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« 2018-May-03, 06:57 PM Reply #200 »
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/


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« 2018-May-06, 02:31 PM Reply #201 »
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

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« 2018-May-07, 09:10 AM Reply #202 »
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.

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« 2018-May-08, 08:15 PM Reply #203 »
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."

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« 2018-May-09, 08:48 AM Reply #204 »
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.”

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« 2018-May-09, 08:25 PM Reply #205 »
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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« 2018-May-10, 04:59 PM Reply #206 »
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.

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« 2018-May-11, 07:05 PM Reply #207 »
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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« 2018-May-11, 07:12 PM Reply #208 »
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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« 2018-May-12, 08:55 PM Reply #209 »
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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« 2018-May-12, 11:57 PM Reply #210 »
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.

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« 2018-May-13, 06:40 PM Reply #211 »
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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« 2018-May-15, 08:16 PM Reply #212 »
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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« 2018-May-19, 09:50 PM Reply #213 »



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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« 2018-May-20, 03:47 AM Reply #214 »


---------- 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.

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« 2018-May-21, 07:16 PM Reply #215 »
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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