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« 2019-Feb-17, 10:23 AM Reply #375 »
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.

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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.


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« 2019-Feb-18, 08:41 PM Reply #376 »
Ben Currie

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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.

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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.

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« 2019-Feb-18, 09:00 PM Reply #377 »
He's going to QCAT in the morning to seek a stay of today's decision to suspend him.

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« 2019-Feb-19, 07:48 AM Reply #378 »
Email sent last night.

CURRIE RACING


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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

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« 2019-Feb-19, 09:59 AM Reply #379 »
Ban slapped on Currie
NATHAN EXELBY
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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.

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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”!”
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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.

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« 2019-Feb-19, 03:56 PM Reply #380 »
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/

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« 2019-Feb-19, 04:48 PM Reply #381 »


................ this matter has Queensland written all over it.

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« 2019-Feb-19, 06:23 PM Reply #382 »
QCAT application listed for Thursday.

Horses transferred to Brett Cavanough in the meantime.

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« 2019-Feb-20, 08:58 AM Reply #383 »
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


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« 2019-Feb-20, 08:29 PM Reply #384 »
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.

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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.

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« 2019-Feb-20, 10:48 PM Reply #385 »
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.

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« 2019-Feb-21, 09:27 AM Reply #386 »
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.

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« 2019-Feb-21, 06:27 PM Reply #387 »
Ben Currie allowed to resume training
 

Ben Currie Photo: The Courier-Mail
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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.
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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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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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« 2019-Feb-22, 07:39 AM Reply #388 »
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.”

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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.

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« 2019-Feb-22, 06:52 PM Reply #389 »
Ben Currie resolution a step closer after Supreme Court review findings
3 hours ago by AAP


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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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.

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« 2019-Mar-01, 09:07 PM Reply #390 »
Currie hearing set from March 11


 
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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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« 2019-Mar-06, 07:43 AM Reply #391 »
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

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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.

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« 2019-Mar-06, 07:21 PM Reply #392 »
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

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« 2019-Mar-08, 08:31 PM Reply #393 »
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.


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« 2019-Mar-12, 09:03 AM Reply #394 »
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.
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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"

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« 2019-Mar-12, 11:09 AM Reply #395 »
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.

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« 2019-Mar-12, 08:29 PM Reply #396 »
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 ?

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« 2019-Mar-12, 10:12 PM Reply #397 »
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.
 
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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.


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« 2019-Mar-13, 08:16 AM Reply #398 »
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.

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« 2019-Mar-14, 07:35 PM Reply #399 »
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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