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« 2019-Apr-08, 07:32 PM Reply #425 »
Catching up on publishing a number of  Internal Reviews going back a while ...only one resulted in overturning the stewards decision the case of Trevor Rowe exonerated for using a twitch........jockey Skye Bogenhuber scored two 10 day suspensions to be served concurrently......she is injured and is reported to be recovering after sustaining a brain bleed....... Daryl Hansen fined $5K for a positive and an impressive case put forward by Jordan Grob all to no avail .....he's apprenticed to Michael Costa and if he rides as well as he argued his case he'll do well in the jockey ranks. :thumbsup:


https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-LES-TILLEY.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-TREVOR-ROWE.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-SKYE-BOGENHUBER-0012-19.pdf
https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-SKYE-BOGENHUBER-0013-19.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-RYAN-PLUMB.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-MICHAEL-MURPHY-.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-JORDAN-GROB.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-DARRYL-HANSEN.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SMITH-Dale-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BRADLEY-STEWART.pdf


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« 2019-Apr-08, 07:43 PM Reply #426 »
Yet another disaster for the donkeys employed by QRIC on Saturday at Toowoomba. Nearly unbelievable (except it is QRIC ) that the wrong horse was signified as the fourth place getter at the metropolitan meeting in the last on Saturday. Don't these , and I will call them Stewards (I know a loose term ) ; satisfy themselves as to correct finishing order. This come a week after the same mob allowed the wrong horse  to start in a race in Rockhampton. It beggars belief how these bods in Queensland can't even get the most simple tasks right. No wonder we have enquiries stretching back over twelve months. "Integrity Commission " ? They cannot be serious. Cant even get identification process right or even at the very minimum the finishing order in the right sequence.

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« 2019-Apr-08, 10:19 PM Reply #427 »
According to reports the judges entered the correct number 15 Cool Drafts in the system as running fourth but the semaphore came up with number 5 Curdled ...how thejudges and stewards didn't notice this is beyond belief...... the stewards who signified correct weight must have been blind to the finish as Cool Drafts was in the photo for third  and finished closest to them while Curdled finished 8th was back behind the placegetters  on the fence admittedly with no luck in running which is irrelevant to the mistake in their respective finishing positions.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/thoroughbred/meeting/twba/20190406/race/9

"Following the declaration of correct weight, Stewards were notified by the Judges that an error had occurred with the semaphoring of the 4th placegetter. It was identified that, due to an inputting error, number 5 (CURDLED) was semaphored when in fact number 15 (COOL DRAFTS) had been placed 4th.  After confirming the correct placings Stewards, acting under AR. 214(4)(b), amended the placings accordingly.  In light of this incident, Stewards will ask the Toowoomba Turf Club to conduct a review into the judging process."

The judges and the stewards were at fault and when the runners returned to scale the jockeys on Cool Drafts and Curdled appear to speak to each other you would think they would have known which one finished ahead of the other....and should have spoken up.

The only saving grace is that TAB has decided to pay account holders on both First4's as has Ladbrokes and it is assumed the others will follow suit at this point UBET is stillshowing the wrong placings with the single dividend .

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« 2019-Apr-09, 09:48 AM Reply #428 »
QRIC is back at QCAT today with three matters for Directions Sitek....Campbell whose name I don't recognise but the reference number indicates it's a 2015 case ....and Wilson 2017.

George Sitek v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR323-18 Directions Hearing 09/04/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Michael Campbell v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR225-15 Directions Hearing 09/04/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Marcus John Wilson v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR168-17 Directions Hearing 09/04/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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« 2019-Apr-09, 10:29 AM Reply #429 »
Ironic that  last week  QRIC issued a Media release trumpeting their presence at the Weetwood meeting on Saturday..virtually all hands on deck from the Chief Steward down yet the fiasco in posting the wrong horse as fourth in the last race escaped their attention.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/news/another-year-of-strong-qric-presence-at-toowoomba-weetwood/
 
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« 2019-Apr-09, 04:57 PM Reply #430 »
Another Internal Review .....Harness racing this time concession driver Ben Woodsford 4 weeks for an unacceptable drive ......lucky he didn't get extended penalty for failing the spell check in his submission ....watching the replay he set the horse a task but would it have figured in the placings with a better or more conservative drive IMO no and Darrel Graham's drive wasn't much better.

"Race 7 - DARREN & BEC EBERT PACE | C5 TO C6 | 2280M

Stewards enquired into the driving tactics adopted by Ben Woodsford (Hot Dogma) in particular the amount of exertion placed on the gelding for the lead in the first 500m of the race. Hot Dogma, which had drawn in barrier three, challenged The Muse (Pete McMullen) and Hot Rod Heaven (Reece Maguire) for a leading position, however, with the advantage of the inside Hot Rod Heaven maintained the lead and The Muse raced outside that horse. Hot Dogma had shifted in towards the end of the back straight on the first occasion before being corrected by its driver. As a result Hot Rod Heaven was tightened down onto the marker pegs and the marker peg was displaced into the sulky of Corporal Luna (Grant Dixon). After negotiating the turn and after the completion of 200m, Ben Woodsford (Hot Dogma) again challenged for the lead and The Muse gained an advantage over Hot Rod Heaven, however, always maintained the lead with the advantage of the inside. Hot Dogma was then restrained in the front straight after the completion of 500m and remained in the position outside the leader until racing to the winning post with a lap remaining. Hot Dogma commenced to yield ground from the winning post with a lap remaining and finished a distant last beaten in excess of 100m. A subsequent veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than a slow post-race recovery indicative of a hard run. Ben Woodsford explained to stewards that his instructions were to work forward and lead if possible. Trainer Ross Fletcher advised Stewards that his instructions were to work forward without placing too much pressure upon Hot Dogma for the lead as the horse has a tendency to pull hard if excess exertion is placed on the gelding. After consideration Stewards charged Ben Woodsford under rule 149(2) for driving in an unacceptable manner by placing undue pressure on Hot Dogma for an extended period which in the Steward’s view was the main contributing factor to the gelding tiring and being uncompetitive in the race. Ben Woodsford pleaded guilty to the charge and his driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 4 weeks. The stewards directed that this term of suspension commence Saturday, midnight, 9th of February 2019.

Trainer Ross Fletcher(Hot Dogma) was charged pursuant to rule 231(2) for misconduct by using foul language towards officials in the birdcage area. Mr Fletcher pleaded guilty to the charge. A $500 fine was imposed and stewards directed a $300 portion of this fine be suspended for a period of twelve months pending no further breaches under this rule."

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-BEN-WOODSFORD.pdf

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/harness/meeting/redc/20190206/race/7

Since the run in question on 6Feb Hot Dogma has raced 8 times on 15feb 5/7 ....20Feb 9/9 ..28feb 7/9 ...6Mar 1/10...9Mar11/12..14Mar 6/10..20Mar 7/8..and 29 Mar 10/10.
Check out the win on 6March one of the best drives I've ever seen Matt Elkins @$151.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/full-calendar/harness/meeting/redc/20190306/race/1

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/profiles/harness-horse/hot-dogma-44691

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« 2019-Apr-10, 09:44 AM Reply #431 »
Here's an interesting IR outcome a greyhound trainer's license refused but decision set aside by Mr Ashby ......a very well presented submission by the applicant resulted in the licensing committee's decision being set aside and the matter referred back to them to deal with..referring the matter back puts the onus on the committee as I assume the internal reviewer doesn't have the authority to grant the application hisself.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/INTERNAL-REVIEW-DECISION-ANTHONY-GAIARDO-1.pdf

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« 2019-Apr-10, 01:18 PM Reply #432 »
Arsenal,

Given that legal types are supposed to be erudite high IQ types I question the use of the word 'review'.

They really mean 'change', or change required  as directed

 whereas the word review means have a look with no direction in actuality.

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« 2019-Apr-10, 08:08 PM Reply #433 »
I'll bet this bloke has far more experience in handling animals than these clowns who have blocked his path. Isn't the "Reviewer " just a failed jockey. Fair dinkum you wouldn't feed these dopes at QRIC. Let them concentrate on getting the finishing order right in races before taking bigger steps.

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« 2019-Apr-22, 05:59 PM Reply #434 »
QRIC BOSS ROSS BARNETT BACKS ORGANISATION
Sunday 21 April, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt
 
QRIC commissioner Ross Barnett has defended the process in the long running Ben Currie inquiry.
Queensland's chief integrity officer Ross Barnett has moved to counter growing discontent within the industry at delays in dealing with the charges against Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie.
Barnett, who is commissioner of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, said he was aware of the impact of the investigation on Queensland's racing community.
He issued a statement after the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Thursday agreed to extend a stay order which allows Currie to keep training for the time being.
Barnett explained that QRIC was bound to follow the legal process in prosecuting its cases against Currie.
"The commission operates within the appeals system of internal review and QCAT as set out in the Racing Integrity Act," Barnett said.
"While multiple charges have been laid against Currie and have been vigorously pursued by the commission, Currie has exercised a range of legal rights that have delayed the finalisation of those matters."
Barnett said investigations involving Currie had been ongoing since April 7 last year and had already resulted in disciplinary action, including heavy suspensions and disqualifications of up to 18 months handed out to employees of Currie Racing for race day treatment offences.
He said the investigation had involved the seizure and analysis of CCTV footage, computer and telephone records, and had led to multiple charges against Currie.
Barnett said the charges related to race day treatment, providing false evidence, obstructing stewards investigations and animal cruelty offences.
Currie is also facing five charges relating to the presentation of horses that have returned positive swabs for a range of banned substances.
"A stewards inquiry into two new charges commenced last week, will resume on Wednesday," Barnett said.
"The hearing of other charges pending will continue throughout the coming weeks and we will continue to pursue and resolve these as soon as possible.
"We remind the racing community that QRIC and racing in Queensland must operate within the disciplinary frameworks set out by the Rules of Racing and the Racing Integrity Act."
Currie is this week expected to return from Bali where he has been at a wedding.
He has also been asked by Racing Queensland to explain why his nominations should not be refused and has until Friday to reply.

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« 2019-May-02, 07:58 PM Reply #435 »
State Parliament sat today and yesterday the live broadcast sometimes provides instruction and entertainment mostly there's a lot of hot air members interjecting and being warned generally the TV is reasonably good quality today it's only up to the luncheon adjournment......the LNP member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek put the following question to te Racing Minister the Hon. Hinchcliffe..direct from Hansard.

Racing Queensland, Integrity
1418 Questions Without Notice 2 May 2019
Mr LANGBROEK: My question without notice is to the Minister for Racing. Will the minister
advise why Racing Queensland is doing the integrity job of the Queensland Racing Integrity
Commission, expressly contravening a royal commission recommendation of Alan MacSporran QC?

Mr HINCHLIFFE: I thank the shadow minister for the question. The Palaszczuk government is
absolutely committed to ensuring integrity in racing in Queensland. That is why we established QRIC
in 2016 in response to the MacSporran report. Equally, Racing Queensland as the principal racing
authority are also the administrators in terms of the nominations and acceptances process.

I can advise the House that Racing Queensland sought independent advice about their powers
under the revised Australian Rules of Racing and conducted a process where they sought information
as to why they should not use their power under AR55 to refuse to accept nominations from a particular
trainer. After receiving that information, Racing Queensland then made a determination that it was in
the interests of racing to refuse those nominations. I think it is very important that everyone understands
that there are some elements of this dynamic, of this area, that have moved on from the time of the
MacSporran report.

On the issue of QRIC, I have to say that the suggestion that QRIC is failing is absolutely 100 per
cent bunkum. The simple fact is that, if QRIC were not in existence as a result of this government’s
actions as a result of the MacSporran report, then the very complex case like the one that the shadow
minister is alluding to would simply not have been undertaken. The strong powers and resources that
were given to QRIC are the ones that give them the ability to conduct much more complex work than
the old system would ever have allowed. For those opposite to stand in this place or on social media
and claim that the system that has progressed this case to where it is now is failing is utterly misleading
and damaging to the reputation of racing in this state.

As we kick off another fantastic Winter Racing Carnival with increased prize money and upgraded
races, there are those opposite who are doing nothing but talk down the industry and talk down the
code. I will never forget that it was the bungling from those on the other side of the House that led us
to having to fix Eagle Farm. We will see a great outcome and increased investment in infrastructure
that will deliver a tremendous industry that will continue to perform. I encourage everyone to get out
there and enjoy the fantastic Winter Racing Carnival.

ENDS

I think his question shows the honourable member for Surfers isn't as clued up on racing issues as he thinks he is .....looks to me like he kicked an own goal giving the Hon. Hinchy the chance to flex his muscles and show he knows what's going on .........must be no progress on reforming theappeals system or Hinchy would have mentioned something about it.

At the Racing Estimates Committee last year which I watched with interest Mr Langbroek  was questioning  Ross Barnett but failed to follow through with an obvious question (obvious at least to those of us in the bleachers) about the success rate of prosecutions....which didn't occur to the honourable member.
 
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« 2019-May-02, 08:52 PM Reply #436 »
Langbroek has always been a complete dill . However that doesn't mean your man "Hinchy" (as you refer to him ) is some sort of Mensa graduate. There is a split match between them. At least the former I guess hasn't spent his life genuflecting at the Ludwig

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« 2019-May-02, 10:10 PM Reply #437 »


I know it is Queensland but administrative discretion of this ilk should not be tolerated.

Someone not found guilty of being other than successful is being Orwelled by various Napoleons and Snowballs.

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« 2019-May-03, 09:11 AM Reply #438 »
Langbroek has always been a complete dill . However that doesn't mean your man "Hinchy" (as you refer to him ) is some sort of Mensa graduate. There is a split match between them. At least the former I guess hasn't spent his life genuflecting at the Ludwig
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Question Time yesty at about 2.08 the Hon member for Surfers and the Hon. Hinchy's reply.....I scored .Hinchy 1 Langbroek 0

http://tv.parliament.qld.gov.au/?reference=0Mba20190502_101512


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« 2019-May-03, 06:21 PM Reply #439 »
BEN CURRIE FACES POSSIBLE DISQUALIFICATION
Friday 03 May, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt
 
Trainer Ben Currie has been found guilty of two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie is facing a possible disqualification after being found guilty on two counts of bringing racing into disrepute.

Stewards found him guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus, known as a jigger, capable of affecting the performance of two horses.

The breaches relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016.

Currie has been asked to make submissions on penalty which will be heard next week.

Stewards found he was guilty of breaching AR 175 (A) which covers conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests and or welfare of racing.

There is no mandatory penalty for offences under the rule and it is up to stewards who can impose anything from a reprimand to a disqualification.

Stewards opened an inquiry into two allegations of animal cruelty against Currie based on text messages sent in 2015 and 2016 which indicated he had used or instructed someone else to use a jigger on a horse.

Those charges were discontinued last week and the inquiry continued on alternate charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Currie still faces a further 40 allegations and has also indicated he could ask for a judicial review of a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations imposed this week.

Whether the judicial review application goes ahead will depend on Currie's penalty for the AR 175 convictions and whether he can get a stay until an internal review.

Currie, the state's leading trainer on winners this season, has nearly 100 horses in work and a staff of 15.

In the meantime several of Currie's owners have tried to transfer their horses to ensure their campaigns are not disrupted but they say they have been stymied with stewards using an Australian Racing rule which gives them the alleged right to deny transfers from a trainer facing charges.

Currie's solicitor Michael O'Connor confirmed he had written to stewards complaining they were wrongly applying the rule AR 23.

He said the move was costing owners money and denying them a chance to race their horses.

A spokesman for the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission told AAP it would assess the transfer of horses on a case by case basis.

QRIC Intends to continue with inquiries into 28 charges arising from a raid on Currie's stables in early April last year.

It will also pursue seven charges arising from other text messages and hold hearings into five alleged positive swabs.

ENDS

AR175....AR.175. The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise; [amended 1.5.09] [amended 1.12.10][amended 1.6.15] (a) Any person who, in their opinion, has been guilty of any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing.

Under he amended ARB rules effective from 1March 2019 the relevant rule to AR175  is....  AR 229 Corruption, dishonesty and misleading behaviour (1) A person must not: (a) engage in any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing;

Some difference  AR 175 provides charges may be laid on "the opinion of stewards" whether the separation of integrity to QRIC from RQ the PRA has any relevance to the delegation of powers as AR175 states might be an issue QRIC only came into being on 1 January 2016.

 It appears the current rule would require proof of offence not merely an opinion there may have been an offence just an opinion.

As for the owners they shouldn't suffer penalty ...............when Liam Birchley was charged in the Aquanita case he was banned from nominating in NSW but his horse was transferred to a NSW trainer and allowed to run in the race for which Liam or his staff would have nominated it....it won.

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« 2019-May-05, 11:10 AM Reply #440 »
Saturday 04 May, 2019
 
Mark Oberhardt

Lawyers for Ben Currie have asked stewards to indicate on which precedents they will base their sentence of the trainer on two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Meanwhile on Friday afternoon, Currie's lawyers filed an application for a Supreme Court judicial review of a decision by Racing Queensland to refuse his nominations.


Currie had no runners at any of the meetings on the Queensland long weekend because of the ban and is facing a similar situation for next week including the Doomben 10,000 day next Saturday.

Stewards found Currie guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable (jigger) affecting the performance of two horses.

They relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016.

Stewards have asked Currie to make submissions on penalty which will be heard next week.

Stewards found he was guilty of breaching AR 175 (A) which covers conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests and or welfare of racing.

There is no mandatory penalty for offences under the rule but it is up to the discretion of stewards.

There have been several cases in Australia involving AR 175 (A) which have seen penalties ranging fines to disqualifications.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said the trainer's legal team had written to stewards asking for an indication on which precedents they would be relying for the sentence.

"It is such a wide-ranging rule that we need to be able to know what we are replying to," he said.

Murdoch said it was also an unusual situation because it appeared stewards had found Currie formed an intention to form another intention.


He said there was no date for the judicial review because there had to be at least two working days before it could go ahead.

But the review is likely to be late next week or early the following week.

Stewards opened an inquiry last week into two allegations of animal cruelty against Currie based on text messages sent in 2015 and 2016 which indicated he had used or instructed someone else to use a jigger on a horse.

However, those charges were discontinued last week and the inquiry proceeded on alternate charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Currie, Queensland's leading trainer on winners this season, has nearly 100 horses in work and a staff of 15.

QRIC intends to continue with inquiries into 28 charges arising from a raid on Currie's stables in early April last year.

It will also pursue seven charges arising from other text messages and hold hearings into five alleged positive swabs.

Stewards received an email late on Saturday afternoon asking that trainer Ben Currie be allowed to transfer his horses to NSW trainer Brett Cavanough.

ENDS

Bound to be some head scratching considering which precedents  the QRIC stewards intend to rely on ...possibly they'll not disclose and leave it to Currie to make his submission on penalty......very interesting issue ...not having seen as I recall anything on point in the past.

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« 2019-May-05, 03:46 PM Reply #441 »


The 'conduct prejudicial' so far has been by the stewards and others hell bent on one outcome.

This reflects very badly on Queensland in general -- because it is not atypical.

The key decision here is for the Supreme Court to substitute 'due process' for predetermined discretion.

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« 2019-May-07, 01:35 PM Reply #442 »
Two Directions hearings listed on the daily proceedings list today :-

Michael Campbell v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR225-15 Directions Hearing 07/05/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Garry Donald Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR277-18 Directions Hearing 07/05/2019 1:30 PM Hearing Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane


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« 2019-May-08, 05:10 PM Reply #443 »
I have never seen this before ......two on today at QCAT "Experts conclave"  dictionary defines a conclave as several things I can rule out the conclave of Cardinals meeting to elect the Pope ..so it boils down to ..."a meeting of individuals with special power or influence ; a secret assembly"

Ronald Finch v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
OCR249-18 Experts Conclave 09/05/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 5, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

Rochelle Smith v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR080-18 Experts Conclave 09/05/2019 1:30 PM Mediation Room 6, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

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Rochelle Smith's name rings a bell been mentioned several times but don't recall Ronald Finch's case .

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« 2019-May-09, 11:35 AM Reply #446 »
Way back in 1930 the Royal Commission into Racing had this to say about the stewards answerable at the time to the QTC many of which were owners ...a good decision by MacSporran QC to separate the integrity function from the control body...it only took 86 years .

F-STIPENDIARY STEWARDS.
The present stipendiary stewards for registered racing are Messrs. H. A.
Wolfe (chairman), J. J. Curley, and F. W. McGill. -
They are appointed by the committee of The Queensland Turf Club
at substantial annual salaries. The engagement is terminable on. either side
by three months' notice.
The stewards appear to possess the necessary qualifications of character,
experience, and independence of judgment, and to have the confidence of the
great majority of the racing public.
The rules make very full provision for their powers and their duties,
and give them complete control over officials, owners, horses, licensees, and
all other persons connected with the meetings. These duties are exercisable
without reference to any other authority, an appeal lying to The Queensland
Turf Club Committee against any of their decisions.
Suggestions were made by one or two witnesses that in certain cases
the stewards had failed in their duty. These charges were not substantiated.
It was also suggested by various witnesses that the system of
appointment of the stewards by committeemen (who are generally owners)
placed the stewards in a position of difficulty as regards the control of the
horses of committeemen. The suggestion was, in short, that the stewards
were asked to control and, if necessary, to punish their masters, and that
such a position was inconsistent with the fair and proper performance of
their duty.
It is sufficient to say that a similar system of appointment of
stipendiary stewards exists throughout Australia, that committeemen of the
principal clubs almost invariably .own horses competing at their meetings,
and that the possibility of bias by the stewards in favour of a com1nitteeman
is so remote as not to warrant any legislative interference with the system
of control deliberately adopted ·by the racegoing community. '

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« 2019-May-09, 04:48 PM Reply #447 »
Set down for tomorrow at QCAT Dale Andrew Evans v Queensland Racing Integrity Commission OCR030-19 Compulsory Conference
10/05/2019 9:30 AM Mediation Room 3, 259 Queen St, Brisbane

I haven't checked QRIC's site today but up until yesterday there have been no internal reviews published since March.

Oops an understandable error the Archives folder is out of wack April decisions are at the bottom of the March ones.

https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SMITH-Dale-Internal-Review-Decision.pdf

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« 2019-May-10, 04:54 PM Reply #448 »
LEGAL BATTLE FOR DISQUALIFIED CURRIE
Friday 10 May, 2019   
Mark Oberhardt

Qld trainer Ben Currie has been disqualified for four years for bringing racing into disrepute.

Racing in Queensland can expect more weeks of complicated legal action after Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie was disqualified for four years on two charges of bringing racing into disrepute.

Stewards gave Currie two years on each charge under Australian Rules of racing AR 175 and made the penalties cumulative.

Currie's barrister Jim Murdoch said he needed to take instructions from Currie and to confer with the rest of the legal team before taking any further action.

"It wouldn't be appropriate to comment any further until that is done," he said.

Currie has several options in the coming weeks.

He can seek a stay pending an internal review and if he fails in the review he can appeal both sentence and conviction to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Currie also has the option of taking Supreme Court action down the track.

He will be in the Supreme Court on Thursday for a judicial review of a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations.

One of the things Currie must decide is whether in light of his disqualification the judicial review should be put on hold.

Currie has been facing 42 allegations, some dating back more than a year, and the two charges are the first to be resolved.

Another decision would be for Currie's lawyers to ask for a speedy resolution to all matters so they could address them as a whole.

Stewards charged Currie last month with two counts which originally involved allegations of using a jigger or instructing someone else to use a jigger in 2015 and 2016.

After hearing submissions stewards discontinued those charges and continued alternate charges which effectively cover bringing racing into disrepute.

The alternate charges were based on text messages Currie sent to staff or friends.

Currie was found guilty of the two charges and his lawyers made written submissions on penalty this week.

After considering the submissions the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission announced in a short statement on Friday, Currie had been disqualified for four years.

He has been given until Friday, May 17 to move his horses to other stables

QRIC did not say on what precedents they based the four years which is the same penalty imposed on Victorian trainer Darren Weir who was found in possession of two electrical devices known as jiggers.

In 2007, Victorian trainer Paul Preusker (four years) and jockey Holly McKechnie (three years) were banned for using an electrical device on a horse during trackwork.

Currie is awaiting a Supreme Court judicial review of a Racing Queensland decision to refuse his nominations which is listed for a day-long hearing on Thursday.

As a result of the refusal at least 26 horses have been moved from Currie's stables to other trainers.

ENDS

QRIC Media release:-

Four year disqualification for Ben Currie
Toowoomba Thoroughbred Trainer Ben Currie has been disqualified effective immediately for four years after Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards considered submissions on penalty after finding him guilty on Friday 3 May of two breaches of AR175(a).

Mr Currie is guilty of engaging in an improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses. Stewards today disqualified him for two years for each offence, to be served cumulatively.

The breaches relate to the horses Massive Attack in 2015 and Said Written in 2016 when Mr Currie was their trainer.

Stewards have directed Mr Currie to feed, water and care for his horses, exercising them by hand walking or on a walking machine.

He has until 4pm on 17 May 2019 to have all of the horses in his care dispersed to trainers subject to the approval of the stewards.

ENDS


Last updated
10 May 2019

The only text messages that I saw published (maybe on Racenet)  didn't appear to be conclusive of anything remotely capable of bringing racing into disrepute and making the penalties cumulative is unusual .....obviously more legal proceeedings will be considered or he could call it quits like Darren and do something else.

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« Last Edit: 2019-May-10, 04:57 PM by Arsenal »

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« 2019-May-10, 05:13 PM Reply #449 »
This will be in Court as soon as Currie can get it there.

I gather the QRIC tactic is to stop Currie earning $ in the meantime and force him to break up his stable before he has a chance to get the disqualification in front of a Judge for a judicial review, and thereby make it more difficult for him to fund the several and various legal proceedings currently on foot.

Of course, QRIC has, to all intents and purposes, an unlimited budget. 


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