything. I’m just saying I will be doing something about Hang.

The inquiry continued on Friday, May 11, when Currie told stewards he would be making no further comments based on legal advice.

MC: I’ve asked for representation here today. (You) denied it. I’ve got no more comment until I’m represented and it’s a fair playing field. I don’t understand any of the charges. I need representation.

THE PUNISHMENT

On May 21, stewards handed Currie a two-year disqualification.

“The CCTV footage recovered from the Hursley Rd stables provides a window into the practice engaged in by yourself and other employees of Currie Racing,” Reardon said. “Your actions on 24 March in front of Mr Britnell and other employees suggests that race-day administration of medication contrary to the rules is not uncommon.

“The industry is relying on the belief that all horses are competing on a level playing field. Your actions clearly seek to undermine this belief by obtaining an unfair "advantage.”

THE VIDEO EXPLAINED
CCTV footage taken from Ben Currie’s Hursley Road stable in Toowoomba and what stewards allege happened on March 24. Note: The time listed in the right hand corner of the footage is 22 hours behind real time. This was established by investigators based on the actual time they entered the stables on the morning of April 7.
March 24
4.33am: Mark Currie appears in stables. Greg Britnell emerges from feed bin area holding white syringes in both hands.
Currie takes a syringe from Britnell and removes cap with mouth and enters box of Hang. Britnell distributes other syringes in front of boxes of Publishing Power, Gully Command and Givus A Cuddle.
4.35am: Mark Currie administers syringe orally to Hang. Currie exits box and Britnell walks towards him holding three white syringes.
4.36am: Mark Currie picks up white syringe off ground and enters box of Gully Command and allegedly administers syringe orally. Exits box and throws white syringe.
4.38am: Mark Currie picks up syringe in front of Publishing Power’s box and enters. Moves to back of box. Exits box and throws syringe.
4.39am: Mark Currie picks up syringe in front of Givus A Cuddle’s box and enters. Throws syringe from box.
8.09am: Mark Currie enters screen, retrieves a white syringe from under ice boots, puts it in his right pocket and walks to box of Gully Command. Currie then allegedly treats horse, exits box with horse and hands syringe to Britnell. Uses towel to wipe the muzzle of horse. Then rubs his thumb on left side jugular vein of horse before leading it onto the float truck.
Stewards allege the following happened on March 24 (not shown on video above):
9.29am: Britnell enters box of Hang and allegedly treats horse.
9.30am: Britnell enters box of Givus A Cuddle and allegedly treats horse.
9.33am: Britnell enters box of Publishing Power and allegedly treats horse.
Stewards allege the following happened on April 7 (not shown on video above):
3.49-3.57am: Greg Britnell enters boxes of:
Boomwaa (who was scratched from racing that day): Orally inserts white syringe into horse’s mouth, wipes muzzle area with towel.
Gully Command: Vision of Britnell leaving box with syringe in hand.
Ruetigger: Allegedly administers syringe.
Publishing Power: Footage unclear, syringe visible in hand exiting.
Givus A Cuddle: Administers syringe orally.
Hang: Disappears from view, exits with towel and syringe visible.
With A Promise: Administers ‘something’ orally.
6.55am: After running through stables with white syringe in each hand Greg Britnell enters boxes of:
Boomwaa: Disappears from view.
Gully Command: Appears to administer syringe orally.
Ruettiger: Obscured.
Publishing Power: Obscured. Exits and runs down laneway with syringe clearly visible.
Givus A Cuddle: Disappears from view. Exits holding syringe.
Hang: Disappears from view. Exits with syringe in left hand. QRIC alleges horse shows behaviour consistent with having been orally administered something.
LEGAL ARGUMENTS
In an Affidavit to QCAT lodged for his Stay of Proceedings hearing, Mark Currie said he and his son operate Currie Racing as a partnership and the operation of that business is his primary income.
“I know that my inability to assist my son Ben in training procedures will have a detrimental effect on the operation of our business as well as our financial status and business operations,” he wrote.
In submissions prepared by his legal representatives, Butler McDermott Lawyers, for a stewards hearing on May 21, Currie claimed it was impossible for stewards to give him a fair hearing.
“It is submitted the stewards in this hearing are biased in the sense they cannot be seen to be acting fairly, reasonably or independently, because they have conducted enquiries relating to two stable hands as well as Mark Currie and Ben Currie and they have already found two stable hands guilty of offences,” the statement read.
“It is submitted the panel is so badly infected by a lack of independence that stewards ought to disqualify themselves from these proceedings.”
Currie claimed he should be found not guilty of the charges because he did not administer medication.
“The finding should be one of not guilty because boost paste is a vitamin and it is not a substance in the way in which the stewards are purporting to use the rule relating to medication or substance,” the submission said.
In contrast, stewards say the fact it was a Boost Paste is irrelevant, because it still amounted to a race-day treatment.
Amongst the stewards evidence is an advertisement placed in Race Magazine (the official calendar for the Queensland Thoroughbred industry), detailing rules around race-day treatments, under the heading “Routes of Administration of Medication”.
“ANY SUBSTANCE administered by injection, stomach tube, paste, dose syringe, topical application or by inhalation, amongst any other routes of administration, WILL BE CONSIDERED A MEDICATION. Only normal feeding and supplementation that can be used by the horse voluntarily eating or drinking the feedstuff can be acceptable on the day of racing. NOTE: All injections are subject to a rule not permitting them within one clear day.”
 CCTV: Mark Currie allegedly administers syringe orally to Hang.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-10, 07:44 PM
Still no new  Internal Reviews put up on the QRIC website since 3 May...has to be something wrong ....and they're not telling us what it is ......but there have been three young women two stablehands and one work rider tested positive to banned substances coke .meth ..cannabis the coke girl got 6 months as did the one on meth with the possibility of a 2 month reduction  but the one on weed was let off with a 3 month disqualification.

   https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_06_July_Stewards_Report_Laura-Hartley.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_04_July_Stewards_Report_Angela-Blanch.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_03_July_Stewards_Report_Amanda-Smith.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-11, 08:05 PM
Media release
11 July 2018
Ben Currie hearing scheduled to resume next month

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards will reconvene their Inquiry into the
charges issued against Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie on 13 August.

Commissioner Ross Barnett said Mr Currie’s hearing where he faced 31 breaches of the Australian
Rules of Racing was adjourned at his request on 28 May 2018 to prepare his defence.

“The brief of evidence has now been presented to Mr Currie through his legal representatives and
upon review Stewards have discontinued three charges not relating to his alleged activities on 24
March and 7 April,” he said.


“Mr Currie now has the opportunity to prepare his submissions, respond to the charges by 27 July
and appear before the Stewards for the scheduled resumption of the Inquiry on 13 August.

“In association with the ongoing investigation into Trainer Ben Currie, I wish to clarify the public
statements made by Mr Currie in relation to prizemoney that was withheld after the Toowoomba
Weetwood Day race meeting on 7 April.

“The Weetwood Day prizemoney has not been released to the connections of those horses that
remain the subject of the continuing investigation into Mr Currie’s alleged activities,” Mr Barnett
said.
ENDS.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Jul-11, 09:22 PM
These " Keystone " cops who run the Government organization called QRIC wouldn't have a clue which way  is up . Here we have video evidence of the stable foreman allegedly breaking the most obvious rule of racing and yet these clowns say it is ok to keep training till August before they can get around to running an Enquiry. Why would punters bet in races where this stable has runners ? You would be on a hiding to nothing. Time this QRIC mopb folded their tent and moved on. They really are just a laughing stock.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-12, 08:18 PM
“The Weetwood Day prizemoney has not been released to the connections of those horses that
remain the subject of the continuing investigation into Mr Currie’s alleged activities,” Mr Barnett
said.....that was yesterday today the story is reversed with apologies.

Media release 12 July 2018 QRIC clarifies Weetwood payment information The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has issued an apology for incorrect information it distributed yesterday regarding the withholding of Weetwood Day prizemoney payments to the connections of horses identified as the subject of a current Stewards’ Inquiry. Commissioner Ross Barnett said yesterday that Weetwood Day prizemoney had not been released to the connections of those horses, (Hang and Givus a Cuddle) which were among the horses subject to an ongoing Stewards’ Inquiry. “After further clarification was sought and received today from Racing Queensland we can now clarify that while the connections have received their prizemoney, the 10 per cent trainers share due to Trainer Ben Currie remains withheld until the current inquiry is completed. “I apologise for the inaccuracy of the information contained in yesterday’s release,” Mr Barnett said. ENDS

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-12, 08:26 PM
Finally there's been some movement at the station the Internal Reviews have moved from 3 May to the 5 June with four decisions released...results QRIC stewards 4 applicants 0

The case of Silde Canda an employee of Ben Currie who refused to hand over his telephone to investigators is the most interesting while the fourth reference  Denis Moulds doesn't have any reasons attached only that his application for a licence was refused and that decision was confirmed by Mr Ashby why we have no idea.

" The reviewer finds, considering the false and misleading evidence was
part of a larger scale investigation into potential serious offences under the Australian Rules of Racing, finds the
penalty imposed in all circumstances to be lenient. The reviewer therefore carefully considered the prospect of
amending the penalty by way of increase. Subsequent to such careful consideration, and taking into account the
Applicant’s guilty plea, previous clean disciplinary history and relationship with Mr Benjamin Currie, is not completely
satisfied an increase in penalty is warranted in all of the circumstances and accordingly confirms the original decision" extract from Canda's decision. 

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-SILDE-CANDA.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-EMMA-BELL.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BENJAMIN-CURRIE.pdf

"The Applicant sought a review of the original charge and penalty on the basis the Applicant had pleaded his innocence
from the beginning of the matter, there was insufficient evidence (specifically the lack of photo or video evidence)
and that only one witness was able to identify the horses as being trained by the Applicant".......didn't go too well ......working horses on Good Friday when the track was closed was probably an economic decision by the club hardly for religious reasons...horses need to be exercised but only Currie didn't observe the restriction.


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/decision/denis-moulds/


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-13, 08:14 AM
Since posting the four results released by QRIC yesterday I discovered another 6 all updated 12th July but heard and determined during the month of May.....only one Dale Evans got some joy penalty reduced by 50% the rest stewards 5.5 applicant 0.5 and there are no reasons for decision on Mr Evans so that makes two where only the decision is published without  reasons . why is this so?

In the case of Tiffani Brooker the opening statement is incorrect.....stating  "The Applicant, Ms Tiffani Brooker, rider of JUNGLE EDGE in Race 8 at the Brisbane Racing Club on 28 April 2018, was found guilty of a charge under Australian Rule of Racing 137(a")....she rode Monsieur Gustave. a minor error unimportant in the outcome.

Clinton Garland lost his appeal being outed for 18 months for a cobalt positive despite the spirited defence submissions of his brief solicitors Butler McDermott which fell on deaf ears....while Leigh Wanless pinged for cobalt getting 12 months but no joy for him challenging the process.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-TIFFANI-BROOKER.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/decision/dale-evans-3/

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-CLINTON-GARLAND.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-LEIGH-WANLESS.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-WANDERSON-DAVILA.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BONNIE-THOMSON-.pdf

Garland and Wanless decisions hold the most interesting facts and evidence....both  well worth a read.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Jul-13, 08:05 PM
Bookies have been officially warned by QRIC against betting on the camel races at Bedourie . .  :stop:

Can't see a problem . . PROVIDED THAT . .

You gamble responsibly  :confused1:




What's next . . 'Swy' on ANZAC Day  :sad:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-14, 09:16 AM
Horse trainer Mark Currie’s lawyer: ‘Racing stewards were not prepared to be objective’
Nathan Exelby – Racing editor, The Courier-Mail
July 13, 2018 4:09pm

MARK Currie’s legal representatives have claimed the disqualified trainer has been denied fairness by stewards and been subjected to “duplicitous” charges.

Currie, who works in the stables of his son Ben, is appealing a two-year ban handed down by QRIC stewards in May. He has since successfully applied for a stay of proceedings and is now waiting his appeal hearing at QCAT.

His lawyer Peter Boyce, of Butler McDermott Lawyers, says that one of the grounds of the appeal alleges the inquiry stewards were not prepared to be objective.

“It’s fine to throw a lot of charges at him, but they have to give proper particulars and they have to also make findings,” Boyce said.

“It’s not that no one asked them before they made any findings. They have a duty to be fair and reasonable.

Horse racing trainer Mark Currie has since successfully applied for a stay of proceedings and is now waiting his appeal hearing at QCAT.
“It’s one thing to be an investigator, but if you are going to sit in judgment on someone you have to put a different hat on and realise we need to be fair and reasonable.”

Boyce said the current system has shortcomings because “we need a different judge and jury.”

“It wouldn’t matter so much if they were just playing around with little penalties here and there, but these are people’s livelihoods,” he said.

Boyce contends some of the 16 charges stewards found Currie guilty of were duplicitous because “you can’t be convicted of the same offence twice.”

Boyce believes QRIC has put a “slur on the Currie name” and pointed to this week’s backflip on prizemoney being distributed as an example.

“The swabs taken by stewards have all come back clear and no charges have arisen out of those swabs. The slur of those swabs still remain,” he said.

Peter Boyce believes QRIC has put a “slur on the Currie name”. Mark Currie works in the stables of his trainer son Ben Currie, pictured. Pictu Trackside Photography
On Monday, The Courier-Mail revealed CCTV footage of Mark Currie allegedly illegally treating horses on race days of March 24 and April 7.

Currie was given two 12 month bans, to be served cumulatively, under AR178E(1), that being “no person without the permission of the Stewards may administer or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race.”

Two nine month bans issued under AR175a are to be served concurrently.

“What is in issue here is what is meant by the words: “medication and “administration.” At no point in the decision of the Stewards is a positive finding made that by our client providing or allowing to be provided to the horses a Vitamin Boost constituted the administration of or a medication in contravention of Rule 178E(1) of the Australian Rules of Racing,” Boyce said.


QRIC’s Integrity Regulation Unit manager Tracey Pelling. Pictu AAP Image/Josh Woning
In making their case for the offence under AR178E(1), stewards will point to AR1, where “Medication” is defined as “any treatment with drugs or other substances.”

When interviewed by QRIC’s Integrity Regulation Unit Manager Tracey Pelling on April 12, Currie indicated he was aware of a rule that prohibited the treatment of a horse on race day.

“You’ve got to cut off on a Thursday (for a Saturday race), he said.

The Australian Trainers Association distributed a note of explanation last October, pertaining to race day treatments.

“Broadly speaking, the term medications means ALL treatments, whether they are therapeutics purchased over the counter, eg gels, ointments, vitamins, etc, a self mix application or preparation (including pastes), or medicines prescribed by veterinarians, are NOT permitted to be administered to racehorses on Race Day, unless permitted by Stewards,” the notice read.

Stewards tabled as evidence an advertisement in RACE Magazine detailing the rules around race day treatment, but Boyce said “there is no law that says any publication in the magazine is taken to be read by all licensed persons.”ENDS

Seeing that Nathan had an exclusive on the alleged race day treatments the QRIC side of the story it's only fair that Currie gets the same opportunity to put his case in the public arena......it'll be up to QCAT to decide whether the charges have been made out and if so is the penalty appropriate.....was the video evidence obtained by QRIC stewards obtained according to law ...I recall in one prosecution the Court ruled the live baiting videos were ruled inadmissible ...presumably QRIC would have learned not to go down that path in Currie's case.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-15, 09:33 AM
CONFUSION REIGNS ( Extract from Nathan Exelby's The Verdict SM today)

THURSDAY’S red-faced press release issued by QRIC regarding prizemoney for Ben Currie-trained horses on Weetwood Day was a lamentable day in the two-year history of the commission.

There was confusion between QRIC and RQ over prizemoney being released for the horses involved in the long-running inquiry, the most notable of which is Toowoomba Guineas winner Hang.

QRIC had ordered the prizemoney to be withheld, but RQ later paid it when the swabs came back as clear.

Integrity commissioner Ross Barnett questioned RQ on Wednesday and issued a release refuting that it had been paid, but it turned out the wires had been crossed with RQ, which had paid the money, but withheld Currie’s 10 per cent trainer’s entitlement of the winnings.

This issue highlights how QRIC’s relationship with RQ could best be described as “clunky”.

Given the time it has been in operation and the money being spent on it, participants are entitled to expect better.ENDS

I think it's understandable that  RQ would release the prize money once the swabs came back clear obviously a misunderstanding of QRIC's intent but on what grounds could RQ have not released the prizemoney to the owners?

Also of importance is the Forfeit List ...persons who owe RQ and once on the Forfeit list they are in the same position as disqualified persons ....maintaining The Forfeit List  is the responsibility of the control body  in the states  here it's RQ but enforcement lies with QRIC for the local licensees  RQ hasn't the power to enforce the rules despite the fact  that ARB rules apply all over the country ..you owe in one state then you are supposed to be  disqualified all over ....but it appears there's no co-operation between the states otherwise how could any  interstate trainers who are on the QLD list continuing to train with impunity and possibly visa versa......and why hasn't RQ enlisted QRIC to act on those within its jurisdiction........or why wouldn't QRIC act on its own motion so to speak ..does it have to be prodded like a reluctant bride  :o


Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Jul-15, 08:07 PM
http://www.outbacknow.com.au/index.php/events-calendar/detail/bedourie_camel_races/



Take a walk on the WILD(west)SIDE . . Go Camel Racing  :beer:
(Gamble Responsibly)



PS . . Avoid dancing . . and any other forms of enjoyment . .  lest they should lead to immoral activity  :sad:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-17, 05:00 PM
Media release 17 July 2018 QRIC issues animal welfare direction on Mackay participants
 Two Mackay Harness racing participants have been directed to get immediate veterinary care for horses found to be in a poor condition.
 On Saturday morning 14 July, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Integrity Investigation Team (IIT) conducted race day inspections prior to the Mackay races at a number of properties in the area.
 Deputy Commissioner Mark Ainsworth said while inspecting an East Mackay property the IIT found two Standardbred horses in a poor physical condition and issued an Animal Welfare Direction Notice to two local people.
“The direction required the Harness racing participants to seek veterinary attention for the two Standardbreds as well as a number of other requirements associated with improving the conditions for the animals,” Mr Ainsworth said. “As part of the ‘anywhere anytime strategy’, QRIC staff will continue to conduct stable and kennel inspections to ensure the welfare of racing animals and compliance with the rules of racing.” END

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Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Jul-18, 07:52 AM
Didn't know that there were any trotting 'participants' left in MKY . . last meeting about 15 years ago

Any names mentioned
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Jul-20, 09:39 AM
Common sense prevails . . .

Bookies to be given special dispensation to bet on CAMEL RACING at Boulia  :sweat:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-21, 08:38 AM
Racing speedhump
Outback tradition hits a hurdle as punters warned off betting
EXCLUSIVE
STEVEN WARDILL
QUEENSLAND’S iconic outback camel races have hit a major hump after officials discovered betting on the meets was illegal.
Punters at last weekend’s camel races in Bedourie were left spitting when two bookmakers who attended the event were warned off taking wagers by racing officials.
The Palaszczuk Government, Racing Queensland and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission could not explain yesterday whether punting on camel racing had been inadvertently outlawed under recent reforms or whether the illegality had been accidentally overlooked for decades.
Cane toad and cockroach races, however, are not expected to be affected.
The camel betting conundrum has sent authorities scrambling to find a solution ahead of this weekend’s meet in the tiny outback township of Boulia, as well as next weekend’s Winton meet.
Thousands will descend on Boulia’s renowned event, which is in its 22nd year.
Racing Queensland has taken the extraordinary step of declaring the Boulia Camel Races a “sporting contingency” so bookmakers can legally set odds and take bets. Boulia Camel Races committee member Beck Britton told The Courier-Mail yesterday that the issue of whether wagering would be allowed had been touch-and-go all week.
Ms Britton said a suggestion that stewards, at a cost of $3000, would be required would not have been possible for the not-for-profit event.
“That’s been a controversial issue over the last week,” she said.
“At Bedourie Camel Races last weekend, bookmakers were advised they were not allowed to take bets on the camel races.”
Ms Britton said organisers had now been told that punting would proceed.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he only became aware of the issue after former Nationals MP Vaughan Johnson raised the alarm.
He said he was determined to ensure the great outback tradition of camel racing continued.

(https://s8.postimg.cc/n8strz6q9/image_camel_jockey.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/n8strz6q9/)

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-21, 08:40 AM
Common sense prevails . . .

Bookies to be given special dispensation to bet on CAMEL RACING at Boulia  :sweat:

Got a TIP arthur and if so where can ya get on?

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Jul-21, 09:55 AM
My tips . . (and they don't come with guarantees)

Someone told me that . . HYPOCRISY is alive and well . . I assume that this is the name of a camel

"Nelson's Eye" has been hard to beat at previous carnivals . . and "Common Sense" was a late scratching at Bedourie




Gamble responsibly  :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: fours on 2018-Jul-21, 11:20 AM
It was an early scratching in Canberra

Fours
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Jul-21, 11:28 AM
They have camel racing in Canberra  :o :what: ??
Title: QRIC
Post by: fours on 2018-Jul-21, 11:35 AM
They have no common sense  :biggrin:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-26, 10:45 PM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/stewards-reports/thoroughbred/

Three  female participants tested all came up positive to banned drugs Meth, Coke & Weed



https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DALE-GROVES.pdf
Assault charge on apprentice jockey who was not injured 4 weeks suspension confirmed fine $500 suspended for 2 years

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-CAMERON-SCHWENKE.pdf

Penalty 3 months DQ confirmed assisting to administer substance on race day Ben Currie stablehand....I feel some sympathy for this guy he was set up and had nowhere to go he was at a considerable disadvantage trying not to put his boss in but the stewards had the video evidence he was only a bit player helping another employee who administered the paste Boost to several of the stable's runners extract from Mr Ashby's decision below:-

"The reviewer acknowledges the position the Applicant was placed in, particular to his future employment, whereby he stated “I'll never get a job in the industry again, if I'm classed as a narc, will I?” 27 Notwithstanding, the Applicant was forewarned on multiple occasions of the repercussions in providing false and/or misleading evidence. The reviewer acknowledges that, as with any breach of the Australian Rules of Racing, any penalty imposed will attract some form of hardship which must be evenly weighed against the degree of the offence. The reviewer, in considering the aforementioned factors and gravity of the situation, finds the penalty is reflective of the evidence and takes into account the mitigating circumstances and therefore is not satisfied a reduction in penalty is proven in the circumstances and accordingly confirms the original decision on charge and penalty."

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/decision/mark-currie/

2 year DQ penalty confirmed no reasons for decision have been  published presumably due to the appellant going to QCAT and according to media bypassing QRIC Internal Review.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-27, 08:51 AM
BEN’S SEVEN ALL CLEAR
EACH of the seven horses tested in the Weetwood day raid of Ben Currie’s Toowoomba stable have been cleared of having any prohibited substances in their system.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission alleged the seven horses had been illegally treated on the morning of the race, and at subsequent inquiries Currie’s father Mark was disqualified for two years and stablehand Greg Britnell for 18 months after being found guilty of race-day treatments.

A hearing for Ben Currie is scheduled for August 13 when he faces charges emanating from the Weetwood day activities and other matters.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said it was important to be transparent about the test results that had now been cleared of prohibited substances, but he also pointed out it was a separate matter from the allegations of race-day treatment. Prizemoney earnt by the horses in question, including Toowoomba Guineas winner Hang, has been paid.

NATHAN EXELBY

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-27, 07:56 PM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_06_July_Stewards_Report_Laura-Hartley.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_04_July_Stewards_Report_Angela-Blanch.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_03_July_Stewards_Report_Amanda-Smith.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_03_July_Stewards_Report_Patrick-OToole.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018_14_June_Stewards_Report_John-Pointon-1.pdf

The foregoing are stewards reports the following is the Media release on the fake urine test which didn't work.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/QRIC-Media-Release_-Fake-urine-admission-disqualifies-jockey-for-9-months.pdf


Quite amazing the number of stable hands work riders who test positive to dope of one kind or another.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jul-27, 10:00 PM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_06_July_Stewards_Report_Laura-Hartley.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_04_July_Stewards_Report_Angela-Blanch.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_03_July_Stewards_Report_Amanda-Smith.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018_03_July_Stewards_Report_Patrick-OToole.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018_14_June_Stewards_Report_John-Pointon-1.pdf

The foregoing are stewards reports the following is the Media release on the fake urine test which didn't work.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/QRIC-Media-Release_-Fake-urine-admission-disqualifies-jockey-for-9-months.pdf


Quite amazing the number of stable hands work riders who test positive to dope of one kind or another.

Giddy Up :beer:

The people who insist that workers undergo random drug and alcohol testing - are they subjected to the same tests themselves?

I always thought it would be a good idea to have all Australian politicians subjected to random alcohol and drug testing. They should be leading by example not ordering others to have to be subjected to this.
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Jul-28, 09:09 AM
Story told by the late jockey 'Butch' Mules . .

After the first day of a two day bush meeting, stewards and hoops stayed up till all hours, drinking and playing cards

Next day, prior to racing, jockeys were breathalysed and stood down



That partly answers your first query PP
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jul-31, 06:43 PM
During the Estimates Committee hearing on the racing portfolio last week Mr Langbroek LNP asked Mr Barnett QRIC commissioner about how many charges had been made by QRIC and how many prosecutions have been successful ...the Commissioner explained that the Racing Crime Squad does not answer to him but he did reveal that 45 persons had been charged with 89 offences by the cops.....unfortunately Mr Langbroek accepted the answer and didn't think it necessary to press for a reply to his question how many of those charges had been prosecuted successfully....... so we are none the wiser.......there has been some media releases on prosecutions most of which appear to be still in progress.

We do know that only Barton Cockburn was convicted and fined $5K while Dayle March was not convicted nor was Leonard Cain who walked free on insufficient evidence.


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-03, 07:44 PM
Media release
3 August 2018
QRIC supports Jockeys Trust at Brisbane Race Day
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is proud to support the National Jockey’s
Trust Brisbane Race Day at Doomben this Saturday 4 August.
The National Jockey’s Trust (NJT) is a public charitable trust established to provide financial
support and other benefits for jockeys and their families, especially through serious injury, illness
or death of a jockey.
Commissioner Ross Barnett said the Commission supported the work of the Jockey’s Trust who in
the event of a race fall where a rider is seriously injured they provided immediate help.
“This Saturday’s Brisbane Race Day in aid of the Trust is Queensland’s opportunity to support it
and for the second year, QRIC will sponsor a race on Saturday as part of the NJT fundraising
efforts to support the welfare of jockeys all over Australia,” he said.
“There are more than 840 registered jockeys in Australia and the Trust has assisted 300 jockeys
and their families, many of them Queenslanders, since its inception in 2004.
“This remarkable support for jockeys is to be commended and while we are always hopeful that
our participants will not be injured in the course of their work, it remains that around 200 Australian
riders are injured each year.”
END

That's a good news story I'll wear my NJT cap tomorrow at golf......and hope I don't get sunburnt.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-06, 06:36 PM
Media Release
6 August 2018
Apprentice jockey suspended on betting charges
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have today inquired into the
circumstances surrounding apprentice jockey Corey Bayliss betting on thoroughbred racing.
The Brisbane based metropolitan apprentice was today suspended from all riding engagements for
two months.
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said on 29 June, Commission staff observed Mr Bayliss
wagering at the Breakfast Creek Hotel on two races that day at Geelong in Victoria and Moruya in
New South Wales.
“Mr Bayliss pleaded guilty to breaching AR 83(c) which specifies jockeys or apprentices may be
penalised if they bet, have an interest in a bet or facilitate a bet on any race,” he said.
“While this is a serious breach of Mr Bayliss’s licensing arrangements it is important that all jockeys
understand that the perception of betting on thoroughbred races is an integrity issue outlawed
under the Australian Rules of Racing.”
Mr Bayliss was supported today by his Master, Trainer Barry Lockwood and Racing Queensland
training department representative Rachel Bambry.
His two month suspension commenced today until 6 October 2018.
ENDS.

Two months suspension out till 6 October previously outed for 6 weeks for breach of R 135(b) an unacceptable effort to which he pleaded guilty but is on a stay pending an application for an Internal Review.......not going to make any difference now...the "not blameworthy excuse"doesn't apply to a betting offence.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-11, 08:31 AM
David Hannay mouthpiece for previously unidentified "Everton Park punter" who was scooped up in the alleged harness race fixing charges an associate of Shane Graham has come out publicly stating his client Peter Poulsen has no case to answer...Poulsen owned horses trained by Graham have been stood down ......Nathan Exelby reports in the CM Friday.

Race-fix case tipped to fail
NATHAN EXELBY

(https://s8.postimg.cc/8vzm3i5j5/image_hannay.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

LEGAL REP: Daniel Hannay.

THE lawyer representing accused harness identity Peter Poulsen has predicted the case will fall over, just as others have this year.

Poulsen was charged in relation to a race at Albion Park in July last year, along with licensees Shane Graham, Leonard Cain and Vicki Rasmussen.

Horses owned by Poulsen have been stood down and unable to race, as the case has been handballed several times to different prosecutors.

Police, backed by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission investigators, allege Poulsen, who owned another horse in the race, made a winning bet on Dapper after a conversation with Graham before the event, which they believe was evidence of fixing a race.

Poulsen’s legal counsel Daniel Hannay said the conversation his client had with Graham was no different to discussions owners and trainers would have all the time.

“Poulsen was the owner of January, which was in the race. (Graham) said January hadn’t been training well and also said the other favourite (Western Jewels) hadn’t been going well either,” Hannay said.

Graham suggested Poulsen “have something on Dapper”, which he did. He wagered $700 on Dapper to win, and also the same amount on January to win the race.

“The conversation Mr Poulsen had with Mr Graham wouldn’t amount to any criminal offence, let alone some type of concept of match fixing,” Hannay said.

“What has happened to my client could happen to any owner of any horse in Queensland.”

After originally being charged with match fixing, the prosecution has since altered the charge to include fraud.

Hannay believes the reason for the change is because other match-fixing cases have fallen over, and the police and QRIC were now trying to save face.


In April, match-fixing cases against Dayl March and Leonard Cain were thrown out of the Brisbane Magistrates Court, where both decisions cited a lack of evidence.

They were the first two match-fixing cases to be tried in court after Barton Coburn and Michael Grant pleaded guilty to charges in October 2017.

Hannay said his client’s horses had been banned from racing, making them worthless.

“That is all extra punishment prior to being found guilty in court. He hasn’t even got to trial yet,” he said.

Queensland Racing Integrity commissioner Ross Barnett said the actions of the Racing Crime Squad and police pursuing this investigation had been justified by three convictions, and denied they were left red-faced by the two that had been thrown out by the courts.

“Far from being embarrassed, I am proud of the efforts of the Racing Crime Squad and the commission staff in comprehensively and professionally investigating these matters,” Barnett said.

“This action has reassured the many honest harness participants that their legitimate concerns will be addressed and has increased wagering confidence in the sport.”

ENDS

Last I heard Barton Cockburn was found guilty fined $5k now we're told Mick Grant pleaded guilty probably got a slap on the wrist as no details have been trumpeted by QRIC and the third person has so far not been identified...on the facts outlined by Poulsen's counsel his client  looks long odds on to walk free and if so should he choose to take the next obvious step there's  the possibility of a case for compensation on the standing down of his horses.....QRIC Ross Barnett contacted by Nathan Exelby is maintaining a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-12, 04:43 PM
Media Release 10 August 2018 Ben Currie hearing delayed The reconvened Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards Inquiry into charges issued against Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie has been delayed. The Inquiry where Mr Currie faces 28 breaches of the Australian Rules of Racing was due to continue on Monday 13 August. It will now resume on a date to be set after QRIC responded to a request to provide further materials to Mr Currie’s legal representatives. END

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-14, 06:15 PM
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards (QRIC) today inquired into a report that
Apprentice Corey Bayliss had been observed placing bets on thoroughbred races.
Apprentice Bayliss, in the presence of his master, licensed trainer Barry Lockwood and
Racheal Bambry, an employee of the Racing Queensland training department, pleaded
guilty to a charge under AR 83 (c); which reads;
Every jockey or apprentice may be penalised –
If he bet, or facilitates the making of, or has any interest in a bet on any
race or contingency relating to thoroughbred racing, or if he be present in
the betting ring during any race meeting.
The specifics being that
Apprentice Corey Bayliss did on 29 June 2018 at the Breakfast Creek
Hotel place two (2) bets on thoroughbred races being “Missed Out” in
Race 8 at Geelong and “Amshcel” in Race 8 at Moruya.

In determining penalty, Stewards were mindful of Apprentice Bayliss’ guilty plea, personal
circumstances and penalty precedents. Stewards were also mindful of the negative impact
such actions have on the integrity of thoroughbred racing and the requirement to ensure that
a penalty acts as an appropriate deterrent. Apprentice Bayliss was suspended from riding in
races for a period of two months to commence immediately and expire 6 October 2018.
Stewards ordered that this penalty must be served cumulatively to any penalty that may
result from Apprentice Bayliss’ current internal review or further appeal of his recent
suspension under AR 135 (b).
Apprentice Bayliss was advised of his right to an internal reviewENDS

Caught in the act so to speak BUT the particulars are incorrect both horses ran third ........Missed Out at Moruya not Geelong and Amschel ran third at Geelong not Moruya...so in a court of law this technicality would possibly result in the charges being thrown out........more care needs to be taken if the charges are meant to stick....in this case I think despite the obvious errors it's unlikely to make any difference to the result.

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-20, 05:39 PM
Jockey Dale Smith makes most of legal loophole to ride despite being suspended
NATHAN EXELBY, The Courier-Mail
August 19, 2018 8:55pm
 
QUEENSLAND’S clunky appeal system broke new ground on Saturday when Dale Smith was permitted to resume riding mid-suspension.
Smith had appealed the severity of a 16 day suspension and had not ridden since August 5.
With three days still to run on the original suspension, Smith was permitted by QRIC legals to resume riding because the result of his internal review had not been determined.
It was argued by Smith’s representatives that if the internal review was successful he would have been disadvantaged by sitting out too long.
Now, if the internal review comes back confirming the stewards decision, it means he will only miss the one Saturday, instead of the two.
Apprentice Jackson Murphy is in the same boat, as he appealed the severity of a 15 day suspension incurred at Gatton on August 3 and is still waiting the result of his internal review.
It all boils down to how long it takes QRIC’s internal review to be handed down.
It is understood Smith posted his internal review, as opposed to lodging online and it then took some time to make its way to the internal reviewer.
You can’t blame Smith for using the loophole, but it’s the latest example of how the appeal system is in desperate need of an overhaul.
* * *

HAd a look for any recent Internal Reviews available on the QRIC website no racing decisions since June and no results on  harness racing since May this is unacceptable...Mr Ashby needs to get his finger out or be replaced with someone who can be relied on to deal with IR's quickly and effectively. :chair:

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-21, 06:50 PM
Three more results of Internal Reviews all upholding the stewards'decisions the first two undertaken by Mr Ashby with the Britnell one by Mr Mark Ainsworth.

  https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JUSTIN-STANLEY.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-STEPHEN-WILSON.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-GREGORY-BRITNELL.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-26, 12:55 PM
Overlooked this latest report on charges on three people for alleged fraud related to betting apparently .

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/harness-racing-fraud-charges.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-27, 07:51 PM
Latest from QRIC 9 Internal Reviews published ranging in date from 2 July to 25 July not a lot of joy for the licencees though only John Pointon had his 6 months penalty reduced to 4 months suspended while Daniel Edwards had his penalty reduced to a severe reprimand.....the full list consists of Ruby Ride...Stephen Wilson ....Justin Stanley....Taylor Marshall...Nozi Tomizawa....Corey Bayliss and Damian Brown.....decisions and penalty confirmed ......reasons for decisions are absent in the cases of Ruby Ride and Damian Brown.


 https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/thoroughbred/


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-28, 11:30 PM
In an earlier post on the Internal Review in the case of Mark Currie it was reported  that the decision was to confirm the 2 year DQ although no resons for decision were published.
 
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/decision/mark-currie/

Mr Currie applied to QCAT for a stay of proceedings which was heard in June and it was granted subject to a full hearing on the.substance of the case in his decision the learned member stated inter alia  as follows :-

"Lack of substance to the charges [27] This is the central challenge that Mr Currie seems to make to the decision. [28] The submission for Mr Currie is that what was given to the horse was a vitamin supplement, which should not be defined as a “medication” under Australian Rules of Racing 178E. [29] The question of whether this type of product should be treated as a medication does not appear to have been considered in a relevant court or tribunal, and counsel were unable to point to any such decision. [30] It will be a question of law at to whether the giving of the boost paste breaches Australian Rules of Racing 178E. Mr Currie wishes to challenge that contention, and the question that arises is as to whether he should be given the opportunity to do so."

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2018/QCAT18-245.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-29, 08:34 AM
Trainer Clinton Garland who was outed for 18 months after one of his runners returned a positive to cobalt has obtained a stay of proceedings.

The IR decision was  previously posted by my good self last month.

The decision of learned Acting senior member Browne granted a stay pending a full hearing which may have been heard although no results have been made public .

My first boss was J D Garland who operated a trucking business out of Jane St West End,

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2018/QCAT18-253.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-30, 07:07 PM
Ben Currie takes case to Supreme Court
3 hours ago by AAP

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Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie Image: AAP

The inquiry involving 28 alleged offences against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been further adjourned after his lawyers went to the Brisbane Supreme Court seeking a judicial review of three aspects of the case.

Stewards charged Currie and several of his staff after raiding his Toowoomba stables on April 7.

He was originally charged with 31 offences but three of those were dropped and the remaining 28 charges were to be heard at a reconvened inquiry on August 13.

That inquiry was adjourned to allow further particulars of the charges to be given to Currie's lawyers.

In a short statement on Thursday, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission said the reconvened stewards inquiry had been further delayed until the outcome of a Supreme Court hearing.

A Supreme Court application for judicial review by Currie is set down for September 28.

Currie's lawyers will seek the review on the grounds stewards have not properly exercised their right of discretion to allow Currie to have legal representation at his hearing.

His lawyers to date have not been allowed into the previous inquiry hearings.

It will also be further argued QRIC has failed to provide proper particulars relating to some charges including how Currie was alleged to have influenced or been responsible for any breach of rules.

Thirdly, Currie's lawyers will allege he has been denied justice by QRIC refusing to release to them transcripts of a hearing in which some of Currie's employees were questioned under oath by a barrister.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said the Commission would make no comment at this time.

Currie's lawyer Jim Murdoch QC also said he had no comment until after the Supreme Court hearing.ENDS


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-03, 09:07 AM
Reckless call all OK after rule-check
NATHAN EXELBY
 
DECISION: Daniel Aurisch.

BACKERS of Sunshine Coast winner Reckless Choice can thank a relatively new rule for collecting on the Steve O’Deatrained runner on Saturday.

Acting chief steward Daniel Aurisch noted the event would have possibly been declared a no-race before August 2016.

Stewards ruled $201 chance Sol Witness a late scratching after deeming it gained “an unfair advantage” when its gate opened prematurely ahead of the rest of the field.
“In times gone by it most likely would have to be a norace,” Aurisch said. ‘‘That was our only other option.

“But a different arm to the rule was brought in on August 1, 2016, which allows us to declare a horse a non-runner when it has gained an unfair advantage without the race having to be declared a no-race (if the event is deemed to have had no material effect on the result of the race).”

Sol Witness’ rider Tegan Harrison gave evidence to stewards that once her mount had burst through the gates, she rode it in a manner thinking a false start would be declared.

While Sol Witness was made a late scratching, Glen Colless’ plea to have Cedarwood, which reared as the start was affected and left tailed off last, declared a non-runner was rejected.

Colless argued Sol Witness (which jumped from gate 6) jumping out was the reason for Cedarwood (barrier 1) rearing.

“We thought it was a long bow to draw and didn’t have much room to move in declaring the horse a runner,” said Aurisch.

Aurisch’s acting chief steward role ends today, with Peter Chadwick set to start his tenure as the new chief steward with QRIC tomorrow.ENDS

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-06, 10:05 AM
Queensland racing’s new chief steward Peter Chadwick eases into role
Nathan Exelby, The Courier-Mail
September 5, 2018 6:43pm

QUEENSLAND’S new chief steward Peter Chadwick made his first appearance at the races yesterday, ahead of his first meeting as chairman at Doomben on Saturday.

Chadwick began his tenure on Monday and attended the Ipswich races as a guest on Wednesday, before slipping into the helm this weekend.

Chadwick has relocated his family to Queensland after 18½ years in Singapore. This will be his first stint in Queensland, having previously worked as a steward in NSW, the ACT, Tasmania and Western Australia.

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New chief steward Peter Chadwick will chair his first meeting at Doomben on Saturday. Pictu Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

“We’re excited to be working and living in Queensland and the family being back in Australia,” Chadwick said. “I’m looking forward to engaging with the industry and meeting everyone here.”

Chadwick’s last meeting in Singapore was August 12, upon which he handed the reins to long-time Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-10, 10:13 AM
CHANGE HAS REAL APPEAL

QUEENSLAND’S appeal system could be in for an overhaul with participants sick of the drawn-out process that comes with appeals to QCAT.

The current appeal system is a mess, with matters as simple as a careless riding suspension often dragged out over many months. It reached a new low recently when a jockey was allowed to return to riding mid-suspension.

To change the status quo, the State Government needs to alter the Racing Integrity Act 2016 and sanction a new appeals board and process.

Victoria has recently legislated change whereby VCAT will be removed from the appeal system, in favour of a system specialised to the industry.

“We went to the Minister soon after his appointment and urged him to make changes to the act and amend this appeal system,” Queensland Jockeys Association representative Glen Prentice said.

“They would rather know their fate, rather than wait many months.

“In some instances, the hearing is heard and then you wait several more months for a ruling.”

Prentice said the old system, where jockeys appealed to a Racing Disciplinary Board, was a preferred option and that his members were more likely to accept the verdict of an independent body than they are the current Internal Review and therefore it would require fewer matters being referred to a higher level.

While jockeys have been frustrated by the Internal Review system, they have on the other hand been able to use it to their advantage, appealing to QCAT for a stay and then effectively taking the suspension when it suits them.

Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the Commission would “prefer that QCAT could deal with hearings more quickly than presently occurs” but recognises the Tribunal has a wide jurisdiction beyond racing and that generally participants are not disadvantaged because stays are usually granted while the matter is pending.

“I know the delays and the granting of stay applications for extended periods can be frustrating for participants and the rest of the racing community but people are entitled to the presumption of innocence until a finding is made,” he said.

Barnett noted that of the 1603 decisions made by stewards across the three racing codes in financial year 2017-18 that involved a penalty, only 116 applied for an internal review and within that, about 20 per cent were either overturned or had the original penalty reduced.

“I believe this is clear evidence of (the internal reviewer’s) impartiality,” Barnett said.

Barnett said 21 matters appealed to QCAT in that time were finalised, with 16 of those either overturned, amended or settled before the hearing.ENDS

Extracted from Nathan Exelby's column in the CM today........prior to QCAT there was the RDB and they made some strange decisions...... the NSW two tiered system seems to work reasonably well and Victoria's new system dispensing with VCAT hasn't had any public exposure as far as I know....IMO the guvment should consider finding a more workable appeals system current one is too unwieldy and unduly expensive with long delays.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-12, 08:15 AM
Racing Crime Squad blitz of far north results in 33 charges
myPolice on Sep 11, 2018 @ 2:44pm
The Queensland Racing Crime Squad (QRCS) have charged five people with 33 charges in a blitz of the far
north Queensland region over six days in the past week.
These charges have arisen as a result of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Integrity Investigation
Team (IIT) team Stewards and QRCS working effectively together as a result of information received.
Between September 3 and 9, the QRCS and IIT conducted a series of collaborative investigations in the Innisfail
and Cairns region with assistance of local Cairns police officers.
On September 5, searches in the Innisfail area resulted in 17 drug charges against a 32-year-old former Innisfail
track rider including 16 offences of supplying methylamphetamine.
On the same day, QRCS charged a 38-year-old former jockey also from Innisfail with nine drug offences
including supply methamphetamine. Both men were bailed to appear in the Innisfail Magistrates Court on
October 8.
A 37-year-old Innisfail man, un-related to the racing industry was also charged with two drug offences and issued
a notice to appear at Innisfail Court on the same day.
On September 6, the QRCS operation moved to Cairns and in conjunction with Cairns Property Crime Squad,
conducted search warrants in the Woree area resulting in several property offence charges against two racing
industry participants.
Property worth thousands of dollars allegedly stolen during a burglary at the Cairns Jockey Club on August 31
was recovered and a 33-year-old man was remanded in custody to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on
September 24 and a 35-year-old man was issued a notice to appear on the same day.
On September 9, two racing participants; a 30-year-old woman and a 33-year old man were detected in
possession of illicit drugs (cannabis) and diverted from the court process to attend health counselling after a
search warrant was executed at a Woree property.
Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said as part of the far north Queensland operation
there was also an increased presence at the Cairns Amateurs event on Saturday September 8 and in a pleasing
result there were no breaches of the Rules of Racing or criminal activities detected.
“If you have any information about wrong doing in the racing industry including the mistreatment of racing animals
I urge you to report it through the Report Something portal on the QRIC website,” he said.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-19, 07:50 PM
QRIC Internal Reviews decisions are lacking assuming there have been some conducted since the last reported results  dated July.....about 2 months ago..wonder what the problem is?

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-25, 07:53 PM
Man charged after doping threat, Innisfail
myPolice on Sep 25, 2018 @ 8:26am
A former racing participant has been remanded in custody after an appearance in the Innisfail Magistrates Court
yesterday where he appeared to answer trespass and fraud charges.

The Queensland Racing Crime Squad was called in to investigate after an alleged threat to dope a horse set to
race at Atherton on Saturday.

The thirty two year-old Innisfail man was subsequently arrested, charged and remanded in custody on Saturday
September 22 until his appearance yesterday where he was remanded to reappear to face the charges on
October 8, 2018.

It is alleged the man had threatened to dope one of the horses in a shared stable of thoroughbred trainers at
Innisfail.

In consultation with the trainers, stewards withdrew all six runners set to race at Atherton on Saturday as a
precaution.

Samples have been taken for testing from one of the horses to determine if any substances were administered.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online
form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and
community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per
day

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-26, 06:07 PM
Latest Internal review decisions available on the QRIC website ....mostly charge and penalty confirmed.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/thoroughbred/

Individual cases as follows


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-PETER-BRADFORD.pdf
Bradford DQ 6 months meth positive

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DARRYL-GARDINER.pdf
Gardiner Cobalt positive 12 months

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DALE-SMITH.pdf
Dale Smith penalty confirmed 16 day suspension

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-TASHA-CHAMBERS.pdf
Chambers penalty to be served concurrently rather than cumulatively 6 months in lieu of 9 false urine sample.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JACKSON-MURPHY.pdf
Jackson Murphy 15 day suspension confirmed

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-COREY-BAYLISS.pdf
Corey Bayliss  reduction from 6 weeks  to 4 weeks  his ride on Tumbler

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-NATHAN-DAY.pdf
Nathan Day 11 days suspension Reduced to a severe reprimand

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DAMIAN-BROWNE-1.pdf
2 months suspension confirmed.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-26, 06:10 PM
Internal Reviews on harness trainer/drivers suspensions all confirmed.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/harness/

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-27, 05:41 PM
QRIC have uploaded another batch of Internal Reviews most confirm the stewards findings some positives to cobalt and one to arsenic .....and one refusal of a licence under the fit and proper person test .....links below.


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/thoroughbred/


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-GARRY-SMITH.pdf
Original decision on charge confirmed, penalty amended to a $3,000.00 fine with $1,000.00 being wholly suspended for a period of two (2) years Breach of rule 178 arsenic

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JEFF-LLOYD.pdf
8 day suspension confirmed

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-CLAYTON-GALLAGHER.pdf
16 day suspension confirmed

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-ALISHA-WINFIELD.pdf
Refusal of licence

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-PATRICK-OTOOLE.pdf
Breach of Rule 178)t)$300 fine confirmed alleged hindering of a sample collection from his horse.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-RONALD-FINCH.pdf
Breach of Rule 178 penalty confirmed  DQ 2x 9 months to be served  concurrently

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-GARETH-HORNER.pdf
Breach of Rule178 penalty confirmed 9 months DQ cobalt

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Sep-30, 03:04 PM
The second Annual Report of the QRIC has been uploaded on the QRIC website detailing the operations for the past 12 months.

Here are some extracts but the whole report should be read to understand how the commission functions together with details of funding staff establishments and other internal issues.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/The-Queensland-Racing-Integrity-Commission-Annual-Report-2017_2018.pdf


Our Stakeholders
• All members of the Queensland public
• Queensland racing industry participants
• Racing Queensland
• The Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing
and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
• Partner agencies including the Royal Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Biosecurity
Queensland, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and
other law enforcement agencies
In April 2018, we commissioned our second annual survey
of Queensland racing industry participants and the wider
Queensland community to measure perceptions of the
industry and the Commission itself.
The 2017/18 survey saw a significant increase in the
number of racing participant respondents with a 132 per
cent increase (n= 243 vs. 563), whilst the number
of community respondents remained fairly consistent
(n= 906 vs. 900).
Almost all industry respondents indicated awareness of
the Commission in 2017/18 (98.2 per cent), which was a
significant increase compared to 2016/17 (93.60 per cent).
Both industry and community participants’ confidence
in the integrity of the industry decreased in 2017/18.
The Commission recognises that publicity relating to our
enforcement activities may impact public confidence in
the industry in the short term, however the Commission’s
longitudinal target is to increase confidence in the
industry. For example, in 2017/18, the Commission, in
partnership with the Crime and Corruption Commission
and the Queensland Police Service Racing Crime Squad,
made 10 arrests in the Harness racing code after a
protracted investigation into systematic match fixing.
Despite the above, the belief that the integrity of the
industry has improved remained consistent – with no
significant changes in 2017/18 for both community and
industry participants.

Our People
As at 30 June 2018, the Commission had a total of 153 Full Time Employees (FTEs), which equates to a head-count of 249. A total of 134.94 of these FTE positions are dedicated to frontline, operational roles including stewarding and race-day operations, scientific testing and analysis, veterinary services and animal welfare, integrity services and licensing and registration. Of the 153 FTE positions allocated to our organisation, 140 were occupied as at 30 June 2018. As at 30 June 2018, we employed 131 casual staff (equating to 25 FTEs), most of whom are casual race-day Stewards employed to help provide coverage for the volume and spread of race meetings the Commission officiates, these casuals are employed on periodic occasions to assist our permanent workforce.Our permanent separation rate (as a percentage of our total FTE) for the year was 7.18 per cent. There were no redundancy, early retirement or retrenchment packages paid during the year. We have administratively adopted the current State Government Certified Agreement and award arrangements for all staff engaged under the Public Service Act 2008 and are now part of the current bargaining process across Government. Staff engaged under the Racing Integrity Act 2016 are engaged on individual contracts. As part of the establishment of the Commission, Stipendiary Stewards (Stewards) transitioned to the Commission under identical contractual conditions to those they had previously under the former structure of Racing Queensland. Following a review of those arrangements the Commission engaged Mercer to undertake a detailed analysis of roles; conduct remuneration benchmarking; and develop a capability framework. In 2018/19 the Commission will be reviewing and implementing a number of its findings.


QRIC paid Mercer $55K for this relatively easy assignment back in my day in the Industrial Commission unions would rely on the old standby comparative wage justice comparing like with like......if the remuneration report is any guide I doubt that the stewards would be overpaid..those above them in the heirachy don't appear to be.


There was one coercive hearing the results of which have already been disclosed although not in this report there were 3 witnesses in this hearing.

Decisions and Outcomes
In 2017/18, there were 1,603 original decisions made by the Commission. Of those decisions, 116 were subject to internal review. A total of 26 decisions were altered at internal review, with 90 original decisions upheld. Individuals also have a right, under the Racing Integrity Act 2016, to apply for an external review if they are dissatisfied with their internal review outcome. The external review of decisions by QCAT offers a further layer of transparency and independent oversight of the Commission’s decision-making process. In 2017/18, 41 external review applications were made to QCAT, with 21 of those matters finalised. Of the matters finalised, QCAT has amended the decision in 16 cases. This demonstrates that the review mechanisms available to participants is genuine and effective.

Only a relatively small percentage went for internal review 116/1603 very light which is a surprise.......26 successful in full or in part.......while QCAT amended 16 of the 21 finalised to date.......with 20 outstanding.

QPS Racing Crime Squad
QPS Racing Crime Squad Our partnership with the Queensland Police Service’s Queensland Racing Crime Squad (QRCS) continues to deliver outstanding integrity outcomes for the Queensland racing industry. In 2017/18, 21 offenders were charged with 47 offences. Since the inception of the Commission on 1 July 2016, the QRCS has charged 45 offenders with 89 offences. The QRCS continue to investigate matters of serious animal cruelty, major and organised crime (including match fixing), and any other offences relating to licensed persons across the three codes of racing. The most prolific investigation is that relating to match fixing in the Harness industry, of which the QRCS made 10 arrests in 2017/18. These charges were the result of a protracted investigation by the Queensland Police Service, Crime and Corruption Commission and the Commission into systematic match fixing which remains ongoing. As a result of the initial greyhound live-baiting investigation, the QRCS also has carriage of four animal cruelty matters still before the courts. A total of 18 Animal Cruelty matters have been finalised.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-03, 07:27 PM
Provincial jockey Vishan Venkaya refused licence upgrade to allow him to ride  mid week in the metropolitan area...has to improve his skills in certain areas.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-VISHAN-VENKAYA.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Oct-03, 08:21 PM
What a farce . Never met the bloke . However if he is a worse jockey than some of the postillions who ride in Brisbane every week then I must be George Moore. Funny how the judge and jury was a jockey who was capable of slaughtering one of our greatest three year olds  in a VRC Derby many years ago . I have seen far better rides at Cunnamulla  than this genius's effort . But anyway at least he now stands in judgement on others.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-04, 07:07 PM
Media Release
4 October 2018
Suspicious activity at Gold Coast stable sparks Inquiry
A Stewards Inquiry was commenced yesterday after the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
(QRIC) Integrity Investigations Team (IIT) reported what they believed to be suspicious activity at
the stable of Gold Coast trainer Les Kelly.
Stewards will allege a licensed stable hand and part owner of She’s a Youeffoh was preparing to
administer a substance to that horse which was engaged to run on the Gold Coast yesterday.
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said that during a no notice race day inspection, the IIT
allegedly found the stable hand holding an oral syringe.
“The Stewards scratched She's A Youeffoh yesterday and took preliminary evidence from Mr Kelly
and the stable hand,” he said.
“Samples were also taken from Mr Kelly’s remaining four horses that ran at the Gold Coast Turf
Club yesterday, Freddie Fox Trot, Solo Melody, Aggravate and Ruler; there is no suggestion at this
stage that these four horses had been treated.
The Stewards Inquiry was adjourned until the return of analysis of the samples taken.
Also on the Gold Coast yesterday; Gold Coast Trainer Maryanne Brosnan was charged and fined
$200 for engaging an unlicensed stable hand.
END

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-17, 06:04 PM
Animal cruelty charges, Pine Mountain

Three people have been charged with animal cruelty following investigations by detectives from the Racing Crime Squad and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) into the treatment of a thoroughbred mare at a Pine Mountain property.

The 4-year-old retired racehorse was inspected at the property on October 4 following information provided to the QRIC by a member of the public and was found to be severely underweight and neglected.
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Ongoing investigations have resulted in thee people, a 20-year woman, a 48-year old man and a 51-year old woman, being issued a Notice To Appear for one count each of animal cruelty under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

They are due to appear Ipswich Magistrates Court on November 6.
One of the men charged is the registered owner of the thoroughbred, and also a licensed stable hand.
It is further alleged that during investigations into the welfare of the thoroughbred, the QIRC received information from a person falsely claiming to be the registered owner.
This resulted in a 33-year old female licensed stable hand being charged with the offence of giving false or misleading information to an authorised officer under the Racing Integrity Act 2016.
She is due to appear before the Sandgate Magistrates Court on October 25.

This joint investigation is a further demonstration of the seriousness of which reports of animal welfare concerns are held and dealt with by QRIC to safeguard the welfare of animals and ensure the integrity of the racing industry in Queensland.

 
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-18, 07:06 PM
Internal Review decision on Grant Dixon's allegedly unacceptable drive  on a $41 chance ...he was given 4 weeks on the sideline by the stewards panel  but IR not satisfied he deserved it .......gave him the benefit of the doubt seems a reasonable decision IMO .

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-GRANT-DIXON.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-20, 07:38 PM
I thought the stewards would have queried trainer to explain the improvement of Bel Burgess today but nothing was said according to the betting it opened at $23 and finished at $8 the caller commented it had been well backed ..last time it won it was well backed too the trainer was asked to explain then but not today it ran 5th after its previous win and  at its last start before today ran 7th of 10 beaten 4.5L after leading it didn't stop  today though...stewards might as well stay home if they don't notice  form reversals.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-21, 05:55 PM
Media Release
20 October 2018
Race day treatment charges for Innisfail Trainer
The Racing Crime Squad have charged a licensed Thoroughbred Trainer after allegedly administering
substances to a horse before it raced at Innisfail today.
A 63 year old Innisfail Trainer was allegedly found to have injected a substance into Oakland Avenger
engaged to run today.
The Trainer was charged against the provisions of the Racing Integrity Act – A Person must not use a
prohibited thing on, or interfere with a licensed animal and investigations into criminal charges are
continuing.
He was given notice to appear before the Innisfail Magistrates Court on 12 November, 2018.
The trainers three horses were scratched from today’s Innisfail race meeting.
A Stewards Inquiry was commenced and adjourned today in relation to three racing participants for
administering race day treatment prior to the Innisfail race meeting.
ENDS
 Nathan Exelby reports in the SM today further and better particulars than the QRIC Media Release

Trainer facing court for alleged injection


THE fallout from a pre-meeting incident at yesterday’s Innisfail Cup meeting is likely to be significant after stewards opened a race-day treatment inquiry.

The incident not only implicated trainer Greg Strickland, but also others linked to the club.

In the fallout, Strickland was charged by the Racing Crime Squad after being allegedly found to have injected a substance into Oakland Avenger, who was engaged to race at the meeting.

The trainer was given notice to appear before the Innisfail Magistrates Court on November 12.

Three horses were declared late scratchings after the QRIC IIT unit allegedly saw an incident it believed to be illegal race-day treatment by way of a substance being administered orally by a person involved with the club, who was also an owner of the horse being treated.

After a second incident, officials entered the stables, where they allegedly saw a person giving the injection.

One of the men involved left the course, while it is believed another of those implicated, acts in an official race-day role at Innisfail.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-21, 09:27 PM


The racing industry in Qld is being given a message -- and the idea will catch on in other states.

...............as soon as NSW had the (passing) glimpse of durability it pulled the rug on the dishlickers.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-22, 05:59 PM
Punter charged with bookie exploitation
 
 Article Author
AAP
22 October 2018
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A man allegedly exploited a corporate bookmaker's promotion to the tune of more than $100,000 in cash and betting credits, Queensland police say.

The state's racing crime squad allegedly recovered almost $18,000 in cash and more than $90,000 in betting credits, credit cards and devices in a search of the man's car and Surfer's Paradise hotel room.

The 23-year-old from Victoria is alleged to have exploited the promotion, which provides cashback for losing win bets when a horse places second or third, with returns paid in credits.

He was charged with dealing with property reasonably suspected of being the proceeds of crime and has been given notice to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on November 5.

"The sharing of information associated with illegal betting activity is beneficial to the commission, the corporate bookmaker and to the betting public who follow the rules," Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said.

 Article Author
Read all News by AAP ENDS

This is a turn up a punter putting it over a bookie.  :o


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-22, 06:57 PM


How could using defects in a bookmaker rewards scheme be considered a crime?

Beware the royal commission -- banks robbing customers is being prosecuted.
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2018-Oct-22, 09:35 PM
There are more 'conditions' than a 'doctors book' attached to corps promotions . .

No doubt this young fella has exploited them in a pretty big way to get to $100K

Robin Hood/Ned Kelly stuff . . But wouldn't like to be in his shoes




BTW . . How is Fletcher's case coming along?
Title: QRIC
Post by: fours on 2018-Oct-22, 11:33 PM
Identity theft, many times in some form, to get to 100k I would think

Fours
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-23, 06:44 PM

How could using defects in a bookmaker rewards scheme be considered a crime?

Beware the royal commission -- banks robbing customers is being prosecuted.

Here ya go Sherlock ;-
The Victorian man was charged with a single Federal charge of dealing with property reasonably suspected of being the proceeds of crime and has been given notice to appear at Southport Magistrates Court on November 5, 2018.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-23, 06:55 PM


Is there a limit on the number of punters entitled to accept an offer.

........is an alias an identity theft................. could be just be recruiting bowlers..............whats the problem?

My dog won a raffle once.
Title: QRIC
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Oct-23, 08:24 PM

Is there a limit on the number of punters entitled to accept an offer.

........is an alias an identity theft................. could be just be recruiting bowlers..............whats the problem?

My dog won a raffle once.

You really should not comment on things so far beyond your grasp  :tin:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-29, 09:11 PM
Internal Review finds agin Larry Cassidy 9 day suspension to stand careless riding charge.

Larry pleaded guilty before the stewards but must have had second thoughts and decided to appeal..... his submissions at first glance looked promising until the reviewer produced his previous evidence which was fatal to his case.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LARRY-CASSIDY-INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Oct-29, 09:37 PM
More total nonsense from QRIC. Unless I am mistaken isn't "The Reviewer " , whatever the hell that is , paid from the same bank account as the Stewards. So the point of appeal is to one of their own who happens to be on the same payroll. Go figure. And Queensland Racing expects people with a smidgen of intelligence to take this rot seriously! No wonder they are travelling down the shute to oblivion.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-03, 07:35 PM
Media Release
2 November 2018
Dual licences now a reality in Queensland Racing

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has approved an amendment to the Thoroughbred Licensing Scheme allowing Trainers and Jockeys to hold both licences.

Commissioner Ross Barnett said the change that will come into effect on Monday, 5 November allowing for dual licences permits jockeys to hold more than one licence in the Queensland racing industry, giving them the ability to train horses as well if they meet the licence requirements.

“It had been a long held view that that the associated responsibilities of each licence category were separate and distinct and allowing a participant to engage in both activities was an integrity risk,” he said.

“In recent years our interstate counterparts have progressively moved towards trainer/jockey dual licences with conditions, but jockeys in Queensland have been restricted to riding only.

“We have consulted with the respective Jockey and Trainers’ associations and have agreed that there will still be appropriate regulatory oversight of the industry for jockeys while enabling an increase in career pathways and sustainability with the expanded capacity through the incoming dual licensing provisions.”

Queensland Jockey’s Association (QJA) president Glen Prentice supports the move which benefits the association’s members.

“The QJA congratulates QRIC on today’s announcement of the Dual Licence Jockey/Trainer category,” Mr Prentice said.

“It provides Queensland jockeys with an important opportunity to properly plan a career pathway from Jockey to Trainer. Career transitioning is never easy, but this initiative will certainly go a long way to assist in this important area.”

There are new conditions associated with holding a dual Trainer/Jockey licence including;

• a Trainer/Jockey Licence Holder shall not, train in partnership with another Trainer;

• no person who has been granted permission to train in partnership with another trainer shall be eligible for consideration for a Trainer/Jockey Licence;

• A Trainer/Jockey Licence holder shall be entitled to train no more than five (5) horses at any given time as registered by the lodgement of stable returns pursuant to the Rules.

• A Trainer/Jockey Licence holder shall not have any ownership interest in any horse."

Some restrictions attaching to this new found opportunity.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Nov-03, 08:22 PM


Why bury commonsense in a pit of unnecessary rules?

........ the pressure mounts on RNSW to fall into line.
Title: QRIC
Post by: the bishop on 2018-Nov-08, 08:56 AM
Interesting that they have now okayed the dual licence in all areas as it has existed in the bush for a long time although not many have availed themselves of being trainer/jockey. David Rewald in the central-west is probably the most prominent with Cheryl Rogers at Charleville another.
Peter Clarke at Goondiwindi used to have a dual licence but no longer rides.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-09, 04:09 PM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-SALLY-SWEENEY.pdf
Relevant extract from the IR decision
"The reviewer acknowledges each case is treated on its merits and set of circumstances. In carefully weighing up the evidence and aforementioned factors, including the context of the race, the reviewer accepts the Applicant failed to ride MISS MELRAE (albeit for one stride) out to the end of the race and accordingly finds the charge of failing to ride MISS MELRAE out to the end of the race proven.

 Notwithstanding, the reviewer is not completely satisfied to the requisite standard that such actions categorically had a material affect on the placings in the race and therefore provides the Applicant with the benefit of doubt in the circumstances.

 The standard penalty in Queensland for an offence pursuant to Australian Rule of Racing 137(b) when it is determined a rider’s actions have not had a material affect on the result of the race is between $200.00 and $1,000.00.

The Applicant’s disciplinary history is clear of any previous offence pursuant to the subject rule. In weighing up the evidence on penalty, consideration was provided to the context of the race, the Applicant’s actions, experience, not-guilty plea, penalty precedents and disciplinary history.

 The reviewer, in considering the totality of evidence and aforementioned factors, amends the original penalty to a $1,000.00 fine with $500.00 to be wholly suspended for a period of two (2) years under the provisions of Australian Rule of Racing 196(4) on the condition the Applicant does not reoffend during that period."


Looking at the race replay the camera position isn't conclusive to determine whether or not she stopped riding ......whether one more hit would have made any difference is debatable in my opinion......maybe there's a head on view  which the reviewer had access to  .......even with a head on it's a toss up.......would give her the benefit of the doubt. 
 
https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/gcst/20180929/race/3

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-13, 10:20 AM
CM story today posted on the Harness thread but in view of the previous publicity the two stories need to be read together.

Horse fraud thrown out CM today 13/11
A HORSE owner secretly recorded discussing placing bets with a harness racing driver has had a fraud charge thrown out of court.
Peter Anthony Poulsen appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday where police alleged he had placed 10 bets on a race at Albion Park in July 2017 after talking with driver Shane Graham. The court was told he then split the winnings with Mr Graham.

Previous story on this case  from the CM  ......Race-fix case tipped to fail ..as opined by Mr Poulsen's brief and my good self ..and we were right for once.  :king:

David Hannay mouthpiece for previously unidentified "Everton Park punter" who was scooped up in the alleged harness race fixing charges an associate of Shane Graham has come out publicly stating his client Peter Poulsen has no case to answer...Poulsen owned horses trained by Graham have been stood down ......Nathan Exelby reports in the CM Friday.

Race-fix case tipped to fail
NATHAN EXELBY


LEGAL REP: Daniel Hannay.

THE lawyer representing accused harness identity Peter Poulsen has predicted the case will fall over, just as others have this year.

Poulsen was charged in relation to a race at Albion Park in July last year, along with licensees Shane Graham, Leonard Cain and Vicki Rasmussen.

Horses owned by Poulsen have been stood down and unable to race, as the case has been handballed several times to different prosecutors.

Police, backed by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission investigators, allege Poulsen, who owned another horse in the race, made a winning bet on Dapper after a conversation with Graham before the event, which they believe was evidence of fixing a race.

Poulsen’s legal counsel Daniel Hannay said the conversation his client had with Graham was no different to discussions owners and trainers would have all the time.

“Poulsen was the owner of January, which was in the race. (Graham) said January hadn’t been training well and also said the other favourite (Western Jewels) hadn’t been going well either,” Hannay said.

Graham suggested Poulsen “have something on Dapper”, which he did. He wagered $700 on Dapper to win, and also the same amount on January to win the race.

“The conversation Mr Poulsen had with Mr Graham wouldn’t amount to any criminal offence, let alone some type of concept of match fixing,” Hannay said.

“What has happened to my client could happen to any owner of any horse in Queensland.”

After originally being charged with match fixing, the prosecution has since altered the charge to include fraud.

Hannay believes the reason for the change is because other match-fixing cases have fallen over, and the police and QRIC were now trying to save face.

In April, match-fixing cases against Dayl March and Leonard Cain were thrown out of the Brisbane Magistrates Court, where both decisions cited a lack of evidence.

They were the first two match-fixing cases to be tried in court after Barton Coburn and Michael Grant pleaded guilty to charges in October 2017.

Hannay said his client’s horses had been banned from racing, making them worthless.

“That is all extra punishment prior to being found guilty in court. He hasn’t even got to trial yet,” he said.

Queensland Racing Integrity commissioner Ross Barnett said the actions of the Racing Crime Squad and police pursuing this investigation had been justified by three convictions, and denied they were left red-faced by the two that had been thrown out by the courts.

“Far from being embarrassed, I am proud of the efforts of the Racing Crime Squad and the commission staff in comprehensively and professionally investigating these matters,” Barnett said.

“This action has reassured the many honest harness participants that their legitimate concerns will be addressed and has increased wagering confidence in the sport.”
ENDS

Last I heard Barton Cockburn was found guilty fined $5k now we're told Mick Grant pleaded guilty probably got a slap on the wrist as no details have been trumpeted by QRIC and the third person has so far not been identified...on the facts outlined by Poulsen's counsel his client  looks long odds on to walk free and if so should he choose to take the next obvious step there's  the possibility of a case for compensation on the standing down of his horses.....QRIC Ross Barnett contacted by Nathan Exelby is maintaining a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-18, 05:13 PM
Davie Fowler on Press Room tomorrow has QRIC boss Ross Barnett as his guest listen live on Radio 4TAB or online at 8.30am QLD time.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-19, 08:58 AM
Harness man seeks legal costs
NATHAN EXELBY
@xlbnathan_cmail

HARNESS identity Peter Poulsen will seek to recoup legal costs of nearly $50,000 and additional funds after his fraud case was thrown out of Brisbane Magistrates Court last week.

Poulsen was charged with match fixing in relation to an Albion Park race in July last year, before the charge was later altered to fraud.

When the matter was brought to a magistrate last week, the charge was dismissed on the basis that the case against Poulsen could not be substantiated and it was doomed to fail.

Poulsen’s legal representative Daniel Hannay tipped the case to fall over many months ago and had written to prosecutors requesting they review and withdraw the charges against his client.

As late as September 27, Hannay notified officials that Poulsen would bear his own costs in an attempt to amicably resolve the concerns with the police prosecutions office should the charge be discontinued by October 30.

When that offer expired, Hannay wrote on November 2 that “the case against Mr Poulsen was frivolous and that costs above the standard scale would be sought after successfully defending the matter”.

The case went before the courts nine times between March 14 and November 12.

Hannay submitted the final costs incurred by Poulsen were $47,718.

“In the circumstances, it is difficult to assess a more deserving matter than this of costs,” he wrote.

Poulsen’s dismissal adds to a growing list of harness match fixing cases that have failed to stand up in court, including this year’s cases against Dayl March and Leonard Cain.

ENDS

A follow up on the previous posts on this issue ........will be interested in the outcome ..on the face of it this seems to be a reasonable proposition......although it's my understanding that costs are not usually allowed following an unsuccessful prosecution .......be that as it may there's also the financial impost of Mr Poulsen's horses not permitted to race.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-19, 07:11 PM
Interesting interview today on Davie Fowler's Press Room with QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett ....very friendly and wide ranging Q&A full interview went for most of the program some observations arising out of past events.......Barnett disclosed that  Alan Reardon .....(who went public with strong criticism of Barnett and the selection process when Peter Chadwick was appointed Chief Steward) had been in line for a job offer from Barnett ..what in particular he had in mind wasn't disclosed and the offer wasn't made "being untenable' due to Reardon's outburst...on the lack of successful harness racing prosecutions which were investigated and prosecuted by the Racing Crime Squad ..on information received on match fixing .......Barnett opined that it would be unwise to conclude the prosecutions weren't soundly based .......apparently the evidence wasn't played to the court ..Davie omitted to ask WHY it wasn't admissible ....Barnett said other matters are still to be determined in the superior courts ...about half way through the harness racing matters.....on the appeal and review process Barnett said anyone with a better idea than the current system is welcome to make a persuasive case to govment.....the above are my recollections of the interview ..for a full understanding you can click on the link below and form your own opinions ...personally I think Barnett came across very well and Davie did well too.

https://audioboom.com/posts/7091003-press-room-19-11-18


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-19, 07:52 PM
Catching up on stewards inquiries .

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018_7_November_Stewards_Report_G-Sitek-CHOPPA.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018_5_November_Stewards_Report_Xanthopoulos-Kelly-SHES-A-YOUEFFOH-2.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018_22_October_Stewards_Report_Kelly-Doughty_Hussons-Pride.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-20, 04:43 PM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/QRIC-Commissioner-hits-the-airwaves.pdf

Media Release
19 November 2018
QRIC Commissioner hits the airwaves
Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett was interviewed on Radio TAB this morning covering a range
of industry issues with radio host David Fowler.
Some of the issues covered include;
 Background to why QRIC was formed in July 2016
 The role of the QPS Racing Crime Squad and the role of stewards
 Why we need the Commission
 How QRIC is funded
 The QCAT process
 Harness match fixing cases
 Hendra vaccination and microchipping for Standardbred foals
 Dual licences
Listen to the interview he
https://audioboom.com/posts/7091003-press-room-19-11-18
ENDS


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-25, 12:35 PM
Media Release 22 November 2018 Internal Review reinstates Trainer’s licence
The licence of Cairns thoroughbred Trainer Alwyn Bailey has been reinstated at Internal Review.
 Mr Bailey’s licence to train was suspended by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission effective on 23 October 2018 based on a pending animal welfare criminal charge which allegedly breached a condition of his licence and his suitability as a licensee.
Mr Bailey sought an internal review of his suspension and the internal reviewer has found in his favour in the interests of procedural fairness and natural justice and set aside the decision to suspend his licence.
ENDS.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-28, 09:43 AM
Very lengthy transcript of the IR decision on Kelly Doughty's cobablt positive ...quite some debate from expert witnesses on the testing regime .....but in the end the penalty was confirmed and Kelly will be off to QCAT waiting and waiting for her case to be listed and waiting and hoping for a positive outcome.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-KELLY-DOUGHTY.pdf

One more Media Release on neglected race horses at Cedar Creek .

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/QRIC-Media-Release-_Nine-horses-found-in-a-poor-condition-at-Cedar-Creek.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-29, 05:46 PM
Media Release
28 November 2018
Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie notified of new prohibited
substance inquiry
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards have today advised legal representatives for
Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie that prohibited substances have been detected in samples taken
from three horses he trains.
The alleged breaches relate to Wicked Trilogy that raced on 2 December 2017 at Kilcoy, Shikira
that raced on 28 January 2018 at Toowoomba and Karaharaga that raced on 6 July 2018 at
Rockhampton.
The Stewards Inquiry will commence on Monday 14 January 2019.
These matters are separate to any previous charges against Mr Currie.
ENDS..

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Dec-07, 10:51 PM
Four more Internal reviews completed two of which set aside the penalty imposed while the other two were confirmed .

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/thoroughbred/

Zoe White, George Sitek , Nathan Day & Jim Byrne ......White & Day’s decisions set aside Sitek out for 12 months and Jim Byrne's suspension confirmed


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Dec-09, 08:17 PM
Extract from Nathan Exelby's column in the SM today.

TRAINER’S FINE DISPUTED

THE Queensland branch of the Australian Trainers Association has vowed to fight for trainer Brett Baker, who they feel was harshly treated in a finding by QRIC.

Baker was fined $1000, reduced to $750, for presenting the wrong horse to race at Toowoomba on November 24.

Baker had two horses engaged for the meeting – Wolf Tales (Race

2) and Halfeti (Race 5). He brought Halfeti to the races first, believing it was engaged in Race 2.

Baker said he looked at the official Racing Australia mobile site to determine which races the horses were engaged in and it had Halfeti’s race as second on the program.

Racing Australia confirmed its mobile site did in fact have the races in the wrong order and said it had since made moves to ensure this would not happen again.

Racing Queensland waived the scratching fee for Wolf Tales on the basis of Racing Australia’s admission.

However, QRIC have stuck solid with the fine, with director of stewarding Ali Wade saying Baker was the only trainer to present the incorrect horse on the day and that he should have established the correct runners when he checked the Sky Racing website for race times.

Queensland’s ATA branch representative Cameron Partington told Wade and Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett his organisation would support Baker in his internal review and subsequent appeal to QCAT.

“We still firmly believe QRIC has judged this issue incorrectly and is a great example of where QRIC is failing to understand and interact with our people,” Partington said.

“We at the ATA are constantly working with you to bridge the gap between yourselves and the participants, a gap that unfortunately with cases like this will continue to grow.”


ENDS

Strange case of relying on mistaken information .......there are two sides to every story the IR could settle the matter in the trainer's favour .... Mr Partington's comments suggest he  seems to think that's only a rough chance of getting up.......and the case will go to QCAT ........impossible to predict the outcome with any degree of confidence if that happens.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2018-Dec-09, 08:44 PM
Yes does seem harsh done by. Especially when an another Toowoomba trainer keeps presenting horses all over the South East Queensland despite some of his staff , family etc being persona non grata at the same tracks he turns up to race his neddies  at . Lucky we have  QRIC to make sure it is all above board. Whatever would we do without this august body to make sure everyone is operating on a level playing field !
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Dec-13, 08:01 PM
Another two Internal reviews published on QRIC 's website  LesKelly got some relief fined with part suspended to be on good behaviour in the second decision the appellant lost out charge and penalty confirmed 

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-LESLIE-KELLY.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-WILLIAM-XANTHOPOULOS.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Dec-14, 05:10 PM
Media Release 14 December 2018
 Further prohibited substance notification for Trainer Ben Currie Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards have today advised legal representatives for Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie that a prohibited substance has been detected in a sample taken from a horse he trains.
 This is the fourth alleged prohibited substance breach Mr Currie has been notified of since 28 November 2018.
 Stewards will allege Mr Currie brought the thoroughbred Dreamscope to race on 16 September at Toowoomba with prohibited substances in its system.
 A sample from the horse was tested after winning race 6 on that day.
The previous alleged prohibited substance breaches relate to Wicked Trilogy that raced on 2 December 2017 at Kilcoy, Shakira that raced on 28 January 2018 at Toowoomba and Karaharaga that raced on 6 July 2018 at Rockhampton.
The latest alleged breach will be heard along with the three previously mentioned at a Stewards Inquiry in Brisbane on Monday 14 January 2019. These four matters are separate to any previous charges against Mr Currie.
 ENDS

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Dec-14, 05:14 PM
Another two Internal Reviews in harness racing ......... 12 months for Martin Hanrahan for an elevated TCO2 reading ...has previous with the same horse and Clint Sneddon 4 weeks for an unacceptable drive .

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-MARTIN-HANRAHAN-.pdf


https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-CLINTON-SNEDDON.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jan-02, 09:54 PM
Crikey QRIC is  back dating the updates n the results of Internal Reviews last updated 11th Jan 2018....nothing to see at all.

Eyes on the road people.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/internal-reviews/harness/


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jan-11, 07:52 PM
Media Release
11 January 2019
Currie Steward’s Inquiry delayed on consent
In lieu of a Supreme Court hearing today, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC)
and legal representatives for Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie have agreed to delay a QRIC
Steward’s Inquiry until a Supreme Court decision is finalised.
A Steward’s Inquiry into four alleged positive swab offences was due to be heard on Monday 14
January.
Mr Currie’s legal representatives brought Supreme Court action earlier this week requesting
admission to Monday’s Inquiry.
A similar Supreme Court action also calling for the admission of Mr Currie’s legal representatives is
pending in relation to the resumption of a separate Steward’s Inquiry, where Mr Currie faces 28
alleged breaches of the Australian Rules of Racing.
As both Supreme Court actions relate to similar legal issues in each case, they will now be heard
together.
By consent of both parties, the Stewards Inquiry previously set down for Monday 14 January and
the resumption of the Inquiry into 28 alleged breaches of the rules of racing will be held on a date
to be confirmed following the outcome of a Supreme Court hearing on 22 February 2019.
ENDS

CM reports that  Currie’s legal representative is Michael O’Connor, whereas the previous application to the Supreme Court was filed by Jim Murdoch QC maybe Currie has changed counsel putting all his eggs in the one basket....probably an incorrect assumption by my goodself...... previous story by Nathan Exelby in the CM on 30 Aug referred to the original isuue which was to be heard in the Supreme Court on 28 Sept ...now both matters are listed for hearing on 22 Feb .......extract from Nathan's story previously posted is reproduced to aid understanding of what is involved .....it's not just the right for legal representation to be permitted at stewards inquiries.....the right to remain silent is a fundamental right in law.....as is the right to legal representation ......this upcoming hearing might settle the question of licensees to have the same rights in stewards inquiries especially when serious charges involving loss of livlihood are involved .

"A Supreme Court application for judicial review by Currie is set down for September 28.

Currie's lawyers will seek the review on the grounds stewards have not properly exercised their right of discretion to allow Currie to have legal representation at his hearing.

His lawyers to date have not been allowed into the previous inquiry hearings.

It will also be further argued QRIC has failed to provide proper particulars relating to some charges including how Currie was alleged to have influenced or been responsible for any breach of rules.

Thirdly, Currie's lawyers will allege he has been denied justice by QRIC refusing to release to them transcripts of a hearing in which some of Currie's employees were questioned under oath by a barrister."



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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jan-20, 03:04 PM
Extract from the stewards report on Race 6 from EF yesty

"MISHANI HUSTLER – Apprentice B. Nothdurft pleaded guilty to a charge under AR. 137(b) in that, whilst in contention for 3rd placing, he failed to ride his mount out to the finish of the race. Apprentice Nothdurft was fined $1000. In determining penalty, stewards considered the margin between 3rd and 4th and were also of the opinion that Apprentice Nothdurft’s actions had not materially affected his mount’s placing.


WINTER PASSAGE – Bumped on jumping.
 
VIRAL – Slow to begin. Inconvenienced by a fallen runner approaching the 600m. When questioned, J. Lloyd stated that connections had initially wanted to race back off the pace, however, the gelding overreacted when being steadied shortly after jumping and got its head up, resulting in it being further back than they had anticipated. He further stated that his mount was inconvenienced severely when another runner broke down, resulting in him having to take evasive action passing the 600m. He added that he then rode the gelding along in the straight, however it failed to respond and he was not entirely happy with its action and as a result he eased it down in the latter stages of the race. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the near foreleg. Trainer T. Edmonds was advised that the horse will require a veterinary clearance prior to resuming racing.
 
CALZINI – Crowded on jumping between PARKO and REAL PATRIOT, which jumped outwards. Held up and unable to obtain clear running from the 500m until after passing the 200m where it clipped heels, blundered and lost ground.
 
RAMTASTIC – Bumped on jumping.
 
PINCH VISTA – Broke down and fell approaching the 600m, dislodging apprentice M. Murphy. The gelding fractured both front fetlocks and was euthanased on humane grounds. A swab sample was taken. Following the event apprentice Murphy was examined by the Club doctor, who recommended that he be stood down from his remaining engagements. Riding replacements in Races 7 and 9 were made as per the stewards race day summary. Apprentice Murphy was advised that he would be required to provide a medical clearance and undertake a cognitive test prior to resuming riding."

ENDS

What's the logic in fining Apprentice B. Nothdurft $1K for failing to ride his mount right out when in the stewards own words they  "considered the margin between 3rd and 4th and were also of the opinion that Apprentice Nothdurft’s actions had not materially affected his mount’s placing."

In the same race VIRAL was heavily backed but performed poorly there were excuses but the jockey LLoyd claimed " that he then rode the gelding along in the straight, however it failed to respond and he was not entirely happy with its action and as a result he eased it down in the latter stages of the race."
From my observations riding it along wasn't obvious although it would have made no difference to the result he eased it down very quickly....the horse was lame after the race.

The most surprising thing about the stewards review of this race was there was no mention of the vastly improved form shown by the winner MAGIC FOX which on the back of it's last start on 29th Dec started at $81 and ran 10/14 previous to that 5/13 at $101and 6/8 at $15 different story yesty backed from $6.50 into $4.40 and bolted in but not one word from the stewards.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/video-replays/player/thoroughbred/e%20fm/20190119/race/6


Giddy Up :beer:

 
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jan-20, 03:38 PM
 LONG WAY TO GO Nathan Exelby in the SM today

AS THE inquiries into 28 charges against Ben Currie and another four positive swab results from horses in his stable remain stuck in neutral, the date for an appeal hearing regarding his father Mark’s two-year disqualification is likely to be known by the end of the month.

QRIC and Mark Currie’s legal team are set to appear at QCAT on January 29, after which a date will be set for the appeal to be heard.

The next move in the Ben Currie case will not be until February 22, for a Supreme Court hearing, where among other items it will be determined if Currie has the right to have legal representation in the two separate stewards inquiries he is facing.

QRIC has sited AR199B, which in part states “A person attending or required to attend an inquiry or hearing conducted by the Stewards or the Committee of a Club or Association shall not be entitled to be represented by any other person, whether a member of the legal profession or otherwise” as the reason for its refusal to allow Currie to have representation at the two inquiries.

It is possible the result of that Supreme Court hearing could take a number of months to be known, further stretching out a case that dates back to April 7 last year, while one of the swabs is from a race in 2017.

Currie landed a winning double at Eagle Farm yesterday with Takings (pictured) and Mishani Electra.

ENDS

The questions for the Supreme Court aren't just whether legal representation should be permitted in stewards inquiries there are other issues raised initially  by Jim Murdoch QC in seeking a judicial review arising out of the original 28 charges Currie is faced with ...as Nathan Exelby pointed out AR199B doesn't allow any form of representation ....which is contrary to the notion of natural justice ..so if somebody wants to go to the expense of having a representative present whether legal or otherwise.... a Union for example..... it shouldn't be any problem for stewards as it is only likey to arise where the licensee is facing serious charges...some time back I recall there was a jockeys' representative in attandance who I assume was allowed inside and apprentices would /should be able to have their master present.....maybe stewards should exercise discretion to save time and  money especially if QRIC gets lumbered with a costs order.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Deejayeff on 2019-Jan-20, 09:02 PM
Arsenal why would there by any inquiry into Magic Fox ?

The three runs you referred to were against the A graders at Doomben from awkward barriers. Being a backs marker it was not in serious betting contention yet earned pass marks.

It went from listed and Group level, as suggested above, back to the B graders under handicap conditions and with the 3kg claim it actually dropped 6kg and for those who do the form and understand its ability it was a weighted certainty.

To consolidate its prospects it mapped to get a good run off a strong tempo and is one of many horses crying out for Eagle Farm.

At least $10 was freely bet before the QOP kicked in with the flucs you quote.

As I often say in my other forums, why do so many assume the fixed prices that appear are necessarily correct or the benchmark to form opinions or prosecute cases. It's an opinion only to be readily challenged in the market place.

This is a prescient case in point.

Noted form analyst Vince Aspinall also marked it as his best bet of the day.

So to end where we began, why the hell would there be any mention in the stewards report ?

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jan-21, 08:03 AM
Dave  To answer your question in the spirit of concilliation in response to your unusually provocative dismissive post repling to my relatively mild opinion expressing surprise that the stewards report didn’t mention one word about MAGIC Fox’s return to the winner’s circle on Saturday .....let’s stick to the facts ..they don’t alter... only our opinions  differ.....It was evident that the horse was down in class although still only racing against  3yo company it drew the outside another handicap but which adds merit to its win...it had a 3kg allowance and blinkers for the first time they probably made the difference.
 
The stewards report focused on Mishani Hustler which opened favourite but blew like a gale  in the betting  ....despite having superior form ... the apprentice rider was fined $1K for failing to ride the horse out yet stewards admitted that made no difference to the result ......they couldn't overlook  the shocking run of VIRAL which finished lengths in front of MAGIC FOX  at their last contest ....VIRAL started favourite but was never in contention and finished last..pulling up lame and wasn’t ridden out .....yet MAGIC  FOX the big shortener backed from as much as $10 according to you into $4.40 was not an unexpected result..

None of your newspaper colleagues gave the horse any chance.... not one of the three expert tipsters in the CM included it in their four selections......the comment in the CM  form guide read “Was safely held at Doomben last meeting .Looks tested.” 

Unfortunately your tips which usually appear on the UBET/TAB website were not up on Saturday but I assume from your comments you backed it and probably would have tipped it had you had the opportunity ...I didn’t hear the Saturday tipping segment on Radio TAB in the morning.

What the stewards didn’t do is the issue ......IMO they have a responsibility to inform the public the reason for the horse’s improvement mindful of the massive confidence in the betting $81 one day $4.40 the next ....despite the drop in class .......you come on here after the event to point out it was a good thing on form .... down in class and its previous run was a pass mark... Vince Aspinall tipped it as a best bet ..... he’s a genius....it seems to me you’re implying that  everyone else was a mug not to get on ...no wonder Brisbane racing is on the nose with lots of former punters. ...Nathan Exelby reports in the CM today that it was a good result for Ladbrokes in their book the punters only wanted Mishani Hustler and Viral they weren’t on the Magic Fox tram.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Deejayeff on 2019-Jan-21, 01:34 PM
Arsenal, I'm on holidays hence no public profile re Magic Fox.

I thought what I wrote prosecuted a solid enough case as to why there would be no stipes' mention of the winning performance.

What the Courier Mail tipsters select or what comment is written is not relevant.

The devil is in the detail or the SP's to be precise.

Why do you think it started $81 and then started $4.40. Isn't that bleedingly obvious.

To reiterate, the fact $10 was in the marketplace confirms the price assessors  got it wrong on this occasion.

It's not their first time and  won't be their last.

The favorites don't win every race.

Similarly,  I would tip more losers than winners.

If you can strike between 35 and 40% strike rate with on top winners selected, you're going OK.

I have written this on more than one occasion in recent months that prices firming or prices easing does not necessarily equate to untoward activity.

Yes, sometimes  it may,

But often it's the market correcting itself.

There were sufficient ticks in the right boxes to suggest Magic Fox should never have been put out at $10 in the marketplace.

Obviously most punters saw that as well, hence the $4.40 SP.

And let's not limit this scenario to Magic Fox.

You say Mishani Hustler "blew like a gale". Was it the right price in the first place ?

Betting fluctuations are simply a result of marketplace activity.

It's a false premise to suggest the fixed odds available on Wednesday or Thursday is the benchmark for post race opinion.

After all, those very fixed odds are only opinion.

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jan-21, 06:53 PM
Have a happy holiday Dave........  :bye:


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2019-Jan-21, 09:44 PM
Dave, I agree with what you say. I do the videos etc and I always thought the first price put up was way off the mark . As you say that happens. However I still defend what Arsenal says that if they start at Brisbane Heat batting score prices at their previous run and get beaten 8 lengths Stewards  and should  ask the question . Not all punters are as thorough with their form as many of us and it costs nothing to let connections  explain any perceived improvement. Overall it just adds to the total Integrity aspect of the Industry. That surely can't be a bad thing. Enjoy your holiday.
Title: QRIC
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2019-Jan-22, 07:40 AM
Why not query the price assessors about putting up 9/1  about a conveyance that was beaten 8 lengths at its previous start at 80/1?
Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2019-Jan-22, 08:55 AM
Wise Old Jungle Saying*

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder . . "
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jan-30, 06:37 PM
Bringing the wrong horse to the races .....Brett Baker Toowoomba trainer relied on RSA which stuffed up in providing incorrect information as to race order ........originally fined $750 but IR very sensibly upheld his appeal and suspended the sentence for 2 years.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BRETT-BAKER.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-05, 09:57 AM
Three decisions from the Internal reviewer all on suspended jockeys and all appeals dismissed........ in the first case stewards held the alleged interference to be low range whilst the internal reviewer opined it to be in the mid to high range resulting in 9 day suspension the horse in question River Flyer was an odds on favourite and was never a possibility..... the other two cases Jeff Lloyd ran second on a $20 chance deemed a low range incident copped 8 days while Dale Evans took a very narrow run on Mr Attitude $19 which won him the race but cost him 15 days for a high range penalty.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BAYLEE-NOTHDURFT.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JEFF-LLOYD.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DALE-EVANS.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-07, 08:06 PM
Media Release
7 February 2019
QRIC hotline to assist flood affected racing participants
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is reaching out to provide support for racing
participants hit by north Queensland flooding.
Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the flood had severely affected many industry
participants and their animals.
“The Commission is reaching out to people who may be finding it difficult to care for their racing
animals at this time,” he said.
The potential issues are the safety of animals affected by the flood, owners and trainers gaining
access their animals, treating injured animals and caring for their basic needs including food, clean
water and housing.
“Mr Barnett said Commission staff had become aware that some displaced or isolated racing
industry participants were concerned for the welfare of their animals who, in a variety of
circumstances, had been affected by the flood event.
“Animal welfare is of paramount importance and we want to ensure that we can support people
who may need it at this time.
“Please contact the Commission on 0447 657 233 so we can provide appropriate support.
“We can provide industry participants with contacts with local veterinarian in the event that animals
have been injured, or provide information about local agencies that may be able to assist until
normality is restored.
“While the damage to racing infrastructure is still being assessed it may be many weeks before
racing in north Queensland, in particular around the Townsville district is back to normal.
“We want to know if licensees are having any issues that might affect the long term welfare of their
animals, before any potential animal welfare issues arise.”
Contact the Commission on 0447 657 233 between 6am and 6pm for any flood related racing
animal welfare concerns.


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: ratsack on 2019-Feb-07, 08:39 PM
Media Release
7 February 2019
QRIC hotline to assist flood affected racing participants
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is reaching out to provide support for racing
participants hit by north Queensland flooding.
Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the flood had severely affected many industry
participants and their animals.
“The Commission is reaching out to people who may be finding it difficult to care for their racing
animals at this time,” he said.
The potential issues are the safety of animals affected by the flood, owners and trainers gaining
access their animals, treating injured animals and caring for their basic needs including food, clean
water and housing.
“Mr Barnett said Commission staff had become aware that some displaced or isolated racing
industry participants were concerned for the welfare of their animals who, in a variety of
circumstances, had been affected by the flood event.
“Animal welfare is of paramount importance and we want to ensure that we can support people
who may need it at this time.
“Please contact the Commission on 0447 657 233 so we can provide appropriate support.
“We can provide industry participants with contacts with local veterinarian in the event that animals
have been injured, or provide information about local agencies that may be able to assist until
normality is restored.
“While the damage to racing infrastructure is still being assessed it may be many weeks before
racing in north Queensland, in particular around the Townsville district is back to normal.
“We want to know if licensees are having any issues that might affect the long term welfare of their
animals, before any potential animal welfare issues arise.”
Contact the Commission on 0447 657 233 between 6am and 6pm for any flood related racing
animal welfare concerns.


Giddy Up :beer:

and the end of the world is nigh

the noble stead is very important , BUT the press release talks more of animal welfare than that of the trainer .

the world we live in is a different place than what I was born into .

when social media and critics et al are more appeased by the clicks of a mouse than basic common sense means the end of the world to me .


any trainers need help call me !
Title: QRIC
Post by: ratsack on 2019-Feb-07, 09:11 PM
if you read through this press release and count the spin , I have

trainers / participants 8

horse or animals 11

peta would be proud

“Animal welfare is of paramount importance and we want to ensure that we can support people
who may need it at this time.
 
Title: QRIC
Post by: ratsack on 2019-Feb-07, 09:15 PM
The potential issues are the safety of animals affected by the flood, owners and trainers gaining
access their animals, treating injured animals and caring for their basic needs including food, clean
water and housing.
Title: QRIC
Post by: ratsack on 2019-Feb-07, 09:17 PM
“We can provide industry participants with contacts with local veterinarian in the event that animals
have been injured, or provide information about local agencies that may be able to assist until
normality is restored
Title: QRIC
Post by: ratsack on 2019-Feb-07, 09:18 PM
“We want to know if licensees are having any issues that might affect the long term welfare of their
animals, before any potential animal welfare issues arise.
Title: QRIC
Post by: ratsack on 2019-Feb-07, 09:19 PM
Contact the Commission on 0447 657 233 between 6am and 6pm for any flood related racing
animal welfare concerns.
Title: QRIC
Post by: ratsack on 2019-Feb-07, 09:20 PM
as I said sad sad world , any PEOPLE that need help , give me a call   
Title: QRIC
Post by: ratsack on 2019-Feb-07, 09:25 PM
ooh forgot , only if they are racing animals
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-08, 05:27 PM
The state guvment is giving hardship payments to residents affected by the dreadful flooding in Townsville and surrounding areas I understand adults receive $1000 each and families with children $400 for each child ...probably won't go far and a second round of assisstance is likely IMO.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-15, 07:31 PM
Media Release
15 February 2019
Ben Currie facing 7 new alleged breaches
Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie has been issued with seven more alleged breaches of the rules of
racing as part of the ongoing investigation into Currie Racing.
It will be alleged that serious animal welfare breaches have occurred including the alleged use of a
jigger on two occasions, unauthorised shockwave treatments, failure to report bleeding horses to
Stewards and race-day treatment breaches in contravention of the rules of racing.
Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the investigation that commenced on 7 April last
year was always going to be long and protracted and these new allegations stemmed from items
seized as part of the ongoing Currie Racing case.
“The very serious nature of the animal welfare allegations that have surfaced as a result of this
investigation have left us with no choice but to act now in the interests of the Queensland racing
industry,” Mr Barnett said.
“Mr Currie has been called to a Steward’s Inquiry on Monday 18 February at 10am to show cause
why he should not be suspended.

“Consideration was given to whether horses trained by Mr Currie that are nominated to run this
weekend should be allowed to compete.
“We have balanced the impact on owners, connections and jockeys, the need to protect the image
of the Queensland Racing Industry, and legal considerations in arriving at the decision to allow
nominated horses to compete this weekend.
“However this position will be reviewed after Monday’s Steward’s Inquiry.
“Also, none of Mr Currie’s horses nominated to race this weekend are the subject of these latest
alleged breaches of the rules which are historic in nature.
Mr Barnett said today’s allegations were in addition to the 28 alleged rule breaches Stewards
issued to Mr Currie on 4 July 2018 and four alleged illegal substance breaches issued on 28
November and 14 December 2018.
“Mr Currie has continued to train horses in Queensland on a QCAT stay of proceedings.
“QRIC Steward’s Inquiries into the earlier matters are currently delayed until the outcome of a
Supreme Court hearing next Friday, 22 February.
“The Currie Racing investigation has not concluded and further alleged breaches of the rules of
racing are likely,” Mr Barnett said.
The latest allegations to come to light occurred between January 2016 and April 2017.
In contravention of AR175(n) Stewards will allege Mr Currie instructed the use of an electric or
electronic apparatus (jigger) to deliver an electric shock in an act of cruelty on ‘Cordon Rouge’ prior
to racing at Gatton on 30 July 2016.
Stewards will also allege that between 1 March 2016 and 7 March 2016 in breach of AR175(n) Mr
Currie allegedly used an electric or electronic apparatus (jigger) on a horse that has been designed
to deliver an electric shock.
In contravention of AR64H Stewards allege Mr Currie permitted ‘Dog Days Are Over’ to race at the
Sunshine Coast on 16 April 2017 when it had been subjected to shockwave therapy during the
seven clear day period before race day.
In a breach of AR53A it will be alleged that Mr Currie failed to notify Stewards when ‘Deep Down’
bled on 31 May 2016 and was then raced by another trainer until June 2017.
It is also alleged in a further breach of AR153A that Mr Currie failed to notify Stewards when ‘Rock
Spark’ bled on 6 April 2017, the horse which was sold shortly after the incident continued to race
under another trainer.
Stewards will also allege that in a breach of AR175(a) that Mr Currie allegedly made dishonest
statements in not disclosing to potential purchasers that Rock Spark bled at Gatton on 6 April
2017.
In an alleged breach of AR178E(1) Mr Currie allegedly caused the administration of boost paste to
‘Honey Toast’ on the day it raced in the Sunshine Coast Cup on 31 January 2016.
Due to the ongoing nature of the Currie Racing investigation the Commission will make no further
comment at this stage.
ENDS

Strange that these charges have only now been put.......it'll be an interesting case in the Supreme Court on Friday when renowned silk Jim Murdoch QC argues for a judicial review of the Currie case.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2019-Feb-15, 10:47 PM
Why has this cove still got a licence ? The Victorian response was quick and decisive. The "Keystone Cops " who run the show in Queensland are so far out of their depth it just beggars belief. Always a joy to get knocked off by one of his. And they wonder why Queensland Racing is on the nose !
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-16, 11:50 AM
Nathan Exelby writing in the CM today reports that the BRC has banned Ben Currie from entering Eagle Farm and Doomben under the provisions of the liquor Act.
NATHAN EXELBY
RACING EDITOR

IN STRIFE: Ben Currie won’t be at Doomben today.

Trainer banned from top Brisbane tracks

Currie has five runners at Doomben today and eight runners at Toowoomba tonight. › THE Brisbane Racing Club advised Currie last night that he is banned from entering Eagle Farm and Doomben racetracks until further notice.

Currie was told that the BRC had used its powers under the Liquor Act to impose a venue ban on him.

The ban does not prevent Currie’s horses from racing at Doomben today.

ENDS

Seems very extreme action to take while the Liquor Act allows licensees to remove persons and to ban persons from entering licensed premises under sections 165 and 165a for  bad behaviour such as intoxicated or unruly behaviour neither of which would apply to Currie..........the only provision in the Act which the BRC might have relied on is 165B which states "Preservation of other rights to prevent entry to premises or remove persons from premises Sections 165 and 165A do not limit any rights a person has under another law to prevent entry to premises to anyone or remove anyone from premises. Example— A licensee decides on a dress standard for persons in the licensed premises. The licensee may exercise the licensee’s rights apart from this Act to stop anyone who does not comply with the standard from entering the premises."

Under what other Law would the BRC be able to rely on to justify this extreme exclusion......The Racing Act maybe although he has only been charged not convicted/ :o

More work forJim Murdoch QC to sort out amongst other issues.


Giddy Up :beer:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-17, 10:23 AM
Lawyers are keen to delay Currie hearing...NathanExelby in the SM today
 
LEGAL representatives for Ben Currie have requested tomorrow’s show-cause hearing be deferred so they have more time to prepare.

Currie was hit with another seven charges on Friday, the most serious of which related to allegations of using a jigger.

It had been a topic of much discussion as to whether his runners should have been stood down immediately on Friday, but QRIC’s reasons for allowing them to run were understandable.

They have set the show-cause hearing for 10am tomorrow, but Currie’s barrister Jim Murdoch told AAP’s Mark Oberhardt he had written to QRIC requesting a deferment to the matter.
“It will give us natural justice in that we can prepare for Currie’s hearing,” Murdoch said.

“We are already set to appear in the Supreme Court on Friday to have other matters of natural justice resolved.”

The Supreme Court appearance relates to a judicial review, which includes whether Currie has the right to have legal representation in the yet-to-be-heard stewards’ inquiries into previous charges.

The specifics of those are 28 charges from last year’s Weetwood Day inquiry and four positive swab cases, separate to the seven charges issued on Friday.
It shapes as a busy week in the long-running saga.

If QRIC oppose the request to defer tomorrow’s hearing and rule to stand Currie down, the next step would be an internal review application, at which stage Currie can apply to QCAT for an urgent stay of proceedings.

He is already training on a stay from a previous successful application to QCAT.

If that stay is granted, he can continue training until the internal review is handed down. If that confirms the suspension, Currie would need to make another stay application to QCAT. The Currie-trained Mr Markou produced a barnstorming finish to knock over $1.30 favourite Meet Mr Taylor and others at Doomben yesterday.

Stablemate Mishani Electra missed only by inches in giving the stable another metro double.

With Currie banned from attending Brisbane Racing Club venues, his father Mark represented the stable at Doomben.

ENDS

It appears to me that  QRIC knowing that Currie's judicial review application is set down for Friday .....which is challenging the stewards refusal to allow him legal representation at stewards inquiries amongst other issues... have acted provocatively in setting the date for this latest stewards inquiry for Monday.....Peter Chadwick who has been requested to defer this hearing IMO should grant what on the face of it is a reasonable request and agree for deferral .....  if he has any understanding of proper process.

Racenet story by Ben Dorries apparently has made inquiries of the stewards response  is they are going ahead...will have to wait and see how that turns out...

Ben Dorries

17 February 2019
Queensland stewards have no plans to delay a hearing on Monday in which embattled trainer Ben Currie will be asked to show cause why he should not be suspended.

The Toowoomba-based trainer was hit with seven fresh charges including use of jiggers and his legal team had made a bid to delay a show-cause hearing on the matter which is scheduled for Monday.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission is considering the matter but Racenet understands there are no current plans to postpone the hearing and it is set to proceed as planned.

Currie already faces 28 charges from a raid on his stables in April last year and four unrelated positive swab charges.

The Brisbane Racing Club has banned Currie from attending Doomben and Eagle Farm race meetings until charges against him are resolved.

Despite being not allowed to enter the course, Currie's gelding Mr Markou won the seventh event at Doomben on Saturday worth $42,700 to the winner.


Giddy Up  :beer::
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-18, 08:41 PM
Ben Currie
(https://i.postimg.cc/mzCC9Tt4/bencurrie660x380twitter.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mzCC9Tt4)
Ben Currie stood down
Racing Article Racing.com Staff@Racing   7:00pm

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his trainer’s license immediately suspended after he failed to satisfy Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards that he be allowed to continue to train horses in Queensland during a marathon show cause hearing on Monday.

Currie’s suspension will take effect immediately and will remain in place until the hearing of the seven charges issued against him on Friday, 15 February.

These include charges relating to the alleged use of "jiggers' on two horses, as well as unauthorised shockwave therapy.

In a statement, QRIC said the decision was made in the interest of the integrity and reputation of the sport.

Stewards have ruled that all horses trained, owned, part owned or leased by Currie shall not participate in any official race or trial, and shall not be allowed to nominate for any race or trial.

Currie has been provided with 10 days to provide for the welfare of the horses in his care while suitable arrangements can be made for these horses to be transferred subject to the approval of the Chief Stipendiary Stewards.

ENDS

The cards were stacked against him with the show cause where the onus was on him to prove he shouldn't be penalised ...judicial review listed for Friday I assume will go ahead.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: j.r.b. on 2019-Feb-18, 09:00 PM
He's going to QCAT in the morning to seek a stay of today's decision to suspend him.
Title: QRIC
Post by: j.r.b. on 2019-Feb-19, 07:48 AM
Email sent last night.

CURRIE RACING


ABN 15631766100
294 Hursley Road Toowoomba
Contact No: 0435682291 or 0412441699
bencurrieracing@outlook.com

Email Message 18/02/19

Hi all apologies for the delay in updating you on the latest QRIC enquiry after further slanderous claims and the consequent media barrage over the weekend. I was suspended from duties this evening despite my best efforts to fight this ongoing reputation slander. Your horses welfare has always been my first concern, and I will continue to dispute any claims otherwise. I intend going to QCAT in the morning and we are confidant I will get a stay of proceedings and it will be business as usual on Wednesday. Please call me on 0435682291 if you would like to discuss personally or email reply. I appreciate your ongoing support, Regards Ben
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-19, 09:59 AM
Ban slapped on Currie
NATHAN EXELBY
RACING EDITOR

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Trainer expected to lodge appeal at QCAT

THE first phase of what shapes as a marathon week in the long-running Ben Currie saga was played out last night with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission suspending the trainer’s licence.

It followed the issuing of seven new charges against Currie on Friday, which included two related to the alleged use of a jigger, which QRIC described as “serious animal welfare breaches”.

Currie (pictured) was represented by Jim Murdoch QC during yesterday’s show cause hearing and in a statement last night, QRIC said the trainer “failed to satisfy QRIC stewards that he be allowed to continue to train horses in Queensland”.

It followed a nine-hour hearing.

“Stewards made their decision in the interests of the integrity and reputation of the sport as it is paramount,” the statement said.

“Stewards have ruled that all horses trained, owned, partowned or leased by Mr Currie shall not participate in any official race or trial, and shall not be allowed to nominate for any race or trial.”

Yesterday’s hearing is only the first step of what is likely to transpire this week.

It is expected Currie will lodge an Internal Review today, which will then allow him to appeal to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for an urgent stay of proceedings.

In June, Currie was successful in securing a stay from QCAT after being stood down by QRIC after the issuing of 28 charges out of the April 7 Weetwood Day investigation.

The trainer, who has been the leading conditioner of winners in Queensland for the past two seasons and is again leading the state premiership in 2018-19, has been training on that stay ever since.

Currie has subsequently been called before stewards to answer four swab irregularities from his horses, two of which have occurred in the time he has been on a stay.

Stewards are still to hold the hearing into the 28 charges and the positive swabs, with Currie seeking a Supreme Court judicial review on grounds that include being permitted to have legal representation in those inquiries.

That review is scheduled for Friday, but it is unknown when a ruling from the hearing will be handed down.

Last night’s decision by QRIC means the Toowoomba trainer will not be permitted to work his horses this morning, but he can still provide care for them in the stable.

Pending the outcome of any QCAT appeal, he has been provided with 10 days to provide for the welfare of the horses in his care while suitable arrangements can be made for these horses to be transferred, subject to QRIC approval.

Earlier, Currie’s bid to have the show cause hearing deferred was denied by the QRIC panel, which was led by Chief Steward Peter Chadwick.

ENDS

This could have been avoided had QRIC agreed to defer yesterday's hearing bearing in mind the issues in the outstanding case against him are subject to a judicial review which is to be heard in the Supreme Court on Friday.... as indicated by j.r.b he intends to apply to QCAT for a stay of proceedings bypassing the Internal Review...according to media reports QCAT has issued some 36 stays going back to 2016 some could be on walking frames before their cases are set down ........Judicial review is a very complex and difficult issue to understand some comprehensive material available  to educate and confound the reader looking for enlightenment one in particular “Judicial Review of Administrative Action: An administrative decisionmaker’s perspective – Full version..Chris Wheeler Deputy NSW Ombudsman.

https://www.ombo.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/49935/judicial-review-of-administrative-action-an-administrative-decision-makers-perspective-full-version-August-2016.pdf

He writes:-
“Would it only be a cynic who might argue that the writers of “The Castle” got it right after all? If there is a will the judge is likely to be able to find a way, so maybe it really can come down to “the vibe”!”
AND
In relation to the policy issue about whether such a broad interpretation of the scope of judicial review is in the public interest, there are arguments for and against. For example, a broad interpretation of the jurisdiction of the courts to review administrative conduct can be considered to be in the public interest given the growth over time in the nature and extent of executive government powers, and their intrusion into the lives of citizens. Oversight of administrative decision-making by the courts can provide an important check or balance by ensuring that the exercise of statutory power by executive government is reasonable. The positive aspect of such a check or balance is moderated by the practical limits on its application, i.e. it is only available to people or organisations that can afford the expense of expert legal representation, people who are upset and/or determined enough to either self-litigate or to bear the expense no matter the personal impact, or people who have access to free legal assistance. In relation to the expense issue, in 2014 Chief Justice Martin of the Western Australian Supreme Court noted that the “... opportunities for people aggrieved by government agencies to seek redress through the judicial branch of government are restricted by cost, complexity and the intimidating nature of legal proceedings” . 36 In an earlier 2006 article commenting on Australia’s legal system in general, Chief Justice Martin described it as “... the Rolls Royce of justice systems, but there is not much point of having a Rolls Royce in the garage if you can’t afford the fuel to drive it anywhere”.

Just an aside to Nathan Exelby's report I was thinking he would have summarised the arguments but I now know that wasn't possible as the hearing was closed to the media.

To clarify the aim of the judicial review .......from previous reports there are three issues........it isn't just about stewards denying him legal representation at their inquiry (the 28 charges)....... it also seeks that further and better particulars be provided into some of the charges .....and lastly that QRIC be required to provide transcripts of evidence given by stable employees under questioning by QRIC investigators.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-19, 03:56 PM
There appears/is/was some confusion up to now whether Ben has bypassed the Internal Review system and gone directly to QCAT to seek a stay of proceedings according to JustRacing and confirmed by QRIC he has lodged an application for an Internal Review today.

https://justracing.com.au/2019/02/19/trainer-ben-currie-seeks-internal-review/

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Feb-19, 04:48 PM


................ this matter has Queensland written all over it.
Title: QRIC
Post by: j.r.b. on 2019-Feb-19, 06:23 PM
QCAT application listed for Thursday.

Horses transferred to Brett Cavanough in the meantime.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-20, 08:58 AM
Nathan Exelby interviewed on Racing.com on the Ben Currie saga...he opined that he expects QRIC to oppose the stay of proceedings to "fight it tooth & nail "


QCAT proceedings are open to the public 259 Queen St if it's on Thursday it will appear on the QCAT website under daily proceedings list later today.

https://www.racing.com/news/2019-02-19/atl-latest-on-currie-suspension


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-20, 08:29 PM
Currie bid to regain his licence
MARCO MONTEVERDE MARK OBERHARDT

AN INTERNAL review of the decision to stand down banned Queensland trainer Ben Currie pending the resolution of animal cruelty charges against him will be heard at 9.30am tomorrow.

As a result, the trainer’s five-year-old gelding Eight Over cannot run at the Gold Coast today. Currie is also unable to accept today with any horses for Saturday’s Eagle Farm meeting.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission suspended Toowoomba trainer Currie’s licence on Monday night.

The already accused Currie was last Friday hit with seven further charges relating to allegations of “serious animal cruelty”, including the use of “jiggers”.

Currie yesterday lodged an application for an internal review.

Under Queensland rules the reviewer has 20 working days to hear the case and it does not carry an automatic stay.

But Currie’s legal team can now seek a hearing before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an urgent stay application.

On Monday night, Currie issued a statement to the owners of his horses.

“Your horses’ welfare has always been my first concern and I will continue to dispute any claims otherwise,” Currie said.

Currie is listed to appear in the Supreme Court on Friday for a judicial review of legal matters pertaining to other unrelated charges.

ENDS

This is an unexpected development earlier reports were that Currie had his stay of proceedings listed for tomorrow at QCAT he can't be in two places at once....and QCAT's daily proceedings list for tomorrow isn't on its website at the moment ....so we'll have to wait and see which comes first.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Deejayeff on 2019-Feb-20, 10:48 PM
Arsenal you've been misled by journalistic error.

You don't "appear" before an internal review. That's why it's named that way. There is no personal representation.

Ben Currie  has lodged an internal review with QRIC that enables him to seek a stay from QCAT.

The QCAT hearing into this matter is tomorrow (Thursday).

Simple.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-21, 09:27 AM
Arsenal you've been misled by journalistic error.

You don't "appear" before an internal review. That's why it's named that way. There is no personal representation.

Ben Currie  has lodged an internal review with QRIC that enables him to seek a stay from QCAT.

The QCAT hearing into this matter is tomorrow (Thursday).

Simple.

Much obliged Dave :beer:

Listed for 9.30
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-21, 06:27 PM
Ben Currie allowed to resume training
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Ben Currie Photo: The Courier-Mail
 Article Author
Ben Dorries
21 February 2019
Ben Currie will be allowed to continue to train, at least in the short-term, after the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) granted him a stay on the suspension of his license.

Currie was suspended by Queensland Racing Integrity Commision stewards earlier this week, following the issuing of seven new racing charges including two related to the alleged use of a jigger.

Stewards asked Toowoomba-based Currie to show why he was fit to continue training until animal cruelty charges against him were heard.

Stewards ruled Currie was not a fit person to continue training pending the outcome of an inquiry and stood him down him immediately.

However, Currie lodged an application for an internal review on Tuesday which allowed his lawyers to seek a stay from the QCAT.

He successfully sought a stay on Thursday and that stay order is now in place until five business days after an internal review is handed down.

QRIC has 20 business days from the date of the original decision to provide the findings of an internal review.

After a five-hour hearing on Thursday, QCAT member Robert Olding said he would publish his reasons at a later date.

Jim Murdoch QC told the QCAT hearing that Currie had been suspended without being convicted of anything.

He said Currie would be pleading not guilty and denied ever using a jigger or instructing anyone to use a jigger on a horse.
He described the suspension as "draconian" and aimed at ruining Currie's business.

The Courier-Mail newspaper, which was at the QCAT hearing, reported that QCAT heard the evidence against Currie emanated from a number of text messages unearthed in the ongoing investigation that began on April 7 last year at the Toowoomba Weetwood meeting.

Murdoch contended the material relied on by stewards were merely “snippets” rather than an entire transcript, a claim that was opposed by his opposite Scott MacLeod, acting for QRIC.

“The stewards, who hadn’t looked at the source material, were solely reliant on someone else’s opinion as to what might be relevant,” Murdoch said.

“It’s not evidence. In our submission it’s a case without evidence, simply assertions.”

Currie is also listed to appear in the Supreme Court on Friday when his lawyers will argue legal issues regarding other charges he faces.

Currie had been training on a stay after earlier being issued with 28 charges from a raid on his stables in April last year and four unrelated positive swab charges.

The Brisbane Racing Club has banned Currie from attending Doomben and Eagle Farm race meetings until charges against him are resolved.
* Comments have been turned off as this matter is ongoing *
 

Nathan Exelby
✔@xlbnathan_cmail



QCAT has granted Ben Currie a stay on the suspension of his license. Stay order is in place until 5 business days after his Internal Review is handed down.

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ENDS

Lots of twitter comments from observers for and against......... it's been a busy time for everyone involved and it's not over yet with a judicial review set down for hearing in the Brisbane Supreme Court tomorrow....the Daily Law lists shows two listings both before Judge Peter Flanagan in court 20 commencing at 10am   

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-22, 07:39 AM
More reports on Ben Currie's successful application for a stay of proceedings starting with Nathan exelby and supplemented with additional comment from other media including AAP.

"Another stay for Currie
NATHAN EXELBY
RACING EDITOR
 
NEW REPRIEVE: Ben Currie.
BEN Currie is free to continue his training career after securing his second stay of proceedings in nine months at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal yesterday.

The stay follows the suspension of his licence by QRIC stewards on Monday night after they issued seven new charges to him last Friday, the most serious of which related to the alleged use of jiggers.

QCAT member Robert Olding ruled Currie be granted a stay until five business days after the result of his internal review is determined.

If the internal review, an initial level of appeal into the suspension, confirms the stewards’ decision, Currie would need to apply for another stay.

The Toowoomba trainer was also granted a stay midlast year after being stood down pending the outcome of 28 charges emanating from an investigation that began on April 7.

Those original 28 charges, in addition to four positive swab cases, are yet to be heard because they are subject to a Supreme Court judicial review, which will be heard in Brisbane today.

Hearings into those charges can take place when the outcome of that review is known.

Currie will have no runners this weekend owing to Monday’s suspension, but he can nominate for racing next week.

Jim Murdoch, QC, acting for Currie, described the orders to stand Currie down as “draconian” and said they were “calculated to destroy his business”.

Murdoch contended the material relied on by stewards were merely “snippets” rather than an entire transcript, a claim that was opposed by his opposite, Scott McLeod, QC, who was acting for QRIC.

Yesterday’s hearing was told the charges relating to the alleged use of jiggers came from text messages from 2016 and 2017, sourced as part of the ongoing April 7 Weetwood Day inquiry, which used the expressions “harped up” and “harped him up”.

“Harped up is capable of having a multiple of benign meanings,” Murdoch said.

He described harped up as a “slang term” which could relate to the “skilled preparation” of horses in trials and gallops. “There was no reference to a jigger or battery,”

Murdoch said. “There were no devices of that nature found” he said, saying Currie had denied ever using a battery.

McLeod told QCAT that stewards were well within their rights to make the orders they did.

“The inquiry on Monday was to enable Currie to present submissions. Stewards had expectations he would provide reasons and explain as to why the powers shouldn’t be used,” he said.

“That wasn’t done. All Currie gave submissions about was to the effect of his business operation.

“In the absence of any submissions addressing the charges, stewards were plainly at liberty to form a view to make the orders they made.”

 ENDS

More from AAP story follows :-

Jim Murdoch QC told the QCAT hearing Currie had been suspended without being convicted of anything or even entering a plea to the seven charges.

He said Currie would be pleading not guilty and denied he had ever used a jigger or instructed anyone to use a jigger on a horse.

Murdoch said Currie had run Currie Racing since 2009 and it now had 85 to 90 horses, 15 full time staff and many casual or contract workers.

“The decision has a direct impact on Currie, his family, his employees and contractors who rely on Currie Racing, ” Murdoch said.

He described the suspension as “draconian” and aimed at ruining Currie’s business.

Murdoch outlined the basis on which the stewards decision should be stayed.

He said the stewards could be found to have an apprehended bias against Currie after chief steward Peter Chadwick has discussions with QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett before the hearing.

He said Chadwick should have recused himself from the hearing because Barnett has been quoted in a media release on Friday which was highly damaging to Currie.

Murdoch said two applications by Currie to defer the show cause had been denied when he should have been given at least 28 days to prepare his case.

He further alleged stewards had not been properly delegated to preside on the show cause hearing and had given no proper reasons for their decision.

Murdoch said the suspension would cause great harm to Currie but a stay would be of little consequence to QRIC.

Scott McLeod QC, for QRIC, argued there was an urgency for the show cause hearing and suspension.

“(It is) because of the seriousness of the charges, ” he said.

McLeod said stewards had properly addressed the issues of bias, adjournments and delegation during the hearing.

He said Currie had not properly addressed the allegations and only made general denials.

Currie will be in the Supreme Court on Friday for a judicial review of other unrelated charges he faces.

The interpretation of slang language is likely to be a central issue when trainer Ben Currie defends animal cruelty charges in future hearings.

Currie was in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Thursday when he was successful in a stay on a suspension handed down by stewards on Monday.

READ: Currie granted stay of proceedings

Scott McLeod QC, for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, said Currie faced seven serious charges based on a series of text messages uncovered after his phone was confiscated by investigators.

"There are harping charges, a shock-wave charge and a bleeding charge," he said.

Currie's counsel Jim Murdoch QC said there was no direct evidence to link the texts with any offence.

"(For instance) harped up could have a multitude of benign meanings," Murdoch said.

He said no jiggers or devices had been found at Currie's stables or anywhere else even though the stables had been raided, were under covert observation and CCTV had been taken from them.

Murdoch said shock-wave treatment could be a perfectly legal application to a horse for injuries as long as administered in a legal timeline.

One of the charges against Currie involved selling a horse that had bled without telling stewards it had bled.

But Murdoch said if the horse had a bleed from one nostril that was something not reportable to stewards.

McLeod disagreed with some of Murdoch's interpretations leading QCAT Member Robert Olding to say he could not make a decision without hearing expert evidence.

Neither side thought it was necessary to call expert witnesses on the meanings in the stay application.

ENDS
No wonder it was a marathon hearing  despite strong opposition from QRIC Jim Murdoch's advocacy carried the day and he's back to court today for the judical review before Justice Flanagan.

Giddy Up :beer:


Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Feb-22, 06:52 PM
Ben Currie resolution a step closer after Supreme Court review findings
3 hours ago by AAP

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Queensland trainer Ben CurrieImage: News Corp

A resolution to outstanding charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has moved a step closer after a judicial review finding in Brisbane.

In the Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Peter Flanagan was originally listed to consider several legal issues which had delayed the hearing into 28 charges Currie faced after a raid on his stables in April.

After agreement between the parties the only issue to be resolved was whether Currie could have legal representation at his hearing on the charges.

Justice Flanagan found stewards should review their decision barring Currie from having legal representation and decide it by correct law.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch QC said the decision opened the way for Currie to be represented at an inquiry.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Commissioner Ross Barnett confirmed the matter would now revert to stewards for further consideration.

"A Supreme Court ruling determined that the decision on whether legal representation is permitted under the Rules of Racing has reverted that decision back to the discretion of the stewards," he said.

"The court found that the rules do not prohibit Currie from requesting legal representation and that request would be at the discretion of the stewards."

Justice Flanagan's reasons are expected to be available next week.

Currie was able to get a stay on a suspension imposed in a show cause hearing on other unrelated animal cruelty charges on Thursday.

He can train until five days after an internal review of the show cause hearing suspension decision..

Barnett confirmed the internal review would be completed within 20 business days of the decision being made last Monday.


https://www.punters.com.au/news/ben-currie-resolution-a-step-closer_177525/

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ENDS

IMO It was a no brainer with only one question to be decided it could have been resolved without this expense had stewards exercised discretion when the request was made.

That's the preliminary over now the main event is ready to begin.

Giddy Up :thumbsup:

Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-01, 09:07 PM
Currie hearing set from March 11

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Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy
4:36pm

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie will face Queensland stewards on March 11 and 13 to answer a total of 39 charges issued since last May.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission announced on Friday that it will reconvene a hearing on March 11 into 28 charges stemming from a raid on his stables last April.
Further inquiries into four alleged illegal substance breaches issued on November 27 and December 14, along with seven alleged breaches of the rules of racing, issued on February 15, will be heard in Brisbane on March 13.

Currie is Queensland's leading trainer this season with 102 victories, which places him sixth overall in the national premiership.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-06, 07:43 AM
Another delay likely in stewards’ Currie inquiry
MARK OBERHARDT
 
LEGAL BATTLE: Ben Currie.
A STEWARDS inquiry set down for next week into allegations against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie could be further delayed after his lawyers returned to the Supreme Court.
Currie was listed to appear at a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards inquiry on Monday to face 28 charges from a raid on his stables in April.
His lawyers had sought a judicial review the previous Friday week to clear up whether they could attend Monday’s inquiry with Currie.
After the judgment QRIC wrote to Currie’s lawyers saying one of them would be admitted with Currie but there would be restrictions on what part they could play in the hearing.
Currie’s lawyers filed an application in the Supreme Court in Brisbane yesterday seeking another judicial review in which they will argue the restrictions are overly oppressive. QRIC commissioner Ross Barnett confirmed the commission had received legal documents from Currie’s lawyers yesterday.
The review could be heard late this week but there is a backlog of cases in the Supreme Court which means there could be a date set next week which in effect could also delay the stewards hearing.
Currie is also listed to face inquiries regarding other offences next Wednesday which could also be delayed.
Meanwhile, QRIC has ruled the media will not be allowed to attend Currie’s inquiries

ENDS

Several things stand out instead of leaving sleeping dogs lie and getting on with the hearings....the decision by Justice Flanagan was that allowing legal representation was a matter for the stewards discretion ...QRIC provoke the Currie team by restricting his legal representation to one......  it would hardly make any difference to allow another one or even two.....it's no cost to QRIC ......his brief/s won't all/both talk at once.... they know the ropes......and then restricting their participation ....how is just a guess on my part ...possibly  expecting them to be seen and not heard .......or more likely restricting his brief/s to an advisory role ... then banning the media.....is asking for trouble....another trip to the SupremeCourt... more expense and further delays.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-06, 07:21 PM
Stewards have charged trainer Darryl Hansen with a breach of the Rules after a positive swab  to a winner fined $5K and disqualified the horse...Bryan Dias also in trouble but got off more leniently  fined $2K and his horse disqualified from second place...both have the right to seek an Internal Review.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-25-February-Stewards-Report-Darryl-Hansen-YARRAPOWER-1.pdf

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-04-February-Stewards-Report-Bryan-Dais.pdf

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-08, 08:31 PM
Changes to trainer Ben Currie hearings
4 hours ago by AAP
Ben Currie faces 28 charges
An inquiry into 28 charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie is set to resume in a different format.

The hearing on Monday will hear allegations arising from a raid at Currie's stables in April last year with other charges to also be heard later.

The way for the hearing was opened after a judicial review last month regarding Currie's right to have legal representation in the inquiry.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission wrote to Currie's lawyers saying one of them would be admitted but laying down restrictions.

Currie's lawyers thought those restrictions were too severe and sought another judicial review into that decision.

The matter was resolved by consent on Friday.

In a media release, QRIC said the inquiries into the allegations had changed.

QRIC said the inquiry would reconvene on Monday as previously advised, however the 28 alleged race day breaches would now be heard over four days, Monday and Tuesday and March 25 and 26.

The Inquiries into four alleged illegal substance breaches will be heard on April 8 and 9.

The seven alleged breaches of the rules of racing issued last month regarding animal cruelty will be heard on April 23 and 24.

Stewards will deliver their findings subsequent to the completion of all proceedings relating to these matters.


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-12, 09:03 AM
Ben Currie inquiry to continue in Brisbane
Yesterday at 5:19pm by AAP
Ben Currie will front stewards again on TuesdayImage: Kevin Farmer/News Corp
The stewards' inquiry into 28 charges levelled against Queensland's leading trainer Ben Currie will enter its second day on Tuesday.

Currie, who leads the state premiership on 109 winners, has been training on two stays from the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The media has been banned from the hearing under a local racing rule which leaves the entry of accredited journalists to an inquiry up to the discretion of stewards.

About five hours of submissions were heard on Monday with a similar period expected on Tuesday.


The 28 charges arise from a raid on Currie's Toowoomba stables in early April.

The hearing has been delayed for nearly a year by a series of QCAT and Supreme Court proceedings.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission had originally planned to hear all of the 28 charges on Monday.

But after two Supreme Court applications the charges will now be held on four days - Monday, Tuesday and March 25 and 26.

Four other charges involving alleged positive swabs will be heard on April 8 and 9.

QRIC has set down April 23 and 24 to hear seven charges related to electronic jiggers.

Stewards indicated they would make no decision on their findings until after all charges have been heard.

To further complicate matters Currie was stood down immediately from training after the seven charges were issued but was granted a stay in QCAT to continue training.

The stay will remain in place until five days after an internal review of the decision to stand him down.

That internal review decision is due this week.

Currie, who has had nine winners in the past week, has nominated seven horses for the rich Aquis Jewel meeting at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
ENDS
Until it came to light in the trext messages I've never heard of the term "harped up"which stewards contend infer the use of a jigger..... the few times I've heard  a jigger being used  it was described as "livening up"

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: QRIC
Post by: the bishop on 2019-Mar-12, 11:09 AM
It is a joke the media are banned from covering this inquiry. When stewards were running the show and not QRIC, media were admitted to all inquiries. It gives the impression QRIC has something to hide when you consider recent high-profile Victorian cases such as Aquanita and Darren Weir were open inquiries. There is tremendous public interest in the Currie inquiry and media should be entitled to attend.
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2019-Mar-12, 08:29 PM
Of course it is a joke that the media are banned. But when you think about it QRIC is basically an old boys network of ex -coppers. When you give Queensland coppers the power to run enquiries , out the window goes justice in any form at all . Does anyone remember why we had the Fitzgerald Inquiry ? Let me remind you all . Corrupt cops , coupled with corrupt politicians. No surprise they don't want any media involvement. Funny ; I thought the role of the media was to report to the general populace on the actions of their paid public servants. Apparently still not the case in Queensland. Good question for you David next time you are having one of your fireside chats with the QRIC boss. Ask him why he considers that we (those who pay his salary ) have no right to assess and examine those inquiries he is allegedly conducting on our behalf. What doesn't he want us to know ?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-12, 10:12 PM
Ben Currie investigation takes new turn at QRIC hearing in Brisbane
Robert Craddock, The Courier-Mail
March 11, 2019 7:35pm
Subscriber only   Currie’s alleged ‘jigger’ texts revealed

THE investigation into trainer Ben Currie took a dramatic twist on Monday when four Toowoomba racing licensees were summoned to Brisbane.

A jockey, two trackwork riders and another trainer from Toowoomba were quizzed by stewards in relation to the Currie investigation.

Currie fronted a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) hearing in Brisbane on Monday behind closed doors as he faced 28 charges arising from a raid on his Toowoomba stables in April last year.

Currie has maintained his innocence from the outset of the inquiry and stated he will plead not guilty to all charges.

The hearing will continue on Tuesday.

Stewards’ investigation into Currie have become so forensic that some jockeys have been interviewed about rides for the trainer four years ago.

In most other states, stewards’ hearings are open to the media but QRIC has invoked a local law which enables them to hear it in private.

The decision to ban media from the inquiry will only enhance racing’s long held unfortunate reputation for circling the wagons when the heat is on.

Racing’s standing has taken a severe battering in recent months with the nation’s leading trainer Darren Weir being banned for four years following possession of ‘jiggers’.


The need for the sport to be transparent is greater than ever which makes the decision to hold the inquiry behind closed doors even more disappointing.


Currie’s supporters on social media have claimed he is being unfairly targeted. The stewards have assembled their case after a protracted investigation.

Both parties deserve the truth to be slapped on the table in full public view.

The Courier-Mail this week revealed Currie sent texts to unknown recipients using the words ‘harped up’ and in a separate inquiry to be held next month, stewards will allege the term refers specifically to jigger use.

It is understood at least one Toowoomba trackwork rider has had his phone confiscated by stewards.
Currie sent one text message on March 5, 2017 that read, “Harped him up Wednesday morning. Changed his shoeing, Tried two new painkillers and drenching him tomorrow. Haha.”
 Rob Heathcote has expressed his frustrations about the case.

Stewards were set to argue the term “harped’’ related to jigger use.

Currie has raised the ire of racing officials by referring to himself as “The Gingerbread Man” last week on social media before deleting the post.

Multiple premier trainer Rob Heathcote has been the most outspoken trainer on the issue, but others have started to join the chorus as well, as frustration boils over with how long the saga has taken to be brought before an inquiry.

Respected trainer Barry Lockwood highlighted the tension when he said on Saturday that “the Gingerbread Man couldn’t catch me today” after his mare Tumbler beat Currie’s Deconstructed at Eagle Farm.

Other trainers like Bryan Guy and Will Hulbert have openly expressed their dismay on social media over the state of integrity in Queensland racing.
 
 ENDS

Stewards calling witnesses from Toowoomba suggests the inquiry is more like a trial than  just an inquiry .....fortunately for Currie he is represented by Jim Murdoch QC

More to come pity the proceedings were closed to the press........transpsarency and accountability given the cold shoulder.


Giddy Up :beer:
 
Title: QRIC
Post by: JayDee on 2019-Mar-13, 08:16 AM
Closed enquiry??? What a joke. Given the conjecture surrounding the Currie case surely an open enquiry would have suppressed the rumour mill but now the QRIC has opened itself up to a mountain of criticism from many. If there is one case that needs the facts laid bare for the betterment of racing in Qld this is it. Honestly i’m now torn between defending Currie and persecuting him. There is little doubt his stable is the most scrutinised in racing at present yet the results just keep rolling in. Is he a cheat or just a damn good trainer or do we sit on the fence and nominate both. With the QRIC taking the position they have i am sensing there are issues with their case which they don’t want highlighted in the press. If not open up the enquiry and release the evidence for all to see.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-14, 07:35 PM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/QRIC-Media-Release-_-5-prohibited-substance-breaches-disqualify-Greyhound-Trainer.pdf

Claude Dacey a greyhound trainer whose dogs returned 5 positives two of which were cobalt hass been disqualified for 9 months.

It appears that this is the standard penalty from previous longer terms due to QCAT reducing penalties.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-18, 09:24 PM
Trainer Ben Currie stood down again
Posted by: AAP+ at 5:46pm on 18/3/2019

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IMAGE: DARREN WINNINGHAM

Ben Currie will seek an extension of a stay so he can continue training after an internal review reaffirmed a decision to stand him down pending an inquiry into jigger charges against him.

Queensland’s leading trainer, Currie, who trained five winners at the weekend to take him to 118 for the season, was stood down from training after stewards charged him with seven offences including use of a jigger.

He sought an internal review of the decision and he went to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal seeking a stay.

On February 20, Currie was granted a stay which was to remain in place for five days after the internal review was determined.

A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission deputy chairman Mark Ainsworth confirmed on Monday the internal review had ruled against Currie and the order to stand him down from training would be reinstated.

Currie will now seek an extension of the stay order in QCAT, probably later this week.

In an 11-page judgment, the internal reviewer Kane Ashby said he agreed all matters should be judged on their merits.

He paid particular attention to the text messages which formed the basis of the charges and noted in one Currie had used the term “harped up”.

“The reviewer acknowledges the seriousness of the charges, in particular the alleged use or instruction to use an electric or electronic apparatus to a horse which is designed to deliver an electric shock,” Ashby said.

“Notwithstanding, the reviewer acknowledges such charges are yet to be proven and the subject review is particular to the decision to suspend Currie’s trainer’s licence.

“In carefully considering the evidence and in particular Currie’s failure to provide any direct evidence or explanation for the term ‘harped up’ as noted in the facts relied upon, (the reviewer) finds the continued participation of Currie poses an unacceptable risk to, prejudice or undermine the image, interests or integrity of racing.

“Accordingly, the reviewer is satisfied the decision to suspend Currie’s trainer’s licence is proven.”

Currie has also been training for nine months on a separate QCAT order arising from a series of other charges.

Stewards held a closed inquiry last week to hear 14 of those charges which arose from a raid on his Toowoomba stables in April last year.

A further 14 charges stemming from that raid will be heard next week.

Stewards will hear a further four charges involving positive swabs and the seven charges which include the use of a jigger next month.

A decision on all charges is expected late in April.

To further complicate matters Currie is banned from the Brisbane Racing Club’s Eagle Farm and Doomben meetings but can attend other tracks, as he did at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
ENDS

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BENJAMIN-CURRIE-1.pdf

Reading the reasons for decisions which include direct quotes of  Jim Murdoch's submissions it was a very strongly contested hearing which will undoubtedly go to QCAT for determination.....the Principal Racing Authority is relied on to authorise the stewards to enforce the Rules ...unless I'm mistaken RQ is the PRA here although the integrity function is the responsibility of QRIC following the separation of powers following the MacSporran report.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Mar-19, 08:54 AM


............... is an open cheque book being misused to run up legal costs for the trainer?

RQL needs to take the lead here and defer any suspension until all the charges have been heard and resolved cleanly.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-19, 09:26 PM

............... is an open cheque book being misused to run up legal costs for the trainer?

RQL needs to take the lead here and defer any suspension until all the charges have been heard and resolved cleanly.

RQL is no more Peter...... you haven't been following the changes which came in from over two years ago ......... RQ handles the administration.... programming etc but the Integrity function was handed to QRIC .....what happens next will be up to QCAT and assuming a stay is granted  Ben Currie will continue his career and join the long list of licensees waiting for a hearing at QCAT.......he'll know the answer in the next few days having requested an urgent hearing.

From media report AAP

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has lodged a stay application against a decision to stand him down and hopes to have it heard by the end of the week.

Queensland’s leading trainer on overall winners, Currie was stood down after stewards charged him last month with seven offences including the use of a jigger.

He sought an internal review of the decision and then went to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal seeking a stay.

On February 20, Currie was granted a stay which was to remain in place for five days after the internal review was determined.

On Monday, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s internal reviewer, Kane Ashby, confirmed the stewards’ decision to stand Currie down pending a result in the case.

It means unless Currie gets a stay he will be unable to train after next Monday.

Currie’s lawyers filed an application in QCAT on Tuesday to have Ashby’s and the stewards’ decisions stayed until the case can be resolved.

A QRIC spokesperson confirmed the commission had been served with the paperwork for the stay application.

No date has been set for the application but Currie wants an urgent hearing before the Monday deadline.

The matter is further confused because stewards held a closed inquiry last week to hear 14 charges against Currie arising from a raid on his stables in April last year.

A further 14 charges stemming from that raid are set to be heard on Monday which would clash with a stay application.

Stewards will next month hear a further four charges involving positive swabs and the seven charges which include the use of a jigger.

A decision on all charges is expected late in April.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-22, 06:30 PM
CM reports that Ben Currie's application for a stay of proceedings against the standing down decision of the stewards and confirmed at internal review is to be heard by QCAT on 3 April he can continue to train in the meantime.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Mar-22, 08:46 PM


Time for Time out

........ no licensed person wants to be in between a steward and a pre-determination of guilt.

There is enough presumptive justice in play here for all to take a break -- and resume the hearings in July.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-24, 09:30 AM
Nathan Exelby reports in the SM today that there's another delay in the Currie hearing due to one member of the stewards panel member...... Daniel Aurisch's unspecified illness ......so that hearings scheduled for this week have to be postponed...15-28 charges from May last year were to be on the table ..hard to keep up with the agenda and obviously a very expensive and long running processes  for Currie attempting to clear his name retaing highly experieced QC Jim Murdoch ........ the current stay of proceedings is due for hearing at QCAT on 3 April.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-27, 06:58 AM
At  7.12PM last night in the Legislative Assembly the LNP member for Surfers Paradise John Paul Langbroek raised a matter of public interest the performance of QRIC what follows  is an extract from Hansard of Mr Langbroek's statement :-

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Mr LANGBROEK (Surfers Paradise—LNP) (7.12 pm): I rise to speak about the Queensland
Racing Integrity Commission as the LNP shadow minister for racing.
 We support integrity in racing.
However, we believe that racing's integrity is being compromised by QRIC and the Labor Party to the
detriment of the three racing codes and also to Queensland citizens, and all this with a budget last year
of $26.4 million. Queensland racing is big business. From the 2018-19 annual report, there were 42,000
participants, 21,000-plus owners, 130 race clubs, 119 racecourses, 12,000-plus races run, 103,000
starters and an economic contribution of $1.2 billion per annum.

Despite working in tandem with the CCC, Racing Queensland, the Queensland Racing Crime
Squad, Crime Stoppers, phone intercepts and a conga line of internal and external solicitors, as well as
through the use of coercive hearings and search warrants, QRIC cannot get it right.
 Do not be fooledby QRIC's propaganda about how many people have been charged because most charges by QRIC
do not stick. QCAT resolved 21 cases in 2017-18. QRIC won five at QCAT—five out of 21.

The public face for the Labor Party's Racing Integrity Commission holds press conferences and publishes media
releases about charges QRIC makes, but it seems that that is all they are—charges, dropped before or
at prime facie level or even at trial.

Today I must profile harness racing and the tawdry way that QRIC has mishandled matters of
integrity within that industry just about every step of the way over almost the last two years. People
have been tossed out of harness racing when they were charged. Their names were blackened, their
lives tipped upside down, their relationships tested, their income streams and livelihoods ripped from
them time and time again based on what we know now were flimsy, vexatious charges but charges
anyway—more ticks and flicks for QRIC.

Think of the lives affected because of QRIC's inability to perform. I want to look at some of the
cases such as 19-year-old Leonard Cain charged with match fixing—really, race fixing. The charges
were beaten in court, but the charges alone prevented this young man from driving in the USA.

 DaylMarch—another race-fixing charge and another charge beaten in court. Mathew Neilson—race fixing,
charges dropped. There is a common thread here.

 Then there was Shane Graham, fraud charges dropped, and Vicki Rasmussen, fraud charges dropped. All of these licensees had their names
published on QRIC's website at the time of these charges, but their dismissal of charges had never
been denoted on that site.

So much for QRIC's statement of fairness and transparency. There is another significant case that I intend to return to in a future speech.

The facts remain that the three racing codesneed an integrity body, but it has to be just, reasonable and responsible and charge wrongdoers only
when evidence points to that and provide integrity to those whose reputations are sullied on social
media and elsewhere. The LNP will deliver that when in government. We will become known as Queensland's racing party. You bet it will!

http://tv.parliament.qld.gov.au/?reference=0Mba20190326_191246

ENDS

Mr Langbroek makes a fair point IMO that while QRIC issues media releases on charges being laid QRIC hasn't  issued any media release if the charges are dismissed as the above examples indicate. We do know that the only significant prosecution in the so called match fixing cases in harness racing was Barton Cockburn who copped a $5K fine from the court and Life from QRIC..... charges against Peter Poulson were dismissed a couple of other small players Mick Grant, and  Stuart Hunter were charged but whose outcome remains a mystery.

Peter Gleeson pointed out in the CM yesty that the Racing Crime Squad attached to QRIC reports directly to the Police Dept and not to Ross Barnett the QRIC commissioner which might provide an explanation why QRIC avoids reporting on unfavourable results.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: the bishop on 2019-Mar-27, 10:13 AM
QRIC really is beyond a joke despite the posturing and exaggerated claims of "kills" which emanate from their bunker. Seems like a bunch of highly-paid people (some so obviously out of their depth) justifying a bill to taxpayers of around $27m a year.
Imagine if that money had been directed in attracting the best-qualified stewards to bolster the current panel which seems to be stretched to the limit. Where is Martin Knibbs (he has not been on a panel at the races for many months)? And the unfortunate ill health of Daniel Aurisch further diminishes the depth of stewarding in the state. I feel sorry for the stewards who are stretched to the limit and have QRIC looking over their shoulders all the time. This current situation has to be re-examined by the Racing Minister and promptly.   
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-28, 01:04 PM
QCAT hearing today on an application by trainer Eric Hayes who was fined $2500 for a TC02 positive way back on  19 August 2017 from Sonador Fire which was barely over the limit ......the stewards dealt with the charge on 29 January 2018 and  Eric Hayes would have gone through the Internal Review which it is assumed confirmed the penalty causing Mr Hayes to exercise his rights to an external review at QCAT...quite incredible that it's taken so long to get to the final arbiter.
Also remarkable that the industry associations aren't publicly advocating for expedited hearings...it's a shambles when licensees wait so long for a hearing.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Mar-28, 04:54 PM

Justice is not done until a lawyer has been paid

In some jurisdictions bureaucratic delay becomes part of an informal, discretionary penalty process.

One state racing CEO when asked if the industry was incurring substantial costs in a dogged pursuit, replied to the media that the appellant's costs were at least double those of the stewards.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-28, 06:43 PM
QCAT is designed to be a no cost jurisdiction although there have been cases where costs have been awarded but from my observations they are few in number.
Two cases with differing outcomes both harness trainer/drivers Darrell Graham succeeded in getting some costs not all he claimed while Grant Dixon had an arguable case but he didn't win any costs.....both were self represented.
In QLD the remedy for licensees who intend contesting charges by stewards is to seek an Internal Review which is a no cost process ...but not a face to face hearing .. it's a table review as Jim Murdoch QC described it.......  licensees dissatisfied with the outcome of the IR would normally aspply to QCAT for a stay of proceedings if they intend to appeal to QCAT which involves payment of a fee there's also the cost of applying for a stay of proceedings... so the no cost description doesn't take into account you have to pay a fee to get in the door ......the other side of the coin is that QRIC doesn't have any right of appeal to QCAT after an IR ....not like its predecessor the Racing Disciplinary Board who were frequent applicants to QCAT under their system of operation.......it's my understanding that in Victoria for example RAD board hearings incur a daily hearing fee which from memory in the O'Brien & Kavanagh cases added considerably to their costs none of which were reimbursed.
The cost of justice isn't cheap as one learned jurist was quoted as saying Australia has the best legal system in the world ..but it's no use having a Rolls Royce in the garage if you can't afford to put fuel in it.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Mar-29, 07:22 PM
Beau Appo charged and penalty confirmed at IR for alleged sexual harassment of another jockey.....6 months with 3 months suspended .

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/APPO,%20Beau%20Internal%20Review%20decision.pdf

ENDS

My one and only case defending a sexual harassment charge against an employee of a big corporation  resulted in termination of his employment.....Appo can think hisself lucky.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-02, 09:20 AM
QCAT has a number of racing issues set down for today three are simply directions hearings Les Kelly and his stablehand Bill Xanthopoulos over a raceday medication charge under AR175(k) Kelly fined $5K $3K of which suspended the stablehand got 6 months allegedly medicated the horse without Kelly's knowledge or consent...this matter arose on 5Nov 2018 went to internal review on 12 December 2018 and is listed reasonably promptly for today.... the other one for directions is William Bruce Elson possibly a dishlicker case.
 
The most interesting one is QRIC appealing to the QCAT Tribunal over an earlier QCAT decision on Rachel Leigh Scott details of which are in the following link.

Only applicants disastisfied at Internal Review have right of appeal to QCAT ....QRIC doesn't but it does have right of appeal to the QCAT Tribunal against decisions by QCAT confusing isn't it.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission v Rachel Leigh Scott APL260-18 Tribunal Hearing 02/04/2019 9:30 AM Hearing Room 6, 259 Queen St, Brisbane.


https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2018/QCAT18-301.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Mick on 2019-Apr-02, 06:05 PM
Has been given a stay  & is free to ride.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Mick on 2019-Apr-02, 06:07 PM
Referring to the Beau Appo case.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Apr-02, 06:42 PM


NSW says it does not need a minister for racing -- Queensland still has one but it is as if it does not.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-03, 08:45 AM
Queensland Racing Industry
Mr LANGBROEK (Surfers Paradise—LNP) (2.26 pm): We have heard today from the opposition
leader and the deputy opposition leader that Labor will always spend more on health and prisons and
yet they will always deliver less. Today I turn to the portfolio of racing where the story is exactly the
same. Under Labor’s system costing nearly $27 million per year for the Queensland Racing Integrity
Commission set up in 2016, the industry is beset by crises in integrity, safety, infrastructure delays and
even in day-to-day management, causing our codes of greyhound, harness racing and thoroughbreds
to be mocked by other states.
A litany of issues in the last week begs the question: where are Minister Hinchliffe and Premier
Palaszczuk? The hands-off minister has failed and been removed from numerous portfolios—Transport
and Main Roads, Commonwealth Games, Planning in a previous government and now he has local
government in uproar. By anyone’s standards, last week has been a horror one for racing.
Our thoughts go out to the Whitaker family—Gary and Joedy and their infant children—who were
involved at the Redcliffe Paceway when the mobile starting barrier arms slammed into them. We hope
it is not too long before Gary is doing what he does best, driving winners, and that little Lara is on the
improve. Harness racing is a tight-knit community and there was time out last week at Albion Park to
show support for them in thought and also financially via a GoFundMe site.
Queenslanders deserve answers from Racing Queensland and/or the Queensland Racing
Integrity Commission as they are the bodies Labor has tasked, appointed and funded to administer
safety and integrity as well as programming. There are questions to be answered about the incident at
Redcliffe, now the subject of a workplace health and safety inquiry, and also to the subsequent meetings
held last week at Albion Park in the wake of that incident at Redcliffe. Why will the minister not advise
how the postponed Tuesday meeting held at Albion Park on Wednesday was allowed to run with mobile
starts, but mobile starts were stopped at the next Albion Park meeting on Thursday night but only after
a number of races had been run? Has the fleet of Racing Queensland mobile barriers passed safety
standards? When were they checked? Was it before the Albion Park race meetings of Wednesday and
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Thursday last week? When were they passed and by whom? I am concerned that, because of Labor’s
failure to act, racing continued at Albion Park last Wednesday and Thursday using an unsuitable,
uncertified mobile starting barrier for nearly two completed meetings until after seven races on the
Thursday. On Friday, 29 March Robert Craddock said in the Courier-Mail—
Queensland’s harness racing industry has shuddered to an embarrassing halt because its mobile barriers don’t meet local safety
standards.
The decision was part of an investigation into an accident at Redcliffe Harness Racing Club on Sunday when driver Gary Whitaker
and his daughter Lara were struck by the arm of a mobile barrier while standing at a trackside podium.
I table a copy of that article.
Tabled paper: Article from the Courier-Mail, dated 29 March 2019, titled ‘Harness races halted due to safety concerns’.
I now table a photo of the subsequent way that races have been run this weekend using a walkup start where some horses are getting up to a 15-metre advantage because they are not all in line with
the stewards at the start.
Tabled paper: Extract, dated 28 March, from Twitter in relation to harness racing.
It is not the Stawell Gift where handicaps are the norm. The other codes of greyhound racing and
thoroughbreds are not immune from embarrassing mistakes and delays. Where is the new greyhound
track to replace Parklands at the Gold Coast, promised in 2008 with $10 million quarantined? Last year
there was an incorrect greyhound presented at Ipswich races and QRIC announced that there would
be more stringent examination of animals subsequently. I table a copy of their media release about
their mix-up and the investigation.
Tabled paper: Media release, dated 5 May 2018, by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission titled ‘Identification mix up at
Ipswich Greyhounds sparks inquiry’.
So much for the new pre-race identification procedures. Last week at Rockhampton races, a
horse called Plain ‘N’ Simple, which was scheduled to run in race 7, ran in race 6 instead, leading to
the disqualification of Authadane, the horse meant to have run. I ask plain and simple: are we back in
the era of Fine Cotton—Queensland’s most notorious substitution scam, when a $27 million
organisation set up by Labor cannot even get racing animals identified properly? I table an editorial
from the Courier-Mail which states that ‘QRIC is proving to be a toothless tiger and Queensland racing
integrity is laughed upon by other states’.
Tabled paper: Media release, dated 18 May 2018, from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission titled ‘Greyhound mix-up
investigation concludes’.
Tabled paper: Article from the Courier-Mail, undated, titled ‘Racing justice on slow track’.
This follows on from the debacle at Eagle Farm last Saturday week when on a stinking hot day
horses and riders for a race remained at the barriers for over 30 minutes due to an ambulance delay.
Then, because of the delays, the threat of the last race being run as darkness descended was
exacerbated by two horses being presented to race with transposed saddles, with a jockey identifying
his saddle on another horse. Imagine the drain on punters’ confidence in Queensland Racing across
the nation when there is so much competition for the punters’ dollar. What about Ipswich gallops
meetings abandoned regularly after just a few millimetres of rain?
What do we have from Labor? We have the highest point of consumption tax, a strike over prize
money on Cox Plate day and the loss of millions of dollars of turnover. Just remember that the LNP is
Queensland’s racing party. You bet it is.
ENDS
If you want to view the hon member in action it's on parliament TV live and archived broadcasts......my impression is he wanted to get it over with and resume his seat.
Parliament sits today and the Hon. Hinchcliffe gets an opportunity to have his say he'll need to be a quick thinker to come up with some positives as the problems highlighted will be a bridge too far but silence in the face of criticism isn't an option .

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/broadcast-chamber

As a matter of interest the QCAT Act is on today's notice paper following on from yesterday nothing mentioned so far about "stays" although it was included in the outline for discussion the guvment has allocated $930K as a one off to try and overcome the work load of QCAT which will likely increase with the lemon laws.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-03, 09:12 AM
Benjamin Mark Currie v Queensland Racing Integrity
Commission
OCR074-19 Tribunal Hearing 03/04/2019 9:30 AM Hearing Room 6, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

This is to determine the continuation of the stay I think.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-03, 05:53 PM
Ben Currie granted a stay, can continue training
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Trainer Ben Currie will able to continue training for at least another fortnight after his stay application was extended.

Currie was granted a stay last year to continue training on the charges from last April but he was stood down immediately on charges in February pending an internal review.

In a QCAT hearing in March, Currie was granted a stay pending the result in the internal review.

Currie failed in the internal review of alleged jigger charges and then applied for the stay to be extended pending a full hearing of those charges.

His application to extend his stay on those charges was to be heard on Wednesday and comes as more charges have been laid against the trainer.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has confirmed it has brought two fresh charges against Currie, bringing the total to 41.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said the two charges had been brought under Australian Racing Rule 175.

“A date for the stewards inquiry has not been determined,” Barnett said.

He did not give details of the charges but it is understood they relate to text messages sent by Currie which allegedly indicate the use of a jigger.

Meanwhile Jim Murdoch QC, for Currie, asked for a further adjournment on a stay application, arguing that extra affidavit material received from the QRIC on Tuesday afternoon was so large more time was need to absorb it.

Murdoch said the material involved the interpretation of the word “harped” used in some texts from Currie to others which were part of the QRIC case.

He said it included expert witness statements from Ray Murrihy, a former chief steward in Brisbane and Sydney.

Murdoch said there were also statements from Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan, and jockeys Skye Bogenhuber, Ron Goltz, Nozi Tomizawa and Beau Appo and Currie’s employees Nathan Evans, Jayden Simms, and Dale Groves.

“In terms of fairness we need time to absorb this material and have time to reply to it,” Murdoch said.

Scott McLeod QC for QRIC said the stay application was opposed but the new material formed part of its case.

QCAT Member Steven Holzberger said he would need time to also read the material thoroughly.

He said he hoped to get a full day’s hearing date for the stay application on April 16, 17 or 18.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-04, 09:17 AM
Horse trainer Ben Currie’s hearing adjourned again at QCAT as stewards issue more charges
Nathan Exelby, The Courier-Mail
April 3, 2019 6:35pm


As Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie gears up for another tilt at his hometown’s biggest meeting on Saturday, stewards have hit him with a third wave of charges, again alleging the use of a jigger.

The latest two charges, issued this week, bring the total against the trainer to 37, which are separate to four swab irregularities his stable also has to answer to.

It is understood the charges issued this week emanated from text messages recovered from Currie’s phone as part of the ongoing investigation.

Currie continues to train under two stays of proceedings, having twice had his license suspended by stewards since May last year.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) on Wednesday paved the way for Currie to take his huge team of 19 runners to Saturday’s Toowoomba Weetwood meeting, agreeing to his legal counsel’s request for an adjournment into a stay of proceedings hearing.

The tribunal heard that QRIC had acquired a sworn affidavit from former revered steward Ray Murrihy, in relation to the use of the word “harp” or “harped”, which is central to QRIC’s jigger allegations against the trainer.

Murrihy’s affidavit, along with an affidavit from QRIC steward Paul Zimmerman, which includes transcripts from interviews conducted with a number of license holders over the past month, were made available to Currie’s legal team on Tuesday night.

QCAT member Steven Holzberger agreed to a request by Jim Murdoch, representing Currie, to have the hearing adjourned so they could “come to terms” with the new material.

“Cutting to the chase, it is to our considerable disadvantage to get the material so late in the day,” Murdoch said.
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QRIC’s legal representatives opposed the adjournment, but Holzberger said he was inclined to agree with Murdoch that more time is needed to fully grasp the new evidence.

It was later determined the stay hearing would be held on Thursday, April 18.

The protracted investigation into Currie began on Weetwood Day last year where investigators alleged they saw “suspicious activity” at his Hursley Road stables.

An initial 31 charges (later reduced to 28) were issued in May last year and seven new charges came to light in February.

In the interim, stewards have revealed four horses with swab irregularities from the stable, including two since Currie was first given a stay by QCAT in May last year.

Currie supporters were quick out of the blocks on Wednesday when Ladbrokes markets went up for Toowoomba’s meeting.

Unraced two-year-old Howwonderfullifeis was backed from $9 to $3.70 favourite in the opening event, Countess De Galvez (Race 5) was $9.50 to $5.50 and Snitch from $21 into $7.50 for the final event on the card.

Currie also has the early favourites for the two features, with Mishani Hustler a well-backed $3.40 pick in the Weetwood and Mishani Vaidra at $3.90 for the Cup.
ENDS

Be interesting to know what it is that Ray Murrihy has to offer I recall many years ago whilst in office with the AJC he travelled to the UK to give expert evidence in a Jockey Club case which the learned judge rather dismissively rejected his expertise as not relevant to UK racing......  :o

Another media release another positive detected.

Further prohibited substance notification for Trainer Ben Currie
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards have today advised legal representatives for Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie that a further prohibited substance has been detected in a sample taken from a horse he trains.
Stewards will allege Mr Currie brought the thoroughbred Eight Over to race on 2 February 2019 at Toowoomba with prohibited substances in its system. A sample from the horse was tested after winning race 3 on that day.
It is intended that the Stewards inquiry for this matter will be heard along with 4 inquiries relating to positive samples taken from Shakira, Wicked Trilogy, Karaharga and Dreamscope in 2018.
The date for the inquiry is yet to be determined.
ENDS

Last updated
5 April 2019


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-05, 08:26 PM
Another year of strong QRIC presence at Toowoomba Weetwood
Tomorrow’s April 6 Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap is seen as the introduction to Queensland’s Winter Racing Carnival, and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) will be out in force to support the integrity of the race.

An annual presence at the event, QRIC’s Integrity Investigations Team (IIT) has again carried out a series of pre-race testing and will deliver pre-race swabs on race day, with all winners to be tested and random testing also being carried out as required.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said QRIC’s strong presence ahead of and at the event will ensure that racing events are run on a level playing field.

“The betting public and racing participants should be confident that we will be out in force with staff and resources on this important race day,” Mr Barnett said.

“The commencement of the Winter Carnival in Queensland thoroughbred racing at Toowoomba’s Clifford Park has again attracted a highly competitive racing program and the integrity of every one of those races is a high priority for QRIC.”

This year, in preparation for the Weetwood Handicap the IIT has:

attended Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Doomben, Eagle Farm, Ipswich, Deagon, Toowoomba and Darling Downs areas;
attended the Warwick Cup race day on 2 April 2019 and conducted stable inspections, licence checks and checking horses nominated to race onto the track;
attended track work and official trials at Deagon and Clifford Park; conducting licence compliance checks and completing human drug sampling;
attended Doomben race day on 3 April 2019 and conducted stable inspections, checking horses nominated to race onto the track;
attended Ipswich race day on 4 April 2019 and conducted stable inspections, licence checks and checking horses nominated to race onto the track; and
attended Corbould Park on 5 April 2019 and conducted stable inspections, licence checks and checking horses nominated to race onto the track.
Commissioner Barnett said the presence of integrity officers at high profile race meetings in the days leading up to the race and on race day itself was an important role for the QRIC to ensure the integrity of racing in Queensland.

ENDS.
Last updated
5 April 2019

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Apr-05, 09:35 PM

A presumption of guilt?


..... the preceding stewards post, of an 'apprehended breach', makes one wonder what the hell is going on in Queensland.

It would be very unusual for the stewards in NSW or (less so) Victoria to be trumpeting, in advance,  an integrity crackdown -- we just presume that there is routine scrutiny of the racing, with no presumption of cheating.

...... the incidence of 'cheating' is just so low -- and so likely to be detected -- as to admit a defence of stupidity for anyone caught.
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2019-Apr-06, 07:26 AM
Are these QRIC coves just a re-incarnation of the "Keystone Cops ". What a load of garbage about this supposed crackdown on Weetwood day. My memory tells me they had the same supposed crackdown at the same time last year. And what happened ? Did they rid the Industry of all those seedy characters they promised to stamp out of the Industry ? Of course not. The same cast is playing again this year. Talk about a complete waste of the taxpayers' funds.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Apr-06, 08:07 PM


These 'integrity' ploys are just ruses to promote the image of the stewards -- RVL is a specialist ployer.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Apr-07, 09:02 PM

How Queensland is Queensland -- allowing gender diversity?

Imagine the reaction in Queensland if anyone had the temerity to put legislation like this to the
'one-house' Queensland parliament:

Landmark legislation making gender optional on birth certificates is set to pass the Tasmanian Parliament, after a marathon debate to finalise amendments to the controversial bill.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-08, 07:32 PM
Catching up on publishing a number of  Internal Reviews going back a while ...only one resulted in overturning the stewards decision the case of Trevor Rowe exonerated for using a twitch........jockey Skye Bogenhuber scored two 10 day suspensions to be served concurrently......she is injured and is reported to be recovering after sustaining a brain bleed....... Daryl Hansen fined $5K for a positive and an impressive case put forward by Jordan Grob all to no avail .....he's apprenticed to Michael Costa and if he rides as well as he argued his case he'll do well in the jockey ranks. :thumbsup:


https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-LES-TILLEY.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-TREVOR-ROWE.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-SKYE-BOGENHUBER-0012-19.pdf
https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-SKYE-BOGENHUBER-0013-19.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-RYAN-PLUMB.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-MICHAEL-MURPHY-.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JORDAN-GROB.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DARRYL-HANSEN.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SMITH-Dale-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BRADLEY-STEWART.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2019-Apr-08, 07:43 PM
Yet another disaster for the donkeys employed by QRIC on Saturday at Toowoomba. Nearly unbelievable (except it is QRIC ) that the wrong horse was signified as the fourth place getter at the metropolitan meeting in the last on Saturday. Don't these , and I will call them Stewards (I know a loose term ) ; satisfy themselves as to correct finishing order. This come a week after the same mob allowed the wrong horse  to start in a race in Rockhampton. It beggars belief how these bods in Queensland can't even get the most simple tasks right. No wonder we have enquiries stretching back over twelve months. "Integrity Commission " ? They cannot be serious. Cant even get identification process right or even at the very minimum the finishing order in the right sequence.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-08, 10:19 PM
According to reports the judges entered the correct number 15 Cool Drafts in the system as running fourth but the semaphore came up with number 5 Curdled ...how thejudges and stewards didn't notice this is beyond belief...... the stewards who signified correct weight must have been blind to the finish as Cool Drafts was in the photo for third  and finished closest to them while Curdled finished 8th was back behind the placegetters  on the fence admittedly with no luck in running which is irrelevant to the mistake in their respective finishing positions.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/twba/20190406/race/9

"Following the declaration of correct weight, Stewards were notified by the Judges that an error had occurred with the semaphoring of the 4th placegetter. It was identified that, due to an inputting error, number 5 (CURDLED) was semaphored when in fact number 15 (COOL DRAFTS) had been placed 4th.  After confirming the correct placings Stewards, acting under AR. 214(4)(b), amended the placings accordingly.  In light of this incident, Stewards will ask the Toowoomba Turf Club to conduct a review into the judging process."

The judges and the stewards were at fault and when the runners returned to scale the jockeys on Cool Drafts and Curdled appear to speak to each other you would think they would have known which one finished ahead of the other....and should have spoken up.

The only saving grace is that TAB has decided to pay account holders on both First4's as has Ladbrokes and it is assumed the others will follow suit at this point UBET is stillshowing the wrong placings with the single dividend .

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-09, 09:48 AM
QRIC is back at QCAT today with three matters for Directions Sitek....Campbell whose name I don't recognise but the reference number indicates it's a 2015 case ....and Wilson 2017.

George Sitek v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR323-18 Directions Hearing 09/04/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Michael Campbell v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR225-15 Directions Hearing 09/04/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Marcus John Wilson v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR168-17 Directions Hearing 09/04/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-09, 10:29 AM
Ironic that  last week  QRIC issued a Media release trumpeting their presence at the Weetwood meeting on Saturday..virtually all hands on deck from the Chief Steward down yet the fiasco in posting the wrong horse as fourth in the last race escaped their attention.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/news/another-year-of-strong-qric-presence-at-toowoomba-weetwood/
 
How embarrassing red faces all round


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-09, 04:57 PM
Another Internal Review .....Harness racing this time concession driver Ben Woodsford 4 weeks for an unacceptable drive ......lucky he didn't get extended penalty for failing the spell check in his submission ....watching the replay he set the horse a task but would it have figured in the placings with a better or more conservative drive IMO no and Darrel Graham's drive wasn't much better.

"Race 7 - DARREN & BEC EBERT PACE | C5 TO C6 | 2280M

Stewards enquired into the driving tactics adopted by Ben Woodsford (Hot Dogma) in particular the amount of exertion placed on the gelding for the lead in the first 500m of the race. Hot Dogma, which had drawn in barrier three, challenged The Muse (Pete McMullen) and Hot Rod Heaven (Reece Maguire) for a leading position, however, with the advantage of the inside Hot Rod Heaven maintained the lead and The Muse raced outside that horse. Hot Dogma had shifted in towards the end of the back straight on the first occasion before being corrected by its driver. As a result Hot Rod Heaven was tightened down onto the marker pegs and the marker peg was displaced into the sulky of Corporal Luna (Grant Dixon). After negotiating the turn and after the completion of 200m, Ben Woodsford (Hot Dogma) again challenged for the lead and The Muse gained an advantage over Hot Rod Heaven, however, always maintained the lead with the advantage of the inside. Hot Dogma was then restrained in the front straight after the completion of 500m and remained in the position outside the leader until racing to the winning post with a lap remaining. Hot Dogma commenced to yield ground from the winning post with a lap remaining and finished a distant last beaten in excess of 100m. A subsequent veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than a slow post-race recovery indicative of a hard run. Ben Woodsford explained to stewards that his instructions were to work forward and lead if possible. Trainer Ross Fletcher advised Stewards that his instructions were to work forward without placing too much pressure upon Hot Dogma for the lead as the horse has a tendency to pull hard if excess exertion is placed on the gelding. After consideration Stewards charged Ben Woodsford under rule 149(2) for driving in an unacceptable manner by placing undue pressure on Hot Dogma for an extended period which in the Steward’s view was the main contributing factor to the gelding tiring and being uncompetitive in the race. Ben Woodsford pleaded guilty to the charge and his driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 4 weeks. The stewards directed that this term of suspension commence Saturday, midnight, 9th of February 2019.

Trainer Ross Fletcher(Hot Dogma) was charged pursuant to rule 231(2) for misconduct by using foul language towards officials in the birdcage area. Mr Fletcher pleaded guilty to the charge. A $500 fine was imposed and stewards directed a $300 portion of this fine be suspended for a period of twelve months pending no further breaches under this rule."

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BEN-WOODSFORD.pdf

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/harness/meeting/redc/20190206/race/7

Since the run in question on 6Feb Hot Dogma has raced 8 times on 15feb 5/7 ....20Feb 9/9 ..28feb 7/9 ...6Mar 1/10...9Mar11/12..14Mar 6/10..20Mar 7/8..and 29 Mar 10/10.
Check out the win on 6March one of the best drives I've ever seen Matt Elkins @$151.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/harness/meeting/redc/20190306/race/1

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/profiles/harness-horse/hot-dogma-44691

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-10, 09:44 AM
Here's an interesting IR outcome a greyhound trainer's license refused but decision set aside by Mr Ashby ......a very well presented submission by the applicant resulted in the licensing committee's decision being set aside and the matter referred back to them to deal with..referring the matter back puts the onus on the committee as I assume the internal reviewer doesn't have the authority to grant the application hisself.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-ANTHONY-GAIARDO-1.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: fours on 2019-Apr-10, 01:18 PM
Arsenal,

Given that legal types are supposed to be erudite high IQ types I question the use of the word 'review'.

They really mean 'change', or change required  as directed

 whereas the word review means have a look with no direction in actuality.

Fours
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2019-Apr-10, 08:08 PM
I'll bet this bloke has far more experience in handling animals than these clowns who have blocked his path. Isn't the "Reviewer " just a failed jockey. Fair dinkum you wouldn't feed these dopes at QRIC. Let them concentrate on getting the finishing order right in races before taking bigger steps.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Apr-22, 05:59 PM
QRIC BOSS ROSS BARNETT BACKS ORGANISATION
Sunday 21 April, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt
 
QRIC commissioner Ross Barnett has defended the process in the long running Ben Currie inquiry.
Queensland's chief integrity officer Ross Barnett has moved to counter growing discontent within the industry at delays in dealing with the charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie.
Barnett, who is commissioner of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, said he was aware of the impact of the investigation on Queensland's racing community.
He issued a statement after the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Thursday agreed to extend a stay order which allows Currie to keep training for the time being.
Barnett explained that QRIC was bound to follow the legal process in prosecuting its cases against Currie.
"The commission operates within the appeals system of internal review and QCAT as set out in the Racing Integrity Act," Barnett said.
"While multiple charges have been laid against Currie and have been vigorously pursued by the commission, Currie has exercised a range of legal rights that have delayed the finalisation of those matters."
Barnett said investigations involving Currie had been ongoing since April 7 last year and had already resulted in disciplinary action, including heavy suspensions and disqualifications of up to 18 months handed out to employees of Currie Racing for race day treatment offences.
He said the investigation had involved the seizure and analysis of CCTV footage, computer and telephone records, and had led to multiple charges against Currie.
Barnett said the charges related to race day treatment, providing false evidence, obstructing stewards investigations and animal cruelty offences.
Currie is also facing five charges relating to the presentation of horses that have returned positive swabs for a range of banned substances.
"A stewards inquiry into two new charges commenced last week, will resume on Wednesday," Barnett said.
"The hearing of other charges pending will continue throughout the coming weeks and we will continue to pursue and resolve these as soon as possible.
"We remind the racing community that QRIC and racing in Queensland must operate within the disciplinary frameworks set out by the Rules of Racing and the Racing Integrity Act."
Currie is this week expected to return from Bali where he has been at a wedding.
He has also been asked by Racing Queensland to explain why his nominations should not be refused and has until Friday to reply.

ENDS

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-02, 07:58 PM
State Parliament sat today and yesterday the live broadcast sometimes provides instruction and entertainment mostly there's a lot of hot air members interjecting and being warned generally the TV is reasonably good quality today it's only up to the luncheon adjournment......the LNP member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek put the following question to te Racing Minister the Hon. Hinchcliffe..direct from Hansard.

Racing Queensland, Integrity
1418 Questions Without Notice 2 May 2019
Mr LANGBROEK: My question without notice is to the Minister for Racing. Will the minister
advise why Racing Queensland is doing the integrity job of the Queensland Racing Integrity
Commission, expressly contravening a royal commission recommendation of Alan MacSporran QC?

Mr HINCHLIFFE: I thank the shadow minister for the question. The Palaszczuk government is
absolutely committed to ensuring integrity in racing in Queensland. That is why we established QRIC
in 2016 in response to the MacSporran report. Equally, Racing Queensland as the principal racing
authority are also the administrators in terms of the nominations and acceptances process.

I can advise the House that Racing Queensland sought independent advice about their powers
under the revised Australian Rules of Racing and conducted a process where they sought information
as to why they should not use their power under AR55 to refuse to accept nominations from a particular
trainer. After receiving that information, Racing Queensland then made a determination that it was in
the interests of racing to refuse those nominations. I think it is very important that everyone understands
that there are some elements of this dynamic, of this area, that have moved on from the time of the
MacSporran report.

On the issue of QRIC, I have to say that the suggestion that QRIC is failing is absolutely 100 per
cent bunkum. The simple fact is that, if QRIC were not in existence as a result of this government’s
actions as a result of the MacSporran report, then the very complex case like the one that the shadow
minister is alluding to would simply not have been undertaken. The strong powers and resources that
were given to QRIC are the ones that give them the ability to conduct much more complex work than
the old system would ever have allowed. For those opposite to stand in this place or on social media
and claim that the system that has progressed this case to where it is now is failing is utterly misleading
and damaging to the reputation of racing in this state.

As we kick off another fantastic Winter Racing Carnival with increased prize money and upgraded
races, there are those opposite who are doing nothing but talk down the industry and talk down the
code. I will never forget that it was the bungling from those on the other side of the House that led us
to having to fix Eagle Farm. We will see a great outcome and increased investment in infrastructure
that will deliver a tremendous industry that will continue to perform. I encourage everyone to get out
there and enjoy the fantastic Winter Racing Carnival.

ENDS

I think his question shows the honourable member for Surfers isn't as clued up on racing issues as he thinks he is .....looks to me like he kicked an own goal giving the Hon. Hinchy the chance to flex his muscles and show he knows what's going on .........must be no progress on reforming theappeals system or Hinchy would have mentioned something about it.

At the Racing Estimates Committee last year which I watched with interest Mr Langbroek  was questioning  Ross Barnett but failed to follow through with an obvious question (obvious at least to those of us in the bleachers) about the success rate of prosecutions....which didn't occur to the honourable member.
 
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Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2019-May-02, 08:52 PM
Langbroek has always been a complete dill . However that doesn't mean your man "Hinchy" (as you refer to him ) is some sort of Mensa graduate. There is a split match between them. At least the former I guess hasn't spent his life genuflecting at the Ludwig
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-May-02, 10:10 PM


I know it is Queensland but administrative discretion of this ilk should not be tolerated.

Someone not found guilty of being other than successful is being Orwelled by various Napoleons and Snowballs.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-03, 09:11 AM
Langbroek has always been a complete dill . However that doesn't mean your man "Hinchy" (as you refer to him ) is some sort of Mensa graduate. There is a split match between them. At least the former I guess hasn't spent his life genuflecting at the Ludwig
   :lol:  

Question Time yesty at about 2.08 the Hon member for Surfers and the Hon. Hinchy's reply.....I scored .Hinchy 1 Langbroek 0

http://tv.parliament.qld.gov.au/?reference=0Mba20190502_101512


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-03, 06:21 PM
BEN CURRIE FACES POSSIBLE DISQUALIFICATION
Friday 03 May, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt
 
Trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie is facing a possible disqualification after being found guilty on two counts of bringing racing into disrepute.

Stewards found him guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus, known as a jigger, capable of affecting the performance of two horses.

The breaches relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016.

Currie has been asked to make submissions on penalty which will be heard next week.

Stewards found he was guilty of breaching AR 175 (A) which covers conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests and or welfare of racing.

There is no mandatory penalty for offences under the rule and it is up to stewards who can impose anything from a reprimand to a disqualification.

Stewards opened an inquiry into two allegations of animal cruelty against Currie based on text messages sent in 2015 and 2016 which indicated he had used or instructed someone else to use a jigger on a horse.

Those charges were discontinued last week and the inquiry continued on alternate charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Currie still faces a further 40 allegations and has also indicated he could ask for a judicial review of a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations imposed this week.

Whether the judicial review application goes ahead will depend on Currie's penalty for the AR 175 convictions and whether he can get a stay until an internal review.

Currie, the state's leading trainer on winners this season, has nearly 100 horses in work and a staff of 15.

In the meantime several of Currie's owners have tried to transfer their horses to ensure their campaigns are not disrupted but they say they have been stymied with stewards using an Australian Racing rule which gives them the alleged right to deny transfers from a trainer facing charges.

Currie's solicitor Michael O'Connor confirmed he had written to stewards complaining they were wrongly applying the rule AR 23.

He said the move was costing owners money and denying them a chance to race their horses.

A spokesman for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission told AAP it would assess the transfer of horses on a case by case basis.

QRIC Intends to continue with inquiries into 28 charges arising from a raid on Currie's stables in early April last year.

It will also pursue seven charges arising from other text messages and hold hearings into five alleged positive swabs.

ENDS

AR175....AR.175. The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise; [amended 1.5.09] [amended 1.12.10][amended 1.6.15] (a) Any person who, in their opinion, has been guilty of any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing.

Under he amended ARB rules effective from 1March 2019 the relevant rule to AR175  is....  AR 229 Corruption, dishonesty and misleading behaviour (1) A person must not: (a) engage in any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing;

Some difference  AR 175 provides charges may be laid on "the opinion of stewards" whether the separation of integrity to QRIC from RQ the PRA has any relevance to the delegation of powers as AR175 states might be an issue QRIC only came into being on 1 January 2016.

 It appears the current rule would require proof of offence not merely an opinion there may have been an offence just an opinion.

As for the owners they shouldn't suffer penalty ...............when Liam Birchley was charged in the Aquanita case he was banned from nominating in NSW but his horse was transferred to a NSW trainer and allowed to run in the race for which Liam or his staff would have nominated it....it won.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-05, 11:10 AM
Saturday 04 May, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt

Lawyers for Ben Currie have asked stewards to indicate on which precedents they will base their sentence of the trainer on two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Meanwhile on Friday afternoon, Currie's lawyers filed an application for a Supreme Court judicial review of a decision by Racing Queensland to refuse his nominations.


Currie had no runners at any of the meetings on the Queensland long weekend because of the ban and is facing a similar situation for next week including the Doomben 10,000 day next Saturday.

Stewards found Currie guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable (jigger) affecting the performance of two horses.

They relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016.

Stewards have asked Currie to make submissions on penalty which will be heard next week.

Stewards found he was guilty of breaching AR 175 (A) which covers conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests and or welfare of racing.

There is no mandatory penalty for offences under the rule but it is up to the discretion of stewards.

There have been several cases in Australia involving AR 175 (A) which have seen penalties ranging fines to disqualifications.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said the trainer's legal team had written to stewards asking for an indication on which precedents they would be relying for the sentence.

"It is such a wide-ranging rule that we need to be able to know what we are replying to," he said.

Murdoch said it was also an unusual situation because it appeared stewards had found Currie formed an intention to form another intention.


He said there was no date for the judicial review because there had to be at least two working days before it could go ahead.

But the review is likely to be late next week or early the following week.

Stewards opened an inquiry last week into two allegations of animal cruelty against Currie based on text messages sent in 2015 and 2016 which indicated he had used or instructed someone else to use a jigger on a horse.

However, those charges were discontinued last week and the inquiry proceeded on alternate charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Currie, Queensland's leading trainer on winners this season, has nearly 100 horses in work and a staff of 15.

QRIC intends to continue with inquiries into 28 charges arising from a raid on Currie's stables in early April last year.

It will also pursue seven charges arising from other text messages and hold hearings into five alleged positive swabs.

Stewards received an email late on Saturday afternoon asking that trainer Ben Currie be allowed to transfer his horses to NSW trainer Brett Cavanough.

ENDS

Bound to be some head scratching considering which precedents  the QRIC stewards intend to rely on ...possibly they'll not disclose and leave it to Currie to make his submission on penalty......very interesting issue ...not having seen as I recall anything on point in the past.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-May-05, 03:46 PM


The 'conduct prejudicial' so far has been by the stewards and others hell bent on one outcome.

This reflects very badly on Queensland in general -- because it is not atypical.

The key decision here is for the Supreme Court to substitute 'due process' for predetermined discretion.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-07, 01:35 PM
Two Directions hearings listed on the daily proceedings list today :-

Michael Campbell v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR225-15 Directions Hearing 07/05/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Garry Donald Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR277-18 Directions Hearing 07/05/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-08, 05:10 PM
I have never seen this before ......two on today at QCAT "Experts conclave"  dictionary defines a conclave as several things I can rule out the conclave of Cardinals meeting to elect the Pope ..so it boils down to ..."a meeting of individuals with special power or influence ; a secret assembly"

Ronald Finch v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
OCR249-18 Experts Conclave 09/05/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Rochelle Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR080-18 Experts Conclave 09/05/2019 1:30 PM Mediation Room 6, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

ENDS

Rochelle Smith's name rings a bell been mentioned several times but don't recall Ronald Finch's case .

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Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2019-May-08, 05:28 PM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018_17_August_Stewards_Report_Ronald-Finch_DUNNYS-STAR-TRY-BEFORE-DUBAI.pdf

Possibly this one . .
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-08, 05:41 PM
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018_17_August_Stewards_Report_Ronald-Finch_DUNNYS-STAR-TRY-BEFORE-DUBAI.pdf

Possibly this one . .

Thanks Arthur  :thumbsup:

A cobalt case stewards gave him 9 months I missed that should be an Internal Review,

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-RONALD-FINCH.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-09, 11:35 AM
Way back in 1930 the Royal Commission into Racing had this to say about the stewards answerable at the time to the QTC many of which were owners ...a good decision by MacSporran QC to separate the integrity function from the control body...it only took 86 years .

F-STIPENDIARY STEWARDS.
The present stipendiary stewards for registered racing are Messrs. H. A.
Wolfe (chairman), J. J. Curley, and F. W. McGill. -
They are appointed by the committee of The Queensland Turf Club
at substantial annual salaries. The engagement is terminable on. either side
by three months' notice.
The stewards appear to possess the necessary qualifications of character,
experience, and independence of judgment, and to have the confidence of the
great majority of the racing public.
The rules make very full provision for their powers and their duties,
and give them complete control over officials, owners, horses, licensees, and
all other persons connected with the meetings. These duties are exercisable
without reference to any other authority, an appeal lying to The Queensland
Turf Club Committee against any of their decisions.
Suggestions were made by one or two witnesses that in certain cases
the stewards had failed in their duty. These charges were not substantiated.
It was also suggested by various witnesses that the system of
appointment of the stewards by committeemen (who are generally owners)
placed the stewards in a position of difficulty as regards the control of the
horses of committeemen. The suggestion was, in short, that the stewards
were asked to control and, if necessary, to punish their masters, and that
such a position was inconsistent with the fair and proper performance of
their duty.
It is sufficient to say that a similar system of appointment of
stipendiary stewards exists throughout Australia, that committeemen of the
principal clubs almost invariably .own horses competing at their meetings,
and that the possibility of bias by the stewards in favour of a com1nitteeman
is so remote as not to warrant any legislative interference with the system
of control deliberately adopted ·by the racegoing community. '

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-09, 04:48 PM
Set down for tomorrow at QCAT Dale Andrew Evans v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR030-19 Compulsory Conference
10/05/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

I haven't checked QRIC's site today but up until yesterday there have been no internal reviews published since March.

Oops an understandable error the Archives folder is out of wack April decisions are at the bottom of the March ones.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SMITH-Dale-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-10, 04:54 PM
LEGAL BATTLE FOR DISQUALIFIED CURRIE
Friday 10 May, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Qld trainer Ben Currie has been disqualified for four years for bringing racing into disrepute.

Racing in Queensland can expect more weeks of complicated legal action after Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie was disqualified for four years on two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Stewards gave Currie two years on each charge under Australian Rules of racing AR 175 and made the penalties cumulative.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said he needed to take instructions from Currie and to confer with the rest of the legal team before taking any further action.

"It wouldn't be appropriate to comment any further until that is done," he said.

Currie has several options in the coming weeks.

He can seek a stay pending an internal review and if he fails in the review he can appeal both sentence and conviction to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Currie also has the option of taking Supreme Court action down the track.

He will be in the Supreme Court on Thursday for a judicial review of a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations.

One of the things Currie must decide is whether in light of his disqualification the judicial review should be put on hold.

Currie has been facing 42 allegations, some dating back more than a year, and the two charges are the first to be resolved.

Another decision would be for Currie's lawyers to ask for a speedy resolution to all matters so they could address them as a whole.

Stewards charged Currie last month with two counts which originally involved allegations of using a jigger or instructing someone else to use a jigger in 2015 and 2016.

After hearing submissions stewards discontinued those charges and continued alternate charges which effectively cover bringing racing into disrepute.

The alternate charges were based on text messages Currie sent to staff or friends.

Currie was found guilty of the two charges and his lawyers made written submissions on penalty this week.

After considering the submissions the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission announced in a short statement on Friday, Currie had been disqualified for four years.

He has been given until Friday, May 17 to move his horses to other stables

QRIC did not say on what precedents they based the four years which is the same penalty imposed on Victorian trainer Darren Weir who was found in possession of two electrical devices known as jiggers.

In 2007, Victorian trainer Paul Preusker (four years) and jockey Holly McKechnie (three years) were banned for using an electrical device on a horse during trackwork.

Currie is awaiting a Supreme Court judicial review of a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations which is listed for a day-long hearing on Thursday.

As a result of the refusal at least 26 horses have been moved from Currie's stables to other trainers.

ENDS

QRIC Media release:-

Four year disqualification for Ben Currie
Toowoomba Thoroughbred Trainer Ben Currie has been disqualified effective immediately for four years after Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards considered submissions on penalty after finding him guilty on Friday 3 May of two breaches of AR175(a).

Mr Currie is guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses. Stewards today disqualified him for two years for each offence, to be served cumulatively.

The breaches relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016 when Mr Currie was their trainer.

Stewards have directed Mr Currie to feed, water and care for his horses, exercising them by hand walking or on a walking machine.

He has until 4pm on 17 May 2019 to have all of the horses in his care dispersed to trainers subject to the approval of the stewards.

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The only text messages that I saw published (maybe on Racenet)  didn't appear to be conclusive of anything remotely capable of bringing racing into disrepute and making the penalties cumulative is unusual .....obviously more legal proceeedings will be considered or he could call it quits like Darren and do something else.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: j.r.b. on 2019-May-10, 05:13 PM
This will be in Court as soon as Currie can get it there.

I gather the QRIC tactic is to stop Currie earning $ in the meantime and force him to break up his stable before he has a chance to get the disqualification in front of a Judge for a judicial review, and thereby make it more difficult for him to fund the several and various legal proceedings currently on foot.

Of course, QRIC has, to all intents and purposes, an unlimited budget. 
Title: QRIC
Post by: j.r.b. on 2019-May-10, 05:18 PM


In 2007, Victorian trainer Paul Preusker (four years) and jockey Holly McKechnie (three years) were banned for using an electrical device on a horse during trackwork.



At least one of Currie's horses has been transferred to Paul Preusker.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-May-11, 12:20 AM



............... a bureaucrat with a bucket of other peoples money to spend is a fearsome prospect ......... where are the pro bono freedom fighters?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-11, 07:21 PM
BEN CURRIE FILES FOR REVIEW ON RACING BAN
Saturday 11 May, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Trainer Ben Currie, facing more than 40 charges, wants an internal review into his four-year ban.

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has lodged an application for an internal review of a stewards' decision to disqualify him for four years on two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

On Friday, stewards disqualified Currie two years on each charge under Australian Rules of racing AR 175 (a) but made them cumulative.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said an internal review application had been lodged with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission late on Friday.

QRIC has 20 working days to hear the application which is expected to be scheduled for late this month.

Murdoch said in the meantime an application for a stay would be lodged with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Monday.

"At this stage we do not have a date for the stay application but we are hoping to get on this Friday," Murdoch said.

He said it was intended to proceed with a judicial review application into separate issue of Racing Queensland refusing Currie's nominations in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Currie had been facing 42 allegations some dating back more than a year and the two charges are the first to be resolved.

Stewards charged Currie last month with two counts which originally involved allegations of using a jigger or instructing someone else to use a jigger in 2015 and 2016.

However, after hearing submissions stewards discontinued those charges and continued alternate charges which effectively cover bringing racing into disrepute.

The alternate charges were based on text messages Currie sent to staff or friends.

Currie was found guilty of the two charges and his lawyers made written submissions on penalty.

After considering the submissions the stewards announced in a short statement Currie had been disqualified for four years.

He has been given until Friday to move his horses to other stables with at least 26 already gone to other trainers.

QRIC did not say on what precedents they based the four years which is the same penalty imposed on Victorian trainer Darren Weir who was found in possession of two jiggers.

ENDS

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Deejayeff on 2019-May-11, 10:01 PM
You heard it here first.

Royal Warfare wins race six at Toowoomba number 4

Carries number 5 saddlecloth.

Unimageable is no 5 carries no 4 saddlecloth.

When will this stop !!
Title: QRIC
Post by: gunbower on 2019-May-12, 03:46 PM
DJF- meet their staff and it will be fully understandable. I remember explaining to one long term employee that a visiting NSW apprentice was " a 3kg boy ". Her reply was "I didn't know they were that small ". True story , and she still works there.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-12, 07:50 PM
It'll be interesting to see if Ben Currie's internal review against the 4 years disqualification imposed on him under AR 175A is heard by someone other than Kane Ashby who normally performs this function ... Mr Ashby has previously dealt with an earlier IR application involving the text messages in which he found in favour of the stewards..so there's the possibility of a case of apprehended bias being raised should such an objection be raised  Mr Ashby might be asked to recuse hisself ..this is no reflection on Mr Ashby's integrity simply an opinion that cases like this are raised from time to time in the interests of justice.

https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BENJAMIN-CURRIE-1.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-13, 07:37 PM
Catching up on recent QCAT decisions the one concerning Ben Currie is dated 29th May 2018  it was amended on April 18 a fine of $5K imposed.
 Eric Hayes had a win in the second case abut Bonnie Thomson failed her suspension confirmed.

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-107.pdf

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-094.pdf

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-086.pdf


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-17, 10:38 AM
From AAP report yesty by Mark Oberhardt.....

"Currie is listed to appear in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday seeking a stay of a four-year disqualification.

Stewards imposed the disqualification after finding Currie guilty on two charges involving text messages which allegedly involved use of jiggers.

Currie's solicitor Michael O'Connor said his client was now considering his position in regards both applications."

Today's QCAT daily proceedings list has the Ben Currie case listed for hearing at 10am the case is to be heard in the District Court the notice repeats the cort location but is in the following terms

Benjamin Mark Currie v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission   Assisted By Mr Robert Olding Court 17 Floor 6   10:00 AM
(Hearing)         

Benjamin Mark Currie v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR141-19 Tribunal Hearing 17/05/2019 10:00 AM QEII Law Courts Complex, Court 17

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-17, 10:41 AM
Mark Currie pleads guilty to race day administration charges
Toowoomba trainer Mark Currie has pleaded guilty to two race day administration charges.

By agreement between the parties Mr Currie pleaded guilty to that without the permission of the stewards he caused the administration of a medication to horses on 24 March and 7 April, 2018 on the same day they raced at Toowoomba and Brisbane.

Mr Currie has been suspended for 12 months on each charge, wholly suspended for 12 months and fined $7500.

A restriction has been placed on his licence for a period of three months; until 16 August the maximum number of horses he can train is 40. 

Mr Currie is also unable to train those horses that were formerly trained by Currie Racing except for an agreed list of horses that are owned or part owned by Donna and Mark Currie. 

At the expiry of the three month period, the transfer of any horses will be at the discretion of the Stewards.

Today’s settlement is the result of the QCAT appeal of Mr Currie’s two year disqualification in May last year of 16 race day treatment related charges.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the decision to bring these proceedings to finality resulted in part from legal advice about the inability of the Commission to make key witnesses available due to ongoing health issues.

“In these circumstances I considered that an indeterminate further lengthy delay in these proceedings was not in the interests of racing and a negotiated settlement was appropriate.

“Today’s decision brings to four the number of Currie Racing employees who have been convicted over breaches of the rules of racing at the Currie Racing stable.”

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Last updated
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Posted previously under the QCAT thread

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-17, 06:25 PM
PLAN TO EXPEDITE BEN CURRIE HEARINGS
Friday 17 May, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt
 
Qld stewards will try to expedite the hearing of charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie.

Queensland stewards hope to finalise inquiries into the remaining charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie in the near future with plans to expedite hearings.

Currie failed in a Supreme Court bid on Thursday to have a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations suspended.

Justice Jean Dalton made a preliminary finding that she could not cut across the rules of Australian Racing by granting an interlocutory injunction in the terms Currie sought.

Currie was listed to seek a stay on Friday of a separate four-year disqualification pending an internal review of his convictions on two charges involving text messages which allegedly indicated the use of jiggers.

The stay application in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal did not go ahead in light of the Supreme Court decision.

Currie's lawyers in effect decided that even if successful in the stay application, Currie would not be able to run horses while the RQ decision was in place.

He will carry on with his internal review application which should be heard by early next month.

Currie still has 38 allegations against him ranging from race day treatment to positive swabs and none of those have been resolved.

There is a complication with 28 of those charges which arise from a raid on his stables in April last year.

Of those charges, 14 have been heard without resolution and the other 14 are in abeyance because of the illness of a steward.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission boss Ross Barnett said the commission was working to expedite the remaining hearings as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Barnett confirmed an inquiry into an incident at Rockhampton on March 28 when a horse scheduled to run in race seven, ran in race six instead, had concluded.

"As a result of the inquiry QRIC chief steward Peter Chadwick has acknowledged that an unacceptable procedural error occurred that contributed to the running of the wrong horse in a race at Rockhampton," Barnett said.

He said Chadwick had given a direction to all stewards outlining the procedures to be followed in relation to the identification of race horses on race day.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-20, 10:27 AM
Fines will help prevent jockeys flouting rules
 Nathan Exelby CM today
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WITH the appeal loophole for jockeys well documented, it remains surprising that QRIC stewards are not using the option to fine hoops for careless riding in a bid to provide at least some deterrent.

Five jockeys were suspended on Saturday, with all but one – Kerrin McEvoy – pleading not guilty.

The other four will all use the appeal process to ensure they don’t miss any key rides over the carnival.

They will then most likely pull their appeals at a time that suits and serve the suspension on their own terms. No deterrent whatsoever.

In the case of John Allen, stewards found him guilty of what chairman Peter Chadwick described as being at “the high end of carelessness”.

In other jurisdictions, particularly in big races, such penalties also come with a fine. Allen’s percentage for the Kenedna ride was $21,000.

Five suspensions on a day is a hefty number. It’s not a stretch to draw a conclusion that the carelessness was contributed to in some way because there is zero deterrent in Queensland.

If fines were being issued, then there would still be a penalty paid if the appeal was pulled part way through the process.

As an aside, Allen would likely have taken the suspension on the chin had stewards given him a sentence that would have allowed him back for the Oaks.

But given they opted to take it a day beyond the Oaks, he will simply use the system to ensure he doesn’t miss the Etana ride.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-May-20, 03:48 PM


...................... that's just another reminder from a sad Saturday that Queensland is Queensland
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-20, 05:28 PM
Ben Currie guilty of 12 race day treatment charges
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have today found Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie guilty of 12 race day treatment charges under the Australian Rules of Racing.
The Thoroughbred Trainer appeared at a reconvened Inquiry in Brisbane on 11 and 12 March 2019 where he faced 14 alleged breaches of the rules of racing, two charges made in the alternative were not continued. 
Mr Currie has been found guilty of five breaches of AR 178E (race day treatment without permission) Mr Currie as the trainer is guilty of causing the administration of a medication to five horses on 24 March 2018, the same day they raced at Doomben and Gatton.
He has also been found guilty of a further seven charges under AR.178E (race day treatment without permission) for causing the administration of a medication to seven horses on 7 April 2018, the same day they were engaged to race at Toowoomba.
Stewards have asked for submissions in regard to penalty.
ENDS.
Last updated
20 May 2019

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-May-21, 12:08 AM


Did Ben Currie agree with this finding .......... was the evidence beyond doubt............... any witnesses...
Title: QRIC
Post by: Heisenberg on 2019-May-21, 09:53 AM

Did Ben Currie agree with this finding .......... was the evidence beyond doubt............... any witnesses...
Evidence like video footage of them treating the horses on race day or his dad pleading guilty to race day treatment?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-21, 04:13 PM
QCAT case set down for today.......not familar with the name of the applicant.......or the issue.

Alisha Levenia June Winfield v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR273-18 Tribunal Hearing 21/05/2019 9:30 AM Hearing Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-May-21, 05:40 PM


Why are leading trainers throwing their careers away?


The last couple of years have seen some prominent, successful trainers walking away after effectively pleading' no contest' to charges of 'cheating' in various ways.

Others charged have been saved by the bell and allowed to train on.

Moody, Smerdon, Weir, in Victoria are standouts -- and now in Queensland Currie has been pursued relentlessly.

There must be more to the story -- and stories  -- some explanation of why.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-22, 09:26 AM
Stay of proceedings list as at 15 March 2019
In response to an RTI application QRIC has released the names of licensees granted a stay of proceedings as at 15 March 2019.

Since the release of the list and publication hereunder some of those named have had their appeals heard by QCAT while others may be in the process of being finalised.

There is a considerable time gap between filing an application for a stay at QCAT to when the matter is set down for hearing and when the decision is made.

It is more than likely that since the list was provided other licensees have joined the queue.

The list includes the date/s the matter came before QCAT

The OCR  is the QCAT file number and year..OCR 174-16

Darrel Graham 30 Sept 2016 OCR 174-16

Marcus Wilson 16 Nov 2017 6 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018 OCR 168-17

Frank Bennett 30 Nov 2017 OCR 248-17

Trista Dixon 12 Feb 2018 OCR 023-18

Dean Braun 5 Mar 2018 OCR 041-18

 Jason Edwards 11 Apr 2018  OCR 089-18

Bonnie Thomson 21 May 2018 OCR128-18

Leigh Wanless 25 May 2018 OCR 133-18

Clinton Garland 8 Jun 2018 OCR 134-18

Mark Currie 26 Jun 2018 OCR 162-18

John Pointon 16 Jul 2018 OCR 194-18

Corey Bayliss 21 Aug 2018 OCR 222-18

 Darryl Gardiner 31 Aug 2018 OCR 239-18

Gareth Horner 19 Sep 2018 OCR248-18

 Ronald Finch 19 Sep 2018 OCR 249-18

George Sitek 10 Dec 2018 OCR 323-18

Jeff Lloyd 31 Jan 2019 OCR 028-19

Dale Evans 7 Feb 2019 OCR 030-19

Trista Dixon 21 Feb 2019 OCR 045-19

Benjamin Currie 21 Mar 2019 OCR074-19

William Elson 27 Mar 2019 OCR020-19

James Morris 25 Jan 2019 OCR 022-19

William Xanthopoulas 3 Jan 2019 OCR 007-19

Donald Smith 3 Jan 2019 OCR 001-18

Damian Browne 23 Aug 2018 OCR 221-18

Peter Bradford 7 Sep 2018 OCR 240-18

Matthew Elkins 6 Sep 2018 OCR 241-18

Kelly Doughty 23 Nov 2018  OCR 301-18

It's obvious the current system isn't working.

NSW has a more efficient system only two appeal bodies with no appeal to NCAT.

Victoria has introduced legislation which comes in next month or at the latest from 1 August  which radically changes their current process.

Change is urgently needed in QLD the Racing Minister The Hon. Stirling Hinchcliffe needs to deliver it.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-24, 05:27 PM
Dayle Brown joins Qld stewards
Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy   2:59pm
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Racing Victoria’s former head of integrity Dayle Brown has been appointed to the Queensland thoroughbred stewards’ panel in the short term.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s Ross Barnett confirmed on Friday Brown will assist in the stewarding function and as a racing advisor to work with Queensland stewards during the all-important winter racing carnival period.

‘’In addition, Dayle will provide support to chief stipendiary steward Peter Chadwick throughout the carnival.

“Dayle has extensive experience in the racing industry and in professional sport, including as a senior stipendiary steward.’’

Brown lead the stewards’ integrity unit at Racing Victoria for nearly 10 years before his departure in late 2017.

“Dayle will bring to Queensland his extensive thoroughbred racing experience as the lead advocate for Racing Victoria, before the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, Racing Appeals Tribunal and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal,’’ Barnett said.

‘’In addition to being a former executive general manager of integrity services at Racing Victoria his significant racing experience spans more than 20 years, including thoroughbred, greyhound and harness racing.

“Dayle is a solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Laws and an MBA.

“His significant resume also includes a role as the deputy chief executive officer Greyhound Racing New South Wales where he had overall responsibility for integrity, infrastructure (tracks), wagering, race programming and grading.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Dayle who will bolster the ranks of our current panel which has been reduced recently due to illness and the impending departure of senior steward Ian Brown.”

ENDS

Welcome to the jungle .......pity it's only a temporary posting  his experience and qualifications should be of significant benefit and permanent.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-27, 05:25 PM
BEN CURRIE'S LAWYERS ARGUE FOR FINES
Sunday 26 May, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Trainer Ben Currie's legal team will argue for fines for his guilty findings on several charges.

Lawyers for Ben Currie are likely to argue precedent cases indicate a fine would be within sentencing range for the trainer's latest convictions.

Currie is unlikely to be sentenced for at least a week after stewards found him guilty on 12 charges of race day treatments.

Submissions on his sentence were to be finalised on Friday but have now been extended by a week.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said Currie's lawyers had been examining wide-ranging sentence precedents for similar cases.

"I obviously can't comment any further but can confirm some of those cases have involved fines and in some cases relatively small fines," he said.

Last month Currie was disqualified for four years after stewards found text messages he sent indicated an intention to use a jigger.

He was then found guilty of five race-day treatment charges from March 2018 as well as a further seven race-day treatment charges from a Toowoomba meeting in April last year.

Currie has been unable to train since Racing Queensland earlier this month invoked a rule which allows them to refuse his nominations for races.

A large number of horses have been transferred from his stables but his father Mark Currie was partly successful in an appeal against his sentence and has been able to train some of them.

Ben Currie lost a Supreme Court injunction application against RQ and then withdrew an application for a stay on his disqualification.

He will continue on with internal review applications for both the disqualification charges and the latest convictions.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-27, 08:29 PM
This might be a record for the number of racing licensees being set down for directions at QCAT tomorrow.

Dean Braun v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR041-18 Directions Hearing 28/05/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Donald John Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR001-18 Directions Hearing 28/05/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Olivia Jane Cairns v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR139-18 Directions Hearing 28/05/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Michael Campbell v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR225-15 Directions Hearing 28/05/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

James Rodney Morris v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR022-18 Directions Hearing 28/05/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-29, 09:38 AM
Just one matter listed today.

Peter Noel Bradford v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR240-18 Compulsory Conference 29/05/2019 1:30 PM Mediation Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane.

On a stay since 7 Sept 2018 OCR 240-18

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-May-31, 05:52 PM
Commissioner congratulates QRIC Integrity Manager on new interstate appointment

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett has today accepted the resignation of Tracey Pelling, who has been serving in the role of QRIC Manager of Integrity Investigations since February 2018.

Prior to managing the Integrity Unit, Ms Pelling served as Officer-in-Charge of the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad since 2016.

Ms Pelling is leaving Queensland to take up a leadership position with the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner in Victoria after a competitive merit selection process.

Commissioner Barnett congratulated Ms Pelling on her appointment and thanked her for her years of service to racing integrity in Queensland.

“Ms Pelling has been involved in a number of significant investigations which have resulted in the arrest of racing industry participants for serious integrity breaches ranging from match (race) fixing to serious animal cruelty,

“I wish Tracey all the best as she takes on this new opportunity, and know she will be an asset to Victorian racing integrity as she has been in Queensland for the past 3 years,” Commissioner Barnett said.

The position of QRIC Manager of Integrity Investigations will be advertised in due course.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-02, 05:09 PM
Nathan Exelby in the SM reports Ben Currie's five swab irregularities will be heard tomorrow by QRIC stewards .....the internal review decision on the so called jigger text messages is due to be handed down by Friday ...the SM story continues "Meanwhile the Toowoomba Turf Club is set to vote on Tuesday night on an application by Mark Currie (Ben's father) to train at Clifford Park"....Nathan says he "is known to have both supporters and detractors on the Toowoomba board so it promises to be a tight vote"...whoever has the numbers will decide his fate.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-04, 04:23 PM
Ben Currie guilty of five prohibited substance charges
Toowoomba thoroughbred Trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of five prohibited substance charges.

The analyst’s findings were confirmed by Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards yesterday at a Brisbane inquiry.

Mr Currie as the trainer is guilty of bringing five thoroughbred horses to race with prohibited substances in their systems.

He brought Wicked Trilogy to race on 2 December 2017 at Kilcoy with meloxicam in its system, Mr Currie brought Shakira to race on 28 January 2018 at Toowoomba with testosterone in excess of the accepted concentration in its system, and he brought Karaharaga to race on 6 July 2018 at Rockhampton with 17-methylmorphinan-3-ol in its system.

Mr Currie also brought Dreamscope to race at Toowoomba on 16 September 2018 with cocaine and benzolecgonine in its system and he brought Eight Over to race on 2 February 2019 at Toowoomba, with cocaine, methylecgonine and benzolecgonine in its system.

Stewards have disqualified the horses from their respective races and race placings will be amended accordingly.

WICKED TRILOGY – Kilcoy 2 December 2017. 1st placing BM 58 Handicap.

SHAKIRA – Toowoomba 28 January 2018. 1st placing Fillies and Mares Maiden.

KARAHARAGA – Rockhampton 6 July 2018. 8th placing, Class 6.

DREAMSCOPE – Toowoomba 16 September 2018, 1st placing Benchmark 65.

EIGHT OVER- Toowoomba 2 February 2019, 1st placing Class 2

Submissions on penalty are due 4pm today with an outcome expected later this week.

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4 June 2019

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Title: QRIC
Post by: the bishop on 2019-Jun-05, 08:30 AM
Toowoomba Turf Club directors last night voted to refuse Mark Currie permission to train at Clifford Park. Currie's stables are at Hursley Road and he might have options at Barham Stud (where Lindsay Hatch trains on the private track there) or at Oakey. Whatever, it would mean transporting horses extra distance to those venues. Interesting outcome.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-05, 05:30 PM
Toowoomba Turf Club directors last night voted to refuse Mark Currie permission to train at Clifford Park. Currie's stables are at Hursley Road and he might have options at Barham Stud (where Lindsay Hatch trains on the private track there) or at Oakey. Whatever, it would mean transporting horses extra distance to those venues. Interesting outcome.

That's a setback I expect the TTC is within its rights as the owner of Clifford Park to refuse his application although it appears unduly harsh in the light of QRIC's decision that he is permitted to train admittedly on a restricted basis....  without the benefit of knowing on what grounds the decision was made ......if this was a golf club and the Board suspended or cancelled  membership of a member for serious misconduct or behaviour under the club's constitution he/she would have right of appeal to a Generral Meeting of all members.......maybe the TTC constitution has similar provisions if Mr Currie is a member of the club ......possibly more to come.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-05, 05:59 PM
Ben Currie, integrity and more - one on one with QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett
Ben Dorries
9:36AM 05 June 2019
Integrity issues in Queensland racing, including the ongoing Ben Currie matter, have been front and centre in recent months. During the biggest week of Queensland racing, with the Stradbroke Handicap highlighting three Group Is at Eagle Farm on Saturday, Ben Dorries goes head-to-head with Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett.

BD: Everywhere I have been in Australia in the last year or so, when racing in Queensland is mentioned, the first thing that people want to talk about is the Ben Currie situation and other integrity issues. Do you accept it has been a bad look for Queensland that the Currie matter and other integrity concerns have lingered on so long and indeed the Currie matter is yet to be fully resolved?

RB: It is unfortunate that it has taken so long to resolve all of the charges that have arisen from this investigation. It started on Weetwood Day (April 7) last year when our Integrity Investigation Team observed race day treatment of a number of horses at the Currie stables and has involved the seizure and examination of CCTV footage and a massive number of computer and telephone records. To put it in some context it is about three times larger than the Aquanita investigation and as you know that matter is still going in the appeals system. Some charges laid against Ben Currie are concluded and the rest are in the process of being heard on a rolling basis. As most people would know the proceedings were commenced quickly but then stalled for many months when Mr Currie, as is his right, applied for a Supreme Court injunction challenging the stewards discretion to deny him legal representation in the inquiry room. It is important to remember that charges against four other Currie Racing employees for race day treatment (including his father Mark Currie) were handled fairly quickly.

BD: How can the Queensland industry have confidence in integrity procedures and stewards and QRIC when matters seemingly take so long to be dealt with?

RB: People convicted here have the right to an internal review and then an external appeal to QCAT and when that happens they will usually get a stay of proceedings to allow them to continue until the appeal is heard. That is the system that is set out in the Racing Integrity Act. I know this differs from the industry tribunal model in other states but it is consistent with the way dispute resolution occurs in most Queensland government departments and bodies. The stewards make about 1600 decisions a year. Of those about 10% go to internal review and a fraction of those end up in QCAT.  Last year about 1% of those 1600 decisions were overturned at QCAT so I think that demonstrates that the stewards are professional and fair and get it right most of the time.

BD: Have you and QRIC found yourself hamstrung by the framework and the system that you are working with. It seems slow and clunky?


RB: Everyone involved would like the system to work faster than it does but we are one of about 100 bodies that use QCAT to hear appeals, so racing matters are in the same queue as everyone else and we get heard in order.

BD: What have you made of Ben Currie's ongoing commentary on the matters he is facing on social media?

RB: It has zero influence on me and others in the industry will who make their own assessment about Mr Currie’s comments.

BD: The jockey appeal system in Queensland seems flawed with a loophole? Jockeys are pleading not guilty, then appealing, then pulling their appeal at a time that suits them to ensure they don't miss key rides. This seems a little deterrent for breaking the rules particularly in big races?

RB: As I indicated previously the system we work with is set out in legislation so it can only be changed by Parliament. The Racing Minister is aware of the complaints about the system and he continues to consult with the industry about how it could be improved.

BD: There's been plenty of stuff-ups from stewards in recent times including the wrong horse running in the wrong race at Rockhampton, a horse carrying the wrong saddlecloth to victory at Toowoomba and others as well. What's doing?

RB: It is very disappointing when our staff make mistakes that affect a result or betting outcomes but on balance across 1520 race meetings in the three codes annually those events are pretty rare. We correctly identify over 28,000 thoroughbreds every year at races but the one we miss gives us a black eye and I understand why it is frustrating. Even the best and most experienced staff can make a rare mistake but we give our staff the best training, procedures and equipment we can to help them do their jobs properly.

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QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett.

BD: One of the criticisms I hear from the industry is that there is a perceived disconnect between the coppers at QRIC and the stewards working with/underneath them?

RB: A common misconception is that we have police on staff at the Commission. There is a Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad made up of detectives, an intelligence officer and a financial investigator and they work in our office but are only seconded to us. They don’t belong to the Commission, they don’t answer to me and sometimes they can’t even share information with me. Decisions about what investigations they do and who they charge are matters for the QPS to decide alone. Those restrictions mean that there must be a level of physical and legal separation from our staff but they have a close working relationship with the Integrity Investigations Team as many of their investigations overlap. The police investigate criminal offences and the Stewards enforce the rules of racing so they have vastly different functions.

BD: QRIC was largely set up as a response to the live baiting scandal in the greyhounds in Queensland - are you confident live baiting has been wiped out and also confident the greyhound industry in Queensland is as clean as it can be?

RB: There has not been a single verified instance of live baiting detected in the three years we have been in existence. We sporadically get information about live baiting activity and we treat those matters as the highest priority but despite that our investigations have not been able to substantiate that it is still occurring. If it is, it has been driven deeply underground but we will always be vigilant.

BD: What are some of the things you have been proudest of achieving in your time at QRIC, the big wins you have had?

RB: Creating a brand new fully functioning organisation in four months from scratch is a challenge that you cannot comprehend unless you have done it. The first big achievement was executing a seamless transition from RQ to ourselves on 1 July 2016 so that racing continued without interruption commercially. The investigation of Currie Racing has been a massive undertaking which has placed a lot of stress on the Commission in terms of resources and long hours worked by our staff and their commitment has been outstanding. There were industry rumours about that stable since before we started in July 2016 but not much appeared to have been done to investigate whether the allegations had any substance. We were able to find the evidence and take action and I believe most in the industry support the action we have taken even if it has taken longer than we all would have liked. The investigation by the Racing Crime Squad into race fixing in the harness industry also addressed a big issue that was the subject of a long-standing rumour and was impacting on the reputation of the sport. We have had one prominent driver plead guilty to race-fixing, several others have had their matters dismissed and there are several more trials yet to be conducted.

BD: How do you increase the confidence of the industry in the work QRIC is doing, given that seems to have been an issue at times?

RB: I think it takes time for any new organisation to establish itself. This is particularly the case when the new operating model, a split of the commercial arm away from integrity, is fairly unique and when most in the equine codes didn’t see the need for the separation. There will always be critics who just don’t like change and one thing I have found in racing is that participants and punters are very quick to criticise even the slightest mistake. No organisation is perfect and we don’t claim to be but I would ask people to look at our results across the three codes and consider whether they would have been achieved under the previous arrangements. From what I have read there seems to have been plenty of critics of the performance of the previous regime in the ‘good old days’. Another concern when we started from the critics was that I knew nothing about racing. I have always said that the fact I came into this role as a complete outsider with no friends or enemies in racing was a very good thing and has helped me to do my job straight down the line. In my three years I have acquired enough working knowledge of the industry to do my job properly but from the very start I have been surrounded by all of the subject matter experts who came across from RQ and I have always sought and taken their advice on racing matters.

BD: You were a copper for decades - compare the challenges and headaches you face at QRIC to those you encountered in the police force?

RB: I would have to say the greatest difference is the level of community support for the work of the police compared to the lack of overt industry support for the Commission. I understand there is a silent majority who support what we are trying to achieve but the culture of criticism and complaint within racing is not something I encountered in my police career.

BD: Is there one particular case that remains with you from your police days that you worked on - something that troubles you, something you hold close to your heart?

RB: Before I joined the police I worked in a bank and was the victim of a violent armed robbery which was a traumatising experience for an 18-year-old. Eventually I got the chance to work in the Armed Hold Up Squad and really found that rewarding knowing the impact it had on victims. While I was in the squad in the early 1990’s I arrested a couple of guys Bill Orchard and Garry Sullivan who had done a string of very violent bank and armoured car robberies over a six-year period which netted them over $3 million in cash. They both had big gambling addictions and loss nearly all of the money they stole gambling at the races. Sometimes they would bet up to $40,000 on a single race so the bookies in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, in particular, loved them but sometimes they also flew to Sydney just to go to the races. They were so bad on the punt they would have to keep committing crimes to get more cash to bet. The funny thing was when I took this job on I went to the AGM of the Bookmakers Association and when they found out I had been in the police one of them said to me ‘please tell me you weren’t the one who arrested those guys who were robbing the banks. God we miss them’. I didn’t have the heart to tell them, that actually yes I was!

ENDS

Very diplomatic answers .....no point calling out QCAT which is responsible for the delays in having appeals determined within a reasonable time QCAT is under resourced and overworked the Occupational Regulation panel where racing sits has 21 other professions businesses and occupations all vying for attention ......recently in response to my letter about the failure of the current appeals process to The Hon. Hinchcliffe I received a reply that the Minister is aware of the problems and is reviewing the Racing Integrity Act.

I should mention there have been no Internal reviews published on QRIC's website since February for dishlickers March for Harness and 4 April for thoroughbreds .....get with it people.
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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-06, 09:32 AM
Stewards reports update from QRIC quite a few positive swabs detected in horses and greyhounds     Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone...Cobalt twice...Arsenic twice ..Meloxicam twice ...Androstane.....Piroxicam.

 https://qric.qld.gov.au/stewards-reports/

One trainer disqualified most fined amounts ranging from $1500 to $4000 some of which partly suspended for a specified period......all have the right to apply for Internal Review.

No Internal reviews have been published for some time in any of the three codes.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-07, 07:05 PM
Further two year disqualification for Ben Currie

QRIC Media Release

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards have disqualified Toowoomba thoroughbred trainer Ben Currie for two years after he was found guilty of 12 race day treatment charges under the Australian Rules of Racing.

In five breaches of AR 178E (race day treatment without permission) Mr Currie as the trainer caused the administration of a medication to five horses on 24 March 2018, the same day they raced at Doomben and Gatton.

In a further seven charges under AR.178E Mr Currie caused the administration of a medication to seven horses on 7 April 2018, the same day they were engaged to race at Toowoomba.

Mr Currie will serve his two year disqualification in addition to the penalty reviewed today by the internal reviewer for breaching AR175(a).

Stewards are continuing to consider submissions on penalty after Mr Currie was found guilty of five prohibited substance charges earlier this week.

Internal review decision

The internal review of Mr Currie’s four year disqualification for two breaches of AR175(a) has confirmed last month’s guilty verdict and reduced his penalty to 30 months.

Mr Currie was found to have engaged in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses.
ENDS.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/2019/06/?post_type=report

No details in the link to the stewards report on the Currie decision .....link shows another positive swab result for Levamisole greyhound trainer Leanne Hall fined $1500 half of which suspended for two years dog was DQ'd..

It'll be interesting to read the IR review decision on the text messages case  from what I've seen published on those messages I'll be surprised if the conviction stands assuming he appeals it.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-09, 06:57 PM
TRAINER BEN CURRIE TO FIGHT ALL CHARGES
Sunday 09 June, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Trainer Ben Currie intends to fight all charges and convictions against him.

Lawyers for trainer Ben Currie say he is committed to fighting his ever-growing list of convictions through the legal process.

Currie has been disqualified for a total of four-and-a-half years after being hit with a further two years on the sidelines on Friday.

Stewards imposed the two-year disqualification after he was found guilty of 12 race day treatment charges.

In five breaches of race day treatment without permission it was found Currie caused the administration of a medication to five horses at Doomben and Gatton on March 24 last year.

In a further seven charges, it was found Currie caused the administration of a medication to seven horses on the same day they were engaged to race at Toowoomba on April 7 last year.

Also on Friday, Currie was partially successful in an internal review which reduced a four-year disqualification on two other charges involving text messages to 30 months.

The sentences are unrelated to five positive swab convictions from earlier last week with sentence on those charges likely to be given early this week.

Currie's barrister, Jim Murdoch, said the trainer was determined to fight the convictions.

"We obviously don't agree with Friday's decision to disqualify him for a further two years and will be seeking an internal review of that decision and if necessary taking the matter to QCAT," Murdoch said.

"We will also be taking the internal review decision on the text charges to QCAT."

Murdoch said he doubted QCAT would allow all appeals to be heard in one group as they involved different sets of allegations.

ENDS

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-12, 09:08 AM
NTERNAL REVIEW DECISION
(Internal Review Decision Notice in response to an Application for Internal Review)
PART 1: Details of Internal Review
Internal Review Number: Internal Review 0038-19
Applicant’s Name: Benjamin Currie
Original Decision: Breach of Rule 175(a) of the Australian Rules of Racing
Original Decision Makers: P. Chadwick, P. Zimmerman, N. Boyle
Date of Original Decision: 10 May 2019
Internal Review Decision:
Original decision of charges confirmed – penalty amended to 12 months
disqualification for charge 1, 18 months disqualification for charge 2, to be
served cumulatively.

Internal Review Decision-Maker: Kane Ashby, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Date of Internal Review Decision: 7 June 2019

PART 3: Summary of Internal Review Application
The Applicant, Mr Benjamin Currie is a licensed trainer within the thoroughbred racing industry and was found guilty
of two (2) charges of an improper action on 3 May 2019, pursuant to Australian Rule of Racing 175(a).
Australian Rule of Racing 175(a) states:
The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
(a) Any person who, in their opinion, has been guilty of any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or
dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing.

The specifics of charge one (1) read:
That on 25 November 2015 you Ben Currie as the licensed trainer of a horse namely, MASSIVE ATTACK, engaged
in an improper action in connection with racing in that you sent text messages in regards to your intention to have
MASSIVE ATTACK subjected to an electronic apparatus capable of affecting its performance.

The specifics of charge two (2) read:
That between 19 November 2016 and 9 December 2016 you Ben Currie as the licensed trainer of a horse namely,
SAID WRITTEN, engaged in an improper action in connection with racing in that you sent text messages in regards
to your intention to have SAID WRITTEN subjected to an electronic apparatus capable of affecting its performance.

Subsequent to the Stewards inquiries into the aforementioned matters the determination of the charges and penalty
imposed was conducted by written submissions between the Applicants legal counsel and QRIC Stewards. The
Applicants submissions on charge and penalty dated 29 April 2019 and 8 May 2019 respectively, and QRIC Stewards
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission,response to the aforementioned submissions on charge and penalty dated 3 May 2019 and 10 May 2019
respectively.

The Stewards subsequently issued the Applicant with a two (2) year disqualification for charge one (1), and a two (2)
year disqualification for charge two (2) to be served cumulatively, totalling a period of four (4) years disqualification.

The Applicant sought a review of the charges and penalty imposed and asked that his submissions on charge and
penalty be considered together with the following grounds of review:
1. The stewards could not be comfortably satisfied of the guilt of the applicant on the evidence before them.
2. The penalties imposed are manifestly excessive.
The outcome sought by the Applicant is that:
1. The finding of guilt on both charges be set aside.
2. The disqualification be set aside. In lieu a reprimand on each charge be imposed.”

Review Rights following Internal Review Decision
In accordance with section 246 of the Racing Integrity Act 2016, as the applicant for an internal review of the original
decision, you are able to apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for an external review of
the internal review decision.

An external review is commenced by lodging the appropriate forms with QCAT. In accordance with section 33 of the
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009, an application for an external review of an internal review
decision is to be made within 28 days from the day this internal review decision notice is provided to the applicant.
For further information regarding the processes for an external review of the decision, please contact QCAT:
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Registry Location:
Postal Address:
Phone:
Email:
Level 9, 259 Queen Street, BRISBANE QLD 4001
GPO Box 1639, BRISBANE QLD 4001
1300 753 228
enquiries@qcat.qld.go

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/CURRIE-Benjamin-Internal-Review-Decision-.pdf

ENDS

Very lightweight as far as details are concerned probably due to the fact that Currie's legal team have announced the intention of taking this matter further..but that hasn't stopped Mr Ashby in previous adjudications to include details of material put before the stewards....and the applicant's submissions to him as Internal Reviewer .....in any fair view the lay observer aka the man in the street has to be sceptical that this decision meets the requirements of transparency and accountability omitting the text messages from this decision deprives the public of the right to be properly informed.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-12, 05:49 PM
Tabled Papers in Parliament yesterday the explanatory notes amending certain of the regulations under the Racing Integity Act whereby the Commissioner is authorised to share information and consult with relevant authorities the Police Commissioner etc the notes reveal that the Commission implemented the first significant step in implementing its Intelligence Capability Strategy which was to establish the Operational Intelligence Unit(OIU). TheOIU is responsible for gathering and assessing information for use by the Commission to inform its operational decision-making and resource allocation to achieve the purposes of the Act. The OIU aims to develop relationships with other sporting integrity,regulatoryand animal welfare agencies to leverage operational information to ensure theCommission’s intelligence is of the highest quality.

https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pdf/published.exp/sl-2019-0084

Racing Integrity Act 2016: Racing Integrity (Exchange of Information) Amendment Regulation 2019,

No. 84 Racing Integrity (Exchange of Information) Amendment Regulation 2019, No. 84, explanatory notes

Schedule 1AARelevant agencies for exchange of information
section 3A
Part 1Corporations
•APVMA under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 (Cwlth)
•Chemistry Centre under the Chemistry Centre (WA) Act 2007 (WA)
•Greyhound Racing SA Limited ACN 094 569 525
•Greyhound Racing Victoria, established under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic)
•Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission, established under the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 (NSW)
•Greyhounds Australasia Limited ACN 106 879 903
•GRNSW under the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 (NSW)
•Harness Racing SA Limited ACN 094 559 930
•Harness Racing Victoria, established under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic)
•HRNSW under the Harness Racing Act 2009 (NSW)
•New Zealand Racing Laboratory Services Limited (NZ Company Number 1044645)
•Racing Analytical Services Ltd. ACN 006 957 624
•Racing Australia Limited ACN 105 994 330
•Racing NSW under the Thoroughbred Racing Act 1996 (NSW)
•Racing Victoria Limited ACN 096 917 930
•RSPCA Australia ACN 163 614 668
•RWWA under the Racing and Wagering Western Australia Act 2003 (WA)
•Tasracing Pty Ltd ACN 137 188 286
•The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Queensland) Limited ACN 166 777 591
•The University of Queensland, established under the University of Queensland Act 1998
•Thoroughbred Racing S.A. Limited ACN 094 475 939
Part 2Other Persons
•Australian Border Force Commissioner under the Australian Border Force Act 2015 (Cwlth)
•CEO under the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cwlth)
•CEO under the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cwlth)
•Chief Executive Officer of Harness Racing Australia Incorporated ABN 19 877 460 923
•Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club Incorporated ABN 48 530 010 019
•Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Racing Club Incorporated ABN 21 423 896 409, trading as Thoroughbred Park
•Chief Executive Officer of the Darwin Greyhound Association of the NT Inc ABN 18 207 765 019
•Chief Executive Officer of the department of the Commonwealth public service responsible for administering the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cwlth)
•Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Racing N.T. ABN 15 688 350 211
•Chief Executive Officer under the Racing Act 2002
•Commissioner under the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 (Cwlth)
•Commissioner under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cwlth)
•Director under the Racing Regulation Act 2004 (Tas)
•Executive Director of the Association of Official Racing Chemists (US Employer Identification Number 30-0892915)
•Racing Integrity Commissioner under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic)
•Secretary of the department of the Tasmanian public service responsible for administering the Racing Regulation Act 2004 (Tas)
•Secretary under the Migration Act 1958 (Cwlth)

ENDS


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-12, 06:40 PM
Quite a collection of Internal Reviews now available on the QRIC website all codes are represented .....not a lot of joy though mostly Mr Ashby found the stewards decision should stand ......a couple received some relief with reduced fines partly suspended ..quite a lot of detail compared to the bare bones of the Ben Currie decision as  reported earlier today.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-NATHAN-DAWSON.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DWYER-Graham-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf
Original decision of charge confirmed, penalty amended to a $500.00 fine, $250 wholly suspended for a period of two (2) years.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DALLAS-BE CKETT.pdf (Dishlicker case)
Original decision of charge and penalty confirmed – five (5) month disqualification positive to Androstane


https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DALE-SMITH-2.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-MATTHEW-MCGILLIVRAY-003.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/APPO-Beau-Internal-Review-decision.pdf(weighing in light)

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-33-19-CLAYTON-GALLAGHER.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-32-19-CLAYTON-GALLAGHER.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JULIEANN-LANCASTER.pdf
Original decision of charge confirmed - decision on penalty amended $1000.00 fine.
This was saddling the wrong horse at Rocky

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-PIETRO-ROMEO.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JOSHUA-KING.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/STEPHENS-Michael-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf
Original decision of charge and penalty confirmed - $500, $250 wholly suspended for 2 years.
Insulting  behaviour to a steward

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-13, 09:20 AM
The following questions were asked Wednesday, 12 June 2019. In accordance with the Standing Orders, answers are required by email to TableOffice@parliament.qld.gov.au by Friday, 12 July 2019.

983 MR J LANGBROEK ASKED MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MINISTER FOR RACING AND MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS (HON S HINCHLIFFE)— Will the Minister advise for 2017-18 and 2018-19 to date (reported separately by financial year) (a) the number of animal samples tested for prohibited substances and (b) the number of animal samples that reported positive for prohibited substances?

ENDS
This is the second question asked by Mr Langbroek on the same subject the answer to his first question is due by 14th June.
This will keep someone in the filing room busy compiling this detail......you can bet whatever the number of swabs were  taken and there would be hundreds if not thousands the number of positives would be very small percentage.

This is the first question from questions on Notice from an earlier sitting day

MR J LANGBROEK ASKED MINISTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MINISTER FOR RACING
AND MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS (HON S HINCHLIFFE)—
Will the Minister advise for 2017-18 to 2018-19 to date (reported separately by financial year) the
number of (a) animal samples tested for prohibited substances and (b) animal samples that reported
positive for prohibited substances?

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-14, 11:06 AM
Ben Currie disqualified for three years and fined on prohibited substance charges

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards have today disqualified Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie for three years and fined him $45,000 after he was found guilty last week of five prohibited substance charges.

Mr Currie brought five thoroughbred horses to race with prohibited substances in their systems.

Wicked Trilogy was found with meloxicam in its system on 2 December 2017 when it raced at Kilcoy, Shakira was found to have testosterone in excess of the accepted concentration in its system when it raced on 28 January 2018 at Toowoomba, and Karaharaga was found to have 17-methylmorphinan-3-ol in its system when it raced on 6 July 2018 at Rockhampton.

Dreamscope was found to have cocaine and benzolecgonine in its system when it raced at Toowoomba on 16 September 2018 and Eight Over was found to have cocaine, methylecgonine and benzolecgonine in its system when it raced on 2 February 2019 at Toowoomba.

Today’s disqualification period is additional to periods previously imposed on Mr Currie and will be served at the expiration of those.

Mr Currie has previously been disqualified for causing race day treatment (two years) and two and half years for two charges of improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses. This brings the total period of disqualification to seven and a half years. 

ENDS

That's a massive penalty 3 years plus $45K never heard of anything like that .....adding to the previous periods he'll be out for over 7 years unless he is successful in appeals some of which are in the process at QCAT .........will be a long and possibly stressful wait for these appeals to be decided ...unless he does a Darren probably unlikely as he has fought everything else thrown at him .

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Jun-14, 04:46 PM


He may have just let RQ screw themselves into the ceiling -- before going over the top on penalties.
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-14, 05:38 PM
QRIC reminds racing participants to vaccinate against Hendra after confirmed NSW case

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has advised that the deadly Hendra virus has been confirmed in a horse at a property near Australia’s horse capital of Scone, the most southern location the infection has been detected in Australia.

An unvaccinated mare on a Hunter Valley property developed neurological signs on Friday 7 June three days after being confined to a yard.

It was euthanased by the owners after becoming unresponsive.

The Department said that because the horse was not vaccinated and had a sudden onset of neurological signs, the owners contacted the animal diseases hotline.

A veterinarian from Hunter Local Lands Services visited the property on Sunday, 9 June to collect samples for testing and the Hendra infection, which is deadly to both horses and humans, was confirmed on Wednesday 12 June.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Director of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services Dr Martin Lenz reminds all racehorse participants to follow good biosecurity practices and for trainers and owners to speak to their vet about vaccinating the horses in their care against Hendra virus to protect their horses and staff from this deadly disease.

“Vaccination remains the single-most effective prevention method,” Dr Lenz said.

ENDS
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Title: QRIC
Post by: Peter Mair on 2019-Jun-14, 08:41 PM


Does the Hendra virus vacccination protect against administrative distemper?
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-16, 05:59 PM
Trainer Ben Currie facing more inquiries

AAP Article Author
AAP
1:26PM16 June 2019
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Stewards hope to have the remaining charges against trainer Ben Currie heard within the next month.

Currie is serving a 7-1/2 year disqualification after a further three years was added to his sentence on Friday.

He has been found guilty of charges including race day treatment, positive swabs and sending a text indicating the use of an electrical device known as a jigger.

Currie's cumulative sentence is already the longest for a Queensland trainer who has not been warned off for life.

He intends to seek internal reviews or appeals of the convictions.

Currie still has about 20 charges outstanding which have not been heard.

Chief steward Peter Chadwick said he hoped to send some material to Currie's lawyers this week or early next week.

"It is a lengthy process and we need to work through it," he said.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said Currie was keen to have the matters dealt with so he could get on with the appeal process.

"We obviously don't agree with the results but for everyone's good this should be resolved as soon as possible," he said.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-17, 05:50 PM
A CLERICAL error last week has led to the discovery of a little known fact in the Integrity Act regarding the internal review.( Nathan Exelby in the CM today)

Rules state the internal review needs to be returned within 20 working days. When Larry Cassidy’s internal review went past the deadline last week, the jockey assumed he would be dismissed of his careless riding charge.

But in actual fact, the fine print says if the review is not handed down within the time, the original stewards’ decision stands.

Cassidy was told the review had been completed within 20 days, but it was not sent, instead arriving a day later.

QRIC has since amended the fact sheet to include this particular rule.

Jockeys continue to say the internal review is pointless.

Queensland’s jockey representative Glen Prentice says his members “regard it as a waste of time”.

He pointed to a 12-month period under the previous Racing Disciplinary Board where 29 of 35 appeals were upheld or resulted in a reduction in penalty.

“Since QRIC started, I can only think of only three cases where riding offences have had a reduction,” he said.

ENDS

After failing at IR a small number of applicants have had success at QCAT either in full or in part .. one case where QCAT upheld the appeal over a 10 day suspension the legal expenses were around $10K a heavy price to pay costs were not awarded.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-18, 04:48 PM
QRIC grants set to support racing animal welfare
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is set to open its first Racing Animal Welfare (RAW) grants program from 1 July 2019.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the new Queensland-wide RAW grants program to fund eligible projects of up to $10,000 each would help to deliver on the Commission’s animal welfare priorities.

“This grants program is a great new way for the Government, through QRIC, to support the delivery of community-based animal welfare initiatives for racing animals,” he said.

“There’s some excellent, grassroots animal welfare work being done right across Queensland and we’re calling on those already working in this space to apply for funding support through this program.

“The RAW grants program is a smart way to support organisations, particularly racing animal retirement and rehoming groups, who work to promote animal welfare initiatives.

“This program will build on QRIC’s own animal welfare initiatives including the highly successful Greyhound Adoption Program, GAP.”

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the grants program was a win-win for the animal racing community, for the Commission and for animal welfare.

“By supporting organisations that are already doing great work in the community, we amplify the work of the Commission and improve animal welfare outcomes to a greater extent than we could on our own,” he said.

“The result will be a state-wide animal welfare community, sharing knowledge, coordinating and maximising retired racing animal welfare efforts.”

Applications will be invited from 1 July 2019 until 31 August 2019 for projects commencing from 1 January 2020. Commission staff will be available to support applicants through the application process, with applicants to be notified of results mid-November 2019.

For more information about the grants, including RAW grants program guidelines visit https://qric.qld.gov.au/veterinary-services-animal-welfare/grants-2/

ENDS

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-25, 06:31 PM
BEN CURRIE CHARGED WITH FRAUD
Tuesday 25 June, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been charged with fraud over performance enhancing drugs.
Queensland's most successful trainer of winners this season, Ben Currie, has been charged with fraud involving allegations he used performance enhancing drugs to win prize money.

It is believed to be the first time since the late Hayden Haitana in 1985 was charged with fraud out of the Fine Cotton substitution case a Queensland trainer has faced the charge when it involved the results of races.


The Toowoomba-based Currie is currently serving seven-and-a-half years disqualification imposed by racing authorities on multiple charges ranging from race day treatments, to positive swabs, to cocaine and improper conduct.

He is seeking internal reviews or appealing those convictions but faces a further 20 charges before racing stewards.

Currie is still the leading trainer on winners in Queensland but several of those winners face disqualification.

Queensland Police released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying a 28-year-old Toowoomba man had been charged following a 14-month long investigation by officers from the QPS Queensland Racing Crime Squad.

'It is alleged the offender has engaged in systematic fraudulent behaviour over a period from November 2016 to March 2019 where he has sourced and administered unregulated horse supplements designed to enhance race performance in a manner to circumvent current testing methodology in Queensland thoroughbred racing," the statement said.

The statement continued as a result, it is further alleged the offender has dishonestly gained a benefit through entitlement to prize money distributed by Racing Queensland for thoroughbred races in Queensland over that time.

It further read the man has been charged with one count of aggravated fraud (Criminal Code) and has been bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court July 15, 2019.

Currie's barrister, Jim Murdoch, said he was in no position to make any comment.

Spokespeople for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission and RQ said they were aware of the arrest but could not comment at this stage.
ENDS

QRIC Media Release

https://qric.qld.gov.au/news/ben-currie-charged-with-fraud/

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 12:44 PM
Downfall of a stable that flouted rules
COMMENT
NATHAN EXELBY

BEN Currie’s standing as a successful trainer came into question the moment CCTV footage of his father Mark and another stable employee Greg Britnell administering a substance on race days emerged last year.

Britnell was filmed orally administering a substance to several horses on the morning they were to race at Toowoomba’s Weetwood meeting on April 7 last year.

This happened despite a warning 24 hours earlier by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) that it would have “an increased presence” at that meeting.

Further footage showed Mark Currie administering a substance on race day the previous month.

Under questioning, both Britnell and Currie admitted it was outside the rules to do what they had done

– regardless of what the substance was – on a race day, knowing full well that the cut-off is one full clear day before racing (in the case of a Saturday race, this being midnight on a Thursday).

It showed the stable was operating outside the very clearly stated rules of racing. It also opened up the Pandora’s Box of Ben Currie’s personal phone records, which later led to a suite of charges being laid against him by the QRIC.

At the present time, the count

stands at 7½ years’ disqualification, with another two lots of

charges still to be determined.

That same investigation led police to the criminal charges that were laid against the trainer yesterday. Currie has consistently protested his innocence and openly ridiculed stewards and associated QRIC officials over the charges and penalties handed to him. But his written heroics will amount to nothing if the fraud charges stick.

A conviction for any fraud offence means a person cannot hold a licence, effectively ending his training career.

What once was the most promising young training career in the state now lies in tatters, with the determination of a court to decide if he will ever gain redemption.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 01:13 PM
Two more arrests in relation to Ben Currie police investigation

Ben Dorries Article Author

12:05PM26 June 2019
Queensland Police have arrested and charged another two men with aggravated fraud in connection with a suspected horse racing doping network.

Disgraced trainer Ben Currie was on Tuesday arrested and charged with aggravated fraud, facing allegations he sourced performance enhancing substances for his horses and dishonestly claimed the winnings.

Police will allege he “engaged in systematic fraudulent behaviour” between November, 2016 and March 2019.

Now police have arrested and charged a further two men with fraud following a 14-month long investigation by officers from the Queensland Racing Crime Squad.

"The charges are the result of Operation Quebec Creed, an investigation into suspected doping practices by a network of people involved in the thoroughbred racing industry," a police statement said.

"A 49-year-old man from Forestdale has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated fraud, and bailed to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 16, 2019.

"A 41-year-old male from Lockyer Waters, has also been arrested with one count of aggravated fraud and bailed to appear at Gatton Magistrates Court on July 15, 2019.

"It is alleged that both men enabled and facilitated the administration of unregistered horse supplements by a third party which resulted in dishonestly obtaining a financial benefit through thoroughbred race winnings.

"These charges follow yesterday’s arrest of a 28-year-old Toowoomba man."

It is believed the two men arrested are not licensed horse racing participants.

Currie is currently banned from training for 7-1/2 years for offences ranging from alleged use of electrical devices, race day treatments and a number of swab irregularities, including the discovery of cocaine in two of his horses.

You can read Racenet's story from Tuesday on the arrest of Ben Currie and the fraud charge he is facing by reading HERE

* Comments have been turned off on this story due to the ongoing nature of the matter *

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-26, 03:09 PM
You heard it here first.

Royal Warfare wins race six at Toowoomba number 4

Carries number 5 saddlecloth.

Unimageable is no 5 carries no 4 saddlecloth.

When will this stop !!

Stewards’ Report
QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Supplementary Stewards Report: From Toowoomba 11 May 2019
Date: 2 June 2019
Panel: R. Hitchener, E. Barron, J Childs
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today concluded an inquiry into
the circumstances surrounding ROYAL WARFARE and UNIMAGINEABLE racing whilst
wearing the incorrect saddlecloth numbers in Race 6 at the Toowoomba Turf Club on 11
May 2019.
During the inquiry it was identified that upon weighing out App. M Savva (ROYAL
WARFARE) incorrectly identified the required saddlecloth for that runner and therefore
presented the incorrect saddlecloth to the Trainer Mr M Boland. Mr Boland advised the
inquiry when provided the saddle and saddlecloth by App. Savva he failed check that the
saddlecloth provided to him was the correct number.
It was further identified that Jockey M Palmer (UNIMAGINEABLE) was the last rider to weigh
out for this event, and therefore, as there was only one remaining saddlecloth for selection,
he took possession of this saddlecloth and presented it to that gelding’s trainer Mr B
Robinson without checking the number he had collected. Subsequently due to the earlier
failure of App. Savva this led to the incorrect saddlecloth being provided to Mr Robinson. Mr
Robinson advised the inquiry when provided the saddle and saddlecloth by Jockey Palmer
he failed check that the saddlecloth provided to him was the correct number.
After giving consideration to the evidence provided by all parties the following penalties were
applied for negligence under AR 227 which led to a breach AR207 which requires that every
horse running in a race must carry a saddlecloth bearing the number which corresponds with
the number of the horse in the race bookApp. M Savva- $100.
Jockey. M Palmer- $100.
Trainer M. Boland- Reprimand.
Trainer B Robinson- Reprimand.
A review into the failure of Stewards to identify the error at the horse check in point has been
provided to the Chief Steward for consideration.


ENDS

Explanations show extreme carelessness on the part of the connections....but the stewards who are responsible for checking runners before they go onto the track were seriously deficient  to not pick up on theses discrepancies.....I think .there might be  another post on this somewhere where the racecaller picked up the error.
 
https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/twba/20190511/race/6
 
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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-27, 08:27 AM
Two more zapped in Currie saga
NATHAN EXELBY

FOLLOWING the arrest of thoroughbred trainer Ben Currie on Tuesday on charges of using an unregulated horse supplement, two more arrests have been made.

Denis Holbeck was charged with one count of aggravated fraud and bailed to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 16.

David Litzow was charged with the same offence and faces Gatton Magistrates Court on July 15.

It is alleged both men enabled and facilitated the administration of unregistered horse supplements by a third party, which resulted in dishonestly obtaining a financial benefit through race winnings.

The charges followed Currie’s arrest in what police allege was “systematic fraudulent behaviour” between November 2016 and March 2019, by sourcing “an unregulated horse supplement designed to enhance race performance”.

Currie is prevented from training after accumulating a total disqualification period of 7½ years for offences ranging from alleged use of electrical devices, race-day treatments and a number of swab irregularities, including the presence of cocaine in two of his horses.


ENDS

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-27, 09:54 AM
That's a setback I expect the TTC is within its rights as the owner of Clifford Park to refuse his application although it appears unduly harsh in the light of QRIC's decision that he is permitted to train admittedly on a restricted basis....  without the benefit of knowing on what grounds the decision was made ......if this was a golf club and the Board suspended or cancelled  membership of a member for serious misconduct or behaviour under the club's constitution he/she would have right of appeal to a Generral Meeting of all members.......maybe the TTC constitution has similar provisions if Mr Currie is a member of the club ......possibly more to come.

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Toowoomba club urges members to reject Currie application

NATHAN EXELBY


IN THE COLD: Trainers Mark Currie and (right) son Ben.


TOOWOOMBA Turf Club members will tonight vote on whether the decision taken by the club’s committee to reject Mark Currie’s application to train at Clifford Park should be overturned.

Currie has stables close to Clifford Park and his supporters say there is no reason he shouldn’t be allowed to train at the venue.

Currie’s son Ben is facing a seven-and-a-half-year suspension and a charge of aggravated fraud, but Mark Currie’s solicitors have said there were no outstanding matters specific to their client.

However, the turf club committee is standing by its decision.

In a letter sent to members by the club’s management committee, it described tonight’s meeting as “unprecedented” and urged members to support their decision to exclude Currie from training at Clifford Park and reject the motion to have it reversed.

The letter said “the majority of the committee felt the best interests of the club would be served if Mark Currie was not given permission to train at Toowoomba.” It cited the “reputation of the club” as a paramount reason for its original decision and said Currie Racing, of which Mark had “played a fundamental role,” had “caused damage” to that reputation in the racing world and the local community.

“In summary, the committee felt Mr Currie was not a suitable trainer to use the club’s facilities to run his business,” it stated.

In its original application to the club, solicitors for Mark Currie said all charges relating to their client had been settled.

“QRIC has specifically stated as part of the settlement that no other action would be taken in respect of Mark’s licence and we confirm that no matters are outstanding,” a letter from Butler McDermott lawyers said.

“Mark has trained at the track for 30 years, has always paid his bills and has been a trainer who is well regarded by those who have had contact with him.

“All he seeks to do is to resume as a trainer in his own right and to continue to operate as a trainer as he has done for years.”

ENDS

I think it's only fair  that he has the opportunity to plead his case as it should be........ he has been dealt and cleared to carry on with training...... on the face of it this ban on training at Clifford Park appears to be an unreasonable restraint of trade..... hopefully for Mark Currie the TTC members will see it that way and overturn the majority decision of the committee.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-28, 12:54 PM
Member mutiny has Currie back training at Toowoomba
Member mutiny has Currie back training at Toowoomba
Ben Dorries Article Author
Ben Dorries
9:10AM28 June 2019
The Toowoomba Turf Club Committee’s decision to reject Mark Currie’s application to train at Clifford Park has been overturned by a vote of club members.

The Toowoomba Chronicle newspaper has reported that the motion brought on Thursday night, to provide immediate access for Mark Currie to train at the Clifford Park Training Centre, was accepted at the TTC members' meeting at Clifford Park.

Currie’s son Ben has been disqualified for 7-1/2 years and Ben Currie is also facing a police charge of aggravated fraud.

Ben Currie is facing allegations he sourced performance enhancing substances for his horses and dishonestly claimed the winnings.

Earlier this year, Mark Currie pleaded guilty to two raceday treatment charges, receiving a wholly suspended 12-month ban and a $7500 fine.

Mark Currie’s solicitors have said there are no outstanding matters specific to their client.

Mark Currie has stables close to Clifford Park and his supporters say there is no reason he shouldn’t be allowed to train at the venue.

But a letter sent to members from the club’s management committee had urged members to support a decision to exclude Mark Currie from training at Clifford Park.

The letter said “the majority of the committee felt the best interests of the club would be served if Mark Currie was not given permission to train at Toowoomba.”

It cited the “reputation of the club” as a paramount reason for its original decision and said Currie Racing, of which Mark had “played a fundamental role,” had “caused damage” to that reputation in the racing world and the local community.

“In summary, the committee felt Mr Currie was not a suitable trainer to use the club’s facilities to run his business,” it stated.

But club members have now had their say and there was plenty of support for Mark Currie. It is understood the motion was narrowly successful, by two votes.

Mark Currie has been free to train horses but part of the stewards' finding against him earlier this year read, "Mr (Mark) Currie is also unable to train those horses that were formerly trained by Currie Racing except for an agreed list of horses that are owned or part owned by Donna and Mark Currie."

Donna Currie is Mark's wife and Ben's mother.

ENDS

In the end the Committee didn't have the numbers and members support won the debate a narrow majority apparently but a good result for common sense. :thumbsup:


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jun-30, 11:30 AM
MORE ARRESTS LIKELY
Nathan exelby in the Sunday Mail
THE three arrests made last week by police on charges relating to aggravated fraud are unlikely to be the last in this investigation.

Ben Currie was charged on Tuesday, and then another two Queensland men later that day.

The charges are part of Operation Quebec Creed, an investigation into “suspected doping practices by a network of people involved in the thoroughbred racing industry.”

Police have cast a wide net and it’s anticipated the fallout will not be restricted only to Queensland.

Currie is the highest profile person arrested since the Racing Crime Squad came into being as an extension to the establishment of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.

It came to prominence a couple of years back with a suite of arrests made under Match Fixing laws in the harness racing industry.

Though there was much fanfare when those arrests were made and there was a guilty plea from Barton Cockburn, many of the other cases fell over, with a lack of evidence cited.

TURMOIL AT TOOWOOMBA
THE vote by the Toowoomba Turf Club through the week on Mark Currie’s suitability to train at Toowoomba underlined what a polarising subject it has been for the industry.

Just as was the case with the board vote (4-3 against Currie), members were split right down the middle, with only two votes deciding the issue.

High profile Currie supporters included Breeders’ chairman Basil Nolan, but on the flip side, mass resignations leave the TTC with just two remaining board members.

On a different topic to Currie, a few eyebrows were raised when it was revealed the club had just 400 paid-up members.

While it seems a small number for a club with the history of Toowoomba, it’s a big improvement on what the club had at its lowest ebb, where membership dwindled to less than 100 at one stage.

With the board now in tatters after Thursday’s vote, it will be a challenge for the club to ensure it doesn’t drift back into those dark days.

CHANGE OF FORTUNES
LUKE Tarrant admitted it was “another lifetime” ago, the last time he rode a treble in town, but he was full of his old cheek after landing a treble yesterday.

In a week where he was suspended for a month over betting allegations, Tarrant bounced back to win on Tarzan, Red Colour and Tisani Magic.

A former champion apprentice and Magic Millions winner, Tarrant’s career has been down some dark roads over the last few years, but yesterday it was all blue sky.

“It feels good to make a decision and for it to work out and get the results,” he said.

“Lately I feel like I’ve been making the right decisions, but it hasn’t been showing in the results.

“Today, everything has worked out.
“It’s all about confidence.”

Tarrant has appealed the suspension and will continue to ride on after being granted a stay of proceedings.

Stewards found him guilty of placing three bets, totalling $55, on international thoroughbred races in March and May in an account held in his name with Ladbrokes.

Tarrant told stewards the account was set up by someone else without his knowledge.

Stewards, however, said there was enough evidence to say it was Tarrant who set up the account and therefore found him guilty.

ENDS


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-02, 06:27 PM
Stewards’ Report
QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Stewards Report: Peter Fleming – Text Book
Date: 27 June 2019
Panel: D Aurisch, P Chadwick & N Boyle
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today finalised an inquiry into
reports from the analyst that a sample taken from TEXT BOOK at Rockhampton on 9 August
2018 contained the prohibited substance Methocarbamol.

The stewards considered submissions from the trainer Peter Fleming’s legal representative
regarding that TEXT BOOK was treated with the above-mentioned substance to prevent it
‘Tying up’ in the week leading up to the relevant race. Mr Fleming was of the opinion that he
allowed a sufficient withholding period to prevent the mare returning a positive sample when
it competed at Rockhampton on 9 August 2018. Written evidence was also considered from
Dr Brad Johnstone and Apprentice Thomas Doyle.

After considering the documentation regarding the sample, including the explanation from Mr
Fleming through his legal representative, the (QRIC) Stewards issued him with a charge
pursuant to AR 178 which reads:
Subject to AR178G, when any horse that has been brought to a racecourse for the
purpose of engaging in a race and a prohibited substance is detected in any sample
taken from it prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other
person who was in charge of such horse at any relevant time may be penalised.
The specifics of the charge being that as the trainer of TEXT BOOK, he brought that mare to
Rockhampton on 9 August 2018 for the purpose of engaging in a race and a post-race urine
sample taken following the Class 6 Plate 1400m, was found to contain the prohibited
substance Methocarbamol.

After considering submissions in defence of the charge, the panel were satisfied to the
requisite standard that charge be sustained and Mr Fleming was formally found guilty.
When considering the matter of penalty the following was taken into account:

1. Evidence of Mr Fleming’s veterinary surgeon Dr Brad Johnstone to the effect that the
substance in question was prescribed for the mare ‘Tying up’ in the week leading up
to the above-mentioned race;

2. Short statement from Mr Thomas Doyle;

3. The decision of the Racing Appeals Authority in the matter of Chris Morson on 11
May 1995;

4. Mr Fleming’s disciplinary history, having one previous breach in 2005 for the relevant
rule;

5. The personal circumstances of Mr Fleming including his financial obligations;

6. Relevant penalty precedents;
Document title, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, 7/07/2016 2

7. Need for a penalty to serve as a necessary deterrent to not only Mr Fleming but to
the wider industry to illustrate the negative impact breaches of this kind have on the
image of the sport.
Having considered the above-mentioned factors, Mr Fleming was issued with a fine of
$3000.

Furthermore, under the provisions of AR 240(1) Text Book was disqualified from winning
the Class 6 Plate 1400m at Rockhampton on 9 August 2018 and the placings were
amended as follows:
Rockhampton 9 August 2018 – Class 6 Plate 1400m
1
st MR BOXVALE
2
nd MALKARA
3
rd NO EFFORT NEEDED
4
th SWINGAHINCH
Mr Fleming was advised of his rights to an internal review into the decision.

ENDS


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-03, 06:09 PM
https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-03-July-Stewards-Report-Michael-Jokic-LEGAL-LOOPHOLE-1.pdf

QRIC stewards fine Michael Jocik $3K Legal Loophole caffeine positive.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: arthur on 2019-Jul-05, 11:57 AM
Under the provisions of AR 177, Legal Loophole was disqualified as the winner of Race 4
Maiden Plate – 1460M at the Home Race Club 3 November 2018, and the placings
amended as follows:
1st Drumeous
2nd Naughty Corner
3rd First Train
4th Wakoo

Alas poor Drumeous has had a dozen or so chances to join the exclusive "TWO MAIDEN WINS" Club . . but hasn't up to the task . . things will only get tougher from here on

Meanwhile Legal Loophole, having lost his only claim to fame has been retired . .

They put some on it that day at Home Hill, but whether they got 3K would be debatable
Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-11, 08:15 PM
Stewards agree to adjourn Currie inquiry until criminal charge is resolved
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has agreed to a request from legal representatives for disqualified Toowoomba Trainer Ben Currie to adjourn its inquiry into seven alleged breaches of the rules of racing until after the resolution of a criminal charge he is now facing.

Stewards were scheduled to commence their inquiry today into the seven alleged breaches.

The Queensland Racing Crime Squad charged the disqualified trainer on 25 June 2019 with alleged systematic fraudulent behaviour over a period from November 2016 to March 2019 where he allegedly sourced and administered unregulated horse supplements designed to enhance race performance in a manner to circumvent current testing methodology in Queensland thoroughbred racing.

Mr Currie was bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on 15 July 2019.

An internal review decision into the 20 May 2019 Steward’s guilty verdict and penalty of two year’s disqualification for 12 breaches of the rules of racing, issued on 28 May 2018 has confirmed the original decision and amended Mr Currie’s penalty to 18 months disqualification.

This reduces Mr Currie’s current cumulative disqualification period to seven years; three years for five prohibited substance charges, two and a half years after he was found guilty of two charges of improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses and 18 months for 12 breaches of the rules of racing.

A date is yet to be set for a further Stewards inquiry into 14 alleged breaches of the rules of racing issued on 28 May 2018.

ENDS.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-15, 05:22 PM
TRAINER BEN CURRIE HAS RACING BAN REDUCED
Monday 15 July, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Disqualified trainer Ben Currie's fraud case has been adjourned in a Toowoomba court.

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his disqualification on racing convictions further reduced while his criminal fraud charges have been adjourned.

Last week after an internal review Currie had a cumulative 7-1/2 year disqualification reduced to seven years after six months was taken off his two year sentence for 12 breaches of racing rules.

A further internal review of another five charges was released on Monday.

The preliminary release said an internal review of the three-year sentence on five prohibited substance charges covering a period from December 2017 to February this year would be reduced to two years and three months.

The internal review also slashed a $45,000 fine on those charges to $10,000.

He is also serving a cumulative two-and-a-half years on charges involving text messages which allegedly indicated the use of a jigger.

It means Currie is currently disqualified for six years and three months and a has fine of $10,000.

He faces a further 21 charges but they have been adjourned until after his criminal charge is resolved.

Currie will return to court in September on a criminal fraud charge after a short court appearance on Monday.

He has not entered a plea on the charge and at his next court appearance it is expected a date will be set for a committal hearing.

It is understood the committal will not be until late this year or early next year.

Last month, police charged Currie with aggravated fraud alleging the trainer took part in systematic behaviour between November 2016 and March this year.

The charges allege he circumvented current drug testing methods by accessing unregulated supplements designed to enhance a horse's performance.

Currie was bailed to appear for mention in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Monday when the matter was adjourned until September 16 to allow defence lawyers to get a full brief of the police case.

Currie has not had a runner since May 2 but still leads the state's training premiership with 134 winners for the season.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/news/internal-review-reduces-ben-curries-disqualification-period-on-prohibited-substance-charges/

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-15, 05:47 PM
 Five QCAT matters involving QRIC listed for tomorrow.

Kelly Doughty v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR301-18 Directions Hearing 16/07/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Jason Edwards v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR089-18 Directions Hearing 16/07/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

George Sitek v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR323-18 Tribunal Hearing 16/07/2019 9:30 AM Hearing Room 1, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
 
Compulsory Conference 16/07/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 6, 259 Queen St, Brisbane Bryan Jeffery Dais v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission

Michael John Collin Murphy v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR095-19 Directions Hearing 16/07/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-16, 04:16 PM
Trainer dodges bullet after breaching bail by an hour
PETER HARDWICK
 
SUSPENDED horse trainer Ben Currie has walked out of Toowoomba Magistrates Court without penalty after pleading guilty to breaching his bail conditions.
He will return on a more serious charge of fraud on September 16.

Currie (pictured), 28, woke at about midnight on July 9 “in a panic” that he had forgotten to report to Toowoomba police station as part of his bail conditions. He arrived there at 1am admitting his failure, solicitor Darren Mahony told the court yesterday.

 Magistrate Graham Lee ordered no further penalty and no conviction. Currie was arrested last month on a fraud-related charge arising from his horse training business. Police allege he engaged in “systematic fraudulent behaviour”. He has not yet been required to enter a plea.

Currie was disqualified from racing for 7½ years this year but yesterday it was cut to 6¼ after an internal review
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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-18, 06:17 PM
Questions asked by LNP member J-P Langbroek of the Racing Minister with Answers as reported in Hansard.

Relating to :-

Swabbing and positives plus progress on implementing recommendations from the MacSporran Royal Commission.

Question on Notice No. 982 Asked on 12 June 2019 MR J LANGBROEK asked the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs (HON S HINCHLIFFE)— QUESTION: Will the Minister advise for 2017-18 and 2018-19 to date (reported separately by financial year) (a) the number of animal samples tested for prohibited substances and (b) the number of animal samples that reported positive for prohibited substances?

 ANSWER: For the 2017-18 financial year: a) The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (the Commission) tested 20,889 racing animal samples for prohibited substances across the three codes. b) 91 racing animal samples reported positive for prohibited substances. For the 2018-19 financial year (as at 31 May 2019) a) The Commission has received 18,348 racing animal samples to test for prohibited substances across the three codes. b) 61 racing animal samples reported positive for prohibited substance

Question on Notice No. 799 Asked on 15 May 2019 MR J LANGBROEK asked the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs (HON S HINCHLIFFE)— QUESTION: Will the Minister advise for 2017-18 to 2018-19 to date (reported separately by financial year) the number of (a) animal samples tested for prohibited substances and (b) animal samples that reported positive for prohibited substances?

 ANSWER: For the 2017-18 financial year: a) the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (the Commission) tested 20,889 racing animal samples for prohibited substances across the three codes b) 91 racing animal samples reported positive for prohibited substances. For the 2018-19 financial year (as at 31 March 2019): a) the Commission tested 14,700 racing animal samples for prohibited substances across the three codes b) 61 racing animal samples reported positive for prohibited substances.

Question on Notice No. 780 Asked on 14 May 2019 MR J LANGBROEK asked the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs (HON S HINCHLIFFE)— QUESTION: With reference to the 15 recommendations made in the final report of the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry aimed at improving integrity and animal welfare in the racing industry and the Queensland Government’s official response to initiate 75 activities to address these recommendations— Will the Minister advise (a) the recommendations that are yet to be completed and (b) the government-initiated activities yet to be completed?

ANSWER: The Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry (MacSporran Report) set out 15 recommendations aimed at improving integrity and animal welfare in the racing industry. The Queensland Government Response included 75 government initiated activities to implement the recommendations of the MacSporran Report.
 The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (the Commission) has maintained a strong focus on the continued delivery of the MacSporran recommendations over the last three years.
To date, seven recommendations, comprising 55 government initiated activities, have been finalised. (a) Recommendations finalised include:
• Recommendation 1: Institutional and functional model for integrity management of the Queensland Racing Industry;
• Recommendation 2: Operational model for the commercial business of the racing industry;
• Recommendation 3: The detecting, assessing, mitigating and prosecution of all breaches of the Racing Act or any other relevant Act;
• Recommendation 5: The tracking of greyhounds from birth to leaving the racing industry;
• Recommendation 6: Injury tracking;
• Recommendation 8: Discontinuation of QGreys breeding incentive program; and
• Recommendation 12: Overbreeding of greyhounds and the issue of wastage.
 (b) The Commission and Racing Queensland share responsibility for implementing the remaining recommendations of the MacSporran Report and the associated government activities.
 The Commission and Racing Queensland co-chair a joint MacSporran Working Group to govern these activities.
 The remaining eight recommendations, including the status of the government initiated activities associated with each recommendation, a Recommendations 4, 7, 10 and 14:
• Completing these recommendations is dependent on the development of the Commission’s new on-line customer relationship management system, RandLE.
 Of the 15 government-initiated activities required to deliver these recommendations, seven are complete, five are in progress and three have been deferred by Government.
Recommendation 9: • This recommendation is comprised of four government initiated activities, three of which have been completed and one deferred by Government.
Recommendations 11, 13 and 15: • These recommendations are being led by Racing Queensland and require the development of minimum standards and training packages.
Of the 12 government initiated activities required to deliver these recommendations, one is complete and the remaining activities are in progress.
Greyhound Training Track Operator Guidelines and a Greyhound Training Track Registration Policy are currently being finalised by Racing Queensland following industry feedback.
The development and alignment of training packages and qualifications remains an issue nationally and is hindering the progress of these recommendations.
The implementation of four government-initiated activities related to recommendations 9 and 10 were deferred in 2017 for up to three years due to a significant reduction in greyhound breeding numbers since 2014-15 and concerns for the sustainability of the greyhound racing industry in Queensland.
The deferral is subject to overbreeding and wastage not re-emerging as issues and the Commission will continue to monitor breeding and wastage numbers.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-19, 07:57 PM
Marcus John Wilson v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR168-17 Experts Conclave 22/07/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Wilson's case has been ongoing since November 2017 and has been called up at QCAT twice previously apparently without any result .

 Marcus Wilson 16 Nov 2017 6 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018 OCR 168-17

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-23, 02:04 PM
Some activity at QCAT today 4 matters listed as follows:-

Dale Bradley Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
OCR107-19 Directions Hearing 23/07/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Benjamin Mark Currie v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
OCR074-19 Directions Hearing 23/07/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

William Xanthopoulos v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR007-19 Compulsory
Conference 23/07/2019 1:30 PM Mediation Room 2, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Darrel William Graham v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
OCR174-16 Tribunal Hearing 23/07/2019 12:30 PM Hearing Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-25, 08:13 PM
Racing portfolio Estimates Committee hearing on Tuesday involved some questions J P langbroek LNP Surfers Paradise and answers from QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett as follows :-
 Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you, Chair. If I could ask the QRIC Commissioner to come to the table. I refer to page 40 of the SDS for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries where it refers to stewarding matters.

Welcome, Commissioner. What is QRIC doing to address the concerns of regional race clubs that their meetings are being compromised by having fewer stewards and some with less experience as this is affecting TAB turnover as well as issues of mix-ups with horses at race meetings such as in Rockhampton and Toowoomba?

 Mr Barnett: I thank the honourable member for the question. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission employs over 36 permanent stewards who oversee race day activities across the three codes of racing. We also engage 41 casual stewards to support those permanent stewards.

 In the 2018-19 year, the commission provided stewarding services at 1,571 race meetings across the state across the three codes, overseeing approximately 12,000 individual races.

Any errors relating to judging practices were performed by staff who are not engaged by the commission but I am aware that there have been reports in the media about some stewarding and judging issues in 2018-19, including at Toowoomba, Kilcoy and Rockhampton. The commission is committed to upholding the highest possible standards of integrity for the Queensland racing industry and investigates all operational actions that result in negative community comment.

 Following these incidents, stewards have been reminded of their obligations to follow all procedures and policies at race meetings. It should be noted that while the commission stewards oversee in excess of 12,000 races per year, and whilst human error is regrettable, the error rate highlighted recently is not a regular occurrence.
With five errors out of the amount of races that have occurred in 2018, the rate of error is 0.04 per cent.

 To further address the member's question, I am not aware of any deficit in the number or quality of stewards at any country race meeting, but I would be happy to answer a question if I can assist.

 Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you. I might actually have the chair of the race club seek a meeting with the minister about that particular matter. I will do that through different means.
My next question is also to the Commissioner and it refers to enforcement measures at page 40 of the SDS. At last year's hearing, the Commissioner explained the separation between QRIC and the Queensland Police Service when it comes to recommending charges and prosecuting cases. Have there been any changes to media announcements of prospective charges by the commission which in the past have compromised the presumption of innocence legal principle?

Mr Barnett: I thank the honourable member for the question.

CHAIR: The question made an assertion that may be in dispute. That should have been phrased as a question rather than an assertion, but take that on board.
 
Mr Barnett: As you have rightly indicated, there is a clear separation of responsibility between the sworn police officers who comprise the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad who are not members of staff of the commission. Whilst those members are co-located physically with the commission they at all times retain their operational independence and report back through their chain of command to the Queensland Police Service through the State Crime Command.

 Accordingly, any decisions that are made by the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad to prosecute or not prosecute any person for any offence are matters for them to make independently and they do so. Where necessary I make media announcements about issues impacting on the industry and industry participants so that the industry is kept informed about the work that is being done by the commission and to maintain industry and community confidence in the work that is being done to preserve integrity in racing.

 Mr LANGBROEK: In that case, again referring to QRIC, is it the Labor government's intention with the review of the Racing Integrity Act to address the issue of naming and shaming licensees prior to their being charged or is it the view that the effect on some subsequently innocent licensees is collateral damage as QRIC does its job?

CHAIR: I may be getting tired but it seems there were some imputations there. Is there a way to rephrase that that does not suggest that the minister treats members of the public in that way but still gets to the issue?

Mr LANGBROEK: I will rephrase it but it was not a reflection on the minister, it is about the process that currently exists. Will the minister give the committee some advice about the upcoming review of the Racing Integrity Act with a view to how licensees who may be charged are sometimes referred to prior to being charged?
CHAIR: That is much better. Thank you.

Mr HINCHLIFFE: I am certainly aware of the concerns of some people in the industry around the QRIC process. I certainly reiterate that we have committed to a review of the act to ensure that that process and all of the steps of the process are open to review, as I say, some three years on from its introduction with the Racing Integrity Act 2016. All aspects of the way in which the act operates are on the table. The thing that I have ruled out and have made clear to the industry is that we will not see what you have thrown out on the table as being an opportunity to get rid of QRIC.

Mr LANGBROEK: Not me, Minister. You must be quoting someone else.

Mr HINCHLIFFE: We will be sticking with the model of the separation to make sure that we have the highest levels of integrity. However, the review process provides an opportunity for a range of industry stakeholders and for everyone in the broader community to have their say and their input into how the processes and the management of racing integrity can be improved. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is running that review process as the relevant responsible department. It is doing so in a way that provides maximum engagement with stakeholders. I have convened and had the pleasure of having the commissioner and his team brief a meeting of key stakeholders who have expressed an interest in these issues and areas from across the three codes.

They were very appreciative of the information and the discussions that were had at that stage. They will contribute with submissions to the review process, which the government will consider and take into account in terms of any further reform.

 Mr LANGBROEK: My next question is a more specific question to do with QRIC. Minister, could you provide the committee with details of the number of matters currently before QCAT, the numbers heard at QCAT in the 2018-19 financial year, how many were successfully prosecuted and the average length of time for matters to be resolved? I am happy for that to be taken on notice, Minister.

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: Can you run through that again? Mr LANGBROEK: The number of matters currently before QCAT, the numbers heard at QCAT in the 2018-19 financial year, how many were successfully prosecuted and the average length of time for matters to be resolved. CHAIR: There are a number of questions but they are all on the same broad theme. We can puzzle through this.

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I can advise that in 2018-19 there were 40 applications made to QCAT for an external review of a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission internal review decision. In 2018-19, 27 QCAT matters were finalised. Of the matters finalised, QCAT has found in favour of the applicant in six matters. QCAT amended the decision in two matters, resulting in both receiving a reduced penalty,and set aside the decision in four matters. QCAT has found in favour of the commission in six matters, resulting in four applications being dismissed and two internal review decisions being confirmed. The balance of finalised matters was settled with the applicant and the review application withdrawn. Ninety-six per cent of the 1,525 original decisions made in 2018-19 stand as originally made.

 Mr LANGBROEK: The last element of the question was about the time from when charged to the completion of the case, if possible. You may not have that.

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I might ask the commissioner to answer the question on time. Mr Barnett: On average, the minimum time it takes for a matter to be heard at QCAT following an original decision made by the stewards is approximately 11 months.
 

 Mr LANGBROEK: Again on QRIC, Minister, I note that at page 42 of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries SDS, under the heading 'Sampling and Analytical Services' there are a number of survey questions. Would you consider a survey question that asks industry members whether they are somewhat or very confident in the performance of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission?

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: What I would be focused on is making sure that we see the system working, that we build confidence and encourage the building of confidence amongst industry in QRIC and our racing integrity and welfare systems. Safeguarding the welfare of racing animals and ensuring the integrity of racing activities critically contributes to public confidence, which in turn supports the industry's social licence. Anything that continues to work—any advocacy, any blowing of the trumpet— to undermine that confidence will further damage the industry as a total. Each year the commission has partnered with a specialist social research company to conduct that survey of Queensland community members on their attitudes towards racing. Monitoring community confidence in the integrity of the racing industry provides a real snapshot of public sentiment and reported confidence levels. The most important thing that we need to be focused on is maintaining and supporting the social license of what is a very important industry to the whole of Queensland, not focusing on the small number of complaints when there is a way in which we can address that by fixing the system, not undermining the system.

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I think that QRIC should ensure they are fair to all parties after making media statements on licensses being charged they should acknowledge an obligation that the result of the prosecution is also made public in the form of a media release so that those found not guilty have the same publicity they received when facing charges.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-28, 06:56 PM
Nothing to report on Internal Reviews for ages ...not a word... will try to connect with QRIC and see why nothing is happening. :o

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Jul-29, 07:45 PM
Two matters listed for directions hearing tomorrow at QCAT

Ronald Finch v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR249-18 Directions Hearing 30/07/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Dean Braun v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR041-18 Directions Hearing 30/07/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-02, 07:41 PM
Finally the long running Cobalt positive from Mafuta Vautin has been heard and determined Darrell Graham suspended from training and driving for 12 months effective to commence in  2 weeks time.......very lengthy decision by the learned member and not the good news Darrell would have been hoping for.

https://archive.sclqld.org.au/qjudgment/2019/QCAT19-198.pdf

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-02, 07:46 PM
Brisbane jockey Luke Tarrant suspended effective immediately
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has suspended Brisbane jockey Luke Tarrant after he was found guilty of drugs charges earlier this week.
Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said in accordance with the Commission’s Thoroughbred Standard for a licensing scheme the Commission may immediately suspend any licence where allegations or charges of a criminal nature which require the Commission to exercise a duty of care to participants or animals to safeguard the integrity of the Queensland racing industry.
“Jockey safety and animal welfare are our highest priority when making these decisions,” he said.
Mr Tarrant was found guilty on Wednesday of a series of drug possession charges from February, April, May and July this year.


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-05, 08:09 PM
Three matters set down by QCAT tomorrow.

William Bruce Elson v Queensland Racing Integrity CommissionOCR020-19 Directions Hearing 06/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

John Charles Pointon v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR194-18 Directions Hearing 06/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane


Michael John Collin Murphy v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR095-19 Directions Hearing 06/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane


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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-12, 05:46 PM
Five directions hearings set down at the same time tomorrow .....QRIC has to pay for $825 for Compulsory Conferences no info on the cost of Directions Hearings
Directions Hearings must be on the house .
James Rodney Morris v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR022-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Darryl Gardiner v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR239-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Kelly Doughty v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR301-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Jason Edwards v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR089-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane
Donald John Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR001-18 Directions Hearing 13/08/2019 3:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-15, 07:30 PM
QCAT Friday's racing matters.

Clinton Joseph Garland v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR134-18 Experts Conclave 16/08/2019 9:30 AM Hearing Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Gareth Keith Horner v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR248-18 Experts Conclave 16/08/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-18, 11:24 AM
Friday's CM devoted words of praise to AUERBACH in the following article by AAP legend Mark aka "OBI" Oberhardt pumped up the tyres bigtime but a sad story unfolded the horse running last and not a word from the stewards.
 
Auerbach helps justify Waller’s expansion into Queensland
MARK OBERHARDT
 
FINE FORM: Chris Waller’s horse Auerbach.
IN-FORM gelding Auerbach has taken to life in Queensland and gets his chance in open company when he runs at Eagle Farm today.
The gelding is the perfect advertisement for Chris Waller’s decision to open a Gold Coast stable two years ago to accommodate horses below Sydney or Melbourne quality.
Waller believed the stable would more than pay its way and Auerbach runs in today’s Ascot Plaza Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm. Auerbach had six trials for six wins early in his career but took five starts before winning a Wyong maiden in January last year.
After three more unplaced runs in NSW, Auerbach was sent north to continue his career in February last year.
He has now won four races and been minor placed nine times, adding about $160,000 to his prizemoney tally.
It has eclipsed the $150,000 Auerbach brought at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Since returning from a spell, Auerbach has been in the best form of his career, running second to Snitch in an open handicap before winning a benchmark 85 race two weeks ago.
Both those runs were at Doomben but Waller’s Queensland manager Paul Shailer thinks the gelding will have no trouble at Eagle Farm over 1400m.
“He has won three times at 1400 metres and his only try at the distance at Eagle Farm, he was drawn right off the track,” Shailer said.
“So I can’t see the track and distance being any problems for him.”
Shailer said he believed the form around Auerbach would be a good guide in coming weeks.
“He ran second to Snitch two runs back and they are talking about that horse as a chance in black-type races in the summer,” he said.
“Third in that race was Magnufighter, who won the main race at Doomben last week.
“Then when Auerbach won his last start he beat another of our horses, The Avenger, who came out and won in Sydney last Saturday.
“It is a pretty good form line for Saturday’s race.”
Auerbach was an acceptor for a race at Doomben last Saturday but was a race morning scratching.
“There was nothing wrong with him, we just decided to give him an extra week,” Shailer said.
“As it turned out, another of our horses Impasse got beaten by a nose in the race.”

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Unfortunately for form followers Auerbach failed dismally on Saturday as a short priced favourite running last of 8 in the 1400 Open at EF R8 ordinarily one would expect the stewards to ask the connections for an explanation of this ....on the face of it a very disappointing effort......but the stewards report on the race makes no mention of any questions asked ...in other words they did a Lord Nelson. They didn’t even bother to swab it.


https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/e%20fm/20190817/race/8
EXTRACT Stewards Report
 Race 8: Ascot Plaza Open H’cap – 1400m
 
SOVEREIGN NATION – Slow to begin.  Held up for clear running from the 400m until the concluding stages.
 
MONSIEUR GUSTAVE – Jumped outwards at the start, making contact with KUBIS.
 
KUBIS – Bumped on jumping.
 
INGEEGOODBE – Lost off fore plate in running

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-19, 10:00 AM
Cobalt test changes sought
NATHAN EXELBY

A PROMINENT veterinarian has called for an overhaul on the way Australian racing authorities control and test for cobalt use as another two licensees have recently been dealt 12-month suspensions for breaching the permissible threshold.

QCAT suspended harness trainer-driver Darrel Graham for a year, and trainer Rachel Scott had a three-month suspension and $6000 fine amended to a 12-month suspension on appeal.

Graham’s case dated back to May 2015.

The elevated cobalt reading from Graham’s horse Mafuta Vautin was accepted to have occurred following the administration of Tripart, containing vitamin B12.

Derek Major, from Derek Major Consulting Pty Ltd, an equine veterinarian for 40 years and someone who, since 2015, has been conducting administration trials in horses of various forms of cobalt supplements, said that the testing system in Australia continues to provide “false positives” compared to what the rule initially set out to achieve.

“While I don’t support in any way, abuse of horses or the administration of any substance to enhance performance, the proposed effects of cobalt salts have been wildly exaggerated and current scientific research has failed to support them,” Dr Major said.

He explained that a cobalt ion, or inorganic cobalt salt, is a single atom that can bind with other atoms in chemical reactions, whereas B12 contains a cobalt atom, but one that is tightly encased in a large molecule and “not available for the speculated effects of inorganic cobalt salts, notably cobalt chloride”, travels intact through the horse’s system and is excreted intact.

“Vitamin B12 was never contemplated in this rule.

“If we’re testing urine for cobalt salts, vitamin B12 yields a false positive. The cobalt from vitamin B12 should be subtracted from the total measured, to give the level of cobalt ions. In America they’ve gone for blood testing, which is much more sensible.

“There’s very little correlation between the blood reading and the urine reading.”

Dr Major noted that Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Joseph O’Brien escaped sanction in Europe for a cobalt positive after it was accepted that the horse had been exposed to a “salt lick” on raceday.

Another trainer, Mikey O’Connor, was fined €1000 ($A1635) for giving a B12 injection on raceday that resulted in an elevated cobalt reading.

“Other countries in the world have been a lot more measured in the way they have regulated cobalt abuse,” Dr Major said.

Graham said that he had spent more than $300,000 on his defence over the past four years and he might now be forced to sell his property.

“If I’d done it I would have put my hand up and admit I’d done it,” Graham said.

“But this thing is so much of a grey area. There are plenty of others in the same boat as me.’’

QCAT senior member Professor Ned Aughterson drew on several cobalt precedents where a penalty has been resolved as a 12-month suspension.

“I am satisfied that (Graham) had at the very least, displayed a considerable degree of carelessness in the way he managed the horse leading up to the race on 30 May, 2015.’’

Other countries in the world have been a lot more measured in the way they have regulated cobalt abuse
DR DEREK MAJOR
@xlbnathan_cmail

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The Rachel Leigh Scott case resulted in QCAT setting aside the original penalty of 15 months disqualification and in lieu thereof the learned member imposed a suspension of 3 months plus a fine of $6000.....the CM report confusingly suggests that the QCAT decision was appealed and a 12 months suspension imposed.

It would be most unfortunate if Darrell has to sell up to survive presently his few runners since the decision have been trained and driven by Adam Sanderson......possibly Darrell could be employed in some other capacity by the stable (excluding trainng and driving)as the Harness Rules rules unlike the ARB rules do not prevent such an arrangement ..it would be up to QRIC to decide if the employment requires a license should he apply.

Also posted under the Harness Racing thread Cobalt cases

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-19, 06:01 PM
Another group of licensees coming to town for another Directions Hearing at QCAT tomorrow.

Rochelle Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR080-18 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Ronald Finch v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR249-18 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Dale Bradley Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR177-19 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 2:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

George Sitek v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR323-18 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Dean Braun v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR041-18 Directions Hearing 20/08/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Quite incredible that several of the above have recently been required to attend QCAT for a directions hearing and for whatever reason they're back again. :o

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-19, 07:00 PM
Gold Coast riders test positive at track work
A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Integrity Investigations Team (IIT) track work operation at the Gold Coast Turf Club this morning has resulted in five track riders testing positive in preliminary testing for prohibited substances.

This morning’s operation involved the testing of 52 people including track work riders and jockeys.

IIT staff also identified four people who were unlicensed to ride.

One licensed racing industry participant failed to provide a sample for testing and was stood down immediately and another participant who returned a preliminary positive test for cannabis was also stood down and both will appear at soon to be scheduled Steward’s inquiries.

Two licensed riders returned preliminary positive tests for opiates and two more returned positive tests for Benzodiazepine.

All preliminary tests will be sent to a laboratory for confirmation.

The trainers who have employed unlicensed track riders will also be referred to the Stewards.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said no notice testing could occur at any time and participants should ensure they are free of prohibited substances for the safety of animals and other participants.

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Title: QRIC
Post by: Arsenal on 2019-Aug-21, 08:31 PM
CHALLENGE TO COBALT RULES TO RESUME SOON
Wednesday 21 August, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt
Another important challenge to the Australian Racing rules involving cobalt will continue in Queensland early next month.

Gold Coast trainer Kelly Doughty is fighting a conviction and 12 months disqualification after stewards found her guilty of presenting Blue Book to race with a cobalt level above the allowed threshold at Doomben in November 2017.

Doughty, who is training on a stay, was found not guilty of the more serious offence of administering excessive cobalt.

She has been adamant that she has done nothing wrong but failed in an internal review of the stewards' decision late last year.

At the internal review Doughty called extensive evidence to support her case and in particular that inorganic compared with organic cobalt levels should be determined as the presence of organic compounds was not a prohibited substance.

Doughty has taken her case to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an appeal.

"We have had directions hearings and the next step is set down for early next month," Doughty said.

"It has been stressful but I am determined to clear my name."

She is one of more than 100 thoroughbred trainers to be charged over cobalt irregularities since the rule was introduced in 2015.

Since Doughty's internal review there have been growing numbers of experts questioning the cobalt rules and how they are administered.

In the latest move, the Australian Trainers Association has asked Racing Australia to review rules in light of an increasing number of scientific opinions that cobalt levels can be inadvertently boosted by legally sourced and administered substances.

The ATA has also raised questions about the effectiveness of cobalt in improving performance in racehorses and whether fines were a more appropriate penalty.

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