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« 2018-May-29, 07:43 PM Reply #225 »
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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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« 2018-May-29, 10:55 PM Reply #226 »
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.


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« 2018-May-30, 11:23 AM Reply #227 »
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.

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« 2018-May-30, 05:50 PM Reply #228 »
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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« 2018-May-30, 07:40 PM Reply #229 »
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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« 2018-May-31, 07:41 AM Reply #230 »
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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« 2018-May-31, 07:23 PM Reply #231 »
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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« 2018-May-31, 07:37 PM Reply #232 »
Is this really serious ? Are you saying that they have allowed the transfer of horses to Neville Saunders ?Check his form guide.

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« 2018-May-31, 08:24 PM Reply #233 »

......correction

                                           'justice denied' is the criminal negligence of a lawyer not paid

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« 2018-Jun-01, 06:11 PM Reply #234 »
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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« 2018-Jun-02, 10:12 AM Reply #235 »
Currie’s runners granted reprieve
NATHAN EXELBY
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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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« 2018-Jun-04, 08:40 PM Reply #236 »
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.
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« 2018-Jun-04, 10:10 PM Reply #237 »


.......... 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.

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« 2018-Jun-06, 01:21 AM Reply #238 »
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!

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« 2018-Jun-06, 07:23 AM Reply #239 »
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".

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« 2018-Jun-11, 04:13 PM Reply #240 »
Announced today that former Singapore head steward Peter Chadwick has bee appointed chief steward in Queensland.

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« 2018-Jun-11, 07:39 PM Reply #241 »
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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« 2018-Jun-11, 07:59 PM Reply #242 »
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.

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« 2018-Jun-13, 08:28 PM Reply #243 »
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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« 2018-Jun-13, 08:58 PM Reply #244 »
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 ?

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« 2018-Jun-15, 10:41 PM Reply #245 »
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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« 2018-Jun-16, 09:34 AM Reply #246 »
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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« 2018-Jun-16, 08:44 PM Reply #247 »
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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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« 2018-Jun-18, 08:32 AM Reply #248 »
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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« 2018-Jun-18, 11:41 AM Reply #249 »
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.


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